A List Maker's Life: December 2012

Monday, December 31, 2012

Predictions Check Up

Last night we took a look back at the predictions we made for 2012 to see how we did.  

~Kevin and I will take our first plane ride together
We cancelled our January trip, but enjoyed some nice family getaways close to home during the year instead.

~Taking 2 more grad classes in 2012 will make me itchy to get back in the classroom
Grad classes were a success.  Hours logged and ready to apply toward my new teaching certificate.  Whether or not it gets any use in the next 6 years is yet to be seen.

~No Royal baby yet in 2012 for Will and Kate
2012, no.  2013 yes!

~The price of gas will be over $5/gallon by late spring
Thank goodness it didn't.  Even with the prices averaging less in 2012 than 2011 our family was ready for a more fuel efficient vehicle!

~There will still be snow on the ground at my birthday (April 13)
~The Packer's will win the Superbowl
~The book Unbroken should be made into a movie.
My fact checker didn't get back to me on his predictions, but I'm pretty sure these are three incorrect for this year.  It looks like Unbroken is in the works though with Angelina Jolie as director?!

~Obama will win a 2nd term, no contest – 4 more years.
It was more of a contest than either of us predicted, but Obama stays in the White House for 4 more years.

~Gabe will take his first steps before summer 
More of a dream than a prediction we were blown away by the gift of Gabe's first steps in May and the way he continues to plow forward on his feet to keep up with his siblings.  

~We will take a train trip to Chicago
No train trips to Chicago this year, but we will encourage Gavin to add that prediction again on his 2013 list.

~I will play baseball and soccer again – 2 fun seasons
Gavin enjoyed lots of time on the field hanging out with his friends.  Quite honestly, the time with his friends is all that matters to this little guy with less than a hint of competitive nature for athletics.

~We will get a pet goldfish
Anne Hope had four little Princess fish this year.

~I will meet more friends 
~I will get a Wii game for my birthday in June 
~I will learn something new in school
Yes. Yes. Yes! 2012 brought some great new school friends, Wii fun, and another anxious 1st grade reader.

~Matt Lauer will leave the Today show 
Guess not, but I still wonder about those Ryan Seacrest rumors..
~The Kardashians will finally go away 

Maybe not, but we quit paying any attention ;)

More Hope. More Courage. More Joy.


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2012 Family Highlights


Gabe's 1st preschool experience during a 2 week session at Conductive Learning Center.

Our birthday girl hosted a sleepover and dressed as a pirate for her Strawberry Shortcake party.

Our family enjoyed an overnight getaway to explore the Titanic exhibit in Detroit.

Anne Hope's kicked off an undefeated soccer season.

Tulip Time brought sunshine, parades, and Gabe's first tip toeing in the tulips.  He learned to stand early in May and took his first steps by the end of the month.

Lots of side line sitting for our happy spectators between Little League and soccer games.


Our annual 4th of July parade grew out of our yard and expanded to include a lively pancake breakfast in the park. Oh, and it was HOT!

ARCADIA!  The best family time away ever!

Back to Busy.  Anne Hope off to 1st grade, Gavin to 3rd, Gibson started preschool, and my "baby Gabe" turned 2!

Treats & Trails. Spooks & Sweets.

Of course November brought thanks for many things, but extra excited thanks from these two for the chance to meet the author of the Wimpy Kid books.

December brought...{focus on the positives, focus on the positives, focus on the positives}...Christmas carols and kids' concerts.

Looking forward to all that 2013 will bring!

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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas

Monday, December 24, 2012

Mipsy on the Move '12: Day 20-24

Gearing up to say goodbye to our elf, who was a little less trouble and a little more sweet in his last few days.

{stealing kisses}
{the puzzler}
 {gingerbread express} 
{glow in the dark hide and seek}
{nice list reminders}

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Mipsy on the Move '12: Day 16 - 19

{our superheroes decided to take back the power over our house by night}

{8 days 'til Christmas and the only thing in our cookie jar is an elf}

{a syrup-y snack}

{elf delivery: a special little treat from Santa}

Christmas at the Zoo
The New, Improved Santa by Patricia Rae Wolff
Careful Santa by Julie Sykes

What did the Gingerbread Man put on his bed?  A Cookie Sheet
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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Reindeer Tic-Tac-Toe

In addition to some silly Reindeer Riddles, reindeer tic-tac-toe will provide a fun diversion while the kids wait for the Christmas Eve action to begin. Instead of Xs and Os we will play with bucks and does!

Downloads for the board and reindeer playing pieces are FREE!

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Saturday, December 15, 2012

Mipsy on the Move '12: Day 14 &15

Mipsy hid 16 candy cane Tootsie Pops in our living room on Friday morning.

Saturday's surprise was a dry erase tic-tac-toe tournament set up on our mirrors and windows.

What Santa Can't Do by Douglas Wood
Christmas Carol by Sara Teasdale
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Friday, December 14, 2012

Mipsy on the Move '12: Day 12 & 13

{Monster Truck Mipsy}    

{Lego My Elf}
Hurry Santa by Julie Sykes
Not Enough Beds by Lisa Bullard

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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Reindeer Riddles: Free Printable

For Christmas Eve we are planning a Reindeer themed dinner.  Last year's table theme was Visions of Sugarplums.  It is so much fun to plan for little ones knowing they will really enjoy it.  As you may have noticed our elf has been bringing silly North Pole jokes with him when he visits each day and Gavin and Anne Hope think they are hilarious. In my search to find another great printable with just reindeer jokes to add to our dinner plan I had no luck - even Pinterest failed me on this search.  I decided to put my Storybook Creator to good use and make a printable of my own using reindeer funnies using jokes I found all over the web.  No sense anyone else having to reinvent this document I have uploaded it as a FREE download for you!

Click below for the printable version:
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Page 2


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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Mipsy on the Move '12: Day 10 & 11

The kids spent the morning searching for their missing ornaments throughout our kitchen.

a sweet snowball fight

Can You See What I See: The Night Before Christmas by Walter Wick
Santa's Stuck by Rhonda Greene

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Sunday, December 9, 2012

Mipsy on the Move '12: Day 8 & 9

What do snowmen eat for breakfast?
Frosted Flakes

Elves must prefer donuts because Mipsy cooked up a special batch of elf donuts to contribute to our Saturday morning breakfast.

What did Mrs. Claus say after she looked at the sky?
Looks like rain dear.

It still looks like rain in our neighborhood too, so Mipsy decided to build a few snowflakes of his own.
The most recent titles we have unwrapped to read:
Spot's Christmas by Eric Hill
Song of the Stars by Sally Lloyd Jones
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Friday, December 7, 2012

Mipsy on the Move '12: Day 6 & 7

celebrating SinterKlaas' arrival

 mustache mipsy
Home for Christmas, Jan Brett
Little Tree, poem by e.e.cummings with story and art by chris raschka

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