How was your family's Christmas?

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Registered: 05-15-2009
How was your family's Christmas?
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Mon, 12-27-2010 - 1:47pm

Ours didn't go exactly as planned.

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Tue, 01-04-2011 - 9:29am
Karen, it sounds like your family had a wonderful Christmas! I love that my side of the family draws names, too! I only wish Brian's side did the same. You're right, it makes *everything* so much smoother and definitely less stressful.

How do you like your iPad? That was what my husband and his brothers gave their parents this year. We had it at our house for about a month loading it up with family photos and getting it set up for them. It is such a cool gadget! It was kind of funny because FIL spent at least two good hours complaining about technology in general after he opened it, but he spent the rest of the weekend with the iPad stuck to his side.

Your group did a wonderful job decorating the church! Was this your first year decorating?

Ian went back to school yesterday. It really wasn't as bad as I thought it would be to get him up and moving. This morning was a bit worse, I think. I got to hear all about how he didn't want to go to school, how he didn't want to wear the clothes I picked out (but didn't want to choose anything different for himself), and how there's "nothing to eat for breakfast" (when there is). I think this is just going to be our rough week of getting back into our normal routine.

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Tue, 01-04-2011 - 7:53am

Jen, your Christmas sounds like one of those you won't soon forget (but would like to).

 


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Thu, 12-30-2010 - 10:21am
Oh, no! I'm sorry the flu has hit your house. We never got around to getting our flu shots this year. I just got off the phone with the health department, and the soonest they can get the kids in is 1/5. I meant to do this before we went to Disney World in November, but it never happened and then I forgot.

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Wed, 12-29-2010 - 10:58pm

Yikes, Jen! What a mess! And that poor dog. He must have been really frantic.

We had a nice Christmas. Christmas Eve is always with my family, and follows the same routine. We celebrated with DH's family on the 26th, which left Christmas Day wide open. I asked the kids to choose a menu that was "Christmasy" but not a lot of work, and they decided on shepherd's pie, far east celery and angel food cake. They were pretty proud of that!

Post-Christmas, Henry had stomach flu, Julia has a fever and sore throat, and Eddie just started with stomach flu a few hours ago. I'm going crazy trying to get work done with everyone around. I don't have a lot of work so I had some fun stuff planned, but with the illnesses we haven't been able to go anywhere. I also seem completely unable to get them all going in the morning. If this is a preview of summer vacation, I'm in big trouble.

Happy new year!

Polly

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Tue, 12-28-2010 - 9:44am
We've tried a crate. He's a 95 lb. Doberman, and he actually destroyed the crate. He doesn't do well with smaller spaces at all. I took him to the vet several months ago for this, and I got a prescription for "puppy prozac" and a plan on how to deal with separation anxiety. We followed the plan, and it was all going well until he managed to lock himself in the bedroom. It really was an accident. We close all the bedroom doors before we leave, but I think this time my bedroom door didn't latch completely. Had he stayed in the open areas of the house, he would have been OK.

I'm actually pretty happy with the progress he made. We adopted him last year (he's almost 3 now), and we were told about this problem he has. It had cost him 3 homes in a month at the rescue. Getting him to the point where he's OK with being home alone for three hours (max) has been a lot of work. I just need to be very careful that when we leave he can't get himself stuck like that. Putty, primer, and paint for the damaged wall are on my to do list this week!

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Registered: 04-02-2009
Tue, 12-28-2010 - 8:23am
Sorry to hear your plans were messed up. Have you considered using a crate for the dog? they see it as their den and feel safer/secure... we crate our dog at night and when we are gone

Renee


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