Monday, December 31, 2007
Friday, December 28, 2007
But, I'll give you one guess as to what happens, on this 9th night, to these sleeping-through-the-nighters-since-3 1/2-months-old...around 10:30. And why wouldn't it?!
Thursday, December 27, 2007
As a Christmas gift, my Marvelous husband got us a night out on the town, babysitter in all. It included laughing and dinner. For those of you mommys out there, you know that in itself is like Santa leaving a winning lotto ticket in your stocking.But wait, it gets even better! He got us tickets to the "sold out" presentation of last season's Last Comic Standing winner-Josh Blue.
Somehow we got hooked on that show last year and watched it to the end when we were cheering for Blue.
After a night full of belly laughs we were able to meet Josh and shake hands.
After researching "Laughter" I found this. I'm sure you remember hearing that "Laughter is the Best Medicine." We've all been taught that...but laughter REALLY has enormous amounts of health benefits.
A study done in Japan found that laughter helps regulate gene expression to help control type II Diabetes.
And, studies also suggest that laughter positively affects rheumatoid arthritis.
AND, perhaps the biggest discovery is that laughter is now being proven to alleviate some of the lasting effects of heart attacks such as less medication and fewer repeat attacks with humor therapy of just thirty minutes per day.
God knows what he's talking about when he says, "be joyful."
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Sunday, December 23, 2007
the lights are turned way down low
*crush 1 pkg Oreos, mix with 1 pkg softened cream cheese, roll into 2 in. balls, chill 20 mins, dip in melted vanilla almond bark, chill. Who knew about these and didn't tell me???
Friday, December 21, 2007
This wasn't like yesterday's mop, where I merely mopped the perimeter of the KIX spill, this was the "seriously-nitty-gritty-sweep" first, after pulling the table and all the chairs out...along with "shaking the rugs," followed by "filling the sink with suds" (scary, I know) and using a little "elbow grease" enabling me to get even the corners to sparkle.
I'm not telling you this to brag, because if you remember I don't mop often...
(Which reminds me, I don't think I clearly clarified my whole mopping situation. You see, I LOVE to mop...along with vacuuming. I just don't do it as often since the twins were born. But, this love for it, I think it has something to do with the process and the finished product. There's something that makes my heart sing about seeing a freshly vacuumed floor with perfectly drawn lines from the wheels along with a shiny kitchen floor (shiny as NOT in ketchup splats and dried shredded mozzarella).
Anyways, I'm telling you this as a precursor for my morning events.
I chuckle as I gather my "keys" to explain this. "Chuckle" because the longer I sit here the crazier I think I am, and the faster my leg is bouncing under this desk..for using this precious time to post instead of doing all that needs to be done before my in-laws are here. This was a change in plans, Christmas was to be at their house tomorrow, but because of the weather, it is now here....today, and tomorrow.
You see, when Mitch's alarm went off at 6 this morning and he wasn't in our room, he had moved to the chair in the livingroom somewhere during the wee hours because he couldn't sleep. I rolled over to shut it off but was left wide-eyed. So after getting ready for the day, getting the babies their bottles, the "big kids" their scrambled eggs, followed by the babies their rice cereal (I haven't shared with you that we started that...I'll post about that later, it's going well.) our first scheduled appointment showed up.
We had the water softener replaced. YEA!!! So as I am walking the man down to his appointed room, introducing myself, and telling him to just hollar if he needs me, our next appointment showed up.
We had our in-wall oven and micro pulled out a couple of days ago and our handy man, Gary, came to cut out a slightly bigger space for the new. As I am talking to him, in walks another "appointment." The crew that was to install the new stuff was here. (What better time to have it done then the days before Christmas, right?)
So as I'm answering questions and directing here and there, I'm holding two babies in my arms, trying to keep Jaclyn from asking each visitor 101 questions while they try to get their work done, and holding Oli back with my leg so he doesn't walk through the many piles of sawdust that are now accumulating on my kitchen floor....it was then, that very moment, that I imagined this spotlight of some-sort that started shining down on me as if I was this wonderful "Project Manager Mommy."
So THAT my friends, is why I mopped today. Right after I wiped down the cupboards, countertops, and swept, I MOPPED the many snowy, wet "Big-Man-Shoe-Prints" right out of my house.
Thursday, December 20, 2007
- The MOP that wiped up a dropped bowl of KIX and a sippy cup of cranberry juice that hadn't met its lid yet.
- The TOWEL that dried a very wet bathroom floor from 2 rambunctious bathers.
- The RAG that cleaned up 2 milk spills at lunch.
- The PLUNGER that unplugged 2 of our 3 toilets today.
- The WASHING MACHINE that cleaned a very wet crib sheet from 2 overloaded night time diapers.
- The KLEENEX that has wiped many drippy noses.
and most importantly...
7. My WONDERFULLY PATIENT and UNDERSTANDING HUSBAND who loves me unconditionally even after hearing about my cell phone (3rd one in less than a year) that vibrated off the kitchen window sill into the sink full of suds.
I wonder what this afternoon has in store for us.
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
...don't take your 3 year old along for the ride.
Because, once he asks you, "What took you so long?" and you reply with "I just had to make a quick stop somewhere else" but you refuse to tell him where...
...that's when your darling 3 year old might pipe in with the most excited little voice, "Daddy, I love going to Fleet Farm."
(The sound of
Daddy: "J, Jwhat's wrong?"
J:"There's a monster shaking my bed."
Daddy: "J, honey, there are no such thing as monsters."
J(sobbing): "Yes there are, I just felt it shaking my bed."
Daddy: "No, there are no monsters anywhere, God never made monsters."
J: "He didn't?"
Daddy: "I think what you heard is that [darn] squirrel that thinks it can live in our attic. Remember? I heard it run across the roof last night when I kissed you goodnight."
J: "Oh yea."
After snuggling with daddy, because he is the best snuggler, maybe because Mommy gives a kiss and makes her go right back up to bed so we can both get quality sleep eliminating
Daddy: "Ok, go back up to your bed, hon. I'll see you in the morning."
A couple hours later as J and I were feeding the babies their bottles in my bed I asked this...
"J why did you think there was a monster in your room? God never made monsters, remember, they are are just pretend."
J: "But I want God to make monsters so that mean animals [tigers & lions] can eat them so their tummies won't be hungry."
(This comment might have something to do with the Let's-Talk-About-What-Mean-Animals-Eat" conversation we had a couple of days ago. Although, monsters were never mentioned.
Monday, December 17, 2007
After rerunning today's events in my head, I knew canceling our fitness center membership a few months ago...because of the child care that just didn't pass as professional in my eyes but that's a whole different post...was going to be an o.k. move.
Who needs to pay to exercise when I can get a month's worth of working out in just 4 Manic Mondays? Here's how I got my workout in today.
"Stretched" as I gave hugs around 4 little pajama bodies before leaving the house by 9.
"Jogged" from the car to the entrance of each store and back. Eight stores in all.
Worked on "Deep Muscle Stretching" while holding my phone up to my ear with my shoulder as I ran around gathering last minute Christmas gifts, paid for my items at the checkout, and drove. (woops)
And, "Practiced Deep Breathing" as I looked at the clock to find I had 30 minutest to run to 3 more stores that were nowhere near eachother. Needless to say, I didn't finish everything today. I'd love to share with you the specfic stores I visited and the items I purchased and didn't purchase, because this is a blog and I enjoy sharing unimportant specifics with people who I don't always know, but...my Marvelous Husband reads this and...well, that would ruin some Christmas surprises for him.
After unloading the groceries to their entitled spot in the kitchen, putting the little ones down for naps and giving kisses and hugs to my mom as she darted out the door to finish her Christmas shopping, I engaged myself into the much needed "Cool Down Segment" of my day by preparing a warm, tasty bowl of my mom's famous chicken vegetable soup. Mmmm.
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Friday, December 14, 2007
Thursday, December 13, 2007
If I was a Christmas song I would be "Let it Snow." And this is why...
Maybe you enjoy all of the year's holidays, but there's just something about this time of year… Even if Mother Nature cheats you out of a White Christmas, you know how to make the most of the season — whether with loved ones or strangers you meet along the way.As much as you might like to bundle up and romp outdoors (added by me-I USED to like to do that), you also enjoy kicking back to bask in the glow of the season — or maybe the glow of a dozen strings of lights in your living room (Exactly.) You, more than others, really know how to feel cozy. And for someone who enjoys curling up by a fire (how did you know?), warming a cup of cocoa, or snuggling down with a classic Christmas movie, there's no better theme song. So just remember: If the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful, and if you've no place to go, let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!
Try it out and let me know which song you are.
- Aveda's Rosemary Mint line
- Tator Tot Hotdish ;)
- Sleeping in until 7:30...Wo!
- Indoor play gyms during Winter months
- I'm going with Kim on this one-a good pea coat, mine is black.
- EVOO-for your food and hydrating your body
- Giggling babies
- When Oli hums to me in the rocking chair
- My husband's cold ears after he comes in from outside
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
So on these "special" days...."special" as in "Everyone will be happy and at ease without daddy if the day is carefully planned out" kind of special....I try and do abnormal things. Some of these abnormalities include: All play and no work when it comes to house cleaning, trips to the our friendly Mega Store after everyone's pm naps, and....Tator Tot Hotdish.
This delectible and Oh-so-Mouthwatering meal is a favorite of mine and the kids too. So, we make a big batch of it when he's gone and eat it for lunch AND dinner.
Without assessing the ingredient situation, I started browning the hamburger but then remembered that our oven went on the brink. Oops, pausing for a nano second. That's ok, I'll make my own, "Simmer version."
As I went to grab some milk, I stood staring. Shoot. No milk. Something that is on our list for the Mega Store this afternoon. Well, heavy whipping cream will work.
After adding the rest of the ingredients I was ready for the Tator Tots. Right? Because we are making Tator Tot Hotdish.
Now, I hope this doesn't change my friendship with all of you. You do realize my circumstances right? Two babies drinking bottles in their carseats while our 3 year old is painting at the counter and our little man is running around pushing his basketball in the baby stroller. And it is one of those weird days, did I mention that?
Well, the hashbrowns that we had crisped up quite nicely and were a perfect stand in for the Tators.
A success! Finished. Let's Eat!
As I was savoring each and every bite of our meal, watching the kids "Mmmmm" through it all...I couldn't help but picture myself as Mario or Luigi running through a little Mommy-world dodging numerous Warios, Troopas, and Bullet Bills.
Well, I saved her y'all...Princess Peach that is.
And our Tator Tot Hotdish.
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Please reveal yourself.
(I'd love to have you as a guest host here on 4under3. Us stay at home moms could revel in your glory.)
I'm trying to convince myself that you have no children because we all know the amount of time our pre-kindergarten children require of us. But now I am scratching my head because if you have no children, what is making your floor so dirty?
Monday, December 10, 2007
(Written by the Mucho Macho..I mean, Marvelous himself.)
Rarely will I post on this thing people call a "blog"...with make believe friends. (If you can't grill and ski with them, then they are not real.) But today is a special occasion. I am officially into the Fantasy Football semi-finals. The 124 points scored this week is an all-time high for our league and I now have a man-crush on Tom Brady. I won't say how much money I will be awarded because it doesn't matter. I do it for the love of the game. I love a few things outside of Jesus and family. Fantasy Football is one of them....and my wife knows this. Every Sunday after church she tries to let me watch football...but by the end of the second game she ever-so-gently tells me all she has done for me and what I NOW NEED to do for her. I love her!
(updated on Monday at 3:07p. To all my REAL blogging friends-With you, my days amongst little people are a tad bit spicier. I guess my husband doesn't understand the "quiet ramblings of the mind," yet. But he does know who the Blockbuster football players are. Booyah!)
Sunday, December 9, 2007
Never try to skip the shortened morning naps before church when dealing with babies built on a firm "Babywise" foundation. No matter how great of a job they are doing playing on the floor...their lack of a shortened morning nap before church WILL catch up with them. This causing two very, very, very tired, sad, and tear stained babies along with a quite loud and crazy house during the "exiting portion" of the morning.
Saturday, December 8, 2007
Since Mitch and I have been married we've shared the love of downhill skiing together....well, when I wasn't pregnant we went together. Which now that I think of it has only been 2 winters of our 4 years together. And, ever since J was born we have longed for the day we could take our children skiing with us.
Today was that day!
With size 3 Spyder socks, toe clips and a youth ski harness in hand, J and daddy hit the slopes. I wanted to go soooo bad, but didn't think the chalet would be a toddler/infant-friendly place for 4 hours. We didn't really know what to expect...and both knew that no expectations going into it would be the best. Well, she had a blast and wants to go back. Yea!
(She was "out" 2 minutes into the ride home while holding a half eaten granola bar in one hand.)
Friday, December 7, 2007
4 children under 3.2 and going outside together to make fabulous memories in the snow......there's none!
(J turning her back on me with her arms crossed)
(Oli begging me to unwrap the blue tape from the mitten that is covering his "favorite thumb."
(Geneva and Layla had just as much spirit as their older siblings.) gah....
Thursday, December 6, 2007
- The beauty of a serious downpouring of snow
- Heated Seats
- My MOPs girls
- In knowing that there will be a day when someone will want to watch all 4 of our children at the same time
- Rocking chairs and snuggly babies
- That Jaclyn and Oliver love to play together every minute they can
- A good haircut
- Christmas choirs
- My hard-shoveling husband
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Sunday, December 2, 2007
I found out that "Nictoria" is a 5 year old little girl..."no wait, 6 years old. She just had her birthday. She's growing very big." Some things she likes to do is go to Sunday School and go to the doctor. When she goes to the doctor, though, she doesn't get shots. Nictoria has a dog and her name is-Nictoria. Imagine that! "Jaclyn," I asked, "why haven't I met this friend of yours?" "She's never been to our house, Mommy. She stays at her own home with her mommy and daddy. But she's going to come over real soon. And she has a brother, just one brother. Did you know that her favorite color is red? It is."
"Ok mommy, you finish, I'll go get my jammies on, and we'll talk more about Nictoria, Ok?"
Ok hon. (Oh, I could just chew her up.)
Saturday, December 1, 2007
Friday, November 30, 2007
- Children under the age of 9 are not cognitively and emotionally prepared to handle watching the evening news.
- By the time a child is 18 years old, he/she will have viewed 200,000+ acts of violence.
- Advertisers spend on average $700 million per year individually on sales pitches to children.
- More than 60% of the commercials are for cereal, candy, and toys. (Meat, milk products, bread, juice make up only 4% of ads shown during "childhood viewing time.")
- Children who do NOT have TVs in their bedrooms do better in school.
- Kids who watch 25 hours of TV per week show increases in agressive behavior, childhood obesity, and sleep distrubances.
- The average child in America spends FIVE hours per day watching TV and playing video/computer games.
Sources: American Academy of Pediatrics Guidelines for Parents: Television and the Family; Selling Out America's Children, David Walsh, PhD.
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Little Sister Hazel
About 1.5 lbs lighter
The drooler (as you can see)
Wakes up first in the morning
Cut her first tooth
Like Jaclyn, she wants nothing to do with cuddling before naps and bedtime.
No teeth yet
Like Oli, she loves to snuggle before naps and bedtime. She'll "sing" as I hum to her.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
6am- Alarm went off, showered and ready before twins woke up
6:55-Twins up and bottles fed
7:15-Jaclyn up and breakfast started
7:25-Oliver out of his crib and breakfast
7:45-Jaclyn dressed herself with the clothes I set out for her
7:50-Diapers changed and new outfits on for 3 youngest
8:05-Take diaper bag, fabric, baby toys, pack-n-play, bottles, formula, and purse to car. Start car.
8:20-Get all coats, hats, and mittens out and start bundling Oliver, helping Jaclyn
8:25-Put twins in their carseat under cozy Bundle me.
8:30-Change Oliver's diaper...again!
8:35-Start loading big kids in carseats....and then little kids.
8:45-Pull out of driveway and head to a coffee shop for a free coffee (I'm not saying which shop because it wasn't Starbucks and I don't advertise anything but the best. But, it was free..I had to take advantage of it. And, my Starbucks was 15 min's out of the way round trip.)
10:00-Arrive at "Countryville Lane"
Play, talk, play
Eat, talk, play (How yummy does chili and shredded goat cheese with homemade bread and flax oil sound??)
12:30-Set up Oliver's pack-n-play in the bathroom...put him down for nap.
Twins sleep on master bed.
Jaclyn sleeps in spare bed.
Precious playmate sleeps in her bed.
12:45-3-talk, sew, talk, laugh, talk, sew, iron.
3:00 Big kids up and snacks..then out to the barn to see the horses with playmate's daddy.
4:00-twins up and bottles
4:30-Out the driveway beginning our hour trip home....and to finish talking about "silos, animals that bite, round bales, buffalo, and why Jesus wants us to help others."
A blast I might say! ...and a perfect sunset made with shades of orange, blue, yellow, and pink to top it off.
Monday, November 26, 2007
Sunday, November 25, 2007
I'll think of my friend, Lauren, from college at Northwestern.
As I think about college...
I'll dance happy memories through my head of my days in Moyer 7.
When I think of happy memories with great friends...
I'll laugh out loud about how boisterous and crazy my friend Stace was.
When I reminsce about stellar moments with Stace...
I'll be reminded of our '00 Homecoming Pep Rally.
As I rerun our Pep Rally through my head I'll remember the Goldfish contest and how we thought this was soo funny and entertaining...until we were both nominated to participate.
Then I'll get sick to my stomach and have to pull the car over to eliminate excess food particals that were not digested yet because I'll remember EATING 17 LIVE GOLDFISH AND STILL LOSING THE CONTEST.
...I'll do this...all because you played me a Jennifer Knapp song.
Saturday, November 24, 2007
I read this over at All about Us and thought I'd join in.
Four jobs I have had in my life
- YMCA staff (anything you can think of, I did it.)
- Toddler Teacher in Childcare Center
- First grade teacher
- Barista at Starbucks
Movies I Would Watch Over and Over
- The Notebook
- Dumb and Dumber
- Die Hard-Live Free or Die Hard
TV Shows that I watch
- The Bachelor
- The Unit
- Friday Night Lights
- LIVE with Regis and Kelly (Kelly and I would be BEST friends if she lived next door.)
Four Places I have been
- Cozumel (Honeymoon!)
Four People who E-mail / Call Me Often
- My mom
- ...my mom
- ...my mom..
- do I even need to say it?
Four of My Favorite Foods
- Veggie Sandwiches from Brugger's
- Breakfast foods (waffles, pancakes, eggs, hashbrowns, you name it.)
- Lemon Cream cake from Olive Garden
- Salads...the best being Oriental Chicken from Applebee's
Four places I would rather be right now
- Skiing in Montana
- Relaxing beachside in Jamaica
- On a Cruise somewhere...I've never been.
Things I am looking forward to this year
- Christmas....like every year.
- Watching the twins continue to develop their own personalities
- Park dates next summer.
- My hubby's and my ski trip in January.
Want to play? Consider yourself tagged and please let me know you decided to play!
Friday, November 23, 2007
Thank you for everything that we need. Thank you for Emma and thank you for........everything that we need, and thank you for our neighbors Emma and Allie. And, thank you for everything....that we need. And thank you for (silence).........everything that we need. Amen!"
I'm so happy that Julia now loves to pray. This is what our supper prayer sounded like tonight. And her bedtime prayer. Come to think of it, probably our breakfast prayer tomorrow morning, too.
Thursday, November 22, 2007
2. Great conversation with my hubby on our way to Thanksgiving.
3. Hearing Jaclyn ask Oli if she could hold his hand during our ride.
4. Martin's chocolate oatmeal treats that he brought today-they were heaven in my mouth.
5. Watching the 3 cousins (all 3-year-old girls) run around and play together-ALL DAY!
6. Watching Oliver tag along.
7. Watching Oliver haul mini marshmallows around in his matchbox tractor and trailers.
8. A Thanksgiving meal that was divine!!
9. Over 2 hours of belly laughing while playing Apples to Apples, Like Minds, and Blokus.
10. Great conversation with family we don't see often.
11. Watching videos of my husband as a young child at past Thanksgivings.
12. Seeing the snow fall while we were in the car.
13. Making Geneva and Layla laugh while we were changing their diapers.
14.....I could go on and on..but I'll stop here. I hope your Thanksgiving was a great one!!
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Monday, November 19, 2007
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
...taking the 3 youngest to the doctor all by myself. Yes, Oli, Geneva & Layla have been battling a cold for too long so I took them in this morning. I left Jaclyn across the street at the neighbors to play because I didn't want to infest her with yucky germs from the clinic. I was pretty proud of Oliver. He showed an improvement with the listening skills today. He held on to the double stroller while we walked from the car to the front doors of the clinic....as well as back to the car. I showered him with compliments and he seemed pretty proud of himself. I felt like he was going to bee line it to the parking lot the entire time...but he refrained. For some reason Jaclyn had an amazing amount of self control when she was Oliver's age and I never worried about that kind of thing (except the one time she wanted to play tag in Marshall Field's shoe department last winter). Then, he was very entertained by the Dora book in the room while we were waiting for the doctor...which helped a lot. The girls were great. You know...they were fed, changed, burped, and amused by their dangling carseat toy...so they really had nothing to complain about. So a great trip....except....that ALL THREE have Bronchitis, Oliver the least intense...but he has a slight ear infections on top of it. :(
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
I haven't blogged in a couple of days..hours....not because I haven't had time to get to the computer but because when I'm at the computer all I'm doing is listening to Planetshakers. I am still in awe of their music. And I guess Luke likes them too because just now, he walked in pushing his teddy bear (from Karna) in Julia's baby stroller....stopped in front of me, picked up little Teddy, hugged him close with one hand while putting the other hand in the air as if he was "praising Jesus." Oh I wish I had that on video.
Monday, November 12, 2007
Jill Savage, author of Professionalizing Motherhood, encourages moms to take pride in their chosen career and share with people that they are in the profession of motherhood. While attending the Hearts at Home conference here in Rochester a couple of months ago, I was refreshed in knowing that this career that Mitch and I have chosen for myself is the perfect place for me right now. Even though some days I feel that I would be much more appreciated in the "professional" workplace, I really do try and cherish each one of my days during this season of my life.
*Help Luke climb the ladder at the park to develop strong muscles.
*Wash four loads of laundry to take care of my family’s physical needs.
*Prepare breakfast to give my children a nutritional start to the day.
*Clean up the kitchen to take care of the home God has given me.
*Cook dinner to give my family the opportunity to sit, talk and be refreshed.
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Friday, November 9, 2007
Thursday, November 8, 2007
2. "Red Cup" season at Starbuck. (It started today.)
3. Psalms 91:11
"For He shall set His angels charge over you to keep you in all your ways."
5. Electric fireplaces during the fall and winter.
6. My friend Stacey's post on Tuesday about "Daddies." (Check it out, it made me laugh out loud)