Today the youngest turns three. It seems like just yesterday she was born. She makes life interesting that’s for sure. She was the surprise baby but life would be dull without her. I am not sure when it happened or even how but she has formed an attachment to me (and I won’t lie part of me likes it) but sometimes she acts like I’m her mommy and not her cousin/”auntie”. We are celebrating her birthday Saturday and she has requested a pink Minnie cake and what is she getting, a pink Minnie cake. Cake pictures to come next week.
I know I having been posting much lately. I have been a busy woman: between traveling (Cumberland Falls for New Year’s and Gatlinburg or my Birthday), family functions, work, kids, and planning my next Disney Trip. But I am going to start making time for me and my blog again. So first lets play catch up.
As I mentioned briefly we spent New Year’s in Cumberland Falls and mine and my mom’s birthday in Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg. I really missed the mountains and it was really good to get back to them. I hope we can get there a little more this year than we did last year. I love that mountain air. My next Disney Trip is just around the corner so I am looking forward to that right now.
I started a new series while I was in the mountains; Smoky Mountains Matches by Karen Kirst. I have only read the first book but I really enjoyed it. I still need to finish the Dare Island Series and now get into this series more. But first I am going to reread Gone With the Wind. My journey begins Wednesday.
The kids and their mommy went to Cumberland Falls with us but not Gatlinburg. I love spending time with them but one weekend in a months time is okay, I really can not handle two weeks in one month. I pretty much pick the two younger ones up at day care every Tuesday, so we are getting some quality Auntie Time in.
I guess that is about all.
I hope everyone had a good Christmas. Mine was good, but in the blink of an eye it was over, it seems. And today I am dragging. Work, dinner, church on Christmas Eve. Up early for Christmas morning with the kids, home for a quick nap before back out the door to my aunts. Back to work this morning and working all four days. I am sure glad I took off the day after New Year’s Day, I’m going to be trying to catch up on sleep. But I loved every minute of spending Christmas morning with the kids.
Apparently yesterday marked the one year anniversary of my much planned Disney Trip getting canceled at the last minute. I still have wounds from this one. But they are healing slowly. When you are a planner like I am it is hard to move on when your hard work is destroyed in an instant like that. Maybe some day I can plan the perfect Disney World Vacation, again, for my babies. But I’ll never get back not being with them for their first visit, that will leave scars.
A few months ago the kids’ mommy started potty training the three year old. None of us knew what an adventure that was going to be. He took to peeing in the potty pretty quickly but pooping in the potty was a whole other story. I didn’t think he would ever be fully potty trained. When you tried to talk to him about it he just ignored you or changed the subject. I even started download kindle books about pooping in the potty to read to him since he loved reading Peter Rabbit so much. The last book I downloaded might have been the winner because it seems like the very next day he took to pooping in the potty and hasn’t turned back. The book I read to him Super Pooper.
This weekend we have a birthday party for the oldest of the four kiddos who turned Sixteen last week. I can’t believe she is sixteen already. It seems like just yesterday she became a part of our family. I don’t remember how old she was when her mommy started dating my cousin but I think she was eight or nine. And now she is old enough to drive a car. In the blink of an eye (two years) she will be graduating high school and starting college. I wish I could stop them all from growing. Happy 16th Birthday Miss M!
My weekend was filled with kids, cotton candy, ice cream, snow cones, and merry-go-round rides. Saturday we went to this little family owned amusement park that is rented out for company picnics. The kids had a blast. I don’t know how many times the two year old rode the merry-go-round. And the three year old loved the little roller coaster. As for me I ate way too much cotton candy (hey it was free and I haven’t had cotton candy in years) and ate two chocolate ice cream cones. It was fun acting like a kid again and making memories with the little ones. And probably most importantly we hade perfect weather. Sunday was a day for rest and relaxation. And now it’s already Monday again and work is calling.