Friday, December 31, 2010

what 12 inches of snow looks like!

i just want to say that although i love snow, i do not love 12 inches of snow.  it has almost been a week and even though temperatures have been in the 50s, i still can't get into the garage without spinning.  and, we could still sled in the yard.  heck, we may just do that tomorrow. it should be in the 60s!  :)

incidentally, the kids were only outside for about 10 minutes.  holly had ear infections and kendal had a bad cough.  so, they/we didn't even get to enjoy it!

christmas: grammy style

how to remove static cling

first, i have 3 bottles of static guard in this house - and 1 at work.  that stuff stinks, but it does work to remove static from your clothes and hair.  i hate static.  it hurts me, and i don't want it to "pop" my kids.  especially if the only thing that we touch is our lips. 

in the laundry room, i don't use fabric softener.  i do use dryer sheets but they are not any of the commercial kind that have scents or chemicals in them.  they are great in the summer but in the winter, they aren't even coming close to handling any of the static.  so, after standing in front of the dryer and spraying nearly every wad of clothes with static guard, i decided i was going to give the "chemical" sheets a try.

the next time i was in target, i looked at all of them.  gain, bounce, snuggle... they all are the same probably.  but, the snuggle specifically said that it worked to get rid of static.  so, i got snuggle.  it smelled ok.  i really don't like smells on my clothes but i prefer smells to static.

after nearly a month of using them, i can say with 100% efficiency, they work.  no more static in my dryer.  1 sheet per load is all it takes too.  with hesitation, i used it on the towels too.  previously, i found that if towels had any sort of softener on them, that they seemed to repel or "push around" water rather than drying me off after a shower.  but, they still seem to do ok.  i'm going to give that credit to the awesome cleaning job my charlie's soap does in the wash - no softener build up on the towels from cycle to cycle.

so, if you are suffering from static in the dryer, i recommend snuggle dryer sheets!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Christmas: Homestyle

first glance at her new baby - that eats, drinks, and talks!  like we need another talking kid in our house...

woah, dad, look at this!  cars!!!

and kendal's first gun!

"look mom, my hand!"

kendal loves his view finder. however, he walks into walls when he "wears" it.

holly got a set of 6 eggs that break apart and become a sort-of matching game!

hand bells!

kendal's first playmobile!  a fire truck!  which, nicely, isn't loud.

holly really likes the handbells.

and kendal really likes the fire truck.

and, a turtle to ride on for holly!

...and in holly's stocking were sun glasses and M&Ms, which she ate for breakfast!

kendal also found sunglasses, but he was more interested in the tootsie rolls.

look at that colored mouth!  this girl loves some M&Ms.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

christmas: mamaw style

not many pictures here for some reason.  too much paper throwing i guess!  the darker ones (of kate and grace) were taken about 8pm - and the "stars" in those pictures, well we decided that was christmas magic!  it was enough to convince the kids it was time to make it into bed-time mode.  that, and the fact they heard jingle bells outside.  i heard them too.  faith swore she saw something in the sky!  we left in a hurry...

how to eat a tootsie roll


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