Funny fact: Cole and Chase usually poop at the same time most days... whether during quiet time or before bed, they often have to go in different bathrooms because they're in sync! ;)
Chase cracks me up saying, "Mommy, let me tell you something..." Then he proceeds to look around the room while he comes up with something to say... This is often a stalling tactic at bedtime.
Chase also made me smile recently because I found him sleeping with a huge pile of cars. (These kids like to have things "just so" when going to sleep!) And then this morning, he wanted to wear his new rain boots instead of shoes. I'll share a pic soon. :)
Here's an example of a day (last week) in our crazy life:
Everyone's up by 7 am. I realize Chase is wet (thankfully, the boys aren't wetting the beds often, but it does happen) and I have to wash sheets... followed by 2 loads of clothes/towels. While we're eating breakfast Bradey arrives. I help my 3 kids get dressed, then both Callie and Bradey have poop diapers to be changed. We brush teeth, rush to get shoes on everyone (it's ALWAYS a rush, it seems, to get socks and shoes on everyone), get 4 kids buckled in the van and drive Cole to preschool. Return home. The 3 other kids and I play outside for almost an hour before coming in to wash hands, get drinks, and watch some of Sesame Street. :) I try to work out on the elliptical for 20 minutes (Chase loves to watch tv, and will sit very still for it; Callie will sit for a couple of minutes at a time; Bradey mostly follows me around and brings some cars into the room with me.... I also have to go back into the playroom twice to get Callie to stop turning the tv off). We sit down to read a few books and play with some cars. I attempt to fold laundry for 5 minutes while the kids run up and down the hallway. :) The kids whine and play around my feet while I get lunch ready... We eat around 11:15 these days because we have to then pick Cole up by noon, and both Callie and Bradey are ready for naps around 12:15.
As I'm trying to clean up a little from lunch, Callie comes over to me, and I realize she's choking! She had shoved half of a plastic egg inside her mouth and couldn't get it out! I got it out, she spit up a little, and I almost cried because it scared me so! It makes me shake just thinking about it! Ugh, i hate it when kids do that!
Just as we're almost ready to all climb into the van again to pick up Cole from preschool, I realize both Bradey and Callie are pooped again and need to be changed. Rush, rush!
After Callie and Bradey are in beds for naps, and Cole has finished his lunch, I take my shower and get ready. Yep, I finally got a shower today. :)
Thankfully Cole and Chase are playing nicely today, so I'm letting them spend some of their "quiet time" together. They still typically separate for a half-hour or more; Cole takes a nap 1-2 days a week, and Chase takes one 3-4 days a week (or falls asleep in the van if we go anyplace in the afternoon). I'll probably go read to the boys for a while, they'll have a little quiet time, and then we'll have snacks around 2:30-3. We are hoping to meet friends at a park around 3:30 or so. Then we'll come home for a video and dinner. Tonight Jamie and I are planning on having our first date night with a paid babysitter (yep, we've only used family in the past, and we feel like we need to make date nights a priority). :)
We're definitely at a very crazy, chaotic stage of life (with 3 still mostly dependent kids), but I am able sometimes to slow down and pay attention to the adorable, funny things the kids do and say. I need to pay attention more... because they're growing and changing so quickly!
1. Ok, I tried to get a picture of my kids when school started, but it's always hard to capture them all smiling and looking at me. :)
2. And Bradey wanted in on the fun...
3. So proud and excited to start Pre-K...
4. With teacher Ms. Dana...
5. And Ms. Marlena...
8. A morning at home with the younger three. They had fun playing with crayons and stickers. :)
9. We had an awesome day at Ikea recently. Woohoo!
14. The boys were busy watching a video on the computer...
16. Cole started football clinics last week. It's once a week for 4 weeks, and like soccer last year, it was lots of fun (and lots of fun to watch!). ;)
18. Enjoying a sucker at Brandon's football game last night...