Thursday, January 29, 2015

A ho-hum week, stocking stuffers and continued OCD

We'll start with the ho-hum week. 

I worked on Monday to do a make-up day for my aid who missed a day two weeks ago.  I had a new shirt, so I took a selfie.  It made sense to me at the time.  It doesn't now.
On Tuesday the kids were cuddling with Ginger on the couch after they got up.  I forced them to participate in a picture.  They were all, obviously, thrilled.
After Spencer went to school that day, Elliott and I went to Walmart.  Spencer is going to a girl's birthday party this weekend and we were looking for a Frozen necklace for part of the gift.  We found one and at the same time I found Snoopy earrings.  Later that day, out of curiosity, I put earrings in my second holes for the first time in about a decade.  The left one was still completely open but I had to somewhat re-pierce the right one.  I found directions on how to do it on the internet.  Thanks internet.....that trick to dip an earring in vaseline before puncturing the thin flap of scar tissue was really helpful, because the needle alone wasn't working.   I also checked the 3rd hole I have in my left ear.  It's still completely open, but I don't have any earrings that are tiny enough to put in there.

The Snoopy earrings came with Woodstock too.  I'm giving them to Maryellen.
That afternoon we drove to the bus stop.  Sometimes when we're waiting I let Elliott get out of the buckle in his car seat.  He thinks it's the best.

We played outside that afternoon.  Yes, he's wearing shorts.

On Wednesday we ran about 7 million errands in the morning.  We walked to the bus stop that afternoon.
That night Elliott said he was "really disappointed in Daddy" when Michael didn't put a sticker back on his hand after washing them before dinner.
See, I told you it was a boring week.  What wasn't boring was the multiple times that my kids woke me up during the night with their various crying and sleep yelling episodes.  But there are no pictures of that.  Spencer totally freaked me out when he screamed, "I didn't do ANYTHING!" at the top of his lungs at 1 am on Tuesday.  In typical dad fashion, Michael slept through it. 

Moving on to the stocking stuffers.

The kids got some fun projects in their stockings for Christmas.  We kind of forgot about them until this week when Spencer wanted to do them.

This is a turtle that hatches out of an egg.  They both got one.



And they both got a mystical tree.  It goes from "naked" to fully grown in a matter of hours.  Elliott's is yellow and Spencer's is green.

And now, let's talk about my continued neurosis when it comes to home projects and organization.  This is just a random assortment of what I've been up to the last 3 or 4 days.

#1. I used some Christmas money to buy metal flowers (and a turtle) to put in the front yard.  It's part of my continued effort for home beautification. 

#2. I decided that I am going to finally do something about this box that is full of random papers and pictures and has been sitting in my closet for years and years and years.  It was even in my closet before we moved.  It's just embarrassing.

 I'm also going to check all these old discs and CDs and do something about them too.  Our old solution of just sticking this basket in a closet on a high shelf so we can't see it is no longer going to work.

I bought these boxes at Costco to help with organizing both the box and the basket.
#3. I sorted Elliott's clothes and got them ready to give to my friends.

These for Jeannette for Clark.

And these for Elisa for Max and unnamed and unborn baby boy #2.
#4. I re-organized my make-up and hair stuff so that I can find things (they were a little buried before) while I'm getting ready.
I also re-did the cabinets under the sinks so I can put all my stuff away when I'm not using it and it's no longer sitting on the counter.

This is huge. Just huge.  It took 2 years to get to this point.
#5. I put together a basket for nail and hand care items to keep on my bedside table.  My cuticles are horrible pretty much year round, but especially in the winter.  This is my attempt to not look like a beaver has been chewing on my fingers.
And that's it for tonight.  We're going to Super Bowl Central this weekend, as well as having friends over for the Super Bowl, so I should have some genuinely fun things to talk about soon. 


Jeannette said...

Eeek! I'm so excited for those clothes! Clark's little feet will be so nice and cozy in those Elmo slippers (once he outgrows the Pooh ones and bear (?) ones we currently have from you)!

Regarding old ear holes (well, that sounds gross, doesn't it?), I had my cartilage pierced my freshman year of college and took the earring out 3 years later right after we got engaged because I didn't want it in for my wedding pictures and wanted the hole to not be visible. 11 years later, I can still easily get an earring in it if I tried, but I think it would confuse Ellie.

Sherry said...

You are brave on letting the kid out of the car seat. I refuse to do this in the carpool line at Evan's school because if Brody stays buckled, he is more likely to fall asleep while waiting and that is about the only way I can insure he gets a little nap during the day. He has been waking up lately when we get home and won't go back to sleep. Sigh. I really miss my nap days! And hooray for shorts weather in January...even if you will be completely over the heat by April. Haha! Elliott's sticker episode reminded me of how much Evan used to "value" his stickers in preschool. I would find a stash of stickers under his bath toy basket on the side of the tub where he would take them off so they wouldn't get wet and try to keep them. He would get mad if we disturbed his sticker collection. Haha! Oh and I guess I am the night time "screamer" in our house either getting angry in my sleep at Eddie or becoming anxious about the kids due to some dream I was having. Or so Eddie likes to tell me! Those were some cute stocking stuffer ideas. I feel like my ideas could use some help in the creativity department. And great organizing! I have several of those old stashes of papers, CD's, etc. that need dealing with too. Sigh.