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Gettin’ By

Holiday season is rough this year. I think it’s getting harder for me as the kids get older and I so desperately want to establish some of our own traditions in our family that just don’t get put as a priority. My fault really, as the past few years I have just succumb to everyone else’s plans and put ours on the back-burner. I had never said ‘no’ to anything for fear of a) the kids not being able to celebrate with their extended family, and b) hurting other people’s feelings. But then our family is not a priority to our ownselves and that’s just so backwards. I think this year I’m taking that to heart finally and we are having our special xmas day reestablished. We will do xmas eve with extended family and xmas day at home to play and enjoy each other, eat left overs and stay in pj’s all day enjoying our new goodies. I’m looking forward to that and will cherish every moment of it!

Now to get my butt in gear on the shopping. It’s been hard to get motivated on it. I’ve desperately tried to do much of it online but have not found the shipping deals everyone claims are out there! I fill a shopping cart and then find shipping to cost an arm and a lef. Yuck. So I cancel the load with a list of stuff to go off to the shops and hung down. But then the weather has been so yuck that I don’t even want to leave the house unless we must for classes (or my work). I need to get the jolly spirit to bite my behind and get out the door and accomplish it already!

Other…. hmmm… random thoughts:

D had a fun girl scout investiture ceremony last week. Bitter sweet as she has decided she is passing on this coming session of girl scouts to participate in Orion’s class. So it was her last ceremony for the year. But she does seem quite happy with her decision and looking forward to that class.

K has been really into lego construction lately and I’ve really enjoyed seeing is inventive creativity. He only has drama left on the schedule right now, and when we are home, he’s been hard core on the lego stuff. Really taking off with some super creative inventions!

S has had a major verbal boom lately. He’s always been quite chatty and very verbal, but this current blast has been vocabulary and the catch phrases he’s been picking up…. “Mommy, can you do me a favor?” Really funny. Also, the number of descriptives he’s been adding to sentences has been a trip as well.

M is growing and busting out of her clothes! She’s such a happy little ham. Her laugh is priceless. She has been working on a half turn. If placed on a slight 45 degree angle, she can pull herself to her belly. She is trying to sit up when propped on pillows on the couch. She is so happy and so totally in love with each of her siblings. When they greet her, talk with her, kiss her, she just melts  their hearts with her beautiful smile.

Went to Winter Wonderland Festival at Navy Pier yesterday. So much fun, and so exhausting! : ) But we did lots and lots and enjoyed a very full day! Kids did a ferris wheel and K freaked the $*#! outta D. But it seemed to be a breaking point in his initial slump when we got there. He had a hard time adjusting to everything and trying to figure out what he wanted to do. He was being a little self-conscious about what friends would think of him and he was unsure of what he could handle. After the ferris wheel experience he pulled himself out of his slump and had a full-on blast. D just took off running, awesome as usual. Glad too b/c she had a little stomach thing on the weekend and I was unsure we should have attempted it. But she was totally fine and had an awesome time. She even says her body aches from all of the climbing and jumping from yesterday! She said she needed to do some of her gymnastics today to help her achy muscles : ) There was even some super duper fun stuff for S too. He did have one slight slump when he tried to climb one of the inflatable slide-thingies. That freaked him out a bit and it ended in laughing tears. It was funny b/c he was proud he did, but freaked he did and after he did thought he’d try one of the bigger ones! : ) I cautiously moved him towards the kids section where he could run around like wild and enjoy things much more his speed… he also really really loved the train ride and K and D took him on there a few times. Awesome day, ended by a yum bag of Garrett’s popcorn!

Been visiting great G’ma as close to weekly as possible. It’s nice to have her here and be able to spend time with her and G’pa. Had a snow stormy day Sunday, and had to reschedule an au pair meeting. Kinda think it was much more work to reschedule than to just move forward with it, but all turned out fine in the long run. Have one family moving into transition this week, but other than that I’ve had a pretty quiet work month. Baked cookies this past weekend an b/c of the storm, did not head to the cookie exchange. Now I wish they weren’t here! : ) Planning xmas dinner and trying to figure out how to please everyone’s palates. I, for one, have fully committed to the vegetarian thing, but everyone else around me has not. Cooking roast, chicken and whatever else, I need to find a dish or tow that I’d really love and enjoy. As I work my way towards vegan, I’m learning how to deal with both. Everyone else here did not fall in love with the idea of vegetarianism, so I’m alone on this life change, and now a new learning curve in feeding 6, but maintaining what I need and want. Feelin’ like a slug lately, I think mostly due to my pure yuck of this weather and the very very little that we spend outdoors now. I just don’t like it at all. When out and about more, I feel quite pleasant.Could also be that I am still feelin’ quite distant from many in our lil’ community. Whatever the reason for that may be, but it’s not a fun feeling at all. Did get out sledding last week. Though I think we all regretted that decision b/c we went after the snowfall when the temp’s dropped drastically. It was bitter cold and I did not last long at all. S took one season sled down the hill and decided he absolutely did not like it. He got quite upset and then wanted to sit in the car and wait for K and D there. He certainly does not like the bitter cold. He seemed to love it when it’s at least 25+ but below that, he’s the first to complain of being so cold. Looking forward to tomorrow being the last classes we have scheduled for the next couple o’ weeks. It will be nice to be able to move on a different pace for a little while, and venture into doing other stuff that we’ve not had the time to do. We are going to do the holiday train this week too, and everyone is very excited about that. I think we will even be able to get SBJ to go along with us. That would be awesome as we all feel like we have not seen much of him at all lately.

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