Advent Day 10, 11, and 12 sort of mooshed all together, because we ended up doing a bunch of the things in the calendar on Friday and Saturday since we were afraid we’d run out of time otherwise.
But essentially we did “Get a Tree”, “Decorate the Tree” and “Go To the Santa Parade” by Saturday afternoon.
We also had another treasure hunt so that Eli could find the Millenium Falcon space ship that someone in his office gave us after their kids grew out of it. It’s basically now his favorite thing ever, and he has done nothing but watch Star Wars and play with the space ship since he got it. I can only assume all over the world children just like mine, whose parents have just finished buying reams worth of Christmas gifts based on their previous interests of the past 3.75 years, have now totally abandoned those interests for something completely different.
Sunday afternoon I went shopping with Amy. I have no idea what Sunday’s activity was. I’m going to call it “buy the cutest hat ever from Janie and Jack” since that’s pretty much what I achieved. Erik says she looks like an old British lady, which is pretty much the best compliment ever, am I right?
Now I just need to have a little talk with Santa about that little red pea coat at Target. A baby doesn’t NEED a little red pea coat, for sure, but a baby sure would look cute in it.
We also went to the farmer’s market and I bought some pink turnips I am very excited about, and some fennel, and then I made fennel/orange/pomegranate salad for dinner (cut off peel of oranges, slice, trim and slice fennel and a little bit of the frondy stuff, add pomegranate seeds and toss everything with olive oil, rice wine vinegar, and salt and pepper, refrigerate for a bit.)
Today we planted paperwhite bulbs. I got them in a kit from Target. The first time I found them there I put them back, because I didn’t want to pay $4.99 for three paperwhite bulbs, and I didn’t need the container they came in or the dirt. (I like to plant my paperwhites in rocks.)
Then I looked all over town for loose paperwhite bulbs and I couldn’t find any, so I went back to Target and coughed up the 4.99 and decided I can use the little tub for makeup or baby socks or something later on.
Fair Warning: This is not at all the type of activity that is going to occupy your children for 45 minutes. It took about two minutes, but it’s 1. something I do every winter anyway and 2. is lovely to look at and fun for everyone when they grow. And we needed something else to put in the window as the gingerbread house got all soggy and fell apart.
Mr. E says my advent posts are coming across as crabby. I hope they aren’t, because I’ll be honest, they are the bright spot in my day. I am worried about money, I am tired, and my three year old is being just fracking terrible. I am trying, I am trying to hang in there, but some days parenting a child who gets HYSTERICAL when the toilet is clogged, for no apparent reason, or who simply WILL NOT stop talking for one second about poop or butts or dingles gets a little bit old. The other day he wiped his hand in his, uh, downstairs area, and then wiped it in my face. I thought about it for awhile and then decided that that day, I think it was Friday, was the worst behaved he has ever been.
I am, also, for reasons all my own and free of judgment of others, not comfortable taking Lex@pro while nursing, and I’m trying to fight through until Kate Face is a year old when I will think about weaning her. So I am hanging in there, but it’s a tough time.
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