Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Good Friday...

Backtracking just a bit to Easter weekend. The kids had Good Friday off. I'm not sure if schools release on Good Friday everywhere but I know in Wisconsin we had it off as well. I love it. I love a long Easter weekend to spend with my family, I just wish Steve was off work to be with us!

Steve's sister and family were in town and Good Friday was their last day. So we played hard. Basketball, tennis and games in the morning. BBQ lunch. Lounging by the pool for the afternoon. I'm pretty sure my kids were in there for 3 1/2 hours. Their little fingers and toes were as pruney as could be and their skin was getting tan. We're early in the season to already have swimsuit tan lines!

And although I have no proof - Hunter was there. He spent the majority of the time underwater with his cousins and he remained invisible to my camera's eye.
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I love this picture. All these cute girl cousins giving Mr. B all the attention he could handle. That smile!
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I made sure to tell Steve we had an awful time - no sense rubbing in our adventures while he's at work, right?! We did gather those that were available that evening for an adult dinner and Steve was happy to be able to attend. Dinner without kids? Yes, please - It's a rarity and sharing it with these people makes it even better.
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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Grandma's visit...

I mentioned my mom made a visit. She came to lend a helping hand for a few days while Steve was gone and she got more than she bargained for with sick kids. Luckily, we were able to squeeze some fun things in before we sent her on her way.

We braved Ikea with two small kids. Not ideal but we both walked away happy with our purchases.

She joined us for the block party.

We went to the science museum one afternoon where the kids were anxious to show her their favorite exhibit: Forces of nature. You stand on a small stage and experience every type of weather - including hurricanes and tornadoes. Cannon wasn't sure about the rain falling from the ceiling or the extreme heat blasting in his face.

Life with Fingerprints: Science Museum
Life with Fingerprints: Science Museum
Life with Fingerprints: Science Museum
Life with Fingerprints: Science Museum
Life with Fingerprints: Science Museum
Life with Fingerprints: Science Museum

In between kids throwing up and just not feeling well - we were hanging around the house with our plans cancelled for the day. We made the best of it - she hemmed Steve's new suit pants and we were able to crank out a full batch of Salsa.
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She played duet after duet with Hallie on the piano and read books with the kids. She taught them games. We stayed up way too late talking and laughing. We even made it to Mesa Frozen Yogurt (a family favorite). She let me sleep in when I was up all night with Bennett. She helped me rearrange bedroom furniture and watched while I put together my Ikea pieces. We sat outside and enjoyed the warm weather. We went shopping one morning without kids thanks to my sister-in-law.

Despite the sickness - we had a good time. I'm not sure who's more grateful for her help, me or Steve. It's always easier on Steve knowing that I've got help when he's away for such long periods of time. I'm grateful for her willingness to be here with us. The kids love it. I love it and I'm reminded of the amazing lady that she is.

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Thanks again mom. Love you.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Not so glamorous motherhood...

*warning: bodily fluids involved and for your sake no pictures*

I am glad that last week is officially in the books and I hope to never repeat it. Not ever.

I write about the fun things we do. The silly things my kids say. The wood projects I find fun and entertaining. And everything I'm sure seems sweet and peaceful. But let me tell you about real life last week.

My husband was in China for work and my mom came down for a few days to help me out (and we were supposed to have a little fun!)

Kid 1 comes down with a fever and cold symptoms. Kid two throws up the same night and I'm up most the night with him. My mom takes the reigns the next morning and we canceled our plans for the day. Kid 1 is still grumpy and fevering eats nothing for days. Kid 2 stops throwing up. My mom returns home and I'm on my own. Kid 2 has bowel issues and an upset stomach for three days. Eats nothing.

Kid 3 starts to feel sick but nothing comes from it (queazy by association.) Kid 1 no longer has a fever. Kid two finally wakes up with out a bodily fluid on them and I am singing praises. We are on the mend.

Next morning Kid 4 throws up walking down the stairs. Spends the whole day, sun up to sun down with their head in a bowl. Steve gets home from China. And he give me some much needed relief. Within two hours of being home, he's emptied 3 bowls of Kid 4's. Just before bed Kid 1 is throwing up all over the carpet. I am spent and can't take any more and I go to bed at 8:30. That may be a normal bedtime for some, but that is so unlike me. Slept like a baby.

Next day, Kid 4 doesn't feel well the whole day, but keeps trace amounts of food down. Kid 1 is fevering again. I'm still exhausted and convinced I'm coming down with something.

Sunday morning rolls around and I honestly thought we would make it to church as a family, but I stayed home for the first hour with the sickies. Kid 4 comes downstairs and doesn't look great. Wants a bowl of cereal, but settles for a banana. Throws up within 10 minutes all over the bean bag chair and through the kitchen. Good thing we didn't take him to church. Kid 1 is no longer fevering but I'm seriously feeling ill and I had to teach. Steve swapped me and I went to church.

I teach and come home and go straight to bed. Meanwhile, Steve is still dealing with serious jet lag and isn't able to piece 4 hours of sleep together to save his life. He's a zombie and the kids, sick and healthy just want to be near him. I went to bed early again. So did Steve but he wakes up a short while later and can't go back to sleep, spends several hours awake in the middle of the night.

I woke up feeling much better. I thought for sure kid 4 would make it to school today, I was wrong; yet another movie day. Kid 3 came home after school with glassy eyes and complained the whole night of being hot. I sent a bucket to bed with them. I may or may not get sleep tonight.

I have seriously never experienced an illness to this extent - never has it passed through so many members of our family (all of who have received the flu-shot) and never have I had children hang on to it so long. This is the not so fun part of motherhood/fatherhood. The part I like to pretend doesn't exist.

I'm done with throw-up mode, I want to get back into project mode or play mode or really any mode that doesn't require me doing loads of laundry every day!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

One day left...

This is what our chalkboard has looked like for over a week, when Steve left for a work trip in China.
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Each day the kids have been excitedly erasing tally marks until their dad walks through the door. And that day is tomorrow. Oh blessed day. We're all equally excited.

I'm not sure if the kids are more excited to see Steve or to see what Chinese treasures he found for them.
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