Woke up this morning (this cold, cold morning) to no coffee in the coffee canister. Rrrggg. My poor husband, my poor self! And I just went to the store last night. Rrrrgggg. But thank goodness I bought 1200 boxes of hot chocolate for our Christmas party that we are hosting Saturday night. I have something warm at least to sip on this cold, cold morning but I sure do miss my french roasted Maxwell house with Peppermint Mocha creamer. Mmmm.
Okie dokie, enough about my obvious coffee addiction. Yes, I am a day late on posting bu,t here I am, so lets not get hung up on that teeny little fact. There’s been a lot going on around here in the last week so I will start at the beginning.
December 1st, James and Audrey (Audrey is taking swimming now too) finished up another session in swimming lessons and we have the month of December off. They really love swimming at the Y and I really love running at the Y. We have a fantastic YMCA in the nearby city of Thomasville. They have a child watch program and all the girls that work in there are cream of the crop. Turns out that one of the girls is the cousin to a family that are members of our church. Anyway, Olivia loves to stay there and James and Audrey do to but they complain that it’s all baby toys to play with! After taking James up there for his first few lessons and I found out there was a child watch program, I decided to join. You get a discount on lessons if you are a member and it has proven to be the perfect outing a few days a week for us. Ok, really for me! They also have a mother’s morning out where you pay just a few dollars more and you can leave the campus for the morning. I took advantage of that last week and enjoyed some peaceful grocery shopping. I am very thankful to have found this special place for us to be a part of!
Over the weekend, Jon was gone and we attempted a ginger bread village. I chose the village because I thought it’d be neat for them to each have 2 houses to decorate but it proved to be the wrong choice! I don’t know if it was just my fingers that morning or what but it was nearly impossible to get those stinkin walls to stick to each other so by the time I finally gave up, James had eaten just about all the candy and it looked like a tiny tornado had come thru our village and leveled the houses. I did buy another one at the beginning of this week so we will try it again before we leave town to start our Christmas vacation!
Like I mentioned before, we are hosting a Christmas party again this year at our house so I’ve been busy this week trying to get ready for that. And, we had doctor’s appointments 3 days in a row in Tallahassee so I’ve been keeping the highway warm as well. On Tuesday after an appointment, I made a quick stop at the mall to pick up just a few Christmas presents. I had all the kids with me so I already had planned in my mind what I was getting and where I was going to get it from. Pretty much anyway. Well, the kids of course were begging for food (because I apparently never feed them) so I stopped and got us a cinnamon pretzel and coke icee to share. I had them sit down on the ground in front of the store we were going in next and this woman passed by pushing a single stroller with a baby girl in it. She stopped and said, with a big smile on her face, “You sure are brave to bring them all by yourself.” To which I replied “Either that or just crazy!” She laughed and then told me how she could never do that and that just “this one” (pointing to the baby) was almost too much for her and she was heading home. I cannot even count on my fingers how many times I have had people tell me that or something like it. And not to be too judgemental or anything but COME ON!! Seriously? Toughen up ladies. Toughen up!
I drug out the exersaucer over the weekend and Olivia has a new love! At first she wasn’t to sure of it but once she figured out how to jump up and down and found a chewy toy, she fell in love. Her laugh gets bigger and bigger every day and one day I am going to bottle it and tuck it away in my closet so I can pull it out and listen to that precious little sound in a bout 15 years when I am ready to pull my hair out. Although, I must admit it’s so very hard to imagine her ever giving us a moments trouble!
She has entered into the stranger anxiety stage and when someone she’s not used to seeing holds her or even talks to her, she pokes that lip out and starts boo hooing. It’s quite pittiful, I must say. However, she does warm up to who ever is trying to hold her, it just takes about 3 times of you going away and coming back. So, just be aware of that little tid bit, all you family out there who are expecting to see us at some point over the Christmas holidays and don’t take it personal. Just be prepared to persevere till she smiles at you. Which she will eventually do!
I started her on rice cereal one night this week and man oh man did she take to that! She didn’t gag or make a horrible face. No, she sucked it like soup and would lunge for the spoon every time we brought it to her mouth. She’s a hoot! And James and Audrey had the best time watching her eat that “nasty stuff!"
James and Audrey had their 4 year well check with the pediatrician yesterday and they checked out well. Ha ha ha!
James weighs 33 lbs and 2 oz and is 38 1/2 inches tall
Audrey weighs 33 lbs and 6 oz and is 39 inches tall
They are both in the 30th percentile for their height and 25th for their weight. They are still small for their age. At least their bodies are, their brains are not!
And I leave you with a little confession. A confession of my 4 year old daughter. She informed me the other night that “sometimes we crawl up under the dining room table where you can’t see us and say bad words. And when we are in the car, we whisper them to each other so you can’t hear us.” I almost choked on my food when she told me that!! I asked her what kind of bad words and she bubbly replied with “poopy and booty and butt.” I have to keep this chick in my confidence fo shore so that hopefully she will still be willing to “tell all” even when they are really “saying bad words!”