First of all, I freaking love these Santa photos.  I know they are my children and of course I am going to love these Santa photos, but I think they are such good pictures of the kids.  They all look sweet and happy.

Christmas was nice.  The kids loved it.  They got some nice presents and were very appreciative.  Preston got a garden trimmer but the stores were out of the weed wacker that he also wanted.  He carries his trimmer around the house and trims along the way.  He told us today that he forgot his weed wacker for Christmas.  In other words, to translate that 3-year-old lingo into an adult interpretation, Preston is bummed that he didn’t receive a weed wacker along with his trimmer for Christmas.

Ava got her very own Ipod Touch with a zebra case just as she asked Santa for.  She is thrilled.  She keeps saying, “I can’t believe I am only 7 and I have my own Ipod Touch!”  She FaceTimes her relatives at will, which I am sure will get old after time.  She covets it like it is a 20-carat diamond, which is fine with me.

As 2012 approaches, I thought this would be a good time to share the best and worst of 2011, according to the Mothership.  My lists are in no particular order of importance.


  1. Adele- the best singer I’ve heard in a long time.  I listened to Adele more than any other artist in 2011.
  2. Occupy Wall Street- heavily criticized because people just couldn’t seem to figure out what they stand for and they were inconveniencing other citizens with their protests.  First, if you don’t know what Occupy Wall Street Movement is all about, you could start by looking on Wikipedia.  The Occupy movement is an international protest movement which is primarily directed against economic and social inequality. (Wikipedia).  Secondly, as Chris likes to say, it wouldn’t be a successful protest if they weren’t inconveniencing people.  I am just happy that for the first time in a very long time people in this country are standing up against corruption and letting their voices of dissatisfaction be heard.  It is about time.
  3. Pandora- for providing free music streamed to every place in the world that plays music.  I also love it because I have learned of new artists through Pandora.  I realize that this has been around longer than 2011, but 2011 is when it really affected my life.
  4. Ryan Gosling- for being so darn adorable and making two very fantastic movies this year: Drive and Crazy, Stupid Love.  He was also in Blue Valentine and All Good Things in 2010, both fantastic movies as well.  
  5. Kick-Mini scooters- for providing the Woolsey children a year of total and complete entertainment and exercise.  Those scooters go everywhere with us. There was hardly a day that went by in 2011 that my children were not riding these scooters.  They are the best scooters out there.  
  6. The Tree of Life – for exploring the difference between “grace” (a beautiful word with a beautiful meaning) and “nature”.  And because the star of the movie is a beautiful red head.  And because Brad Pitt is in it.  And because it beautifully and subtly shows a mom’s special love for her boys.  And because the music and cinema-photography is absolutely incredible.  
  7. Yoga – for providing a mental and physical outlet for me.  
  8. End of the Iraq war- for bringing all of our troops home and back with their families.  Hopefully the PTSD won’t be as horrific as experts predict.
  9. No more binkies or diapers
  10. Pinterest – for being the new Facebook.  By that I mean, this new website/App, is the new obsession for browsers.  People pin the coolest stuff they find around the world and on the internet ranging in topics from art and architecture to fashion and fitness.

Runners up: 

The Showtime TV series Homeland.  Riveting.

Whole Foods opening up in Folsom.

My new Macbook Air which really rocks.


  1. Steve Jobs death- who knows what he would’ve come up with next and if his predecessors are going to be as innovative as he was.
  2. Newt Gingrich as potential presidential candidate- enough said
  3. Kim Kardashian Wedding- an embarrassment to our country.  A televised wedding plus other publicity earned the couple $17.9 million dollars.  Seventy-two days later she filed for divorce.
  4. Japanese Sunami- killed hundreds of people and devastated the landscape of parts of the country.
  5. Oprah show ends
  6. The housing market is STILL in the toilet
  7. Sibling rivalry
  8. J Edgar – the movie.  So pointless and boring and to pour salt in the wound, Leonardo didn’t even look hot in this movie.
  9. Preschool – The kids began preschool this year.  I hate to put preschool on the worst list because I love the preschool my kids attend, but it is mentioned only as it relates to the amount of money parents have to pay to send their kids through this institution.  The cost of preschool in our area ranges in price for 1 (I repeat 1) child between $200 and $800 per month.  Now I pay on the lower range of the scale, but times this by three and you get the point.
  10. Health care- this topic is unbelievable to me.  The fact that the haves — those with good jobs and money — have access to good health care, and the have-nots either go without adequate health care for their family or they pay a thousand dollars or more for health care, is deplorable.  Someone very near and dear to us lost her job this year.  She has health problems.  She is worried sick about how she will be able to afford health care.  The health care problem is also brought to light in the recent documentary “The Education of Dee Dee Ricks”.  Dee Dee Ricks herself is a bit annoying, but her message and her story is powerful.  The health care inequities will improve in years to come under Obama’s Affordable Care Act.

Runner-up: Death of Christopher Hitchens

Happy New Year to you all my friends!

Until next year, the mothership is signing off.

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