What we’ve been up to lately

We attended Chad’s Work Christmas Party.  It was very nice, great food, and lots of neat people.  Chad was in his element (social butterfly) and I made him promise me in the car that he would not leave me alone (an introvert’s nightmare!).  But, it all turned out great, Chad got to mingle and we sat at a table with Ginny and Neil (Chad’s co-worker, & fellow Dridge alum) so I had people to talk to when Chad left to work the crowd.

Ko spent his first night away from us.  He spent quality time with gma and gpa, and we experienced a taste of what it was like before him.  It was so strange to not need to be taking care of him at all times.  I am thankful for family that lives close enough to do these sorts of things, but it was also odd to not be around him.  I know, I know it is good for us to both be away from each other, it just feels most right when he is with me.

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We also had an opportunity to have a small Christmas gathering with my coffee shop friends.  We are really a strange group, but it works.  They always seem to keep a smile on my face.  We had a nice little get-together with lots of great appetizers, desserts, and drinks.  We even had a small gift exchange.

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And, of course we also posed for an awkward family photo…

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Ko has found a new perch at the house.  Or maybe I should say his latest “dare-devil” spot.

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And yogurt (greek) has made the top of the list for favorite food (after Ketchup, of course)

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Ko’s other latest obsession is TRACTORS!  Which he pronounces (drah-durr)  loud, proud, and over and over and over again.  There is a construction area near our place where they have big equipment.  So, I decided for some cheap entertainment, we would park in the Olive Garden parking lot, across from all the action and watch them work.  There were 5 of those big duallie tractors, and two cranes.  Best 30 mins of Ko’s life lately.  And, I had the christmas music on, so it was very festive as well!

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We haven’t done a ton of holiday baking around these parts, but Chad did request chocolate covered pretzels, because he has fond memories with his side of the family having them around during the holidays.  So, during Kohen’s nap time, he and I created a little pretzel dipping factory and tried not to lick our fingers too much!

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Today was a fabulous December day.  With all the super cold days we have had lately, we had an atypical warm one in the mix!  We even went out for a walk over to the construction site so K could see the tractors/crane again.  Literally, hasn’t stopped talking about it since.  He thinks every time we go outside now, we get to see the tractors.  Hopefully they will keep working for a long time…OR we will need to make frequent trips out to the farm to see some good machinery (and the right color!)

All of the Christmas presents are mostly bought, or should be arriving soon.  I have not wrapped a darn one.  Whoops.  I hope to knock that out soon-ish.  I plan on not making any last-minute trips out to the mall or anywhere else…too crazy for me!  The Hello Kitty Christmas Countdown is setting on the counter, but I keep forgetting to change the number.  10 days…maybe more like 9 now 🙂

This morning at church, we had the 3rd part of our Pastor’s series on “An Unexpected Gift”.  Today, he focused on the gift we can receive from God (Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior) and how we are adopted into Christ’s family.  So thankful for the truth of this message, the true Gift of the Savior, the reason we even celebrate Christmas.

 

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5 on Friday

ONE.

Sweet baby (toddler) K man is 18 months today.  What???  He is growing, walking (running), talking, understanding, forming opinions, throwing tantrums when things don’t go his way, smiling, giggling, watching, learning.  As I rocked him to sleep today for his nap, I just looked at his sleeping face.  I am so thankful to be his momma.  He is a special little boy.

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Excuse the piggy tail in the background!

TWO.

Thanksgiving break/celebrations was a wonderful time.  I walked away from each gathering full (very full), thankful, and with a positive attitude.  Nothing is ever perfect when you pack that much family time into just a few short days, but this year it really was a lot of fun.  K got to play with cousins and we got to spend ample time places before our next required appearance.

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THREE.

It was just way too dang depressing to not have any Christmas decorations up in the house.  So, we got the smallest tree ever (2 ft) from Target, I pulled a few decorations out of storage and we added just a touch of festive-ness to the apartment.  Instant mood lifter!  Who’s idea was it to not put up Christmas decorations anyway??

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FOUR.

It is cold!!  Super cold.  I figured it would be a nice way to break up the morning by getting out of the house and running a quick errand to Dillons.  That was stupid.  Really stupid.  What was I thinking?  It was nice and warm once we got into the store, but all the stages in-between were totally not worth it.  Guess we are stuck inside the rest of the day!  Good thing I have ingredients to bake with!!

Also, I have seen all those posts on Facebook about how you are not supposed to strap your child into the car seat with a big winter coat on.  I get the logic and I understand the danger, but can someone tell me exactly how this is supposed to look in  freezing cold temps?  When we were using the baby carrier it was a lot easier because we just loaded up on blankets.  Now that K is much bigger, I struggle with exactly how this scenario plays out without a lot of changes (coat on, coat off, coat back on…etc…)

FIVE.

One of Chad’s favorite meals is Spaghetti.  Unfortunately, this meal is way down on the list for me, but I try to make it (somewhat often) as to keep peace around here 🙂  It was a lucky day last night because both Daddy and Ko were very happy with my supper selection!

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It happened…

Our call number flashed across the screen this morning at church (our church is large enough that we check in the kids for security reasons and we receive a number in case they need to notify us).

I always wondered how I would feel or what my first reaction would be.  Well, today, it meant standing up hurriedly while everyone else was sitting down.  I’m sure I looked like a dingbat, but I didn’t have any time to worry about that.

Something to be thankful for, however, we are at our new church location (yay!).  This was our 2nd Sunday.  See, at the old church location, I would have had to walk all the way across a parking lot to get to the children’s education building (the church outgrew the old sanctuary, which turned into the children’s education wing and the services happened in a building – picture large shed-like place – about 2 parking lots away.  So, I was thankful not to be making a panicked run all the way from here to there.

And, to back it up just a bit, our day started bright and early at 5am.  K thought it was time to get up and play.  Thankfully, Chad took one for the team and went out in the living space to play with him while I slept a little longer.  Chad is much better at taking naps than me (I almost never nap) so he could catch up in the afternoon.  Normally, K is very excited to get to the nursery.  Lots of friends, lots of toys, and super friendly volunteers.  But, today he was a little hesitant and started crying almost immediately.  I hung back and let Chad drop him off and try to distract for a bit before attempting to sneak out.  Nothing was working, so we decided to just rip it off like a band-aid and leave him there while we went into the service.

We knew that things might not end well, but K typically does well in there, like I said, and we thought maybe he would shake it off and enjoy playing.

I watched the screen intently, and we seemed to be in the clear until just after communion.  Everyone was sitting down, I saw the number flash on the screen.  I nudged Chad, whispered our number, “that’s us”, I stood up, asked if he wanted to go, realized I was standing while everyone else was sitting, crouched into a half sit, he encouraged that I should be the one to go, and I hurried out of our row.  I walked to the back where I was met by one of the security team members (very nice gentlemen)  he confirmed my number, I smiled and said, yes that’s me.  Made my way to the nursery, where another man said ” K’s mom?”  I smiled and nodded.  Finally, made my way around the corner where I could hear K crying.  I went into the room, picked him up and he snuggled into my neck.

I decided to just take him back into service with me because I wasn’t sure how much more of the nursery he could take.  We made it back in while they were finishing up a song before the preacher would start his sermon.  K calmed down.  I offered a drink and a snack and he refused both.  He was sniffling a little.  You know the kind?  After you’ve been crying for a while?  He sat on my lap very content, reclining.  And, before I knew it, he fell asleep.  Ohhhh, yeah… he had been up since 5.  He was obviously a little out of his routine.  Very tired and needed to be with momma.  He slept the rest of the service – but not without a sniff sniff every 1-2 minutes.  So sad.

I knew the day would come when our number would flash on the screen, and I’m hoping it won’t be an every Sunday occurrence, but it wasn’t so bad this time around.  There are excellent staff at the church and they take extraordinary care of K while he is in the nursery and they knew when it was time to call in the backup of the parents.  I had the opportunity to talk with the nursery coordinator after the service and she introduced herself (we hadn’t met officially) and commented on how well K does usually and they knew this was an odd circumstance.  We will try again next week and I’m certain K will have a wonderful time – that is unless we are up at 5 again!