More Spiderman Toys?!

The account coordinator from the company that made the Spider-Man toys (and other Spider-Man promotional materials) for Carl’s Jr. (The CDM Company) saw my blog post about Payson’s birthday and how much he loved his toy and sent him the rest of the collection and a few other Spider-Man things! Um, how nice is she?! What a thoughtful company 🙂

Ember thought that the toys were for her too since she’s in love with Spider-Man as much as her big brother is.

I’m pretty sure this size XL Spider-Man shirt was intended for Allan but Ember insisted on wearing it. And she wore it for quite some time!
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Payson was attached to the hat right away. He wore it all day long even though the hat was for an adult 🙂
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Perfecting her web spraying skills.
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I filmed them opening the box. They loved it. And also, my kids fight over toys a lot.

PS: If you dress up like Spider-Man on July 4th you can eat free. My 4th of July plans hadn’t included Carl’s Jr. but now I’m seriously thinking we should go. Payson would flip out at free food at the place plastered with awesome Spider-Man pictures and I’m sure there will be others there dressed up. It’ll be like Spider-Man heaven.

Should I take him!?! I feel I must! haha

PS: totally not paid (or even asked) to say any of this stuff. Just loving on the Spider-Man stuffs and nice companies 😉
(How did it come to this, a 29 year old woman immersed in everything Spider-Man. Oh yes, this 29 year old woman adores her baby boy! ha)

Caught Up!

So We Moved to an Apartment!

and then We Moved Back to our House!

And now, whew, I blogged all the pictures from this week. Good to have that off my mind!

Here are the last pictures I had on my memory card. The kids playing with Ember’s play farm set yesterday.
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Brooklyn was really excited because the set came with this kitty that looked just like one she already owned. So she’s been playing mommy and baby cat ever since.
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Payson was pretending the cow was pooping behind the house. Yes he is making the sound effects in this picture.
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I brought out our little people nativity set for Ember to play with on the farm. She was SO CUTE playing with them. She make the people walk up to each other and say “hi” and then they say “wanna play?” and then they’d kiss and hug and then ride animals and walk up the stairs in the barn. And she really wanted me to play with her the whole time. I would play with her for a long time and then try to play with the other three kids for a few minutes and she’d bring me the toy I’d been playing with and put it right in my face and smile and sweetly say, “hiiii” with the toy she was holding. It was pretty darn cute. I’d make “my” toy say hi and then try to play with the other three a bit. It’s hard balancing giving four children attention!
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At one point Ember realized that this play set was also a lot like a blanket. She wanted to be wrapped up and us to say nigh’ nigh’ to her and all that pretend nighttime stuff.
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Unpacking

The first room I completely unpacked and set up was the play room. I really hoped the kids would be excited about an entire room just for their toys so that they’d have fun playing while I unpacked the rest of the house.

And it totally worked! They LOVE their playroom and have played in their several hours, allowing me to finish unpacking five other rooms! Yay.
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My children have wanted a play kitchen for a long time. For as long as it’s been since I gave away their last one. But the problem with my kids and play kitchens is they always, always take apart the thing and break the thing. Doesn’t matter which play kitchen I get them! So instead this time I just bought a bunch of dishes ($10 for a pack at Ikea) and used the shelves for toys as their “kitchen.” Works just as well! And not easily breakable!
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This is the dining section of their play restaurant. The girls cook up a storm for Payson, their only customer. It’s pretty much the cutest thing ever. They even make everything gluten and dairy free for him. How sweet and thoughtful is that?!
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Flipping pancakes. She is so cute!
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So naturally the kids wanted to make menus for their new little restaurant.
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Brooklyn told me she used her best handwriting. It was adorable ♥
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Sierra did, too. Sierra’s prices cracked me up, they were either really low or really high. She did that on purpose to be funny.
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While they were busy in the “restaurant” I was busy unpacking and cleaning. Very busy.
I can see the floor! Woah, that’s a sight for sore (exhausted) eyes!
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The Little Kids Help Mommy

I bought the little kids a small table and chairs set at Ikea. I let them help me put it together because I like to let them be a part of things like that 🙂
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You know what, they did a fantastic job!
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They both put the little pegs exactly where I told them and Payson even slid the seat part of the chairs on, along with the support board. I love my kids!
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Ikea, We Went There!

I remember the first time I went to Ikea. It had just opened up near us and after all of the hype I’d been hearing for so long I was really excited to finally get the chance to visit this majestic store.

I remember walking in and being immediately confused and that pretty much sums up the entire trip. That was in 2004, I think. I don’t think I went back to Ikea for 5 years! Not out of any particular reason except that I didn’t know where one was in Texas and like I just said, I kind of wrote off the store as weird.

So a few years ago I went to Ikea and got all my kids (I only had the three oldest at the time) storage shelves. I freaking loved those shelves! I still do except my kids just pull out the bins and stand on them and break them, so those are a no go around here.

Sooo, very long story short, this week I wanted to go back because they have awesomely narrow highchairs that look like regular chairs and the tray comes off and the chair can be pushed right up to the table! And they’re only $59.99, whereas the ones in most stores are that price or much higher for anything that looks remotely appealing.

This time when I walked in the store I knew where everything was (having been there before) and I don’t know… it got me. Ikea stole my heart something fierce. It was one of the funnest shopping experiences I’ve had with the kids. We ate lunch, we browsed, we bought a few things, and mostly- mostly the kids played and played and played in the kids’ showroom.
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Payson wore his new Spider-Man hat. That’s an adult sized hat but he didn’t mind one bit. haha
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I let Sierra refill our lemonade and boy was Brooklyn upset about that. Brooklyn usually gets the refills and wasn’t happy sharing that “special honor” with Sierra. lol
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I let Ember ride part way up the escalator. She thought it was really cool.
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And then we walked back downstairs to get a cart. (Ok so sometimes I still get way confused in Ikea. lol)
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And then we hit the children’s showroom and my children had found their promised land.
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After the kids had played (while I browsed) for what felt like an entire day, I noticed Payson had a death grip on the front of his pants so an immediate trip to the restroom was in order.
And I really love the person who invented these bathroom seats for toddlers!!
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Except it’d be better if the purse hook wasn’t right next to it because Ember spent the entire time I went potty throwing my stuff onto the nasty bathroom floor. (I was not peeing when I took this picture, that’d be freaking weird and gross, you know, unlike taking the picture before going pee which is totally normal)
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The kids were just as amazed at the self serve furniture area as the showroom area. And by the way, “self serve furniture” is a weird phrase.
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The last of the lemonade was consumed.
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Ember tried a bit. She didn’t gag this time and I think it’s because it was pretty much just melted ice at that point. (I don’t let her drink soda or really even juice normally, but I do let her have a little taste every now and then when we’re out)
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So yeah Ikea, totally my new favorite!

Last Sunday

So Saturday we finished unloading the Uhaul and that day we also went furniture shopping. We found a couch and a kitchen table (thank goodness!) and oh boy were those torturous in bringing up the stairs to the apartment! The couch we got is really huge and heavy and was seriously miserable to try to get upstairs!

Sunday we spent most of the day unpacking. And realizing how much we love having a smaller space… how close we felt… how easy it was to organize and feel in control of everything we own… but at the same time realizing many, many very bad things about apartment living.

Mostly, neighbors. Wow do we not like living close to people like that! haha

So after a few things going terribly wrong in the apartment (the oven and clothes dryer smelled awful when turned on, for instance) we eventually decided we just couldn’t spend the time like this. We’d be unpacking and our kids were playing, sometimes noisily (because my kids are never quiet) and we’d be cringing knowing the downstairs neighbors must hear every step. We couldn’t live like that! We for a few seconds debated getting a first floor apartment to solve the noise problem but with everything else going on it was pretty clear that we would go crazy living there!

We talked briefly about renting a townhouse or a house but in the end decided, we own a home, lets just live there! And because part of the reason I was going crazy in my house was trying to sell it… we’re taking it off the market!

We’re thinking that we definitely want to move but we’re just going to sit tight for another year saving money and then maybe next year we’ll try again. We just need a break from all the stress.

Moving back out away from all the main stores after living so close to them for three days was a disappointment for me. It is a pain in the butt to drive to get groceries. But I wouldn’t trade the privacy I have in my own home and the fact that I can almost never see my neighbors if I don’t want to… (but I actually love my neighbors in my neighborhood) it’s better. It’s a sacrifice but for now one I’m happy to make.

The move taught me to value what I have. I have complaints about it but now those seem less important when weighed against other options we currently have.

So Monday morning we rented a Uhaul trailer (again) and moved all of our belongings downstairs and back to our house. It took all day and I almost died. lol

Here we are the night we got back to our house. All of our clothes were packed up, of course, so Payson (in my desperation) wore an old shirt of Sierra’s.
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He looked goofy. And I forbade the girls from calling him a girl even jokingly.
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So moving back in was way messier than moving out was! Oh boy do I have a lot of work ahead!
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This sunset seemed to say to me, “Welcome home, aren’t you glad you’re back for this view?”
Yes, yes I am.
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We had no clothes I could find easily and barely any food. Top ramen it is.
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The Day We Moved, Friday

I’m going to have to blog “in the past” to catch up here. I’ll start with Friday since I haven’t said anything about how that day went.

Allan was going to come home early to get the Uhaul and go over to the apartments to pay some money and finish some paper work and then come home by about 6pm to start loading the Uhaul. We asked Allan’s parents to come over to watch the kids so we could pack the Uhaul without walking over one of them or dropping furniture on one of them or without them at our heels screaming 😉

I spent most of the day Friday finishing up some packing and whatnot. That evening went just as planned with the Uhaul and the apartment… Allan got the keys and came home with his parents arriving a few minutes later.

We spent the evening loading the Uhaul and then unloading some of it at the apartment. It was a lot of work as our apartment was on the second floor!

The next day, Saturday, we finished unloading everything. It was such a relief to be done! There’s so much more I could say but I know details get super boring!

Friday morning Ember didn’t want to leave my side so after she helped me unload the dishwasher I gave her some slightly wet dishes and a towel to dry them with while I finished packing the kitchen.
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Ember loves to help out. Sometimes she’s really good at it. Other times her idea of helping was to unpack the box I’d just packed.
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The Uhaul is here!
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Grandpa having fun with the kids.
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The kids helped a bit.
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All this week we had really, really, really, really late nights. My kids are still catching up on their sleep.
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Playing in the older girls’ new room in the apartment Saturday morning.
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The master bedroom.
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My kids have been obsessed with puzzles lately. They put together every puzzle they own on a daily basis. Multiple times. It’s a cute little obsession 🙂
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So much more to blog about… sometime soon, surely.

Guess What I’m Going to Talk About

We move tomorrow!

I had to go to the store today for packing tape. While out we stopped at McDonald’s for breakfast.
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This might be the very last trip to the store I take that has me driving far away to get there!
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My kids find the stacks of boxes extremely entertaining. They were pretending the big group of boxes was Mt. Everest and their toys were climbing to the summit. They had sweaters and gloves and even goggles just like real climbers. haha
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Remember I posted this picture of my room yesterday?
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My bedroom today.
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