Friday, October 19, 2012

Happy Birthday Behtnay

  • You are Three--oh my how did that happen!?
  • You can talk so well--people often mistake you and Lydia for twins.
  • You love to dance to music. 
  • You have a great imagination and do some of the best imaginative play I have ever seen.
  • You can throw a mean tantrum.  In fact you can even make your self throw up and pass out.  What wonderful skills to have (sarcastic)
  • You don't have a favorite food--you will eat just about anything.  I don't know how we missed out on you with the picky stuff but you eat EVERYTHING we offer.  I can't think of a single thing other than salmon that you haven't liked and tried willingly.
  • You can do a great front-roll thanks to gymnastics.
  • You HATE shoes--but that is probably because from november through december you couldn't wear anything but flip flops because of your "bump" and now that its gone the scar is still tender so you pull off your shoes as fast as you can when we get in the car.
  • You sleep on the bottom bunk at night and the top at naptime if it is Lydia's turn to sleep in the bed in my room.
  • You get up at night STILL and drive me nuts!!  I put a couch in my room for you to sleep on but you always get me up to get a blanket or water or something. 
  • You love to color.
  • You know your countries, months of the year, days of the week and oceans.  You also know the books of the bible (all 66 of them) thanks to Brother's awana verses.
  • You love coffee just like your sister.
  • You love being my taste tester when I cook.
  • You love being held and snuggled.  I am so glad.
  • You've been potty trained for forever but just started being diaper free at nap.  Some mornings you are dry so nighttime isn't too far off!
  • You love your brother dearly.  You like Lydia but you and she fight a lot more.
  • You watch programs OK, but prefer reading and hands on stuff.
  • Your favorite activity is Puggles.

Friday, October 05, 2012

Piney Woods Park

Headed to Piney Woods park and the kids had a blast.  The playground equipment is cool but they gravitate towards the woods and teepee there.  They found a log in the woods that made a natural see0saw and loved it.  It was so much fun!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Grove Park Academy

Back in session with two preschoolers and a 1st grader. . . I can't wait for EJ's stuff to get here so we can start doing the real curriculum next week, until then we're doing worksheets etc. from online and some we had left from summer review and lots of reading.
We've got two co-ops we joined . . one at Summit Church on Thursday and one at Kings Park Church on Friday.  We are busy but now in a good way.  We have no commitments in the afternoons so naps for the wee one are happenings and it is wonderful.  No melt downs at 4 or 5 pm, no more yogurt for dinner, real food again, no more 5:30pm bedtimes :)  The sense of relief is wonderful.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

The tough decisions . . .

Justin and I talked and talked and prayed and talked to try and figure out what is best.  We have come to the decision that 2.5 hours in the car daily for me, 1.5 for the girls and 1 for Elijah just to do school drop offs is not OK.  It is expensive in gas and time better spent doing other things.  Having napless girls throwing tantrums during "homework" time, having to wake sleeping children to do homework at 5:30am, bedtimes at 6pm, not seeing daddy at all during the week . . . the cost was just too high.

We are joining two co-ops . . Thursday and Friday. . .so for 6 hours a week Elijah will be in a "classroom" setting and the girls will be in "preschool."  This is important to me because a return to real school is something that I see happening and I don't want them to be unprepared.  This will also give him a set amount of "socialization" and that is also something I want for him.  Monday through Wednesday we'll hit the homeschool hard . . . reading, Math, phonics . . fun times :)  The girls will do preschool, he will do homeschool.  It will all work out.  We'll find our groove and get it on.

We're also really praying about Justin telecommuting.  It would mean one day a week he could stay here and he might also be able to work a shorter day and be home for supper and then work for a few hours after the kiddos go to bed.  I am giddy at the thought of bedtime help during the week.  It would mean moving the girls into bunk beds and changing Bethy's room into an office.  We are seriously praying if this is the right decision . . .the sleepless time of adjustment is daunting.  Bethany routinely gets up between 4 and 5am so it would be tough on Lydia. 

Monday, September 10, 2012

Suckier and Suckier

So Elijah got bit the first week of school and today he was upset because his "friends" were teasing him in the bathroom because of his underwear and "not-plain" socks.  Seriously?  The school has uniforms.  Why do they HAVE to find something to pick on him about? 

At this point I have just had it.  I actually like Kestrel.  Elijah likes his teacher.  I think she is great and trying hard.  I think I just hate the idea of school in general.  He is spending every afternoon telling me who did what and what color they were on.  That they can lose recess time, class privelages, etc. for bad behavior.  He hasn't had a single warning or anything, but he gets home and all that strain from being "good" all day unleashes on me and the girls and he is awful.  I am fast realizing, that for our family, the "cost" of school may not be worth it.  It is "easier" not having to struggle with him to do his work, but I get a horribly grouchy fussy little boy with 1 hour of homework to fight with every night instead.  I just don't know.  We said we'd give it a go until Christmas but we're going to have to see. . .

If you have kids in school, or put your kids through school, please leave me comments . . . convince me that this is worth it.  Right now I may not be seeing the forrest for the trees and might be missing a bigger picture.  It is just, down here where I am, it sucks.  Period.

Friday, September 07, 2012

I'm not fussing . . .

Bethany has been having big problems with getting out of bed and crying after I lay her down to bed.  IT has been getting somewhat better since she gets up at 5am and doesn't nap . . she can barely hold her eyes open at night.  Still though, she has a chart she gets to put stars on.  When she gets 30 stars she gets her own leapster.  I am a fan of incentives.

Last night she wasn't asleep.  She had fallen asleep during the day for a brief catnap and wasn't particularly exhausted.  I went in and reminded her that if she fussed or got out of bed then she wouldn't get her star.

I came downstairs to clean up and I hear over the monitor her yelling
"Mommy! Mommy! I want more snuggles.  I want more snuggles.  Mommy do you hear me?  Mommy! Mommy!  I'm not fussing.  I can still get a star.  I am just yelling to you . . I need snuggles!"  It went on for 20 minutes.  She never got up or cried so she did earn her star.  OF course I could have done without the 4am wake up call.  I guess that's what happens when you go to bed at 6:30pm.

Thursday, September 06, 2012

I Hate School

VENT alert:

I hate having to go into the room at 6am and wake my sleeping son, rush him to eat and dress and get ready and be out the door by 6:45.  I hate the sound of my alarm at 5:30.  I hate that the girls have to watch TV while their daddy showers so I can drive for an hour to drop him off and come home.  I hate that we've had to cut out naps, because try as I may I can't change the fact that these girls have napped at 1:30pm ever since afternoon naps were established and we have to leave at 1:45 to pick up brother.   Despite trying to get them down at 11:30 I can't do it. I hate sitting in the stupid car pool line for 30 minutes while the girls whine at watch videos.  I especially hate losing my little boy to school for 7 hours and then having to force his tired, overworked little self to do homework when he gets home.  He was in tears tonight.  I put him to BED at 5:30 because he was begging to sleep.  He will get a wake up at 5:30 tomorrow morning so that he can do his homework that didn't get done tonight. 

I miss the life we had before school.  I don't like change.
Everyone is saying that we'll get used to it and that things will change and we'll start liking this.

I do like the girl time.  Preschool is fun in homeschool and we are having a blast.  The girls play OK together, very differently than when Elijah is here.  Elijah likes his time at school but it is hard on him.  He is so obsessed about being on "green" that he gets home and just explodes.  All that good behavior wears him out.  He said that three kids cried today when they got on blue or yellow (the warnings) because their parents would be mad at them.  He said one kid's dad spanked him with a belt.  I feel bad for these kids.  I have made my son cry before, I have spanked him, I discipline him regularly.  I know it is a part of life.  I just hate to see him stressed like this.

We've got to try to hang in until Christmas.  By then we should know if the routine is going to work or not.  By then we have to decide if it will be homeschool or Kindergarten for Lydia. 

I just don't know. 

I know that I am struggling.  I want the house to be clean and perfect and its not.  I get stressed by the messes.  I know I hate change.  I know I don't like others judging me and that's what school feels like, his teachers constantly evaluating and judging if he is "good enough", if I am good enough.  I hate that after about 1:30 our day is just awful.  Meltdowns, screaming, bad attitudes, homework fights, crying, yelling, struggling to get dinner made, baths done and everyone in bed.  Hubby sees Elijah for maybe 15 minutes a day.  He is never home before bed because he can't leave until I get back from drop off and his office moved the same time school started and his commute is now 45 minutes to an hour.  At least when the children napped it was a 7:30 bedtime so there was at least some chance of him seeing them.  Now, between 5:30 and 6pm is the normal time they go to bed.

I know when I homeshooled we'd have bad days.  Days when school didn't happen.  Days when I yelled.  Days when the kids didn't nap and the house was trashed.  It just seemed like we ended up with more good than bad days.  I am sure I am looking back with rose colored lenses though and things were hard then.  I guess I just felt more in charge of the chaos because I didn't have many external forces pulling at me.

I am praying that once MOPs starts and once our co-op starts that having some adult interaction will help.  It will give me something to look forward to during the week.  That the girls and I will make friends.  That I will meet other mothers with children who go to school and they can give me some advice.  I am hoping we will adjust to the schedule and things won't feel like absolute chaos every single day anymore.

I am praying that I will daily find a way to be happy and content in this situation and just stop WAITING.  I don't want to wait to enjoy our life.  I want to enjoy it now.

The Prayer

Bethany prayed at dinner:
"Dear God PLEASE give me some food I wike. Thank you for Jesus. Amen"  Then she peeped out of her squeezed tight lids at the bowl of corn chowder, sighed and pushed it away.

Elijah piped up:
"Remember Beth.  God says three answers: 'Yes' 'No' and 'Not yet' . . .guess he said "no" tonight"

Ahh . . .the deep theology of a 6 year old and the blind faith of a 2 year old.  I was laughing.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Speed Stripes . . .behold the power!

Yesterday I took the girls to go shoe shopping.  Thanks to a recent growth spurt we were down to one pair of flip flops for Lydia and one pair of doggy bedroom slippers for Beth . . .all of their other shoes gave blisters.

Turns out the reason the size 7 hand-me downs were hurting Beth is that she is a size 9 :/ Looks like no more hand me downs for shoes . . .the girls now both wear size 9.

In the store Dora tennis shoes, pink tennis shoes, light up tennis shoes . . Bethany was in heaven.  She had to try them all on to test them out.  She ended up on pink butterfly light up shoes.

Lydia was another story.  Nothing purple.  She was sitting cross legged on the floor refusing to even look at the shoes.  Since it was a BOGO coupon she HAD to pick out a pair of shoes there, I wasn't going another place so she could get purple.  So I found a pair, white with rainbow stripes and one of the rainbows was purple.  Bethy was over there enamored with the light up butterflies and kept stomping them so I said (rather dramatically) "Whew . . " Then I whispered dramatically to Lydia "I am so glad Bethy didn't choose THESE shoes.  Man! They've got about SEVEN speed stripes on them.  I think she'd probably be faster than Elijah. How would I ever keep up with her?  Yep, sure am glad she got those butterflies!"

I get a quick side look over her shoulder.  Then she spins around and asks to see them.  Upon discovering there was indeed a PURPLE speed stripe she puts them on and proceeds to race around the store.

"mom, am I the fastest EVER in these shoes?"

me: "Oh man.  Please don't tell me you are picking those shoes.  You are going to have to be so careful wearing those.  They are so fast.  You are probably even faster than Elijah now.  Don't run into any walls or knock into the car OK?  You've got to promise me that you'll be super careful running that fast."

She darts off sure that she is the fastest thing EVER on those shoes with the rainbow stripes.

This morning they had to show off how fast they were for daddy.  Elijah, who had green lightening bolts on his shoes, was unimpressed.  "Lydia . . .seriously?  I have LIGHT-E-NING on my shoes.  How can you think speed stripes are stronger than lightening?"  And he zoomed around her.  They raced.  He won.  Later she told me she had just let him win because she didn't want to hurt his feeling.

Ahhhh. . . behold the power of little things sewn onto shoes :)

Thursday, August 23, 2012

I'm not a Bear

The girls did gymnastics for the first time on Monday.  They loved it.
I overheard the teacher (a very nice guy in his 50's) call Bethany "Pooh Bear" . . Bethany stopped dead in her tracks and looked at him and said:
"I am NOT a bear.  I am actually a wittle girl.  You can call me Beth-a-ny!"
and he did for the rest of the class.  I guess granny is the only one who can get away with the pet names :)

Betty Likes Brown

Tuesday we made an "Apple Brown Betty" and the girls helped.  Tuesday was a horrible day, everyone was tired and grouchy and driving me nuts.  I was on edge knowing school was starting Wednesday. . .so we baked.
Peeled apples, sugared them, put them in a pan . .. .
My little girl helpers were just chattering away with a million questions . . why do we peel them, why can't we add more sugar, why do we have to put butter in the topping . . .

Then Lydia asked: "What are we making?"
me: "Apple Brown Betty"
Lydia : PAUSE "Why is it called that? . . . . .Oh I know mom!  It is because it has apples in it.  And then you add cinnamon to make it brown.  AND (she finished dramatically) the lady who figured it all out and made up the recipe is named BETTY!"
me: "Of course, I bet that is why"
Lydia: "Yep, Betty's brown apples. . . that's why its called that."

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Funnies for the Scrapbook

Let's face it . . .blogging isn't happening and isn't likely to happen.  We've been doing fun stuff and its low on the radar screen.  Last week the kids and I spent a week with another mom at the beach (fun times!) yesterday Elijah got a scratched cornea from Lydia's nail.  Between keeping up with the children, keeping up with the housework and spending the required 4+hours at the pool with the kids most days we're too busy to blog.

Anyway, here are some funny things the kids have said lately . .

"I can't do the laundry, I want to but I can't."
"Why can't you?"
"Because I can't always do what I want to!"

As Bethany was putting a slice of ham on her leg at lunch instead of eating it . . .Elijah pipes up with:
"Don't worry mom, she's just wearing "hammy" downs (hand me downs)"

"What's mommy's name?"
"What's daddy's name?"
"Justin" (we went on through granny, grampy, nana and papa and grandmama then . . .)
"What's Jesus' name?"
"No! In Jesus name "AMEN"  "

At the beach when I interrupted Elijah reading he freaked out and yelled at me to "pause the book!" so he didn't lose his place.

When Bethany was fighting a nap I asked if she would close her eyes:
"No! If I close my eyes I might go asleep.  I will blink them for you though . . . blink blink blink . . .how's that mommy?"

Monday, July 02, 2012

J is for Jesus

We are having candy canes for dessert (cleaned out the candy cabinet) . . .Elijah: "The candy cane is for Christmas because it is a "J" shape. J is for Jesus.  The White is his skin, the red is his blood and I guess the green is the slimy stuff that dead bodies grow while they are in the tomb for three days."

Monday, June 04, 2012


Just got back from a fabulous weekend away.  2 nights without a husband or children.  We had 6 women, none of whom knew anyone except me.  By the end of the weekend we were great friends.  It was AWESOME!

6 women, all mothers.  We left 21 kids total at home.  (Krista has 8 and really boosted our average).

I got in tons of girl time and even planned out my whole fall semester fro school.  I also ut things like oil changes changing the air filters in the house and paying the bills in my calendar.  I even have "make halloween costumes" and make and send birthday invitations 5 weeks before the events so I won't forget.  Anal?  Perhaps, but as I was filling in the calendar I felt myself relaxing.  I have it all written down in one place.  I can relax and NOT worry about forgetting something or scrambling to do things last minute.  It is wonderful!

We ate out twice, walked on the beach at night and stayed up until 1am and 2am on Friday and Saturday nights.  We polished off 4 bottles of wine too.  It was great!  Can't wait until next year and we get to do it again!!  A weekend in June . . . yep!  Think we need it!!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Fangs and Veins

Bethany was looking at me and asked me: "Mommy--you have fangs on your arm?"
No--I have VEINS on my arm.  Fangs are pointy teeth.
Bethy: "Have BANGS on my hair.  Fangs in my arm.  See mommy--they are purple."

Today--at sprinkler time--the girls were still wearing clothes.  Elijah sprayed them and the proudly declared (when I can running to see what all of the tears were about)--"Mom!  I sprayed them!  Now they don't need a bath AAAAAANNNNDDDD  You don't have to wash their clothes!"

How helpful :)

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Life is Happening . . Blogging isn't :)

Whew--for the past 3 weeks its been go go go!  With teaching cake decorating, a cake decorating workshop, a trip to spread ashes at Ocracoke and Small group I have not had a night at home in over 15 days.  Crazy right?  I am ready for May to be over so that we can enjoy our lazy summer plans. 

The girls are taking dance this month (one class a week at the Rec in Briar Creek).  It is fabulous (though Elijah could probably list for you a million things he'd rather do!).

Elijah starts Karate tonight.  Again, a 4 week "trial" at the rec.

I am teaching my last class for Jo-Anns.  Low pay, low enrollment and a horrible work environment have led me to decide that my class teaching there must come to an end.  I love teaching, just not paying to do it, which is the case with gas being so high and the store being so far away and the pay being less than half of what was promised.

The house is on the market it Wilson.  Wishing it would sell.

Sleep is a dream--getting home at 10pm most nights is killing me.  Especially with kiddos who think its fine to wake me 3 or 4 times a night and start their days pre-6am.  II'm averagine <4 hours a night long term which isn't good for anyone. 

That is all for now--its 6am and time to start the day.

Friday, April 06, 2012

ABC's of Fighting with Sissies

I <3 my kids--
While they do drive me nuts (far often than I'd like to admit), the have me laughing every single day.

Lyddie had on a penguin hat, Elijah had wrapped a scarf on his and was a Ninjago and Bethy had on a ladybug hat, they were playing superheros--Elijah was screamng "Energy attack!" To which Bethy promptly screamed "A-B-C Attack!" so he switched to "Elemental Boost!" only to have Lydia say "L-M-N-O Boost!" . . .when I asked what they were doing Lydia said they were having an alphabet fight and Elijah just sighed and shook his head.

Thursday, April 05, 2012

Life Little Lessons . . .

We Redboxed the Winnie the Pooh movie.  The kids have never seen Winnie the Pooh prior to this.  We have a puzzle of Winnie the pooh and that's pretty much their only exposure ot my knowledge.  Oh my word--that movie is fabulous!  The scene where piglet "Cannot Knot"  (and they go on to "Not knot?"  "who's there?"  Elijah and I were in stitches--the girls didn't get it).  So we go to the library and I tell Elijah that its a real book and we could check it out.  We found it and he said: "Oh boy! If the movie is that great imagine how fabulous the book is going to be!!!"  Yes my boy--the book is ALWAYS better than the movie!

How is it that the 2 year old, who won't stay seated for even one 23 minute episode of Dora, will sit in my lap for 2 SOLID HOURS and read 40 library books without budging?  Not a single squirm??  She outlasted Elijah and Lydia (who gallivanted off after about an hour to go and play legos).  Seriously??  I thought my voice was going to give out before she tired of the stories.  Wow!  What an attention span.  I need to train her to listen to the "beeps" and get out my old books on tape like I did for Elijah and Lydia at this age.  She'd love it!

Speaking of Library books, I love how, for the past 2 weeks that we haven't had any, Elijah still runs to the book spot and does a double take and is caught off guard that our bag is empty.  It is so wonderful that books are such a big part of his life!

How do children have the innate ability to aggravate the snot out of you?  I swear--is it in our DNA that they know to hold their finger 1/4 inch away and yell "I'm NOT touching you!" again and again just to aggravate one another?

Does anyone else get joy out of the fact that your kid comes downstairs dressed, thinking they look so great, and the outfit is just horrible?  Elijah came down today in head to toe camo, in last years shorts (which are about 3 inches too short!) and dark black "spy socks."  He then proceeded to try and wear his brown leather flip flops with the socks, decided that would work and just wore the flip flops instead.  He looked awful and thought he looked so cool.  I just have to laugh.  Of course, I am not much of a role model. I think I am just going to have Lydia dress the whole family from now on.  She's the only one who can do an ensemble.

Beyond Cute and Adorable (at least to her mama)

She tries so hard to keep up with the other two.  She is talking, walking, running, pedaling a trike like a mad woman, singing, dancing, sassy little 2 year old.  She also loves to get up between 4 and 5 am for the day and try and skip her nap.  Seriously, I don't know a girl with more fight in her than Bethany.  The stubbornness of the terrible twos has taken charge of my sweet little girl. 

Today, after a trip to Elijah's new school to drop off forms, 2 hours playing at Childwatch while mommy worked out and showered, a tri pto the grocery, lunch and a trip to the library I found her like this on her beanbag chair.


Yesterday was no less busy.  We did school, had lunch with grampy and headed out to pick strawberries at Vollmer Farm.  It was fun.  Bethany amused the old guys there by balking at the thought of eating homemade ice cream and instead chose to chomp into a tomato.  The girl loves tomatoes.  Last year they were still "A-Meet-Ohs" . . my oh my how she has changed!

It was HOT.  The berries were HOT.  They are much better today, cooler, but even the children noticed they weren't as sweet as last year.  We were a little disappointed.  We won't be going back out there again because the hour trip just isn't worth it if the berries aren't knock-your-socks-off good like they were last year.  I still love that they are organic though and the kids did have a very good time.

Justin's been gone all week and we've been keeping busy.  I am usually on my own at bedtime so I don't know why its been so weird to me this week.  It has.  The kids are off (I guess just knowing he's not here bugs them) and have been testing me.  I will be glad to have him home tomorrow so we can get back to normal.  

Weird has been nice though.  Redbox yesterday and today.  Haven't cooked even one time.  Scrapbooked every night.  



Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Go Eagles!

We'll be breaking out the khaki pants and polo shirts come Fall.  Elijah was accepted into Kestrel Heights Charter.  It is one his Homeschool Co-op teacher recommended to us. 

It is completely different than when we found out about RN Harris.  It is a sense of joy I am having.  Elijah is very upset, he does like homeschool, but me, I am thrilled!!  I am tired of the daily battle, the guilt when it doesn't get done.  He is a very stubborn boy.  He is also a very lazy boy when it comes to work ("Mommy will you write it FOR me?").  Nothing out of the ordinary but it is wearing me out an a daily basis.  When he is motivated he will power through it.  When he doesn't want to work, it is frustrating for both of us. 

I am so excited about getting to focus on my girls.  Learning letters, playing dress up, princess stuff.  I think they will draw closer to one another without Elijah here.  I think Elijah will do great once he gets used to the idea.  He was NOT happy about preschool either but ended up really liking it.  Same anxiety about "Friday school" and now it and science are the highlights of his week.  I am 100% sure that we made the right decision to homeschool for Kindergarten.  He is used to Durham now, his world isn't upside down from a move and a new schedule.  I think once we get in the groove he will love school.

I am excited to get to try a new school.  We've already discussed that we'll plan to evaluate how things are going at Christmas and again in the Spring (when it will be time to sign Lydia up for Kindergarten!!!) to make sure this is the right choice for us.  I guess I am just so happy that I have homeschool as a backup.  I know we can do it and make it work.  I know what cirriculum I want to use and where to go to get it so it will be just a matter of a week before I get it if we decide that the real school thing isn't working. 

Ahh. . . big weight off my shoulders.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Glub Glub


Joined the YMCA.  It has an inside pool.  We like it.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Bruises and more

My 4 year old looks like I hit her in the head with a bat. 
My 2 year old has 11 fire ant bites on her foot and it was so swollen today she couldn't walk.
My 5 year old has superglue holding the tip of his big toe on.

This was a crazy day. 
Its been a crazy week.

Sunday Bethy and I threw up all. day. long.  Monday she seemed fine then Monday night she threw up.  At 11pm, before the throwing up began we heard an awful crash and a scream.  I ran up to find Lydia face first on the floor in her room.  Scraped nose, goose egg on her head.  It earned her a midnight popsicle to calm down.  Hardwood floors in a kids' bedroom are the pits when your kid decides to fall out of bed face first.  20 minutes later Bethany started throwing up.  Every 30 mintues or so.  I was in there holding her, running her to the toilet, cleaning her.  At 5am I got Justin and slept for an hour before beginning my day.  (FYI I wasn't being a martyr, there isn't a clock in Bethy's room and I had no idea I had waited that late to get him to help me).

Tuesday was blessedly uneventful.  With only an hour of sleep I am not sure I could have taken much.

Today made up for it though.  It started after breakfast when Lydia decided she wanted some chocolate.  My children are nothing like me, they absolutely love chocolate.  So I keep it high up out of reach.  Lydia was in the helping stool and Justin was making his coffee and I went to go and clean off the table and I hear her fall.  She'd slipped on our "hill of calvary" on the counter and fallen off one counter into the other.  Her shins were hurt, she landed with her forearms on the cookie sheet so she bruised them and had huge bulging hematomas on them and she hit her forehead on the counter on the way down.  I was calm, I scooped her up, checked her over for a concussion and broken bone.s.  Praise God she was OK but she added a wonderful full bruise accross her forehead to go with the huge goose egg from Monday.

All was normal.  We had three kiddos here today.  More than a little crazy but fun.  Then we were feeding the ducks and I hear Bethy scream.  I look down and her foot is covered in ants.  It looked like an ant boot.  I was mortified.  I grabbed the other kids away, got the ants off her and we ran to the house.  THankfully she only got 11 bites.  2 doses of benadryl and a breathing treatment (along with 2 episodes of Wonderpets) got her back to normal.  She couldn't walk for about an hour but then she started playing and running and had a great afternoon.

Elijah re-stubbed his toe he stubbed yesterday and it was bad.  Dripping blood bad.  So I reached into my bag of tricks and withdrew superglue and "stiched" him closed.
I am glad the day is done. 

All three with injuries.


6 kids Under 6 . . . aka My Wednesday

So we've been keeping an extra kid for the past 3 weeks and today I offered to keep a couple of more for a friend of mine who will be leaving for India on a long term mission trip in a few weeks.  Elijah loves her son Roman and this is the same friend who kept all three of mine in addition to all three of hers when I got to do that AWESOME cake thing at the Indian restaurant a while back.

So here I am with two 5 year olds, a 4 year olds, two 3 year olds and a 2 year old.  6 kids all under the age of 6.  I got some strange looks from our neighbors when I make the trek to the park with all of them.    How precious is this though??

When we got home we had cool off time.  Lydia had bonked her lip on Kyler's head so we all enjoyed popsicles.  Lydia to make her lip better, the others as a reward for putting up with the whining.  win-win.

Now they are all upstairs having "quiet time" . . . it isn't quiet and I am quite sure the rooms will be a disaster when the timers go off in an hour but it is giving me a moment to be alone after a morning of controlled chaos.

Fun times though.  Tomorrow we'll be heading to the farm (me and the 4 kiddos) and then next week hopefully a buddy of Elijah's will join us for a Vollmer Farm trip and swimming at the YMCA afterwards.  Its going to be great!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012


My sincerest apologies to all of you with children who like cars, planes, trains, buses or construction equipment.  After 3 weeks of keeping a child obsessed with such things I am THRILLED with my children's obsessions of princesses and dragons.  At least I don't have to feign excitement a million times a day.

We were coming home from science just as school was letting out and there were buses everywhere.  The little boy was screaming at every.single.bus "Look Look Look!!!!"  My ears were bleeding and by the 50th bus I was ready to drive into a telephone pole.  He will NOT STOP screaming about the blasted things until you acknowledge him.  I hear Elijah absolutely deadpan in the back seat : "Wow.  That is so cool."  I could have died laughing!  Absolutely at the end of his rope I heard my deadpan voice come out of my 5 year old's mouth.

My mood is also generally not helped by the fact that we live directly under the flight path for RDU so there is a plane in our backyard at least every 5 minutes.  After an hour of outside time I am ready to scream if I have to look at another airplane.

I am sure it is very cute and endearing when it is your own kid (just as the princess obsession and constant fluffy doesn't aggrivate me much with Lydia).  I am just grateful for mine and their obsessions.  

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Not the time to give up Facebook . . .

 I gave up posting on FB.  I slipped up one time and posted about Dan the Animal Man in hopes of finding another friend who'd split the cost.  But that wasn't a self-centered post so I allowed the "cheat"
This was not the month to give it up though.  There is so much I want to share, to talk about, to "update."  I didn't realize how lonely I would feel without it.  I keep up with my family and my friends on FB.

Since giving it up we've had to evict our renter, deal with the aftermath of the badly abused house, and get the house ready for market. Bethany has taken up poop painting as a hobby and we now are forced to duct tape her into her diaper every night or wakeup to her next beautiful masterpiece.  Justin and I have been having a very low time in our marriage and I've been in counsiling for it.  Lydia turned 4 and Rapunzel herself came (and I made a pretty kick butt cake!).   We've been keeping a new little boy during the days to make some money.  And . . . today my diamond fell out of my engagement ring somewhere in the gym.  I took the kiddos swimming and then worked out and sometime from when I left the house until just before my shower it went missing. 

All of that stuff.  Stuff I want to share. 

But I am trying to focus less on me, more on God and more on my family.  Why should I care what a bunch of people who I don't see very often think about me and my day to day life.  I shouldn't be thinking about what anyone thinks of me.  My life is mine to live.  My decisions mine to make. But I want to share my life.  I love getting those comments and "likes" when I post.  I miss that feedback that while I am stuck in this house with (now 4!! Tommorrow it will be 5!) children that I am not alone in it.  There are other mothers struggling with naptimes, accidents, poop paintings on the walls and more.

So I'm blogging more.  Waiting until Easter when I can come out of this FB fast and update you all on my status' and all the silly things that go on around here.


Saturday, March 17, 2012

Rapunzel Party

The Party was AWESOME!  It couldn't have gone any smoother.  Elijah watched a program upstairs to escape the "girlies" and we crafted hair bows, necklaces and painted nails.  Then the main attraction showed up . . . Rapunzel.  Lydia was convinced and absolutely speechless when she came up. It was amazing.  So happy we could do this for her!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Fabulous at Four!

Good gracious.  How did my little Lyddie turn FOUR???? 
I think she'll be 21 next month.  Or so it seems.
She got makeup (with a real twist up lipstick!), a Rapunzel doll, a "REAL" princess crown, some princess flip-flips and a feather boa (the boa is from Elijah).  She knew last night when she went to bed when she woke up she would be 4 years old.  This morning she double checked and then immediately asked "so . . .when am I gonna be five?"

  • Loves all things Rapunzel.
  • Purple is her favorite color, followed closely by pink.
  • Loves beets (had them for breakfast this morning actually)--beets and pickles are her favorite food.  Mashed potatoes are a close third.
  • She loves to trace stuff and color when were in "school"--she loves stories, especially Fancy Nancy.  
  • She loves earrings and jewelery, but normally ditches anything other than the crown and earrings after a few minutes. 
  • Dress up is one of her favorite games.
  • She still naps (most days).
  • She sucks her thumb for about 2 minutes to fall asleep.  The dentist didn't even know she was a thumb sucker so it must not be too serious.
  • She pouts and sticks out her tongue when she doesn't get her way.  
  • She dresses herself and accessorizes every morning.
  • She is still sporting a "bob" as I keep cutting off all the dead ends.  She doesn't like stuff in her hair and the tangles drive me absolutely nuts so I chop it off every couple of months.

Sunday, March 11, 2012


Three cheers for a hubby willing to listen and talk though EJ's education!
I am so much happier now.

We are going to wait and hope EJ gets into Central Park Charter and if he doesn't then that will be it...homeschooling.

This is such a relief to me. I could actually feel the burden lift. I think there is so much EJ will gain from school but the right school is important. I am so glad we won't be throwing him in just because that was the plan originally.

I am very hopeful that he will get in. There is a very small chance that he will--very few spots and a lot of kids who want it. We will just wait and see what is in store for our family.

If we homeschool we'll up the ante--he will do a sport for organized activity, we'll do a full cirriculum and we'll join a gym so I don't go nuts stuck at home all day every day! In fact, starting next month we're going to join the gym! Shower again, shaved legs.... yes please!! Getting rid of some of the serious mommy-itis that the girls have come down with will be wonderful. Hopefully a daily dose of childwatch will help with that!

Friday, March 09, 2012

I'm a Waffling Idiot

I am so incredibly upset . . .I cannot send my son to public school in downtown Durham. I just can't. He isn't ready to be in the world like that. I am waiting to hear about Central Park Charter and looking into a more affordable private school. I promised Justin if he got into one of the three schools we would give "real" school a try. I want to, I really do. There is a lot of good to be gained in my opinion. I just can't do RN Harris. I hate being a waffle. Talk is one thing and then when it comes to following through I can't do it. We only get one chance with this kid. God trusted us to make the decision, weigh the decisions, guide our son in the way that we see fit because he knew we were up for the challenge.

Ugh! More decisions!

Thursday, March 08, 2012

What you think you want . . .

So the lottery results are coming out and we applied for RN Harris (and two charters) . . .and got in to RN Harris.

We had decided that if we got into a good school then we would give it a shot. To be honest I am devastated. I thought I would be relieved.

There is a lot I think I am going to hate. I am going to hate homework, hate having my little man gone all day, hate not being able to just pick up and go whenever and hate having to do the pick up/drop off every single day.

I love homeschool. I like knowing what I am teaching him.

There are things I hate about homeschool too though. The daily battle with Elijah. The not getting it done guilt. The time I have to spend on him that I am not spending with my girls playing and letting them just be kids.

I'd already gotten my 1st grade plan in place. I knew what I was going to do . . .I'd thought about it, researched it.

It doesn't help that Elijah absolutely freaked when I told him. He loves homeschool too. He likes being home, doing his lessons for an hour or two and being finished.

I am praying. This is a chance for him to grow, stretch his wings, try and do new things. I think there is a lot he could learn from this and I am going to strive to keep it positive. I am also happy knowing that if it doesn't work out Justin says we can pull him out and do homeschool. I loved school. I know it has changed a lot from when I was little though.

So here I am. I have to adjust to the idea of my little man being gone all day. Back to just playing with the girls. Back to the gym! This Fall will be big changes for all of us.

So we're going to accept RN Harris and, in April if we find out he got into the Charter then switch to the Charter school that is our #1 choice.

Glad to find out now though so we can start thinking. Start adjusting. Start planning.

And if we end up sticking with RN Harris, I know Lydia will be thrilled. They offer dance as part of the curriculum. My little ballerina will be in 7th heaven!

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Movie Time!

So my groupon expired today.
I didn't know until I got home and went to see when (I remembered March).

So I did something I never do. I took three kids to the movies, alone. Three kids who hadn't napped. Three kids who were overtired and cranky. I fully expected meltdowns but I paid for that buggar and I was going to at least try and use it! We had a pep talk. Went to the bathroom. Left in the car.

We went to the theater to see The Lorax. Only it was just released and they didn't want me to use my groupon. We were going to walk out and Lydia was in tears. She didn't understand. The lady at the ticket desk called us over and said she'd take it so we got to use the coupon and see the movie. She didn't even charge me for the girls!! Awesome! Free movie.

Now Lydia has been to one movie. Disaster. She was crawling all over and didn't want to sit. It was dark and loud, her two least favorite things. I didn't have high hopes of actually getting to see the movie. I figured I'd have the girls in the hallway or in my lap crying and EJ would enjoy it.

It was really good. Lydia refused to wear the glasses and spent the whole movie plugging her ears and in my lap. Bethany sat there-glasses on-in the booster seat-glued to the action. This is the girl who has a 5 minute attention span during the day. I was in awe.

I did it. I stepped out of my box, out of my comfort zone, and I did it. We had a great time and I am so glad we went. It was awesome.

Sunday, March 04, 2012

And So . . .

Our short 6 month stint as landlords has come to an end.

Chalk it up to lessons learned that friends really don't make the best tenants. Being nice can bite you in the butt big time. Real contracts made by real lawyers are worth their weight in gold.

Feeling so frustrated at how the "lease to own" turned out. Feeling so grateful that we DO have a contract which spells everything out and will *hopefully* mean we can get some money out of the tenant we had to ask to leave.

Feeling so blessed by in-laws who dropped their Saturday plans and came armed with screwdrivers, spackle, chain saws and plenty of elbow grease to help get the house cleaned.

Looks like we'll be having the carpets professionally clean to try and get up the puddles of nail polish, sharpie marks, and marker now dotting the carpets. Looks like we'll be hiring a pianter to paint over the sharpie and pencil marks all over the wall, the tears, the marks, and repair all of the drag marks that took out hunks of trim and loads of paint out of the doorframes.

I walked into the house yesterday and almost cried. Then I got mad. Then I almost cried. Petroleum jelly smeared over the walls, sharpie words and drawings all over what used to be Elijah's room. The carpets, oh the carpets, now technicolor. "Stuff" spilled down most of the walls--the hallway was a mess of brown SOMETHING dripping down. The washer and drier were just gross--dirt inside and out.

All that is left to do today is the kitchen. And finish vacuuming downstairs. And all the yardwork we didn't do yesterday.

I'm feeling very overwhelmed. I thought it would be a quick once over and we'd be done with the house. How much damage can a mom and two young girls do in 6 months. She's a friend, sure times are tough financially but she's a good person. She wouldn't trash the house on me right? Lesson learned--sometimes the best plans don't turn out. Lesson learned--its only money and we'll get through this too.

Now to get the house in tip-top shape. Get it sold. Get out from under two mortgages. I can't wait!

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Sick Day . . .

Lyddie is sick. She is usually the only one who stays well. Thank goodness too because girl does not handle illness well. Pitiful, crying, coughing, sobbing in the middle of the night. My drama queen actually has something legitimate to dramatize over. She is in her element.

This morning called for an hour of Popeye cartoons, followed by a trip to the CVS in PJ's to pick up the Redbox movies I had reserved online. This shall be a day where the 1 hour TV limit is thrown out the window. Honey tea shall be served along sides of crackers.

School is put on the back burner as Elijah gets square eyes along with his sister. His reading and writing will have to wait until I put the sick girls down for a nap.

Baby is soaking alone in a bubble bath, singing every song she knows, moving piles of bubbles from the teapot to the bucket to the doll to the ledge of the tub. Hoping that the slight stuffiness and hoarseness Bethy is exhibiting isn't the start of her coming down with Lydia's illness, but what can I say, when it comes to germs my kids are great at sharing. Since Bethy's TV attention span is about .47 seconds, she is up here with me, soaking, bubbling and letting Lydia rest pitifully on the couch, in her pj's, under fuzzy blankets, clutching a lovey.

I know that by the time dinner comes around and Justin walks in the door I will be more than ready to bail and head out to bible study. I only have so much lovin' in me. After pulling a sweet mommy all nighter with the middle child and babying everyone all day long, I will need a break!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012


Working on finding true joy.

True joy like my oldest, Elijah, 5, singing and snuggling and rocking his baby sister Bethany (2) to sleep yesterday at nap, then dragging her to the bed and tucking her in with a kiss and a "good nap." Standing outside the door listening to him croon, off-key and off-tempo, each and every request of his sister until she hung limply in his arms. One of the most precious things I have ever seen. Baa-baa black sheep, away in a manger, twinkle twinkle, Jesus Loves me . . .the sweet repeat of countless bedtime rituals with him, repeated by him. This boy is going to make a great daddy.

True joy like obedience and helpfulness when I need it most. Life and marriage have been especially tough lately. As much as I try and hide my sorrow, my pain, my hurt and most of all my anger, some of it seeps through into my mothering. When the children are pushing each and every button I have, tiring me out, disobeying at nap. I felt myself getting to that point. The point where every word coming out will be a criticism, a yell, a correction. So I stopped. We sat. I put them all on the couch, told them I was tired, sad, angry and I was frustrated with the way they were treating each other. I went one by one, told them why they were so special. Words of affirmation that they needed but more importantly I needed to remind myself of. They all left the couch grinning from ear to ear and Elijah immediately took control of the situation. He grabbed the clean up list, assigned chores to his sissies, came into where i was cleaning up and said "Let me get that for you mom, I can do it" and he unloaded the dishwasher. Every piece of silverware got crammed in the drawer, every dish shoved in the cupboards and he was just beaming. He knows I HATE the dishwasher. He immediately finished and grabbed a rag to wipe the table and counters, just like he's seen me do. He found the clothes on the floor and put them in the laundry. Checked on his sissies and got them back on task. "What else mama? What else can I do to help you?" Words to bless a mama's ears. True joy that, while I may not be doing everything right, while I may yell more than I want to, my actions, my love, my service are being noticed. In that brief 30 minutes of helpfulness I saw my little boy becoming a man. I wanted to weep.

These moments I am able to see the fruit of my efforts. My constant discipline. My constant teaching. My kids know how to be helpful. They do have empathy. They do love and want to serve one another.

I was snapped back to the grind shortly after the helpfulness. The bad attitudes brought on by hunger and tiredness caught up with the children. I was ready. I was in my prime. "Stay calm and press on!" We ate a snack, we read books, we snuggled and told silly stories, they took a really long bubble bath and played bedbugs naked while I changed the sheets. They had dinner late with daddy and went to bed an hour later than I wanted them to. I am not in control. But I can influence my home. I set the tone. Yelling, fighting, angry? Fun, silly, playful?

I choose joy for my family.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

The poor Doggie

After playing "vet" with her brother and sister for the last 15 minutes Beth runs up to me and urgently says . . . "I need to go upstairs and operate on the doggy's scrotum" . . .she was wielding a toy dog and some scissors. I guess she plans on neutering him. sigh.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Playdates Rock

Top 10 Reasons why I love Playdates

1) Mommy talk time
2) Seeing how others discipline their kids--always open for inspiration
3) Seeing other kid's misbehave--I am NOT alone--helps me appreciate my own kids
4) New toys for my kids to play with
5) Someone Else's house gets messed up or the other mom's help clean up MY house--really, win win either way.
6) Usually get great naps out of my three from a good morning playdate
7) Usually get great early bedtimes out of my three from a good afternoon playdate
8) Watching my three gravitate towards one another, even with others in the room--that tangible brother/sister bond is awesome for me to behold
9) Watching the kids get good at sharing/leading/helping others
10) Mommy talk time (because really--playdates are just as much about me as them--deserves mentioning TWICE!)

Sunday, February 19, 2012


Elijah spent the night with nana and the girls got their Spa on.

I've created a monster. Lydia loved it. She's already asked to soak her feet about 3300 times today. She also keeps claiming her face is rough and she needs another mask.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

What do we want, where will we go?

Our wonderful lease-to-buy agreement has fallen through. Our seemingly "perfect" solution allowing us to move to Durham, make ends meet financially and more is not working out. March 1st we have to decide . . . move back to Wilson and try and sell the Durham house, try and sell the Wilson house (and take a huge loss on the property and all that we put into it), rent out the wilson house again and hope that it goes better this time and sell it if and when the market picks back up, sell both homes and rent something in Raleigh closer to work (I seriously think I have HAD it with buying a home!!) . . .

I hate decisions.

There are pros and cons to every choice.

I hate Durham, I love Wilson. Hubby feels the opposite.

Kids don't like Durham and want to move "home" to the Wilson house.

No preschool in Durham. Waiting to hear about charter school possibilities in Durham. Feeling backed into a corner when it comes to homeschooling.

Family in Wilson, MOPS in Wilson, Friends in Wilson. Haven't connected (yet) in Durham . . .despite REALLY hard efforts on my part to find friends and forge relationships.

Small group in Durham ROCKS.

Summit Church is the most awesome church EVER.

Moving again--all the packing and unpacking--makes me want to throw up.

Justin's office is moving soon--his commute from Wilson or from Durham will be back to an hour--that's the reason we moved in the first place, to decrease his commute so we'd have more time as a family.

I love love love the 4 bedrooms here--no one sharing means a lot more sleep for mommy!

Wilson utilities are EVIL. Durham is much better.

Energy efficient house with a laundry room inside (as opposed to the garage), swimming pool around the corner, park around the corner, cul-de-sac, sidewalks and a very family friendly community here in Durham. The amenities are really great.

UGH!!! I hate deciding stuff. I wish God would just lay it out clearly in front of us and say "GO THIS WAY."

That's not the way it works. So we'll think, pray, and try and figure out what to do.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Overheard . . .

Today Elijah was trying to convince his sissies that watching IMAX Deep Sea Creatures was waaaaaay better than Strawberry shortcake. They weren't having it. Bethy was crying because of the "spooky fish" and Lydia was talking.
Elijah: "Lyddie hush up . . .a really cool fish is coming up next. I think its an angler fish .. .oh no, its a hatchet fish. Well the next one is surely an angler fish. . "
Lydia: "Do you know what you are talking about? Admit it, you don't know what you're talking about!"
Elijah: "OK you got me . . . I've never been in the deep sea, I'm just guessing."

Three minutes later Bethy tore into the room with a fitted crib sheet (one from the poop-casso incident earlier in the week) that was clean. Lyddie put it on her head to run around and Bethany crawled into the pack and play.
Bethany: "I Jesus, you're Mary, let's play baby God."
Lydia: "Ok--away in a manger, no crib for a bed . . ." sings the song. Elijah comes on over
Bethany: "You yo-sef."
Elijah: "I'm not Joeseph!"
Bethany: "Who you then?"
Lydia: "He's not a wise man, that's for sure. He didn't know about the fish and he don't know about babies either!"

Finally tonight at bed, after forcing Elijah to eat his dinner of lentil spaghetti, we were talking.
Elijah: "Mom, why do you go down and clean up the kitchen before daddy gets home?"
Me: "Daddy likes stuff clean when he gets here. Its one of the ways I can show him how much I love him, by doing stuff like that for him."
loooooong pause
Elijah: "When I get married, one way my wife can she me her loves me is to NOT cook me lentils. That would be thoughtful."

Saturday, February 04, 2012

Stuff. . .

Life is running away with us and the blog is far past even the back burner. I've been using it mainly to remember the cute stuff they say and not as much to share what's going on. I know I will regret this in a couple of months when I go to do our scrapbook and can't remember what on earth we did!!

We've been keeping busy trying to adapt to our new routine. Before Christmas was busy with homeschool, storytime and trying to find playdates so that we weren't at home all the time. The kids are aching for some good friendships.

This January we started "Friday school" for Elijah and Lydia and they really like it. It is a homeschool co-op and there are 12 kids ages 4-6 in one classroom at a church from 9-12. They let Lydia in a bit early (thank goodness!!). Instead of driving the 30 minutes home, Bethy and I have the new routine of a "Panera pit stop" at Streets of Southpoint where we split a bagel. Then we ride escalators for 45 minutes or so and then play outside at the fountains or at the childrens play area inside depending on the weather. Thank goodness I am not a shopaholic!! Ever week we spend our $1.37 on our bagel and that's it. It is so much fun having just her!! It is also nice that I am forced to focus on her. I don't want her in the car for 2 hours so we don't drive home. I can't have a "to do" list a mile long. Of course, this leaves me scrambling on Friday afternoon since I am just not used to being gone all morning.

We also started Science for Elijah in Chapel Hill on Tuesday afternoons. This is probably the hilight of his week. He met a little boy, Xan, who he is buddies with. It is so cute. Unfortunatly, Xan lives in Burlington, so I don't see many playdates in our future! The girls and I either hang out and play with the other kids and homeschooling moms or we hit up Trader Joes. Fun for us either way. It just makes for a tough Tuesday because everyone has to skip naps :/

After months of begging we finally signed Lydia up for dance. She is in a preschool ballet class through the rec for 6 weeks. The commitment time was right, most of the dance studios wanted a full semester commitment (and they were a lot more expensive). She hates it. She thought it was going to be like Ballet camp with craft and a snack. .. not just dancing for 45 minutes. She has fun in class, is obedient and loves to show off at the end, but she truly cries and begs not to go after only 2 classes. I am making her go for the next 4 because she does have so much fun once we're there, but we won't be signing up for that again!! Probably going to try and plan to go back to Wilson and stay with grandparents while she does a dance camp this summer.

We've also started a once monthly swap with a mom from my small group. She has one son who is almost 1 and she comes here and watches my kiddos one day and then we go and pick him up and watch him here one day a month. IT is great. This month I am using my "Free time" to take just Lydia to the dentist to get sealant on her teeth and then on a mommy and daughter date. Love that!!!

This month my class at JoAnn's actually "made" and I was able to teach. The rough part is that is Friday nights so I felt like travelling on the weekend was just out. The great part--last night was class 4 of 4 so its over. Hoping to have some more classes in the future and they are scheduled on Monday and Tuesdays. It was fun to do!

Justin has been working a lot of overtime to meet various deadlines so most of the time we're on our own for dinner and bed. It was tough at first but now I've got the routine down pat. It is nice to have time to chill and clean up and listen to my music without talking. My ears are so tired from listening to the chatter of the little ones that an hour of cleanup is just relaxing at this point. I also love having a "clean' house to wake up to.

We've been sucked in by Lost. Love that series and its on Netflix so we can watch it with no commercials. Score! Each episode is about 40 minutes long. Been watching while I fold laundry and stuff. We're almost in the last season so we'll be done before long. It will be nice to not have the time drain, but I know I'll miss it too :)

We've still been homeschooling like mad . . . made a paperchain to count down to Lydia's party yesterday and made a "Magic E" monster who eats words and spits out a word with a magic e on the end to change it (cap to cape for example). Loving my laminator that my in-laws got me for Christmas. My FIL even had to fix it when I got something stuck in there. Works great though and there are so many uses. My favorite have been the make your own dry-erase things. Kiddos love it! Elijah does math, reading and handwriting every day. We play a phonics game or a spelling game daily too. He also has to read books everyday. He is doing great. I do think though if we continue next year we are going to do something more regimented with units like Sonlight or Abekka. I need to have boxes to check off to make sure I am hitting everything. We will find out about the Charter's and Magnets in March and that will determine whether or not we'll keep homeschooling. I am so torn but feel confident that we'll make the right decision.

That's all for now :) Hubby let me sleep in this am and I took the time to blog. Sigh. Stupid internal clock wakes me no later than 7:30. Off to enjoy a fun saturday as a family.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Hot Cold and Lydia

As she was walking around the house in princess attire, a short sleeved shirt, and no socks when the house was set to 60 degrees and it was in the 40's outside I happened to ask Lydia:
"Lyddie, are you hot natured or cold natured?"
She looked at me and said:
"Neither. I'm PRINCESS natured"

Of course she is.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

The Egg-citing lunch . . . or not

Elijah likes hard-boiled eggs. When we go to the Chinese Buffet he gets one to eat every time. Yesterday we didn't have too much to choose from for lunch so I decided to boil 3 eggs and see if they would eat them. Elijah comes to the table and starts screaming.
"Its not right. You can't cook those. Only Chinese has eggs. You have to have a bunch in ice and pick them up with tongs. You can't have them at home on your plate and no ice."

No amount of talking would convince him that it was the same thing. He was sobbing and competely distraught.

The girls saw his reaction and immediately refused to eat their eggs too. I got the eggs, put them in my super chopper, added mustard and pickles and made up some egg salad. I was talking about how much grampy liked egg salad and didn't it look delicious with the sweet pickles . . . I got out the bread and put it on a sandwich and Lydia looked at it, looked at me and said:
"It looks like frow-up and I am NOT eating that!"

Elijah immediately comes back with "Yeah--I'm going to barth if you make me eat that."

So I had egg salad and the kids had yogurt. Egg FAIL!

Bethy on Bagels

Last Friday, we dropped the olders off at "Friday school" (our homeschool co-op.) Bethy and I were going to head home and chill out there since she and the olders were going to Granny and Grampy's that afternoon. I hadn't grabbed the bags or anything before we left. We pull out of the parking lot and Bethy yells "Panera Pit Stop!" The first week we'd gone to Streets at Southpoint because it is only about 5 minutes from the co-op and I wanted to be close in case the kiddos freaked and I had to go back and pick them up.

"We're headed home, not the mall today. We've got to go and get the bags with your clohtes so you can go to Granny's house." I told her.

She immediately responded: "Granny has clothes. I need a bagel."

So we went to the mall (how can you argue with that cute logic) and we rode the excalator for 73 round trips, got a bagel and played at the little indoor area there.

The security guard just laughed as we made trip after trip of up and down and up and down. He told me what a patient mom I was to let her do it. I explained that it had been 8 months since she had just me to herself and now she only got it for 3 hours a week so we did whatever she wanted to do. If that was riding the escalators, then so be it.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Razor 360

Our Neighbors have one of these and Elijah is in love . . .
Tonight, after riding it and spinning he said . . "mom, how long 'til Christmas? That's the ONLY thing I want!"

Big hit! Gonna keep my eyes peeled on craigslist and see if one pops up. $100 is a bit much to spend on a new toy.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

No comment please . . .

The edits have been made (thanks to my wonderful Father who acted as my proof reader)--for some reason though it won't let me "share" the updated book. Enjoy the pics, but no comments on the writing :)

Monday, January 09, 2012

January Through June 2011

You know . . . just in case you wanted to see EVERY SINGLE picture I thought worthy of documenting our lives :)

If you see any typos or errors I'd love it if you told me! I haven't ordered it yet so there is still time to fix it! Many sets of eyes are better than one.

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So Bethany got the memo that she's two.

All out tantrums, hand on the hip shouting "no!", screaming this awful scream and dissolving into tears anytime her brother and sister don't do what she wants, getting out of bed 5 or 6 times at nap and bedtime, up several times a night and turn on the light and playing . . . generally horrible this past week.


Of course the bad and the good strike a balance. She's started saying "very" all the time:

After scraping all the skin off her nose:
"My boo boo very bleding. Very hurts. Hurts sooooo bad!"

Eating dinner:
"This muffin is very cool offed. Not hot at all!"

Tuesday, January 03, 2012


My baby is two today.

She talks, sings, sleeps in a toddler bed, is potty trained . . . she thinks she is grown!

Bethy loves the Wiggles but doesn't get to watch them much because the older two HATE them!

Bethy is a great eater--eats all sorts of things. Doesn't much care for nuts but likes everything else. She even loves capers on her pizza! (Capers, mushrooms, green and black olives, ham, pineapple and cheese in case you are wondering)

She hates it if you substitute anything for "little boy" when you sing her Baa Baa Black Sheep

Her favorite songs are Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Away in a Manger, Baa Baa Black Sheep and Old Time Religion.

Her favorite food is a tough one, corn on the cob comes to mind though.

Bethy can chew gum like a master!

Bethy hates naptime and will fight like nobody's business to get out of it. When she DOES fall asleep it is normally for about 45 minutes :(

She loves snuggles and rocking, just not so much with mama. She will gouge out my eyes and pick my nose and squirm and scream. If daddy or granny comes in though, its all snuggles. Grrrr.

Bethy will tell you she "volunteers a cake care a da babies in Covey's"--that is she volunteers to take care of the babies during cubbies. She is a babysitter--not in the nursery for any other reason ;)

Her favorite toys are baby dolls. Hands down. She strolls them, feeds them, rocks them, changes their diapers . . . she is baby crazy.

She likes dogs and cats toys too. She named her little dog "pee-pee" and her cat "spike."

Bethy is potty trained except when sleeping. She'll get distracted playing so you have to remind her if its been a while, but she has it under control!

Except for panties and socks, she can dress herself.

She can pedal on her trycicle.

She knows three letter sounds and can recognize a bunch of letters from sitting in on homeschool lessons.

She knows most colors but always guesses purple and pink if we get to one she's not sure about.

The girl loves pink.

She talks in sentances ALL the time--no one word replies for her anymore. she will answer "ummmm. . ..yep!" when she is thinking about a yes no answer though.

Bethy weighs 30 lbs like her sister and wears a 2T bottom and a 3T top--I love the little pot belly!

She is a dancing fool and love to be a ballerina and twirl around.

She has one of her 2 year molars and the other three a working their way through.

If we'd had her first we'd have another 6 by now--she is so easy and wonderful and good natured. The most smiley baby ever! She has enough personality to be twins!


We're here--had a great Christmas. Granny and Grampy came down the 23rd and Santa came that night. We had "Christmas" all day on the 24th and got up on the 25th and headed ot Wilson. We did Christmas with Nana and Papa then headed ot Grandmama's. Thankfully granny and grampy came to the rescue about 5pm and took three tired kids to their place so we could stay and visit a bit. The kids and I headed to the beach on Thursday and celebrated new years down there. We set the timer for "midnight" and at 7:30pm let them call EVERYONE they wanted to (nana, cody, Mrs. Hilary, Daddy) to make sure they were up at "midnight" It was great--everyone played along--the kids toasted with sparking apple juice and were asleep by 8pm.
Blogging is on the back burner as we ramp back up with homeschool. We're still here, just not wasting as much time online :)