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."


2018 chapter 40: October 3

We got a new car!!! And I kind of hate it. It's an Acura MDX - which is a very compact 7 seater. Well, I have two three year olds that can buckle themselves, but can't unbuckle themselves and one four year old that can unbuckle himself, but can't buckle himself. I can have two in the back and one in the middle row, but then I have to help awkwardly lean back there to help Wade buckle and then open the hatch to lean over and help Jac unbuckle...blah, blah, blah. It's okay if you don't understand, the main thing that I've learned in the last 2 days is that I wanted a car big enough so that children couldn't touch each other, but now I think I'm going to just put all three in the middle row. Only, this is a "luxury" car, so the middle bench is like contoured or something, so the carseats don't sit as nicely. Oh, and it's a smart car - it moves the driver seat based on what car key is used; cool, right? I find it annoying, I'm sure when I take the time to configure it it'll be fine, but right now the seat keeps moving really far back and Blake keeps freaking out cause I'm "squishing" her. And tonight Bryan took his brother on a drive in it and they turned on the air conditioning (it was mega hot and muggy today) and it started pouring water onto the passenger side floor. Don't worry, I just need to drive it for the next 5-7 years. I'm sure I'll get the right configuration worked out, get my own into programed in, and we'll get the AC issue fixed. And, it's over a foot shorter than our last car, so I fit in the garage easier. Oh, and it has heated AND air conditioned seats - which, will currently spill water all over the ground, but still cool....get that, it's cool. Here it is:

Here we are car shopping. Bryan was test driving and I had the kids going crazy in the contained car. Such a blast. 

We got a free pop at Chick-Fil-A. Blake snuck it from me and I don't know how long she was drinking it, but then she told me her tummy hurt. Then she threw up while I was trying to get her outside. It was a new moment of motherhood - a friend handed me her baby wipes, then I got a sanitizer hand wipe and then Blake went back into the play place. Real mother of three here. Ha. 

Me: Blake, you can't go outside, you don't have pants on.
Wade: I don't have pants on or a shirt on, can I got outside?
Me: Um, no buddy. 

Today we were at Target and Blake tripped, Wade and Jacqueline comforted her by giving her hugs and handing her their "treasures" - a shopkin and a coin. Oh, and they're all REALLY into coins right now. They've been earning them by helping out and they can put them in a jar - well, they're really good at finding coins everywhere we go, they're earning their keep. 

Did a photoshoot for a friend who started selling Matilda Jane clothing - I looked them up and they're kind of weird, but then I saw them on my kids and they're kinda cute. Not that it matters cause they're real expensive. Jac stole the show with her being her. 

Wade built a robot friend named tippo. Made with bubble wrap, colored pencils and a flashlight. 

He also made a "show." It included some magic and a disappearing act and prizes at the end!! 

He makes such good use of his quiet time. He also had the idea to make his sisters "blind bags" with Grossery Gangs and Shopkins and wrapping them in tin foil and tape. His sweet idea got him out of quiet time so I could help him. He was excited to show the girls when they woke up, and the girls were the perfect recipients. 

Blake snuck some time as Owlet. Snagged it a thrift store this week and Jac has dubbed it as hers (obviously, I'm quite certain she thinks everything in the world is hers), and then she's Jacqueline Owlet! Sometimes she baby Jacqueline Owlet, and I get in trouble when I call her the wrong thing. She wore it to the library and Wade made sure to tell everyone it was just Jacqueline, not the real Owlet. Occasionally Blake steals in and then pretends to be Jacqueline Owlet too. 

Jac's self done hairdo: 

Wade snuck out of quiet time another time (he's clever) by asking Daddy if he could watch football with him, of course Daddy said yes. He made it five minutes, cause football is not as exciting as garbage. 

Blake keeps asking "cuddle me." It's the sweetest. Yesterday I laid next to her while she played with her Peppa's and then drifted off to sleep. Jacqueline falls right to sleep at nap time, Blake has to goof off a minute - opposite at bedtime. 

And then ending with a sleeping baby picture: 

Wait, I need to end with the report that we finished First Nephi in the Book of Mormon! It took us the whole year up to this point. Bryan reads to them in Portuguese and I read to them in English, and we never figured out how to coordinate, so we've reread a lot...but we made it through! Maybe we'll be able to pick up the pace and finish by the time they're out of elementary school.