O' loves soft triangle cheese. Today he wanted one so I got him one. Most of us like to put it on a cracker but since O' loves the cheese so much he wanted it plain. G' saw him eating it and informed him he needed a cracker. I told her that he was ok and didn't need one. Her response was "O's just lazy, thats why he doesn't want one!"
Its freezing. Yesterday we got freezing rain so today all the schools are shut done. Everything is covered with ice. Its pretty amazing and it only took a few hours. Needless to say, I didn't want to venture out anywhere so the kids were going a little crazy. M' is getting new teeth so all she wants to do is be held. G' and O' were board so they get a little too creative. Yesterday we got a box in the mail from Aunt Candy, and we opened it today. The kids were so excited because she said they had one thing in the box they could open early. It ended up being little matching bears that sing Jesus Loves Me. G' got pink, O' got blue and M' got red. They loved them and are all taking naps with them now. Thanks so much!
Obie turned 3 on December 14th. We went to a huge indoor playground and had a party there. It was a great success and he was so excited. We had pizza, presents, dinosaur cake and got to play. There were a total of 10 kids along with their parents. Obie enjoyed every minute of it and now wants to know what he can do for his next birthday. He picked out the cake pan and I decorated it for him. I'm not so sure about he taste of the super green frosting but it looked good. As I was decorating it Obie stood on a chair watching me. Every once in a while he would let out a "Wow" or "Oh" it was great and I had so much fun doing it for him.
So things are a bit crazy and time seems to be passing so so quickly. Here is what is going on in our house. . .
-M' turns 1 in a week
-Looking into selling our house
-Looking into houses to buy
-Getting ready for Thanksgiving/Christmas
-O' turns 3 in one month
-Pictures Pictures. . .of everyone else. I have been averaging 4 sessions a month. This month I have 5 sessions and a wedding to assist with
-Fixing stuff around the house before we put ours on the market
-Mike has been busy at work
-Taking care of kids. . .G' has her own agenda, O' seems to have entered his terrible twos late and M' can move fast. Mike took a "Mom's Mental Health Day" yesterday aka "sick day" to help me out and get a few things done. (don't worry. . .we love our kids they are just being extra challenging at the moment, I guess this means it will be extra rewarding when they start doing better. . .and they will)
The only thing we discussed with the kids before trick or treating was what they were suppose to say and we reminded them over and over how they were suppose to say thank you. All was going well. They were doing really well going door to door. Then one old guy asked Grace if she had any tricks. Mike and I were standing back on the sidewalk so we didn't tell her anything. All of a sudden. . .like she had totally rehearsed it or something. . .she resights a pumpkin story called 5 Little Pumpkins Sitting on the Gate. The old guy was shocked, and so were we. . .but she did get a 2nd piece of candy.
Tonight started a bit ruff. G' got her finger stuck in the back door. . .it was quite traumatic. After we finally got over that she had a blast. . .O' did pretty well too. He managed to only fall 5 times. He tripped twice and fell down a few stairs 3 times. He spent the last half of the night laying down in the wagon eating candy. I asked him what he was doing at one point and he told me he was being a goofball. M' also did a really good job. Even though it was late and cold she stayed pretty happy. The kids filled their bags and enjoyed digging through it once we got home. G' was so so excited about he whole Halloween thing. She wanted to know when Halloween was going to happen again.
Seriously, not too much to report. Mike has been busy with work. This week they had a big presentation so they had been preparing for that. I have been busy with my photography stuff. I have been trying to book sessions and get some more wedding experience. I have assisted with 2 and have two more to help with. G' has been doing well with school. Last night was her parent teacher conference. Her teacher didn't have one bad thing to say about here and didn't even give tell us areas she could improve. She stated she was exceptional several times. O' is also doing well. I have been enjoying the one on one time we get while G' is at school and M' naps. He is fully potty trained. . .even at night and he is getting better at talking all the time. M' is right on the verge of getting her top two teeth. She is learning her animal sounds. . .she is a great growler. . .and she loves to climb steps. Actually she loves to climb anything. Her and O' have great potential to get in trouble together. She loves playing with the water in the toilet. . .in fact I found her and O' playing in it the other day. Usually G' yells is M' goes near it but G' wasn't around.
(in these pictures G' and O' have paint splattered all over them. They were suppose to be finger painting and then O' discovered it was more fun to put paint on his hands and clap them together.)
"YOU TREAT ME LIKE A SERVANT AND MAKE ME DO EVERYTHING!" This was the reaction I got when I asked her to find her shoes and put them away. Oh yeah. . .and she was standing there with a mermaid costume on and had just been playing dress up downstairs. . .I am SO mean.
Tomorrow is Grace's first field trip. . .I signed up to go. I feel like this makes me a real parent now. Kid in school + field trip driver=real responsible parent. Hopefully. Anyways, wish me luck. . .Mom's make me nervous. :)
some people around here don't think I'm the boss. I didn't realize that when I asked them to do something some how my words were magically transformed into a dare. What part of don't take off your shoes do you not understand?!?! You see, we were at the park. An old park with tiny rocks everywhere. One little girl, who happens to belong to me, decided it would be a great idea to take off her shoes and socks. . .because she was hot. I immediately told her to put them on. She then ran off. When told to put them on or we would have to go home, I was stared down. Boy enters the picture. . .he runs over to me, sits down, takes off his shoes and socks, throws them and runs after the little girl. When I followed threw with my "so called threat" of going home the cries erupted. . .wailing and begging. Sobbing and pleading. Please give me a break. . .are you kidding. What part of put your shoes on do you don't understand and why is that so hard?!?!? I walked back to the car with one happy littlest girl and two sobby, teary, broken down monsters following.
Its back to us. . .just the 5 of us. Its been a busy past 1/2 months with family from both sides coming to visit, family reunions in states far away and long weekends filled with trips and fun.
Yesterday our last guest left. Today we woke up to a dark sky and chilly air. Our house is a wreck, the kids off schedule and there is not one to keep us company. Instead of sitting around moping we ventured off to the pumpkin patch. The clouds were dark and the wind strong. . .a great combination. This kept a good chunk of people away from the farm. Last year it was pure craziness. . .this year it wasn't too bad.
For the past 2 weeks I got to hang out with these fun people. Some have gone and some are still here. We had fun times, many memories and consumed enough junk food for a small, no, enormous army. Here is a little peek of our fun. . .