What a week. On Christmas Eve I started cooking the turkey right away. I cook it on low for many hours like my mom. I didn't have to do much other food prep during the day. Around 4:00 I started in on the potatoes, yams, dressing, and gravy. I was happy with how everything turned out. After we cleaned up dinner Gabby got out the gingerbread kit I had bought. I don't know what I was thinking with that! I was already tired from cooking and cleaning up dinner AND we had just decorated cookies and had a giant mess the night before. I am terrible with those stupid kits as well. I cannot separate the pieces without ruining them. Luckily after the initial disappointment was over that I had ruined some of the houses and was too tired to help them, they instead had a blast making a giant mess with some "cake wreck" style gingerbread houses. After that we did a few Christmas Eve festivities including reading a few poems, singing some songs, and playing a round of Guestures. I was beat and we did it as quickly as possible so the kids could go to bed, followed shortly after by me.
On Christmas morning I ended up waking up the whole house to open presents after 7:00. The kids all seemed to be very happy with their presents. We somehow went from a 1 pet family to 3. The bunny was a big hit. She's so cute! We named her Willow. Gabby spent the next two days trying to hold Willow as much as she possibly could. I'm not sure if bunnies like being held or not...
The day after Christmas Gabby got to pick out her beta fish. She named him Bubbles.
We hung out Christmas day, I made Cafe Rio Pork for dinner that night. We were going to go to Ralph Breaks the Internet but were disappointed to see they were charging regular prices for Christmas and not the reduced Tuesday rate. Scott and I could not handle being ripped off that badly and changed our plan. Scott had tickets to see the Botanical garden Christmas lights and we had not had the occasion to go yet so we did that instead. The kids were pretty tired and we only lasted a short time at the lights. Ryan wore his snow boots and they started hurting his feet and he had to be carried to the car. The kids happily went to bed tuckered out that night.
The day after Christmas I tried to get things ready for Corbin's birthday. It's such a marathon getting everything done for Christmas and then to have to worry about a birthday right after is tough. It makes for a tired mama. Rustin flew into town on Corbin's birthday. He could NOT handle that we were not coming down for Christmas. Long story short he ended up flying to Boise and driving the kids back with him. They will get back next Saturday I think. More on that later.
After we picked up Rustin we went to Pojos and played and had lunch there. Corbin ended up playing a game of chance and winning the biggest prize...1,000 tickets! Crazy! He was sweet and used some of his earnings to buy something for his siblings and Rustin. We hung out the rest of the day at the house.
The next day I helped get the kids ready and packed them up. I was much more emotional about it than I expected to be. Piper kept begging me to come down with them and Ryan was doing his crying not crying routine where he tries not to cry by wiping his eyes and looking up. It is the cutest, saddest thing! I cried for a bit after they left and felt kind of sad and lonely on Friday. Things have been fine since then. I spent a lot of the day working on a puzzle yesterday and much to my amazement I finished! I have a lot of projects I could work on this week. If I'm feeling ambitious I'll get a lot done and if I'm not I won't! Ha. I do want to try to make a weeks worth of freezer meals for when I'm subbing for a week. My coach friend is going on a cruise and she's been harassing me to sub for her since last year. I tried to get her to find someone else but she couldn't find anyone else she wanted so I caved. I made arrangements for Ryan. That week should be interesting. Hopefully it will be okay. It should be fine. Tiring, but fine.
I've been teaching a lot! I was offered two incentives from VIPKID to work Christmas week and New Years week. They offered me an $80 bonus for Christmas week and $100 bonus for New Years week. They did not make the same offer to other teachers I know. I don't get it and I'll believe it when I see the money. I did keep a copy of the e-mails. I've kind of adjusted to getting up at 3:45 so I may start doing that from now on. We'll see. Well that's it. I hope to enjoy my staycation and hope and know the kids are having a blast in Utah.
|Christmas Eve Dinner. We busted out our wedding china.|
|Gingerbread house fiasco.|
|Christmas Eve. I love my tree except that it leans. Oh well!|
|Stockings and slippers.|
|Ryan was so happy with his red dinosaur.|
|Piper wanted a hatchimal so much!|
|Gabby's fish tank! She's such a ham! Dramatic much!|
|Corbin got a bigger nicer computer monitor.|
|She's so cute!|
|Gabby loves her sooo much!|
|Corbin's big win!|
|Zebra dessert per request.|
|My 300 piece puzzle. It took me sooo many hours. Ha.|
|Willow's hutch. Rest assured she is an outdoor bunny although you wouldn't know it with how much time she spends inside with Gabby.|