Grandma Debbie was put up to the test of her shopping and shipping abilities. I read about this dog that interacts with the story, sold at Hallmark. Our store in Cody is, of course, sold out and the owner said the stores in Billings are sold out as well and that it is/was super cute. That's when you call in the G-ma Debbie. She is really good at locating and sending the said items of affection our way. She hunted down Jingle and his story "Jingle all the Way". The kids love it! Jingle is now a favorite in our home and loved by all.
Let's see....not sure where I left off. I believe I was busy. ;) I hosted my 3rd annual cookie exchange this year, which was really fun and I'm gonna make a few changes for next year. NO MORE GINGERBREAD HOUSES!! I still have frosting in the cracks of my wood floors. The end product looks like a gift box, not a house-still cute, but too much work for us moms that are supposed to be enjoying the morning. The cookies were great and we were all exhausted when it was all said and done. Then came the Holly Trolley. This was a MOPS-ish event and about 30 moms boarded a trolley(after tailgating, I must add!) and it took us around to see the lights of Cody. Afterward, we were treated to a lasagna dinner at the Terrace. It was nice, but Brandi and I, plus Amy decided to take off and go out on the town. We went and had a few cocktails at a bar downtown called TJ's and then dropped Brandi off. Amy asked about one more beer at the bar next to her house...like I'm gonna say no?! Anyway, I was home around midnight. Then came Monday night, which was Wine Club night. So much fun, but way to much wine. Lucky me that the kids decided to sleep in the next morning. EXCEPT that we had to be at mom's new house at 8am to let the movers in. Luke had to drive over to the house while I got Emmett ready for school, dressed Jolene for the day and maybe change my clothes if I had time. I was able to drop Emmett off with Dawn, whose boy Jaren goes to school with Emmett, and she took the boys to school. This way I could relieve Luke who still needed to go home and shower for work. Then, I got to try and direct the movers where to put mom's things. She did a very good job of writing out a list of things, but I had to call her several times(while she was driving up to Cody) to find out which item was a hutch and hoosier and china cabinet. It made for a long day, but was worth it to see mom drive up in her motorhome. We unpacked a few items and attempted a glass of wine(none for me thanks!) That's when the flu hit. Emmett was up most of the night getting sick, while Luke was feeling nauseous on the couch. Emmett was a bit better by morning but Luke was worse for the wear. I, in the meantime, had a sour stomach the day before(too much wine?) and still had one all day. I had previously been baking like crazy for the MOPS Christmas party on weds morning. I dropped off my goodies and hightailed it out of there, back to the house of sickness. All that work and I didn't get to enjoy any of it. The girls said it was a great time. There is always next year. Mom flew home this Sunday morning and is driving the last of her things with Chrissy on Tuesday. Should be fun having Aunt Chrissy in town. The kids are pretty excited...only 2(maybe three-depending on if they get here before bedtime!) sleeps til she gets here!
Jolene is really into her shoes and what she wants and doesn't want to wear. Usually, she'd rather not wear anything, but it's cold. I just loved the one boot and one slipper sock that she had Luke put on.
Things sure have been busy around these parts. The snow keeps falling about on a weekly basis..one good storm per week. Keep your fingers crossed that moving day for mom next week is nice and clear! I have been filling orders for painted Christmas gifts and more light boxes which keeps me busy on the side of our already busy lives. The house looks like my Christmas boxes exploded. I'm not even really happy with the way I've decorated, but it will have to do for this year. Luke and I got to go out to the CRC art event at the golf course last night. It was nice to see familiar faces outside of kids groups and playdates! Today, we got to visit Santa at the museum. Emmett asked him for the Joker Castle to go with his Batman Castle(Good thing cause Jolene bought him one for Christmas a few weeks ago). Jolene, actually both kids, were in need of naps and crying about everything-except the free cookies! It was a long, tiring visit with Santa this year. And I think the pictures prove it! This Friday is my 3rd Annual Cookie Exchange, then Holly Trolley, then wine party, then Mom arrives, then b-day party, then Christmas......we have a long list of activities keeping us busy this holiday season! Whew!