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Christmas 2016 – New Year’s 2017

Christmas Day

Christmas Eve and Day was amazing, in spite of Dad’s accident. On Christmas Eve, the kiddos opened their traditional matching pajama sets from Gymboree, which I managed to snag a picture of before letting Elias sample the cookies and make a chocolatey mess all over himself. Emily came over and we decorated a Wilton’s pre-baked gingerbread mini house party kit (phew, that’s a mouthful!) and I baked chocolate chip cookies for Santa. I found a Santa-Tracker app on my phone, so it was fun showing the kids where Santa was located and when he’d arrive at our house. It was exciting for them as they hurried to bed. James swears he heard sleigh bells, so they hurried to bed before midnight.

Christmas Day was relaxing that morning. Everyone basically got what they wanted, plus some cool extra stuff. Santa only drops off one thing for each kid now (so much easier), so Zac and I buy whatever else. This year the big kids wanted robots. I blame cable TV in Dad’s room for all the commercials. So James only wanted an interactive R2D2 and Leah wanted a Zoomer cat. Santa brought her a Meowzie (Zoomer kitten) and she was disappointed that it didn’t roll, despite having wheels. She’s come to like it, though. And Elias has been glued to his new rocking horse.

 

We went to Sean’s for New Year’s. We arrived early enough for the kids to play for a little while before having to go to bed. Sean introduced us to his lady-friend, Erica, who Leah just loved to pieces. Erica is into Minecraft on a level similar to James’ so they’re all basically BFFs. Mom had bought tickets for the Polar Express train ride in New Orleans prior to Dad’s accident, so since they couldn’t go, we brought Marie and Francesca. It was such a fun experience. The kids loved it and it was nice going with Zac’s family.

Jessie invited us over to watch fireworks, but it rained all weekend. We hung out and she dolled me up all fancy while Zac picked up a pizza. She even baked some chocolate macarons, O.M.G. They were delicious. The big kids played with Orrin and his super cool Millennium Falcon hovercraft while us grownups enjoyed coffee and conversation. Elias was on such great behavior, we kinda forgot he was around, haha.

It was a great weekend, even in the rain. Karen came to stay with us for a few days to help watch Dad since it’s difficult for me to give him 100% attention when I’ve got kids to worry about.

We had our first snow of the year. I say snow, but it’s really ice. Cold, slippery ice. The kids are loving it, though, even without shoes.
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It’s a…

It’s a boy! My belly is large enough to keep my keyboard tray from sliding out completely, but if I lower my chair at all, it’s awkward to type. Woe is me, right?
In unrelated news, it finally snowed. The funny thing is that Wednesday, the weather was around 80 degrees. I wore a tank top to the doctor’s office, shorts, and was basically sweating the entire time we ran errands. Add that our AC doesn’t work in our car right now. Thursday morning, I woke up to use the toilet and heard what can only be described as typing. Zac was asleep, so I decided maybe it was raining.
WRONG.
Snow everywhere! My frozen-faced pumpkins enjoyed crunching around.
In my hibernation, I’ve been crocheting things for the littlest pumpkin. Mostly blankets, one of which I made too small so it now belongs to Leah’s doll. This is my favorite for now. I’m considering making a pair of booties that look similar. 
Also, I’ve been looking for a take-home outfit, but have yet to find something perfect. The Disney Store has this completely adorable ensemble and I’m thinking it is probably what I’m going to end up buying, unless I see something better. I wish I had looked for similar outfits when my other two were newbies.
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Dollhouse, Nature, & Snow, Oh My.

Zac bought me a dollhouse and I’ve been trying to put it together. It’s a very interesting project. I won’t say I hate gluing things, but I definitely don’t love it. The bigger house hasn’t found a home in our apartment and I don’t think it ever will, so I’m giving it back to Aunt Trish.

Zac and I have started a weekly outing where we take our kids and dogs to the park so the kids can ride their bikes and the dogs can get some exercise. We’ve all been enjoying it very much, even in the cold weather.

It snowed a bit this week! I call it snow, even though it’s technically ice. A lot of slippery, crunchy ice.