Wednesday, May 18, 2016

The Tooth Fairy Visited Our House For the 1st Time!

Hunter has a had a wiggly tooth since before St. Patrick's Day. I even went as far as to tell him that he'd get double coins from the tooth fairy if he lost it on St. Patrick's Day. Nope. Didn't happen. Didn't even happen a month later. I'm pretty sure I was more antsy for the Tooth Fairy to come than he was. I remember writing notes to the tooth fairy. Once she even drew me a picture of her house! I forgot to have Hunter write her a letter this time. But we have plenty of teeth to loose.

He lost one of his bottom teeth on Friday, May 6. I'm surprised it didn't come out sooner by the way it was pointing out of his bottom row. I even planned on having corn on the cob with dinner so I'd be there when it came out. but here's me re-telling how he told me it happened.

"I was playing at recess with Sullivan and he elbowed me in the mouth and it started bleeding but the recess bell rang so I had to go inside to get it cleaned up. And I had to go see Ms. Erin to get stuff for my mouth. And after recess we had a party and someone brought cupcakes. And then I bit into my cupcake AND THERE WAS A SURPRISE IN MY MOUTH! My tooth came out!"

Either I walk down to the bus stop to walk home with the boys or I just stay home and tend to the babes, but for whatever reason, I decided to just stand at the end of the driveway to watch them come down the lane. Hunter sprinted the whole way home and was just too excited to show me his missing tooth and the treasure box they gave him to put his tooth in.
At bedtime we went over the rules for the tooth fairy, and there was basically just one: Put the treasure box under your pillow and do not touch it. The tooth fairy luckily carried a flashlight because he broke the rule. He ran down to my room in the morning and was so excited to show off his gold coin!

By Monday we could already see the tooth below it coming up, and the tooth next to the hole is wiggly now too! He's so excited to join the rest of his class in the missing teeth group!

Saturday, May 14, 2016

My Princess Turned 3!!

I am so tired right now I could cry. Actually, I might have before leaving for work at 10:30pm. These Friday night shifts are killing me! But lucky for me, I had a friend stop by the house to drop off somethings and she brought me coffee. Exactly what I needed to get through the morning!

Charlotte's birthday last year was super last minute, and this year wasn't much different. I was originally planning on having her party Friday evening, but then I heard cousins Casey and Dylan wouldn't be there so I moved the party to Thursday. Then I heard Aunt Kile was going to come, but she thought it was on Friday. I moved it back to Friday, after I agreed to work the overnight shift. Some serious poor planning right there. You know, thankgoodness it wasn't on Thursday though. At one point there was 11 kids at my house ranging from 8 months old to 7 1/2 years old. It was chaos. I was just glad my mom and neighbor were there too! I would have never gotten anything ready for her party while watching Charlotte + Kady + 3 babies during the day. 
Aunt Bobbi occupied some of the kids by playing baseball in backyard.
After baking and carving the cake Thursday, I woke up semi-ready to tackle Friday the 13th. Charlotte was so excited when she woke up and ate her last jelly bean on her countdown to her birthday! Ridiculously cute! Just as I imagined, she requested Cream of Wheat for breakfast, her favorite. 
Charlotte and Aunt Kim in the hammock. 
 I spent the morning tidying up the house knowing that by the afternoon, you wouldn't be able to tell it was tidy. I powered through just so I wouldn't have to work on decorating the cake. I keep putting it off until the last minute. I think I'm burning out on the caking... At one point I had two babies at my feet, and two very curious girls watching me frost the cake. I can't tell you how frustrating all the questions can be when I'm concentrating! But I got it done with time to spare.
 My parents showed up just in time to help make the burger patties and prep the toppings. Perry arrived home to a house FULL of people, and just in time to grill. Unless I miscounted, there was 20 adults and 12 kids. I don't think we've ever had this many people at our house at once. Especially for a 3 year old's party! I loved it!
 Hunter enjoyed his time with cousin Casey, but also had a friend over to play with as well. (He just shows up at our house pretty frequently so instead of sending him home, I said he could stay for dinner. Then he set his plate down and the vulture-dog of ours ran off with his hot dog.) JP didn't care for all the people, which didn't surprise me. I found him in our spare room watching a movie "having some Jimmy time." Charlotte was later found in Hunter's room crying because of all the people. Poor little thing!
 We quickly cleaned up dinner and moved on to cake and presents to perk up her spirits. She loved the cake, but she wasn't into pictures today. Go figure. This is the best of them. Booties helped her to at least look at the camera. 
 She wouldn't even cheer up for Daddy!
 She did perk up a bit when her bestie came around though! Just a little.
 After I took all the pictures I needed of the cake, we sang her the birthday song, and wasn't overly impressed about it. She did request mom and dad to sing it again to her at bedtime and her face was all smiles!
 I'm pretty sure Hunter adores Casey as much as Casey adores Hunter. I sense some trouble coming on with these two in a few years...
 Once she ate her cake, Charlotte made a mad dash for the presents. All the kids did. She had been waiting all day to open up the present JP gave her. He had me pick up a box of Whoppers for her and he wrapped them with the message, "To Charli Love Jimmy" on the box. If that doesn't melt your heart....

The other night at dinner we asked her what she wanted for her birthday and she was quick to spell it out for everyone. A bike from JP, a pink flower from Hunter, her "purple-red" blanket (it's actually teal) from Dad that's been sitting high on a shelf for several months (only Santa can reach it, her words not mine!), and a light saber from mom that looks like Hunter's. She later changed my present to puzzles thankfully. Other than her blanket which is already hers, she received everything she asked for!
 Perry rode her bike in from the garage. I had bought a few bows to put on it, but they didn't make it to the bike. The pedals didn't make it on the bike either. I found it posted online from a church friend and immediately spoke for it. It has princesses on it too! Perry helped her ride it down the hall after Casey helped her put her new helmet on. 
 Once all her presents were opened, we all got a really nice thank you out of her. She opened them all so fast that she didn't process everything she was opening. After all the guest left, she dug through her box of stuff excitedly!
 Casey enjoyed her new pom-poms :)
 Before the nephews left, we attempted to get a cousins picture. #1 I can't see Dylan! Sit Dylan up!
 #2 Stay there Dylan! JP look at the camera! Hunter put the bat down.
 #3 JP look here! Casey! 
I think we should have stopped after the 1st picture.
Much to our surprise, Aunt Erin and cousin Stevie were in the area and were able to join us for the party! Such a fun surprise! I'm excited to hopefully see them again before they head home next week!

Happy birthday sweet Charlotte! Where have these last 3 years gone?!

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Monkey Shiner Babblings

M - *to the baby* What's wrong princess?
C - Mom!  She is NOT a princess! Her mom is not even a queen!

We moved Charlotte's to the basement and while bringing her stuff down, Mom asked her opinion.
M - Charli, where do you want to put your dress up trunk? Would this be a good spot?
C - Yes, mom, that would be a fine choice!
M - And what about your kitchen? How about in the corner?
C - Why yes, that would also be a fine choice!

While out to dinner at a Chinese restaurant:
H - Mom! I just ate one of those flat noodles in my soup and I didn't even know it was on my spoon!
M - That actually wasn't a noodle. It was a piece of bamboo. Do you know what bamboo is?
J - Wait. Isn't that the stuff that panda bears eat?
M - That would be the stuff.
J - So you're telling me we're eating outside food?
M - Actually just about all the food you eat is outside food. Carrots, broccoli, potatoes, fruit... Did I just blow your mind?
J - *nods slowly with eyes wide*

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Look! We Match!!

My dear sweet Charlotte is approaching the age of 3 in a matter of weeks people. WEEKS! Her personality is really beginning to take form. She's very shy and reserved in public but a giggly and goofy little girl at home with mom. She loves puzzles just as much as JP does. She has two puzzle-piece puzzles that she enjoys putting together over and over and over again.

As of the past month, she's been big on matching things. We have red plates and brown plates in our kitchen. Hunter and JP have always fought over the red plates, so it figures that Charlotte throws a fit if she doesn't get a brown plate. Anytime someone else gets a brown plate, her face lights up as she exclaims, "We match!! We both have brown plates!" Having matching plates or bowls seriously makes her day.

Somethings are a lot less matchy, but as long as she believes they match, everything is good. We showered the other day and she watched me get dressed. Shortly there after she ran off to her room to put on her black undies so we could have matching undies. She doesn't have a black pair, so the pair she chose to match mine were actually white with Minnie Mouse on them. You know because Minnie has black ears. We match!!

Other days we match because we both have ponytails or we both have a coat on. Whatever she can pick out to be the same. She just loves it! The other day I had the twins at the house and they were sitting nicely playing in the living room, when out of no where Charlotte exclaims, "MOM! We match!"
M- We do?
C- I have shoes and the babies have shoes! We match!
M - Oh yes! You do match!
C- *takes shoes off and pulls up pant legs* *Gasp* WE MATCH!! We both have legs!
M - You do match! Wow!

The next day I was changing diapers and again I hear "We match!!" followed by a "We have the same peepees! We match mom!" I couldn't really contain my laughter. All I could do was agree with a "Yes, we're all girls!"

I wonder how we'll match tomorrow....?

The Spring Soccer Season Has Started!!

I really really really wanted Hunter to play baseball again this spring, but his heart just wasn't in it. He's on a kick about wanting to try out every sport to see which one he likes the most. He wants to try football, but Perry and I don't think he's ready for that sport. Not that they tackle yet, but he probably would... I knew I was going to sign JP up for soccer, so I signed Hunter up as well. The last few weeks have been a bit chaotic getting the kids to practice, but they're enjoying it so far. 
 Both boys had games last Sunday. Today's games were cancelled due to poor playing conditions since it rained all day yesterday and has been off and on today. (I'm relieved!) Perry and I were both super impressed with Hunter at his game last week! He was "on task" nearly every time he was in. Goalie was a hard position for him - that net was too tempting not to play with! 
 Hunter made me laugh each time there was a throw in. He always held his hands up, as if he were playing basketball.
 Such a little stud with his new hair cut!
I think his favorite position is being a forward. There's not many kids on the team, but I was a little surprised that he only played in two of the four quarters. Ahh well though!

 JP's first game started while Hunter's game was in the 3rd quarter, and it took place on the opposite end of the Fort. I stayed to watch Hunter finish up while Perry took JP over to his game. I'll be real you. I bought JP green socks, not just because he loves green, but so I could tell which one was JP at a quick glance. There are about 8 teams in Hunter's division, and about 20 in JP's since his is co-ed. Somehow they both managed to be on the black teams. So the socks' main purpose is for me to be able to distinguish between the two. Black legs vs green legs.
 I wish I could have watched more of his game, but of what I did see, JP looked to be having fun. For the most part, he hung to the back and let everyone else kick at the ball. He was happy to find out one of his classmates is also on his team. It makes it more enjoyable for me too when I know the kids who are playing. 

 At the end of both games, the parents make a tunnel for all the kids to run through. This was a huge hit with all the kids. I didn't tunnel-up for Hunter's game since Perry wasn't there, but we matched up for JP's and since Hunter wanted in on the action, Perry put him up on his shoulders. Of course Charlotte had to come up on mine then. 
It was a such a beautiful day for their first games and I'm anxious to watch them play again. I'm anxious for picture day too, mostly because I can't wait to see how they smile. I ordered magnets this year :)

I Survived Spring Break!

Technically spring break began about three weeks ago, but it's taken me an extra two weeks to recover. I'm so drained. The boys had a half day of school on Thursday, which actually means they went to school for 2.5 hours and then spring break started. 

10 days of chaos is what ensued after they hopped off the bus at 11:25 and stayed home alone for 20 minutes. 20 minutes is all it took for them to have their sack lunches strung across the living room. It took the rest of the day to clean it up because Hunter and JP decided they were going to play a game they made up called, "Travel". They've only played it once but I loved it.
 Here they are ready to start the game. JP told me they were traveling to Alaska and that they wouldn't be back until dinner time. There was only one rule in the game - you have to stay outside all day. (Hence why he'd be back for dinner!)
 They each hauled out, what felt like both of their bedrooms, to the back yard and laid there for quite some time, and then fought with Charli when she decided she want to play. 
 Come nightfall, I agreed to let the boys sleep on the deck. I believe the temperature dropped down to about 36* by morning, but JP stayed out all night. Hunter came in at some point. 
Friday was April Fool's Day. I normally don't prank the kids because they've ever really understood the day. This year however they stumbled upon the meaning while at school. Thursday was filled with "April Fools!!!" after everything they said, so I figured this year I'd prank them. They're long over due. I saw the oreos filled with toothpaste somewhere online, and knew I could get them with it. I filled three and let the kids have a cookie for dessert. Of course I filmed it and though they're reaction wasn't quite what I expected, I realized three weeks later, that JP actually ate it!
 On Monday of spring break, I took all three kids to Costco to get a membership, I had been putting it off so I figured now was as good of a time as any. Plus, I had to kill some time as we waited for the waterslides to shut off at the hotel so we could go swimming. If the slides are on, I have to get in to pull Charlotte out of the way of the slides, but if they're off, I can put her in a life jacket and observe from the lounge chair. Charlotte absolutely loves swimming!
 Hunter doesn't actually need a life jacket in the pool but he insists. LOOK AT THOSE CURLS!
 JP likes to just jump on his life jacket from the side of the pool. Over and over I told him to knock it off before he got hurt, and then he almost knocked his head on the edge. Ugh. They also fought most of the time over the green goggles, that were more yellow than anything...
 By Thursday afternoon, we were all getting restless in the house so we took a trip to McClay's Flats and hung out by the river for a while. 
 This is what happens when Hunter's hair is straighten. I may or may not have bribed him to let me...
 The boys spent their time digging holes and playing with the poop bag JP insisted he needed. 
 Hunter's soccer coach called first thing on Friday morning to let us know his first practice would be that night. We made it work, but we already had plans on going to circus with Grandma. To say Charlotte was excited would be an understatement. 
 All the kids were shocked to see "Roxy" in the circus! Hahaha! They were pretty confused! Some of the stunts the people do make me nervous and sick and I have a hard time watching. The aerial acrobats were pretty fun to watch though.  
 We also enjoyed watching the camel prance around with the horses and ponies. He seemed a little stuck-up and better than the others!
My favorite was the dancing elephants! I just love elephants! I almost went down and bought a ticket to ride one, but it was getting late and the kids were getting antsy. The show didn't get over until about 9:45p so we had a few tired kids on our hands. Hunter spent the weekend with Grandma and had fun at the cabin. JP was super excited to hear that his *best* friend from school lived only a few blocks away and that he wanted him to come play Saturday afternoon. JP was bouncing off the walls! 

As for me, I managed to get a bunch of quilting done on Britta's quilt. I'm happy to announce I finished it the other week, and have already moved on to another quilt! Between quilting and babysitting, I'm exhausted!

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Basement Remodel: Update #3

Has it really been a month since I last posted about our basement? Gah. The days have been long and the nights way way way too short! 

Let's see here...After the Easter weekend was over, Perry pulled up the carpet and re-laid it. He's also kept busy working on the trim. To say it looks amazing isn't giving him enough credit. 
Just look at how nice that door looks! As Perry says, "They look so sexy" Seriously though, he's a keeper.
In his free time, when he's home and not exhausted, Perry has been working on getting the hallway taped, filled with mud, and textured. I believe this weekend he's going to work on the columns. He hasn't told me what exactly he's going to do with them, but he informed our neighbors that they will be jealous. So there's that. 

In other news, Perry and I agreed to get rid of our extra queen mattress. Grandma said she'd give us her hide-a-bed couch in replacement so we'd still have an extra place for company to sleep if needed. Hunter spent the weekend with her the other weekend, and Perry brought the couch back with him. 

We tried to get it downstairs into the spare room and just couldn't. We hauled stuff around for a good hour. We first switched out mattresses with the one JP had in his room. (I haven't been sleeping well at night, so I was hoping a change in mattress would do the trick. It didn't.) After the mattress shuffle, we began the process of hauling the couch inside. The hide-a-bed portion was detached from the frame thank goodness! Because we have a split entry home, we had to bring the couch in and up the stairs, shut the front door, then take the couch around the corner to go to the basement. Such a production. As soon as we brought it down the stairs, we discovered the bathroom door was going to need to come off. Off it went and into the basement a bit further the couch came. That was about as far as we got. 

Over and over I explained to Perry that even if we could get the couch through the basement doorway, there was no way we'd be able to get it into the room. The angle just wasn't going to work. He was adamant it'd work. He was even going to go as far taking the couch apart to get it in there... I won the debate. However, now that the couch can't go downstairs and Grandma doesn't want the couch back, we're moving our room downstairs. 

Yup. Perry convinced me. I'm not thrilled about it. I don't like the idea of Charli being upstairs alone because she's so young still and wakes up needing me every so often. I just don't want her navigating the stairs the dark. That brings me to my next project, after I repaint the new room. I wasn't in love with the purple-grey but was going to deal with it for an extra room. Now that it'll be my room, it's got to go. Once that's painted, as well as the hallway, we'll be playing the switcher-roo game with the kids. Hunter will go upstairs to our room, Charlotte will go to Hunter's room, and my new sewing room will be Charlotte's room. SO much re-painting to do... I'm already over it.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Hair Cuts and Such

Haircuts. It's one of those necessary things that I hate getting done. I'm so indecisive about my hair though - I want it long, I want it short, I want it long again... I tend to put off cutting my kids' hair more often than I should too. I looked at JP the other day and just thought, "Dang, that kid needs his hair cut." He agreed so off we went that night to trim him up before Easter. 
 On the way over he scrolled through my Pinterest page looking at boy haircuts to give him ideas as to what he wanted. He can be very particular about his hair at times. Remember when he was 3 and styling his hair before leaving for preschool? He knew exactly what he wanted this time, which is the same every time - long on the top, short on the sides.
 Usually I'm the one to cut it, but I took him to get it cut this time. He told her how he wanted it and then critiqued it a bit too, asking for it to be shorter on the sides and to trim up the front a little too. I was so proud of him!
He walked away with a sucker and made me tell dad that I brought the wrong kid home because I couldn't find Jim! He thought that was the funniest joke ever! 

I've been wanting to do something cute to Charlotte's hair for a while now, but after her little hack job on her bangs right after Christmas, I opted to wait until they grew back out to a reasonable length. 
 I bit the bullet today. I love her hair long because I really enjoy braiding it and didn't want to part with it just yet. I just don't like that 10 minutes after I comb her hair, it gets all bunchy and looks scraggly. Her bangs don't help...
Look how long it is! She was so excited after seeing JP's hair cut that she couldn't wait to have hers cut too. Literally bouncing around the house today after I told her the plan!
After the babe I've been babysitting woke up, we scurried over to the mall. I was impressed with her. Lately she's been all about needing mom to the point of meltdowns. We had a mini-meltdown when we arrived at the salon because she wanted to sit in the first chair, instead of the second but once we agreed that Booties could sit with her, she was good. (That kittie of hers goes EVERYWHERE with her. I rather that than her blanket!)
 Before we left the mall we stopped to play on the train for a few minutes and then went to see grandma at work for couple minutes. She was so excited to show off her hair cut! But if I was this adorable, I would want to show it off too!
Gahh! I can't get enough of her smile! 

And then there is Hunter who is still determined to grow his hair out. He only wavers when Aunt Bobby is around.
 This was a couple months ago after I combed it out. He really wants it straight but he doesn't understand curly hair.
He's also wore his hair in a pony tail to school. It received rave reviews from his friends and teachers. He even had an older kid put it back in when it fell out. Die hard. I love it though.
Since its getting really long, I'm requiring him to "do" it in the morning before school. He hates it. But if he wants long hair, he has to keep it tidy. Or as tidy as it can be with curly hair. 

Here's a few other things that have been happening around here the last few days:
 We found the original Booties! Charlotte spent the night with Grandma in February and came back with the little kittie named Booties. Booties went every where with her until she lost it. It was a rough few days. We happened to be at JoAnn's and found a "new" Booties and bigger one then started going every where with Charlotte. On Saturday when I made up the guest room bed, baby Booties was found and Charlotte had never been more confused before in her life. I don't think she noticed the difference between the two until she was holding them both. All she could say was, "Booties had a baby!" We've since misplaced Mama Booties, and it only took 2 days. 
 We also finally got out internet line buried. It was hooked up in November and since then we've had an orange cord strung across the back yard. Hunter was out there helping them bury it. He loved every minute of it and was excited to be able to keep their unneeded parts, like tubing and wire. 
We also spent the other evening doing a little bit of yoga. JP has always loved doing tree pose so he was sure to do that one often. Charlotte ended almost every pose in a somersault. And Hunter finished each pose by falling over, just because. 
We also went out for ice cream today after we finished up parent-teacher conferences. I don't want brag but our little JP is a rock star. I knew that already but his teacher told us if you were to add up each kindergartner's scores for math, reading words per minutes, naming letters per minute, or whatever they were all scored on, JP's were the highest, by more than just a few. Not just the kids in his class, but in all of the four classes. #numberone I just love that kid! The other day there was a group of kids that finished something before the others so they were able to spend the last five minutes drawing math problems on their dry erase boards. Things like 1+2=3 kind of things. His teacher walked by and saw 20x20=400 and had to tell him to focus on addition and subtraction. Hahaha! Leave it to JP! I think knowing the answer to that math problem makes him feel like the smartest kid in the world. #itsmemorized 

Hunter has also come a long way since the beginning of the year. He still has a hard time listening and paying attention, but he's right where he needs to be in terms of learning. His teacher is also impressed with his writing skills - using correct spacing, capitalization and punctuation. Lots of kids in his class struggle with that. He's also really good at math, as long as it doesn't involve word problems. He hates reading them. His reading had improved tremendously over the last few months too!

Charlotte keeps busy coloring, doing puzzles and drawing circles. She loves circles! She's got a 12 piece puzzle that she'll put together 5 or 6 times before putting it away. She's a smart one too!