Friday, May 20, 2011

One Step Behind

Ever have those days where you are one step behind? You just can't seem to catch up? That was me today. I feel like I started of so strong, but....

It ended like this...

I walked into the bedroom where the kids were preparing for "movie night." I realized Thomas' bark-filled shoes were IN my bed. I started clearing off the sheets while having him pick up as much as possible. As soon as my sheets are off Molly dumps an entire bag of Chex Mix on my now sheet-less bed. :( While I'm picking that up and vaccuuming, one of the girls' takes off her diaper and pees on the floor, Thomas sneaks some balloons for future water-ballooning, and my entire night is off! It's like I'm one step behind absolutely everything!

It started like this...

It's Pediatric Friday, meaning since it's Friday, a trip to the pediatrician is in order. I planned ahead (staying ahead of the game) and got all kids dressed and hair done. I called at 8 AM and got an 8:45 appt. Thomas was red-cheeked and since Fifths Disease is going around preschool I needed to confirm his case so I could tell the pregnant people we'd been around. Turns out that was the last time today I'd be ahead of the game.

Thomas does NOT have Fifths Disease. In fact, he has a massive double ear infection. The doctor was in awe. He said that he would have not even checked his ears but randomly did so today. Thomas has an extremely high pain threshold. The doctor said he should have been crying in pain. Poor guy! But since he was doing well enough I dosed him and dropped the boys off at preschool.

The morning was rather pleasant as the girls and I filled prescriptions and went to the park. After preschool a group of friends decided to eat at a park and let the kids play. I decided to splurge and grab McD's and hit the park knowing that naptime was coming quick. We made it 10 minutes before Joshua needed a restroom (which are still locked at the park) and we were forced to rush home. Awesome.

Naptime was actually awesome since the boys let me fall asleep on the couch while they played computer. A little slice of heaven in this crazy day.

Here's where it all started to fall apart...

My grandma called saying that my mom had lost her phone on vacation in Nevada and she couldn't find her. Knowing mom was likely fine, but wanted to sooth grandma, my brother and I started searching for her, several states away. Meanwhile my brother stopped by my parents house only to see that the garage door and all doors leading in were open. After everything was solved and put together, mom was contacted, etc. I went on with my afternoon.

And then the entire bedroom scene took place. Augh!

Eventually (and I mean hours later) the kids are now all in bed asleep and I can start to catch up so that maybe tomorrow I'll be ahead again!

Saturday, May 14, 2011


The girls were so excited today to wear the boys' old coats. I saved as much as I could from the boys to re-use with the girls. They are now at the age where it's really exciting. This is the best picture I have of them weraing the same coats...

The boys (March 2007- 2 1/2 years old

The girls (2 years old, May 2011)

Warm Weather and Park Playdates

Warm weather has finally arrived (for now). And while it's rather finicky, we'll take it! Here are some pictures of our most recent park adventures...

 We do NOT attempt this on Fridays! :)

Waiting In Line

Waiting in line at the drive-thru at the bank, I turn around and see this....

She cracks me up!

Saturday, May 7, 2011


Today was a CRAZY day! We started by getting our 1/4 cow from one of mommy's best friends! Some visiting, then off to soccer. Soccer was fun (both boys are now playing). Then off to lunch with mommy's friend. So much fun! We love Re.d

From lunch we ran home and dropped off girls and daddy. The boys and mommy went to a preschool friend's birthday party. Sadly I did not take any pictures, except this....LOVE YOU ANNA!!!

We ran home from said birthday party and loaded the family up for the next birthday party. The boys had a blast playing with friends. The girls had a blast proud they can both swing high now!

Happy 3rd birthday Jake!

We are now home and ready for bed! We're all exhausted. But what a great Saturday!!!!!

We Love Our Great-Grandmas

We 'heart' our great- grandma's! We just don't get to see them often enough!

This week we met up with great-grandma Alice. How we love her! The kids just talk and talk about grandma Alice, and I love that they love her!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Genetics Once Again

Gentically speaking, my kids are easy to pair up....

That means that Joshua's pair is Dan. Looks how much they look alike! Thomas' pair is Molly. And Katie's pair is me. We all have a pair. Those easy traits aside, there are some other genetic traits that the kids all have too. Joshua and Katie can both pop their jaws in and out of joint just like Auntie Kim. Thomas is super mole-y, just like the Domrese side of the family. What did they get from my side? We found out a little bit today!

I took Joshua into a pediatric Opthamologist. After the golf-club incident his eye would randomly swell and droop, like this...

The eye exam itself was rather interesting. They did lots of fun stuff with letters, numbers, colors, shapes, etc. Josh kind of enjoyed himself. The dialating of the eye was definitely his least favorite. I decided to attempt the appointment myself as my mom and Dan both had a meeting. I'm not sure how I thought I'd get through the 2 hours, but I was sure I could do it. 5 minutes into the appointment, I knew I was wrong. After Thomas expressed interest in attending school and separating from brother I frantically started searching for someone to come get him and take him to school. Thankfully, preschool mom pal Michelle picked him up and I was down one kiddo. My mom walked in (she should've been wearing a cape) and saved my hide. The girls were very crabby, cried a lot, and hated life in general. But with two adults instead of one, it was at least manageable.

Joshua did a great job and got his eyes dialated and was amazing. He went to school and had a great day.

The results? Joshua may have temporary nerve damage due to the golf club incident. He will be reevaluated in 3 months.

The genetic marker of the day? Joshua is color-blind. At least with red/green. I have wondered since he was very young, but it's so hard to test kids that young. But because dad is color-blind I've known it was a possibility. They'll test Thomas in August as he has a 50/50 chance too.

Guess my kids got some Richards-genes after all!