Friday, November 30, 2012

Super germ claims 6th victim

And the sickness continues its shock and awe attack on my poor family. Latest victim, baby Kate, will be visiting the doctor AGAIN this afternoon. Said sickness has showed itself in many forms including, but not limited to...
  • pink eye
  • ear infections
  • sinus infection
  • pneumonia 
  • whooping cough

Stay tuned for more info as it becomes available. Remember when one of the boys wanted to burn the house down and start all over? I think this might be an appropriate time to revisit that option. 

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Pros and Cons

1. I have got a serious cold.
2. My house is filthy...FILTHY.
3. I am blah about putting up the Christmas tree.
4. Super sore throat is making me realize how much I really do yell at my kids.
5. Discovered last night that my Christmas shopping (which I thought was finished!) has been seriously lopsided in favor of the boys.
6. Have a ton to do but no time or motivation.
7. There is an irritating, random weird noise in my house that I can't place and hearing it is like a slow and excruciating torture.

1. I have to be getting better soon...right?
2. Filthy house means that people actually live here and I'd rather have filth than loneliness.
3. I know my blah-ness will subside as soon as I feel better.
4. Super sore throat is making me NOT yell at my kids so much.
5. I have a reason to justify buying more pretty presents for Claire.
6. The most important things are getting done so all I need to do is motivate myself to not worry about the small stuff.
7. I finally remembered to tell Corey about the noise so he'll find it and take care of it like he does most other things if I whine enough. 

(added for no other reason other than it makes me laugh, and laughs are exactly what I need today)

Monday, November 26, 2012

'Tis the season

I love being a Mom... except when I'm sick.
 And when the kids are sick. 

The germs are so thick in this house you can almost see them floating through the air. And now that the sickness is officially here, it will remain until March, bouncing from one person to another and then back again. Anyone care to come over and breath deep? I would recommend all of you go wash your hands just for reading this. 

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

My reminder

Every once in a while one of those gut wrenching reminders of how thankful I should be comes along to bop me on the head. Sometimes it's from the news, sometimes it's something I hear from a friend. This morning, at a little after 7:33am, the reminder came from my own husband in the form of a text that said "I know it was tough yesterday and today might not be much better but be thankful all of our kids wake up every morning I just had to do cpr on a dead 4 month old" 
I got that message as Nate (which a chest cold and double ear infection) was telling me how horrible I am while I chased down Dan who had taken off his poopie diaper somewhere upstairs, listening to Claires tantrum because I wouldn't stop to turn on Dora. If that sounded crazy, it's because it was! But I read that and it immediately made every single frustration vanish. Somewhere not far from me, there is a family that instead of eating a turkey dinner on Thanksgiving, will be mourning their baby. My mind can't even fathom what that must feel like. 
What am I thankful for this holiday season? EVERYTHING. All of it, every single bit of joy, excitement  happiness, frustration, even sadness, all the tantrums, hugs, kisses, poopie diapers even! I am thankful for every time the kids say "what are we having for dinner" because that means they live in a house where they trust that someone is going to be feeding them. For absolutely every single thing.... because that means that we're all here, alive to experience it. 
The moment I read that message this morning will go into a little handful of moments I have from my 31yrs that I consider to be totally life changing. My hope for all of us is that we can get to a point where it doesn't take some horrible incident to remind us all of how very blessed we are. Hug your babies, or just someone that might need a hug, and be thankful for all of it today. 

Monday, November 19, 2012

Birthdays, tantrums, & who let the dogs out

We went to an awesome dinner to celebrate my sister in laws birthday (Happy Birthday Britney!). The kids were great! The food was perfect! No better way to end the weekend than with some family and a bunch of cupcakes. 

It really was a truly ideal night...until it was time to go. If you have kids you know what I mean when I say you can sense when things are about to turn sour. The kids get whiny or overly hyper and you can just tell that it's time to end it because disaster is right around the corner. For us, it is imperative to head that impending disaster off at the pass because when one loses it, it causes a chain reaction that is not to be believed. When there's 8 of you packed into one minivan, it's best to avoid meltdown at all costs. 

While driving home Corey and I listened to things like 
"Sean quit it!"
"stop touching me!"
 and my favorite 
"if you bite me one more time I'm beating you!"
...You're all wishing you were me, I know. 

But know what? All the fighting and the screaming meant one thing, my kiddies were exhausted. They were worn out from having so much fun bouncing around with balloons, playing ball in the garage, running up and down the stairs, and laughing...just laughing. I am so grateful for nights like these that my kids will all remember when they're older. 

Thanksgiving is in just a few days. There's such an amazing feeling in knowing that nights like these are what my kids will be talking about 40 years from now around their own Thanksgiving tables. Those conversations will probably include comments like

 "remember that time in the car that we were all screaming so loud that Mom and Dad turned up that song Who Let The Dogs Out (because it was so ridiculous all we could do was laugh about it!)?" 

But hopefully, they'll also have comments about how much fun it was growing up together in a large family and maybe it'll turn in to something about how thankful they are to have each other. 
(I'm guessing that by that time they'll all be mature enough to have abandoned the 
"Claire, help! Claw his leg!" and "you're a buttface!")

Really loving my family right now, buttfaces and all! 

Friday, November 16, 2012


My little boy came home from school yesterday in tears. He had just gotten a new winter coat that he loved and was so excited to wear to school. But, there was a meanie boy who teased Nate about his coat, pulled at the straps, and told him that he was going to do it every single day he wore the coat to school. I felt so sad for my baby. I was heartbroken to see how quickly a few cruel words turned his joy into shame. He vowed that he would never wear this coat again and begged to donate it (the fact that he thought of donating it is in itself something to be grateful for I think). 
Nate loves school and I am so happy to send him off each day knowing what a great time he has learning. But a part of me is just so sad that IT'S all starting and I wish I could just keep my little buddy at home and protect him from all the yuckiness. I know he's going to experience that and all I can do is do my best to teach him not to ever make others feel the way he felt when he was mistreated. I encouraged him to wear his coat because he LOVED it, that no ones words can take away his own feelings. I explained that not everyone is always going to feel the same way that he does and that thats ok because that's what makes us all different. I also warned him that the boy in question might say unkind things again, but that no matter what came out of his mouth, that Nate was to treat him with kindness (and obviously go tell the teacher if it gets out of hand again).
I am thankful that we're able to provide our kids coats to keep them warm and a nice home where they feel safe and secure- that they are all so happy and loving. And, I am SO thankful that today I was able to send my baby off to school this morning once again proud of his new warm coat. He bounced off to the bus stop with a smile and during this Thanksgiving season that's about the best I can ask for! 

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Helping hands

I was in the middle of trying to unclog the worlds most backed up vacuum ever when Kate decided to be unhappy. 

(can you even believe that this is her 'I'm sad and crying' face?) 

So, elbow deep in the filth that I was picking out of my vacuum, I resorted to my only option...I enlisted the troops. 

See? Instant joy. 
What does Kate find to be so amusing?

These kiddos wake up way too early and can't clean up a mess worth a darn, but they can entertain a baby like no others. 
I'm so grateful for my big bunch of monkeys who have so much fun taking care of their little sister. 

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Aiming high

Seans Christmas list 

-Some "outer space stuff"
(when asked to clarify I was informed that he would like "a few clouds", 1 being a storm cloud because they're the coolest, "the sun, a planet, and some wind") 

-A football team
(as in the ENTIRE he can play in the yard with it) 

-And last but not least, a robot that spits real fireballs. Fire that is so real it can burns down all the pirate ships it sees. 

I asked him if he thought that Santa would really be able to bring him a planet and he responded with 

"Thur. You thaid Thanta wath magic and altho, I've been a good boy. I've been in trouble none timeth today. Zero."
(that might have been a pain to read but really, it's so much cuter when his lisp is included) 

Looks like Santa has his work cut out for him this year!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Sassy Kate

Things that make Kate happy: 




Things that do not make Kate happy: 

Big brothers sneaking into pictures and stealing her thunder. 

 Shame on him...such nerve.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Conversations with Claire

"Mommy, I love you. Boys are poopie." 

Amen sister. 


Thursday, November 8, 2012


I feel like with Thanksgiving coming (so soon already!) I owe it to myself and to my family to remind myself how wonderful and full of blessings my life is. What am I grateful for today?

That today I found the patience to not let this bother me. 

That I was able to recognize that with the chilly weather, the kids aren't getting out as much and they need to burn off energy somehow. 

And best of all, this entertained them long enough to allow me to get some MUCH NEEDED work done on the ever growing laundry pile!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Hard evidence

Behold, the antics of 4 children left to their own devices while I went upstairs to change my clothes and collect baby Kate from her nap (captured in photos with my STOLEN camera). Estimated duration of time left alone-5 minutes. 

The almighty hammer of Thor!

Sean summoning his powers so he can achieve ultimate destruction. 

Camera has changed hands...Nates turn to strike a pose. 

And then there appears to be a scuffle of sorts

But wait... what's that?...Is that...

 A little confused? Allow me to enlighten you. My darlings decided to... um...document their boyhood. You know what I mean. (sigh) Moving on. 

My pretty little Claire- sweet isn't she? 

Is that a mouth?

Sure is! Sweet my rear end...she's one of them! 
Need more proof?

Claire standing on toy so she can pound on my computer

Claire guiding her gullible little brother into mischief- because he probably wouldn't have found it on his own right? I can't even say that with a straight face. (squirting lotion all over all the junk that lives on the counter)

And finally, the theft and misuse of my phone

Which actually worked out well because somehow they connected with their father at work...

At which point Nate realized that they were beyond busted and came running to tell on Sean. 
But, the evidence speaks for itself. There were 4 guilty parties at work here.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Are your shorts frozen...

...or are you just happy to see me?

My husband found his boxers in the freezer this morning, said "Ha! I knew I left these somewhere!"
What do you think- Do we need a vacation or what?! 

Monday, November 5, 2012

The Halloween that would not die

So Halloween is FINALLY over (I hope). Now I love me some Halloween. However, my love was seriously put to the test this year. The Halloween parties began in October 24th, thanks to super storm Sandy trick-or-treating wasn't until November 4th. We have been celebrating Halloween AND NOW IT'S FINALLY OVER!!!! Woo-hooooooo!!!! So I'll do the expected costume post and then by God I will be done with this never ending holiday which I will not think about until at least October 10th of 2013...except when I have to help them put their costumes back on for dress up. Which I have already done 3 separate times today. Did I mention it's only 9am? (sigh) 

Jack O' Lanterns... I carved 8... There were pumpkin guts in my hair. 

The Avengers!!!

The Avengers!!! ...again...after Dan was bribed with Candy so we could paint his face. 

 What super hero team could be complete without a seriously chubby purple flower?

 A happy seriously chubby purple flower...

 Who really loves her big sister. 

So Happy Halloween.... FOR THE LAST TIME

Friday, November 2, 2012

Dan has a knife

I was upstairs grabbing Kate out of her crib when I hear Sean scream..."Mom come quick! Danny has a knife and is making his own lunch!"  Nothing good can ever come from the words "Danny has a knife" so, picturing a cleaver wielding toddler tornado,  I haul my less than quick self as fast as I can to discover this scene... 

A little anticlimactic. He literally was making his own lunch. To be clear, it was a butter knife so the chances of injury were slim. We had a little bit of a peanut buttery mess but he actually did a really good job. Not so bad for a 2yr old who is obviously quite proud of himself. Is pulling over a chair and assembling all necessary ingredients and tools while silent and under 60 seconds an Olympic sport by chance? At least I know that he won't starve when the others catch me off guard and stage the mutiny that I am convinced they're plotting behind my back.