T Rex Family

T Rex Family

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Second Posting of 2015


Never have I been this far behind on my blogs. I don't know what to say except, well, we are at peak toddler times and it's just hard to not watch her all the time. A couple weeks ago I stepped away to use the restroom and found her with a frosted mini-wheat standing on the printer on the counter. It was a 2 minute bathroom run. Now I insist she accompany me. Which, by the way, has peaked her interest into doing more potty training. She's now well on her way.

The older kids are each in a couple of activities. T has taekwondo and baseball. He has activities Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings. Sometimes Friday and Saturday if there are games those days, too. Taekwondo continues to be a great activity for him. He often has to practice self control and self discipline during class which is extremely helpful for him overall. It has helped him with baseball. His cousin has been helping him with hitting and this has been very helpful, too. He's becoming a very consistent player.

S - she's still in dance with her annual recital coming up very soon. She is very talented. She and her buddy are a couple of the best students in class. I am so very sad her friend cannot participate in the recital. She's been working so hard all year and to miss out on her very first and possibly only recital, my heart hurts. I won't dwell. I don't want to make her family feel bad for going on vacation. Bad timing but still, my heart hurts. I haven't told S her friend won't be there. She'll be fine. This will be her second recital. She gets to participate in two numbers this year. It will be wonderful. Gymnastics is also going extremely good. She has quite a knack for physical activities. She can literally ride circles on her bike around her brother while he's on his bike.

BB as we call our little caboose just keeps growing. She's doing great and into EVERYTHING. She loves to be outside and just wants to be doing what all the other kids are doing.

Work for both Hubby and me is extremely busy. Of course, for me it's quite predictable with it being allergy season. Hubby has been taking on more projects at work. They call him a battle star because he is such a strong contributor. (Can you hear how proud I am of him?) Still, he has a good work/life balance going on.

I still volunteer at the school. I'm getting more involved in the PTO and will be shadowing the VP of Art next year so I can take over the following year. I figure with 14 years at our elementary school I should have plenty of time to try out the various roles. Little S had kindergarten registration. I need to post some of those photos on her blog. She was adorable and is SO excited to start "real" school. Speaking of school, T got an "outstanding" from his Grandpa N (these are rare and only given for true merit) for his report card. An example from the report card - he's expected to know 150 sight words and he knows 497. He still needs to work on using his time wisely but academically, he's doing just fine.

I'll include some photos from the past couple months. I'll throw in a few crochet projects that I've completed along the way, too. There are several and they are in random order.

- Kindergarten registration
- Peeps for my 3 little peeps
- T's community project for school
- S's Skitty book
- T at baseball
- Bike shopping
- Handsome Husband
- S modeling the poncho I made
- Scrap yarn to make doll dress with matching hair clip
- My nephew helping T with hitting
- Group lunch at Ms. B's during my busy work week
- Several photos of BB - she likes to read, A LOT, especially Good Night Moon
- Minecraft shirt T and I crafted for 100 days of school (100 piece of felt used)
- Photo of three kidos

Sunday, February 15, 2015

First Posting of 2015...

Oh my goodness...

I cannot believe that I have not posted anything here this year yet. So maybe a quick run down of what's been going on around here.

Work for Hubby is quite busy. He's doing great and loving his job, especially where he works. My work has been a little slower of late but I anticipate it picking up very soon. I did my first pollen count last week (something new I have learned) and there is tree pollen in the air which means I will be getting really busy really soon. I also took my first on-call weekend a couple weeks ago. That was busier than I thought but I did fine.

The kids are finally on the mend. Baby has been pretty healthy. She's cutting some new teeth but otherwise, pretty happy. Little S struggled with a cough, stuffy nose, and throat clearing for over a month. I even took her to see my boss and while she did test positive for some allergies, it would not account for these symptoms. Her pediatrician did some antibiotics after she had been ill for 6 weeks. Within a week, she was better. The antibiotics did not set well with her gastrointestinal system but she survived. T had strep after a negative rapid and positive culture. He was also on antibiotics for 10 days. He's allergic to penicillin but seems to be okay with newer generation cephalosporins. Baby is still on antibiotics (low dose) and has not had a recurrence of infection.

My friend, Iron Woman, went back to school in mid-January so I have my part-time kids back which has been great. I adore them and enjoy our time together.

Little S also had her 5th birthday in mid-January and I threw her a Frozen birthday. It was wonderful. She and I practiced making her cake about 3 times before the 4th one was the final. She taught me quite a lot about cake decorating in the process. The first prototype did not even make it to decorating stage. It fell apart out of the pan. The party was a pretty good success but most importantly my little girl was SO happy and still talks about it. 

I am still volunteering at the school one morning a week and still enjoy it so very much. I am so fateful for our school and the teacher T has.

The kids have had several medical appointments - wellness appointments for all three, eye appointments for the older two, and dental cleanings for the older two. It's been busy getting to these appointments and Hubby has been a huge help.

The kids are also busy with their activities - S with dance and gymnastics and T with taekwondo and soon to start baseball. Little Baby goes with her sitter to library story time every Monday. She has great fun with her. 

I've finished several projects but have not been great about taking photos of them. I'll try to do better.

For now, here are some snapshots of our lives from the beginning of this year. With illness hopefully behind us, we're hoping we are now on track for a great 2015.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

The Gauntlet Part VII - Christmas Eve and Christmas Day...

Lyrics from one of my most beloved Christmas songs:

It's not the glow you feel
When snow appears
It's not the Christmas card
You've sent for years
Not the joyful sound
When sleigh bells ring
Or the merry songs
Children sing

The little gift you send
On Christmas day
Will not bring back the friend
You've turned away
So may I suggest, the secret of Christmas
It's not the things you do
At Christmas time but the Christmas things you do
All year through

My greatest 2015 resolution will be to achieve a true spirit of Christmas the whole year through so that come December 24th and 25th I will not feel guilty about taking that for my little family to be with them - not feeling the pressure to be anywhere or do anything. I want to have the option of baking cookies that day should that be our desire. I want to spend as little or as much time on the Nativity story and have time to act out a Nativity play. I want to be able to sit through the entire viewing of Charlie Brown Christmas. I want to be together with my family. I will not feel pressured or patronized for choosing this over other activities because I will have given my time, talents, and gifts throughout the whole year. It is not because I am a Grinch or Scrooge, it is because I want to focus on what I consider to be the true meaning of Christmas and that is the birth of Jesus and what he did for me. And no, I'm not shunning Santa or giving up on him. We enjoy the spirit of St. Nicholas and I am familiar with his story and origin and I think giving generously in secret is a great tradition and one I will always believe in. I don't think it detracts from true Christmas spirit until the emphasis becomes all about Santa visits, Santa gifts, and stressful secular traditions. I believe it is possible to achieve that true Christmas spirit and I am challenging myself now that 2015 will be the year to achieve it.
Below are photos from our Christmas. We did not have time to bake cookies but we did have time to make some reindeer food. That was extent of our baking this year. The kids did enjoy our brief Nativity reading and enactment. Hubby managed to sneak in a quick photo that makes me smile when I see it. Santa did visit. BB is still learning to unwrap gifts. The girls and I all had matching PJs - I love matching PJs - we do this all year but these were gingerbread ones so I could not resist using them for Christmas. T received some refurbished toys from the North Pole - Star Wars toys from the 90's. He is so happy with them. S has so many Barbie things she is not sure what to do. Actually, she put some away for opening at a later time. Hubby and I both received sonic screwdrivers of our favorite Doctors from Doctor Who. We got a good laugh out of that. BB's favorite gift was a silver box that some earrings for me arrived in. The fairy wings she received were also a big hit.. The older kids each gave a treasured item of their own and "wrapped it". It was a special surprise for us. Our little 4 foot tree was adorable and off the ground so our resident toddler would not bother it. The 100 year old angel has survived to see another Christmas. Santa's elves did raid my yarn stash and craft some items for T's beloved stuff animals. This is becoming a trend the past several years - wondering if that is going to continue. Oh, and it was a white Christmas.