Ben is awesome. Today he is taking the day off and instead of taking advantage of the one time to sleep in he is up with the kids, getting bottles, doing advent calendars, making hot chocolate and being a great dad! I love that he loves the holiday season and brings so much fun and joy and perspective for our family. Today kicks off the holiday chaos for us – we have family gatherings today and tomorrow and Christmas Day and somewhere in there I am packing our bags to head to California at 6am on Monday. I am actually feeling quite prepared and ready so now it’s just exciting… Here we go …
Let it be known that taking 5 kids to Walmart did me in. It was 2 days ago BUT I was sooo worn out. I think I finally recovered – Â I am counting the unborn child because he was responsible for some of the stress and technically I did take him with. Anyway, I decided to get my snow tires put on at Walmart so that the kids and I could just shop and not have to wait in a waiting room and… well Walmart took FOREVER on those tires. We shopped until we couldn’t think of another thing to shop for. We browsed and played and waited. I even had to call Ben as backup cause it was his lunch hour and I was not going to make this trip on my own. Rose had a stinky diaper and threw a fit every time she saw food that she wanted. The other kids were actually really good, they just got tired and there are a lot of them to keep close so noone gets lost in the Christmas rush. And it really is hard to push a cart when 1-2 kids are in it, the other 1-2 are hanging on it and the baby wants to be held so you only have one hand.Â Anyhow – enough whining from me already 🙂 Here’s a picture of the crew that wore me out so quickly:
This Christmas vacation is crazy! No wonder the teachers don’t want the kids in school. My kids have been bouncing off the walls all week. Christmas is in the air. I haven’t had any peace and quiet since last Friday. It is an exciting time. I’m glad that they are so excited.
And today I was recovered enough to make a quick trip to Trafalga – the kids were able to get some craziness out so it was worth it.
Saturday the 17th we made our annual trip to Cabela’s to see Santa! The kids love this tradition. We spend the morning at Cabelas and end with lunch. All of the Nettesheim cousins come so it is a big party for all.
We went and looked at the fish on our way out and Rose loved that part. All of the kids did but she stood in one spot for 20 minutes just watching the fish come and go – very cute. We met up with the crew at Carl’s Jr and had an enjoyable lunch with the fam. Can’t wait till next year 🙂 or at least until tomorrow night when we get together with everyone again.
We got to spend Family night with Ben’s grandparents last week. They are ‘Living’ with Ben’s parents so we get to see them a little more often than we used to. We went to their home and talked about Christ’s birth and had an enjoyable visit with them. This time of year is great for our kids because it helps them get all of their grandparents and great grandparents figured out. We try to see all of them during the holidays so the kids really figure out who is who.
I need to apologize to my little Rose. I took her to the store and EVERYONE thought that she was a he… 🙁 Yes, she was wearing a blue shirt and brown pants but really… She had a pink pacifier in her mouth. Anyway – can’t wear that outfit again until we grow some more hair or learn to leave our headband in (neither of which is happening soon).
The girls take a lot more baths than their brothers. They love to get in and jump at the opportunity – I love for Cali to bathe because it makes her hair WAY easier to manage. This pic is after one of their baths.
Cali has to choose what color pony holder and how many and if she wants any bows or clips and she’s recently decided that she needs the blow dryer and the curling iron. It’s cute but ONLY when I leave enough time for her to make all of these decisions without trying to rush her.
PS – Rose has been grumpy so I finally looked in her mouth 2 top molars have popped through – she might have more than that but she won’t let me look.
We are getting our 6 month cleanings at the dentist this week 🙂 I know my mom and Tracie would be proud. This was Cali’s first time going and she did great. Packer and Cali both went back by themselves and did everything they were asked. I thought they’d need me but they did not.
Cali told me today that the hygienist knew she had popcorn the other night cause she found some in her teeth Â – oops. Packer seems to have my wimpy teeth 🙁 while Benji and Cali have Ben’s strong teeth 🙂 some things in life just aren’t fair. In fact I had to hear all about how it wasn’t fair when Benji found out that his siblings got to go to the dentist and he didn’t. He was very sad that he didn’t have the new tooth brush and the prize from the prize machine… He is going on Friday… but it is hard to wait.
Cali’s birthday was on a Tuesday so we got up early and let her open her presents before Benji had to go to school. We spent the morning playing with the gifts and then she played at Mia’s house in the afternoon. Michelle brought her home asleep from the car ride so she got a nap in and then for dinner we headed for McDonalds! We ended the night at our house with cupcakes.
On Friday night we celebrated with lots of cousins at our house. We just let all the kids play, opened gifts, had cake and then watched a movie. Sorry no party games this year – next time she’ll probably be old enough to care.
I feel like I don’t have much time to be sentimental – more like just trying to get this posted before Rose needs food, Packer has another break down, Cali decides to get in one last 2 year old tantrum and Benji begs for help with his computer game… Cali has been a fireball her whole life. She is stubborn and knows what she wants and cannot be reasoned with in the same way that worked for our boys. At the same time she is great at little tasks, anything that involves helping someone. She is my best cleaner and helper by far. She loves to play Uno with me and actually follows the rules. She LOVES to play house with anyone willing and she will ALWAYS be the mom. She loves to rough house with Dad and brothers. Cali hates naps but sleeps great at night. She loves her 2 blankets, pillow pet and sippy. We have attempted potty training a few times but she has not proven ready.We love our Cali girl. So happy she joined our family 3 years ago. She has been my only baby that came 100% on her own with no inducing or meds. It was the middle of the night (of course) so we grabbed Ben’s brother Pete to stay with the boys and headed to the hospital to meet our baby girl. She came quickly, it was a perfect delivery and our lives have never been the same since 🙂