The kids got the game Hedbanz, which is a huge hit and they absolutely LOVE it. Aunt Jill is the best!
They also got clothes, which thrilled Mom, but Austin had a harder time showing thankfulness. We had a great time with everyone so Christmas #3 was a success.
On Friday, Gregory's bestfriend who moved to Utah, was in town and his mother and her four kids spent the whole day at our house. What's four more?
The boys never came inside the entire day and we caught up on our lives. I wish they would move back. We really miss them.
Thursday night, Sarah and Gregory had a birthday party to attend. A boy in third grade had invited Sarah and Gregory, but not Amanda. I'll let that sink in for a minute.
Good lawd, the drama. She was unglued. But the reason she didn't get invited is because the way I've had them split 2/1, she's never been in class with this kid, so he doesn't really know her. I told her that it wasn't personal, then I arranged for Greg to pick her up in the parking lot of the bouncy house place, because I had to drive all four of them to the party since Greg was shopping with his brother.
So we did the exchange in the parking lot and I gave Amanda and Austin to Greg, then all of the PTA moms and their kids and all our friends from jump rope team started showing up.
Someone said, "Michele? Aren't you missing some? Where are your other kids? So and So saw your van and was so excited that Amanda was here."
Then the mother of the birthday child said, "You have MORE kids?"
Turns out she might be the only person in America who didn't know I had triplets.
She said to her husband, "This poor woman has triplets and we only invited two. Can you believe that?"
Anyway, it all worked out. Amanda and Austin went shopping with their Dad and Uncle John and they didn't even care that they weren't at the party, and now I have a new friend and co-conspirator to help me run room parties.
On Saturday, the kids and I drove to Phoenix to have Christmas #4 with my sister.
She got them the game Skylanders for the Wii and that's kept them busy and they love it!!!!!!!!!!!! Although video games don't get their energy out, so Gregory still has to climb the walls.
On Sunday, we drove out to Goodyear to see my Aunt Pam's brand new house and have Christmas #5.
My Aunt Pam and Uncle Frankie are retired and living in a summer cabin in Strawberry, but needed a winter home again in the Phoenix area because they don't "do snow". This is their new winter home.
It is so nice!
The kids are nearly as tall at their Aunt Pammy now!
Then we went out to lunch and ate at Chipotle, a fast food Mexican restaurant, where it cost me $30 for four kids' meals and one adult meal and the bastards wanted to charge me for salsa, because salsa is a SIDE. I'm so glad Greg wasn't there.
Since when is salsa a side? Salsa is a condiment, right? I mean, RIGHT? Do you open a deli and charge for mustard.? So I went a little bit crazy at the counter and the guy gave me free salsa....this time, he said. That'll be the last time for me, I can tell you that much.
Then my sister wanted to go to the movies, so I ditched her with the kids in the Life Of Pi and my niece and I went to see Les Miserables. Calista didn't even want to go to the movies. Her mother forced her to go with me so we could "bond".
OHMYGOSH, talk about the worst movie ever in the history of movies. I could kill every single "friend" I have on Facebook for raving about it. Calista and I actually left before it was over and sat in the lobby, which was preferable to Russell Crowe singing. We actually bonded over our hatred of the movie and sung to each other in the bathroom.
"I'm going pee right now.", I sung from my stall.
I actually wanted to stab my ear drums out during the movie so I could make the SINGING STOP. I had to take ibprofen when we got home because it gave me a headache.
So, yeah, thanks for that recommendation.
Which bring us to today, the last day of the year. I can only hope next year will have as many twists and turns and drama-filled days. Somehow, I don't think that will be a problem for me.