Wednesday, July 25, 2012
We're in NY at Little GG's house, here to stay for a bit while she is in the hospital.
Kids are good at taking your mind off things. I'm sitting here watching the boys in the cornfield out back, thinking about how if GG was here, she'd be watching us from the kitchen window and laughing.
We have good memories here.
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Friday, July 13, 2012
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Saturday, July 7, 2012
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Well, we had our reps there..the amazing Larsen family, who not only brought their ginormous family, but our kids, too (remember?). But, it's not the same as actually being there, right?
It's all good, though. Because it's time to start thinking about Buddy Walk 2012 already!
We will officially be walking this year as a family with 278 chromosomes (figure that one out!), so especially if you haven't had a chance to meet our newest Maddex, Zeke, please be sure to save the date- October 6th- and be a part of our team. We walk to spread awareness of Down syndrome- to promote the opportunities available to a population who has had to fight for the right for the life that you live every day.
Saturday October 6th. Freedom Park. Fun for all, even if you only have 46 chromosomes.
More info to come about joining our team :)
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Friday, June 22, 2012
The working, the mom-ing, and the wife-ing...not to mention the moving, the unpacking, and the potty-training...well, it all leaves very little time to actually sit down and compose a string of coherent thoughts. Being a teacher is super nice this time of year, though, even though I don't really have a job to go back to in the fall...
We're in full-swing summer here, though, and thankfully, the three littles are worn out enough with our crazy bucket list of summer activities that by 1pm they will all still take a nap.
Yeah. Potty training. Chase is the last hold out. Truthfully, I'm about to lose my sh*t here. The house is covered in towels, wet and dry. There are little underwears scattered everywhere. Chase doesn't want to wear a diaper, a pull up, or the Buzz Lightyear unders I got for him, but he also does not particularly want to let loose on the potty, either.
He WILL, however, sit on the potty and eat M&Ms all day long. Oh, and pee outside on the dirt. Or on the pile of rocks. I did catch him midstream today and run through the house, carrying him by the armpits, to sit him on the toilet for the last remaining squirts.
We celebrated that one a LOT.
It's all very glamorous here.
Trying to balance the needs of one kid (who needs to be about 6 inches away from a potty all day long) and the rest of the kids (who need to be running around outside or at a water park somewhere) is really, really hard. I'm trying to do as many at-home special things that I can (water balloons and Popsicles this afternoon, marble races last week) and putting the PTing on pause every once in a while in order to hit Carowinds. I know that isn't the most consistent move I can make, but we all have to make some concessions here. (Ahem, Chase, you are not the center of the universe here, DUDE.)
Anyway. I'd love your suggestions about potty training your child with Ds, mild sensory disorder, and basic stubborn-as-all-get-out attitude. Don't tell me about Cheerios, character underpants, rewards for every step of the potty process.
I need something new. Like magic. If anyone has a magic potty wand, I'd pay good money for that right now. And it's only really day 2. *sigh*
That all sounds very negative. I want to end by saying, "YAY SUMMER! I really do enjoy being with my kids. Just not the pee part."
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Friday, March 16, 2012
Saturday, February 25, 2012
Would you please, please consider donating just $10 to the Greeson family in their quest to adopt Mila from Russia? They are facing an appeal and extra expenses...and they don't need to be worrying about covering the cost while they face that stress.
Visit Tesney's blog, Minivans and Mom Jeans, to help. They have a raffle going to win a really awesome hummingbird necklace by Funky Fish Designs (truthfully, I don't want to tell you that part because it decreases my chances of winning, but that is how dedicated I am to helping this family as they face the same circumstances that we did in Ukraine!)
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Saturday, February 11, 2012
Friday, February 10, 2012
Two great things today:
1- Ian turned 7. Holy smokes. I have a seven year old.
...and he is amazing. What an incredible boy he is- kind, patient, loving, smart, funny...hot headed at times, a champion procrastinator, and the best big brother to his "littles".
So, yeah. He had a great day. It started with 7 balloons on his ceiling when he woke up, then a Toaster Strudel (did you know they have a Boston Cream flavor now??!) and hot chocolate breakfast, a new BeyBlade, a half day at school (where he forgot to pass our the $20 of cupcakes that I sent in with him) and finally, Bryan picked him up and took him out to see Star Wars 3D- complete with the biggest tub of popcorn, a hot dog, his very own soda, and 3 boxes of candy.
I have one happy seven-year-old tonight.
2. While the big boys were out, the triplets and I stayed home. The evening was pretty normal, until we sat upstairs in Chase and Zeke's room for bedtime stories. Then two things happened:
a.) all of them sat still and listened to the books.
b.) Chase "read" a book to us!
This was the book (which really is quite hilarious):