Archive for the ‘just blabbing’ Category

  • What Life is Like With 3

    Date: 2012.05.01 | Category: homemaking, just blabbing, parenting | Response: 1

    Well, I admit it. Having three kids is kicking me in the butt. We’re actually doing fine; we eat 3 meals a day plus a snack, we change out of our pajamas (most days!), we’ve made it to church every week since James was 3 weeks old. You know, we’re fine. But I am exhausted! Chris has track season right now, so 4 days a week he doesn’t get home til 5:30 or 6 which is when I try to serve dinner so I’m doing all that without help- and with the addition of my 2 nephews on Mondays and Thursdays. Plus he’s gone all day Saturdays at track meets. James is doing great at giving me long stretches of sleep at night, but JT has started having nightmares and calling for us in the middle of the night several times a week. Gone are the days of sleeping in until 8 or 9, at least one or two of the kids is up by 7 am most days. Which makes it awfully hard for me to take a shower, so I’m lucky to get one every other day lately. Odds of me getting more than half an hour of all three (or five) kids resting at the same time in the afternoon are pretty low. Maybe twice a week I get a decent break- so then it’s always a big decision… do I sleep? shower? start dinner? catch up on email? pay bills? blog?

    Anyway, all that to say- Hi. I’ve missed you. Here’s what’s been happening around here lately…

    JT has started showing a lot more independence. He’s dressing himself most days, using the potty on his own, helping with snack and meals, doing little things to help with James and Kate. He is a great big brother!

    The other day we got the kids loaded up in the car to head to church. While clicking JT in to his seat we noticed he was wearing socks, but no shoes. So I ran in the house and grabbed a pair. Once we got to church I was helping him put them on and I discovered that he was wearing a pair of jeans under his khaki pants! This week he wore his pajama bottoms under his pants. Silly silly boy.

    JT watched me using the toilet the other day and asked “Mama, is that tricky how you go pee pee without a penis?”

    We had an exercise bike in our foyer and JT pushed it across the room. I asked him how he did it and he said “Well, I was doing really hard work!”

    JT climbed up so his feet were higher than my head at the playground!

    JT broke out in some wicked hives in the middle of the night all over his legs. He started calling them his “bubblygerks”.

    Kate gets super possessive of James. When she’s holding or hugging him she doesn’t want any help and heaven forbid someone else wants a turn!

    Kate was watching me breastfeed and noticed the blue veins on my breasts. She became very concerned and said “Blue! Blue! No drawing!” She thought someone had drawn on me.

    (please note that two of us are still in our jammies!)

    Kate loves to pick out her own hair bows! She has also taken to carrying a pair of footie pajamas around as her lovey. Lucky for us she’s not picky about which pair!

    Kate is definitely two- she’s got a real willful streak and she’s likely to melt down over any small injustice. But she’s still super sweet, so kind, really funny and loves to cuddle in with me every chance she gets.

    The good news is we’re all happy. The kids love James and don’t seem resentful of the time he takes at all.

    We loved having Grandma and Grandpa here for three weeks in March and then our friend Daniel here during spring break. That added some nice variety and was a lot of help!

    (please note the kids are actually fighting over the baby- and they’re in their jammies!)

    Both big kids are go go go all the time. They are super adventuresome and always climbing and jumping and creating and getting into stuff!

    We’ve been having lots of fun playing hide and seek, coloring and using stickers, playing outside (Oh thank you God for the warm spring weather we’ve had!), building with blocks, and reading books.

    It’s nearly impossible to get the kids to sit still long enough to take a picture.

    This is the best Easter picture we got of the family- do you see how crazed we look?!?

    The sweet boy who tipped us over the edge!

    James just turned two months old, he weighs 13 pounds 11 ounces which is 87%. He’s a great eater!

    He’s smiling and noticing his toys and the people around him now. He’s a great sleeper and he’s pretty easy going.

    So you see why I haven’t been on the computer much lately. Most of my Facebook and email time is on the phone while I’m breastfeeding. The blog has just had to go for now. Thanks for understanding, I’ll be around as often as I can!

  • Happy Anniversary to Us!

    Date: 2011.12.31 | Category: just blabbing, marriage | Response: 0

    Today is our 7th wedding anniversary!  It’s amazing how it feels like forever and like a moment all at the same time.

    What do you think, do we look the same after 7 years?

    I am so thankful for the amazing man I married.  I can truly say that I am married to my best friend.  I love you, honey!  I’m so glad that we’re still laughing together!

    Happy anniversary to us!

  • A love letter to my favorite maternity pants

    Date: 2011.12.30 | Category: just blabbing | Response: 1

    Dear grey maternity pants,

    I love you.  Thank you for being the best pair of maternity pants I own.  Thank you for being free- you know I love a good bargain and since you were hand me downs the price was just right.  Thank you for fitting from the 3rd month straight through to the end and during that horrible post delivery/ pre regular pants phase.  Thank you for never, not once, falling down or slipping out of place.  Thank you for not being so tight I end up with indentations on my baby belly.  Thank you for not leaving any weird bumps or bulges near my belly button.  Thank you for being comfortable to wear during an entire day at work.  Thank you for being figure flattering, not revealing the cellulite on my thighs and even making my butt look nice!  Thank you for being just the right length, it’s so nice not stepping on your hems all day long.

    Thank you grey pants.  I cannot tell you how much you mean to me.  I’ll be sorry when I don’t need you anymore, but I will lovingly pass you on to another pregnant woman.


  • Merry Christmas!

    Date: 2011.12.25 | Category: Christmas, just blabbing | Response: 0

    I hope that you are enjoying today with your family and loved ones.  I am so thankful for Christmas every year and the chance to reflect on how very much God loves us- that He sent His only Son to live among us and to die on our behalf- that we might spend eternity with Him.  It is my wish that you would feel the abundance of His love today and throughout the coming year.

    Merry Christmas to you,

  • Happy Thanksgiving!

    Date: 2011.11.24 | Category: just blabbing | Response: 0

    Just a quick hello to tell you that I am thankful for you and for the opportunity I have to share a little piece of my life with you through this blog.  I’m in the lull before the storm right now- the turkey is in the oven, the bathroom is sparkling clean, the kids are napping, and our guests don’t arrive for a few more hours.  It’s the perfect chance to thank you for reading my blog!  I wish you and your family a day full of giving thanks, for no matter what, we are all truly blessed.

    Here are a few quotes to remind you of what Thanksgiving is really about-

    “The Pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts.
    No Americans have been more impoverished than these who, nevertheless, set aside a day of thanksgiving.” -H. U. Westermayer

    ‎”Praise God even when you don’t understand what He is doing.” -Henry Jacobsen

    Humility precedes gratitude. You can’t properly be thankful until you realize you deserve nothing.

    Psalm 136:1-3
    Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.
    His love endures forever.
    Give thanks to the God of gods.
    His love endures forever.
    Give thanks to the Lord of lords.
    His love endures forever.

    “We would worry less if we praised more. Thanksgiving is the enemy of discontent and dissatisfaction.”  -Harry A. Ironside

    We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.  -Thornton Wilder

    “If anyone would tell you the shortest, surest way to happiness and all perfection,
    he must tell you to make it a rule to yourself to thank and praise God for everything that happens to you.
    For it is certain that whatever seeming calamity happens to you, if you thank and praise God for it,
    you turn it into a blessing.”  -William Law

    I Thessalonians 5:16
    Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

    As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.  -John Fitzgerald Kennedy

    Grace isn’t a little prayer you chant before receiving a meal.  It’s a way to live.  Attributed to Jacqueline Winspear

    Enjoy your holiday and don’t forget to give thanks!

  • Why I don’t take my kids to the grocery store

    Date: 2011.10.11 | Category: just blabbing, parenting | Response: 0

    I went the the grocery store last night at 8:30. While there I heard two different parents deal with their screaming, whining children. One little boy flung himself down on the ground and insisted that his mom carry him. She had her hands full of grocery bags and couldn’t pick him up if she wanted to. Of course in my snooty superiority I thought to myself, “Hello, it’s 9 pm! Put your kid to bed!” But I also thought ,”This is why I come at night all by myself. I’m so thankful I don’t have both kids with me.”

    There are lots of good reasons to take my kids with me when I go grocery shopping. I know lots of parents who always shop with their kids. They cite a lot of valid reasons. The kids learn to help by getting items off a shelf or “helping” to figure out which item is a better bargain. It teaches them patience. Delayed gratification. That you don’t always get a treat when you go to the store. That being part of a family requires participating in family chores. I know- there are tons of reasons I should take them. But I rarely do. And here’s why…

    Today we had 3 errands to run. We had an hour before Kate’s appointment to fill up the gas and get a car wash, go to the library and go to the bank. Since two of those errands didn’t even require us to get out of the car I was optimistic that it could happen. The fill up went fine and both kids giggled and loved the first part of the car wash. And then it got loud and Kate freaked. The poor girl was hysterical- totally panicked, sobbing, wailing for me. JT was so sweet, offering reassurances along with me, “It’s ok Katie. I know it’s loud but it’s not scary. Don’t be scared Katie.” She wasn’t buying any of it. It was five minutes of total meltdown.

    We pulled out of the gas station and headed to the library. Usually I bring the stroller in, but we were pressed for time and the location of my parking spot meant I would have to walk the long way around the lot if I brought it, where if we all walked we could cut straight across. I decided to carry Kate (and calm her down anyway) and let JT walk. Only Kate, in all of her 20 months has NEVER learned to help hold on while being carried. That girl is ALWAYS dead weight and ends up sliding halfway down my leg (often taking my clothes with her) resulting in a very difficult journey. Especially when my other hand is holding the hand of my three year old. Once inside the library I had to set her down and let her walk (so I could at least return my shirt and ill fitting maternity pants to their proper positions- and when I say proper I mean both their correct and modest positions!) and then I remembered the other reason why I always use the stroller. Because Kate pulls every book, video, CD, etc off the shelves that she can get her hands on. We found a few videos for the kids (the Laurie Berkner Band and the Mr. Ray Show in case you’re wondering), I cleaned up several videos Kate had thrown on the floor, and then we headed to the stacks for the book I was looking for. It was about then that I realized the most horrible stench was coming from my sweet girl. Horrible, gag inducing diaper smell. And I wasn’t even standing near her- she had wandered at least 10 feet away. I quickly scanned the shelf for my book, but nope- all checked out. “Well,” I thought as I returned the 5 books Kate had just pulled down, “we’ll see what’s in the new releases.” At the new release shelf is a bench. JT climbed up called Katie to come up with him. She started wailing and I see that he’s grabbed her by the arm and is trying to pull her on to the bench that way, which isn’t working. I picked Kate up and set her next to JT and she immediately flung herself back off the bench and landed nose first on the floor. Then the screaming really started. Full blown, “I hated that car wash, I’m hurt, I stink, I’ve had enough and I’m not going to take it any more” screaming. I picked Kate up to cuddle and shush her at which point JT decided it was a good time to stand up on the bench and jump up and down and yell. IN THE LIBRARY. I took all this as my cue to leave. We scanned JT’s items and raced out the door. At the car I changed Kate’s diaper on the passenger seat while she squirmed and flailed and tried to flip over relentlessly. With the putrid smelling diaper on the floor of the car I zipped us to our next destination, the bank.

    As we pulled into the bank JT remembered that once (at least a year ago) the nice lady at the drive through window gave him a sucker. He politely requested that we go to the drive up window again so he could get another sucker. Since we were running so tight on time I decided that we were going to use the drive through ATM instead. JT didn’t like my choice and protested very vocally. The entire time. Setting Kate off again. And our whole car smells like that diaper.

    Once home we raced into the house, I brought in the milk from the porch that I had forgotten to retrieve hours earlier and I saw that we had maybe 2 minutes before Kate’s therapist arrived to clean up the tornado that had struck our play room. Just as JT started putting away blocks I got a text from the therapist that she was running 20 minutes late. We finished cleaning up the toys with at least 10 minutes to spare, plenty of time for making a new mess. During that time Kate threw 4 balls out Mollie’s door. Kate and JT fought over every toy either of them touched. Kate fell down and hurt herself at least 5 times requiring me to calm her down. And JT found every way to make as much noise as possible in an attempt to make me crazy.

    Our sweet therapist finally showed up to total chaos. Kate was exhausted, miserable, unwilling to go to her, fussy, and everything made her cry. Plus she keeps saying “Car wash. Scary. Cried. Water loud.” I think I’ve permanently traumatized her. JT on the other hand, was amped, making as much noise as possible, banging on drums, throwing toys, spitting, and causing a ruckus. Toys had managed to spread out all over the floor again. All of this had gotten Mollie excited, so she was jumping up and barking and getting all in our space. Awesome. Halfway through her therapy I finally took pity on Kate and put her down for her nap.

    That was my morning. And that is why I don’t take my kids to the grocery store.

  • Playing with my hair

    Date: 2011.10.02 | Category: just blabbing | Response: 1

    I got a new haircut a few weeks ago.  I told the hairdresser that I don’t want to look like a “mom” (even though that’s exactly what I am!) and showed her a few pictures I had found online of haircuts with a little more spunk.  I fully admit that most of the problem is with me- I hate getting my haircut and always put it off for far too long.  I think it had been almost a year since my last haircut!  Anyway, she did a great job and added lots of choppy layers for me.  She also said it was a cut that I can flip or straighten.  Of course I don’t own a straightening iron, but a girl friend hooked me up with her old one and at girl’s night a few weeks ago they straightened it for me.  It’s so fun to have two different ways to style my hair now- I’ve been flipping it for ages!

    Right after my last haircut in Oct 2010

    Almost a whole year later it had gotten really long!

    Right after my new haircut

    With the straight iron

    Straight iron from the back

    Straight iron from the front

    It’s fun to have a new way to do the do!

    And just for fun I got highlights!

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