This week: Quatro de Mayo

Kids at play.

I was introduced to putting cream in herbal tea. My life has changed. This might make me give up Dr. Pepper. Probably not, but maybe.

Wade got diagnosed with asthma. Stinks, but at least we have some answers and have something we can do when he goes into a coughing fit. Plus, if we take care of it now he should outgrow it by preschool. Turns out it's pretty common for boys that get pneumonia around two years to get this early childhood asthma. Still stinks, but good to know my kid is nothing special. He's thrown up every day for the last week from coughing - and that's with me not letting him do much. He lost it one time making his sisters laugh, then he got giggling, then coughing, then puking. So sad. But, like I said, we've got tools now to take care of this and get him strong.

All his coughing and slight allergies gave Wade a runny nose that he's been wiping everywhere. He sticks his hands behind him and just nose dives with that snotty nose. My whole house needs a wipe down. Every pillow, blanket, cushion, sheet and rug needs to be washed. He was watching basketball with Husband and kept coming over to wipe his nose on Husbands shoulder - took a few times before Husband realized he wasn't getting snuggles. At one point he found himself a "hankie" to carry around and wipe his nose on - it was a shirt he found in a bag of stuff I'm taking to Goodwill. This is the same kid who at dinner tonight had to wash his hands between every bite he took cause he was "ticky."

I can't remember what this tantrum was for. I probably didn't know at the time either. I didn't let him live in the fridge? I didn't let him help me put the milk away (which entails me handing him the milk jug, picking him up and helping him put it in the door)? Cupcakes existed two weeks ago and he's remembering they're gone? He discovered I moved the candy? Who knows. Two. Tough. 

We've been working hard in the yard. Husband aerated and laid down some weed and feed. I make myself get out almost every nap time to work. I've been clearing out flower beds and even got to plant some flowers (that I'm pretty sure are dying. I'm awesome). I continue to find weird things as I clean up - yesterday I found a GI Joe, it's like I'm discovering Husbands happy childhood. Wade has been "heping" and added a Tonka Truck garden out front.

Our neighbor (I think he's nine) knocked on our door and said he had some old toys he wanted to give to Wade. Score! Now I need a sand pit for these cool diggers. Husbands might be as excited as Wade about them.

We also got rid of the junk car from our garage! Hallelujah! You inherit the weirdest problems when you buy a house from family.

Just spilled my cream tea all over myself. It's changed my life and now it's making me change my shirt.

Jacqueline has been stealing Blake's food. She chows hers down and then looks around and sees that Blake still has food in her hand, so she reaches over and swipes it. Blake rarely even realizes it. I took the girls to dinner with some friends, one of them held Jac (love my friends, they enjoy helping me with my girls - or at least do a heck of a job pretending) and started sharing her noodles - Jac screamed for more as soon as she took the fork out of her mouth. She probably (definitely) ate more of my friends dinner than my friend. And then came dessert ...you'd think the girl was starving! She was losing it trying to get more whip cream faster. Girl loves her yummies. Feeding themselves has resulted in a lot more of this:

Graham cracker mash could be used in place of concrete.

Before we started solids Blake was catching up to Jac in weight. Now...not so much. Jac has figured out this food thing and Blake is moving all over. Case in point:

Who does she think she is? Trying to climb up stairs. This is her favorite spot to get to - I'll put her on the other side of the room and couch and she'll weave her way all around. Jac also moves, but I've never actually seen it in action, I just come into a room and she's not where I left her. The other day I was getting Wade something and heard them jabbering and giggling together and walked over to find this:

Middle of the floor, no toys, just hanging out together. Today Jac woke up from her nap first and was fine until Blake woke up, then she whined until I put Blake down next to her to play. How adorable?! Best friends.

I often hear on the monitor that they're awake, but they just chat through their cribs. I love peeking in to watch and listen. Course, I also love taking a peek when they're sleeping. Same with Wade. Will that ever get old? Puberty. Then I'll take black mail shots of them drooling with their mouth wide open, acne and braces. Oh, little peanuts - you have some rough futures ahead!

Wade and I were listening to music on my phone while I made dinner. Images of the album cover come up with the song. A Beyonce song came on and Wade started saying "mommy!!" and pointing at the picture of her. You bet kid, you can confuse me with Beyonce as much as you like.

I'll leave you with that. Sasha Fierce out.


This week: 04.28.16

The week. Oh, this week. This sums it up:

Everyone is sick. Blake is the worst off AND getting two more bottom teeth. Plus side, my floor is clean - cause she threw up all over it...and me...and Jac. They all just have colds, not a stomach bug, but I think between teething and swallowing snot it upset her tummy. How's that for graphic?

While I was busy with sickies, Wade got bored of screen time and went exploring. That kid is so busy. Yesterday it felt like I had lived a whole week by 1:00 pm.

He found "canny!"

And now I have to rearrange my entire kitchen. Oh, and he discovered the knife sharpening rod thing and keeps finding it and carrying it around with him. That's safe... and how many knives did he pull out before he found the sharpening rod?!

He found some rocks. I'm not sure where. He's been playing with them for HOURS. Rocks and boxes. And you can see that he decided the broom needed to be part of his odd collection. (And that metal/leather thing on the left is a magazine rack I scored for $0.49!)

And he's been pushing his sisters around in this walker: 

It's adorable to listen to them laugh together. But it quickly deteriorated into Jac covering herself in plants and Wade pulling out the new house numbers I got. 

Good thing I was mid-vacuum and mid-laundry (from the early mentioned puke fest) when Jac initiated the dirt avalanche. The flowers are inside cause the weather cooled down this week, again. Will spring just get here and stay already? 

This last weekend Husband and I jumped into yard work! It's actually been pretty fun - and Wade loves helping (are you surprised?). Everything is starting to blossom and grow - so exciting. 

I bought plants. Husband bought lawn stuff. We're busy cleaning up the yard, pulling weeds and talking about our outdoor dreams. We pruned our apple tree and I stole some twigs for the table - they were little buds and blossomed into flowers right in our dining room, it was so cool. And I keep being tempted to cut some tulip stems to bring inside too - but I can see them right from my window and they bring a smile to my face every time. I might just plant 1000 this fall so I can have them outside, inside and bring them to friends next year.

All this time playing in my yard has been making me feel like my mom. When we took our last family pictures (here) I looked at the shots and felt like I was staring at her. I've been thinking about mother's day (I'll probably still get my card out late), linking in my mind my mother and my motherhood.  I smile when I find myself doing things as she did/does. Saying things that she would. I also find myself understanding her better. And I continue to think how grateful I am that this apple didn't fall far from the tree.

Ooo, and one last thought: I've went thrift shopping and the bug has bitten me. I want to go to all the thrift stores and all the yard sales! Found this chair for free on craiglist (I just threw fabric over it, I need to make an actual cover).

And then there's this AMAZING vintage rug. It might be the crowning jewel in my thrifting tiara (yeah, I'm insinuating that I'm the queen of thrift). I scored an embarrassingly large amount of other treasures - I've got a big house to fill!