Monday, April 17, 2017

Easter Weekend

Our holiday weekend was busy and full of fun, as holiday weekends usually are. on Friday we cleaned house, went to the park, and somehow managed to fit a box full of patio furniture in the van along with all 4 kids and their car seats. Have I mentioned how much I love our mini van? :)




Saturday we hit up the Easter Eggstravaganza which was basically a petting zoo and face painting. The Easter bunny was there, but there was no way we were going to wait 45+ minutes to sit down with the Easter bunny. Scarlett ran around from one animal to the next screeching in excitement. Little girl loves her some animals. Clark meanwhile just wanted to walk around and eat snacks. We met up with H and B's bestie and the three of them had the best time running around and getting their faces painted. As an added bonus, our cute little face painted kiddos made the evening news!




Saturday evening we had friends over for dinner. Then we dyed eggs with Harrison and Brooke before sending them off to bed. We only did 18 eggs which is more than we'll eat, but I never feel like it's enough. I always want to do more eggs. 3 or 4 dozen at least, but since I'm not a fan of egg salad, we'll stick with a dozen and a half each year. Once they were fast asleep we played Cards Against Humanity while filling plastic eggs with whatever candy we didn't eat first. This may need to become a new Easter tradition.


H and B were up by 7am on Easter morning. The babies slept in, so the big kids and I got a chance to go through their baskets, just the three of us. Then we were off to church while the babies and Rob stayed home to pull Easter bunny duty. When we got home from mass, it was time to hunt eggs. It's so funny to see all the kids personalities while they do the same task. Brooke filled her basket to the brim as quickly as possible. Harrison was too concerned about why we weren't hunting eggs in the back yard to actually focus on finding eggs. Scarlett found a package of fruit snacks and decided she didn't need anything else. Clark was happy to let Rob help him look for eggs and then he just wanted to eat jelly beans.







We brunched and then went through all the egg hunt loot before the babies and I laid down for naps. While the three of us napped, Rob, Harrison, and Brooke played with bubbles and rode bikes. Then it was off to my parents for dinner. 





We had perfect weather and got to spend both the morning and evening with both sets of grandparents and a few other family members. Harrison and Brooke were so good about sharing with Scarlett and Clark and showing them how to hunt eggs. It was truly a great day that left us all exhausted and looking forward to next year. I know I say this all the time, but each holiday is more fun than the last and leaves me looking forward to the next one. 

Brooke was snooping and found some of their Easter basket goodies. Thankfully not all of it, but I was worried this was going to be the end of her believing, and I am so not ready for that. They got stuff from us and the Easter bunny this year, which kept her happily believing in the bunny and not asking any further questions. The magic of Easter still lives on. Now I just need better hiding spots.

We are still on a candy high and Brooke refuses to take off her Easter dress. Holiday hangover at its finest. I hope you all had a blessed Easter!

Friday, April 14, 2017

It's Friday

Hello Friday! I am hoping this weekend can get us fully back into our normal groove. I have been busy wrapping up all the loose ends from our charity event last weekend, and it still has me feeling kind of hectic. I barely have had time to check my Instagram feed, which is a shame because so many ladies I follow have adorable newborn babies, and I definitely haven't found time to wrap up my current home project. I probably should be doing that now, but a few uninterrupted minutes with my laptop took precedence.

We bought tickets to see John Mayer back in January when they first went on sale. The concert was this week, and it totally snuck up on me. One of my best friends, Rob, and I all took the afternoon off and headed to Columbus. It's about a 3 hour drive, so we left as soon as I put the babies down for their afternoon nap, and we didn't make it home until after 2am. The drive was so worth it though. We ate at The Crest Gastropub. I came across it on a food blog and I am so glad we tried it. The food was delicious, and the atmosphere was amazing. Green velvet seat cushions, industrial style bar, various faux wood wall coverings. It was a very cool place and I highly recommend it.


The concert was at The Schottenstein Center. We'd never seen a concert there, but it was a good arena venue. This was our fifth time seeing John Mayer in concert, and as always he put on a great show. I was left wanting more, so this morning I bought us lawn tickets to see him at Deer Creek, close to Indy, over Labor Day weekend. If you like his music at all, take the time to see him live. The man is so talented, and seeing him live gives you a whole new appreciation of that talent. 




I am loving this small patio set. I have been looking for a couple pieces for our front porch, and I think this may fit the bill. We have been spending almost every afternoon outside, and I think somewhere for the babies and I to sit and take a break would be nice. I love that this set has foot rests that stow under the chairs, and a spot for me to rest my iced coffee, or adult beverage.

I happened across Spiked Seltzer  and White Claw Hard Seltzer while at Target this week, so I grabber a box of each. Grapefruit and black cherry. I haven't tried either yet, but I am looking forward to trying both over the weekend. Fizzy water, as it's called in our house, plus alcohol equals a qin in my book. Let's hope my taste buds agree. If not, I can always make these La Croix cocktails. I made the cherry limeade one last summer, and it's quite delicious and refreshing.

SNL and Brooklyn 99 are both back this week. Yassssss! They are the two shows that Rob and I watch together each week, in addition to TWD. Sitting on the couch and listening to Rob laugh his ass off makes me smile from ear to ear. His laugh makes me laugh, and Weekend Update always makes us both laugh. Thank you Colin Jost and Michael Che.

I am really excited for Easter weekend. We still haven't dyed eggs because Brooke insists we have to do them with Daddy. So we'll be waiting until the last minute and dying eggs Saturday night. Harrison and Brooke are going to be getting watercolor paints in their Easter baskets which I know they are going to be so excited about. They are also getting little spirograph kits they had in the dollar spot at Target as well as some new felt activity books and of course a new book. I find it really hard to find things for the babies that aren't just clutter to fill a basket or things we don't already have. I still haven't got around to purchasing them real Easter baskets, probably for the aforementioned reason, so they're getting the same tiny felt baskets as last year.

We have plans for Easterfest, hosting dinner with friends, Easter mass, hosting brunch, and then dinner at my parent's this weekend. It's going to be a full weekend, as holiday weekends always are, and I'm ready to tackle it all. Maybe. Part of me just wants to nap all weekend. oh well. Bring it, Easter weekend. I hope you all have a fabulous weekend.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Spring Break 2017

Harrison and Brooke were back to school today after a week off for spring break. To say I'm excited that they're back to school would be an understatement. Thankfully they were both really excited to go back this morning. We had a lot of fun during their break, but by the last few days I was ready for us to get back to our usual routine. Last week was the busiest week of the year for me and my business, and not having my usual quiet time to regroup and handle business items had me on edge. I made sure we had an outing planned for each day, so that helped to break up our days and make everything run smoothly.

Monday morning we hung around the house in our pjs. Monday afternoon we went to Yummi Bunni to pick up a gift certificate and to enjoy some buns. We walked in at the exact right time, because when we were leaving, people were starting to line up. On the way home we stopped by work and get to see puppies. We are fostering a litter of 6 pit bull pipes right now, and they are sooooo cute! They almost make me want another puppy, almost.



Tuesday morning I decided we should go to the mall play area, and so did half of the other people in town. It was packed! I always worry when it's busy and there are a lot of older kids there, but H and B were about the oldest kids there, so the large amount of kids didn't affect the little kids' safety. 


Since Wednesday was Rob's day off work, we loaded the kids in the van by 8am and headed to Indy for the day. We were to The Children's Museum by 10:30 and stayed until 4:30.  We brought the Becos and assumed the babies would nap in their carriers after lunch, but they kept going all day. The big kids got to dig for dinosaur bones, walk a tightrope at the circus, push buttons in a NASA spaceship, serve the babies and I ice cream from an old school soda shop, ride a chocolate slide, and so much more. Day trips to TCM are always a blast. We had to watch about 45 minutes of Elmo on YouTube in order to make it home without massive meltdowns, but we made it with almost no tears.


Thursday I had a lot of work stuff to do, so we just ran around in the van all day. On Friday we had a morning library date with our besties. Each time we go to the library, the babies find new things they like to play with. Harrison and Brooke are so independent now that sometimes I won't talk to them for 20 minutes while they're off dong their things. Both are reminders of how big they are all getting.


The rest of the weekend was spent with me focusing on the Easter Bone Hunt while keeping all of the kids occupied. We had another play date sprinkled in there and a lot of time spent outside enjoying the weather. I had promised H and B dinner at "the salsa place" and ice cream at Zesto over spring break, so once the Easter Bone Hunt was over, we did just that.


Today wasn't any different than any other day, besides the fact that H and B had school. It's amazing how much more peaceful the whole day was. There was no fighting, everyone ate dinner without complaining, and right now they're getting ready for bed without me having to tell them 328 times to brush their teeth. They were both so tired from being back at school today that they fell asleep in the van while we ran a couple errands. That almost never happens for Harrison. Being back to our usual routine felt good, really good, and on top of that our house is cleaner than it's been in a week. I love school! Thankfully they do too. 

Friday, March 31, 2017

Friday Thoughts

Happy National Stripe Day! Yes, it's a real thing . It's no secret that I love stripes, and if you pay any attention to how I dress my kids, you've probably been able to decipher that fact. I decided to take advantage of this new holiday and declare it  reason for a mini photo shoot with all the kids. Brooke was of course ecstatic. Any reason to strike a pose.




Brooke has been practicing bike riding without training wheels for a few weeks now. This week she is officially training wheel free. She finally feels comfortable enough to go without training wheels all of the time, so she asked at the beginning of the week if we could take them off. It's been nonstop bicycle races up and down our street ever since. We live on a cul de sac and there are at least 10 elementary school aged kids on our street(H and B are the youngest), so there is always someone for them to ride bikes with.


Next weekend is my business's annual charity event. We put on a doggie Easter egg hunt each year for our local shelter. This year will be our Ninth Annual Easter Bone Hunt. Somehow every year the date sneaks up on me and I spend the two weeks before scrambling to get ready. Running multiple errands with 4 kids in tow is infinitely more difficult than when it was only 2. What I assumed would take 2 hours this morning wound up taking 3.5 hours. Bad planning on my part or does it really just take that much longer when you're trying to keep four children alive and happy while bouncing from store to store? I'm not sure, but I definitely practiced a lot of deep breathing exercise while out and about today.

One plus from our morning excursion is that I discovered carrot cake Hershey's Kisses. Do yourself a favor and grab a bag, now. Or grab 3, or more, no judging, and stock up. They are so good! They almost make me forget about how Hershey got rid of the raspberry kisses I loved so dearly. Almost.

On Monday Harrison told me he had a loose tooth. I looked at it, and it was really loose and the new tooth was already through his gums. What? How is he getting adult teeth already? He didn't want to do anything to help it come out, so we just waited. 

At 5am Thursday morning I was laying in bed, half asleep while nursing Clark, and in bounds Harrison telling me his tooth came out. Sure enough, he puts it in my hand and I send him back to bed. So there I lay, feeding a baby and holding a dead tooth in my hand. Not how I pictured my 5am, but motherhood happens. Thankfully I didn't drop the tooth and got it to safety. We made it to bedtime, wrote a note to the Tooth Fairy, and placed the note and tooth in a baggie under his pillow. I decorated a $5 bill with glitter markers and traded the cash for his tooth before I went to bed.


In the morning I was expecting him to come running out of his room super excited for his fairy money. Nope. He quietly came downstairs and said "She took it." I asked him if she left anything for him and he said no. Brooke went up to help him look, but still nothing. At this point he was really disappointed because he "missed his tooth." I go up to help him look, and sure enough there's nothing under his pillow or in his bed anywhere. He managed to knock it off his bed in the middle of the night. Thankfully we found it, but he was less than excited about his first Tooth Fairy experience. Maybe once his new tooth is in more he'll stop missing his old one. Brooke was excited enough for both of them, and now she can't wait to loose her first tooth.

Spring break kicked off today which means no school for the big kids next week. We can either stay in our pjs all week, or I need to come up with some fun stuff for us to do so we don't go stir crazy. I'm honestly not sure which one sounds better at this point. I know I said this in S and C's monthly update, but I really wish they didn't run for the street as soon as we step out the front door. Playing with bubbles or sidewalk chalk while the big kids ride their bikes sounds like a perfect way to spend our afternoons. Maybe next week will be the week they start listening.

That's all for this dose of Friday randomness. My weekend is sure to include work, more home projects, and the TWD finale. I'm making pretzel dogs and am already drooling with anticipation. I hope you all have a great weekend, and an awesome spring break if yours happens to fall this week too.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Scarlett and Clark - 15 Months

15 months has finally brought us sleep, glorious sleep. As in sleeping through the night, or at least until 6 am before waking for a morning snack. It's been so great to have both babies consistently sleeping through until morning. My body still hasn't quite adjusted to the not waking situation, but I'm getting there. With the time change this month, their entire schedule got pushed back an hour. I love DST because it means my kids go to bed later and wake up later. We don't have to be anywhere most mornings though. Ask me next year when Harrison and Brooke are in school full time and I may be singing a different tune.


Both Scarlett and Clark are walking EVERYWHERE. Last month they were still crawling most of the time, but that is no longer the case. They are practically running around the house. It's so funny to see them chasing after each other or the dogs. We tell them their "so big" when they are walking around, and they think it's hilarious.


They love spending time outside and get upset when it's too cold for them to play outside. I honestly don't mind spending some days inside, because chasing the two of them all over the front yard is a lot of work. I'm excited for them to have their first zoo trip in April, but I'm hoping they're willing to hold a hand and listen a little better by then. Right now they want to do what they want and do it on their own. Holding hands with mom while walking is a big no no in their book.



Favorite foods right now include yogurt, cheese, cottage cheese, hummus, sausage, avocado, freeze dried fruits and veggies, carrots, and Garden Lites muffins. They are still nursing, but also drink whole milk in a sippy cup at least once a day. We are startling to let them use utensils. The get a fork or spoon with most meals, and we'll give them a preloaded spoon with hummus or cottage cheese. They are pretty good about getting it into their mouths and not all over the floor.


They are slowly moving away from their bedtime nursing session. Some days they only nurse for 30 seconds at bedtime before they're ready to move on to stories. They are still very much into their early am and nap time nursing sessions. We are planning to nurse until about 18  months, but I wouldn't be disappointed if they stopped sooner. They are very distracted and sometimes toothy while nursing. They play a "game" where they both shake their heads while latched on and then giggle uncontrollably. It's really cute, but super annoying and sometimes painful. Things like this have created my indifference as to whether we continue or not.

I love this age and the months to come. Looking back on H and B's younger days the months where they were learning to talk are some of my favorite. Right now of course we are still in the "I know what I want to say but can't actually say it," phase. Which means we have days like today when I can't do anything without someone getting upset about something, which I have no idea what they're upset about and why they're crying, but I definitely know they're mad because they're screaming at me while I try to refill their sippy cup. It's ok though, because I know in a few short months they won't ever stop talking.

Clark

  • is holding strong at 8 teeth
  • has chubby wide feet just like his big brother had. He is already wearing a size 6
  • is already transitioning into 18-24 and 24 month clothes
  • loves to be read to and gets a huge smile on his face when you read his favorite parts
  • loves bubbles
  • has figured out how to open the toilet lids. yuck!









Scarlett

  • has the smallest feet of any of my kids at this age. She's rocking size 4s
  • likes to play in the trash. We now have to keep it locked all the time
  • points at things and says "this" all day long
  • is quickly outgrowing 18 month clothes
  • is starting to imitate things she sees us do. She's been painting the walls a lot and if she has a paper towel she will go around wiping up invisible messes on the floor
  • is finally enjoying reading books instead of eating them
  • still like to eat crayons, but is also starting to try coloring on paper








This month was a good one, and I know the next one will be even better. Easter and the first zoo trip of the year will be highlights for sure. There are so many exciting things in their near future, and I wish they understood that. Their big brother and sister are excited enough for both of them. 

Happy 15 months babies! Maybe it's time to start calling you toddlers? I am not sure that I can bring myself to do that quite yet, so you're still babies for now. 

Friday, March 24, 2017

Hello, Friday!

It's Friday, yay!, and spring decided to show up for the weekend. As I type this, all of my kids are napping, I'm drinking an iced coffee, and the windows are open. The weekend is off to a good start. Now for some Friday randomness.



Everyone loves the movie Office Space, right? I liked the movie long before I worked an office job, but once I worked in an office setting it took on a whole  new meaning. There was a guy in our office who we referred to as Lumbergh, and I had visions of going to town on many office machines with a baseball bat. Mainly the mail machine. It was the bane of my existence.

I came across this photo shoot and couldn't love it more. I feel these moms frustrations. I'm so glad to be past the point of needing to pump. Put on some gangsta rap, give me a baseball bat, and I'm ready to let loose on my pump.

A friend shared this link on Facebook and it really got me to thinking. I've never really thought about emergency situations like this, but this article made me think. I know the likeliness of us ever being in a situation where the van goes into a body of water are slim to none. Getting all 4 kids safely out of the van is an even slimmer posibility, but we now have a plan of action in case we ever have an accident and find ourselves trapped. I ordered two SafeTHammers. One to keep in the van, and the other to put in my apocalypse survival kit. ;)


I know we are still months away from switch up the kids' sleeping arrangements, but I can't stop thinking about decorating a little girl's room. We purchased this swan ballerina a few weeks ago at Target. On another Target trip I saw these stuffed ballerinas and immediately ordered two of them online. (Yes I order things from target.com while shopping in the store) Then the Pottery Barn Kids ad showed up in the mail, and I fell in love with the Emily & Meritt Collection. Specifically this tulle bed skirt. I think it's safe to say the girls are going to be having a ballet inspired room.

At the beginning of the school year, we had every intention of sending Harrison and Brooke to kindergarten this year. We would still like them to start this year, but now we are weighing the possibility of waiting one more year. I started kindergarten the month I turned 5, and I never felt like I was behind. I'm glad I was one of the youngest in my class and not one of the oldest. Lately though I've been seeing research that indicates it's better to wait until the calendar year that your child turns 6 as opposed to 5, and that has me thinking. After parent teacher conferences I am still on the fence about which option is best, so the plan right now is to register them for both and wait to see what happens over the next few months. If you have experience with waiting or not waiting, I'd love to hear your input. I know they'll be ok with whichever route we choose, I just want to set them up for success as much as possible.

We have an exciting weekend planned, but first it's off to work for a few hours this afternoon. I really wish I could stay at home with the kids and enjoy the sun, but business calls, and thankfully business involves spending a few hours with a ton of dogs. I hope you all have a great weekend!