Sunday, March 29, 2009

Just the kiddos

Clayton in the bumbo.
Cooper and Kenndall eating apples. The love fruit, they eat apples and bananas all the time. And yes, Cooper is dressed up as Batman.

Cooper passed out after helping his dad put bricks in the wheel barrow. He was exhausted. And yes, he was dressed up like Batman.

Clayton is big enough for the high chair!!

Kenndall likes to sit on Clayton, Clayton doesn't seem to mind.

Well this week has been back to the routine. It has been nice, but at the same time I really enjoyed spring break and all of our activities. So this summer, I will try to plan a lot of activites and playdates for the kids.

Cooper is getting so big! He is almost 3 years old. Where did the time go? He is becoming understandable in his language. He speaks in sentences and is very sure about what he wants and what he is saying. Some of his words are funny. Dog sounds like "cog". T-Rex is "key rex", one of his bears is named TJ, but Cooper calls him PJ. McDonalds is "many donalds". I wish I could think of more, but my mind is drawing a blank. He loves dinosaurs right now and Ninja Turtles and all Superheros, Transformers, Star Wars. He loves to dress up at Batman, sometimes Superman, sometimes a ninja, sometimes a pirate. We play dress up everyday. It is cute. Cooper is almost potty trained. I keep him in underwear at home and on short errands, he has been doing pretty good. He has had two days with only one or two accidents, so I am very proud of that. He also can put his undies and pants on and off by himself. Yea!!
Kenndall is also getting so big, she is 18 months! She talks all the time and is also very sure about what she wants. She is very strongwilled and so determined. She is such a tiny little thing, but she has enough personality for all of us. Last time she went to the dr., she weighed 20 lbs which is 3rd percentile, her height was 32? inches, which was 85th percentile. She also has been battling another ear infection and she has tonsillitis. Poor baby. She always is the one who gets sick. She is always very interested in the potty, so I think I will start training her this summer.
Clayton is learning to sit up. Yea!! I love it when they can sit up, because you can just plop them on the floor with toys around and they can play. She is grabbing things very well and puts everything in her mouth, of course. She can turn from her back to her tummy and from her tummy to back, and sometimes she will scoot around on her back. It is funny because she will scoot herself into a corner and I have to go rescue her. Clayton is always smiley, anytime I am having a rough day, I can just look at her and she will have the biggest smile on her face. She is my inspiration to cheer up. She is almost 5 months old, wow!
I love my children. Sometimes I just want to pull my hair out, sometimes I get so irritated and frustrated that I really wonder if I am going to lose my mind. But when I get so flusted I just pray that God will give me a little extra energy and a positive attitude. Every bath given, every mess cleaned up, every meal prepared is an opportunity to serve and teach. I am so blessed to be able to do that. My mother once told me a story about a lady who was married at the age of 12 and had a bunch of kids (I don't remember how many, but it seems like it was 10 or more), anyway, she once told my mother that sometimes she would be so tired that she couldn't take one more step, and that is when she would start running. To me that is the essence of motherhood. It pushes you to a point that you simply cannot continue, then with the grace of God, your strength is suddenly moved to a whole new level, and you not only continue you succeed. I pray everyday that I can take advantage of the blessing of my children and somehow in all the chaos, teach them to be strong, Christian adults.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Spring Break Pics

Friday we went to the Texas Tech Museum with Wendy, Coby, and Garret. We had a good time. We saw a laser movie at the Planetarium (wasn't that good). Then we went to McD's and ate lunch and played. The kids had a great time with their cousins. Coby and Garret are so good with the kiddos. The pictures are of the kids chasing jackrabbits outside the museum. We were killing time before the movie.

Here are a few pics from this past week. This is Clayton at Jumpin Jungle, she had a great time because she was held the whole time. This is Cooper and Kenndall eating their yummy dinner at Legacy Play Village.

Cooper and Taylor at Jumpin Jungle.

Kenndall at Jumpin Jungle.

The cousins at Gammy and Papa's sleepover. They ate M&M's, played in the leaves, had a picnic, played games, sang songs, watched movies, and had a blast.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Prayers for a Friend

One of my good friend's little sister was diagnosed with cancer of the bile duct. She was also freinds with Brian at LCU. She is planning to go the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota for treatment. Please pray that her family is strong and that she can have the strength to undergo the chemo and radiation. Please keep her in your prayers. Her name is Lori Bufe.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

The Laundromat Fiasco

Spring Break, yeah!! We have had the best time this week, so far. Monday we went to Jumpin' Jungle (if you have never been, it is great!) with my family. Cooper, Taylor, Britten, Kenndall, and Clayton all had a great time, then we went to Chick Fil A and ate lunch and the kids played even more, I think they were all exhausted. Then Tuesday evening we went to Legacy play village and cooked out hotdogs and the kids played till 8 o'clock. That is one late night for my kiddos. They had a blast and the food was yummy, hot dogs, smores, big red ice cream and the kids had little mini cupcakes that they just loved. Wednesday was not a great day, but it was still ok. I took Kenndall in for her 18 month well check. Found out she has an ear infection. I kind of wondered, but she didn't have a fever and she was eating and sleeping ok, anyway, I kind of felt bad for her. She got shots too. So she kind of had a rough morning. Then in the afternoon I stopped by to see a friend who had recently brought home twin boys, they were precious!! Then I went and scouted out a laundromat. The Laundromat fiasco begun. Sigh. Okay, let me back up a bit. At Christmas my dad gave me a gift card, and we needed a new comforter really bad, so we went to Burlington and I found one that I loved. It was so nice. When we got home and put it on the bed it was exactly what I wanted. Monday I went on a walk with the kids, which is a daily activity for us and when I got home I sat down to check my email and I put Clayton on our bed. She was squirmy and squealing just like she usually does, well finally she kind of started fussing so I picked her up. The first thing that hit me was the smell, super stinky, then I noticed that I had poop all over my arm (sorry if that is gross, it happens), then I looked at her clothes, they were saturated with poop from her legs, up her back. Then I looked at my beautiful comforter. Big poop stain! I was horrified. So I went and cleaned up Clayton, she got a bath, and I assessed the damaged. It was bad. I sprayed some Shout on the stain and I tried to stuff the comforter in the washer. Well. It is is a huge king size comforter and it is very heavy. It is probably about 2 inches thick, so there is no way I could wash it at home. So I thought about taking it to the dry cleaners, but I really didn't want to pay a lot of money to have it cleaned b/c it is so heavy and huge I know they would charge me an arm and a leg. So I decided to go to the laundromat and do it myself. And being the stubborn girl that I can be I decided to take all the kids with me. Well, I definitely could have gotten someone to watch them, but I didn't know how long it would take and I thought I could handle it myself. So, I loaded up the comforter in the back of the Excursion (and yes, it is so big it took up the whole back area) and went to the laundromat. I put our portable DVD player in the bag, b/c I thought I could just let the kids watch a movie while we waited. Well I got there and it took 3 trips to get my stuff, the kids, and the comforter. So I put the comforter in the washer and it said it would take 57 minutes to wash. WHAT!! So I found the shortest cycle which was 37 minutes and it started washing. Well the kids ran around and had fun playing with the video games that were in the washateria. I was just carrying Clayton around and suddenly she grunted and I knew she had pooped. Ugh! Great timing. The bathroom in the laundromat did not have a changing table, so I decided to just change her on my lap. Mistake #2 (the first mistake was going to the laundromat with all the kids). She had pooped out the side of her diaper (thanks Huggies)! It was all over her onesie. As I changed her and tried to clean her up the best I could, I got poop on my arm and on my hand. Ugh! And I used up all of my wipes getting her clean. I didn't have any other clothes for her b/c I didn't think she would have poop like that while I was at the laundromat. While I was changing her diaper. Kenndall proceeded to unload all of the laundry detergent, fabric softener from my bag, get into my purse and run off with Clayton's pants. I am not kidding. My threats of time out and spankings were empty b/c of the poopy baby on my lap. Finally she ran away from me with Clayton's pants. I was so mad!! And where was Cooper? He was running around the laundry mat doing who knows what. At that point I realized I was in over my head. So, I packed up my stuff and took the kids to the car. I set up the DVD player in the car and locked it and I took Clayton with me to check the progress of the comforter. It was done washing. So I opened the door and began to load it into a cart. It was dripping wet!! And it was so heavy, plus I was holding Clayton so I was having a hard time. Finally I get it loaded into the cart and I take it to a dryer and stuff it in, again, I think that was even harder than getting it out of the washer. I put my card in to pay and I accidentaly hit the wrong button and start the dryer on top of the one I was using. Ugh! So I put my card in again and get it started. Then the attendant comes running over to me and in a very loud voice says, "You can't put that in there it is too wet!" I said, "well that is how it came out of the washing machine." She said, "well you are going to have to put it back in the washer, it is too wet for the dryer." Seriously? So I started to unload the incredibly huge, heavy, and dripping comforter back into the cart. My shirt and pants were wet, and keep in mind I am still holding Clayton. Poor baby. Well, the lady says, "No, no, no! you will drip everywhere." I held back the 1000's of sarcastic comments and looked at her. "Well what I am supposed to do then?" She ran and got a plastic bag. Sigh. So I loaded the comforter in the bag and drug it back to the washer and stuffed it in. This time the attendant paid for it and she set it up to just spin. That took about 20 minutes. But, it worked. For some reason Clayton was starting to get fussy. I can't imagine why? The poor child. Cooper and Kenndall were in the Excursion making a huge mess and watching the Little Mermaid, but I didn't care. So I got the horribly heavy huge comforter out of the washer and put it into the dryer. This time it was ok. By this time I was pretty much the center of attention in the whole place. Unfortunately. A gay guy came played with Clayton for a little bit, that was nice. Then an older lady helped me load the comforter into the dryer. I think they all felt sorry for me. oh well. So I went out to the car to check on the kids. They were great, they had smashed up a graham cracker all over the seat, but they were watching the movie and having fun, so that was ok with me. The dryers at this place were a little weird. I put the money card in and I would go check on the kids and whenever I got back the comforter was not dry and it had stopped. Well it took me three times of this routine to figure out that you had to press this certian button twice to get it to dry right, and then it would only run for 15 minutes. At this point I had been there for 1 hour and 1/2 and I was tired. Brian called me on his way home from work and met me there. I wanted to cry when I saw him, he said, "You are crazy." and then he gave me a big hug. Anyway. Once he got there, everything was much more bearable. The comforter never did get dry so we just took it home damp and put it on our bed and turned the fan on high. Today it is ok and the poop stain is gone, so I guess the fiasco was a success. And I learned a valuble lesson, don't go to the laundromat with three babies. I really try to just integrate the kids into my life and what I need to get done, but I guess that there are limits and the laundromat is my limit.

Friday, March 13, 2009

This and That

Clayton sometimes falls over when she gets tired of sitting up.
Clayton sitting up by herself!

Cooper and Kenndall walked around with sunglasses on this morning and held hands. Interesting.

Cooper passed out while watching some movie.

Kenndall passed out on our walk.

Goings on around here lately have been interesting as usual. Busy, busy. I have been conquering the various piles around the house. Piles of laundry, piles of dishes, piles of trash, piles of toys, piles of books, piles of socks, piles of dirt, etc... You get the idea. It seems that much of my daily tasks involve cleaning up messes. So, I have decided that not everyone gets the opportunity to clean baby messes 1000 times a day, I could be much worse off, so I will be cheerful doing it. Anyway. On to my struggle. Some friends and I were talking last night and we discussed the percentage of time our kids spend crying. It is absolutely ridiculous. And for what? NOTHING! Girls, especially. Kenndall has been sick this past week, she got an antibiotic shot at the clinic. They didn't know what kind of infection she had, but her fever was 103.5, and she did not feel good. Her ears were clear, they did flu and strep tests and they were negative, so they just gave her a shot. Who knows, anyway, she has been very very very needy. Lots of crying, and she wants me to hold her all day long. Ugh! I have been pushed to my limits with that. Anyway, she seems to be a little better this evening. I cannot believe that she is 18 months old. I am going to have her picture taken next week sometime. Yeah!! I love pictures.
I have been trying to walk with the kids regulary, it is a workout! But, it has been nasty and cold the past couple of days, so nix on the walking. I feel a lot better when I do it, it sometimes is an ordeal getting on the road, so to speak. I put Clayton in a front/pack/carrier thing and I push the other two in the stroller. I figured out the other day that I am carrying 12 extra pounds and pushing 80, so yes I get a work out. It is fun and the kids love it. Clayton even loves to look around the whole time.
This next week is spring break. I am trying to figure out daily activities to do with the kids. So far I just have Monday planned. So, I need to get on the ball.
Brian started his new job Monday. I think he likes it so far, it is hard to tell the first week. He has been cheerful all week, so that is good. And he has gotten off work at a reasonable time each day. He has started softball. I always enjoy watching them play. The kids like it too. It will be crazy this year with the 3, yikes.
Lately I have been working on finding a way to get out my stupid Alltell contract so I can get an iPhone and get on Brian's plan. So, if anyone knows how to get out of a stupid cellphone contract (without paying termination fees), let me know. It will save us money to be on the same plan, and I really NEED an iPhone. Okay, so need maybe a little bit of an exageration. I want one pretty bad, and they are pretty much the coolest thing ever invented (besides disposable diapers). :)
I have got to get started on dinner and the pile of dishes that magically grew out of the sink today.

Saturday, March 07, 2009

Just some pics

Cooper keeping Clayton company. She loves this little mat. She likes to grab Piglet and chew on him.
Sorry this is sideways, :(, Kenndall playing dress up.

Cooper getting a haircute from dad.

Clayton smiling her usual smile.

This is Kenndall at almost 4 months, her and Clayton definitely look alike.

I took Clayton to her 4 month appt. She is 11 lbs. 10 oz., and 23 inches long. So she is going to be little like her sister. Her weight is 25th percentile, her height is 50th percentile. The dr. said she looks great. Yeah!

I take Kenndall next week for her 18 month appt. I am interested to see what she weighs, my prediction is 20 lbs. She is still wearing her 12 month clothes, nothing 18 months can fit her at all. She is very petite, but she has enough personality to for all of us. Which is great. She is getting to be such a toddler. And really, sometimes I wonder if the terrible twos are going to be some of the most awful days I can imagine. That is kind of negative, but you should see her throw a fit, I have never seen or heard anything like it. Wild. She is also started teasing Cooper, running away with his toys. Ughhh! Lot's of timeout ahead for that young lady. Oh, and she will not sit in the corner. I have to stand right by her and put her in every minute while she screams. But, she is also very smart and determined, so I just try to focus on how to teach her to keep her determined spirit while obeying momma. Anyway. Enough of that. I am going to try to get her picture made next week sometime.
Cooper is growing up so fast, he will be 3 in May! Wow! In just two years he will be in Kindergarten, whoa!! He is doing better with the potty training, I let him wear undies at home, but not when we go out, I am not ready for that. He is talking up a storm, one of his favorite things to say is, "that is my favorite......" fill in the blank, often it is whatever he is playing with or holding or thinking about. He loves to sing, he sings in the car and it is such a beautiful sound, I love it. There is nothing like hearing your 2 year old sing a praise song.
Gotta Go!!