Friday, December 2, 2016

Trying to relax

Thank goodness today is Friday! 

Yesterday was crazy. I spent a couple hours at Walmart Christmas shopping in between the kids' school drop off and pickups. I worked yesterday afternoon (including having a very difficult ADHD child who completed 8 math problems in our hour together and then only because I threatened to call mom...). Got home in time to ship Jacob out the door to wrestling, got Rebecca to basketball practice at 6:50, so I could run back to wrestling which ended at 7. Got home around 8:15, got older 2 kids showers, did the kids' advent calendars and had Jacob read a Christmas book to me as part of his homework. It was CRAZY!!!

Today, I didn't have to work so I was able to do some things on my own timeline. I went to the grocery store and picked up some baking supplies that I was in need of. Bill, Ben and I went to lunch. I did some laundry. I also was trying to relax in there. 

I came upstairs from doing laundry and I saw Rebecca was beginning to color. I saw the loads of laundry that needed folded. I saw the toys that needed to get picked up. And yet I made the conscious effort to sit next to my daughter and color. I had picked up a few Christmas coloring books at Dollar Tree last week. And it was fun and relaxing.

In progress-- Rebecca colored the stocking picture. I colored the owl.

The finished products.

I am trying to be more intentional with my time at home because I feel like I was going into a rut with keeping the house spotless and clean, while my kids and my husband were being ignored. I am trying to remedy that. I am also trying to relax more and do things that are fun and because I want to do them, not do things because I have to do them. I really am just trying to learn to relax more.

Now I am off to do more relaxing things...hopefully! I am off to work on my kids Christmas ornaments that they will receive from St. Nick. Wish me luck. 

Thursday, December 1, 2016

It's December... Blogmas Christmas is here...

A couple of years ago our friend Sandra over at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom,hosted a "Blogmas" for the month of December. Basically, it was a mixture of blogging and Christmas, where she gave daily prompts and you could join on the fun. I did join in almost daily when she hosted it 2 years ago. 

Well, she is hosting another one this year. I have decided that, while I don't think I want to HAVE to blog about certain things on certain days, I will try to participate sometimes. 

Sandra kicked things off today with the post "The Christmas Tag." Basically, it is a list of Christmas themed questions that all you to get to know each other a little better. I thought I would join in today and get this month started off on a good foot! 

✨Whats Your Favorite Holiday Movie? It is probably a toss up between different versions of "A Christmas Carol." I love the Patrick Stewart version, but also like the George C. Scott version. 

✨Whats Your Favorite Christmas Color? Honestly, I love the combos of red, green, white and silver all mixed together in some form.

✨Do You Like To Stay in Your PJs Or Dress Up For Christmas?
We stay in our PJs for gift opening in the  morning. Then we change into regular clothes to go to my parent's house. I usually wear jeans, boots and a dressier sweater. We used to dress up (like for church) when I was younger and while it was nice, it kind of took away from the relaxed atmosphere that we love Christmas to be). 

✨If You Could Only Buy One Person a Present This Year Who Would It Be?
I would probably cheat and buy my husband and kids a gift that our family could share ;-)

✨Do You Open Your Present Christmas Eve Or Christmas Morning?
Santa's elves bring a present on Christmas Eve (new pajamas) for everyone while we are out looking at Christmas lights. He comes to check that everything is ready for Santa's arrival. The other presents get put under the tree after the kids are in bed asleep and then all presents are opened Christmas morning.  

✨ What Do You Like To Do On Your Christmas Break?
I tend to take the weeks that my kids are home from school off from tutoring, so I can spend time with them and start organizing the house for the new year and just enjoy the season.

✨Any Christmas Wishes?
For peace and for the end of negativity.

✨Favorite Christmas Smell?
Cinnamon and chocolate

✨Favorite Christmas Meal Or Treat?
Kolacky and Poppy Seed Roll 

✨What are you doing for the holidays this year?
Christmas Eve we will probably go out to dinner and then drive around looking at lights. Christmas day we will be at home for most of the day. We will have a gathering with my side of the family later in the day.  

✨What’s your favorite holiday drink? Peppermint Hot Chocolate
✨Candy cane or Gingerbread men? Candy Cane
✨What’s your favorite holiday/Christmas song?
Mary, Did you Know?

✨What is most important to you about the holidays? It is a time to remember that we are family and to remember that Jesus came to the world to save us. It is a time to reach out to help those who need help and to bless others. It is a time to remember that family is everything.

So there you have it. A good way to start off this month of December. If you want to join in, go visit Sandra! 

For now, I am off to try to relax. It has been a busy, crazy day and my back is hurting because of the stress. Hope everyone has a wonderful night! 


Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Birthday celebrations, date morning, and thoughts

Thank you everyone for the birthday wishes for Rebecca yesterday. I shared them with her and she was all smiles! :-) Bill and I are pretty blessed with a wonderful daughter! I believe she had a good birthday despite it being a school day.

She was able to choose the dinner of her choice...which was McDonald's eaten at home.

She got some fun presents that she loved.

She got to have her favorite chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream complete with a candle on top to blow out! 

And she finished her day by watching "Mythbusters" on TV. That is one of her favorite shows. She is looking forward to the Mythbuster marathon that they are going to be airing starting on December 23. I told her we can't dvr all the shows! LOL

So overall, I think she had a wonderful birthday day! 

This morning, after I took the kids to school, Bill and I went out to Tim Horton's for breakfast. Bill has the next 2 days off for vacation days that he had to take or he would lose them. We also headed off to Pat Catan's to pick up a couple things I needed for the ornaments I am attempting to make for the kids. 

In other news, my thoughts have been full of what is going on with this world? Yesterday, there was an attack at The Ohio State University, where a young man attacked students with a car and a knife. This university is about an hour or so away. I used to live not to far from campus. Today, I keep reading news reports out of the Gatlinburg, Tennessee area concerning the wildfires! It is devastation and scary. That area has a special place in our hearts as that is where we honeymooned and we have taken the kids there several times on family trips. I pray for all the firefighters and emergency personal that are responding. It has been a lot to take in. So I am trying to stay focused on the here and now and enjoy the special moments like birthday celebrations and impromtu morning dates with my hubby! 

Monday, November 28, 2016

Happy 10th birthday Rebecca!

10 years ago today, I was on bed rest and awaiting the arrival of my first child. It had been a rough pregnancy. I had preeclampsia. I was high-risk. I remember going to the doctors appointments and ultrasounds and non-stress tests and just praying that everything would turn out. On November 28, 2006 I had to go in and have non-stress test done. The doctor on call (as my doctor was on vacation) didn't like the results, so he made me an emergency appointment at Riverside Hospital to have a bio-physical profile done. I remember coming home and having a grilled cheese sandwich and thinking I should shave my legs (which I didn't). During the bio-physical profile, they became concerned because Rebecca wasn't moving like she should. So the doctor came in and said "Happy Birthday" and I was like what?!!?? They decided to induce me as I was 37 weeks along and they didn't want to risk Rebecca's life. So off to labor and delivery we went. When we got to labor and delivery the nurse was laughing because she was having a hard time putting the monitor on my stomach as Rebecca was moving so much! Guess she wanted to be born that day! 

It has been quite the adventure being her mom! Rebecca is a sweet, love-able, big sister and daughter. She is one of the most kind people that I have ever met. She is very smart and artistic. In fact, last week we got a letter from the school district that Rebecca tested into the gifted program! She is in the 4th grade and most of her testing scores were 7-12th grade depending on the subject.  She is a wonderful daughter and a big helper when it comes to her brothers. She loves to read and draw and create!

In honor of her birthday, I decided to interview her and to see what life is like for her on this day she turns 10!

1. Who is your favorite person in the whole world?
It's a tie between Mommy and Dada

2. What is your favorite color? 

3. What is your favorite television show?

4. What's your favorite outfit?
My pink dress

5. What sport do you like the best? 

6. What song is your favorite?

7. What is your favorite cereal?
Cinnamon Toast Crunch

8. Who is your best friend?
Amelia and Becca

9. What do you want to be when you grow up?
An artist

10. What is your favorite book?
"Dork Diaries"

11. What are you really good at?

12. Where do you wish you could go on vacation?
Disney World

13. What is your best memory?
Playing on the beach

14. What would you buy if you had $1000?
a bunch of books

15. What vegetable do you hate the most?

16. If you could have a wish, what would it be?
That everyone would live a happy life

17. What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
chocolate chip cookie dough

18. Who is your biggest hero?
Pablo Picasso

19. What do you like to do best with your friends?

20. What do you hope you'll get to do before your next birthday?
earn a lot of AHG badges

Today Rebecca has school and she requested chocolate dipped oreos. So I sent them in with her this morning. 

Tonight, she has requested McDonald's for dinner. So we will have that and then we will have her favorite ice cream for dessert (since we did her birthday cake on Thanksgiving!). 

I still can't believe I have a child in the double digits! Happy birthday Rebecca!

Saturday, November 26, 2016

We put the tree up today

Yesterday, we had another Thanksgiving meal, this time at a good friends house. We were able to fit it in in between Bill's work hours yesterday. It was a lot of fun and they were such gracious hosts. It is good to have good friends in our life. After we got back home, the kids cleaned up and then we had movie night. We watched our first Christmas special of the season: "Frosty the Snowman." We also watched "Frosty Returns." The kids thought it was funny that I fed them cereal and bananas for dinner! After our late lunch (at 2pm) I wasn't cooking a regular dinner! 

Today, I spent the morning deep cleaning the living room (and searching for a missing library book) in preparation for putting up our Christmas tree. It is tradition in our house to put it up on the Saturday or Sunday (depending on our schedule) following Thanksgiving. It really didn't take me too long, as I have been able to keep up with keeping it clean! Yay me! 

After lunch, Bill brought up all the Christmas totes and he and the kids got started getting the tree up. Benjamin was so excited! 

While Bill and the kids were putting the tree up, I was straightening up the kitchen and made a batch of pumpkin bread!I will say that the kids and Bill did a great job on the tree this year. When they were done, I started putting out other decorations in the living room. I realized that our living room gets all the attention. I may try to find some things for our dining room and kitchen while I am out and about.

Dinner tonight was leftovers! The kids finished off a lasagna from Wednesday night. Bill had a turkey sandwich and part of corn casserole cake that my mom sent home. I had another Thanksgiving style dinner!

After dinner, the kids and I cleaned up and then turned off all the lights and watched another Christmas special ("The Spongebob Christmas Special") by the light of the Christmas tree before they headed off to bed.   

Now, I am going to try to get some ideas for their Christmas ornaments that they will receive from St. Nick next week...I have an idea of what I want to do, but I just need to follow through on it.....

Friday, November 25, 2016

Thanksgiving dinner was a success!

Yesterday, like so many other Americans, we headed out to my parents house for our family Thanksgiving dinner-- And now that I think about it, we do have to go over the river and through the woods to grandmother's house! LOL. Unlike in the past, I didn't have to make/bring anything except for 2 birthday cakes as we were celebrating my niece's birthday and Rebecca's birthday as well. My mom made everything else for Thanksgiving dinner. 

We had 15 total this year for dinner. Our family (me, Bill, Rebecca, Jacob and Benjamin), my brother Joe's family ( Joe, his wife and 3 kids), my brother Josh, my sister Mary, my sister's friend Jess (who was from Canada and came home with my sister for their college break) and my parents. 

Dinner was very yummy! We had turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, corn, corn cake casserole, stuffing, rolls, candied yams, and cranberry sauce in a can. 

After overeating dinner, I washed all the dishes by hand and my sister dried them and put them away. The men spent time watching football on TV and playing with the kids, who were having a ton of fun running around with their cousins (even though they weren't supposed to run in the house!)

Then it was time to celebrate Lacie and Rebecca's birthdays. My niece Lacie's birthday is today and she is turning 12.  She is into Super Hero Girls, so I made her a Wonder Woman cake.

Rebecca's birthday is Monday and she will be turning 10.  She is into Shopkins, so she got a Shopkin cupcake cake.

After they blew their candles out on their cakes, they opened their gifts. 

Then it was time for dessert! There was the 2 non-dairy birthday cakes to choose from, along with pumpkin pie, peanut butter cup pie and lemon meringue pie and Santa ice cream pops. The peanut butter pie was my choice and was very yummy! 

Then it was time to head home (with leftovers in tow!) and go to sleep with full bellies and warm memories of a wonderful Thanksgiving day. 

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving to all my readers today! I hope everyone has a happy, healthy and wonderful day!