Rough and Tumble

Oh happy day. I love being a mom of boys. No, really I do. I always dreamed of one day having a girl. Like literally, I’ve had dreams of what she would look like and how she would sound. But so far, I have been blessed by 3 mostly-good (80% at least) boys. They are all so unique, but they are rough and tumble, that’s for sure. Well a few weeks ago, that rough and tumble took a turn and Archie broke an adult tooth by running, face first, into twin brothers elbow. He didn’t realize it until hours later and thinks he may have swallowed the tooth. Of course, this happened the day BEFORE Thanksgiving. So EVERYONE was closed for 4 days. We’ve had the emergency appointments to decide what might be done (a crown, possible root canal and eventual implant), and now, we begin our adventure. All for the child of mine who hates the dentist the most! Thank goodness for an HSA. And, my dentist can buy some pretty fantastic Christmas gifts with these fees! Im just thankful these are his only teeth issues. I don’t know how I’d afford anything else.

Turkey Lurky Doo

The title is from the Adam Sandler Song “The Turkey Song“.

Turkey on Thanksgiving!

Turkey on Thanksgiving!

The holidays are intense. There are menues to plan, spaces to decorate and gifts to buy. Buying gifts for secret santa, white elephant, giving trees and family members and all the other things tha come with it. This year for Thanksgiving, our AuPair’s first Thanksgiving. Remember, they don’t celebrate it in France. We were having friends over, and I wanted to show G how a traditional Thanksgiving meal is done. I bought the turkey 2 weeks early, all 23 pounds of it, and placed it to defrost (safely) in the refrigerator in the garage. I mean who wants to give their guests food poisening?! I had also purchased another turkey the week of Thanksgiving for a Christmas party we were hosting 2 weeks later.

Come Thanksgiving morning, guess whose turkey had not defrosted by Thanksgiving? Yep, mine. So on Thanksgiving morning, I sent the husband to the QFC down the street for a fresh turkey. The staff was gracious, though probably laughing at me, and found the last fresh turkey in the store. I now had 3, count them all, 3 20+ pound turkeys in my house! Needless to say, G has gotten her fill, as have the rest of us, of turkey.

For leftovers, Ive made pot pie, dumplings, stir fry, tetrazini and eaten sandwhiches with cranberries and cream cheese until we are blue in the face. I think we are all turkey’d out and Ham is on the menu for Christmas! Hope the holidays are treating you all well!

Building A Network

FriendshipI haven’t written on the blog for several months. We have entered a brave new world of AuPair. What that means is I have a live-in nanny to help with the kids and some light housework. I anticipated this would make my life soooo much easier, and in a sense it has. But it has also added another level of complexity. When my husband was travelling and it was just me taking care of the kids – I knew the routines and the schedule. It was all in my brain. But, now that both the husband is home a lot more and the AuPair is shuttling the kids back and forth, the amount of coordination to get people where they need to be at the right time is ‘epic’ as my boys would say.

Adding another person to the house adds another layer of complexity. A bit like having a baby really, without the 3am feedings. She has plans, so which car should she drive? We are having people over for a Christmas party (about 30) does she want to join? Does she want to come to church with us? I know she is lonely. She only knows us, her American family and other AuPairs with the agency. Her English is difficult for her and the reason she became an AuPair. But whenever you are speaking with people in a language you are not comfortable with, you become a little self conscious.

G is amazing. She is great and patient with my kids and the perfect fit for our family. But, she is only 20 years old. I remember when I was 20 years old. I liked to meet with friends, go for coffee or shopping or just hang out. In comparison to her 20 years, I am old. The things I do for fun are not as much fun for her. I am trying to find ways for her to meet people her own age and create a network of friends here in the US too. Seattle and the Pacific Northwest in general is known for the ‘freeze’ where people will say: “We should totally do that…” and never follow through. She has registered for some continuing education at a local community college. Anyone have any other ideas?