Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Christmas wrap-up

Howdy kids!
How was everyone's Christmas?

The Cakes family had a very nice Christmas. Honestly. It all went swimmingly. There were no gift disasters. No meltdowns. No laughing during the Gospel reading. (He handed off the more delicate passage to a more mature individual.) Not really any drama at all. *sigh* It was really quite nice. Doesn't leave much to blog about. And I spent too much time actually being there Christmas morning so I didn't take any pictures. I do have some awesome video of Meatball and his big Santa gift, a real electric guitar. Skaterboy will be giving him lessons which will be great because Jellybean wants to take piano lessons. Porkchop is already begging for drums for next Christmas. All I can envision when I think of that is

Monday, December 29, 2008

Peek-In-Monday

My Biggest Fan...

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Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas from the Cakes Family

Here's the annual Cakes family Christmas photo shoot. My family and friends just ask for this instead of the cards which really cracks me up. So here it is.
Adding an uncooperative 10 month old St. Bernard to the photo shoot may have been ill advised...


and sadly this is the best we could do for a retake...ah well. Some years are better than others.


May your Christmas be filled with laughter, singing, dancing, happy chaos, and lots and lots of thanksgivings...

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Tonight I finally felt the inner stirrings of Christmas

This song has been filling with me happiness all night. I just love the idea of the Incarnation being God's Winter Song. I don't know if that is what the songwriter meant and I don't care. It is the first song to put me really into the Christmas spirit this year.


Bum bum bum bum bum bum bum bum
Bum bum bum bum bum bum
Bum bum bum bum bum bum

This is my winter song to you.
The storm is coming soon,
It rolls in from the sea

My voice; a beacon in the night.
My words will be your light,
To carry you to me.

Is love alive?
Is love alive?
Is love

They say that things just cannot grow
Beneath the winter snow,
Or so i have been told.

They say we're buried far,
Just like a distant star
I simply cannot hold.

Is love alive?
Is love alive?
Is love alive?

This is my winter song.
December never felt so wrong,
Cause you're not where you belong;
Inside my arms.

Bum bum bum bum bum bum bum bum
Bum bum bum bum bum bum
Bum bum bum bum bum bum

I still believe in summer days.
The seasons always change
And life will find a way.

I'll be your harvester of light
And send it out tonight
So we can start again.

Is love alive?
Is love alive?
Is love alive?

This is my winter song.
December never felt so wrong,
Cause you're not where you belong;
Inside my arms.

This is my winter song to you.
The storm is coming soon
It rolls in from the sea.

My love a beacon in the night.
My words will be your light
To carry you to me.

Is love alive?
Is love alive?
Is love alive?
Is love alive?
Is love alive?
Is love alive?
Is love alive?
Is love alive?
Is love alive?
Is love alive?
Is love alive?
Is love alive?
Is love alive?
Is love alive?
Is love alive?
Is love alive?
Is love alive?

Thursday, December 18, 2008

about the dog and the cat...

People have asked about how Humphrey gets along with the cats. I think this sums it up pretty well...

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

My favorite photos this week...

Porkchop's birthday was this weekend. He shares his birthday with my Granny who we are lucky enough to have in town with us for a few weeks. Porkchop loves that he shares his birthday with Granny. And he loved getting to share his party with her.



We were also lucky to have my Great Aunt Pat down to visit. She hasn't seen my Granny in two years. They used to live in the same two-family in Chicago when they were first having kids. Aunt Pat and Granny were two of eight kids. My Aunt Pat went on to have eleven. Three sets of twins in seven years! I can't imagine! But the blessing is that nine of her eleven children still live in Chicago and she has 36 grandchildren! Two of her sons came down with her and they were talking about how fun Christmas Eve is with everyone around. What a lucky family.

Even though my Granny did not have eleven children. She still has Aunt Pat beat on great grandchildren, thanks to your truly! HA! I'm still laughing remembering when I tried to high-five Granny and she just looked at me blankly! Here's Granny with her newest Great Grandchild. I wish the lighting was better on this picture.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Peek-In-Monday

This speaks for itself...
(the beautiful quilt was a gift to Sweeting from the Nicest Lady on the Internet.)

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Friday, December 12, 2008

Tagged...

I was tagged by Rachel and her ridiculously adorable kids. Here's the rules:

The Rules: go to Your Pictures file go to the 5th folder open up the 5th picture and post it then tag 5 people when you are done.

So this is Jellybean at 3yrs old. She had been sent up for a nap and obviously did not stay in bed...


So, I am tagging
Now, what should I do? I don't do the tagging game very often...

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Up on the housetop...

hmmmmm...


Wait a minute...
it would appear that our gifts are delivered to our house by that Jolly Old Abolitionist, Abraham Lincoln.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

GAAAAHHH! I bought an American Girl Doll!

*pant pant*
I can't believe I just spent that kind of money on a doll! But, I know the quality is worth it. Jellybean wanted one of those My Twinn dolls that are like $175! All she asked Santa for was a doll, but there was no way I was doing that. I checked out the Target versions, but all the reviews I read said the hair was awful and the arms snap off. I'm so tired of everything being made to be disposable!

So, I bit the bullet and bought the American Girl Just Like You doll. It was $90 but I figure she has two little sisters that also have straight blonde hair and blue eyes so they can always play with it if she loses interest. The worst part was I had to pay for rush delivery. They can't guarantee delivery on standard shipping anymore. That was $32! But, I had a code for $10 off.

I figured it was worth paying the money for the quality doll and I can always get the accessories at Target. So, Santa is done with her! My kids get one big gift from Santa, one from us, and one from their Secret Santa Sibling. Then we have a Santa bag that we fill with gifts for the whole family. Board games and whatnot. We don't keep track of money at this point. Some years we spend more on one than another and it all works out in the end.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Once a year I get my revenge...

Chowder is a lovely dear man that I adore, as you have been able to tell if you read my blog. There is one thing about him, though. He is ridiculously annoying. He TALKS... a lot. about nothing. I am a woman of few words with a love for efficiency. Especially, in words. I tell my husband frequently that he is wasting words. And when he insists that I respond to his nonsense, it pains me because it causes me to also waste words. It's annoying.

He will turn anything I say into a dirty euphemism. For example...

Me: Honey will you wash the dishes?
Him: Oh. I'll wash your dishes.
I don't even know what that means? But, I know what he means. And it's annoying.

He also likes really bad music. And he likes to sing and dance to really bad music. The worst is The Safety Dance. I don't just dislike this song. I can't explain it, but when I hear this song it invokes a white hot rage in the center of my very being. But, he loves to sing it. And it's annoying.

He's constantly doing stupid things and asking me to "Check this out." And then he'll do "the wave" and ask me if he's "blowing my mind." He doesn't just do this once, he does it all. the. time. Over and over. And it's annoying.

He never quite matured past 6th grade, so there are a series of words that I cannot use without him collapsing into a fit of giggles. They include but are not limited to, "package" and "unit." He has to make a huge effort to remain composed during the reading of the Gospel on Christmas Eve because he has to read the word, "ass." And some years he doesn't make it. And it's annoying.

So, every Christmas I get my turn. I get these every year and we now have 5 of them. They are superbly annoying on their own, but oh no, the children must ratchet it up and play them all at once. Here is this year's edition.

Monday, December 08, 2008

Peek-In-Monday

Ladybug helps...
You don't have to watch the whole thing, I just didn't feel like going through the bother of clipping it. Although towards the end you get see Humphrey and Boy Cat and their relationship wrought with peril.

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Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Living Life Ridiculously Large...

As Chowder and I were snuggling under the Christmas tree we started laughing at the sheer size of it. He said he told his friend, "We have a ridiculously large Christmas Tree, a ridiculously large dog, a ridiculously large van and a ridiculously large family."

goes along with our ridiculously large love.
(and my ridiculously sappy self)


this picture doesn't do it justice. Remember we have 10 foot ceilings.

Monday, December 01, 2008

Peek-In-Monday

I was in the kitchen and thought someone was breaking into the house. Instead it was this. It comes around 30 seconds.

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