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Christmas Program 2016

Finn had his first Christmas program tonight.  Brought tears to my eyes – not in a good way.

It was essentially a really short church service where the kids came into the sanctuary, lined up in the front, (posed for pictures), sang 3 songs, a pastor gave a really short message and then the kids sang 3 more songs.

In the ‘pose for pictures’ part, he did okay.  Not great as he kept trying to block parents from taking pictures of their kids.  He kept hug-wrestling the boys next to him.

But when the singing started, he did better.  He mostly stayed in his place, but he didn’t sing.  (He has this thing with singing in a group – says it’s ‘too loud’).  He didn’t do many of the actions to the songs either, but it wasn’t too bad.

During the message, things started to go south. He tried to leave the front, but the teacher stopped him and she sat with him in her lap and he stayed there.  Great.

During the 2nd group of songs, it went really far south.  Texas south.  Mexico south.  Brazil south.  Tried running away again.  Wouldn’t stay in his spot.  Distracted others.  Random-but-luckily-not-too-loud outbursts of other words.

When it was time for the other kids to file out, he then refused to go.  Went all “spaghetti” and wouldn’t move.  Wouldn’t be moved.  Eventually, I went and got him.  Needless to say, we skipped the cookies afterward.

I knew that he had been having a bad day, but wanted to stick with the Christmas program.  If I don’t give him (reasonable) situations to obey and perform, then I’ll never how he’ll do.

We’ve been on the new diet for 8 weeks now.  Been seeing a Chiropractor for 4 weeks (12 treatments).  We have some really good days.  And a few good days in a row too.  But then there will be ‘something’ that will happen and we’ll have 2-3 bad days as if he’s reacting to something.  We just can’t identify what the something is.  It may even be somethings.

Sigh…makes the date complete as our washing machine died today unexpectedly.  Had to replace it.

Ben – 5 months old!

Ben is 5 months old!

Here’s his scrapbook page:

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A recent picture:

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And a video taken a couple of weeks ago:

6 1/2 years now I’ve been cooking for a husband.  Which means very little cereal for supper.

4 1/2 years now I’ve been cooking for at least 1 kid (well, more like 4 years since Finn didn’t eat solids right at birth).

And yet,this past week, 5 out of 7 of the dinners I’ve prepared have been miserable disasters.  3 times we ran out for fast food, given the time frame we had.  Another time we had cereal.  The fifth time, we ate what we wanted (mostly green beans and watermelon) and left the rest.

Oh boy.  It’s not that I don’t have time.  It’s not that I don’t have skills in the kitchen.  It’s not that I don’t have the desire. It’s that we’re trying new things nutritionally and it has me all in a tizzy.  I’m trying recipes that I’ve never made before.  We’ve removed ingredients from our diet that I realized go into a lot of my recipes (I’m looking at you tomatoes!).

I feel like a doofus.  Luckily, Jeff is understanding about it.  Especially when I have to make 2-3 trips to the grocery store when I realize that I don’t have all the ingredients that I thought I had.  And when lunch consists of nachos.  Not the fancy nachos, but nachos that are essentially chips, cheese and beef.

It’s been a rough week in the kitchen!

Our October 2016

I’m pretty good at updating facebook.  And sometimes, Instagram with things that we do.  But I’m really bad at updating my blog.  Which is a bummer because it’s an easier platform to search.  So here’s some quick updates on our October 2016, in no particular order:

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As we’ve done every year since we’ve been married (I think), Jeff and I went to Kansas City with his family to see a game. We just go for the day, but it’s kind of a big deal to us – getting babysitters (we got 2 this year!) and being able to just be husband & wife for the day.  It’s fun!

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Other:

 

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#1: The older 3 boys and I had an event at Finn’s preschool which fell right into Ben’s naptime, so Papa Bill babysat him.  I came home to Ben asleep on Papa’s lap, listening to jazz music on his phone.

#2 & #3: We played bed switcheroo as Sam was ready to get out of the crib.  We gave him Stephen’s bed since it has built in guardrails and will eventually be the top bunk to Finn’s bed.  Sam was thrilled!  Stephen, however, was not.

#4: Playing in the dirt!  You’re supposed to grow flowers there, but I grow boys.

#5: That’s how they get dirty.  Stephen looks upset, but he was quite happy.  Not so happy about the bath though.

#6: After a long day playing outside, Stephen just conked out.  So cute!

#7: I’m trying my hand at making my own bread — this was my first loaf!

#8: Tic-Tac-Toe.  Finn’s learned how to play, so we play often.  Most games end in a tie.

#9: You know I’m vacuuming because he’s vacuuming.  As soon as I get out the vacuum, he gets out the toy one.  All boys have done this so far.

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#1: On days that I have MOPS, we pack a lunch before MOPS.  Finn’s in charge of putting the ice in the cooler.

#2:Then we eat it in the church foyer as we only have 45 minutes between the end of MOPS and the beginning of pre-school.  Great time saver!  I’ve told the boys it’s a “picnic”.

#3:Breakfast with dad!

#4: Lunch on the fort!

#5: Building with Stephen’s new train set expansion.

#6: My boys!

#7 & #8: Playing with “waffle blocks”, which we call “Roads”.  Sam, in particular, is getting better at not destroying what they’ve created.

#9: Sam eating his first apple crisp!  He loved it – especially the ala mode part.

 

Stephen is majorly into dinosaurs these days.  Well, for about a year now.  It started with a pair of dinosaur PJs. He’d roar when wearing them.  Eventually, he got a shirt with a dinosaur on it and some plastic dinosaur toys.

For his birthday this year, he got a few new dinosaur things.  A big dinosaur that roars and moves a little.  A new dinosaur shirt (but he says it’s too scary and doesn’t wear it.)  But he also got lots of dinosaur toys.

There are two in particular worth remembering.

This first one:

This is his “Baby Dinosaur”.  For a few weeks, it was his constant companion.  I would have to hold it for him while he went potty so that no one else got it.  If he went to Sunday School, I had to babysit it while he was there to “keep it safe”.  Quite a treasured possession.

(It looks big here, but it is maybe 3-4 inches tall?)

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The 2nd one:

We already had the bigger one, but he got the smaller one for his birthday.  They were a perfect match, except for the size.  Sometimes he tells me that they are brothers.  Sometimes, the bigger one is the Mama and the smaller one is the Baby.  It’s also pretty cute.

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Hip! Hip! Hooray!  Stephen turned 3 today!  (Well, today as in a couple of weeks ago!)  More like:

Hip! Hip! Hooray!  I’m documenting Stephen’s birthday today!

Stephen got 2 birthday parties as that’s what happens when you have family both in town and out of town.  The first celebration was a couple of weeks before his birthday and we shared his celebration with his cousin Landon who was turning 4.  This was the party that Stephen got his dinosaur cake.

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Then on his actual birthday, Jeff’s parents were in town and we had another celebration.  Highlights include making the birthday cake and Jeff’s parents gave both Finn & Stephen their own tape measure, which they LOVED!

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Halloween 2016

So, here’s how our Halloween went this year:

About 2 weeks before Halloween:

  • Stephen wanted to be Thomas the train for Halloween.  So I ordered him a costume in time for him to open it for his 3rd birthday.
  • Finn kept changing his mind on what he wanted to be.  I got all kinds of answers: mashed potatoes, a super hero, a bad guy, a monkey, a puppy, a bad guy who eats people (what!??!)  I finally pinned him down to a super hero lion because we already had a lion costume and I’d just make a cape.  He picked red for his cape.
  • Sammy was going to be either Tigger (from Winnie the Pooh) or a puppy, depending on the weather.

1 week before Halloween:

  • It was Stephen’s birthday.  He opened his costume.  Unimpressed.  Still said he wanted to be Thomas though.
  • I made Finn’s cape.  Didn’t do that great of a job, but he liked it.

1 hour before Trick-or-Treating on Halloween:

  • Finn put on the lion costume.
  • Stephen refused to put on the Thomas costume.  “I don’t want that.”  So on went a puppy costume that he also got for his birthday.
  • So Jeff put the Thomas costume on Sammy.  Fit great.  He refused to wear the neckerchief thing and the hat.  Kept ripping it off. Oh well.
  • Ben got put into the dalmatian costume that we had.  Very itchy costume so it was on just long enough to take a picture.

30 minutes before Trick-or-Treating on Halloween:

  • Finn said the lion costume itched too much.  But he still liked the cape.
  • So we debated if he could go trick-or-treating with just a cape.  We nixxed that idea.
  • But we didn’t have another costume that fit him.
  • We went down to the basement to grab another lion costume that I had planned on giving him for Christmas.  But now he no longer wanted the cape.

 

So..here’s our picture:

(Not a great shot, but it’s the best I got!)

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And here’s Finn in the costume-he-really-went-Trick-or-Treating-in:

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