I used to blog almost daily and I love it and somehow I’ve managed to go from wishing I’d sit down and get some thoughts captured to having it be completely not on my radar.
With the ongoing help from our family and friends we’re doing great and getting ready for the holidays.
In the last two months Joel has settled into his new job, we had a visit from my sister’s family, I had a birthday, we sold things in our twin club consignment sale, Zandra came and spent the night for some fun time helping us out, we went to the kids’ Halloween party at Joel’s office (the boys dressed up as carrots, Joel and I were garden gnomes and Alice was a ladybug for her first Halloween). We hosted Joel’s extended family for the day to meet Alice and we stayed home sick on Halloween. I’m glad Joel’s office had a party for the boys to get a taste of trick or treating. The boys probably could have done some trick or treating on Halloween even though they had runny noses but I wasn’t really motivated to do it. We answered the door and had a glow stick dance party in the living room with the boys and then off to bed at their regular time. The fevers and colds worked it’s way though our family. First me, then Miles, then Graham and me again and then finally Joel and even now Alice still has a bit of a stuffy nose. It’s been our first experience of catching colds from the boys being in preschool. Boy that stuff just stuck around forever!
November brought us Alice’s second month birthday, a bowling birthday party for some of the boys’ twinnie friends (and the boys LOVED bowling), a couple different over night visits from Kerry and Zandra, along with visits from various friends to meet Alice for the first time, we went to Ethan’s 4th birthday party which was hot wheels themed and the boys did not want to leave they had so much fun, we squeaked in a couple play dates with our twin club friends. We went from weekly regular play dates with our buddies to not seeing them at all – our three families are in different school districts and go to different preschools leaving us with three schedules that all overlap. It’s sad to think we’ll see them less and less now that school is underway. Us moms keep in touch on email and text messages but we need to figure out some more chances for the boys to get together.
We enjoyed a date night out for dinner and time as a couple with NO kids thanks to Kerry and Zandra. They had their first aunties night of taking care of all three kiddos by themselves from dinner through nap time. Somehow they made it through alive.
Grandma and I went to the boys’ school Thanksgiving lunch. We enjoyed some veggie soup and watched them sing a darling song about being thankful. We hosted a potluck Thanksgiving with 10 adults plus our kids and it was a great excuse to get cleaned up and pull ourselves together out from the sleepiness and endless diapers.
We had a spontaneous night out with Nana and Papa to attend a stand up comedy competition and we’ve started doing some Daddy, Mommy, one boy date nights to give Graham and Miles more of our undivided attention. So far we’ve taken Miles out for donuts and another time to Blue C Sushi and Graham to Readi Spaghetti.
Joel has gotten a little bit of time here and there to work on his den desk project, I did most of our Christmas shopping online this year and as of the 12th we are 99% done and all wrapped. There’s just a few other projects I want to finish up and then get wrapped before we host Christmas at our house with my sister and family coming for a nice long visit. We put up our tree, done our annual gingerbread making with Nana and Papa, spent a quick day with friends for an annual Christmas wrapping get together and took advantage of Grandma and Grandpa’s help to have a day to go out shopping without tots in tow.
The days are long but the weeks are short – so true. Alice is rounding 4 months old and I haven’t even put her name into the monthly picture frame my mom gave me as a baby shower gift. The frame still sits on the dresser with “Angela” pre-printed in it.
There are endless tasks I want to do but the moments where I do get all three of the kids sleeping at the same time I just want to veg on the couch. There’s projects, books and blogging all waiting for my attention. But mostly I just try to relax, rest and enjoy the time I have before a new year is here.
If I don’t get on here again before the new year – we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful start to your new year!
Mall walking goes a lot slower when both boys want to help push the stroller.
The boys were no match for Maren’s tickle fingers.
Reading with Grandma
Alice learns to laugh!
Tim helps us out with a few bed times.
Alice gets older.
Graham works on his gingerbread house
Alice is almost 4 months old!
Alice learns to grab things
The boys with their buds.
Time with Auntie and Uncle
Reading with Grandma and cousin Nora
Miles makes Alice a “paper hat”
Crafting for Thanksgiving dinner