First, some recent events and then I'll dive into some other stuff.
We met some friends at the Sunset Market near the ocean last night. First time going and it won't be out last!
Jack was in heaven. Our friends have 4 kids and 3 of the boys are ages 4, 3 and 2. Finally Jack has some buddies! He's always stuck in the middle of Carter and Lainey's friends.
Here are Holly and her 4 kids + the 3 Starnes kids. Holly is the wife of an old friend of mine from college. Super nice people and our kids got along famously!
Listened to some music.
Saw some fun stuff. Kids had a blast. Then, we rushed out to Carter's basketball practice. First game of the season is tomorrow!
Loved this sign from one of the booths. I heart California.
My latest love for the little ones......Paul Frank boots.
Lainey injured herself yesterday helping me water plants. I somehow wrestled her down to the ground long enough to put a bandaid on to stop the bleeding, but she hasn't used that hand since. I'm expecting a week's wait before it's put into action again. See her coloring with her left hand here......not normal for her.
We've had a lot of crazy Elf activity lately. One morning, we woke to find that Stephan had broken a couple of ornaments.
And, as hard as he tried, his presence wasn't enough, it seems.
So, another showed up last night. Must be part of some sort of middle-management intervention program. Lainey insists she's a girl and wanted to name her "Princess Lainey Elf". The boys vetoed that one. We settled on Ruby. Not sure if she'll be here every day or only when some reinforcement is needed. Stay tuned.
Lainey is anxiously awaiting her Santa gift with hopes of it being decked out with pink, sparkly, over-the-top Princessy goodness. Until then, she's still using Jack's hand-me-down trike. Sassy Kitty, too.
Tacky Santa + Lainey = true love. She talks to him. Need to write that one down for future therapy sessions.
Oh, and here is the 1978 version of the Advent calendar my brother colored in Kindergarten. Hopefully you can see some similarities in my artwork. Haters.
***Carter's 10 year old birthday party. A few kids are coming over and staying late and then one is spending the night. Should be fun. And, hectic. I think I will be hiding in the garage with wine.
***Blake is home this afternoon after being gone since Sunday. It's been a doozy of a week, but we're growing accustomed to the travel.
***And, drumroll please.......we're fully insured again! Beginning June 1, we went on Cobra. If you are not familiar, Cobra is mega-expensive. Luckily, no children have been sick and I've only had 2 appts - one routine and one for bronchitis, which we paid cash for. Lainey's well check, TB tests for California schools, and flu mists for the fam were handled at the community clinic. Not the easiest or most glamorous route to take, but money-saving and certainly smarter than paying full price or tapping into Cobra. So, I'm a bit more relaxed these days after 6 months of anxiety. Kids can feel free to juggle knives and jump off the roof again. We're back to normal health care!
Hope yall have a great weekend. I'm off to volunteer at Preschool and then prepare for the weekend of festivities!