Always Crazy, Always Fun, Always Love

Ray Romano once compared life with twins to living in a frat house. As he put it, "no one sleeps, there is a lot of noise and a lot of throwing up." I find this very true with 4 young children, including twins. However, though things are always crazy, we always try to have fun and, most certainly, always love each other.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

What is Your Parenting Style?

Yesterday was the first full day of spring and the only nice day all week, so I decided to take full advantage of that and took the girls to the zoo. Of course, my poor boys were stuck going to school all day while we lived it up at the zoo. But, hopefully they will forgive me with time.

It had rained earlier in the day but cleared up to become a warm early spring day with temperatures in the mid to upper 60's. We really had an awesome time together! It was so nice to hang out with my girls and soak up some fresh air.

As usual, I packed our lunches. When it was time to eat, we found a picnic table and sat down. As we ate, I enjoyed people watching and eavesdropping on conversations as people walked by. It so happens that the table we chose was near a puddle of water left by the rain earlier in the day. Of course, nearly every child who walked through there had to splash in the puddle. The differing reactions among the parents was very amusing to me.

Here are a few:

1) Some parents made a deliberate attempt to teach their child how to step over the puddle and avoid it all together

2) Some parents scolded their child for jumping in the puddle

3) Other parents laughed as they watched their child splash

4) I even saw one mom join in with her child and they splashed in the puddle together.

So, there were these kind of parents and pretty much everything in between as well. It got me thinking about how everyone parents so differently, but each with good intentions and our own ideas.

What kind of parent are you? No judgment- I am not saying any one style is right or wrong. I am just curious to hear your thoughts.

I suppose that means I need to answer as well. I wish I could be the type who joined in with my child, but I have to be honest that I don't think I would. I think I would have humored my child and let them jump a few times and then probably would have encouraged them to walk on.

Your turn... leave a comment below and tell me your thoughts!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

What We Did on Saint Patricks Day This Year

Today when I was on Facebook, I found myself quite jealous of all the people talking about all the wonderful things they were doing to celebrate the day. It didn't help that it was a beautiful day outside and so many were out taking advantage of that. My day didn't quite go that way. I figured I would share what I did today!

First off, my plan was to have Ross and Annie over for our preschool group. I was going to do a cute St Patrick's day craft. We were going to play outside and enjoy the day as well.

Here was reality. I woke at 12:30am to the sounds of Meghan (one of my 4 year olds) throwing up. (This is after Ellie threw up so so many times yesterday...). She proceeded to throw up every 20-30 minutes for the next several hours and on and off throughout the day. The only sleep I got was from 11:30-12:30 and then on and off from 6-7:30. Ellie still wasn't feeling 100% either so both girls were content to hang out on the couch (and other then cleaning up vomit, so was I because I was exhausted!) It seemed wrong to waste such a gorgeous day, but there really was no other way around it.
Here, Meghan receives some "Dino" therapy- he cuddled next to her for quite a while and she just layed there and pet him for a long time!


But, as I thought about it, we did at least incorporate GREEN into our day in several ways, so I guess all was not lost. Here is how:

1) Thanks to the grape flavored (but blue colored) Gatorade the Ellie drank yesterday afternoon (the only thing she kept down...), I got to see a lot of GREEN poo in the toilet!

2) I got to clean vomit off of our GREEN-ish couch twice!

But, despite the way it sounds, it wasn't all bad...

3) I got to look out the window and admire the GREEN sprouts of my lillies right out my front window!! A promising sign that spring is just about here!!

4) In a last ditch effort to celebrate the day somehow with my kids, I made a GREEN dinner!

Yes- that is green eggs and green pancakes! The kids thought it was cool (though Meghan of course didn't eat and Ellie only did a few bites- Ellie said she doesn't like them green, though of course it was the same recipe with food coloring added! ha! The boys enjoyed it though!)

5) After the kids went to bed I went to the grocery store and saved a bunch of GREEN!!!



I got all of this at Kroger. It is 40 items- a retail value of $82 and I paid only $5.60 TOTAL for everything!!!

6) On the way home, I stopped at McDonald's and got a GREEN special treat for Aaron and I...

Shamrock shakes!! They were pretty good- the only thing that would have made it better was some chocolate chips!

So, though it wasn't all bad, I am definitely hoping next year is different!

Happy St Patrick's Day!!!!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Fighting the Late Winter Blahs- Then and Now

Yesterday, my friend Amy and I decided to get our girls (she has twin 4 year olds also) out of the house to do something fun. We considered going to the zoo- it was a bright sun-shiny day.... but a little chilly for my taste. So, I wimped out and suggested maybe we do something different. Amy was so kind to humor me and we took the girls to a local childrens' museum that we have been to several times before. We had such a great time!!! It was a great way to get out and enjoy the day as we endure the last bit of winter.

We were talking about how much the girls have grown and how we have pictures of them at this same place when they were quite a bit younger. I decided to post some of those pictures from then (March 2009) and now (March 2011)- exactly two years later!!

THEN:


NOW:

Ellie spent a lot of the day playing Vet- she took the little puppy with the carrier all over the place as she played with other things.
Meghan made a dash for the dress up clothes as soon as we got there. Playing dress up- especially in princess dresses- is one of her favorite things to do! She wore this dress the entire time- even when driving a fire truck and...
grocery shopping!

I also got an adorable video of Ellie and Sophia (one of Amy's daughters) singing ABC into the microphones, but I am unable to download the video correctly right now.

We had a great time and are also so grateful that it is almost spring!!! We can't wait to go to the zoo and spend more time outside!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

There Was An Old Lady....

...Who Swallowed a Rock!

According to Jacob, that is.

At school, they did a book-writing project at school and had to re-write "Their was an Old Lady who Swallowed a Fly"- with their own creation. The books were sent to a publishing company where they were all transformed into a published, hard cover book! It included all of their original writing and pictures (so it looks like they just wrote in the book, but they didn't- they were printed that way!). Each child got one free copy of their book.

Then, last night there was a "book reading" at the school where a writer talked to them and then they each got a chance to read their book in front of the parents and have refreshments. I thought Jacob did a great job and decided to include his book here as well.

For your enjoyment-in his own words (misspellings and all....):

There was an Old Lady who Swallowed a Rock
By: Jacob- grade 2



Title page:


Page one:
"There was an old lady who swallowed a rock. Swallowed a rock oh swallowed a rock. There was an old lady who swallowed a rock. I don't know why she swallowed a rock? Perhaps she's out of luck."

Page 2:

"There was an old lady who swallowed some grass oh swallowed some grass. She swallowed the grass to cover the rock. But I don' t know why she swallowed a rock! Perhaps she's out of luck."


Page 3:
"There was an old lady who swallowed some rain. Oh swallowed some rain. She swallowed the rain to get the grass of the rock she swallowed the grass to cover the rock. But I don't know why she swallowed a rock? Perhaps she is out of luck."



Page 4:

"There was an old lady who swallowed a tornado oh swallowed a tornado. She swallowed the tornado to go with the rain. She swallowed the rain to get the grass off the rock. She swallowed the grass to cover the rock. But I don't know why she swallowed a rock? Perhaps she's out of luck. There was an old lady..."


Page 5:
"who swallowed a storm oh swallowed a storm. She swallowed the storm to go with the tornado. She swallowed the tornado to go with the rain. She swallowed the rain to get the grass of the rock. She swallowed the grass to cover the rock. But I don't why she swallowed a rock? Perhaps she's out of luck. There was...."


Page 6:
"a old lady who swallowed a rainbow oh swallowed a rainbow. She swallowed the raindbow to go after the storm. She swallowed the storm to go with the tornado. She swallowed the tornado to go with the rain. She swallowed the rain to get the grass off the rock. She swallowed the grass to cover the rock. But I don't know why she swallowed a rock? Perhaps..."


Page 7:
"she's out of luck!

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I love his happy ending with the rainbow after the storm! Good job, Jacob!!