Monday, April 20, 2009

December digest

Mid-April. Spring is in the air, the flowers are blooming, the weather is warming. What better time to cover the last full month during which I was incommunicado? The first half of December in the Picklebottom household is pretty mundane, but soon enough it is time to prepare for Beth's birthday. This year (well, okay, LAST year), Beth was turning six, so she was allowed to have a party. (With four kids, we limit parties to ages 1, 6, 10 and MAYBE 16 and 18, but we're not there yet, so who knows. Other years, the birthday child gets to select a friend or two for a fun activity like a zoo trip or a movie and ice cream.) She chose to have her party at one of those paint-your-own-pottery places doing mosaic projects.

This was her cake:

At the party:

Presents later, at home:

Treats that I sent to school for her class:

Pretty soon after Beth's birthday, which falls on the 20th, comes Christmas. I don't feel like typing much, since I'm multi-tasking by watching a movie while I write this (hey, I'm a busy lady), so suffice it to say it was a great Christmas and now let me regale you with pictures.

Jo decorating the tree:

The tree beneath which are the PRESENTS:

Christmas morning waiting for Daddy to wake up:

Beth's new hat (She had tattooed her face with tattoos she received for her birthday. We couldn't get them OFF.):

Mmmmmmm... marshmallow Santa:

Yeah, baby!!! Rock Band 2!!!:

Silly shots of Beth and Amy:


LoriD said...

I like your birthday party policy. We start parties at age 5 and we're planning to stop at age 9. I still have many years of birthday parties ahead of me!

Very cute pictures. That tatooed face is too funny!

Chantal said...

Looks like it was a fun month!

Alice said...

haha, i love that rockband picture!

what a brilliant party policy. i bet my mom wishes she'd thought of that :-)

Jess said...

That Christmas morning photo of the four of them? PRICELESS.

The party policy is BRILLIANT, and I'm going to steal it, even though I do NOT intend to have four kids.

Nowheymama said...

The tatoos are cracking me up. Did you make that beautiful Barbie cake?

Shelly said...

The tattoos are awesome! She is a little wild child, isn't she? They are all so pretty!

J and J Acres said...

That cake is awesome!!

Growing up, we probably only had one or two birthday parties a piece, but that was b/c there was 8 of us. I think you have a great b-day party policy!

Anonymous said...

Your daughters are all gorgeous! You husband sure has a helluva hard time coming up when they hit their tween years!! LOL

Whimsy said...

That birthday cake just KILLED me. Barbie must be stuck in the cake after baking, yes? Otherwise we'd have Melted Barbie, courtesy of Salvadore Dali, and somehow I don't think that kids are quite that avant garde.


Jason, as himself said...

What a complete cutie!

On another topic, I was noticing your Amazon widget. Do you like it? Was it easy to post? Is it easy to change book titles? Has it been profitable at all? I was thinking about doing something like this.

Thanks. :)

Earl Capps said...

The cake and treats are sooooo cool!

Astarte said...

OMG, look at all those face tattoos!!!!!! That's so funny!!!! I believe you can get them off with baby oil when you get desperate, like when they start peeling and looking cruddy.

Post more book reviews!! I love reading yours!

mona said...

I love your bday policy.

Also, your girls are simply stunning. Seriously. In every photo you post, I go, "WOW!" And the face tattoos were especially cute!