Monday, June 30, 2008
Sunday, June 29, 2008
Saturday, June 28, 2008
The kids were really good while we painted and kept themselves busy in the yard. We put up the TeePee that Aunt Keely and Uncle Jeremy got them for Christmas. They played on their swingset and in the pop-up School Bus. Even Reese kept herself busy and never cried . . . she sat on a blanket playing with her toys and enjoying the outside. The best thing for the kids was the blow up pool without water -- they played in there forever bouncing on the sides in some weird game that made them laugh hysterically. We even had a picnic and I had planned a fun dessert but someone ate almost all the cookies so I had to quickly improvise with makeshift banana splits. They turned out pretty good for something I threw together in a couple minutes. I have to remember to hide food even from Daddy now if I have plans for it later.
Friday, June 27, 2008
Thursday, June 26, 2008
2. I am loving recipe blogs and sewing blogs so darn much lately! I have found some awesome people who make equally awesome projects and food. Of course, I've blog jumped so much that I'm not sure where I found some of them and if I'll ever get back there again. Maybe it's for the best do I really have tons of time to be sewing and cooking? You know the answer to that.
3. I really love donuts and wish we had some right now!
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Aaron says a pinecone did this to his arm while he played on the slip and slide on Saturday. Now that's a mean pinecone!
Monday, June 23, 2008
On Sunday we filled up last year's pool. They were dying to swim but it was super cold. Our neighbors, Sam and Brady, came over to play too. Sam is about 6 months older than our trio and Brady is 2 months older than Reese. Brady's mom says he just started crawling and is already pulling him self up and wanting to walk! At 9 months! Yikes! Addison didn't walk until she was 14 months old . . . I bet Reese will crawl very soon and then want to walk even faster . . . scary thought! Dang . . . how does the time go so fast . . . I was just beginning to tell people a year ago that I pregnant.
Friday, June 20, 2008
We bought a recliner about 3 years ago when we turned Aaron's Man Den into a playroom. The room is on our main floor and it's our third bedroom and not very big. Before the kids were two years old, I would spend a lot of time in there with them and there was no place to sit but the floor. Aaron and I seldom agree on TV shows so he needed a place to sit and watch his shows at night. We decided a recliner would be great since we didn't already own one. We went to a chain furniture store and picked one out in a dark tan microfiber fabric. I thought it was a great color for stains. We also spent an extra $50 on a warranty that covered anything humans or pets did to the soil the fabric. For 5 years if anything happened to the chair, they would try to clean it for free or if it couldn't be cleaned then we would get a new chair (for free!). This is an excellent deal for someone with 2 old cats and 3 infant babies. We used the chair and then we used it some more. I never worried about anyone eating or drinking in it or the cats laying it. First, I don't believe in buying something and then be so overly concerned with keeping it "new" that you can't relax and enjoy it and second, I knew we would be getting a new chair in 5 years or less. Then the furniture company announces it's going out of business. So even though it had only been 2 years I decide to call them to get my cleaning/free chair NOW! Well, it wasn't so simple -- they were claiming bankruptcy so basically I got nothing but a form to fill out and maybe I would get part of my warranty money back -- still waiting on that. I borrowed by sister's carpet/upholstery cleaner and it didn't help. I warn everyone that if you are considering new furniture to stay clear of microfiber/microsuede anything if you have children, know children, or even on occasion think of children even if none come to your home -- bad stuff! Aaron hated sitting the chair but it was the only place to sit if he wanted to watch TV. It was really disgusting (see photo above)! We were ready to throw it away and I wasn't even sure the garbage man would touch it even if he had gloves on. I hated to buy a new chair in fear of of the same thing happening all over again.
So this week my favorite thing is triplet, large family, and practical all in one! It's a slipcover for the recliner! Now I know you're thinking: that is just stupid and when I first heard of it I thought the same thing. After all, I've owned slipcovers before. It can takes hours to get them on right and they can make a ugly or used piece of furniture look so much nicer until someone actually sits on the furniture and then it looks like you threw a sheet over your couch to cover it up. We were at Target looking at slipcovers. I noticed that they come in pieces (ours is 4 pieces -- one piece for each arm, one for the back, and another for the seat/footrest) rather than in one big sheet you have to tuck and tuck and tuck. And this one is stretch so it fits our recliner (which is a Stratolounger) like a glove and the best part it's washable! Now I can take off the dirty part and wash and dry it . . . oh heaven! Our chair looks so much nicer that I even moved it out of the playroom and into the living room. I noticed they have the same stretch slipcovers for loveseats, couches, other types of chairs, and even ottomen at Target in this stretch fabric and it comes in several colors. So if you have a piece of furniture that is disgusting or just disgustingly ugly I would try one of these out.
Thursday, June 19, 2008
We spent over an hour at the park today after we walked the LONG way there. Then came home and broke out the water sticks that Aunt Ashley got them last week at the Dollar Store. The Dollar Store/Dollar Tree/Big Lots has great seasonal toys. I find that most seasonal toys don't last through one whole season anyway so why pay $7 or $8 (times 3 or 4 here) for something that will break just as quickly as the dollar version. They had a lot of fun with the sticks and I even got sprayed.
Yesterday we made Grape Pops that I found here. We put grapes on sticks (I used shish kabob sticks but cut off the point). The kids helped put them on the sticks -- I told them to find the "belly button" of each grape to help them get them on the stick and that worked. We stored them in a ziplock bag in the freezer and I thought they probably won't be so great but they were. They tasted just like a popsicle but are way more healthy. Next time we do it I think I will just let them do 4 or 5 grapes on each stick instead of 8 or 9. Addison devoured hers and Caden ate most of his. Ethan took some bites but then I found it on the ground covered in ants. I even let Reesey try it a bit but she thought it was really cold!
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Monday, June 16, 2008
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Happy Father's Day, Aaron! I know I get a lot of credit for all the work that goes into raising four little kids but the truth is I couldn't do this without him at all! He picks up all my slack (and there's a lot) and gives me encouragement on "those days". You know the days where I am standing on the sidewalk at the end of block with all 4 kids watching for his truck -- this happened last Thursday and he walked into the house after being gone his normal 11 hours and told me that he needed to go mow and I started to cry. He said, "What's wrong?" I answered, "I suck at this." "What?" he said. I said, "At this mom thing -- I can't do it!" Realizing I needed a few moments to myself, he said "I'll take the kids to town and get a few groceries, pick up my prescriptions, and get a pizza." He did. He was gone almost 2 hours with the trio. I managed to take a shower, clean up the house a little, put away some clothes, feed the baby, sit for a few moments, and completely change my perspective on my mommy life. I'm sure he was more exhausted than me that day but he knew I needed some alone time to pull myself together. He's like that all the time. He really puts effort into spending time with the kids and me. Sure, he has his moments of showing frustration and losing his temper with all of us but that's the stress of our life and I am the same way! He is the best Daddy I know and I appreciate everything he does for our family!
Thursday, June 12, 2008
A few years ago, a mentor of mine told me something that rings true for me every day - that those interruptions we have every 5 minutes as SAHMs aren’t really interruptions, they ARE our day. I may have an agenda to pay bills, clean out the fridge, go to the post office, etc., but my primary job really is to be an influence on my children. It’s worth the time to discipline for those little things, because that’s my main job. And it’s worth it to stop what I’m doing and play with blocks.