Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Ten on Wednesday

 1.  Big week for B - First Reconciliation!  I was pleasantly surprised at how well the retreat was done.  It was about 2 hours, but no given activity was more than 20 minutes.  First, a small group worship service, then four rotating "flocks." We made a candle, did a craft that went with a story, and then a bit of role play, before our group finally went to Reconciliation. Total time for the Sacrament was about 2 minutes, but he seemed please. I mostly just enjoyed getting to spend all morning together.

 2.  Next up was a "Nerf Wars" birthday party. To accomplish the quick shift from church to birthday party he ended up with a new outfit and new Nerf gun.  Of course it didn't quite work as planned, but he had a good time with his new friends from Cross Timbers. (During all this Brent took M to French and then he, M, and E went to her friend Paisley's bday party and on a mini-grocery outing).

3. Saturday evening was breakfast for dinner (and the beginning of a week of random dinners as we haven't done a full on meal plan/shopping combo for ....some time?).  M jumped right in and was a big helper making this healthier take on scones.
4. This was Monday morning And right here is probably where things began to fall off the rockers.  B is having his usual November horrible asthma.  Which, as always, was followed by insanity caused by steroids.  This year, for extra stress, we paired it with a discovery of a problem at school.  So yeah, lunacy.  By today, we'd talked with the with the Doctor and taken him off all the steroids and on to just double inhalers.  He is remarkably nicer, calmer, and more fun to be around.  And not coughing too much either.
5.  M tried out a new Girl Scout troop this week. The good news is it is much smaller, less chaotic, and seems to be a bit less intense, while still doing all the basic girl scout things.  It is, however, at 3:20, which technically is before her school day ends... but missing 45 min of Kindergarten a month "might" be ok? It is also at the same school where I have to be every day at 3:15 to pick up E so quite convenient and she has a friend in the troop.  So, I think we'll stick with it for at least this year.  Not as convenient as if it was at Cross Timbers, but I'm not willing to start my own troop. 

6. Tuesday, I needed to go for a walk and I thought it might help the general "mood." It was a very lovely walk.  Our neighborhood is being gorgeous for fall.  That said, when we made it to the playground there were less trees and we realized the wind was making it too cold for our apparel.  We were certainly at the park for less time than we spenting walking to and from, but it is all about the journey, right?

7.  Also, see that little guy in the picture above.  That 3 yo is my sweet baby E and I cannot get enough of him.  He is so loving, huggable, and totally my partner in whatever the day needs.  He is finally fully potty trained (during the day), speaking long sentences, dressing himself, and full of awesome.  I want to freeze time and will miss this moment so as he'll be as big as those two ahead of him any day.  For now, he still holds my hand happily when we walk and tells me he loves me all the time.  {melt}
8.  I curled my hair! This may be newsworthy as it happens probably less than once a year.  We curled M's hair for photos and I was at a loss for what to do with mine so we curled it too and then decided to throw away the hot rollers (they were ummm nearly 20 years old and falling apart).  Then I had to test the new ones (and calm down from B's tear-filled homework Tuesday).  So, two days of curls in one week!  Also, tired, stressed, and trying to let it go by.

9.  We have recently been doing some leaf jumping with our big leaf piles in the front yard. It is so fun and everyone loves it.  Sadly, everyone is pretty allergic to it too so there has been a lot of sneezing and some rashes.  We did take photos in the leaves at the end of our session with Heather this weekend so maybe we'll have some fun leaf pictures to go with our sneezes. M spends, by far, the most amount of time playing in the leaves and I'm so glad she enjoys it.

10.  Last Friday was dress as your future career day in M's class.  We talked about a few options, but settled on Artist - In case you can't see, her outfit includes, sparkly french beret, classic striped french artist shirt, book about Monet, Skirt with birds wearing berets and a pocket that holds her paint brushes and watercolors.  Tres chic!  There is also a paintbrush behind her ear. She loved making the outfit and definitely rocked it.

So that's that - a busy week and the start of many more, but I feel like we're making progress on it being a better week at the end than the beginning. 

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