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By Tara Zandra | December 20, 2009

We’ll see how long until a kid comes out this morning. Maybe when one of them does, they can just watch TV so I can finish blogging.

Last week Chris took a half day on Tuesday and since he starts very early right now, he was home by 10:30am! Definitely a nice thing to happen. We went to Sears because Chris had it in his head that he wanted dancing lights. So he bought the box that plays music and controls all the lights to blink to the beat. We’ve had requests for a video so you’ll all get to see what I’m talking about. I’m so concerned about the neighbors though so I make him keep the sound turned pretty low and we turn the music off completely between 8 and 9. Next year he wants more lights, eep!

We also had a lovely lunch at Panera Bread which is probably Tabitha’s favorite restaurant ever so she was thrilled. I was happy to see they expanded their kids’ menu since we were last there, but Daisy still chose PB&J *sigh*. At least it was organic. After lunch I took Tabitha to violin while Chris worked on getting the lights up outside. I then dropped her off at home and set out to Target. That was my first real shopping day for the kids, not counting online purchases. I did pretty well but two main gifts were nowhere to be found so I schlepped home and did a store check on target.com and found both items at a Target that isn’t far, but it’s not one of my favorites. But they had what I wanted and that’s what was important.

Honestly, so many of the gifts are interchangeable between the kids. Not all, of course. Daisy doesn’t play DS and Tabitha isn’t interested in Fancy Nancy, but Littlest Pet Shop, Toy Story, Imaginext, Tinker Bell- those could be for either kid. Tabitha still plays with toys and for that, I am grateful. First, it makes the buying a smidge easier, and second, it shows she’s not growing up *too* fast. I don’t want to stunt her, but I don’t want her forced forward either. I actually was never a huge player of toys, but even I was asking for Cabbage Patch Kids at 10.

Anyway, after knocking myself out in the toy aisles I got home and saw the finished product of Chris’s work and then we all headed out to buy our Christmas tree. My criteria was not too full and Tabitha’s criteria was tall. I think we got a nice balance. Daisy wanted one without low branches so there’d be more room for presents. Our tree fits the bill on that, too.

So home to decorate all 4 of our trees (3 are artificial and small) and then kids to bed.

Oh, but I’m not done. Chris took Wednesday off work and we all went to Disneyland! We hadn’t been in a while and needed to do all their Christmas stuff. I think we did it all. We saw the Castle lighting, saw 2 different Santa Claus’s, saw the Small World lighting, watched Christmas fireworks and “snow,” took pictures at one of the hotels with their giant tree and overall had a pretty good day. It was long and there were some major bumps (left my memory stick at home, seriously), but it’s so magical there even when it’s not Christmas.

Thursday was errands all day for the girls and I, then gymnastics for Daisy in the afternoon and then all of us went to Girl Scouts for an awards ceremony/Christmas party. Tabitha and I haven’t been able to really be involved in Girl Scouts so far this year (year, meaning since September as GS follows the school calendar), so we’re rededicating ourselves to it in the new year (the real new year).

Friday was yet another whirlwind with book club first thing in the morning and then Park Day. We didn’t get a huge turnout, but all of us had some of our favorite people there so we were happy. Oh, and the day was gorgeous; 76º, golden leaves on the ground, snow capped mountains in the background. That kind of day is exactly why I love living here. The kids built a giant leaf pile and then played in it so I caught a few pics of that. Alas, we had to leave a tad early as Tabitha had a make-up violin lesson.

After violin, Chris was home and we dressed the kids up and then dropped him with his parents to be taken to a dinner theater with a Christmas show. This was the first year Daisy went so it dawned on me that Chris and I would be alone! Chris surprised me with a reservation at The Melting Pot! It’s a restaurant I’ve been wanting to go to for a long time so I was very happy, to say the least. It was a fabulous meal, let me tell you. We went with all 4 courses so we started with a cheese fondue that came with breads, apples, carrots, cauliflower and celery for dipping. Second course was salad. Third course was the entree. Of course we had all vegetables, but there were tons. We had white mushrooms, portabello mushrooms, asparagus, artichoke hearts and broccoli. We also had tofu and two kinds of raviolis. Our pot had an oil and broth mixture with garlic and other seasonings. Lastly, not that we needed it by then, we had dessert. I opted for pure, dark chocolate in the pot and they brought us cheesecake, pound cake, strawberries, brownies and bananas for dipping. It was all amazing and definitely something we’ll need to do again.

Okay, I’m done. I had to take a break in the middle because the kids got up. I’ll blog about yesterday and today later.

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