Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Happy #60, momma.

We all sang "Happy Birthday" and blew out the candle in honor of Grandma who would be celebrating 60 years today.

In years past, most of her birthdays were spent with the whole family together - often ending a day of Christmas shopping with dinner at an Italian chain restaurant in Indianapolis with extended family, including my Uncle Bruce and Eddie who usually had just arrived for their annual trip to Indiana for the holidays from San Francisco. Some years she'd have to work, and would just meet right after work at Bravo or Buca or Olive Garden or Johnny Carinos, still dressed in her hospital scrubs.

Marathon shopping, Italian food, and most important of all: her family.. brother and sister and nieces and nephews and husband and children. All in one place. It was her perfect day. 

My mother-in-law brought me this sweet bundt cake today to work. I set it aside to share with the kids tonight for a proper celebration. The kids were all more than happy to share this cake in her honor tonight. ;-) Happy birthday, momma!

Monday, December 19, 2016

my weekend in photos.

This weekend was a lot better than my last.

We got hit with some cold, cold, cold, and then some snow on top of it. We kicked it off with my favorite breakfast - a sweet surprise from Colby - to start it off right.

Saturday morning, we split a bell-ringing shift with our small group. And as luck would have it, because of the single digit temps and ice, school activities were cancelled, which included swim practice for Colby. Which meant he tagged along, while I stayed indoors with my friend and our toddlers. ;-)

We rewarded them with a trip to Chick-fil-A for some nuggets and playtime.

I attended a funeral for a good friend's FIL out of town, then hunkered down for a cold winter's night at home with the family.

Sunday started bitter cold, so we decided to limit our outings to a single time out for night church. 

We built forts, had hot chocolate, had art time, and watched a Christmas movie all before we decided it was as warm as it was gonna get at 12 degrees and we couldn't deprive the children from playing in the first snow of the season.

Of course I had to budge up to get out for a few pictures since last winter jipped us of the opportunity to play in snow. 

The aftermath:

We had a fun game night with our small group at church to conclude our 2016 together.

Monday, December 12, 2016

my weekend in photos.

Well, this one will not go down as my favorite weekend in history. But I made it to the other end with a few highlights in between.

We continue our battle with Sadie vs Nighttime/Bedtime/Sleep, and adding that to a lack in stamina from coming off of a week with a cold, I just didn't have the juice to conquer.

Colby leaves for swim practice, and I usually make a mess of our kitchen. The end result is usually worth it, though. Baked oatmeal for a friend, followed by chocolate chip cookies for teachers!

We busted out a gift from Christmas 2015 for the first time and had a little oragami fun. (Which actually looked more like 10 minutes of fun for Owen, an hour of fun for me.)

I arrived 30 minutes early to a LuLaRoe party. So I made use of my time. 

The weather matched my mood. (Or vice versa.) But a trip out of the house and out of our norm with a new dishwasher as it's biproduct come Christmas ain't all bad!

Owen rocked his basketball game while Sadie slept on all of his fans, and he even had a career high score. ;-)
At the end of the weekend and a better night of sleep last night, I can look back and recognize that a little sleep would have gone a long way for my point of view, physical health, and morale, but we all have our moments, right?

Monday, December 5, 2016

my weekend in photos.

It's the most wonderful time of the year!

Friday kicked off Nana & Papa's annual December Cousin Camp where they host all of their grandkids for a sleepover and Saturday morning Gingerbread house making.

Colby and I met up with friends for a date night out in Brookside. (where I, being a new seafood eater, had shrimp, mahi-mahi, & salmon!) We stopped by a friend's birthday outing before ending up at Chili's for dessert. (after a fancy dinner out.)

I had a latte in bed, then headed out for a quick brunch before splitting ways for the swim meet and picking up the kiddos.

We stopped by for a hot minute to see Daddy coaching, then hung at home for a bit until Owen's first basketball game of the season.

 Stovetop hot cocoa from scratch: my homemade milkshake substitute for colder weather.

 So Sunday morning, our little lady had a collision with our window sill.

Halfway through the day, her lump had become so terrible that we called our nurse's line who recommended we get her in to the ER to be sure the source of swelling wasn't cause for concern.

So so so very thankful to get a good report from the doctor, and it was business as usual for Sunday evening small group. She is one tough cookie, and wasn't phased a bit by the lump that was painful to even look at. 

Sunday, December 4, 2016

life::an outtake.

Welp. It happened. This day is inevitable for any parent, but it always comes. In the nearly-10 combined years I've lived under the same roof with boys, I have had yet an occasion that took us to the ER. And then came Sadie...

She took a running fall into our window sill ledge, and let out a pretty big cry. She settled down after a few, and showed no other signs of turmoil. But as the "goose-egg" grew and grew and grew throughout the day, I couldn't help but worry. A phone call to two separate nurses lines both confirmed that the amount of swelling on her forehead warranted a trip in to the ER since our doctor's office was closed. (These things always happen on Sundays or after hours, don't they?)

We were super relieved to hear that the doctor thought the location of the impact was likely a popped blood vessel, and felt no other signs of a fracture or her described reaction and symptoms didn't cause concern for concussion or anything more serious.

She's one tough cookie, that's for sure. While it looks all sorts of painful, she has acted totally unphased, keeping right up with her big brothers. (Which currently translates to: knocking over their block towers and bolting, as any good little sister would do...)