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Sickness Invades Our House Once Again & Merry Christmas!

We just don’t seem to be able to banish sickness from our house, it’s been one thing after another and this week brought even more sickness to our home.



+ Monday was our thirteenth anniversary! Jared’s mom came over and watched the kids for the afternoon while we went out. We had a very romantic date of buying new glasses at Costco and shopping for stocking stuffers at Dollarama. Honestly though, it was just nice to get out of the house without kids. Unfortunately Jared was sick so it date ended earlier than we planned.

+ a random thing to note: you know how almost-two-year-olds like to “help” vacuum and then you are stuck in the world’s slowest vacuuming? Well, I figured out a trick for our little guy: if I hold his hand with my non-vacuuming hand he still thinks he’s helping and I can get the job done in a normal amount of time.

+ we bought eggnog! Non-dairy coconut eggnog that is. I hadn’t had any since childhood and I don’t even think I really liked it as a child though my Dad did/maybe still does, so the idea of eggnog makes me feel Christmas-y. Surprisingly coconut eggnog rates exactly like I remember the dairy eggnog tasting.

+ I made a white chocolate crunch recipe (white chocolate chips, cereal, slivered almonds and almond extract) I haven’t made since before Jared was diagnosed with celiac (so, over six years), I just replaced the Golden Graham’s with Chex and I was good to go, it was exciting to have it again.

+ we had a family paper snowflake making evening, just going for all the Christmas feels this week.


paper snowflakes


+ this week included a bit of regression for Buzz and Woody. For about half the week falling asleep was a real issue for Woody, for some reason he was back to his crying forever before bed (and naps), I ended up rocking him to sleep multiple times (and writing most of this post on my phone in the process). For Buzz the week included some bed wetting which he doesn’t normally do. Unfortunately the combination meant less sleep at the beginning of the night and waking up early in the mornings.

+ there were a few stressful days this week and I may have done some online stress shipping. I placed an order from Book Outlet and I can’t wait for them to arrive!

+ my letter boards have been sorely neglected and I kept noticing them and wondering when I would have the chance to change them and then it hit me: get the kids to do it! Raeca and Ephraim each took a board and a few minutes later we had two Christmas themed boards. It not only helped me out it was a great activity for my fourth-grade-thinks-English-is-terrible-because-so-many-words-don’t-follow-the-rules-and-therefore-she’s-a-terrible-speller and my first-grade-not-quite-a-fluent-reader-yet.

+ on Saturday Ephraim’s cough progressed so Jared took him to the doctor, turns out he has pneumonia. We attempted to go to a family gathering for supper but Ephraim didn’t last long before he needed to go home and rest.

+ Sunday Ephraim was doing a lot better and we managed to go to church and another family gathering for lunch. The rest of the day was spent with the kids playing with their first Christmas presents and some relaxing. Oh, and a re-watching of Home Alone.




+ Would I Lie to You?: this is one of my favorite, laugh out loud shows. Though there is also a lot of “I did not understand that” moments due to English accents and phrases I don’t understand.

+ all the Christmas movies: Mickey Christmas Carol, Miracle on 34th Street and Home Alone.



+ Raeca: Talking about my childhood: “Cars were invented then, right?”
Guess who just became my last favorite child. (Sarcasm, but really?!?! How old does she think I am?!?!)

+ As I was writing a blog post Ephraim says: “What are you writing about right now, Netflix built into a TV?”
Uh . . . no.


Christmas is this week! I am looking forward to celebrating the birth of our King with my family, and also the antibiotics kicking in so Ephraim gets better soon.

I hope you have a very Merry Christmas!

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