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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Warm and Fuzzy....And Laugh 'Til You Cry

This was four days before Christmas.  I'm sure many of you understand how hard it is to keep a house clean with busy children.  Then, again, some of you can do it and I bow down to you!

We had Olivia's birthday party on the 22nd so while they were destroying the living room I was helping Dad lay some more linoleum.  Every little bit sure makes a difference.
Olivia's 6th birthday party.... Dad and Grandpa Hutch.
Playing Wii....Nick, Emily, Jadyn, Tisha (behind Jadyn) Lucas, Grandma Debbi (behind Lucas), Olivia and Elijah (on the floor)
Little brother helped  blow out the candles.
Do you see this?  I received a package in the mail on Christmas Eve from Shedding the wolf.  Another random act of kindness that brought tears to my eyes (and shouts of joy from the family when they saw the chocolate).  I know things have been rough at The White House lately and the kindness shown to me is so appreciated, but I don't feel like I deserve it.  So many more have it much worse than we do.  With all my heart I send my thanks. (and if you could email me your address so I can send a proper thanks I would appreciate it.  My daughter used the box to wrap a present then it was thrown out all before I could write it down).
On Christmas Eve everyone got their pajamas except for Emily who wasn't here with us. :(  And the family got a new Wii game so you can guess what the kids were doing.  Dad was being attacked by two dogs.  Can you see Roxie in his lap?
Christmas morning....
Flying Playdoh? Couldn't get that shot if I tried.
Emily called me at 10:00am wanting to know if it was okay if she came to my house for Christmas morning.  Like she had to ask! :)  She spent until 3:30pm with us and we had so much fun.  As you can see there were a lot of smiles.

I made Nick a new hat.  Elijah's wasn't done, but it is now. Kind of.  I need my crochet hook to close the top, but I can't find it??
The down vest he's been wanting...
...and the car stereo.

Nothing like a lot of heart ache and drama to bring two siblings closer.  I don't think they've had a single fight since this whole ordeal started over a month ago.  And the more bad stuff that happens the nicer everyone is to each other.  Shoot, even Livy and Lukey haven't fought for two days!! :)

Elijah has 3-5 guys spend the night - at once - all the time.  They take over the living room to say the least.  Now they can take over his bedroom! I'm sure you notice the writing on the wall.  That's Elijah and Friends.  Elijah's new room is being built where the old kitchen was... it will be a lot bigger at about 15' by 25'.  This room will get new Sheetrock and will be for Lucas.

 She is cute in her Christmas pajamas!
They have been having so much fun flying helicopters all over the house.  I can't believe how good they were at it right away.

Elijah gets a lot of growing/over use pains in his back so he got a vibrating heating pad.  It will be nice after practice and a hot shower.
Emily got a Cockatiel for Christmas.  It is a baby and quite vicious.  She had to wear gloves to hold it (no name yet).  It's three days later and although I still wear gloves it will sit on my finger without biting.  They really are smart and do train fairly quickly.

Showing her brothers.
A friend recommended "You Can Dance" for the Wii.  Absolutely the most fun I've had in such a long time.  I about had a heart attack, but beating Elijah (who didn't think I stood a chance) was worth it. 

This would be Flower.  She was a present for Olivia.  Best guinea pig I have ever owned.  Jumpy the first day.  Now she is the happiest little thing ever.  Love her!
Look who feel asleep after all the fun (with such pretty make-up) with Flower in her arms.  And she didn't run off.  AND then she did it again the next night... and she didn't run off.  How lucky for me.
Nick lives in tie dye and now he's making his own.  Pretty talented I think!

So there you have some Warm and Fuzzy.  Amid all the crap we are still finding smiles.

And this my friends is our belly laughter!!  My husband is an amazing man who works so hard for his family and gives every second of his non-working time to his kids (and a little to me:).  He is completely selfless and so much fun.  You can see why the kids love him so much. A dad who is willing to get his groove on despite a wife who is going to YouTube it is absolutely priceless.  He's our best Christmas gift. (And he totally beat her with that hip swing! :)


Lori Skoog said...

Way to go Homer!

Martha in PA said...

Flower is adorable. We have two guinea pigs and I love them... (even though Reese can be annoying in the morning!) Your Christmas looks so fun, such a difference from our quiet, three person Christmas morning! The cockateil is awesome too!

RottenMom said...

Happy! Happy! Joy! Joy!

Warm and fuzzy, act of kindness, new animals to take care of, flying playdoh, smiles galore and Homer's dance moves. I think you covered it all!

Loved it!

Tara said...

haha, too awesome! Looks like you guys had a FABULOUS Christmas! I love all the fun your family has :)

Carla said...

Laughter IS the best medicine!! Go daddy go!! Blessings to you all way up there!

Patty said...

First off...Homer looks awesome! I want to buy that game now! haha

Flower looks like a great pet for Livia! wow!

Also, I cannot believe how grown up Elijah and Emily look suddenly! When did that happen?

Queen-Size funny bone said...

I am surprised that with all the love exploding in that house that the roof stays on. and homer can really shake his groove thing...

Tiggeriffic said...

I saw you on Pumpkin Patch giving her a comment ...
I came to your post and read it all and watched the video on youtube.. Oh I laughed so hard..
I love it when a man comes out of his comfort zone and lets his hair down and shows his family he has humor...
Thanks for seeing the fun you had at Christmas... I love the guinea pig,,they are such a wonderful animal..
ta ta for now from Iowa

Lisa L said...

thinking of you... all these miles away in hawaii.. hang in their

RottenMom said...

I came back to tell you Happy New Year! And maybe to watch Homer get his groove on again. I KNOW for certain that 2011 is going to be damn fantastic for you and your family. Thank you for visiting my blog and for making my day with your ever so complimentary comments. XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOOXXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXO

Tink *~*~* said...

Awesome to see all the smiles! :D How did you like the chai? Can't live without that stuff!

Happy New Year

The Empress said...

We got Just Dance for the Wii, too, and I have never had so much fun.


Best Xmas gift Ev-Er!

Came from RottenMom's place, she promised I"d like you.

And I do.

Happy New Year!

gpc said...

Love the video, the laughter of your boys warmed my heart! Glad you liked the "chocolate cure" (as my mother used to say), no "formal thanks" required!

Corey~living and loving said...

oh my word! what a great family christsmas you had. ♥ and that video...tee hee...priceless! :)