"The real winners in life are people who look at every situation with an expectation that they can make it work or make it better." - Barbara Pletcher

Friday, September 30, 2011

Phone Photo Friday

This has been a weird week as far as schedule goes, so it doesn't feel like a Friday to me!  "The baby" hasn't been here since Monday (her Gram is in town, and I'm so happy they got to spend some QT this week!), I didn't work my usual shift on Thursday, and....wait for it....I worked out this morning.  5am.  I'm going to complain about it all day, and talk about it to everyone I know so that I have some accountability to keep going.  Three short months 'til I'm laying on the beautiful beaches of Cancun with an Electric Lemonade in my hand, and I'm not going to look like an old lady who's wrecked her body with four pregnancies, and never got up off the couch a day afterward.  Mmmmkay!!??

We've had a super great school week.  Super.  The rest-time situation has been working beautifully.  The kids who aren't doing school, but don't really need naps, are allowed to play in their nap spot for one hour while the bigs do their reading/writing.  They can't get out of their nap spot, and they have to be quiet, otherwise I take the toys away (because I'm super mean like that).  Sometimes they'll just fall asleep half-way thru on their own, which is completely fine with me.  We all know if Rowen's nodded off because the house becomes incredibly quiet :)  Even tho he's resting, he's still pretty noisy.  Regardless, everyone is back up after an hour to do our preschool stuff, and it's been so nice.  Love having that hour of quiet for the big kids, and love that the littles can kind of "reset" during that hour if they need to.

Love him so much.

Last year we got literally nothing from our garden.  This year we've got tomatoes!

I loved my Mother's Day pots.  They are officially done for the season, and I decided they didn't look super nice sitting in my window anymore.  

At this moment during breakfast, Maeson was sad because Rowen got to sit closer to "the baby".  Related: Mitch's sister said she wondered why I don't have a seating arrangement in my big white van.  This was after witnessing the ugly race to see who gets to sit in back, who gets a booster, who gets a baby seat, who sits by Truman...*sigh*.  Yes, it would probably be easier.  I love watching them negotiate and figure out on their own how to take turns and be kind and watch out for the little ones.  Doesn't always happen.  Sometimes they squeeze out the little guy and gloat about it.  Usually, they figure out a system, and I know it probably doesn't always look pretty, but I think they're learning how to live life with those kinds of interactions every day.  So, at lunch...Maeson made sure to hike his booster over a few scoots and requested "the baby" sit right next to him.  Done!

I've been buying restaurant Groupons lately, because it seems like Realtors like to show our house around meal times.  Fine by this mama.  Just sell it, we'll eat out.  I loved this cup from Fazoli's last night.  "I believe life should be less 'overdone' and more, shall we say, 'al dente'."  Such a nice thought from a paper cup, right?  I agree.  This is why I'm working out at 5am.  I am fairly fiercely protective of our family evenings, and I don't want to give up that time for exercise.  Or really, much else.  I work one night, we have church 1 night, and Mitch works all weekend.  Those nights we have "off" I want to stay that way.  

Hello, Goodie Two Shoes.  Who raised you?  Your mother is eating baked spaghetti, and it's delicious.  Enjoy your side salad.

I love her.

I forgot I don't have a house key anymore, gave it to the Realtor for our lock box and never replaced it.  So, this morning when I got back from freaking 5am bootcamp, I had to enter thru the garage.  Sorry, Rowen.  This is Rowen at 6:15am.  Kid doesn't do early mornings.  He's more the sleep-in 'til 8am type.  He's back in my bed now, I'm hoping he goes back to sleep :)

So, clearly my life revolves around selling this ding dang house, and transforming my body for our trip to MEXICO in 3 months.  I'm keeping my eye on the prize.  Maybe by Mexico time we'll be eating dinner on our "off" nights in our new house, and I'll look more like 2004 ME. 

Happy Weekending!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Fall Zoo Day

When I look at this, I remember how relaxing it is to take my favorites to the zoo.  It's a lot of work to get there, packing lunch, getting dressed, going potty, loading up the van...  My gosh, it is pretty ridiculous.    Really though, once we're gone it's nearly total relaxation!  Minimal fighting, no messes to clean up, no dishes to wash.  We return home with lunch done, ready for rest time and school.  It's amazing. 

We had a gorgeous day, and Rugger remembered to bring his wallet full of quarters.  Perfection!

We haven't been able to do our morning playdates (mommydates) as frequently this year.  Everyone's schedules kind of blew up this Fall.  I've got a baby now, a daycare buddy who needs to be home in time for preschool pick-up three days a week, and I work one day...  It just seems like we've struggled to find days that work well for everyone.   

We finally hooked up with some of our buddies yesterday, we've missed them!!

Me: "Don't worry, I did not just take a picture of that, and it will not show up on the internet." 

Rowen: "I can do it, seeeee?!!!!"

We've got a routine on the way home.  It starts with everyone taking a turn telling their favorite part of our outing, and ends with reminders on what to do when we get home.  "...and, take your shoes and socks off on the front step!"  No sand inside, pretty please.  I vacuum enough as it is, ya know :)

Such a fun day, love hanging with my crew, their buddies, and their buddies' moms! :)

Monday, September 26, 2011

Unexpected Fun.

The best kind of fun, really.  Started the day thinking we'd switch out the kids' summer clothes for long pants and sweatshirts from the tubs in our basement closet.  Knew it would require a full day, and lots of caffeine.  Realized we didn't have any caffeine, so we left the house to get some.  Decided it was way too nice outside to return home to do housework.  Ended up at Mitch's company carnival.  Kids will be wearing shorts for a few more days.

In a contest, Carnival will win over Clothing Swap, every single time.  Just so we're all clear.  There wasn't really anything I could do to stop this procrastination. 

Rugger played this game 200 times to keep winning prizes for his brothers and our daycare buddies.  I feel like I say "NO" a lot as a parent, which is fine because it's my job.  Some days I just decide I'm going to say no as infrequently as possible, because I need a break.  Sometimes it works better than others.  In this case, not saying no meant we left the parking lot with about 187 "made in China" trinkets that will likely end up in the garbage sooner than later.  So be it.  They had a blast, and so did I.

I give my handsome husband a hard time for working in a cushy office with 15-minute breaks and a rolly chair, while I clean up poop and fix meals all day.  However...even with that window, I am pretty sure I'd last about an hour in that office!  Gross!  Sorry, husband.  Thanks for letting me work from home so I can do fun things with my cute kids all day.

Such an unexpectedly fun day with my favorites!

Saturday, September 24, 2011


Shout-out number 4,837 to my big white van for getting me and my crew out and about in this gorgeous Fall weather. 

We were trying to find another Lincoln Safari rubbing post, but failed.  We had a great morning running around at East Campus tho, so I gave it a solid B+ as far as outings go.

It's tricky when you have such a sweet face combined with such an ornery personality.  Tricky for the mom, that is.  Great for the kid.

Is it just me, or do they all kind of look alike?  Such cheesers. 

Me: New Facebook profile pic!

Me: Reise, let's get a picture of you with the babies!
Reise: My mouth is full!
Me: Just smile, no one will notice. 
Dominick: Hey, Alece.
Alece: Hey, baby.  Check out my wrist rattle.
Dominick: Don't mind if I do...

So we may not have found the ding dong rubbing post, but we did spend some time outside with some of our favorite peeps.  

And, we can all say the word Arboretum.  

Friday, September 23, 2011

Friday Night Fun

I love them!  The girls had so much fun doing cheer camp at the high school this week.  Every evening we put a few miles on the minivan to get them to practice (and were reminded of how grateful we are that we don't do all that driving, all the time!).  Then, they got to perform at the Varsity football game on Friday night. 

Grandma and Grandpa took the three boys out to eat beforehand, which was so great.  The girls and I hung out, did hair, touched up nails, and grabbed a few drive-thru egg rolls for dinner :)  On our way there we ran to exchange Reise's black pants for a smaller size...we live on the edge like that, ripping the tags off in the parking lot and wearing them straight onto the field.

The boys had fun asking questions about football to everyone except me.  They know better, Mommy has no clue.  Aunt Lynnette is their best bet there, truly.  I hope they choose baseball.  I love baseball.  I know baseball.  Baseball is very, very, very easy to understand.  

Rugger asked about snacks about one billion times until I finally told him if I heard the word snack one more time we were leaving (or something like that).  I swear, didn't you just eat?  I know you did! 

Oh, tiny, itty, bitty, little baby girl Reise!!!  For as outgoing, independent and confident as she is most of the time, she was pretty darn shy!  She stayed really close to her new "friend" (the high schooler) the whole time.  She looked adorable and tiny out there :)

This one cried, hemmed, and hawed for weeeeeks over being too nervous to cheer in front of a large crowd.  Evidently she forgot all of that, because she was whooping it up the entire time.  I am not kidding.  She was so very cheer leader-ish.  It was incredible, surprising, and hilarious! 

The minute she got back up to the stands she asked how long until the next Cheerios camp.  Hello, that'll be a long year to wait! 

It was such a fun night, and the weather was perfect.  We got some M&M's and stayed thru the third quarter, even.  (Rugger got lucky, they were out of anything non-sugar.)  Loved it!  

If I could freeze time right now, I so would.  The kids' ages are so perfect, I can't imagine loving the next stage as much as I do this one.  Lord, come quickly!

Choosing to love,

Phone Photo Friday and our playdoh {recipe}

I asked the boys to 409 the ledge in the basement and all the baseboards last Friday while I was busy cleaning for our open house.  They were thrilled!  What the heck?  Even if they don't do a bang-up job, I'm super happy to keep them busy cleaning :)  They moved on to the walls, and then eventually got bored.  It was great while it lasted!

This is the annual t-shirt organizing scene, love it!  It's one of our favorite things to do! 

Delivering is fun, too.  I don't really mind driving, because I really don't do much driving all week.  We bring along beverages, have some good convo, and see our friends and fam.  It's a fun day.

I'm still somewhat amazed on a regular basis, that this is my life.  I love it, but it's pretty incredible.  Everything in MASS quantities.  Crazy!

What?  Not subtle enough?  Hahahaha!  Pray for someone to make an offer on our house!  I want to move before the snow flies :)

I love them and their creative play.  Love.

We made playdoh this week.

My goal was to figure out which recipe I liked better...Cream of Tartar or Alum.  By accident I added both to the same bowl, so I guess instead of comparing the two, we'll just say this is what we ended up with and it is our favorite consistency so far!

2 cups flour
2tbls Alum
1tbls Cream of Tartar
1 cup salt
1 package unsweetened dry koolaid
2 cups water
1tbls oil

Mix up the dry ingredients, then add to the water and oil over medium heat. Stir quickly, remove from heat.

Lightly flour the table, then knead the doh until it's smooth. 

Store in a Ziploc, in the fridge.  It's edible...but I hear it doesn't taste great.  Guess who tried it?

We've had such a busy week, happy Friday all!!