Friday, July 31, 2009
Last night I went out with my sister and sister-in-law. They both had had a stressful day and needed to get out and my husband so "Go, have a good time", so I did.
It is a rule in our house, when you get PJ's on, you pick up your room and the toy room for a fresh start the next day. Apparently, Daddy didn't remind them to pick up last night, so this morning the toy room was a mess, not terrible (like maybe they cleaned half way) but still a lot of toys sitting out.
My thoughts: "I HAVE HAD ENOUGH!!!"
This morning I boxed up all the toys that were still on the floor. I keep threatening to do this to the items they don't take care of, and today was the day. Every toy left on the floor I boxed up and put in the closet until further notice. There were some tears shed, but when Mommy is at the end of her rope - look out!
This mean Mommy is just trying to teach responsibility. Right?
(Can you tell that I may be eager for school to start so my house can stay in order a little better??)
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
A few months ago I was changing Mac (yes, we should be potty training but.... well....). He was laying on the floor, I was sitting at his feet with my legs on either side of him. Daddy was home and thought it would be funny to show him how to tickle mommy's toes (since they were placed at the perfect spot).
Good one, Daddy!
Now every time I lay him down to change his diaper (and I usually don't have shoes on at the house) he says, "tickle, tickle" in the cutest voice that makes me laugh every time - even if he hasn't 'tickled' me yet.
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Over and over again we've discussed different things that they could do, but never put anything into action. I'm not saying that the kids don't help out and I walk around like a maid (although, I feel like that sometimes?).
Well, I've decided that I am not being a good mother if I don't teach them responsibility. So here we go, again!
Here is what we are doing (on top of 7:00 clean-up before bed):
I think Mollee (3rd grader) and Tavis (2nd grader) need a little more responsibility than the others. When I need her to, Mollee has to shift the laundry from washer to dryer and then from dryer to basket. Tavis has to take the kitchen garbage out to the big can, which usually needs to go out once a day. He can't push the full can to the road for pickup, but after it has been dumped, he has to pull it back to the house. Mollee and Tavis also tag-team the dishwasher. Mollee does cups and plates, Tavis does plastics and silverware. Mollee is also learning to wash the dishes after she bakes with me.
Daegan (going to be in kindergarten) actually loves to do chores. He always gets the mail for me and when I have some to be picked up he takes it to the box in the morning. He also empties all the little garbage cans into the kitchen garbage once or twice in the week. He likes to run the vacuum if he can, but our vacuum is heavy and sometimes is hard to push. He always wants to set the table for dinner and loves to help me collect laundry.
Capps (5) and Mac (2) have a lot less to do, but I think that is only fair, as long as they have to help with things down the road. Capps is responsible for getting the paper, which he loves that it is his job. Sometimes, he'll empty the garbages instead of Daegan. Mac can clean his own room, which really means all toys are thrown in his closet.
After dinner everyone has to clear their plate. Mollee has to clear Daddy's plate and Tavis has to clear Mommy's plate. As I said before, I usually get them to help me put the laundry away and just don't look at the state it is in later on - it is clean, right? I also have enjoyed getting everyone to help carry in groceries. Even Mac will get the lightest bag to carry in.
I know there are other little things they do, but I'm open to suggestions if you've got some?
There were 20 adults and 25 kids. Mom wasn't sure about having that many people, but we convinced her it would work if she did pork roast and the rest of us just brought side items. The dining room table held the 20 adults fine with high chairs on the outskirts, the big girls and the little (2-yr old) boys were at the kitchen table, and all the other boys were at various picnic tables on the deck (we were thankful it didn't rain).
It was a wonderful lunch, great fellowship and the cousins always have a good time playing together. It is actually getting a little less stressful as we get together with fewer and fewer toddlers that need more strict supervision. Although, the noise level with that many kids is loud no matter what the age.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Tonight (Saturday) there was a fancy dinner. We did not sign up to attend tonight, because it seemed like too many activities in a 30-hour period to tote everyone around. We found out that my cousin, Esther, and her family weren't going tonight either. Since they were staying in our neighborhood at my parents house, we invited them down for dinner. Apparently, my two brothers, Philip and David, and their families (who were hanging around after the pool) didn't sign up to go to dinner tonight either so they ended up picking up pizza and coming over also. It was a great 'smaller' reunion that lasted from 5:30-7:00 and then everyone was on their way for early bedtimes.
Avery loved the horse and wasn't interested in pizzaWith all the different activities we had invited my nephew, Thomas, to join us for the weekend. He stayed Friday night and is sleeping over tonight also. Cousin friendships are so important in this family!!
Friday, July 24, 2009
When Jason and I got engaged I was a nanny for some great friends, Warren and Hella Smith. They have two children, Daniel and Madeleine, who were 5 and 2 at the time. I have many fond memories of being with them.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Of course, Capps was off doing his own thing, he wanted to stick closer to me because there were 'other kids' there. After we got home late I decided not to put Mac down for a nap because I didn't want him to sleep too late and get to bed late. I put a movie on for him to watch while I made cookies for a family reunion this weekend. I made seven dozen sugar cut-out cookies (with help-ugh!) and six dozen sour cream cookies (a family favorite) and I made dough for ginger snaps (which has to sit in the frig overnight before baking).
By 7:00 this evening all the kids were bathed and ready for bed, thankfully, Mac was already in bed and asleep. Once everyone was in bed, I cleaned house a little, messed around on the computer and then got on the treadmill around 10:00, but I only ran/walked for 20 minutes and was too unmotivated to go any further and got a shower and went to bed.
Did I say busy?
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
The boat scene with the tube being pulled behind
Mollee riding the tube with Anna, of course, she loved it.
I won't bore you with a picture of each child on the tube, but Daegan went second (here he is on the tube, but below he is anxiously awaiting for his turn). He insisted on going with one of the older girls (not the boy!) and he kept asking for it to go faster. I'm suddenly a little fearful about his teenage years.
The 'water motorcycle' was a big hit
..Jase and I took Mac out on it
Monday, July 20, 2009
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Mollee had a great first game - straight down the center. She even got two strikes in a row. She ended up winning with a 99, but the second game her arm got tired and she finished out the game with her left arm.Tavis bowled well also and came in second place the first game, but got first place the second time around (with a 91).Daegan was dressed a ready for cosmic bowling. :) He has been the winner every year in the past, but today he got third place. Capps, well, he's Capps! His ball went as slow as it possible could without coming back down the lane. He really seemed to have a blast and was 100% ready each time his name was highlighted for his turn.We didn't sign Mac up for an entire game, so he just threw a ball here and there for his siblings and he seemed pleased with the amount he got to play.To be honest with you, I'm not sure how the adults did (Sorry to whoever won!). I didn't play because of some vertigo issues that I have been too embarrased to blog about after all our other medical issues (maybe more on that another day). I sat on the sidelines and made sure the kids (ok, really Mac) didn't wander off.
It was a good day and I hope that we can do it again before the summer is gone!
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
We love Mrs. Laura!
Here is Mollee 'striking a pose' in her new hat.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
You guys are going to think I'm crazy. We have had an incredibly healthy winter (I think Mollee having no tonsils has helped the entire family in that regards), but now we are having one strange thing after another. Granted, I'm very grateful that we are just dealing with a bunch of little things instead of something bigger like my dear friends are dealing with - like swine flu. Plus, I love to learn!
Of course, Daegan is always the culprit, our little 'petri dish'. He woke up Saturday looking like he had a little sunburn on his cheeks. Knowing our previous days schedule, I knew that was impossible but didn't think much of it. By Sunday he looked even more burned and Monday morning he woke up with very red face cheeks, liked he'd be slapped over and over again. I decided to have it checked out (after a winter of not going to the doctor, it was my third trip in eight days).
It is Fifth Disease. Your gonna love this! It is a virus, is highly contagious before the rash shows up and you don't do anything about it and there aren't really any symptoms. Sometimes it can get itchy in overheated situations and sometimes you can get a low grade fever. There is nothing dangerous about it, except to first trimester pregnant women.
Why is it called Fifth Disease? This is your medical lesson for the week. Because it was the fifth rash on the charts back in the day and instead of coming up with a real name, they just chose fifth disease. Hmmmm!
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Of course, Tavis' "blank" is right at his feet??
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Today was Capps' appointment. Like every other check-up in his life, he was 50% for height and 50% for weight (which is huge for one of my kids). He did great on the eye chart, he loved peeing in a cup, and he did every physical activity the Dr. asked him to do (hopping on one foot, walking on his heels, etc.). Then came the immunizations. When Mollee fought her shots (at age 5, I must add she didn't fight anything during her allergy test) her drama would just make me mad, but when the boys just sit there and grin and bear it, that kills me. They always say, "I'm going to be tough as a soldier - will you tell Dad?".
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
This was the requested version of Happy Birthday for our family birthday dinner tonight. For dinner, Capps requested spaghetti and cupcakes. Usually we have a stack of iced sugar cookies, but Capps wanted cupcakes. Of course, after he blew out the candles he said, "Can I just have vanilla ice cream?"
-excuse the spaghetti sauce, there was no time to clean his face, we had to get the party started; also, Mollee insisted on taking the pictures and this was the only one she took of the birthday candles???
He got coloring items, playdoh, and a Batman toy. Of course, he had to start coloring right away and I am very happy/proud to tell you that the first thing he made was a card for me. This is the front of the card and the other side was orange with "THAnK YOU" written in a brown marker - therefore, it didn't show up to scan.
Capps MacCallum Brown is hereby named:
'My favorite five year old'
I'm looking forward to this next school year of getting to enjoy Capps (and Mac) a little more as Daegan heads off to kindergarten. Capps is my kid that could slip through the cracks. Many times you will find off by himself if too many people are around or if his siblings are being too crazy.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CAPPERS!!!