I hope you all had a lovely Christmas holiday. I know I did! I had a glorious five days off of work but really it felt like my usual two days off. Dad and Dani came for the holiday and we went out to eat several times and also had great homemade meals. Velvet, Paul, Jesse, myself, and a couple friends went to go watch “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” performed at our Eccles theatre. It was really well done but I can see how it’d be a bit hard to follow if you didn’t already know the storyline.
Dani was in a flurry of activity which unfortunately caught up to her on the last day. She was laid low and couldn’t get out of bed that final day so it was sad we weren’t able to see as much of her as we’d have liked.
Ezra got some fun games and furry slippers, money, and tons of candy. Leo pretty much got similar items with some small differences. I got Jesse a wireless headset to listen to music and he got me a beautiful pair of earrings. All in all a great day. Of course, candy and treats were had by all and I’ve been in a twilight state of wanting to vomit for about five days now. Diet starts again in the new year, right?
We wanted to go sledding on one of the days and also to see the lights at the zoo but the night we were going to see the lights it started raining pretty hard and no one wanted to walk in that, and then the day we wanted to go sledding it had snowed about 10+ inches and we weren’t certain we could get up the mountain. So that still hasn’t happened. It’s not often I feel the need to be outdoors in winter but I had been looking forward to those two activities. *sigh*
We had the Whitaker Christmas party on Monday and I was able to attend for once! I had that Monday off and we brought brined, smoked chicken that Jesse prepared and some store-bought desserts because we had totally forgotten we’d agreed to bring the treats and so hadn’t made any. That chicken was frickin’ amazing. Jesse is getting so good at preparing food on our smoker! Mary and Gerry generously gave us all gifts and full stockings and the kids had a great time playing in the clubhouse with all the cousins.
We have been hit by package thieves this year. We purchased a couple gift items from 3M at Jesse’s work and they never showed up so he looked into it and it turns out they were marked as delivered on the 12th. Then last night he checked into our Amazon orders and we had a package delivered on the 12th that we never received, either. I completely spaced that we had more Amazon packages coming and one of them held a game for the boys (Simon, that color pattern game). Someone must have been following the UPS truck and stole them both.
Now we are looking into getting some security cameras to help deter or catch thieves in the act. The prices range from really cheap to really expensive and it’s tough trying to find one that will be exactly what we need. But we definitely need to get something in there and I think I’m going to buy one of those signs that make it very clear the house is under surveillance.
We’ve also decided to go back to dry kibble for the pets. I truly think raw feeding is the best way to go but I am such a lazy owner and I don’t want to go through the hassle of making sure they are getting the right nutrients and proper vitamins. We’ve selected high-quality kibble for them each (it may in fact be more expensive to feed them this food than the raw feeding) and it seems to be going ok so far. Benny doesn’t seem to mind too much what he’s eating as long as he’s getting food. Joline on the other hand is more picky. She did not finish her food tonight, not sure what’s going on there.
We purchased Benny a new slow feeder dog bowl as well.
Those things are awesome! It prevents your pet from gulping down their food too quickly. We timed Benny this morning and it took him a little over eight minutes to finish one cup of food (Dad, you should get one for Molly). I didn’t time it this evening so I’m not sure if it took him the same amount of time but it seems like it still took a good 5+ to eat. With a regular food dish it would be something like maybe one minute.
We’ve still been having a heck of a time with Ezra listening to us. It’s so frustrating when it comes time to put him to bed or to clean up the room or to stop doing whatever it is we want him to stop doing. Some friends suggested doing timeouts by having him put his nose to the wall. Yeah…let me tell you how that went. It went about a good 15 minutes telling him to get over there or physically holding his body in place. He kept insisting his timeout was over (before I had even started the countdown) and just would not obey. I can’t remember what exactly it was that made him finally do it but I do think that’s going to be the new method. Otherwise it’s just sending him to his room where he can play with all of his toys and that’s not what a timeout is for.
Speaking of toys, we removed a bunch of them from his room a couple nights ago. I had asked him for three or four days to clean his room because it was a friggin’ pit and he wouldn’t clean it. Finally Jesse and I started cleaning it but instead of putting things back where they belonged we moved them to the spare room. We told him because he was not capable to taking care of his toys that he couldn’t have them in his room. Commence meltdown: engaged. Then last night he refused to help put his blocks away so guess what? They are also in the spare room having a timeout for one week. Pretty soon his room will just be a bunk bed and a dresser.
After Christmas we took down the tree and all the decorations so we were able to clean up the spare room. It had been awful going into that room because everything was everywhere. You couldn’t even open the door fully because there was so much crap on the ground and in the way. We took care of that, though, and that room looked gigantic for a brief moment in time. You know, before we filled it up with all of Ezra’s possessions.
I’m toying around again with the idea of writing children’s books. I don’t know when I would find the time but I’m always reading the boys these kid books and thinking, I could totally do this. So anyway I registered another DBA (I think I have four of them now?) to have a publishing company. Who knows if I will ever get around to self publishing anything but DBAs are good to have, I think.
Daydreaming about the backyard, we think we might scale down the raised garden beds and maybe buy a playground/swing set type contraption. I don’t want some crappy plastic thing or cheap metal piece so it looks like some saving up is in order.
I also think we’re going to buy the Purple mattress about which there is so much hype. Our fake Tempurpedic sucks and has dips and my back hurts every morning to the point where I am hobbling around hunched over until the aches finally ease. I’ve had to catch myself on the door jam a few times and I’m tired of it. Apparently this mattress is supposed to work wonders for heavy people with bad backs, so sign me up!