This week was less than stellar, I must admit. I have been toughing it out with my pregnancy-related sickness (almost constant nausea and a near-migraine headache that lasted a record 4 days), and if that hasn't been enough of a challenge - the kids and I all got nasty colds. Ugh. Needless to say, we spent a lot of the week just coping with being sick. Wiping noses. Napping when possible. Etc. Daddy had to rescue us on several occasions. BUT. In spite of it all, we still tried to be festive! Emphasis on the tried. Several days we did nothing but survive. Several days we barely made it out of our pjs and into real clothes. Most days we did not leave the house. Today has been our best day yet, so we ended the week with some paper crafting this morning. The kids aren't the best with scissors so it was more of they were cheering me on in my efforts - but we got out all of our art stuff and made a morning of it, and they really like the huge snowflake now hanging in the middle of our dining room table.
eyes were beholding...
LOTS of candy as we decorated our "gingerbread" houses.
Glorious sunshine outside (we've had amazing weather!)
Irving Berlin's "White Christmas"
A note of thanks and holiday treats left on our doorstep
ears were hearing...
Silly Christmas songs sung by Alvin & the Chipmunks
Lots of coughing from sick children (especially at night)
"Mommy! Help me - My Nooooose!"
hands were holding...
as much candy as toddler hands can grasp
(quickly stuffed in mouth during gingerbread house activity)
LOTS of kleenex
Paper, scissors, paper plates, and new markers
tongues were tasting...
Stolen goodies from a day or two of our advent calendar
Pink Peppermint Ice Cream
Takeout - twice in one week
Mint Melange Tea
Christmas Spritz Cookies
and did I mention I'm addicted to Clementines?
noses were smelling...
the sweet smell of baking Christmas Cookies to share
(but not much more than a whiff because our noses were so stuffed up!)
hearts were feeling...
tired...blessed...a bit heavy...hopeful...and...filled with much excitement and anticipation of Christmas Eve & Christmas Day so close now!
A little pregnancy note: If anyone notices our kitchen light on at 2am, please know nothing horrible is happening - it's just me sneaking downstairs because I can't sleep and all that the baby in my belly seems to want are those cutie little clementine mandarin oranges. huh? they're kind of sweet like candy, and Jacob laughs when he gets up for work and finds a pile of proof in the peels I failed to put in the food waste bin before heading back to bed. I must say, between the nausea, the insomnia, and the headaches - this baby is really giving me a run for my money, very similar to my pregnancy with Aspen. Was the first child an easier pregnancy just to ensure I'd have more? I have no idea...and have I mentioned yet that I am envious of women who love being pregnant, who feel good when they're pregnant, who get over the morning sickness at 12 weeks - or don't have any at all. I know I shouldn't complain - but even the optimist can start to grumble after months of the aforementioned symptoms. (I've just got to keep my eye on the prize...because I known it's worth it!)
Here's to mending overnight and a marvelous, merry, magical & bright Christmas Eve and Christmas Day celebrating the Birth of our Savior! And feeling well enough to enjoy every minute of it! We are so blessed and have much to look forward to.
May you all have a very blessed and happy Christmas!