Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Molly's Birthday, Part 1

Yes, a two part post because her birthday was more of a birthday week instead of one day!  First up, her birthday!

Molly's birthday is February 21 and she woke up wide awake and SUPER excited last Tuesday morning! We had a busy weekend with Jack off of school for almost 5 days, Eric being home 4 days, and Uncle Todd in town visiting us, all of us were exhausted on Tuesday...except the birthday girl!  6 a.m she was in our bed, talking a million miles a minute, and jumping up and down on our bed!  When all the boys woke up (including Uncle Todd), she opened her presents, played with all of her presents, ran through the streamers hanging from her door and all throughout the house (a family tradition!), and ate a healthy meal of Lucky Charms, OJ, and fruit snacks.

Once Jack got on the bus, we all got ready to go to preschool and the airport (Daddy and Will took Todd to the airport)!  She wore an adorable cupcake dress (Thanks Grandma!), cupcake bow, brought cupcakes to share with her friends, and it was her week for snacks!  Big week!

After preschool, she played with her new toys, and listened to messages and talked to family on the phone who sweetly called her for her birthday!  Dinner that night was Chuy's and birthday cake ice cream at home!  The girl CRASHED that night!  What a great 4th birthday!

Enjoying fruit snacks at 6:30 in the morning...waiting for Uncle Todd to wake up!  One would think it's Christmas based on their pajamas!

Our Beautiful 4 year old daughter!  Where has the time gone?!!

Opening presents with her big brother's assistance!

New dress up clothes...thanks Papa and Grandma!

Dancing around after presents!

New purse and sandwich holder!

Chap sticks and Jewelry

Baby doll clothes!  

All of her new bows..she wanted to wear them all at once!

Best picture we got with Uncle Todd!

Ice Cream after dinner!  

Friday, February 17, 2012

What Molly Wants for Her Birthday!

Oh, girlfriend!  My little girl turns 4 on Tuesday and we are all BURSTING with excitement!  Her birthday party is next weekend and in between today and next Saturday, we have a visit to daddy's office, Uncle Todd visiting (so LOTS of fun with him for four days), preschool, preschool snacks and birthday treats, pink day, and of course, her birthday!  Whew!

So, everyone is asking Molly what she wants for her birthday...well, the sweet girl wants dress-up clothes, dress-up shoes, and pajamas.  That is until last Tuesday when our neighbor at the bus stop asked her what she wanted.  Molly told her a baby sister named Ella.  Our neighbor turned to me all excited and I am shaking my head NO!  No bun in the oven!  This is NOT an announcement!  According to Molly though, she has everything worked out!  Room arrangements ("Will moves in with Jack on the bunk beds and then Ella will sleep in Will's crib!  Then Ella and I can get bunk beds when she turns 2!"), car seats arrangements ("Jack and I can sit in the back row and Ella and Will in the middle row!  In daddy's truck, Jack can sit up front with mommy and daddy!"), funding for our fourth child ("She can use my money from my piggy bank"), and even going to Disney Land (which is in the works but not decided) ("Baby Ella can ride on you like Baby Will did" (Moby Wrap, which Will lived in and I loved!!)).  Oh my Molly!  I love her!  We've have talked about Baby Ella for a few weeks as a family but this week Molly has gone public about her.  Eric and I keep telling her that we need to pray to Jesus about having another baby, and Molly told us that she all ready did and Jesus told her, "Yes!  Baby Ella is coming!  He's listening to me!"  Now, she's asking when Ella will get here, "Maybe for my birthday on Tuesday!"  It's so cute to listen to her and get all excited about her baby sister, how they're going to be best friends, share their clothes and toys, and we'll "finally get more girls around here!  Mommy, we need more girls!"
This is one of the million reasons I love her!  I know she's going to have a wonderful birthday from excitement alone!  But, I know for a fact that this is one birthday present she will not be getting this year!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Oh Pit!

Oh Monday, you kill me sometimes.  Today started with my oldest finishing two bites of his dinner he REFUSED to eat last night (two strawberries that MIGHT have a piece of blackberry on them), a book he was supposed to read over the weekend, and scrambling around getting dressed for the bus by 7:30.  Then, I threw the other two kids in the shower with me this morning to get ready to go to my mom's group by 9:30.  Well, they were having a fun time while I washed my face and Will dropped my huge shampoo bottle on my big toe, ouch!  I opened my eyes to look at my foot and all of my face soap went into my eyes, double ouch!!  I said a few choice words and then rinsed off my face.  I then apologized to my kids for saying bad words and told them I wasn't mad, just had a few ouchies!  Then, Molly said, "Oh, I didn't know pit was a bad word.  Is that why you said pit?"  "Yes, now we don't need to say bad words, and I'm sorry."  "It's OK mommy, we won't say pit again."  Here's hoping we won't have to say, "Oh Pit" again!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Cute Kids

I know I'm biased, but I think they are adorable!  While taking pictures of Jack on the 100th day of School and began snapping pictures of everyone!  And, I realized I haven't updated pictures of all of them in a long time!

Riding on the tricycle!

"My CAR!  That's MY CAR!"  Is what one hears the entire time outside with our family!

Why ride a tricycle when playing in the dirt is more fun?

Such a sweet big brother giving his sister a ride on the tricycle!

What a cutie!  Love those Baby Blues!


Such speed, look at that form, and can you imagine all the jingle bells you hear?!
Have a great day!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

100th Day of School!

To start, I just transferred all of our pictures off of our camera and we still have pictures from before Christmas on there, oops!  I have a little catching up to do!

Last Wednesday was Jack's 100th day of school and it was such a cute day for him!  First, he was ubber excited!  I love how much he loves school, learning, and telling us about what he has learned.  Second, on the 100th day, his school had a big parade for all the Kindergartners and they were to wear a shirt they decorated with 100 items on it!  Third, Molly now wants to know when it's her 100th day of preschool and really, really wants to make a shirt!

Well, we headed to Hobby Lobby one day in hopes of finding a super cute, cheap and easy 100 items to put on his shirt and what does he pick out in the entire store?  Jingle bells.  100  jingle bells.  My first thoughts were that we could glue them on with fabric glue.  Silly me!  That didn't work!  Instead, I sewed on 100 jingle bells while Jack occasionally checked in on my progress.  This was not at ALL how I envisioned the project.

On the 100th day, he jingled his way down the stairs and instantly a little girl and boy in our family wanted to touch the bells and Jack started pulling on them to make sure they were on. We had a brief talk about not pulling on them and that, for sure, 100% guarantee, a few were going to fall off.  I predicted about 10 but only 4 fell off, so I was pretty impressed with my craftiness!  He spend the whole day making 100 of everything, counting to 100 about a million times, and finally, at the end of the day, they had their parade and parents could come!  Yay!  My friend took a picture of him for me because Mom of the Year (me) forgot the camera, was holding a 2 year old and trying to stop the 3 year old from joining the parade!  He was so cute and I love his excited look on his face!  It was a great way to celebrate a great school year!

Jack waving at us during the parade!  Love this picture!

Jack after school!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

I was such a great mom....before I had kids

Seriously, I was.  And let me explain.

I was 10 when my one and only brother was born, think I started baby-sitting the day after he was born and LOVED it!  I baby-sat him and tons of kids, even teachers kids, I was the bomb.  My first actual job was at a daycare.  I worked at preschool all through college and my degrees in early childhood education!  Oh yes.  Expert.  Then, wait for it...I went back to school while teaching preschool to get my elementary certification.  I subbed for grades Kindergarten through 8th grade (PE, Art and Music included).  Between all the preschool teaching, subbing, and finally 1st grade teaching, I was the expert at children rearing...a certified parental expert.  And then enter children.  The judgment stopped.  Those looks I gave parents ended.  The shock on my face when I see "things" has disappeared (well, most of the time!  Some people will never stop amazing!).

This is how I was such a great mom before kids

1.  My kids would never drink pop, NEVER.  Reality:  I was a stickler with Jack, I think he was 3 before he even tasted a carbonated beverage.  Molly, maybe 2, Will was less then a year.  My thoughts, it wasn't a whole 2 liter.  Right?  There's worse.  Right?

2.  My kids would never wear character anything.  Please! They have shirts, shoes, and complete outfits with Elmo, Dora, Buzz Lightyear, Thomas, you name it!  I can handle the pajamas socks and underwear, but it's everything else I don't like.  But, there are days where it's not worth the battle, but I can't believe I am come to this point!  Head to toe Dora! Dora and Elmo chairs!  Blankets, tents, nightlights and clocks all with characters! Never before kids!

3.  I would never drive a minivan.  Well, I don't right now, but my Explorer is going on 7 years of getting our family around with only minor problems in the past 7 years.  I know the time is coming in the next year or two and I really want a van.  Just to push a button and the doors open, wow!  Eric is pulling for a Tahoe.

4.  My kids would only watch an hour of TV a week and that would start at 2 years old, no younger.  Please!  I was really good about this with Jack, at least while we were home.  He went to a home daycare and there was TV time while she made lunch (that is how we discovered Elmo), but that was very sensible.  Once I had Molly, the TV became my best friend!  He didn't sit there 8 hours a day, but I would take my best naps from 6-8 in the morning while Jack watched Disney, Eric got ready for work, and Molly slept after her 4 am feeding!  Molly and Will were just accustomed to the TV on in the mornings, but they of course were younger then 2 when they were exposed and the 1 hour thing has NEVER happened!

5.  Observing all the stay at home moms, I would constantly wonder "what do they do all day?"  I did not want to be a stay at home mom.  I wanted to teach and I knew I could balance both worlds!  Well, we had Jack and I balanced working and being a mom and thought I did pretty good!  I enjoyed my time with Jack and my time teaching, but wished I had more time to do both!  And, I was not prepared to miss Jack so much while I was teaching!  I mean, my heart hurt all the time because I couldn't be with him and instead with 24 crazy 1st graders.  Well, we had Molly, moved to Texas and I was planning on teaching here too!  We moved in the summer, but I interviewed for a few jobs but didn't get a job.  I decided to go through the sub training, get roots here in our new home and town, and get our family settled.  What I didn't plan on was our Will!  There was no way we could afford for me to work and have 3 kids in daycare, and I didn't want to put them in daycare!  I was enjoying my time with my sweet kids and didn't want to miss out on the little moments!  So, I became an unplanned stay at home mom.  I love it, but it is a lot harder then any of those crazy days with the 24 1st graders!  And I'm so busy all day!  Laundry, cleaning, caring for the kids needs, grocery shopping, I could go on, but I'm not enjoying coffee or lunch with my friends, getting my nails done and my maid doesn't come ever!  I haven't had a haircut since August!

6.  I would not bribe my kids with sweets, toys, or taking them places to get what I want or need them to do.  What a long sentence to but bluntly, I would not bribe my kids.  Well, that's funny!  That's how we survive some days!  Jack finishes his homework fast and correctly because he knows he can play the Wii or go outside when it's complete!  Oh, Will if you don't cry at the Y, you get a sucker!  Molly, if you want to wear your tutu and cowgirl boots, you need to pick up your room!  Hello!  I never promise taking them to Disney World if they clean their rooms or take them bowling if eat their dinner.  But, if it means your toddler will go to five stores in two hours and be a rock star, then he gets a sticker!

7.  I will only cook homemade, organic foods and we will only eat out for special occasions.  We must have a lot of special occasions in our family because we out more then your birthday or anniversary.  I don't buy all organic.  I do really like to cook but there are days where it's not in me to think, plan, and prepare a meal.  And organic is expensive, but I'm working on buying more and more organic products!  Baby steps!

8.  My children will not be picky eaters, that is for sure!  Wish this was true, but I have 3 picky eaters and of course they all choose to like and dislike different foods!  Will loves beans but the other two not so much.  Molly loves blackberries, Will loves blueberries and Jack loves only strawberries.  I refuse to make them a seperate meal, but they have gone to bed hungry because they refuse to eat dinner.  And no bribery works for some meals, Eric and I went out for ice cream one time because we told the kids that was dessert if they ate dinner.  Eric and I were the only ones eating ice cream.

9.  What do you mean, your kids throw temper tantrums?!!  The horrors!  What an idiot I was!  It's a normal part of development for children, and I took child development in college.  I must have skimmed that chapter or something because if I saw a kid have a fit, I would shake my head in disbelief!  Must be the parents fault.  Please!  Our kids have thrown fits over cereal bowls, which cup their drink is in, clothes, position of pillows on their beds, changing plans at the last minute (let's go to the grocery last, that way the food won't spoil has resulted in major fits), and so on.  I sometimes stare at my children in shock while fits are happening because they were so sweet and calm seconds before the cereal was poured into the wrong bowl.  Will throws a fit daily after his nap over nothing!  Good times!

10.  No child of mine will use a pacifier or suck their thumb!  Well, we have had a life long finger/thumb sucker named Molly.  We had sonograms with her sucking her finger, happy as a clam!  We're starting to talk about her stopping and all the advice I get is about pacifiers.  Well, a pacifier fairy is awesome, but there is not a finger fairy that will come and take her finger and give her a toy in her fingers place.

11. How can a house be messing if you stay home all day?  Or, my house won't be messy because I'll be at work and the kids at school all day!  I wish!  I spend a ton of time cleaning, just to repeat daily and not see huge results!  I sweep three times a day, clean toys up constantly, do laundry daily, and you know what?  There is always more crumbs to sweep, more toys to put away, and more clothes that are dirty!  Our playroom hasn't been cleaned in over a week because I just don't want to deal with it, I need to wash my blinds, and I have a stack of papers to go through in my bedroom that I haven't "gotten to."  But, between everything else going on, when am I going to take down all the blinds, clean them and put them back up?  I thought my floors would be so clean you could eat off of them if I stayed home, but I would vomit if someone (outside of my family) tried to eat off of our kids do it all the time and they are fine!  You know, they built up immunity over the years of living in filth!

12.  How come your kids are always sick?  Wash their hands all ready!  Sadly, yes, I judged that family with sick kids, thinking it was so easy to prevent your kids from getting sick!  That was until I was teaching and had my own child to care for!  I've learned the opposite is true, it's easy to get sick and hard to keep your kids healthy all the time.  Sad.

13.  Trim those nails, why don'tcha!  GROSS!  Look at all that dirt under there!  Guilty!  Until I tried to trim those nails myself!  I hate cutting my kids nails and would be willing to pay for a professional nail trimmer to come weekly to trim all 3 kids nails.  Luckily, I can save my money because Eric is rock star at nail trimming!  Whew!  It's just maintaining those nails!  I swear my kids are taking prenatal vitamins the way their nails grow so fast!  (They aren't, by the way!)

14. How hard is it to wipe your kids face/nose/clean their ears, etc.  Sometimes, there is no point cleaning your kids face after they eat because you know it will be dirty 5 minutes later.  I mean, I do a general clean up after meals, but I've had children go out in public with obvious food on their face from a meal that was 2 hours before.  I know, gross.

15.  My children will sleep when it is time to sleep!  Sleep is awesome and ALL babies sleep ALL the time.  Learned this one the hard way!  I remember a wonderfully cold, rainy day when all I wanted to do was snuggle with Eric under the covers and take a 3 hour nap.  Instead, I was up with baby named Jack who was exhausted but I didn't know how to put him to sleep.  I was tired, frustrated, and didn't know you have to help babies learn how to sleep.  He's an awesome sleeper now, Molly has always been a great sleeper (thanks to her finger, sad), but Will is still a work in progress, he woke up at 4:30 the other morning ready to start his day and didn't go back to sleep...maybe that's why I love coffee so much!

Go on, judge all you want, even if you have kids.  I'm not Mother of the Year and will never be, but I hope to think that I'm a little more open minded now that I'm a mother!