2018 chapter 42: October 17

The girls were falling asleep between 9 and 10 pm every night, so we're trying to nix their naps. It's the worst. Until 7 o'clock rolls around and they're on their way to dream land. But 4 o'clock...mommy is losing her sanity. Monday I had them all have quiet time, but it was the first time and didn't quite know how to go about doing it with two rooms and three kids, so I told them they could play together quietly, but couldn't come downstairs. Guess how long that lasted. About as long as it took me to change over a load of laundry - actually, not even that long, cause the screaming started in the middle, but I just finished changing it over. So they got quiet time in the respective rooms - cause Wade needs a break and the girls are actually quite good together. By the end of quiet time they all end up playing together, but they think they're fooling me and play nicely to avoid getting in "trouble." It is nice because we don't need to be home for naps and then quiet time doesn't take as long, so we can get out and do stuff if needed. Just trying to look at the positives. I've got to be careful though, cause car time or TV time can lead to this:

We were in the car and Wade asked me to tell them the days of the week, so I told him, and then he asked, "Wait, but you forgot about garbage day!" So apparently at our house we have Sunday, Garbage day, Monday, Tuesday..."

I was trying to get Blake down for a nap (pre-nixing them) and she was stalling and fighting me on something, then finally was happy when she took off her pants so she could see the trolls on her underwear. That, in a nutshell, is what I do all day - try to figure out what bazaar, off-the-wall thing my sub-five-year-olds have decided is of utmost importance.

Jac threw her first tantrum of epic proportions in the new car today. She sits in the way back and couldn't touch or hit anyone, so all she could was scream. It was glorious. Well, truthfully, it was still extremely annoying and that girl makes me want to beat my head against a wall, but I could let it play out because no one else was in harms way. One point awarded the new car.

On afternoon Jac came and cuddled me and asked me to take her picture:

On a different afternoon, Blake was running on the couch and told me to take her picture (and video, which she HAD to watch afterwards): 

We're still giving our coins for helpful children, so they continue to find ways to be helpful. The best creative helping was at Goodwill, there were some comforters on the floor and Wade said we needed to clean them up and he shoved them onto the shelf. Came up with that all on his own, I was kinda proud. Yesterday they helped by bringing the laundry downstairs. It fell and they were so apologetic, it was adorable. 

Always a sleeping picture. But this is why - Blake's feet are at Jac's head! Why?! And how does that not bother Jac? They must have a deal worked out that this is Jac's penance for snoring. 

I should've started with this, cause it's a cute picture and monumentally annoying news: we got snow this week! Not a harsh enough one to kill all my flowers, but it stayed most the day and little pockets could be found (by hard searching little people) the next day. Friday night it's supposed to get down to 25 and that's when we're going to lose everything. 

On the way home from church Wade was telling us all about what he learned (he has amazing teachers! They emailed this week and had us share with them our kids talents so they could discuss on Sunday. Not the story Wade told, but it just made me happy knowing that my little boy is in good hands) and he said they talked about the Holy Ghost and how he's invisible so we can't see him, but he's at our house. He was so excited to tell me about him, but he's been really into Halloween stuff like ghosts and monsters, so he might have just thought it was really cool that they were talking about an invisible, helpful, ghost at church. Someday the dots will connect correctly. 

I have a front loader washer. It was smelling kinda weird....not totally abnormal. But it was getting worse, so I cleaned it out. In the front seal I found corn kernels, from our trip to a corn pit, trying to sprout!

I've been running around so busy! I've had something every single day and night this week and it'll continue! Photo shoots, doctor appointments, marketing deliveries, shipt orders, recommend interviews, birthday parties, chiropractic appointments, chick-fil-a (yes, that's a thing on my to-do list!!), play dates, ect. I've been finding that as I've been reading the Book of Mormon every day and staying off of social media, I've been able to get everything done. I'm unintentionally prioritizing better and feeling blessed because of it. I by-passed where we were reading as a family 6 days in; it took me 6 days to read more than what it took us 10 months to get through, ha! I've been trying to read some in the morning, some during quiet time and then anything else I need to get through at night - and my kids will occasionally come find me and I'll tell them what I'm doing and they'll cuddle next to me. I like the thought of them remembering moments like that. I can remember seeing my mom read the scriptures - nothing specific, but I can remember it. I read a study that kids who love to read aren't necessarily the ones who's parents read to them (although that's good and important), but it's the kids who see their parents reading - I think that applies to the scriptures as well, seeing their parents reading and understanding that it's doable, important and a priority.


2018 chapter 41: October 10

Bryan built us a new computer! And I brought down a lamp so he could have better lighting - the kids, obviously, figured out how to make it theirs. Did some great shadow puppet shows. But now I sit here trying to get used to a new keyboard, but having the USB port work the first time without having to blow into it...that's nice. Oh, and loading pictures in a second, that's amazing. 

Pulling all the Lego's out on our new rug - none got lost in the shag! And we've been working really hard on cleaning up after ourselves. They get coins when they do chores and clean up, it's being very effective! The other day I told them they could vacuum if they cleaned up the floor - they realized that nothing could be on the floor or else they'd vacuum it up, so they cleaned up better than Bryan does. 

We've done it a few more times. They all kept putting little bits of trash in front of the vacuum, so funny. During Wade's turn today he asked me if he could move the trash cans, cause it was dirty behind them - sure thing buddy! The most effective cleaning motivation has been telling them that they can play with phones - Wade cleaned the entire upstairs, his room, the girls room (even their closet), and my room.   

Conference weekend. They cuddled about 5 minutes - which is super long in toddler time. 

Wade's been going around saying, "oh yeah, oh yeah, oh yeah!" Like the Victor on Despicable Me. We have not watched that in ages, where did he pick this up?!

Jac's second head of bed head. 

We've been working on counting more and our ABC's. The best is that I keep hearing Wade tell his sister's that he'll teach them to count. He's actually the most effective teacher. 

Blake helped me make breadsticks - her dough was not made into anything that was eaten. 

Both girls now have two babies that they need to carry around. I'm sure all girls do this, but having twins carrying around their twins is adorable. What's not adorable - having to find two blankets, four babies, two toy phone and whatever else is deemed important at nap time. 

Saturday was Wade's last week of soccer. He was so upset because he didn't score a goal cause he threw a tantrum instead. His aggravated run here cracks me up.

Wade colored a picture this week - colors in the right places and kind of in the lines, he showed me and I was so impressed, when did he get old enough to be able to do stuff like this? There was an apple on it and later he ate an apple that was red/yellow and he told me (referring to his picture), "My apple is red, and it has yellow on, but you can't see it, you know why? Cause it's on the back side."

One night I was tucking in Wade and said that his blanket smelled a little so we would wash it the next day. So, naturally, first thing the next morning he tells me, "Mom, can we wash all my sheets and blankets? They just smell so bad and I'm tired of smelling them!" 

Jac using Wade's telescope to look at her Shopkins. 

 Wade's been rolling his eyes so hard that his head has to roll too...occasionally rolling with such sarcastic force that he falls over.

Blake keeps coming up to Bryan and telling him to roar at her so she can scream and run away from him yelling, "Ahhh! Monster!!" She also loves making you tickle her so she can wiggle away, just to come right back.

Blake is the hardest of our kids to understand - not always though, sometimes I understand every word and other times it's total jibberish - and I realized today that it's cause she talks under her breath, like she's telling a side joke to me. I'm her buddy and she's talking under her breath to me about these other hooligan kids.

Jac's been telling me, "I hear you!" when I repeat myself. Good to know she can hear me and is just deliberately disregarding me.

I found this picture at Goodwill for a few bucks - some things just speak to me. Isn't that what art is supposed to do? But, here's the clever and funny part that made me need to buy it: they're trash panda's and I hung it in Wade's room. Hahahaa! Trash panda's.

This computer doesn't have auto-correct and I'm realizing how many spelling errors I make.

Think we figured out a configuration that works in our new car and we're all a lot happier! Mainly because Jacqueline is in the back and can't touch another soul - and she feels super special! Wade was in back, but he says it makes his stomach hurt, I don't know if that's true or not, but I really don't need to clean up puke in the back. But I do have to climb in the trunk to unhook Jac each time. I think it's going to be really fun on snowy days. Looking forward to that.

My leg still hurts, but I'm seeing a little more progress, I can touch my knees!! Last night I went and hung out with friends and one of them had a gel nail light and someone painted my toes - which was wonderful because there is no current scenario where I can touch my own toes. Putting socks on right now is the worst. The other day I put on a pair of boots and I couldn't get the left one off and had to wear it until Bryan got home and could help me. Oh, life is funny.

I've taken the prophet's council and am on a 10 day social media fast and rereading The Book of Mormon before the end of the year. I also added on a 10 day pop fast. Only on day 4, nothing specific to report yet. I've been feeling things more prioritized and I'm able to get lots done. I've been getting more contacts for pictures. Blessing. I'd say they're unrelated, but everything's related. I keep remembering Elder Cook announcing the two hour block and saying those that follow the council given would receive profound blessings - how often are profound blessings promised? Makes me think of Malachi 3:10 - "pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it."