Monday, August 26, 2013

Things that make me Happy

Remembering to take a moment to appreciate when the sky looks like this...

Putting out my fall decorations in August because I'm done with summer and I just feel like it. 

And sneaking into my kids rooms when they're sleeping so I can catch them doing really cute (and slightly creepy) things like this...

Friday, August 23, 2013

The vent.. and what lives there

See this entire bowl of food (and other random goodies)? See the 2 spoons and the huge chunks of paper?
 Need another view?
Here you go, have another look...
Now that you've gotten familiar with this serving of awesomness, want to know where it all came from?
See that little vent back there?
Yeah, the one by the window...

This one right here...

Yes, that is correct. Every single bit of that food/stuff, including both spoons pictured, was recovered from that one single heater vent located in what has got to be the worst location of all time. 
To the home builders of the world, why on Earth would you put a vent right smack where the table is clearly supposed to go, in a house that has 5 bedrooms because it's clearly supposed to contain many children? 
Yes I could teach my children to not stuff things down the heating vents, I mean, why didn't I just think of that from the get go?
But, despite my best efforts, the shove-things-down-the-vent fairies still manage to work their magic and help stuff find it's way down on in there. 
Not that Danny had anything at all to do with it or anything, no, he would never- as illustrated right here and also here and...well... sorta anywhere else on here. 

Monday, August 19, 2013

A Language Arts assignment

Big brother comes home today and presents me with this question from his teacher...
"As the time grows near for me to leave home, what is the most important message or belief that you hope I will take with me and remember throughout my life?" 

I immediately feel like I'm back in school and I begin to wrack my brain for ideas. I had 5 little kids tornado-ing through the house all needing my attention for various reasons. I did my best to tend to each of them while making dinner, but still give this question the thought it deserved. 
Know what? It was hard! 
But there I sat, working hard to give an answer to the question that was being asked of me... and then it came. 
Hard work. 
That was the message that I hope he takes with him when he ventures out into the world. I think that in this instant gratification society that kids are raised in today, the idea that one might actually have to work for something can easily fall by the wayside. He has recently began working his first real job and is quickly learning the art of earning a dollar as well as time management. I hope the feeling of pride that comes with earning his own money sticks with him. I hope that he remembers how long it took for him to save up those paychecks before he spends them. Wishful thinking? Probably, but regardless, this was my response...

The most important message that we wish you would take and keep with you always, is that you will be able to achieve anything in this life that you want, as long as you believe in yourself and are willing to put in the hard work. The universe is full of opportunity, but nothing in this life that's worth having comes easily. hard at whatever it is that you choose to do in order to carve out a life that you love and are proud of and you can never go wrong. 

Thursday, August 15, 2013

And they're off...

Happy first day of school to us! 
Nate- 1st grade
Sean- kindergarten 
(who, by the way is much happier than last year)

Friday, August 9, 2013

He really does love them

I asked 17yr old brother to go outside with the kids yesterday as I wasn't up for cleaning up a muddy baby (it had rained). I expected the usual, a grumpy teenager with his face shoved into his phone screen, while the littles overtook the neighborhood Lord of the Flies style as they tend to do. 
But, this time he played with really played. 
And they loved it. 
Amazing how that works right? You're nice to little kids and they're actually nice back instead instead of saying things like 
"you're a stinky diaper weirdo who stinks!"
I took as many pictures as I could since this is a seriously rare occasion and I felt it necessary to have proof of such an experience. What I do not have a picture of however, is the absurd position I was in to try and take these pictures on the sly because if 17yr old brother would have caught me it would have all been over. 

Yup, that him totally riding a big wheel. 
 Sniper practice apparently, perfect as I'm pretty sure he had his minions acting as ammunition runners. 
 Witness as a highly dangerous situation unfolds, i.e. everyone climbing up on the mailbox- something that I typically don't allow because I picture my sweet babies plummeting to the unforgiving concrete. But, I went against instinct and trusted that 17yr. old brother would keep them safe(ish). 
 Which he did! 


This is where I stopped watching as seconds later Danny (seen standing in the stripped shirt- yes, that's a pajama shirt) took a massive leap off the mailbox. Yes he landed on the grass and yes he was fine... but.... augh, I can't even talk about it. (boys!!!) 

Instead we can talk about what my windows look like really close up
I could clean that but why would I when it's so pretty?

Also pretty is baby Kate who watched from afar. 
 As cute babies tend to do. 
She got a little excited. 

 And was reminded that I was taking pictures when I laughed a little. 

 So she opted to strike a pose. 


Thursday, August 8, 2013

Twist and Shout

Scene- Boys are outside shooting each other up with nerf guns and apparently the sliding glass door is locked...

"(BANG BANG BANG) Claire let me in please."
"No thank you."
"Claire! Open the door! I have to go potty!"
"No you don't."
"Yes I do, unlock it!"
"Um, say the magic words."
"Say, um, twist and shout, thems are the magic words."
"Claire open the door! I really have to go potty!"
"Yous have to say the magic words first."
"Fine. Pleeeease Claire, open the door?"
"Nope, say twist and shout. Now!"
"Twist and shout Claire, now OPEN IT!"

It's 9:30am and already we have managed to-
~spill not 1, but 3 bowls of leftover cereal (Kate, Dan, and Claire)
~climb up on the table and get stuck under a chair that's on the table in a futile effort to try and keep me off of it (baby Kate!)
~kill a massive basement dwelling "long skinny yucky bug" (Sean!)
~bite through both sides of our tongue (poor Danny)
~slip, unnoticed and alone, into the dark garage for a period of up to but not greater than 20 minutes (baby Kate) 
~Shoot our defenseless sister in the back with brand new nerf bullets (Nate!!!!! and Sean!!!!!)

School starts in less than 1 week... not that we're counting down or anything. 

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Girls vs. Boys

Let's play a round of Which Ones Love Me More?

 "Want to play with my tea party stuff Mama? I could make you a cupcake!"


"We have weapons in here Mom, you shouldn't be in here!"
"Yeah Mom, get out!"

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Boys if only I could figure out how to take a picture of the smell they leave in the bathroom.