Hi everyone, it’s me! Nope, not dead, just lazy. I keep meaning to update the blog, and I know you’ve heard this promise a bajillion times before. The only time I have to write in this blog is usually once the kids are asleep and by then, my brain kind of goes “hah.. good luck formulating a sentence there Melina, I’m on vacation until 5:30 am… let’s watch some Netflix!” We’ve been busy, busy in our household since the last post in…. September… yikes… I’ll gloss over the major holidays:
Thanksgiving: in an act of defiance over the possibility of not having any leftovers from parents and in-laws, I made a huge turkey for our little family of 4 and had leftovers for weeks. We had to freeze most of it and I learnt an important lesson about being greedy about turkey leftovers.
Halloween: Henry went as a fireman, Freddy as a robot. Henry figured out what the point of Halloween finally was, much to my chagrin and I really blame Halloween as the day where we ended up having candy in our house forever. Like by the time we got through the Halloween candy, the Christmas candy and chocolate was in our house, and then Valentine’s day. It’s never ending and Henry after each dinner asks “can I have a piece of candy for dessert?” So we really have a BC time period in our house and an AC period. Basically “Before Candy” and “After Candy”. We’re still in “After Candy”. Also, Freddy came out victorious in this equation as the second child, being exposed to candy much earlier than Henry ever was. Is it normal for a not yet 2 year old to say “Candy? ME TOO!!!!”
Christmas: I scaled down a lot spending-wise this Christmas but somehow ended up going overboard anyways. I’m still doing the math on that one. I may need a theoretical physicist to explain how that worked out. Instead of buying a ton of gifts for the boys, we went with the rhyme:
Something you want
Something you need
Something to wear
Something to read
But on top of that, they got a stocking, a gift from Santa, a Christmas eve box and a “office santa” gift.
I absolutely love Christmas and am pleased to announce that the boys have inherited that love. It took a while to explain to Henry that Christmas was over. If he had his way, it would be 365 days a year of listening to carols and Muppets family Christmas.
Finally, Henry turned the big 0-4 this year. I can’t believe how quickly time has flown by. This was the first time he really geared up for it and was excited. Part of it is also because he knows when he’s 4 years old, he’ll be starting school. His birthday landed on a Saturday this year and he had convinced himself that as of the following Monday, he’d be going to school. So for weeks leading up to his birthday, he’d wear his Elmo backpack before going to daycare and then put it back on the second he got home. He’d put in all his “school stuff” which consisted of a lot of dinosaurs, a rubber duckie and a flashlight. He’d tell us about his school bus, how he’d need us to pack a lunchbag and how “I’m going to go to school but NOT FREDDY!” and then Freddy would say “ME TOO!” and Henry would say “No Freddy, not you” and then a fight would erupt. Luckily we were able to distract him from all the school stuff by planning an awesome birthday and going on a trip to Florida (which I hope to post about soon).
The night before his birthday, before going to bed, we put two wrapped books just outside his bedroom door so he would see them when he woke up. He was so excited when he got up and saw that he already had something waiting for him. Chris then made us all waffles. Something Henry had specifically requested and then we opened up his big present which was a huge Playmobil pirate ship. We quickly learnt though that we should assemble these things before the boys actually open them. Chris spent close to an hour putting it all together.
We then had a great birthday party at Starr Gymnastics. It was a Muppet themed gymnastic party and Henry loved every single second of it. Especially his cake, created by my friend Katrina (who also did our Halloween pumpkin). He got to party with 10 of his closest friends (well mostly cousins because we were too cheap to bump it up to 20 kids, maybe next year).
So that’s what we’ve been up to. I plan on doing a post about our trip to Florida soon-ish as well. Hope you’re all doing well also!