Lantern Festival

Last week was Lantern Festival (or maybe it was more than a week ago? I’m really off on my days and time lately). Anyway, we had bought some small firecrackers and sparklers to do with the kids over Chinese New Year but never made it out because the kids and I all passed a cold back and forth. We went out and set them off on this night.
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Home day

I have gotten pretty far behind and don’t have the time to really catch up but here is a post about today. This morning Peri woke me up nice and early, a good 30 minutes or so before our alarm, so I figured I had plenty of time. Oops. The days I think I have plenty of time are the days we miss the school bus. I got Makena and Aisea up (who were sound asleep) and send Makena to the bathroom to get ready while I got Aisea ready. I check the time and tell Makena if we run the whole way, she skips brushing her teeth and skips brushing her hair we could make it to the bus and she said “nah, I just want to stay home today”. Sounds good.
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First snow of the season

Peri woke me up a bit early this morning and I’m actually glad she did. It snowed last night and it was so pretty this morning. I woke the kids up early so we’d have some time to play in it before Makena had to catch the school bus. Aisea loves to walk her to the bus and he is SLOW so I figured we’d need plenty of time to get there with snow on the ground. I also figured Makena probably wouldn’t get much time to play in it at school and it would be gone by the time she got home so going out before 7am was our only option.
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Christmas season

Ah, it is now the Christmas season. . .my favorite!! The day after Thanksgiving our tree goes up and I decorate the house.

The kids coloring the star for the top of the tree


Makena getting the tree out of the box. . .Aisea not being so helpfulIMG_9185

Makena and I “fluffing” up the treeIMG_9207

In years past I’ve put the kids in Christmas clothing (a fancy dress or just a onesie with a Christmas logo) but I didn’t have anything for Aisea this year. I looked for something for him on a Chinese online-shopping site but only came up with Christmas costumes. Like, ridiculous Christmas costumes. They were really inexpensive ($4 USD per costume) so went ahead and ordered them. I am totally loving that decision!
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This year was the first year we hosted Thanksgiving dinner but we cheated by having it be potluck style and we weren’t responsible for the turkey, hehe. I covered the pies and that was it. We did spend two hours cleaning our house, clearing shelves and putting things away to make room but it wasn’t overwhelming to handle.
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Real life

I think the sleep deprivation is getting to me, or today just isn’t my day.

Started the day off in the wrong underwear. When I get dressed in the morning I do it in the dark to not wake up the baby. A pair of Makena’s undies were mistakenly in my drawer and I put them on and wore them half the day before realizing it. They did fit a little different but honestly they fit pretty well, haha. I’ve lost a lot of weight due to nursing and just keeping up with my kids and was recently telling a friend I needed new undies because all mine are too big and give me wedgies all day, guess I need to buy my own 5T Dora undies, haha
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