Pumpkin muffins to double cheeseburgers

It's like a Christmas letter, but you don't have to figure out what to do with it when you're don'e reading.

Tre is on winter break, and the other boys and I are similarly breaking, and you would think that would make things calmer around here, wouldn't you? If so, you haven't been paying attention.

Having my full compliment of children around again is surprisingly chaotic - but fun! It's like a party inside of a tornado. That on top of the normal Christmas chaos is, um, a lot. I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one here who is stretched a bit thin though, am I right?

So in the interest of all our busy schedules, here are a few brief updates:

Dec10 018 
Tre made the Dean's List. His first semester in public school was, I think, a success, with a 3.95 GPA. I am  disgustingly proud of the boy. I would even put one of those odious "My child is on the Dean's List" bumper stickers on my car if I was offered one. It's sort of sad.

Fortunately, he helps to temper my flights of pride by falling down the stairs frequently, and nearly concussing himself trying to walk through doorways. I don't know what happened to all the grace and lightfootedness he had as a child, I really don't. Whenever he manages a particularly spectacular fall, Max intones drily, "Ah yes. Yay for the honors student."

Dec10 014 
Speaking of Max, he's growing his hair out again so he can donate it to Locks of Love. And yes, this is a fine thing to do, but it's gotten to a length that makes it like a living creature. His hair is crazy thick and wavy and wild and GOD FORGIVE ME, but I want to CUT IT OFF.

Four more inches to go. Grow, Max, grow!

Dec10 016 
Raphael went and lost his first molar (this is him, showing you the gap. Thank me for not posting the picture of him showing you the gap and the wad of bloody gauze). I can't believe how fast he's growing up. I can't believe that after all these years the tooth fairy still can't manage to collect a tooth on the same night it's left under the pillow. What a slacker fairy.

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Sophia has become somewhat obsessed with wearing other people's shoes. She has pretty good taste, too, because her favorites of mine are the red, patent leather, peep-toed pumps. They're total baby-trippers, but she is determined to figure out how to walk in them.

She's also learned to smile for the camera, and this is the result. So I don't think we'll be pursuing modelling.

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And I just had to show you this picture, because is it just me, or is she totally rocking a retro 70's vibe here? And yes, Mir, I will cut her hair soon. Soon-ish. Eventually.

Last but not least, sweet Jennie is going to have her baby ANY DAY. I don't have a picture of her, because although she looks beautiful and glowy, I don't think she'd appreciate that RIGHT NOW.

It turns out that waiting for your daughter to give birth isn't any easier than waiting for your wife to give birth. Clay is as jumpy as a cat.

That's the news from here. I hope all your Christmas plans are going apace, and everyone finds a spot of peace in the season.


Amma Always

I don't think you could cut Sophia's hair, or get her to hold still for a strange person with a scissors approaching her hair. It would be interesting to watch the process, though. You lost your chance to cut her hair when she became older than 6 months. Of course, she didn't have much hair then...


Dude. I will totally cut that baby's hair for you. I OFFERED WHEN I WAS THERE. I am an expert at the distract-n-snip. And as much as you are going to boo-hoo over MAH BAYBEE having a haircut, she is going to look DARLING with a little bob. And, you know, less homeless. (And then you can grow it long, now that the hair in front is finally growing.)



Sophia is totally rocking those leg warmers.

Both of my boys are in the midst of a Locks of Love hair grow out, and I feel your pain. They both have beautiful hair, but have no desire to take care of it. I fought with them for a long time to keep it brushed and nice all the time (which is admittedly a lot of work - they have very fine hair, it gets tangled if you look at it the wrong way), but now in the name of household peace I try to keep my mouth shut. I may well be developing a slight tic in response to the regularly unbrushed little heads.


Merry Christmas Kira and family :-)

Pamela L

Your kids are all beautiful and I particularly love the leg warmers on Sophia. In that position, she looks like a dancer - maybe, Jennifer Beales in Flashdance??!


She's a maniac, maaaniac...

But - cut her hair? It's spectacularly gorgeous.

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