Christmas Holidays 2017

Before I get into how awesome Christmas was this year, let me enlighten you to how we have done Christmas the last 4 years with 4 kids and 2 other parents to divide them between because it’s a question I get asked A LOT.

Normally we have 2 kids for Christmas Eve and Christmas morning, then those 2 go to their other parents and we get the other set for Christmas afternoon and Boxing Day. Depending on which kids we had, is where we would spend our time. For example, the years we had my kids for Christmas Eve, we spent it at my moms house in another town and then would meet their dad at noon to drop them off, pick dylan and Robyn up from their mom and go to my in laws. The next year we would do it opposite of this. This meant I spent Christmas Eve day dividing the kids presents, packing them into the vehicle and driving them to my inlaws and then the half hour to my mom’s and then doing even more driving the next day to get the kids where they need to be and all their presents to our house. It made for very chaotic, exhausting holidays and our kids didn’t even get to see each other on Christmas! This year Brad and I had enough, so I gave up my year of Christmas Eve and morning with my kids, let their dad have them, and we got all of our kids at noon on Christmas Day. It was possibly the best Christmas I’ve ever had!

Christmas fell on the tail end of our weekend without kids which was perfect. It allowed Brad and I to finish up our shopping on Friday night, have some good friends over for a game of cards, and get some quality time together before the madness started. Saturday evening my grandpa graciously took my whole extended family out to eat in the city at Luigis and even though we were child free, we borrowed our children from their other parents for a few hours.

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There was about 18 of us and things got a little crazy

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After dinner we stopped in at my dad’s to exchange gifts with him and my stepmom but unfortunately it was a short visit as it was getting late and we had to return our kids.

Sunday morning was glorious, other than Brad was not feeling well. We managed to sleep in (almost unheard of for me) and laze around watching Christmas for most of the day until it was time to go to Brandon and Morgan’s for Christmas Eve.

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Christmas Bingo

Christmas morning was also incredibly relaxing. We once again slept in and then took our time making sure everything was ready for when the kids got home. I even made homemade hot chocolate and set up a little station complete with marshmallows and whip cream. The kids loved it and asked if it could be a new tradition.

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Finally it was time to go get the kids! We had sooo much fun finally having a Christmas all together and in our own home. The girls were the best, they literally squealed, screamed and jumped up and down over a couple presents.

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After presents were all opened, the kids played with their new toys for a bit and then we headed back to Brandon and Morgan’s for Christmas dinner where we did a gift exchange and once again over ate and played games.

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Robyn and I were the game winners!

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Boxing Day we drove the half hour to spend the afternoon with my family. We went to my moms house first to exchange gifts with her

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Then we went a couple blocks to my aunt and uncles for another dinner and more gift exchanging with my extended family.

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We ended up leaving the girls for a sleepover at my moms and by the time we got home I was exhausted and totally over Christmas festivities. I couldn’t wait to get into bed.

The next day I tried to get my house some what organized before I had to go back to work Thursday morning, but it just didn’t happen like I wanted. Does it ever though?

A week of nonstop activity and company and it was still one of the most relaxing Christmases I’ve ever had. It was seriously so great. I can’t wait to continue to have Christmas as the 6 of us and start some new traditions for our family

C

‘Tis The Season

We are well into the Christmas season and I am loving it! In my opinion, this really is the most wonderful time of the year for so many reasons! It’s not even Christmas Day I love so much, it’s all the things leading up to it.  I thought I’d share a few of the things I love about Christmas time.

1)The Decorations–There is nothing I find prettier than Christmas lights and garland everywhere! Mine went up about 2 weeks earlier than usual this year and I wish I never had to take it down. It makes my house feel so warm and cozy and my favourite thing to do is shut off all the lights in the house except a small lamp in the living room and read a book by the lit up tree.

2)The Parties–For some reason, the gatherings with friends and family this time of year feel so much more special to me. The first weekend of December we attended my staff Christmas party where we stuffed ourselves with all you can eat Chinese and had hilarious conversations with my coworkers. It was really nice to talk to people in a more relaxed setting

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The second weekend we had an ugly Christmas sweater party at Brandon and Morgan’s,complete with an appearance from Santa!

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3)The Shopping–I love shopping on a normal day but this time of year is so much more fun for me. Brad comes with me pretty much every time and it turns into fun dates of picking out the perfect presents for the kids. We both get so excited when we find something we know they’re going to love. I love the hustle and bustle of the stores, the Christmas carols playing everywhere and running into people you haven’t seen forever.

4)Family Activities–I have so much fun doing Christmasy things with my kids, even though the boys are older and don’t like to participate, the girls love it just as much as I do. Every year our little town has a hometown Christmas where they block off mainstreet, light up a big tree in front of town hall and all the stores stay open late and have fun activities (like gingerbread house competition and chocolate fountains) and deals. We get free hot chocolate, wander the streets, do a hayride and of course, visit Santa at town hall. It is the epitome of small town Christmas and its awesome!IMG_5069

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4)Elf On A Shelf–this is not a favourite for normal reasons. Normally I hate the elf. This is a favourite because this year is the last year I have to do it! Our girls got snoopy, found some things they shouldn’t have, and realized the elf was not real. I think they were already on the fence about it but I took this opportunity as my out. I fessed up and they were surprisingly ok about it. I told them I’d continue to do it this year because it’s fun for them but next year Chip the Elf is staying in the drawer. Hallelujah!!!

I could go on and on about all my favourite Christmas traditions and activities but we would be here for days and nobody wants that haha I thought a little peak into my top favourites would suffice and now I can’t wait for actual Christmas to arrive!

Hope everyone has the Merriest of Christmases!

C

 

Mom Down!

They say mom’s don’t get sick days,  usually whoever “they” are, is right, not this week though. The last four days have been nothing but sick days for this mama. Mostly because I was so close to death I had no choice. I honestly can’t remember the last time I was this sick and I hope it doesn’t happen again for a very long time because I do not deal with it well.

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I always hear moms saying they’re house falls apart when they’re sick, or they have to just keep on truckin through their illness because life goes on, and I get it, I’ve been there. I’ve gone to work sick, I’ve gone to kids sporting events sick, so on Sunday when I felt a cold starting I figured it would be the same as always. I was so wrong. It got worse and worse as the day went on and by Sunday night I had a full blown fever partnered with the chills and then the sweats and every bone in my body ached so badly I didn’t sleep for more than 5 minutes. Not to mention the awesome seal barking-like cough I developed.

Monday morning, in true stubborn mom fashion, I drove to the city to get groceries, because life goes on right? Halfway through Walmart I realized if I didn’t get out of there soon, my life probably wouldn’t go on. I was leaning on my cart so heavily for support I’m surprised I didn’t tip it over, thanks to the fever, my face was on fire and I looked like I had a sunburn. People were staring. I got what I needed as fast as I could and headed home where I unloaded groceries and succumbed to my illness. I immediately fell asleep for 3 hours, not even hearing Brad come home for lunch. I woke up in the evening long enough to eat a little and start a movie but fell back asleep for a few hours leaving Brad bored out of his mind.

This is usually the part where moms complain about their houses being destroyed because if moms not able to clean who will? I was fully expecting that to be my house. Instead I woke up to my kids fed, dinner cleaned up and my husband baking homemade cookies! I know, it sounds fake but this is how has been for the last four days, I’m bed ridden and Brad has been killin it! Hes run several errands, cleaned everything repeatedly, taken care of my kids including getting them to and from school and catered to my every need. If I wasn’t so sick, this would be heaven.

Yesterday I thought I was on the upswing so I decided to have a shower and maybe finally put on clean pjs. Turns out, I was not on the mend and the shower just made it worse, back to bed I went for another long nap. About dinner time I realized there was no way I was going to make it to work the next day. I miserably laid in bed all night feeling feverish again until I finally fell asleep just to wake up at 3am soaked in sweat. And I mean SOAKED. It was literally dripping down my neck. I’m really hoping that was a breaking point and now I can actually start feeling better and get back to work. On the up side, I’m pretty sure I’ve got the start of a six pack from all this coughing and the loss of appitite and strict diet of bro citron has caused me to lose 4 pounds haha

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Exactly how I feel!

Anyone have any home remedies for getting rid of nasty colds?? I’m up for anything at this point.

C