Brooke Starts School!

Wednesday morning after dropping Brooke off at school we head over to check out a grocery store called Natural Grocers. I’ve never been there, though they had them in Colorado, but am feeling desperate to find organic options in this non-organic state. Our Wal-Mart, Target, and other grocery stores in the area, have so far shown to be fairly useless and I’m starting to panic about how to feed my family without buying crap food!!  photo 577eresized_zpsrhlsmn00.jpg

I check out the book section since it’s near the bathrooms and Sierra needed to pee. ha  photo 580eresized_zpswdegkcpg.jpg photo 582eresized_zpsgzg8yhsc.jpg

These are the two books I want to buy but I decide to wait until we’re in our house and my dishes are unpacked!  photo 584eresized_zpsh0gzk9u2.jpg photo 589eresized_zpsjgap5spz.jpg

Back to the hotel to spend the rest of the day. There are free lollipops in the hotel lobby and the kids beg for them. I give mine to Everett because he’s just beyond cranky and I can’t take one more second of being in a hotel holding a whining toddler! It works!  photo 1089eresized_zpsub8ydfge.jpg photo 1093eresized_zpsjwmt1lcl.jpg

Me and the kids play My Little Pony Monopoly.  photo 1096eresized_zpsvfzcvsq4.jpg photo 1097eresized_zpsrhiuzxlc.jpg

Allan gets home and we have dinner in the hotel.  photo 612eresized_zpsdja9lsiw.jpg photo 1102eresized_zpsfjtn9dnp.jpg photo 1106eresized_zpsnhpktval.jpg photo 1109eresized_zps7oezf92r.jpg photo 1118eresized_zpslnuixfuf.jpg

Then we decide to go down and walk around Lake Coeur d’Alene. It’s only five minutes from our hotel ๐Ÿ™‚  photo 620eresized_zpsjddafv8e.jpg photo 625eresized_zpsohdj5uiv.jpg photo 626eresized_zpsnaoarhbo.jpg photo 628eresized_zpsjffxk2iu.jpg

It was chilly but not too bad. It was just beautiful and a fun evening ๐Ÿ™‚  photo 631eresized_zpsggcguguy.jpg photo 633eresized_zpsio1rf0uj.jpg

Unconstipating the Baby!

This morning very early Everett wakes up screaming. Then he starts grunting and pushing and pushing. And crying. I can tell he’s constipated by his actions and that’s confirmed when I changed his diaper. Poor boy has a big log of poop stuck half way out of his bum and a little drop of blood from where his butt actually ripped a teeny bit from the size of the poop! I’m surprised by this because he doesn’t eat a lot of constipating foods. But on further thought he does prefer meat to most other foods and maybe on the road trip I gave him too much pork at Famous Dave’s? I decide to get him some prunes and applesauce right away, and extra fluids. But I know he’s not going to eat the prunes because he’s been turning away baby food and refusing those baby food pouches, too! Darn it.

In a moment of inspired brilliance I think to myself that he might like baby food in a straw sippy cup. Like a smoothie experience. So I buy some of those take and toss sippy cups and a variety of baby food pouches and containers.
I also decide to buy a new diaper bag since mine is just too small for this move and living out of a hotel. I buy some super cheesy diaper bag with monkeys on it because I only cared about the price and that one was the cheapest ๐Ÿ˜›  photo 438eresized_zps4ao1z4kg.jpg

I mixed a container of prunes with a fourth of a cup of toddler apple juice and he drank half of it!  photo 414eresized_zpsfwl2q1ky.jpg photo 379eresized_zpslhpzhycx.jpg photo 396eresized_zpszjpcprrf.jpg photo 412eresized_zpslcogqw9x.jpg

After dropping Brooke off at school I decide to check out the local library. I’m nervous because libraries are either really great or really terrible and rarely in between. ha
This one is great, though! It’s not too big but it’s clean and really cute and the kid area is really nice because there are some toys and computers but the focus is on the books! FINALLY a library where the focus is on books and not an indoor playplace or computers!!  photo 422eresized_zpsuz2tljms.jpg

My kids want to throw coins into the fountain but I’m cleaned out of coins since I let them throw my entire coin stash into the fountain in front of the hotel. They’re talking about all the wishes they’d make if they have coins when a man walking past casually reaches into his pocket, no hesitation in his stride, and with a smile drops a small handful of change into my hand. That’s very nice of you, thank you! I call as he continues on his way.  photo 424eresized_zpszrzwuzpb.jpg photo 426eresized_zpsceiyihik.jpg

In some gloriously perfect timing that day is storytime and it’s barely starting just as we arrive. Sierra and Payson hesitate on the edge of the group of kids while Ember catches sight of the group and without prompting runs to grab herself a carpet square and then takes it straight over and sets it down in the middle of the group. That girl! haha

Sierra and Payson seeing their little sister join the group look to me and I say, “It’s okay, you guys can join in, too!” They timidly go and get a carpet square and go sit right by Ember. Ember meanwhile has her eyes fixated on the storytime leader with a huge smile on her face. Sierra and Payson once seated safely in a Hausen-sibling group crack smiles and occasionally do a quick glance at me, just for added security by my nod and smile. I’m sure their timidness is less because of the situation in general and more because of their ages compared to the other kids there. Poor things were the only ones above the age of maybe 5.  photo 429eresized_zpscoxuhnmy.jpg photo 434eresized_zps6xxrsmvv.jpg

Next, we went to McDonald’s for lunch. *sigh* So awful. I really would’ve preferred something healthier but, whatever.  photo 441eresized_zpszv8sl3jv.jpg photo 445eresized_zpsswb0u1nd.jpg photo 447eresized_zpsxczu1jr5.jpg photo 452eresized_zpsf2y6lzty.jpg

Everett was zonked out and I was worried about his position in his stroller. It looked bad for being able to breathe!  photo 439eresized_zps5inwsp5l.jpg

I leaned his stroller back against my lap so he’d straighten out and he promptly woke up and I held him the rest of the time. And made a mental note to finally go ahead and buy myself a new stroller. Not only is this umbrella one terrible if he falls asleep but the wheels on it have never worked well and I’m constantly shaking it as I walk to try to get the wheels to point in the right direction!  photo 449eresized_zps8en0hjqt.jpg

After lunch we went back to the hotel to hang out until it was time to get Brooke from school.  photo 463eresized_zpswx33isvp.jpg

Everett had fun giving himself kisses in the mirror and also pointing out his and his reflection’s belly button. He loves belly buttons.  photo 468eresized_zpsedigvsv8.jpg

I did my hair and makeup since we were going to be eating dinner in the hotel dining area. Three nights a week that hotel had free dinner so that was pretty cool!  photo 488eresized_zpsmdz0oov4.jpg photo 489eresized_zpsf0oxz8i7.jpg photo 491eresized_zps2z61pfsd.jpg photo 493eresized_zps1pzflvwa.jpg photo 496eresized_zpsos7wyp3s.jpg

Everett spent all his time finding the most fun things to do ๐Ÿ˜›  photo 499eresized_zpsm0zrdr68.jpg photo 501eresized_zps2k18ba7b.jpg

While I had been doing my makeup and Everett had been playing with the garbage, the other kids were playing with play-doh. photo 1041eresized_zps6vlszrh4.jpg photo 1046eresized_zpswnoyzvfn.jpg photo 1060eresized_zps5ryywjcb.jpg

I cleaned up the little kids and changed their clothes. Except the new pants I bought Everett (size 18 months) at Target were giant so they just kept falling off him. Darn.  photo 1066eresized_zps4oznjpaz.jpg photo 1071eresized_zpsi8b7s5yd.jpg

Then it was time to pick up Brooke from school! When we got back to the hotel we spent some time outside. The kids got to blow bubbles out by the fountain.  photo 520eresized_zps30qz75ec.jpg photo 522eresized_zpswmgjuhha.jpg

And Everett actually “drank” a bit from a baby food pouch! Oh and this is his new stroller!  photo 524eresized_zpshfy80bxy.jpg photo 525eresized_zps1tx1qibs.jpg photo 529eresized_zpsr8nzlqxe.jpg photo 535eresized_zps8d2p4pqv.jpg

Then we went back in the hotel. Since I was holding Everett by then since he was cranky, Ember got to ride in the stroller.
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I didn’t take many pictures at dinner because it wasn’t that exciting. ha  photo 545eresized_zpsqv6kv5td.jpg photo 547eresized_zpssyzdapsj.jpg

After dinner we went on an errand, to look at mattresses, and then took the kids for ice cream.  photo 552eresized_zpshk6yynh0.jpg  photo 556eresized_zps8c21mq8i.jpg

Everett fell asleep in his stroller and was not at an awkward angle! Yay!  photo 560eresized_zpsgfzpoe6w.jpg photo 563eresized_zpsifirdbdk.jpg photo 564eresized_zpsrnxmejje.jpg

Payson practiced his zombie walking before we went back to the hotel.  photo 570eresized_zpsuw2kjg4i.jpg photo 571eresized_zpsiykcyoqx.jpg

Our first Monday in Idaho, Brooke starts school!

When we were planning our first weeks in Idaho I had a hard time thinking about sending Brooke to school on the Monday after we arrived. I thought that would be a difficult transition for her and I worried about the logistics of sending her to school while in the hotel. I thought we could wait until Thursday since we’d be moving into our new house and maybe that would be better. I don’t know what I was thinking because it was definitely the best idea to put her right into school! She would’ve hated running a bunch of errands with us as we ran around Coeur d’Alene and Post Falls getting things done. She’s my one kid who hates errands with a passion. Payson doesn’t love running errands either but he’s not as vocal about it as Brooke is.

So Monday morning we headed over to Post Falls before school started and Allan walked Brooke in to meet her teacher and look around the school. I would’ve, I wanted to, but I knew Brooke would hate having her siblings there so I stayed in the car with the other four kids.  photo 278eresized_zpsycmx9p1o.jpg photo 280e2resized_zpscaalzuzx.jpg photo 282e2resized_zpsjxdvulnn.jpg

I did my makeup that morning for a change. photo 306eresized_zpsdrmdsmko.jpg photo 297eresized_zpsrhjsgudo.jpg

Next we drove just a few minutes over to our new house! Our real estate agent met us and unlocked the door for us so that I finally got to see the house we’d be buying!  photo 309eresized_zpsvzi6n5sn.jpg

Everett immediately went for the stairs and I made a mental note to buy a baby gate ASAP. ha  photo 317eresized_zps0it0ydsn.jpg

After looking at the house we drove back to the hotel so I could drop off Allan at his corolla. He went to work and I went to Fred Meyer. I wish I’d written down notes during that time because I can’t for the life of me remember what we needed but it was something important. Oh, I do remember! Ember had worn her boots without socks at one point during the road trip and her feet and boots got really stinky. I didn’t have a washer or dryer and was avoiding the laundromat so I bought her some new sandals to wear for the next week!  photo 332eresized_zpset9lyt2o.jpg photo 342eresized_zps5ehddpei.jpg photo 355eresized_zpsbncl958t.jpg

Cafe Rio is right next to Fred Meyer and it was lunchtime by then so I took the four younger kids there for lunch. It was so, so, so good!  photo 886eresized_zpsvrdnpogq.jpg photo 888eresized_zps6xqepezc.jpg photo 894eresized_zps6tjw9mod.jpg photo 905eresized_zpsy4xuirob.jpg

Then we went back to the hotel to hang out and get baths.  photo 915eresized_zpsqvmddcqc.jpg photo 928eresized_zpsmfbxbres.jpg photo 930e2resized_zpstrkrunqp.jpg

There were lots of baths in the hotel. I don’t usually like hotel baths because hotel bathrooms gross me out but this hotel and this bathroom were seriously sparkling clean! I didn’t mind giving my kids baths in there!  photo 367eresized_zps81agyujp.jpg

The last thing I photographed that day was Everett at Target. I bought him some baby food. After that we picked up Brooke from school and went back to the hotel and waited for Allan so we could get dinner together.
Oh and I should add a description to this picture. haha. He was super cranky (he always is, though) and screaming at the top of his lungs. I tried giving him toys and things to keep him entertained but he didn’t care about any of them. I handed him a ball and he cheered up and then I kept handing him more because it cracked him up. Anything to get this kid to stop screaming for five seconds!  photo 1040eresized_zpsg2g8notj.jpg