If you’re looking for the Beavers in Atlanta…then just click here! We have a new URL:
In other words, we’re no longer http://www.ourjude.wordpress.com,
we’re just plain, beaversinatlanta.com.
I’ve maxed out the blogspace that WordPress will let me have for free. From here on out, I would either have to pay them a yearly fee, or pull the information onto my own personal server. I would prefer the latter, so I’m going to bug Hank until he does it.
Until then, hope everybody’s great out there!
DISCLAIMER: IF YOU’RE NOT FAMILY, THIS POST WILL BE PAINFULLY BORING. WELL, PROBABLY.
Okay, So here’s a summary of events. Sorry for the long video, but we’re still recovering from the chaos a bit, and I’m also sick of editing because I’ve made quite a few too quickly lately. Gotta figure out how to balance my time working on these things, but I wanted to get it posted before the holidays are completely over. Especially since it’s a little bit of a buzz kill when Christmas is over, and everyone is exhausted from all the cooking, decorating, and cleaning.
Christmas Eve, Jonah and Zan opened their presents from Gabby. It was fun telling them they could. She was going to come down on Christmas Eve, but since Georgia has had a white Christmas this year, she didn’t want to leave her pooches in snowy weather. They were stoked. The video starts out with Jonah saying, “can I open it?” Right before they started to open them, Hank broke out in some long story, and they couldn’t even pay attention because they wanted to open their presents so bad, but they didn’t want to be rude, so…
Then, Grandma and Poppy came by for a second. She’s under the weather, but she came by to give Jude ONE of his presents. She thought she was going to come by on Christmas Day too…but the sickness KICKED her butt.
After that, one of Hank’s good friends, Ho-Sheng Hsiaoe (but we call him Ho-sh), came by with Christmas Surprise, The Dangerous Book for Boys. It was really cool to play it late into the night so that we weren’t thinking about Christmas Morning!
We sang and sang and sang with Katie, Bruce, and Terelle. Jude played all of his new instruments while we sang Frosty the Snowman and Jingle Bells. I thought I was making a video of the entire thing, but only got the end with everyone cheering. Oh well.
The next morning, Jude and I waited in the lobby for Grandpa. It was so sweet how excited he was to see his Grandpa. We opened the presents he brought us when he got a call that the roads were getting white, and so he had to get back home.
Then, we sadly said goodbye to Zan and Jonah, even though we know that they were only off to more presents and Grandparents.
This year, I wised up and let Hank do all the legwork. In years past, I’ve done all the tree trimming, Christmas card decorating, not to mention…cooking and cleaning on top of nursing and whatnot. Last year, I took the tree down, put it on top of the car, put, nine-month-old Jude in the car seat, and took it to Whole Foods to be recycled – after taking all of the lights and ornaments off (while Hank slept). While the kids and I strung popcorn and hung ornaments last year, I remember thinking, wow, he’s just sitting over there with his feet up sippin’ his beer, and I got mad, but didn’t know what to do.
So, this year, I layed back and watched him struggle. Uh…are the ornaments all in this box? Should I use these lights? Do they look okay or should I move them? Staying back and watching has been my philosophy more and more. He’s been so helpful ever since he caught on and I explained my new philosophy. He’s shopped for, wrapped, and labled almost every gift.
When I was sick earlier this week, and he did the grocery shopping with Jude in tow, and after doing all that and going to he playground, he was TUCKERED OUT. He sat down with a big sigh and asked, “when does Hank get home to help?”
Today, he even shampooed the carpet without having to be asked!
I’m getting better at this mommy/wife business.
I’ve got plenty more years to go!
The Atlanta Humane Society accepts your gifts year round. It’s an amazing facility with lots of caring people. If you don’t have any money, you can also volunteer to walk the dogs! There are a lot of cuties there right now if you’re in the market. We can barely clean up after all the dirty little paws we have now, but we like to visit for some fluffy time.