It takes me a while to get a clue sometimes. I finally clued in to the fact that Tracy over at The Superhero and the Princess has a Christmas Card Exchange set up as well. And that she'd coordinated the exchange last year too. So...if no one minds, I'm going to cancel the exchange through me and direct you all to head on over to fill in Tracy's Card Exchange Form. She's ever so graciously extended her deadline to December 1st to accommodate the merger. So head on over and join in the fun!
Massive fail....seriously, massive fail. What a Thanksgiving holiday we've had in our home! That trip we were supposed to take? Cancelled. Turns out that the weatherman predicted a possibility of blizzard-like conditions for the second half of our trip. We've attempted that kind of drive a couple of times, pre-children and in some pretty dire circumstances. It's not something we wanted to repeat. So, we cancelled and stayed home. But we didn't cancel until Wednesday morning. So, Tuesday, I missed out on my workout and spent the day trying to prepare for our trip north. Wednesday, the weather was too scary to go anywhere. No workout. Thursday. Well, we all know what Thursday was. I spent it in a bit of a funk, having dinner at my MIL's. Don't get me wrong, I was grateful that my MIL was thrilled to have us and that we had an alternative to driving north in blizzard-like conditions. But, Thanksgiving is the one and only holiday we spend with my family. We never go north for Christmas. It's too crazy and too cold. We don't go up for Easter. I absolutely love spending the Fourth of July up there (it's a whole community thing and is so much fun), but it rarely works out so that we can spend that particular holiday up there. So, I spent the day sad and wishing we could have been with my family instead of just being grateful for what we have. Awful of me, I know. So, no workout on Thanksgiving. Three days off. It was bad. And it didn't do my mood any favors. Friday, Lily and I were both having some blood sugar issues. We were doing fine on Thanksgiving. I'm not quite sure what the deal was on Friday. But Lily spent most of the day in the 400s, feeling awful. I spent most of the day in the 200s, feeling awful. My husband doesn't quite understand how blood sugars affect my ability to workout. He was ready to head off to the gym first thing in the morning. I had to pull him back and explain that we needed to wait until both Lily's blood sugar and mine had come down a bit. At lunch, Lily was down to 299. So, we ate lunch and headed to the gym. Forty minutes into my workout, my blood sugar crashed on me. We picked Lily and Leo up from the child-care center, tested her....426. Home we went. Changed her pump and finally got things back on track. Saturday, we were all actually feeling pretty good. Made it to the gym to workout. Twenty minutes in, I was called to the child care center to change Leo's stinky rear. I had to force myself to head back to the elliptical. Ten minutes into my second attempt, I was called down to change Lily's stinky rear. I'm still not sure how I managed to do it, but I did get back on the elliptical for a third time. I did a 35 minute stretch and then headed off to the locker room. I somehow managed to be 10 minutes late picking the kids up from the child care center. I think, considering the two poops I was called in to clean up, they must have understood at least a bit!
Big sigh........gotta release all the pent up frustration I've been feeling. It's been a rough couple of days. Lily hasn't been feeling the greatest and has had some kind of stomach issue going on. It doesn't appear to be a bug, since Leo obviously isn't suffering from it yet. We're trying to keep an eye on what she eats and see if we can figure out what might be irritating her. Between a cranky child, a tired little boy, an irritable husband, and my own disappointments, it hasn't been a very pleasant time in our home.
Okay, enough complaining! Seriously, whining is not exactly productive. And really, when it all comes down to it, I have no cause to whine and complain. I have a fantastic husband, two beautiful and amazing children, a cozy home, a good life. And since today is supposed to be devoted to our non-d children, I'm going to share with you some Leo. He's guaranteed to make you smile.
I know, total picture overload, right? But seriously, look at that face? How do you resist it? Leo is quite the character. The kid cracks me up every day, in more ways than one! He's always into something, always on the move, always trying to entertain everyone. He's learned to open the dishwasher and use the door to give himself a little boost up to see and grab everything on the counter. Oh, and to push the buttons on the stove. We drop him and Lily off in the child care center at the gym and when we go to pick them up, he greets me with the biggest grin and an enthusiastic shout of "mommy!". The workers there tell us of his escapades while he was there...the climbing the bookshelves, hauling toys around to give himself a boost up to the top of the gates, snuggling up with the pretty girls. Leo is an ever-present reminder to not take life too seriously. To lighten up and see the humor in each day. To take a minute to sit down and snuggle. He's my little snuggle bug. My comedian-in-the-making. I think he has a very bright future as a class clown and a ladies man. For as much trouble as he can be, he makes up for it by bringing us giggles and kisses. You should hear him read Curious George books. There's a whole lot of animated gibberish with the occasional yell of "George". That little face of his makes me just want to grab him up in the biggest squeeze. And the best thing about him? He idolizes his big sister. Adores her! She is his favorite person in the whole world. She's the only one he says "Love you" to. They have their moments and their little tiffs and struggles, but really, she lights up his world! His humor, his caring personality, and his hero-worship of his sister....it all makes him a hero too! He is my amazing, wonderful little boy!