Archive for December, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas. As for my family we’ve been busy playing Just Dance 2 on the Wii, Apples to Apples Junior and the girls have been watching Daddy play Thief once a day, since I like to limit the time watching someone else do something.

We’ve also gotten rid of some old toys, (Hallelujah!) had lots of lazy mornings, and just enjoyed this time together. The weather is starting to turn gray and windy again, so we’re mostly staying inside. I’m looking forward to the New Year, though there is much to do.

Jon’s on vacation for a little while, and it’s been lots of fun to leave the house freely without having two girls attached to my hip. I rather like them, and most who I visit ask where the girls are, (Am I not cute enough?) but it’s also nice to be alone and able to take my sweet time, or run several errands without having someone ask if it’s the last place, or whine because I added one more stop.

2010 has blown by and it looks like it might leave with a bang! Bring on 2011!

Smart Child

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

One of my favorite Christmas conversations happened on Christmas Eve. It was just my parents, Carolyn and Derek, and my little family so we all sat at the formal dinning table. There was a conversation going on about nuts and seeds, and what my sister Carolyn is allergic to and what my father is allergic too. They started talking about tree nuts compared to ground nuts and I mentioned how I wasn’t sure what ones were tree nuts. Lilah replied, “Mom they’re nuts that grow on trees.” in a very matter-of-fact way. We all busted up laughing after hearing her comment and I was totally put in my place by my 7 year old.

Too bad I’m still not sure which nuts are tree nuts and which are ground nuts. I know a few, but only because I’ve seen a pecan tree, an almond tree and know peanuts grow in the ground.

If only she knew the full answer I needed.


Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

It’s 1:15 in the afternoon. I’m still in my pajamas and so are both the girls. It’s actually been a very productive day so far.

Recyclables were sorted and taken out.
I tricked Eden into cuddling with me this morning.
I ate breakfast while the girls played with Sleepy, Lilah’s hamster.
We cleaned Sleepy’s cage.
I talked and planned this evening with my BIL.
I washed a load of the girl’s clothes.
I washed dishes.
We flushed Eden’s dead fish, Strawberry.
I cleaned out the fish tank. (Now what to do with two tanks when neither child wants to donate one.)
I had the girls fold their clothes.
I moved my sewing cupboard to make room for the Christmas tree.
I sorted through the pile of mail.
I swept.
I may have yelled a little at the girls when they were fighting instead of folding clothes.
Right now Lilah is emptying the dishwasher.
I’m finally having the girls get dressed.
Then we’ll put up our Nativity. (It’s a good thing the fish died because now I have somewhere to put it.)
I plan on mopping my floors, except the kitchen since I need to give Jon a haircut tonight.
I might pull the tree out of the shed and check for spiders, then we can put it up.
A shower is in my forecast.
So is going to Costco to pick up food for this evening.
Then I’ll help tidy Rawlin’s house for the visit.
We get to meet our newest nephew-in-law and see Jon’s niece.
They live in Arizona.

Making lists does make my life seem more productive. I should do this everyday. (Really a lack of productivity has not been my problem lately, it’s having too much to do.)


Friday, December 10th, 2010

It’s December. Wow.

I’m happy to say the craft fair I participated in was successful for me. It got a little slow in the afternoon and it would have been nice had more people come, but for the first year I think it was a success. Since I sold 4 bags, (score!) I now have some money to buy a little more fabric and I’m finally getting to the stage that I have inventory, so I won’t be spending out of pocket. Hooray! Sew Lacey might actually get in the black. The popcorn and truffles sales really help and I am so thankful that Tim convinced me to sell truffles and popcorn to him last year.

The homeschooling co-op is on break right now. I’m so thankful for that, but that also means I’m needing to deal with registration and finances. Ugh. It’s a lot of work and I’m a little worried for all that entails, especially since I have very little time right now and it needs to get done so we can start looking at the schedule and putting teachers in classes.

I started my first voice lesson last week! I’m so excited! I think she’s already helping me break my shell and helping me not sing from my throat, so I can actually have a louder voice and more control. Sadly, I haven’t been able to practice a whole lot due to so many pressing things this past week. She mentioned that practice is the hardest for her adult students because we are so busy, and boy was she right! It’s a new week, and I have less pressing things, so I’m hoping to carve out a half hour every day around 4:30. These lessons are actually a part, as in the main part, of my Christmas gift from Jon. I love choir, but I was talking to him about how I would like some one on one attention to have someone actually tell me what I need to do and we decided to make it my Christmas gift. I’m happy because it really is to help me gain confidence in myself and not to go out a sing solos necessarily, but he is so supportive of me and allowing me to do things that help build my confidence. The first lesson was a blast, so I’m looking forward to the next one.

Christmas is coming a long slowly in our house. I cleaned our front yard with Lilah on Wednesday and we put up new Christmas lights. Eden was happy to help with the lights, but didn’t want to help clean the yard. I’m trying to get the inside of the house in order so we can get the Christmas tree up, but I fear that until I get the rest of the popcorn and truffles out of the house next week, there is no point. So hopefully we get the tree up on Tuesday or Wednesday next week.

To close, I just want to post a couple funny things from this past week. I had them as updates on Facebook, but wanted them in a place that is controlled by me.

The set up: My girls had made a little fort and Lilah was telling me how the top blanket lets in air so it doesn’t get too hot.(It’s a lighter weight blanket.) I was peeking in, so I teasingly blew in a big breath of air and asked if that let in air and she said “Yeah, carbon dioxide.”

Eden: Stop tickling me!
Lilah: My fingers are exploring your armpits!

How my girls fight, I mean work things out.

Sunday, December 5th, 2010

Lilah: I don’t feel like you love me.
Eden: I love you Lilah but sometimes you make me so fusterated!
Lilah: I just feel like it’s not fair for you to not give me that piece.
Eden: *sigh* Lilah I don’t think it’s fair for you to have more legos than me.
Lilah: It hurts my feelings when you say things like that.
Eden: I’m just so annoyed right now. *argh!*

And it continued in a similar like manner for about 5 minutes. Luckily Jon was home because it allowed me to sit back and laugh at the girls and the argument rather then storm in and take all the connects and legos away.

Eden also says fusterated, not frustrated. Lilah then repeated it as fusterated later in their argument. It was a good thing they were in their room and I was in the living room laughing to myself.