Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

My "routine"

Someone (Jenna @ Call Her Happy this one's for you!) recently asked me about my daily routine so I figured I'd attempt to put it out there for whomever might be interested. 

I have read countless blogs where these awesomely organized women have certain activities that they do each and every day, all mapped out in a list and perfect. I would LOVE to be that together, alas, I am not. My house and everyone in it would probably be much better off if I had it in me to adopt a more set schedule but I just can't seem to get a grasp on it. 

-My kids get up early. 7:15am is a huge success but more often than not we're hearing hallway rumblings at around 6:30am. 
The kiddos expect to be fed IMMEDIATELY once they reach downstairs. Literally, it's as if they have some reflex in their feet that once they reach the bottom step they need to beg for food. 
I would say it's safe to assume that we will fight about the breakfast that I have decided to serve for a good 15 minutes or so because with this many peeps, you can't expect everyone to be happy all the time. Somewhere in there I also grab the baby and she gets her first bottle.
-Weekdays I have to have Nate off to school by 8:10am. Tues, Wed, and Thurs I have to load everyone in the car so we can take Sean to school by 9am. 
Claire and Dan have developed an awesome routine of wanting apples when we get home. Sean exits the car, the door shuts, and the requests for apples begins. I used to fight this, but then I had a moment of clarity where I slapped my own self in the face's apples for goodness sake! Let them eat the darn apples! 
-Kate then has another bottle and goes down for nap #1. I attempt to eat, do some cleaning, check emails, that sort of thing. 
-By this time it's around 11:15am or so. On days when I need to pick Sean up from school I get Kate up and changed and we head out around 11:45am (thought I must admit that more often than not Corey picks him up for me because he's awesome like that!). 
-Lunch is at 12pm (feed Kate babyfood) then nap for Dan, Claire, and Kate (who requires another bottle) from 1pm-3pm(ish depending on their moods). More cleaning and maybe a project or something with Sean. 
-Wes home at 2:40pm from school.
-Nate home at 3:15pm and I walk up to the corner to get him, taking whoever isn't throwing a tantrum at this point along for the stroll. We come home and have snack then I start cooking dinner which is typically served by 5:30pm. (feed Kate babyfood)
-After dinner is homework for Nate, post dinner clean up, and playing with the rest of the kids. Baths start by 6:30pm which is usually handled by Corey as I give Kate her bedtime bottle. Then bed is usually around 7pm. 

Did you hear that? BEDTIME!!!!!!! (try and imagine me jumping for joy at this point)
Now, 7pm is NOT bedtime in the summer because of our friend the sun who refuses to go down until after 9pm but it's winter and 7pm works just great for us! 

In a perfect world I would sit on my couch with a book and relax but that is most certainly not what tends to happen. The kids being in bed enables us to catch up on housework (I say US because my husband and I both get to work as it's just way too much for one person to handle alone all the time. He is so good about helping me!) If we have grocery shopping this is usually when that's done too. I would also love to tell you that I am responsible and get to bed by 10pm but the truth is that I value my "me time" too much so I usually stay up until around 12am which is horrible but I do it so there it is. 

So there's my day. It's crazy and sort of a disorganized mess, but I do what I can with what I've got and so far I've never lost a kid (for long)or caused any major bodily harm so I guess I can call it a success! 

p.s. I feel like I forgot a ton in there...

Monday, January 28, 2013

What lives under my cushions

I cleaned underneath the couch cushions. Based on the contents I think I should probably visit this task more often. Storm trooper anyone? 

Friday, January 25, 2013

Seen and heard

Text that I sent to my husband 

"Dan cut Claires eye with the cow, I found poo on the bathroom floor, and I just used the vacuum to suck up a spider so big that I doubt the suction killed it. Hope you have a good day :) "

me- "She is your little sister, she is younger than you, smaller than you, and she is a girl. You may not ever smack her in the face!"
Claire- "yeah, me is a lady!"

Claire- "Me is gonna be a queen when me get bigger."
me- "That would be very nice."
Claire- "But me not gonna be a mean queen, me is gonna be a lovely one with a beautiful dress and no boys."

Sean- "I love our fat baby Mom. Thanks for going to the hospital to buy her."

Claire- "When is Daddy comin home?"
me- "At dinner time."
Claire- "Me want him to be mad at the boys and me is gonna watch. Stinky boys!"

Thursday, January 24, 2013


Went upstairs to put Kate down for her nap. Walking through the living room when what do I see...

Hmmm....seems somebody got into the raisins...

and decorated the whole kitchen with them. Fun. 
I wonder who that could be?
...When around the corner who should appear...

Culprit. Shocker. 
As I begin to inquire if it indeed was he who made the mess, his defender "superhero Claire" swoops in for the rescue... 

Yes folks. She is in fact pretending to shoot me with an arrow. Charming. 

He later cleaned up his mess by putting all the raisins in my hat. 
I heart kids. 

Wednesday, January 23, 2013


My goals for today are as follows...

- Put away some laundry
- Clean dried toothpaste off of the wall
- Throw away all of my socks that have holes in them
- Teach Danny to stop eating chapstick
- Force myself to drink a green smoothie for lunch instead of leftover stew
- Scrub up this weird dried puddle next to the table that I noticed yesterday but pretended I didn't 

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Cozy days

It's 8 degrees right now with a windchill of -15. I have stew meat simmering, laundry washing, and yummy candle filling my house with heavenly smells. I could not be more ready for spring. But I sure do love the cozy days of winter! 

Monday, January 21, 2013

I'm grasping at straws here

Today was a day like any other, well, like any other that we've had recently. By that I mean a day spent nursing a sick kid...or 5...followed up with our newly routine trip to the urgent care center. Today on the menu was 2 sets of ear infections and pink eye. Baby Kate has now contracted the lovely flu that has leveled our family and my bronchitis continues to make me sound like every breath could be my last. My husband is finally on the mend but really all that means is that he's first in line once superbug decides to start over again. Superbug has been toying with us you know. Roosting in the far corners of my home just waiting to pounce on whomever feels the best that day. 

I sat down tonight and thought what am I going to do. I clean, I medicate, I even cracked the windows on a freezing cold day in hopes of getting some clean air. NOTHING is helping rid us of this funk. I decided that I needed to look up the patron saint of sickness and pray to them. Like really pray super hard. Maybe said patron saint might take pity on my patheticness from above and have mercy on my mucous covered soul? 

Now I went to Catholic school but church goer of the year I am not and I do not have my saints memorized. So, I did what I do best, I googled! As I skimmed the list I devised an even better plan once I realized that there is in fact more than 1 saint that could be coming to my aid. I will send out multiple prayers to multiple patron saints. One of them will hear me. Right? Then they'll undoubtedly float on over to one of their saintly buddies and explain that this sickly lady who keeps harassing patron saints from near and far desperately needs a break already from superbug. They will gather together to form a team and they will eradicate this sickness from my weary family and we will be done once and for all. That's how it'll go.... I have faith. 

Anyways, I compiled a list of all the blessed folk that I am determined are going to help me to what modern medicine, clorox wipes, hand sanitizer, and tons of vitamic c cannot. 
I am also currently accepting extra prayers and general thoughts of wellness that you might be interested in throwing my way. 

p.s. Having a blog is an awesome timeline. It has allowed me to pinpoint when superbug officially took up residence in my home... 11/26 was when it first hit. Someone has been sick ever since.In case anyone is wondering.... IT'S JANUARY!!!!!!!!!

p.p.s.  6 kids being sick for 2 months = hell on earth. 

Friday, January 18, 2013

Valentines decor

I hung a heart. That's it. I generally don't decorate for Valentines Day until the actual day arrives. Then I hang a bunch of paper hearts and whatnot around for the kids as a surprise when they wake up. But other than that, I'm sort of over decorations by this point in the year. 
This year I wanted a big simple glittery heart for the door. I could have driven around looking for one to buy, but why buy when you can make? So that's what we did. It ended up being the perfect nap time activity for a bored little boy. 

I called Sean over for a picture...the troops always respond as a team. 

Naturally they had to make a mess of the door while they had the chance. Ok maybe it was already a mess. No harm done. 

I love my heart. I love that it's simple. And I love that it was made with things already scattered around the house. 

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Conversations with Sean, Claire, and Nate

The kids were watching Wall-E...

Sean- "For next Halloween, I'm gonna be Wall-E and Claire can be   Eve."
Claire- "NO. Me not want to be Eve for Halloween!"
Sean- "Yes. I'm gonna be Wall-E and you can be Eve."
Nate- (because I have conditioned my children to think they have to dress in theme for Halloween) "Well what am I gonna be?"
Sean- "You can be the bug." (referring to Wall-E's pet cockroach) 
Nate- "But I'm too cute to be a bug!"

Friday, January 11, 2013

Health in a cup -or- step away from the taco

What I wanted for breakfast- leftover tacos with melted cheese and sour cream.

What I had for breakfast- a "smoothie" of fresh pomegranate, spinach, and strawberries. 

Hoping that I can keep the momentum going. I'm long overdue for some healthy choices. 

1 cup pomegranate seeds
huge handful fresh spinach
handful frozen berries 
(I used strawberries but I think any kind would be good) 
1 cup ice water

I blended the life out of it and voila! Health in a cup! 
I will warn, if you have a texture issue then this is not for you- would be better off to use a juicer as opposed to a blender. The bits don't bother me so down it went. 
Here's to a productive weekend full of smart choices!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Victory for me

Nate- "Mom, I love school SO much. It's so much better than watching movies because you get to do stuff and make things instead of just sitting there watching something. I want to go to school forever! ...and thank you for letting me wear Seans Avenger shirt. You're the best!"

Mom victory quote of the year! I'm not failing! He does get it! 
... at least for this morning. 

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Someones wearing their sassy pants today

3 guesses as to who woke up on the wrong side of the bed today. 

Nate- "you're the worst donut picker outer ever!"
Sean- "Mom I love you."
Nate- "I can't believe you want me to wear THESE pants to school...aughhhhhh!"
Sean- "I love this shirt, you're the best Mom."
Nate- "You got me a green folder? Green is the worst color I have ever seen!"
Sean- "Thank you so much for washing my socks Mom. I love them."

He loves me. I swear. 

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

What is this world coming to?

So I just saw a facebook post asking how much the tooth fairy leaves for kids these days. It was a perfect question as I have been waiting for the day when Nate discovers his first wiggly tooth. I was shocked when I saw $1, $2, and (gasp) even $5! For a tooth? Really? Doesn't that seem excessive? Maybe it's just me but I think the idea that a little fairy creeps into your room should be impressive enough without having to shell out $5 for her trouble. I am so over the days of excessive rewarding. I realize that my way of thinking is a little old fashioned. But..... gosh I just can't get over that $5 for a tooth..... we complain about kids these days. How many times do you hear a parent comment about kids not spending enough time outside, or spending too much time in front of the tv? Video games? Cell phones? Know who is to blame for all that? Parents, not the kids, it's us- the parents who create a sense of entitlement by leaving behind a $5 for a tooth when a quarter would have planted the same smile on that childs face. Less is more. Kids want/NEED you, the experience, the memory, the faith in something they can't see... not your money. Guess I should start preparing for the backlash when my sweet little darlings come home crying that their tooth fairy is cheap when they learn that she left most of her money with their friends. $5 for a tooth. Good grief people! 

Friday, January 4, 2013

Who needs to sleep through the night anyway?

I'm Kate. 
I'm 7mo old and I'm the perfect baby. 
Recently though, I've decided to switch it up by waking up in the middle of the night.
I've decided that anywhere between the hours of 3-5am work best for me. 
I also think it's pretty awesome to scream when I get my diaper changed during said hours. 
Mom thinks it's best to not change me since the screaming will wake up the other kids. 
Apparently changing my leaky diaper crib sheets is a better option. 
Either way I win. 

Thursday, January 3, 2013

We've got ourselves a yeller

It's happening. Babies grow and learn new things. They learn to sit and stand, so many firsts. In this house, they learn to be loud. I have 4 of the best teachers around. Kate began to show signs that she was picking up on our ways the other day and as of yesterday, it's official. She's learned to yell. I was trying the figure out what she was doing the and then it occurred to me. She's just making noise. Loud noise. Just for the sake of being heard. It sort of sounds like crying, but it's definitely just yelling. Congratulations baby Kate, you are now officially one of us!


Wednesday, January 2, 2013

My home, and the mess that lives here

Christmas is slowly but surely leaving my home, slowly because the many little kiddos that are ever at my feet make it near impossible to accomplish even the simplest of goals. I want the decorations gone. I want simple, stark, and empty. There is so much clutter in our home that I feel as if it's closing in on me, suffocating me where I stand. The garbage truck just pulled away and I wanted to run after it, screaming "Wait!! Please come back and take the rest of it!" as I threw everything in our home out of the front door. 
I have cleaned, organized, and put away all morning long. 

This is what I accomplished. 

Seriously. All morning long. Two lousy rooms!

But, it's a start and it's better than before so I have to force myself to be satisfied. 
I still have these little gems to contend with...

I feel like showing these to you sort of shames me into cleaning. And clean I will...but no more for today. 

Because it's pretty hard to keep these faces smiling while one is preoccupied with housework. And in the never ending battle of happy kids vs. a clean house, the kids win every time.