First Week{end} in December

December 5, 2016

It is officially December and the count down to Christmas is on.  I'm still trying REALLY hard to get into the spirit of things.  Slowly but surely.  Part of the issue is that I am SUPER OCD and don't like clutter or messes so holidays can be a bit too much for me sometimes.  Other moms are ok with chaos and, not so much.  But you know's me and I'm owning it.

I had to laugh at Georgia's face on Monday.  Smiling but tired all over.  Coming off of a break is hard.
Georgia FINALLY got moved up to silver level in gymnastics and power tumbling.  She hasn't been in tumbling that long but she's been in bronze gym forever.  I finally just asked if she could be moved up and they said yes.  So, I'm wondering if she could have been moved sooner had I just asked.  They were a bit hesitant to move her up in tumbling but only because, "she needs to focus".  ha.  Tell me about it.  Also, her power tumbling teacher said it takes her longer to master skills because she's ambidextrous in her legs.  So, she performs equally as well with both and practices equally with both so each leg is getting practiced on 50% of the time rather than 100%.  He said that is totally fine but while she's trying to master her round off and one arm cartwheel she should focus on her right leg.  So, that's all fun. 
On Tuesday we had to take Milam to Texas Children's to meet with a doctor to see if he had an inguinal hernia or hydrocele.  Luckily he just has a hydrocele and 80% of the time they resolve on their own by one year.  Even if his did turn into a hernia (only 20% chance) they wouldn't do surgery until he was 2.  Jonathan had a hydrocele and his corrected itself before he was one.  My brother and I both had hernias that required surgery (him at 6 months and me at 2).
This building hasn't even been open 2 months so it was really pretty and clean.  I told Jonathan that Georgia would love to spend a day there.  haha.  But seriously, we are so beyond blessed that Milam and Georgia are the picture of health and happiness.  We know how big of a blessing that is and we don't take it for granted for one second.
(Insta Story words just kill me @MrsEmilyPowell)
And just because, look at his toes.  So funny how much longer the second one is than his big toe.
#HollyJollyPowell is underway.  Georgia got in on the decorating...and I have to appreciate her very eager and very sweet excitement about decorating.  But no, I just can't leave it.
...that has since been remedied. 
She has three pink trees in her room all decorated with pink ornaments, garland, and pink tree skirt.
This happened...I'll post the final master piece at some point I'm sure.
We went to the Conroe Christmas tree lighting with my mom and step dad.  It was fun seeing all the down town lights.  We walked the entire square and looked at all the shop's holiday displays.  Georgia and Milam both enjoyed it.  Bitty Boy's eyes were so big looking at all the lights.
Dressing Milam up for winter cracks me up.  So many of his hand me downs for winter are 0-3 months or 6-9 either tight or too big.  Guess which category this outfit falls under?  I need to get the boy a few 3-6 before he makes the jump to 6-9.  He's growing so quickly.  He was 15 pounds 9 oz (76% which seems so small to me) and a little over 25 inches (77% again - seems so small!) on Tuesday.  (Georgia was always in the 95+ %) 
December first and hot chai tea.  Yum.
We also drove through the live nativity.  And yes, this is Milam chewing on Jonathan's hand in the front the last supper.  This was on Friday and this night did NOT end well for me or the bitty boy.  More on that later.
I am enjoying all the Christmas tree photo ops :)  I feel like now that we have a mantle that the Christmas area seems much more put together.
I've been working through all the spaces in our home.  I did the entry way and now I finished the tree area.  Just a few more to go...mainly just the porch and I'll be done.  I'm still sorting through all my decor from past years and getting rid of a lot of things I don't like or don't go anymore...a lot of which has been given to me.  I'm just buying a bit here and there as I see things that I really like.
On Sunday...
I tried to wrangle all of our Christmas books.  One year I did a book advent so I bought a ton of Christmas books and then I got all of my mom's Christmas books from her teaching first grade for 20 years.
If you live in Texas, good luck planning your clothing each day.  This weather is all over the place.
Let's also note that Friday Milam and I had a small stomach bug.  We each threw up once and were done.  We got it within a few hours of each other so I have no idea where we both picked it up (church on Wednesday night?)  We thought we were in the clear tonight (sunday) and now Jonathan is also sick...probably because he's the one who cleaned up all the Milam throw up.  I cannot even count how many people in my community (via Facebook) have had this bug the past few days.

At some point this week I paid off my car.  I don't remember which day and I thought I would be super excited to go car shopping and get something new. (Jonathan and I have been talking about it for months!)  Turns out I had the total opposite reaction and am now loving not having a car payment.  There are a lot of house and travel goals we have and I feel like those (right now) sound way more fun at the moment.  We will get one soonish but for now I'm liking not having the extra payment.  I'm deciding between a full size car or an SUV that has an optional third row.  For ME I don't like full size SUVs, vans, trucks, wagons, or hatch backs.  I REALLY like cars.  Anyway, I'm rambling...

Happy beginning of DECEMBER!

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