Wednesday, April 27, 2011

We don't live in Harry Potter's world

Last Thursday I was having more problems than normal and decided to get checked out by my perinatalist. I had to drop the kids off at the neighbors and take Liam out of school 30 minutes early.

Explaining to Liam why I didn't feel good without getting into nitty gritty details is a challenge because if he thinks he is being railroaded he won't give up until he gets all the details. So I gingerly told him that the baby was trying to get out earlier than we wanted and I needed to go see a Dr. for some different medication. He looked at me and said "Mom, the baby is not magic, it just can't come out of your belly".

Nope, Liam is right, it won't just drop out.... although some days I would like that to be the case.

Why I am the nap drill sargent

I am always amazed by those that offer advice to me about the various reasons that I do not need to put my children down for naps. I must say that I get a little upset after a while with everyone elses opinions but then realize that I am the parent not them.

Adele was moved from a crib to a toddler bed and even though there are not many toys in her room, some days she still manages to play for 2 hours instead of taking a nap. She did this one afternoon and 10 minutes after all the kids got up to play this is what I found.

As being the best Mom ever, I promptly woke her up and made her stay up until bed time. Any wonder it only took her 15 minutes to fall asleep that night?

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Father Son Campout and Growing Up.

Liam and I went on our first father/son campout last night. It started out kind rocky. We got all our things in the car, went and bought the most important camping equipment (snacks and drinks) then started out. The rocky part was about 15 miles down the road when I realized that dough-head of a dad forgot the sleeping bags and blankets. So we turned around and traveled the 25min (to begin with we traveled against rush hour traffic, but went home with it. Kinda slowed us down) back home to get something to sleep in. Luckily Liam just laughed at the whole thing. I guess when your 5 anything can be an adventure.
So, Liam and I were in safeway buying camping equipment and we picked up some beef jerkey, crackers, cookies, and drinks. When we got out to the car Liam started asking me about the burned turkey. I had to ask him what he was talking about, burned turkey. He said, you know, the burned turkey we just bought. I thought I had put something in the cart by mistake. I must have realized the question on my face and pulled it out. He was almost right. Not burned turkey, but beef jerkey. What a sweet kid. anyway, we were talking about the snacks on the way down (before I realized-no sleeping bags) and we talked about what we were going to eat and I mentioned that the ward was providing dinner. We had bought potato salad for a side. Anyway, I said that we had the salad for everyone. Quickly Liam pipes up, yeah, for everyone and we are one of the everyones. Glad he gets it. We really had a great time. Liam was thrilled to do all the camping things; roast marshmellows, sit by the fire, steal my hat and run, go for a hike, sit in a tree, sleep in a tent (oh my goodness the boy doesn't shut up. Its a wonder we got any sleep at all,) AND STAY UP REALLY REALLY LATE.

It was really fun. Liam and I really had a good time "teasing each other" as he puts it. I don't know if it is all the stress from the last three months gone or that we really enjoyed each others company, but we sure laughed a lot at all the stupid things men do on campouts. And just being together in general.

Friday, April 15, 2011

The twins are 4

The twins turned 4 this year and it has been an exciting time for them. Not only did they move to 2 different states, they were reunited with their Dad, got their own rooms back, and had a birthday 2 weeks before Easter.
For their birthday, we dropped the baby off at a babysitters and went to the mall for some girl shopping time. We went to Target where the girls got to buy their choice of a toy, just our luck to have summer toys out. The girls both chose orange flower spray bottles that they have had hours of fun water time. They also got to choose their own bag of candy, Evelyn got wrapped chocolate eggs, and MyraJean got unwrapped chocolate eggs. Funny how similar yet different both girls are.
While we were at the Mall the girls stopped to visit the Easter bunny. They talked and laughed about the large bunny suit and told Him not to forget to visit our new house. You can see Evie in her favorite shirt (would she wear anything else on her birthday) and MyraJean pretty in pink.

The girls wanted chocolate cupcakes and had been planning on them for months, reminding me every few days that on their birthday it was to be chocolate with sprinkled frosting. So that is what we had. They were pretty funny about wanting the same thing but knowing which half eaten cupcake was their own the next day. Birthdays would not be complete with out presents and presents they got. They got lots of clothes, Barbie Princesses with their own Barbie Castle. They also got cards, stickers, some birthday money, and lots of love. All in all, they were very pleased 4 year oldFor their birthday dinner we convinced them that we could go out to dinner. Chevy's has half priced appetizers until 7 and so we took advantage of the cheaper food. The kids loved it, and were so well behaved. They had crayons and paper to draw with, balls of tortilla dough to play with similar to play dough, and ate enough chips and salsa to not need actual food. I was so pleased to say there were no meltdowns, no orneriness, and no tears for over 2 hours. Clif and I were able to enjoy the evening with the kids.

The staff also brought out ice cream Sundays for the girls and cones for the rest of the family. It was a really nice time.

I can't believe how fast the last 4 years have flown. Evelyn is still a little more quiet than her sister, plays in the dirt, and enjoys playing with her siblings. She likes her routines and her family all together, sitting and drawing, working on her letters, and doing puzzles. She amazes me all the time with her smarts and her dazzling smile. We are so lucky to have her in our family

MyraJean is just a happy go lucky chatter box. She loves to tell you all about her days and her adventures. She is very into princesses, pink, and all things girly and will waste the days singing and pretending. She is very sensitive to her and her family needs and is a wonderful addition to her family. She will love anyone and everyone and is so willing to do all that is asked of her.

We love our twins.