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Snowy Days and W(h)ine-y Nights

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We had some pretty snow earlier in the week but it’s been a challenging parenting week for me. The kids have been sick plus we are starting potty-training soon. Send wine!

Snowy Days

It’s cute how I always think that only of my kids will catch an illness and the rest will somehow avoid it.

Even though they are constantly licking each other’s food and coughing on everything and just generally being germy little kids.

We are now on Child #3 with a cold and slight fever. It struck my four-year-old first, early last week. Then it went right down the line, to the two-year-old, and then the baby over the weekend.

Thanks to the weather being in the teens (and single digits yesterday!), I can’t even shoo them outside to get fresh air. 

And today it’s snowing on Monday it snowed. Again. Which I love, I have to admit.

The picture above is the view of the snowy mountains this morning on Monday. It’s days like today I wish we had a fireplace. I’m thinking of getting one of those heaters that looks like a wood stove, since I’m constantly cold.

If it was socially acceptable I would wear my fuzzy robe all day every day in the winter. But alas, I worry about my neighbors peering in and seeing me wearing it at, like, 2:00 P.M. on a Tuesday. While drinking wine. 




So I try to keep warm in normal-person clothing like sweaters and fuzzy slippers. I finally bit the bullet and ordered a a new pair of both slippers and boots the other day when it became clear that my husband didn’t get me a Valentine’s Day gift.

I didn’t get a card, flowers, or anything. Happy Valentine’s Day to you, too!

And before you ask, yes, I got him something. I bought him beer at the store on Friday; he just happened to drink it on Saturday night before it could make it to V-Day. Which is his own fault.

But I’m over it. Clearly.

Although by now it is Thursday. In case you can’t tell, I started writing this post on Monday morning. Yes, it has taken me three more days to actually get back and finish it. 

It has been that kind of a week. I’ve been yelling at my kids too much, coping by drinking too much wine, and then waking up with a headache in the mornings.

national wine day

I think I’m going to quit drinking on weeknights. And Thursdays are basically the weekend, so it’s really just Monday through Wednesday I’ll stop. I sleep so much better when I don’t drink wine. I think a lot of people think alcohol helps them fall asleep but it really just disrupts your sleep. Fun fact!

When I try to focus on not yelling, I have been testing out some essential oils that a friend sent me. I have been dabbing a bit of Lavender on my wrists and neck and repeating, “This will help me not yell. This will help me not yell.” Then I put a little bit on my two-year-old’s wrist to make him less crazy.

Does it work? I know that it helps me feel calmer, but that could just be the power of suggestion. Even so, it makes me feel like I am doing something healthy, rather than drinking wine or eating the Valentine’s Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups I purchased on clearance at the grocery store.

And Lord knows I am going to need serenity and strength because the plan is to potty-train my son starting tomorrow. We are using the 3-Day Potty Training Method by Lora Jensen.

potty training

It worked with my first child (a girl), so hopefully it works again. Unless we decide (again) to put it off until another Friday when my husband is home. (You need to focus all of your attention on the potty-training child for those three days, so it’s crucial to have someone else watching the other kids.)

For everyone who does not have a wine headache today (I prefer saying that to “hangover”), enjoy your glass or five of wine today…because it’s National Drink Wine Day!

Cheers! I’ll be with you in spirit…

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  • Laura
    February 19, 2016 at 7:45 PM

    Boys are harder to potty train than girls, in me experience! take it easy and good luck!

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