Monday, December 29, 2008

Christmas Hoopla.

Well I haven't posted in a week due to being extremely busy with Christmas and my family. M had 4 days off of work, so that was really fun. We had Christmas day here. Then Friday and Saturday just played with our new things and hung out. Saturday night we went out to eat as a family to the Japanese restaurant Hikari in Overland Park. It was so good. The kids loved the guy cooking right in front of us. Luca was an angel and just watched it all.

I got a new KitchenAid stand mixer. It is really cool. I also got a diamond anniversary band from my hubby. It is beautiful! He had bought a guitar and amp last month, so I got him a DVD player as well to open under the tree. Gioia got a electric guitar and Dominic got a drum. She also got a dollhouse and he got a train table with trains.

Here are a few of the highlights. My moms area got several inches of ice the week of the 20th. It made driving fun.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Rag Quilt

I made this super easy rag quilt this week. It is a pretty small lap quilt, about baby quilt size really. I made if for my Great Great Aunt. She is in her 90's and still doing great. She really liked it.

Tutorial here

Quote of the day!

Quote of the day from my daughter!

"I don't care what Santa brings me, as long as its a present!"

Family Christmas parties.

This weekend we had Christmas at my moms. We had Christmas at my Grandmas (Moms side), and also with my Aunt (Dad's side of the family). You know the drill: more food than we can eat in a week, presents, presents and occasionally a glass of beer or wine. Love it! Here are some of the highlights.

Oh and i don't think I mentioned it yet. My sister is engaged. Congratulations Mel and Scott!

This is my Grandma Leota holding Luca.

My mom Elaine and Stepdad Steve.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Crash into me.

Last night the kids were running around wild like always and they crashed into each other. Somehow Dominic's teeth hit Gioia's shoulder. She had this scrapped place that looked like he sat his teeth on her and dragged them down. It was definitely not on purpose. They were both crying. Dominic's mouth was bleeding from the gums. It was his remaining front tooth that was bumped. This morning the gums look kind of swollen. Poor guy. This front tooth is chipped and filled. The other front was the one he had pulled. I hope he is more gentle with his permanent teeth.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

kcap quilt

kcap quilt
Originally uploaded by jaime_perreca
A while back some of my mom friends and I did a quilt square swap. It was fun. This weekend I was feeling like doing quilting so I put the top together. 6 of these squares I made, 6 of them my friends made.

I plan on doing the actual quilting on it this coming week when my husband is home for Christmas Vacation. He can play with the kids and I can quilt. I think we are going to donate this to a charity.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Snowman time.

Yesterday our snow was melting so we could finally make a snowman. The kids were excited. I also tried hanging the Christmas lights but half were brunt out. I told my husband I was just going to throw the lights away every year, because when you get them back out they never work! Dang, so frustrating. So I ran up to the store later and got more cheap-o lights. We are going to try to buy good LED lights after Christmas on the clearances.

Yes our snowman wears a cowboy hat.

My expresso machine rocks! Today I made the perfect cup of joe. Expresso coffee half caf, with steamed half and half, with French Vanilla creamer added for the flavor. MMMMM!!

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Winter pictures

We got a lot of snow today. The kids went out and played for a bit. It was too powdery to make a snow man, but Gioia made a snow angel.

Luca with a Santa Hat.
luca with santa hat

Dominic decorating the tree.
dominic decorating the tree

Monday, December 08, 2008

Eating metal is not ok.

My son is crazy. He has a oral sensory issue, i think. He puts everything in his mouth. Think about how a baby does with putting everything in their mouth, that is him, only he is 3. *sigh* We really do have to watch him closely. He puts marbles, paper, EVERYTHING in his mouth.

So we were decorating the Christmas tree on Tuesday. He was putting the ornaments in/on his mouth. Well they are big so i didn't think anything would happen. Later I catch him EATING one. Seriously, the thin metal kind. He had broken it and was chewing the sharp shards of metal. Some how he kept from cutting his mouth. I had him swish with water and spit it out. WHAT THE HELL? Who does that? It was crunching in his mouth "grinch style". I don't think their is anything to be done. I am going to research it a bit and see if there are recommendations of types of things to get or give kids that do this. A friend of mine said she has to chew gum constantly. She needs to have her mouth working on something and she does gum. I don't really want him to chew gum all day, but I don't want him eating metal either. Good grief.

Thursday, December 04, 2008


Another Christmas project down. I am really excited, but since the person receiving it reads this blog I can not post a picture. I will post a picture after Christmas. Until then, you all can just be happy for me that I got another project done. :)

Today we are putting up our Christmas tree. My friend is coming to hang out and help. Should have some nice pictures from that.

Monday, December 01, 2008

Its a circus.

Yesterday after church Gioia was quite upset we couldn't stay and talk to Father. I told her we just saw him on Saturday at the baptism where she got to hug him and all that. Then she started saying she wanted to see the circus. We were really confused. She said Father said there was a circus. First thing I thought of was our church Fundraiser, Oktoberfest. We missed it due to being sick and there was a tent and games. I told her there was no circus and i wasn't sure what she meant. So she says, Father said there was a church circus. I realized she meant "church SERVICE". So i explained that service meant Mass. A church SERVICE. She realized her error, but was disappointed there was no circus.

Dominic last night told us he needed his mattress to eat. My dinosaur mattress, he said. Oh yes, that would be your Dinosaur PLACEMAT. Not mattress. :)

The kids. They crack me up!