Saturday, May 31, 2014

happenings and insta{whatever day i get it posted}

I know that instafriday posts are supposed to be on friday, but days of the week are a "suggested" sort of thing around here. I've all but given up getting my son to school at this point. I'm over it, and it's preschool so I'm not too sure he's missing something momentous. Although, I do love his teacher and the school as been so good for him. Therefore, I carry guilt that I'm not taking my kid to school, and yet I'm a basket case trying to get all of them in the car and off to school. But, there's only one more week. And I can handle one more week. Just have to keep reminding myself that it's only three more days and then this fall we will be walking to kindergarten.

I thought I'd do a happening post and add my instagram photos so I could also link up with Jeanette from life re-arranged. All my insta-photos are of my kids, that's my life right now and it's okay. 

Let's start youngest to oldest. 
Baby Anne... Almost three months old. Doesn't do too much fancy stuff, but her smiles are to. die. for.
 She's obsessed with her siblings and her first laughs were because of them. 
She crosses her ankles all the time and I'm crazy about how cute it is. 

Hazel Jane... {21 months}
She is a beast. A super cute, completely crazy and totally adorable beast. Everyone tells me how cute she is and how sweet she seems, my standard response? "Looks can be deceiving." Don't let her fool you. She throws a mean tantrum and isn't afraid to throw down if you look at her toy the wrong way.
She loves to be a "helper" while I'm feeding the baby. So fun.

I can spy on the girls because we only have one of the door knobs on their door. It's totally my fav.  And helpful when they are covering themselves in butt paste. {ahem} Twice.

 Using a chair to play in papa's fountain.
 When I told her no about playing in papa's fountain. She threw the chair and then staged her own sit in. or lay in. 

She thinks she is so much bigger than she is. I visited my old work place and she just found a spot on the floor during circle time and joined the fun. I love it. 

Cora Elizabeth {2 1/2 years old}...
She doesn't stop talking. Ever. Questions, role playing, chit-chat, more questions, more imagination, all day long. I like it almost all the time. 
 One must always be prepared for anything. Especially when going out. Or having lunch.
She is also obsessed with baby wipes. Does anyone else's kids act like they are laced with cocaine? I'll find her sneaking one from the bag and then licking them. {shudder} So so so gross. 
But even with her quirkiness and weirdo stuff she does. She. Is. Gorgeous. 
We get stopped all the time by people telling us how beautiful she is. This is her pose when I tell her to smile. If she wasn't so sassy I'd have tried to put her in commercials and stuff. But, having two baby girls right after her didn't really allow me the time to start that with her. Oh well.

Laine Cooper {5 years old}
This dude rocks my world. He has totally turned into this big kid. He is so fun to be with. He has real conversations and shares all his thoughts. The other day he told me "You are like a working machine for our family and you make a lot of babies." Yep. 
He loves his sisters. They usually play great. Sometimes it's the two bigs against the poor little Hazel.  Okay, who am I kidding? She's not poor or little. Girlfriend is a tank and not afraid to go a few rounds with these bigs. BUT! Sometimes, every now and then. If the stars are aligned and everyone has had just enough sleep, they play beautifully. 
Dress up is standard. At any given moment someone is a princess or superhero. This fearless trio was defending our house from "bad ladies" per Cora's insisting. Thank you, Disney movies, for that. 

Hey look I found a non-child centered photo on my instagram. I felt the need to be creative the other day. It was just an urge and when the girls went to bed I painted. Haven't done that in a very long time. It was refreshing. It turned out pretty good and I think I might paint one for the girls room in their colors. 

Thanks for catching up with our family. I figured all my posts have been kinda heavy lately and it was time for something light hearted and filled with cute babies.  

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

the quiet

that title is kind of ironic being that it's just about never ever quiet in our house. except at night, and even then that's not guaranteed. this weekend however, was the exception. we had, the hubs and i, the whole house to ourselves with just the baby. i had sent the big kids on a weekend with both sets of grandparents. it wasn't a 'stay-cation' per se, but it was needed. 

and do you know what we noticed more than anything. it was quiet.

and we didn't like it.

sure there was no one yelling at the top of their lungs to get them out of bed, or announcing to the whole neighborhood that they pooped this morning. no little boy asking at 6:30 a.m. if he could play with daddy's micro-machines. no almost pre-schooler, who acts a lot more like a pre-teen, asking to put on her tenth dress up princess dress. and definitely no sassy toddler telling me to "go way mommy."


 but, it also meant that no one was calling out to tell me they love me. no little people hugging my calves from behind. no chubby toddler girl saying, "hold me mommy."


 there was definitely no screaming, or fighting. no biting or hitting. but there was no giggling, or "reading" of stories out loud. there was no pretending or "but mommy, i just need to dance before bed time."

 this weekend was planned as rest for the hubby, and i realized i got more out of it than i had planned. sure i was productive. i was able to transition the girls winter clothes and clothes hazel has out grown into boxes, and then move all of cora's clothes to hazel's side for her to wear. to try and do that with two little "helpers" would have taken me four years. put one item in the box, they take three out. i was able to wash five loads of laundry and put them all away. that's an epic moment. putting laundry away is my least favorite job in the history of jobs. that and cleaning out my toddler's seat at the table. nasty.


 the realization that the quiet didn't sit well with me was a huge deal. you see in all my complaining, and frustration with this whole 'motherhood' thing i realized i'm loving it at the same time. and i didn't realize how much i love their crazy noisy chaos until it was removed. and sometimes that's what we need. the old saying, "you don't know what you have till it's gone" is completely true. but, a good dose of perspective is key. i think we will definitely do this more often. it's good for them to go away for some good ole' fashion spoiling at the grandparents and it's good for the hubs and i to have a weekend with out them. we were out right bored with no little people to take care of, so next time we will plan to do stuff that we normally don't get to do. a real stay-cation.

now...does that mean this journey isn't hard, or there aren't days i don't like my job as mom and doer of all things? nope. it is hard, and it is wonderfully rewarding all at the same time. this blog has become a great space for me to share my feelings and thoughts regarding motherhood and my life. i hope to encourage those who share the thoughts but fear saying them out loud. i hope that i will be able to talk and share more about my life and my journey. also crafts. i miss doing crafts, and sewing, and painting and being all around creative. soon my friends. very soon. i have an idea for a few things i might whip up, but we shall see if the minions allow it.

we are doing the last of the work we wanted done in the new house in a few weeks and then i will do a home tour and you'll see my new workspace. {yippy!}


until then, thank you for all the words of encouragement on facebook and in real life. feel free to comment here too, or even become a follower and receive all my posts in your email box before i post them to facebook. none the less, wherever the support i appreciate it.
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