Saturday, August 30, 2008
Friday, August 29, 2008
I won’t keep you in suspense any longer – it’s . . .
I am so happy with how well everything has gone! I kind of feel like I’m on vacation – no kidding! I’ve gotten a shower every day and this is before we leave for school. Not to mention that I am fixing a semi-decent breakfast for them (and me) – we don’t have time for donuts in the car – we live 2 blocks from school now! They’ve brushed their teeth every morning and Addison’s hair is combed and they’re wearing shoes and socks, their glasses, and hearing aid and we’ve made it to school by 8:30! We’ve walked every day except Thursday (and Friday) because it was monsoon season.
The kids love school and their teachers and aides! Ethan has been doing well after the first day and has earned all his “stars” on Wednesday and Thursday! I have less laundry because kids aren’t changing their clothes on a whim, they are super hungry for supper because they aren’t eating junky snacks all day so their eating healthier, they are fighting way less when we are home, they seem more cooperative when I ask them to do something, and they are going to bed without coming downstairs even once at night. Of course the house is easier to clean because they aren’t destroying things as soon as I pick it up.
Now all this really may be a mirage -- I may just think they are fighting less and cooperating more because I am not extremely stressed and exhausted by 10 am and by the time I have everybody back home at 3 pm I feel like I still have a lot of patience and I want to be with them. I have even enjoyed cooking supper and have time during the day to “think” and plan what we will be eating instead of panicking at 5:30 or 6:30 standing in front of the fridge trying to pull something together.
The best thing is I’ve had uninterrupted time to complete a few things. I redid our playroom on Tuesday and took every toy upstairs that wasn’t safe for Reese to play with and I also picked up the whole house on Tuesday to prepare for our bi-weekly cleaning. On Wednesday I got the oil changed in the van, went to two grocery stores, went to Walgreens, took Ethan and Reese out for lunch, and dropped off our recycling. Thursday I learned something: I need to have plans. I thought after I got the kids to school and got Reese down for a nap that I would figure out what to do. Well that’s not such a good plan. I didn’t feel like I was accomplishing anything but I did put away a bunch of scrapbook layouts in albums, picked up the house from last night, sorted through some dresser drawers, cleaned out our linen closet, made some appointments, and worked a little bit on a scrapbook layout. So I got stuff done just felt like I had no direction. I need to schedule time to do stuff I need to do and stuff I want to do like scrapbook. I’ll be working on that the next few weeks. I feel like I have time to think thoughts and just some peace and quiet instead of hearing screaming, whining, and complaining. I have been leaving the TV off and sometimes turn on music but sometimes just enjoy the quietness of the house.
So I’m lovin’ preschool after the first week!
Thursday, August 28, 2008
*Still getting up 1 to 2 times a night to nurse – I really don’t mind that much though.
*Another ear infection when she was working on getting some top teeth.
*She only wants to play with “contraband” (as Keely would say). Who wants all those dumb all baby toys – after all we have so many. I’ll tell you who wants them is 3-1/2 year olds! Reese would rather play with tiny blocks, plastic sacks, small Spiderman figures, crayons, onion skins, paper, or folding chairs.
*She loves the water! Bath time is a favorite and darts for the bathroom door the minute it opens! I can usually find her playing in the cat’s water bowl soaking wet – having the time of her life!
*She mumbles "mama" and "dada" over and over again. She also growls, laughs, squeals in delight, and imitates blowing.
*She loves to feed herself Puffs and Wagon Wheels. She really likes most baby food. However she is also a human vacuum. So far she has eaten popcorn, fruit snacks, bacon, onion skins, leaves, animal crackers, fruit loops and probably a million other things I don’t know about.
*She thinks she’s 39 months not 9 months, if she could go to preschool, she would and probably love it! She loved circle time at All Aboard Preschool and actually did some of the songs with the other kids.
*She loves to dance as soon as she hears music she's bouncing up and down.
*One of her favorite toys is a bouncing Tigger that Cathi gave us several months ago and I just got around to putting batteries in it this week (I'm quick!). She loves it and bounces with Tigger and likes to put his nose in her mouth while he bouncing!
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Here's Addison and Ethan chasing after a "goose" at least that's what Addison thought it was. They got so close I thought they were going to step on its tail.
Here's the second trip to preschool to drop off the supplies! What a load -- thank goodness we have the Choo Choo Wagon!
Our neighbors, The Agan's, walked with us to preschool. Their daughter Sam is in class with Addison and Caden. This is quite a long line!
Here's someone who thinks she is hot stuff riding like a big girl in the wagon. She was squealing and raising her hands above her head. I think she's ready for roller coasters already!
Ethan loves having his photo taken. He had a much better day today according to his teacher. I didn't get any details but I think I'll leave it at that. And guess what? Today he peed on the potty for me! I wanted to shout it from the rooftops but the best I could do after I screamed hysterically in the bathroom was open the window and yell the news to our rooftop to Daddy and Papa!
This one loves the water! If she sees the bathroom door open, she speed crawls to get in. Once in she's trying to pull herself up to stand by the tub! I have found her way too many times in the last two days playing the cat's water bowl. Clothes and hair soaked, and she's loving every moment of it!
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
I got home, put Reesey to bed, and started to clean like crazy (cleaning lady coming tomorrow). I always seem to move super fast when I'm home alone -- I'm hardly ever home alone and my 2-1/2 hours went fast. At 10:30 Mrs. Flynn called and said Ethan was doing wonderfully but he was asleep on the carpet. What???? She wanted to know if I wanted to come get him. I really didn't because Reese was asleep, I was cleaning, and I want him to get into the swing of things. She said should I wake him up? I think she was worried he would be a big grump but he normally is good natured when he wakes up so I told her to get him since they were having snack but call me if she needed me to come get him early. I arrived at school at 11:30 and I was watching through the class window. Ethan was sitting on the aide's lap while other people colored. Then most of the time he was playing in the centers while he was supposed to be sitting on the carpet. That is typical of him but I felt my sails deflate a little. He noticed me and started calling my name so the teacher said I could come in. I stayed while they had restroom breaks. He wouldn't sit in line with the other kids and kept running away. We returned to the classroom and he did sit in the circle after I dragged him there a couple of times. They sang a song and the teacher would call a child's name and they would stand in the circle and "do" something like hop or perform a somersault. It was Ethan's turn and he almost did a headstand -- pretty impressive for a 3-1/2 year old -- but then he wouldn't stop he just kept doing it. They moved on when he wouldn't listen to the teacher. Finally she had to pull him to her lap. He's all about attention and he's nothing about waiting. At 112:10 we left and made it home for lunch and naps then it was back to get Caden and Addison. They had "awesome" days as their teacher wrote. Addison was perky and happy to see me and Mrs. Duncan said Addison told her all day she was tired but then when it was nap time she didn't sleep . . . imagine that? Caden only slept 20 minutes she said because some girl next to him woke him up. He cried a little when he saw me but I think he was a little tired. They played at home a lot and weren't too grouchy. They went to bed right away at 8:15.
I think it went well. They didn't have a lot to say about school. They said they ate. Aaron and I both talked to Ethan about behaving and listening better. I hope it gets better for him. He's not being "bad" just wanting to do his own thing. I have some fun photos to share if I can ever get them off my camera!
Monday, August 25, 2008
We came back home I was feeding the baby lunch and the boys were outside in the backyard. Caden came in crying (which is nothing out of the ordinary). I looked at him and there was blood all over his mouth so I didn't panic just cleaned him up and realized there was a big gash above his upper lip. It wasn't bleeding so much but it looked really deep. I don't know much about cuts and stitches so I called Aaron and he said call our doctor. Of course it was lunch time no one there but the receptionist and she said they don't put in stitches at the office and I was to go to Prompt care or Emergency Room. I got in touch with Aaron's mom and she was going to meet me at Prompt Care. I grabbed everyone, had to dress the baby who who naked because she had spilled the cat's water all over her earlier and we headed to Galesburg. I called Prompt Care on the way to ask if they do stitches and she said not on someone that little when it has to do with the face. So we headed to the Emergency room. By the time we got there it looked like it was scabbing up and I thought I'm totally overreacting. But when the nurse looked at him she thought he needed some glue to hold it together. Then the nurse practitioner came in and she said that we were going to need stitches as the glue was just going to keep opening when he talked and ate. So he got some numbing med on his lip for about 20 minutes. Then they had to give him a few shots of numbing meds right in the wound which was the worst part and he cried. He got TWO stitches. He was fine after the whole ordeal. It took about 2-1/2 hours from the time we walked in the ER and the kids hadn't eaten lunch -- it was 3pm. So they all got Happy Meals. He was so brave and such a big boy! I can't believe we've gotten this far (3-1/2 years) and only 2 stitches. Now the cause of it is still a little ambiguous since it was just the boys outside. My first thought was a stick because I saw them playing with some earlier. But Caden said Ethan hit him with his glasses which made me think Ethan had his glasses off (metal frames) and was swinging them around but Ethan's was still wearing his glasses and he can't put them on by himself. So I think they bumped heads just right and that's how it happened. Or theory number 2 is the alligator. When we got back home I asked Caden again what happened and he said an alligator bit him in our yard -- look out if you visit us!
Then we had to go back to school to take Addison's and Caden's supplies to their classroom. What a day! I'm exhausted and I haven't gotten a thing done! Tomorrow I'll have some time and I'm excited. I'm a little nervous for the kids and hope their day goes well. I have tons of photos of everything but for some reason I can't get the photos off the camera and on to the computer which is driving me nuts! I'll post some as soon as I get it figured out!
Sunday, August 24, 2008
I got my recipe from All Recipes which I turn to a lot when I'm not sure how to make something or am just looking for something new. I look for recipes with 4 or 5 stars usually.
******Imagine a really cool photo of my bright red salsa here, but I can't figure out how to get any photos off my new camera -- since it's midnight that's not helping either!******
Fresh Tomato Salsa
3 tomatoes, chopped
1/2 cup finely diced onion
1 Serrano chili, finely chopped
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons lime juice
1 clove garlic, minced
In medium bowl, stir together tomatoes, onion, chili peppers, cilantro, garlic, and lime juice, and salt. Chill for one hour before serving.
It's nothing like the jar versions at all which I don't think I will ever be able to eat again. The recipe called for 5 of those Serrano chili peppers but I only used one. It's not hot at all and I used the seeds and everything. I think it could use more but probably not 5! Let me know if you make it! And I did give the slave neighbor some since he donated the tomatoes and he is roofing our house that should make it even, right?
I could have just kept all of them home another year as they can go to preschool next year too. But really I know I am doing this more for me than for them. I need the break especially after this summer of Aaron roofing. I haven't had much of a break at all in a few months. It's hard and even harder when there are many, many days they don't nap. I feel so "behind" with so many things. I need some time to myself. I need some time with just Reesey. I need to be happy to see the kids at 11:45 and 3:00 instead of looking at the clock and seeing how much longer until bedtime.
When we went to registration, Ethan's teacher said, "You aren't going to know what to do with just the baby at home. You'll probably just spend the entire time looking around asking yourself, 'What should I do?'" I think she's right. Last week I started a list of things I want to do and things that need to be done. And I do think I'm going to work out some kind of schedule for myself so I have time to run errands, workout, complete house projects of painting and cleaning (oh, the closets), and do stuff like scrapbook and just relax with Reese. I was ready to try to figure all this out on paper and start in on Tuesday with a schedule but then I decided that maybe we need a transition period for all of us. So I think I'm going to play it by ear for the first couple weeks just to see how it all works. It's really weird though because I can't really comprehend some things without 4 kids because I keep thinking things like I need to get my hair cut so badly -- it's been about 3 months -- I start to stress about it wondering when can I do that with Aaron roofing every night after work, it's not the kind of thing I can take 4 kids with me to do then I remember, Oh yeah, I'll only have Reese I can just schedule it when the kids are in school. She can easily sit in the stroller for 20 minutes when I do that. It's a whole new way of life for me.
I wouldn't be surprised if my attitude about school changes a lot over the next few days but with a little time and patience I think things will work out and I may feel a little less stressed about life in general!
Saturday, August 23, 2008
After taking about 200 photos yesterday of randomness like eating PB&J sandwiches
and people eating disgusting $2.25 Spiderman and SpongeBob ice cream bars from the ice cream truck that any child under 10 can hear 10 blocks away
and a little boy who is in love with our neighbor girl so much he can hardly stand it
and the man who claims he will be taking lots of photos now they we have a decent camera when he hasn't picked up the point and shoot more than 5 times in the last 2 years
and the Jim Carey of babies, she has a million and one faces, folks, a million and one . . .