I feel like it's been forever since I've written an actual post, but I don't know where to start.
With knitting? Let's start with knitting. Or rather, my epic failure to knit the plethora of woolens that I planned on. Apparently I am somewhat delusional regarding my abilities and also time in general as I was under the impression that I could knit five pairs of gloves, two children’s sweaters, two men’s hats, one pair of mittens and a shawl in three weeks.
Spoiler alert: I couldn’t. And so I kind of gave up. I realized that I could spend the Christmas holiday time super, ridiculously stressed out of my mind, or just mildly stressed out of my mind. I chose mildly. This was after I accidently knit two left gloves for someone, not even realizing it until I was almost finished, and after I’d already had to tear the knitting out once because I’d accidentally knit a glove for a 7 foot giant with giant hands instead of a normal teenager with normal teenage hands.
So. No gloves. Maybe by Valentine’s Day?
Christmas morning was awesome and magical and everything it’s supposed to be. Part of the reason for this was because I wrapped almost everything ahead of time so I didn’t have to stay up until 2:30 a.m. setting up presents. However, since I am still a child in my heart I was too excited to sleep so I ended up awake all night anyway. Chris had to stop Sebastian before he came downstairs so I could get out of bed and see him see what Santa brought for the first time. My husband is incredibly thoughtful. I’m not sure how long this will last, however, because at some point Sebastian will do what all kids do and sneak down at 3 in the morning under the guise of having to ‘pee’ but really just so he can see the tree and all of its Santa-infused glory, then go back to bed to not-sleep until it’s late enough to get up and by that I mean 4:30.
And then, since we were staying home for dinner and just having the four of us, I decided to cook more food for Christmas dinner than anyone would ever want, including armies and Italian families. (I can say that because I’m Italian. And we like to eat. Mangia! Mangia!) But by the time it was all finished everyone was exhausted so Chris and I ate at the table while the children ate in the living room watching television. Because we are awesome parents.
After that we were pretty much on speed until the end of last weekend as my brother-in-law and his now wife got married on the 29th. On Friday we dropped the kids off with my mom and Chris drove me to Louisville for a bridesmaid luncheon, then nail salon visit where they gave out wine and it’s now my new favorite place to be even though somehow I injured myself on the massage chair. Chris picked me up there, then we had to race to my mom’s to pick up Sebastian for the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner, but we had to sneak so Adele wouldn’t see us because she didn’t feel good and so probably would have screamed for hours if she saw me and wasn’t allowed to go with me. But we were going to be out late and I didn’t think she would be very good company.
We went home for 30 minutes and dressed in our fancy dress clothes and left again, and getting out of the car I ripped my brand new fancy-pants polka-dot pantyhose on my purse and so spent my time with a run on my knee, getting steadily bigger and bigger, especially when I had to squat down and hug a crying Sebastian when he fell off a horse onto his head. Don’t worry, it wasn’t a real horse and only gave him a carpet burn/bump. He’s fine. And he only got a little grumpy the entire time, both rehearsal and dinner, when I wouldn’t open his new Star Wars Legos he got for being in the wedding. There were tears.
The next morning we got up early to make it to the hotel by 10 so I could start getting hair and makeup done with all the ladies. Guys. I was airbrushed! And given fake eyelashes! I honestly didn’t really want to take them off. The great thing about the makeup was that even at the end of the night, after six gin and Sprites (Yes SIX. Open bar. Don’t judge.) I still looked halfway decent. And not drunk and tired with numb toes.
I had my mom bring Adele to the Kentucky Derby museum, where the wedding was, so I could just dress there. I knew she wasn’t feeling well and I knew she wouldn’t last long so I wanted her there as late as possible. And I still had to chase her around a bit. She just wanted to ride on the horses and wasn’t too interested in waiting in line to walk down an aisle. (Damn horses!) I practically drug her down. She was supposed to walk with Sebastian but I didn’t have faith in her ability to make it to the front without having a firm grip on her wrist. After the wedding my mom took the kids home with her. I felt a little bad because I knew that Sebastian would have had so much fun, but Adele was so sick and cranky and there wasn’t really any other way to handle it. Plus it gave me a chance to loosen up and relax for once. (The six G & S helped with that.)
And I had so much fun. I hung out with people I haven’t seen in a long time. I made new friends. I discussed the hotness of my husband with the boyfriend of the brother of one of the groomsmen. (Read it slow. Maybe it’ll make sense then. Or not.)
There was a photo booth and dancing and fake mustaches and pimp hats. If I could find the pictures Chris and I took in the photo booth I’d show them to you but I think he probably hid them since there was one of us kissing and he was probably afraid I’d post it on the internet. As if I would do something like that! (HA!)
I’ve been saying that the wedding is not so much of a wedding as an event. They spent a lot of time and energy making sure they had the perfect wedding, and they did. It was gorgeous and well-planned and totally worth the sinus infection I got from standing outside in 20 degree weather getting my picture taken.
At first I thought it was a hangover, but it never went away. We had to go straight from our hotel Sunday morning to my parent’s house to pick up the kids and celebrate Christmas there, since we hadn’t had time to do it before, and then we had to leave early so we could take the tuxes back, and it turned out that the place wasn’t even open so we couldn’t take them back. Sunday evening I started feeling really, really sick. Headache and queasy and just really, really down. On Monday I woke up and couldn’t really get up. I lay down on the couch all day and even took a nap, which never, ever happens. Thankfully Chris jumped in and took over all of the parenting and household duties so I could try to recover. We were supposed to have a New Years Eve party with friends who also have kids, but I just couldn’t do it. I felt awful for having to cancel. But Chris took the kids to see his parents and some family who were in for the wedding so that was good for them.
And so my continual headache forced me to finally go to the doctor today. With Adele, my child who refuses to be still. I chased her all over that damn office. And back again. And then back again.
My oldest child is laying in the floor at my feet begging to get on the computer and play a game so I guess I’ll finally stop telling you my life story.
Oh, one more thing! Last night Adele was mad that I put her to bed and so threw her pillow out of her crib then somehow lunged after it and flopped out right onto her head. On the wood floor. Guys. I thought I was going to puke and I keep picturing it over and over again. She was fine, terrified and probably a little headachey, but fine. She clung to me for a good while, then still screamed when I put her back into her bed, but thankfully didn’t actually fall out again.
And now you’re all caught up. Here’s a lot of pictures. And I mean a lot.
|Post hair, pre-airbrushing|
|I can't even!|
|This is about as un-blurry as I could get. |
She moved around a lot.
|On the way to the reception.|
|Best man speech!|
|This was late. Notice my makeup! IT'S STILL ON.|
|Bridesmaids and turkey feathers.|
|End of the night riding a van back to the hotel. That's the |
groom in the middle and the bride to his left.
|I don't even know. But that's the top of my head.|