Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Shots mean crankiness, so I listened to whining and crying on top of three loads of laundry, an emptied dishwasher, dinner cooked while the kids ran wild (Kyle was not home to help), perpetual toy clean up ... and of course my job had to fit somewhere in there too. An exhausting day I'd rather not repeat any time soon.
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
My hope is that tomorrow makes up for the lack of fun today ... now I just need to determine the plans for tomorrow!
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Sometimes I marvel that such bucolic scenes are only a 15 minute drive from my house ...
... and here are Molly and Claire enjoying the hay bales and checking out the pumpkins ...
... and it's just past 9:30pm, and this mom is tired! Tomorrow the nanny decided she did want to help, so I have a haircut planned for some "me time", and I might grab a couple extra books for the twins' birthday presents. Other than that, my plans are still up in the air, and I tend to like it that way.
... and we went inside the goat cage for the first time, where the goats chewed on the girls' clothes ...
... and this goat wouldn't leave Molly alone, but she didn't seem too upset about it ...
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Saturday, September 19, 2009
I'm perfecting my select group (for sure I am missing the no-kids "cool" female friend), but I know this: my close girlfriends are absolutely critical to my sanity. I could live without a lot of things, but I would wither without these women in my life. The men in my life just cannot mind-meld on motherhood and a mother's daily balancing act like these women can. Validation from another mother has very deep implications.
A heartfelt thank you to my girlfriends, my fellow mother blog readers, and all the other mothers who enrich my life by offering me a place to feel safe and vulnerable at the same time.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
So I might just take time off, customer delay and all. I have already set aside the twins' birthday as a vacation day, so I might start adding on days next week. Or the following week. All I know is I refuse to let vacation time slip into cold weather time - I need to take it before we get much into October. I want to play outside all day long, visit a pumpkin patch, and do other outdoorsy things. And I want to take time off before we hit the first sickness for the kids, which is sure to slam us any day now that Claire is back in school. Oh, blessed summer of 2009, this was the healthiest we've ever been, and I thank the gods of health for our break from after-hours clinic visits. I dread the sickness cycle we will be entering soon, so I need a good week with the kids to remember fondly when we're in the thick of ear infections, fevers, and vomit this fall and winter. With vacation on the brain, it's now time for me to research kid's activities for the next couple weeks, so I'm signing off.
Oh, and thank you, Lauren's mom, for ensuring that Claire fell asleep before 10:30pm tonight. I'm getting pretty tired of seeing her little face at 11pm, still wandering the house looking for attention. Can someone please explain to me how an almost-five-year-old gets by on less than ten hours of sleep a night?
Monday, September 14, 2009
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Today the sale started out slow but gained traction throughout the day. Fortunately, Kyle helped with the kids (well, at least the twins) most of the day other than an hour and a half that was super difficult juggling the three kids and a sale. I was fortunate to have three other moms helping me, so I watched kids while they dealt with the buyers. Claire, of course, did a lemonade stand and made about $20 but spent a little on the ice cream man tonight.
Here's a view of the sale in action ...
... which even the twins found interesting, but by far the best kid entertainment of the day happened to be little Ella. Friend and fellow seller Jill brought over her baby girl for the day, and the four girls had this amazing calming ability on each other - the twins loved seeing a 'real' baby, Claire loved being allowed to 'babysit' a real baby, and baby Ella herself seem quite mesmerized by all the attention. It was all unbelievably cute (but no, did not make me consider having a fourth child - ha!). I took a few photos of the girls watching Ella roll around on the floor ...
... but the photo I missed was of all three girls lying on their tummies, eye level with Ella, watching her roll around - it was too cute! By the time I tried to snap the photo, Lily was off running around the house (per usual behavior), Claire had sat up, but Molly was still on her tummy staring as in the above photo. What I appreciate most about little girls is just how intuitively gentle they are with little babies. It's amazing and must be pre-programmed in us girls.
I expected reasonable success from the sale (and unfortunately, we still re-packed five large tubs of clothes we didn't sell today), but after I counted my take, I consider the sale a resounding success! I can now treat myself to that dream digital SLR, after, of course, I get a couple gift certificates for my birthday or Christmas (or both) to Best Buy. We pocketed just over $550 from the sale! I guess kid's clothes do have some re-sale value!
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Across the room, I turned my head and laughed too. It seems the bathroom humor starts early. Glad to see the kids are fulfilling their family gutter humor legacy (*snicker*).
On another note, I am frantically preparing for an enormous four-family garage sale to be held at my house this coming Saturday. I've priced but one quarter of the kid clothes we are selling so it's likely I won't post much for the remainder of the week. I need to be heads down working on tagging all the kid and maternity clothes. Am I a tad sentimental about the items? Maybe a touch, but pregnancy and babies are now in my past, and it's time to dump the items and make some money off of the investment we made.
Sunday, September 6, 2009
... and then the roller coaster ...
... and lastly the canoe ride (where Claire seems to have her game face on for this relaxed ride) ...
... and of course I got sucked into paying for a couple of carnival games to win cheapy toys ...