Life Lately has been busy and while nothing too exciting has happened, I wanted to update my little blog before another month goes by! Can you guys believe it's February? So here is a random post with a few pictures from our month!
At the beginning of January Hannah left us to go back to Germany. I was always worried about the day she would leave, but we got into our new routine pretty seamlessly and it has been great. While we loved having her here, it also feels awesome to have the house to ourselves again, something we didn't have for a very long time. My work schedule changed so we could accommodate Fox's school hours. He goes to school five mornings a week and has to be picked up by 12:30pm. The reason we decided not to leave him there for the afternoons is because the difference between half days and full days is a nap and a snack and we couldn't see why we should pay $400 extra a month for a nap that he doesn't even take anymore (he would have to stay on his bed for two hours while the other kids are napping). Anyway, without boring you too much with the details of my new work schedule, I now get to pick him up at 12:30pm three times a week and my mother in law picks him up the other two times and keeps him until 5pm. Those first few weeks were hard. I haven't worked until 5pm in over two years (spoiled much?) and not being able to see Fox for the entire day made me really sad and was hard on me. I love the three afternoons a week we get together and I still wish I would be able to work part time instead of having to start work at 5am every morning, but it is what it is. I know I'm lucky to be able to have this adjusted schedule and I'm grateful for it.
Fox is doing pretty well in school. Some days he tells us he doesn't want to go, but he always seems happy when we pick him up and we love receiving pictures from his day every day. This last week has been the best so far and he was so excited to go to school every day. Unfortunately there was one incident at school that made us second guess our choice of school. Fox's school is a private school and is way more expensive than other preschools, in fact, we pay almost double for half days compared to what our friends pay at their schools for full days. We always figured for the hefty price tag, we would get a better education and better care for our sweet boy. So when the director of early education gave Fox gold fish crackers for a snack, even though she should've known that he was allergic, all hell broke lose. We asked for a meeting with the principal, which didn't make us feel much better about the entire situation, not only did they not have him on the allergy list, they also had incorrect phone numbers on file for us, apparently our file got mixed up with someone else's. So we started looking at other programs, but haven't decided what to do for the next year yet. The thought of having him change schools is killing me, he just made friends there, he likes his teachers and putting him into a complete new environment makes me sad for him.
Disney On Ice!
My Etsy business has been keeping me busy this month as well, which has been amazing. It was the busiest month since I opened my little shop in July of 2015 so all my nights have been spent working on orders. Here is the link to my shop if you would like to check it out: https://www.etsy.com/shop/LittleGermanBoutique
And if that's not enough, we have also started the process of another remodeling project. I know, I have barely recovered from the last one and the thought of starting it all over again makes me anxious! We have two small guestrooms right next to each other and we decided to take out the wall and make it into one large bedroom with an attached bathroom for Fox. He is very excited for his "Big Boy Room" and we are hoping it will be ready by his third birthday. When we first started talking about it, I thought it was going to be no big deal and that the mess would be contained to those two rooms that we are not using anyway, but it turns out that we have to rip out the entire playroom floor and part of the hallway in order to lay new plumbing. Eeks! So this month we got ready for this big undertaking and have been selling everything we had in those two rooms and purged/cleaned out closets, etc. It felt like I was nesting. I used to think I was a hoarder, but it has been feeling great to get rid of things and getting stuff out of the house that we haven't touched in years. We already picked out bathroom cabinets and plumbing fixtures, but still have to decide on floors for the playroom and Fox's new room. Stay tuned!
He snuck his work goggles into bed tonight and this is how I found him when I went into his room to check on him before bed
Fox had a buddy over to play and after being sick and couped up in the house for the last week, he was so excited to play with someone other than us!
Fox and I went to the candlelight service on Christmas Eve and they gave him a glow stick instead of a candle. He was mesmerized by the singing and every time they would finish a song, he would stuff that little glow stick in between his legs as fast as he could so he could clap. It was so cute to watch and the service was beautiful, it was my favorite part of the day.
This is what Christmas looked like at the Jones House!
Fox was very surprised that Santa wasn't at his usual spot in the mall when he went to the play place with Hannah.
Katie sent me this picture while I was grocery shopping to make me jealous that she got Fox cuddles. I'm sure the cuddles lasted all of 5 seconds before he was over it, based on his face...ha!
When I got home from work, Fox told me he wanted to take a walk with me. So we walked and walked and walked until 1.5hrs later we finally made it around the block! (There were a lot of rocks to inspect and sticks to collect)😂He climbed on this rock and told me to take his picture...ha! This was one of those days I will remember for the rest of my life, no matter how uneventful it was, and I'm so grateful to have a boss that makes these afternoons possible for me!
When Katie got a pedicure, Fox requested that she get green nails (his favorite color), so when she came back to show him, he said he wanted green nails too! While we didn't have green nail polish, he settled for black and was so excited and proud that he got his nails painted for the first time.
Patrick came into the office and everyone thought it was Robert and ran over to give him a group hug. Robert HATES hugs, but Patrick loved it apparently!
We had an impromptu New Year's Eve celebration with some friends! It was fun catching up with these ladies and Fox had a blast playing with his friends.
This is what you call a Pinterest fail! Or maybe it's just a mom fail! Several friends of mine pointed out that this looks like Santa was hopping across the floor instead of walking. Haha. Good thing I only have a two year old and I have some time to improve my skills! :)
An older child would've also noticed that the carrots weren't bitten, but rather cut, but again, I got away with it this year! Fox was a little disappointed though that Santa didn't eat all of the cookies!
When Fox FINALLY woke up at 9:20am, he was super excited to open his stocking.
Last year, we totally forgot to get him stocking gifts, and all of his gifts were too big to fit in there, so we improvised with things we already had at home (not that it mattered for a 19 month old), which is probably why we went a little overboard this year and bought way too many stocking gifts, not realizing how tiny his stocking was!
After we opened stockings, Katie's family came over and we had breakfast together.
Followed by opening gifts.
Fox's only Christmas wish was a Barbie airplane. He put it on his "wish board" back in early November and every time he was asked what he wanted, this is what he said.
So a Barbie airplane is what he got, and he was so happy! Apparently it was a hot item this year, so I had to drive 1.5hrs to get it, but it was so worth it.
Grandma was happy about her gift from Fox as well (it's an apron).
This is the PJ Masks Headquarters. He played with it for hours!
We played, ate, some of us took a little nap (not Fox of course), laughed and finished the night with a game of cards against humanity, followed by Ring around the Rosie in Fox's playroom. He thought it was the best ever and was so happy that everyone participated.