christmas was grand

December 28, 2011 |  Category:   family holidays life


It really was. Probably one of the nicest Christmases we’ve had in recent memory, despite all odds. We opened gifts and then went to the movies. I think the adults in the audience got more out of the Muppet Movie than the kids since it sort of revolved around the whole nostalgia factor (except I curse the movie for reminding me that “We Built This City” ever existed and now I can’t unhear that song when I had totally forgotten it existed, argh). Who didn’t get excited when the Muppet Show came on at 7:30 in the evening? We tried to explain to the kids what a big deal it was back then.

Mark finally got in the kitchen that afternoon after the movie and cooked a proper meal, something he hadn’t done in all of December. Roasted vegetables, roasted garlic, lamb, mashed potatoes, a mashup of Korean food. Oh, and bread pudding which is becoming our Christmas dessert of choice.

And…we finally opened our iPad which had been sitting on top of a dresser for about a month. Talk about self control! Incidentally, we ordered it so long ago that the iPad cover, which came in a separate package, is nowhere to be found because we put it away somewhere for “safekeeping” except we have no idea where it is. Hm…

So now that we have an iPad, what do we do with it except break up fights between the kids over how much time they get to use it? What apps should we get?

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  • victoria December 28, 2011 at 5:55 am

    Happy Holidays to you Jenna and your family. Thanks for the lovely pictures! 🙂

  • Claire December 28, 2011 at 6:09 am

    This post filled me with nostalgia! My mom always roasts a leg of lamb with rosemary and garlic and always made bread and butter pudding. I attempted to make the pudding this year, but it didn’t turn out like my mom’s. boo. Do you have a good recipe for it?

  • 3lin December 28, 2011 at 6:18 am

    wow, i couldn’t believe that you guys keep the ipad for the whole month! For photo application I would recommend you to use idarkroom and adobe carousel. hehe

  • Selkie December 28, 2011 at 6:59 am

    Starwalk is amazing. Leafsnap is fun and useful and beautiful. Your artists would like Sketchbook. I would love to hear what apps are found by your readers to be better than Sketchbook for drawing ……

  • meilin December 28, 2011 at 7:56 am

    now I can’t stop humming that song (when I also totally forgotten it existed). haha

  • Hasenfeld J December 28, 2011 at 8:42 am

    star walk, pandora, words

  • A. Jarrett December 28, 2011 at 9:02 am

    My favorite ipad app at the moment is FlipBoard. You can connect your google reader, facebook, twitter, instagram accounts, etc. in one place in a beautiful presentation. Love it!

  • Kelley December 28, 2011 at 10:09 am

    The TourWrist app! So super cool for kids and adults – 360 degree views of places all over the world!

  • Therese December 28, 2011 at 10:25 am

    sharing an iPad is difficult, the kitchen timer has to be used at our house to keep it fair.
    after downloading a ton of new apps all the kids want to play is angry bird, including the husband.

  • Atsuko December 28, 2011 at 11:04 am

    What a cute handmade Christmas gift! Your Christmas meals are like mine. Ours are American, Russian, and Japanese… I can see you had great Christmas days. I need to watch the Muppet after reading your reactions.

  • Chaucee December 28, 2011 at 11:04 am

    A Santa Clause PEZ?!!!?! Ahh, this truly IS a great Christmas : )

  • Diane December 28, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    Totally love the photo of Miss C’s anticipation!

  • tara December 28, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    Minecraft is an app my husband and daughter are using at the moment. They seem to really enjoy it – at least I think it was responsible for the 2 hour silence last night.

  • Meili December 28, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    Try the free KombiKids Christmas educational app for your kids. This is my first comment here, been following your blog for quite awhile. Love your stories and your beautiful pictures.

  • Jill December 28, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    Yay! You saw the Muppets! Hopefully there weren’t any scary moments for Miss C. Man, I already want to see it again, but I think Zach’s getting sick of me calling him my muppet of a man.

    So glad to hear that you all had a lovely Christmas!

  • Mary December 28, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    Angry birds!

  • Jhope December 28, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    So glad you all had a great Xmas. (it ended up as our best one too, and I was skeptical). I only use an iPad, no longer have a laptop. I think C would dig all the kid art apps. Sketchbook & Pandora over here.

  • jan December 28, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    fruit ninja!

  • Jennifer December 28, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    We totally forced our boys into seeing the Muppets, too. They enjoyed it, but certainly didn’t ‘get it’ like we did. Roasted garlic–be still, my heart.

  • Julia December 28, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    our son loves where’s my water (phone + ipad version).

  • Heather December 29, 2011 at 11:59 am

    So glad you had a great christmas. The girls look so happy. Did you see this article in the travel section last weekend about apps for different age kids?

  • The milliner January 1, 2012 at 11:11 pm

    Took DS to see The Muppet Movie too. His 1st movie in a theatre ever! He’s 3.5 and did amazingly well. Though he found it very upsetting to see Kermit sad! I must admit that seeing the opening sequence of the telethon brought a few tears to my eyes. The Muppets really were a big deal back then!

  • Janine January 2, 2012 at 7:37 am

    A belated Happy christmas. So glad you had a good one. My children (9 and 6) haven’t stopped playing ‘Cut the Rope” it has superseded Angry birds and I like the way it requires more skill and thinking through.

  • elena January 2, 2012 at 10:21 am

    cool, we got one for christmas too, cut the rope is the most popular here.

  • Alicia January 6, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    wow, we had the exact same pear ornament until it shattered, exactly along the same lines that that one is cracked. crazy!

  • Berta January 10, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    Check out Scary Crow apps, Cinderella and Three Little Pigs. lovely!

  • Berta January 11, 2012 at 7:51 am

    oops! i meant nosy crow!