There were some good and bad moments. Way more good than bad. The bad ones are funny, though. I’ll blog about it soon. Right now we’re headed to the store for school supplies; school starts here next week!! My daughters are full of excitement and nerves to meet their new teachers and classmates and see their new classrooms. So fun! I need to start thinking about what kind of first day of school things I want to do!
Brooklyn’s birthday is in a week. WHAT!? A week! I’ve been planning and shopping and sewing and crafting up a storm this week. I’m very, very, very nervous I won’t be done it time for her birthday!! Maybe we can celebrate it a week late?! haha
Anyway, Ember’s been insanely cranky this week because she has a cold. It seems to be a very minor cold so I’m surprised at how cranky she’s been. She’s been really cranky! She kept me up pretty much ALL night one night. I was really unhappy about that. Oh well, I’m tired, what else is new?
Ember used to be an angel baby on shopping trips. That has changed completely. She screams when I put her in the cart. She isn’t happy unless she’s sprinting around the store, touching everything. Luckily her temporary hatred of the carrier has ended and she loves being worn again!
Seriously this week nothing in the world was cheering up my little girl. I gave her a lollipop out of sheer desperation one day. I didn’t think I could take one more minute of crying. She was really wanting to breastfeed but she’d latch on and then not be able to breathe with her stuffy nose and so she’d pull off and cry harder. It was sad and ridiculous and frustrating. Oh my gosh so frustrating! All night she wanted to comfort nurse and she’d latch on and then pull off because of her nose and we’d both get sprayed with milk (which was like a freaking geyser thanks to me being extremely engorged because she couldn’t nurse well for several days!!) and then she’d cry and I’d want to cry and eventually morning would come and I’d feel like death and she’d still be cranky and crying…
Lollipop worked for about five minutes. I tell you, those five minutes were the most heavenly five minutes of my life!! (Lollipop stopped working when she climbed up on things and it got dirty, I’d wash it, she’d go somewhere else and it would get dirty, repeat 1,000 times)
Ember will be two in September. She creates an endless amount of work for me and destroys my house. I can’t keep up with everything these days. My life is just one giant disaster after the next. lol
I was pretty relieved to find this moment’s mess was simply water. Oh such relief.
No matter how many times I tell Payson not to climb on this car he does it anyway, minutes later. Eventually I stopped telling him to stop. Whatever, climb on the car… live on the car. I don’t care.
And now every single day he climbs on it and every single time he begs, “Picture me, mom!!! MOM! Picture me!”
I have about fifty pictures of him on this car now.
After dinner we went outside because a storm was coming in. Ember was shirtless because she is often shirtless when we eat messy food and I hadn’t put a new shirt on her yet.
And now I’m done. Sorry it’s all so boring… I can’t write cleverly when my children are hounding me, which they currently are 😉
Tuesday we were going to meet up with my friend and her kids and go to the dollar movie at the Picture Show at the Superstition Springs Mall. Last minute my friend couldn’t make it because her twin boys (Ember’s age) ended up being pretty cranky and taking a late nap, right at the time the movie was playing. We’re going to get together next week instead.
I wanted to take them to see The Pirates! Band of Misfits but the only one showing at that time was 3D and I didn’t think Payson and Ember would keep their glasses on and without glasses they probably would lose interest in the weird looking movie quick (and then get cranky) so we saw Chimpanzee instead.
Sierra wanted a picture against this wall. Specifically by the coyote. My kids love coyotes since we hear them howling frequently behind our house and we see them regularly around the neighborhood! (That silhouette might actually be a wolf, I’m not sure… the kids don’t care either way, it’s a coyote to them. lol)
An older man saw me take that picture and came over and insisted I needed one with me in it. I always appreciate being in pictures with my kids, even when I don’t feel the prettiest… so thanks, stranger!
We stopped by the arcade at the movie theater and played Ms. Pacman. Brooklyn had never seen the game before and wanted to try. She died pretty quick. We’ll have to go and play again when I have more quarters.
Quick side story, I’m actually really, really good at Ms. Pacman… Allan and I went to the movies once when we were newly married and there was a Ms. Pacman game there and I told him I was really good at it and he said, “Oh really?! Awesome!” and we got some quarters to play. I was nervous because I’d just said I was good at this game and now I was going to have to prove it! Not because he’d think I was stupid if I sucked but just because, I’d said I was good at something. haha
So anyway I started playing with a lot of anxiety and tried my best and…
beat the high score of the game by far on my first try. haha! Fun memory.
I got two letters in the mail today from the girls’ school. They were to inform us of the girls’ new teachers, invite us to the back-to-school night and included a copy of the supplies the girls will need this year.
This summer has felt endlessly long. And yet it has also gone by in the blink of an eye.
I’ve been trying very hard to fill the summer up with fun memories for my girls. I’ve been trying to spend every spare second in quality time with the kids.
Which doesn’t leave much time for me, and not for blogging as much as I’d like to. I know I won’t regret choosing extra time with the kids over blogging. And I always eventually get some time to sit down and type so it’s no big deal.
I’ve taken pictures of my kids’ eyes close up many times. I don’t usually post those because… they’re eye pictures, they’re not that interesting for others, I’m sure. lol
But the other day I sat each kid down in one place and took a picture of each of their eyes so I could compare them. I know every detail of each of their eyes and how they differ but having it in picture form is really awesome. My kids have such different eyes!
I feel a little guilty at blowing $70 on random things at the two thrift stores and dollar store we visited today.
We bought a bunch of clothes and even more books and a few DVDs as well. I was surprised by the total when I was paying at one of the stores. When I got home and was unloading the bags I found about ten extra books in the stuff I’d bought. How did I not notice this when paying?
Turns out Payson would grab a book off the shelf and flip through it and then toss it in my stroller.
So yeah, the thrift store was an interesting experience. I don’t mean to sound all uptight but they kinda gross me out. I find myself reaching for the antibacterial hand wipes far more than I’d like to admit.
This is ridiculous and I wish I didn’t think that way. Because shopping second hand is pretty cool. It’s really difficult for me to find things of value but if I’m simply searching for extra play clothes and books it’s simple and that’s exactly what I was looking for so it worked out well.
I wish I was the type of person who was creative enough to turn junk into treasures. I’d probably hang out at thrift stores more often. I read crafty/DIY blogs where they turn the ugliest crap into gorgeous pieces and I feel jealous and worthless afterward. I have not the talent. *sigh*
She’s such a good girl, though. She might start to do something inappropriate like climb onto bookshelves but I tell her not to and she usually listens and doesn’t do it again! I told her once to climb down and she stayed off them from then on.
Well, I’m 100% sure that if we went back to the thrift store tomorrow she’d be up climbing those bookshelves first thing, but within the hour after she’s been taught to not do something she’s usually pretty good about remembering.
My kids have been really well behaved in restaurants lately. I’m pretty proud of them.
I chose to sit in the part of the restaurant that isn’t filled with toys and TVs with children’s programs playing because I wanted to spend our lunch talking and being together. We can watch TV at home! So anyway, before our food came the kids kept trying to kneel on the seat to peek into the other room and watch Scooby Doo! haha
Payson kept standing on the booth like Ember. I’d tell him to sit and he would and then ten seconds later he was up on his knees or feet. I don’t really mind if he’s on his knees because it is pretty hard to eat when you can barely reach your food but standing is not ok.
I’ve been considering investing in those portable boosters that fold up small for Payson and Ember. That way I could have Ember in the booth with us and she would be buckled in (she won’t stay sitting in the booster chairs at restaurants) while she eats. Same deal with Payson, I won’t have to tell him a hundred times to sit down. Have any of you used those? Would it tip over easily if it wasn’t strapped to a free standing chair? I’m thinking that if we’re in a booth I’ll seat Ember in hers between me and one of the other kids, not close to the edge at all or anything, but I just don’t know.
I’d also use them at home so I can get rid of our stupid, giant highchair once and for all! Ember really wants to sit at the kitchen table with the other kids and hates being in her highchair so I think this would be the best idea.
These two links are the ones I’m thinking about getting, one for Payson and one for Ember.
Munchkin Travel Booster Seat
Brica Travel Booster
Anyone use these? Could you tell me in the comments if you like the booster and if you use it a lot?
My kids’ love of books has been a constant from the time they were all babies and yet sometimes it still surprises me. We got home from our outing and all four of them sat down in the pile of books and read for a long time!
After reading the kids some books I went and sat with the older kids (Ember wanted to keep looking at books) in the living room and watched Shrek and colored. They love it when I color with them and I enjoy it, too! Especially when it’s a Precious Moments coloring book. I adored Precious Moments coloring books as a chid and still do to this day 🙂
Oh yeah, while we were hanging out I heard a few ripping sounds from the other room.
Hmm, also just saw this portable chair on amazon while browsing. I might get it instead. Having a chair to bring to the park for the kids or even on campouts would be cool. Buuut it doesn’t strap to a chair.