Matty took last Friday and this past Monday off so we could head to the cottage with Rita, Sarah, Brian, Tommy, and Eleanor.
We decided to have a leisurely afternoon at home on Friday. We spent the day playing/packing and then left for the cottage after nap time. While we were playing, my Gymboree order finally arrived. I ordered a ton of cheap clothes for the girls for summer, and Ems was happy to try on a new tank top and hat. The hat is fairly big on both girls, but it was only $4 so I figured it would be a great dress up hat!
We left for the cottage after Emmy’s nap, stopped for a delicious dinner at Mitchell’s Fish Market, and arrived at the cottage just in time for baths and a fairly late bed time. Emmy usually sleeps in one of the bedrooms in a pack n play and Lucy sleeps on an air mattress in the room with Matty and me. However, if I’m being honest, I do NOT like having kids sleep in our room. On a whim, we decided to try having Lucy sleep in the big bed in the same room as Em’s pack n play. We were prepared for all kinds of shenanigans, but all three nights the girls snuggled down for stories and then Ems went right into her crib and they both fell asleep and slept all night! Yes!!!!
The next morning consisted of stories . . .
. . . snuggles . . .
. . . and snacks!
After snack, Brian and Rita headed to the grocery and Matty, Sarah, and I bundled everyone up and went outside to play!
The kiddos all had a blast playing in the snow and sledding.
We live at the end of a dead end street, which has the perfect slope for toddler sledding.
Emmy went sledding once or twice, but then planted herself on the side of the road to watch the other kiddos and throw snow in the air.
And Eleanor joined her. Cuties!!
We also used our neighbor’s driveway to sled down and land in the snow piles in front of our cottage. It was pretty fun!
Saturday night we had an early birthday celebration to celebrate my birthday. I got to sit and watch while the girls opened up my presents.
Lucy was drinking her milk, and I heard her say, “I’m not blowing bubbles, Mama, my milk is doing it all by itself! That face!
Loved my view from the loft on Sunday morning. Side note: About an hour after I took this photo our water suddenly stopped working and we had zero water in the house. Matty tried his best, but couldn’t figure out what was wrong with our well or the pump. Brian ran to the grocery to grab some gallons of water while Matty looked for some sort of emergency well person to come out and help. If we couldn’t find anyone, then our trip was going to be cut seriously short. Thankfully, our neighbor recommended someone awesome who hurried on over and we were only without water for about four hours total. The pipe on our well pump was yet another casualty of the polar vortex. This was not the week for the Kissels and utilities!
Uncle Brian was challenged to see how long he could balance Nemo on his head.
Brian was able to get himself a beer, but Nemo just couldn’t hang on while he drank it.
On Sunday afternoon Emmy, Matty, and Grandma Rita all took naps and the rest of us made brownies from scratch. This is Tommy’s favorite recipe to make, and it did not disappoint!
Monday afternoon we packed up and headed home. By the time we got home, neither Matty nor I felt like making the journey out the the grocery, but the cupboards were pretty bare at our house. So, for dinner we shared a plate of . . .
Trader Joes’ Fish Sticks! haha
It’s not all chicken, salmon, and veggies at the Kissel house.
The girls had theirs with sweet potato fries and clementines. We were laughing at the not-so-greatness of the dinner . . . but we still enjoyed it! You can’t win them all!
Yesterday it was back to our regular routine . . . but it was an extra special day because I turned 37! Emmy and I kicked it off right by spending some time at the Secretary of State. Three weeks ago, I made an appointment to renew my license at 10:10am on February 5th. We walked in at 10:02 and walked out at 10:11. Easy peasy! If you need to go, try to make an appointment ahead of time; it’s totally worth it!
It was a “warm” 34 degree day, so we took advantage and went for a walk after Lucy got home from school.
It felt soooo good to be outside!
My parents were supposed to come over for lunch, but my mom has a bad sinus infection so we figured it was best if they stay home. We Face Timed, though, and my dad had a Hostess cupcake with a candle in it. I liked the gesture for sure, but definitely wished the cupcake was at my house instead of theirs! Also, Lucy thought I was magical when I blew into the computer and the candle magically went out. 😉
Matty brought home a Buddy’s salad for dinner, which was delicious. After dinner, he took the girls downstairs for about fifteen minutes while I made cookies for a birthday treat!
I also got to listen to MY OWN music while doing it! I love my girls dearly, but those fifteen minutes were probably the best part of my day!
We opened presents while the cookies baked, and I got this chocolate “man in the underpants” from Lucy and Emily. Lucy saw this at Kroger weeks ago, and whenever Matty asked her what they should get me for my birthday she said, “the man in the underpants!” So . . . he got it. 🙂
These sweet girls sang Happy Birthday to me about fifteen times, and I loved it every time!
We all enjoyed one (or two!) birthday cookies before heading up for bath and bed time.
I had a great day, and 37 is looking pretty good so far!
See you on Friday!