On Saturday I observed with mounting alarm that our neighbor was cutting her lawn. It hit me that mowing a lawn is not only a 6 month a year affair–it’s December, and our neighbors are still at it! Add to that the fact that our lawn is a disaster of leaves, and at the time of my observation, we didn’t own either a mower or a rake. Oh boy.
My neighbor’s wondrous machine appeared to suck leaves up as it mowed. Too bad I didn’t think of buying something like that on Black Friday, so today I went to Lowe’s and bought a rake.
After two hours of raking, my front lawn is 3/4 of the way raked. I finally gave up because Mary’s hands were so cold from playing outside for two straight hours that I feared for her circulation. I estimate that if we continue to use my rake, we only have about four more hours of raking to do. Hopefully it snows soon and covers up those darn leaves!
I did take a picture of Lydia with one of our cats. Did I mention we now have two? She named the one in the picture Francie, and Lydia is her happiest, best self with Francie.
Mom and Grandma, per your request, I took pictures of the Christmas decorations.
Today nothing of note happened. At all. We are so thankful.
We got everyone ready for church at a leisurely pace, walked there and back in the beautiful weather, ate, napped, and read lots of books to the girls. At one point, the girls lost interest in one of the Christmas stories (a lovely tale about Santa substituting a whale for his reindeer when the latter all came down with the flu), and so Abe read the rest of the story to me. We sat around admiring the tree and generally giving thanks for the slow pace.
Tonight will be the first time we all hit our bedtimes in forever. Hooray!
I got a touch of food poisoning yesterday evening, so I was out of commission until 1 pm today. When I finally gathered enough strength to get up, it was pretty slow moving until the evening. A huge shout out to Abe, who basically did everything all day long so I could recover. I love that man so much.
This evening we decided to go get our Christmas tree and decorate the house for Christmas. Up until now, I have been dreading this event; it’s so much unpacking, and we still have more boxes left to unpack for our every day stuff! I also loved the clean feeling of the new home, and I was scared the Christmas stuff would clutter it up.
However, after having selected a tree, putting it up, and decorating until midnight, I can honestly say that I love the feeling of having the Christmas decorations up. The house feels so cozy and festive, and for the first time this season, I feel in spirit.
I’ll take more pictures tomorrow. Toward the end, I was just racing to finish because of the late hour. This is what I have:
We were up until 2am getting the house in order. Our table and basement love seat arrived yesterday, and we are so excited (and exhausted). I took a lot of pictures yesterday, so I’ll just post those and let those narrate the day’s events.
The girls actually scared Bazi away with their antics. Hopefully she comes back tomorrow!
We met Chelsea at the Orem library today. I got there just as the first story time was ending–but no matter, at the Orem library, they have two story times in a row! I was so impressed by the library and felt really happy about how child and family friendly our new community is.
Other than that, I spent most of the morning trying to convince Mary to put off her nap. Finally, ten minutes before preschool started, Mary had had enough. She threw a huge tantrum screaming for her binkies and nap, and she even made three mad breaks for her bed. It was so cute and pathetic. Tomorrow isn’t a preschool day for Lydia, so I’m going to let Mary sleep as much as she wants.
In Abe’s life, today was a landmark day because he biked to work! He was over-the-top excited about the whole experience, and I feel reassured because he bikes decked out it reflector lights and neon reflector clothing. His commute, formerly the bane of his existence, actually made his day today.
Class was good tonight. I was scared to make sorbets and ice creams because I was sure I would mess up the recipes. My luck has been waning lately, so I stuck with recipes I felt more confident about (pizzas and poached pears).
Lydia played outside with Bazi for a long time today. She made Bazi the prince and she pretended to be the princess. Here she is smiling for the camera and urging Bazi to do the same.
We took it easy this morning, but we ended the day with a whirlwind of unpacking and organizing. The girls were up past 10 pm because my project was in their room. I have been meaning to get all of their toys and clothes completely unpacked for days, but Mary sleeps so much that I just can’t seem to get it done. (That’s my excuse, at least.) Tonight I got all of their boxes unpacked and sorted, and I am crossing my fingers that the late bedtime means the girls sleep in tomorrow.
Our new dining room chairs came! I need to take a picture, but they look kind of strange with the old dining room table. The chairs are perfect by themselves, though. Mom, you will like them. They are very light, comfy and have rubber feet so they won’t scratch the floors.
Here’s a picture of Abe and Lydia rolling up the rug so they can put the chairs in place. (At the time, we thought the boxes were full of the new dining room table, so we moved everything to get ready for that, and then we realized the boxes contained our chairs.)
And here’s one of Mary eating ice cream while we all slave away!
She slept the whole day. Yesterday Lydia woke her up from her nap, so I guess Mary needed to make up for lost sleepy time. She threw a tantrum right after breakfast because I wouldn’t let her nap right away, so I gave in. In total she took a nap at
9:20 am Wake up
10 am-11:50am NAP
1pm-2:15pm NAP (in car, in grocery store, at home)
2:30pm-6:15pm NAP (Lydia woke her up).
It’s a rough life.
Lydia had her first day of her new preschool today, and she seemed to like it. We made a last minute decision to pull her out of Challenger and enroll her in the preschool around the corner. It turned out to be a great decision–I was running very late today, and we still made it in time!
Chelsea, Derek, Camden, Carter and Liv all joined us for dinner tonight. It was so reassuring to know we have friends we love so close by! Chelsea found out about a live nativity that takes place the first Monday in December (today), and so after dinner we all headed out there. It was a beautiful experience.
The night was clear and not too cold, and we all had to walk through various stations of Christ’s birth. At each station people in costume would read scriptures, bear their testimonies, and lead us in Christmas hymns. One really striking visual image occurred near the end when a whole choir dressed as angels sang hymns. They were standing on really tall hay bales with spotlights on them, so it looked like they were in the sky. Lydia watched with mouth agape. We also really liked the man who played Joseph. He actually got teary delivering his part, and what he had to say about Jesus was so moving.
And now we are happy and exhausted. I actually just fell asleep while typing, so that’s my cue to sign off.
Church was great today. Our new ward is over the top friendly, and it is much, much smaller than our last ward. It will be a lot easier to get to know everyone because of that. We also walked to church, which felt luxurious. Our ward boundaries cover only four blocks (!!!!! — such is the density of Mormons in Orem!), so we left 9 minutes before church started and arrived before the opening hymn finished. Aria gave us a wonderful jogging stroller the other day which made that possible.
Everyone except Lydia took absurdly long naps after church, and when we got up, we drove to Lehi to visit Abe’s cousin who was recently in a biking accident. When we were done, we came back home, ate dinner, and enjoyed the first leisurely evening we’ve experienced in our newly cleaned home.
Here are some pictures I took this morning. We have church at the best time ever: 11 am!! That means we all get to sleep in AND we all still have time for an afternoon nap. I hope our schedule stays the same in January.