I made pasta with ham and peas the other night. It was pretty good, I thought. Odin, however, had other feelings about his meal. Apparently I don’t serve peas enough because when he saw them in his pasta he freaked out. I then offered him some of his baby sister’s pureed peas as an alternative which he didn’t think was any better. I wonder what veggie I should torture him with tonight?
This little bug is 7 months old now. She finally decided that sitting up was something she could handle. It’s nice to be able to leave her with a bunch of toys… or her sister and walk away leaving her entertained for a few moments. I’d rather she didn’t start moving around but I suppose that’s coming soon too. It’s just nice when they stay where you put them!
Well, my pants are a bit more snug than when this long holiday stretch started and I’m a bit wiped out but it was a great Thanksgiving weekend filled with old traditions, good food and quality time spent with loved ones. Oh, and some work. Because if you don’t think trimming and decorating three Christmas trees in one day is work, well, then I’m not sure you’ve ever done it.
Part of our Thanksgiving weekend tradition is to cut down our Christmas tree with my mom and my in-laws. In years past we have spent over 1 1/2 hours searching acre upon acre for those ‘perfect’ trees. There have been melt downs from adults and children alike, frozen toes and snotty noses but we love this tradition and look forward to it every year.
So to Grandpa’s Christmas Tree Farm we went.
And in record time (about 25 minutes) we had three perfect trees cut and ready to haul home, a sleeping baby, just one frozen child (My boy really doesn’t like the cold) and smiles still intact.
I count that as a win!
We left Grandpa’s and took my mom’s tree to her place where the day before we had helped her (on the coldest day of the year so far) hang up her Christmas lights outside. I’ll post more about her lights later. It’s quite the chore but totally worth it.
45 minutes later we were on to my in-laws’ house to set up their tree. Some lunch was had, lights and ornaments were put up and 2 1/2 hours after arrival we were on our way home to set up our tree.
By the time we were home my baby was in need of another nap and I guess I was too because I passed out while “laying down for just a moment”. When I was woken by my husband 25 minutes later my tree had been set up. I wonder… If I allow myself to pass out more often, will any other chores get completed?… Yeah, you’re right. This ain’t no fairytale.
A bit later we hung the lights then decorated our tree prior to sending the kids off to bed by 7pm. It was a full day gearing up for Christmas. And then we ditched our sleeping kids on Aunt Baret and went Christmas Shopping.
Are you ready for the Christmas season yet or are you still nursing that Thanksgiving hangover? In this household it’s full steam ahead!
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A family of five kids. That’s what I was playing at yesterday. Since that’s the number of kids we aspire to I figured it’d be good practice. A friend of mine let me borrow her two boys yesterday afternoon so I packed them into my car and off we went.
I took the kids to an open gym and they played together the entire hour, running,
Jumping and burying themselves in the pit. Can you see all four kids?
We went done playing when open gym ended so i hauled the little hooligans to the new Chic-Filet in our town for a little ice cream treat and some more play time in the kid play area.
The kids had a blast and they were as well behaved as little people can be. I was amused by all the looks I got from people in the restaurant assuming that the 5 kids I was corralling were my own. It was good practice and turned out to be very doable. Call me crazy but I’d do it again!
I’ve mentioned before that my Grammy is awesome.
Every time we visit she makes the kids jello.
Sneaky little buggers touching the jello behind her back.
and she’s a great sport when it comes to playing games.
And when they’re jumping on the bed and bouncing off the walls I can’t say boo because she lets them. Did I mention already how much we love her?
In my spare time (the time I’m ignoring my other household duties) I like to make sugar cookies. I usually knock them out during the day when my youngest is napping and the older two are helping me (right…helping…) or playing together. Then I take a few hours at night and decorate them. Some decorating sessions go better than others. Here’s a pic from a batch I made earlier this month. They were fun to make and better to eat!
Yesterday Lilly begin riding her bike without training wheels. It was a rocky start but she soon got the hang of it and was riding without my help…sort of. I kept telling her to pedal faster so it would be easier to stay balanced. I soon found myself running to keep up with her. When she decided she was done practicing for the day she had the biggest grin on her face. She was so proud of herself. I love those moments!
Then we came inside and the kids watched The Polar Express and drank hot chocolate with colored marshmallows. Being a kid is fun!
Do you remember the colored microwave popcorn? That’s what these marshmallows reminded me of. Whatever happened to that stuff?