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Cake Fun!

I’ve meant to post this forever and finally getting to it now.  Just wanted to share pictures of the themed birthday cakes I made last year for the kids.  For Emily’s birthday in August we went with a horse theme.  She is quite obsessed with horses at the moment.  Here’s how that turned out…

The boys requested an R2-D2 cake for their birthday, being Star Wars fans thanks to Daddy.  🙂  I wasn’t sure how well I’d pull this one off, but I think it turned out pretty decent.

Can’t wait to see what ideas the kids have for me this year.  And hopefully I’ll post the pics in a timely fashion!  😉

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School Daze

My baby girl is in Kindergarten.  *Cry!*  Well, it’s not so bad.  😉  I did, of course, have  a short cry on her first day.  I was fine until that big yellow bus rounded the corner and was out of sight and I knew my little girl was officially off to school for the next 13 years or more!  The school year has gotten off to an interesting start though.  The first week of school Emily was so excited to go that she kept waking up 30 min. earlier than I planned to wake her.  I was so worried that she wouldn’t make it through the week, but she did great.  The second week of school was a little more bumpy than the first.  Emily came home one day and said that she didn’t finish her lunch because she was crying.  She cried during lunch and recess because she “missed mama so much!”.  I tried to comfort her and hoped that it wouldn’t happen again (although it did feel good to know that she misses me as much as I miss her!).  It happened again though, two days later and her teacher had to leave her lunch break to calm Emily down and get her to eat a little.  Oh boy.  Then came the third week.  This past Monday, Emily started crying and saying she didn’t want to go to school while we were out in the driveway waiting for her bus.  When the bus arrived she wouldn’t budge.  I tried carrying her to the bus and coaxing her on.  Her bus-driver and one of her friends were also trying hard to get her on the bus, but she wouldn’t let go of me.  I had to let the bus go and take Em back into the house.  Now we had a problem.  I had to call my husband, who ended up leaving work just after arriving (he has a 45 mile commute) so he could take her to school.  Josh was sick that morning so I wasn’t able to drive her in myself.  I had to call her teacher and explain the situation.  She gave me some tips and things to try which helped a lot.  She got to school at about 10am and cried when Daddy couldn’t walk her to her classroom and she was taken by the school secretary.  I wasn’t sure what to expect for the rest of the day, but thankfully it went well.  Emily decided that school is “too long” and she just misses being at home and is afraid she’s missing out on something that her brothers and I are doing without her.  Throughout the rest of the week, she got a special snack (chocolate teddy grahams) if she had “no tears” at school and had a good day.  Tuesday she started to cry a little in the morning, but got excited for the events she knew were taking place at school that day and did just fine.  The rest of the week, she got home proudly saying that she had a good day with a smile on her face.  Hopefully this means her transition troubles are over, but we’ll see how next week goes.  She’s still not grasping the concept of school during the weekdays and no school on the weekend, but I’m sure it will start to make sense after a while.  It seems full day kindergarten is a lot for a 5 year old to handle.  Her preschool was only 2.5 hrs., three times a week, so to go from that to five 7 hr. days is quite a jump.  I’m sure she’ll be settled into the routine soon enough though.  I know I’m still adjusting myself!

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Playgroup

A friend of mine from the Y recently invited me to join her playgroup.  I’m so glad I did.  Being a new girl in town, it’s a nice way to meet people, and just get out of the house with the kids once in a while.  I hate to admit this, but I never think to just take the kids out somewhere, just for fun.  In the summer, there are days that we’d go to a park, or just take some time to enjoy the yard, but I’ve never been one of those moms who just schedules time to go out with the kids, especially in winter.  The to-do list is always so long that I never think to take time out from the usual routine.  Being in a playgroup is changing that.  Now that I have invitations to do these things, I make the effort to fit them into our weekly schedule.  The kids are loving it and I’m enjoying spending time with other moms as well.  Here’s what we’ve done so far…

  • Today we visited the Neville Public Museum and let the kids enjoy the Discovery Room for a while, and quickly strolled through the exhibits.  The kids run through the exhibit area, so there’s really no time to stop and look at anything, but they like it anyway!  The Discovery Room is great though.  There are lots of fun learning toys and the kids pretty well occupied themselves so the moms could chat (definitely a plus!).  My three had a great time and are already asking when we’ll go back.
  • Last week we went to Chuck E. Cheese’s.  This was the FIRST time I’ve taken the kids there, with the exception of Emily going when she was about 1 yr. old.  It was a challenge keeping tabs on my kids in there and it was for the other moms as well (thank goodness for the kid check system!).  Luckily my kids all sat and ate nice at the table.  When it was time to play though, Josh would take off running and it was easy to lose him among all the games and rides.  Sam was a bit overwhelmed by everything so he stuck close to me and asked to be held a lot.  Emily really liked it until she went up into the tunnel system mounted on the ceiling.  She was too afraid to come down the slide and didn’t see me standing 10ft. away when she climbed back down the entrance.  She got scared and asked someone for help.  Suddenly I was being paged to the salad bar to collect my daughter.  She was pretty upset after that so we didn’t stay much longer.  I’m very glad that she knew what to do when she got “lost” though!  I think we’ll have to visit CEC’s again, but with Dad along next time to help keep tabs on everyone!
  • We also visited our local library for the FIRST time with our playgroup.  Sad, but true, I know.  They occasionally have a preschool story time with activities, so the kids really enjoyed that, and then we checked out our first set of books.  The boys are constantly asking to go to the library now.  My kids love books, and they also like the little playroom in the children’s section.
  • Our local mall has a little play area, that we’ve never taken advantage of.  I never thought it would be such a big treat to let the boys run around in there, but it sure was!  It’s a nice enclosed area with lots of seating for the parents to sit and chat and watch the kids climb around on giant foam shapes.

Overall, being in the playgroup has been great.  We’re getting out, exploring our city and all it has to offer.  We’re meeting new people, making new friends, and just having a great time.  A very big thank you to Carol for inviting me.  I really appreciate it!!!

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The things she says…

Emily had a couple zingers today…

While cleaning up a puzzle mess in her room, “Mom, how long have we been doing this?  Like, 13 years?”

After dinner tonight, “Mama, you look like a old lady.”  Great.  Guess it’s time for Botox!  😉

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Tuesdays are tough

Survived another busy Tuesday.  Taking the kids and myself to the Y twice in one day, along with fitting in the chores and my work from home job in between is exhausting.  Spent most of my dance class this morning taking 5 little girls to the bathroom in two separate trips.  Football went smoothly and quickly though.  Then tonight, Basketball was exhausting as usual (the boys in that class are a handful!), but KinderGym was fun and more laid back with just three little ones in that class.  I really enjoy my job and the kids are fun, but going twice in one day takes a lot out of me.  I think it’s the dragging my own kids along that makes it hard.  It would be much easier if I only had to worry about getting myself ready to go.  I look forward to the day when I can just tell all the kids to get in the car and they can climb in their own seats and buckle their own belts!  Can’t complain too loudly though.  How many places can you go to work where you get free child care?  Not many!  So, I’ll suck it up and keep dragging us all over there, because; a) it gets us out of the house, b) it gives me a break from the kids, c) it gives the kids a chance to play with others and get used to being with other caregivers, and d) the Y really is a great place for me and my family.

We’ve been getting take-out every Tuesday when I get off work to save me from having to cook after such a long day, but we still don’t get to eat dinner until about 8:00.  Then the kids still need baths before bed, so they’re up a bit later than they should be.  Emily didn’t make it to her shower tonight.  She passed out on the couch while Brian and I were getting the boys ready for bed.  Just like her father, there’s no waking her once she’s out.  I can wake her just enough to get her to use the bathroom before I put her in bed and that’s it.  She’s getting pretty difficult to carry.  She’s so tall for her age and getting pretty heavy for me to lift.  It won’t be long before I can’t pick her up any more!  Now that all the kids are asleep, Brian is passed out on the couch, still suffering from jet-lag.  He keeps waking up really early in the morning, so he’s been exhausted at night.  At least tonight he was able to stay awake long enough to help get the kids to bed, so there’s a little progress.  I’m pretty exhausted myself, so I better get some sleep.  Got a little girl to wake early tomorrow morning so she can shower before school!

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Halloween recap

Couldn’t think of anything to write tonight, mainly because I’m too tired to really put any thought into it, so here’s a recap of our Halloween activities this year…

Foth Halloween Party: Every year, my mother-in-law’s company throws a Halloween party for children/grandchildren of employees.  This was our second year attending and it was a good time once again.  The kids get to trick-or-treat through the halls, decorate and take home free pumpkins, play games, and everyone gets free pizza and cookies for dessert.  The kids looked adorable in their costumes.  We went with a Nintendo theme this year, dressing the twins as Mario and Luigi and Emily as the pink princess.  People who were around 30 or younger knew who the boys were right away.  But, thanks to the political campaigns, many people thought they were “Joe the Plumber”.  I didn’t follow much of that story myself, so I was a little bummed that it overshadowed what I thought was a great costume idea for the boys.  We had to keep explaining who they actually were, which got annoying, but it was still fun.

Cuff’s Pumpkin Patch: We went pumpkin picking in Hortonville this year.  It was a bit of a drive, but totally worth it.  They had a nice long hayride out to the field where you got to pick your own pumpkin (most of them were huge!), a mini-pumpkin, a gourd, and two ears of Indian corn.  All of that for only $6 per person and the boys were free!  So we got 5 huge pumpkins, 5 minis, 5 gourds, and 10 ears of corn for $18!  Such a steal compared to the places that charge by size or weight.  They also had a corn maze, hay maze, straw slide, play areas, and pre-picked pumpkins, gourds, and squash.  I also picked up a huge acorn squash there and just made it with dinner last night.  Soooooo good.

Halloween at the YMCA: I was really looking forward to this event, even though I didn’t quite know what to expect.  It was another opportunity for the kids to dress up and have some fun.  They really enjoyed the Rainbow Rompers set up in the gym and the carnival games.  There was a really long line for the bounce house though, so we skipped it, and the craft/snack room was so crowded that the only thing we could do in there was get Emily’s face painted.  So, we only did about half of the activities.  It was a really nice idea and awesome that the YMCA puts it all on for free, but it was just too crowded to really enjoy it.

Trick-or-Treat: This year we went to my in-laws’ neighborhood for trick-or-treat and it turned out to be a great idea.  Their neighborhood is perfect for trick-or-treat; the houses are close together with sidewalks out front, and a lot of people decorate and/or hand out candy.  There was one house that decorated their whole front yard and had over 20 carved pumpkins lit up.  There was actually a news crew there when we walked past.  Plus they handed out donut holes to the adults that were walking around with their kids, which was funny, and yummy.  🙂  The weather was great this year.  Finally it wasn’t freezing cold weather, so the kids had a great time.  The boys rode in the wagon and Emily and her cousins walked.  The girls didn’t last real long, so we headed back and let cousin Erik and Uncle Rob keep going.  Between our three kids, we definitely have plenty of candy in the house!  After trick-or-treat we had dinner and spent some time hanging out with my in-laws.  It was a really nice night and I hope we can do it again next year.

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A carnival at home

We celebrated Emily’s 4th birthday yesterday.  Overall the party was a success, but it sure did take a lot out of me.  We worked very hard the last several days, cleaning the house, cleaning up the yard, making carnival games and signs, and preparing lots of food.  Muscles were sore, sleep was lost, but in the end it was worth it.  I should be sleeping now, but I’m a bit wired at the moment.  Anyway, one of the big projects was the cake.  I got the idea for the whole carnival theme from Parents magazine.  In it they had ideas for games, prizes, food, and the cutest cake I’d ever seen.  It was a ferris wheel, made of rice crispies, perched on a cake base.  I read the instructions and it really didn’t seem too bad, so I figured, why not give it a shot?  I had my mom lend a hand to speed up the process and Emily even got to help with some of the decorating.  It turned out beautifully!  It should have had two additional “passenger buckets” but we were afraid of disturbing the integrity of the structure.  Here is the end result:

The glorious cake

The glorious cake

I was so proud!  A few of our guests got to see the cake when they arrived.  I ran down to the patio to frantically finish setting up the games, ran back to the kitchen to fetch batteries for our bubble machine, and found a terrible sight.  My beautiful ferris wheel had tipped over, breaking the base cake completely in half.  My mother-in-law came to the rescue saying we could fix it and get some frosting, but after quite a bit of struggle, there was nothing to be done.  We managed to prop the wheel up to standing again, surrounded by a crumbled cake.  I couldn’t hold back the tears any more.  I had a short cry to mourn my cake that we’d worked on all morning.  Thank goodness I’d taken the picture right away.  At least it still tasted good.  On a later trip back to the kitchen I found the wheel had fallen again as the crispy treat was starting to split apart from all the skewers stuck in it.  So, I laid it to rest on a plate and it officially was no longer a ferris wheel.  Oh well…  Emily got to blow out a candle on one of the cupcakes (which I missed getting a picture of!) and everyone still enjoyed the yummy treat.  The carnival games were also a success.  The kids had a lot of fun playing games, winning tickets and turning in their tickets for prizes.  We had a clothespin drop, bean bag toss, squirt gallery, bucket toss, hoop shot, and kissing booth (guess how many hershey kisses).  We also had a craft table with paper, crayons and carnival stickers.  The bubble machine was also running periodically which is always fun.  Emily got a ton of fun presents and the food was great.  It seemed like everyone had a good time, so I guess that is what matters most.  Now, if I can just catch up on some sleep…

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