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Sicky Sunday

Normally I’d be putting up a Baby Picture Sundays post but I just don’t have the energy today. The entire house is sick…I suppose that’s what happens when your kids go back to school and the weather starts changing.

The kids are coughing, I’m coughing. The kids are sleeping more than normal, Mike’s letting me sleep more than normal.

Lazy, lazy Sunday with Leapsters and TV. Go Mommy – way to be mom of the year ๐Ÿ˜‰

Blog Farts

Blog Farts โ€“ noun. Def: Crappy ideas that are too short to make a real blog post, but when combined, join forces to make one unified, albeit half a$$ed, post. see also: memes, surveys.

Iโ€™m just โ€œborrowingโ€ the termย  ๐Ÿ™‚

(If you follow me on Twitter, you’ve probably seen a bunch of these before. I figure if I get ’em here, they’ll eventually end up in my Blog Book.)

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My jaw dropped when I heard this from Maggie this morning: “Nancy, can you help me please?” Uhm…ya. That’d be Mommy, thank you.

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Burke plays this cute game where he “glues” parts of your body (usually hands) and then sticks them somewhere … like together or to your arms or whatever. You have to play along and not be able to get unstuck until he squirts “water” onto said part. Many times, as soon as he “glues” my hands, I’ll be quicker than him and get stuck to his arms. A few days ago when we played, he did his usual “water” squirt but I told him that it wouldn’t work because I was stuck with Superglue. He just smiled and said, “But this is super water!”

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Stellar mommy moment:ย  stapled the back of Burke’s bathing suit together so it wouldn’t fall down. (In case you’re wondering…it didn’t work very well.)

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Is it wrong to put the TV on to distract the kids so I could try to finish my book? It was Sesame Street…

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Something I never thought I’d hear myself say: “Burke! It’s not very smart to scare the cat when you have no clothes on!”

Way Back When-esday

Cheryl over at Twinfatuation hosts this one. Go on over to see who else is playing โ€“ and join in too!

Yesterday’s post made me want to go back and find the pictures from the twins’ first visit to the aquarium (their 1st birthday)…but I must have left my camera at home for that trip as well, cuz I can’t find any! (BAD mommy!!) So I’m settling for some pictures from June of 2006. The twins were 16 months old.

Maggie and Uncle Jason

Maggie and Uncle Jason

Burke

Burke

Stupendous Mommy Moments

Not only did I have a stupendous Mommy moment … I had two in the same day. Within minutes of each other. I’m sure one fed into the other, but yikes.

One of the rules in our house is that you have to at least try the food that’s put in front of you. If you don’t like the one required bite, you’re not obligated to eat any more. And wonderful Mom that I am, I usually find something else for you to eat. We put this rule into place because 9 times out of 10, if the kids try it, they like it. Although, they seem to forget what they like and don’t like daily…so getting them to try that one bite is usually a battle. For example, when it’s Burke’s turn – you can usually find me running around the room after him with a spoon full of something. It’s not pretty. (Do I hear “scarred for life” …? *sigh*)

Normally, Maggie will try anything. Not this time. I was running around trying to get her to eat the one bite…which she finally stopped to eat…gagged a bit and said “I’m going to be sick!” Not something I enjoy hearing about food I’ve cooked! To which I said, “No, you’re not … just chew and swallow.” Ya. Should have listened to her. *sigh*

While Mike and I were cleaning that up, I noticed that the 2 week old “Happy Birthday” signย  (you know, the kind that links the letters all together) was falling down. I don’t know why it was so important that I take care of it right at that moment, but I did. Yankrip. Burke’s eyes got reallyย  big and I hear “Mommy ripped the sign!!! Daddy!!!” Whoo boy. I managed to diffuse that situation by telling him that it was old … he requested a new one for next time. Sure thing, Burke!

Bad mommy.

Rice Box Wonders

Since I’m continuing to “play” stay-at-home-mom for the next week, I needed some ideas to keep the kids entertained. A big Thank You to Goddess for the Rice Box idea!!

I got a $5 bag of rice from Costco and filled two separate boxes with rice. (Yes, we are at the stage where it’s much less stress/mess/yelling/fighting/etc. with separate things.) Pulled out some various sized cups and bowls, a spoon or two…and the kids are having a blast!

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Is it bad that I told them that there may be something hidden in all that rice…?

P.S. The sheets with the half fitted top sheet that I got for the kids are from Walmart:
http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=9874996
http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=9874995

How Do You Remember What Day of the Week it is?

So…I’ve been home with the kids all day all by myself for, let’s see…today is going on day 3.5…and seriously – how do you remember what day of the week it is? I can usually tell what day it is by when I go into work vs. when I work from home vs. when we hit church vs. when we hit Costco (usually ๐Ÿ˜‰ ). I’ve had to stop and really think about what day of the week it is for the past two days since they all seem like Saturdays to me (without the Costco run).

I’m seriously curious to know how stay-at-home moms keep their days apart. And while we’re at it … what do you DO with the kids all day? I can fill the typical Saturday/Sunday with fun stuff – but after a few days of the same ‘ol mom stuff (that’s usually fun and exciting), I can see that the kids are already getting bored ๐Ÿ˜›

I need some creative ideas to keep ’em going. (preferably non-messy, non-expensive ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

My hat goes off to you guys. I love my kids, but I’m so not built for this stay-at-home stuff…especially when we’re all stuck in the house all day! I know. I’m pathetic. *sigh*

Mom of the Year Award

Ya. Sign me up.

Last night I wasn’t feeling well and had decided to not go to my moms of twins meeting – so I figured I’d get some dinner going. Logan was whining, so I decided to let him come into the kitchen with me. The twins were watching a movie.

Every time I glanced over at what Logan was doing, he seemed to be fine. Mostly just playing with the empty water bottles in the recycle bin. At one point I glanced up and noticed a mess on the floor. I figured he spilled something that was left over in one of the cans in the recycle bin. Ya. No. He was sitting there playing quietly while his blood was dripping from somewhere – all over everything.

Heart in throat, I started to check him over. Both hands were covered, his mouth was covered, his clothes, the floor, the cans he was playing with. He cut his left thumb on a can that had the tab popped off. It was pretty deep and I couldn’t get it to stop bleeding for a while. But the little guy didn’t even really notice! I had him sitting on the sink splashing in the water while I was trying to apply pressure on his thumb.

Poor Mike. I texted him that Logan had cut his thumb and he needed to call me (I had tried to call twice, but he hadn’t answered.) He ran the whole way home from the train station. And of course, by that time Logan’s thumb was only slightly dribbling by this point.

Needless to say, the recycle bin will be moving out of the kitchen.

Milestones

The twins had a GREAT day today at school. They were so excited when I went to pick them up. Burke was talking a mile a minute (surprisingly, Maggie was pretty quiet). They colored, and played with sand, and made bracelets, and went outside, and peed in the potty…sounds like a cool day to me!

We were in the car on the way home and I started talking about Burke’s speech class – which started about an hour after school ended. Burke didn’t want to get out of the car because he wanted to go see Miss Sun* – too cute!! I resorted to bribing him to get him inside the house.

While driving back from speech class, Burke pretended to fall to sleep in his car seat (with a cute little smile on his face). I asked if he was tired and he said, “yes.” I asked if he wanted to take a nap and he said, “yes.” He hasn’t really napped in over a year! And he actually did fall to sleep for about 20 minutes around 4:00.

The only way I got him to wake up was the promise of (yet another) car ride. (We had to go exchange some shoes that I got for the twins – I over estimated their growth.) Both kids wanted shoes that light up. LOL I recall thinking before I had kids that I’d never be the kind of parent who gets light-up shoes for my kids…mm hmm. Both Burke and Maggie were jumping all over the house with their new shoes on tonight. (I took a video, but it’s still on my camera.)

In Logan news…Burke has this habit of saying “Hi Logan!” over and over again – with his face right in Logan’s face. This morning, Logan very clearly said “Hi!” back to him. Pretty cute ๐Ÿ™‚

Logan was also pretty darn squirmy while nursing tonight. We’d cut it down to just nursing right before bed (forgot to nurse him when he woke up on his BIRTHDAY of all days…ooops! BAD mommy!). Squirmy while still attached just isn’t pleasant, so I bagged that and went to get the sippy cup. . . we will probably just end up doing the sippy from now on, which is just fine – he IS 6 days over a year old ๐Ÿ˜‰

*Name has been changed...

The Swing is Together!!

…but did I TAKE any pictures?? Of course not. I did not capture one minute of thier glee while sliding down the slide, or swinging in the swing, or sitting in the middle of the double-glider-type swing. Or when they figured out how to teeter-totter together…with Maggie waving each and every time she was at the top.

*sigh* Bad mommy ๐Ÿ˜›

Next step is to get a baby swing for Logan to put in the “trapese” place…cuz the kids couldn’t reach that anyway.

Rained Out (or at Least On)

The town we moved to almost exactly a year ago is amazing! It’s such a family-oriented town – especially on the 4th. We have festivities the entire week! We have 2 nights of fireworks – a “family night” on the 3rd and then the whiz-bangers on the 5th … both of which we can see from our front yard. (So cool!) The local “mens clubs” (and others) have breakfast, lunch, and dinners available. And there’s a whole carnival that goes on where you can purchase a bracelett to go on the rides.ย  I can’t wait for the kids to get a little older so that we can really appreciate what there is to offer. Loving this community ๐Ÿ™‚

Yesterday, Mike had to teach his lab, so when I got home from work I loaded Logan into the stroller and had Burke and Maggie help me push him up to the town Commons. As soon as we got outside I saw the BIIIIIIG black clouds looming overhead, but the forecast said that it wasn’t supposed to rain until late, so I ignored them (bad mommy!!)

We walked all the way up to the Commons (maybe 3 or 4 blocks? not too bad, but forever and a day with poky toddlers ๐Ÿ˜‰ ), and started to hear the band playing oldies music about 1/2 way there. Burke started dance-walking … so mommy did too. Maggie was hopping along too.

We got there and listened to two songs…and then the lead singer came on to say that the police officers asked him to let the crowd know that there was a violent storm on its way and if you couldn’t get to your car to go into the high school gym across the street. Ya. . . 3 kids under 4 in a high school gym with one parent and about a million other people…not gonna happen! Plus, it was nearing bed time and I had no idea how long the rain would last. So we started home. Maggie was *so* not happy. Burke kept saying “It’s raining!” To which I’d say “Not yet! But it’s going to … Keep going!!”

And then the skies opened up. (I guess 6:30 is “late” in meteorology speak??) Logan was *so* not happy. His little sun screen wasn’t helping as the rain was coming in through the opening. I opened the umbrella and put it in front of him and he calmed down. Burke, Maggie, and I were soaked within minutes. Only a block or so to go! And then comes the thunder…and lighting. geeeeeeez. “Okay kiddos! Walk a little faster!! We’re almost there!” At least it was still pretty far away.

Burke’s still saying (over and over) “Raining! It’s Raining!” And Maggie’s wailing because she wants to go back and listen to the music LOL!

Maybe next year…