Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Jonas is in Kindergarten and one of his recent projects was to disguise a turkey. It was a fun project with the purpose of helping his turkey hide from the farmer so that he doesn't get eaten for Thanksgiving. Jo could make his turkey into anything. When I Googled some ideas I found some really great ones, like spider turkey, ninja turkey, spongebob turkey and so many more. When Jo decided upon a triceratops I got a little scared. I thought the ninja idea would have been much easier. After looking around for a dino-turkey (we found one that was sort of what he wanted) we got to work cutting, folding, coloring and disguising. I only hover to ensure fingers aren't cut off by scissors and when my help is requested. He requested it a lot. Normally he likes to do things on his own, so I happily obliged. We had fun disguising his turkey!
So, here's Jo's triceraturkey, a turkey that was probably not eaten on Thanksgiving day since he's so awesomely disguised.
Do your children have any super fun projects that you look forward to?
Monday, December 30, 2013
Every year we are fortunate to have a Christmas Eve visit from our very own Santa Claus who, with Mrs. Claus, get to ride the local fire truck up and down the streets of our tiny borough offering waves, candy canes for the kids and puppy treats for the furry friends (Mrs. Claus' second job is heading the local doggy rescue and she is very passionate about all pooches). Just about every year I forget that it's happening, or I forget when it's happening so we were lucky to be home when I heard the sirens running up and down nearby streets. We all rushed to get dressed and ran outside many times for false alarms. Amara stood as lookout and shouted to us all when the truck turned down out street.
The kids ran around up until they were about halfway down the block, then they sat and waited anxiously for Santa and his crew to arrive. The elves know we have a 4th kid so they made sure to give us an extra candy cane for the moody one inside the house.
We look forward to Santa's visit every year. In the city I live, there are more holiday activities, like the tree lighting ceremony, New Years Eve celebration and more and while they are only about 1-2 miles from us, I like having them right outside my door. What does your town do to celebrate the holidays?
Sunday, December 29, 2013
Holidays in my home are a bustling time of visiting family, drinking coffee, running to the store for last-minute things, eating cookies, forgetting to by regular groceries, visiting more family, drinking more coffee, going back to the store, ignoring the laundry build-up, avoiding piles of boxes of Christmas decorations until I have no other choice, watching others put up Christmas lights while I stand by being helpful (telling people there's a light out can be helpful)...all while listening to Christmas music, which I diligently avoid until about December 10th. I get too angry at the world when it reminds me that two of my boys (my hubby Jason and my son Jonas) have to share their birthday with one of the biggest holidays and I don't have enough time or money to focus on all of them at once. Probably sounds a lot like the holiday for many people.
Thankfully, Starbucks and Modern Mom sensed my plight and blessed me with the opportunity to try a new holiday blend of Starbucks ground coffee. I didn't have to run back to the store for coffee after all.
I made some right away, with my favorite milk (shameless plug for Rutter's right here) in my Keurig.
|How did I make ground coffee in my Keurig, you ask? With my handy-dandy reusable k-cup! Close up so you can't see the clutter.|
The Starbucks Holiday Blend- available at major grocery stores- is created with "vibrant Latin American and smooth Indonesian coffees. It's balance of herbal and sweet maple notes pairs pairs beautifully with everything the holiday season has in store for you." That's what Starbucks has to say about their coffee. I have to say it's definitely smooth; it's not a strong coffee and does have a holiday flavor. I prefer strong, smooth coffees and while this one is weaker than my normal choices I can fix that by adding extra when I brew it. Without reading the description I honestly couldn't have told you what flavors were incorporated into this blend, but it's a relaxing taste (that's the best way to describe it!). After knowing what's in it, I can smell a light maple scent. I made sure to use only sugar and milk to be sure I didn't think I was drinking coffee but was actually drinking cigarette ashes (I never had cigarette ash flavored Starbucks but there have been quite a few others that really did taste like cigarette ashes so I wanted to be certain). It was very good. Good enough that I wanted to keep drinking beyond my normal two cups in the morning.
I had it while stringing up the tree lights:
|I'm so helpful.|
While wrapping Christmas presents at 1am:
|This was just the first one...|
And of course, I had lots of it while spending the holidays with my family.
|Sorry for the blur. I blame my camera's inability to work with movement. So unfortunately you can't see the amazing breakfast that my in-laws make every Christmas morning for their family.|
And now for the news you've been waiting for:
Starbucks and Modern Mom also provided me with a bag of Holiday Blend ground coffee to give away to one of my readers. I decided to keep the coffee because it's good, and sponsor a giveaway for a $15 gift card instead (with permission). Then you can try the Holiday Blend yourself, or any other coffee or Starbucks product (but if you don't try something new I will think you're boring). United States entries only.
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Disclosure: Starbucks & Modern Mom supplied me with Starbucks Coffee Holiday Blend to help facilitate this review and giveaway. I didn't want to share the giveaway coffee and was given the okay, so I am sponsoring the gift card giveaway myself. No other compensation was received. All opinions are expressly my own.
Thursday, December 19, 2013
When I visited him for the first time after his diagnosis the first thing he said was, "When are you getting married, Al?". 4 weeks and many wonderful friends and family later Jason and I finally tied the knot. For many reasons- budget being one of them- we had held off on this seemingly unimportant event. I always said I'd do it when the time was right, or when I had to. That time had come.
|August 11, 2013|
He was diagnosed in July and made it until December. He was 59. I'm handling it well. I think being able to prepare helped me some. I keep forgetting to do things like ordering the kids' Christmas presents, doing the dishes and decorating the tree but I'm sure that will get better. I'm just sad for what he didn't have. Anyway, here's the obituary.
YORK- Ronald E. Klineyoung, 59, passed away peacefully Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at Manor Care South following a courageous battle with cancer.
A celebration of life tribute service will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at Heffner Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 1551 Kenneth Rd., York with Pastor Richard B. Starr officiating. A visitation will be from 7-8 p.m. on Friday and 3-4 p.m. on Saturday, both at the funeral home.
He was born in York on March 28, 1954, the son of the late Earl L. and E. June. (Ball) Klineyoung.
Ron graduated in 1972 from William Penn Senior High School. During high school he participated in marching band, symphonic band and was Vice President of the Executive Cabinet of his class. He held various jobs over the years. His interest included writing and music. He enjoyed talking about politics, religion and his family, especially his daughter and grandchildren. Ron was a member of Oasis Club and NAMI. He was a good friend to many throughout his life.
Mr. Klineyoung is survived by his daughter, Alexandra Weaver and her husband, Jason of York; four grandchildren; and two sisters, Debra Klineyoung of Pittsburgh and Diane S. Markey and her husband, Bradley of York.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to NAMI (National Alliance for Mental Illness), 140 Roosevelt Ave., Suite 200, York, PA 17404 or www.nami.org.
His family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all those who have been involved in Ron’s care throughout the years.
NAMI, 140 Roosevelt Ave., Suite 200, York, PA 17404
Thursday, December 12, 2013
|Always with the food on his face|
The other day I let him play on his big brother's desktop Minecraft account. He apparently went to town, deleting or altering everything in every single world that Zach had created. When Zachary got home he lost it. He went completely berserk and all I could think was Geez, it's a flipping video game. A hurricane didn't wipe out your REAL house and half of your family; a burglar didn't break into your REAL house and steal all of your REAL crap. Just be grateful you have a stupid game to destroy your brain cells. And you get to start from scratch! What I said was, "Chill, dude."
But even better than my relaxed response was Jonas walking out from behind my chair and saying, "Woah...things just got awkward in here." Zachary didn't think it was funny when I laughed. I thought it was hilarious. I love hearing little kids saying big words.
I guess he isn't so little anymore. On December 9, Jonas became a humongous 6 year old. He's grown like 4 inches in the last year. Do boys always grow so fast? I don't remember Zach hitting a major growth spurt until this year (at least 6 inches since Sept. 2012). My daughter has only grown about 2 inches in the last 2 years. Anyway, I already miss my little Jonas but I'm enjoying how well the new and improved Jonas is doing at school and how hard he works to be better every day. He no longer wants to be a tree when he grows up, but he still wants to be able to make fire with his hands. I'll enjoy his adorable young mind for as long as possible.