Monday, January 1, 2018

Sickness, Outings, and COLD

Our break has been full of sick children (and adults)! We took turns passing around a fever/aches/headache/cough/fatigue-type sickness for the week leading up to Christmas, and then the week after Christmas when the kids were still acting tired and fussy we took them in to the doctor and found ear infections in all three of them! We're all doing much better now, but it was a gloomy kind of week, especially for this tired mama.

making oreo dirt cups

she was hungry but didn't have enough
energy to sit at the table, poor thing
Stockton leading the way at the doctor
(he LOVES the doors at the doctor's office)

our life this week

 Feeling better!

 We went out for a little Natsby/Mommy date this weekend. Natalie got her standard Shirley Temple, and I enjoyed my cheese enchiladas. Then we went to Barnes to pick out a new Captain Underpants book (she has been reading them out of order, which I have to remind myself over and over is not a big deal and not to ruin her fun!) and then we got gas and groceries at HyVee. It was nice to have some Natsby time. A note about her hair: she never wants me to do it, and when I force her to let me brush it and put it up she complains thoroughly. But it's getting longer and actually looks nice when she lets me brush it! Why is that such a universal thing, that little girls fight getting their hair done? I know I did it to my mom when I was little, and my sister did it even more.

One morning at HyVee Stockton REFUSED to get out of the car. We were out of milk, so we had to go inside, but Stockton was throwing a fit. In a last-ditch effort to calm him down, I told him he could walk instead of going in the cart if he stopped crying. He immediately stopped, allowed me to unbuckle him calmly, and was very good about staying with me. Naturally the other kids decided they needed to walk too, so I had three little people following me all through the aisles. Overall they did very well, surprisingly! Donuts helped, as did a visit to the lobsters.

 Today, on the other hand, didn't go quite so well. Stockton wanted a donut but I told him we weren't doing donuts today, and he was not pleased. I guess I've doomed myself to letting him walk at the store from now on. I suppose he IS getting older and bigger, and it has been a struggle to keep him in the cart anyway, so it's not all bad. He deigned to ride in the cart when we were done shopping because it was so dang cold outside.

Yeah, let's talk about the cold. For the past three days it has been rare to see the temperature go above zero. This morning when I took the car in for an oil change it was -13 degrees. I just want to be like listen, weather: is that really necessary!? -13 degrees!? But after about 15 degrees everything feels basically the same, just COLD, so now I guess we're used to it and moving on with our lives. It's supposed to be a whopping 20 degrees tomorrow, so get your sun tan lotion out, folks!

 It's the kind of cold that just makes you MAD when you go outside! 

 On Natalie's last day of school I took the boys to play at "Old McDonald's," and they were super thrilled. Stockton finally stopped playing with the door after about 45 minutes and explored the tunnels with Jack. The one bad thing about playing at the playplace is it is an absolute disaster trying to leave. The boys both throw flaming fits, and all the old people enjoying their morning coffee crick their necks trying to see what's going on as I drag my children out the double doors. I try to tell myself it's worth it haha but it's kind of a fiasco every time. punishment for getting behind on laundry
(it took two Office episodes to fold!)

 Austin took Natalie to work one morning, and she had a great time! And my friend texted me this picture of them at church <3

 I got out of the shower one day and found these mangoes sitting there. Natalie was right on the other side of the door, and as soon as she heard me pull the shower curtain back she said, "did you find your snack!? I didn't want you to be hungry while you were getting ready." I thought that was so cute : )
my three captains, leading the way into Lowe's.
notice Stockton's bare feet haha. 

Looking forward to a good week! Goodbye sickness and cold (hopefully), hello sunshine and better attitudes!

A Casual Christmas

Everyone always asks, "how was your Christmas?" and I always feel kind of bad because our Christmas was good, but super low-key. We kept it reeeealll casual. To be honest I felt kind of overwhelmed about the holidays this year...I don't think I was full-on Grinch mode, but I didn't feel quite as festive as usual for whatever reason. So, we celebrated with ease and leisure, and it suited us just fine.

gpa and gma relaxing with the remnants of the traditional
Christmas Eve Chinese food

"Santa's" offerings

haha the hair of her doll looks like Monster
from the muppets

Stockton woke up last and Jack was excited
to show him his scooter

her traditional snow globe from Santa

everyone enjoying their spoils

reading Jack's new Sesame Street book
It was all over by 7am, and then the kids wanted to play in the fresh snow outside. Never mind that it was frigid...we bundled up and enjoyed a little traipse in the Christmas aire.

 The snow was so powdery that to make any progress towards a snowman, Austin had to shovel it.

 I thought Jack was just about the cutest thing in the WORLD in those snow pants!

 A snowbody (too powdery for a vertical snowman!) and Stockton deciding he had had enough (notice the shorts and boots combo, plus the snowman carrots standing by)

 Jack loved the snow SOOOOO MUCH. He stayed out by far the longest and only went inside when I got too cold and picked him up. His rosy cheeks and bauble hat!

 Then we got to facetime with Makae in Oregon on her mission! We miss her!

(Big) Jack and his friend came over to say Merry Christmas and hang out with us for a little while, which was fun. We played with the new toys and perused our stockings that he brought from my parents' house. Did you know that stockings are traditionally my favorite part of Christmas? I think they are soooo juicy, all the little prizes hiding and bulging inside!

We went over to the Poulsens to open more presents and watch some basketball, then have some cranberry french toast. I tell ya, that stuff is crack. It is so so delicious.

I must not have had my phone handy because I don't have any more pictures of that night! The kids especially loved the doctor's kit that Grandma and Grandpa gave them, and the grocery cart and pretend food that Makall gave them.

It was a nice, low-key day...maybe next year we'll do bells and whistles ;)