A New Adventure

Today marked the beginning of a new adventure in our chaotic house. Hubs, after 8.5 months of being on parental with us, went back to work.

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To say my day was exhausting, would be an understatement. It was a long, chaotic, exhausting, messy, hilarious, fun, adventurous kind of day.

It got off on a good foot. I got the boys eating breakfast (Zoey was still sleeping) and I sat down with a coffee. It was good. About halfway through my coffee Zoey woke up. And we had a poo-splosion on our hands. I got her cleaned up and left her in a diaper to play on the floor for a couple minutes while I went and got some clothes for her. While I was upstairs grabbing some clothes she scratched her eczema to the point of bleeding. I had her in a yellow cloth diaper, the eczema is on her upper thigh. The blood was on her diaper. I freaked out a little. I got her into a clean diaper, cleaned her up and put pants on her. Now she can’t scratch herself open. Mommy win. Until I turned towards the dining room table…

At the dining room table, Alex and Nick were enjoying a bowl of Cheerios. Well, Alex was enjoying it. Nick was covered. From head to toe. He decided it was a good idea to pour his bowl of milk and cereal over his head. Why? I don’t know. I wish I knew. I wish I knew what in the world he was thinking and why it seemed like a good idea to wear his breakfast. I decided I wasn’t bathing him at that moment. If I put him in the tub, Alex and Zoey will want a bath and I had never bathed all three of them at the same time on my own. So I washed him down with a cloth and got him dressed.

About this time I realized I hadn’t finished my coffee. So I went back to it. I took a big mouthful. Of. Iced. Cold. Coffee. Gross. Disgusting. At about this time I also realized I needed to take a 30 second potty break. After checking on the kids, Zoey was playing quietly on the floor and Alex and Nick were quietly playing trains. Without saying a word, I sneaked into the bathroom. No sooner did I sit down to pee when Nick let out a blood curdling scream followed by Zoey crying hysterically. Alex decided that sitting on Nick’s head would be a fun game. And Zoey was crying because Nick was screaming. And through it all Alex was laughing like a deranged maniac. I looked at the clock. It wasn’t even 10 am yet.

At this point I decided to put one of the kids cd’s on and have a crazy dance party in the living room followed by 30 minutes of TV time to save my sanity. It worked. I drank another 1/2 cup of coffee.

From there we made it through lunch without incident although shortly after lunch the kids were starting to get restless again. This is where one of my ‘great ideas’ came in. I decided we could make some goop. (1 cup cornstarch, 1/2 water and some paint, since I didn’t have any food coloring) It entertained the boys for an hour and a half. It was amazing.

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Of course, I didn’t stop to think about what the clean up was going to be like. Now the boys needed baths. So, for the first time ever, I bathed all three kids, at the same time, all on my own. And then I needed to clean the dining room. But, between the time spent playing with the goop, the time spent bathing, and the time spent cleaning up it led us up to Zoey’s nap time and the boys TV time which I was able to spend lying on the couch until Hubs got home from work and I needed to go make supper.

I survived day one of Hubs being back at work. Only slightly frazzled. Tomorrow is a new adventure, as for tonight… I am going to bed early.

Love, hugs and more to come later!
Lynn

I honestly thought I published this back on Monday when I wrote it. I guess I didn’t. Oops. 

Hello Cranky Kids!

What do you do when it’s been windy and miserable outside for a few day and two of your kids are stuffed up as a result of teething? 

This is what I do: 

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I let them paint on the window. It entertained them, and gave me a much needed half hour without them fighting. (Just ignore Nick’s pink soother. He’s a suck when he is teething) 

Love, Hugs and more to come later
Lynn

Our Halloween 2013

We have been getting ready for Halloween all month! It has been a busy month full of crafts! This post is going to be mostly pictures as our Halloween was more or less uneventful. 

We spent the day watching Halloween episodes of the kids favorite shows, talking about Trick or Treating and then going to the mall to Trick or Treat. Which the kids loved. What’s not to love about walking around the mall and having random people drop candy into your bucket? 

Our word of the day was spooky. Which Alex cannot pronounce to save his life. (It comes out sounding like ‘smokey’ ‘smoked meat’ or ‘stick me’ when he tries) Nick mastered saying ‘trick or tree though! 

I also handed out candy. To all three of the kids who came to my door. (The joy of living at the end of a road, across from a school with no one living in the houses around you I guess) 

Anyway… onto the pictures! 

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First off we made monsters. The initial point was to make 1 face on them… but the kids were more creative then that. Above is Nick’s. Below is Alex’s.

 

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From there, the kids painted their pumpkins. That was a mess and most of the pumpkin was just brown from mixing the colors, but they had a great time, and that’s what matters to me!

 

 

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Once the Pumpkins were painted, the kids used these plastic things to make faces. (kind of like Mr. Potato Head) The pieces were a little tough to get in but with some help they made some pretty… awesome…. faces! (the top one is Nicks, the bottom one is Alex’s) 

 

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The next craft we did was make spooky pictures using black construction paper and white crayons. The boys thought it was pretty neat that we finally found a use for those white crayons that always seem broken! 

 

 

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We also made some scary ghosts to scare Daddy with. (Daddy acted appropriately scared!)

 

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Next we made some Jack o Lanterns. The boys painted the wooden pumpkins orange then with some help we cut out faces and glued them down and finished up the decorating with stickers and hung them up on the wall. 

 

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Of course, this wouldn’t be much of a Halloween post without a picture of the kids in their costumes, so here it is!

 

 

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And a close up of Zoey so you can see her costume a little better. We had a great October! Now we are going to slowly do some pirate crafts to decorate for Alex’s birthday and then get started on some Christmas ones! The kids are loving doing crafts and I am loving that they love it! 

Love, hugs and more to come later!

Lynn