Baby Zone

Allan and I made our final decision about our move timing this weekend. I wanted more than anything to get out of the desert before Everett’s born but after thinking about it a lot I realized, I can’t handle a move the week before my baby’s born! Duh. haha!
I so wanted to be able to be in our new place before he’s born but the months have ticked by and it just got too close to his birth day. So, we’re staying in Arizona until the first week of January!

This weekend a weird thing happened. My mind switched from this intent fixation on getting out of here ASAP to… baby prep!! I bought almost everything I need already so I’m not so much needing to get things. I just want to set things up now! I have gone through all our closets and organized everything, I’ve been through our cupboards and pantry and basically… everything. I cleaned out our laundry room (we have a good sized laundry room that ends up catching a lot of random crap throughout the years) and am just really ready to start making sure everything has a place and then putting up the crib, the swing, the changing area… nesting. Just ordinary nesting.

Today I have a lot of cleaning to do! I can’t really be surprised, even though I spent literally the entire weekend cleaning, because my house and six people’s worth of stuff just gets messy really easily. But, I’m not looking forward to it. I’m in that phase where I’ve organized everything and now there are just the last few “piles” of stuff that I need to find a place for. Like, my non pregnancy clothes. My closet is as full as I want it with my maternity clothes so there is NO room to hang up my pre pregnancy clothes. I’m not sure where to put them. I suppose I’ll put them in a box and make a place to put that box in my closet.
Gosh I’m getting boring… rambling about organizing? Geez.  photo 021e2resized_zpse8610122.jpg

Today was pajama day at the kids’ school. Tell me I’m not the only mom who doesn’t regularly buy her kids cutesy matching pajama sets? I usually buy them $3 clearance pajama bottoms and then $3 oversized t-shirts. I don’t want to spend $15-20 on sets.
But obviously I feel guilty that my kids look like ragamuffins heading to school. ha  photo 033ecropresized_zpsa5b05464.jpg

Can it be the Weekend All the Time?

I cleaned and organized so much stuff today. I’ve been nesting and cleaning like crazy the last couple months and I’m finally feeling like we’re getting somewhere, getting ready to pack up to move.

I have a lot of conflicting emotions about moving. I’m excited to leave Arizona (so excited) but I feel very not excited about moving to Colorado. I know lots of people like Colorado. But I really wanted to move to Washington.
I can’t complain, though. I’m getting out of Arizona!!

So today was nice. We spent the entire day at home as a family. We worked and played and seriously, it was just great.  photo 140eresized_zpsc7b763a9.jpg photo 143eresized_zps816d0a73.jpg photo 146eresized_zpsa935e4a1.jpg

Yesterday when Payson came home from school he brought me a flower he picked from the side of the road. Ember saw the flower and said, “But I’m a girl! I need a flower.” So Payson ran back outside to get her one.  photo 150eresized_zpse3e20061.jpg photo 157eresized_zpsa7d35cc3.jpg photo 162eresized_zps54f699c6.jpg photo 170eresized_zps9c5f35af.jpg

Payson’s been intent on keeping the flowers in water ever since because he wants them to, “grow and grow really big!!”
I didn’t have the heart to tell him that they wouldn’t grow anymore.  photo 003eresized_zps14270e61.jpg

We worked in the yard a little bit and then had popsicles.
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Irritated

Grr.

I’m so moody.
So moody.
So.Moody.

I’m irritated with everyone and everything in my life right now. So.Irritated.

Sometimes I want to talk about something in particular that’s bothering me. But I KNOW (from past comments) that NO ONE will understand. So I don’t. But I think maybe I need to just approach my story telling differently. Because no one understands how I’m feeling without a REALLY long back story, that I’m not willing to share- in order to protect certain people in my life, I figured I’d just give a hypothetical situation that kinda shows what I’m feeling. So, here’s a fun exercise. (Not really fun, actually)
Imagine you’re hanging out with a friend before they go to work. Right as they’re about to walk out the door they turn and punch you in the face.

You’re bleeding and your nose is broken. You tell them angrily, “You just broke my nose!”

The friend runs and gets you some ice and then offers to take you to the hospital.
They’ll be late to work doing so.
On the drive to the hospital you’re complaining about your sore, bleeding, broken nose.
Your friend tells you, “You’re complaining a lot about your broken nose. I just want to hear that you’re thankful that I’m going to be late to work because I’m taking you to the hospital. I just want you to be positive that I’m doing this for you. Because I wouldn’t be driving to the hospital if your nose wasn’t broken.”

How exactly would you feel in that moment?

Things from Thursday

1. Allan got news last Friday that he was going to be hired by that company in Colorado. Because of what’s going on in that company and his current company and the baby’s due date… it was decided that he wouldn’t have a start date until January!
I didn’t blog about this because I had a huge sobbing meltdown and didn’t want to talk to a soul about it. No one understands the way I feel about being stuck here in Arizona with a newborn so I didn’t want to bother trying to explain why I wasn’t super happy about finally hearing we were escaping.

2. Allan got an email from someone higher up, very much higher up, that basically said he really loved Allan and wanted Allan to start ASAP. Doesn’t matter what’s going on in their company, this guy’s top priority was getting Allan working there right now. So, today Allan’s expecting a call today with an offer and a start date of… probably early next month?! I HOOOOOOOOOPE!! I’ll post about it when we get solid news.

3. Sierra finally lost her tooth! That thing held on with determination but yesterday morning it anti-climatically fell out when she wiggled it with her tongue!
I am a really horrible tooth fairy because the second the kids were in bed I forgot all about her tooth under the pillow. I pretty much don’t think about my kids at all once they’re in bed. My brain is so fried I pretty much don’t think of anything, really! haha!
BUT, back to the tooth fairy, Sierra happens to be really easy to “trick” (for lack of a better word) so this morning after hearing her talking to Payson about her tooth, I slipped into her room with a dollar under my shirt. I told her how bummed I was we left her bedroom door shut and that the poor tooth fairy probably couldn’t get it open. Then I moved her pillow over while asking her, “Where is your tooth?”
As I shifted the pillow with one hand I snuck the dollar to the side of her bed (near her pillow) with the other. She immediately caught sight of the dollar and lunged forward, smiling. I said, “The pillow must’ve pushed it over there when you lifted it earlier!”
Sierra laughed and with a HUGE grin said, “It was there! I just didn’t see it! Oh my gosh!” I can’t remember her exact words after that but she was filled with excitement. haha! She didn’t have any doubts or questions about “missing” the dollar the first time she checked.
I just feel bad picturing her lifting her pillow in the morning and finding her tooth still there 🙁 🙁

4. Ember’s potty training is going really well! I really didn’t want to say anything for fear of everything falling apart right after saying so, but this is day three with no accidents so… I’m hopeful! haha
Monday she peed her pants 6 times! She didn’t pee in the potty once that day! Tuesday we were out on errands for about four hours. She drank at least 12 ounces of water in that time and I stopped at the restroom in each place we visited and sat her on the toilet to see if she needed to go. I was seriously SO convinced she was going to pee her pants in a store but she didn’t! But, she also refused to go pee on the public restroom toilets. I’d put her on there and she’d look like she was thinking she couldn’t imagine anything worse. She’d tell me each time, “I fink I just wait to use my small potty at home.” lol. So freaking adorable!
So she didn’t have any accidents and didn’t pee until we got home. We got home and while I was putting away groceries she went over to her potty and peed! It was a lot of pee, too! haha
For the next week or two I’m going to bring her potty in my car and see if she’ll go in there before heading into a store. Hopefully that works out. I’ll also have to bring a water bottle to rinse it off and a grocery bag to set it on. And maybe I might as well keep a change of pants/panties in my diaper bag, too!

5. Pregnancy. I should probably not blog about being pregnant. If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all. haha

6.Allan got a really big promotion and raise at his current company. Like, really huge. If I didn’t loathe Arizona as much as I do we’d be in a pretty good position here!

7. My mom’s coming to stay with me for two weeks around the time the baby’s due. I’m super excited to see her!

Um, there’s probably a lot more but I am freaking hungry and need to go make myself some breakfast. ha  photo 040eresized_zpscb32d75f.jpg

These pictures were from our outing on Tuesday. Ember was so full of energy that day. We had fun but I was feeling SO much pressure and pain in my pelvis. I think maybe the baby dropped a bit this week because suddenly I have shooting pain in my hips and lower back when I walk.
Ember, though, Ember was really happy and had a blast in Big Lots looking at cheapy toys.  photo 049e2resized_zpsf6a4bdb6.jpg photo 054eresized_zpsfdf320a3.jpg

We spent a good long while in the Christmas section trying out all the singing/dancing toys.  photo 071eresized_zps6489d35d.jpg

We ate pizza at Costco but Ember said she was still hungry once we got to WalMart. I got her a small fries and small powerade to snack on while we shopped.  photo 116eresized_zps52492418.jpg photo 123eresized_zps2b89e914.jpg

It’s been many months since she got McDonald’s so she was pretty happy about it.  photo 125eresized_zps0acae690.jpg

I’ve finished Christmas shopping for my kids except I need one more thing for Ember. I’m thinking about getting her a small bike or a scooter. I’m not sure…  photo 147eresized_zpsf37b0c4c.jpg

She was able to pedal forward a little bit but once her feet got to a certain position she couldn’t move forward anymore. I’m not sure if I want to get her a bike now, with winter in Colorado looming, or get her some other toy and wait to get her a bike next year. Trivial decision 😉
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This is about when I thought maybe it wasn’t a good idea to give her chocolate in the car.  photo 157eresized_zpsb4562a89.jpg

I bought the girls Christmas dresses from Costco. I had them try the dresses on for me and because they’re really soft dresses, Brooklyn was happy! She complains so much about dresses, it’s always a huge relief when I find one that’s pretty and that she likes!
I just need to buy some half tees for them to wear under the dresses.
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One night before bed Sierra’s tooth looked like maybe it was ready to come out. I tried to pull on it but, nope. It was holding on tightly.  photo 003ebwresized_zps3fcb4dce.jpg

Huge belly.
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I’m so sick of cleaning toothpaste off of my counters!
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This morning!
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While I was snapping those photos of Sierra and her lost tooth the other kids ran outside to play with the sprinkler.  photo 057eresized_zps549f963d.jpg

I told them not to get wet since we were two minutes from heading to the car to drive to the bus stop.  photo 062eresized_zps9dcea0d3.jpg photo 065eresized_zpsc4d5c886.jpg

Ember said that water made her really cold!  photo 071eresized_zps8d4a87e4.jpg photo 072eresized_zpsb63b9341.jpg

Brooklyn got a homework assigment earlier in the week to make a diagram with some animal print outs. It’s due today. She didn’t tell me about it until after bedtime last night. I let her stay up and make one. She told me a lot of other kids in her class had their mom make most of their diagram. We talked about how stupid that was of moms to do their kids projects! ha  photo 077eresized_zpsf714b1ea.jpg photo 078eresized_zpsf6bbd768.jpg

While we were walking towards the garage Ember was telling me her pants were all wet. She was starting to cry about it (I could see a meltdown seconds away, she is a total grump in the mornings and everything makes her break down in crying fits. lol!) so I quickly said, “I know! My pants are super wet, too!”
But I wasn’t wearing pants, I was wearing a dress, so she looked and saw my bare legs and laughed and said, “You not wearing pants!”  photo 103eresized_zps7dc3ad16.jpg

You’re right, Ember. And you’re not crying anymore 😉  photo 114eresized_zpsb2844ad5.jpg

So much is going on this week! I’m not sure exactly what I should blog about as far as Allan’s job situation goes because I swear the second I say anything to anyone about it things change drastically but I’m pretty sure the stuff going on right now is all fairly set in stone and it’s safe…

First off Allan just got a huge promotion and raise at his current job. I mean, huge. So… that’s nice and difficult at the same time! It’s super awesome because not only is it more money (and more money is always awesome, I could stop worrying about our crazy high food budget! ha) and a better position but they also value him a lot more and are treating him a whole lot better and basically… in love with him right now. lol!

If I was talking about myself I’d maybe not say this but since it’s my husband and I’m proud of him I can. ha

So the other thing is, about the job opportunity in Colorado. Last Friday Allan went to Colorado for a second interview. I really thought he was going to get an offer but it turns out he didn’t that day. But they don’t him basically for sure they were going to give him an offer they just had to wait for one thing. And I don’t think I can blog about that one thing without it being bad? I don’t know. Allan doesn’t want me to put many details about his companies and stuff so… anyway. They said they would be offering him the job and since it was going to be a couple weeks (and I’d be due right around then with the baby) they’d expect him to start sometime after November. But then the holiday season is crazy and busy and also a rough time to move so we’d basically not move until January!!

And this is why I never blogged about all that- I broke down and cried for a good hour at that news because the last thing in the entire world I want is to live here with a newborn. I’ve done that and it suuuuuuucked and I didn’t want to do it again. When I first found out I was pregnant back in March (or whenever I found out) I remember telling Allan just get me the heck out of here before the baby’s born! That’s allllll I want in the entire world!

And because I knew no one would understand my sadness at living in AZ with a newborn for the first couple months I just didn’t say anything about it. Because I REALLY don’t need to hear, “Just be thankful that he is getting a job and you will be moving.” from anyone! YOU be thankful for what you have while I go ahead and sit on my hatred and resentment of Arizona. Sorry, but nothing in this universe will ever make me okay with living here, for any amount of time, again. lol!

I’m grateful for things. I really am. Financially we’re a million times better than two years ago and it looks like we’ll be moving, and even if it is in January, I am SUPER thankful for that. But right this very second, hugely (it’s so gross) pregnant and so near to having a newborn… while in a house I hate, in a city I hate, in a state I hate… it’s hard to be thankful! It just is hard.

BUT.
Yesterday Allan read me an email he got from the… I can’t remember his position but he’s really high up in the company, and he said that he heard the CEO was okay with waiting and letting Allan start in January and that HE (the higher up guy) was NOT okay with waiting! lol! I begged Allan to show some pieces of the email (but he said no way!) because this guy, the high up guy, was so complimentary to Allan and told him how they (the company) need him and do not want  photo 040eresized_zpscb32d75f.jpg photo 049e2resized_zpsf6a4bdb6.jpg photo 054eresized_zpsfdf320a3.jpg photo 071eresized_zps6489d35d.jpg photo 116eresized_zps52492418.jpg photo 123eresized_zps2b89e914.jpg photo 125eresized_zps0acae690.jpg photo 147eresized_zpsf37b0c4c.jpg photo 149eresized_zpscc28e722.jpg photo 157eresized_zpsb4562a89.jpg photo 163cloneeresized_zps728e0311.jpg

Learn!

Sometimes I feel like I fail at everything. I’m not good at concentrating on the good things I do or accomplish. I should maybe do that more.
One area we excel at as a family is learning and having fun at home. My kids drive me nuts and I’m stressed out of my mind almost 100% of the time but I make spending time doing fun, educational things together a priority.  photo 006eresized_zps4f712f07.jpg

Ember has been super, super, super demanding lately. She is more difficult at three than at two times a million. She wants me to entertain her every second of the day and she whines and gets defiant and she’s more picky than ever with food and potty training is rough and… basically, she’s three. haha! And I’m super pregnant and want to lay down all day long. Which never ever happens, unfortunately.  photo 015eresized_zps1eca9727.jpg

I printed out a bunch of preschool stuff the day before and after coloring a Halloween picture we spent some time working on letter sounds. After that I brought out the playdough.
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I didn’t photograph anything else until Payson got home from school and tried out his new twist n’ write pencil that arrived. Yay!  photo 062eresized_zps39ce70fd.jpg

They work soooo much better than the other product I blogged about!! I love these things.  photo 067eresized_zps782515ca.jpg

I printed out a bunch of story paper pictures for the kids to fill out. There’s this cool UK site that has a bunch of picture prompts with some lines below for kids to write short stories about.  photo 079eresized_zps97b03760.jpg photo 081eresized_zps0ac707df.jpg

Brooklyn asked for more lined paper to continue her story so I printed out a dozen sheets of lined paper to staple behind her front page when she’s done. She wrote her story for quite a while!
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You can see below Payson’s natural pencil grip:  photo 088eresized_zps8b711a67.jpg

Here’s a link to the story paper site. (Here’s a link to that same site but some story starters that look awesome, too!)  photo blog2_zps9dd84264.jpg

In photoshop I made a reference sheet with all the fall themed stories so that when the kids feel like having a prompt they can see all their options.
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Last night Allan was sorting through our mail. Ember sat down to help.  photo 008eresized_zpsb83ba221.jpg photo 009eresized_zpsf2865183.jpg

I snuck away for a hot bath. The only thing I love about life right now is taking a hot bath. I wish I could just live in a hot bath.  photo 014resized_zpsaec59768.jpg

I’ll end this with a picture from this morning. Mornings are the worst. UUUUUUGH. I could go on and on about mornings but I already blog vented about it once recently and that’s plenty.  photo 034bwresized_zps16319516.jpg
PS: I found some other cool sites with story starters that look really fun! They’re all linked in my learning at home board on pinterest.

Twinners!

I was feeling pretty bummed out yesterday morning. I decided to put some bright lipstick on before heading to the store. Bright lipstick makes me feel like maybe I will come across as bright rather than how I really feel, which is dull and lifeless. haha
Ember was watching me and said she wanted lipstick, too. When I dabbed some pink lipgloss on her lips she got pretty darn excited. I picked her up and she said, “We’re the same!!” I was wearing sunglasses and told her, “Hey, want some sunglasses, too??”
She was smiling from ear to ear when I put her glasses on and we were looking at each other. I asked her if we should take a picture because we were twins today. She giggled.
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We got in the car to head to the store. Ember was quiet for a few seconds and then said, “Mommy, I love you!!”  photo 081eresized_zps805c0ac2.jpg

It’s truly the littlest things that fill life with total joy.  photo 089eresized_zps2ff25249.jpg

Ember was playing peek-a-boo with me earlier in the day. She always says, “Where is Ember? Where is Ember?” Two times, always. I should record it because her little voice is so adorable.  photo 007eresized_zps1c695dd1.jpg photo 028eresized_zps8e2470e3.jpg

She had her bunny join on for a round of “If You’re Happy and You Know It!”  photo 040eresized_zps1a71c87c.jpg photo 048eresized_zps00ad7f55.jpg

I ordered a few different pencil grasp “tools” from Amazon to help Payson with his pencil grip. He holds his pencils (and markers and crayons) in his fist rather than between his pointer finger and thumb. I remind him constantly to hold his pencil the right way and he will switch and do it but the second I’m not around or looking he switches back to holding it in his fist.  photo 126bwresized_zps2e67c082.jpg

Payson’s doing really well with reading and writing. He now writes out words by sounding them out. I LOVE this phase. Especially when you find them off on their own quietly writing something. It’s incredible.  photo 136bwresized_zpsbb67b0b5.jpg

This below is how he would hold his pencil without the grip I purchased:  photo 158bwresized_zps3ea5cb74.jpg

This is the only one of three (or four?) different types of products I purchased that has arrived. It also happens to be my least favorite. I bought these twist writers (I think they’re called) that I REALLY wish would get here because they look like they’ll be the most effective. Cheap shipping takes a while, though. ha  photo 160eresized_zps36362ba3.jpg

He wrote, “This card is cool and groovy. It is so groovy it’s going to explode!” haha  photo 166eresized_zpsac407d13.jpg

I printed out some sight word games and some math games with Halloween themes. He and Ember had fun with those.  photo 174bwresized_zps49d09f4e.jpg

It was SO CUTE how Payson would help Ember out. He knows a bunch of the sight words and any time I said one he knew he’d show her where it was on the game board. They were being so sweet to each other.  photo 179bwresized_zps23a827ea.jpg photo 183bwresized_zps98a2010a.jpg

After the kindergarten games I called the older girls in for a couple silly Halloween games I printed out, knowing they’d have fun with them.
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They liked them all. Here we were playing “Don’t Eat Frank!”
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Here they were coloring in a 100s chart based on what numbers/colors I told them.  photo 202eresized_zps93d9acd0.jpg

I don’t have images saved onto my computer for all the games we played but here are some we used: (these all have clickable links to the printables!)
Printable skeleton maze.
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I found this Halloween sight words game board on pinterest or google (can’t remember) and in photoshop erased the words and added Payson’s specific sight words that his class is working on this week. Every time his teacher sends home a new list of words I can go into photoshop and change the words again! As the months go on I’ll probably do more searches online for different themes.  photo blog2_zps82fa999a.jpg

Don’t Eat Frank!
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I printed a regular old 100s chart that I found on google. I couldn’t link to it or pin it because I lost the original site. But there are a bajillion of these if you google image or pinterest search.  photo blog_zpse32dc120.jpg
I use the 100s chart with this printable hidden picture chart for the kids 🙂

All the Halloween stuff I do that I get from online I try to link on my pinterest board. Pretty much any printable I ever talk about is on my pinterest. These Halloween things can all be found right here on my Halloween board with original links!

Hello Saturday

Asking for pennies for a water fountain.  photo 039eresized_zpsfeb3a21b.jpg

Payson was trying to take money out of the fountain. I told Brooklyn about the woman who got arrested for taking $2.87 from a fountain. She said, “What? That’s so sad. They shouldn’t have arrested her.” (I agree)  photo 064eresized_zps9243d682.jpg photo 074eresized_zps394c432f.jpg photo 075eresized_zps6a2785a1.jpg

For a good thirty minutes my two little kids were the only ones playing with the train table. They loved not having to share since there are usually tons of kids there!  photo 081eresized_zps31830df0.jpg photo 085eresized_zps2cb939d0.jpg photo 100eresized_zps067f2695.jpg

Payson wanted to sit up there. He said he was the teacher. I asked him his name and he answered with his teacher’s name. I laughed and said, you’re not a girl! He laughed and said, “Oh yeah. I’m Mr. Payson (ourlastname)!”
I asked Ember her name and she said, “Teacher (ourlastname).” It was adorable.  photo 117eresized_zpsf8c2f69d.jpg

I was looking at the educational games while they stood near me fighting with these figures.  photo 130eresized_zpsb05c9140.jpg

It was 85 degrees out and the kids were pretty thirsty from playing outside earlier so of course we stopped at the drinking fountain before the 40 minute drive home.  photo 143eresized_zpsbac8f09e.jpg

My giant belly.
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In N’ Out. For the baby, of course.
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We bought a pumpkin to carve. We are planning on buying more later this month but for now I thought it’d be fun to carve just one.  photo 232eresized_zpsd3ad767d.jpg photo 240eresized_zps647bf334.jpg photo 255eresized_zps41aaad83.jpg photo 264eresized_zps3d708eaa.jpg

Ember refused to touch the pumpkin. She did want me to hold her up so she could watch the other kids scraping it out. And then she spent the rest of the time snacking on some chocolate rice chex.  photo 277ereized_zps6a78bffa.jpg photo 288e2resized_zps70db0275.jpg

Brooklyn kept telling me how delicious she thought pumpkin seeds were. I told her not to eat them raw because they’d be hard to digest uncooked but she couldn’t care less about what I say so she kept munching away at them talking about what a tomboy she is because girls just don’t like raw pumpkin seeds. (She’s obsessed with being a tomboy, anything she does she says is a tomboy thing to do. ha)  photo 293eresized_zps0a6d6f65.jpg photo 309eresized_zps7b4cf945.jpg

Brooklyn dropped a jar of pickles and made Sierra clean it up.  photo 343bwresized_zps7c6220e9.jpg

Sierra’s tooth is almost ready to come out!  photo 352bwresized_zps9544ea01.jpg

So Pregnant, So Much Fun, Halloween is Coming

Man, I am so pregnant. I still don’t feel ready to have a baby. I mean, I WANT my baby and to hold him and kiss him and love on him, but I’m not ready for him to be here yet. I have too much to do. Nothing that involves preparing for baby, either, since I’ve been ready for him for months now. haha!
I just want to know, you know, if we’ll be living here or moving in the next couple weeks!! (We should find out today)
But then again, I’m sick to death of being pregnant so if I had him I’d be pretty happy about having my body to myself again!  photo 028eresized_zpsaf3c831f.jpg

The kids love decorating for Halloween. We have raided the dollar section of Target and the dollar store for super cheap Halloween decorations.
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The kids mess with all the Halloween stuff all the time so it never looks how it did originally. But I don’t care. They love it and it was for them so… it’s all good.  photo 008eresized_zps28791a7c.jpg

I printed a small album with all of their past costumes and they love looking through that. I didn’t photograph that because it’s kinda boring but here’s our calendar area.  photo 011eresized_zpsa67e21d8.jpg

Potty training is going okay. Ember’s peed in her potty and had a few accidents. I’m using the potty training approach of: put kid in undies, tell her where to pee, let time work out all the kinks. AKA: lazy. But it works pretty well. haha!  photo 072eresized_zps4277ac51.jpg

The girls did a small experiment with coke and nerds candy. Payson was in quiet time for being naughty in the store earlier that day.  photo 098eresized_zps70881703.jpg photo 100eresized_zpsf36a9741.jpg photo 101eresized_zps3ad00865.jpg photo 109eresized_zps8f0dd599.jpg photo 115eresized_zps3e3f0b1e.jpg photo 118eresized_zps2fd24075.jpg photo 127eresized_zps7342d034.jpg

I found some charts for them to fill out. We have tons of these printed out and when they finish them we put them in their scrapbooks with the pictures from the experiment. I love scrapbooking 🙂
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I ended up being late to my doctor appointment because I chose to drop the kids off at school instead of bringing them with me. I didn’t think my mental health could take the hit of being at the doctor’s with four children! I loathe being late 🙁  photo 013eresized_zps9a8d4a30.jpg

Ember was being so sweet and cute during the wait, it really cheered me up!  photo 017eresized_zpsa4bda53c.jpg

I did not have fun attempting to use the timer to take some belly shots. But I hate asking Allan to (and he’s been getting home waaaaaaaaaaay past dark this week) so, there’s no other option if I want to document this GIANT belly.  photo 030eresized_zpsf1b0b369.jpg

I looked super washed out so I went and put on lipstick to add some color to my face. haha! I should wear lipstick all the time. It perks up a tired face!  photo 041eresized_zps9b360651.jpg

We had parent teacher conferences. I wasn’t expecting such glowing reviews of my children from their teachers. That was a happy day! (And I was pretty proud because each teacher told me I pretty much nailed teaching them at home because they’re all exceeding expectations. Woot woot)  photo 077eresized_zpsf9c1f603.jpg

In the picture above they’re holding up their book fair purchases. I try not to but can’t help myself supporting their school. I HATE what our school chooses to spend money on (I could scream when I hear they bought more ipads or computers) but yet, I participate in all the financial support we can. I just really wish they’d buy more quality books and supplies and no ipods or ipads.  photo 085eresized_zpsecab66bb.jpg

I let Brooklyn be the picture taker. Payson was bummed because he loveslovesloves pushing the shutter button when we do these types of pictures. I told him he could take a few extra at the end. So anyway, that’s why I seem focused on him… I was trying to cheer him up. haha
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Brooklyn took a dozen pictures and then at the end I let Payson run over to push the button. He was happy after that! (and Brooklyn was happy since she’d been the designated photographer, win-win!)  photo 088eresized_zpsfa4e5795.jpg

We did a Frankestein art project. I told them to do dot style paintings with q-tips. Sierra and Payson did but Brooklyn refused and kept saying it was really stupid. She ended up painting her picture fully in with the q-tip. When Payson was done with his dot version he ended up copying Brooklyn and painting the entire thing in. So anyway, I really liked the way all four of the kids’ pictures turned out. Payson’s looked the most monster-ish:
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And Sierra’s was done exactly like I’d said to and turned out cute. (oh and the other two pictures are a couple of Brooklyn’s Halloween art projects from the last couple of weeks that I like. I don’t know what it is about that ghost, it’s so simple but I just love it.  photo 031eresized_zps47548dac.jpg

In my next house I want a designated wall for the kids’ art projects. Here in this house we have art projects on like five different walls right now. haha  photo 026eresized_zpsfa13b9e5.jpg

The kids played with some slimy stuff we’d made.  photo 095bwresized_zps50f117f1.jpg

Ember refused to touch it. She kept saying it was yucky and would get her dirty 🙂  photo 100bwresized_zpsbb6b32f7.jpg

This week there’s regularly a naked baby running through the house. She’d just peed in her potty. lol  photo 112bwresized_zpsf6517e2c.jpg photo 127bwresized_zps1277db30.jpg

I bought a pack of vampire teeth because Brooklyn LOVES vampire teeth and the kids wore them a lot that day. Ember tried and tried to get them in her mouth but they were way too big.  photo 015bwresized_zps7b71d264.jpg photo 021bwresized_zps53355ffc.jpg
And as for Everett, he’s getting huge, everything seems healthy and perfect from what one can tell during pregnancy, and I feel like he’s with us all day long because I can feel his limbs and his body movements ALL day. Even just standing cooking dinner or whatever, I feel arms and legs moving all over the place. I think a lot about how fun it’ll be when he’s in the wrap on my chest during these things instead of inside of my body. Oh and all the kids have felt him moving around and kicking and they talk about him a lot. I guess to sum it all up he’s already such a part of the family even though none of us have met him. It’s a fun, weird thing to be pregnant! I can’t wait to meet my baby! I hope this next month flies by!

I am SO MAD!!!

My stupid kids missed the bus today and I’m totally screwed! I have to tell them each and every step of their morning each and every day otherwise they literally just stand there. They will sit, staring at their bowls/plates, at the breakfast table, not taking a bite. FOR LITERALLY OVER HALF AN HOUR!! I don’t feed them the second they wake up, either, for that reason. I wake them up early and have them get dressed and do their hair first to wake up enough to eat.

Then IF they finish breakfast without my standing there telling them to eat a freaking bite already they’ll leave the table when I tell them to go put shoes on and STAND by the shoe closet for the rest of the morning. LITERALLY JUST STAND THERE. This is the ONLY time on earth when my kids aren’t running around, screaming, acting like lunatics. But you can bet they’ll do that on mornings they don’t have school!

I have a doctor appointment at 8:30 today. My kids’ school won’t allow them to enter the gates until 8:20!! My doctor’s office is thirty minutes from their school.

What the heck?! I’m screwed.

Payson LOST his shoe AGAIN and that’s why we were late. How can you freaking lose your SHOE in your house. You walk in, take them off at the closet, and go about your day.
I found his shoe ten minutes later on my desk! ON MY DESK!!! WHY?!??!

Oh and he COULD’VE worn different shoes, sure. But he threw an epic fit about it all. GAH.

And though I’m basically yelling in this post I was calm all morning until we were still in the house when the bus came, not even close to being out the door because he was still barefoot! Then I start yelling to find the freaking shoe. I’m not a yeller but I was so pissed today I totally did. And I still feel like yelling at him so I came to post instead. Because now I have four kids in the car, 5 minutes after the bus left, and am trying to figure out what the heck to do with them. I can’t miss my doctor’s appointment, I can’t bring them to school yet and I do not want to bring them to my doctor because they’re horrible human beings when at my doctor. Plus I’m PRETTY sure vaginal exams start this week and HELLOOOOOOOOOO. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH