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Christmas Eve

Yesterday was quite an exciting day around here. From the moment the kids woke up and had the last piece of advent chocolate with breakfast the started asking when grandmom and grandpa would be here for the feast and presents. It was a LONG wait until 2, but somehow they managed.

I will admit to letting them watch some tv to help pass the time. We might have all gone crazy otherwise!


When finally the backdoor opened announcing their arrival, both kids took off like a flash.


Since Mette was up from her nap there was no need to hide presents and it was decided grandpa would bring the car around front to make unloading easier. The kids had their noses pressed to the window waiting for him to park.


Since they had been waiting as patiently as a three year and one year old can all day, we decided to open presents right away. Otto scored some awesome 6″ STAR WARS guys which have been a huge hit.


Grandpa also made them a ton more blocks to go with the ones they already have which were actually uncle Racer and I’s when we were little. He also made a big wagon to hold all of them that looks nice parked downstairs which I am very grateful for and the kids think makes an awesome ride. The blocks were put to use right away making cities and buildings for Luke and pals.


Mette’s big gift was from grandmom, grandpa, eric and I. She got a big wooden dollhouse. It took has a custom stand with castors but I have the wheels locked and would prefer they didn’t figure out that it can move. 🙂


It also makes a great seat for eating cookies, bonus.


After presents we feasted on the traditional English dinner of standing rib roast, yorkshire pudding, mashed potatoes and roasted veggies. There was an amazing chocolate pie that my mom made for dessert along with a cranberry and pomegranate sorbet that I made. The whole meal was wonderful and honestly, quite simple. The kids were happy to run around and play with their new toys which allowed us to sit and veg for a while after dinner which was quite lovely. We eventually cleaned up and packed them into bed.

Once they were off to slumber land we got to play Santa. I remember being so excited for Christmas morning as a kid and i will say, i think i was equally excited last night. This was really the first year they got what was going on and it was really a lot of fun to be a part of all their excitement.


Christmas morning was a big hit and I have lots more photos to share but right now my bed with it’s clean new sheets and a good book are calling me.


I hope you had a wonderful holiday, or just a peaceful winter day. Everyone here is tuckered out and ready for bed.

See you tomorrow….

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Santa’s elves

I am really getting excited for the kids and Christmas. Tonight Eric and I wrapped all the presents and even gathered everything for the stockings. We were both commenting on how much fun it is going to be seeing them on Christmas morning.

This is the first year I ever got around to wrapping presents earlier than the night before they were to be given and i have say, it feels really good to have that done. That being said there is still a ton to do around here tomorrow. In order to finish all of the holiday crafting I was doing I gave up cleaning the house well over a week ago and it shows. There are dust kutzels blowing like tumbles weeds down all the hallways and everything could use a good scrubbing. Guess what we will be doing tomorrow.

There are also the last minute errands to run and a roast to be picked up. We also can’t forget to make cookies!! We managed to eat all of the cut out cookies we made earlier and we need to make more if there are going to be any to leave for Santa. Eric is actually staying home from work tomorrow and the plan is to divide and conquer.

Even with all the cleaning and cooking to do, I am still enjoying the very festive atmosphere this year. Tonight after dinner we got in the car, stopped at dunkin donuts for a treat and drove around and looked at Christmas lights. It was a blast.

I hope you are a enjoying the holiday lead up, I be back with loads of pictures and tales of joy.

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For Sale

Yesterday was one of those days. A day where we seemed to be teetering on the line of holding it all together. I don’t know what to blame it on, the crappy weather, an exhausting end to the previous week followed by a busy weekend, or just plain funk, but something was amiss. Just after lunch Otto had one of the single biggest meltdowns I have ever experienced. By the time I finally got him into the guest room where he could thrash and hopefully not wake up his sister (that didn’t work but I tried) and went downstairs I was shaking with adrenaline. I have since purchased a book on raising a “strong willed child” and am making my way through it in no time. I have no desire to go head to head with Otto, or anyone else for that matter, all the time. I would much rather find a way where everyone can feel like they are in control of the situations they need to be and feels good about the general state of things. Clearly being three is hard and when you want to control things, but are still just three and can’t control everything you want to it is REALLY hard. But I can see how I need to work more on giving him things he can control and helping him when he can’t control things he wants to.

Once I started to calm down I called eric to vent and talk out the situation. There is a message board used for selling things from hairbrushes to houses at school and we always joke when things get rough that they do not have a human trafficking policy like ebay. This is of course just a joke, no matter how much they drive me crazy I still love my kids more than anything.
About 15 minutes after I got off the phone with eric I got this email from him. I made me laugh so hard I had to share it with you. I think this will be especially good to show Otto some day, perhaps when he has children of his own and can really relate. Anyone who has kids has to get to this point.
FOR SALE
One slightly used surly 3-year-old male boy. Speaks English and R2D2. Can be sweet with the appropriate bribery. Likes race cars and soccer/mocker. Incapable of listening or following directions but comes equipped with an infinite supply of questions. May randomly snuggle or scream. Verbally witty and intrigued by lethally dangerous objects and actions. Will eat anything except what is served for dinner. Needs lots of exercise.

Best,
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And to top it off, last night at dinner after I answered a question Mette asked she came back with, “but why?”. Seriously, they are trying to kill me. TWO asking why may be more than one person can handle at a time. If they start answering each others questions that will be great, but so far it hasn’t happened yet.

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Where were we?

Sometimes I worry that this blog will look like a visual version of a playgroup conversation. For those of you not familiar with “conversations” that take place when there are upwards of 10 small children ranging in age from one year to 4 where everyone is talking at the same time and disagreements can end in hitting are biting so they must be monitored very closely, let’s just say that many ideas are started never to be finished. Every Wednesday once I feed and get the children to bed after playgroup I sit and think about all the things I started to say to someone only to be interrupted along with all the what sounded like they would have been interesting stories I heard fragments of but never really got the whole thing. It is the same with the blog, in the evening when my mind is finally free to wander I find myself writing long posts with funny interludes and great stories. The problem is I am usually in the shower or already in the bed, no where that I could actually capture the thoughts and but them in a safe place for a later post. I need a voice recorder for my inner thoughts. Can someone invent that for me? Thanks.

There are a lot of things to catch you up on so forgive me if this is a hodgepodge list of accomplishments and stories.
Where to start…. how about swimming lessons? Otto has been taking swimming lessons every morning, this is his second week. He goes with eric which is a nice special time they get to spend together just the two of them. We were hesitant to sign him up for classes because he gets very overwhelmed in group settings and I was fearful of him getting scared of the water because he was scared of the class. Then we went to a pool party at a friends house and he was terrified of the water. That sealed the deal, he was going to be scared with or without the classes so I thought we better try. Learning to swim is something that i think you HAVE to do. The thought of an older kid who can’t swim scares me a bit. Plus, I am like a fish in the water and I am really looking forward to having many a long summer day with the kids at the pool and in order for that to happen they need to learn how to swim. I fully thought that Otto wouldn’t go near the pool and would be terrified in the class but he has surprised us and is doing great!! All of the other kids in the class have taken the class before which I actually think is good because he gets a chance to see the other kids doing stuff without being scared. Each class he is more and more brave but the best part is he loves swim class. He is excited to go everyday and tells me “it was GREAT” everyday when he gets home. Eric is pretty sure that if enough treats were offered he would swim underwater across the whole pool. I am fine with him being motivated by a piece of candy at the end of class from the teacher if it means that he pushes his boundaries and tries new things. After this week he has a week off then we will starts two more weeks of class to finish off the summer. I think that we will try a program over the winter as well to keep the momentum going. Perhaps Mette will try some too. Something tells me she would LOVE swim class!
In more Otto news, he a had a complete allergy testing done a few weeks ago. We needed to check his peanut levels so he had an appointment with the allergist but I also wanted to get him tested for seasonal allergies because he seemed to be very sniffly lately. There is a lot of talk that SPD can be caused by allergies or at least aggravated by them so I wanted to get any allergies he might have in check. Eric is allergic to quite a bit so it would stand to reason that Otto may be as well. He tested positive to dust mites, trees, grass, cats, cockroaches and ragweed. The allergist said as long as we keep the cats out of his room (which we have always done) that it shouldn’t be a problem. He asked what Otto’s reaction to the cats was, which is nothing unless he actually lays on them, then he wants to rub off the cat hair. He doesn’t get a rash, he doesn’t itch, he eyes don’t burn or run and his nose doesn’t run. So for now the cats are staying, but if his allergies become worse we will have to think about new homes for them. I am going to ignore that for now, good old Storb repression at it’s finest! The dust mites we can and have done something about. I have been washing ALL of his bedding down to his new allergy protective mattress and pillow protectors, along with Mette’s in hot water and running them through the dryer, normally I would line dry them. This includes blankies, alligator and mun-key which requires quite a bit of planning on my part. I order an all natural laundry additive so I won’t have to use hat water or the dryer which will be nice. I am all for killing dust mites, but the environmental impact of all that hot water and dryer time is a bit much. I also ordered a earth friendly, plant based spray for the furniture and rugs to use between steam cleaning that should kill dust mites as well as neutralize pet dander. Uncle Ben, all of this should be good for you too! 🙂 Just in case you were thinking you would google dust mites to learn a little bit more about them, I would like to stop you. Take a minute and think about how prepared you are to change how you look at everything in your house that is made of fabric. You also need to think about how you feel with bugs crawling on you all the time. If only someone had warned me before I started googling. There really should be a page that blocks you from learning too much about something that is totally going to freak you out. Needless to say, Otto’s bed is not the only one that is getting the FULL weekly cleaning. And I should add, I always changed the sheets every week, but I do so much more now. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. Right now, while the grass allergies are high we are giving him children’s Zyrtek in the morning. It works great and makes a big difference. The allergist said when ragweed hits we might need something stronger but we will cross that bridge when we get to it. He also thinks that Otto may be growing out of his peanut allergy which 10-20% of kids do. That would be AWESOME!!! He is going to do a blood profile in 6 months to see if his levels are going down. We know now that small amounts of peanut don’t cause immediate anaphylaxis shock which is great, but the less I have to worry when sending him out in world, the better.
Speaking of sending him out into the real world, he starts preschool this fall! I can’t believe it. The week after Labor Day he will be going every Tuesday and Thursday morning. I don’t know what I will do with myself.
And now Mette. Mette, Mette, Mette my darling. First, she is scheduled for her plastic surgery to remove the cyst above her eye on the 3rd of August. We had the pre-op last week and she has been cleared for take off. We have to be there at 6 in the morning so my mom is coming the night before to hang out with Otto while we are at the hospital. It should be a very simple procedure and we should be home by lunch. There is a chance that she will have a black eye with some swelling for a while but other than that she will be the same. Let’s hope all of that goes well.
Mette is an adorable little stinker. She throws a temper tantrum complete with throwing herself on the floor screaming, tears, holding out her hand and yelling stop, the works, when you kindly remind her not to eat books. It is a bit intense here these days. I keep telling myself that it is just a phase and it won’t last forever, but WOW, she is a drama queen! She is also insanely charming and sweet so that helps her last through the day. She is in a big mommy phase and me leaving the room and/or other people looking at her is often enough to send her over the edge. In her defense she has cut three molars in the last two weeks and there may be more teeth coming but I am too scared to stick my fingers in there to be sure. These teeth are ones she has been working on, no lie, since last Christmas. It has been a long road. The past few weeks there have been many tears, some fevers and diarrhea but I think they are finally cutting through and not going back up, I hope.
The other news from Metteville is the potty. I am hesitant to write about it, but here it goes. I am also fully aware and fine with the fact that this may turn into nothing. For a while now she has been interested in sitting on the potty and she has pooped once or twice on the potty and there has been the occasional pee but really most of the time she sits there for one millisecond and pops up and announces “done!”. But as of last evening and this morning she has been peeing an pooping on the potty with only two small mistakes. I have just had her in a t-shirt and nothing else around the house to make it easier. A couple of the times she has said potty and ran over and peed. Often I ask her if she needs to go and when she sits on the potty she pees. She thinks it is very exciting. With Otto, he was 2 1/2 which was very early for a boy, but he still got it in a weekend. With Mette only being 17 months old I am sure that I will have to ask her about 100 times a day if she needs to go potty for it to take and it still may not. But regardless, I haven’t changed a stinky diaper in a while so that rocks!
As for me. I am doing well. A bit on the tired side, but who isn’t really. It has been crazy hot which I hate. It is cooler today but really anything above 75 I am not too fond of. I am already dreaming of fall. I have been working of a few small projects but mainly just trying to keep up with laundry and cleaning. It seems like a never ending quest.
So that’s the news from our side of town, how are you?

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Funny Memories

Unlike some people (eric) I have very few memories of being really small. One thing I do remember though is sitting on the floor in the kitchen of my grandparents house on Glen Hall Rd. I was on the floor in the door way to the back hall by the refrigerator with my mom. She had just bought me new shoes and was trying them on my feet. I think I was only a little older than Otto is now. She was really struggling to get them on my feet and looking back I am sure she was starting to worry that she had bought the wrong size. It didn’t hurt but she was really trying to squeeze my foot into them. Actually I thought it was kind of funny. Then my mom took the shoe off the half crammed foot, looked inside and pulled out the wad of tissue paper they put in shoes to help them keep there shape. No wonder they weren’t going on! It is just a small little snippet of a memory, but for some reason I kept that afternoon in my mind all these years. I was reminded of it yesterday morning when I spent 15 minutes trying to cram Mette’s feet into little slippers only to discover they were stuffed with tissue paper.

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Christmas Eve

Yesterday was quite an exciting day around here. From the moment the kids woke up and had the last piece of advent chocolate with breakfast the started asking when grandmom and grandpa would be here for the feast and presents. It was a LONG wait until 2, but somehow they managed.

I will admit to letting them watch some tv to help pass the time. We might have all gone crazy otherwise!


When finally the backdoor opened announcing their arrival, both kids took off like a flash.


Since Mette was up from her nap there was no need to hide presents and it was decided grandpa would bring the car around front to make unloading easier. The kids had their noses pressed to the window waiting for him to park.


Since they had been waiting as patiently as a three year and one year old can all day, we decided to open presents right away. Otto scored some awesome 6″ STAR WARS guys which have been a huge hit.


Grandpa also made them a ton more blocks to go with the ones they already have which were actually uncle Racer and I’s when we were little. He also made a big wagon to hold all of them that looks nice parked downstairs which I am very grateful for and the kids think makes an awesome ride. The blocks were put to use right away making cities and buildings for Luke and pals.


Mette’s big gift was from grandmom, grandpa, eric and I. She got a big wooden dollhouse. It took has a custom stand with castors but I have the wheels locked and would prefer they didn’t figure out that it can move. 🙂


It also makes a great seat for eating cookies, bonus.


After presents we feasted on the traditional English dinner of standing rib roast, yorkshire pudding, mashed potatoes and roasted veggies. There was an amazing chocolate pie that my mom made for dessert along with a cranberry and pomegranate sorbet that I made. The whole meal was wonderful and honestly, quite simple. The kids were happy to run around and play with their new toys which allowed us to sit and veg for a while after dinner which was quite lovely. We eventually cleaned up and packed them into bed.

Once they were off to slumber land we got to play Santa. I remember being so excited for Christmas morning as a kid and i will say, i think i was equally excited last night. This was really the first year they got what was going on and it was really a lot of fun to be a part of all their excitement.


Christmas morning was a big hit and I have lots more photos to share but right now my bed with it’s clean new sheets and a good book are calling me.


I hope you had a wonderful holiday, or just a peaceful winter day. Everyone here is tuckered out and ready for bed.

See you tomorrow….

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