Thursday, December 5, 2013

Ordinary Days

I only have three photos this week, and both of them crack me up.

Andrew made this Rudolph with his Rainbow Loom!  Yes, it's completely made out of rubber bands, and has a little paperclip inside it to make it stand up.  Andrew amazes me.  He asks me first if he can go on the computer for the tutorial, and then I see him working for awhile, and then he has some new crazy bracelet, or in this case, figurine.  I really wanted him to keep it and give it to me for the tree-what a cute ornament, but he is giving it to his teacher.  He promised he would make me something later.

Speaking of the tree...

About an hour into yesterday morning, I heard a crash.  Yes!  It happened.  I put the tree up, so it's my fault.  
All I could do was laugh.  I don't know why it is so funny to me, but it just is.
I told Jeff I was thinking about leaving it like this till December 26.

It has been a doozy of a week ... Janey is cutting quite a few teeth all at once-she has been sleeping awful, short restless little bits, and I can't put her down for a second.  It has to hurt like heck, but oh these teething weeks...they aren't easy ever.

It was a scrambly-type of morning with the kids, and then this happened.
OF COURSE it happened.
When it rains it pours.
I find since I've had Janey, that my "skating through life" days (those easy, everything goes right, I'm all caught up, ahead of the game days) usually fall one after another with much less frequency than they ever have before.  Some new surprise always bursts into the scene and can throw me off kilter.

I have also found that for that reason alone, I strive more than ever to keep my life as simple as possible.


I hiked this baby back up and used a screw driver to wedge it into the stand.  Nothing was broken, mostly because there is nothing breakable on the tree.  Or in that room.  Or in the entire house.   :)

25 comments :

  1. What a week!! I aspire to be as patient and content a mother as you... And I only have two (and one on the way)!!

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  2. Thanks for the smile this morning. One year my sister's tree was on the floor more than not - and it made me smile each time I saw it.

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  3. Those last two pictures gave me a much needed laugh this morning!! : )

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  4. Some of my favorite pictures are the tipped over tree with my little toddlers. Love the reindeer! My kids are getting the rubber bands/loom for Christmas, can't wait to see what they make!

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  5. Oh boy....what a bummer...I have to confess that last night in a 2hour fit of pregnancy induced insomnia I was wishing I could fast forward the days to January 3rd, 4th or 5th. Those will be the days I plan on cleaning and putting every piece of crap, oops, I mean Christmas decorations away. I have decided that being 42 and pregnant with baby number 5 is just really, really hard. I have a day or two where I feel good but then more days where I have zero energy. I think my second trimester pop of energy might not be so poppy this time around. I have to keep my focus right and say one million times a day, "I am grateful, I am grateful, I am grateful"...this is a tough time of year!!!! Thanks for the laugh:)

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  6. My tree fell over this week too and a lot did break. What a mess!! I just said what a doozy of a week I've had, tree tipping over and sick kids. Glad I'm not alone : )

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  7. Holy cow Andrew is talented!

    Our tree only comes up to our waist & our 13 month old hasn't tipped it yet. However, he has taken off more than a couple ornaments, then just throws them back into the tree. Gotta love them!

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  8. Oh wow... this has never happened to me yet, but I know it's gotta be inevitable. However in our house I think it's going to be the dumb dog who accomplishes the feat. Every day he tries to sneak into the corner behind the tree and ends up SPINNING it until he pulls the lights right out of the socket. He's knocked several branches down (artificial tree) but somehow the whole thing hasn't come toppling onto him yet. I almost wish it would, to scare him straight!

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  9. That is the cutest reindeer I ever did see and he would make such a great ornament! Wow the tree thing has never happened to us, knock on wood. I love all the handmade ornaments reminds me of our tree when I was little.

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  10. my mom always secured our tree to a ceiling beam with fishing line! now I know why :)

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  11. Andrew's reindeer was AMAZING! Please tell him some stranger on the internet is completely astonished with his rubber-band talents! Your tree photo was pretty funny. It looked like it just gave up. Thanks for sharing!

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  12. Thanks for making it okay to smile at the things that could make you cry or scream. One year before we had kids, our 10 foot Christmas tree fell on my husband after he had fallen asleep on the couch (and me asleep in the recliner). Oh my goodness, first we screamed in pure terror and then we laughed. I'm smiling now just thinking about it. I wish I would have taken a photo. It was truly a sight.

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  13. Thanks for making it okay to smile at the things that could make you cry or scream. One year before we had kids, our 10 foot Christmas tree fell on my husband after he had fallen asleep on the couch (and me asleep in the recliner). Oh my goodness, first we screamed in pure terror and then we laughed. I'm smiling now just thinking about it. I wish I would have taken a photo. It was truly a sight.

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  14. The Christmas tree photo made my week! It's the photo representation of how December feels sometimes :)

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  15. The Christmas tree photo is awesome. Don't we all feel like that at times - like we just need to rest. Love your attitude. I would have laughed as well. What else can you do?!

    Andrew's ornament is amazing! He is one talented young man!

    Thanks for the smiles!

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  16. In the years when all my siblings were little, my parents finally installed a hook above the Christmas tree, and tied the tree up to the ceiling. It became impossible for little ones to knock over, even if they tried to climb it to get to an ornament up at the top!

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  17. That's why I love your blog! You keep it so real! That rubber band reindeer is adorable!

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  18. Cannot tell you how many years that happened before I quit and started doing fancy creative ones directly on my wall.

    OKAY now for the ONLY baby advice I have. Let your wee one (cutest little girlie) suck on pickles. The brine of the juice opens up the gums and lets the teeth drop right down. Works every time.

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  19. Now we need a pic of the upright tree!

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  20. Love every bit of this post! Except the teething... hope that ends soon!

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  21. I laugh with you, because that is the story of my life as well! And btw, Andrew and my Evalyn would be BFF's. That girl is always making up new creations with her rainbow loom. Thanks for making me smile :)

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  22. Andrew is super creative and must have the patience of Job!!! Love that!! And the tree! That was funny!! I am sure the first thought was a teeny feeling of panic, then the crazy laughter…This is a month that is full of emotions…isn't it something that the reason we celebrate~the arrival of Jesus, and Peace…has become the most hectic and stressful time of year! I love when I read fellow moms' stories about trying to keep it real and not pretending things are perfect at Holiday time. It's a challenge this season for sure!! Keep us posted with loom creations and Janey's cute little grin…love it!

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  23. "Speaking of the tree"...this just made my weekend.

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  24. That happened to our tree too! Only my daughter was trying to hide behind it to eat candy.

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  25. fyi, just wondered if you've heard of Krinner Christmas tree stands? Someone on a blog linked to it a year ago so we got one. Now we wonder where it's been our whole lives : ) Sturdiest.thing.ever.

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