I know. I know. I missed last night. I'm still alive, so it's all good. Here's what's been going on...
1. I LOVE this time of year! I truly do. This year has been different, though. I'm not sure what's been going on with me, but I haven't been able to enjoy this season like normal. I've been grumpy and short with my kids. I've been extremely tired. If I didn't know any better, I'd think I have Seasonal Affect Disorder (SAD). But I really think it has to do with #4 not sleeping...
When I had newborns - and therefore wasn't sleeping much - I always adjusted my lifestyle and expectations of myself. But with a two-and-a-half year old whose sleep resembles a newborn? I haven't adjusted anything. I've expected myself to operate as usual. However, I'm a DECADE older than when I had my first baby. I used to be able to operate without a lot of sleep. I don't think that's the case anymore. It has caught up with me and it's not good. Not good at all. I went to bed last night at 8:30pm and slept 'till 6:15am. And I did NOT get up with #4! I just didn't have it in me. Thank goodness the hubby took pity on me.
2. Why is #4 not sleeping? Well, I think it started off with her getting a cold. Then the cold turned into something worse. She just wasn't getting better (in fact, she was getting worse) so the hubby finally took her to an Urgent Care yesterday. Diagnosis? Ear infection, possible sinus infection, possible strep throat. She is on meds now so we're hoping she starts sleeping better and stops with the attitude! Wish us luck.
3. Last week the littles had their Christmas program. They looked adorable. #4 did not enjoy it. Check her out:
#3 LOVED it! She knew all the words and she sang it, baby! She stood by her "boyfriend". Are they not the cutest couple?
She is so funny. I've told you before she is very particular about what she wears: only jeans, no comfy pants, no skirts, no dresses. Period. Well, she knew she was expected to wear a dress to her program. (That was the uniform for the evening for most of the kiddos.) She didn't fight it or protest. She did, however, bring along her jeans and T-shirt for after the program. Sure enough, as soon as we got to Orange Leaf, she couldn't get changed fast enough! All her friends were running around in their dresses but she couldn't wait to get hers off. I didn't care. I was just glad we got some mileage out of an old Christmas dress from years past.
4. I finally got around to snaping a few images of my Christmas decorations. I've used most of these for years. I am officially getting tired of them. I know I am going to change a lot of this up next year. And my neighbor, Karen, is going to help me do a SPECTACULAR tree next year. I'm already excited!
Here's our little tree. My sister calls it our Charlie Brown tree. I can't get rid of it because it has so much meaning for me. The hubby and I bought it our first year down here. We were so broke that year! We'd celebrate having $10 left over at the end of the month by eating out at Taco Bell. No joke. We bought this tree for $20 at Walmart that year and I thought it was AMAZING. Nowadays it's the "kids" tree. They decorated it entirely themselves.
I bought these lamps at Target this fall with the intention of spray painting them to match my retro yellow chairs. Well, I have yet to fully decorate the family room and they were the perfect red. So I set them out this year.
I hang little wreaths in the kitchen windows. There are three of these. I'm not tired of these yet - they just make me smile.
A few years ago I decided to save money by sewing my own stockings. Unfortunately I did not end up saving more than a few bucks, but I did end up with some stockings I simply ADORE.
I've put my Department 56 Christmas in the City village on top of the mantle every year for 8 years. It's time to change it up. Next year I need to find another place for the village because I really want to decorate the mantle in something really cool and modern. However, the village is the girls's absolute favorite part about decorating so I definitely have to keep it!
My mom started collecting this Nativity scene for me back when we first got married. I still really love this set. #1 set it up all on her own this year and I think she did an amazing job!
Since the girls can't play with the Nativity scene above, I finally bought them this Little People set this year. The littles really like it. I especially like that it invites a good conversation. The girls are playing with it all the while asking question so I get a chance to explain all about the night baby Jesus was born. A definite win-win.
These Santa Bears bring back memories of Christmases when I was a kid! I got the one on the left from my parents when I was in sixth grade. I got the other one from my friends for my birthday the next year. I distinctly remember getting the first one because that was the year my sister and I searched the house and found EVERY SINGLE PRESENT we got that year. It was so disappointing when we were done opening gifts and we realized nothing was a surprise. We never did it again!
I decorated my banister with a new twist this year. I like it but I think next year I am going to buy real greenery! I never realized how reasonably priced it is. And I think it would look great swagged up the sides. But this look has been a fun change, too.
Lastly, our Charlie Brown tree at night. I love sitting down at night with all the overhead lights off and just my twinkly Christmas lights lit. If I have a cup of tea in my hand, I'm in heaven.
5. Last week the girls delivered cookies to the neighbors. They worked so hard making the bags! Aren't they cute?
And this image? Oh, be still my heart. I LOVE it!
6. The older girls had an exciting day yesterday. Their soccer team won the indoor soccer championships for their division. I was so sad I had to miss it! But #4 needed a nap due to her sickness and #3 needed a nap due to staying up 'till 10pm the night before. When they got home their cheeks were flushed red, they had on their "winner" T-shirts, and they couldn't stop talking! #1 even scored two or three goals. And #2 ran all over the entire field and didn't act like the shy 3rd grader among a field of 5th graders. I was so, so happy for them!
They were so excited they couldn't wait to run down the street and tell their summer nanny, Ashley all about it! (I'm afraid #2 might have even woken Ashley with her texting from my phone! Oops.) #1 even wore her T-shirt to school today.
7. Want, Need, Wear, Read. I did it again this year. I try to be fair but let's be honest, it's impossible to make everything fair. If they are arguing about who got what in 20 years, I'll have bigger fish to fry!
Want - Vera Bradley school bag and a North Face fleece jacket
Need - Soccer backpack, runing tights, and a ski helmet
Wear - Husker hoodie (oh yeah!!) and two outfits from Aeropostale
Read - some Ranger's Apprentice book
Want - iPod touch (Ouch. That one hurt.)
Need - Chair for her desk and a soccer backpack
Wear - Husker hoodie (we are brainwashing them young) and two outfits from Justice
Read - Ramona set
Want - Camera
Need - Chair for her desk
Wear - two outfits from Old Navy (jeans, of course)
Read - an Olivia book, I think?
Want - Camera (a kiddie version since our other one bit the dust)
Need - Flannel sheets
Wear - two outfits from Old Navy (including an adorable jean skirt!)
Read - Honestly, I can't even remember!
I struggled here. I did. I was going to limit it to one thing but #3 is simply ADAMENT she is getting a Barbie computer. She talks about it constantly and tells #4 that she will share it with her. I kept trying to steer her away from the thought, but it was no use. And I couldn't bear for her to be disappointed on Christmas morning. I know. I know. Overboard. But alas, I did it.
#1: Just Dance 3 for the wii, Tetris for the DS
#2: Sports Resort for the wii, Minute to Win It for the DS
#3: American Girl doll and Barbie computer
#4: Bitty Baby and Barbie computer (younger version)
Phew! There you have it. I feel like we're all caught up! Have a great week.