This week: 1 February 2017

Husband brought home donuts for tomorrow morning - cause it's groundhogs day, so if we get stuck on a loop then we'll have donuts each morning. He said that if I eat one tonight then he'll throw the rest away - an obvious empty threat....so, there are donuts on my counter...

Which, nothing is really safe on my counter right now cause:

These girls figured out how to get on these chairs, how to move them, how to turn on light switches, and open the coat closet all in about an hour.

These chairs now live on the counter most the time.

Not that the lack of chairs has stopped them:

Blake is going to be the death of me. She's way more into anything/everything than Wade ever was. And Jac is just happy to follow her lead. At least Blake is pretty good at getting into and out of her make-mommy's-heart-skip-a-beat situations.  Most the time.

Then there's Jacquline. Using her chair power to lick the defrosting hot dog package. 

Wade figured out how to do a somersault all by himself. 

We've all been sick around here. Most terrible cold I can remember - my teeth have ached for days from sinus pressure. I even tried a neti pot, which was kind of cool. I quickly learned that adding peppermint oil to the neti pot made it ...too intense. Now the girls have joined the party and Blake is a disaster, she just wants to snuggle on me (aka: wiggle endlessly on my lap and screaming in my face). The only plus is that I've had double (scream less) snuggles from my girls totally almost 45 seconds. 

Today I was taking laundry upstairs and Jac started to cry about something and I heard Wade tell her, "You need go find yous mommy." He knows who fixes all boo-boo's! But, also, he didn't want to deal with a crying sister, that he probably made cry in the first place. Which, side-note, he's actually really good at "making sisters happy."

Wade has nixed his naps most days,which has actually been nice since we've been able to get out in the afternoon (the girls take a weird 10 am nap). We've gone to the zoo twice this week and to several stores WITHOUT a stroller, cause chaos is so much fun.

We used our wagon for the first time! 

Nixing naps also means earlier bed times! Wade has been going to bed at the same time as the girls. It's amazing. Husband and I keep feeling like it's soooo late and it's actually 8:45. We've been rough housing and dancing before bed too, so everyone is super tired and ready to pass out. Course, thus far we've been using our new freedom to sleep and get over our colds. So lame.

I did get ready once this week:

 Also, there's a shoe obsession occurring at our house right now:

Glad to know they're my kids.


This week: 25 January, 2017

Wade decided the girls needed a show one night during dinner. There were shrieks of glee all around. 

Today Wade patted my butt and told me to go to time out and take a break cause I told him he couldn't do something.

I put our twin mattress in the girls room under the window (mostly so it'd be out of the basement, I am queen of shuffling crap around my house) and they love being able to see out the window. Here they are watching Daddy shovel the driveway - they bang on the window and Daddy waves, how exciting is that?!?

Wade keeps referring to his "friends." Sometime it's synonymous with sibling (his friend came over with her older brothers, aka "her friends") and he's referring to his sisters, while sometimes he says it in a more might-be-schitzophrenic kind of a way. Good thing there is such a wide range of what's normal and socially acceptable when you're three. Mostly it's just really cute as he says he wants to show his friends things and do things with his friends.

Jac keeps holding onto my pant legs and panting me! It started by her just being needing and demanding, but now she finds it hilarious. I'm going to have to take to wearing REAL pants that don't have elastic waistbands.

Wade came out of his room, when he should have been napping, complaining that his, "butt hurt and poop is stuck." Turns out he had a wedgie and didn't know that's what was going on! Hahaha.

Husband has had a cold this week and after a night of especially poor sleep, he reported that I touch him a lot at night. Apparently we're talking 10-15 times. would put a foot or hand on him or slowly inch closer and lie right next to him - one time he rolled over, not realized how close I'd gotten, and punched me. I fall asleep on my side of the bed and wake up on my side of the bed. I'd say he was making it up, but I vaguely recall the punch. And I suppose anyone who had to share a bed with me growing up could probably vouch for his truthfulness.

The girls have learned to spin! Earlier tonight Wade had to get into it too and there was a post-spin-dizziness collision. Husband had to come in as cuddle and owie-kissing reinforcements.

Wade was in the tub and I heard him talking to his "pipe pal." I went in and he had lined up a bunch of hair rollers on the edge of the tub to look like a pipe and told me that Dory was in there. His imagination is really taking off! I should probably introduce him to lava monsters.

He's also been "inventing" games that combine 2-3 board games. With some kids this might be a total nightmare, but Wade sorts the pieces back into the correct boxes when he's done. His favorite currently would be Yahtzee and poker chips. Quirkle, Chutes & Ladders, and Jenga often make the rotation. He'll play for hours! On the table, safe from sisters.

I've been trying to cycle toys so that they remain fun and exciting. This week I brought out the blocks and then our big lego's. Jac thinks they're cool, but mostly likes to destroy stuff. Blake, on the other hand, is a really good builder - she was getting towers bigger than me (course, I had a Jac smashing mine pretty quickly too). These two have such different personalities, it's beyond interesting to raise them side by side. Blake is very much into doing her own thing - exploring, climbing, building and finding all while also being such a momma's girl. Jac is interested in interacting with people - charismatic, goofy and everyone's favorite (even Stella!).

The kids continue to play with each other more and more. Blake gets Jac to chase her (I have yet to see HOW Blake gets this started, I only see it once it's going). Jac just lays on Blake and Wade to get them to play with her, she just takes them out. Both girls will also initiate peek-a-boo games with each other or Wade. Wade has been tickling the girls and figuring out to rough house without being too rough (he's usually too rough Blake). The giggles that get going during these games are to die for.

We've been watching a lot of Disney movies around here. Correction: we've been watching a few Disney movies a lot of times. Now, I have some problems with these movies. Most adults watching the same cartoon for the 37th time in a month would probably complain about the songs on repeat or some character's annoying voice. Meanwhile, I'm over here bugged that Lightning McQueen never got to call his lawyer or that when Prince Hans says Anna is dead, NO ONE checks on her. Sheesh.

I went running this week. Outside. In Minnesota. In January. We've had a slew of "warmer" days and I've been trying to take advantage. It felt so good. Partly to be running, partly to be outside, and partly (mostly) to be without my kids. The kidless freedom could turn me back into a runner. Oh, and when I put on my running tights Jac came up behind and patted my bum with great interest, ha, ha! And that is why one should always wear something over running tights (which I did! I just hadn't put them on yet), confirmation from a 17 month old.