Thursday, November 1, 2012

7 Quick Takes--It's NOVEMBER?!

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It's NOVEMBER! Do you know what that means? I shouldn't be blogging, because it's NaNoWriMo! 
 I was dead-set on participating this year, but with the way I've been feeling lately, I wasn't sure if I had the stamina to give it a go. Buuuut.... I'm giving it a go! Wish me luck!

— 2 —
I found out on Sunday that my mom has breast cancer. I wasn't expecting it, at all. I talk to my mom nightly. I didn't see this coming. On Tuesday she had a lumpectomy and they removed all of the tumor, so now we wait for the pathology reports. This experience once again dredged up all of my deep regret about living so far from home/my parents/DH's family and not allowing our children to see them as often as I would like. So I've been in kind of a funk. I hope we have many more years to come.

— 3 —
Dois is starting a new daycare in January. Yes, we finally decided it was time for us to move on from his current place. While there's no doubt that he is loved and well-cared-for there, the expense is just too much for us to continue (especially because elsewhere, the cost goes down at age 2). We were determined to not sacrifice quality for a cheaper price, though. It turns out that the child care on the campus where D worked has an opening, and although 5 years ago we visited it with Bebe and weren't thrilled, this time around we LOVED it! So Dois will start there on January 2nd. A new year, a new daycare, and more money saved. Woo-hoo!

— 4 —
My mother-in-law is coming! My sister-in-law is getting married this month, and I just found out that my mother-in-law is coming for sure! She is planning to come for a month, and we are trying to convince her to stay through Christmas. Fingers crossed! She came to visit us for a month when Dois was 5 months old and the kids (especially Bebe) just loved having her around. It will be such a wonderful thing for her to come back again. (Remind me of this when I'm complaining about how she cleans up things before I'm done with them or when she's putting my silverware away in the wrong place.)

— 5 —
Holiday clothing disasters continue. In my last Quick Takes I posted about our Christmas clothing disasters. I was excited at the end of my post because I decided to go ahead and order something I thought was going to work perfectly. WRONG! (See people, THIS is why I start planning early!) I received our Gymboree order, and while this dress works perfectly for Bebe, the shirt, tie, and sweater vest I ordered for Dois DID NOT. An 18-24m top was tight on his belly (hard to button) and a 2T was HUGE on him. So, back to the drawing board I went. I went on eBay and found a sweater vest that would coordinate with the green in Bebe's dress and ordered it. Well, it showed up on Monday and it's a 3T, not a 2T. ARGH! Tuesday found me searching high and low for another option, and thankfully I walked into Crazy 8 (after almost passing it by!) and found a shirt to match Bebe's dress. Of course, now I'm struggling to find the OTHER pieces I need (gray pants in a 2T that can fit a cloth diaper butt, and a black sweater vest that DOES NOT cost $50!). Little by little. SO GLAD I started early.

— 6 —
Would you ever buy a dress sight-unseen? Buying clothes for the kids for the holidays made me realize that I really want to get myself a new dress to wear for the wedding/holidays. I browsed a couple sites and found this dress from Sears. I love love love it, but no stores around me carry it! Would you buy a dress that you couldn't try on first? I could return it if it didn't fit, but I would be out shipping.

— 7 —
I sound materialistic, don't I? I swear, I'm not. But I am a perfectionist. And I want things to look JUST RIGHT for the wedding and holidays. Hence my insanity. 

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  1. I'm with you on the perfectionist clothing deal! It should be so simple, right? Not so. I've bought a dress online a few times just because shopping with the littles is so tough...some worked, some didn't. So I've also returned a few (free returns, anyone?)

    Good luck with the writing this month, and LOADS of prayers for your mom!!!

  2. I am a huge believer in Children's Orchard (or whatever flavor of consignment kids' store you have nearby). As for cloth diaper butt, my 4-kid wisdom is just get a bigger size.

    Does it drive you crazy that little girls' fancy clothes don't seem to come with long sleeves? I mean, what's up with that? It's WINTER!

    I am suspicious of catalog ordering, because I haven't had good luck. But I have a particularly hard body type to flatter, so if you know what styles look good, it might not be such a big deal.

    But the most important thing--prayers, many prayers, for you and for your mother.

    1. Oh yes, kudos to you for even trying NaNo. I tried once, and hopefully will again in a few years, but it's not in the cards right now!

  3. I've thought about buying clothes online...but I just can't make myself take the plunge. Which is strange, because shopping for clothes just gives me anxiety.

    I saw a lot about the NaNoWriMo last year. This year I decided to do the blogging version through Blogher: NaBloPoMo. It's fun so far! (three days and two posts in :/ )

  4. Your clothing debacle is exactly why at the moment Charlie has nothing to wear for Christmas. The shop we had ordered from is currently under water so, we'll see what happens. Hopefully, we can get it together before Christmas! I bought two dresses off the 'net. One worked, one didn't. I should have looked at the type of fabric more carefully with the one that didn't work.


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