Happy Faces, Happy Moments

I love looking back on pictures that make me smile… my boys and me in one shot, all happy —

Mama Bear Fights for her Kids

The Dad at my house on Christmas Eve —

Grampa spending Christmas Eve with Grandkids

Getting a pic of all three of my kids and me, just to find out the little one was showing his chewed up food —

My three kids and me

And our first year of getting our Christmas tree without help from anyone else –

Christmas Tree Cut Down

I love that when I look back at so many pictures I have taken that each time we all seem so happy. The kids sort of went through a funk for a bit, due to situations that arose, but now they seem to be super happy again and I just had to look back to cherish some of those happy moments today as I prepare to have them gone with their Dads for the weekend.

I love my family so much!

 

Thought About it, Then Thought Twice

NH Mom Blogger & Her DadThe kids were here on Christmas Eve for our annual pizza and presents with my Dad and Step Mom. You wouldn’t believe how freaking happy I was to get new hand towels, my six year old didn’t get why I was so happy over new hand towels, it’s an adult thing I suppose. I also got this really cool candle that changes colors and stuff, I will be sharing it online soon I am sure. Maybe on my YouTube Channel, who knows.

Grampa spending Christmas Eve with Grandkids

 

Christmas Eve was fun, all three kids returned by 5pm from their Dads and I invited my ex hubs to stay for pizza because he will forever be a part of this family. It helps that I think of my ex husband as a great friend, so of course he could stay! Just an FYI – the ex husband is my two sons Dad. Pizza was enjoyed and the Grampa bought hot dog pizza special ordered from my daughter’s favorite local pizza joint, he scored some major Grampa points with that choice!

Presents were opened. Kids were happy. I was happy. Then it was time to depart, so my Dad and Step mom ventured off back to VT & the ex hubs heading back to his place, while I worked on calming the children down to get to bed. After all, Mrs. Claus had some presents to wrap and Santa duties to tend to. Once the kids were all snuggled up in their beds and fast asleep, Santa dropped off stocking stuffers and presents under the tree then went to sleep.

Christmas MorningChristmas started at 5 in the morning, no joke. I had prepared my coffee so that all I would have to do was hit on in the morning but those kids were way too quick to get downstairs to their stockings that I had zero time to venture to the kitchen. I survived the stocking stuffer opening then paused em all so I could snag me some energy  coffee. Then I went back downstairs as the kids tore through all of the presents and next thing I know all presents have been opened.

It was time to get the kids dressed and ready for Dads. I was dropping the oldest to her Dads house then the ex was coming to pick up the boys here about 8 am. My Christmas morning went by so fast and as I hugged the kids goodbye I thought to myself, I should probably clean this tornado of a mess house. Then I thought twice; why is it my duty to clean up after my tornado of kids? So yes, today my boys shall return to their Mama and I will be enlisting them to help clean up the basement, get the decorations off of the tree so I can carry it upstairs and throw it outside.

From there, we will probably have some hot cocoa and enjoy some random conversations with the new toys they got. Tomorrow the daughter returns and I will be having her clean up her tornado of a bedroom.

The aftermath of Christmas … joy!

 

The Four Year old is HAPPY – Gummibar is on DVD

The Yummy Gummy Search for Santa is out on DVD for you all to enjoy. I have a huge Gummibar fan here in the house, his name is K-man and he has always enjoyed watching the Gummibar song on YouTube so it’s no surprise when I opened the mail and he saw this DVD, he jumped for joy.

The best Holiday Gift Idea, ever. Okay well I am sure there are others I would recommend too, but K-man would recommend this one for you all. Gummibar: The Yummy Gummy Search for Santa DVD is fun for all ages and really anyone who loves Christmas movies. This DVD is for sale now with a suggested retail price of $14.99.

Synopsis

When Santa is reported missing on Christmas Eve, Gummibar and his band of wacky, misfit friends shake their booties from the North Pole to the tropics on a madcap search. But when they discover Santa was abducted by a dance-crazed alien, the fate of Christmas morning rests int he hands — and feet — of our lovable green gummy bear!

Dance with the Gummibar and his friends as they go on a search for Santa this holiday season!

{Nickelodeon DVD} Nickelodeon Favorites: Merry Christmas!

I am excited to share a new Nickelodeon DVD that was released this past Tuesday, October 4th! Get ready to start celebrating the holidays with this merry little DVD featuring some of preschoolers favorite characters; Dora the ExplorerGo, Diego, Go!The Wonder Pets!Blue’s CluesTeam Umizoomi and Ni Hao, Kai-lan.

Nickelodeon Favorites: Merry Christmas has been happily added to our household as one of a Christmas favorite DVD’s. We love Christmas here at the Happily Blended household and look forward to enjoying this DVD over and over again.

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Three Great Christmas Books for Children

Our family is huge on reading books so of course one of my holiday gift ideas for you all would be a great book, or two … or three! Today I am sharing three titles our family reviewed together during bedtime story time and have read nearly every night now for about a month.

The First Christmas – A Changing Picture Book


The classic Christmas nativity story is stunningly illustrated by evocative pastel artwork depicting angels, shepherds, and wise men arriving in Bethlehem to share the magic of the birth of Jesus. Lift the gatefold flaps to change the pictures and watch the story unfold along the way.

What Happily Blended Family Thought

My youngest seemed to adore The First Christmas: A Picture Changing Book the most, but my daughter enjoys the nativity part of the book. We enjoy reading stories such as this close to Christmas time. The nativity sets all over town this time of year make my daughter question what Christmas day is all about and this book was basic, cute and good for even a family like mine who has no real religious background/education. As a parent, I enjoyed reading this book to my children before bed.

The Christmas Eve Ghost


In 1930s Liverpool, where streetcars clang on iron tracks, young Bronwen and Dylan live with their widowed Mam. Every day, in the wee hours of morning, Mam leaves the two alone as she gathers other people’s laundry to boil in a big metal copper at home. At night, if she’s not too tired, Mam tells fanciful tales of dragons and ghosties, and on Sunday, she cautions the children about the O’Rileys next door, who go to a church that is not for their kind. But on Christmas Eve, when Mam must go out, Bronwen and Dylan hear a ghostly plonk! plonk! plonk! from the washroom that sends them running straight into the arms of Mrs. O’Riley. Not only do they find that the house next door harbors nothing to fear, but it may hold a blessing for Mam, too. With evocative drawings full of compelling detail, Shirley Hughes tells a timeless, genuine tale of community and human kindness.

What Happily Blended Family Thought

The Christmas Eve Ghost was a hard read for me as it is based in Liverpool with old sayings and words being used. I will say out of the three books in this review, this was my least favorite. However, the children enjoyed listening to half of this book and I have not been able to finish it. A pretty good book but not so much something my young ones were interested in.

Suzy Goose and the Christmas Star


It’s Christmas Eve, and Suzy Goose and her friends are admiring their beautifully decorated tree. It’s perfect except for one thing: a star for the top. But Suzy sees just the right one, high in the sky, and no one can stop her from trying every possible way to get it! Bold, expressive illustrations follow the charmingly single-minded goose in a new adventure, a tale of seasonal magic found in surprising places.

What the Happily Blended Family Thought

This was our favorite out of all three Christmas books, Suzy Goose and the Christmas Star is so well loved that my son, at age four has figured out some of the words and read based on his memory of the parts he can’t read. This is a cute story and certainly has enlightened my childrens imaginations. They beg for this book nightly and I have no problems reading it.


Disclosure: Candlewick Press sent me the three books above for my family to review. All opinions based on that of my own.

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