what should have been our christmas card photos.

Cooperating toddlers. That's a conundrum if I ever heard one. Today the kids were rocking their new Christmas tees and they were just hugging and being surprisingly well behaved and cute. So out came the camera. And. Well. 

Excuse me while I spend the rest of the day pouting in the corner with my wine. These would have been much cuter than the ones I already uploaded, purchased, stuffed and addressed for the Christmas cards this year. Yes. I am being a sullen teenager. Lucky Matt. Oh and sorry to all of those in my life that will get my crappy card in the mail this week. The vision I had in my head was so much nicer than reality. 


cornelius and his nonsense circa 2012. or elf on the shelf antics.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving full of food and family and lots of both! Some of you may be out braving the mad crowds for a quick bargain, to which I say, I applaud you.

Today is, in my mind, the day where all my chronic early Christmas preparations become not quite so strange...Normally. This year as you all know the madness started early. Real early.. But something special about today? Today is the day we get to start playing around with Cornelius!

Have you heard of Elf on the Shelf? If you don't go on Pinterest or you don't have young kids this post will seem utterly ridiculous to you I get that. Basically the thought behind Elf on the Shelf is parents get to use it as a tool to make their kids behave. Insert evil laugh here. Matt and I actually had more fun with this than Letty did last year although we are hoping this year she will get in on the action. Every night after the kids went to bed we brainstormed and googled and Pinterested with our wine until we found a brand new (to us) idea! Our elf came to us last year (thank you Nonna and Poppop) and we named him Cornelius (after the elf in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Which if you are detail-oriented you may notice is actually called Hermey and Cornelius is the gold-digger guy. Details.).

So this is what Cornelius did at the Olsen household last year. Starting off with ringing the doorbell at my parent's house on Thanksgiving night bringing his movie and his book. Apologies for all the iPhone quality photos. And yes. We have an illness.

//we were so excited we were blurry\\

//in flight with tink\\

//bringing her christmas jammies after we asked for them the day before\\

//hey. when you gotta go you gotta go\\

//cross-dressing cornelius\\

//just hanging out with baby jesus\\

//bubble bath for one\\

//he took letty's favorite soothie, wubanub home with him\\

//gone fishing\\

//this one was of epic proportions\\

//date night\\

//party hard\\


//all that partying wore him out.\\

//he is missing the north pole. get it? it's cold in the freezer.\\

//the princesses had enough.\\

//and this was his parting lesson.\\

So I'm thinking we have our work cut out for us this year... but oh what fun!!


thanksgiving's past

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope that you are surrounded by lots of family and/or friends and that you eat your full of everything that some people out there may say is yummy! I shall be the one barely eating the traditional meal because I will have gorged myself on all the wonderful Italian treats that have traveled in from New York with my relatives.

Enter cliche 'what I'm thankful for' paragraph. Let's all be thankful for the day and for the people who are with us. The food and the laughing and the noise. For the health of today and for the hope of the future. And let's all be thankful for the time we had with those who are no longer sitting at the table with us. For those were special times. Thanks to it all I suppose. 

Some remembrances of Thanksgiving's past (except 2008 because apparently Thanksgiving didn't happen that year?):








Happy Thanksgiving everyone!