Here in upstate, but not all the UP - upstate, New York it is FREEZING. I'm talking not being able to breath outside kind of FREEZING. So cold that you don't even see your breath any more because your nostrils are FROZEN shut from the frigid temperatures and you aren't able to actually breath. Now that is cold. That is beyond cold. That is totally ridiculous. This isn't the arctic circle this is NY we are talking about. What is going on??
Okay. Okay. To be very truthful with you all I may or may not have caught some drama bug from my three year old daughters... I have heard that it is contagious, not highly, but none-the-less contagious. And, I tell you folks this because I haven't even stepped one foot outside, nor do I plan on doing so. I can tell how cold it is in my house, where it is
supposedly heated so I know it has to be at least a million, trillion, KAbilizion ~ yes that DOES happen to be a word! ten times worse outside. There is no chance of me and the outdoors meeting today.
I also have no vehicle today. Which sometimes bothers me, but today I have no problem staying home, hanging out and most importantly NOT going outside where it is so freakin' cold. After yesterdays tree hunting trip, I'm good with no outdoors for a while.
The day went fine, the kids were
GREAT EXCELLENT during breakfast, like OMG perfect little angels. Not even just my kids... my two nieces were excellent too. I'm telling you, NOT feeding them for a month week a few days before taking them to eat in public really worked. They sat. They ate. They were quiet. They were happy. They were well behaved!
*fun-ness level = 10 (breakfast/dinner)
Score ONE for the parents! oh and the kids I guess too, after all they were the ones that had good behavior.
Getting the trees wasn't too
painful/horrible bad. The girls fell asleep on the way up to the place, do you call it a tree farm? Well anyway they zonked out. So they are always a little whiny fussy when they are woke up from any nap... I can understand this... I'm not always the most pleasant either and not after I'm awakened from a nap too. (LAUGH) (APPLAUSE) :P
*fun-ness level = 10 (drive up)
Okay, so anyway... we got them all bundled up, and then off we went...
*fun-ness level = 2 (getting 3 kids bundled up)
up, up, up, UP the mountain.... NOPE no trees that we like and/or want
*fun-ness level = 5 (going up the mountain)
down, down, DOOWWWNNNNNNNNNNN the mountain, way more fun with little kids than going up, the mountain.
*fun-ness level = 8 (going down the mountain)
Across the icy parking lot, across the little dirt road, over the small brook, where every child tried to get into the water via the small bridge with NO sides.
*fun-ness level = 2 for adults 9.5 for kids (parking lot, ice, water, bridge)
up, up, up, UP, UP, UP the other mountain with all the kids... who were no longer having fun or cooperative with walking, standing, listening, getting along or even being carried.
*fun-ness level = -3 (going up the mountain)
FINALLY they found a tree! yay! yippee! Oh JOY! Oh RAPTURE!! yay! Goodie Goodie Gumdrops!!
*fun-ness level = 9.5 (finding a tree) ~ only b/c this means we can LEAVE!
down, down, DOOWWWNNNNNNNNN the mountain again.
*fun-ness level = 9.8 (down the mountain & LEAVING!)
So at about the second up, up, up, UP the mountain it was beyond windy, snowing and freezing. My head was so cold that I couldn't barely talk because my mouth was frozen. It would have been an excellent time for any facial piercings I have been considering but we didn't come prepared... darn it!!
Get down to the brook, little bridge, dirt road, icy parking lot and truck... get the kids unbundled and in the truck with the HEAT on HIGH. Say our goodbyes, pay for said tree, and off we go!!
*fun-ness level = 8.5 (brook, bridge, dirt road, icy parking lot, undressed road, HEAT, goodbye, pay for tree, off we go!)
The drive home is about 40 minutes or so, and by "or so" I mean I'm totally guessing because I didn't pay attention AT ALL to the time... I just know it felt like 5 hours and I know it couldn't have really been that long so I'm trying to be rational.... so we'll go with 40 minutes.
The kids were LOUD, picking on one another, crying, fussing, whining, annoying and did I mention LOUD??
*fun-ness level = -6.5 (riding home with three tired, bratty kids)
Came home and got everyone in for a nap. Laid on the couch watching TV until I dozed off myself and slept for over an hour.
*fun-ness level = 10+ (kids napping, mommy napping, daddy watching football) LIFE IS GOOD!
So that was our day yesterday... and I think I had a point to all this... like since we were out in the cold, frigid, Arctic weather yesterday there is NO need for us to venture out again today! :) Was that my point? Yeah... I'm not sure either, so don't feel bad.
So anyway... today we are going to frost some sugar cookies we made last night. We did cutouts so that they are more fun for the kids! :) I also have some sprinkles which are a HUGE hit with my kids... they love to put them on things more than they like to eat them. :P
And we might also make some Christmas decorations and stuff... not sure just yet. But we will probably do something.
Have a great day!!
Monday, December 8, 2008