January 17th, 2016
January is just crawling by. It’s dark. It’s cold. The kids are making me INSANE every second they are home and not involved in a structured activity. They won’t stop torturing each other but they refuse to be separated. I feel so much sympathy for my own mother, since I’m pretty sure I was EXACTLY the same way with my sister as a child.
There was a thunderstorm, so Caroline tried to help Brutus be less scared
Linc cheering for the Golden Globes
SURE FINE GO PLAY IPAD JUST STOP WHINING
Literally hiding from the whining
Babies who are awake at 7 have to come to the cold bus stop
Thank blankie is the most disgusting thing I have EVER seen.
I ordered this dress-up from China and it came in less than 2 weeks
Tiny sailor boy in his bunk
So cold, but so snuggly in his fox suit
By Grabthar’s Hammer, you will be missed
Friends let friends eat their extra waffles
Bored at the very busy grocery store
2 am. Baby screaming in my face while I try to watch Friends. #blessed
Super happy about her baby oranges
OK, I guess comforting his crying sister means he isn’t THAT much of a jerk
I have my first photoshoot of the year tomorrow and there is SNOW on the ground. I don’t know if my clients are super thrilled but I sure am. It’s going to be gorgeous. But cold. Super cold. So I plan to spend the rest of the day (no school!) hiding under a blanket while my husband (no work!) keeps the children from killing each other. Because that is what I do on the days HE has work. I AM REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO IT.
January 10th, 2016
We survived our first busy week back at real life! Almost all my pictures are of people sleeping.
New picture frames!
Building his – I mean EVAN’S – new Legos
Playing with Christmas presents like a big kid
Trying to put clips in his hair, always
FORCED SIBLING LOVE IS THE BEST KIND
He would have slept with that wrapping paper if I let him
It is slightly less dark when the kids get off the bus
Finding new uses for my newborn posing beanbag
Thought process: Oh look how pretty that beam of light looks. End result: Unremarkable random photo of moldings.
The cat hates being cold in the winter
Doing important baby work
MORE NAPS – we had friends over but he was so tired he ASKED for naps
I am SO GLAD I am not in charge of the basketball clinic
Showing off their new basketball skills
Caroline can’t hang past 8 pm.
It is now the worst part of the year, where it’s always winter but never Christmas. We haven’t had any remarkable snow yet, which would at least give us an at-home-jammies day and I could take the kids sledding to wear them out. Luckily they CLEARLY seem to be getting enough activity to be tired anyway.
There are a couple of snowflakes on my weather app for next weekend though, so I’m hopeful.
January 6th, 2016
We realized this year that because of the way our summers play out, we’ll probably always do warm weather vacations with my parents and the holidays with E’s parents. That means that when we’re in Ohio it is probably always going to be cold, raining and/or snowing, and dark. We’ve made it our goal to find as much kid-friendly indoor stuff as possible. Luckily, Ohio KNOWS it is cold and dreary in the winter so they’ve made an effort to provide us with lots of options.
We visited the Richland Carrousel Park* on Monday I think. After a brief mix up with what time exactly they opened (11 am, not 10 am) we had a really fun time. A book of 50 ride tickets costs $35, so not only did all the kids (mine plus two cousins) get to ride as many times as they wanted, the grown ups got to ride too. By the end Caroline wasn’t even saying “JUST ONE MORE PLEEEEASE ONE MORE??” There were a few other people there at 11 am during school vacation but not a lot, so the kids got their pick of fun animals. It’s a really nice wooden carousel, not the ugly plastic kind we get at the local fair, which made ME like it a lot more even if the kids didn’t care.
I took way too many pictures, as usual. Between the huge windows and the lights on the carousel and the Christmas decorations still up I couldn’t stop myself.
*Their website and signs say “carrousel”. My spellcheck tells me that is not a work, and perhaps I mean “carousel”. I did, in fact, mean carousel, so I wrote carousel everywhere else in the post but I can’t do anything about their official name. According to the internet, that’s the French spelling. I guess Richland, Ohio was feeling pretty international.
January 4th, 2016
I’m late again, but it wasn’t my fault this time, I was having laptop issues and my iPhone photos wouldn’t load. I know you were really concerned.
Annual Nutcracker Conference
Teaching the children naval dominance
Pretty pleased with his own driving skills
THE FORCE AWOKE
We play a lot of cards in Ohio
Child-sized hamster run was quite entertaining
No caption needed
HEY GUYS I FOUND OUTSIDE
The doc is in and she’ll fix you up…
Drive thru banking is so convenient
This is what happens when I want Linc to pose for a picture
Cousin Christmas is a little crazy
I forgot to bring my phone inside COSI, but it was REALLY fun
Disco sparkle tree
So many pine needles
Post-Christmas disaster house
Post-Christmas ER trip for some face-gluing
I got both big kids out the door and off to school on time with no crying and no screaming, so reintroduction to real life is going pretty well. It’s currently softly snowing outside while I drink coffee and watch Lincoln destroy the house I already cleaned once today, so my day is going well. That’s not sarcasm, that’s a perfectly lovely day with a 17 month old.
I went a little crazy signing the kids up for activities (again) because bored kids trapped in a cold house are the worst, so this week is going to be B U S Y. Let’s hope they wear themselves out too much to whine, since I am all full up of whining children after 2 weeks off school.
December 30th, 2015
We had a nice family Christmas at home, which is my favorite kind. Santa brought the kids a lot of great stuff plus E and I bought the kids a Disney Infinity so there was plenty to keep everyone busy all day (and hopefully for many many more days).
We walked to the 4:30 family service at our church. Caroline wore one of my Christmas dresses.
Before bed we put out cookies for Santa and carrots for the reindeer with a drawing Caroline made and put in an envelope she borrowed from church. Then we sprinkling the lawn with “reindeer food” that Caroline made at school (oats + glitter).
We open one present each on Christmas Eve.
And then we tried to get some photos in our matching jams.
And then after the kids went to bed SANTA CAME!
And then Christmas was chaos. With bacon and waffles.
It was a very Star Wars Christmas.
Caroline is SUPER excited about her first graphic novel.