Saturday, December 31, 2011

New Year's Resolutions

I went to look at last year's resolutions to do a re-cap and for once I never made any.  Excpet to lose weight.  That's a given every year.  Here's my resolutions for 2012:
  • Lose 20 pounds
  • Get more organized
  • Get the girls on an earlier going to bed/waking up schedule
  • Use more coupons/try to save more on groceries by meal planning around sales, etc./spend less in general
  • Call my dad more and send him more pictures (sorry, Dad!)
I also have a list of projects I/we plan/hope to get done in 2012:
  • Replace the girls' toddler beds with twins, paint and redecorate their room.
  • Hang curtains in our dining room and bedroom (we've been in our house 4 years and still haven't done that!)
  • Purge/de-clutter/reorganize the entire house and garage.  Did a bunch of that today and it felt great.
  • Finish putting photos in albums and/or scrapbook (I've had piles of photos just hanging around in envelopes or boxes for years and I finally started but didn't finish).
I'm sure other thing will come up throughout the year but that's a start.  Oh, and I also hope to run in my first 5K!  We'll see.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Christmas

Our Christmas celebration started on Christmas Eve morning.  We let the girls open a few gifts from us so we'd have less to haul down to the in-laws.  Then after breakfast we headed down and got there around 1:00 PM.  We had lunch and then went for a short walk.  Then we changed clothes/got the girls in their Christmas dresses and went to their church's Christmas Eve service, then home for dinner, presents and dessert with their good friend and her daughter.  We finally got the girls to sleep around 10:00 I think, and they slept until 8:30ish on Christmas morning.

We had brought their stockings with us, since Santa wouldn't have been to our house yet before we left home, so we did stockings and Santa presents first, then had breakfast (eggnog french toast-yum!) and then the marathon present opening began.  Paul's parents (well, mom) really goes overboard with gifts.  The girls were actually tired of opening and losing interest toward the end.  But, they got some really great stuff.

We had a wonderful turkey dinner and then some other friends came over for dessert, then we spent one more night and came home on Monday after stopping briefly at a friend's house, where the girls got to play with their 3 kids and 2 cats.  Since then, it's been non-stop cleaning/organizing/purging.  Paul had yesterday off, too, so he put together their play castle (I helped).  This weekend we will take down the tree and any other decorations that are still out and then we're going to shampoo our carpets (just the downstairs).  They need it SO badly.

The one time of year I dress them alike, although if I can ever find two different Christmas dresses that look good together, I will!

And that wasn't even all of them

Santa gave Olivia a guitar (and a microphone-she loves to play "American Idol")

Kayley wanted a Thomas train...

...and a Cars guitar

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Follow Up

I let the girls sleep until 9:00 this morning, figuring they needed it since Kayley was up so late and Olivia's sleep kept getting interrupted (I do think about giving them separate rooms from time to time but most of the time there's no issue).  I thought we'd have no problem getting them to bed at their normal 9:00ish, but then Kayley fell asleep around 5:00.  We didn't let her sleep long, though, because we were trying to have an early dinner so we could go to Snowflake Lane.  On the way back, Olivia fell asleep in the car.  Now they are both wide awake at 9:46.  Sigh.  They should be back to normal in a day or two.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Frustrated

The girls keep sleeping until 9:00 or 9:15 and I keep letting them because I like to sleep in, too, because I stay up kinda late (11:00, 11:30) because I like to read or watch TV or play on the computer for awhile after everyone else goes to bed.  So this last week I've been getting up later than normal most days, like between 8:30 and 9:00 (one morning it was 9:20!  What mom of small kids, stay-at-home or otherwise, can ever do that?).  But then instead of getting the girls up then and there I like to get on the computer for awhile, so I let them sleep.  Then they sometimes don't go to bed until 9:30 or later, which is why I have to stay up until at least 11:00 or 11:30 to have my alone time so then I'm unable to get up early enough to get them up earlier.  It's a horrible cycle.

Today they got up at about 9:15.  Surpringly, Olivia told me at 7:05 that she wanted to go to bed, but then she wanted to take a bath first so she ended up going to bed at 8:30.  Kayley on the other hand, acted like she was going to go to sleep too, but proceeded to come out of her room a few minutes later (while I was engrossed in a movie) wanting a snack.  Daddy was in the kitchen so I sent her down there for a snack, then she wanted to play so since it wasn't quite her normal bedtime I let her stay up to play for a bit.  Then I put her to bed again and several minutes later she came out again, all dressed up in her princess garb.  I put her back in bed and told her to stay there or else.  Several minutes later she came out because she had to go poop.  So she did, and I once again put her back to bed.  This time I was so annoyed (but she couldn't help having to go to the bathroom, obviously) it was all I could do to not scream and wake Olivia.  Olivia did stir several times during the repeated commotions but didn't really wake all the way.  Now it's 10:00 and she's FINALLY quieting down, although I think I hear her reading quietly to herself.  What I need to do is go to bed now, so I can get up early enough to have some time on the computer or with the Today show or whatever and still get them up before 9:00, but darn it, I like to have some "me" time in the evening after they finally go to sleep.  I guess I might just have to start setting an alarm for the mornings.  And part of the reason I end up sleeping so late is because I'm usually awake for a good long while when hubby gets up for work between 4 and 5, so it's not as bad as it sounds.

Anyway, off to finish my movie.  It's now 10:22 and...oh my gosh.  I was going to say she's just now quite but she came out AGAIN!  She said she had to go potty and I didn't really believe her but I took her and sure enough she went.  So I just put her to bed again and poor Olivia kind of woke up half way again.  GO TO SLEEP!!!!  It's 10:30!  THIS IS MY TIME!!!!!!!   LEAVE ME ALONE!!!!!  GEES, I'm so mad and frustrated.  I think tonight is a record as far as how many get-ups.  I was going to do some wrapping tonight but it's so darn late and I'm so annoyed I just don't feel like it.  I don't know when I'm going to get it done.  Probably at the very last minute like always.

Monday, December 12, 2011

First Christmas Program


There they are-front and center in the green dresses

The girls sang in their very first Christmas program at church last night.  They did so good!  I really wasn't sure what to expect--I thought maybe they'd get up there and freeze, just staring out at the audience and not singing a note.  But they sang the whole time and did the hand motions and everything.  I was so proud.

I took some video with just our camera (we don't have a camcorder) and had a little trouble zooming and holding it steady but at least I got something.  Most of the pictures I took didn't turn out because I had the wrong setting-grrrrr.  I swore I checked.  But we did do a photo shoot before we left.

video






Sunday, December 4, 2011

Christmas Kick-off

We are officially in full-on Christmas mode.  Yesterday was our annual trek to the tree farm for our Christmas tree.  The girls were really into this year and did a great job helping us pick the perfect tree.

This is it!


Enjoying  a post-tree hunt oreo



We spent the whole afternoon decorating it and the house, then at 5:30 we headed to our town's annual Tree Lighting and Santa arrival.  We had a carriage ride, some cookies, warm apple cider and hot chocolate, and the girls got to sit on Santa's lap for a picture.  Last year Kayley was too scared but this year was no problem.

Window clings

Photo op with Rudolph

On a carriage ride




Tonight we tried to get some pictures of the girls with the cats.



Thursday, December 1, 2011

Favorite Christmas Movies


Fabulous Holiday Blog Challenge


Wow, I can't believe it's December already.  Today's Fabulous Holiday Blog Challenge topic is favorite Christmas movies/specials, and now I'm totally in the mood to start watching them all, and I'm also going to try to find a bunch I've never seen on TV and watch those, too.

My all time favorite is Charlie Brown.  Every year my mom would make popcorn and my brother and I would curl up with our favorite pillows/blankets and watch.  And I love that they still play it on TV in this day and age of political correctness even though (gasp!) it mentions the birth of Christ as the real meaning of Christmas.  I'm surprised it hasn't been banned from network television.

Anyway, I have a couple favorites that most people probably don't think of as Christmas movies, but hey, they take place at Christmastime.

And then there's Christmas Vacation that we watch every Thanksgiving weekend, and one of my latest favorites, Elf.

Of course, I love all the classic specials like Rudolph, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Frosty the Snowman and How the Grinch Stole Christmas.  When I was little I used to cry every time when Frosty melted, even though I knew he came back to life later.

It's funny that I never watched classics like It's a Wonderful Life, A Christmas Story, Miracle on 34th Street, etc., until I was an adult.  I love those too, but didn't grow up watching them, for some reason.

Let's Play A-Z

I'm a sucker for stupid games like this.  I did this one on Facebook a few years ago and found it again to at And Then There Were Four, who found it at Faith, Hope & a Whole Lotta Love.  Feel free to play along.

A. Age: 42

B. Bed size: Queen

C. Chore that you hate:  Folding/putting away laundry

D. Dogs:  Love them and hope to get one some day, but cats are so much easier if you ever spend a night or two away from home, so right now we have 2 kittens.

E. Essential start to your day: Coffee!

F. Favorite color: Purple

G. Gold or Silver:  Silver

H. Height:  5-2 1/2".  I've shrunk 1/2" in the last few years :(

I. Instruments you play:  Make that "played":  Trumpet and Piano.  I can still read music, barely, and try to play stuff on an electronic keyboard but it's really hard.

J. Job title:  Mom

K. Kids: Twin 3-year-old girls, Olivia and Kayley

L. Live:  Near Seattle, WA

M. Mother’s name:  Barbara

N. Nicknames:  None

O. Overnight hospital stays:  4:  7/03 Appendectomy, 5/04 laparotomy for endometriosis, 8/07 food poisoning while 12 weeks pg w/the girls and 2/08 C-section.  There was also a day surgery in there for a lap for endo, 6/06.

P. Pet peeves:  Drivers who don't signal, using the bathroom stall/treadmill/whatever right next to you when there's a whole row of available ones, leaving shopping carts in the parking stall so a) no one can park there and b) it could hit someone's car if it rolls.  Lazy people in general.  Waiting for a parking space instead of just parking a TEENY bit further away...etc.

Q. Quote from a movie: "I have to go shopping now" from Pretty Woman.

R. Right or left handed: Right.

S. Siblings: Two brothers

T. Time you wake up:  First time between 4 and 5 when hubby gets up, but then I go back to sleep and get up between 8 and 8:30, usually.

U. Underwear:  Depends what I'm wearing/doing, but usually just pretty but cotton.  No granny panties, and not against thongs if the outfit requires.

V. Vegetable you hate:  Lima beans

W. What makes you run late:  Having two 3-year-olds.
X. X-Rays you’ve had:  Dental, of course, and several back/neck at various chiropractors over the years.
Y. Yummy food that you make:  Chicken caccitore, oatmeal cookies

Z. Zoo animal:  Giraffe.  Proof that God has a sense of humor.