Holiday Frenzy

I love the holidays.  It’s a time to slow down and enjoy loved ones.  But at the same time, one can’t help but feel the hustle and bustle of preparing food for gatherings.  

Our family had brunch this morning at my mom’s. It was all five of us siblings, plus our other halves, and the kids.  This year, there are five grandkids.  So we all crowded around in my mom’s townhouse living room. She also has Sophie, my little sister’s bf’s cat.  Willow loved seeing her and wanted to touch her the entire time.  

As for naps, they were terrible.  28 min in the morning and 23 min in the afternoon.  I can’t imagine how exhausted she must’ve been. Despite the short naps, she was happy in the car both ways.  


We did gift exchanges for the kids at my mom’s and Z couldn’t wait to put together his NHL hockey table.   W wanted to get into it as well so I tried to distract her.  She got a Vtevh basket and cash register.  She loves the basket.  

I had cinammon in a ziploc bag that she saw. And you know how much she loves plastic so I gave her a stick.  She loved chewing on it!   She held on to it for at least 15 min, chewing on it every so often. 


This is one moment V and Z were playing nicely.   As soon as V picked up the puck instead of using the players, Zander got upset.  I was preparing dinner at the same time since B and L were sleeping over tonight. Z and V were so excited about this.  


I made latkes for dinner – gluten-free and vegan. Traditional latkes require egg or flour as binding agents.  To achieve a crispy exterior and chewy interior, I used Russet potatoes (lower water content) and chickpea flour in our Vitamix blender.  Some salt, pepper and an onion and that’s it. I shallow fried them in my cast iron pan.  They turned out delicious. 


After dinner the kids wanted to watch a movie with B and L. So we put on Zootopia and made popcorn. This was a splurge as we normally buy microwaveable popcorn.  I don’t think I will ever buy that stuff anymore after tasting these kernels.  So much tastier!  And that cheese powder, from Amazon, just makes everything taste even better!

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Night Waking

It’s been 7 years since I’ve slept through a night.  I’m not kidding. There are days when I feel like a zombie.  My body is tired but my brain is still going. When I was in my teens I used to think we was a waste of time.   Well, that was 25 years ago. 


I love this face and all her giggles and babbles. She really is a bundle of happiness.  Even at midnight when she’s supposed to be asleep.  

Yesterday’s naps were crap. The usual 1 HR 20 min morning nap lasted for a mere 44 min.  It was only 9:20 am by the time she woke.  On the way to pickup Z from school, she got tired and fussy.  As we approach the dentist she fell asleep and M had to drive her around.  We managed to squeeze only 40 min out of it.  Still it was not even 1:30 pm. 

I my mind, I thought, ” There’s no way she’ll last till bedtime!”.

We managed to get home by 5:30pm so I get the kids bathed and changed.  W fell asleep without a hitch by 6:30 pm. So did I.  I was exhausted. I rescheduled tutoring as I couldn’t keep my eyes open.  But I still needed to make lunches.   Nothing prepared me for what was about to happen three hours later. 

W slept soundly for three hours.  And In that time, I made lunches, tidied up the kitchen, sat down to watch some tv with a cup of tea.  

9:30 pm.  She woke.  I went to her and tried to settle her. She did for a brief moment but I couldn’t put her down.  I was getting tired so I laid down with her.  That’s when she decided to get giddy and play.  That lasted until about 1:30.  That’s right. It was a brutal 4-HR wakeful time.  She was happy. It just wasn’t the right time. 

I guess all this can be attributed to teething once again.  She’s getting her upper left incisor.  I hope this doesn’t last too long. I can imagine how exhausting this must be for her as well.