Lots has happend since I last checked in, some good, some bad. Let's just start with the bad, always better to get that out of the way. Jake has wanted a pet, his own pet, for so long. We told him once the construction was done he could get one. The construction isn't done, but mostly so he picked a hamster. He was so excited. He picked a white and tan one and upon finding out she was a girl, picked a purple and pink cage for her.
We set up her cage and he did great-feeding her, cleaning her cage, and playing with her. He named her Lady Lorien like the elf queen in Lord of the Rings. We quickly discovered the rodent lifestyle when she crapped right in her food bowl while we were watching her. This prompted Sam to say, "ugh, you are definitely no lady!" She did great and seemed to adjust to her new home.
Here's the bad-she died. As in belly up with feet in the air one night. They warned us about an infection called wet tail and said to watch for diarhhea and bring her back immediately if that occurred. She acted completely normal one day, but when we went to clean out her cage that night(of course, this stuff always happens at night), we thought, huh, that's a ton of poop. I immediately said I'd take her back as soon as they opened in the morning, but she didn't make it through the night. She had a 14 day guarantee so she was replaced, but he was heartbroken when I told him before school. Big crocodile tears, chin shaking, everything. He even asked where she was so he could say goodbye and proceeded to talk to her. I then had the gross job of having to take the dead hamster back to the store in order to get a new one(because my husband is never home during business hours to do this kind of stuff). There are some things I would have never done in the past-touching a dead rodent was one of them. However, I love my son, so after seriously considering just buying another one and wasting $20 instead of touching it, I picked up the dead animal, put it in a box and let it ride shotgun with me on errands before I returned to the store as my last stop. Yep, that's me always keeping it classy.
We now have a new hamster that he is wavering between calling Hermione or Rita. I just hope this one is heartier than the last one.
I have spent a lot of time trying to pick furniture for the new parts of the house. I am CHEAP and I enjoy the hunt. So, I headed out one day to find a chair and found this beauty at the antique store for just $95 and it was in excellent condition, made of oak. Sent a picture to David but he was in the OR, so didn't respond. I wavered cause it seemed low to the ground. Not a problem for us height challenged, but maybe for a guest, so I passed and continued on. I went in several stores with chairs ranging from $600-$1200 (Who pays $1200 for a chair???) and came home empty handed. Slept on it and went back the next day. Doesn't it look great?
The boys were out of school on January 10th for early release and the next day was a teacher work day, so a nice long weekend. We contemplated going to Snowshoe to ski, but it was rather expensive and we didn't want to spend the money. So, we decided to just stay home, but then the groupon for Tuesday was a cabin in Gatlinburg. We jumped on it. The boys love going over there. Headed over Friday and spent the weekend in the Smokies hiking, shopping, and relaxing-much needed.
We hiked to Laurel Falls on Saturday(a fun, easy hike) and then on Sunday went to Chimney Tops. David has a gift for picking hikes that are just a little more than the crowd can physically do. This was another one of his picks. It was 4 miles round trip and up, as in an elevation gain of 1350 feet.
Lots of rocks to climb over too.
While there was a lot of whining, nobody stopped and nobody was carried. When we got to the top, the trail was closed. The only way up was to climb the last little bit on the rock face. I mentioned that I thought the rock climb was too much for the boys and thankfully after going up partially, David scoped it out and he agreed. It was misty and wet and way too slippery. So, we sat at the ridge and ate lunch.
What else could possibly be going on?
Alex is learning to write his last name now too.
Derby cars are being built.
And finally, the funniest of all. Sam went to a sleepover for his best friend's birthday. They apparently stayed up past midnight then woke up at 5:45 and played lots of video games. I showed up to pick him up and said, "Hi Sam, we missed you last night, we're going to church." This was followed by multiple groans from the back seat about being tired that was followed by this:
Sound asleep in the pew and got busted by our pastor who walked by and cracked up after her sermon. Clearly we are entering a new phase with our sleep patterns-up all night, sleep all day.
So, now you know what the boys have been up to, what about David and I? David has taken over as vice chief of staff and is slammed. At dinner last night this was our conversation:
Sam-"when will Dad be here?"
Me-"Daddy's on call. I don't know when he'll be here."
Sam-"Call, call, call, always call, always answering phone calls, going to the hospital, I hate it."
Not to be too political, but David's job is hard, not just on him, but on the kids and me. He misses out on a lot and deserves to be thanked not villified by the media and our politicians.
Me? I'm busy trying to run 3 Scrappy Boys and manage the schedules of 3 growing boys and one grown boy. I have managed to stay on the fitness regime of P90X and Insanity and find some time to scrap, finishing my December daily album.
And scrapping a bit for the store.
It's been a while since I've gotten to actually use a kit I've created, but it feels good to get back in the saddle!
Have a great week!