Major Rock Stars

My kids have started a band. Alex is playing the guitar. Nick is on the drums. Zoey is smashing away on the piano. I’m told they’re ‘maaaaajor rock stars’. (which is a line from Bubble Guppies, a show they are obsessed with. Nick loves anything fish!) They’re loud. Really really loud. I need more coffee. 

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Happy Monday! 

Love, hugs and more to come later!
Lynn

It may be Fall…

It may be Fall, but with the weather being so nice today, we spent the day outside playing and then we decided to enjoy some Popsicles after supper tonight!  

 

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Also… try saying this three times fast ‘Weather Weasel Wizard’ Haha. I hope everyone is having a great weekend!

Love, hugs and more to come later!

Lynn

 

It’s not fair!

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Conversations with Alex are getting more and more humorous and I am seriously having more and more trouble following them. Like this one from tonight at supper time. We are sitting at the table eating the pork chops, mashed potatoes and corn that I made for supper. Well all of us were except Alex. 

M: Alex, why aren’t you eating?
A: It’s not fair
M: What’s not fair?
Alex pushes his plate away
M: You need to eat, that’s how you get energy to play.
A: No. *crosses arms* It’s not fair. 
M: Um.. okay. If you aren’t hungry don’t eat then. 
A: Yes! 
M: Okay, then eat. 
A: No. 
At this point I am choosing to ignore him. Hubs gets him to eat a couple bites, then he starts refusing again.
M: Alex are you done eating?
A: Yes. 
M: Would you like to leave the table?
A: No. 
M: Okay. 
Alex starts throwing his food on the floor. 
H: Alex, stop throwing your food on the floor or you are going to leave the table. 

Well… clever boy we have, he threw it across the table. So, of course, he was sent away from the table. He was obviously not going to eat anymore anyways. He went and sat on the couch crying. After two minutes I went over to him to talk to him about why we don’t throw our food, it’s not nice etc. I tell him he needs to say sorry to Momma and Daddy. He does, then he crosses his and tells me again ‘It’s not fair’ I tried to find out what wasn’t fair but he wouldn’t look at me, just kept telling me it wasn’t fair. Then asked if he could watch Dora. This child is so confusing sometimes. 

Right now he is asleep in my bed. He was sleeping in his bed. But like the last two nights, he needed to move into my bed so the dinosaurs couldn’t get him. I wonder how safe Nick is, left in their bedroom all alone?

Love, hugs and more to come later!
Lynn

Doing the right thing?

I have lived in NB for 4 years as of October 9. Crazy.

This is our fifth Thanksgiving in NB. (In Canada, we celebrate in October, I know it’s not like this everywhere!) Our first Thanksgiving was the weekend I moved out here and as we were staying with Hubs’ Mom and Step Dad until we got out own place, we had dinner with them. 

The following year, we more or less invited ourselves to celebrate Thanksgiving with Hubs’ Dad and Step Mom. 

The third year, we celebrated ourselves at home since everyone had their own plans. 

The fourth year, we did the same as year three. 

This year, I planned a nice dinner for Hubs, the kids and I. Then, we were indirectly invited to celebrate Hubs’ Step Dad’s nephews wedding the weekend of Thanksgiving. I don’t want to go. I told Hubs, I am not going. He can take the kids and go, he can go by himself.

But. I. Am. Not. Going. 

Why you ask? Why am I choosing to stay home with my husband and kids instead of spending the holiday with family when I am the first to complain that we never see family?

1- Because we weren’t actually invited. Yes I am going to be that petty about it. We seen Hubs Mom and Step Dad on Saturday. They didn’t invite us while we were there. She called Hubs Dad after we left her house (no, they are not close) and asked him to pass the message on to us. She did not call our house to give us the details. I don’t really feel wanted there. 

2- Because I don’t want to sit and play nice while his Mom and Step Dad pretend to be the grandparents on the year when they never see my kids or call to see how any of us are doing. Not to mention the way they ignore Nick and Zoey and favor Alex. Shame on Nick and Zoey for looking like me and not looking like Hubs side of the family. /sigh/

Hubs says he isn’t going if I am not going. That’s his choice. 

Am I doing the right thing? I don’t know. But I know that I am doing what feels right to me. And yet, I still feel slightly guilty for it /sigh/

Love, hugs and more to come later!

Lynn

An Update on the Orange Rhino

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At one time, I was posting weekly about my challenge with the Orange Rhino. (A no yelling for 365 days challenge… You can read about it here

Originally I was going to keep up the daily journal type entries, but I was finding it discouraging to have be writing out my failures. So I decided to stop writing them and just mark on the calender the days I made it through without yelling. It kept me accountable, but without making me feel like I was failing my monsters. 

Today I decided that I was going to write an update for two reasons. One- I don’t wan anyone to think that I gave up on the challenge. I am still going strong. And two- Because today I am proud of myself. Today is the first time I have made it to day 10. 

I cannot even count how many times I have started back at zero. In the two months since I started this challenge, the best I had been doing was 7 days (which I did twice, not counting this time!). Today is day 10. I hope tomorrow is day 11 without yelling/snapping. But only time will tell. 

Love, hugs and more to come later!

Lynn

Coffee

As I am sitting her drinking my coffee, I am checking my emails. In my emails is this: 

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This makes me laugh. Anyone who knows me, knows I do not function without my coffee. And it also makes me think of some of the other funny little cartoons I have been sent through email or through Facebook lately. So I am going to share them here today. I love finding things like this in my email/on Facebook. This next picture is a diaper that someone found and decided to pass on to me. I, of course, do plan to buy it. 

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Here are some more Meme’s that I have received over the last couple months: 

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These came from Blogging Friends, Facebook Friends, Real Life Friends, and Family. I want to thank everyone who sent these to me. They made my day (on the various days I got them!)

Love, hugs, and more to come later!
Lynn

Family time

I have been having a hard time coming up with words lately. I can come up with the topics I want to write about. The things going on around me. Things the kids do that I want to share. Things I see, do, experience. But then I start typing and I can’t think of the words to express what I am thinking and feeling. It’s absurd. I feel so… blah… But not in the ‘I’m in a depressed, not me’ kind of way. I just.. I don’t know. I think I am losing my mind.

This week has been all about family time with Hubs and the kids. After the last few weeks of me being in and out and preoccupied with other things, I decided to devote this week to them. I think I did pretty good. Monday we hung out in the house since it was rainy out and played trains. Tuesday we did some shopping and played trains some more. And blew bubbles in the living room before bed.  I made a point of taking the kids out for a walk on Wednesday. I was amazed with the boys. Nick walked about a half a KM and Alex walked the whole 2 KM’s with me. Without complaining. Yesterday we took the kids into Fredericton and walked around the mall, played in the play area with them. Bought them each a new puzzle for us to do together and bought scrabble for Hubs and I to play. Today we went to the park and played in the backyard. And, played trains. Of course.

Of course, my housework hasn’t been getting done. By the time the kids are in bed, I’m exhausted and just don’t feel like doing it. So there are toys everywhere. But oh well. Maybe I’ll do it tomorrow 😉 There is time for that. I have been enjoying my babies. I realized that they grow up far far far too fast. Zoey is 4 months old today. It feels like just yesterday Hubs and I decided to try for one more baby. Nick is 18 months as of a couple days ago. He is starting to talk more and more. And I started planning Alex’s third birthday today. /sigh/ (His birthday is December 29, but we are planning to have his party on November 30 before everyone is busy with Christmas)

Yesterday Alex was playing trains with Nick when him and I had this conversation:

A: Mom, where’s Henry?
M: huh?
A: I want Henry
M: *light bulb goes off, Henry is a train from Thomas, and not part of his collection* We don’t have Henry
A: Go store and buy him?
M: No. Maybe you can ask Santa for him for Christmas.
A: Go right now?
M: Um.. no… Santa is still sleeping. We’ll have to watch for him to come to the mall.

Then this conversation today:

M: *to hubs* I figure we can do a pirate theme for his birthday party and bbq Hot Dogs. I am only inviting a couple people.
A: Birthday Party! For Alex?
M: Yep. In a couple months.
A: With cake?
M: yep.. Cake, hot dogs, salad, balloons, presents…
A: SANTA
M: Um… no… Santa doesn’t bring you presents for your birthday
A: Oh. I want Henry.
M: Maybe someone will buy you him for your birthday.
A: No. Santa buy him.
M: Santa doesn’t buy toys… his elves make them.
A: Laughs

This child of mine. I can’t wait until Nick starts talking.. I’m sure it’ll only get more interesting. Right now, he only says a few words and not in sentence form. Although, he is pretty funny with some of the ways you can see him processing things. Like when he was trying to get between the table and the side of the chair (I have the table pressed against the side of the chair so there was more room on the other side of the table while I was going through clothes) It wasn’t working for him. So I said ‘Nick, you aren’t going to fit in there. There’s no room’ His reaction? Let’s just try to move the table so I can. When he moved the table (it’s not heavy) He gave me the most hilarious ‘I told you so’ look ever. How I wish I had a camera.

But that’s been my week. I am hoping to get some laundry and stuff done this weekend. But I have to be honest.. if the kids want to play, laundry can wait!

Love, hugs and more to come later!

Lynn