This week: 20 September 2017

I just wrote October in the post title. Apparently this month isn't going fast enough for me. I mean, I do really really want to pull out my halloween decor. And my front door is already in full fall swing. It has mums, that's really it. We planted mums. And I'm not sure how long they'll last cause Wade keeps watering them.

Let's start with a Wade story. Warning: profanity. Wade's favorite character on Troll is Smidge, but when he says his name it comes out bitch. Smidge also says "oh my God" twice and we've had several discussion about how we don't take the Lord's name in vain, so only Smidge says that, we don't. Well, yesterday this conversation happened and I somehow kept it together. 

"Bitch says oh my God. But I don't say that. I say oh my gosh. Only bitch says oh my God. I don't like when bitch say oh my God. I only say yoyo." 

He said it all so matter o'fact. Smidge says YOLO at one point, hence Wade's yoyo comment. Now everyone in my house yells YOLO/YOYO all the time. Our vocabulary is so hip. 

Jacqueline has started counting with me! Twice in the last day she's even said a number before I do! This morning we were on speaker with Husband and I showed him and he could even hear her mimicking the sounds and when I said five she said six! How cool is that? Also means that we count a lot - for time outs, for sharing, for transitioning, for calming down from tantrums...lots of counting. 

 Saturday we were at the park with our kids and our niece. Our niece went over to the kid rock climbing wall and scurried right up. I saw a lightbulb go on in Blake's eyes and she went right over and climbed right up! Jac got on one stone and whimpered until she got down and Wade was nervous and freaked out the whole time, even though my hand was holding his butt, supporting his weight and propelling him forwards. Blake's our climber. She was so proud. I was so proud!

Since we had our niece with us we had to take two cars. Wade was so excited to ride in daddy's car - even without a carseat (the park is less than a mile away). He was very weary and kept telling me that he needed to sit in his carseat and did not believe us when we told him it would be fine. Rule follower and enforcer to the end. 

No story here. Just baby bums and happy kiddos. Also, really dirty post-beach water. Almost drained and refilled it. 

Wade got to help daddy aerate the lawn. He thought it was cool, but mostly he just LOVES helping. Helping with anything, he's just thrilled. 

At church Wade played with a kid from his class who was sitting in front of us. He came over to tell us that, "I have a friend under the table! He brought a sea turtle!" It was a teenage mutant ninja turtle toy, but Wade is more of a sea turtle kinda fan. Somehow they were all quiet and shared. Remarkable. 

Sunday evening I made a little fire so we could have s'mores. Wade hates getting sticky, so he just ate chocolate. But he did learn about fire sticks and making smoke with them. Oooo, you can see Stella in the corner of this picture eating half a dropped s'more. 

Blake loved her s'more. When she eats sandwich type things she turns it sideways and goes to town on the middle. Always turns her into a disaster, but guess she's figured out where all the good stuff is kept. 

We've had a lot of issues with sharing recently. Not that you're surprised. I told Wade that he can have three toys each day that are just his and he doesn't have to share them and he can keep them in his room. Well, that's translated into anything in his room is off-limits and he's started hoarding toys in there. It's semi-working. Anyway, since it's off-limits now the girls are SUPER interested in all the blocks and toys regularly stored there. Sometimes Wade doesn't know until hours later that there were trespassers, but he always knows and freaks out. But these girls are finally getting into building towers more! It's hard to be three and have to share with two little sisters, but it's also hard to be a little sister who never gets to do basic developmental stuff cause your brother hoards everything! I guess that's why Blake is usually off climbing something and Jac is always after my phone. 

Having all the Halloween costumes out is obviously a blast. This donut was the highlight and had to be eaten, complete with "nom nom nom" sounds. Whenever we walk by the costumes I talk to Wade about what he wants to be and he always tells me, "I just want to be nothing. I just want to be Wade. Stop talking bout it." With all the attitude and annoyance that a three year old can muster. 

Here's a shot taken by a girl. One of many on my phone. 

We went to IKEA and met up with friends. It was a fiasco. There were four other kids not pictured. And I forgot to grab what I went for. 

We are again having weird 80 degree days, so we're still heading out to the park! On Monday it rained and I was so grateful I could finally stay in and mop my floor. 

Jac has started demanding that I sit next to her. She'll screech/yell/chat at me loudly and point her finger at the seat next to her. Sometimes she pats or rubs the seat. She's even started getting the sounds for "seat" in her demands as well.

Blake has decided that he new favorite game is opening her mouth really wide and getting me to do the same. She'll climb onto my lap, face me, look my in the eye and then open her mouth until I do it. Then she laughs and we keep opening our mouths wide. So weird. She used to (and still does) see food she wanted to eat from across the room and open her mouth wide as she ran to the food. Now she does it randomly when she sees me and wants to play our bazaar game.

And one more Wade conversation. Er, monologue:

"Mommy, Mr. PotatoHead keep talking bout chocolate cake. But I tell him, 'no, it not for lunch,' but he just keep talking bout it!"

That Mr. PotatoHead is one shady dude. Trying to tempt my Wade to eat chocolate cake (which we didn't have).

Tomorrow is my first engagement photo shoot! I am excited. And nervous. I know I'll get good shots, but want to get great ones. And a variety. That's why I'm getting practice. I've been looking up all sorts of new photography toys I now 'need.'

I continue to hit my head against a few stubborn stumps in my yard. Working on cleaning out my garage (again...still). And getting ready to switch the girls to toddler beds (which obviously entails a little bedroom redo, duh!). Along with the continuous food, laundry and dishes (I had a friend recently tell me that laundry and dishes are to help us understand the concept of eternity! Haha, now I think of that every single time...which is a lot).


This week: 13 September 2017

Today we went to the beach! And got in the water! Mid-September and we've got mid-80's going on. Here. In Minnesota. We've got these great, crisp fall mornings, changing leaves, pumpkin flavored snacks AND swimming weather. It's fantastic.

Grandma was here until last Saturday. Kids played on the basketball court (lots) and we worked on covering my entire weed forest with tarps. It was so fulfilling, and now when we get to a project in the back yard we can get right to it, not have to spend weeks pulling weeds first. Woohoo!

We got this purple SUV car at a thrift store for $12.50 at the 50% Labor Day sale. It's been a ginormous hit, starting at the thrift store where it needed to be driven and rammed into stuff the whole time. The greatest part about it is that it has a trunk that folds down for another rider - add that to the fact that the hood is considered a seat by my kids, and you can fit everyone in/on this car for a ride. Course you have to convince someone to sit in the actual driver seat. 

Wade is a huge fan cause he can hoard lots of stuff in the trunk. We made him switch to the lame ol' red car and there was much weeping and wailing, mostly because he couldn't fit all his treasures (trash). I finally helped him, he just needed a little side car basket.

 Wade decided daily that he didn't need quiet time, but he was so good playing on his own that we didn't push it (oh the things one gets away with when Grandma is in town and mom really just wants to get stuff done). He figured out scissors this week and would tell us that he needed the white scissors to cut the leaves and flowers. And he would do just that. Course we had to have some discussions about only walking with scissors and that it's not a good idea to stand around opening and shutting them as fast as you can.

And I think you need a quick zoom out to really appreciate the habitat this little boy created for himself: 

And we really gave him plenty to cut (course, not those perfect yellow petals, those were collected off my sunflowers. We also caught him one time deciding to cut a bunch of buds of my flowers. Little turd). But we had bundles and bundles of debris - it felt so good getting it all out of my yard. And we even got to watch the debris garbage truck come and take it all away! 

I was grateful we were watching from a window, cause I was a little embarrassed about how much he had to haul. 

Blake also loved our weed pulling, she decided to collect berries. Nightshade berries. Awesome. I know that she likes to collect berries, so I was keeping an eye on her and not letting her play with them. Well, she got herself a little handful and maybe ate one. I don't actually know. She had two really ripe ones that got smashed and a dot got on her face. She did this all really sneaky and fast (maybe 10 seconds) cause she knew I would tell her no and take them away. I called poison control, they were so nice and helpful. Turns out you really need to try to get them to poison you. Phew. She was fine. And super glad that all the nightshade is (currently) irradicated from my yard. 

I was doing some yard work and sitting on a towel. Everyone had to sit with me on the towel, cause...duh. Blake was on my lap while Wade and Jacqueline were bickering and fighting and being all around annoying on this little towel (cause the whole yard isn't an option? Must've all been lava except this cool, safe towel). Wade finally starts whining that Jac is biting him - I intervene at biting. But I look and she isn't, she's just getting right in his space with her mouth open, just taunting him. Haha. Such a little stinker! 

While my mom was here we built a bunch of hexagon shelves for the girls room (the same ones I made with my young women - realized how easy they were and went to town!). The girls thought they were the coolest, even before they went on the walls. Also, note the necklace on Jac and the socks in her hand - both of utmost importance these days. Which is good cause she's the one with stinky feet and her love of socks is helping with that. On Sunday she went to church with a tu-tu under her dress, two bracelets and two necklaces, but would not stand for a bow in her hair. 

 Jacqueline discovered a light-up, singing, Elsa doll. She was enamored. Completely in love. Surprisingly, she put it back on the shelf on her own (well, with my coaxing). It was pricey, otherwise I would've bought it. My kids love looking at toys, of course, but rarely do they fall in love with one. I think I know what this girl needs for Christmas (what?! How is Christmas already on my mind?).

 This post bath silly:

So much happens when I pee. Did you know that two decks of cards could cover an entire kitchen and the culprits could make it to the backyard all in the minute it takes me to pee and wash my hands? Or that it's the best time to eat dog food? Well, I heard someone getting themselves cereal. I thought it was Wade, but, sadly, was wrong. 

Luckily Stella was outside, so I was able to salvage most of it. That's motherhood, eating frosted flakes off the floor - a floor that really needs to be cleaned. But she's so cute and sweet, I just decide that frosted flakes sound pretty good. 

Here's that cuteness I was speaking of: 

Wade was in the bath while I was getting girls in pajama's and he tells me he went pee. I'm thinking, glad you're the only one in there, enjoy your pee bath. But he keeps telling me and finally I look over and he's holding a cup out to me. I asked if he peed in the cup, and he told me (full of pride), "Yes!" Ha, so gross. But, also, effective - cause who wants to get out of a fun bath to pee? 

I've been working on my photography (I especially need to work on editing now!) and I've booked two engagement sessions in the next two weeks! I am so excited. "Booked" is perhaps the wrong term, since I'm doing them for free so I can get more practice and add them to my portfolio, but still very excited. And a little nervous. Mostly excited. 

Other than that (all that!) I'm busy trying to get my yard ready for fall and winter. With all the work put in, I'm already looking forward to next year! And we're trying to get out to enjoy the nice days - tomorrow we're headed to an orchard - I better dress everyone cute so we get cute pictures, cause always.