New Blocks

Costco had these really awesome blocks. I’ve been looking and looking for some nice quality blocks for the kids so I plopped them in my cart immediately. They’re awesome blocks! I’m going to go back and buy another set and hide it away until Christmas. With my kids, there are never enough blocks in our house! Photobucket

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Extended Breastfeeding/Cosleeping Update

After this post I figured I should tell you guys about how Ember is doing lately. When I wrote that post I meant every word. Ember had been attached to me, cranky, and clingy for at least a full week before I wrote it. I was at the end of my rope. So, a day or two later I noticed a shiny new tooth in her mouth!! She’d been teething. I was so relieved to find that tooth. It hadn’t even crossed my mind that she could be teething because it had been months and months since she’d popped a tooth! Ever since the tooth broke the surface she’s gotten “better” and is now nursing a normal (for a toddler) amount most days and is taking naps every day!!!! By herself in her big girl bed!! Photobucket

She falls asleep at night alone, too. She does still wake up between 3-5am at some point and wants me to nurse her before she goes back to sleep. Even when she’s full to the brim with food from dinner. I don’t mind that, really. Waking up once a night is no bid deal. Photobucket

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Of the Many Naughty Things

Of the many “naughty” things my kids do as toddlers, taking off the diaper is the one I hate the most. Ember has, for months, taken off her diaper to run free. But it’s only been the last couple weeks that she’s learned to take off all of her clothes. This wasn’t the worst thing in the world up until a few days ago. Sure sometimes she’d pee on the floor and I’d have to scrub it, but mostly I’d catch her taking the diaper off and put it (and a onesie) promptly back on. But then came the day she took her diaper off after a poo. And I guess that bum of hers was itchy because… oh my we had a bit of a mess to clean up. And that, my friends, is why my toddler runs around with pins on her clothes as often as I remember to put them on her! Photobucket

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Celebrating the Constitution!

That’s what we like to do, celebrate the constitution. Or at least, the kids’ school does!

All week long they dressed in red, white, and blue to show pride in the constitution. And by “they” I mean other people at the school because my daughters don’t own red, white, and blue clothes so they wore pink and teal and grays all week. Like every other week.

But we did get festive with face paint, patriotic stickers, and red spray-painted hair! Photobucket

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I had to bring a red, white, or blue (or all three) food item for Brooklyn’s Constition Class Party. They always have way more sugary treats than can even be consumed by the kids (do not take this as me complaining. There is little in life I like more than I like sugar!) so I brought fruit. The healthy sugary treat. I honest to goodness didn’t think the kids would even eat much but they did! Even the kids with fifteen cookies on their plates (wow did those kids gorge themselves!) had a pile of fruit! In fact, I think Brooklyn was probably the only kid in the class that didn’t eat a bunch of fruit. Photobucket

I laid that fruit all fancy like, feeling quite proud of my two minute work in creating a bit of a flag. And then as we went into the school it fell off the stroller and became a big fat mess. I was just glad it didn’t fall out of the container! I almost took a picture of all the fruit all mixed together in a heap but we were running late thanks to a certain little four year old and his inability to cooperate with mom and her need to get places on time. Photobucket

In the picture above can you tell that Ember was about to cry?? We walked in the door of the classroom and Ember shouts out to all the kids, “HI!!!” And proceeds to run over to the group of them (gathered in a half circle while the teacher finished reading a story) and say hi to every one. Stopping to give a big bear hug to Brooklyn. When it was time for the kids to return to their seats, parents and siblings were to go with them. Which meant pulling Ember away from all the kids she was now visiting with. And which broke her poor little heart. Photobucket

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Brooklyn got to show me her picture. She had been given the Golden Gate Bridge to read about. She really liked that! Photobucket

Then we went outside to see her ribbon that was tied in the tree. And this one very intense kid wouldn’t leave me alone. He did the same thing last year each time I went to Brooklyn’s class… wanted to take pictures with my camera and refused to take no for an answer. I’m pretty sure there’s no way on earth I’m letting someone else’s little kid use my ginormous (expensive) camera. haha Photobucket

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