I am planning on sharing a few of our Christmas items over this month. Things that we put up each year and things that have a story or meaning to us.
Tonight I’ll show you Cassie and Kalli’s Christmas stockings. My mom cross-stitched and put them together years ago now. Each year when we pull them out the girls talk about how Grandma made them for them as they hang them up. I can foresee the girls being grown adults still having these stockings in their own Christmas decorations.
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Outdoor Christmas lights are up, Christmas Tree is decorated, and we are ready to rock this holiday!
The girls decorating the tree
I feel pumped this year about Christmas. I have things I want to do… a couple crafts with the kids, some baked food and candies, a couple outings… hopefully we have enough time to do everything.
Cue the music, ready the confetti, and hit the lights. We’ve made it people!!
Here we are at the end of November, day 30, and NaBloPoMo is coming to an end. For anyone just joining in…NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month) is held during the month of November and is a challenge to post every day for the entire month. Putting it down in writing like that makes it seem pretty easy, but I personally find it to be difficult.
Coming up with material is always an issue for me. Especially as the girls have gotten older. I want for them to have a little more privacy and they don’t all the cute and adorable things that younger kids do. Gone are the days of “she said the darndest thing”. Now I have to work to come up with stuff to write about.
Tomorrow we are putting up our Christmas decorations. Out tree has been up for a few days now, but we haven’t been able to get around to decorating it or putting up any other decorations. I’m looking forward to putting on some Christmas music and getting into our Christmas bins. Of course, along with that we also have a lot of cleaning up to do. With being at my parents’ house for the holiday and also being sick, things have gotten out of control.
I’ll try to post a picture tomorrow of our tree but don’t be surprised if I go AWOL for a couple days. This chick needs a little break from posting nightly.
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This morning I woke up after a good night’s rest and was feeling almost back to normal. With everyone feeling a little better we were able to have Thanksgiving with my parents. Even though I wasn’t able to have very much, it was very good and I look forward to leftovers tomorrow.
Tomorrow is the last day of NaBloPoMo and I have to admit that I will be taking a couple days off. Posting every day has been work and a break is deserved. I do have to say that I’m proud of myself for making it all month and completing it. Go Me!
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Early Tuesday morning Kalli awoke with a stomach bug. Twelve hours later she was back to her normal self.
Wednesday night Cassie came home from my mom’s because she wasn’t feeling well. It seemed that she had the same stomach bug. By morning she was completely better and ready to go.
While Cassie slept on my floor last night, I started not feeling very well. I tossed and turned while I tried to deny that I had what the girls had passed down to me. While I was ever-so-cleverly ignoring what I knew what was going on, Andy woke up and headed to the bathroom. He had it too!
I felt the walls closing in around me. It was coming for me. I could feel its warm breath on the back of my neck as I alternated ‘I’m cold and need all the covers on’ and ‘I’m too warm and want nothing to do with these covers’. As the bug’s icy fingers wrapped themselves around me, I gave in to the fact that I was sick too. <<insert thriller movie type scream here>>
I spent the remainder of the night unable to get comfortable, unable to get any sleep, and making trips to the bathroom. Needless to say, today may be Thanksgiving, but we didn’t partake in any meal (we’re hoping to have our meal tomorrow) and the main thing I am thankful for today is the fact that we have two bathrooms.
By noon Andy was back to his happy self. I remained on the couch waiting for the 12-hour mark to hit. Once it came and went, I sat up and….still felt icky. I thought maybe I needed to get something on my stomach. I forced myself to chew and swallow a little cereal, waited a while, and I felt worse then before I ate.
What on Earth?? My body obviously didn’t get the memo that it was a 12 hour bug! At this point, I’m trying not to glare at my family who are feeling better and really hoping for more sleep tonight.
Only 2 more days left until the end of NaBloPoMo!!! Not that I’m counting down or anything.
I almost forgot to post tonight. I think I would have cried if I would have made it this far with the month and forgot now.
Tonight I’ve been busy making pumpkin pies for tomorrow and also taking care of my Cassie. She seems to have caught what Kalli had yesterday. I’m hoping that she feels better for tomorrow’s Thanksgiving lunch. Also, I’m hoping that I don’t get whatever this is that the girls have shared with each other.
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At 5:00 I was woken up by my Kalli girl saying “Momma, I think I’m going to throw up”. You know…as a parent, there is nothing that wakes you up quite as quick as that phrase. I was wide awake and in the bathroom with her, holding her hair back, and she got sick. My poor girlie. She laid in bed with me after, letting the fan blow at her to help nausea. We cuddled for a bit before heading to the bathroom again. Needless to say school was out for the day.
We spent the day cuddling and laying low willing her to feel better. Some time around 2:00 she stated that she was a little hungry. We started off with plain crackers and stayed pretty bland for the remainder of the day. By this evening she was even more back to herself, but stayed close by for cuddles as needed. I’m hoping that tonight is uneventful and she gets some good sleep. Either way, she is off from school tomorrow for a teacher work day so she will have another recovery day before Thanksgiving.
We have plans for tomorrow to assemble our Christmas tree, make granola bars, and play games so hopefully she is feeling up to it. I’m looking forward to our day together while Cassie is off at school.
Five days left and counting!!
Trust me, I’m counting them too. I have such a hard time with figuring out what to write about lately that I’m really looking forward to taking a few nights off from posting. That being said, I’m very proud of myself that I’ve made it to the end of the month. Remembering to post at almost bedtime seems to be a norm for me this go round, but at least it was remembering.
I did a bit of Christmas shopping this afternoon and have a couple items for the girls. I’m planning on doing a little Christmas shopping here and there over the next month in hopes that I will get what I need and not be overwhelmed while doing it. Tomorrow night Andy is going to bring the new Christmas tree in from the garage so that it can warm up before we have to handle it. I’m thinking that on Wednesday, while she is off of school, Kalli and I will put the tree up together so it is ready to decorate. Time to get this season going!!
One month from today is Christmas Eve, but it is also my baby girl’s 13th birthday. How crazy is that??
I look back at the last 13 years and I can’t believe how quickly time has flown by. If there is one thing I could tell new parents it would be that time flies, enjoy every stage (even those stages are rough at the moment) and take time to be present with your child.
I remember the day before she was born. My mom wanted to get front and side view pictures of me and I thought she was crazy. After all, I wasn’t due for another month yet. Later that night before I headed to the hospital I was on the phone with my mom and I was saying that I didn’t want a Christmas baby. Her words of wisdom,”You don’t really get a choice in that”. It was true too. Early Christmas Eve morning my water broke and through emergency c-section my Cassie Ann was born. And then came my famous words to my first born child upon seeing her for the first time. “That’s nice, I’m going to sleep now.” In my defense, I was really drugged up. I had fought to stay awake to know that she was okay (she had trouble breathing at first) and once I knew she was okay I could just let myself go. Still… That’s nice, I’m going to sleep now.
It’s November in Wisconsin. This means that it is starting to get quite cool out. Actually, scratch that….it’s getting cold out. Tonight it is suppose to get down to 7 degrees and that is without the wind chill. Brrr…
I’ve lived in Wisconsin my whole life and people keep trying to tell me I should be use to it, but you know what? I’m not. I just can’t get use to freezing my butt off. Sure, I could move but it is hard to find somewhere that meets all my requirements. Besides I’m not a fan of change and it seems to much easier to stay where I’m comfortable. So instead I just complain some about the cold and snow. It’s how I choose to deal with it.
Just because I live in Wisconsin, and always have, doesn’t mean that I have to like the weather.