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Thanksgiving Trip Highlights

Well now that Christmas is only 10 days away (!!) how about a recap from our trip to NJ and PA?

This was our first trip with 2 kids along and they did pretty well!  We all survived anyway.

Where did we go?

  • First stop – 1 night in NJ with my brother, sister-in-law, niece, and baby bump!
  • Then a few days in Mount Joy, PA with Brian’s parents, visiting some old friends, and Thanksgiving at Brian’s Aunt’s
  • Then 1 1/2 days in Lehigh County, PA with my grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousin

Family and Friend Highlights

  • Elliot met his Great Grandparents for the first time, and my Aunt Chris, Uncle Dean, and Cousin Dan
  • Leland got to play lots with Pap-Pap, including building a snowman!
  • The three cousins (and two cats!) playing together at my brother’s – soooo fun
  • Four kids (0, 1, 2, and 3) running around when our friends visited us at Brian’s parents
  • Meeting baby Titus!
  • Chatting in person with my college housemate about Gently Parenting
  • A trip to the Fun Fort where Brian and I spent so much time in college – now the kids could play there, it was kind of a strange feeling!
  • Doing Christmas with Brian’s parents

Showering Highlights

  • my sister-in-law Shannon has Wen which I’ve always wanted to try – I did and it is nice!
  • my Aunt Denise has Moroccan Oil shampoo and I love it


  • Fried Avocado for dinner at a Mexican restaurant – I had seriously been wanting to try it since we were last in PA in March.  It did not disappoint (Avocado stuffed with meat and cheese, breaded and fried)
  • Shannon made us pizzas (including a tomato-free one for Leland)
  • My cousin Dan made us some crazy turkey sliders with Thanksgiving leftovers when we arrived that evening
  • Rockwell’s!  Such a good restaurant and I hadn’t been in ages – the kids’ first time there (crab dip of my dreams . . . )
  • I made shrimp alfredo one night (only the semi-homemade way but it tasted yummy!)
  • Country Table pumpkin pie
  • And of course, Thanksgiving dinner at Brian’s Aunt Cindy’s

I missed

  • my bed!
  • wifi
  • our shower pressure
  • my dimmable mirror light by my bed for nighttime wakeups (but a downloaded flashlight app saved the day!)

Hey, let’s do it again in 10 days!




Time (Two Weird Things)

I wake up sometime between 5:45 and 6:30 to either feed the little baby or shower first before hubby leaves for work. Baby E has usually been up around midnight and then again around 4:00 (sometimes 2, sometimes 5 – you never know but he keeps sleeping usually so no complaints!). Big baby wakes up between 6 and 7 and gives snuggles to whoever got him, but immediately asks for the other parent. L goes to bed at 6:30pm and sleeps all night in his own crib and room.

I don’t have too hard a time waking up and I get going. I get a little worried if Brian leaves for work while I’m feeding the baby and L isn’t up yet but I manage the rest of the day by myself so why do I worry?

Breakfast, put little one down for morning nap, get big one dressed, try to do Bible time/prayer/hymn with L, maybe go outside for a bit, maybe go to Target. Not necessarily in that order.

First weird thing: Lately around 8:00 I have been getting amazingly tired – Usually the baby is sleeping again already, and I have been laying on the couch and closing my eyes even though I have a 2-year-old around and awake. How can I be so sleepy already?

Sometimes L will lay with me, but then he might also wiggle and whack me in the process. Most of the time he will play nicely by himself (I’m assuming – as far as I can tell while sleeping!?!?). Sometimes he protests my napping, but yesterday he brought me a blankie. One day I woke up and had two blankies and several stuffed animals napping with me. L had two hats on and a chain of link-rings around his neck.

anyway . . .

Snack for L at 9:30 and coffee for me. Hubby has been making some most mornings and I put mine in the freezer to have icy, sometimes slushy, coffee later.

Little one probably up and then down again.

10:30 L goes down for a nap – anywhere from one and half to three hours. Usually baby E sleeps for some of this time, but is sometimes up and down.

I try to eat something, maybe think about taking a nap (I did in the first few weeks when Baby E arrived), spend too much time on the internet, try to accomplish something that is too hard with kiddos up, etc.

Afternoon is a blur of playing with L and Baby E being up and down. Maybe errands, maybe laundry at Grandma and Grandpa’s, etc.

Daddy comes home!

5:00 dinner, 6:00 L takes a bath (Thank you Brian!), 6:30 quick bedtime routine and L is out! Maybe Baby E sleeps soon, sometimes by 8:00.

Brian and I crash and spent too much time on the internet. Think about doing something. Say we should put the phones away. Should do some dishes. Then all of the sudden it is 9:00 and we should go to bed so we get enough sleep (plenty for him, mine interrupted).

Second weird thing: Lately around 9:00 I have been perking up – wide awake – and getting motivated, sometimes I follow through with the motivation (last night I did dishes!) but mostly I just don’t want to go to bed. I don’t know why. But there you have it.

We stay up too late, I am putzy with my bedtime routine, Brian gets a bottle of water for me, and we go to bed. Get up with Baby E a couple times overnight. The End. Begin again. This is life.

Time flies.

P.S. Baby E is 2 months today!