Tuesday, September 25, 2012

could it get any more exciting or controversial she asks??

 I thought I'd regale you all with some amazing photos of the one day that I put on lipstick.
 And the time my daughter loved me in public. I know this will get rarer as the years go by. (also, don't look now, but my knuckles sorta look like chubby baby knuckles when they only have dimples in the place of knuckles. This is extremely not cute on people who are not babies. Don't look!)
 Here, Grant is trying to make a "good choice" about whether or not he should eat playdough. I will let you guess which choice he made.
 I think I would put him in this minion shirt everyday if I could. He loves it because the graphic is sorta sticky feeling, and I love it because he is my minion.
 Nothing like a cool glass of milk after school. Especially when you get a snazzy straw.
 Cutest thing ever alert. Grant kept hugging the back of Maddy's legs when she got back from school. He was so overcome by feelings of affection towards his sister that even she was touched and hugged him back. I caught this rare moment on film. This is the equivalent of being a National Geographic photographer and catching a Great White Shark jumping out of the water in slow motion.
 Agh, love him
 even when he tries to push non-grass toys on the grass. I figured it would wear him out so I let him go with it.
 it wore him out.
 This is not related to any pictures of kids, it's just the ikea bed I saw the other day and wished that I could take home and snuggle in.
and Mr. Grant playing with some trains.

I know, I know. If this blog gets any more exciting and controversial I just don't know if we will be able to stand it. :)

Sunday, September 23, 2012

low key lucky

This weekend we didn't do a whole lot because we are all sort of sick. I've had a pretty terrible cough for the past week and a half, and Grant has a cold as well. So far Maddy and John seem to be doing okay, but we're thinking John might be coming down with it too. So we kept things low key.
We visited Target to let Maddy buy a toy with the money she had saved up (she bought a Princess and the Pop Star Barbie, very thrilling). Grant fell in love with the Lego man and kept trying to hold his lego hand. It was possibly the cutest thing I've seen in a long while.

Maddy had some extra money because she lost her first tooth! Before she even lost it another tooth started growing in behind it (which you can see if you look closely). The tooth right next to it is now also loose and has a tooth growing behind it. I seriously cannot believe how quickly she grows teeth. It's sorta weird.
I helped her pull it out because it was kind of necessary, and she cried and I felt really bad about it. But then it came out and she was so proud and excited. I gave her a popsicle to make up for it. It seemed to do the trick.

Here she is checking out her new smile. So cute
Here's Mr. Grant, not feeling so good so he plopped himself down on the floor to "gull" his blanket. (his pronunciation for snuggle). Have I mentioned how cute this boy is?

He grew out of all of his pants, and with the move and losing the job, I was waiting to buy him clothes until we had some extra funds. Finally we were able to get him some things and now I realize he kind of has a hard time keeping his pants up. Either he is too skinny or I don't know what else it could be. 18 months was too small, 24 months is sorta too big. It confuses me because he seems like he has a big old baby belly when he's just in a diaper. Huh.

And my favorite, game night. This is a new version of Sorry where you roll the little pieces down your personal mini bowling lane. Great game for kids of the kindergarten age. We got it at the consignment shop when we bought Grant some pants.
John's serious game face.

Well that's all I've got to share. Even though I was/am sick, it was still a great weekend. I feel like the luckiest girl in the world when I get to spend my weekends with my family.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

small moments

 First of all, let me apologize for continuing to assault everyone's eyes with horribly-lit unedited cell phone pictures. this is just the reality of my life. my nice camera stays tucked away, and my phone is always handy.  That's the life of a mom I guess.

Anyway, I finally gave into the halloween decorations at walmart and bought some cheap cups and my kids went crazy for them as anticipated. Wouldn't it be nice to be as easily pleased as kids are?? (also love that Maddy is lifting Grant up for the photo)

Now on to other stuff that happened/caught my fancy.

 I snapped a photo of an advertisement in a magazine while waiting in line at Walmart because I was SO excited. You all know of my deep and abiding love of all things Sherlock Holmes. I am concerned about the fact that Lucy Liu is involved in this project (due to her lack of apparent acting ability), but I'll give it a chance. Only very few know of how truly deep my love of Sherlock goes. I tried to convince John to name Grant Watson. I almost convinced him too. :)
 This photo makes me happy in so many ways that I can't even tell you. I love the way they are nestled up together covered in her pink fluffy blanket. I love how relaxed and trusting she looks in her daddy's arms. I love that this happens every single night of her life. She is such a lucky girl. I'm a lucky girl too.
 I snuck in to take these pictures because every once in a while it occurs to me that the things I will miss most about my kids growing up are probably going to end up the things that I take for granted now, like reading stories at bedtime. So I try to capture the small moments.
 Small moments like everyone sitting on the floor, going through laundry and clothes together.
 And Grant playing in the playplace with a very determined look.
 Or Maddy coocooning herself into that same fluffy pink blanket fresh from the dryer.
Or Grant discovering what pockets are for the first time while waiting for Maddy's bus to arrive.
Or the cutest boys in the world snuggling on the couch with blankey and Hobbes the stuffed Tiger.

The small moments are good.

Monday, September 17, 2012

I only made it half of a day until I gave up

 I thought it would be really awesome to document all of the reasons why I cannot get anything done during the day with Grant. Turns out it was hard to even take pictures for a whole day, he wore me out of even doing that about halfway through. He is a big ball of energy, curiousity, and danger. So I present [half] A Day in the Life of Grant S. First up, he "helps" lots. Such as helping unload the dishwasher.
 I really need to lighten this photo, it is really cute. Anyway, he goes down the slide, needing help quite often. He somehow manages to plop him bum off the edge of the slide when he climbs up and has fallen flat on his back a few times. So he gets nervous and Mom has to be right there to help
 He brings blankets to my lap and snuggles his face into them
 He enlists the help of older sisters for the slide too
 and thereby put his life into her sorta incapable ones. he lives life on the edge
 I give him leg rides
 he feels that his life is unfairly managed
 which it probably is
 his sister teases him
 this teasing alternately amuses and exasperates his little soul
 he "helps" again. mostly by putting dirty laundry into the dryer while I'm trying to load wet clothes into the dryer at the same time.
 He eats some peaches
 and some mac and cheese. also, he usually gets two versions of breakfast because he will refuse to eat his first one and then I'll try again later and he'll eat it. I should just give the kid time to wake up, but sometimes I need to run errands and I need him to eat otherwise I know he will be a miserable crank in the store. this never works out in my favor. sigh
 then we read lots of books

 more play time
I try and figure out our insurance and need to make ONE call. Decide I can't put it off. The following chaos ensues while on the phone:

 (not pictured, the clean clothes strewn in a path all around the house)
 a random box of potato buds pulled out of the pantry

 cries for me to put on his shoes because he wants to go pick up Maddy from the bus stop
 takes matters into his own hands

 realizes mom forgot to put up the gate on the stairs (which he can get up and down safely, I just don't want him to go up and down by himself)
 Tries to help me pick up dirty clothes to wash. this includes my leather belt. (these pictures are backwards in chronology in case you were getting confused).
 dumps cheerios into a milky puddle. shares wet cheerios by tossing them on the floor and in my general direction

Tries to look innocent.

So there you go, half a day, backwards. It's funny, I was talking to my friend about this experiment. I told her, you know, people ask what I did this morning and I say, "well I got my kids up and got them ready and fed them breakfast." It sounds SO simple! but what it doesn't show is the two versions of breakfast I have to make for one child, and the fight to get the other child who is going to school to eat anything at all, the lunches we pack the night before, the shedding of cheerio encrusted pajamas, the clean up of the cheerio floor, the dishes, the walk to the bus stop, the walk back with a highly resistant toddler who walks really slow and doesn't want to hold your hand or be held. It doesn't show the time spent finding socks and shoes--trying to get them on small, always in motion feet, the changing of diapers, the brushing of teeth, the de-tangling of hair and getting the bows and hairspray to make sure the kindergartner looks cute. the agendas for school filled out with reading time, the lunchboxes and snacks, the crying, the bathroom breaks.

so when a mom tells you she "just" did anything, you can pretty much know that she is basically running the equivalent of a small country in her own home just to get "simple" things done. bless us, one and all, that is all I can say. I will also add that it is good work, and I'm lucky to have it. But heaven help us all the same. :)