Yesterday was Christmas Eve Eve. I had six kids from morning until bedtime. They played outside, we went for a walk, they played on devices, we watched movies and they played together.
But. At some point, I just couldn’t handle the noise and complaining and whining and fighting anymore. So as the Head of My Household, I made the Executive Decision to open presents a day early (We normally open them on Christmas Eve). My niece and nephews weren’t mad that they didn’t have any presents to open – they were just excited to see what their cousins got!
Polly Pockets are apparently making a comeback, as are Lite Brites. They were both big hits with all the kids! Hannah will spend the next week putting together her four puzzles (she LOVES puzzles) and Avery and Leila will be shut in her room, crafting.
I don’t think we will make opening presents on Christmas Eve Eve a tradition, but it was fun to do just once! Sometimes, you just have to give in.
It’s the first day of winter break today, and it’s also Winter Solstice AND it’s supposed to be nearly 40*! We will be going for a walk at some point today, and doing some chores around the house. We really don’t have much planned for the break – just hanging out and hopefully not driving each other too crazy.
Last night, Hannah was eating dinner and lost her second tooth. She was very surprised that it came out so fast. The tooth fairy forgot to come…Oops.
Lauren is already counting down the days until she can go back to school. If she could live at school, she would!
On Saturday, we went to a holiday event in Brainerd. The kids got to see Santa, the girls got their hair braided, we took family photos, saw a dog and a carrot, and made yummy smores over a fire. It was pretty chilly outside, but the fires were warm! Four out of five kids got their faces painted (Lauren didn’t want to) and we missed the fireworks by about ten minutes (we were all cold and tired, and the kids were cranky).
Every November, I get the itch to start planning for the new year. I love new years – new beginnings and starting over and all that. This coming year is a big one – it is a new decade, it’s a leap year, and it’s an even number.
Back in September, I ordered the inkWELL Press Goal Planner inserts for the 360* disc system. At first, I had a little trouble coming up with goals for the year. I even had to google it!
Eventually, I landed on a few that seem like they make sense for me at this point.
I’m going to spare you the exact number, but it’s significant. Years of bad habits caught up with me.
I need to quit drinking soda and Starbucks. I’ll save money and lose weight.
I need to quit buying and consuming junk food. I can’t eat like I did when I was a teenager. I know I will feel better if I stop that bad habit.
Exercise daily. This is something that’s tough for me to do, since I need to see results to keep doing something. I know that losing weight takes time – sometimes lots of time – so I just need to find something I like to do and keep doing it. In the summer, it’s walking on the trail. Obviously, I can’t really do that every day, especially when it’s -50.
Declutter My House/Garage/Storage Unit
Ugh. This one will take me all year because I hate decluttering. I love how it looks and feels afterward, but getting started is the hardest part for me. Honestly, I wish I could just trash it all and start over with nothing, but that’s not how this works.
Have a Healthy, Happy Relationship
This one is in progress already 😉
Journal Every Day
This is a continuation on last year’s goal. I am doing pretty well. I write something most days. I use Microsoft Word on my laptop because I type quicker than I handwrite these days.
Become a Consistent Photographer
I have been taking photos (as a hobby) for ten years now. I have a full frame camera, and two amazing lenses, but zero creativity and motivation at the moment. I rarely pick up my camera anymore and just snap a shot with my iPhone instead, because I’m lazy. I know my phone can’t even compare to the quality of my Nikon, yet I still don’t bother to get the Nikon out. I’m hoping to start a daily photo challenge or something come January. I also need to learn low light photography (without flash) because January in northern Minnesota in a house with no east or west facing windows equals DARK. I need to sort out my editing style too. So much to do!
Become a Morning Person
I want to be the person who gets up at 5am and immediately gets started on their goals and their day. Right now, I have my alarm set for 5:30am, but I snooze it until the very last second (usually 6:30am) to get the kids up and ready for school. I don’t know how I am going to manage this in the middle of January when it’s freezing cold both outside and inside (even with the heat on!)
Well, those are the goals I have for now. It’s enough to get me started. I’m sticking with 2019’s One Little Word (Intention) so I think that fits well with my goals.
Our little family has a Christmas tradition – we each pick out an ornament for the tree each year. This year, I chose a sloth (because DUH), Hannah chose a mercaticorn (mermaid/cat/unicorn), Lauren chose a pink, glittery crown and Avery chose a shirt with a sloth on it (and the cutest tiny hanger).
I also got us each a letter.
Our tree is small, but it’s bright and festive. That’s all that matters.
For the past few Saturdays, we’ve been going to the library with Leila and Teegan. My kids don’t normally pick out books (they’d rather play) but Leila absolutely loves reading, so she is helping my kids get into it too.
This morning, we went to a food truck from North Star Donuts, based out of the Twin Cities. We got 3 dozen mini apple cider donuts (I shared them with my sister and her kids). I didn’t get a chance to take a photo of the actual donuts because they were pretty much gone by the time we got home. They were so good though!
Hannah had an eye appointment Friday morning and we found out she does not need her eye patched – her glasses are helping enough. So that was good news. She really did not want to be a pirate. We also had to swing by Target before her appointment and they put up a new background behind Bullseye.
My sister brought my niece, nephew and her step-son over Friday night for a sleepover. We watched Aladdin (the new one, which was terrible) and then they went outside before bed. We saw three rabbits but did not see the bear that is supposedly lurking around.
Saturday was an early, stormy day. My nephew, who usually sleeps in, was up at 6am. So once everyone was up, we went to Cub for donuts.
After the kids left on Saturday morning, we went to Target to get their Halloween costumes/pajamas. We did this last year too, and it makes more sense than spending $100 on costumes they will only wear once. Lauren also needed a photo with Bullseye.
Avery is not pictured because she was spending the weekend at her friend’s house.
Overall, it was a busy, fun weekend. I definitely don’t need anymore kids though. Three is enough!