Saturday, December 20, 2014

Alpenrose Storybook Lane, Dairyville

One of our traditions is to go to the Alpenrose Dairyville every Christmas.  I absolutely love it especially the flocked tree room.  We might not be able to go this year because of the engine swap I am so sad, but I found this youtube video that I lived vicariously through.  Thank you to the makers of this video as I hope you enjoy it also!

We wish you a Merry Christmas!

Life is good.  Life is busy.  I couldn't ask for more.  I am thankful for all of that, love, health, family, friends, hope, food, music, internet...the list goes on and on.  Vince has been busy replacing the engine in his Chevy Suburban, and is learning a lot.  In the meantime I am working not only as mom at home, but also as his driver while his truck is down to chase roofing calls arising from wind damage.

The kids seem like they are all getting so old and growing so fast.  Baby Owen is almost 4 months now.  He is sitting up in his chair now for short amounts of time, loves to talk and observe and is ticklish.  I am able to hold him in my lap while he supports his head for the most part.  So cute and so much love.  Ian is busy potty training for the first legitimate time, and is hitting the ground running.  He is such a big boy now I am so proud.  He has also been my travel companion on the roofing calls.  We spend the time goofing off and dancing while he makes fun of rap music.  

Logan is rocking it in kindergarten.  I love my Logan guy even though he can go from cold to boiling hot in a second with his temper.  He has made fast friends with the son of my high school best friend.  They are literally about a week apart in age, and are inseparable when together.  Last weekend we all got together and they gave each other a huge bro hug.

Logan and Caylee had their school concerts this week on different nights.  It was nice, because both sets of grandparents came and everyone had a great time.  The kids looked so cute and did such a good job.  I was so proud!  C

Caylee is getting so old and so tall.  We are basically match for match physically as she is not a little girl anymore.  At least not the one I remember.  She is becoming a beautiful young lady inside and out and has a lot of spirit and love.

On a whim we took a trip to the humane society and ended up adopting a small dog.  He is a chihuahua we named Bruce and is only 5 pounds, so a lot smaller than we are used too.  It is getting more familiar, but has taken some getting used too.  I didn't know if I should be buying him rain galoshes or something.  The kids really picked him out as they noticed that he would run up to the gate every time they walked by.  I told them that he adopted them.  He is a sweetheart, and we are getting him used to the food and potty rules of the house.

Aside from that it is Christmas a usual.  I am working to cross activities and traditions off my list though a few we won't be able to get to this year.  Here are some decorations and activities we are doing.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Moms and Christmas Magic

Are there any other moms out there who love Christmas, but find yourself getting overwhelmed with all of the obligations that come with it?  I have.  As a mom and wife I pretty much have the sole responsibility of creating the magic of Christmas for the home.  I enjoy the job, but do find myself getting overwhelmed and discouraged at times.  The kids are only in our home for a short amount of time, and then they are off to create memories with their own families.  It is a large and small window I have been given.  I was just talking to my mom today who said that my poor dad spent the weekend putting up lights outside which entailed slipping out of a small tree onto his back, and dragging out the boxes of ornaments for my mom to debate with me how much she was even going to decorate.  Her hesitation was that all of kids were grown and have either moved away, or not spending much time there.  The kid in me told her that she had to decorate.

Our list as a mom is long.  For me it entails shopping for everyone besides me, picking out stockings and their stuffers, making sure the baby has a first Christmas ornament, hiding and wrapping everything, making sure we don't spend too much or too little, queing up all of the appropriate holiday movies, finding a Santa who takes pictures at a reasonable price, making cookies, making gingerbread houses, the advent calendar, sending out cards, and making sure we check out all of our Christmas haunts around town.  Phew!  Don't forget the tree and ornaments.  I didn't even get into the Elf on the Shelf.  That is because....gulp...the elf does not visit our house.  I admit that I feel a little guilty that I haven't jumped onto the bandwagon, and even spent a minute at Costco deliberating with my hand on the box, but I put it back onto the shelf.  I asked my mom if I was a bad mom for not doing it, and she said that thinks I should stick to Santa.  She also brought up the fact that when I was little I probably would have been a little freaked out by the thought of an elf wondering around the house loose while I was asleep. 

Hang in there me, and all you mom's out there.  It is worth it, but we just need to not lose our heads.  Below are pictures of our tree this year.  We didn't make it out to a tree farm this year, but ventured to a lot.  It took another day to put our tree up with lights, and I am thinking about buying some ornaments from the store this year as opposed to dragging out the box I have used for the last ten years.  Time to change it up I think.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Christmas Cheer and Time Flying By

Time has just gone by so fast, and I haven't done a lick of memory recording.  It seems that there is never enough moments in a day, but honestly when I get out of practice I get out of habit.  I am going to keep it short and sweet today.

-December brings Christmas.  I am half decorated in the house, and am scrambling to get a tree.  This late Thanksgiving is hard.

-Our Thanksgiving was spent at home for the first time.  I made a ton of food and our friend Eileen joined us as all of our family took a year off for various reasons.

-We had to put our 11 year old dog Fonzy down last weekend after he fought a long battle with kidney disease.  He took a turn for the worse, and spent the weekend not eating, drinking or being able to move from where he lay.  It was pretty horrible and Vince and I went together as his mom watched the kids for us. He was such a good dog, and my husband's first dog ever.

-Did I even talk about Halloween?  The kids and their cousin Jay went trick or treating together.  My parents came too.  Pretty special after all these years to bring back the memories from when I was a kid.  Let's see.  Caylee was a mermaid, Logan a zombie, Ian a Ninja Turtle and Owen a pumpkin.  Vince and I have basically ate their candy.  Plus it all got wet from the rain from that night.

-I officially quit my job at the accounting firm over email the Friday before I was supposed to return.  I just couldn't do it, and Vince didn't want to stay home.  His business is busier than ever thankfully.

*Taking Ian to the mall for the first time to his memory and him being weirded out by the mannequins.  He kept asking really loudly where their heads and feet were.  Everyone around was laughing.
*Logan becoming more of a boy as he navigates kindergarten.  He is still my little boy who likes to sleep by me lately at night and say goodbye from close range at the bus stop, but he is gruffer a bit and always bumbling around when he is bored
*Caylee becoming more of a little lady, and working hard in cheer.  Her dad and I trying to jointly help her with a math project just to confuse her.  She actually aced the classwork the next week.
*Owen starting to stay awake for longer intervals.  He is nice enough to let me sleep most of the night.
*Owen meeting baby Bruce for the first time.  She is the son of my friend Lindsay.
*Ian getting his first haircut ever at 3 1/2.  He is still not potty training...
*Logan asking to stop gymnastics, and confirming that by walking off the mats to put his shoes on as the entire gym sung his coach happy birthday.
*Caylee reading and reading.  It is pretty interesting now that she can read everything....Road signs, billboards, profanity in tunnels.