Saturday, December 22, 2012

Saturday, December 22, 2012

We're all set for Christmas. Scott and I will wrap the presents and watch Die Hard on Christmas Eve. I'll always remember the one Christmas I was very very pregnant with Vera, and Scott had to assemble the Playmobil castle we got Abby. I tried so hard to stay up with him, but I ended up asleep on the couch. It took three hours to assemble that damn castle.

For shits and giggles, I decided to give Abby a placement test to see exactly what grade she is in for math and reading. She's doing well with Saxon math 54, but I have no idea where she falls with reading. I hope to give her the test after the holidays.

Tonight we braved the cold and walked around Hampden. The girls loved the lights on 34th street. If you've never heard of the lights on 34th street, Google Baltimore and Miracle on 34th street. Crazy Baltimore fun. We also had wicked good hot chocolate at an uber trendy cafe. Best hot chocolate ever. The chocolate is made in house, and I swear they brew the coffee one cup at a time with this weird funnel, filter and glass thingy. The atmosphere was very intimate, and I hope to return sans kids to enjoy a cup of coffee with Scott.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Monday, December 17, 2012

Anyone else counting down the days to Armageddon? Funny story - I asked Abby what the winter solstice was, and she answered, "The end of the world." Ha! Scott and I have been joking about the world ending this winter solstice for years. It's kind of like the hype about computers all crashing on New Year's back in 1999.

Scott started his staycation today. He's doing what we do. It's super nice to have an extra set of hands to cook meals, potty Penny, and help with Vera. If I had unlimited wealth, I would hire a cook and a cleaning person to vacuum. The day is very relaxed when I don't have to rush Abby to finish her lesson so I can cook lunch. My kids are spoiled, and pretty much eat a hot, homemade lunch every day.

I'm at the end of this horrendous cold. I no longer need to blow my nose every two minutes. The yucky cough and froggy voice are lingering, but getting better.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Saturday, December 15, 2012

I now have a horrible, bone rattling cough that only happens at night. Oh when oh when will this a flu, or horrible cold, just leave me alone?

I'm already kinda ready for the holidays to be over. Is that wrong? Or rather, I'm just not in a holiday kind of mood this year. We haven't even baked anything this month. Scott and I did finish all the girls' shopping. Abby was easy this year. It's nice that she's old enough now to tell me what she wants, and she knows to ask for something reasonable. Vera and Penny were tricky. We got them separate gifts, but the gifts go together, if that makes sense. (And shopping for a 19 month old is such a pain.)

Abby did wonderful on test 5 for math. We're moving along at a decent pace in all subjects.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Monday, December 10, 2012

Yay for full blown colds! Horrible colds. We've had it all this weekend. Sore throats, stuffy noses, vomiting, wet beds, but no fevers. My eye was twitching today. I'm tired.

I'm looking forward to Scott's vacation. Ten days! We're going to soak up so much Scott time.

Our ten year wedding anniversary is next month!

Friday, December 7, 2012

Friday, December 7, 2012

The girls and I have colds. The kind where you are sick enough you probably shouldn't be near other people, but you aren't feeling like complete death. Abby was having some post nasal drip that was making her nauseous, really nauseous. I gave her a dose of Boiron's nux vomica. Mind you, it's made with a lactose base. Abby has had Boiron's cold calm and the allergy relief tablets both made with a lactose base. I don't know what it was with the nux vomica, but within minutes she had hives. An hour later she was covered in welts radiating from her belly. We gave her a full dose of benadryl. She finally conked out for the night once the benadryl kicked in. Scott and I checked on her several times during the night. I've never seen such a severe reaction like that with Abby. Usually dairy causes small hives around her mouth, vomiting, and then eczema that lasts forever.

The girls and I decorated the super small tree we have. Penny's crushed about five glass bulbs in a day. She can't help herself. The tree lights and decorations are too enticing.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Penny's speech has exploded, and so has her signing. Finally, we can somewhat understand what the heck she is saying! Scott taught her my real name, and so many times I hear, "Amy! Mommy! Amy!" I don't find it funny, but the older girls and Scott seem to think so.

Abby is Loving chemistry. Have I blogged about this already? Anyways, she said she loves it so much she wants to be a chemist. I think that's awesome. 

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

December 4, 2012

I figured out a way to continue instagram, which makes me happy. I wiped my Epic clean, and kept instagram on. I can take pictures on the go, and upload them when I hit a WiFi spot. Really, it hasn't been to bad without my android. The places we frequent tend to have WiFi, and I'm proud to say, I'm not one of those mothers with a phone constantly in her face.

Penny must be having a HUGE growth spurt. Two naps yesterday, she's eating a ton of food, and she's currently still sleeping this morning. Plus Penny is cranky as hell. I'm sure everyone on the east coast heard her protesting leaving the park. Sorry, but 4 hours is about my park limit, especially when the sun is halfway down. Phew.

Well, I have lessons to lead, snacks and crafts to prepare for our homeschooling Coop's party, and a house to clean. I need a pot of coffee...

Sunday, December 2, 2012

December 1, 2012

Lately, Penny hates sitting in her car seat. She willingly goes into the car - to play and push buttons - but to sit? Nah. Scott had the hardest time this afternoon trying to get Penny to sit. I was at work, and he had all three girls with him running errands and doing laundry. He called me when he was at his wits end. The laundry had been sitting at the laundromat for 50 minutes, and Penny was screaming. He got her to sit in a carrier, and they all took a walk. After awhile, Penny was calm enough, or tired enough, to sit in her seat so they could grab the laundry.

I am not sure how to get around this. Scott, nor I, want to turn her seat around. I think turning her seat will be a temporary solution. Once the novelty wears off, we'll be back to square one. So, I tried snacks, but she's lost all interest in those veggie/fruit packs. My paranoia with choking prohibits me from giving her crunchy type food in the car. I guess that leaves a fancy toy? Something that beebs, and will drive me and the other girls nuts? I hope this passes. Could there be a connection between teething and car sickness?

Also, and maybe this is related, Penny is having the funky mucus and specks of blood poo again. What the hell? I'm monitoring our diets, again, and watching her like a hawk.

So anyways, that's where we are.

Vera turns five next month. Five! A whole hand, as we say.