Well, obviously I’m not keeping up with my first NaBloPoMo. I’ve just been either too busy or too tired to write. Oh well. It has motivated me to try and write more often though. There have been many times I’ve thought about writing about something that happened during the day, i.e. something cute the kids did, and just never got around to it. It’s so easy to forget all those fun little things that happen as they grow. So, I will keep trying to write more regularly, NaBloPoMo or not. It’ll be nice to have those memories to look back on.
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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!
So, last week, my hubby went off to Europe on a business trip. I didn’t mention it while he was gone because, well, you never know who might be reading your blog. Call me paranoid if you want. I get that from my mother. 🙂 It was a really long week. Actually, it wasn’t too bad until about Thursday. That’s when the loneliness really took over and I couldn’t wait for it to be over. The kids were especially naughty on Thursday morning and at that point I was so tired of dealing with everything by myself that I actually broke down. I don’t know how single parents do it. After five days on my own, I felt overwhelmed by just getting through until Saturday night when I’d finally have my husband back at home. My backup, my support, my partner, my best friend. It’s amazing how when you miss someone, you realize how much harder your life would be without them. Absence really does make the heart grow fonder. It’s been a long time since I hugged my husband as tightly as I did when I picked him up at the airport. Having him away made me realize that we really do need to invest more time in each other. When you have three kids, they kind of take over your life. It’s easy to lose each other in the every day business of raising a family. We’ve had very little time for each other lately and after our time apart, I am really longing for some time devoted to just us. With any luck, we’ll find some time, some day soon I hope, to go out, just the two of us, for a nice evening alone. We deserve it. We need it. So… why am I sitting here blogging instead of spending a little quiet time with the hubby now that the kids are in bed? Well, it’s this little thing called jet-lag. Brian’s still a bit messed up from the time change. He managed to stay awake long enough to watch our beloved Heroes tonight and then had to go pass out in bed. Hopefully by the end of the week he’ll be adjusted back to our time zone and all will be well.
Brian had a great trip, by the way. He got to spend one day sightseeing in Paris and hit all the main stops he wanted to make; the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, and Notre Dame. He spent two more days in Lyon, France before heading to Germany where he spent time in Bremen and Wilhelmshaven. He bought me a gorgeous oil painting in Paris, done by an art student there. It’s a really romantic scene of a couple walking together in Paris, fall colors on a tree, flower pots by the shop doors. I was quite impressed by his selection. It’s exactly what I would have picked. He also picked up some neat toy cars for the boys in Germany and bought Emily a replica of the Brementown Musicians statue. I remembered learning about that folk tale ages ago, but couldn’t remember it, so I looked it up online and actually found a narrated story book that Emily watched with me so she would know the story behind her gift. She thought it was pretty cool. Then, of course, he picked up some German chocolates which we’ll save for their stockings since they have Santa on the box.
And now, I’m off to bed myself. I’m still pretty tired from my week alone. I tend to stay up really late when Brian’s away so that I’ll pass out from exhaustion when I go to bed. That way I don’t lie awake wondering what every little creak and groan in the house is. 🙂 Funny how you don’t notice that stuff when you have your big, strong hubby lying next to you at night!
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.
The boys have hit the helping stage. They want to “help” mommy with the daily chores, which sounds nice, but when your helpers are two almost-two-year-olds, it’s more hinderance than anything. Don’t get me wrong, I do find it adorable the way they come running over shouting “help, help” and push each other out of the way just to grab on to the end of the laundry basket and carry it down the hallway with me. The problem is that most of the time, they want to help with things that are far beyond what they are capable of doing. And, when I offer them small tasks that they can do, they don’t want to. I remember going through this same stage with Emily, but I think its a little tougher with the twins. They are both so eager that they fight each other for the opportunity to help, only to be told that they can’t help with mommy’s task, which leads to two boys in tears and a frustrated mommy. The really sad part is that when they are capable of helping with the chores, they won’t come running to help. They’ll avoid it at all costs. Oh well… I guess I’ll have to get more creative with my chores to find little ways to include the boys, because telling them “no” is not going so well.
On a side note, I just want to say I’m so sorry to my good friends Bill and Olya for the bad news they got today. I’ll be keeping fingers crossed for you. I hope that a solution comes quickly and you end up with something even better in the end. Best of luck!!!
…let me count the ways…
2 Pampers, on sale 2 for $20 – $1.50 MC (wish I’d had two of those!) = $18.50, earned $5.00 ECB’s
2 Cascade, on sale 2 for $5 – (2) $0.25 MC = $4.50
1 Oral B Floss Picks, on sale for $3.49 – $1.00 MC = $2.49, earned $2.00 ECB’s
1 Crest Pro Health, on sale for $3.49 – $1.00 MC = $2.49, earned $3.49 ECB’s ($1.00 profit!)
After using my $5off$30 coupon, MC’s, and $10.49 ECB’s from Sunday, I paid $13.40 for over $32 worth, and earned another $10.49 in ECB’s. Had a store coupon to use and toys are on sale this week, BOGO 1/2 off, so I made another transaction…
2 Mr. Potato Head (for the boys’ bday) $5.99 + $2.99 (-$3.00 discount) = $8.98
Skin Effects Face Wash $6.99 – $5.00 CVS coupon = $1.99
Total after paying with $10.49 ECB’s…. $0.51!! That sure beats paying full price at Target or Toys R Us for the potato heads! Unfortunately I have no ECB’s left for next time, but if there are no super deals or money makers in the near future, I’m okay with taking a break. I’ve made a ton of deals and have built up quite a stock, so I won’t need much for a while!
Had a cute and funny moment turn into a big ouch tonight. I was getting Josh dressed for bed and he decided to run away from me shirtless. So, in a silly attempt to get him to come back for his shirt, I pretended that it was now my shirt and I started to put it on my head. Just at the moment when I had the shirt in front of my face with my head tipped down, Joshua charged at me and slammed his head into mine. I swear, that was the most painful headbutt I’ve ever felt, and on top of that he made me bite my tongue so hard that it got cut in three or four places. I don’t know if it was the angle at which his head hit mine or what, but I was instantly in tears from the burning pain in my head. Josh, of course, was also in tears, though he seemed to recover a lot quicker than I did. And Sam joined in the cry-fest, with some sympathy tears for the both of us. I felt like such a baby afterward, but that really hurt! I ran to the bathroom to discover my bleeding tongue, which still hurts. I guess that’s what I get for stealing Joshua’s shirt. Let that be a lesson to me!