Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Project 365 continued

Saturday was Xander's birthday party!  I was going to post pictures from that today, but tomorrow is his actual birthday, so I'll wait and combine them all into one post.

So now I'll catch up on Project 365 and maybe tomorrow or Thursday I'll get some birthday pictures up. 

Day 98 - Having fun at the park

Day 99 - About this time, we were supposed to be having our family pictures made.  But Xander came home sick, so we rescheduled.  Again.  Luckily, 24 hours later he was back to his normal self.

Day 100 - They get so excited when they play on Bubby's top bunk

Day 101 - Xander likes to help me cook.  He's going to be a good man one day.

Day 102 - Xander is a clown, but always gets embarrassed when all the attention is on him.  I love the look he's giving his cousin as we sing "Happy Birthday" to him.

Day 103 - We got a chrysalis from a friend a week or so ago, and Sunday - this happened!  So cool.

Day 104 - I'm not sure if it's the same virus Xander had, but the twins got sick yesterday.  Piper conked out on the chair around 5:00pm.

Day 105 - Although the twins still had fevers over 100 all day, it didn't really slow them down much.  This happened in approximately 20 seconds (I'm not kidding).

Okay - all caught up for now.  I thought my past 10 or so days - and future 7 or so days - would be busy, but I had no idea all my kids would get a stomach bug on top of it.  I'm thankful, though, that it has been quite a while since they have been sick and really, this hasn't been TOO bad.  (Yet?)  And I'm glad that it's happening now, and hopefully going away tomorrow, because we have a vacation planned soon.  So even though sick kids is no fun at all, it could have been worse.  If you're a praying person, throw a few our direction, as the twins still went to bed with 102-ish fevers and tomorrow is Xander's actual birthday so I really don't want him to get sick again.  Or for them to get worse.

Thanks friends.  Don't worry if you don't hear from me for a few days - I'll catch back up when things settle down around here.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Xander's first soccer game

Today was supposed to be a long day.  And it was - but not in the way I had planned.

This morning I had a job interview.  Which is, in itself, a blog post.  I mean - not the actual interview, but the fact that I may be joining the work force again.  But anyway - getting ready for that, dropping off the kids, doing the interview, getting the twins, getting home, and eating lunch lasted from 6:45am until 12:45pm.  So then I put the twins down for nap. 

That's where my plan changed.

Piper didn't nap.  She's been doing this lately.  She just stays awake and plays in the room.  Paxton falls asleep, but she doesn't.  She'll either leave him alone and play for a bit, then fall asleep herself - or she gets bored and wakes him up.  Today she woke him up after about 10 minutes of him napping. 

While I was waiting for her to fall asleep (which never happened), I got half-way ready because we were having family pictures made this afternoon.  These pictures were supposed to be 10-year-anniversary pictures, taken in August to coincide with our 10-year anniversary.  But the weather that day had other plans, so we postponed to today.

Okay, so no nap, but that's okay - I can probably make them smile anyway.  So with half of my hair curled, the other half piled on my head like a crazy woman, and wearing Duke sweatpants and a tank top, we all hop in the van and go pick up Xander from school.  When he got in the van, I noticed his eyes were red.  As soon as the van door shut, he burst into tears and cried, "My belly hurts!"  (He never told his teacher that he felt bad.)

So no pictures.  Rescheduled.  Again.  Okay, that's okay.  No big deal.  So the twins are fussy (no nap), but I need to take care of Xander, who is now throwing up.  So I hand them my iPhone to play with (which they do often) while I get Xander settled and quarantined in his room.  I get him set up with his Sprite and some books, and I leave his room.  And I see Paxton holding my phone.  Over the toilet.  And it's dripping.

So sick boy, no pictures, and no phone.  But I had my job interview!

And last night was much better than tonight.  Xander's first soccer game!  He did really well and had a blast.  We had tons of fun watching, too.  They're all really really cute.

The twins found some "spare" soccer balls (they belonged to someone) and played "CATCH!" with Granny and Pappy

There he goes!

Thumbs up!  Um, sorta.  (He tried.)

They both ended up on the ground here.

Piper helped Bubby wait when it wasn't his turn

One of his goals!  (He scored 5.)

The team!

They don't officially keep score at this stage, but Xander did.  He said it was 11-7 and his team won.  Everyone had a lot of fun, though - on both teams.  I can't wait until the next one!

And now I'm going to sleep and pray that all of my children wake up healthy.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Catching up

I have a packed-full 2 weeks ahead of me, which will include soccer games, job interviews, family pictures, meetings, football games, various church events, a birthday (making a snack for school), a birthday party (different day - more food), and packing for, and then going to, the beach.  I may or may not blog during all of that, so today I thought I would get caught up on my Project 365. 

Day 89 - My parents had gone camping fairly nearby, so we went to the campsite and hung out a while, exploring the woods.  Mimi knows all sorts of things about nature.

Day 90 - Boys.

Day 91 - Chatting instead of napping.  (See where Piper's bed is.  That's not where it goes.  She does that every day.)

Day 92 - After-school pool party with friends!

Day 93 - Passing the time while we wait for Bubby to get out of school

Day 94 - The latch on our bedroom door broke, which means the kids can get in our room, and then bathroom, whenever they want.  (Like when their sister is getting changed, for example.)  Then they proceed to cause mischief.

Day 95 - Boys are coloring sweetly while Piper dumps her popcorn on the floor.  Then eats it like a dog.

Day 96 - I'm not kidding, this is the only picture I took Sunday.  I just had to document the outfit Xander picked out for Sunday School.  I love that kid.

Day 97 - Piper kissing her sock puppet dog. 

Tomorrow is Xander's first soccer game so I'll be taking pictures and I'll try to post at least once more this week just to get those up here.  Watching 5 and 6-year-olds play soccer is seriously the most hilarious and adorable thing, you guys.  I love it.  So stay tuned for that. 

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Labor Day 2014

It's funny - about a week or so ago, out of the blue, Xander said, "Why haven't we had any holidays lately?  It's been like a MONTH!"  So he was pretty jazzed when I told him we had one coming up.  AND that we got to go swimming on that day!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Park Day

Xander had his first day of school on Monday, but then he didn't have school at all on Tuesday or Wednesday.  So we decided to do some fun things on those days.  Tuesday we went to the park.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

First Day of Kindergarten

Xander is a Kindergartner!  He started Monday, but then has today and tomorrow off as they stagger-start the other Kinders, then they all go back Thursday.  I know everyone is saying how time has flown by and they just can't believe that their children are old enough for school, and in a way, I get that.  It really does seem like not too long ago that he was toddling around, speaking a language that only I fully understood.  But at the same time, I've made an effort to be very present with him - not just physically, but really taking everything in and enjoying my time with my kids.  I mean, don't get me wrong - there are days that I'm counting down to bedtime - but most of the time I'm not.  Even during the tantrums or bad attitudes or whatever.  This is where we are right now, and one day I'll miss it dearly.  So I soak it all up now.