Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Monday

Yesterday I...

...didn't get anyone dressed, including myself.

...didn't cook a meal.

...didn't leave the house (except to play in the yard).

...cleaned up 3 accidents (dog and toddler).

...had a margarita and a glass of wine (whoop whoop).

And I won't complain about it one bit! It was amazing. I did laundry, built blocks, watched "bet you can't laugh" videos with the boys (we all belly laughed), and snuggled a baby. These are the days...


Monday, May 22, 2017

Week in Review

I decided to change my usual "weekend review" to "week in review" because it's easier to capture our experiences this way.

With Chris recovering from surgery I'd love to say this was a low key week, but it was far from it. We started with N having a Monday night baseball game. Since my parents were still in town to help I left T and KC home with my mom and took Katherine and my dad to the game. Katherine was an angel baby and played on her mat and slept during the game. We were home by 9 and my parents headed back home.
Tuesday I left Chris to rest and work at home while I took the girls to music. Their last class is this week and it is making me so sad. We can't do classes over the summer since the boys are out of school. After music we always go to lunch with our buddies and then visit a bike shop to see Winston (the most adorable golden retriever). Tuesday is also piano and baseball practice day. Since Chris is coaching he needed to go, but promised to take it easy (I'm not sure he did).

We had the cleaners come on Wednesday, which I was going to reschedule so Chris could rest but he laughed at that suggestion. We headed to brunch at my favorite spot and then visited the ducks.

Thursday was a nice break with playing outside and Friday was back to baseball practice before games on Saturday.
The Saturday games could not have gone worse. It was awful to watch. After a full day at the field we were ready to relax and order pizza.

Since the boys played so poorly Chris took T to the field bright and early Sunday morning, while I took the rest of the crew to church. We stopped for coffee. Since we are regulars there during the week, another regular stopped to say hi. He saw N with us and said, "You have three kids?" It made me laugh and respond, "I actually have four." Since the boys are usually in school when we go I think I blew his mind. The kids were so good at church, but KC did not want to be dropped off for Sunday School. She didn't cry and she was excited when I picked her up, but man her face. Also I was so excited because their lesson ended up being Daniel and the Lions and I'd dressed her in a lion dress!

Last night both girls kept Chris and I up. I'm a tired mess right now. I noticed Katherine is getting a tooth (and I may have cried... I just don't want this baby to grow up) which may be why it was so hard to get to sleep.

This week we are working on potty training, attending our last music class (cue the tears), hoping baseball practice and tournament games get rained out, have our first set of EOGs (hence the hoping for rain to cancel baseball), and Chris has a quick trip out of town. Phew! I hope you're having a good start to the week.


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Weekend Review: Mother's Day Weekend

 This was definitely a weekend we will remember. We started it off walking the boys to the bus stop and playing some catch before they "caught" the bus. They always wave to us (well unless they're mad at us) and it really is the sweetest thing. The bus turns right at our corner and so we wave them off down the street.

Chris worked from home and we made a trip to Dean and Deluca for lunch and the walked over to Paper Source for the best Mother's Day cards (don't be jealous of our awesome 1966 countertops).

 It was pretty chilly Friday so this girl was bundled up. She is getting so big and active. I've noticed she will get fussy if she doesn't have some "floor time."

Saturday started off bright at early with baseball pictures at 8am and a game at 9am. It was a big win (over a coach who yelled not so nice things) and we followed it up with another game and another big win (over a team that smashed T's nose). Afterwards we headed home ordered our favorite Chinese food, ate outside, and lit the firepit for smores (note: if you have a movable firepit and put it over grass it will kill said grass and I definitely should have known better). 

Sunday morning Chris was up super early and it wasn't to surprise me. He was sick. The poor guy would get sick and then apologize to me, like he could control it. The boys were up early so my parents and I grabbed bagels with them (my parents were visiting). KC slept in (thank goodness, she's a monster when she's tired). I'd left Curious George on and milk and crackers (her favorite) out by the couch so she wouldn't have to disturb Chris if she woke. When we returned she was still asleep. I checked on Chris and he was worse. It didn't take long to convince him to visit Urgent Care (I know it's bad if he's agreeing to get medical help). So by 9:30 we were at Urgent Care. It took them about 30 minutes to tell us he needed to go to the ER for a possible appendicitis and off we went. Chris went through scans and fluids and sure enough he needed his appendix out (or appy as the medical community referred to it - "oh he's here for an appy"). We were transferred to a room and told to wait.

It wasn't lost on me that it was Mother's Day and here I was, once again, relying on my mother (and father) for help. They (along with Chris' mom) watched the kids all day. I didn't get a chance to see KC at all on Mother's Day which I tried not to think about (and let's be honest, she most definitely in the terrible twos phase so it's not all bad). I had two pumped bottles frozen and once those were gone my parents brought Katherine to hang out at the hospital (and honestly since I didn't have my pump I *needed* her to come to the hospital as 9 hours without nursing a baby who eats every 3 can get a little uncomfortable). 


Around 8:15pm they came to take us to pre-op where we said our goodbyes. Katherine and I hung out in the waiting room having zerbert blowing contests. At 9:30 the surgeon came out to say it went great and he was recovering. A nurse took me back to visit him and he looked so much better! We all spent the night in the hospital. Chris took two work calls Monday morning and we were released around 11am. 

I was so excited to see KC, but she was definitely holding a grudge about us leaving without saying anything. She loves my parents but she doesn't handle change very well, especially unexpected change. It took her a day to warm up to me. 

N had a baseball game Monday night. My parents stayed to watch the kids so we could both go. And against doctor's orders Chris coached 1st base. I joke we were the last ones to leave the ball park as he hobbled back to the car. Since then we've been taking it easy and enjoying the time together. I've told him not to try this plan of emergency surgery with non-vital organs next year to get out of Mother's Day again (I mean who needs a gall bladder ;) ).


Thursday, May 11, 2017

Thoughts on Thursday

I cannot believe it's already May. And almost half way through it at that. Mother's Day is this weekend and I haven't purchased a present and we have absolutely no plans. We used to have brunch at the Morehead Inn and it was gorgeous and lovely. But recently we've gone more low key. Chris usually buys me a new dress as a present, but with nursing this year I don't think he'll go that route. When I was pregnant a few years ago I asked for a dogwood tree. I'd like that still, but we need to have a stump removed before we can put one (or three) in. Chris says he's ahead of the game this year and I'll be surprised (he loves to purchase a present the day before he needs it, or sometimes the day of).

(old pics from Mother's Day at the Morehead Inn)






Yesterday N had another midweek baseball game and we asked our sitter to stay with the other three. It was just as good as last week (but this week N's team won). We headed to our favorite french cafe after the game for treats and enjoyed the time just with N. I'd love to take advantage of having time with just him and then with just T more and hopefully as time and schedules allow we can do that. I think the most worrisome thing about parenting 4 kids is whether or not they are getting enough attention (other than worrying about their health and safety). It's easy to dismiss the older ones because their needs aren't as physical as the younger ones, so I hope we make an effort to keep them in the spotlight when we can.


For the past week I've been trying to get in a thirty minute workout sometime during the day. It makes me feel so much better, but it also makes me feel so out of shape. The college me is laughing at the 36 year old me right now. I like the Pop Sugar workout videos on youtube. I'm hoping to fit back into all my clothes in the next few weeks (thanks to nursing I think a little cardio is all I needed to start making changes).
No crunches, pushups or squats needed here, this baby is perfect :)

I love these shoes, but need a sale (livie and luca) (freshlypicked)



And KC has these shorts I'm obsessed with as well.



I'm starting to find it necessary to list out what I need to do during the day. Especially if it's something little. I get so distracted or something comes up to deal with that I start to feel like nothing will get done. Yesterday I walked upstairs to put deodorant on 4 times...finally got it the last time (which was right after I grabbed my keys to head out the door). I slowly feel as if I'm losing my mind - but I love it too. It is pretty great to be so needed and so busy (even if it's with diaper blowouts or a tantruming two year old who needs to be calmed). 

I hope you have a great Thursday!

I'm linking up with Annie, Natalie and Julie :)

Monday, May 8, 2017

Weekend Review

Yesterday this sweet baby turned 5 months old. She is the easiest going baby and just so sweet and social. Her one issue is she hates to sleep alone. This girl loves being with people. She sat through five hours of baseball games Saturday, even with some rain, and never complained. She took a bottle and went to sleep with our sitter Wednesday night, something that never happened when KC was her age. She's just an all around easy baby (and I hate that she's getting so big so fast). And KC is by far her favorite person right now. She will follow her with her eyes where ever she goes and KC is the only one who has gotten a laugh out of Katherine so far.







Speaking of baseball games, N pitched for the second time ever. It was a little rough to watch, but he's wanted to pitch since his first game and it finally happened.

This guy lost a tooth after his game Saturday. I may have yelled multiple times for him to get his hand out of his mouth on the field. His tooth was so wiggly for a few days and then at dinner Saturday night it went missing!

Last Wednesday my friend and I took our kiddos to pick strawberries. We had the farm to ourselves and enjoyed a wagon ride to meet the animals at the barn. All the kids loved the baby cows, Penny and Queen Charlotte. Even yesterday I was explaining to neighbors who KC was talking about when she mentioned them. They were able to feed them, and the goats, which was a real thrill. 





Wednesday night N had a baseball game. We tried once to take all the kids to a 6:30 game and it ended up with me watching from the car with the kids going nuts. So this time, we asked our sitter to come watch the other kids. It was amazing to sit and actually watch the game. Chris is usually in the dugout so it was just me on the bleachers cheering my boy on. The team played so well (and lost), but we took our big guy out for a treat afterwards and then headed home to a quiet house full of sleeping children. N has two more midweek night games and while it was pricey ($60, phew) we may do it again!

Last week also included a couple dentist appointments, a first grade concert, mother/son night at the elementary school, and watching a friend's flag football game. I'm ready for a low key week! I hope your Monday is going well - we're all still in jammies!

Monday, May 1, 2017

Weekend Review

It's gloomy again here. We went on a coffee run this morning before Chris headed off to work which made for the perfect start to the day. We have nothing on our agenda so I'm really hoping to get a few things done around the house. I love Mondays as a time when the house is a little quieter and we can breath after our crazy weekend. 

This weekend was lots and lots of baseball. We purchased a new fire pit and I'd promised the kids I'd put it together for roasting hot dogs and smores Saturday night. Honestly the last thing I wanted after spending 9am - 4pm at the field was sit outside and put something together, but I did. And even though we never really got the fire going, it was enough to have our treats. Every one slept really well.

Sunday we let everyone sleep in. T was up first, he always is, and he is always in the best mood bright and early. He snuggled with Katherine and me and I cherished the moment. He didn't ask to turn on the tv or play xbox, he just played with her and asked to hold her. Once everyone was up we grabbed coffee and bagels and returned home to play in the yard and take a walk. The rest of our day involved ice cream, more outside time, and had it not poured off and on, we would have had dinner outside.

Everyone was so dirty this weekend, it required baths/showers every night. We are usually a twice a week kind of parents, but this weekend they probably could have used two a day. Baths are also a really good way to keep KC contained. And as much as she loves a bath and washing her hair, she will not let me give her a pony tail or pull it back. She is constantly brushing it aside with her hands. It drives me nuts. What's the trick?! I think I'm just going to get her a trim and keep it short until I can reason with her.

KC also painted her own nails this weekend (and a couple of mine). My dad was down for two days taking out two trees and continuing a fence and needed just about five minutes of my time. In that amount of time KC had painted her finger nails blue and when I was texting a picture to mine friend, two of my toe nails ended up purple. 


 I hope your week is off to a good start. This is our one day this week that isn't super busy so we are going to soak it up. 





Friday, April 28, 2017

Five on Friday

 Happy Friday! After last week flew by, this week just seemed longer. But after a long night with a stuffy two year old, and checking on a baby fever, I made it up early enough to throw cinnamon rolls in the oven for the boys (and I'm on my second latte at this point). So the day is off to a good start! I'm linking up with the five on Friday ladies with five things from last week:

First, yesterday this baby had her 4 month check up! She weighed in at 14 lbs 11 oz and size up to be 25 inches. This makes her on the tall side which explains why all her cute rompers are a struggle to snap! She had multiple vaccinations and ended up with a fever last night of 101.7. It was a little worrisome but she wasn't miserable. In fact other than her being warm to the touch I only thought to take her temperature because she wasn't my usually smiley baby. We didn't actually treat it with medicine and this morning she's back to smiling and giggling.

2. Last Saturday we spent our day at the baseball field. My mother in law bought us a shade tent which has been so helpful with Katherine. Sunscreen isn't fully effective on her yet so this tent provides some protection as well. And honestly we all sat in it during the games. It is really fun to watch the boys play, but this weekend they both were hit by the ball. T played first base and a ball took a bad hop and busted his nose. It was awful. Luckily he was wearing sunglasses and while they broke, they provided some eye protection. He was determined to get back into the game and even the dugout duty dad had to call me into the dugout to help stop the bleeding because he had walked away from me to soon (it was so gross, even I had to clean the blood off of me). Later we found out the ball that hit him was hit off a banned bat. To say I was angry was an understatement. I discovered in our rules, if you talk to the umpire, it's a forfeit (let's be honest NO ONE follows that rule), but use a banned bat and there's no consequence. Emails were sent.
N was hit in the back by a wild pitch. It left a mark, but he was fine. He even had one of his best defensive games yet (he caught a pop fly in center field, threw it home for a double play). His games have gotten really exciting because the level of play has changed so much. He has the same coach he had for his first year of tball. It is so weird thinking of Coach Chris racing him around the bases in 2013 when he was just 5 and doing the same now when he's almost 10 (Coach Chris always wins). After the game, coach asked N if he knew he was going to make that catch, N said yes he knew it, and coach said "I knew it too." In 2013 we were using all our strategies to try and get N to stop skipping to bases. I can't believe how much he has grown up.

3. Mom was here last weekend (and may never watch a baseball game again in her life after being traumatized by seeing her grandsons hit). We took the girls to the zoo on Friday. KC loved it. She loved the elephants, the flamingos, and especially, the "Dorys." We found Dory multiple times at the aquarium and I think she would have stayed in front of the big tank until the zoo closed if she could have. 




4. It's no secret we are UNC fans, so we were pretty thrilled with the championship game (and the NFL draft last night was pretty exciting too). I ordered these shirts from HonorRoll Designs and they shipped yesterday!! The Rameses fairy may be dropping one off at a friend's house soon :)


5. This baby and that backyard make me happy! It's been raining for days here and everything is so green! I forgot how beautiful spring is at this house (although it was beautiful at the old house too). The previous owner (and only owner for 50 years!) planted so many beautiful bulbs, azaleas, camillas, gardenias, hydrangeas, and peonies! It's like a little present every time something starts blooming. I just want to add a few dogwoods - our neighbor has one that overhangs our yard and they are just one of my favorites!

Have a great weekend! We have a double header for N on Saturday and a game for T, here's hoping they are injury free!

Linking up with April, Christina, and Natasha.