Saturday, January 02, 2010

It's a New Year

The holidays (aka eat fest 2009) are over and they were great. Christmas is so much fun when you have kids to kick up the excitement factor 400%. Jay and I had a lot of fun shopping (that was sarcasm) for the boys. It seems that as the boys get older and have very specific wants, we have more fun (sarcasm again)with the shopping. I guess leaving it until mid December wasn't so smart. It appears that all the good stuff sells out and all that is left is random Transformers no one has ever heard of. Maybe it's just me who has never heard of them, since I have never seen the movies but then again neither have the boys. So why do they love them so much then? That leads me to why in the name of all that is good and holy, they market toys to kids for movies that are not appropriate for said kids. That's another post. If I ever get around to it. Don't hold your breath.

We started off the festivities at Grammy and Granddaddy's (Jay's parents) with the boys helping to make the stuffing for Christmas Eve dinner. Jack has been helping with this task since he was old enough to tear bread and Kamden joined in as soon as he was old enough.


We also celebrated my Dad's (aka Pop) birthday on December 23rd. Also an annual tradition (shocking, I know).


Apparently my kids are coming out of their shells. Look at them stealing the thunder from their cousins. Which is funny because you should have heard the groans when I asked them to pose for a picture.


Kamden decided that snacking on an apple should be more than just eating. He is nothing, if not goofy. We kind of love him exactly like he is.

And right after I finished my Mommarazzi gig on Christmas Eve, my camera battery died. Guess what I forgot to pack? That's the battery charger for $1,000, Alex. I hijacked my Dad's camera on Christmas Day but then promptly forgot to transfer the photos to my laptop before we came home. But if this is my biggest goof, I am going to pretend that I am doing okay. Shh. I like the bubble I live in.

We also did some tobagging at Grams and Pop's (my parents) but it was bitterly cold so we just did a few runs and then headed back to our positions by the toasty warm fire. It's another Christmas tradition that we had to partake in. In your face Quasi Arctic weather.

New Year's was spent at a family party hosted by some friends. We ate, and then ate some more, and then more. Isn't that what the holidays are for? Once the men had finished watching the Canada vs US World Junior Hockey game (Canucks won in overtime - three rounds of shoot outs - or something like that, what do I know, I think Lanny McDonald was a kicker for the Roughriders) we broke out the Wii for some Rock Band.

I sang "Can't Buy Me Love" by the Beatles (I only had one "leaded" drink, I swear) and got 100%. I think they better have their Wii serviced, it's got to be broken. And Kamden and I sang Taylor Swift's "Picture to Burn". I wouldn't say I love it, but once I hear it, I sing it at the top of my lungs in my best country twang. Have I mentioned that I can't carry a tune if my life depended on it?

This practice is also called Torturing your Children Needlessly.


In other news, our Elliptical, my old friend, the one that got me back into shape over the last 3 years, broke. The tension quit so while you could still use it, it wasn't much of a workout. Jay is hoping he can fix it but parts are not available until sometime next week. We have been tossing the idea around of purchasing either a treadmill or a home gym (not sure where we would put that in our small house but details, details...). While at Costco purchasing the goods for our New Year's potluck dishes, we bought a this bad boy.


(Note the Christmas PJ clad dude doing bench presses? He loves to "workout".)

I guess if you are going to impulse buy, a treadmill isn't the worst thing you could buy. It's a 3.0 hp motor and solid as a rock. I can jump on it and it doesn't move. Related: it's very heavy. Assembling it was a strength training workout for Jay all on it's own. I can "help" but let's be real, I ain't much of a "help". I am awesome at supervising though. At least I think so.

We haven't decided if we will keep the elliptical or sell it. I am not sure I can part with it, it's got a special place in my heart since it's what got me motivated to get fit.

So that there was our Christmas season in a nutshell. May 2010 be filled with joy and blessings for you and your family!


3LittleMonkeys said...

Sounds like you had a lot of fun over the holidays! And dang, you are looking hot mama!

Lori: Teacher Turned Mommy said...

sounds like you had a great holiday season... hope you have a great 2010

Ed said...

Your impulse buy is a treadmill. Mine?


Angella said...

Looks and sounds like a great Christmas!

Sweet treadmill. (And you're looking mighty fit, girl.)

Kami said...

YOU LOOK FABULOUS! and your little guys are pretty fabulous, too :) Sounds like it was a great holiday. I flat-out forgot my camera Christmas morning, so you had me beat. I had to use my cell-phone. bleh.
Anyway, I hope you have a joyous New Year with your new treadmill!

Hannah said...

Sounds like a wonderful Christmas!! You are looking SO GOOD, girl!!!!

Also, I'm in complete & utter agreement about the kids toys based on adult movies ... like Tyler loving Iron Man, for example. There is NO WAY he will be watching that movie, but he is content to look at the cover and play with all his Iron Man paraphernalia. Much like Transformers.

Happy New Year to you & your beautiful boys!! xx

Tracey - Just Another Mommy Blog said...

Good wrap-up! Glad the holidays were fairly painless for you guys. :)

A Crafty Mom said...

Glad you had a great Christmas, Kami! I hear you on the movie toys marketed to kids - drives me nuts. My oldest was all over GI Joe - yet he has never seen the movie and I can't imagine he even really knows what it is. Crazy!

Very envious of your treadmill - way to go!! Could definitely use one at my house this winter. I'm a big wimp when it comes to running outside!!

Happy New Year to you!

Kristin said...

Happy New Year to you!

Glad to hear your holidays were fun and full of family. :)

Kristin said...

Great summary, so many things made me laugh! What I don't get about transformers is - oh wait, everything. Especially how to put them together. Sounds like you have lots of fun traditions and a great family. Happy New Year (and sweet treadmill)

nicole said...

You are hot! And brave for putting a pic of yourself working out on your blog. Glad to hear it was a good holiday.

Elaine A. said...

Um hello Jillian, I mean Kami! Look at you! I am so inspired!!!

Sounds like the holidays were great for you all. Happy New Year my friend!

Natalie said...

i love seeing cuties like that doing bench presses!

that was a very long and informative post. i am so glad that you had a great holiday and my thoughts are with you if you have to teach your dad how to burn a cd of pictures or how to attach the photos to an email and send them... i think i would rather drive the 4 hours to my parent's house than have to get them to send me a digital photo! lol. i hope it is easier for you to get your christmas pictures!!!

teeni said...

I love my treadmill. Except for those times when I fall out of "exercise mode." But for the most part, I am glad it is there. It is one of few exercise equipment that I can use that will get my heart rate up without killing me. I have tried ellipticals and just can't do them. I don't know if it is because I'm so short or what. Well, you look great anyway and I love all the pics! :)