Friday, December 31, 2010

Dear So and So...2010

Dear 2010,

Don't let the door hit ya where the good Lord split ya.

Not Impressed,
Kat
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Dear Readers,

Happy New Year! I hope this coming year is way better than 2010.

Love,
Kat
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Thursday, December 30, 2010

We're In For A Rude Awakening

We (we, meaning LaLa and I) are in for a rude awakening once school starts back up. She and I have both been staying up entirely too late at night. I have to admit, she is doing worse on the bedtime front than I am. She has been stalling bedtime until nearly 11pm for the last week. I am an adult, so I am allowed to stay up til 1am if I want. She is a child and should be in bed no later than 8:30pm tops (in my perfect world where there are unicorns, rainbows, pink kittens and sparkles all the time).

To say that we have been sleeping in a little would be an understatement. We haven't been getting out of bed until the God awful entirely too early hour of nearly 10am for the last week. I haven't been setting my alarm clock and I don't get out of bed until one of my kids prods me if my alarm isn't set. KiKi has been getting up at her normal weekend time of about 8:30-9am. However, KiKi isn't a kid that will prod me to get out of bed. She prefers to play quietly in her room until I get out of bed (the child is an angel, seriously, doesn't get into things, just plays in her room). So, I sleep. Then I get a crack of daylight peeking through my blackout curtains and know that it is entirely too late in the morning to be sleeping. Let's face it folks, I live in England, if there is light coming through your curtains on a winter morning, it is well past 9am. Then I prod LaLa out of bed, with her moaning about how she is "exhausted" and needs "just a few more minutes" .

So what I am basically trying to say is....Tuesday, January 4th, when the kids go back to school, LaLa and I are going to be in a world of hurt at 7am when the alarm clock goes off. Who wants to bet we are late to school?

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Things I Learned Over Christmas

I had a wonderful Christmas and here is a list of things I have learned over this holiday...with pictures (of course).

1) It is impossible to keep the kids away from their stocking while their dad is in the loo.



2) Santa is goooooood.



3) Zhu-Zhu pets look like prey to Sam Kitty.



4) Bags are good hiding places.



5) Cooking for 16 people isn't all that bad. I might moan about it, but I secretly loved every minute of it PLUS it got me out of most of the house cleaning.



6) Ethan does smile every once in a while.



7) Kevin might be a pirate.



8) Friends are the family you choose.



(That's Robin and Debbie. They're pretty damn awesome.)

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Friday, December 24, 2010

Dear So and So...Merry Christmas

Dear People at the Grocery Store,

I am about to leave my house here in a bit and go get eggs because I of course forgot eggs yesterday while I was at the store. Now, I need you lot to listen to me. There will be no, trolly road rage, elbows being thrown, no fighting over the last thawed out turkey, no smacking of each other with parsnips. You will actually allow me to walk to the eggs; actually if you would pretend you are the Red Sea and that I am Moses I wouldn't complain. Then I will pay for my eggs and be on my way. Sound good to you? Ok good!

Merry Christmas,
Kat
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Dear Children,

I know it is Christmas eve, but would you please calm down just a tad? Mommy just woke up and needs massive amounts of caffeine in her system before she gets functional.

Love,
Mom
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Dear Everyone,

I hope you have a Merry Christmas. Be kind to one another.

Love,
Kat
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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

RTT- Wouldn't That Just Make a Mess?

It's time to get random with Random Tuesday Thoughts..... You can thank Keely for this one.

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The US astronauts took Tang (a powdered orange drink mix) on their flights in the 1960s. That must have been real hell to learn how to mix in no gravity. Could you imagine the mess? You open the can and a big orange dust cloud evelopes the entire cavity of the space craft. Wouldn't you hate to be that guy? "sorry guys, weightlessness, I thought I had it...I didn't get the water there in time....*shuffles feet* sorry. Well don't blame me, blame the person who thought bringing a powdered drink into space was a good idea. If you're gonna yell at anyone it really should be him. He should be sacked! But, yeah, sorry.". I mean it really, there must be like a half year long course just on "how to eat and drink in space so you don't screw up the equipment".

On Saturday I had 15 children and 7 adults in my house for LaLa's birthday party. I am still twitching.

It is so cold outside that Sam Kitty isn't even trying to escape the house. When I open the door to let him out he gives me a look that says "Yeah right, nice try there, human".

Four more sleeps til Christmas!!!

If you didn't get a Christmas card from me this year, then look here. Oh, and I haven't sent out Christmas cards so don't feel left out if you didn't get one.

I got woke up by KiKi puking in her bed at midnight. Good times. Hopefully, it was a one off deal.

Ok...well I feel better. That's enough random for one day.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Silent Sunday- My Christmas Card

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Silent Sunday

Friday, December 17, 2010

Dear So and So...In the Words of Ren and Stimpy "Happy Happy Joy Joy"

Dear Everyone,

My husband is coming home today!!!!!!!!!!(is that enough exclamation points? I think not)!!!!!!!! There is however a problem. My house needs to be cleaned, my daughters birthday party decorations need to be erected (hehehe erected) and yeah...I am losing my mind a bit! So, I am going to get off the computer now and be productive. If you see me around the Internet give me a good old swat to the arse and tell me to get back to work.

Love you guys,
Kat

PS- If you have a DSS letter, please link up!!
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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

What I Am Doing on Saturday

The cashier today raised her eyebrow at me today when I plopped the My Little Pony pinata up next to the till. Then with horror she said “Please don't tell me you are having a birthday party this close to Christmas!?!” Well, yes, actually I am. You see, my daughter didn't have the choice to plan her birthdate. As luck had it, she was born three days before Christmas. She is my lovely Christmas baby. Guess what? She also deserves to have a birthday party just as much as every other child on this planet and I refuse to short change her just because her birthday falls in a very busy and money strapped time of the year. So, yes, I am buying her a My Little Pony pinata for her party.


On Saturday my house will be filled to the gills with roughly 15 invited children and probably most of their parents. We will eat pizza, play party games, have the My Little Pony pinata stuffed with sweets, dance, and have cake. I am also baking the cake. My daughter will be deliriously happy. I might be certifiably insane by the end of the party. However, the strain of organizing a party near Christmas is a small price to pay for the smiles I will receive on Saturday. I think that is a very fair trade.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Baby It's Cold Outside- Clifford James Slipper Review

The weather in England right now has turned the corner from autumn chilly to winter cold. We have had our first snows and frost so thick that it has turned the landscape into a winter wonderland. A little over a week ago I was approached by a PR from Clifford James who asked me to review a pair of slippers. Since I was sitting on my sofa, my feet in socks and dreading to put my feet down onto the cold hardwood floors I immediately accepted the offer. The dread of feet on cold floors is very persuasive.

I received the slippers two days later. I was very impressed by the promptness in which they were dispatched. They were exactly what I wanted. Red bootie slippers with a sole hard enough that I could go outside to take the trash out without having to worry about changing into proper shoes. The soles also provided a non-slip surface, which is really nice on wooden floors. The warm faux fur lining in the slippers was also a nice feature.



I immediately slipped the new slippers off and I must admit I have rarely taken them off since I received them. I have even accidentally left the house in them. Twice. Yes, you will get weird stares when you do your weekly grocery shopping in slippers. It was an honest mistake though. They were so comfortable and the bottoms are waterproof so I didn't even realize what shoes I had on until I was halfway down the tinned veggie aisle. Oops.

The slippers provided to me by Clifford James were the Trinny Slippers for Ladies. They retail for £7.50, which I think is a great value for money. Clifford James has a wide variety of other slippers for both ladies and men. I think they would be a great presents during this holiday season.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Friday, December 10, 2010

Dear So and So...Ooooo You're my Best Friend

Hey! It's time for Dear So and So....you ready???

Dear Those in Car Parks,

Yes, I have had many gripes about parking areas in the years past. However, I must point out that if parking is in really close quarters you shouldn't open your door as fast as possible. My poor Jeep does not appreciate the paint transfer.

Just Pointing Out Common Courtesy, Kat
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Dear Beast,

You kinda smell like Fritos. Maybe it is time for a bath?

Your Human Mama, Kat
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Dear Sam Kitty,

Yes, it really is that cold outside. Yes, that is ice. Sorry for the inconvenience, Your Highness.

Love, That Woman Who Feeds You, Kat
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Dear LaLa,

As much as I am tickled pink that you are enamoured with math, really, I am, 10pm is not the time to be sneaking in in extra math exercises. You are more than welcome to do math problems when you get home, before school....well, basically anytime other than when you are supposed to be sleeping. Falling asleep in class is counter productive, trust me on this.

Love, Mom
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Dear Electric Company,

I swear all these lights that are on are not my fault. They are also not the fault of the shorter winter days. They are the fault of my 4 year old daughter who insists upon turning on the lights in every single room she enters. Bill her.

Fed Up, Kat
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Dear Readers,

Please don't forget to link up your letters!!!

Love, Kat

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

The Gallery- White

The temperatures here in England have gone subzero and I have never actually seen a frost this thick before. The weather forecast called for a "hard frost" here in Suffolk. Now, I know that means that it is going to get really foggy and then the fog is going to freeze to everything around it.


(Please click on the photo to get all the detail)

This is part of The Gallery hosted by Tara


Monday, December 6, 2010

1,2,3, Not It!

So as I was laying in bed the other day this came into my brain. England sent Prince William, David Cameron, and David Beckham to Zurich, Switzerland to press the English bid for the World Cup in 2018. This got me to thinking, how do you think they decided who got to bring up what points to the Fifa panel who decided where the World Cup is to be held. I like to think they played 1,2,3, Not It! This is how the conversation happened in my head.

David Cameron: So who wants to bring up the BBC Panorama Fifa corruption charges? 1,2,3, Not It!
Price William: Not It!
David Beckham: Not It! Damn.

DB: Who wants to talk about the fact that we have some of the worlds finest football pitches already? 1,2,3, Not It!
DC: Not It!
PW: Not It! Damn.

PW: Who wants to expound on the fact that we will already have the infrastructure to support the hoards of crowds since we already are going to be hosting the Olympics in London in 2012? 1,2,3, Not It!
DB: Not It!
DC: Not It! Damn!

DB: Who is buying dinner tonight? 1,2,3, Not It!
DC: Not It!
PW: Not It! Damn.
DC: Oh come on Wills, it isn't like you can't afford it!

By the way, Russia will be hosting the World Cup in 2018. I guess their strategy didn't work.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Friday, December 3, 2010

Dear So and So...Yeah I Almost Forgot

Time to hop on the Dear So and So...train. All aboard!!

Dear LaLa,

I swear you can go to your friend's house on Monday. Enough with the waterworks.

Love, Mom
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Dear Ely Toy Shop,

Thank you for actually having what I needed in stock after I saw it a month ago. I might not have gotten exactly the roller skates that I wanted, but they will work and LaLa will have a VERY Merry Christmas because of them.

A Very Happy Customer, Kat

PS- I love you very good and personalized service. It is so rare these days.
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Dear Body,

I know it is cold outside and you are getting a bit run down by our hectic schedule, but right now is not the time to get sick. I can't be sick. I refuse to be sick, so you will just have to wait to collapse AFTER the New Year. K Thnx.

I Don't Have Time For This, Kat
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Dear The Man,

I miss you. Dammit.

Love, Kat
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Dear Christmas Tree,

I am going to attempt to get you out of the loft in about 15 min. Please do not do the following: break, crash down, maim me, kill me, disfigure me, crush the dog, crush the cat. Thanks for your compliance.

Not Very Coordinated and Working Alone, Kat
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Dear Readers,

If you have DSS letters please link up!!

Love, Kat
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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

The Gallery- Celebrations

Every year I struggle to get good pictures of my girls to send in my Christmas cards. It isn't because I can't find the perfect outfits or find the perfect location, it is because I have kids who can almost never take a serious picture. So last year this is what happened.



"What is up with that face LaLa? Let's try this again."



"KiKi, hun, you have to face the camera."



"Tongues back in the mouth please!"



"I said tongues in you mouth please...KiKi"



"Oh, now you're just taking the mickey"



*sigh* "I am guessing this is the best we're gonna get"