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I have been married to my wonderful husband for 9 years. We have two daughters, Elizabeth (5 yrs) and Emily (4 yrs) and one son, Charlie (7 months).

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Who needs a parka in December?




Well, November ended with a bang-literally. Jeff's two feet came crashing through the ceiling in the kitchen. (Picture shows patched up temporary fix.) He was in the attic in search of the cause of "the smell" otherwise known as a dead rat. He found one corpse right before the misstep. He was unharmed for the most part. Unfortunately we can't say the same for the kitchen ceiling. The departed rodent was discarded, however there must have been more than one because the smell still remains.
December started with cold rain and a chance of snow this week. While I think that will be exciting, the fact that my two oldest children are without heavy coats will be a problem. I mean, who needs heavy coats at the beginning of December when you live in Houston? Evidently we do! As I headed out to JC Penny in search of parkas (surely there are some left on the racks) I discovered that other moms of girls wearing 4/5 were aware of this need before I was because there are none to be found in my girls' sizes. So I will continue with the search tomorrow. How awful it would be if they were denied play time in the snow because they are without a parka. I do realize that in the off chance it does snow and they play in it without a heavy coat, they will not catch a fatal disease. This is Houston after all, which means it "snows" for 20 mins and melts the instant in touches the ground.
I have put up and decorated the Christmas tree with some reluctance-from myself. The kids presents are wrapped and under the tree, although I am some what regretting that decision since they are inspecting them at every chance as well as interrogating me about the contents. I have figured out that the in plain view presents do offer some parental leverage. I caught myself saying this to the girls today: " Every time you girls fight you will have a present removed from under the tree." A lofty threat that will most likely not be followed through on but seems to be effective for now.

3 comments:

  1. As the Nana, christmas decorating should be a delight! But since I scared my children when they were young, they can't handle the "christmas spirit". So Nana, the famous christmas decorator( in her own mind), has to display the grandest of christmas displays. So glad you at least put up a tree, and "act" like it's "the Most Wonderful Time of the Year"!

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  2. Your tree looks beautiful, Cathy! And kudos to you for actually having the energy to decorate this year, with a newborn! I had to laugh at the image of Jeff hanging from the ceiling ... of course YOU understand that because you and Steven are infamous for laughing at inopportune moments. I'm glad he wasn't hurt, of course, and I can't help but wonder if spotting the dead rat scared him into the misstep that sent him through the floor. Hee! Don't tell him I'm laughing at him. I hope you guys get some snow. I hope we do too. Alex has seen snow the past two years, oddly enough, and now expects it to be an annual thing. We were so unprepared last year that he was wearing a windbreaker and socks on his hands ... good call on the parkas!

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  3. Good to know I'm not the only one who makes empty threats like that! Of course my kids are older now and have figured out that I probably won't actually do it... So I just get the "whatever, Mom" look and they go about their day. Haha
    Your tree looks great!

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Elizabeth's quotes during her illness

On Tamiful:
"This medicine tastes worse than mud!" When has she tasted mud???

On her fever:
"I'll never be able to go outside with this fever." Poor baby wanted to ride her bike.

"Will I be sick forever?"

On Jeff staying up with her in the middle of the night:
"Daddy, you need to get some sleep too." He was "sleeping" in the chair in the living room while she was on the couch.

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