Thursday, May 27, 2010

Dental Support

Ever need dental support?

This week was the boys dental check-up. Thomas, a pro, has no hesitation and went first. Joshua, the more timid of the two went next. Joshua has issues with the flavored gel that goes in his mouth. Even the strawberry is spicy to him. Can't blame the kid, he comes by his flavor issues naturally. You could tell as he laid back in his seat that he was anxious. Thomas immediately leaned over Joshua with a hand on his chest and talked to him soothingly. "Don't worry Joshua, it won't hurt."And everytime Joshua started to get a little tense, Thomas would lean over him and attempt to soothe him and make him feel better. Lucky for Joshua, he discovered that they had a new flavor, his favorite, rootbeer!

It was just neat to watch the boys connect and watch Thomas comfort his brother. I knew it would look pathetic if I started crying, so I quickly looked away and got distracted.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

13 Months...ALREADY?

Zoom...and May just flew by! The girls went from being these little babies just a year old to toddlers running all over the place in just one swift month!
Overall, life is getting easier and easier. The girls are on more of a schedule (but still flexible, which is fantastic), they are eating more solid food and nursing less (baby food is a thing of the long past), and they are sleeping better and better at night!

Katie is a little go-getter. She no longer walks, but runs everywhere. She's super headstrong and has quiet the little temper. She knows several words: mama, dada, Joshua, Thomas, flower and dinosaur. She has just a few teeth and loves brushing them! Katie is still a mama's girl but is getting better about other people and visiting them even if only for moments.

Molly is little Miss Social. She loves to visit with people and talks to everyone. Still quite the daddy's girl though, no one makes her happier. She has four teeth, but four more are currently on their way in. She's walking and very very methodical about it. Right foot....left foot....right foot....She has several words as well: mama, dada, Joshua, Tara (our neighbor), nose, no-no, dog, and Karl (our neighbors dog). Another little girl with a temper, she is not going to be swayed from what she wants when she wants it. And if she is tired, she will melt into a little puddle until put to bed (this resulted in an 8:30 AM nap this morning instead of waiting until the typical 10 AM).

Speaking of which, Katie is now up from nap, so off I go!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Good-Bye Butterfields

Our great friends, the Butterfields, are officially off on another adventure. After some brief stays with family they will be stationed in Germany. During their stay Jenn and I became great friends and frequently had dessert together. The boys and Harry (only weeks apart in age) had some great playdates and found plenty of mischief together. Our families were together frequently whether out at the river or for Thanksgiving Dinner. We'll miss you Butterfields!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

We Wanna Be In A Parade!

The boys have been asking to be in a parade. What better place than a town of 300 that lets the kiddies go first and then has the parade with tons of candy?! That's right people, Gar.field, Washing.ton the town where I grew up. The boys were so excited. We put streamers on their bikes and they wore their costumes. Dan pulled the wagon with the girls (not planned, but requested once we got there). Then we stood and watched the parade while the boys got pelted with candy. Afterwards we went to the park for some fun and games. By the time we left we were all totally exhausted and feeling like we'd had a pretty good day!

Our day did in fact continue with some gardening. The weather was beautiful, the kids played outside, and our garden is now planted! Woo hoo!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Adventures with Joshua

The adventures at the Domrese household just continue!

Today's adventure features a little boy with a very dear heart. He went to the backyard to grab a bike assuming a ride was in order. The poor little boy put his foot on the pedal and in some misappropriation got his leg wedged between the pedal and the bar leading to the wheel. The leg was stuck beyond belief. The mommy, the neighbor kid's mommy and all children surrounded to find a solution. Tools were grabbed. Babies making a run for the street (and nearly succeeding) were grabbed. The cell phone was grabbed. After some pieces were removed, the boy was in even more discomfort as the leg swelled against the bars it was stuck between. The poor boy wailed as his leg was moved to and fro in an attempt to remove it. Increasing panic led a call out for another neighbors assistance. A failed attempt. A call to daddy meant that help was finally on the way. And then across the neighboring fence leapt the neighbor, hearing the calls of distress. Many more tears, many more screams, many more escaping babies and finally FINALLY the boy was freed. His leg showed scrapes and scuffs where tools had nicked him in the freeing attempts. The other side of the leg showed a painful indentation where the leg had been wedged. And yet, the boy was free. Many thanks were given, many sighs of relief to be had, and the boy, our dear Joshua, went on to play with other toys that cause less injury.

And so our adventures continue in the Domrese household. Another day, another adventure.

Thursday, May 6, 2010


Don't know if I posted my video interviews, but this written interview came across my Facebook, so I thought I'd go for it!

1.What is something mommy always says to you? I love you.
2.What makes mommy happy? Being nice to other people and talking people and saying 'stop' when someone is hurting me
3. What makes mommy sad? When we do poor stuff you don't like us doing.
4. How does mommy make you happy? Doing something like you to do and do stuff we tell you to do.
5. What was mommy like as a kid?Her was just like you but without glasses.
6.  How old is your mom? What is your number? A little old.
7. How tall is your mom? short
8. What is mommy's favorite thing to do? Play swordfight with me, but you don't swordfight with me much.
9. What does your mommy do when you're not around? I don't know, I can't see it.
10. What is mommy really good at? Letting us go shopping with you.
11. What is mommy' job? To watch us here.
12. What is mommy's favorite food? What is? Cherries because I like cherries the best.
13. What do you and mommy do together? Well we swordfight (but you don't swordfight with me much)
14. How do you know that mommy loves you? Ummmm, ell, um um um I hug you and stuff...I need to go potty now.
15. Where is mommy's favorite place to go? To the store.

1.What is something mommy always says to you? Some nice stuff.
2.What makes mommy happy? Be nice to other people and actually being a good boy and doing stuff you tell us to do
3. What makes mommy sad? Doing bad stuff.
4. How does mommy make you happy? Doing stuff you want us to do. Like sword fight when you want to.
5. What was mommy like as a kid? I don't know.
6. How old is mommy? I don't know you have to tell me.
7. How tall is mommy? You have to stand up.
8. What is mommy's favorite thing? Katie and Molly
9. What does your mommy do when you're not around? Go pick us up from school
10. What is mommy really good at? Making dinner
11.What is mommy's job? Making food.
12. What is mommy's favorite food? Macaroni and cheese
13. What do you and mommy do together? Play sword fight
14. How do you know mommy loves you?Because you always say you love us
15. Where is mommy's favorite place to go? I don't know

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Proud Moments

Most of our busy days are spent running from place to place. Naptime, snacks, diaper change, craft projects, the days are just so full. I wouldn't have it any other way!

And some days I am just proud to be a mama of four. Today we went to the Junior Livestock Show. I've taken the kids every year since the boys were born. The first year they cried, and every year since then it's been interesting to see what fascinates them. This year the girls LOVED the sheep. The 'baaaaa-ing' sent the girls into fits of giggles. The boys were disgusted by the smell of the pigs and fascinated by the size and quantity of poop that came from the animals. So funny!

After the stock show the children were complaining they would fade away without food. We stopped by McD's for some lunch. GenerallyI would just go through the drive through and convince them to make it home. However, I figured it was time to brave the idea of eating with all four kids (now mobile) on my own. It's quite the feat to carry each girl on a hip, order a meal, not lose the boys, and pay (paying might seem easy, but with no hands it's kind of a challenge). We not only managed to get our meals, but limited food was sent to the floor, all children ate, and we even talked! Can you believe it? I sat down and ate a meal with my children? Generally I'm running around getting milk, wiping up spills, appeasing babies, etc. This time, everyone was so well-behaved. I was sooooo thankful! And we managed to load back into the car and get home for a beautiful rest time. It's moments like these that I'm so proud of the boys. They could've been crazy, acted up, or just plain ran around the restaurant. But they didn't. And I'm one proud mama.

Let's see if we can keep it up during our run to Costco this afternoon!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Do You Really Want To Read This?

If you are easily disgusted, don't read this. If you gag a lot, don't read this. Sorry Katie for sharing this, but it needs to be in the blog so you can read it later and laugh or gag with us.

My children have an obsession with the bathroom. We keep the door closed at all times. If I'm doing laundry and right there, they sometimes play in the shower while I switch loads. On this particular day I was in and out picking up pieces of laundry to add to the load going in the washing machine. Katie was in the shower. I come back, see a boy leaving the bathroom and know I'm in trouble. Typically this will mean that Katie has her arms in the toilet and is playing in the water. Gross. She gets a big lecture and handwashing session after that, sometimes a full on bath if I'm totally disgusted. This time was worse, way worse. Apparently her teeth were hurting so she took the opportunity to cool her gums off on the porcelain. That's right she was sucking on the toilet bowl. I'm not even sure I should admit this. I was so disgusted. What do you do? I rinsed out her mouth as best as I could (if we had mouthwash she would've gotten that too). EWWWWWWW!!!!!!!!

Told you you would gag.

Mommy Made A Poor Choice

Apparently mommy's make poor choices too. Today was one of those crazy mornings trying to get all kids fed, get Thomas' favorite pants dried for school, and get us all out of the house on time. In the midst of it all, Katie found the bin where we recycle cans and dumped pop on her head. This provided us with a non-time efficient, not planned bathtime. First the girls were bathed, and while the boys bathed I dressed the girls. Then I gated the stairs, shut the bathroom door and ran downstairs to grab the boys' clothes off the couch.

The girls must have watched me turn the corner to go down the stairs and then bolted towards the bathroom. With some teamwork apparently the girls were able to get the door open (it's not latched it jars shut) and climb into the bathtub with the boys...fully clothed. This is what happens when mommy makes a poor choice.