Doing that Mom Thing

Today, my favorite day, Monday, was glorious. Filled, every second, with mom things. Cleaning and cooking and childcare and a teensy bit of crafting and just now, at 2am, blogging. I love Mondays because everything gets a bit easier. I still work hard all day but there are half the amount of dishes and messes and fights (actually, no fights) and all that lovely large family stuff that happens on the weekends. I love Mondays and how simple they are.

The weekend was pretty cool. Allan was home. He watched the BYU football game Saturday. I wanted to but couldn’t concentrate with the four kids running around and screaming like lunatics. Instead I cleaned. And cooked.

We taught Sunbeams again on Sunday, like we now do every week. It’s funny to have a calling that is teaching a bunch of 4 year olds. They can get crazy and it feels like my daily life all over again there in church… taking care of little kids. I know it well though, so it’s good. I also really love being Payson’s Sunday school teacher. My son is a very moody child but I sure to love him to pieces anyway.

A few seconds ago Ember woke up crying. She is now in my lap, breastfeeding. She is a silly little girl. So much toddler and yet still so much baby.
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I made some shoes to go along with her birthday outfit.
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Both Brooklyn and Sierra have been begging me to make them (and their dolls) clothes, so that’s my new goal this week.
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In the car the other day, we moved Payson from the back to the middle seat. He loves being closer to us. He loves making silly faces.
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Allan was working from home today because his car was in the shop getting a repair. A $1,000 repair! Ouch.
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While I spent a bit cleaning (endless cleaning) Ember played in the play yard. Which, is still a huge hit around here.
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I have a section of my closet with bins and boxes of fun things to do while they’re in the play yard.
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Wooden blocks, dominoes, legos, crayons/paper, attribute blocks, pattern blocks, buttons, ribbons, playdough, puzzles, yarn and beads, books, and lots of other little toys and games are what fill those.

I finally finished Ember’s birthday outfit. She loves it.
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She was dancing during our five minute photoshoot.
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She had ripped off a lot of the beads on her headband and really messed them all up. Lesson learned: no beads for toddler headbands in this house.
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I gave her a chocolate chip. She got chocolate from that one tiny chocolate chip, EVERYWHERE. And then she attempted to clean up the mess by licking it off the blanket. Cute!
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And then she wanted to play with the big red ball because Allan and Payson had been.
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And she got very, very sad when Payson got a turn with it.
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We went to the park this weekend.
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Allan had actually taken the kids while I was at the store and when I came to the playground they wanted to show me their “cool tricks.” But I didn’t think it was cool, I thought it was crazy dangerous and wouldn’t let them again. Allan convinced me to let them and not baby them and overprotect them (which, I admittedly do) and once he agreed to go up on the slide with them, I agreed.
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There have been some mild thunderstorms here this week. They’ve brought the temperature down into the 80s and 90s and the humdity up. I hate hot humidity. Torture.
But it was cool enough to finally get to play outside in the evening. The kids were crazy excited at being able to play outside. Poor, trapped-indoors children.
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Poor Sierra said she had a headache. She’s been complaining about all kinds of aches and pains all over her body lately. I think it’s because she and Brooklyn stay up SO late talking and playing. Sometimes I wake up to Ember crying and walk past their room and their light is on after midnight! I get upset at those times.
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There is my super long blog post. 2am has me hurting so I’m going to bed now. Have a lovely Tuesday 🙂

6 thoughts on “Doing that Mom Thing

  • I usually don't comment but just had to today. My 2 year old daughter was sitting in my lap as I scrolled through the pictures and when I got down to Ember's photoshoot she started pointing at each one saying, Superman, Superman, Superman (emphasis on the “man,” superMAN in a cute little girl voice) Then she ended with “Superman baby!” All happy. It just made me laugh this morning. (then she went and found one of her baby dolls and put a cape on it and called it superman baby, lol) I have no idea why Ember made her think of Superman!

  • Tips for making shoes would be, just try it! Don't be afraid to fail and start over on another pair.
    Find a good pattern online or buy a super cheap pair of shoes to make your own pattern from. The shoes I used to create the ones above were a $2 clearance pair from last year. I had no hesitation ripping them apart to create a pattern 🙂

  • Love Embers outfit. So cute. My kids do crazy things at the park too sometimes and my husband has to tell me not to baby them as well. Looks like they had fun outside. 🙂

  • Your comment about the girls keeping the lights on in their room late made me think of my cousin's son. He lost the privilege of having a lightbulb in his room for awhile because he kept turning the light back on and playing when he should have been in bed. You could always threaten (and maybe even try) that!

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