Wednesday, October 28, 2009

A Day in the Life....

.... of the mother of 3 year old, 1 year old and 2 months old boys!

So today is Wednesday which is the day we go to the library for storytime. We haven't been for a few weeks so Caleb was very excited about going today. Storytime is at 11, but that is right when Josiah needed to eat. So, what to do, what to do? Ok here's the plan... get Caleb and Noah dressed and ready to go, even put their shoes on and threaten the life out of them if they take them off! Then feed Josiah at 10:45 which is only a little early and leave for the library at 10:55. Can we do it? Well, kind of. Josiah got fed, but boy it sure does take a long time to get three boys strapped into their carseats! But we got to the library at 11:05, not too shabby huh? Man, this mom has it together!

No so fast, my friend...... as we hurriedly arrive at the library we see storytime ending. That's right. Storytime is at 10:30, not 11! Yes, we have been to storytime about 8,000 times!! So, why for the life of me can I never remember what time it starts?!?! Oh I know, I have three kids which means I now opperate on only 1/3 of the brain power I had before kids! Anyway, at this point, Caleb is very upset with me. Susan, the children's librarian, loves the boys and they love her and she had pulled a special book for Caleb and had it waiting for him the next time he came in. When she brought him the book he tells her, "I am sad with Mommy because she drove too slow and we didn't make it to storytime!" Susan just laughed and then gave me a bookmark that read, "Storytime, Wednesdays at 10:30" Guess I'll put that one on the fridge!

So, we just stayed at the library and played with the dinosaurs and puzzles and found books to check out. But, for some reason, today Noah was WIDE OPEN. I could not keep up with him! I remember when he was a baby, we all thought he'd be the serious one. Boy were we wrong! That kid is crazy... I mean C-R-A-Z-Y! He was pulling books off the shelves faster than I could pick them up! He was chattering quite loudly in his baby gibberish. And I could barely get the books checked out for you see, when we arrived at the librbary, I let the boys drop our books we were returning into the book drop at the front desk. Apparently, Noah remembered this and so as I was trying to check out our new books, Noah was taking all of the brochures on the stand by the desk and dropping them into the book drop! Susan, just chuckled and said, "I bet your days are full!"

As we left the library, of course, Caleb had to go potty. And this is not such a bad thing seeing as Josiah has just had a blow-out. For those of you unfamiliar with this term, it is when a baby well, "blows-out" their diaper! So, to the restroom the three of us head. Unfortunately, there is no baby changer in the bathroom. So, we hall three head into the handicapped stall (and I don't think anyone watching at this point would argue with that one!). Caleb goes potty while I attempt to change a Josiah's massive diaper on THE FLOOR! Thankfully, the diaper bag has a changing mat that I was able to put down. But of course, while this is all going on, I look over and Noah is unrolling the toilet paper onto the floor. How do I finish with the diaper change I am smack in the middle of, stop Noah from unrolling the entire roll and help Caleb get his pants back up? I have no idea, but somehow it happened. We finished up in the stall, I got everyone out, and flushed the toilet (this must happen after everyone is out of the stall as Caleb and Noah are both afraid of the flushing of public toilets since many of them are rather loud and a bit violent!). Now I need to figure out how to wash our hands since I am slightly grossed out by all that we have just done!

Meanwhile, Jack has called to say he is going to Chick-fil-a with a friend for lunch. Are you kidding me? Seriously, of the two of us, who needs a lunch break more??? Who deserves a little Chick-fil-a heaven?? I do of course! So, I load the kids into the van and we head to Chick-fil-a ourselves! We actually had a very uneventful, almost peaceful lunch. I was thinking, "Ok, now the craziness has seemed to subside." Ooops, spoke too soon. Caleb finished up and threw away his milk. Noah, of course, must do EVERYTHING that Caleb does. So, he heads to throw his milk away too, only he has taken his straw out so the little hole is open in the top of the milk. And before I can get to him, he stands on his little tip toes, reaches the milk towards the trash can opening, it tips over and he spills milk on his head. Yes, literally on his head. All I can do now is laugh as I get him cleaned up!

And now we are home and all three boys are blissfully asleep. Whew, what a morning we had! To answer Susan's thought about our days being full. Yes, they are... full of chaos!! :) But they are also full of joy and laughter, smiles, hugs and kisses. Today was crazy, but it was also fun! The boys had a great time and truthfully, I did too. I am exhausted now, but I wouldn't trade my day for someone else's and I woudn't trade my life as a mommy. So here's to about 18 more years of chaos and confusion.... more spilled milk and potty breaks.... more diaper blow-outs and scenes at the library.... more smiles, more laughter and a whole lot more love! And next week, storytime at 10:30!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Another year older.....

Well, yesterday was my birthday. I am 31 years old. And I am blessed beyond measure- 8 years married to my best friend, 3 precious boys, what more could any woman want on her birthday.... oh, wait, I know.... a big dinosaur hat!

So Monday night, Jack took Caleb and Noah to get my birthday gift. And when he asked Caleb what he wanted to get me he said, "A big dinosaur hat!" And so off to Walmart they went.

When they got to Walmart, Caleb said, "We need to ask someone to help us, Daddy. Oh, look, there's someone!" And off he went to ask two Walmart workers for help. I hear the conversation went something like this:

"Excuse me. I need a big dinosaur hat. It's my mommy's birthday and she really wants a big dinosaur hat."

And after a chuckle, one clerk responded, "Well maybe we have something in the Halloween section." And off they went to look.

But, alas, there were no big dinosaur hats. To which Caleb responded, "Aw man! How about a big ball hat?"

"No, we don't have those either"

"Aw man!"

And so, the boys walked around looking for a great gift for mommy and as they walked past the produce aisle, Caleb exclaimed, "Daddy, I know EXACTLY what Mommy wants for her birthday...." And he proceeded to study the apple cart very closely before grabbing an apple.

And so Tuesday morning, I was given a card and the best gift ever.... a not so ripe, kinda mushy apple chosen for me by the sweetest little boy on the planet!

Vacation Top 10 List

Reprising my post after last year's vacation, here are the top 10 moments from Vacation 2009!

10. Riding the train at Pier Park.... it was FREEZING! It was our last night and a cold front came through during the day and by the time we finished our pizza dinner and went to the train we were freezing- of course none of us had on warm clothes as we were in FLORIDA... I mean, hello?!?! But we had a great time. Caleb wanted to ride the blue car but there was already a boy getting into it... but his parents graciously offered to ride in another car so Caleb and Cooper (their little 3 year old) could ride together in the blue car. Noah also wanted to ride in the blue car, but he was very attached to Daddy. So.... Daddy rode in the blue car with Noah, Caleb and Cooper and Copper's parents and I (along with Josiah) rode in the caboose (and yes, we laughed at what people must be thinking seeing 3 adults in the caboose!). They were very kind people from Indiana- the dad even took off his coat so I could use it to cover Josiah!

9. Watching Noah play Putt-putt golf- what a goof he is! He constantly cracks us up! Hopefully Jack will have the vacation video done soon and you can see him in action. He swung the club like a bat... watch where you stand when he's playing golf!

8. Being on the beach.... it was so relaxing. Even with the two big boys constantly clamoring for us (and by us, I mean Jack!) to play in the sand or the waves, just being in the warm sunshine listening to the surf was so nice!

7. Watching Caleb and Noah in the surf- again, you'll love this on the video! They giggled and rolled around in the waves with no fear! And Noah once again was cracking me up as he rolled down the beach into the waves, it looked like he was trying to be sexy like he was in a scene in From Here to Eternity!

6. Our condo..... We have stayed in the same condo for the past three year and we love it. The owners, Steve and Kelly are so wonderful every year and the condo fits us just right!! It comes stocked with beach toys, chairs, umbrellas and even a wagon to tote it all to the beach. The boys' room has a TV/DVD player hung up in the corner so the boys can sit in bed and watch movies. It has a closet full of games, including games for preschoolers! It has TWO pools which the boys LOVED (I'll save more on them for further in this countdown!). And it is right on the beach, just a short elevator ride and you are on the beach! Our 18th floor balcony over looks the ocean and one day we watched two sting rays in the surf and another we watched probably a dozen dolphins swim by!

Here the boys were taking their wet bathing suits to the balcony when we spotted the dolphins and we just had to stay out there and look!

5. The weather.... it was great! We were worried that the cold front and rain were originally supposed to come in at the beginning of the week, but Caleb prayed for sunny days and God blessed us! It was in the upper 80's and sunny everyday until Friday. And Friday, it was too cool and breezy for the beach, but the pools were perfect so we spent our morning there (and while Josiah slept close by in his bouncy seat, Mommy enjoyed the hot tub!).

And tied for #5 as it kind of relates, our sun tent! We got it down there last year on clearance for $5. It is an open tent that is SPF 50! So, we brought Josiah's bouncy seat and set it in the tent. We didn't have to worry at all about him being in the sun or sunscreen for him or anything... and he enjoyed many a good nap!

4. The pools!! Again this year, they were the boys' favorite. Last year, Caleb mastered staying afloat and swimming by himself in his life vest. And to our surprise, Noah did the same this year... by the end of the week he could walk in on his own and swim around with Caleb. Even Josiah loved the pools (I know, you think we are crazy for taking our 6 week old in the pool, but we did!). He cried everytime at first, but quickly settled into his float and floated around for a while until the floating lulled him to sleep. And one of the pools is partially indoor so we could take him to that end of the pool and again didn't have to worry about the sun!

3. Another great family photo! We took a couple of good ones this year. We can't decide which one we like best.... what do you think?

2. Naps for everyone, everyday!! (Can you tell we are two sleep deprived parents?!?!)

And the #1 moment of Vacation 2009.......

QUALITY FAMILY TIME!.... Life just gets too crazy sometimes. I guess I should say, we allow it to get too crazy. It is so easy to let priorities get out of whack and before you know it church, or housework, or commitments somehow jump up above family. Financial planners probably would have frowned upon taking money from our ever shrinking savings account to take a vacation, but I am so thankful that we did. I know that our time with our boys is fleeting and one day before we know it they will be grown and gone. I want to know that we made the most of our time with them... that we cherished every moment, that we invested wisely in their lives more than our bank accounts, that they have memories of a Mommy and Daddy who loved them immensely and proved it beyond a shadow of a doubt. We didn't answer our phones or check work email... we didn't watch TV or worry about housework... we just enjoyed each other. We had no schedule- we played on the beach and in the pool, we ate our favorite foods, we played board games, we played putt-putt and rode a train, we went out to dinner and got ice cream, we were together and we had fun.

A friend of mine commented on my vacation pictures on Facebook saying she could tell how family centered Jack and I are. It is one of the best compliments I have ever been paid. That's the kind of wife and mother I long to be... one who is grounded in Christ and centered on her family. There is nothing I love more than my husband and my children and above all the God who gave them to me. I hope it shows.... to them and to everyone who sees us.

I had to put this one in cause it makes me smile! You can see now why getting a good family shot on the beach makes the Top 10 list.... cause this is how we usually do! Noah looks mad, Caleb looks silly, Josiah looks scared and Dad and Mom aren't too shabby! Thank you God for this family!