Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Random Tuesday Thoughts

I am in Richmond helping my dad take care of my niece and nephew while my mom is living it up in New Orleans. Ok, so she's not really living it up...she's been in meeting after meeting after meeting since last Thursday. She comes home on Wednesday night (really late). And I get to go home on Thursday...hopefully before snow starts. I DO NOT want to get stuck in Richmond in snow. I would really like to go home. I love visiting up here, but I know I will be needed again in the near future, so I'd like to stay home as much as I can.

Daddy and I took the kids to a place called Kangaroo Jac's in Richmond on Saturday. It is a huge office space filled with giant inflatables to bounce on and slide down. The kids had a BLAST! And I admit that so did I. I got to slide and climb with the kids, but adults were not allowed to bounce, which was alright with me. There was this really tall slide that all of the kids adored. Hemi wouldn't go in alone, so I got in there, and slid with them. For almost 3 hours, the kids climbed, and slid, and jumped, and bounced. We bought some really expensive ice cream for them, and drinks, but they were famished when we got home, and tired. We really had a good time!

For those parents with more than 2 kids, I applaud you. I bow down, and I kiss the ground you walk on. Taking care of 4 kids is a lot of work. And I only have all of them for early in the morning and the evening. During breakfast, I feel like a short order cook. Everyone wants something different, and they have finally started to be patient as I fill the orders of each kid. Dinner is a little better. I only accept orders for flavored milk. Then it is on to bath time, which is loads of fun. It is a busy and exhausting 20 minutes. By the time they get into bed, I am ready to pass out as well. Then there's laundry and dishes. I have not been as agressive on laundry, and my dad has been doing the dishes. I truly don't know how you all with 3 or more kids do it. I guess you adapt to make things easier, and with me only being here a week, I haven't had the time to streamline things. Even with things streamlined, it is still a big undertaking, and you have my adoration.

God Bless,

Alli C

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Random Tuesday Thoughts

I am in another mood of wanting to write, but not wanting to commit to it. So I am just going to let my mind wander and take us where it will.

The boys are fighting over a Little Einsteins globe they got for Christmas, and a stuffed doggy that Jack got when he was born. Hemi absolutely ADORES the dog, and Jack only wants it when Hemi has it. I can't find another one online. I found one similar, but it is like $10, and we don't have the extra cash right now.

I am playing Pandora the online radio station, and digging the Carrie Underwood they have one right now.

I am gearing up to go to Richmond to help my dad with my niece and nephew while my mom goes to New Orleans later this week (I know, right after Mardi Gras!). I have made my mental plans about packing, and will probably do it first thing on Wednesday morning right before we leave so that we have all the clothes washed.

Hemi is potty trained! Well, I guess he is potty trained. He is wearing big boy underwear, and has only had 1 pee pee accident and 1 poop accident in the last week. I am so excited! I still put a diaper on him for bed, because he hasn't quite gotten that down yet, but a few mornings he has woken up dry.

We also finally took the rails off of his crib and turned it into a toddler bed, finally. He does pretty good about staying in bed, and will take naps occassionally as well. I guess we are out of the baby phase around here. It is time to sell the pack and play, and any other baby items I have been keeping. We only have big boys in this house!

Alli C

Monday, February 8, 2010

Super Bowl Party 2010

During the playoffs, Jack became really interested in football. He wanted to play on our old school Nintendo 64 like ALL THE TIME. He watched football with Daddy, although he still doesn't understand it very well. We would watch the Colts, and explain that we used to live near Indianapolis, and in fact he was born there. Jack was SO excited when the Colts beat the Jets, and the "Zanks" beat the Vikings to get to the Super Bowl, even though he still got a little confused about why the Redskins weren't playing.

Daddyman and I don't go to or host Super Bowl parties, but we have "football" snacks and food at home. But with Jack so excited, and the Colts being so close to our hearts, I decided that I would make a big deal about it, and get the kids involved in picking snacks and decorating.

I found some NFL helmets to color here and here. So I printed some, and had the kids color them. I cut out some letters, and footballs, and we decorated in the living room.

As far as food, we had chili, potato skins, pizza, and for dessert, football shaped Rice Krispy treats. The boys saw this on the back of a Cocoa Krispy box, and I decided that it would be a good idea to attempt those. While I was making them, I gave the boys their own lump of treat mix, and they played with it and then ate it. I think that they turned out pretty good, although if I had a pastry bag and tip, they would have been a LOT better. The boys thought they were great!

The boys didn't have any Colts gear, so we made some ourselves with a color printer, iron on transfers, and plain white T-shirts. (PS, we had all the materials for the shirts and the crafts, so I didn't really spend any on the decorations).

Of course, the game didn't end as we would have wanted it. And it was hard explaining to Jack this morning that the Colts didn't win. He said, "But the score was 10-6! The Colts had more points." I had to explain that 10-6 was the score when he went to bed, and that each team scored more after he went to bed.

It was a little fun. A lot of work, but I think the kids (and Daddyman) enjoyed the treats, so it was well worth it.

Alli C

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Random Tuesday Thoughts

OK, so I believe that I am a genius, or rather I had a genius thought. The latch on my dryer broke, and so I hopped online to find a replacement. Because we live in the country, the part was not in our area, and would have to be special ordered. The part would be $12.50 plus shipping, and would probably take a week or two before it would arrive. First, I couldn't give up my dryer for a week or two (I needed to dry clothes then!). Second, I couldn't see myself dishing out $12.50 plus shipping for this little bitty part. So I thought. And thought. I came up with the bright idea that since the dryer is made of metal, maybe I could get a magnet to keep the door shut. So the boys and I went to Lowe's and bought some magnets. I got 2 different sizes and some duct tape (just in case). And what do you know?! It worked! So now, my dryer door stays closed, and I only spent $8 for all of the magnets and the duct tape. Yay me!

Over the weekend, we got some snow and some ice. I was afraid that we wouldn't be able to make it for Jack's appointment on Monday to get his casts taken off. He had had them on for 4 weeks instead of the prescribed 3, so I didn't want him to wait much longer to get them off. The road in front of our house looked alright, and we decided to get into the car and head out. I figured if the roads were too bad, we could always turn around. The worst part of the trip was walking out to the car. Our door is in a shady area, so the sun hadn't melted it. We got there, and Jack got his casts off. The doctor said that he wants to see him in 6 weeks (which is typical), and that we might have to periodically re-cast his feet. In the mean time, he has prescribed that we get braces for his legs to keep his feet at a 90 degree angle during the night. He is only to wear them at night, so that is a plus. I also have to do exercises with him twice a day to help him.

I keep getting calls on my cell phone from someone (it is a recording), and it is all in Spanish. I don't understand what they are saying, except "Hola". It is quite funny, but I think that I am done answering it.

Hope you have a blessed week!

Alli C