January 3rd, 2008

Sleeping Last Night in 13 Steps

It was a really, really long night last night. Not for a fun reason, unfortunately.

  1. Went to bed around 12:20 am, after working late and enjoying the peace and quiet. Sucker.
  2. 1:15 am: son woke up. Said he fell out of bed and needed a snuggle.
  3. Keep him in bed with me for a while. He’s unusually well behaved. Wonder if I should just leave him there. Considering the rest of the night, the answer probably should have been ‘yes’.
  4. 1:25 am: tried to put him back to bed.
  5. He says he had to go potty. Ah, the delights of potty training.
  6. ~3 am: he’s up again. Husband’s turn, so of course son starts screaming for Mommy. But eventually he goes back down.
  7. Start dreaming that he got up again and started watching Schoolhouse Rock. This dream is of course interuppted by…
  8. 3:45: “Me go potty.”
  9. 4 something or other: Yup, he’s up again!
  10. 7 am: Daughter is up. Snuggles for a little while, then goes to watch television.
  11. 7:30: Son is up. Wants breakfast, now! A pickle, to be specific.
  12. Then an apple. I’m still trying to doze, despite its being impossible with the kids up.
  13. I do eventually give in, get up and stay up. Warn the kids that I’m really, really tired today and need their best behavior. Yawn!

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December 27th, 2007

Thursday 13 – 13 Christmas Presents My Kids Have Already Used

Hey, have to see what they actually liked, right?

  1. Wooden train set
    We got the cheap version rather than paying a premium for the Thomas brand. Going out later to let the kids each pick a Thomas engine, since my son really wants one. We’re going to have to contact Amazon on it because the price dropped by about half of what we paid.
  2. Tonka dump truck
    We got it for a steal of $10 at Walmart on Black Friday. My husband went there without me since I loathe Black Friday shopping.
  3. Play-Doh® Super Craft Caddy
  4. Trouble
  5. Bath shaving set
    This was a fun one. My sister picked it up for me when she found it cheap in exchange for a tooth fairy doll one of her daughters had wanted that I found for her.
  6. Baby doll
  7. Tumble Tree Timbers
    Think Lincoln Logs, but cheaper.
  8. Tonka truck puzzle book
  9. Fairy puzzle book
  10. Bathrobe
  11. Dress
  12. Cinderella III
    This has definitely been a hit. 3 viewings already.
  13. Skirt & sweater

All in all, not a bad start, I think. It’s really interesting seeing what really caught their attention.

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December 26th, 2007

Wordless Wednesday – 5 Christmases

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December 20th, 2007

13 Christmas Activities I Haven't Completed Yet

  1. Decorating the tree.
    It’s started, as in we got the lights up, but no other decorations. That’s reserved for after school today.
  2. Taking old toys to charity.
    The biggest reason we didn’t have the tree up is that we were determined to go through the kids’ toys and give a bunch of them away to charity. We now have 3 boxes of old toys ready to go. Just have to drive them over so they don’t spend the next year just sitting in the garage.
  3. Making graham cracker houses.
    Because the kids hate gingerbread. We’ll probably get this going tomorrow after my daughter comes home from school.
  4. Having my daughter make Christmas presents.
    We bought her some crafts so that she could make Christmas presents, and this morning I realized we hadn’t actually gotten her started yet. Oops.
  5. Take the kids out to get presents for each other.
    The craft thing doesn’t work too well for each other, since it wouldn’t be a surprise.
  6. Making cookies.
    Because it’s just fun, you know?
  7. Shopped for Christmas dinner supplies.
    I get to host dinner on Christmas day because that’s actually the smaller gathering this year. Everyone’s coming on the weekend after instead. We’re having lasagna, since I can assemble it the day before, making my life a bit easier Christmas day.
  8. Wrapping presents.
    Then again, I almost always do all of this Christmas Eve anyhow.
  9. Breakfast with Shamu and Santa.
    I doubt we’re going to manage this one at all. They do ‘Breakfast with Shamu’ at Sea World I think year-round, but at this time of year Santa is there too. We just never found the time. But there’s one morning still open that it’s possible, so maybe….
  10. Hanging outdoor Christmas decorations.
    We bought some plastic decorations for outside, but haven’t put them up yet. We don’t have a good place to plug in lights outside, so I really liked this subsitution.
  11. Visit Santa anywhere.
    I know the kids will at least see him at the family gathering Christmas Eve, so this one is really not a problem at all. But they’ll be quite delighted if we manage the breakfast one I mentioned above. Or we could go to Quail Botanical Gardens as we have in the past. One of the most beautiful places I know for visiting Santa, much nicer than the mall.
  12. Find a way to light our Christmas tree star.
    We have this beautiful, gold tone filigree star for the top of our Christmas tree. But it looks a bit dull up there because of all the lights. This is more my husband’s job, as he promises every year to try to find a way to get some lights inside it. It will probably require cutting it open and resoldering it, so there’s some risk that he’ll just damage it too much. But if he can do it, it should be beautiful.
  13. Get the house company-ready.
    We’re still a bit of a mess here, but getting better. But you know how it is when you’re going to have company. You get picky.

Overall, though, I’m really happy with what we’ve gotten done. The chaos is finally somewhat under control.

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December 19th, 2007

Wordless Wednesday – Triceratops

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