Monday, February 25, 2013

Around Our House

I wanted to do this blog post about 2 weeks ago. That's how behind I am. I got the pictures ready to go and then I got too busy. So, this is what was going on around our house 2 weeks ago. I'll get caught up eventually.

We went to open gym at a gymnastics place with some friends. This was lots of fun for the kids. I left Noah at home with David.
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They happen to have the same spider dome as we have in our living room. Figures they would want to play on it.
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I know Ben was imagining himself as Spiderman on the rope.
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Emily's favorite thing was doing a flip into the foam pit.
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Getting out was another story...
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Ben got to fly off a rope into the foam pit. Yep, Spidey for sure!
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We were supposed to get tons of snow last week. Instead, we got practically nothing, only a dusting that melted in 30 minutes, about 10 different times. But, three weeks ago, we got some snow. These pictures are from then.

Going down the slide with snow on it never gets old.
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This week is already gearing up to be a busy one. Emily is in a Charlotte's Web play after school on Thursday as part of Read Across America. I have to help in their classes with activities relating to that too on Thursday. You would think I learned my lesson after Valentine's Day, but nope, I'm going back in for more!

Saturday, February 16, 2013


Ben turned 7 yesterday. Seven. I can hardly believe it. He truly is one of the greatest kids ever. He is smart and so thoughtful. He thinks of others before himself. He'll ask me how my day was just because he wants to know. David always asks him if he had a good day or a great day. He always says great. It's great because he makes it great. He is a joy to be around and it's my privileged to be his Mom. I don't know how I got so lucky to have him as a son. I must have done something right in this life.

All I was hoping is that we'd make it through these few days without getting sick.  It seems we've hardly had any illness these year and everyone around is dropping like flies.  I was dreading a replay of Ben's birthday last year where he said later, "I can't believe I puked in the middle of my birthday party."  We made it...whew...

Ben's birthday fell on a Friday. So, we got him up and ready for school. I made him his favorite breakfast of Honey Nut Cheerios served on a TV tray while he watched Ben 10. Speaking of Ben 10, earlier in the week, Noah got a package from his younger cousin who sends him hand me downs. He got Ben 10 pajamas in a size 3T. Ben loved them, so he tried them on and was slightly too big for them. Not by much though!
Okay, back to his birthday...

I went to his school to eat lunch with him. I made his favorite salami sandwich with BBQ chips, fruit and a Reese's cup. He was happy.
After Ben tried on Noah's Ben 10 pajamas, we ordered him a pair online. They came just in time for his birthday. He put them on after school and waited for his Dad to come home so we could open presents. He was happy to see his Dad.
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We got right to presents...
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We had dinner. Ben requested his favorite dinner of spaghetti, meatballs and bread. Then, we got to dessert. He originally asked for me to make pumpkin cookies, but I knew I was spreading myself thin. I asked if he'd like pumpkin cookies or lemon bites from Costco. He said lemon bites would be good too. So, we went that route.
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He was thinking about his wish.
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Thinking really hard...
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I don't know what he wished for, but I hope he gets everything he ever wishes for.

Today we had his birthday party.  He wanted to have 4 friends over to play.  So, that's what we did.  Miles, Bubba, Andrew and Caleb came over and I think they all had fun.
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They were all looking at Miles karate gear.  The boys all played so well and were running around screaming and having a great time.
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I think David was just as excited about the gifts as Ben was. 
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Ben wanted Spiderman cups and napkins, but an Angry Birds cake.  So, that's what he got.
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Then came time for another wish.
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He blew out the candles one by one, so maybe he made 7 wishes.
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The white one was stubborn and didn't go out the first time.
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And that's exactly how I like to see Ben, with a big smile on his face. I think he had a great birthday celebration and he didn't puke this year!

David was talking to him yesterday and told Ben that David wishes that he could be more like Ben. It's so true. We love him so much and are better because of him. Happy Birthday to the best 7 year old out there.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy (and exhausting) Valentines Day

Another Valentines has come and gone. This one was different than others in the past. I'm exhausted. Literally, wiped out.

It started last night with some flowers. David and I have learned over the years a few things about flowers. Ben (not Dad) gives the biggest bouquet to me. And David has to get Emily her own bunch of flowers. It's just how things need to roll or the kids get jealous. Boy, did Emily's face light up when David gave her these flowers. It was classic.
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On to this morning, David had to leave early for work, like 2 hours early. That meant I had to take them to school. David is really spoiling me with that. He takes them almost every day. I HAD to wake up before 7:00. So, I made the kids some monkey bread for breakfast.
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Well, they were allowed to have a few pieces and a bowl of fruit with yogurt. I didn't think the monkey bread alone was a good breakfast.

I got the kids off to school and came home for a few minutes. Then, Noah and I were off to a friend's house who was having the mom's with little ones at home over. I'm not sure why Noah is scowling at me like that, but whatever.
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We made some crafts.
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And we posed for a group picture. We joke that it's Noah and his harem or sister wives since he's the only boy.
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We came home and I had less than an hour to regroup. Then, I was off to the school for the other kid's parties. Luckily Noah stayed with my Mom. Ben's class exchanged Valentines.
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You'd think this would be easy, but they were told not to fill out the "to" part and more than half of them did. My station was the Valentine station. I had to help the kids get the cards in the bags. Oh brother it was chaos. Kids couldn't read the names on the bag. They couldn't read their own handwriting. Then a little girl I've never seen before ask me something in Spanish. Um, no habla Espanol. Luckily another little girl was there and translated for her! Turns out, the teacher got an only Spanish speaking student a few days ago. Um, how does that work out?

At this point, I was longing to be at a nice easy station, like Twister.
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Oh man, those kids were amped up. I snapped this one last photo as I practically ran out of the class.
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I seriously don't know how teachers do it. My boss told me party and field trip days are the worst, so that makes me feel slightly better, but it's still a job that I know I could never ever ever do. Like ever. (I said that in my best Taylor Swift voice.)

On to Emily's class. I somehow lucked out and got the cookie and juice box station. You would think it would be easy, but that meant talking to the kids. Let's see, I met Malibu Barbie who got a necklace from a boy for Valentine's Day which she showed me. She also refused to eat any cookies. Really? You are 8! Eat the freakin' cookie! Then, there was the pleasantly plump girl who wished she got a necklace for Valentine's and asked if she could eat Malibu Barbies cookies since she wasn't having any. There was the kid who tapped my shoulder at least 20 times to tell me when every member of his family's birthday is. And the other kid who showed me how he can eat with his mouth open. About this time I was wishing I took the craft station.
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They didn't even need a helper at the Valentine station in 3rd grade.
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It was fun, but I kissed Emily and told her I'd see her in 10 minutes at the pick up area. I needed to regroup.

As it turns out, the damage would not be easily repaired. I needed way more than 10 minutes. We got home and I sat on the sofa for the next hour trying to figure out just what those kids did to me. Luckily, dinner was in the crock pot and one of the best part of my day walked through the door. My husband. Thank God.

We had dinner and I decided I was going to take a bath. I think I've taken 2 in the 6 years we've lived her. I got in the scalding hot water, had Dave Matthews on my ipod and 4 minutes and 12 seconds later, this was staring at me.
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And there went my peace and quiet. Emily came in and started doing her version of Project Runway with my scarves and boots and some sort of dance. Ugh, really? Really?

At one point I asked Noah what happened to my nice quiet bath. He replied, "well, you gots 3 kids". Yep, I do. So, I'll enjoy them (even in my bubble bath) and I'll get to take a bath alone in 15 years.

Now, it's bed time and I can't wait. I can go lay down with my husband and we will read each others cards which we haven't had a chance to do all day. Oh, we'll lay down with Noah between us because that's how we roll right now.

And I wouldn't want it any other way...

Wednesday, February 13, 2013


I wrote about pre pick up entertainment yesterday. Well, the post pick up entertainment had me laughing so hard today. This may not be proper to discuss on my blog, but I've never been proper and I want to remember how funny my kids are.

Me: Ugh, I have a headache.
Ben: Did Noah give it to you?
Me: No.
Ben: Well, what then?
Me: I think it's my period.
Ben: What? You wrote a story and put a period at the end. How can that give you a headache? I write sentences everyday and put periods at the end and never get a headache.
Emily: It's not that kind of period Ben.
Ben: Well, then what kind of period is it?
Me: You know, when Mommy bleeds.
Ben: You cut yourself? You need a bandaid!
Me: No Bub, It's a hormone thing.
Ben: What the heck is a hormone?
Emily: Nevermind, you'll understand when you're older.

Oh gosh. When did my daughter become so mature, and I just want to wrap Ben up in his cute 6 year old self and keep him there forever.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Pre Pick Up Entertainment

When we go to pick up Emily and Ben, we have to get to the school about 10 minutes early to get a parking spot. We usually sit in car for awhile because it's easier to contain Noah in the car versus in the dirt area that we hang out in to pick up the kids. It might seem boring, but Noah provides plenty of entertainment.

That's him singing Ho Hey by The Lumineers. I think he may win a Grammy one day.

Thursday, February 7, 2013


Noah is pretty good with a crayon. He draws cute pictures all the time. He's attempted writing his name before, but this is the first time that I'd know what it says if I didn't know what it said. Capeche?

Wednesday, February 6, 2013


Noah has found a new playmate. It's my Mom.
Yesterday, he must have said, "Granny, play with me" about 100 times. My Mom does a pretty good ninja voice as she plays with the figures.

This morning, Noah had a complete meltdown because my Mom was sleeping and he wanted to wake her up so he could play with her. My Mom is exhausted at the end of the day and Noah is still ready for more.

I think it's cute.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Another day...

another bike ride. Being a stay at home Mom rocks!