Saturday, December 26, 2009

Lots of lovely Christmas stuff going on here, close to home. Staying in our jammies, wearing our new housecoats, eating lots of chip and dip, playing games, going for walks to the park.
I will update with photos soon.
Hope everyone's holidays are happy.

Monday, December 21, 2009


I decided to attempt some Christmas baking again. My last attempt was not too successful. I spent the whole morning and some of the afternoon knee deep in chocolate, almonds, flour, and icing sugar. This time I did good.
It must have been the Christmas carols playing. Tony even kept football off the TV most of the day to help set the mood and not jinx the baking marathon that was going on.

A game of monopoly took place between Cooper and Tony. Tony takes this game far too seriously so we had to lighten the whole thing with a game of Nerf darts. He happened to be wearing the perfect shirt for it - they all stuck to him. The kids thought this was pretty funny.

Love the look on Reagan's face in this one. He waited it out and then they got back down to business.

This is Cooper and Tony deep in discussion about how Cooper, who had no money left and owed $950 in rent, was going to stay in the game.

Sunday I felt that I got back on track with Christmas preparations. I still have lots to do (I should be wrapping right now) but I got myself back in the spirit. The funniest thing was how Reagan and Tag have started making lists about what they are going to do during the day. They have obviously been watching as I scribble my lists down furiously and then try and cross things off. There lists seem to be a little less labour-intensive than mine, but important none-the-less.

Friday, December 18, 2009

This week...

Lots of fun Christmas activities happening at school this week. So, as a result, I spent quite a bit of time up there helping in various classes with various crafts.

Tuesday we helped 22 little five year olds (including Tag) make evergreen centerpieces that really would be the glowing center of any table, complete with plastic snowflakes and faux poinsettia blooms hot glue-gunned on. I burnt my finger on the glue gun and my friend Julie (another kindergarten Mom) clipped her finger with the pruners but other than that it was successful.

Wednesday we made gingerbread houses in Reagan's class. Hers was the prettiest. I'm quite sure that none of her classmates read this blog so I can say that. :)
Thursday was school wide craft day. I floated from class to class helping with a variety of tasks: threading beads onto pipe cleaners, gluing pompoms onto Santa hats, squirting glitter glue onto snowmen, and, unfortunately, hot-gluing ribbon onto ornaments (yes, another burn to the finger). We had a lovely collection come home to add to our tree.

Today, we are officially on Christmas vacation. Cheers to two weeks of no school lunches to pack.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Christmas photo teaser

The snow was just starting to fall as we headed out to do the Christmas card photo shoot that we all sooooo enjoy(big dose of sarcasm inserted here).

It actually went off without too much trouble. Just the usual "look at the camera", "look at the camera", "LOOK AT THE CAMERA".

Of course I can't post the final photo here because that would ruin the surprise for those of you who get an actual photo from us in the mail. So here's a teaser: P.S. Only 12 more sleeps until Santa.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Christmas has arrived at the Symonds house

It took us a while to get going but once we did there was no stopping us.

In the course of 3 days we:
-went Christmas shopping

-decorated Christmas cookies
-did a Christmas puzzle

-watched some Christmas movies
-went to the Christmas tree farm
-cut down our Christmas tree
-drank Christmas hot chocolate-decorated our Christmas tree
-put up all the Christmas decorations

-listened to Christmas music
It's official - we're in the season. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Science Fair update - On Friday Cooper advanced to the next level of competition. This means that, in March, he competes against other kids in the district. He called me on my cel as soon as he found out and acted very cool while telling me that he had made it. I know that he was beaming on the inside - so was I.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

FPOTM - November

It's absolutley the perfect shot for how I felt most of this month. CRAZY!!!


I am way too tired to blog right now but this whole "blogging once every two or three weeks" thing is getting ridiculous.
How it is already December 3rd I can't even begin to try and figure out. Why does November seem to fly by in a bigger whirlwind every year? My Christmas decorations are still not up but don't get me started. At least I did manage to remember to pull out the advent calendar wreaths on Monday night. Can you imagine??
Okay, the reason for my post tonight: SCIENCE FAIR!!
For the last few weeks we have been cursing Science Fair around here. This is our first year dealing with it and man, does it take up a lot of time and energy. Cooper was actually really excited about the whole project and spent a lot of time on it, making sure he was keeping on track with what he needed to have done every week.
The whole late night, printing tiger photos off the internet, typing, editing, etc. thing paid off though. He got chosen (1 of 3 in his class) to represent his grade in the final. Tomorrow morning he will find out if he was chosen out of those to move on to the next level. He is beyond excited and told me he wasn't sure if he would sleep tonight (he was snoring by 9:30). Really, really proud of him and the effort he put into this project.
Speaking of proud, the other three all performed in their Christmas concerts yesterday and today. Of course, they all did fantastically. But, off the record, the kindergarten class is really the cuuuuuutest. Don't tell the others. He was rewarded for a great show with a cookie and a juice box which he proceeded to enjoy sitting on the end of the stage.
Yay everybody this week!!