Nine inches of snow arrived Friday night and the declared snow emergency is still in effect Sunday morning. The Minnesota State Patrol responded to reports of 225 crashes statewide, including 26 with injuries and one fatality, between 3 p.m. Friday and 7 a.m. Saturday.  Luckily, John, our reliable snowplower,  had the Totally Kids parking lots cleared and framed with fluffy white mini-mountains of snow. Just wait, and watch them magically grow higher and higher then turn a blackish color.  Winter has not even arrived yet.


Sunday FUN-Day brought in many little guests.  Megan started the day out cutting construction paper into colorful strips all set for a day of chain making. Four sweet little sisters, Caitlyn age 8, Emma age 6, Olivia age 6 and Lauren age 4,  sat down with Kate (never at the same time mind you) and they diligently glued the strips of paper into chains for decorating and  filling out our rather bare Christmas tree.






The girls made such lovey chains, even a special monogrammed paper dog color for Higgins.




After the crafting was completed and all hung on the tree, we were only able to photograph three of the sisters at the same standing time next to the Christmas tree that they helped decorate. There were so many toys and other interesting things for them to discover and play with, finding  just three of them to pose for the photo was a challenge.


You can see how that tree needs decorating help!



Kelly’s Staff Christmas Travel Picks:

How to Beat Backseat Boredom….

Whether you travel by air, land or sea, here are some super toy ideas to entertain the kiddos and help prevent the dreaded backseat boredom.

Flip To Win Hangman
Classic word game with a twist! Think of a word and try to
stump your opponent. Includes one game board with erasable
whiteboard, self-storing dry-erase marker and eraser. No loose
pieces! For 2 or more players. Ages 6 and up.

Backseat Travel Books Set
Four great travel books make for hours of fun on the road! This  series is your source
for fighting those boredom blues. With this Kids’ Travel Activity Pack you get all four
books for hours and hours of travel fun. Are We There Yet? features great on-the-road
games, trip-tracking tools (including travel journal pages), mini mysteries, crossword
puzzles, road games, and much, much more. An answer key is also included in the
back of the book. Best Travel Activity Book Ever! features hundreds of coloring activities,
dozens of dot-to-dots, lots of mazes, and a ton of other fun games and activities.
Kids’ Road Atlas
features real road maps, great travel games, state-by-state puzzles,
state facts (including the nickname, capital, flower, tree, and bird), an index, and much,
much more. An answer key is also included in the back of the book. Coast-to-Coast
travels around the United States by region through National Park puzzles, city
games and activities, fun facts and trivia, and much, much more. An answer key is also
included in the back of the book. These fun-filled books are perfect for keeping the kids
busy at home or during those long stretches.  Ages 6 and up.

Travel Bingo
Great for travel! Both players select a Travel Bingo board, insert matching game
cards into the slot at the top of their boards, and flip open all of the doors so that
the pictures on the cards are exposed. Players close the doors as they spot objects
along their journey. Includes 4 double-sided, laminated, themed game cards.
No loose pieces! For 2 or more players. Ages 4 years and older.

Find these and many more great toys visit or call a Totally Kids
personal shopper at 952-881-2425 to help you find just what you are looking for.

Totally Kids ships worldwide and offers FREE gift wrapping on most toys.


The Kansas City Public Library has a clever little teacher gift idea to make with the kids.


1. Open washcloth and place it on the table with one corner facing you. This makes the washcloth a diamond shape.
2. Place the soap in the center of it.
3. Bring the corner facing you and the back corner up together.  Roll the two corners backwards down to the top of the soap.
4. Take the two side corners in your hands and bring together at the top this will form the ears.
Secure them together with a rubberband down next to the soap.  Shape to resemble ears.
5. Fold one pipe cleaner in half and poke it between the ears and through the rubberband.
6. Cut another pipe cleaner in half and twist it around to make the antlers.  Do this on both sides.
7. Now attach the tiny jingle bells through the ends of the antlers.  Fold the pipe cleaners back to secure them on.
8. Tie a decorative ribbon, cord or bow around the bottom of  the ears.  The bow shown in the sample has a small bell attached.
9. Glue on pompom nose and wiggle eyes.
10. Put a small amount of blush on each cheek.


Snowflake Tortillas for a snowy day.

  1. Heat the oven to 400 degrees. Warm the tortillas (about 15 seconds) in the microwave.
  2. Individually fold the tortillas in half once and then in half again, so that you end up with a shape that resembles a wedge of pie (it will be thick). Using clean scissors, cut triangle, circles, or squares out of the edges, as if you were making paper snowflakes. Unfold the tortillas.
  3. Lightly brush the tops of the snowflakes with canola or vegetable oil and place them on a cookie sheet slightly apart.
  4. Bake them until lightly browned and crisp (about 4 minutes). Sift confectioners’ sugar on the snowflakes while warm. For an extrasparkly effect, you can sprinkle on a bit of edible glitter. Makes 6.