Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Cleaning or Playing

I could be cleaning...

I could have been cleaning the house this morning because the bathrooms certainly needed it. But when the kiddos are looking this cute it's easy to be distracted. There are days when I feel like a referee in a WWF match, but then there are the days when the kids play so well together I just have to sit back and let the sweet memory sink in.

This is our smiley girl, who as you can tell puts up with alot from her siblings.

This video is a little coaxed but does represent Brooke very well.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Oh Christmas Tree

Our Tree

I read in a blog recently that a mother decided to not tempt evil and put her tree on the front porch away from harm's way. Ashamedly my first thought was, "I'm glad my kids are more obedient than that." I'm experienced after all. This is my 5th Christmas keeping a baby or a toddler from touching the ornaments. A few hand swats and an occasional spanking and by day 3 or 4 the tree has been reasonably safe. But then came number 3 and suddenly putting the tree on the porch doesn't seem like such a bad idea. After fishing broken ornaments out a certain young mouth I decided I wasn't dealing just with an obedience issue, but a safety issue. My strategy, however, is not as drastic yet as putting the tree on the front porch. I decided just taking off the first row or two of the ornaments and moving them upward would fix the problem. We'll see if this works. If not, there may be an addendum to this post.