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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Small blessings

Yes.  I've discovered Instagram and I've gone a little overboard, lol.  But it's fun and super fast to upload a photo, so sit back and enjoy the faux-vintage photos ;)

We finally got the tree home and out of the bag.  It took me another three days to fluff it out so that we could decorate it.  Then it was another day or so before we finally got the ornaments on it (did I already talk about this?!) and Alex did a beautiful job.  This year he made an effort to try to get ornaments on the back and top of the tree as well as the lower front.  As you can see from the photos, I still haven't gotten around to plugging in the lights, lol.

This holiday season so far has been truly wonderful.  My husband is working more hours and feeling better about being busy and having more spending money than we expected at this time of year.  I finally finished my two biggest repair projects and received a large payout right when I really needed it most.  I took some of my windfall over to Sams Club (my annual pilgrimage) to get my yearly 25lb bag of sugar, along with a giant bag of flower, more chocolate chips than I can count, two giant bars of milk and white chocolate for the peppermint bark that Dante requested, and for good measure, a box of pumpkin break mix from Krusteaz (only because you can make pumpkin pancakes) and a kit to make a train out of Rice Crispy treats, lol.  I love to bake and I'm looking forward to making something special for my friends and family.  Other than knitting, I show my love through baked goods, lol. 

In other holiday-related news, the boxes are starting to arrive, I've been watching Christmas movies every day, and I've decided to play the 12-days-of-annoying-my-husband, lol.  I busted my husband's chops and texted him that I'd "accidentally" opened a package before I realized that it wasn't for me.  He wasn't pleased, and it was hilarious!  Then I told him i was just kidding and the box remained sealed.  When he got home he was upset because the label apparently said what was inside...somehow I didn't see it, but I'm not sure he believes me, lol.  Since then I've taken his phone and sent a strange email to his friend (they were messaging back and forth and I jumped into the mix), and posted multiple photos of Grumpy Cat to his facebook page, lol.  Oh man.  If I'm not careful, I'm going to end up on the naughty list ;)

Finally, I'm pleased that some of my knitting time has opened up for me and I can work on some Expressions hats for a good friend.  I wasn't sure if I could fit them in with my then-current obligations, but things have suddenly changed and I'm feeling positive about that.  But more on that for another time.  Right now, I've got finals this week and the assignment is similar to one I've done two other times.  It shouldn't be very hard to write this paper.  Then I'll have a week two break followed by Christmas and New Years break!  I don't start my next class until January 2nd.  That means that I'll get to truly enjoy the rest of this holiday season and spend time with my guys without feeling guilty for letting my homework slide.  It's going to be great.  I'm very very thankful.

Monday, December 10, 2012

'Tis the season, lol

This weekend, my husband picked up our tree from his mom's garage and we brought it home.  It was another two days before we got it out of the bag.  It's been at least one more before we got it fluffed out, and I'm counting on one more for sure, before we get any ornaments on it.  You see, it's been busy around here.  He's working more hours and I'm gearing up for finals (cause they always fall right near a major holiday), and Dante is running indoor track and already on his second meet, and Alex went off and got a virus.  He's home sick for the second day this week and will definitely be home again tomorrow.  Sniffles, cough, and fever.  We had to squeeze in a trip to the pediatrician to make sure it wasn't anything serious, and to get a refill on his inhalers.  This caused my over-stressed and over-run husband to start a 'discussion' (again) about why we need to change to a pediatrician that's closer to where we live.  Naturally I responded emotionally rationally with why that's never going to happen.  Never.  Thankfully, we were distracted enough with the fevered 6-year old to get ourselves back on track and focused again.

So, that got me wondering if anyone else out there with children have any stories about switching pediatricians for convenience (not because they were terrible...that's self explanatory).  My stand is that I've got two boys with complicated issues and I really want to stay with the doctor who already knows their history, actually considers their whole history when making medical choices, and trusts my judgment enough to humor me when I really insist something more is going on (because I've been right 90% of the time).  I don't want to start all over with someone new, and I feel like a little inconvenience in driving is well worth it for all the stuff I don't deal with.  I'm afraid to leave them, search all over and not find that same relationship, and then have their patient spots filled so I wouldn't be able to get them back in to their same doctor again.  I figure if it's not broke...  But it IS a stress on my husband who has to do all the driving these days.  I want to listen to his side, but I can't seem to communicate my own well enough for him to understand why I really want to stay put.  Maybe if I could get an idea what other parents have had to go through, I could make a better decision.  Any constructive input would be appreciated.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, I'm knitting.  I'm finishing a test knit, and starting the second of two patterns I had accepted a while back.  The deadline is coming faster than I expected.  I had to turn down some paid knitting, sticking to my decree of "I will not take on any new repairs, commissions, or test/sample work until January".  It's greatly reduced my holiday stress, and I might even be able to catch up on my current backlog of repair and design work.  I'm even hopeful that I might be able to knit something for Aaron and Dante this year, lol.  I don't have much to share photo-wise, other than my hilarious children.  They're definitely characters.  When I look at those faces, I can hardly believe that I made them, lol.  It makes me want to cover them with wool and stuff them with baked goods.  I'm planning to bake some banana bread tonight, and maybe some cookies.  You know...my typical behavioral response to being busy.