Lars is back, thank goodness. Fiona was sure he was in his office and kept trying to go find him. We did FaceTime but it just is not the same. He had a wholly un-fun time but at least the weather was nice. Funerals are just not fun affairs but this one included a few more un-fun elements then normal so although he is home he needs a vacation from the vacation.
On the bright side, while he was gone my mom was here. They are not substitutes for each other but it was great to have my mom around and the kids loved having her too. She is a great reader and listener to reading and always had time and a lap for a granddaughter and that is a very good thing while I was managing all the continuation of life solo. The travel exchange worked as planned, Lars arrived at 1 and Mom left at 3 so for 2 hours we hung out at the Mall of America. Mom was amused by the rides and general fun and Lars was buoyed up by doing something easy and fun with his girls. We all left when we had to bring mom to catch her plane because everyone was tired.
On the dark side, it was a hard week with interrupted sleep and I had trouble maintaining 2 thoughts at the same time much less good patience for the random nonsense of 3 little girls. They are just like other kids I’m sure with the picking at each other, putting things in their mouth, disagreeing and correcting me… and usually I can handle it but my tolerance is proportional to my level of sleep. I will hope that tonight will be normal and tomorrow will be a fresh week with nothing out of the ordinary for 4 days.
On a complete tangent; Fiona is getting on board with the potty training. I am well aware this is going to be a long process since she is currently too short to even get on a toilet, she does go when we put her on the potty. She can’t hold it in-between but she seems interested in sitting when I suggest it. Her language is improving daily and today she actually told me she had to go and I call that a very good sign. I need to make a goal date, maybe summer? Lets see how this week goes but I won’t be sad to be done with my constant nearly 6 year relationship with huggies.
To finish it up, here are a few other pictures from the week
It was a good visit with my mom but at the same time a few days I missed Lars. Cheers to a new week.
This is my warning that I will be posting more pictures and less words because I have a jam packed few days coming up.
Tonight at 11pm my mom will arrive – before that point I will be doing ‘all the cleaning’… Fortunately it isn’t so bad, and, the kids have swim lessons so I have some time.
Tomorrow, weather pending, mom and I are going skiing! Post skiing will be family time and general fun having by all.
Thursday at OMGtoo-early I bring Lars to the airport and then we have a normalish busy day with a meetup and naps and grocery etc.
Friday we are giving Niamh the day off school and doing something fun with grandma for the day. We have not quite decided what.
Saturday; fun continues. We have a few options of what to do and weather will be a variable so we will probably figure that out on Saturday.
Sunday; Adult exchange time. Lars arrives back at 1 and mom leaves at 4 so in the middle we will hit the mall for some rides.
It was dumb luck that I have an extra adult coming just as Lars is leaving making life so much more simple what with the feeding and naps required by all….
Given all this extra ‘stuff’ I also need to find time to do the regular things like my contracted social media time and folding laundry so blogging here will be pictures only for the next few days. To make it up, I’ll try and make them good pictures
We are home again and in the strange time-warp of coming home at an odd time during a holiday week. Usually we are in NY until NewYear so I always mentally say good-bye to the MN year before we leave but this year we got home with 2 days to spare. It was good to have these days to unwind and sleep a bit and get back on track, but, we have zero New Years plans because we are never here that day. Given the 3 under 6 crowd I don’t think we would have really planned anything but as of now (5:30 NYE) the plan is to play some games, eat dinner, experiment with Keurig drinks, watch a family movie and hopefully have a nice time at home. The normal swim lesson and workout for a normal Tuesday is out the window.
Taking one step back, to any who were wondering the return flight was highly uneventful. We got there in plenty of time. Suncountry is in an international terminal of JFK so it was us, those going to South Africa and those going to the Middle East – you can guess who was the minority in that place. Big positive; Hummus! The girls feasted on hummus and declared it way better then McDonalds. It was a full flight but the nice Indian man who sat next to us was extremely nice. He thought Fiona was a baby goddess and said he missed having people fall asleep on him since he is used to Inda level crowd and for any that don’t know, that makes a normal cramped airplane seem perfectly acceptable. Another cultural difference; I asked if he had kids and he said “No! I’m only 35… maybe in a few years”. I didn’t tell him I was younger but age is pretty relative and culture is pretty strong and I wish him well on his quest for a wife (in a few years when he goes back to India per plan). I really do like meeting people on airplanes, just like Fight Club says, it is a nice little mini friendship.
We came home to a clean house thanks to cleaning mania before we left but in no time we made it look like 67 kids lived here. Returning on a Sunday was odd but then we swapped daycare days and Niamh is still on vacation so I’m constantly wondering what day it is. I remind myself that today is Tuesday even though I did no Tuesday things and quite a few Monday things…. whatever… at some point it will be the weekend and next week will get back to ‘normal’.
No time tonight for an introspective of 2013 – I have kid dinner to referee and then hopefully a beer in the hot tub to ring in the new year.
All the best to all of you – see you in 2014 (except for my friends in Australia that are there already
I took the weekend off, it was a busy one and I’m not even positive I can tell you what we did what day because it was a whirl wind of activity.
We arrived in good order, leaving just ahead of the storm that is squatting on the midwest. The flight was super full so someone got the pleasure of sitting between me and Niamh and I had a cyclone sitting on my lap. I know everyone says it, but, Suncountry planes seem to be tighter then average and I was wishing for just an inch more space. Lars sat near a smelly person so he had it worse in some ways but I left the plane beat up and battered by tiny fists of fury.
That night and the next day were the normal visiting and getting settled thing with the notable issue of Fiona becoming nocturnal. At midnight she was using me like a jungle gym and at 1am she was using the bed as a trampoline. I could not put her in her bed or she would scream like crazy. It was a very long night and I am glad I could just shove her at the first adult I could see (my dad) and go back to bed.
My sister and her crew arrived last night and now it really feels like christmas with everyone together and friendly chaos.
So far I have all but 1 or 2 things purchased and I have 2 projects to complete and then there is all that pesky wrapping to do. I am done with the girls nightgowns for this year, the fabric is not super christmas but I love the owls (for Zoe) and the fox (for what does the fox say) and both were a big part of the year. I cranked them out in about 2.5 hours and Fiona’s took longest because I had to do a neck facing because of her big baby head. I have christmas outfits for them all too so I’m pretty square there.
My time on the computer is just about up so if we want pictures I need to stop here. Hope everyone is doing well with the holiday countdown or just enjoying this week in December.
Fiona is still a little sweet pea, smaller than most medium sized dogs and even some large turkeys so her babyhood is lasting a nice long time. There also isn’t anyone pushing the timeline so she can stay in the crib and the baby room for as long as she wants to. She has been very content to stay in the baby bucket and that is a good thing because you are not supposed to go front facing until 20lb – a point she really just hit a month or so ago. The seat would be fine for months more except for winter coat fluff, the buckles are just getting to hard to do with the coat so here she is, last time in the bucket.
And vola! A big girl seat that makes her look smaller than ever
Then there is Zoe who upgraded to a booster with a back. I vaguely regret this because she had mastered the 5 point harness and could completely buckle herself in but she has trouble with the normal seat belt. She is very happy with the change, and, she even moved locations so now she can ‘drive’ with me.
I can handle change at this pace, I don’t exactly get a choice but I’m glad to get just a tiny bit longer.