Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Christmas Star

 A groggy good morning to you!

I woke up at midnight last night to the sound of Mira laughing and followed it down to the living room where she had turned on Netflix and built a blanket fort. I forced her back upstairs and eventually got her back to sleep. She has dropped her nap, but the past few weeks has occasionally fallen asleep in the late afternoon, which makes her not tired at night, so she doesn't sleep well, and then she falls asleep late afternoon again. I know from experience with Ina and Cora that this stage doesn't last forever, but it isn't so fun while we are in it. The coffee just doesn't seem strong enough this morning.

Last night Dan walked in the door from work and told everyone to put on a coat and shoes and we walked about a mile from our house to place with better views to see the Christmas star. Usually I am the one rallying the family for a walk, so I loved following him out the door. 

While our view wasn't amazing, this picture is so cool! I can't wait to show Ina when she wakes up this morning. 


Cora spent half of the walk home on my shoulders and the other half pretending she was a lion cub getting ready to pounce on Ina. We made it home in time to eat a delicious dinner made by Nonnie (sausage, potatoes, and cabbage!). 

I am hoping for an incredibly efficient work day today and thankful that the sun will start shining a bit more each day. 

Have a great one! <3

Monday, December 21, 2020

Ring Pop Lessons

 Good morning there! 

(Group hug turned selfie)

I hope you had a great weekend before Christmas! Ours' was pretty darn good. Friday night we had a gift exchange with some friends that involved all I could ask for - great food, better company, and card playing. The kids do a sock exchange and I made the mistake of sticking a ring pop in Cora's recipient's bag which of course made Cora expect a ring pop in her bag. Many lessons were learned.

The next morning Ina had a basketball game and Cora had basketball camp, so Dan and I divided and Mira and I had the pleasure of watching Ina's team win their 3rd game in a row! Ina scored two baskets and is continuing to improve her skills and overall understanding of the game. 

After lunch the girls went to Grandma Frankie's to stay the night and Brooke and I went shopping. You might think we were crazy for going out the weekend before Christmas, but it is truly amazing how efficient two moms with no kids can be. We were in and out of stores very quickly and checked many people off our list. 

That evening Dan and I went out to dinner and then came home and watched a holiday romantic comedy. My idea of a perfect evening. 

We woke up Sunday and leisurely got ready for church. Dan made breakfast. I curled my hair. Three services later we were ready to pick up the girls and hang around the rest of the evening. We put away laundry, wrapped a few presents, and watched the Chiefs win another game. 

I am working the beginning of the week, but then hope to take the next 1.5 weeks off and am so looking forward to some concentrated family time. Have a great week! 

Friday, December 18, 2020

Cindy Lou Who

Happy Friday!

Yesterday was a wonderful day that began with a 1.5 mile jog plus a should/ab burner. Just when I think there is no way that 10 pound dumbbells will challenge my shoulders, I do another LexiJ workout and she has me wishing I had grabbed the 5 pounders. (Just in case anyone is wondering, 15 pound dumbbells are on my Christmas list. Ha!)

The girls actually slept in a bit, which would have normally been fine except that Ina had her heart set on Cindy Lou Who hair for "Dress like your favorite Christmas movie character" day at school. 

Ina was a champ and remained calm through the entire experience. Mira, however, picked yesterday to re-decide that none of the panties she owns fit her the way she would like. The extra crying had me on edge, but we still pulled through.

The workday flew by and before I knew it, Ina was off the bus and we had 15 minutes to change into dance clothes and wrap the girls' buddy gifts for their dance Christmas party. Dan went to dinner with the small group guys, so that left me and Mira free to do whatever we wanted.

We stopped by the grocery store where Mira decided she wanted every single thing and then came home to throw a quick dinner together (roasted sausage, potatoes, onions, peppers, and cabbage - not much to look at but so delicious!). 

Brooke stopped to try a new cocktail recipe with me (<-so good!) and I picked up the girls from dance where they excitedly told me that Cora almost won a game of freeze dance and Ina's buddy gave her the mother load of gifts. Cora told me she loved her ornaments so much she wanted to sleep with them. 

I am so looking forward to this weekend. I hope you all have a great one! 

Thursday, December 17, 2020

Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw

Good morning!  I hope things are great on your side of the internet! 

Our family from Texas sent an Advent activity for the girls to do everyday which was so sweet and they look forward to every morning while I am getting their breakfast together.

Yesterday the bag included these fun glasses.

Mira was happy about the glasses until they fell off her face and then she promptly refused to wear them.

Will Mira ever smile in pictures with her sisters? Only time will tell. 

I snagged a pair that evening for my work virtual holiday happy hour and looked quite professional with all of my Christmas purchases piled in background. 

After Ina came home from basketball practice, we had burgers, roasted beets (wrapped in foil like a potato) and sautéed kale for dinner - so easy and a meal I know all of my family will eat. 

The evening ended with us taking the sorting hat quiz to find out what house in Hogwarts we would be placed in. I was Hufflepuff and Dan and Ina were Ravenclaw. Ina had so much fun that we will probably all find out what shape our patronus would take tonight. 

Have a good one! 

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

December Catch Up

 Hello there and happy middle of December! 

(Dan and I on one of our very romantic moving trips to the dump.)

I hated to stop my blogging routine, but the combination of busier work plus a busier life plus not knowing what to say in this weird time when so much judgement of what people say or do is occurring. But instead of writing and documenting my life, I have spent extra time reading more of that judgment, which wasn't healthy for anyone. 

So, here I am, happy to open a blank blogging screen after a month of walking down the stairs, pouring a cup of coffee, spending time in study and prayer to fill my cup up, and then immediately draining my cup by scrolling Facebook for 30 minutes. 

We had an amazing Thanksgiving! We celebrated at my sister's house where she mastered her first charcuterie board. 

We hung out all day, cooking, drinking Old Fashioneds, and playing lots and lots of cards. Memorable moments include Dan accidentally shattering my sister's crockpot minutes after we arrived and our dog Lola eating an ENTIRE turkey. 

We spent the rest of the weekend and following week moving Nonnie out of our rental house and into our basement. The timeline was rushed because our amazing and talented realtor friend sold our house faster than we could get it on the market. We are beyond thankful to have the house sold and the responsibility of owning multiple homes out from under us. We are also enjoying having Nonnie so close and look forward to when her living quarters are completely finished so she can feel more settled and at home. 

The next week Ina turned eighteen, I mean, eight. We celebrated as a family by drinking warm butter beer and watching the Harry Potter movie of the book we had finished the weekend before. 

The following weekend Brooke and I took a few of her friends to Build-a-Bear, which was just about as cute as can be.

Watching Ina walk with her friends in the mall (albeit with stuffed animals on their backs) made me realize just how grown up she is. 

Ina has also had a few basketball games, which I just love to watch. She currently is more interested in cheering her team on than going after the ball, but how can you fault her heart for that?

Mira continues to closely resemble a wild animal, complete with marled hair and growls. Due to the colder weather and social distancing, she leaves the house approximately once a week to go to church and otherwise looks like this: 

Her current dress of choice is the one she wore to my sister's house at Thanksgiving and found a pair of scissors and cut holes in it. She has reminded me how interesting rationalizing with a three year old can be and one battle I choose not to fight every morning is over what Mira is wearing. I certainly experienced this with three year old Ina, but Cora sort of skipped that stage, or maybe I just didn't notice? Bless her middle child heart. 

Cora has also started a camp type basketball, which I have yet to witness due to the divide and conquer activity strategy that Dan and I currently have. However, Dan said that she is fast and makes baskets and surprisingly reported that "she is actually kind of athletic." Cora came home excited to tell me, "Mom! I have a coach! I have never had a coach before!"

Ina and Cora also continue to love dance and recorded a Christmas show at the studio. I am looking forward to seeing how that turns out.

I am continuing my morning jog plus my LJW workout. If you are a lady looking for a new workout routine, I would strongly recommend joining our virtual group of amazing women. Ina occasionally joins me to run or do core work, but just as often lays on the couch and watches me exercise.

We spend many nights by the fire, watching a Christmas movie and listening to the girls play in the toy room. It is a good season. 

(When one fireplace isn't quite enough. Ha!)

After this week our schedule looks so empty and manageable and I am genuinely looking forward to celebrating Christmas with our family. The majority of our shopping is done and our Christmas cards are sent. The girls and I had planned to go to Texas to visit family over the weekend, but sadly decided it would be safer/wiser to cancel our trip and stay home. 

I hope you are all staying safe and enjoying this different holiday season. <3 

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