Friday, January 12, 2018

Five on Friday!

TGIF~ I hope this week has been a good one for you. Everyone is on the mend here, thank goodness (although the full movie day Wednesday was a nice change of pace, if only it didn't come with sickness).  Chris brought back lattes this morning so it's off to a good start. I'm linking up with the Five on Friday ladies and sharing five things making my life easier right now, and maybe they will make yours easier too (and throwing in a couple pictures from our 1 year old photo shoot because they make me smile).


1. If you have a toddler, this is the best mat ever! I bought it thinking it wouldn't really work, but it works. It's so easy to serve, clean (yay dishwasher), and I even take it to restaurants (all my babies ate off restaurant tables, but I can't help thinking it's gross and this solves my dilemma)! It's called the ez-pz happy mat (we have the mini version). It even comes in a reusable bag for easy travel.

2. Have you used Amazon Prime Now? It's a separate app from Amazon Prime and it's such a lifesaver. This week with the kids sick, I ordered clorox wipes and beer and they arrived within 4 hours. If you spend over $35 delivery is free (unless you need it within 2 hours) - I threw a $20 amazon gift card in my order to reach the $35 (and totally felt like I beat the system). When we traveled to Disney, I used this to get a few staples like milk, diapers, and snacks. The order does include a tip for the driver.

3. Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve has been my new go-to in this cold dry weather. I think it's too late to "preserve" any youth, but it feels so good and really helps my dry skin. I love that it's light enough for  morning wear too.

4. My kids are not great eaters (except Katherine, she'll eat just about anything) and Chris is a vegetarian. This means our meals lack some important nutrients. I've started cooking eggs more often, but I've also added Bob's Red Mill Vegi Soup Mix. For some reason my kids eat it up. It has veggies and lentils and alphabet pasta. I always throw in whatever veggies we have for some extra vitamins and freshness. The lentils add lots of protein and the pasta makes it fun. They will yell out whatever they've found (doesn't really help with manners). I always add vegetable broth instead of water (or a mix of the two).

5. A sales associate at Pottery Barn mentioned this wrinkle release spray and it has lived up to the hype. We one of the kids puked allll over our bed, bed skirt and rug, I washed the bed skirt, pulled it out of the dryer and thought, it will never look the same again. But a few sprays and a couple tugs and it looks perfect! So much easier than steaming or ironing!
I hope everyone has a great weekend. My kids are so excited their cousins are coming, I just hope the bad weather doesn't affect their trip! We have a full Saturday of basketball games, a birthday party, and the kids are going to the Hornets game.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Thoughts on Thursday

I should be cleaning currently. We have family coming into town this weekend, we had two very sick kids two nights ago, and because of that I had to cancel our cleaners and reschedule for next week. Which means I need to get things done. Buuuuut, I'll do it later.

Tuesday it finally warmed up! After days of below freezing temperatures it hit the 60s! It was beautiful. After preschool the girlies stayed on the playground for almost 2 hours. We came home in time for the boys to get off the bus and shortly after that KC puked everywhere. Ugh it was so so sad.
A friend asked to take N to a Hornets meet and greet and I wrote her thinking I should cancel but she said she'd take him anyway. N had a blast, and poor KC spent the night with a bucket. We had to take the T to piano and basketball so KC didn't even get the benefit of sitting on the couch watching tv.


That night, N fell victim to the tummy bug. It was a rough night. We had some puppy pads left over from Dali and I dug those out and put them beside each boy just in case. They worked great! Highly recommend using them if you don't have kids with good aim.

We said good bye to our tree this week as well. I love having Christmas linger. The kids wanted one more picture with the tree before we took it down. I always hate seeing it by the curb. I know it doesn't take the memories with it, but it's just such a big reminder that it's over and next year the kids will be older and it will be different.

I received our pictures from Katherine's 1 year old shoot. They turned out so well. I'll share more later but look how sweet!


This little one doesn't often say "MAMA" anymore she straight up yells "MA" like she's a teenager (and she's currently doing that from her crib, guess she's done napping).

Linking up with two of my favorites today, Annie and Natalie!!

Friday, January 5, 2018

Happy New Year // Five on Friday

Happy 2018! We started off the year finding out we had black mold under the sink and MRSA on our youngest. Hopefully things will only get better from here! I haven't uploaded pictures from our Christmas, totally forgot to take real camera pictures of our New Year's celebration and now the kids are back in school and life is back to it's regular schedule. Our tree is still up (well one of them, the other never took water and came down the day after Christmas to avoid being a fire hazard). Tomorrow is officially the 12th day of Christmas!

I thought I'd start this year out with a post about my five resolutions. I love setting monthly goals and yearly goals. These will be yearly goals, hopefully more like habits that will form.

1. Everyone in our family drops all the items they walk into the house with on the floor in the kitchen.  Currently there is a bookbag, my diaper bag, a bag of groceries that needs to go into the pantry, a bag of leftover party supplies from Katherine's birthday, a light fixture we changed out, and a box to be carried outside to recycling. Our kitchen isn't super functional the way it's set up and our mud room is even less functional but it looks even worse when everything is on the floor. So goal #1 - get everything off the floor of the kitchen.

2. Read!! Since Katherine was born I tried to start books but I was always too tired to keep up with characters and story lines. Now that she is waking up just once a night I feel like I can jump back into reading. My cousin gave me Book of the Month for my birthday and I'm loving it! It's such great movitation to read. Currently reading Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine and loving it.


3. Somehow find a way to exercise a little. This has been so hard with our schedule and with Katherine's unpredictable sleeping patterns. I'm really hopeful as sleep returns to a schedule that I can carve some time to do something. A gym is out of the question, but seriously anything at this point will help. I just want to feel better about myself, even if I look the same.

4. Schedule better. I want to make sure I have everything entered into our calendars (all of them) so that we aren't constantly wondering what comes next. So far I'm failing on this one. The boys have games tomorrow and I have no clue when they are. Our January calendar isn't up and I've got nothing on my phone. Today will be the day I get January together. (and I love these calendars, they are HUGE and I put it in the kitchen so everyone knows what's up).

5. My overall goal is to be happier. Possibly find happiness in being content. I tend to worry and be anxious about everything. I have trouble having fun when things are stressful (even the smallest amount of stress). Having 4 kids is stressful. For us it's very stressful. I want to find a way to enjoy it more. Obviously I love them all dearly, but the daily arguments, whining, laundry, food prep, and even the scheduled activities are weighing me down, and I need to nip this now because it's just going to continue as Katherine and KC grow.

I hope 2018 brings the promise of a wonderful year to you! Those in the snow stay warm! Here's to a great 2018!

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Thoughts on Thursday

Yesterday I asked the boys to hand me their Thursday folders when they arrived home after school. They laughed and told me it was Wednesday. We are on a day by day bases at this point in the season and sometimes it's hour by hour (and obviously I've even struggling with that).

Last Thursday Katherine turned 1. I cried most of the day. My last baby is now 1. I am so grateful to have had the baby days 4 times over but I am so so sad to never have them again. I love nursing babies to sleep, snuggling with them in a wrap, kissing their chubby cheeks. Once I wondered why I don't kiss KC's cheeks like I used to, so I did it. I got multiple hands to the face shoving me away and then remembered why I stopped. Katherine doesn't nurse to sleep anymore, doesn't fit in the wrap (the Ergo still works though), but she lets me kiss all over her. For over a decade I've either been pregnant, nursing, or trying to get pregnant (minus about a year in there after we had the boys). It feels like the end. It absolutely drives me nuts when moms refer to this time as a "season." I want to scream, seasons are cyclical, this time is never coming back! And I've never felt it more than last Thursday.

Other than my birthday blues, the holiday season has marched on. We've done craft night at church, seen Santa (again at church, so glad he's a member at ours), made gingerbread houses uptown, visited the gingerbread houses on the outside of town, attended a holiday party (first time in years), picked our trees, decorated said trees (the boys did most of it this year), and I've been wrapping presents nightly. I still have too many people to shop for and not enough present ideas!  (where's the older kid gift guide?! toddlers are a breeze! my husband, totally know what he wants, have my mom and dad figure out too... but I have a few preteens and teens I'm shopping for and man that is tough.. we did tons of gift cards last year).

We've had basketball, piano (recital this weekend!), and birthday parties (with the most awesome train ever). And all I can think is, when can I take a breath. And then I follow that up with "you brought this on yourself." I think winter break will be a nice time to slow down (remind of me of that when I complain about the boys going stir crazy and fighting).

We had a leak under our kitchen sink the week before Thanksgiving and now I'm freaked out about mold.

I had a DSL camera I loved and I dropped it at the beach years ago. I bought a new one (an upgraded model) and my pictures are blurry! I thought the point of a DSL was not to have blurry pictures. Any clue what's going on? Do I need to leave it in sports setting?

 And I'll stop my rambling and leave this post with a goofy pic of my last babe after bath (ignore the two tone wall in the background please, slowly removing the lighthouse and boat border to paint, although the island double sink will have to stay so I guess it's more lipstick on a pig).



Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Thanksgiving

It feels like Thanksgiving was weeks ago. How did that happen? Do you have a tree yet? I feel like we might be the only ones without a tree! No lights out either. We might get one this weekend, but even that feels early to me. I will say all the outside decorations have made driving places super fun. KC ohh and ahhs over every little thing!

Did you have a good Thanksgiving? Ours was very laid back and that's just how I like it. My parents drove down for the holiday (and booked a hotel for the weekend!). My dad cooked almost everything and the items I was in charge of the boys took over (with assistance). Chris' mom came down with a virus and missed our big feast (and I think we gave it to her, boo on us). Hopefully we will see her this weekend.

Here's a few images from the day. We always watch the parade, take a walk, eat, eat again, and play board games.






The rest of our holiday weekend we spent enjoying time together. Friday we took the boys to see Wonder and I cried my eyes out through the whole movie. It was really good, but I never want to see it again. 

Some neighbors put out their holiday decorations (it's a yard FULL) so we strolled to see them. Along the way KC decided to make leaf angels (in the gutter... gross, but cute).

Saturday we spent most of the day at the playground. We played basketball, tag, catch, and hide and seek. Katherine hunted ladybugs, and caught one (and tried to eat it - it was saved).



 Sunday we headed to church, then the kids (all but Katherine) went to the baseball field. So far this week has flown by. Chris has been working long hours so I've been wrangling these four on my own. Katherine is recovering from her first double ear infection and not sleeping so the coffee is flowing morning, noon and night. Tonight we have our annual Christmas Crafts at church. I'm pretty excited. It's always a fun night.

I hope your week is going well! 


Thursday, November 16, 2017

Procrastinating

Oh Thursday. If only you were Friday. Like everyone else, our house has been hit by "the cold" even worse we have one case of "man cold." I'm more of a buck up and deal with it type of person so I won't be getting any nurse of the year awards from Chris.

Katherine has come down with a cold as well which means sleep is at a minimum. I wanted to head to one of my favorite store's Holiday open house but Katherine was so cranky in the car I decided she couldn't skip her nap. We've been home for an hour and she's been talking in her crib (insert an eye roll). And I should be getting a million things done, but I'm not. 

Here are some cute pictures of her recently - sleeping (so tired she only got one foot out from under her) and obsessed with sitting in chairs (it's kind of funny - she immediately takes over any kid chair she can find).

Her party invites came and are so cute. I got them at this etsy shop.

I finished her birthday plate and love how it turned out. Each of my kids has a plate and each one has their own "thing" in the middle. One is a cake, one is present, one is a party hat, so it was tough to come up with a fourth. Balloons seemed a natural choice, but hard to paint! So I went with a banner. 
  

Chris is coming home in an hour (so really crunch time to get a few things done around the house) and I'm heading out to get my hair done. I'm looking forward to the break and the new do!

Have a great Thursday.