I have my sugar cookie dough chilling. DH has been outside working on our driveway for 3 hrs now. He started the snowblower last week to make sure it would start and of course he goes out this morning and it won't start. So he had to go get a new spark plug. Thankfully it was just that. I think after lunch I'll send the girls out to play in the snow. Then they can have hot chocolate and frost cookies.
When I woke up I still felt like crud. I had a "headache hangover." I still had/have a slight headache. As I was up and moving more I've felt better. I try real hard to not take anything for my headaches since I've been known to get rebound headaches so I have to have a really bad headache to even take ibuprofen. I did take 6 of them yesterday. One neurologist DH talked to about migranes says he doesn't like to give narcs for migranes because it makes the person fall asleep and they still wake up with the headache. They aren't actually taking care of the headache. I read that magnesium can help migranes so I've been researching taking that.
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I can be pretty childish about that stuff too. I would let DH tend to his family and you can tend to yours as much as possible. These are the ones with the little kids right? I know that can bring a lot of chaos into things. I wouldn't dream of just inviting myself over. Did you ever take any of the triptans (i.e. imitrex) for your headaches?
My family is coming back around the same time - well my parents and my brother. I love my family's spontaneous spirit and last minute planning. I am going to be working during the day but there is so much for them to do: ice skating, downhill skiing, cross country skiing, hockey games to attend, board games to play.
My husband's brother will be in town as well and they get along great - now if my mom got along with his mom then life would be perfect. But lets just say we all are strongly opinionated ladies and the three of us probably don't agree on much of anything - except we love our families. His mom wants to be close friends with her and would love a shopping companion, etc. I can't make my mom come around to this idea. The rejection might make his mom crazier than normal though. At least we won't be all staying in the same house or anything. And my son will be home and will cherish all the attention and love.
Oh, and tonight is "date night" but DH is doing some work so I am in hover mode. Its a nice role reversal. Hopefully we can make some ginger cookies and chex mix. My last patient of the day no-showed and I stayed on top of my paperwork so I got to go home early.
This is the BIL with the new baby. The other brother that is coming has 6 kids, but we've known he's coming for about 2 1/2 weeks. I guess the other brother doesn't even know if he can get time off of work to come so I shouldn't stress about him until I know for sure.
I've never tried triptans for my headaches. I went to a neurologist about 4 years ago and he CT'd my head and said they were rebound headaches because I would take ibuprofen to prevent the headache, which in turn, was a bad idea. Now that I know that what I'm getting now are menstural migranes triptans may help. I'll see if taking a 2 day break helps and if not, I may have to see someone about getting something like that. This was the worst headache I've had. Usually it goes away after a night. I'm sure it's worse because of the stress of Christmas and ppl coming. Probably the headaches I was getting 4 years ago were hormone headaches also since when I'm not taking BCP I get daily headaches. I have finally woken up this morning without a headache. I made peanut brittle last night and I ate some and the temp. filling came out. I had been being careful about chewing on the other side, but not careful enough. Of course, the dentist is closed on Fridays and then it's Christmas so they won't be open until Wednesday. I have some temp. filling stuff I can have DH try to put in. If that doesn't help he might call the dentist to see if he can meet me to put a temp. in again. DH was surprised they scheduled my filling placement for 3 weeks away because the temp. stuff is not made to last that long.
That's too bad your mother and MIL don't get along. Can they get along enough to be around eachother? I'm very thankful that my inlaws and my parents get along very well. I wish we had all of those things to do around here. Our city rents out cross-country skis and I'd really like to get into that. We have some good trails around here to ski on also. Now that we have snow, DH and I should go out. Last year we didn't have enough snow to do anything.
Glad you were able to go home early. Is "date night" when you have someone watching DS so you can do something? Did you get your stuff made? I finished my baking yesterday. I'm going to bake some banana muffins this morning to put in the freezer for when people are here.
The girls' school is delayed 1 hr this morning. Usually it's a 2 hr delay but they are already getting out 2 hrs early. It will be a short 4 hr day for them. Other schools around here are closed. They closed a lot of the highways and interstate last night. I'm glad it wasn't canceled since we only have 2 more snow days to make up at the end of the year and then they'd have to miss because we'll be leaving on our cruise.
Meg- I'm sorry about your BIL. It is difficult to be around family that acts that way- especially when you are hosting! It's not like you can just leave when you have had enough. I don't think it is selfish at all to want to just have your family there. You are so brave for hosting all those people!
Tiffany- date night sounds fun! Hope you got to enjoy some quality time with DH even thought he had some work to do. I might have to implement this night in our house as well!
Mararget- Hope you are feeling better today!
AFM I'm getting really excited about Christmas! My grandparents still host Christmas on both sides of the fam (so I won't have to worry about hosting for many years because it will probably pass to my mom next). We already had Christmas with DH's family lat weekend, but that is always so easy, I truly have the best in-laws and extended family on DH's side. Everyone is so wonderful. My family tends to be the one that can be difficult. I love my mother dearly but she still has trouble letting go. I've been married for 5.5 years and she still hates it when it's our turn to be with DH's fam so I'm thankful it's our turn to be with my fam this year so I don't have to deal with her being all upset that we are not together. I dread holidays sometimes because it's always means a potential conflict. Hopefully this year will go smooth. DH and I will travel to my grandparents, who live about 3 hours away, and stay there for 3 nights until Christmas day. It's a small, cozy house and everything about being there reminds me of Christmas. DH and I are both prettytall and we always have to sleep in a full bed so that is always interesting :p
Not sure I will have time to get on here while we are gone so I hope everyone has a great holiday with their family!
Found out today that my one nephew and his wife are expecting their first in May, right around the time of their first wedding anniversary. I am sure my sister is thrilled - this will be her fifth grandchild. Jer is a paramedic in Niagara Falls and his wife is an OR nurse.
Sean was given a job offer today!!! It even has a raise from what he was making! He also received an email for another interview... I knew he would not be unemployed for long. Engineers are so much in demand. Now we need to buy a second car as he will be working in the exact opposite direction as I do. We will buy something cheap, or at least low payments. He starts January 14th.
I am starting to feel so much better. Still tired but not as bad as it was.
My MIL is taking the boy tomorrow for our date night. She actually apologized for all she has done. This is the first time she will have taken Robbie over night in over 18 months! We are meeting at IHOP tomorrow at 10am and then get him back sometime on Sunday! Woot! She wanted us to go over there for Christmas dinner but I refuse - she is a horrible cook and ruined my Christmas dinner a few years ago. We are going over for a few hours during Christmas day. As hard as it is for me to deal with her I am kind of glad that things are resolved as she is Robbie's only grandparent still living (don't count my step-mom or biological-mom).
Bought the rest of the groceries needed and all is done, just cooking to do.
Meg - have fun at your grandparents. Merry Christmas
Tiffany - try to rest, not too much longer until the babies are here. Merry Christmas
Megan - hope your company is not too stressful for you, I could not do it. Did you try the almonds? Merry Christmas.
Meg...sounds like you have a fun Christmas planned. I love the Christmas season. I used to not really like but as I get older I love it.
Margaret...:yahoo: Happy to hear DH got a job offer and that you are finally starting to feel better. Have fun with your date night. Do you have any plans? At least you are going to visit MIL on Christmas, even if you aren't going to eat her meal. I did make the almonds and they turned out really good. They were probably a culprit in my temp. filling falling out also. Next year I might try making them with "non-raw" almonds.
I've started cleaning to get ready for everyone. I just have to tell myself not to stress too much. I have a spreadsheet made for meals. It's hard planning meals for that many people. It will only be one night and 1/2 day that we'll have everyone here. Then a couple families leave. Once it's my SIL and her family and my MIL and FIL left, then I can relax because they are all easy.
Smart idea to do the spreadsheet. For me cooking for large crowds was easy, when I moved away for school it was so hard to cook for one. I was always making way too much food. Now I am good for up to about 6 people. I can still do larger groups but it now takes a little more thought where it used to be instinctive. For the first family meal my step-mom made for all my dad's kids she could not believe it when my dad said she would need 10lbs of mashed potatoes (before us there was just her and my step-brother) and at that point there was only one sister married with kids! My dad used to have restaurant warming trays for family dinners, we also put gravy in a crock pot to keep it hot...when you have a big family that is what you need to do... The last family dinner (before my dad died) there were 50 of us and that was 4 generations with my parents being the first generation.
Originally Posted by meggyrn
I find it just as easy to cook for larger crowds also. When it's just DH and I home we usually go out or eat frozen junk. But I couldn't imagine cooking for 50 people. Thankfully I don't have to do the big Christmas dinner since they are coming the day after. The night of my mom's family Christmas we are just going to do sloppy joes, cheesy potatoes and appetizers. I think we'll do steaks, baked potatoes and some type of salad one night, tacos, homeade pizza, chili, smoked turkey and pulled porked (after the one brother and his family leave). My dad will smoke the turkey and pork roast. I made 3 batches of banana muffins and threw them in the freezer yesterday. DH's dad loves to make pancakes so I'll have him make those the morning everyone is here.
There was another bad accident not far from our house. It's on a road we frequently travel and that DH used to take to work everyday. It was a head-on collision that killed 2 people. It's sad anytime of year but when it's so close to the holidays you think about the loss to the family more. The roads are still bad and I don't think people realize it. I haven't been driving in the country and am not planning on it.
I finished a book last night. It was an easy read Christmas love story. It's nice to read easy books once in a while. Not too much going on here today. I think I'll keep cleaning to get ready. I need to make a trip to the grocery store today since both stores and good sales and open houses. I'm sure it will be a madhouse but will be worth it if I can get things cheaper.
We all help out so it is not so bad and we always had turkey for family dinners, my dad and step-mom would do the turkey and mashed potatoes and everyone else did all the sides and desserts. At dad's we had 3 of the long tables (that sit 10 each) plus a lower long table for the kids as well as 3 high chairs. Their basement was wide open and where we had our family dinners, they had a long counter with the restaurant trays and a microwave as well. The only problem with family dinners was all the dishes!
Originally Posted by meggyrn
We had DS birthday party last night. The bounce house was a huge hit. One of the kids came over in a leg cast and I was worried he would hurt his broken foot worse (I was thinking his ortho would be pissed if he knew, but the mom insisted her kid would be fine) - oh and I was worried the cast would hurt the bounce house or one of the other little kids. Seems like my worrying was all for nought. The kids had a fabulous time. There were 4 boys and 10 adults there which is just the right amount so all the adults had someone to talk to, but there were always several people watching the kids like hawks. It was really fun, and Eric and his brother pretty much did everything. We had bought DS some toys for his birthday, but they weren't necessary and remain wrapped and hidden away. I did really nice party favors (something you can do when it is just 4 kids) so they unwrapped their gifts while my son unwrapped his. I didn't want there to be any jealousy - after all we had a 2 year old, a 3 year old, a 4 year old and a 5 year old.
We are going over who still could really use some presents. I am a big gift giver and it is killing me not to be able to do the last minute shopping and leave it to DH who is much more frugal than I. He said he did pay the bills this month (which include most of my shopping) and he doesn't feel the need to have a talk with me for the first year ever.
Margaret - Congrats to your hubby and enjoy your date night. That is pretty awesome!! We still haven't figured out our Christmas Day plans.
Meg - Good luck with all your visitors. You bought wine right? You might need a flask with something stronger when a certain BIL comes. :)