Monday, December 21, 2015

ho ho ho

Good morning!  First of all, thank you so much for the sweet birthday wishes for James.  :)  They each made me smile and I appreciated them so much.  12 was a little emotional for me!

So, how are you?  I am good.  I had today all planned out (insert riotous laughter here) and guess what?  Nick is home due to explosive pooping during the night.  AND, even worse, he seems much better now, even at 8:14 am, but I hate to send him and have that happen at school. le sigh.  Do you want to hear how my imaginary day was going to go?

I was going to get up early for a quick workout followed by a light snack and then get all of my darling, clean and well dressed children off to school after giving them a nourishing and healthy breakfast.  Then I was going to assemble all of my gift wrapping supplies and presents and sit down in front of the TV with my favorite holiday mug of coffee, an episode of Top Chef, and a happy sigh.  Then I was going to watch Love Actually.  Then I was going to have lunch and take a shower and then I was actually going to love taking a small nap.  After waking up, I planned to meet my friend for a walk and then meet our kids after school to walk home.  Then I would give them a seasonally appropriate snack and read them the last chapter in our Christmas book which is funny but still all about Jesus. Then I would go pick up my mother so she could watch the children while I met my husband for a rejuvenating/bonding quiet night together.

INSTEAD.  I woke up at 5am knowing Nick would be staying home and dragged myself down to the basement to start wrapping gifts in the harsh fluorescent lighting.  (Please note: no coffee, no top chef, no happy sigh) Nick came down a bit later to tell me he had to poop.  I helped him out (#1 butt wiper) and then went back downstairs.  I suddenly felt starving so I went up and scarfed down a bowl of frosted Rice Krispies.  At 6:45 I woke Ruby up and she immediately spotted the newly wrapped gifts under the tree.  To prevent shaking/guessing I labeled them (my one win so far today) To: SHIRT, To: PANTS, and To:  Shoes instead of using their names.  HA!  When she discovered this (after first thinking they were all TO mom & dad) she gave me a MAJOR eye roll.  The kind you only get when you've WON so I relished it.  I fed them (bagels) and dropped them off at school in the rain.  Now I am home and Nick is downstairs not pooping, or, playing Legos.  I am here with my coffee and while this IS NOT WHAT I HAD PLANNED, it is not altogether too bad.  I will just pray that God will do what I want TOMORROW and have my kids go to school.  HAHAHA.

Thankfully I am mostly done with everything (except wrapping and Patrick will help me at night or I will do it tomorrow) so this is just fine.  I can have my day in January.  I did decide that for the new year I am giving myself one day every 3 weeks to do whatever the crap I want.  This might be a day on the couch with the remote or in bed with a book or at devil's lake on a hike.  It's hard to say but I am going to do it.  I find that working at home can be consuming if I let it.  I think no matter what we do in life, balance is hard to find!

Speaking of work, last week was awesome!  I think it was my best week ever.  I sold just over $800 worth of items and let me tell you, that was fun!  :)  Here was my biggest mail day:

This is very good timing because Patrick and I found out his dad is coming to help us finish our MYTHICAL LOWER LEVEL BATHROOM in January.  WHAT???  Also, bathroom stuff is pricey!  But I am beyond excited.  Speaking of the MYTHICAL LOWER LEVEL.  Two things.  One, Nick is down there right now playing Legos!!!!!!!  And two, here is a low quality picture of it in action:

There were 6 kids total down there and it made me SO happy!  Also, I love when they all do anything together.  Playing outside, nerf guns, legos and minecraft are all winners in my mom book.

Okay, for posterity, last week was full of big events in the life of our children.  First, James was in the Geography Bee again:

James and Ruby had their Christmas program which was very cute but so long (as you may have experienced):

 Nick had his program which was delightful and short!:

We have been making and eating lots of Christmas cookies.  I decided to let the kids eat them as we go because we always have so many by Christmas and then end up tossing them.  This is much more enjoyable but also not so good for me. (ahem.)  One day Ruby and I had the house to ourselves for a couple hours so we frosted some cookies.  She liked to use her fingers.  I know it looks awful but she washed her hands first and they are gone so no one outside of our family had to eat them.  :)

I know my photos are horrible!  My bad!

One last thing for now because I know this is long winded, even for me.  For the longest time (like over a year) Nick has gone to bed in just his underpants, no pajamas, no matter what I tried.  And then a few weeks ago he mentioned (out of nowhere) that he would like some red and white striped ones for the holiday season.  ???? Okaaaaaaaay.  So I found him some and now he wears them for 2 nights, I wash them and he goes back to underpants for a night and then repeat.  So strange.

The first night he came down the stairs in them I almost choked, he looked so funny.  And adorable, but so funny, too, after so long of no pj interest whatsoever.  Then James started in with the Where's Waldo jokes and I had to threaten him and Ruby with their lives.  I didn't want anything to screw this up, the Christmas that Nick wore pajamas.

Hope you are finding some holiday magic, too.  :)  xoxoxoxo

p.s.  Here is one of my favorite holiday cards.  I LOLed when I got it.  I love a good sense of humor.  :)  And, Teresa, these boys of yours keep getting cuter every year! Thank you.  xx

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

James is 12 now

Good morning! I don't know about you but my alarm went off way too early this morning.  Instead of working, though, I wanted to write a little here first.

James turned 12 yesterday!  TWELVE.  Oh man.  Can't believe it.  He had his two best friends over last Friday for a sleepover and a visit to Rockin Jump.  They all had a lot of fun and were exhausted when we left. 

The rock wall was the surprise hit of the night.  They spent a lot of time climbing.

Nick surprised us all by making it to the top, no problem.  He said he was only scared the first time and that he farted while he was climbing.  HAHAHA.  I tried it, too, and it was hard!
Patrick has the security on our WIFI locked up so tight, I can't even login to Flickr to get some tiny James photos.  Here is one from 8 years ago in the leather apron his grandpa made him:

After I made them the breakfast he requested (pumpkin pancakes & sausage) he came up and gave me the biggest hug and said it was perfect.  Oh, my heart.  xoxooxoxoxoxoxox, James.

Yesterday morning he woke up early to open his presents and then sat in front of the tree and started on his new Minecraft Lego set.  This year for Christmas he is asking for Legos, Nerf Guns and books.  (well, and a laptop and a headset with microphone but those aren't happening.)  :)  It feels like the end of Legos may be near but who knows?  He just discovered the Minecraft ones and really likes them.  Anyways, it was all very sweet.

I got our house mostly decorated last week, it took forever, and we still haven't done the ornaments on the tree.  I think we will after school today.  Patrick told me he likes it all, it looks cozy, but he thinks he likes our Halloween decorations a bit better...just all the little stuff I set around.  That made me happy. I know the kids appreciate it but it makes me feel good that he does, too.

Yesterday I went into Nick's room to help with gingerbread house decorating.  I love being around that much candy!!  :)

I did the frosting glue for Nick and only 2 others so it was easy and fun.  He didn't want me to take his picture but I did.


Thursday, December 03, 2015

ebay sales

Mickey Mouse sheets & valance:  paid $8, sold $99

Fossil bag: paid $5, sold $32

VTG mini beaker: paid .10, sold $25

Benetton sundress: paid $1, sold $9

(remember when Benetton was everything???)

VTG Burberry scarf: paid .50, sold $32

(I wanted more for this but it just sat there so I took an offer. cest la vie.)

VTG Sweater kit: Paid 2.30, sold $45

I thought this kit was cool and it sold right away.

Arc'teryx pants:  paid $4.29, sold $50

This is a great brand and they sold quickly, even with my craptastic photo.  :)

I don't feel like grabbing all the images but I have had LOTS of piddly sales lately, too.  $9 and $10 sales.  That is fine, good to get rid of some of the crap!  (Not that I thought it was crap when I bought it!)


Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Happy December!

I cannot believe I did not take ONE photo on Thanksgiving. ??  Dang it.  It was a fun weekend.  OH YEAH.  I did take one:

Wendy and I ran (/walked) a 5K on Thanksgiving morning.  It was fun!  It rained before and after so we got very lucky.  We also got BIG ASS cinnamon rolls and fleece hoodies so good times.

After being gone the week before, Patrick was home all through last week and the kids were home from Tuesday at noon on through.  We stayed home a lot and got a lot of relaxing and work done.  The mythical lower level has a ceiling.  WHAT?  And, electricity!!!!!!!  We are going to trim that bad boy out soon.  It is really a nice room.  I love it.
We had our actual Thanksgiving feast on Sunday.  My Dad & Mari came down and it was so good to see them.  Saturday night we had dinner at the Great Dane and played Shuffleboard for the first time.  It was fun!  And James is really good at it.  Little stinker.
Okay, he is almost TWELVE.  I should not call him little stinker anymore.

Here he is sometime making a cell cake for science class.  This was a fun project that was also tasty.  :)

In other news, I got a light kit for my ebay photos!  Our basement had the perfect spot just waiting for me to use it.  I love our basement.  It is so hardworking.  Since I took this photo we have moved things around a little and Patrick added a couple more lights for me to fix some shadowing.  I think my photos look a lot better and it is SO NICE to be able to go down and take pictures and not have to wait for the good light and drag everything up into the living room.
Today I am staying home and decorating for Christmas!  I am a day late but my kids didn't seem to notice or were kind enough to not mention it.  :)

A couple more Nick secrets before I go.  He has been arranging my hair to look like his music teacher's lately.  It is the cutest thing!  He pulls it all over one shoulder and tucks it behind my ears.  It isn't exactly like hers "cause hers is like a C" but closer than it was.  After our family Thanksgiving dinner (pizza!) where we had all said something we were thankful for, he crawled onto my lap and whispered into my ear, "I am thankful for you, Mom."

I should note that our Thanksgiving pizza order got mixed up so we ended up with LOTS of mac & cheese pizza for our weekend.  I'm not even going to say how many times my kids ate it.  I think they will remember this as the mac & cheese pizza Thanksgiving.  :)

Thank you for the comments lately.  :)  



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