Here's my Sunday 5 wrap up for this week:
1. This week has been hard. Saying goodbye to grandma Elsie last week was tough and while I figured we(I) had recovered from all the baby-roadtripping, the emotional exhaustion lasted a bit longer. It was tempting to make a lot of rash decisions, like quitting all my obligations, proposing a cross-country move etc. This is why I married someone far more level-headed than me :-) Anyway, I still think of grandma a lot, and her advice and opinions will always be a part of my world outlook.
2. In my stubbornness and mild craziness, I kept an obligation to host a Daisy event on Sunday when we returned from our WY trip. It was a blast and I'm so thankful I pushed through and didn't hand it off. It was fun, we danced and did service projects and had a good time with a room of kindergarten and first grade girls. Boy does Catherine love to dance! And I wish I could take a picture of her in those moments of joy, but my pictures often just are blurry elbows, so I'll leave it to your imagination.
3. Speaking of pictures, I have mostly pictures of Spencer on my phone, and all the guilt that goes along with it, but dang it, he's so stinkin' cute right now and Matthew got the blog to himself for years. He's smiley and squeaky and full of slobbery kisses. He also has moved out of our closet and into his crib finally, which thankfully helps him look small again because he is anything but small these days and my back is paying for that.
Oh, and he is moving backwards and adorably getting stuck under furniture.
And boy do his siblings love him and taking care of him!
4. And then there's this one, who is in a solid second place in terms of # of photos on my phone. His new favorite game is pretending to fall asleep in the car. He's obviously convincing. In an unrelated and unironic note, he is on a month+ nap strike. Go figure. This boy is too busy talking and reading and plotting new rules for Candyland apparently there is just no time leftover to actually sleep.
5. We are having a legitimately proper Montana winter this year. Our Christmas yard decorations may become a permanent fixture in the yard as they are frozen solid in the same snow from November that hasn't melted. The berms in town are no joke. The big kids have also become proper Bozemanites as we make the pilgrimage up to Bridger Bowl each Saturday for ski lessons. They LOVE it. Maybe we'll get some action videos out of them next week. James takes them while I stay home for baby naps so I just get the play-by-play stories and triumphs when they get back which is awesome and a bit frustrating as I was the "skiier" in our marriage, but I am also the "nurser" so James is taking his turn as the skiier this year. I fear I've lost the kids for cross country skiing forever now that they've discovered the magic of downhill skiing.
At least as the nurser, its easy* enough to cross country ski around with this cutie pie. Being towed around by your out of shape mother is apparently exhausting. *Easy only if you forget all the effort it takes to pack up, load up dress and situate a baby and baby ski get-up. The thought of taking all 6 family members on the same trip gives me involuntary spasms right now, but we're working our way up to it.