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Tuesday, January 11, 2011


When I was in elementary school, my 3rd grade teacher would say "it's a ketchup day"...well, at least that's what I heard.  It's been awhile since I updated this here blog, and it's time for a ketchup post!

Ketchup.  Catsup.  Catch-Up. 

Christmas "break" was just that.  A nice break.  We were not as productive as I had hoped and dreamed we'd be with our time off, but I realized how much we needed to chill and go with the flow for a few days.  Relax.  Slow down.  Enjoy these moments. 

Thanks to some gift cards, we took all five kids to see Tangled and didn't spend a penny.  It was a riot!  Neither girl will ever cut her hair again, and Ryleigh has suddenly taken up painting ;)  The boys sat very nicely, Rowen was assisted by the low-grade fever he'd been running for several days at that point.  Poor little chicken.  He's going to an ENT tomorrow to schedule tubes, just for the record.  Our family doctor finally gave Mitch the eye roll and acted mildly annoyed when he showed up in her office for the fifth time in less than two months with yet another set of ear infections.  OK, we get it smart doctor, you were right a month ago, he definitely needs tubes.

We went as a family to the Children's Museum, which was a real treat.  Mitch hardly ever gets to go, and the kids and I could probably go every day of the week and not get bored. 

Our small group met for a little shin-dig on New Year's Eve.  It was nice, and I was glad to have somewhere fun to take the kids since DJ Steele was working.  So many little kids, and plenty of room to run around and be crazy.  We got home just in time to hang out for a few minutes and watch the clock hit midnight in the big bed all bundled up together.

 Future Dodgeball champions!

I've never been a New Year's resolution type, but at some point during that week of no routine I found myself looking forward to January 1st as if I needed it to kick start a more productive, purposeful me.  It's only the 10th, so I feel like the fact that I'm still working on this is probably completely fine.  Who's keeping track anyway?  (Me.  And, I say it's fine.) 

Does everyone know The Stringbeans?  I am 30 years old, and I think they're awesome.  They are talented and creative, and their songs are not only entertaining but incredibly informative.  In fact, we are going to be using a few of their songs to inspire our daycare/school activities for the  next month, or who knows...maybe two months!  The next few weeks we're learning about things that came from Right Here in Nebraska, starting with Kool-Aid.  We made Kool-Aid tie dye and dyed these tea towels which we will make into aprons.

Yes, as a matter of that that IS electrical tape.  I ran out of hair-ties, which I was using because I didn't have any rubber bands.  Everyone knows the TIE an essential part of tie-dye.  The TIE part requires the rubber bands, which I didn't think about. :)

It was pretty fun, and the fact that it made our house smell like vinegar for several days was seriously no big deal.

Well, maybe it would have been a big deal, had we been here to smell it.  But, we were not here.  We were partying like Rockstars.  Or, like really old parents of five who are too tired to party that hard.  Whichever.  My handsome husband surprised me with a trip to celebrate my 30th birthday.  He had been planning it since August, and invited a bunch of our friends.  It was a great time, and I felt so loved :)

This was actually a really cool little pizza place, we just hit them up on a weird night I guess :)

Pretty sure not a meal went by that I didn't order a really fun drink.  I loved it, and I decided I'm going to do it more often.  Why not?  Life is short.  New Year's Resolutionish item: do more things I love, just  because I love them.  Even if they are not particularly productive or purposeful, other than for the purpose of keeping myself sane. 


The cigars from the otherwise entirely girly gift baskets I made for the hotel rooms.  I hope they were half-way decent! Either way, you guys look extremely cool and definitely NOT old.
It's all fun and relaxing, until about an hour out of Lincoln.  Suddenly the fact that we haven't been home cleaning up from the previous week, and preparing for the upcoming week hits me.  I start scribbling lists frantically...groceries, laundry, school prep, meals!!!!  Of course the kids will be in foul moods, and won't want to go home after being spoiled at Grandma's for 48 hours.  Sure enough, by the time we decided to drag the kids out and go home, at least three of them were crying.  I'm certain the fourth was pouting.  Praise the Lord, after 15 minutes in the van to come to grips with reality, some warmed up leftovers for dinner, and some venting texts to my sister, everyone turned around.  We had a nice quiet night, did baths, put away groceries, started laundry, and got ready for the dreaded Monday After Vacation.

Only, Monday After Vacation turned into SNOW DAY After Vacation.  Heaven.  Who has said they totally need a vacation after being on vacation!?  Obviously this was no week-long camping trip to recover from, but it was still sweeeeeeeet.  The weather was awesome-not too cold, no wind, and deep, fluffy white powder to play in.  I was so pumped, I even fired up the snow-blower!  Rowen lasted over two hours outside, and the other kids were out for 3 before I finally made them come in for lunch.  It was so fun! 

 There are a few things wrong here.  First of all, everyone knows rear-wheel Mustangs don't work in the snow.  Second, any gentleman would let the lady drive while he pushed! :)  Third, Rugger has ditched his gloves again!  Don't kids feel the cold??

 The kids were so excited to build forts.  They have big plans of a neighborhood snowball fight suddenly breaking out and being totally prepared for it!!  

I just heard there's no school tomorrow again, which doesn't affect us except that I'll have fewer daycare kids.  The weather has turned bitter cold, so I'm planning on a laid-back baking day, which is super fun!  Come Wednesday I will be good and ready to get back to my New Year Me with the more purpose-filled days routine.  I'm sure :)

Choosing to love,


Tori said... Best Blogger Tips

great blog becky! looks like you guys had a fun winter break! another new years resolutionish should be to blog more, bc i just love reading your blog!

Gu34 said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow! Look at that group in KC! I don't think I would have fit in with all you good lookin couples! I need to work on my sense of style! =) And your men DID look cool with their cigars. Nice manly touch to the gift baskets.
Great blog. Loved the snow day pics too!