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"Are they triplets?" "No, I found the other one in the parking lot and thought, 'why not?'"

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snow pants…………

While there is no snow on the ground, it was chilly enough this morning the kids opted for snow pants. I believe it was in September I had the kids try on their snow gear. Apparently I wasn’t paying much attention when doing this. I was trying to be prepared so that when winter shows up I would be ready. This morning Isabelle puts her snow pants on, zipped them up and snapped them closed. She then bends down to pick up her boots and the zipper comes open and the snap pops open. She doesn’t seem to notice. However when she tries to sit down to put on her boots there is obvious difficulty. She tells me it’s tough to sit down because her pants are too tight. I look at the tag and they are a 6x. Uh…yeah Isabelle hasn’t been a size 6 in a while….where was I on this one in September?!?

So after dropping them off at school, coming home to feed and let Jersey out. I set out on what turned into quite a journey to find snow pants. First I try 3 second hand places I know of. Next was Value Village, which even if I had found anything I probably wouldn’t have purchased, which should be renamed Stinky Smokey Value Village! Next was Winners, no luck. I was starting to think I was not going to find anything for her. I went to one last store before I was going to give up for the morning. I was getting pretty tired and figured I could probably find something online and have it shipped. At the last store I went to, they had snow pants in her size, however when you have three kids you are always looking for a really good price. Of course the snow pants that were on sale did not have her size. So she lucked out with a very bright pink pair of Columbia snow pants which of course were not included in the so called “Black Friday” sale. The sales person did tell me though that if I notice they do go on sale, I can go to any of their locations and get the price adjusted.

On a plus, I did find Isabelle a new winter jacket at one of the gently used stores. It’s big enough she will fit in it this year and next year as well! This now means that Madeline will get Isabelle’s current winter jacket as she seems to be having a lot of trouble with Isabelle’s last old winter jacket. Tricky zippers.

I am sure Isabelle will be thrilled with her new jacket and snow pants. However I am dreading the moment where she gets them. You see my children have MASTERED inflicting Mommy guilt. I have so far only even once given into Mommy guilt, however the child involved was totally not aware so I think it technically doesn’t count. Aidan will be the most cool about not getting something new, I am so thankful for him when it comes to times like this. Now if I were to give Isabelle or Madeline the coolest Army tank known to boys there would be hell to pay for sure! But when it comes to clothing Aidan could care less.

Madeline however is another story………sigh…….really big sigh……..

Madeline didn’t like when she got Isabelle’s last winter jacket and she will be cheezed off about getting Isabelle’s current winter jacket despite the fact that she still hates the other winter jacket AND has trouble doing up the zipper. She will be mad that she isn’t getting a NEW jacket (even though the new jacket is used) and she will be grumpy that she is getting Isabelle’s old snow pants too. Doesn’t matter that any of it is new to her….she knows it’s not NEW!

While it certainly is easier on the bank account that Madeline gets pretty much everything Isabelle grows out of, I do still try to get Madeline a few new things from time to time. However it’s just hard to please Madeline most of the time. And she is going to do her best super pout and grumpy pose/face and ticked of middle sister stomp to another part of the house. It always pains me a little to see her feel like she just gets the leftovers so I will have to work some Mommy magic today after school and make sure I’m ready to deal with a grumpy girl. I am kind of hoping that the cookies I got to go with our after school hot chocolate time will help just a little!!

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Slow and steady

That best describes my outing today. Last Tuesday I was discharged from the hospital as I had pneumonia in my right lung. I will be the first to say that I am a complete idiot for not going to the Dr. sooner. I knew I was sick, but didn’t really appreciate just how sick I was. This has taught me a pretty good lesson. I don’t want to spend any more time in a hospital because my poor tailbone cannot take those awful beds. The first night I had to basically sleep sitting up because my O2 sats were too low and laying down felt like someone was standing on my chest. Anyways, this week I am starting to feel better when moving about. Last week even just talking made me breathless. I get tired quickly and find myself taking 3 hours naps during the day. Normally I would love this but there is laundry, homework, housework etc. to be done. I’m doing what I can.

Today I went out for the first time alone. I kept my tasks small and short. I got my watch battery replaced as it was driving me crazy not to have an actual watch! Then I picked up some things for dinner tonight. It felt really good to be doing something normal again.

The twins are still battling their germs as well. Aidan was losing quite a bit of weight. This was scary for me as Aidan doesn’t have weight to loose!! I’m worried people are going to start thinking that we don’t feed him. It’s depressing when he takes his clothes off to get changed into pj’s. Thankfully he’s enjoying all the PediaSure he’s getting.

Madeline is still on a course of antibiotics. She has also started to gain some of her weight back as well. She’s doing better than Aidan in that department. However her cough is still a concern and she has been barfing almost every night since I’ve been home from hospital. She hasn’t had a fever though since we took her to the Dr. so that’s another plus.

I look forward to them both being healthy again. Thankfully Isabelle has stayed healthy through all of this!!

The children are all getting very excited about Christmas. Isabelle is practically jumping out of her skin with excitement for Sprinkles our Elf to return. Every morning when she wakes and every day after school she asks if he has returned. Hopefully she can wait a few more days because he will be returning December 1st.

I used to wait until after my birthday to put up the tree, however the kids really enjoy this time of year so we will be putting the tree up this weekend. I look forward to them helping to decorate the tree and the house. It’s so nice to see how much the kids enjoy this time of year!

We had report cards come home a few weeks ago and we are very proud of all three doing very well in school. Sometimes it’s hard to know how they are doing because when you ask them they tell us they didn’t do anything in class that day, or they can’t remember or that school is boring….. However, their teachers all had wonderful things to say about the kids and so we are very proud of them for doing so well!

Isabelle is also doing well with her piano lessons. She can be just like me at times and be shy and not want anyone around when she practices. I don’t think she knows it yet, but she will be a part of a recital in the New Year. Isabelle and Madeline are also both enjoying ballet this year. Their recital is coming up in December and both girls have asked to keep going with dance classes and possibly adding in another type of dance as well. Aidan enjoyed his karate lessons this year but not enough to want to keep it up. He also gave floor hockey a try but wanted to practice more at home before signing up for a session. I’m glad he’s willing to try out sports but I think it won’t quite be his thing. Currently Aidan is really into Lego and anything Military which makes his Daddy pretty happy. Isabelle also made her Dad’s day when she told him that she loves hockey!

School photos this year were awesome and I look forward to posting them for everyone to see! I am also working on another yearly photo book. It’s so neat to see all the changes over the past year and also makes me a little teary because I realize just how quickly the time is going!

It’s starting to feel like a good time to go have a rest before the hurricane, children, come home from school.