Our days really are not too exciting here – but I like to do a post like this once a year as I’m sure it will continually change.Anywhere from Olivia wakes up. For a long time this would work just fine because we would make a bottle and feed her in bed/sleep and she would fall right back to sleep. And we could actually get everyone ready while she kept sleeping. Now, she is hit or miss (more miss) on the falling back to sleep part. And we can’t leave her there as she would nosedive right off the bed. So I usually stay in bed with her for a while after she eats and Keith will usually take a shower around .(I’ve been working out 2 days a week with the neighbors at - so these days all this changes, actually everything just happens faster/earlier)- battle waking of the dead / WAKING UP THE BOYS! (I should clarify this is only applies for week days, on the weekend they pop right up on their own around .) Sometimes I try to dress them while they are half asleep. That cuts down on battles, but now they usually get dressed pretty easily so not as bad as it once was. This is also when OLIVIASAURUS comes out- she loves to give the boys hugs and kisses in the morning and then she will hit their faces and laugh and growl and everything! Pretty darn funny. Keith usually does this while I drag myself out of bed (did I mention I’m not a morning person) and do my 15 minute – get-ready. 98% pony tail rate, clothes are semi wrinkled.Once the boys make their way down, they usually pick out their breakfast – 3 things, we have been working this down to 2 items (they eat again at school). And this is not usually fruit, at some point that fell out of the breakfast line up. Usually smokies, cereal bars, cereal, oatmeal, waffles or toast. And they are really into mixing cereals, so something like lucky charms and fruit loops. Milk varies by the day. And yes – they need a separate plate for each item. Olivia has been joining in on breakfast too and we try and get her dressed about this time as well. The transition from breakfast to coats/shoes to the car – somehow can take FOREVER! It is possible to get that done in 5 minutes, can take up to 30 (EASILY!).Off to school! If I drop off we need to be in the car and ready to go by about , Keith’s schedule is a bit more flexible and he is closer. So Keith would love to be IN THE CAR out of the house by , but often times doesn’t get everyone in the car until .OFF TO WORK FOR US!– pick up. Keith usually picks up since he is closer and can get their sooner (until he moves to wdsm and this entire day is changed). Writing this reminds me of how much I hate that my kids are at daycare for 10 hours and home with me for like 3 hours at night (until bed). Mondays we have baseball, so we go to that and Olivia stays at daycare a bit later.Usually one of us gets home about the same time the one does pick up and the other attempts dinner. This my friends is a sad dinner! We really need to work on planning. So it’s whatever we can throw together. Often looks like some sort of meat, side of uncle bens 90 second rice and fruit. The boys won’t touch vegetables, though I do attempt to give it to them sometimes.UNTIL AROUND - We play, play, play until bath time. Of course this is only getting later as the days are nicer and it’s lighter outside – hard to tell the kids to go inside after such a long winter. So lately we have been playing outside ever night.7:30ish – We give Olivia a bath around 7 – about every other day depending on how dirty she is looking, sometimes more often. Neither of us love this job right now. She loves it but will not sit still in the tub making it very hard to give her a bath. Then one of us will take her to her room and feed her and…. YES ROCK HER TO SLEEP. I know I should probably be putting her down somewhat awake, but it’s the few minutes of the night I get to just sit and enjoy her. So I DO! Sometimes the boys take their bath together; lately Dylan has been doing showers upstairs while Carter does a bath in my room. I actually like separate ones- they go MUCH FASTER! They could sit in the tub for like an hour. Maybe they get that from me.8-9ish- Boys get PJS on, we go to their room (usually O is asleep at this point), Keith usually reads them 2-3 books and they eat their fruit snacks, then we brush teeth, snuggle with each for a bit (currently they insist we tell each a chuggington story – you do something one time and now I have to come up with a new story every night and I am OUT of stories)and attempt to leave the room. Dylan will ask me to put ALL his blankets on – which is like 7-10 blankets, he always gives me a huge hug and kiss. Carter will usually be about asleep before I leave the room. Lately they haven’t been coming out too much. Sometimes this can be a nightmare and 45 minutes later they still aren’t asleep. But for the most part they stay in bed now.9-10ish- We try and do dishes, maybe a load of laundry (more likely rewash the load we forgot to put in the dryer), clean up a bit (I don’t think some people would call that clean), get Olivia’s bottles ready, I usually take a bath. Sometimes Keith will work out.10-12ish- This is when I should go to bed, then maybe I wouldn’t be so tired. But- I love this time!!! It would also be a good time to clean a bit more- but instead I am pretty darn lazy and I enjoy it! This is usually when I blog, work on a project if we have something going on (will be doing a bit of painting at this time soon and should start working Olivia’s bday), spend far too much time Pinterest, usually watch a bit of Jay Leno or Jimmy Fallon if we are still up. Keith usually works for an hour or two. Sometimes I fall asleep on the couch too –probably at least once a week.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
My nephew Alec turned two yesterday! Where does the time go. Unfortunately I failed at bringing my camera to the party. The boys picked out gifts for him - and of course wrapped them too! Got a few shots of that.
Anyone else have to buy one of these balls from Target. This is our third. I saw another mom walking out with two and a couples boys - I thought to myself - sucker - they got you too!
Monday, May 13, 2013
I remember when my boys were tiny little babies and strangers who had twins would approach me at times and I remember on a number of occasions people telling me 4 – you got to make it to 4, that’s when they start to get easier. At the time, that seemed very far away and here we are! In my short years of parenting, I’ve quickly learned things never get easier, they just get different. And though many days I feel exhausted or overwhelmed, I’m always happy they are still at the age where we are all under the same roof and they don’t have driver’s license (so not ready for that!).
Anyway – back to 4. I can’t say the start of 4 was anything easy, actually I think we were by far tested the most we had been tested as parents on an entire new level that I did not even think existed. For us going from two to three was challenging and the boys didn’t do so great with all the changes. We still have our really hard days, but lately it seems like more good ones than bad ones. Lucky for us Olivia was a really good baby! Regardless, I still feel like we are a bit of a train wreck anywhere we go these days.
The past few weeks I’ve noticed how much more independent they have gotten (sometimes too independent). For the most part, we are through the “running off” stage – provided I can keep them in our yard. They seem to think all the neighbors yards are fair game. But they are at the age where they don’t get as sick as often, so not as many doctors’ visits. And generally they can tell me they have something or another, a vitamin seems to do the trick. They can tell me what’s wrong or what they need. They are fun because it’s still totally OK for them to give me a big hug and kiss when I drop them off at daycare. Of course all these things they can tell us are great – but they also like to repeat things back to you. I just heard Dylan tell Keith he didn’t like his attitude. So you must be careful with your words at this age. I love their perspective right now and all the things they like to tell me and their thought process. You can teach them so much at this age, which is neat to see. They can be a bit silly in the way they try to make conversation at times. Last night our neighbor was walking by with his bike helmet on and Carter wanted his attention a bit, so he told him not to forget his helmet at his friend’s house. Totally random! I love their little conversations between each other. Even though they fight sometimes, I hope they always remain as close as they are. They really are inseparable, they will sit on our huge couch side-by-side, often times overlapped. Sometimes too close as I’ve seen them pee together at the potty on a number of occasions. They have this new language we didn’t have as kids. One day we were watching TV and they said something about the show was downloading. I’ll hear a dot com here and there. Yet they don't totally get it. I told them I was going to order something from the Internet and Dylan asked me if it was going to pop out of the computer. For the most part they are easier to dress (still pretty darn picky), but I remember days where it was such a process to convince them to get dressed – getting shoes on, that’s still a battle! They are still picky eaters, Dylan has been getting better about trying things. Bedtime can still have its challenges, but nothing like we once went through nightly. So a lot of fun right now and I’m holding on tight because I am so not ready for them to be big school kids yet! They start the last room at daycare next month – the one before kindergarten!
Dylan was all excited talking about Mother’s Day and told me I needed to go to a restaurant, then turned it into we should go to the trampoline place!
One day Carter told me, “Olivia’s earning her teeth”. So then I asked them if they had been learning about earning things at school – indeed they had!
Olivia has been a bit grumpy with teeth and ear infections- tonight Carter walks by her - yeah she's crabby. Yesterday on our drive home from Baxter she cried about the entire way home - one of them said, she's getting like five teeth mom.
Dylan in the truck one night- Mom, you are skinny. Thanks Dylan. Mom, you know what skinny is? It’s the opposite of fat. You used to be fat. Thanks DylanJ
One day I was watching the boys out the window and Dylan was walking around picking up dandelions and he kept yelling to Carter, I’m just picking out flowers for mom – sweetest thing ever!!!!
Really? Really mom? Dylan is on a "really" kick, I've been hearing it a lot lately.
We were talking about visiting some friends who had a baby - Carter said, that baby is probably a kid now.
After asking Carter to stop climbing on the banister, he said, "you guys just shouldn't have had kids so they wouldn't break your house"
Yesterday they were telling me that we should probably have 3 more babies- no thank you!
I asked them if they were going to live together after they moved out. And the answer was yes! Then Carter said he wanted to live with me forever:) I liked that one!
Thursday, May 9, 2013
After the baby shower we went to Nicole and Ryan's for a little BBQ and it was a beautiful day for (which is rare around here lately)
How fun is this- three of our friends had babies within days of each other (and two are first cousins).
The big kids getting ready to hold babies!
I don't think everyone is in the picture, but there were a lot of kids there that night! 4 little babies, 2 bigger babies and 5 big kids.
My girlfriend Nicole is due with a little boy late July, so Autumn and I did a little shower for her. So much more fun planning showers with the power of Pinterest!
Check out these cupcakes! Autumn picked them up at Scratch in Des Moines and they were ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!!!! I went by on Sunday to pick one up, but they are closed on Sundays. I tried a couple kinds, both were awesome.
Keith was a trooper during the shower and took the kids to a couple different parks. Not too bad with the boys but Olivia can be challenging since she is entering the turbo mobile stage. And it was a bit toasty that day.
When they got back Jess was there with baby Jace. Olivia was giving him all sorts of hugs. And this picture officially makes her giant. She was LOVING him!
Every time I do a party, Dylan gets super into it and is my big helper. Both boys helped, but Dylan LOVES helping me. The funny part is, he thinks just because we do one thing for one type of party, that's what we do for every party. Like, I think we bought red plates like 6 months ago for Olivia's birthday because we did that for their 3rd bday. (and yes, he remembers crazy stuff like that). So for their last party I put forks and napkins a bucket, so he kept trying to put out "the party bucket" - so he called it! Keith had gone out that night with his friends, Olivia was in bed, so it was just me and the boys. Carter finally got so tired he told me he wanted to go to bed. Dylan just kept asking for more jobs and didn't go to bed until about 10:30.
While I was putting Carter in bed I asked Dylan if he would wrap tissue around these gifts and put them into bags. He came back up and said the tissue wouldn't stay so he had to tape it!