Thursday, January 22, 2015

Stuff to be thankful for

I was originally going to title this "Sick," because that's a good summary of the past week.  I didn't mention it on here, but Pax had a fever/low appetite for a few days, but then he got better.  But a day later Piper started running a fever.  It hit her harder, and by the time her fever went away, she was left with terrible congestion.  Then I got the congestion and fever.  And I still have it.  I just sneezed 14 times in a row.  For real.  I counted.

And my husband has been out of town all week.

But as I was thinking through writing all of this out and then looking through pictures from the last few days, I could only focus on good things.  Like these sweet little toddlers that want to curl up in my lap when they're sick.  Mine.  It's crazy.

And a big kid who can act up at times, but then realizes that I'm not feeling well and helps get his brother and sister settled down for bed and even reads them a story. 

And a grandfather who adores his great-grandkids and comes and takes Xander out for a few hours - just the two of them - to play arcade games then get ice cream.

And a good friend who offers to take Xander to school anytime I need/want her to.  And me actually feeling comfortable enough to text said friend and take her up on the offer (I'm not so good at asking for help) because I'm just sick and tired and I don't feel like waking up the twins and dragging them out that morning.

And a mother-in-law who buys dinner for my whole family so I don't have to cook.  And a mother who goes and gets that dinner and brings it to us, even though she had other plans for the evening (which she didn't mention when she asked if I needed anything).

It makes my congestion and headache feel a little better when I think about these things instead, you know? 

I haven't done a ton of picture-taking other than snapping phone pics of my half-naked kids, but here's what we've got.

My kids are normal

Day 231 - Totally normal

We went to visit my grandparents and Paxton just climbed up in Xander's lap and Xander just held him like that.  They're getting very brothery lately.  Like little pals. 

Piper still wasn't feeling great yesterday morning, so they got some extra phone time.  And a blanket.  And Piper rubbed it and said, "mmmmm. . . so nice!"

Day 232 - They're getting pretty good at puzzles.  Well, not Raja.  She's good at waiting for them to drop food.

Piper and I felt the same yesterday afternoon.  About like this.  (And I was dressed worse than her, if you can believe it.)

Paxton, meanwhile, was trying to throw his shoe out of the window.  He's been quite the mischief maker lately.  Probably all of that time spent hanging out with Xander.

We watched Big Hero 6 over the weekend and he loved it.  This is his "Big Hero 6 costume"
Love these faces.  And this girl.

And finally Day 233 - pretending to sleep in Piper's bed.  We may need to get Paxton some acting lessons.

Oh, and if you're wondering about the new look of the blog. . . yeah, that's my fault.  I was just seeing how difficult it was to figure out how to change all this stuff (header, side pictures, background, font, etc.) and I thought I was doing a "test run."  Yeah, I wasn't.  I changed it.  And I can't get the old one back.  So until I get really good at blog design or figure something else out, it may be changing a bit from time to time as I practice.  Oh, and the "Meet Megan" thing over there doesn't link up to anywhere now.  I can't figure out how to do that. 

But for now, I'm going to bed.  Thanks for reading, friends!

Monday, January 19, 2015

2 years in!

I've mentioned before that I like to "keep" memories.  One of the ways I do this is on index cards.  I have 365 cards - one for every day of the year.  Each day I write down just a few words about what happened that day.  The big, the little, the interesting, the boring.

The reason I am telling you all of this again is because today I was catching up on the cards for the past week and I saw on January 19 it said, "2013 - Megan started a blog."

Today is my blogiversary!  (Believe it or not, that's a thing.)  So here we are, 2 years and 231 posts later.  Time flies, huh?

Speaking of, it's been over a week since I posted last.  Since then we've been working on getting better at the potty training thing.  We're so close.  Paxton goes all night staying dry, but not during naps.  Piper stays dry during naps, but not all night.  But during the day - we're pretty good.  (Unless Paxton just decides to pee in the floor for NO REASON AT ALL.  Not that he would do that.  Twice.  Today.)  We have about 20 or so diapers and 40ish Pull-Ups out in a bin that we're working through and then there's a new huge box of diapers in the closet.  I'm beginning to think I won't have to open it.  It's kind of crazy.  In a very good way.

Xander's doing great too.  Not with using the potty.  Well, yeah, he is, but he has been good on that front for about 4 years now.  I mean just in general.  In fact, he wrote us a note the other night that said, "Scool and cherch are goeing grat."  (Translation:  School and church are going great.)  Love that kid.  He's getting to do some more challenging stuff at school lately and he loves it.  And his artwork got chosen to be on display at the Caldwell Arts Council.  Pretty cool stuff in his world.

Now let's catch up on pictures.

Day 223 - This girl likes salad like her mama - "ranch soup"  (Don't be offended by the nakedness.  Since moving to underwear they are becoming nudists.)

Day 224 - No guys, really.  Just make yourself comfortable and play on my and Daddy's phones.

Day 225 - Look how cute her hair is pulled out of her eyes!  She will only leave it like this for a few seconds, though.  "No pretty hair, Mommy."

Day 226 - I was cooking the other evening and turned and saw this.  I love it.

Day 227 - Our neighbors got an English Bulldog puppy!!!!!!  (Yes, it totally deserves all of those exclamation marks.)

Day 228 - Not sure why he wouldn't smile normally, but here's my boy and his masterpiece.

Day 229 - I know this is a terrible picture.  But I didn't take many that day, and I still LOVE IT.  We have dance parties almost every night and Piper has started doing this sway thing with her hips.  Throw on the striped leg warmers and I'm done.

Day 230 - These are the shoes I keep by the basement door to slip on to go do laundry or run outside or whatever.  Today Pax put them on and said, "Be right back!" and opened the basement door.  Adorable.

And there we go.  All caught up. 

Now the kids are all finally in bed so I'm going to relax by editing some chapters of a book a friend of mine is writing.  Believe it or not, I've been looking forward to getting some time to do this.  I love editing and reading is definitely one of my favorite relaxing activities.  Plus the book is really fun.  I'll post the link when it's all done and published.

As always, thanks for checking in!  Have a great week!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

New Couch! and other stuff

So, let's recap the week.  Cold.

That about does it. 

Now here's a few pictures.

Day 217 - Before it got bitterly cold, we went with Grandy (Lucas's mom) to feed some geese that live near her house.  Xander liked it, but Paxton loved it.  He didn't want to leave.  (Piper liked the "ducks" but she was freezing.)
Day 218 - Have I mentioned our oven was broken for about a week?  (Lucas fixed it yesterday.)  Dinners got creative this week - all crock pots and stove tops.  Eggs and bacon this night.  Couldn't have done it without these helpers.
Day 219 - This girl has got it DOWN.  She's woken up dry 4 days in a row and I can't remember her last accident.
Day 220 - I got to have lunch with Xander this day, but didn't take any pictures.  So a regular, everyday bath night will do.

Now - for Saturday.  I was already excited about Saturday because we had a date night planned (first one in 5 months!), but then we got a couch!  I'll back up a bit. 

We got a couch when we got married.  Before we got married, actually.  So it's about 11 years old.  And it had seen better days.  I loved that each cushion on the couch had a cover that could be washed, but buddy - we've washed those things.  A lot.  So much that out of the 7 covers, the zippers on 5 of them were broken.  And it was just lumpy.

I mean, I guess it doesn't help that the kids jump all over it, huh?

But Friday Lucas was home sick with a cold, so I went to picked up Xander from school by myself (without the twins) and we decided to stop by the Habitat ReStore by our house and just have a look.  And there was a leather couch exactly like we've always wanted for super crazy cheap (like 90% off retail).  It has a recliner on each side, but one of them was broken.  But we didn't care.  Saturday we bought it.  AND when our friend came to help Lucas bring it into the house, he and Lucas took the thing apart and fixed it!  So now we have a perfectly lovely and working couch that we got for a steal.  I'm so excited about it.

Day 221 - Enjoying the new couch

The part for our oven also came in, so Lucas went ahead and continued his fixing streak and fixed the oven.  THEN we went on a date!  Yeah, for real!  I took zero pictures of the date because I barely picked up my phone.  (Just two or three times to make sure my parents - who were watching the kids - hadn't called.)  What a great day!  I can't stop using exclamation points!


And today's picture - after church we went to my parents' house and my mom gave Xander a mug with a slip of paper inside it that you can color.  He was thrilled.  In fact, tonight I asked him what his favorite part of today was, he said that mug.  As soon as we got home he went to his room to color it.  About 20 minutes later, he came out of his room, all casual-like and drinking from his new mug.  So cute.

Day 222 - "#1 Sports Fan" mug.  So fancy.

That about does it.  Have a great week, friends!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Deep Thoughts with Alexander James

It has been entirely too long since we heard from Mr. Alexander James Bruch.  Entirely.  I haven't been as diligent about writing them all down lately, but I need to start back again, because he really cracks me up.  I love this kid.  Enjoy.

X:  Mommy, how much did your (engagement) ring cost?
M:  Well, mine wasn't too much; I think it was around eight hundred dollars.
X (with wide eyes):  What???
M:  Yeah, and most rings are much more than that now.
X:  Well, when I get married, I'll just take your ring for the girl.  I don't want to spend all my money on that!

"I can't go to school tomorrow; it's flu season!  Are you crazy?!"

(I was explaining adoption to him in terms he could relate to - don't get all excited; we aren't adopting)
M:  . . . so if me and Daddy adopted a child, he or she would be our son or daughter, and your brother or sister!
X:  And then I would sell Paxton or Piper, because I only want one of each.

"I love these shorts because they smell like Indians!"

(As I was putting him to bed one night)
X:  Isn't it funny that "chicken" is the name for an animal and a food you eat?
M:  Ummmm. . . .
X:  Wait - if you cook an animal chicken, does that give you chicken?
M:  Well. . . yes.
X:  So you have to just take it's feathers off and poke out it's eyes and take out it's heart then it's chicken?
M:  Yeah, but we don't need to think. . .
X:  And it's teeth and bones?
M:  Let's just go to bed.
X:  And the roof of its mouth?
M:  Good night, son.  Go to sleep.
X:  And the floor of its mouth?
M:  Good night.
(He was still talking as I walked out of his room.)

Me:  Sorry I had to wake you up, bud.
X:  Yeah, and I was having my best dream ever!  Thanks!

(I told him he could have a cookie and he grabbed two.  I gave him a look.)
"One is to taste how good it is and the other is to just eat like normal."

"There are only two things holding me back.  One:  knowing how to be a band conductor.  Two:  knowing how to drive a car."

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

"3-Day" Potty Traning: An Update

So we're on Day 9 of our "3-day" potty training adventure.  It's going fairly well, I have to say.  If we're home.  We've had a couple events at family members' houses, and we have many more accidents when we're not home.  I think a lot of it is the urgency of it.  Like the other night, Paxton was in a room playing with the other kids.  I was in the kitchen talking.  He ran to the kitchen door and said, "Mommy!  Pee pee!" but by that point it was already happening.  If he had been home, he would have just run straight to the bathroom and been fine.  But he wanted me to help.  We'll get there.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Finishing the year

Happy New Year!  I'm typing this at 10:51 so it very well may be next year before I finish, and almost certainly before you read this.  Let me do a quick catch-up on the last week of the year.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Zoo Trip

This whole year we've been in "downsize mode," as I call it.  When and if we sell this house, we'll definitely be moving somewhere with a lot less room.  And we're glad!  So when thinking of Christmas gifts, we tried to think of things that weren't "stuff."  I mean, we like stuff.  And we got some stuff.  But we also did a few things like getting Xander a Highlights subscription and giving all of the kids a family membership to the NC Zoo