Saturday, November 28, 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009
He sat on his lap, but was more interested in the bowl of suckers next to him. Santa made a little light conversation with him, commenting on his red hair. Gavin said, "Yeah. I have red hair. You have white. Can I have a sucker?"
"Candy," Gavin told him.
"Well, do you want me to bring you any toys this year?"
"Sure! How 'bout a dump truck or bulldozer....and candy" he added.
Finally Gavin got his lollipop and we were on our way.
Sorry buddy, Santa didn't come early this year.
Camille & Maya
The only good thing about having our yard dug up, drive way re-done, and a portapotty in our yard (Yes, the City of Tulsa choose our yard for their construction workers to use the bathroom in...I'm so honored) is hours of entertainment for the kiddos! All 4 love watching them work.
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Money is a little tight this year (isn't it every year?) so I asked the boys to come up with their own costumes. They have a trunk of dress up clothes in their room...fire fighter, spiderman, cowboy, jedi....seriously, they have to many to name.
Zander came downstairs, wearing head to toe black with a black sheet tied around his neck as a cape. "Ohhh. What are you?" I asked him.
"I am The Dark of the Night," he informed me. I have no idea where he got this from, but I think it's pretty creative for a 5 year old!
For the past month Gavin has been telling me he wanted to be a bird. A bird?! I was really hoping I could persuade him to be a pirate or something he already had, but he wouldn't budge. I was up for the challenge. Here's what I came up with. I bought felt, cut them into "feathers" and hot glued them together for his wings. If I was to do this again I would use a lighter fabric. The felt was so heavy pined on the back of his shirt that it choked the poor little guy!
I bought an eye mask and a bag of feathers for the mask...the beak was made out of foam. To complete the costume he had feather boas and rubber glove feet! the total cost of the costume was under $15!
This was Gavin's first year trick or treating. Last year he was sick and the year before he was just a baby. When it was dusk I said, "Let's go trick or treating!" He ran outside and hopped in the van. I told him to get out and he started to cry, saying he wanted to "go to trick or treat" HA! The first house we went to he tried to go inside! It took about 10 houses before he caught on to trick or treat etiquette....No grabbing candy, no demanding candy, saying thank you.
The twins were Thing 1 & Thing 2 and I was the Cat in the Hat! We went to Boo Ha Ha on Brookside for trick or treating. The girls got more attention then normal....they were huge a hit!
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
My oldest baby is in kindergarten! It just doesn't seem possible for him to be in school. He is learning to read and write already! I went to his parent/teacher conference yesterday. His teacher told me that he is a great student. He participates in class, follows the rules, and has lots of friends. She said that he is the type of kid that school is easy for him and he is excelling in everything. His sweet teacher said, "We're doing something right." So nice to hear!
Monday, October 12, 2009
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
The first year of the twin's life was such an adjustment...for all of us. We all know how much love and attention TWO infants need, so naturally he was pushed away. "Let's watch TV" or "Go play with your brother." As a mother, this is really hard to admit....out load. But I own it. It is what it is. I did the best I knew how at the time...but am paying for it now!
All the attention he missed out on...being the baby...there is a lot of guilt there. I find myself making excuses for his bad behavior.
Gavin, just a week before the girls were born...still such a baby himself!
I know children are resilient. I haven't "scarred" my child in any way. BUT I know that I can do better by him. I refuse to give up on my little Dennis the Menace!
We started "date night" with the boys. This is special one on one time with mom or dad. It can be anything...a trip to the grocery store, library, movie, ice cream, park...the important thing is to spend quality time with Gavin, in particular.
Hopefully positive energy will transform into positive behavior. A mother can hope right?! Ideas, suggestions and encouragement are welcome!
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
This seems to be the boy's favorite spot.
Well it's nearly 9:oo at night and breakfast dishes are still in the sink. Off to take care of laundry and chores that didn't get done today. How do single parents do it?
Friday, September 18, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
Oh, how I love my first born.
Everyday I could write about the funny or insightful things he says.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
- No, you can not have another drink.
- No, you can not watch a movie.
- No, you can not have any yogurt.
- No, you do not need a tissue.
- No, you do not need a band-aid for your mosquito bite.
- No, you do not need another bath today.
- No, we can not read one more book.
- No, we don't need to clean your room right now, I know it's a mess.
I love you, dear boy, but you are very challenging. Must we go through this EVERY night? Sigh. I hate that you end everyday in tears.
I love you,
Friday, September 4, 2009
Sunday, August 23, 2009
We had a great summer but I'm really excited for the changing of season. It's been a scorcher! Now that school has started we are changing our schedule....never an easy task. But it's working.
Zander sharing his ice cream with Maya
The twins are now 15 months!! Wow, time flies. While some things are "easier" for me, I am coming across new challenges. For example, I've never had a problem going anywhere with all 4 kids by myself....but now it's tough. The boys are continuously fighting and the twins don't like to be confined to a stroller or a sling anymore. Our park adventures and story time at the library have come to a halt. It is impossible for me to chase after 2 toddlers, trying to keep them safe at a playground....Camille has NO FEAR! And the library, lets just say my kids aren't exactly quiet and I'm not very good at ignoring the glares I receive.
I do like going to parks with NO PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT, like Woodward Park. I can spread out a blanket, have a picnic and let the kids roam around without the worry of them climbing and falling.
Momma sharing her ice cream with Camille
If anyone has any ideas please share them with me. We're use to being a very active family, but more and more we are becoming homebodies. Is this just how it has to be with multiples at this age? I am only one person, and it's just to physically impossible to watch the 3 little ones at once. Not sure why this is so hard for me to accept....
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
When he got home from school, I asked how his day was. He loves everything about school and told me everything in great detail what went on today. (A big improvement from last year, when he was wouldn't tell me what they did in school) He did get mad at me though...here's our conversation:
Me: So what else did you do today?
Zander: Well, I farted. Twice.
Me: laugh You did?
Zander: Why are you laughing? Farts aren't funny!!
Me: Well, everybody farts Zander. It's not a big deal. Sometimes people laugh at farts. Did other kids laugh today?
Me: Next time that happens, join them. Laugh with them. It's not a big deal.
Don't be fooled by these sweet faces, Camille & Maya
But as time passed my 3 little angels decided to start a turn into brats. I will now refer to my 3 redheads as the Irish Mafia. They were terrorizers! Gavin just crawled around growling at the other kids. His goal was to scare as many little girls as possible. And my sweet little twins? They were even worse. They would actually gang up on other kids....and hit!
Maya as this high pitched squeal that she let out anytime anyone tried to get near her, then Camille would come running to her rescue and slap the innocent bi stander. It was very embarrassing to see them act this way. I am hoping this is "just a phase" and I can nip this behavior in the bud real fast.
When I told Ely (my hubby) about this new problem he grinned, sat up all proud and said, "Well, they aren't little sissy girls. They're tough." Great. They already have their daddy whooped into thinking they can do no wrong.
I did learn a valuable lesson in all this. Never, EVER will I judge another mother for the way her children act. Jeez, my kids are hellions.
Monday, August 10, 2009
"Do you really need to wear that to the grocery store Zander?" I asked him.
"Yes. I'm going skydiving today. I need all this gear."
I can't wait to see him grow up. No telling what he'll be...he has such a wild imagination.
Thursday, August 6, 2009
We made LOTS of stops at rest areas.
I love this picture of Maya.
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Me and the boys like to play grocery store with them. It's a great opportunity to teach them age appropriate math. Gavin and I count the items he's purchasing. Zander always wants to be the cashier, so we're introducing addition and coin money to him.
If the girls are awake, they "mess everything up" according to Zander. The twins love to take everything out of the box (aka shopping cart) and put them all back in. Who would of thought playing with trash could be so much fun? Zander, my very imaginative 5 yr old, built a city of towers so the giant baby monsters could knock them down....it was so cute, they growled and everything!
Seriously, last weeks garbage has kept my kids busy for going on 3 hours today. The 3 youngest are down for a nap and Zander is making a "space station" out of them for his Star Wars action figures.
Saturday, August 1, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
"Girls got into the trash this morning...coffee grinds EVERYWHERE! Nice way to start the day."
But what I didn't elaborate on was WHY and HOW my girls got into the trash without my knowledge. Not that they aren't crafty little girls, they get into a LOT of messes...but this was BAD. I'm talking coffee grinds all over the kitchen floor, in their hair, mouth...ugg, it was a MESS. They must of had a good 5 minutes playing in it.
The reason I was so preoccupied was Gavin. He came down stairs, buck naked...not in itself a big deal, that's how he is 70% of the time...but he said to me, "Mom, I need a bath."
Huh? Did I hear right? Gavin ASKING for a bath? I knew something was wrong...
He pooped ALL OVER the bathroom!! He had only been wearing his undies when the 'ria took over (that's a nice slang word for diarrhea). Poor mommy who had to clean it up...oh yeah, and poor kid who must of had a stomach ache...but I'm seriously still gagging THINKING about cleaning it up...it's been over 12 hours! This is one of those stories that I'm going to laugh about one day, right? It's still to early...
Monday, July 20, 2009
After breakfast we started the Jedi Training Academy. All our little Padawans (that's a Jedi learning the ways of the force for all you non-Star Wars fans out there) were given a light sabor and told to go to each center. At each post there was a different activity to complete. A Jedi must learn to trust all his senses, so they had to guess the sound, smell and taste of differnt objects. Lastly they were blindfolded and had to " feel" the pinata, using the force, of course.
The cherry on top was while the kids were finishing up their cupcakes the evil jedi, Darth Vader made an apperance. All the little Padawans grabbed their lightsabers and attacked him. It was great...but Avrah, the only little girl at the party and is 2, was terrified! Poor baby! But the boys finally defeated Darth Vader and unmasked him, revealing it was only Ely.
Zander had such a memerable birthday. Thank you to all that came and celebrated with us. I'll post a video of the "fight" when I have more time. Happy Birthday Zander! Mommy loves you!