Wednesday, December 31, 2008

New Years Eve

I'm ashamed to say, that this week has been unproductive. With cousins in town, the boys have been well entertained, but that's about it. We've seen legos daily, and they are a new favorite for Finn (I think he has forgotten about the little transformer) . We've also heard a lot of stories that Alvin and I aren't reading. I found some stories that I downloaded to my Ipod for the kids, for when there aren't cousins here and I need a break.
Sol turned 11 yesterdayand we all went out for dinner. It was probably the best time out with we've had sonce the twins were in car seats. Bubba brought hats and noise makers...with out the noise part, and all the kids did pretty well.
There has not been a lot of this...
but I took the picture because it was so cute. Finn gave his brother flashlights for Christmas, and they insist on going to bed with them (even for naps). I've been getting a cold and want more sleep, however the boys are waking up earlier and heading to our bed, so I am getting less of it. Last night I did the 3 bed tango (we only have 3 bedrooms) after Quincy came to our bed at 12:10.
Cousin Sol has been a great help, especially today. He came over just to help me and hang out here while his parents were gone and Mimi took Finn and Sabine shopping. I was able to shower and clean both boys rooms with out interruption. He is still here, so I think I might tackle the living room vacuuming.

I started cleaning the kitchen and found a little helper...
He kept saying, " I working." so I let him unload the entire dishwasher onto the counter...the silverware got dumped into the drawer.
Tonight is going to be different from every other night because Finn is going out with family to a kids museum. I think I might actually try to get in bed early and see if I can fight this cold.
Happy New Year to you all.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Slept til 7:00

Paxton came into our room at 7 this morning. Lately it has been about 4, so I call this a success. He sort of kicked me out of my bed, so I went to sleep with Quincy, hoping that I could keep him asleep. That didn't work, because Finn woke up yelling, "Sol and Sabine are here." Actually they won't be here until later, but he was excited to show them all his christmas gifts and give them theirs. Since we have had mornings as early as 5, I am thrilled with this progess, but as luck would have it, the Doctors office returned my call this morning, to schedule an appointment to talk about Quincys bad sleeping. I made an appointment, knowing that I can cancel it should he decided right away that he will sleep better.

So as much as I hate having a giant plastic kitchen in the living room, I am thrilled to say that the boys love their gift. This morning, they cooperated and played together "making breakfast." They helped each other put on aprons, Finn told the little boys what to do, and they served Alvin and I coffee, bread chicken and hot dogs. Once they get independent play down, I will be moving it into their room.

Finn is equally happy with his legos. He also got a robot and a remote control car, but the car isn't working right and has to be returned and he is sad about that. He begged Santa for a transformer, and we found him a little one for $3: he was so excited because he got what he asked for, but he has barely played with it. Finn wants to spend hours building with his legos, and I think he will ask for more for his birthday.

I had a good Christmas. Do any of you get surprised by gifts? I had one surprise, a collander from Santa, but Finn had given me one the night before...guess someone else noticed that mine was broken. My parents brought me a beautiful tablecloth from their trip to Provence, that is treated with "something" to make it wipe clean.

My big gift (not a surprise) was an I-pod...guess santa heard me singing "all I want for Christmas is my own I-pod." Santa had it full of audiobooks, because that is what I wanted. Jen suggested I try listening to something while I folded laundry, and did all those other monotonous jobs I have around the house...and I listened to it for hours yesterday (now, I am so into a book, I want to fold laundry, take a walk, etc). With my sisters family coming, I may be listening to it a lot more (her kids come here because all the toys are here).

Well, I am off to do something monotonous. Feel free to recommend an author you think I might like.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas Everyone!

What a great Christmas we have had, already. Our family tradition is to open family gifts on Christmas Eve, after hearing the Nativity story. We did this short my brothers family, who couldn't make it due to weather and illness...we missed them. We made a conscious effort to scale back and I am pleased to say that all of Paxton and Quincys gifts were either handmade, garage sale finds or deeply discounted at Lands End. Finn had a list of things we couldn't get around with out buying, but he was pleased with his legos, and vest and apron (all boys got vests and aprons).

The adults stayed up until midnight playing a card game...even my dad stayed and I think we all enjoyed ourselves.


Paxton came into my bed at 3:30, but only after I listened to him play with his dog flashlight for a few minutes through the baby monitor. Finn came in at 4:30, convinced that he had interrupted Santa. We did a little stocking peeking and he was able to go back to sleep. Pax was up at 6:30, Quincy at 7:00 when I called the family to come over and we could open our stockings together.
Finn got more legos, a robot and some small toys. He also got a can of Spam, which he had for the first time over Thanksgiving and has begged for since. P& Q (I am making an effort not to call them the twins) got a kitchen to go with the food, dishes and aprons they got last night. It was a second hand find and they were so happy with it. Quincy has even played alone today...a first.
As for the rest of the day, I see sleep, eating and not much else. Just going to enjoy our family time.
Merry Christmas to you all. We wish you peace today.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Update

So it snowed another 5 inches after my last post--that is according to the weather people. And at 2:30 last night, the power went out. It was out for only 12 hours, and we survived. The house only got to 67 degrees (normally, I keep it at 70) thanks to the great insulating job my husband did last winter. When we woke up, in the dark, Alvin lit the kerosene heater, made for the indoors, and we were a toasty 76 degrees when the power came on.

The sun was out and beautiful today. That causes problems when the melted snow freezes and causes icy roads and trees to break or uproot. I suspect the snow will still be here for Christmas...Finn is happy because he asked Santa for snow on Christmas.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

7 inches and counting!

Okay, you know it snowed but this is amazing for where we live. We were headed out to go "sledding" (We have this little baby sled, but the kids don't mind) and my parents came over. By the time I got all the kids dressed and ready to go out, I was sweating. Instead of sledding, I pulled out some plastic bins and we made an igloo.





It took a little over an hour to build and as you can see , it fits people. We had 3 adults and 3 kids in it, but my butt was chilly. My dad used to be scout master, and they would go out and build igloos for camping in, and he said that he thought this was easier and faster.
I was trying to recall when we have ever had this much snow, and I don't think I can. I remember in jr high, or high school, Sarah came over and we went out in my parents pasture on the neighbors snow mobile. Both of us had on sweat pants and when covered with snow, they were slick on that vinyl seat...when we went over a bump, we both slid off the back. Wish we had a snow mobile today.



Saturday, December 20, 2008

It's Snowing, Again!

It started snowing at about 3:30. At 4:00 I took this picture. At 9:00 I took this picture...about 5 inches of snow and still falling. It's now 10:45 and the kids are nestled in their beds, and I am about to go tuck each one under their down comforters and will understand when they come into our bed tonight (if the power is out). The weather people are predicting winds should start shortly, followed by freezing rain.

I still don't care. I still feel good about my preparations and if we get too cold, we can go next door. I have decided to share one of the things I love about snow...I love the way Christmas lights shine under the snow. We have blue LED lights wrapped around our deck railing and the snow is 6-7 inches over them in some places. There is this glow around each bulb that can't be photographed, but it is a neat sight.

I see our wreath twisting in the wind, so it must be time to shut down. Stay warm.

Storm is coming...they say

Once again, we are bracing for a storm. Since it's below freezing and we already have snow, more snow and wind are just going to create havoc (if it comes). Alvin ran errands: got propane for the barbeque, gasses up the cars, got some canned processed foods, and some cold medicine for our sick kids and said the stores are crowded with people in panic mode.

I don't feel panicky, for the record. I have the house almost clean, and have done 3 loads of laundry already, and am now making bread. I think I am going to blow up the air mattress, in case we decide to sleep all in the same room.

And we have sick kids. Finn and Paxton have a cough and Quincy...don't know what's wrong with him, but he came to our bed at 11:00 last night and proceeded to throm up in it and on both Alvin and I. (TMI? It splashed into my mouth---gross) I'm just glad that I was able to wash up.

Wish me luck...luck that I stay sane. And that the power will be out long enough to fold the 7 loads of Laundry piled on my bedrrom floor.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Scrap Dolls

This year, my family has gone back to handmade gifts (opposed to drawing names) and my goal was to not spend any money and use things I already had. I did that with almost everything, including my Christmas cards, but I have had to buy some fabric. For this project, I had to buy muslin. These are for my neices. Not sure what they will do with them, but I think they are cute and Quincy is really attached to Emilys' and would only sleep with it or me tonight. I am going to have to make my boys some, but still trying to figure out how to make them more masculine. Oh, Finn picked out the green hair.


SNOW DAY

Yesterday, I cursed the Weather persons (Alvin watches a weather woman) because they couldn't get it right. They predicted a storm with loads of snow, and yet we didn't see a flake. And the weather people said there was more coming... starting about midnight. I waited and nothing. I was up at 3am and still nothing. At 5:50am the phone rang with a recording from the school saying that school was cancelled and there was only 1/2 inch. Thanks School District...You woke us all up and we had no need to be up (even when school is on we don't have to be up until 8:00am), so now I have a bored, tired 5 year old. And it didn't let up until afternoon. We have a total of 4 inches and it's cold, so it should be around for a while.



School is already cancelled for tomorrow...this news brought tears because Finn's class was supposed to have a party.
Today was a little tough, becuase I didn't want to go outside. Finn spent a large portion of the day out there, and now I realize that he needs some snow boots. I got some cleaning done, but mostly I worked on a Christmas present. I'll post a picture tomorrow, IF i get them finished.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Glitter!

I was on the phone today and Quincy opened up a bottle of embossing powder with glitter in it (I know, I should have put it away after I finished my cards). For those non crafter friends, imagine super fine glitter. I've vacuumed, but it's still all over. My eyes itch, so I know it's on my face. It's on the couch, in the carpet, on the boys. on the ottoman, on Finn's socks. I can't clean enough to get rid of it.

So, if you see Alvin tomorrow with glitter on him, ask him if I was living out my Edward fantasies.

Storm is a coming!

In case you are unaware, we had snow on Saturday night. We woke Sunday morning to a few inches and the kids were thrilled.



However, it has been cold and it is still here...with no signs of warming up (picture taken this afternoon.


And, there is a good possibility that we will add to the snow tonight. Today, school was 2 hours late, because of "transportation" issues and that means no kindergarten. If we don't have school for the rest of the week, I might loose it.

Snow is no big deal for me, I just won't go out in the car and as long as we have milk, we are set. However, there is always a possibility that the power will go out and I feel like I need to be prepared for it. One of the things I like to have caught up is laundry, so I have done 4 loads today (and I changed all the bed linens too).

So here is a list of things that I do when I think the power is going to go out...

Fill up the bathtub. We have a well and it runs on electricity. No power = no water. We can use bathtub water to flush the toilet, and wash if necessary

Do the dishes and keep up with them. Then I fill a large bowl with water and put a ladle in it, so I can rinse dishes with this.

Do as much laundry as I can do, with out leaving any of it wet. Folding the laundry might be considered entertainment in the dark. And I know the kids will have clean warm clothes.

Charge the batteries on the portable DVD Player.

Vaccuum, because I do. Actually, that means cleaning up the toys, so you don't step on them in the dark.

Gas up the car, because when it's cold, the car gets warm and we could watch a movie and be warm. Gas stations with out power don't sell gas.

Try to talk Alvin into hauling in firewood...usually he does this on his own.

Haul out candles and flashlights (and batteries)

Make Dinner.

Turn off the computers.

When the twins were 3 months old, our power went out for 3 days. We have a fireplace that fully stoked won't keep our house at 60 degrees. I gave in quickly and took the babies to my moms house. She has a wood stove in a room that can be closed off and that gives her the ability to heat water on it. Since I was feeding every 2 hours, I knew I couldn't do it at home. And there was the added bonus of having my mom there to help. Alvin chose to stay home with Finn and was up every 45 minutes feeding the fire and they were still cold. Not sure what I'd do now, that the boys are older, but I'd like to stay home as long as possible. Regardless, we'd all be sleeping in the same room, so you know we wouldn't sleep well.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Sleep problem solved...sort of.

Alvin has taken to sleeping with Quincy, and it's keeping him in his own bed. Keeping Alvin out of his, and making me happy because there is no one to touch me, until Finn awakes from his dads snoring and comes to join me. That was a problem, but once he realized he needed to bring his own pillow, it didn't make me loose anymore sleep.

I spent 2 hours Saturday night folding laundry, making up for all the time I hadn't folded laundry, but now it's accumulating again while I work on other things. Today I made applesauce again, finally finishing with all the apples (100 pounds) that I bought about a month and a half ago. It was freezing outside, so I had to do something with the apples. Tonight I canned all of it, grouted some mosaic pots (charity project that was really a thorn in my side...because they take a long time and you can't do it with kids around) and re-ordered my Christmas cards...because I wasn't happy with the printing.

So, if I get on it, and the photos arrive before Friday, I will get our Christmas cards out before the holidays. I still have several gifts to make, and some of them have to be done at night, so the kids will be surprised.

Alvin and I went last night to "talk to Santa" which is code for shop. We got mostly everything we need, and the only gifts I am stumped on are for my 11 year old nephew (probably give him a book, but what books has he read) and my 27 year old single brother (home depot gift card). If you have suggestions for either of them, I would love it, becuase both my ideas seems thoughtless. Alvin also bought my gift, and I can say that I am going to be happy with it. Oh, and most of them are already wrapped.

Alvin is giving his clients home made bread and apple butter (part of those apples mentioned above) and he volunteered to help me make it.

What I am really saying is that the holiday stress is upon me, and I am so glad that I am getting more sleep. If you have any out of work fairies or elves at your house, send them to mine, I can keep them busy for a while.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Pay It Forward


This is how it works:

Pay It Forward Exchange is based on the concept of the movie "Pay it forward".

I will send a hand made gift to the first three people who leave a comment to this post on my blog requesting to join the PIF exchange.

All the gifts will be made and posted out 'sometime within the next year'. How exciting to not know when your surprise package will arrive!
What you need to do in return, is pay it forward by making the same promise on your blog. This Exchange is only open to those with active websites or blogs.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS PROMISE TO POST THE SAME PAY IT FORWARD PICTURE AND THIS MESSAGE ONTO YOUR BLOG, WHICH MUST BE ACTIVE IN ORDER TO PLAY. YOU WILL PAY IT FORWARD TO THREE PEOPLE WHO COMMENT ON YOUR BLOG.

I'd love for you to join me! Will you? Other comments are welcome, but only the first three will be my Pay It Forward recipients.

Thanks to Sarah
Okay, I've decided that Shannon should try it on facebook and myspace So I will send gifts to Katie, butlers robin_titan and shannon. Don't hold your breath, but I will get you something, sometime...remember, I have 3 little messmakers that will slow up the process.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Time out

I might do this if 1.) I thought I could get away with it and 2.) if I could find the duct tape!

Oh Christmas Tree!

Our tree is up and as decorated as it is gonna be.
Sunday, Alvin was insistent that we get our Christmas tree. I wanted a small tree that we could put on a table, but Alvin wanted a tall tree; at least 6 feet tall. I conceeded because last year we had a small tree and 2 one year olds (this year we have 2 2 year olds, but you new that). Here's what we got:

Nope, I don't wear make up much anymore, but looks like I should have made some effort! And yes Kate, I know...dye job!

And here it is decorated.

Okay, I know what you are thinking..."Where are the decorations?" We had a hell of a time getting the lights on, because little hands were busy pulling them off as they went on. After a while, Quincy got bore, and tried potty training himself...this is what we saw when we truned around...
He's putting powder on himself. And it turned out to be very messy. That was Monday.
Tuesday, Finn pulled out the garland and the little hands wouldn't stop playing with it (and wrapping it around their necks) long enough to get it on the tree. I said, forget it, lets pull out the unbreakable ornaments and put those up. Finn and his brothers got 2 dozen ornaments on the tree plus a few that their grandma has given them. It looked like it was decorated by a 5 year old, but who cares because it didn't last long. With in 10 minutes all the ball ornaments were off the tree and being thrown. When Alvin got home, I told him that I was done with tree decorating and I was not going to put up anything fragile. He insisted that the tree should have a few nice ornaments, just up at the top. I don't think it took longer than 10 minutes of being home to change his mind. You see, when you throw an unbreakable ornament or one of my little people Christmas toys at something fragile, it might break (or a pillow...see picture above).
And now, I am not even sure that the tree skirt will stay around the tree if I put it there...the boys thought it was a blanket and played under it for 20 minutes this morning.
One last thing...maybe my "unbreakable" ornaments were just shatterproof, because I have had to throw away 2 and see more with dents in them. Well, it's a good thing we have lights around the house, because that is about the one thing the kids won't be able to mess up this year. Maybe I'll tell you later about the messed up Santa Pictures.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Children for Rent



2 boys, age 2. Super Cute! Don't sleep well, don't eat most of the food offered to them. They scream very loudly, several times a day and most often at bedtime (last night it was 2 hours), and even at Santa. Prefer Daddy when he isn't around. Can't sleep together...one has to have the lights on, the other has to have them off. Each one would like you to sleep with them. Make messes faster than you can clean them up. Like to crush crackers into the carpet. Very good at tantrums, foot stomping, throwing and hitting. They wake up daily at 4am and can go to bed as late as 10pm. Serious inquiries only!

Friday, December 5, 2008

The internet is amazing!

So, a few years back, I started getting my christmas cards returned. A few were people I was sad to loose touch with and I recall spending a few hours on the computer googling my old college roommates with no success. I ended up opening old address books and calling my friends parents old numbers. I got ahold of Lex's mom who passed on her address, but that was the end of that. It felt a little stalker-esque, but I figured if there people really didn't want to hear from me, they could just write return to sender. What I really thought happened, was what actually happened...we all move and loose touch.

Earlier on this year, I set up a facebook page so I could see another friends pictures and both Lex and Patti found me on there (I hadn't even thought to look there). And yesterday, I did a blog search for Jeanette and found her...in a long round about way (and she has a blog). I also found a blog for Kelly, whom I haven't lost, but it's nice to see more about them than the photo at Christmas.

So, I ask myself, why am I willing to stalk these old friends, even though the internet makes it so easy. The answer is simple...they are old friends. Please tell me your mother taught you the girl scout song too...Make new friends, but keep the old, one is silver and the others gold.

Some of my dearest friends I have known for more than 2 decades (and one for more than 3 decades). And if I hadn't played musical beds last night, I might have even scanned some old pictures.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

More from me today!

It's naptime and I worked hard yesterday to get the house clean, so I can work on my Christmas cards or do this!

How to play: BOLD anything you have done.
1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland (DisneyWorld)
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelos David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris - been to the bottom, does that count?
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee
100. Read an entire book in one day

I HEART beds

My post a few days ago talked about how nice it was to have some quiet time alone, but it wasn't meant to last. I'm going to tell you this, in hopes that you will see that I am trying to put a positive spin on the reality that is my life and you will understand why I always complain of being tired.

I started off the night here. Yes, those are crib sized mattresses, and the ottoman in the middle prevents kids from falling out of bed, but also provides a nice place for me to sleep. I put my head on Paxtons pillow and my feet go over the edge of the ottoman. I was there for about an hour trying to get the little ones to sleep.

Quincy woke up about 10pm and would not go back to sleep. Alvin thought he had a fever, so we medicated him and took him to bed with us at 11:30. He kicked me repeatedly and disturbed my sleep enough that at 3:30, I moved here.

I don't think I could routinely sleep in a bunk bed, but it was nice for a few hours of uninterrupted sleep. Pax woke up at 6am and I then moved here, while he watched tv until Quincy woke up at 6:30. I am short, but not that short, so once again, my legs hung over the edge unless I curled up. And since it is surrounded by windows, it gets light and I can't sleep.
Also, my kids snore (bet they get that from me). Paxton and Finn are light snorers, but Quincy sounds at times like a bear: he has one tonsil that takes up almost half his throat and I bet that is why. He is always tired, but won't nap for long times, and usually wakes early and I am beginning to wonder if I need to ask the doctor about sleep apnea. I took him in about the large tonsil and he told me that eventually it would have to be removed, but since we had no frequent illnesses and he had one that has small, it was best to wait and see what happens. I had my tonsils taken out when I was 22 and it was traumatic (woke up during surgery) and painful, so I am willing to do this to my kids while they are younger so they won't remember it as well, or hopefully it would be easier for them.
So back to the sleep issue...last night Paxtons diaper leaked at midnight and Quincy came to our bed at 5:30, but it was a much better night. I hope for more nights like last night and less nights where I sleep in many beds. But I am grateful I have an alternate place to sleep (or 3) when I get kicked out of mine.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Quiet time, at long last.








All are quiet, if not asleep and even Alvin is out of my hair. Sure, there is a ton of things that need my attention, but no one really cares if I vacuum out the crack in the sofa cushions, right?

Today, I begged my mom to come watch the boys and let me go to the store alone. I found myself talking to another twin mom, whose b/g twins are almost a year. She said she was surprised that it hasn't gotten any easier, but really seems harder. It took all I had not to tell her the truth...the terrible twos are worse than the sleep deprived first year. Oh, yeah, she has an au pair...what is she complaining about. It is taking all I have to stay sane right now.

We had a great thanksgiving: dinner was only 12 people, but my cousin and her family of 6 came up Friday. It was really nice to visit with her and kind of let the kids have wild time. However, since we were all at my moms, and she only has 2 rooms (when is this remodel going to be finished?), the volume was almost unbearable...7 boys aging from 5 to 1. I thought my dad was going to burst if he had to pick up the toys one more time. We (of course, not me) rode horses, went to the beach, did a few puzzles and talked too much.
The food was good, the company better and it ended all too quickly. I thought that with them all gone, I might sleep well last night, but my boys thought better of it. Finn was up at 3:30 because he couldn't sleep and bouncing around in our bed until 4:15. P and Q woke up at 6 and refused to go back to sleep. Of course, I have so many things I am working on, that I was asleep by midnight and I was a grouch today. I was able to squeeze in a nap at 10am, but as you can imagine, kids that have had their nap before noon aren't too pleasant to be around come dinner time.

My cousin told me all about the grocery game and I think I am now game to try it. Jen is going to try it with me. Any one else out there do it? Do you use that sight? Or have another. Please tell me your thoughts.

On another note, I bagged up all the stuffed animals in our house and have declared this an animal free area; with the exceptions of Paxton's loveys. I would watch the bin get emptied and never played with and then I had to clean them up again. Occasionally, Pax would find an animal he had to have and we were searching the house for 13 different animals at bedtime. It had to stop and it did. I am calling this one a great success. Any one have any ideas on what to do with them?

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

Just cut Alvins hair, Paxton is sleeping, just pulled my apple buttermilk cake out of the oven. The house smells fantastic, Quincy is being being quiet and I just have to shower and we will be ready to go to my parents.

My uncle and his wife and son (age 3) came over for coffee this morning: was nice to have some "quiet time" with just them, with out the whole crowd. The boys played so well together this morning and they really enjoyed their aunt and uncle.

I am feeling thankful for many things today. Despite a headache that has been raging for days, I am grateful my family is all in good health. I am grateful to have food, and good food. I am grateful my husband has had steady work, even though I feel we are poor. I am thankful gas is under $2 a gallon. And I am really grateful for my boys...they are what makes me the happiest.

Also, I have really great friends. Friends who give me advice, listen to me complain and don't mind the noise, mess and grief my kids cause.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Thanksgiving Dinner

Jen wants to know what I am making for Thanksgiving dinner...so I will share. Since we are having dinner at my parents with a group of people, its going to be potluck. I am bringing bacon wrapped dates, buttermilk apple cake, grandmas crackers (but made with chex cereal, because my kids like it better) and everyones favorite, GREEN BEAN CASSEROLE. No, I don't make the fried onion, cream of mushroom soup variety. Mine is better, and everyone who tries it, loves it. What's not to love.

Here's my recipe:

1/3 chopped onion
2 Tablespoons flour
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 cups green beans
3 strips cooked bacon
2 Tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup sour cream
2/3 cup grated swiss cheese

Simmer onion and butter until translucent. Add green beans and stir until hot. Add salt, pepper and flour and cook a minute or two. Remove from heat, stir in sour cream. Put into greased casserole dish and top with cheese and crumbled bacon. Bake 350 until bubbly and cheese is melted (20 minutes?)

You're going to try it, aren't you? Let me know what you think.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

I love my husband

Sometimes, I may seem down on Alvin, but I really do love him. Especially after yestrerday. I went to that Handmade Bazaar, which was really a waste of my time and I am trying not to dwell on it, and left Alvin home with the kids all day and with a car with a dead battery. Alvin had to come pick me up and when we arrived home, I was treated to an almost spotless kitchen, even that counter that gets piled hight with stuff, a mountain of laundry folded and laundry in the wash.

Then we went to a movie...TWILIGHT! It was good, but this isn't about that. Alvin listened to the book on his I-pod so we could go to the movie together. But when I commented on disliking the new bags of popcorn (I like the buckets) he rolled the top of the bag down so I wouldn't "scratch" my arm.

Yep, I love him.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Wordless Wednesday


What my kids are eating

I'm in a meal rut. I am trying to accomplish a ton of things and still make foods the kids will eat and it isn't working too well.

One of the things I am working on is a recipe book for my family christmas gifts. It's a collection of Holiday dishes and foods that we grew up eating (comfort food). I wanted to include my grandparents recipes, and the only one I could think of that my grandma made was what we called "grandma's crackers".

I decided to make them yesterday and they were a huge hit (were, because they are almost gone). I let Quincy taste them before I cooked them and he stood at the over yelling "more," "Open" and "please" for 20 minutes. Don't believe me, ask Trish and Jen who talked to me on the phone during the cooking.

You should try them. They are full of salt and oil, but delicious!

Grandmas crackers.
2 bags oyster crackers
1 cup butter flavored popcorn oil (the yellow orville reddinbacher kind)
one package dry ranch mix
1 Teaspoon dill
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

Toss everything in a large bowl, coating evenly. Pour only a large baking sheet and bake at 275 degrees for 20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes.
So good Paxton shared his crumbs with his horse.



Now Paxton and Quincy are fighting over the stool they dragged into the kitchen to get more...It's like crack.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Tag




If you are a blogger you now have a mission. As soon as you read this, drop everything, grab your camera and take pictures of where you blog from. NO CLEANING!!! THEN, tag some lucky ducks and spread the love.
I'm going to call it creative tagging...I followed the rules and didn't clean, but I did omit some of the messy parts of the room in my picture. Thanks to the music on Nikis blog, the kids were playing air guitar and dancing. And wearing their new shirts--that I made for our christmas card pictures: can you tell who they are?
I'm going to tag Kim, Niki, Jen, Sarah and Chris . And IF I were smart enough to figure out how to make their names link to their blogs, I would. So just go to the right and click on one of the top 6, if you want to see who they are.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

All is Well

Been extremely busy lately: sewing, keeping up with the kids, baking, cleaning, etc.

I am trying to get these quilts made for this craft bizaar and not making a ton of progress. We have friends in town from Utah and would love to get to spend more time with them, so sewing time gets pushed further down the list. And then, of course, I see we are out of bread and have to make more...yada yada yada.

Great news here is that Alvin has patched the hole in the wall between the boys bedrooms. Paxton spend numerous hours playing alone in one of the rooms, tossing toys down the hole and into the other room, then going to the other room and sending things back where they came from. It's only been eleven months, and now there can be noise in one room with out waking a sleeping kid in the other.

More good news, Quincy is sleeping again. Not in his crib, but he seems to be happy sleeping in the bottom bunk in Finns room. Alvin is going to make 2 beds (don't hold your breath) for what is now Paxtons room, in hopes that Quincy will go back there. He still screams when we put him back in the crib, because he gets out of the big boy bed, but at least now we know why. This morning he was up at 5am, but came in our room and got in bed with us, with out waking the other boys.

We have been doing swim lessons with the twins 2 nights a week. They love the water, but not the lessons. Paxton takes to the water like a fish and loves to be dunked; comes up and says, "more please". Quincy shreiks like a hyena when we do the same to him and starts slapping the water off his face. Finn watches not so patiently, wishes he could get in the pool with his brothers, and thinks that he can teach them to swim.

I attempted to donate blood today and once again, had low iron. I tried a few weeks ago too. I guess maybe this is the reason why I am so tired. Think I will get some prenatal vitamins in hopes that the iron helps. More from us when something happens, or when I finish all that I have to do.

Oh, taked to the bus driver Monday and he told me the truck driver that almost hit Finn had been talked to and was in danger of lossing his job but was very contrite and spared this time. Driver also said it was a first for him to look into his rear view mirror and see a truck barreling at him sideways.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Shaken and P'd off

If I could start my own "angry" moms group, it would be MAST, Moms against speeding truckers.

Today while picking up Finn from the bus, we, Alvin and I were faced with horror. Finn was crossing in front of the bus, when a speeding dump truck skidded towards the back of the bus. The truck was able to stop before colliding with the bus, but only because it was perpendicular to the road and bus and able to skid into the other lane. I screamed for Finn to stop while Alvin ran across the street, grabbed him by the arm and threw both of them into the ditch. Alvin just happened to be coming home for lunch as I was walking out the door, so we walked down together.

While there was no accident, and truthfully the truck didn't come super close to us (maybe 15 - 20 feet), it wouldn't have taken much more for the worst to happen. Had the truck been full, I don't think it wouldn't have been able to stop. It's been raining here for 2 days, the roads are slick and driving conditions are not the best.

Granted we live on a curve in the road, but the bus people determined that the visibility there is good enough for the bus stop to be where it is, with cars going the speed limit. However, the speed limit is rarely enforced there and cars are alwasy speeding there. I did call the police today and ask them to put a car close by so hopefully people will slow down. If you live around here, please be careful and slow down.

Tonight I am going to be hugging my little Finn extra tight (he is little for his age and he looked especially little compared to the dump truck) and hope that he is as scared as I was and he will use extra caution on the road. Please hug your loved ones extra tight tonight too.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Which is your favorite?


A friend of mine is doing a craft sale the week before Thanksgiving and asked if I would have anything that I have made, that I would like to sell. I am not usually the type to do this, but I do have a lot of fabric and it won't kill me to make something with it, and make some money for Christmas.
I am not sure who would even be coming to this sale, or if there will be a ton of baby things, but I figure it's worth a shot. And PJ told me over 3 years ago that I need to sell these blankets, because they are so great (a man who isn't my husband got excited over a baby blanket!).
So, my question is which one do you like better? In the past, I have made a lot of blankets like the one on the left, and I will do a few like this with "scraps" that I already have, but which would sell better? And what should I charge?
Please leave a comment - even anonymous is fine. Of course if you hate them and think I should spend more time cleaning house, come to my house so I can poke you with a pin.

Starting to loose my sanity

2 weeks ago I lost my dream sleepers. 2 weeks ago I would put the twins to bed in their room, cover Quincy with his blanket and give him milk, give Paxton a handful of bubbies, 5-8 stuffed animals, turn out the lights and they would go to sleep. 2 weeks ago Quincy decided to climb out of bed and scream at the door for Mommy. He then insisted on sleeping in Finn's room (in the playpen where Paxton usually naps). The he wouldn't sleep there, but wanted to be held. We offered him his mattress on the floor of his room, because he kept waking Finn early and Finn was grumpy. In the middle of all this, Paxton decided that he wouldn't sleep with out the light on. Last night, Quincy did his "normal" musical bed routine, and I turned on and off lights (I think we all sleep better in the DARK), waking several times in the night and still woke up to grumpy kids, up too early.

I've had enough. And quite frankly, I am grumpy. I've decided we are going back to where we were 2 weeks ago, sleeping in our own beds, in the dark and maybe even sleeping in. No more TV after dinner (I'm thinking maybe they saw something scary --halloweenish on tv that started this all). I've taken away the extras they have decided to take bed --It's ridiculous that Paxton has to take 12 things to bed with him and have a special blanket. I've unscrewed the light bulbs, so they can't get out of bed and turn on the light. Tonight at bedtime, don't call here, because I guarantee there will be mass screaming, because if they are going to be grumpy I might as well take away all but one bubby - the one Paxton doesn't like. If you don't think this is too cruel, please cross your fingers for me.

afterthought: Quincy took a 3 hour nap today in the dark. He needed it, so lets hope it helps tonight.

Halloween Photos

As promised (although a little late because I am having trouble uploading photos) here are the halloween pictures. We decided that we would not spend any money on costumes this year, since we had all the above costumes given to us. They might not have been our first choice, but I am glad now to have the savings.

We only trick or treated downtown to the stores and look at how much we still got. 2 big bowlfuls...we were happy to share with mim and bubba after our dinner.




Alvin said he might be home early and if he is I am going to donate blood (save lives, loose weight...it's a win win). I am letting the kids have a ton of candy now, so he can deal with them.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween


I was thinking about posting some pictures from tonight, of the boys in their costumes, but then I changed my mind. I wanted to share this instead...My very favorite halloween picture. In fact, I am just waiting for the right contest to submit it to. The socks are something I wear every halloween, the hat I bought for Alvin to wear while handing out candy in our old neighborhood (tons of trick or treaters), the shirt was on sale the year before and the pacifier was something Finn picked out at Target and he wore it out. Halloween 2005

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Blessed

I am going to think that I've got good karma this week. Saturday, on my way out the door, I got a phone call from a woman that I used to nanny for. I had sent her an e-mail asking for her to vote for the sleeping angels contest (which there is no way I am going to win, despite having the cutest photo). N said that she had voted, but that she had a set of bunk beds that she wanted to give us for the twins, since we weren't going to win. She and her husband came the next morning with a beautiful set of maple bunk beds and 2 mattresses in brand spanking new condition. The twins aren't ready yet, so we put them up in Finn's room and moved Finn's bed to grandmas guest garage.


But Monday, Finn decided that he was going to "decorate" and here is what I found (when I found Quincy had climbed out of the playpen to the top bunk at naptime, and was asleep there). Written using a sharpie.



The good karma there is that it all came off with a Mr. Clean magic eraser.

More good Karma for the week...a bag of clothes from K that had 2 of everything in it (since I like to dress the boys alike, this is fantastic) and I haven't had to do wash for a few extra days because of it. And a trip to C's house where my kids acted like terrors and she didn't seem to mind (I wonder if she has found all the sticky door knobs yet). See for yourself...She's still smiling.

And once again, the twins escaped the house this morning...they pulled a chair to the front door and opened the deadbolt. I blame Alvin because I was getting Finn ready for school. But this time, they stayed away from the road and went to the swing set.

Just in case my luck doesn't hold, I am going to call the local clinic and find out if they set bones and do stitches, saving me a trip to the hospital...you know that day is going to come soon, because I caught Finn jumping from the top bunk this afternoon.