Wow. We did have a wonderful holiday though! We did SO much! Patrick had the whole week off and we cruised around Milwaukee like we were tourists! We iceskated downtown (Cy's first time ever skating!) We went to some fun restaurants (Organ Piper Pizza, anyone!?) Patrick and I each got massages!! We filled my van with family - uncle mike, grandma lynn, fishpa & all of us and went to church on Christmas Eve, went to Uncle jim's party on Christmas day night and went on a special holiday lights display that you drive through. Patrick went to a Bucks game AND a marquette game! My friend Pam came down from Madison with her two boys just to see us & spent the morning having our kids play! We went to an AWESOME new years eve party that was at a friend's house. Tons of kids running around. They have a baby that was born on the EXACT same day as Arlo & a little three year old cutie named Siena.
Overall it was the best of the best. A great week. And home & get our life in gear! This past week I have totally cleaned out our basement, re-arranged some major furniture and just ordered a new chair for the new gap that my rearrangement created. If you haven't ever been, I highly recommend overstock.com for shopping for home items. Cheap! AND best of all after a week of "rest" I decided our family needed a schedule. I wrote down sleep & eat times for the two boys. Sticking to this schedule the past week has made life sooo much easier! Patrick made fun of me at first but I see him checking the schedule now too. Cy gets up at 7:30am, even if we have to wake him & has "chores" to do before he can eat breakfast & watch his favorite cartoon - Curious George. He has to get dressed, brushed his teeth, feed Jackson and straighten his room. He is thriving off this. You can tell he feels like a "big boy" with his duties. And Arlo, sweet sweet little "googly bear" has been thriving too. He STILL has a stuffy nose but he is sleeping so much better! Last night he slept from 9pm til 6am with NO wakings!! And he is down for his short morning nap now. I think the biggest factor is getting him to sleep longer is the fact that he has started solids. He LOVES to eat like his big brother! He gobbles up the food as fast as we can give it to him. And we make sure to give him the richest, most dense food at dinner time (which is now promptly at 6pm) He eats something with a grain at that time. Like bananas or sweet potatoes with rice or oats. It seems to really be helping!!
Christmas morning. Photo by Cy
The awesome jumpee that Santa gave Cy
Grandma Sharon entertaining Cy & Henry
Organ Piper Pizza
First time on skates. Red Arrow Park downtown Milwaukee
Arlo & I watched the skating from the sidelines
Cy on my old horse that my Grandpa Rich gave me
Back home! Arlo in his new jumpee
One of two pictures that Santa gave Cy. First he came here, our living room, to deliver Cy's gifts but discovered we were not here so he went on to Brookfield instead!