REAL mom Wednesday

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You know you are a REAL mom when…

*You get a new bed and are excited to sleep in it, only to having a child up half the night end up in your bed sleeping right up against your back.

Garrett and I aren’t bedtime snugglers. I love having him in bed with me and sleep better when he’s there but I actually prefer my space in the bed. We were given a king sized bed and it is HUGE. We love it. Our first night of sleep on it stunk. Garrison was up for four hours crying off and on because of ear pain (although he didn’t tell us until the end of the four hours). Anyway, the only way he would sleep is snuggled right up next to me (we don’t usually bedshare since I don’t sleep with a child in bed with us well at all and a tired mom, is not a happy mom). I slept on the edge of our king sized bed with a thirty pound little person up against my back. Such is life!

Crappy foto catch up

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Guys. Seriously. Where has the time gone? I am becoming pretty sucky at walking to the basement to write the stories that are in my head. Things like how my boys smell but girls are hoarders. About how we got a new bed and the first night a little person ended up sleeping up against my back the entire night. Or how the baby has been sick for almost four straight weeks. Yep. Life. But that hasn’t stopped me from capturing life moments via my iPhone. So here are the crappy photos you have been missing.

This was my first attempt at capturing Garrison's sour cream mustache.

This was my first attempt at capturing Garrison’s sour cream mustache.

Second attempt.

Second attempt.

Third attempt.

Third attempt.

Fourth attempt.

Fourth attempt.

Fifth attempt.

Fifth attempt.

Final attempt and the one I deemed worthy to be on instagram (it's blurrier than a few of the others but I felt like it captured him the best at the time or at least that's what I told myself).

Final attempt and the one I deemed worthy to be on instagram (it’s blurrier than a few of the others but I felt like it captured him the best at the time or at least that’s what I told myself).

Piling the kids into a cart at Menards.

Piling the kids into a cart at Menards.

Why they cry? i don't always know.

Why they cry? i don’t always know.

Ella happy to have obeyed by putting more clothes on.

Ella happy to have obeyed by putting more clothes on.

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Cooper has taken to cleaning the table after meals.

Cooper has taken to cleaning the table after meals.

How Garrison spent Easter morning. Typical.

How Garrison spent Easter morning. Typical.

The girls enjoying their craft time.

The girls enjoying their craft time.

Ella said that Garrison was her best friend, so naturally I had to take this photo.

Ella said that Garrison was her best friend, so naturally I had to take this photo.

Cooper and Nora played Pretty, Pretty Princess.

Cooper and Nora played Pretty, Pretty Princess. (Don’t let the angle of the photo fool you. Her head is big but not THAT big.)

A Friday morning selfie with a baby, just because.

A Friday morning selfie with a baby, just because.

REAL mom Wednesday

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You know you are a REAL mom when…

*You get enjoyment out of creative punishments.

As my kids get older and their ability to understand and not need immediate consequences we have been coming up with punishments to fit the crime. And recently the crimes have been money costers. The most recent was two children turning the mini fridge off which holds extra eggs and milk. Well, $8 worth of milk went bad which means those two little people owe me eight smakeroos. But you see, we don’t do allowance and they really have no accessible money to their names (except for a few quarters Cooper stole to put into his piggy bank). The perpetrators are earning their $8 by cleaning up the basement…every day for eight days. So for eight days straight I will be able to see my basement floor and hopefully the lesson of not playing with the mini fridge will be learned:-)

A boy and the dump

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My boys love going to the dump. The dump means riding in grandpa’s truck and maybe getting out of the vehicle to unload junk.

Cooper especially loves the dump. It’s boy time. Dad and grandpa time. Time to do what he does best. Be stinky. Just kidding. But seriously, that boy LOVES the dump. And yesterday his dump dreams came true.

He got to drive the dozer. For real. He pushed around junk. He was in love! Coop loves the dump and the dump loves him:-)

I predict that one day this dump-loving dude will be paid for pushing around crap.

I predict that one day this dump-loving dude will be paid for pushing around crap.

Just a Saturday night

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Have you ever went to your favorite pizza place and crammed five kids and two adults into a booth that seats four? We have and we did tonight. #worthit

We love Zoey’s pizza. It is a unique little pizza parlor that serves a fantastic Chicago deep dish. So when mama gets hungry for some pizza, daddy always says yes to Zoey’s.

Anyway, we crammed our little family into the wooden booth and were enjoying dinner when the baby used her tentacle like arms (the way she waves and grabs stuff is nothing short of octopus-like talent) and grabbed Garrett’s beer and dumped it all over her sweet little self. She cried. I laughed. #truestory And since I am a seasoned mother (and of course plan for the unexpected), I did not bring the diaper bag or a change of clothes for nary a child. Nada. Nothing. I had wipes and diapers. But no clothes because I am awesome and am always prepared for the unexpected.

Since our pizza had just come to the table we undressed her (we didn’t want our sweet daughter smelling like a bar) and wrapped her tightly in her blanket and enjoyed dinner like nothing ever happened and then we tipped our server really well (because we want to be welcomed back).

Spring break

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Last week was our very first spring break. The weather was perfect and we had tons planned to do! Not only did the kids get to play outside and with friends but I got to hang out with friends (I stayed out until 10pm three nights last week…I was living life on the wild side). Aside from a nasty sinus infection (thanks to adult-onset allergies (I am officially getting old!)), the week was a good one!

Coop got ahold of my phone.

Coop got ahold of my phone.

We went on lots of walks and Nora enjoyed her new view in the stroller.

We went on lots of walks and Nora enjoyed her new view in the stroller.

Garrison turned two and spends part of his day on the ground pouting.

Garrison turned two and spends part of his day on the ground pouting.

The kids got haircuts.

The kids either got haircuts or are part wolf.

Nora got her wubbanubs in the mail.

Nora got her wubbanubs in the mail.