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Since we had to run out and fill our water cooler jugs after dinner tonight, hubby decided he wanted to treat the girls to some 31 Flavors.Β  I told him since we were going out, it would be a great time to drive around to look at the Christmas decorations. We loaded up right after we ate and went up to the neighborhood that we do our Trick or Treating in. We figured they go all out for Halloween, so hopefully they would for Christmas.

We were not disappointed. Yes, there were lots of houses without even a wreath on the the door, but it was all good. There was one house that was hooked into a radio stations music and the lights danced with the beat. We sat in front of it for a few minutes then another car pulled up and blocked us. We left and circled around and came back and parked and decided to get out. Little L was excited to get out, so excited that she dropped that damn pacifier that was in her mouth. After checking out the light show, hubby put her back in the car and Oldest and I searched for the run away paci. It had actually rolled underneath the car and we didn’t find it until hubby went to turn it around. We drove for sometime through the neighborhood, pointing and talking about all the pretty decorations. L became a little chatter box and went on and on about some of them. Her favorites were Snowmen and Santa Clause. Eventually we made our way back out and went to fill up the water jugs. Then it was time to get some ice cream. Nothing like a sugar rush an hour before bedtime, right?Β  She was definitely ready to hit the hay when we got home. Her last words before drifting off was “Me take a nap now.” And she was fast asleep. πŸ™‚

Last night I started to write a post telling about decorating the Christmas tree earlier that afternoon. Well, my big fat fingers hit a key and deleted the whole thing. After a few select words that I yelled out,Β  I gave up and went to watch some old episodes of The Walking Dead with hubby.

So tonight I am going to try to type out the blog. I am sure I don’t remember word for word, but maybe it will come back to me…

Earlier this afternoon, I got out the ornaments for the girls to put on the tree. Oldest was showing Little L how to hang them up and after each one she would yell out “Me did it, me did it!” Then promptly asked for another ornament. I have tons so it was easy to fill the tree quickly. Some I wasn’t going to put on, but since she kept asking, I kept handing them to her. After a little while, Oldest got bored with the whole thing, and disappeared off to her room. L and I kept up the decorating and put some more things throughout the house. She is definitely into this Christmas thing. I love that she is having so much fun.

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Hurry up mom, I got work to do!

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Finding just the right place.

As we were lying down for her to go to sleep, I asked if she was excited about Christmas coming. She said yes. “What about Santa?” I said, “you excited for him?” She nodded. “Wonder what good ole Santa will bring you?” She says with sheer delight, “TOYS!” “Oh he is, is he?” “Going to bring you a new toy, well that is what he is supposed to do. And is he going to bring Sissy one too?” I asked. “Yes,” she said as she closed her eyes and started to drift off to sleepy slumber land.

I love this time of year!

Thanks for reading. πŸ™‚

 

Was it a smart idea for me to take my 2 year old with me to do some more Christmas shopping yesterday? No it wasn’t, but both girls wanted to go with my mom and I up to Walmart. I had to pick up a present for Oldest that I had ordered Friday night and it was already in the store. I just needed to drag my hiney up there and get it. I let on that it was for Little L, and told Oldest to keep her busy while I stood in line to get it. That worked pretty well, until Oldest wanted to see what I got her, then I had to tell her to keep out.

My mom wanted to look for Little L something else, of course, so in the toy section we were for a very long time. L was playing with everything she could get her hands on. She was good, so can’t complain. But a couple of things that we put in the cart, we had to take back out then put them in when she wasn’t looking.Β  I know she was eyeballing a Rubble from Paw Patrol that was on the belt when we were checking out. She was very tired by that time and didn’t ask for him, but I know she seen him.Β  Mom also wanted L to pick out a toy for Apollo the dog. She did. She picked out several toys. We put them all back besides one that L was not letting go of. I almost forgot to pay for it, she was holding on to it so tightly.

I have seemed to have miscalculated the gifts and have bought Little L half of what I have gotten Oldest. My mom said that that wasn’t right. I told her that L won’t remember her 2nd Christmas, but Oldest will. Plus, I think things that Oldest wanted was way cheaper then what they have out for the younger kids these days.

Thanks for reading! πŸ™‚

Library Saturday

Posted: December 5, 2015 in blog, December, kids, parenting, toddlers, tweens, Uncategorized
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Oldest wanted to go to the library today and since we hadn’t been for awhile, I decided to to take Little L with us. Last time we went, I let Oldest run in and get a couple of books while we sat in the car, because I didn’t want a fight to leave and we had other errands to run that day. But today was a free day and I was going to take them to the park afterwards, but that thought went out the window after we passed it on the way to the library. It was jammed packed. Since the weather is still warm here, they play sports all year round practically and today they had soccer in one field and a baseball game in another.

We got to the Library and went into the children’s play area while Oldest went to look for some books. She made 2 friends while there. First a girl that was several years older, she actually sat down and was reading to her. Before she left, another little boy joined in. They were having a good time, then the girl had to go, but L and the boy, which she kept calling him “brother” kept up their game. It was getting time for us to leave, we had been there well over an hour and Oldest was getting bored. The boy’s mom came over and asked if he was doing ok. I said yes, but I needed to leave so she got him to go with her so I could get L. I had to pick her up and carry her out, but she didn’t kick and scream like she did at that park. When I told her I had fruit snacks in the car, she actually walked with no problem through the parking lot and got in her seat like a big girl.

So glad I remembered to pack them fruit snacks. πŸ˜‰

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I took Oldest to her back doctor today for her checkup. It was supposed to have been back in October, but by the time I called to make the appointment, the earliest was today. The doctor is only at this clinic on Wednesdays, so we had to wait.

After waiting for over an hour we had good news. He actually saw a slight bit of improvement on the x-rays. He was very happy and needless to say, I was too. He said that her spine will never fully straighten, but something is better then nothing. Her next checkup is in 6 months. What a relief!

After that, we headed up to Target to look around and pick up the Cyber Monday orders that I placed. Oldest picked out a couple of things to get her sister, but couldn’t find anything for anyone else. I told her that was ok, we had time. After that, we splurged on a pretzel and a drink at the cafe and came home. All in all it was a pretty good day! πŸ™‚

Oldest came to me about an hour ago saying that her phone wasn’t working. Let me rephrase that, to tell me that her phone had a crack in the screen and she couldn’t get it to work. This makes the 3rd phone that she has busted in the past 5 years. She is always carrying this phone around. She has it in her hands constantly, even when she is doing her chores around the house. We are always telling her that she needs to lay it down, and stop taking it outside when she and Little L goes out to play.

I was wanting to get her a new phone for Christmas. I even hinted to her about it, but she said that she liked her phone and didn’t want another. Even after it malfunctioned about 3 months ago, and overheated. She couldn’t get it to shut off. We eventually got it apart, but the battery in this phone is behind a separate case that takes a screwdriver and Macgyver to figure out how to get to it. Luckily, it began to cool down. After that, I wouldn’t let Oldest keep it on at night. I didn’t want it to over heat while we were asleep and start a fire. Then the battery started losing its charge fairly quickly. She deleted all her apps and turned off anything that she didn’t use or need but it didn’t work. Now it seems like if your parent was mentioning a new phone and Christmas right around the corner, you would be jumping for joy and saying yes, but not her.

Are we going to get her a new phone for Christmas? No. Her dad won’t let me. He is pretty upset with her and now he is upset with me because I am letting her use my old phone. She can’t receive texts or calls but she can run on Wifi all day long around here. I did tell her that she can’t take it outside with her, it has to stay in the house. She is fine with that. It runs a little slow, that is why I got rid of it just this time last year, but it will work for now and let her dad chill out about it and I know he will. πŸ™‚

Oldest and I took Little L outside this afternoon. She loves to get into or play with whatever her daddy has laying around. He has an old car jack that belonged to my dad, that finally gave out on him this past summer. L loves to stand on it and pretend she is a pirate and not any pirate, Captain Hook to be exact.

But today she got to nosing around a bucket that he uses to wash the vehicles with. It had water in it, very dirty, yucky, black water. Little L kept staring into the bucket like she was itching to stick her hands in it. She loves water. Oldest seen her and told her to stay out of it, that daddy pooped in the bucket. When she told her this, Little L looked up at us, and said “huh?” Oldest repeated. “Oh,” she said. “Da da pooped in the bucket.” “Yes, he did, now stay out of it, cause it is very icky.” I had to go with the story, since it was keeping her little hands out of the germy mess that was in the bucket.

Daddy came back into the garage where we were hanging out, and I had to tell him what Oldest told L. He, of course, denied it. But L kept saying over and over, “You pooped in the bucket.” Just like, sorry dude, sis told me the secret, so live with it. Oldest and I were laughing and agreeing with L. He saw that there was definitely no way out of this and so he finally agreed that he did the icky deed.

I am just glad Oldest said it was daddy and not me! πŸ˜‰

 

You know how to wake up a 12 year old girl? Turn on One Direction! They were on Good Morning America today, and I, myself do not watch the show, but my mom does. I heard her say they were going to sing, so I shot through the house to wake her. I opened the door and there she was still fast asleep at 8:45 a.m. I grabbed her remote and turned it to channel 15 and cranked the volume. I watched as she was opening her eyes and giving me this look as to say “Mom” but then she heard one of them sing, she turned her attention to the screen. “You better get your glasses on,” I said as she struggled to get up before the song was over. I left her sitting with a smile from ear to ear on her face.

Later this morning, Oldest was talking to a friend she had made online. The girl lives in Florida and was saying that her mom wasn’t doing anything for Thanksgiving because it wasn’t “on plan.” I asked what she meant and apparently the mom is pretty strict on what her family eats and how much. I told Oldest to tell her friend, we had pie and turkey to come on out, I would feed her.Β  Oldest knew I was joking. A few minutes passed and she looked at her dad and me and asked, “Is turkey meat?” Now I really did not know where she was going with this question and we both busted out laughing. She asked again, not understanding why we were laughing. We said “Yes, it is meat.” She then said, “Oh well, G is a Vegetarian.”Β  I just looked at her and said, “Then what is she worried about?” Oldest laughed and said “yea, really.”Β  She did tell her friend what I said aboutΒ  jumping on a plane and come on out. She said I was awesome. Awww, made me feel good. πŸ™‚

I love to scrapbook. I have been doing it since Oldest was 3 years old. It can be a lot of fun, but sooooo time consuming. I told you in one of my last posts that I had some pictures developed from Walgreen’s since they were having a great sale. I started looking and thinking about what all I wanted to do, when I remembered that I didn’t do any scrapbook pages from last Halloween. I found seven pics that I had developed, but no pages put together. Hum, only seven pics? I wondered. I had to throw Oldest off the laptop so I could see just how many pictures I took last year. It wasn’t very many, that’s for sure. I went through them and seen 2 more that I really liked, so I decided that since the sale was still going on to see if I could do it again. I went through each folder and realized that I didn’t do any pages from Little L turning one and on up. This had to be corrected now, and I started adding pictures to the cart. I got 1st and 2nd Birthday and a few odds and ends plus the 2 from last Halloween. The order came to right under 6 dollars with the coupon added in. They were ready by the time I started dinner, and I was going to go right after to pick the order up, but then hubby told me that I had only one brake light on the truck. He was going to wait till morning to check it out and fix it, so I wasn’t going anywhere, even right up the street.

I sat down after dinner and began looking at the pictures I had done from the other day. I realized that I was missing several from Oldest’s birthday. I went back into the account and seen that 5 pictures were just sitting there in a folder that I had totally missed. I added them to the cart just to see how much it would be. Then my mom said that she would like to have a few copies of one to send out this Christmas. I let her pic the one she wanted and added them on and placed the order.

When starting a new project, I always want to do something really creative. I went on to Pinterest to get some ideas. I got really depressed because most of them are digital. They are very pretty and look great, but I do all mine by hand. No fancy machines, just scissors and glue. Later on, after L had went to sleep, I pulled my Halloween papers out and started putting some layouts together. Now this is also time consuming, because I will change and rearrange a page at least 10 times before deciding. Sometimes I have to walk away and come back then it will come together. I can’t work on it like I want to, L is into everything, so I have to wait for her to go to bed. Last night I got lucky, she was asleep before 9. Hoping for that again tonight, *fingers crossed*

Although it is time consuming and a bit overwhelming at times, it is so fun to look back and see those beautiful faces and how much they have grown. πŸ™‚

 

We are into November now, can’t believe it. October went by way to fast and I wanted to do more posts for during the month, but time just flew. Saturday went pretty well. I got Little L talked into a nap around 2:30. I knew if she refused a nap, trick or treating was going to be H E L L! She actually slept till almost 4. I started on dinner around that time so we could all eat and leave before it got dark. We got out around 5:40 which was earlier then I had planned, so that was good. We headed up to the neighborhood that we went to the past 2 years. Just right up the road behind the park. As we drove down the streets, everyone was sitting out their tables and chairs and doing some last minute decor. We got to a dead end road and parked for a few minutes to let the time pass. Hubby didn’t want to leave the truck anywhere so we decided I would walk with the kids, he would drive ahead and when he seen us, he would either wait or come join us for a few houses. Which he did, he was very busy, moving the truck and all.

The first house we went to though, I didn’t think this guy was ever, I mean EVER going to give the kid a piece of candy. He wanted L to say “Trick or Treat.” Well, we had been practicing all week, pretty much all month. But here is a stranger demanding that a 2 year old say Trick or treat. Let’s just say I wanted to punch him in the face at times. L finally said it and he gave her one piece. Poor Oldest was standing there with her bag and he didn’t even acknowledge her one bit. I asked her if he gave her any candy and she said no, but it was ok, she just wanted to get on with it. The next house was across the street, and this lady was awesome. She loved both their outfits, Oldest the Robber and Little L was a fox. She didn’t care if she said the three words or not. She let L pick the piece of candy from her bowl and then she told Oldest to take what she wanted and she also had some coloring books and toys. She told us to grab some for the little one also.

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So our night began, zigzagging back and forth, took some pics of the kids standing in front of decorations, said thank you like a hundred times. Watch hubby creep down the street, park up ahead and jump out to join us for a bit, to do it all over again when we got to the truck or passed it. Little L was having a blast and we were only going to keep her out for about an hour. She didn’t want to go home or quit so we let her enjoy the evening. A couple of times we had to get into the truck to go to another street. The second time doing this, Oldest jumped back out to go by herself, while we made L take a break. Oldest finally go to wear her scary mask that she had bought and we hit a couple of houses when she said she was done. She had to take off her glasses to wear the mask, which was not good, since she is so used to them, she could barely see where to go. At one point she pulled the mask up to get some fresh air and I noticed that something was off. Then a few minutes passed and she realized that she lost her beaning hat. Which really wasn’t hers, it was her dad’s good beanie hat. I went back down the street with the flash light and tried to retrace our steps, but no hat was to be found.

Everyone was walking around saying “Happy Halloween” and at one time, after everyone had left the area and we were the last ones to walk away, L got to the bottom of the driveway, threw out her arms and yelled, “Happy Ween!” as loud as she could. It was pretty great and Oldest and I had a good laugh as we made our way to the next house.

We finally called it quits around 7:40. Only had a few houses that was lit up but no one came to the door. There were also some that left the candy dish out for you to take a piece. I heard one kid yelling that he took a whole handful as we were walking up. Wasn’t much left in that one. L got scared a couple of times. Once she actually started crying, they had a flashing light that was freaking her out. One house had all the lights off, but some strobe light going, and L fell trying to get onto the sidewalk and spilled all her candy. The guy was pretty much a jerk to her, didn’t even bother asking to see if she was ok. Then when she didn’t say Trick or Treat, he said oh can’t talk can you? Another one I would of liked to punch.

When we got home, we dumped the haul out onto the table and let the kids admire it all. Then we let them have some of it and we joined in too. I am not one to pass up some chocolate. I worked just as hard as they did, even though Oldest would argue about that. After the pig out, we took some more pictures goofing off in our sugar induced happiness. I took 94 pictures that night!

Last night I found out that Walgreens was doing 50% off a picture order of 10.00 or more. So I sat up late going through all the pictures from the Boo Fest and the Birthday and Trick or Treating to have developed. Got 57 pics for done for only 6 bucks. Good deal I would say. Let the Scrapbooking begin!

Thanks for reading and I hope everyone enjoyed their Halloween weekend and all the kiddies got to have loads of fun! πŸ™‚