Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Happy Easter

What a joyous time of year!  Birthdays, warm weather (hello 90's), flowers blooming, enjoying the outside, and Easter!  So fun!
We started off the festivities on Friday when the kids and I dyed Easter Eggs!  We only did 8 eggs, but that was plenty for us!  Each kid colored the eggs with crayons and then picked their colors to dye the eggs!  While we waited ever so patiently, they drew pictures....well, Molly and Jack drew while Will just wanted to color on the eggs!  So, yeah!  We finished that activity pretty quick!
Saturday was a nice day of Lowe's, Kroger, Target, and HEB...all of which were not busy...I WISH!!  What was I thinking?  Oh well!  I survived and tried to not give to many "looks" at the people who just stop in the middle of the aisle and leave their cart (really don't like those people, but that is for another time).  Saturday night, I'm getting the kids Easter baskets ready and realize that 1)  I didn't buy Will an Easter basket  2)Even after visiting every store in the world on Saturday  3)  I barely bought anything for the kids baskets  and 4) I looked on Facebook and felt worse when I saw all of the pictures of the elaborate Easter baskets everyone made for their children.
Going to bed feeling defeated, I woke up to some excited kids who cared less about other peoples baskets because..."The Easter Bunny brought baskets and hid eggs!" According to Molly!  Jack noted, "he forgot a basket for Will, but that's OK."  And it was, Will had so much fun finding the eggs along with Jack and Molly, plus he didn't realize he was the only child without a new swimsuit (he has 3 from Jack).  All 3 kids loved opening the eggs filled with money and candy.
Side note:  Growing up a Barry means having intense Easter Egg hunts.  We would knock each other over trying to find eggs hidden throughout our house.  And by we I mean my brother and I.  These eggs were filled with quarters, dollars and sometimes several dollars!  But, while we were opening eggs, my dad would sneak money while our dog Sam sneaked candy.  You had to secure your eggs in your own corner while you opened them, otherwise they would be stolen!  Intense, intense I say and yes, Matt cried a few times!
Anyway...back to the Brewer house, no one stole eggs, candy or money!  We made it to church and had a wonderful service!  Came home to make some yummy ham, green bean casserole and yummy potatoes!  Not to mention the Brewer secret recipe for the jello/cranberry dish...not really a secret but I love it and Eric makes it for every holiday!  Thanks hubs!
Next up for us...
1.  More t-ball for Jack!  Go Red Sox!
2.  Eric's birthday...somethings on his list...ipad 2, gas grill, Home Depot gift card (fix the hole in the bathroom wall!)
 3.  The Barry's invading Houston!  We're going to the zoo and t-ball, beat that Ireland!
4.  Also, need to check the sales for an Easter basket for Will!  What is wrong with me?
5.  Checking out all the coupon sites.  Still trying to figure out how to save money like they do on Extreme Couponing!  Seriously, I want the free toilet paper and saving thousands a year!
6. And, last one I promise(!) Just finished "The Hunger Games" A-MA-ZING!!!  Loved it!  Go read it today!

          The family on Easter!  Will 18 months, Jack 5 years old and Molly 3 years old
                           Some of our lovely eggs made on Friday
            Our fun Easter egg hunt on Sunday (Will's "basket" was the Target bag)
                               Waving hi to everyone!  Love his baby blues!
                        Getting ready for our family photo!
                                        Our pretty girl!  

Friday, April 22, 2011

It could be worse

The bumps have taken over our house...again!  No, it's not the chicken pox but hand, foot and mouth!  It started last weekend when Will had a super high fever but was also teething.  Monday morning, bumps were all over his feet and bottom, poor little guy!  Jack's bumps appeared Wednesday and Molly's the next day.  Jack also might have wort's on his knees, yeah, not quite sure how that happened!  When we went to the doctor the other day, the doctor put it quite clearly about this little inconvenience by saying "It could be worse."  So true!  Many worse things could happen to our children and so a few days home, watching movies (love Tangled!), dyeing Easter Eggs, and painting our dining room...wait, that's my plan!  
Speaking of which....I need help!  I think I've decided the paint color but would love opinions!  It's about 50/50 on the votes and I can be a little indecisive!  Choose between Bosc Pear or Restrained Gold.  As everyone knows, paint samples are not very helpful but any advice would be very helpful!  But truthfully, picking out a paint color isn't the end of the world...it could be worse!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Me!

Will has a new "thing" he likes to do and it's ADORABLE!  Whenever he wants something, he raises his hand and says "ME!"  In his cheerful, lovable voice!  I love it and here are somethings he "Me's!" about...

Who wants to take a bath (or shower)?  Me!  And raising his hand
I need to get some more milk...Me!  With the hand
Let's go get the mail...Me!  Hand in the air!
Who has a black eye?  Me!
Who has been wearing Dora band-aids the past few days?  Me!  (We ran out of Toy Story)
Who loves to jump on Jack's new bunk bed, especially the top bunk?  Me!  (Another post, sometime soon!)
Go and find Molly... Me!  Running to go and find her and raising his hand
Go get your blanket for night-night...Me!
Where's Will?  Me!  And standing on the dining room chairs, playing with Jack's Lego's, our current Lego table
Did you clean up your breakfast Jack or Molly or sometimes Mommy or Daddy?  Me!  And Will is sitting on the kitchen table eating our breakfasts (This only happens at breakfast too, maybe because it takes about 2 hours for us to eat)
Let's get shoes on...Me!  Running to get his shoe out of the basket.  Yes, I put shoe and not shoes because he will only get one shoe out.
Who only wears one shoe?  Me!  The right shoe is rarely on his foot, it baffles me at times too.
Who was asked at his 18 month check up if he was showing any interest in potty training?  Me!  Really, he peed on the floor last night after his bath, so there are zero signs of potty training.
Who loves our Puggy Bear the most?  US!!  Hands in the air, like we really do care...(not sure where that came from but I know some song)
LOVE YOU PUGS!!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Five kids, ages five and under

Last night, I baby-sat for my friend and watched her two adorable children.  She has a 2 year old son and a 3 month old daughter and both are so sweet and lovable, my kids think they are part of our family!  But, I had my 3 adorable children with me for the first hour, meaning I had 5 children ages 5 and under!  The older 2, Molly and Jack were great, but those younger 3, ages 2, 18  and 3 months were a bit much.  I mean, they are so young and don't understand the concept of sharing, waiting your turn or that's not yours.  It actually went really well but there were a few brief seconds where I didn't have enough arms for everyone.  I mean only one of the five isn't mobile, but I quickly learned how unstable her head was since I'm used to carrying an 18 month old and not a 3 month old!  Everyone actually played wonderfully with each other and no tears over toys!  And, equally exciting, Eric came to get our three kids right before dinner time and I was left with two, which was so nice and easy!  I mean, one kid ate his dinner and the other drank her bottle, bed for the 2 year old and snuggle time with the baby, loved it!
 I was talking with my friend last night when she got home and we were trying to figure out how people with 5 kids do it all?  In reality, I could have a family that close in age because I all ready have 3 really close in age.  I started feeling overwhelmed and stressed just thinking about 5 kids and we seriously sat there in silence contemplating that many children and if we could still be sane.  Hmm...not quite sure if I could be my loving self, but who knows!
I think the best part of last night was:
1.  Snuggling with a baby!
2.  Having all 5 kids playing peacefully for most of the time
3.  Having a beer with my friend when she came home and watching the Real Housewives of New York
4.  Knowing I wasn't waking up with a baby in a few hours or later that night!
As for families with lots and lots of children (lots is more then 3 because I don't think 3 is lots, maybe just a lot), good for you and awesome!  Growing up I wanted 10 kids, especially since my younger brother and I are 10 years apart.  Now, I just don't know how people do it, but they do.  Life I mean.  How do they do life without losing focus on why we are here?  I get in ruts where I think my sole purpose is to provide clean clothes and food for my family, that's it!  If I'm nursing, add to the equation liquids for my baby.  But, I know God will give you what you can handle and some people handle lots and lots of kids beautifully, leaving the rest of us wonder their secret.  Please let me know!
Lessons learned from this post:
1.  I don't think I could handle 5 kids, but it doesn't look like that's going to ever happen unless I get pregnant with twins within the next year (and please don't make that a reality God if you are reading this)
2.  Don't lose focus on life, laundry is not your sole purpose!  Loving life and enjoying it is!  Get out there and love it!
3.  Beer, RHONY, and a girl time is great
4.  Life is pretty great with the 3 kids God provided for us!
5.  NO this does not mean I want more kids or that we are pregnant...so don't get any ideas!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Workin' it!

So, yeah, I'm a working mom now!  That's right!  Nothing full-time, but enough to feel as though it could be full-time!  No, not talking about my wife and mommy duties, but I've added to the list as a Kindermusik Teacher! Yea!!  Let me start at the beginning...
Last August, the kids and I went to a free demo I heard about from my friend Kristi that is always in the know of things.  So, we went and had so much fun, but all of Ms. Kathy's classes were full.  Bummer!  Ding, ding, ding!  I had the idea of inviting Ms. Kathy of Kindermusik with Kathy and Friends to be a guest speaker at a mom's group I was Fall Programmer for the Fall of 2010!  She said yes and she said she would keep me posted on future play dates and events!  Come October when Ms. Kathy came to the mom's group, with two of my kids in tow, we had another fun day of music, playing, and singing!  So fun!  Afterwards, while I was thanking Ms. Kathy, I mentioned that if she ever needed help, I would be VERY interested!  Because I was!  My degree is in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education, love teaching and having fun while doing it, and I sorta, kinda was looking for a little part-time gig but didn't know what to do.  She said she was interested in some extra help and we met for lunch the following week and pretty much the rest is history!
I've helped with the Holiday Party, classes, play groups, and even hosted some birthday parties!  Last week, we hosted a fundraiser for the Katy Kidney Beans which was so much fun!  And we have Monday's with Mommy every month at La Centerra, a summer class taught by me (super cheers), and play dates!  The best part...I can bring my kids and they LOVE IT!!!
My kids are usually pretty shy away from home (very much like both of their parents), until they feel comfortable (ditto) and then they blossom into the loud, not shy children we know and love (that's us)!  We have Kindermusik class every Wednesday, while Jack is in school (he helps on days he's out of school, so he's not deprived if you were worried), and Molly and Will hardly ever smile, let alone look as though they are having fun.  They participate, Will loves to clean up the best, and Molly is so shy!  Slowly, we are seeing her come out of her shell, which is crazy!  She's is the opposite at home.  After class, she's singing the songs and doing the actions to each song in the car home, and then she plays Kindermusik all day with her baby dolls, Jack and Eric.  She gets out her drum to do the hello song and dances with her scarves and then uses the egg shakers for another song, so freaking cute!  Class, Nada!  Ms. Kathy told that Kindermusik is 90% at home and only 10% class participation, which Molly can testify.
Cute Will story and then I'm done, promise!  I just love sharing how great this opportunity is for our family!  So, we're all playing Kindermusik the other night except Will, who's playing with trains.  We get out the drum and start doing the hello song when Will throws down his trains (which NEVER happens), sits down next to me and waits his turn for the drum.  When it's his turn, he bangs on the drum and does our whole welcome song and holds his hand up to give me a high five!  Which is what we do in class with Ms. Kathy!  SO CUTE!!  My almost 18 month old knows the routine and wanted to participate away from his trains!  One happy mommy here!
I'm so excited for what the future will hold with Kindermusik and love having Kathy in my families life!  I also love that I can work and be at home without selling anything, snaps for me!  So, be prepared to hear a lot more fun stories!!