Thursday, January 24, 2013

Brush 'em, Brush 'em, Brush 'em Keep Those Teeth Clean

January brought about the first visit for the twiners to the dentist. I was a bit curious to see who it would go, since they hardly sit still but they did pretty well. Cami was first and I love how little she looks in the big chair. When they laid her down she insisted on having her legs lay like a frog. She was a bit scared of the water spray and didn't get the concept of the suck-y straw so she just swallowed the whole mouth full of the fluoride foam.
Josh was next and he was more nervous about the bright light in his eyes more than anything else; although he seemed content, he was sure eager to get out of the chair the second the hygienist was done!
We had a bit of a wait until the dentist could check their teeth for sugar bugs so everyone got a bit restless. 
It turned out that everyone had a perfect checkup and so they got to pick out fun prizes out of the box, they even let Phoebe had something which helped subside some of her raging jealously since she wasn't one one being seen today. The twins were more than thrilled to get their own sack of toothpaste (which they ate:( ) floss, and tooth brushes!
I am glad they my kiddos, so far, have been pretty happy/eager to visit the dentistry and not screaming/scared messes!

Jumpin' from one Activity to Another

The first Saturday in January we were excited to see the baptism & confirmation of our niece Michaela.
Immediately, following the baptism we went to a  friend from preschool birthday party at a place called Kangaroo Zoo. This place is just a big open gym filled with TONS of bouncy castles toys. Phoebe thought she died and went to heaven she had so much fun for 2 hours running and jumping on everything over and over. She didn't even care to hang out with her friends she just ran and jumped at her own pace.
Phoebe could have cared less about the cake he was just eager to get back to the jumping and of courses it took an iron will and sheer determination of mine to drag her out after 2 hrs of playing. She LOVED this place and talks about it often still asking when we are going back, but if I have anything to say it won't be anytime soon. I found it kind of a kid nightmare! It was hard to watch your kid with 300 others also running around and your kid would enter in one HUGE bounce place and then move places out of the back where you couldn't see and the next thing you know you've lost your kid 3 bounce toys down, an all to common place annoying occurance! HOWEVER, the whole time Phoebe was just running around the place yelling "This is the BEST DAY EVER! I love you mom, thanks for bringing me here" perhaps here maybe another visit in store in our future!!!

Over the River & Through the woods...

For the month of January we have been starting in Fergy Mom & Dad's basement. It has worked out pretty well, in spit of the frustration I feel living out of suitcases & the kids lack of seeing daddy with his new work-a-holic work schedule of 3:30 am-5:30 pm (their bed time is anywhere from 7-7:30 pm). 
We fill our days with tons of movies and playing (luckily Grandma Fegy has TONS & TONS of toys). We have had a few issues with all 4 kiddos sleeping in one room, but we have learned to make some napping adjustments to solve some problems and have just learned learned to deal with the other 5:30-5:45am morning wake-up time issues. 
I have added a few pounds living here since I don't have my normal chores to run around doing & not to mentions all the yummy food & treat grandma is always cooking & serving.


The day after Christmas we got started early taking down all the decor and beginning to pack up the rest of the house. We had boxes everywhere, which the kids made mini beds out of & watched movies while we packed around them 
Phoebe was such a big help she even packed her own "suitcase" of necessities. This luggage included several pairs of underwear, 2 pairs of church shoes, a nightlight, a CD case & umpteen stuffed animals & dolls everything Phoebe said he would need for the next 3 months (Note: no clothes were included).
I chose to do the POD thing this time since it was better than the alternative of moving it all into storage and then moving it again to the new house. Unfortunately, the POD came a day late due to the snow so it meant Cory was packing until 3am in 17 degree weather by himself while I held a small Sophie who was so confused why she had no bed and couldn't relax or stop crying until a little after midnight when I finally held her to sleep in our bed and then laid her on a heating pad so she still thought I was holding her. I then left her to sleep in our bed the whole night afraid to wake her again and start it all over again. At 3 am we came to a good pausing point, plus I was freezing, so I convinced Cory to go to bed. At 6am Cory got up to finish moving the rest of the stuff so by 10 am Maryann (our renter) could begin moving all her stuff in. In another sad turn, however we discovered that all of our items from our 3 rm house, however, did not fit in the POD that said it was large enough for a 4 rm house.
SOOO we had to get a UHAUL to take the rest to Dave's house (Cory' twin) to store. When it was finally gone I was thrilled to have that part over with, it just left me with all the cleaning that was almost impossible since our house was full of Maryann's items already. I stayed up until 1am cleaning out the kitchen and vacuuming stairs, while the rest of the family had a "fun" family sleepover on the floor in the one room not filled with Maryann's boxes.
The next morning we got ready for church, but were then 45 minutes late becauses we loaded up the last of our items to the van to officially move out. 
After 5 years we said goodbye to our cute little town house on 67 E Calbourne Ln. Also on one last note, this was also our 7th anniversary, so we joked about our 7th yr anniversary being the Mother-in-law anniversary because Cory got me a 30 day all inclusive stay at the B&B de Mother-in-Law. I was actually just elated to finally be moving into Fergy Mom's home so we could hurry up and making through this 3 month homeless period in our lives.

Rockin' Around the Fergy Tree

On Christmas Day in the Fergy Home all was quiet except for the warm crackling fire on our TV, thanks to Netflix who actually has a 1 hr video of a wood burning fireplace. Santa came in the night and left u all goodies and once again thanks to extended family we have tons-o-goodies for us all under the tree. Santa brought Phoebe her "marrying Rapunzel", Cami her Tinkerbell, Sophie a baby Ariel, & Josh a robot karaoke machine. The three older kiddos also got duck hats which you'll see the LOVED!
Before we all open our goodies we have a few rules: 1. we have to gather in mom & dad's room where we talk about the real Christmas story a bit and then have a special prayer 2. we have to take a family pic on the stairs a they come down.
Our kiddos were funny to see open all their gifts. Sophie, you can see could care less about it all. Cami was THRILLED about everything. Josh wanted to play with everything a he opened it and was difficult to push to the next item & Phoebe was our speed unwrapper, but was quickly ad when hers were all down and everyone still had some left, so we let her help Sophie open her.
Note: the excitement Cami had about her panties, we got her fashion show of them during dinner, since no holiday meal would be complete with out our own underwear runway modeling from Cami (we had one for our Fergy Family Thanksgiving too). Also, Josh did not open any other gift until he sat there and slowly ate everyone of those Pez
Josh got a bubble mower from his uncle Robert, but the kids didn't really know what it was and since we were packing up to move the next day we never opened the box for him, so the kids just used it as a bed/chair all day and were content. It will just be an exciting gift for him come April.
On Christmas eve this year it snowed quite a bit and since we didn't have to go anywhere we just enjoyed our cinnamon rolls I made, watched Brave over and over and stayed in our pjs for a good chunk of the day.
For dinner this year we changed things up a bit and had Roast Beast, way yummier than ham in my opinion & I believe this will be what I do from now on, since I LOVED LOVED LOVED this year.  It was all super laid back and relaxed. I didn't cook all day since it was all make a head or crock pot cooked. After dinner we were a little missing the light shows we normally see at Christmas Utah, but this year it closed down so instead we looked up some other items to go view, so we piled in the car with cookies and headed out. We, unfortunately, forgot to bring the map and directions so instead we just drove around different areas just looking at lights.  Phoebe was so tired she passed out on the car and in spite of my many efforts to wake her she missed the whole thing.
After the lights we came home picked up and watched one lat Christmas show before putting the kiddos to bed. Miss Sophie, however, REFUSED to sleep so she came and hung out with daddy while he played his new NCAA football game until 10pm.

Christmas was very happy & wonderful in our family this year and no it's not something I just always say, since I clearly remember Christmas was not very merry the year before, but this year truly was joyful & peaceful. I am pretty sure it was due to both Cory and I trying so much to take it easier this year with simpler meals to make and no yelling. We also just wanted the kiddos to have just a couple last happy days before their little worlds got flipped upside down the next day with our moving adventures.