Friday, March 30, 2012
Things were good today. We didn't have ANY appointments or prior commitments and it almost felt as though I could breath better. I took the boys on a walk and we have just hung out and relaxed all day. I talked to our littlest one's physical and occupational therapists today about every 8 weeks or so, skipping a week of therapy...just to give me a breather from all of the appointments. I honestly don't know if I have had a single day since Christmas when we got our first addition to the family that I have had nothing on the calendar that had to be done...no running Tate to preschool, no appointments, no meetings...nothing. I think I need to do this more often!
I have been pricing appliances for our new kitchen online today and even found time to watch one of my taped shows! That is UNHEARD OF during the days since our family has grown! Nearly all of our laundry is done (also completely unheard of!)...not put away, but done and folded. :) I do have a basket of my laundry up in our room where Sean is sleeping (he worked last night) that I will do later.
This weekend will be jam packed with fun things. We need some fun. Tomorrow is our Easter gathering and our niece Kayla's birthday party with the Peakin family and then after that we are heading to Des Moines where I will be doing a fellow photographer friend's family pictures in exchange for her doing our pictures the next day! Cannot wait! We got a hotel room and plan to have a fun, family night. Not going to lie...it may be rough in a tiny hotel room with all 5 of us...not sure how the sleeping is going to go. We may need prayers for that! Ha.
Sean worked has his last night shift for the next 4 weeks last night. Woohoo! I HATE when he works nights! So it'll be days for him over the next 4 weeks and that is just so much better for the whole family.
SO, all in all things are looking up!
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Monday, March 26, 2012
I love the family pictures!
Sunday, March 25, 2012
Saturday, March 24, 2012
We came to an agreement today and it's ours! Of course, we still have to get through the inspection, but if all goes well with that, we should be moving into it in May!
The only catch is that it is not in our neighborhood. In fact, it's in a completely different school district. However, we are okay with this. We made sure that we only looked in the school districts that we would be happy to send our kids to. We are excited about the neighborhood our new home is in. It's a great location and the school is great too.
Oh, and in the backyard is this...
Yup, that is a crazy, insanely huge and adorable PLAYHOUSE! That is SEAN in front of it...which means the playhouse is huge! I don't even have to duck to "play" in it. It has a wrap around porch, 2 stories, a foundation, landscaping, screens in the windows that open and close, a balcony, several rooms, a fake fireplace and electricity...yup, electricity. And there are 2 of these! The other is a 1 story one and isn't as fancy, but still...c'mon! The boys (and all the little girls in our lives) are going to go crazy for these play houses!!!
And the crazy thing is, the yard is so large and wonderful that these gigantic structures don't even really put a dent in it!
This house has so much more room than we thought we would ever get! It'll be so nice with our growing brood to have room to stretch out in. There's so much space that we don't even have enough stuff to fill it! It needs a lot of cosmetic work inside...can you say wallpaper?!?! Ugh. It'll be nice to make it our own though. :)
Can't wait to do some before and after pictures of the inside and maybe put some of my pinterest ideas to work!
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
We are getting family photos at this location in 10 days. Seriously, it is such a perfect location!!! I wish it was here in the QC! Since I can't post pictures of 2 of our little men for several months, I likely won't be able to share the images on here. :( Maybe I will, but I'll make our 2 littlest guys blobs just so you can see. If not, at least you got to see the fun location! Ha...I am so sure that completely satisfies you.
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
I feel it's important to maintain the things outside of just disciplining, making breakfast lunch and dinner, changing diapers, giving baths, doing laundry, picking up the house, giving time outs, administering meds, going to physical and occupational therapy that bring me joy. However, I am finding it hard to find time to do anything else aside from those things listed above. I need to fit time in with friends and family, get into the real world for a couple of hours now and then, be creative, take photographs, have adult interaction that doesn't include what we are working on for therapy this week or discussing medications and doctor appointments. I have found that finding the time to do any of those things has come at the sacrifice of sleep and after about 10 days of that lack of sleep, I just can't be the mommy and wife I want/need to be. So I try to get at least 1 good night of sleep every 7-10 days so I can have fuel for the next week. I need those extra things outside of being a mommy and wife to keep my sanity and to have that at this season in my life, I am pretty certain I will not be able to get a good night sleep every night. So 5 1/2 hours is the key number. If I can get a minimum of 5 1/2 hours of sleep each night, I am good for that 7-10 days before I need a good 8 hours to refuel.
As far as you friends and family out there who we have yet to hang out with and spend time with...it's not you, I promise. It's me...it's us. The thing is, our newest addition is kind of confused as to who mommy and daddy are when other adults are around. We want him to completely understand who we are and create some boundaries for him. He loves being around other people, he loves playing with other kids, but he needs constant supervision when not at our home or when around a bunch of new people. And to be honest, it's me who is not ready for that. After a day of being a mommy and doing all of those duties, I just don't think it's any fun to have to hover over our little 3 year old and not allow him to just run and play (like he can at our home when it's just us). And I am still pretty certain that though he seems ready to be exposed to lots of people and experiences, he's not. He gets confused and overwhelmed and makes bad choices and I just don't want to set him up for confusion and put him in a place where I know he will end up just needing disciplined...it's just too soon. So we keep these interactions limited right now. Maybe one little gathering a week. We used to get together and hang out with people a few times a week, so this is an adjustment for Sean, Tate and I for sure.
And speaking of Tate. He has probably as much of an adjustment to deal with as our newest addition does! And he is amazing and wonderful. He doesn't love his new brother yet though. Really, it's a struggle. He's (for the most part) kind to him, but definitely not overly loving and affectionate like he is to our baby. He will come around. In the last week there have been glimpses of what things will grow into. They've played together in his room, shared, giggled, wrestled around, etc. However, he for the most part just ignores this new fixture in our family. He's doing less acting out though and getting to the point where he is realizing that we are now a family of 5. He stands firm in his desire to be a family of 6 though. Just yesterday he said it to me again, "Mommy, remember I want to be a family of 6 with a sister." He's so silly and pretty crazy if he thinks that might happen! Ha.
So all in all, our adjustment is going as expected. We are so blessed by these boys and know that as everyone adjusts and time goes on, things in our family are going to be so much fun and our house will be so full of excitement and I cannot wait for that! I cannot even begin to describe how blessed I feel when I look at this family we've built of 3 completely different boys with such different and wonderful little personalities. I feel like I have the best of every world in these boys. Between all of them, we have smart, athletic, artsy, cuddly, comedic, quirky, inquisitive, rambunctious, joyous, deep thinking, competitive, caring, loving, silly, strong willed, loud, quiet, social little boys. We have everything between the 3 of them and I don't think we could ask for more!
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Sunday, March 11, 2012
Saturday, March 10, 2012
Thursday, March 08, 2012
Wednesday, March 07, 2012
Tuesday, March 06, 2012
I LOVE yellow and it "goes" with our color scheme (although this coat in red would too...which they also have). I would also wear this coat a lot...it's so me! :) However, is it silly to wear a jacket in family pictures?! Tell me the truth!
If I don't wear this, I will likely wear a solid black top of some sort with bold, colurful jewelry that "goes" with our color scheme.
Monday, March 05, 2012
Sunday, March 04, 2012
Our family of 5 was all together this weekend. It was wonderfully chaotic. :) As will be our life I'm sure! I am sad because once again, we are apart. :( This will HOPEFULLY be the last time. We will all be together again on Thursday for good...at least that's the plan right now. Oh, and Tate decided today that he wants to be a family of 6...his words exactly, "I want to be a family of 6...I want a sister!" Ummmm...sorry bud, not happening! And honestly that's just funny that he said that because he isn't super keen on being a family of 5 quite yet! Ha.
And how's that for 2 completely unrelated paragraphs to make 1 post! :)
Saturday, March 03, 2012
Thursday, March 01, 2012
Tomorrow morning our family will ALL be together once again, but just for the weekend. :( And technically we won't all be together for much of it as it happens to be Sean's weekend to work. Ugh. Guess I should get used to taking care of 3 boys alone anyway. I am sure come Sunday, I will be SAD to have us all apart again...and likely super exhausted. Ha. Then, it's looking like we'll be together FOR GOOD on the 8th! Hooray!
I found "the stroller" that I want. It was a task to decide. I mean, reviews are NOT helpful whatsoever! I swear, people either LOVE it - it's the best stroller EVER, or the HATE it - such a terrible stroller, don't buy it! So whatever, I guess I'll return it if I don't like it. It helps that it's totally cute! :) Unfortunately they didn't have it in the store, so I had to order it online. I was super bummed about that because I really wanted it for this weekend. I had some things I wanted to do at the mall and our middle guy just cannot be trusted yet I don't think. I had visions of me running down the mall after him with a stroller and yelling for Tate to follow me as he lolly gagged behind paying no attention to my panic. Ya, I probably won't be doing my errands at the mall. I have discovered that our middle guy might be the reason that leashes for kids were invented...for reals.
We went to Aldi today and were bombarded by this woman outside of the front door who couldn't let us by because she was going on and on and on and on about our baby and how cute he was and how he's the cutest thing she's ever seen and so on and so forth. She had a large tattoo right across her chest that read "F&%@ the police"...in cursive, with a rose on each side. Seriously?! It was so strange and uncomfortable.
We had a couple of appointments today, lots of errands were run, I made breakfast for dinner, stocked our kitchen with groceries...I love productive days! :)
Lora and I went out last night with several of the preschoolers' moms from Tate and Ava's preschool. We went to Jersey Grille in Davenport. It was yummy...and nice to chat and get to know some of the other moms. :)
The house is quiet and it's March and that makes me happy.