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Action Packed Week...

What is it about this time of year? The time seems to fly by and my schedule seems to get crammed. I do it to myself. I could say no to a few play dates, parties, and other holiday festivities. The problem is that I want to give my kids the full holiday experience. So I pack our schedules with cookie decorating, parties, Santa Claus, looking at Christmas Lights, etc. I don't want them to miss a thing. This past week was no exception. That weekend we had been out of town visiting my family and came back Sunday evening. We hit the ground on Monday with physical therapy appointments at the crack of dawn. I took Shrek and Donkey in for evals on their crooked little feet. The Physical Therapist suggested we go see an Orthopedist, but that the boys feet and legs should straighten out in the next couple of years. I hope so. I don't want my babies to be pigeoned toed forever. That afternoon I had to take Diva to have an ultra sound. She had been so sick and had such a high fever for so long there was a possibility that she could have kidney damage. We had an ultra sound done to make sure she was okay. She had a minor freak out when the tech put the "blue jell-o" on her tummy. Diva did not like that. At all. After she calmed down she was her normal giggly self. The ultra sound showed her kidney's were fine and there was no damage from her infection and fever! Whoo Hoo! Tuesday it was dentist appointments and a few stops for last minute gifts. Wednesday we had some appliances installed and Mr. Mayer's work party that evening. I wasn't too excited about going to the party. But~ it turned out to be a lot of fun and it was nice to get out of the house. And take a shower. That was nice too. After the party Mr. Mayer and I went and had coffee since we had an hour left with our babysitter. Can't go home early!!!
Thursday I decided to start Pilates and did my intro, then the Dudes had a play date with a a friend and her sweet twin boys. They are 2 weeks younger than Shrek and Donkey. The personality differences in the boys amaze me. My friends little guys are so laid back and calm. Shrek and Donkey were definitely the more wound up of the group. That night some friends came over for dinner and to play. We had a great time. We are planning to get together for pizza and touring the lights at Rhema sometime this week. Friday we had errands and some catch up around the house. Diva had gotten greens at school all week and has been doing really well with her temper tantrums. As a reward I took her to see Alvin and the Chipmunks Chipwrecked. It was a very big deal. She got to go to a movie theater and have her very own popcorn. So exciting. Saturday the Diva danced at a nursing home. She did great. She got to wear a skirt that had bells on the end of it. She thought she was hot stuff.

That evening some friends came over and we let the kids decorate Christmas cookies.
They had a great time. I'm not sure how much icing ended up on the cookies, but judging by their faces the kids had plenty of icing in their tummies. Sunday we did lunch and a gift exchange with our family.

Monday we had another play date with 3 sets of twins and their fantastic Mommies (Schluter's , Walter's and Hogle's).




















The Dudes had a great time playing. It is always fun to see them interact with other kids their age. I worry that they will be their only friends and they won't know how to act around other kids. They don't cease to amaze me. They did fantastic with the other kids. And...saying there were 4 sets of twins (ages 15 months to 23 months) and their Mommies seems like a lot, but everything went smoothly. At least I thought so. We had a great time.
That afternoon Diva had her class party at school.

The kids made snowmen and had cookies and milk for their snack. Then they heard a story and got some fun goody bags. They were beside themselves with excitement. Then after school she had a party at dance. Everyone brought a special treat to the party. Diva took gingerbread. It's a holiday favorite around here. Tuesday....Tuesday was a lazy stay in my sweat pants kind of day. Diva and I did a little Target shopping and had a Starbucks date with a friend of mine, but that's it. It was perfect.
This week is shaping up to be a little calmer. I'm very excited about Christmas. I can't wait for the kids to get up and see their Santa gifts and open their presents. Last year Mr. Mayer and I woke up extra early on Christmas morning so that we could be there when Diva saw her stocking for the first time. I'm sure that we will do the same thing this year. I can't wait.

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