Wednesday, July 6, 2016

4th of July at the Round House

Is it ironic that my last post was about Hunter losing his first, and tonight before I left for work, Perry told me Hunter *finally* lost his 2nd tooth. The only reason this one held on for so long was because the tooth that was going to replace it came up behind it, and at an angle. I see braces in his future for sure! After spending a week with my parents at the farm, I'm glad he waited until he was home to lose it!

Speaking of the farm, check out these shots I took while we were there to drop off JP and pick up Hunter. The fireworks were just a nice bonus!

They just melt my heart! Hunter spent all last week there, Monday - Sunday with Nanny and Papa and FaceTimed us at least once a day, telling us every detail of his days. On Sunday, Perry and I packed up Charli and JP and headed to the Round House to bring Hunter home, and to leave JP for the next week, Tuesday - Sunday. And then I'm headed back on Sunday to stay until at least Friday so the kids can do swimming lessons this year. By the end, July will be half over already! What? How?!

Normally we spend the 4th of July in Seeley Lake with Grandma, but she had made other plans this year, and with Hunter already being at the round house, we decided to go there this year. Pretty convenient planning. We don't have the opportunity to light off fireworks in town like we do when we're at the farm, so this was very exciting for my boys!
They used their sparklers to light other things and then used old fireworks as targets for other fireworks. If it could be burned, it was. 
 Charli enjoyed her time with her super long sparklers. 
 Hunter really enjoyed the tanks, and having the tanks shoot at the egg-laying chickens. 
 JP lit up every time a firework went off too. I loved watching their reactions to the fireworks, instead of watching the fireworks themselves.
 I'm sure they'd have lit off fireworks all day if we let them, and had more.
Those boys definitely missed each other! It was sweet to see them reunite again!
 One of their favorite past times while at the round house is the trampoline. My dad dug a hole for it about 15 years ago when a wind storm picked it up and blew it threw our front windows... The hole has gradually gotten bigger as the years went on. At one point we had carpet all the way around it!
 Charli even got her kitty fix while we were there. Guess what she named this black one? Booties, but only after she wanted to call it Hunter. 
 After we went to Havre for dinner at Rod's Drive-In Sunday night, the boys were told to settle down or they'd have to walk home from Havre. We were kidding, but Charlotte really wanted to walk to Nanny's and cried about it for the entire trip back. Once we got close, Hunter told us he walked home from the 2nd field and wanted to do it again. We instead let him out at the corner and he ran the 1/4 mile home. (See that little speck on the road? That's him!) Charlotte, my mom, and I got out a few telephone poles away so Charlotte could walk home. 
While we were waiting for it to get dark out, Perry and I and the kids took a little walk to watch the sunset and I just happened to capture Charli playing in the wheatfield. So sweet!

 We also snuck in a campfire, which Stafford attended with JP. S'mores all 'round!
On the afternoon of the 4th, Perry and I took Hunter and JP to Havre Beneath the Streets. Hunter was telling us a while ago about how people lived beneath the streets in Seattle, and Havre has by far the best display, so he was excited to see it. They behaved really well, and Hunter even asked our guide a few questions! Their favorite part was getting candy from the bakery :) They were treated to DQ afterwards for being on good behavior!
 For the 4th we went back to Havre to watch the firework from one of my dad's cousin's business. Great view from there. So close we could see them being lit. Before they started, I snagged this photo of the gorgeous sunset! I just wish I could have gotten a better picture! 

After two late nights, we packed up in the morning and headed home so I could sleep the evening away to prepare myself to work through the night. I'm anxious to go back next week for lessons! I already miss JP!

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!