Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays from me, well them really, to you!



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Happy Holidays – 2011

Our 2011 Holiday Video Card.

Happy Everything!



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Thank you Ms. McMahon

Our public schools have a no gift policy for teachers. We can give a class gift. One big gift that everyone pitches in for, but individual families can not give teacher a gift.

I get it, but it kinda makes me mad.

My son’s Kindergarten teacher is awesome. Really. He has grown by leaps and bounds in the past four months. I am so impressed with her and the curriculum. I couldn’t be happier. Also, my guy was having some problems with the transition. Let’s just say he had a hard time keeping his enthusiasm in check ;-)  Ms. McMahon and I worked hard to figure out ways to reign him in. N worked really hard too and he’s doing so well.

So now it’s the Holidays and I want to do something special for her. I emailed our room parent and she told me there was no class gift in the works, so that meant we had to make something. I thought that maybe it would be nice to bring in lunch for the three Kindy teachers one day. I got a recipe for an awesome tortellini sausage soup. Nope that won’t work. I knew it, she’s a vegetarian. Vegetable soup is not something I’ve ever been able to make well. Cookies? How many cookies can one teacher eat?

As I was wondering, the kids and I were also talking about ideas for our annual Holiday Video Card. Nate said why don’t we make a video for Ms. McMahon? Of course, N. Of course!

He is so smart and sweet and funny. He helped with all the ideas, learned his lines, and away we went. He had so much fun. The part with the words he knows – he picked those first two (which I thought were very appropriate for him -Restless and Responsible ;-) and then he was searching for another one, as if to impress her. It was adorable.

Enjoy! She did :-)))

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The Non Crafty Mama gets her (Father’s Day) tie on

My kids aren’t doing any camp or organaized activities this summer except for two weeks of swim lessons. They’re for all of 35 minutes. So we’ll have some time together. A lot of time.

I need to get over my craft loathing fear. I do not like gooey, painty, glittery messes. I didn’t really like it when I was a kid and I don’t like it now. You know this already. But you know what? My kids do.

So I’m jumping in.

We start with a verrrrrrrry simple Father’s Day craft, just to get my confidence up.


Fathers Day Tie Craft 1

Fathers Day Tie Craft 3

Cut it out with card stock. Decorate, sign, and tie :-)

Thanks to my friend Teri for the inspiration. It takes a village to get this mama to craft people,
a freaking village.

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Happy Holidays!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…time for the Reilly Family Video Holiday Card :-)

So now there are three kids to wrangle into photos and many of you know how hard that is. I realize I lose some credibility with the previous photo, that was a fluke. This year I cleared out the living room and let them, well, just be kids.

Sit down. Spend two minutes. You’ll be glad you did. Seriously stay there and watch. You’ve spent more time doing any number of other less worthwhile things.

Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukah

We send you love and good cheer

From all of us Reillys to each one of you

A Happy and Healthy New Year!

I may not have exactly asked for permission to use this music.  So giving credit where it’s due – it’s Toy Jackpot by Blackalicious.
A certain giant retailer used it in a commercial.  You can get all the commercial tunes here, like I did.
I mean that’s basically telling me I can use it, right?  Let us never speak of it again.
Poem by Mary McManus!

Forgot to add the iPhone movie! Click it!

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