Wednesday, December 30, 2009
I am furiously working on an article about preschool (and learning TONS in the process). I need to hear from YOU about if you send (or sent) your children to preschool.
Why did you choose to do so? (or not do so).
What were some of the factors you considered when making the preschool decision?
What things do you like about your current preschool? Are there things you wish you could change?
Please leave a comment or email me at savethephillipsfamily_at_hotmail.com and share your wisdom.
Thanks so much!
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
This year we opted to stay in a hotel due to the fact that 31 people from Tobe's family were convening at his grandparent's farm this to celebrate Christmas. This was the children's first hotel visit and they were incredibly excited.
Isaac greatly enjoyed his big boy bed and after the four of us sharing one room, we all now know Miss E. has a terrible snoring problem.
Christmas morning we headed out to the grandparents' farm and enjoyed a day of eating, opening presents and spending time with family.
Isaac wondering what is under that sheet....
All smiles after opening her Disney princess set
We moved on the next day to visit more relatives, eat more food (E. preferred Cheetos, as evidenced by the picture below) and open more presents.
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Friday, December 25, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
Saturday, December 19, 2009
And I have presents to wrap, crafts to finish, activities to accomplish, cookies to bake and life to live.
Unfortunately the ol blog might be a bit sparse over the next week or so (with the exception of a holiday picture posted daily, surely I can at least do that).
Which is sad because I have so many funny anecdotes to share, such as how my oldest child appeared in the doorway of my bedroom yesterday morning wearing only his birthday suit and informed me he was closing his bedroom door because he needed some privacy.
Uh, too late for that, dude.
Or how when we took the children up to experience the light display at our local town square this evening, big brother affectionately encouraged little sister to come dance with him in the gazebo, promising her he would stay right by her the whole time. (He ditched her the moment the music came on...but she quickly found her own groove and no longer needed his assistance)
I could also say how the memory card on my camera is just begging for me to download all the images and videos shot over the past three days because there are some quality memories captured forever on it (including tonight's dance party and lunch with Santa earlier this week).
In the meantime, I leave you with a link over to BurbMom in which I discuss how an unfortunate cookie accident changed my outlook on the holidays.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Every year my goal is to incorporate a lyric or two from a Christmas carol into the wording of our card. So far, it works. Ask me again in twenty years when I am having to put such phrases as "With a corncob pipe and a button nose, Merry Christmas from the Phillips family" or "Here we come a-wassiling among the leaves so green...and wish you a Merry Christmas!" and I might be cursing the whole tradition of Christmas carols on the holiday greeting card notion.
If you are wondering who designed this super-cute card, it just happens to be my friend Kinda from MyKindaCard. If you are needing cute, inexpensive cards for any and all occasions drop her an email.
The pictures were actually taken by a close friend in a quick 15 minute session one Saturday morning in November. She did an excellent job of coaxing a few smiles out of the children and putting everyone at ease. What you cannot see in the picture is my uber-cute tights that were brown and blue argyle. When I decided on a brown and blue theme for this year's picture, I was surprised to discover outfits already in everybody's closet that would work nicely together.
Then I stumbled upon the brown and blue tights in a local store and knew they were a must for my holiday card ensemble.
However, we did not really have a good family picture displaying the beauty that was my cute tights. I figured most people would rather receive a Christmas card bearing a picture of our family smiling merrily as opposed to one showcasing my obsession with printed tights.
I gave one up for the team...this year.
Next year, you just might be receiving a Christmas card featuring a collage of all my cute leg attire and a random carol greeting of "O, Christmas Tree! O, Christmas Tree! How verdant are your branches!"
Monday, December 14, 2009
Casa de phillips is all a' sparkle these days as we sit and enjoy the twinkling lights of Christmas from the comfort of our couch. I am touring along this fine December day with The Nester as she hosts the annual blog Christmas Tour of Homes.
If you are new here...Welcome. Casa de phillips is made up of one husband, one wife, a four year old little boy and a 2.5 year old little girl.
The first stop on our tour today is the Christmas tree, which is mainly decorated in reds and golds (including the wrapped presents below its branches). Because we live by the philosophy that a tree can never have too many lights. we actually add two strands of lights to our pre-lit tree. We string them up through the middle, which makes the tree absolutely glow.
After many discussions and rearranging of furniture (some of which is now housed in the garage during the holiday season), we opted to place our tree by the piano this year. I was skeptical at first, but now love having it in that section of the room. If only one of us could actually play the piano decently, then the family could sit by the tree and sing carols.
Oh well. Maybe next year.
Our tree has many special ornaments. My favorites are our name ornaments, a tradition I begin the Christmas my husband and I were engaged (a tradition I also totally copied from "Days of Our Lives". Who can resist the yearly Christmas episode when the Horton Family ornaments are pulled out?)
The husband and my ornaments
The children's ornaments
Our stockings are hung with care on the mantle. These beauties are from Pottery Barn, where I also purchased the adorable picture frame stocking holders to go with them. Then I realized that said ornament holders were made out of very solid iron. I also realized that casa de phillips is home to two very curious preschoolers. Hoping to avoid any and all trips the ER this holiday season, I opted to keep my beautiful stocking holders stashed away this year and am using clear plastic hooks instead.
A new section of Christmas decor this year is the holiday toy table. We own several pieces of the Little People Christmas village as well as a Nativity set made for little fingers. These toys have a home of their own where they can be enjoyed on a daily basis (they live in storage eleven months out of the year, which makes them terribly exciting during the month of December). I am in search of a cute, cheap red bucket to house some of the bigger train pieces which simply live on the floor next to this table.
Random groupings of Santas, twinkling lights and pictures can be found all over the living room.
The piano decor...which is home to more Santas, pictures, and twinkling lights. One can never have too many twinkling lights, in my opinion
Pre-children I used to set the table in festive holiday dinnerware as if we were expecting company at any moment. Such tabletop decor no longer works. I have made peace with plastic placemats and simple decorations in the kitchen, knowing once the children are off to college my elaborate table scape can return.
I always spruce up the light over our table
Collection of Christmas plates above the fridge
When I discovered tree garland with tiny globes affixed to it, I knew we had a new tree theme for Isaac.
Thanks for touring casa de phillips this holiday season. Be sure to leave a comment so I can tour your home as well.
In the midst of being a stay-at-home mom, I also dabble in freelance writing. Take a minute to tour a few Christmas articles.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
Friday, December 11, 2009
I had a very eager participant who needed little guidance on his letter. He wrote about half the letter, filling in the blanks with his own ideas (I did help with spelling, obviously).
A few days after writing out letters, we mailed them at our town's adorable red mailbox.
Thank goodness for big brothers who can reach up high and open the mail box slot!
Our letters have been sent off to the North Pole. The Santa who works the area around casa de phillips is really good about writing children a response, so we expect a reply in the next week or so.
After mailing out our letters, we stopped to admire the city Christmas tree. I love to tell the children about the time when Isaac was a baby and pulled off a small section of this tree. Although it was actually a different tree (the city tree has grown considerably in the past few years), the children find such a tale hilarious. I am sure by the time Isaac is an adult this family story will have morphed into something grand and quite far from the truth. Isn't that what family stories do anyway?