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This week’s quotes of the week (QOTW):
Clare, when she opened our mailbox. Can I just how much I adore Christmas card season?
“I don’t want to go on a 10-year-old trip. I’ll miss Daddy too much.”
Clare, when she realized she doesn’t get to take everyone on her trip (see #2 below)
“My tummy is hungry.”
Luke. I hear ya, man.
“It looks like you’re having about 13,000 PACs a day.”
Cardiologist-speak for how many premature heartbeats I’m having a day. Wow. But, because I’m not experiencing any symptoms like flutters, shortness of breath or palpitations, I’ve opted to stay off medication. If that changes, then we have some options. Overall, good news from my cardio!
“I not cute anymore. I a big boy.”
Luke. Need I say more?
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John Paul, our *almost* 10-year-old got to celebrate his birthday a little early, NYC style. I’ve shared before about our tradition of the 10-year-old trip. This is where imitation becomes flattery. Our sweet Iowa friends, the Aitchison’s, do this with each of their children. We loved it so much, we decided to copy them! When our kids turn ten, they choose a parent and a destination and a plane flight later they arrive. Will chose D.C. three years ago and John Paul chose New York City. He’s the self-proclaimed Jets fan of the house (don’t ask, we have no idea) and since they probably won’t be playing in January, we moved the trip up to December. Here’s your sneak peek of the four days of fun. More to come next week.
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Clean clothes are so last year. Or, in our case, so last week. Our sweet washing machine of 11 years finally bit the dust. Oh, how I hoped I could limp along just a bit longer. But, as we were staring at nearly $650 in repairs, it just didn’t make sense to sink that kind of money into her anymore. Happy early Christmas to me. Thank you for dying on Cyber Monday sweet Whirlpool front loader, because I scored a great deal on purchase and financing. It was quite fun to watch Scott crowbar open the washer, since it locked my last load of laundry in there. Somehow, it seemed fitting. When the new digs arrive that should be for a fun “before & after” of the laundry room.
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After 17 years, I finally got my act together and got a real Advent wreath. I’m nothing if not efficient. I decided to shy away from the traditional evergreen and go the burlap route. The girls helped me out last weekend and here’s our creation. We used a flat foam wreath, burlap, push pins, four glass candle holders and candles, and muslin. It took us about an hour, all told, and now we finally have a wreath we love (and use!) And, it only took us until last night to bless it. Still within the five day window counts, right? I highly recommend doing an Advent wreath, even if it’s just four candles on a plate (been there! still works!). It really helps set the mood for the season and remind our kids that the birth is worth the anticipation.
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Who doesn’t love a deal? For my fellow bloggers, or those married to one, my sweet friend and blog designer Lauren Gulde is offering 20% off. It’s her special “blog with a bow.” She helped me when I transitioned to a new theme (hopefully you noticed the easier and way more fun navigation!) and I just adore her. Speaking of women I admire, please meet Dwija. She likes her beer cold and her sacraments Catholic. My kinda gal. She’s the type of person who always shares it like it is – the good and the bad. Like me, she’s pregnant, and she had to overcome some serious faith challenges to get there. Across the miles she has my prayers as she takes another leap of faith. God never promises sunshine and roses, but He always promises love.
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There’s nothing I love more than shopping for all things Texas. Every year, my mom and I head down to the Bob Bullock Museum for their special “members only” sale. This is what happens when your mom is a former Texas history teacher. She knows all the good stuff in Texas. There was a neat find we discovered, Goodnight Austin. It’s a bedtime story for kids who live here. Minus the two-page spread about the 40 acres, I sure did love it. I even mentioned to the author and illustrator that they should write Goodnight College Station. When they mentioned they knew nothing about the Holyland I offered my consulting services. We exchanged cards and who knows! My mom and I scored some great deals, enjoyed a fabulous burger at Hopdoddy and chatted and laughed the whole way. Mom, I look forward to this every year. Mwah!
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It’s never easy to make the hard decisions, is it? Ever since I found out I was expecting, I began looking at all my obligations and had to be honest with myself. Momma ain’t no superhero, as badly as I want to be. I’ve started saying no, so I can say yes. One of my big no’s was stepping down as the Lead Blogger for PreemieBabies101.com. It’s been my baby since the beginning. We grew it, we built it, we recruited bloggers, we gave it life and we got featured in the Huffington Post! I’ve *met* some inspiring preemie moms. Moms who get what we’re going through. I cannot EVEN tell you how liberating and awesome that is – to have a band of women who truly understand. So, to step down was incredibly difficult. But, the peace has crept in and I know it was the right decision. I’ll officially transfer my duties at the end of January, but I’ll continue contributing four or so posts a year for them. A new chapter, a new adventure.
As always, Jen is a great hostess. Y’all have an awesome weekend. Second week of Advent, here we come!