Wednesday, December 4, 2013

I Love My Wood Burning Stove

I feel like every blog post I write could be titled, "How Is It (insert month here) Already?!?!?" Seriously. Where is the time going? How is 2013 nearly over?
Jump! Jump! (Thanksgiving)
The fact remains that it is now December. It is cold this week. I am very grateful for the memory foam topper that I bought for our bed several months ago. It makes my ridiculous Sleep Number Bed (DON'T buy one of those!) so much more comfortable and cozy on cold nights. I also love our wood burning stove and Barry's uncanny ability to acquire free fire wood. *When I first moved from Ohio to California I thought I was so much tougher than California kids because I wore shorts every day for a year. Clearly, I have acclimated.*

In his great-great grandpa's chair.
Liam is 16 months old. He is getting so big. He has amazing conversations with me and I can almost understand what he is saying. I can't wait until he switches over to English. He has several words that he uses consistently, and he definitely gets his point across with Baby Babble, hand gestures, and crying, but I'm still really looking forward to actual talking! In the past month, Sir Liam has gained his first molar tooth and is working on his second. He continues to eat like a Hobbit and therefore seems to weigh a ton. He has started climbing onto furniture. He's too short to climb onto the couch on his own, so he frequently dumps the contents of a toy box all over the floor, carries the empty container to the couch, and uses it as his personal step stool. Sometimes I find him standing on top of the cats' scratching post at the foot of Emma's bed. It's a good thing he's so cute, because he's going to give me a lot of gray hairs.
Liam & his great-uncle in matching outfits!
Emma is stoked for Christmas time. She helped me set up the tree and other decorations the Saturday after Thanksgiving. She is quite bummed that I am not going to actually decorate the tree this year. (I don't feel like decorating only the top half, and I don't want to keep an eye on Liam and my ornaments every second of the day.) Her evil arthritis is still quiet, and her weekly shots of Enbrel are going amazingly well. Emma is great with other kids and loves making friends. It's so cute to see her holding hands and attempting to guide her younger friends around. Check out my friend's blog to see some photographic proof of this cuteness at the zoo. I love that Em has the sass to tell the rambunctious boys in nursery "No!" when they misbehave. Bossy girl, just like her mama.

Barry & I are crazy as usual. He was laid off about a month ago, which is not unusual between construction jobs, but still annoying. The good news is he has been very busy working for friends (and strangers that he meets in hardware stores - I'm not joking.) who have fix-it projects at their houses. I'm doing well, just busy chasing kids around, going to Zumba twice a week, working once or twice a week, and running my household like a well-oiled machine. We're rechecking my blood work at the end of the month and I'm interested to see if my thyroid function has dropped further because I have really been lacking energy lately. I'm currently on a low dose of levothyroxine (replacing my thyroid hormone) but I don't think it's doing much. Oh well. Everyone has their challenges in life.

Happy Almost Christmas everyone! I hope you enjoy this fabulous time of year. I'm looking forward to some trips around town to look at lights, our annual visit to Deacon Dave's, and an evening enjoying the lights and music at the Oakland Temple!


  1. Hi! I've been reading you for quite a while, but don't think I've ever left a comment. Home Depot has a program for contractors called Red Beacon, and it's possible Barry could get on that program and get side jobs that way....

    1. I only just now saw this comment... Thank you!