Christmas countdown

We’ve been busy with lots of Christmas activities this month. I’m kind of sad to see it ending soon. It’s been the best month ever.

We’ve been to the Mormon Trail Center to see the annual gingerbread display. We still have to make it to Kanesville to see the display there.

Baked cookies for friends and neighbors

Had a 12 year old birthday yesterday and one coming tomorrow.

Did a karate test which included some sparring and board breaking.

We have a brown belt in the house now!


Tuesday and Wednesday

We finally got Savannah a big girl bed. She’s had a twin bed since the crib and she’s literally outgrowing it so it’s time. I got one of those mattress-in-a-box mattresses that you can buy online and a platform instead of box spring and rails. I tell ya, if you can’t get it at Amazon, you don’t need it. It gets delivered in a big box that you cut apart and it literally unrolls and poofs up. In 24 hours, it’s a regular queen size mattress.

My young man was a nightmare yesterday at the hospital. When he starts feeling good, he doesn’t want to be there. And then he bites and scratches and pulls hair, pulls his oxygen off and flings it across the room. He just behaves like a spoiled two year old in the hospital. I gotta give him a break though; it must be hard being non-verbal and not being able to tell people how you feel or what you want. His nurses are stellar but I can’t have him abusing them. So I stay there during the day to buffer them from his naughtiness.

Today was a bit better. They’ve moved him from acute care to a regular room. So hopefully one more day and he’ll be able to go home.

I took some “me” time this morning and got my nails done. It’s the time of year where you can find great deals for shellac nails on Groupon. I got one and called to make an appointment and the manicurist ended up being Julie’s mom. Julie is Moe’s best friend. She talked the whole hour about her crazy life. (And any mom of Julie has to have a crazy life. You would have to know her to understand)

Anyway, I like her a lot. Usually I go to the Korean girls and you never know what they’re saying about you to each other because they’re really good about talking amongst themselves in Korean. Plus, they file the crap out of your nails. Anita (Julie’s mom) barely filed them at all and they look great.

See? I don’t have long enough nails to be filing them much.

Last weekend we went to Sioux Falls to see Sandy. She was in the hospital up there. One of my clients nurses just came from working at Sandy’s hospital and said it’s a top-notch facility (aside from that ridiculous parking garage) I got the impression that she was saying it’s better than the one I’m spending so much time in. ( not exactly what I wanted to hear but happy for Sandy!)

Nothing going on. What???!!!

Today was the first full day of school for the kids. I like that Evelyn and Savannah are close enough to the house to walk home together. Isaiah is bored out of his mind waiting until his first day of school, which is Thursday. I had an hour at Defy Gravity (an indoor trampoline park) that we paid for but didn’t use. So, I dropped him off there to jump while I picked up the twins.

I spent the morning a lot slower than during the summer. Definitely not hitting the ground running at 6 am any more. I enjoyed a leisurely morning after the kids went to school. I did some cleaning, watched TV, and even did a little watercolor (which I’m not going to show you because I kind of am not good at it anymore!)

I’m kind of contemplating going back to Walmart for a little bit of the day just for something to do other than clean the house. Not contemplating too hard though… Maybe I’ll just take break from the craziness and enjoy The peace and quiet at home for now.

Sunday and Day 1

We weren’t able to take the sacrament yesterday but we were able to go see the Denver temple before we headed home 

I can’t even adequately describe how beautiful the outside of this temple is. Breathtaking!

The drive home was good. We got home about 7 o’clock

This morning was back to school for the kids. I didn’t do the take a picture of the kids in front of the school thing today. I’m kind of over it.

I’m telling ya, it was super weird getting up this morning and not having a job to go to. No Walmart. No high school. Just weird. I pick up the twins at four from the day program and keep them until bedtime. Then we move them in on Thursday and get used to a different routine.

Evelyn and Chance went from 7:45 AM till 10:15. Savannah went from 11:15 to 3 since she’s a six grader. I like how the six graders go to school by themselves on the first day. Then everybody in the school is a newbie. Now if she can just make it all day without an anxiety attack, that will be good.  So that’s what we’ve have figured out her problem is. Anxiety attacks. They come and go in less than a minute. 

Saturday night 

After a quick nap at the hotel, we hit the mall for some shopping.

And walking around until about 9 then caught the shuttle back to the hotel to watch tv and hang out for the rest of the night. 

Brittany waiting for the shuttle 

I love painted doorways.

Last vaca of the summer 

Here’s a sleepy picture of the girls and I headed to Denver for our girls weekend before school starts.

It was an easy seven hour drive to our hotel where we met Brittany and then did a quick run downtown for street dogs and shopping. Then to the Levitt Pavilion for the 311 concert

311 sounded terrible but the opening and was good. I can’t get over the cool weather. No humidity was heaven

Some street art

The most beautiful alley ever

I posted most of these pictures on Facebook but here they are again for Mick and Sandy

More pictures coming tomorrow

Ape tour and Denver

Daniel and I went to Lincoln to see Jim Gaffigan. We had a great time

It was an outdoor concert. We didn’t realize that when we bought the tickets. I probably wouldn’t have gone if I’d known that because Nebraska weather can be so hot in the summer. We got lucky with a nice cool night however.

So Daniel and I had our last days and Walmart and Tyson. It’s pretty scary being technically unemployed! We’ve both been spending time at the group home watching the twins’s routine and getting to know them. Last night one of them totally came around. I was sitting on the couch next to him while he was taking his breathing treatment. He grabbed a handful of my hair and pulled me to his face and gave me a snuggle. I’d call that a success! Luckily, I don’t have a tender head. Pull away buddy!

Our move in date for the twins is August 15th! So close! We’re moving them into the house we’re living now and then moving into a bigger place September 1. Then, maybe things will calm the heck down!

Daniel and I are getting our med licenses today and renewing CPR/First aid, abuse and neglect, and all the rest of the training next week. So we’re going to be good to go when the 15th comes. 

Evelyn and so went out to breakfast yesterday to celebrate her birthday. I told her the Queen concert was her present but we did a little bit of celebrating yesterday anyway. She spent the rest of her day at the mall with her friend and then saw Dark Tower at the theater across from the mall. 

These kids have been so tolerant this summer with me working full time and now this drama getting the twins. I can’t wait to spoil them a little in September when life gets back to normal.

Savannah and I are still going to Denver next weekend. Justin effing Bieber cancelled the rest of his tour so we won’t be going to his concert. Savannah was heartbroken. We decided …screw him! we’re going to Denver anyway. The best part is the Brittany will meet us there. We’ll spend the weekend at the music festival and street fair. It’ll still be fun. Evelyn is going with us too. So, it’s gonna be an awesome girls only  weekend!