Thursday, December 17, 2009

And I though child labor was a thing of the past.


Liam has started to answer the phone for me. It is so great, I just need to work on his phone ettiquite. My sister-in-law called the other day while I was working out downstairs. He answered the phone and asked who it was. After handling all the preliminary questions, Rebekah asked if she could talk to me and he said "No, that I was exersizing". Then he asked Rebekah,
"Can you talk to me for a few minutes?". I thought he was getting enough adult stimulation at home, I guess I was wrong.

Adele is one today!

So Adele has had a birthday this week. She is one. The year has gone so fast. Not only that but we are not expecting again. This is a true blessing since we have gotten pregnant after each baby in about a year. Yeah, not thinking that is going to happen...

Adele is huge. She smiles all the time and says, Daddy, Mommy, hi, and I swear she says something like Mimi (my mom). She is walking around holding on the furniture, and tries to climb on everything. She has such a sweet strong personality. She smiles non-stop but she also can turn on you if you take something from her. Did I mention that she out eats Liam already, and that she is still tiny. My kids are not destined for greatness- in size.

I am amazed by her all the time. Here are a couple of cute pictures.
First cupcake. Don;t you love the homemade mousse?


I love this picture with her and Clif. Cute huh!

Ok.. so long a post, again

I realize that I never posted Halloween pictures. They were content to stay on the camera and my computer would eject the cord randomly, hence no pictures of late. Here are some cute ones.


My sister and I took our set of twins to the twin Halloween party. They had games, pictures, and treats. The girls were apprehensive until they saw the goodies. I love that my kids would go home with the first stranger that offered them candy. Cute pictures never the less.



The twins were bubble baths. It was cute, most people even got what they were. Other close choices were clouds, or white grapes. I thought the girls were adorable. The only drawback was that when we went trick or treating in Seattle, some of the candy hander-outers wouldn't give them to the second twin thinking that they already gave the bubble girl a candy. I fixed it by making sure that they saw double at the same time.


Liam is a pirate. There has been a strong relationship with pirates for the last few months in our house. I have tiny pirates in my bed, in my kitchen, at the table. Liam is consumed with swords, ships, treasures. Don't be surprised if the pirates of the seas whisk Liam away one of these days.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Trouble Sleeping?

We are coming up to Adele's first birthday. I have been trying to let her cry it out so that she learns to put herself back to sleep. It has not been working out so well. I am always afraid that she will wake up Liam, whom she shares a room with. Saturday night Liam came into the room in the wee hours of the morning muttering something unintelligible. I asked him to say it again, and forcefully he said "Adele is crying, Mom". I told him I knew that but he needed to get back in bed. He replied, "Mom, Adele is crying, you need to get her. I can't handle it." Anyone knows where I can get earplugs for a 4 year old?

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Ignorance or Honesty


My 3 older kids are potty trained, and go fairly often without my help. There is a green rug that goes in front of the toilet. On Monday it was put in a pile by the bathtub, with a big wet spot in the middle of the rug. I asked Evelyn who peed on the rug, "Myra" she said. Evelyn has a nasty habit of lying and blaming others for her naughtiness, so I asked Myra who peed on the rug. "Myra" she said. Huh, and I thought honesty was old fashioned.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

PS- This explains the screaming

Adele cut her first 2 teeth this week. So that is why she has been up all night nursing-ugh. This is unusual for my kids, Liam was 1 when he got teeth, the twins were 15 months. So here is to chewing up your food before you swallow. Congrats Adele!

Birthday and Pumpkin Patch

So my birthday was a hit, as always. Clif got me a smoker that I used almost immediately. My Dad, Mom and sister matched up and got me a new pasta maker and book that I have used a ton already. Also a ticket to a play that I loved and a great new parenting book, The Blessings of a Skinned Knee. If you love your kids and parenting, this book is a must.

Then the past week I have a couple of funnies of my kids. Liam was talking to my Mom and asked her why she went to the Dr office. She told him that her bones weren't strong and so she had to see a dr. about it. He asked her "Don't you drink milk? I drink milk so I can get big and strong."

Huh, it really goes in? Who would have thought!


MyraJean talks a lot. I told her to go and help her sister and brother clean up the toys. She said
I did". What, when did she start talking, including talking back? She says ok to everything, repeats a ton of words, and is genuinely communicating. Yay!
Evelyn has had her hair cut. Liam got in trouble for cutting his hair on my birthday, must not have sunk in well. On Wednesday, he cut Evelyn's hair while I was comforting MyraJean for hurt feelings. All I remember is crying and my friend saying "Are you breathing yet?" Then he did it again about 15 minutes later. She has a strip gone off the top right down the middle. Then he cut some off the left side. So one of her sides of hair is shaggy and so thin. I have to put the top up together to cover the strip down the middle and I can't do 2 piggies since one side looks like she is a chemo patient.




By Friday of this week I can positively say things have been so chaotic. Two haircuts, Liam got into the medicine cabinet and then threw up all over the house from eating too many cough drops (He didn't have a cough), 4 speeding tickets in one month, sick and tired kids, need I say more.

If you don't think you should follow the speeding limit, let me educate you. I have had 4 speeding tickets in one month, yes you read that right. 3 were from the school zone near my house where Liam has speech therapy, all of them 10 miles or less over the speed limit. The last came from going 6 over the speed limit on the major road 1/2 block from my house.... I now go the speed limit, I have ticked off everyone that lives in Seattle from following the speed limit. I am about to put a sign in my back window that says "How is my driving, call 1-800-no-more-tickets. Sigh.

My sister, Mom, and I went to the pumpkin patch at Carlton farms near Everett. It was so much fun. There was a pumpkin launch, which was a ball (literally), a great patch where you could walk out and pick a pumpkin, a great picnic area, and lots more. My kids and my sister's had so much fun.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Yay for me

Happy birthday to me, Happy birthday to me, Happy birthday to Bree, Happy birthday to me!

Seriously? Yay for 30, I am finally old enough to feel like an adult. Pictures and stories to follow.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

I am finally ok


So those that know my family know I come from a long list of women that never age past 25. I on the other hand am getting really excited since I turn 30 in October. Here is why.

1. I have graduated from college with a degree that I will be able to use when the time is right for me to go back to work. I love what I do and really enjoy the experiences that I get while I work.

2. I have 4, yes, 4 beautiful kids that make me young. I mean how old can I be when my oldest just turned 4? Not only are they great but they make me realize how boring my life would be without them.

3. I have finally come into my own. I have a huge love for cooking and canning, and I love to see my accomplishments sitting on the shelf ready to use.

4. I have an amazing husband that does more with the kids to help me out than most women I know do with thier own. He is the apple of my eye and I hope to have 60 more years with him. (Although if I live until I am 90, someone shoot me)

5. Last but not least- I am amazing. In the last 30 years I have become a great adult (suprise to those that knew me as a kid), I have began to teach my children the important things in life, I have a successful marriage, wonderful 4 children, great siblings and parents to do things with, and heck it just keeps getting better.

HOORAY FOR 30!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Crazy yet funny day


So Adele was up late last night screaming sick. My good friend Kathy was a life savor and gave me some advice and medicine that really helped. So today I got up early and took her to the Dr.'s office. When we got back I realized that our landlord was at the house with a arbor crew cutting down some old dead trees. I couldn't stay there and so I called Kathy again and intruded into her home. She was wonderful and gave us lunch, waffles with sprinkles, which my kids loved. She turned to Liam at one point and complimented him on his good manners. He replied "Yes, it is just because I am a nice boy". Ha- and who would have thought a 4 year old had such great self esteem.



The other day I was talking to my landlord about some canning items. We have a joint vegetable garden and she brought some fruit for me to can. Liam heard me on the phone and asked me who I was talking to. The conversation follows:
I told him, "Carol".
"Carol, our landlady?" He asked
"Yes, Carol" I said
"I like Carol", he said "She is a nice person, a nice farmer person".
"A nice farmer person? What makes you think she is a farmer?"
"She pulls weeds and gives us carrots, that means she is a farmer".
I laughed pretty hard. Then I called Carol and told her, it was so funny.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Soccer Monster

LIAM PLAYS SOCCER
Liam has started his new thing, soccer. He was a little apprehensive about it on his first day of practice but he soon warmed up to his coach. The whole way home he kept saying "Bumblebees, I can't hear you, BUMBLEBEES (louder each time). I way switching between laughing and putting my hands over my ears... But super cute.



Here are some great pictures of his first game on Saturday. He loved it. He got to play half the game and then about 5 minutes before it was all over he walked off the field right to me. I told him to get back to the field, that the game was still playing. He said "I don't want to, I am too tired to play anymore". I told him I didn't care, he needed to go back and play. He finally got back on the field and wore himself out. It was a hoot. The kids were so great but I think the parents loved it even more than the kids. I am going to have a ball from this.

How cute is this? He got to kick the ball in bounds. Talk about excitement.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Summer Pictures












I didn't post many of these but these are awesome. Thanks to my brother in law and my Mom for thier camera and picture taking skills. Awesome!

Monday, August 31, 2009

Coming to a close

This was a great summer. My family got together to go camping, we saw Clif's family in July, we moved... that is all, I think.



I must be really loved. I have a friend that "loaned" me her two daughters 3 times a week to help me watch the kids or whatever. Sometimes I slept, I canned, cleaned, played, and sometimes went out without the kids. It has been such a blessing to me since the kids would have been really miserable if they had just me to play with. Not only do they watch the kids but they have become family. I love that family!



There are a couple of family funnies that I need to record, here it goes.


Conversation with MyraJean.
Mom: "What does a puppy say?"
MyraJean: "ruff ruff ruff"
Mom: "What does a cat say?"
MyraJean: "eow eow eow"
Mom: "What does baby Tarzan say?"
MyraJean: "OUWE OUWE"
Mom: "What does Evelyn say?"
MyraJean: "NO NO NO!"
(You have to know the family to get this one, but I find it funny and fitting)



Overheard conversation with Pumpkin and Liam. Pumpkin doesn't want to play anymore.
Pumpkin: "I don't want to play with you anymore"
Liam: "But we're cousins, we are supposed to play together. We're cousins, Pumpkin"



Evelyn has been more independent lately. She tries to put her clothes on by herself. She has succeded in getting her underwear on. The other day she demanded that she do it herself. She got them up (I mean all the way to her boobs). But when she bent over to grab something off the floor I saw two little bum cheeks on either side of the "string" underwear she had on. I tried to get a picture for posterior, oh I mean posterity, but she moved too much.

Liam said the prayer again the other night. He had been begging to go to the park and finally gave up. "Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for this day. Please bless I eat good. Please bless the babies go to bed easy. Please bless Dylan (neighbor), and Kaelee, Ellie, and Sue. Please bless us to go to the park tomorrow if it is nice (since it rains alot). NJC, Amen." I guess he decided to take it to a higher power since I was slacking. We went the next day

Adele was army crawling and then started to sit up. Now all of a sudden she goes from crawling to sitting to crawling. She is so big of a little girl. I can't believe she is almost 9 months old.

Liam is starting preschool this year. I thought he would love the excuse of not having to take naps any more. The other day he told me he still wanted to take naps. I asked why and he replied "I am just too tired NOT to take naps". Do you think I should remind him that he told me that every time he tells me he does not want to take a nap?

Monday, August 17, 2009

To Pray or Not to Pray


Liam wanted to say prayer for Family Home Evening...


Here is the format-


Dear Heavnly Father. Thank you for the day. Please bless the food. Please bless me to eat better. Please bless the lemonade and stuff. Thank you for my blessings. Please bless the babies to sleep ok. Name of JC, AMEN.


Leave it to Liam to focus on the important stuff in his prayers.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

So long a Post....


Once again it has come to my attention that I have not posted pics or info or much of anything lately. So I am going to give a symnopsis of the last 2 months.



The girls are amazing. Evelyn is starting to talk, her favorite word being NO. Now this is not a simple no. It is a NOOOO with a smile. When you ask her anything, she replies with a huge grin and in a sweet falseto voice NOOO. She hasn't found the value of any other words. But the sweet NOOO is starting to find it's mark on my nerves. Pray she finds another word to bestow her sweet personalitiy on.


MyraJean is so cute. She is starting to find a real love of talking. She mimicks almost everything she hears. My favorite thing is when she tells you to wait. She says it and also signs it. Then she patiently waits until time to continue to do whatever it is that she or you wants to do.


Liam... what can I say, what a doll. He helps me all day long and is such a love. He is so excited to go camping in a couple of weeks with my family. He talks about his trips to whomever will listen and is just excited to do anything.


Well in the past few months we have gone to moved, Idaho and back, gone garage sale-ing, and am in the process of surving a heat wave. We were able to find a great deal on a new house with a great front and back yard. We are so excited to live here and it is just a few miles from my old house so we haven't moved to far from my mom or my sisters house.

Cute pictures too!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Really?

So this week we have been grappling with the words that come out of Liam's mouth. On Sunday, primary was held in the chapel since the kids were practicing for their primary program. Liam is not used to change and has a really hard time adjusting. Between Clif and I, we could not calm Liam down enough to sit in his assigned chair and I told one of the leaders that I was leaving. I figured if he needed me in 5 minutes than I would come back and sit with him.
After church I asked Liam if he enjoyed class. He said no, he just liked his regular class. He said "I cried and was super sad, AND I didn't even sing the songs." So there!

This past week I was at my parents house. I came down around the corner and smashed my third toe into my Mom's huge antique mirror. I must have crushed it pretty bad without breaking it but it sure felt like it was broken. Never the less, I have been walking around with what I have been saying is either a broken toe or a danged bad jammed toe. Liam has been mimicking me and telling everyone he has broken his toe.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Memorial day picnic

My parents had a picnic for Memorial day. It was so fun and nice to have most of the family together. My dad made some really tasty fish and veggies. My sister made some great salads. I made the strawberry shortcake (Well Clif did, I claimed it). Is was super yummy.

Here are the pictures, by which my brother-in-law took. Cute, aren't they?





Tuesday, May 5, 2009

What happens to time?

I know that it has been over a month- now closer to two since I have last blogged. What can I say, life is crazy.

Liam is getting older all the time, he is talking non stop and just so much fun to be around. He has started a little bit of school and seems to like it fairly well. I am so amazed that he loves to learn already. He is also getting quite the mouth on him. The other day in the car, he was saying something that I didn't understand and I asked him to repeat it. He ignored me and kept talking, I asked him again what he was saying. This time he looked at me and said, "I wasn't talking to you, Mom!" Well said.

Liam was talking about Clif's friend Dan who visited us the day before Easter. I asked him if he slept ok the next day. He said no. "Why not? I asked him. "Because Jesus came last night and didn't leave before I went to bed." I have to add that Dan is very olive skinned and had slightly wavy hair with a bit of facial hair. He had a striking resemblance to Jesus. That is primary at work, I guess.

The normal babysitters were over the other day and put Liam to bed. When he got up later to go to the bathroom, he asked if the "Chinese girls" were still here. I told him no, that they had to go home. He asked why and then said "But they need to come back, I need them very much."

The girls know that I breastfeed Adele. The other day at the store, Evelyn put her hand down her shirt and then looked in it. I told her what body parts were in there, and she kept looking down her shirt. I asked her what was down there and she made the sign for milk. It was pretty funny. We ask her all the time what is down her shirt, she seems to know there is milk in there somewhere.

MyraJean and Evelyn have started speech therapy. MyraJean says the important words, milk, more, Mom, up, off and so on. Evelyn- not so much. BUT- they are potty training and today was the first day with no accidents!!!!!! YAY
Adele is huge- at least for me. She is almost 14 lbs. Liam was 14 lbs at a year so it is pretty amazing. We love her, she always has a smile and is quite the mover. I expect to see her crawling with in the month, and it really scares me. She is getting way to big to fast. I do love this age, though.

Clif and I have been somewhat busy. We have been canning and cooking, freezing and making jam. Clif is really busy with work- thank goodness. The kids are getting bigger, busier, and crazier. We have been really busy but we have pictures of the tulip fields. My kids are so cute!














Wednesday, March 25, 2009

What your mother said that you swore you never would


The other night Liam was found in his room with the light on. It must have been over an hour after his normal bed time and Clif was a bit miffed at him. The problem is that Liam would stay quiet in there for hours and we would never know if he was sleeping or not since there is not a good crack under the door to let us know if the light was on. I also need to clarify that this has happened on a frequent basis and Clif and I both are a little bent out of shape and tired of this ritual.

So back to the story. I heard Clif go into the room and start to chastise Liam for having his light on again. Then I heard Liam loose his temper and start to throw a fit. I waited for the tantrum to end and Clif came back into our room. I asked him what happened and he said that he was tired of Liam not listening to Clif and turning his light on after Liam was put to bed. So he was taking the light bulb out of the socket so Liam couldn't turn his light on after he was supposed to be in bed. That caused the tantrum and so Clif gave Liam one more chance not to loose his light.


I thought taking his light for punishment was really ingenious. Although it reminds me of when I was a teenager and I got mad at my parents. During a fight, I locked my door so my parents couldn't come in and continue the fight. After a little while they stopped trying to get into the room and I thought I had won. Little did I know, my dad was getting some tools to remove my door. I didn't have a door for about a month.


What goes around comes around.......

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Never again- I hope

I dedicate this post to my Mother, who never gave me scissors until I reached kindergarten age. "Why", you ask? I cut everything from my sisters new yellow jeans and all the extra fabric, to the curtains, to who knows what else.

Liam is the new "Me". I have found large cuts in my sheets, my quilt cover, Liam's clothes, and now MY HAIR! The other day I got out of the shower and brushed my hair into place to find a lot (a small clump) only an inch long. He must have cut it while I was sleeping. "How", you ask, "do you sleep through a three year old giving you a hair cut". Easily when you have 4 children 3 and under and your 3 year old gets out of bed at 5:55 or 6 am every morning.

My Mom thinks this is quite funny, so I have heard, does my Dad. I on the other hand, think this is a horrible payback. Not only do I have a three year old that can not be in a room by himself, but I have 2 year old twins that won't stop going in opposite directions, and an infant that doesn't sleep by herself or take a pacifier.

I CAN SLEEP THROUGH ANYTHING!!!! I guess Kindergarten has a lot to teach Liam because now I am done with teaching a little boy to cut anything.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Who is who?

So everyone says the kiddos look so much alike I had to post Liam vs. Adele.


Monday, February 23, 2009

Cheap chuckles

So this past week has been a really hard one for our family. We started off with Liam getting sick, then Adele and I getting it, and then, low and behold, the twins got it as well. It has been pretty rough since we couldn't figure out if Adele was truly sick or just had a really bad case of acid reflux. Basically, it didn't matter since we were being covered with baby vomit constintly.
Well to lighten the week here is my family funny.

Story #1
We were all at my Mom's this week and talking about a friends dad who died of cancer. Liam is pretty good at listening to all conversations and here is how the conversation went.

Liam "What happened to ------'- dad?
Bree- He died and went to heaven with Heavenly Father.
Liam"why"?
Bree "Because he had cancer"
Liam "What's cancer?"
Bree "It is when you get really, really sick and you don't get better very easily, people die sometimes from cancer"
Liam "Why"
Bree "Because you get too sick"
Liam "Where do you get cancer from- Church?"

This may not be funny to you, but I have 4 very small kids and so we go to the store, we get sick. We go to the library, we get sick. We go to Church and we all get sick. So the usual conversation is as follows: "Yep the kids are sick, probably got it from church again. We always get sick from church and my kids pass it around".

Makes me wonder what else Liam picks up on and I don't catch on.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Who taught him that?


This morning Liam woke me up with a cute smile and said "The babies (twins) are awake, Mom, I am going to go play with them. I replied "Sure, just give me a couple of minutes OK?" He then ran out of the room to play with the babies. He threw the door open, said super loud "Hi Babies, time to wake up", and proceeded to throw all the toys in their room on the floor. I groaned and rolled over to look at the clock... 7 a.m. on the dot. I really thought it was much later since it was light outside.

Liam came back into my room and said "Babies are awake, Mom, you need to get out of bed and come get them out of their beds". I replied that I would get out of bed in about 5 minutes, just so he would leave me in peace. I heard him go back into the babies room and play some more and I must have dozed off since the next thing I remember is his face in my face. This time he was much more forceful "Mom, the babies are awake right now, you need to get out of bed. No more 5 minutes or 10 minutes, get out of bed NOW." What else was I supposed to do, I got out of bed and got on with the day.


Then later that morning, Liam was all too quiet for me. I went looking for him and I found him in my room hiding behind my bed near my sewing machine. I asked him what he was doing, he was cutting paper with my sewing scissors, but I asked him to see what he would say. He told me that he was cutting paper. I asked him what happened when he got into the scissors without me, and he said "You spank my bum". I told him to turn around so I could spank him and he said "Not too hard Mom, just a little spank". I needed it to make an impression on him so I spanked him enough to hurt but not enough to cause pain. He looked up at me afterwards (he was crying) and said "I TOLD YOU not a big spanking, just a little spanking". Seriously.... who taught him that?


So next time you use the classic phrases like "I told you...", "What did I say?", "No Liam, like this..." or the classic "Hold on a minute, PLEASE" remember that it will come back to bite you when they repeat not just the words but the meaning behind the words.


And I swore I would never tell my kids "Because I said so". What maturity teaches us, humph!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Cheap entertainment

This week at Liam's speech therapy appointment, I took all of the kiddos. I thought of everything that the kids would need like snacks, and shoes and socks, and books to eat, oh I mean read, and many other things. I dropped Liam off at his classroom and took the rest of the 3 kids to the office to sit for a half an hour. My goal was to not have any baby crying loud enough to be asked to leave by the office staff. So I spent the half hour reading the same 4 books over and over again, singing the Hokie Pokie, Once there was A Snowman, Old McDonald, ABC's and many other songs, and handing out gold fish crackers.

We had the office staff laughing at the girls doing the Hokie Pokie. They thought the girls were so cute but were very confused as to why we were hanging out in the office. I explained that my 3 year old had speech therapy with their therapist and I didn't want to go home just to turn around in 10 minutes to come back. Shock and astonishment registered on all of their faces when they found out that my oldest was 3 and I was able to get them all out of the house. One of them even called me a saint! Ha! Little did they know that I used my "sweet and soft" voice so that they wouldn't get scared and call CPS on me.

I hope they know that we will be back right on time next Tuesday with our standing appointment of speech therapy.

Monday, February 2, 2009

My kids make me laugh

So the other day I was in the store with all 4 of the kids. There was a really old man behind me and said "Are they all yours" to which I replied "yep" and turned around. Liam then walked up to the man and gave him a love. To which the man was a pretty uncomfortable. I laughed and told him that he didn't need to love that man, that Pop and Grandpa was not this man. He said "I know, he just needed a love". How do you argue with that?

And now it is 2 am....whats on tv?

This week Adele has had a horrible cold that my family seems to have passed around. Clif and Liam got it first and had it pretty badly and then graciously passed it to the twins. I was crossing my fingers that I would not get it at all and wham! I got it on Friday which would not be too bad except that Clif wasn't home on Saturday, I had tomatoes to can, and Adele got the cold too. Yuck!
The first couple of days I was ok and so were the others in my family, in fact, Clif seemed to get it the worst. Then last night? Adele couldn't sleep and so neither did Clif and I although I feel like I took the brunt of it. I now know how my good friend feels like....

Can I cry now? Seriously, babies should come with an off button for those late nights where you are still watching tv becuase it is all you can do to not come unglued from exhaustion.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

The crack of dawn

Liam woke the girls up with a bang this morning, at 6 am no less. I got a start when I thought we were having an earthquake and all the toys were falling off the shelves- we live in WA not CA, right? Liam decided since I told him it was too early to be up that he would find a playmate and so he went into his sister's room, turned the light on, and preceded to play with all thier toys. UGH. I realize that he gets his early morningness from me but honestly, I about lost it. To say the least, everyone was a bit upset this morning.

He also told me that he didn't want to go to speech therapy, he already had homework. Don't you think he is a bit early to try the, "I don't want to go to school" routine? I wonder what he will be like in a couple of years.

I wonder what 6 tomorow is going to bring....

Friday, January 16, 2009

I have too much empty time

I hope that you all can read this. My friend sent this to me and it really hit home. I didn't realise what the childless woman thought us stay at home moms did. In response to the article, I would like to tell you about the "easy life" I have had this week.
My mom was so sweet and agreed to watch the kiddos while we went to Clif's holiday party at the symphony. Clif and I managed to get the girls and Liam bathed, fed, the house cleaned, and my Mom picked up all before 7. Clif ran and got her while I finished putting myself together and got everyone and everything squared away. As we are walking out the door to the first date we have had in months, Evelyn throws up all over the bed, the floor, the crib (basically everything in sight). I quickly clean up the bed, change the sheet, put her in new jammies, and give her a bit of milk. I tell my mom to watch out for her, make sure she is OK while we are gone and we leave.
Half way through the performance I call my Mom and am reassured that everything is OK. Great! I can do just fine. We need to leave a bit early as Clif forgot that he had to teach the next day and so were off. We get home about 10 to both girls vomiting all over their blankets and towels. They were so sick, they went through all their sheets, all their blankets, and into most of the towels. Seriously, like 5 batches of instant laundry. So we cleaned them up, we started in on the loads of laundry, we got ready for bed and fed the baby and by 12 pm got in bed.
Sunday was a bit uneventful, more laundry, cleaned all the bathrooms (again), started to Clorox all the toys, Clif taught his lesson, and I tried to be positive about Monday. Monday was great, until Liam came out of his room a million times and Adele ate every 20 minutes it seemed.
On Tuesday, Clif left for work and by 6 am Liam was throwing up all over the bathroom, the bedroom and everywhere but the toilet. So I cleaned him up, cleaned the bathroom and put movies in for the kids to watch while I did his sheets, the babies sheets, all of my bedding (yes, he threw up there too). By 11 when I watched my friends kiddos, Liam had thrown up in the family room, his bathroom and began to run a fever. I called Clif and told him that I needed him home and he graciously came home too. We put the kids down for naps and started to Clorox all the toys. Clif cleaned up and did dishes while I went to sleep for an hour. Hallelujah for husbands of the 21st century. I thought by Tuesday night at least we were doing ok since this stomach flu was only lasting 24 hours.
Wednesday, I was a little worried about being sick but thought it was because I had cleaned up vomit from every room in the house. I started to get really sick after naps and by 5:30 was praying that I wouldn't start throwing up until Clif got home. Well, someone listened to my prayers since I didn't start throwing up until 6:30 but by that time I was sitting in the bathroom with Adele on my lap puking in a bowl and trying to keep the girls out of the bathroom. To tell a condensed version of an incredibly long and disgusting story, Clif and I both were up all night long with the stomach flu, Liam had croup and Adele also got the flu so she screamed most of the night.
Thursday, Clif did not go to work and we both cleaned up and did laundry, took care of the kids, and tried to survive on no sleep. It was not great but not too bad either. Clif and I both got a great nights sleep and it was so nice.
Friday I finished the mound of laundry, cleaned the bathrooms, made breakfast, lunch and dinner (all of which my kids did not eat). This is all on top of maintaining a household, trying to have an adult life, make sure that I am available for all my kids, take care of an infant... etc.
I write this in response to the article, WHAT IS THE EASY LIFE? Does this sound like fun to you? Love my kids and my life, but please tell me that this is not what real adults think a stay at home mom does... sit around and eat bon bons- give me a break.