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 we did a small christmas this yr. i mean small.  the kids big gifts were candy i would never buy them but they always ask for at the store, pop and more candy.  i decided to go way under budget and just buy a few things that they can use.  the kids didnt even notice! 

we had the kids wait until 7:30 and we all went down together. poor joey was confused and not into being woken up at the ungodly hour of 7:30. haha

my parents got me this amazing tree ornament with bens name on it. i put it center on the tree, im not going to pack it away with the christmas things but keep it up in the front room
 nate was thrilled to open candy! haha we didnt even do chrismas socks this yr!
 rock on skittles in a tube!
 joey took a while to wake up and warm up to being awake before 8 am. ha
 and refused a kid picture
 ellie got some clothes. paw patrol
 joey opened a few gifts with some help
 ellie opened her socks made with love for aunty ursi
 nate was thrilled with his big present. LEGO!
 nate helping joey.  joey had lots of helpers christmas morning
 and she put all the garbage away. tippytoes!
 nates other big gift was a 6 pack of POP. his fav flavour. this next to the lego was his best gift. i would NEVER buy him pop. so this thrilled him. hahah  ellie was shocked too!
 he loves his pop (cost with deposit 3.40 SCORE)
 the kids around daddy
 joey's fav gift was her dinosaurs. joey LOVES dinosaurs!  cost 2.50!  score!
 nate opened his socks from ursi and put them right on. he loves them!
 the girls got a dr kit. i even bought gifts for the girls to share. 
 its about 9 am. joey was ready for a nap. lol
 there she goes. she put on ellie's high heel shoes that click, dr kit on one hand, dino's in the other and she was ready to go
 chris got the big gift this yr.  booze
 after the booze haha
 play doh!  the girls are into playing with play doh! so far they keep their mess containable.  awesome for the mom
 the girls spent christmas afternoon playing play doh, nate built his lego, chris slept and i spent Christmas day reading a BOOK!  i read it from cover to cover!
we stayed home christmas day and left boxing day to head up to hali.  we skipped the turkey dinner because we were leaving the following day and we had bacon and eggs...the boy's choice. haha

we had a large family get together on boxing day with my family, cousins, uncles and aunts.  what a HOOT it was!  we all agreed that we must do it on a more reg case...the last reunion was 3 YRS ago.  i saw my cousin and his wife for the first time in 20 yrs!!!!  i had such a great time talking and catching up with the cousins and meeting their new to me partners that i didnt take ONE pic!!!! i cant believe i didnt take one!  sob sob so we are thinking about planning another one next summer and see if ew can get all the family out west to come up.  but im sure i will be seeing more of my local family more this yr... 0 comments

boxing day!

 a group shot of the kids after the family left
joey was a bit tired by then. haha
 we had the cousins open their gifts together
 which was a blur of excitement
 and nate was beyond thrilled to get more lego
 2 more kits! 
 yep, he loves his lego
 this sums that 10 mins up. blur
 quinn opened his gift from us.  gift cards to the movies, and bulk barn for candy. haha and a bag full of more candy.  hahahaha
 then nate told quinn his secret
nate is staying in hali until sat!
 not sure how quinn felt about that. hahaha

nate has been having SO much fun in hali, they went bowling, swimming, to the movies, out to eat at crappy places...haha...more video games, tv and much more candy!

chris and i will drive up tomorrow to stay new yrs and pick nate back up.  we have to be back for monday cause the kids have a home school class starting jan 2. this yr in stead of buying them stuff, i spent the money on classes for the kids. we are doing the trampoline park, the gym/play center and mad science.  nate was happy with this and im happy that we didnt get a lot of stuff!
 ive been cleaning and putting christmas away all week. i cant believe how fast the days have gone by!  joey helped too!
and with that! this is my last post for 2016!  cant wait to see what 2017 brings! 0 comments

the long, lost week

 my little ellie joy monday morning, drinking her juice...which she would later throw up...

the flu bug hit our home last friday. i have NEVER been that sick before.  we did find how we caught it.  one of the kids from wed's gym class came sick and spread the virus to ALL the ppl who were there.  i mean EVERYONE got sick.  i thought i was in the clear last sat night, i was the only one in the family not throwing up, then i woke up at 1:30 am and bam!  i hit the toilet and could nto stop throwing up, this went on until wed.  man alive!  it was awful!

last sat i took the older 2 kids to the church for the kids christmas concert.  i am blown away by how amazingly talented our church is.  the performance was really good.  ellie asked if she can be in the play next yr, i told her she could. nate still refuses. haha
 nate. before the show, we got there early, hence all the empty chairs
by the time the show was over nate was begging to go throw up the minute he got in the door
 nate spent the rest of the day like this
 joey was sick too
 and more this
chris stayed hoe from work mon and tues, i do like having him around. its nice to not be alone with the kids
 joey is a crazy writing machine look at her hand placement on the pencil! 
 ellie joy. what a delight she is.  through the whole week ellie was happy and laughing, even as she threw up....every night...on her sheets...ha i did LOTS of extra laundry this week
 more pencil holding by joey
 all around the house i find ellie's letters. hahaha see her E and her name?  what a turkey
 talking to nana and papa
 wed i took the kids to the gym class with the other home schoolers. this was when we confirmed our suspicion about the sickness and i was able to meet 2 new moms.  the kids played SO well together its so nice to see that. i can see the light at the end of the tunnel.  soon i can sit and chat with out the littles asking me to do something for them. haha
 i got my parents magazine and look what i see!
# 1 for best family cruises, the norwegian getaway, the ship i just came back from!
 last night, after cancelling 4!!! times chris and i FINALLY had our date.  well, ok, the babysitter stood us up and left us with out a sitter for the kids an HOUR before we were going to go out!  chris surprised me by asking a friend to come over very last minute to watch the kids (who were all in bed at 7) and chris and i went out to dinner. we went to an asian place and we ordered the special. oh my it was SOOOO good

we started with curry soup, i didnt really like it, but i tried it
 then we had scallop salad, it was quite good
 and we moved on to the BEST thai pad ive EVER had. i went back for seconds. it was so GOOD!!!
 then we had this amazing pork chop/rice/veggie combo. do you see how thick the meat is??? it was good! but i liked the thai pad better
 and dessert was crepes and ice cream. SO good
it was a nice date, its nice to get out with chris with out kids.  i realized that in 2 yrs nate can stay home and babysit!

im now on the prowl for a new, reliable babysitter! 0 comments