Monday, June 30, 2008
I looked over some of the pictures I took during the last week and never blogged about. Here they are.
I found these drawings of B's on the kitchen table on Friday. I thought Uncle Jordan would enjoy them. I especially like Plankton. Or as J calls him...Clayton
As I asked Daniel and my mom...Why do they hate me? B took my lovely and somewhat expensive Flylady duster (that I've had for 3-4 years) in the kiddie pool and ruined it. She was shocked when I told her that it was not able to get wet.
Our toaster oven started making a horrible burning smell last week. It turned out that for some unknown reason one of the wires inside melted a plastic connector. Daniel repaired it over the weekend. He's handy like that.
For a solid week at 7am every day this was going on across the canal behind out house. It went on all day...non stop until 5pm. They brought over a huge pile of trees and spent all day loading them into this giant chopper thing. There are 2 mountains of mulch back there now and all the equipment is gone. I'm hoping that means they are finished. It was apparantly from a road project nearby that they had cleared the trees and needed to process them.
Friday, June 27, 2008
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Dogisms found Here
"There's hope- a miracle happened to me."
"At the end of the criminal rainbow- there is no pot of gold.""When you break someone down- make sure you always raise them up higher than they were before."
"If you love them and their addicted - you've got to do something about it. You have to show them tough love."
"#1 you never hit a women. #2- you never hit a pregnant woman."
"Almost 30 years ago when the warden said do something with your life- you must become a productive member of society- this is what he meant.""Anybody- everybody can make a mistake."
"We got to arrest them and fix them."
"When mercy is shown- mercy is given."
"My grandfather would say they're all helpable if they wake up this side of the dirt."
"In the bible it says- by your fruits you are known. In this world- fruits means your record."
"I say to all fathers - be as good as you can be- because your sons and daughters will follow in your footsteps."
"In 1979 Texas Department of Corrections let me loose and they said you know what - go be a productive member of society. I said what? Here is 200 dollars for 18 months making all those big rocks little rocks. Texas was hell back in the seventies- now go do something with your life. I walked out- there is a big clock in the Texas penitentiary and it said high noonsville. I flipped it the bird and cashed my check and away in life I went. Everywhere I went for a job they said what did you do in your past- I said - will discuss. Have you ever been convicted of a felony? I said will discuss. My own father said - you can't get a drivers license, you can't vote, you might as well burn your birth certificate. I had one person that thought I could be something - that was my mother. My mother was part ________ Indian. She said- no matter what son- the sun rises on you. I ain't nothing special- I'm five foot seven soaking wet I'm 200 pounds. What I had was heart and faith and I said I'm going to do this for every convict alive and I'm going to make sure the world knows just because we fell one time doesn't mean we can't get up and let out light shine."
"If you get a goal in your mind- go for it- you're not in hell yet, you can still make collect calls, you can still talk to your old lady, you can still have children and you can still love and be loved."
Monday, June 23, 2008
*As happens so often, right before I picked up the milk cups I had sort of a flash of an image of them flying out of my hand, and I ignored it. Idiot.
Daniel was upstairs bossing the peas around while they were sort of cleaning/sort of playing in the disaster of a playroom. You know, the usual speech about how you shouldn't be playing unless your other messes are already picked up. If you don't clean all of these piles up and put them away, I'm going to throw out whatever is left on the floor at bedtime...the usual. So, then J said, "Daddy your office is a big mess, and you were playing Metroid earlier." Burn. True on both counts. Guess who was cleaning his office before work this morning.
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Okay that's not entirely true. I've done nothing productive except, play with my kids, bake cookies, prepare everyone's breakfast, lunches and healthy snacks, wash my sheets, do 3 loads of laundry, keep the kitchen and family room clean (pick up behind EVERYONE!), and beat Mario Kart.
Friday, June 20, 2008
#2: I'm afraid to go anywhere alone with all 4 children. L is so scary with the running away...otherwise I could handle it.
Yesterday, I decided to gather up all of my courage and take all 4 kids to a "mom meet up" at one of our smaller pools...ALONE. If it was not a smaller pool, I couldn't have done it. So, we successfully survived one hour without anyone drowning, but that was all my nerves could take. At the end of one hour, we came home. X could not really take anymore of the insane heat either.
Today I NEED to go grocery shopping. I could take all 4 of them to the store. However, while yesterday was fun for them, grocery shopping would be fun for none involved. I'll have to call for backup...she goes by "Grammy".
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Yesterday B went to "Take Our Daughters/Sons To Work" day at Daniel's company. She was the only one old enough to attend (ages 7-16, I think) of the 4 peas. They had a breakfast, did science experiments, gave her a bunch of swag (including a bag of computer chips like the one below), toured some kind of lab, had a scavenger hunt, a nice lunch, etc. Then she spent the afternoon in daddy's cube.
She won the top door prize for her age group...Electronics 101 kit. She spent the afternoon playing with it, reading the book she brought, and doing her math workbook.
If I had been thinking clearly I would have taken a picture of her with the bag of chips. Then I could have titled it "All That and a Bag of Chips", unfortunately I'm not always on the ball with these things. I'm the one who thinks of a great comeback 2 hours after a verbal confrontation.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
I really am dying to know what everyone else's electric bill looks like this month. Ugh.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
We rocked several more classic songs like we were in a Molly Ringwald movie, and then he passed out cold. I was too much woman for him, even without fingerless gloves.
1. Nap time is a glorious, glorious invention. It is especially so, now that X has agreed to take an afternoon nap in his crib which he graciously coordinates with his sister's nap schedule. Priceless.
2. As I continue to emerge from the fog I've been in for the past 3 months, my life seems to be starting to get easier, despite the oppressive unconquerable mess in my house. Maybe I can coerce my mom into coming over sometime and helping me beat it back down to a manageable level. Or I could add it to the baby step list, though messes don't often respond to baby steps when there are 5 people who resist cleanliness.
3. It is so hot out that I fried the bottoms of my feet yesterday trying to step out of my back door and turn the hose on for the little pool. Not awesome.
4. I need a vacation. I was too tired to realize how badly until a few days ago.
5. I wish Daniel stayed home every day with us. I miss him when he's at work. Then, I feel guilty because we have family that are separated from their spouses every day. I should not miss him when he's just 12 miles away from 9am-6pm...but I do.
Monday, June 16, 2008
Sometimes there are just SO many things that need to be addressed, that I can't find a place to start. When I can't find a place to start...I give up. To quote a friend who also recently had her 4th..."4 is so much more than 3." It really, really is.
Today's baby step...Healthy Snacks
The old way: Eat 3 meals and...Ask mom for a snack every hour and eat mass quantities of junky snack foods over the course of the day.
The new way: Eat 3 meals and...get one of your prepared healthy snacks between meals, limit yourselves to 2 unhealthy snacks per day. Which is still a total of eating up to 7 times per day.
I am all about moderation, and I really don't have a problem with them eating a reasonable amount of junk food. It was just spiraling out of control with their crazy appetites. So, now they each have 2 of my favorite containers (Ziploc Twist and Lock) with their names on them, that I prepare each night for the next day.
Got any great tips for getting my life under control? Feel free to comment.
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Friday, June 13, 2008
Thursday, June 12, 2008
As you can see, she is not pleased with the presence of the camera. I'll have to wear camouflage next time like any self respecting nature photographer.
B did the Pull-ups and it took her about 6 months to train (of course we did start early at 18 months because she was trying to change her own diapers).
J did the cloth training pants during the day and Pull-ups at night/nap and trained in about 2 months (we got all of our huge collection for free from a family friend who worked for Gerber clothing)
L has been doing Pull-ups for about a month now, and the problem is that she wants a new Pull-up every time she makes the slightest drop of wetness in them. Sometimes even if they are completely dry she wants a new one. So this morning I hauled my rear end up into the attic to get down our 20+ pairs of awesome training pants. I expect this move to do two things...1. get her to train faster since when she wets them immediate action needs to be taken, she can't just walk around comfortably like she can with the Pull-up...2. be environmentally responsible & save money, because going through 10 Pull-ups each day is neither good for the planet, nor my budget. Especially since my washing machines are high efficiency and run at least once per day anyway. We will use 2 Pull-ups a day now, one for nap, and one for night, because I've got better things to do than wash sheets every day and lose precious napping minutes due to accidents.
For my next trick...I will potty train a BOY! That of course will likely be 2-3 years down the road.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
There were pony rides and a petting zoo (I hate petting zoos as much as I hate circuses).The usual photo ops, etc. The main attraction was the tram tour of the park. It was a very long tour (30-45min), and was well worth the cost of admission as the animals pretty much try to get right in the tram with you. Here are a few photos. I won't bore you with the balance of the 194 photos that I took. Yes, you heard me...194...I need an intervention.