Saturday, August 28, 2010

My Favorite Ladies!

You don't have to have a lot of friends, just some really good ones! These two ladies, Kristin and Naomi have rocked my world and have been there for me and given me support when no one else has or can. And have made it summer to remember!

Love you, ladies!!!!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Minnesota Nice!

One of my favorite things about Minnesota is the summers here. This year has been an amazing summer for warm weather. We have really taken advantage of the seasonably warm weather by spending a lot of time outdoors and on the water.

And one of the best things about where we live is that we live near a large chain of lakes and we have family and friends that have allowed us to share time with them on their boats.

It is a Minnesota tradition to go tubing behind the boat and this is the first year The Gav Man has taken part and has totally taken to it and loves it!

My brother, Jeremy took him out for his Birthday this year and he enjoyed a day with his cousins. He and Creighton tore it up!

Maggie was quite hesitant to par take in such activities but did it while sitting with her favorite man....daddy!!

It's just as fun when you can sit on the deck of the pontoon and watch your friends tube!

Gavin loooooves Miss Ellie! Watch out Miss Chloe....Gav may not wait around for you!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

A Day In The Life...

I have been blessed enough to spend a solid six days with my wonderful children. I took on the role of the stay at home mom. A role that I have an immense amount of respect for those that chose this as their career. Really. You stay at home parents truly amaze me. Everyday.

My days go something like this...

I wake up to Maggie, each and every single day, saying the name that I dreamed about growing up and the I have grown love (**Cough**), "mom! mom! Get up! Go downstairs with me. Now!"

Nope, no time to gather my thoughts. No time to process what time it is or what day it is. No time to even pee. Just get up and get down stairs...NOW!!

As I try to relieve my bladder and make my pot of coffee, I get interrupted with cereal of her choice thrown in my face to pour her and her siblings their cereal. You know, NOW! As they haven't eaten in 12 hours, right? Starving. Just starving.

Wake the teenager so he can get to soccer practice.

Change Molly and help the kids get dressed. Remind them several times to go up and brush their teeth.

Then, and only then can I go to the bathroom and make my coffee. NOW mommy's day can begin...

Gotta get the laundry started. As I am walking down the 17 steps from upstairs to downstairs with a very heavy laundry basket, I get the "Mom! Mom! Help me tie my dress. Mom! Mom!" Just a bleeeeepin' minute babe! Can't you see my hands are COMPLETELY full? Ugh!!

Wake the teenager so he can go to soccer practice. Yeah, I know, I already did that once!

Get the litter of children in the van to bring the teenager to soccer. Only, the teenager isn't ready...of course. Fight with Maggie and Gavin as they insist on sitting somewhere else in the van other than their assign seats. Why do they always pick the worst times to play musical chairs?? We were gonna be late! So, I pick my battle. Instead of dealing with the melt downs (as I don't have time on my side), I unbuckle the harnesses and put them where they want. Pick up another kid that is never ready. So we are late to practice. AGAIN!~

Get home. Do breakfast dishes. Do a couple loads of laundry. Go back and pick up the teenager from soccer practice. Make a quick, yet healthy lunch.

Nap time. Ahhhhhh! Mommy time. Best time of the day! Woot! Woot! But it doesn't last long.

Get the ladies up from nap, have snack, and bring the teenager to the skate park.

Once I get home, I have to deal with a neighborhood bully being mean to Gavin so I have to go deal with that drama. While that is going on, it starts to rain cats and dogs.

Throw the kids back in the van to get the teenager from the skate park--quick!! NO, you can NOT play musical seats! At this point, I resent the 5-point harnesses!!

Get home. Make dinner. Do MORE laundry. Break up a few more fights. No one can agree as to what to watch so I have to threaten to turn the TV off all together. Thank God for Good 'Ol Sponge Bob!

Clean a bathroom or two.

Call my sister-in-law, whom has breast cancer, whom I would love to give my undivided attention to but that is nearly impossible as I have three little beings hanging from my leg yelling "Mom! Mom! Mom!"

Lock myself in the garage and beg the teenager to watch them for 15 minutes so I can talk to her only to be interrupted by the teenager himself saying, "Mom! Are you done!"

Oh, just forget it! I will call her back. When? Well, I don't know, when Molly is 16??

Get the kids up to bed to brush their teeth and get their pull ups on. Fight with Molly to take her Melatonin so she will actually sleep through the night.

Have to read SIX bedtime stories. Why or why do you ask? Because no one can agree on a stinkin' story so I just end up reading a mini library. It's not a bad deal, however. The kids love it. So does mommy.

Then I fold all the laundry. Do the dinner dishes. And Crash!

So, I work the next 4 days. Thank you, God! Mommy is exhausted and needs a break! A break to the quiet walls of the NICU.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

The Shirt Says It All!

("I'm kind of a big deal")