Saturday, July 5, 2014

This past week, the third week of summer, I took off from work so we could all have a lazy, late-sleeping, late-staying up, packed with activities kind of summer.  Since the kids aren’t old enough to stay home alone, they have to continue getting up at the same early hour as during school, so I can get them to summer camp/school so I can go to work. But this past week was full of summertime magic.

We went swimming at friends’ houses and public pools. Stayed out late visiting friends I haven’t seen in forever. We had ice cream for dinner. The big kids did a kid-centric conditioning boot camp training event on Tuesday night with more than 100 other kids.  We watched a more than regular amount of TV.  We all accidentally went a whole day without brushing our teeth. We ate snacks all day long, fruit, crackers, cheese, chips, granola bars; whatever everyone could reach, having meals only every now and then.

Fourth of July was a great night; the best way to wind down this wonderful week.  We went with Neala and her family to her mom’s house who lives a block away from a big field where the neighborhood gathered to watch fireworks. The musicians in the family brought their drums and a brown paper sack of other little instruments and some homemade looking standing stringed instrument to where our patchwork of blankets for 6 families were laid out. Someone would start a beat and anyone who wanted to could join in. Kids were running around wild with glow sticks, up way too late but having so much fun. And no one stopped any of them when they took a break from playing and reached for an instrument to bang on. It was pretty magical.  Layla even conducted a little ditty, handing instruments to people and telling when to start playing. She handed Tressa a tambourine and told her to play when she heard the drums. Tressa and I got lost in conversation and she missed her cue. And when Layla came over she said “Didn’t you hear the drums?” I loved how she was comfortable enough to follow up.

And today, everyone slept until 10:30 except for Julian, who slept until 1pm. !!?  We are a lazy bunch today. It’s been a good summer.

Date Nights with Mama

Thursday, February 20, 2014

My mom is spending Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday nights with us for the next couple weeks, leaving early in the morning for work and returning to pick up the kids.  It’s been a really nice change in pace and the kids get so excited knowing Gramma’s home when they get there.  This week I’m taking each of them out on each one of those nights.  Last night was Layla’s night, tonight will be Isaac’s, and Friday night will be Julian’s. I’m feeling so disconnected from them as individuals.  It makes me sad, so I want to reconnect.

Layla planned our evening, starting with Golden Chick for dinner followed by games at Chuck E Cheese’s.  We tore up some skee-ball and some other ticket wielding games and walked to the counter with 242 tickets, where she picked her prizes: two pieces of Laffy Taffy and a small plastic boxing glove on an expanding stick.  She felt so special, and told me she was still excited even though we were finished.

To be continued with Isaac’s and Julian’s stories.

random reconnect

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Daniel’s new job has him home during our waking hours approximately 5 hours per week.  We went from having him home with us every night for dinner, and I would complain about not having him home every Sunday, to him working double digit hours per day from early morning to late at night, nearly every day.  The kids and I are all adjusting to mama being the only one around.  For the first two months I embraced the challenge. I made dinner nearly every night, ordering pizza when it wasn’t possible.  Kept the house as clean as I could.  The kids would help easily with little chores.  But now that the charm has worn off, things are getting harder.  I’m frustrated that Daniel works so much, the kids miss him, my fuse is getting shorter, I don’t have a break, bedtimes are tiresome, blah blah blah.

This week Daniel has off Monday and Tuesday.  He had errands to run so the kids went to school like a normal day and then he and I met for lunch.  Then for a couple drinks.  Then I called in to work.  Then we grabbed a hotel room…to swim of course.  After we picked the kids up, we took them out for burgers then surprised them by taking them to the hotel to swim and spend the night.  It was so much fun and so spontaneous.  We swam for about an hour, we had the huge pool and hot tub to ourselves, then went upstairs where all five of us battled and wiggled trying to get comfortable enough to fall asleep.  The last one finally went out at 10:30.

This morning we had a carb-filled hotel breakfast of waffles, bagels, muffins, croissants, and pastries and headed out to a regular Tuesday.

It was a really nice, special, unexpected moment and the kids were happy and giggly all evening.

when they were two

Tuesday, January 1, 2013



Sunday, December 30, 2012

. Likes to paint.

. Likes to be carried, says “up” more than any word any baby has ever said ever.

. Loves his new big boy car seat.

. Eats yogurt, cereal, bread, PBJ, cookies, crackers, fruit… and that’s about it.

. Holds his own… argues, defends himself, explains himself (in his cute baby way)

. Looks at his previous source of milk, tilts his head, and says “Milk? All gone?”

. Says “mama, wook!” every time he does something he’s proud of or sees something share-worthy.

. Goes to sleep like a sweetie pie every single time. (until tonight, right?)

. Asks “you ok?” when someone is crying.

. Rolls up the rugs in the kitchen like a good little Montessori student.

. Aware of irony (i think?). We were “looking” for his hand while putting on a long-sleeved t-shirt and when it finally came through the sleeve he waved with that hand and said “hi hand!…oh.”

. Gives me the best, full-on kisses ever. Especially when he wakes in the night and I snuggle him back in. He greets me with outstretched arms and pulls me in by my neck and kisses me firmly.