Update December 31, 2022


Saturday was a busy day of hanging out with the kids and doing last minute preparation for Christmas, which got postponed because of the snow storm. Aaron took M10 to Target and D13 to the Mall of America on Christmas Eve. IL4 helped me wrap Aaron’s gifts while he was gone. They ended up with a lot of extra paper and tape.

Christmas was equal parts fun and chaotic. We let M10 not be grounded for Christmas, which meant he could hang out in the living room with us. They unwrapped SO many toys. Many of IL4’s included marbles and puzzle pieces, so those got scattered everywhere – especially after D13 unfathomably decided to take the cellophane off all IL4’s puzzles at once. Now I’ll have to put about 4 puzzles together with pieces that are all mixed together. Yay. But at least they’re 4yo puzzles. I was at my wits’ end by the end of the day, so I exited the room and tried to go to sleep. IL4 (of course) followed me into the bedroom, but he settled down playing a game on the phone. Aaron and the older two kids put together their first Christmas puzzle.

I didn’t read to IL4 (though we worked on a puzzle), and Malcolm continued reading the first How to Train Your Dragon.

On Monday, everyone was home because it was Christmas Day observed. It was mainly a day of relaxation – I got some reading and organizing done – but I had to cook our Christmas feast because on Christmas itself I couldn’t find my beef broth and therefore couldn’t cook the feast. M10 finished the 2nd How to Train Your Dragon and started the 8th Ga’Hoole book. I read If You Give a Moose a Muffin to IL4.

Tuesday was supposed to be a family day. It started out with us going to the Mall of America and getting pictures of us all dressed as Vikings. D13 started feeling sick towards the end, and IL4 and I started feeling sick when we got home. D13 had a fever, IL4 threw up, and I was simply very tired. I watched a couple movies on my phone, and generally relaxed. M10 continued reading Book 8 of the Guardians of Ga’Hoole. I read Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes (2 times), Gruffalo, and Frog on a Log? to IL4.

Wednesday was a fairly successful day besides my car not starting in the morning. I had to call AAA, but when they jumped it, the car ran just fine. That only took 2 hours of my life. 🤷‍♀️

After that, I took IL4 to his first OT since I was in the car accident on November 11. He loves OT because of the gym. 😊 But he ate nothing for his therapist, which was his reason for being there.

M10 lost his last canine tooth – leaving him without any canines at all. He’d be a miserable vampire.

M10 finished the 8th Guardians of Ga’Haoole book and D13 is still reading the 9th Keepers of the Lost Cities book.

Thursday, I worked for a bit, and then had a few margaritas. It was a fun day.

M10 was reading BFG. I read Grumpy Monkey Oh No, Christmas, The Bad Seed, Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons, and Pete the Cat I Love My White Shoes to IL4.

Friday was a good day. I helped a friend move after IL4’s speech therapy. D13 and M10 were visiting their grandpa with their mom, so it was a quiet day.


  • 1 letter Virginia Department of Corrections
  • 1 letter Michigan Department of Corrections
  • 1 letter Pennsylvania Department of Corrections

Week’s Photos

My new hoodie

Media Partaken In

Lectures 18 – 19
Episode 8
8 – 6 hours left
Episode 2
65% – 82.4%
Season 1, Episode 1
9 – 7 hours left
Season 2, episodes 1 – 4
Podcasts 40-41

Games Played

IL4 gets that he’s supposed to act out the picture, but tells us what he’s about to act


Aaron and the older kids put this puzzle together
IL4 put together his first 50 piece puzzle

2 thoughts on “Update December 31, 2022

  1. Festive chaos is the best kind… I have to admit though that I’m kinda glad it’s coming to an end as I’m tired! lol.

    Happy new year to you and yours!


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