Christmas 2017, also known as the stomach bug Christmas. UGH.
Christmas Eve started off with some donuts from Cookie the elf. And if you look carefully, you’ll see Maddie & Owen sprinkling reindeer food outside. Poor Fin opted to skip this part and stay in bed. I’m not even sure when the puking started, but it started a few days back with Owen… moved on to Fin and to David, now it’s on to Maddie and I just know my turn is coming. It’s been awful. We haven’t slept, we haven’t eaten… a whole Christmas dinner just packed away in leftover containers that will probably eventually get dumped just because they’ll go bad before everyone feels better. Ugh.
After a night of throwing up, Fin thankfully felt a ton better come Christmas morning. We woke up slow and took it easy. David started a fire, I made some coffee and about 4 dozen muffins (because they’re so quick and easy). We opened presents and spent the rest of the day being lazy bums, vegging out to chips & dip, lil smokies and more before the sickness crept in again and nobody wanted real food for dinner.
Remember Sant shops from school? Well, we normally give the kiddos a few bucks to take, but this year they willingly spent their own money and my heart about burst from the sweetness of it. Here are the gifts they got me. Haha. Can you guess which was from who? They were SO proud of the gifts they each chose too.
Mug from Fin. Angel from Maddie. Keychain from Owen. (we all laughed when I opened that one. It’s attached to my purse now of course and that’s where it’ll stay til I switch purses or until it breaks because #momlife. haha)
This dragon… dinosuar thing… he’s been asking for a Yellow eyes (this version in yellow) for 2 years now. TWO YEARS! We’ve searched EVERYWHERE! (found originally at walmart, but then went MIA). Finally David found this on Amazon after repeat trips to walmart and target just to browse the toys…. took the kids to spend Christmas gift cards a few days before Christmas and wouldn’t you know it, David had to talk Owen OUT of buying this exact dinosuar/dragon thing because Walmart had finally restocked em. I about fell out of my chair laughing when David told me that he had to convince Owen NOT to buy the exact thing he’s been asking for for TWO years now. And the fact that after all that crazy searching, walmart restocked and it was there.
Either way, he now takes Fin’s red dragon (red eyes is his name) and pairs it with his Blue dragon (Blue eyes, duh) and they walk around the house growling at each other and scaring the cat and confusing the dogs, so it’s pretty entertaining.
Overall, aside from the sickness that’s going to be the death of me (I’m being SLIGHTLY dramatic, but only slightly… you guys haven’t seen the way this thing hits people), our Christmas was really nice. We don’t have any family local, so we didn’t have to places to be or people to see. We just enjoyed the five of us in all our sickness.
I hope yours was awesome. I’m ready to undecorate now and get life back to normal. Who else is ready for 2018?! *raises hand*
Hi friends, I hope you’re recovering nicely from Christmas. My house is still a disaster. We tidied up most of the wrapper paper mess and the kids carried the majority of their stuff up to their rooms. Now it’s just a matter of rediscovering my kitchen countertops, catching up on dishes, and purchasing a new vacuum. Figures that mine died like days before Christmas, right?! Ugh.
Anyway… Day 3 and 4 of Christmas break were spent just hanging at home.
I finally started wrapping presents on December 23rd. Christmas eve eve. Nothing like not procrastinating. I did manage to get them all wrapped in only a few hours. I took a few breaks because sitting on the floor in the cold basement alone while wrapping presents is not only painful on your butt/back, but it’s quite boring. But, it definitely beat how we usually wrap. We usually stay up til awful unGodly hours on Christmas Eve wrapping EVERYTHING. We go to bed at like 9 pm. That just wasn’t going to fly this year. So on December 23rd, I sat my bum down there & got everything wrapped. I high-fived myself like a champ once I was finished.
I made the kids some snowman pancakes but messed them up because I was busy telling the kids to stop bickering. That’s parenting right there, folks. Ha.
The kids opened their Secret Santa presents from each other. They draw names every year. It’s hilarious watching them figure out who has who, but not actually realize that they know. Last year they ended up telling each other who they had AND what they’d gotten for each other. This year, they only knew who had who. They did a great job of keeping quiet about what they’d bought. It was sweet and hilarious to watch that whole thing go down.
I made chicken & dumpling for Christmas Eve’s dinner. Speaking of, I have a very important question for you… how do you make/eat your chicken & dumplings? I’ve always only known them as dumplings, chicken. That’s all that goes in it. But I see people adding vegetables and weird stuff all the time. So, please… leave a comment and let me know how you make/eat them and where you’re from. Is it because I’m from the south? Is that why we make them how we make them? David’s from the same place I am and he thinks it’s weird to add veggies too.
Read about the rest of our Christmas break here:
Day 1: Donuts & fun sweaters. Day 2: My 1st bath bomb & my obsession with chalk markers
Be sure to also read about our Gingerbread train that never got turned into a train and see a pic of Owen face planting/eating snow.
It’s a cold December morning. 5 A.M. was the wakeup time. 6:30 if you’re under the age of 10 is apparently an acceptable Christmas break wake up. My children don’t sleep in. But, I’ve been up since 5 myself so….
Day 2 of our winter break was way less exciting for the kiddos than Day 1.
Flu shots & Lab work & video games all day sums up Day 2. It was a pretty decent day on my end though.
I took Maddie & Owen in for their 2nd dose of shot. Maddie held my hands tightly. Owen was totally brave up until it was his turn. I had to pick him up and set him on the chair and then kind of hold him in place while he cried. Poor kid.
Following that load of fun, we headed to the Air Force Academy’s hospital for lab work for me to check the pregnancy levels. Hooray, huh?! Doesn’t Day 2 just sound like LOADS of fun? If you follow me on snapchat, you saw last week’s bloodwork rant & how that went. (Cocky little young person… I broke his streak of November since he wasn’t able to draw my blood…. he redeemed himself last week, but my vein was destined to swell & bruise after being poked too many times in a short period). Well, yesterday guess who calls me back?! Yup. Cocky little guy again. He made jokes about who did that to my arm and thankfully managed to stab me only one time. HOORAY! (I have tiny and deep veins… tiny and deep. Getting poked only once it like a dream come true. Normally it’s at least twice. AT LEAST). So, he managed to get it on the first prick from my left (the non-bruised, but heavily tattooed) arm. We high-fived afterward because we both know how hard that is to accomplish with my veins.
Anyway, so a few hours later a nurse called me to tell me my levels…. TWO! My pregnancy levels were back down to practically nothing. I’m no longer pregnant which is a really weird thing to be excited to hear, but it means I’m healing and that’s a really good thing. I have a followup next week for the surgery and I should be good to go. I can’t even explain how much that phone call has put me in a happier mood. I was starting to feel better, finally but hearing that just was the icing on the cake. It’s almost done. I can move on. I don’t have to go in for lab work anymore, I don’t have to get pricked and poked a million times. I can finally heal. It’s bittersweet, really.
In other news, (again you’ve already seen this if you follow me on snapchat), I got my chalk markers yesterday! WHOOOOOO-HOOOO! I can’t even tell you how excited I was for these things to come in. I’d ordered this chalkboard wallpaper MONTHS ago and finally had the oomph to hang it on a weird cabinet wall in my kitchen. It worked out perfectly & now I’m dying to hang more, but all of our walls have those weird bumpy texture to them, so that’s probably the only place it’ll really get hung up, which is fine but I’m all hyped about it so it’s kind of lame at the same time. Anyway… chalk markers were delivered and I immediately ripped em open.
Doesn’t it just look FUN?! Yes. Yes, it does! And it is! And I’m still so excited about them.
I also came home to a sweet package from a super sweet friend. I’ve never tried a LUSH product. (Don’t throw rocks at me!) so I about died of excitement when I opened this. It smells HEAVENLY!
Also, major props to LUSH for their packaging. The note was right on top, which means I didn’t have to dig. The wrapping was adorable and it’s recycled paper. That just makes me love them so much.
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My 9 year old loves to cook. He loves it. He asked me one day if I would teach him how, and ever since then we do a lot of cooking together. When I asked him why he had a sudden interest to learn, he said, “Well… when I grow up, I’m gonna need to know! Nobody is gonna do it for me!” I was shocked by his answer. I was proud of him for wanting to learn and excited to take on this mini motherhood adventure with him.
Over the weekend, I let him make some muffins…. the kind that you just add milk to and bake. Well, instead of 1 cup of milk, he added 2. He forgot to spray the pan first. He didn’t fully read the directions. And he made the biggest muffin mess I’d ever seen. Know what though?! Those muffins were GOOD! I didn’t even expect them to cook properly, but they turned out just fine. It was a bit of a relief to see too because poor Fin was so sad that he messed up. This is why we do a lot of our cooking TOGETHER. He’s a kid. He still needs supervised, but I think he also needs the freedom to mess up a little bit like that… to see that it’s okay to mess up. I’d literally burned dinner the night before and had to remind him of that.
So in attempts to help teach the kids to cook, we picked up some Uncle Ben’s Long Grain & Wild Ready Rice because it’s perfect for beginners, so it’s perfect to help Fin cook. We chose a simple casserole recipe and let Fin kind of take charge.
To make this, you will need: (Keep in mind we are a family of five and enjoy leftovers, so you may want to half this recipe if you’re just needing a smaller batch) 1 lb Chicken, cooked and cubed 3 bags of Uncle Ben’s Long Grain & Wild Ready Rice. 2 cans Cream of Chicken Frozen Broccoli Cheese for topping.
Dump it all in a bowl. Mix. Spread into baking dish. Top with Cheese. Bake 20 minutes at 425 degrees.
So simple, yet so yummy! Fin loved that he made it “himself”. He was just so proud when he heard his younger brother & sister talking about how yummy it was and how much they liked it. It was so sweet just watching his face light up with pride and happiness.
Uncle Ben’s can help you make quick, easy meals with your family. Let’s be honest, with all the back to school hustle & bustle and this Holidays coming up, this is the busiest time of the year. I know for us it is. I love that Ben’s Beginners was created to get kids to cook. Kids love to help, they just need to be allowed to help.
Did you know that October 15th is International Cook With Your Kids day? Fun, right?! So snag up this Ibotta coupon, (exclusive to Walmart) go purchase some Uncle Ben’s Ready Rice and get to cooking!
Smile worthy moments happen all the time. It doesn’t require a lot of effort, or even leaving the house. The key to smile worthy moments with your kids is just be there. Be involved.
A few days ago, Maddie asked me if she could have a tea party with her cats. I said sure and I helped her get her Goldfish Crackers (Colored) and water ready to go. Then I sat my butt right there down on her bedroom floor with her while hollering at the boys to get out because it was a “black tie only establishment”. Miss Madelyn and I went on to enjoy a little tea party with her cats. She was beyond excited that I took time to just sit and have a tea party with her. Easy, smile worthy moment. Goldfish crackers are a staple in this house! I love that they’re always baked with real cheese. And they contain no artificial flavors or preservatives.
A few days before that Maddie asked me if I would come and read her a story. I agreed and headed up stairs. The next thing I know, Owen’s joined us and a few minutes later here comes Fin to get in on it too. So we passed the book around, each taking turns reading and snuggling and just laughing at the silliness of Dr Suess books. Another smile worthy moment.
If you remember, a few weeks ago Owen and I met the older kids at the bus stop after school and surprised them with a park trip instead of coming home to immediately start homework and chores. Easy smile worthy moment.
It doesn’t take much to make kids smile, to make happy family memories. We do so day to day with little moments like that, but we also do bigger things… like weekend family outings.
I never feel guilty about keeping Goldfish on hand! They’re a snack I can feel good about. This past weekend, we headed out to a lake to take the kids fishing, we went to a different lake than last weekends adventures. They had a blast. They loved it. We spent more time in the car driving around trying to find this place than we actually did there, but it was worth it. Seeing their excited faces while choosing their bait, while hauling our stuff to where we planned to spend a few hours, while casting their rods, while taking in the beauty that is the great outdoors… all smile worthy moments.
Now, it’s your turn. Get out there and make some memories. It’s easier to do than you may think. Be sure to share your Goldfish® Tale on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #GoldfishTalesPromotion and you could win $1,000 and other awesome prizes! October’s theme is “SPOOKY.”
Happy Tuesday, friends. I hope you’ve all had a great weekend and have a good week. Saturday we packed a cooler, loaded up and headed out to Maintou Lake in Woodland Park, Co. IT WAS GORGEOUS! When we lived in Georgia, there was a little pond down the road that we’d often head out to spend the day at. We’d been missing that pond lately, so David finally Googled fishing places near us. Oh my goodness, you guys. While the kids didn’t catch a single thing (totally fine, because we’re catch and releasers anyway), we had such a nice day!
We stayed for a few hours, ate lunch, fished, and then David & the kids tossed around a football while I browsing through pictures I’d taken earlier that day. We ended up a little sunburned, but overall we’re good. Fin’s face was fine by the next morning. My lips were puffy by the end of the night from being so sunburned. They peeled yesterday and it was super gross and all flakey and I couldn’t do much about it without making my mouth bleed. It wasn’t fun. Especially since yesterday was preschool after a week of being gone, so all eyes were on us already. Good times, good times. After tons of coconut oil, they’re better now. Raw, but super smooth.
We hope to head a bit farther out next weekend to try out a pond David read about. I’m so glad that Fall is finally trying to roll in and that the weather is a bit cooler. It makes it more fun to do outdoor activities and easier to spend longer outside.