Oh my, this past month has been absolutely delightful in many ways and not so much in others. In December, I came down with a bad cold and took off about a week from work because I was so sick and tired. I went back to work for about two days, and then it was time for my sabbatical!
Velvet took her sabbatical at the same time, so we all went to visit Mom and Jim at their new(ish) house for Christmas. We drove down and let me tell you, I’m still not a fan of car trips. We left at slightly different times than Velvet, so we met up with her clan that night at the same hotel. We stayed at the Best Western and I’m not sure if it was specific to that hotel or all Best Westerns, but they had a very good breakfast spread the next morning. None of this prepackaged bear claw crap. Well, they did have that, too, but they also had eggs, sausage, bagels, toast, yogurt, cereal, fruit, breakfast burritos, and a waffle station. I was impressed.
While we had a really good time at Mom’s, the sleeping accommodations left much to be desired! (Mom, get a new mattress on that bed!) The first night, Ezra was supposed to sleep on the floor next to our bed, but the room was too “spooky” for him to sleep on the floor, so he slept on the bed between Jesse and me. The next night Jesse slept on the floor in the kitchen area and Ezra slept on the bed with me. The third night Jesse and Jim pulled out the king mattress from the RV and Jesse and I slept on that while Ezra got the whole bed to himself. To top it off, I was still fighting my cold so I was coughing all the time.
The drive home was pretty uneventful, we stayed at the same hotel on the way back. Jesse was awesome, he drove the whole way, both ways. We actually ended up coming home on the 24th so Velvet and the girls could spend Christmas day with Carl, who had to work over the holiday. Jesse and I went over to his folks on Christmas day to celebrate and to pick up the dogs (Jesse’s friend had watched them and dropped them off the previous day).
We had a couple days at home to do laundry and unwind before we left for Dad and Dani’s to spend the new year. We left around the same time as Velvet again, and we all met up to spend the night in Vegas. Dad and Dani met us there at the casino, and some of Velvet’s friends who live in Henderson came for dinner and to hang out for awhile. It was good seeing them. I will say the Sunset Station casino has a very nice setup. The have a kid place where you can drop off the kids while you gamble away their college funds. The kid place has a large jungle gym tube system, a tv area, a section for iPads, and other stuff. The kids all seemed like they had a good time; Ezra basically collapsed when we told him he had to leave and one of Velvet’s girls had to pick him up/drag him out the door. I didn’t win anything but Jesse did pretty well.
The next day we headed out to Dad’s and when we got their I realized we had left our pillows at the casino, so I had to call and tell them we’d be back in a few days to pick them up. They were pretty understanding. I guess they have a 30-day hold policy for lost/found items.
We spent a nice couple days with Dad and Dani. We opened Christmas gifts and went to the rec center. Ezra loved being in the water but he wasn’t sure about the wave machine. He actually went down the big tube slide with the girls but did NOT want to go down it again after that one time. I went down the tube slide, too, and I think it was probably the first time in over 10 years I’d been on a water slide. The last slide I’d ever been on ruined it for me. It was one of those really tall slides where you basically lean back, cross ankles and arms, and it feels like when you go over the bend that you are hurtling into an abyss and you’re going to die. And it gives you insane wedgies when you hit the water at the bottom. But this slide at the rec center was pretty mellow and fun.
On New Years eve I truly debated going to bed about 15 mins before the ball dropped, but I kept telling myself, you’ve already made it this far! We let Ezra stay up and that kid was bouncing off the walls, loopy sleepy. Oh man, there was this really inappropriate moment that night, it was HILARIOUS. And an older Ezra would never want me to tell it, but that’s the joy of being a parent, embarrassing your children.
We’ve been following a relaxed potty training schedule with Ezra. Basically he just goes without pants and a diaper when we’re home because he’s really good about taking himself to the bathroom that way. Well, NYE he was running about without any bottoms, like usual, being all crazy from food and sleepiness. He turns to us and says something and I was pretty sure I misheard him so I asked him to repeat himself. He goes, “There’s a carrot in my butt!” and turns around and we see he had clenched a baby carrot between his cheeks. It was so unexpected and just to hear him say that, we started cracking up. He’s laughing, and I’m laughing, and I had tears running down my face and couldn’t catch my breath for the longest time. I went into the other room to tell Jesse about it and just broke down all over the place; it took awhile for me to relay the whole story to him, and by the end I couldn’t talk because I was crying and laughing so hard. Good, unexpected, times.
We did eventually make it to see the ball drop and made all the appropriate shouting and noise makers. We put down Ez to sleep a couple minutes later and despite all his protestations, he was OUT in about 5 minutes. We all drove home the next morning, with a little side trip back to the casino to pick up our pillows.
For that trip we had boarded the dogs at Diggity Dog Resort and I think they have a pretty good setup there. They said by the end of the trip both our dogs were playing with other dogs and not just cowering in their kennel, so that’s good. It would be beneficial to take the dogs there probably a couple times a month to retain social growth for them. We are fairly bad dog parents in that we don’t socialize them too well with unknown dogs. You can see Benny enjoyed coming home.
It’s a hard life being a dog
After we got home we relaxed for a couple days and then I had a prenatal appointment so Velvet and Carl watched Ez for us that morning. It was great because they also brought over their unneeded bunk bed and set it up in Ezra’s room while we were gone. We’d just had Ez sleeping on his crib mattress on the floor but had decided it was time to get him an actual bed and they had this bed they weren’t really using, so it all worked out. He really likes the new bed and I think it will be long enough between now and when the baby gets moved into the crib (we use a bassinet/cosleeper for the first couple months) that there shouldn’t be any leftover possessive feelings toward the crib.
new bunk bed
Jesse and I were supposed to get our hunter safety certification so we can go hunting, but the prior couple days my cold had come back stronger than ever and I had been relegated to sleeping upright on the couch so on the morning of the class I decided to skip the class and go to InstaCare to see why I couldn’t kick this cold. I had been taking elderberry syrup, and the honey/lemon/ginger mix, and huge quantities of vitamin C but it just wasn’t getting any better. Turns out the cold turned into bronchitis which may have turned into walking pneumonia. While I could have waited out the next month or two for my body to resolve the illness itself, I opted to go with the antibiotic route. Within a few days I started feeling better. While I really think homeopathic remedies work for most situations, sometimes you just need modern medicine. I ended up taking my hunter safety class one week later and I passed. Maybe not with flying colors, but I passed enough to get certified and really that’s all I was looking for.
Our chickens had stopped laying near the end of last year and then we got rid of maybe six of them so there has been more food in the yard and not as much competition. Yesterday morning we heard the egg song and when Jesse went out to check the nestboxes they were full! Not sure if it’s the less competition, or they were done molting, or if the days being slightly lighter for longer is the reason (or maybe it’s all of the above) but we are happy to have eggs once again.
first eggs of 2015
I bought some eggs from the store a couple weeks ago for a baking recipe but we are now homegrown egg snobs and very reticent to use store-bought eggs to just fry up or scramble and eat. Yay for homegrown food! Except we do need to get more chicken feed…
The baby is doing well, he’s moving quite a bit these days and Jesse was able to kind of feel him kicking the other night. I’m 24 weeks now so the end is somewhat in sight. I’m a little nervous about the whole birth process since I’m trying to go natural this time and really don’t want to end up with another C-section again. *sigh* I guess time will tell, huh?
We recently bought a kitchen island because we have this space between the two tall kitchen cupboards that wasn’t being well utilized. We went to Ikea with one stand in mind and ended up buying a different one that fit the space much better.
Now we have more space than I know what to do with. Still trying to figure out what to do with the drawers but I’m sure we’ll think of something.