Monday, December 11, 2006

So Far, So Good

Knock on something wood. Anything. Just do it. Kaylen did not throw up at all last night though she was running a fever all night. She was up (and therefore, so was I) from 2-4AM but at least she wasn't tossing her cookies. Once the tylenol took hold and brought the fever down, she finally fell back to sleep. She was up for the day at 6AM but at least there was no puking. Can I tell you have much of a relief it is to *not* be thrown up on? Believe me, before kids I had no idea how great a joy that one simple thing would be. :)

Kaylen woke up bright eyed and bushy tailed and she had a great day! It does seem like we just might have dodged that particular bullet. That said - I'm sure I just jinxed myself.

Both kids had a good day. Things were calm and peaceful and nice. We went over to Dakota's office around 9:30 this morning, picked her up and went to Starbucks. It's always great when they can spend a few stolen moments with their other mom. We were back home by 11 (it's about 35 minutes each way to her office) and Kaylen went down happily for a nap. I finished up my calendar project (gifts for the grandparents) and got it sent off to the printers and then spent some time with Kelton.

Once Kaylen woke we decided to take a trip to Joe's Place and Farms to pick up some branches from real trees. We have a fake Christmas tree and I really miss the smell of pine so I decided this year I would get some boughes to have around the house. Oh my gosh - the kids were in heaven!! The smells, the sights, the apples waiting to be bought! They were...well...they were like kids in a candy store. It was so cute to watch.

Once home we found places for the branches - and yes, that did include tucking some inside the tree. That was Kelton's idea and I have to say, a darn fine one! Then it was play time, art time, outside time and dinner time. After dinner came baths and jammies and then....the highlight of every evening these days: driving around to look at lights. I think in the past week we have only missed one night of going out. And yes, we even went out when I was my sickest last week. I just love to hear them squeal with delight; to hear Kaylen say "Kel-can....pretty!" Or "Mama! Santa! Ho Ho Ho!" I love when Kelton says "Mom, they must be very rich because they have so many decorations!" Seriously, Christmas through the eyes of children is something to behold. I feel so honored to be part of their magical world; where anything is possible.

I admit that last night at this time I was dreading today but all in all, it was a great day! As long as we can keep all the germs at bay for a while, something tells me I will be having many more of these good days as we continue the countdown to Christmas.

Oh - and the calendar project? Here's a page or eight of what I created:

(all pages created using the Year of Memories kit by Dani Mogstadt and Shawna Clingerman)


Jen said...

That's a beautiful are so talented!

So glad you are all feeling better. I hope you are done for the rest of the winter. I'll do some knocking on wood for you. :-)

Gandksmom said...

I love the calendar. We made something similiar for my MIL last year. She loved it. As for Christmas through children's eyes...I tell ya! I am loving Katie's reaction to everything Christmas around her. She is so excited and to see it through her eyes is just so precious and such a gift. She thinks that everytime she sits on Santa's lap, and tell's him a different present she wants, she will get all those presents!

littlefeet said...

i love the calendar do such good work... :)


Casey said...

Thanks for the compliments. I'm pretty darn happy with the calendar, too. :) The pictures for each month are pictures that were taken in that month during the previous year. So...the January 2007 calendar pages has pics of the kids from January 2006 and so on. It's a cool trick I learned (or was it borrowed? Stole?) from my good friend Brenda. :)

I made calendars for my folks, Dakota and me last year and I know how much Dakota and I have enjoyed ours through the year. It's fun to see the pictures from the previous year and ooooh and aaaahhh over how little they were. :)

LawSchool Mama said...

Great job! I can't wait to see the calendars "live and in person". You put together some wonderful pages that we will enjoy all year long!

Love you,

Nikki Bills said...

I agree; awesome calendar, Casey. The recipients are going to LOVE you. Aside from the calendar, I'm amazed at what you accomplish in a day. Seriously. You are so good to your kids. After this pregnancy gets done kicking my butt, maybe I'll be more adventurous, as inspired by YOU.

Brenda said...

I wish I had your talent. Great pages (as always). :o)

I'm also thrilled that everyone is on the mend. Lets hope they stay that way!!!!

Shannon said...

Wow, that calendar is amazing! Glad everyone's feeling better.

Sonya said...

As always, I love to see your pages.