Tuesday, September 30

Apparently I am Overpopulating the Country

So when I go out with all three kiddos, usually at a grocery store, I always hear things like...

"Wow, you must have your hands full!" or

"Wow, you are a busy mommy."

Today an old man said something to me I had yet to hear. I walked by the cute old couple in the bakery section. They started inching toward my cart and I was prepared to hear about how sweet the kids are or how they have a ton of grandkids or something along those lines.

Instead, they barely glanced at my children. But the old man came up to me and said....
"You are overpopulating our country."

I kid you not. I just smiled and went on my way.

I am not sure how 3 kids is overpopulating the country. He was old, maybe he has double vision problems or something.

Oh, How Time has Flown

It has been over a week since my last post. I can not tell you how many times I wanted to stop what I was doing and share a story or a photo, but last week was a CRAZY week.

We had a sicko in our house, in the form of a pale, lethargic, feverish two-year-old. He ran a fever around 103 for 5 days. He went to his doctor who wasn't sure what was going in. She looked at his ears, said that one looked a little red and may turn into an ear infection soon. She couldn't explain the horrible stomach pains he had had a few nights back and thought perhaps we should test his urine for a UTI.

The "pee bag" didn't work, so I spent an afternoon following the naked boy around the house with a urine cup. I never succeeded in filling it. That night, his fever spiked at 103.5, and I thought perhaps the ER was needed, maybe a catheter.

Off we went to the ER, where we were told he had a bulging, horrible ear infection. Once he was on his meds for 48 hours, his fever went down. The next day, he was smiling again.

We dealt with sleepless nights and a very sick child for almost a week. And I was very, VERY sleep-deprived. But all is better now.

Let's see, I took the miss (4 1/2) for a hair cut for school picture day, last Friday. I just wanted a trim and her bangs trimmed. But my miss has cut her own hair a few times now. The hairdresser suggested evening everything out and cutting more off than just a little trim would do. I agreed, but never realized that it would be soooo short. Her little bob suits her though, but I miss her long hair.

Baby Boy (6 Mos.) received a brand new swing from Fisher Price. He loves it, LOVES IT!

And to quickly plug the amazing swing, it is the Fisher Price
My Little Lamb Cradle n Swing
. It has the softest, plushest seat. I call it the Hyatt of swings. The seat can also rotate 3 ways. It can play songs and nature sounds and has a fun little tray with toys on it, which he looooooves. He happily spends a good chunk of time in his swing and always looks so comfortable. So, I highly recommend this swing!!!!

Oh, and we set up The miss' new bed. Her room is still pink. We are slowly undergoing a bedroom transformation at her request. Pink Princess theme is changing to Star Wars theme. We need to paint her room here soon. Over at 5 Minutes for Mom, we are giving away a new bedroom set from Home & Bedroom Furniture, the lovely folks who gifted me a new bedroom set for the miss. So head on over and enter the photo contest for your chance to win.

Let's see, I participated in the My Favorite Things Swap. Due to the sicko, really it is a good excuse, I was late in sending out my package to my partner. I did receive the one from her, however, and it ROCKS! I love everything she sent me. But you have to wait to see all the goodies, until she has her box in hand. I will post photos of everything she sent my way.

Oh, oh I have a story to share with all of you, but I will post it a little later, because I am worried that this here post is getting a little too long. So, I'll be back later, I promise!!!

**Thank you Sara, for lending me your camera so that I could take some pictures of the kiddos.**

Monday, September 22

The Beginnings of a Caffeine Addict

The Miss (4 1/2) just asked me if she could have some Pepsi. But she didn't want it because she isn't allowed to have it or because she is thirsty. When I asked her why she wanted Pepsi, she said:

"Mom, I want it so that I can stay awake when we go to the park tonight."

And that my friends is how the caffeine addiction begins.

Friday, September 19

Morning Conversation With The Miss

The miss (4 1/2) was in the kitchen singing.....
"I love him. I love him. I love hiiiiiim.

Me: Who do you love?

The Miss: Nothing. I am playing a superhero game. Don't say anything. Just do your work!!!!!!!!!

Me: Superheroes walk around singing, I love him???

The Miss: No, only girls do.

Me: But I thought that you were playing a superhero game?
I then made a silly face and stared her down.

The Miss: What???

Me: I didn't say anything.

The Miss: Stop looking at me.

Me: Swan

Every time she says stop looking at me, I usually always say swan. She then says swan back and then the conversation ends.

Tuesday, September 16

Our Sunday Hike

Photo Credit:Infared-IR (flickr)

We recently declared Sunday as our family day. But I am beginning to think that it would be better if Saturday becomes our family day, because between church and football, our Sundays fill up quickly.

This past Sunday, we went on a hike at a nearby park that I found online after searching for easy hiking trails in the area. When traveling with three young ones and a double stroller, you need easy.

I discovered there was such a park nestled within a neighborhood about 20 minutes away. It was funny, because as we approached the park, hubby was all sorts of confused. You would never know that hidden among the houses were miles of beautiful trails.

It was so beautiful. We were immersed in greenery. There was also a little creek that ran alongside some of the trails. The air smelled so crisp and clean. The kids had such a wonderful time.

The miss(4 1/2) wanted to run through the trails, eager to see what was around the corner, or what the next trail had in store. She is like her mommy in that way. I hardly ever slow down. The mister(2) walked slowly, taking it all in. He wanted to study everything. He walked around with his finger out most of the time, pointing to the various plants, trees, flowers and even the clouds. The baby boy (6 months) slept most of the time, surprisingly. The trail was bumpy and in his stroller, he was off-roading.

We stopped at a little picnic table next to the creek to eat our picnic dinner and it was a nice time. It was great to get out of the house. The kids LOVED it.
The park is pretty close to Tiff's house. So we are going to go again on Saturday with her kiddos.

My camera is pretty much useless, so I didn't get any pictures of our hike. I did find some pictures of the park online, including the one at the top of the post, so I am going to share them with you.

Gorgeous, isn't it?

Hopefully when we go again this weekend, Tiff will bring her camera, so that I can share pictures of the kiddos with you.

Saturday, September 13

Are You Ready For Some Inspiration?

Here are some projects that I am itching to try. Some would make great gifts for Christmas. I think that I could pull them all off.

This one isn't crafty, but really, this gal intimidated me...and all I was thinking was how great it would be if I were to freeze a month's worth of meals, not that I have that much room in my freezer.

Okay, Christmas will be here before we know it, and I have always wanted to make a cute Advent Calendar. This Cookie Sheet Advent Calendar will make such a fun project.

I have been thinking about making crayon rolls, for a couple of years now. This link has been in my bookmarks for a long while. It's Skip To My Lou's Crayon Roll tutorial.

These Teapot Softies are stinking adorable.

I have to make these decoupage silhouettes of the kids.

These adorable chocolate bath fizzles would make great gifts.

I want to make these lavender pillows for myself and others.

The kiddos would love to bring these nature cans on our hike tomorrow. But I don't think I can make them in time.

This T-Shirt bag looks simple and practical.

These felt sugar cookies would go well with the softie teapot.

Okay, that's enough for now. I have plenty more to share with you. You'll just have to wait until next week.

Has it Really Been 4 Days?

I can't believe that I haven't posted since Tuesday. Time sure does fly. I have been a busy bee, I guess.

Yesterday, I completely spaced that I had to leave by 8:45 to get the miss to school on time. As I sat at the kitchen table working away, I looked at the clock, saw that it was 8:45 and panicked for a second when I realized that my daughter was definitely going to be late for school. The boys were dressed and ready to go, but the miss and I were still in our pj's. So we quickly rushed around finding clothes, brushing teeth and hair, putting on socks and shoes. We made it out the door fairly quickly. She was only ten minutes late.

It was sprinkling when we left the house. But then when the boys and I headed back to the car after dropping the miss off at her classroom, it was pouring. And I mean POURING. I had a blanket over the car seat, so the bay boy was fine. But the mister and I got soaked. He loved it, laughing the entire way to the car, while making sure to hop in every puddle.

When we came back home, I let the mister paint. It was his first time using his sister's paints. Shhhhhh don't tell. He loved it.

On Thursday we did something special at the Ladies Bible study. Basically the older and very crafty gals taught us younger wannabe crafty gals how to do all sorts of fun things. I learned how to make a rose using ribbon embroidery. It was so easy and so much fun. And I may have to take up ribbon embroidering. Isn't my rose pretty? But, really, for my first time, I was impressed.

Other than the mad dash to school yesterday, watching the mister paint for the first time and my ribbon embroidery, my week was pretty much same ol', same ol'.

I did make some bean bags this morning for the kids. I have quite a few scrap squares of fabric leftover from the last two cuddle quilts that I made. And we had a couple of bags of beans laying around. So, I quickly threw some bean bags together. The kids loved helping me fill them up. And the miss has been playing with them quite a bit this morning.

Also this morning, I spent over an hour finding all sorts of fun, crafty projects online, that I want to try out. So my next post, in a few minutes, will be filled with fun links and ideas.

So stay tuned......................................

Tuesday, September 9

Chubby Applesauce Cheeks

I am sitting here feeding the baby boy some Gerber Applesauce. He looks so tiny in his huge high chair, as he sits sideways at times, unable to keep his balance.

Most of the spoonfuls end up all over his face, but he doesn't mind. He just giggles and adoringly smiles at me as I bring bite after bite to his mouth.

And I pause at times to stare at him and study take a moment to enjoy this time with the baby boy. I know that in a blink of an eye, he will have outgrown his highchair and will sit in a booster seat at the table. Then before I know it, he'll be climbing out of his booster and running all around the house, refusing to eat his dinner.

And then just a short time later, I will be standing at the doorway, while he plays outside, hollering for him to tell the neighborhood boys goodnight, because it's time to come inside and eat.

Yep, time really will fly by.

But thankfully, I've been given this minute, right here and right now, to enjoy his chunky neck rolls, his toothless, dimpled smile and his chubby applesauce cheeks.

And don't even get me started on his cute, little baby hands.....

Monday, September 8

Magic Marker Monday

The Miss' dinosaurs. This is what she says about her drawings.....

"That's Spike and his mom and then Little Foot and I drew them all by myself. I am giving them to GG and Papa and they will be sooooo happy."

Menu Plan Monday

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Monday: Gorditas and Spanish Rice

Tuesday: Kielbasa and Ranch Potatoes
Dessert: Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Wednesday: Dinner at Sara's

Thursday: Chicken and Broccoli Fettuccine Alfredo

Friday: Southwest Foil Chicken

Saturday: Turkey Sausage Stromboli from Heavenly HomeMakers.

Sunday: Onion Chicken with Scalloped Potaotes

Friday, September 5


Okay, I got misty-eyed watching the trailer. Am I hormonal, or what? :-)

Mommy, I Have to Tell You Something.....

The miss begins many of her sentences lately with those words. She has something important to say, so I best listen up.

The other day, I was loading the kiddos into the car, and the miss decided that it was time for an important discussion.

The Miss: Mommy, I have to tell you something.

Me: Okay...

The Miss: God made fireflies, right?

Me: Yep

The Miss: Okay. And then they went up to the stars and got stuck.

Me: Oh?

The Miss: Yes

Oh, and the orders are out:

The Miss: Mommy, I have to tell you something.

Me: What?

The Miss: For Halloween, I am going to be Princess Leia. You are going to be Queen Amidala. Daddy is going to be Darth Vader. "The mister" is going to be Luke Skywalker, and "the baby boy" is going to be "Obi Obi Nobi"

Thursday, September 4

Wednesday, September 3

1st Day of Pre-K

We were up and at 'em early this morning. I thought I was prepared. I took out everyone's clothes last night, including socks and shoes. I had all of the paperwork for the school paper clipped together and in my purse. Her Epi-Pen was also ready to go.
We had a little bit of a late start this morning and a baby boy who decided to take his sweet old time eating. But, we were still ready to go exactly when I needed us to be.

The miss didn't wear her best outfit and had wet spots from where I quickly cleaned oatmeal off of her shirt. I thought that I did a good job of blow-drying it, but looking at her pictures, her shirt was still wet.

And although we had to quickly run a brush through her hair, my daughter still looked beautiful.

So with the baby boy in one hand, the mister in the other and my bouncy daughter wearing her way too big for her backpack, we headed out the door, only to realize that my keys were not in my purse.

I looked everywhere. They were nowhere to be found. I watched as the time on the clock inched closer to 9:00. I did NOT want to be the mom who drops their child off late for the first day of school.

After turning three rooms upsidedown in under 60 seconds, I decided to call my hubby at work, to see if he had any idea as to where my keys were. It was then that he discovered that he left the house this morning with both sets of keys. He said he would race home. Thankfully, he works about 5 minutes away from our house.

I called the school to give them a heads up. We ended up arriving about 7 minutes late.

She had a wonderful time and is excited to go back again on Friday.

She is getting too big. Tell her to stop growing!

I am bummed by the way the pictures came out...with the shadows and such. Hopefully someday I'll have a nice camera. I am thankful that the camera worked for me today. Some days, it decides not to take any pictures. So, I guess pictures that are just okay are better than none at all, right?

Tuesday, September 2

Labor Day

So yes, Labor Day was yesterday, I am a little slow.In honor of yesterday's celebration, here is a fun meme that I found over at Tiff's.

How long were your labors?

The Miss: 14 hours
The Mister: 4 hours
The Baby Boy: 7 hours

How did you know you were in labor?

With the miss, I was induced and those were some FUN contractions, let me tell you.
With the mister, my water broke, it was more like an explosion of sorts.
With the baby boy, I had been having contractions all day, and they persisted and stayed consistent.

Where did you deliver?
The Miss was at a civilian hospital with military doctors.
The Mister was born at the Army Hospital.
The baby boy was born in my family room. :-)

-My goal was a natural birth for the miss. But after about 7 hours of pitocin induced contractions, I couldn't take it anymore. I had an epidural, which helped then, but it did give me a HORRID spinal headache.
- The mister came fast, but my contractions never stopped and I had back labor, really bad back labor. I asked for an epidural, but it didn't really kick in until I was pushing.
- The baby boy was a completely natural birth at home. (The best one of the three)

No, thank goodness. I have always been terrified of c-sections. I told my hubby that I would cry harder than I ever have before, if I was told I'd have to have a c-section.

Who delivered?

The first two were military deliveries. I hardly ever had the same doctor and really can't remember who delivered them.
With the baby boy, it was my awesome midwife.

If you want to play along with this meme, just cut and paste the questions into your own blog, and leave your link here. Then, leave me a note to let me know you did, so I can come read yours!

Monday, September 1

My 2nd Cuddlebug Quilt

Originally I was going to turn this into a quilt for the baby boy. Once I laid out all of the squares however, I didn't really like the colors. So, I will make the baby boy a different one.

The quilt is still very adorable, so I am sending it off to a friend who is having a baby boy soon.

Only my second time using a zig-zag stitch (for the giraffe). Isn't he darling?

This blanket is so soft.

I may make a little taggie blanket to go with it. I have leftover green chenille and blue fleece. Why not make a super soft taggie blanket too? :-)