ten on tuesday.

1. Have I mentioned that Sarah wants crutches for Christmas? I think she’s channeling her Pegleg Pi’bears days.

2.We celebrated Christmas at my mom and stepdad’s house this past weekend. They gave the children a variety of presents but ended by gifting each of them one of my cabbage kids from when I was a child. I’m not exaggerating when I say that Ephraim lost.his.mind. As soon as he unzipped the case he screamed (delightfully) “How did you know I wanted bitty baby twins?!” No matter that they weren’t bitty baby twins – he was overjoyed. I seriously don’t think I’ve ever seen him react to a gift like that before. It still makes me tear up thinking about it. And how he lovingly changed the diaper and clothing nonstop over the next 24 hours…gah. I have to stop or I’ll be a puddle. I love that boy.

3. He sure is going to make his wife and his girlfriend very happy ladies one day.

4. Jagger is over right now, celebrating his 5th birthday with us. How in the world did these babies turn into full-fledge boys?

5. Speaking of babies, I got to see two – count ‘em! – two newborns today. First I visited Ginger in the hospital with her sweet new baby Gus, and then I picked Lacy and cutie baby Arden up to hang out at the Cottage for the morning. What a lucky baby-lover I am!

6. I hosted bunco at the Cottage last night and made Heavenly Chipped Chocolate and Hazelnut Cheesecake. I also won $60. I’d say it was a good night!

7. Elf on the Shelf. I just can’t get behind it.  No judgement here…I just find myself wanting to pare down, not add, during the holidays. You? It was a heated discussion at the bunco table last night…

8. Brent I accidentally got sucked into Homeland this weekend. Now we have the first season DVD and a desperate need to know whether Nicholas Brody has indeed been “turned”. I could totally do without the totally bizarro bedroom scenes (why must you do that, Showtime?) but other than that, I’m hooked.

9. There are few things I love more than Christmas cards.

10. Oh my goodness, this video is pee your pants funny. Don’t click of language offends you. Or if you’re particularly attached to Nickelback tunes.

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MjDecember 11, 2012 - 3:42 pm

fyi….I wish my kids were young again so I could do the elf on a shelf thing. I could have so much fun with him :)

DawnSDecember 11, 2012 - 4:12 pm

I just got the first season DVD of Homeland and it’s so good…but the bedroom scenes are really superfluous. I would love to watch it with my kids (one is 19 & the other is 17), but it would be too awkward…we’d have to keep fast forwarding through it.

NickiDecember 11, 2012 - 5:58 pm

I just told Bobby we need to watch Homeland!!! Oh no, awkward bedroom scenes??!! Boo.

Meridith S.December 11, 2012 - 6:10 pm
JulieDecember 11, 2012 - 9:47 pm

The video is hilarious.

TinaDecember 11, 2012 - 10:08 pm

We have 1 elf, but he just moves around the house. No crazy stuff here. Don’t know if you’ve seen this link, but it’s HI LA RI OUS! ;) http://www.peopleiwanttopunchinthethroat.com/2011/12/over-achieving-elf-on-shelf-mommies.html The older I get, the more I enjoy the simple things about the holidays!

SusanneDecember 11, 2012 - 11:06 pm

That video cracked me up and made me feel a little guilty because of my love of Istagram.

SusieDecember 12, 2012 - 5:45 am

We got totally sucked into Homeland about a month ago. Could. Not. Stop. Watching. (except for the bedroom scenes!) We are all caught up now, and he told me the bad news- we have to wait a year for season 3. What is that?

JenniferDecember 12, 2012 - 6:22 am

We’ve been watching Homeland from the beginning – love it! I totally forgot about those creepy bedroom scenes. They get past that and get into the meat of the storyline. Love B-Ro and his cabbage baby…Tyler use to do that too, with my old cabbage baby (that I got from Grandma Dixie when I was in my early 20′s, I might add).

Stephanie @ La Dolce VitaDecember 12, 2012 - 11:03 am

The video cracked me up! And SO cute about Ephraim and the Cabbage Patches. Love your ToT!

Jessica WDecember 12, 2012 - 11:25 am

Too cute about the Cabbage Patch dolls.

I think Elf on the Shelf is one of those silly things that people think they need to choose sides over. It’s all in good fun and my kids most enjoy trying to find him in the morning and laughing over where he is. They leave him pictures to take to Santa, my daughter made him a tie and a necklace that he’s come back wearing the next day. I can’t think of a downside.

LacyDecember 12, 2012 - 11:31 am

Thanks for getting us out yesterday! We had so much fun!
And thank you for keeping my sweet girl! Hearing how excited Ephraim was about his cabbage patch baby makes me even more excited for the kids to meet Arden! I think Ephraim inherited his mama’s baby whispering gene!

tanya websterDecember 13, 2012 - 10:46 am

the video was hands down my favorite part of TOT today!!! seriously awesome and made me laugh super super hard :)

kristinDecember 14, 2012 - 1:03 pm

Elf on the Shelf – the ultimate holiday Mom Competition!!! Really you should just tell the kids Santa’s a follower on your Instagram feed and knows what the kids are up to. (Segue into the video) – freaking hilars. Nice work, EC.

Megan BDecember 17, 2012 - 12:28 pm

So true about Homeland!! I got into it when it began last fall and then my husband cancelled our premium channels (I did eventually forgive him). I decided to download a few episodes onto my kindle so I could watch them on a flight last weekend and I kept having to skip the bedroom scenes. I was afraid that someone would see it and judge me. ;)

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