Saturday, October 11, 2014

Big Daddy & Marmie visit

1. This may be the funniest picture I've ever seen! (That's their pants/shorts on their heads!) My dad took it when the kids spent the night last weekend. :)

2. Marmie and Big Daddy came for a visit last weekend.  We had beautiful weather and a great visit!

3. Chase, you are a stinker, and I have a hard time getting many pictures of you right now!

9. Time for some football in the backyard...

10. What a sweet smile, Chase!

 13. Mimi was kind enough to spend an afternoon and evening with me.  The kids LOVED the food... especially the ice cream... at Chick-Fil-A.  Callie wouldn't let go of the cone! ;)

15. Nana tries to tell the kids to smile, and inevitably, I capture her picture not smiling! ;)

16. Cole's pre-k school pictures... He's so handsome!

 18. Yes, that's blue chalk all over Callie!

19. Silliness with Aunt Steph!

21. Having fun playing with street friend Logan.

 22. Chase decided that this flat purple ball would make a good helmet. ;)

23. Oh, how I wish these "listening ears" Cole made at school worked! 

26. The boys had a great time playing in bounce houses this morning at a local fall festival.  This is how Chase smiles when he doesn't have his sunglasses on a sunny day! Ha!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Rain boots

Random thoughts...
As I pushed Chase and Callie in the double stroller up a hill this morning (we went on a walk while Cole was in preschool), I commented on how big they are getting and how heavy they are.  Chase replied, "Yes, we are heavy.  Mommy, you are very heavy too." :)

Chase doesn't want to be called by his name lately.  He pretends to be a doggy almost all the time, and he wants to be called "Blender," because he "blends in to things."  Ha!

I've been telling the boys lately that certain things are "their responsibility," such as putting their shoes away, putting dirty clothes in the laundry room, etc.  So when Jamie came home last week with the boys and didn't have a snack for the boys to eat (I forgot), Cole promptly told his daddy that it was "his responsibility to remember their snack every week." :)

Cole made Mimi laugh recently when he started his sentences with "Apparently..." just like she had done.  These kids pick up and repeat everything!!!

1. Chase was determined to wear his new rain boots to MOPS last week even in the beautiful weather.  Some things are just not worth the battle. ;)

2. Our precious boy!

4. Loving the slides at a local park...

6. Cole was proud of himself for doing the zip line on his own.

8. Chowing down on some cupcakes...

9.  All the kids, including Bradey, love having Nana spend one night a week with us. :)

10. How I LOVE these kids!!!

11. Check out that grumpy face.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

My favorite age

Callie is at my favorite age!  The boys did SO many cute things at this age, and she is now doing them too... I love her trying to "run."  This actually means she's just picking up her feet a little more and trying to go move more quickly as she walks. :)  She blows kisses, lays her head on you when she gives a hug, and she loves certain books... She lights up a room with her grin, and she bobs her head and dances to music anytime she hears it.  I think between 1-2 years is my favorite stage because they are trying to communicate and learn new things, but they aren't throwing temper tantrums constantly yet.  Callie definitely has a terrible temper, and she does throw herself on the floor and scream when she's frustrated... I'm sure this will only get worse, but it's hard not to laugh at it right now!

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...