Oh, the places we've been... Part 1 (otherwise titled "Yes! We were *that* busy!"
Last week was the busiest week EVER. I think the only weeks that would top this for busyness are the ones in which I have 1) had a baby (did that twice), 2) gotten married (check), and 3) gone on a family vacation with the kiddos to a different state... on a PLANE. With 2 kids (check. and check.)
Here's the rundown:
On Monday we (me, kids, grandma and grandpa, and Grammy and Grampy) went to a fun dinner at Texas Roadhouse - they had a kids night so Katie got her face painted, the kids met Andy Armadillo and McGruff the Crime Fighting Dog, ate a free sundae, and we all ate a delicious dinner. Jake ate tons of bread and chicken AND onion blossom. I ate tons of bread, steak, and potato. Katie ate tons of bread and onion blossom. We were full (understatement... of the year). And yes, I realize that bread and onion blossoms, while totally delicious, are not a balanced meal, but sometimes I'm just happy they are eating something, and that Jake's staying in his high chair, and that his mouth is too full to start yelling his displeasure about actually having to *stay* in his high chair.
Tuesday was busy for Katie! I got a call on the way to work, not 10 minutes after dropping Katie off at school and immediately thought something was wrong. She didn't seem upset when I dropped her off, so of course I assumed that she'd had an accident and needed to go to the hospital or something like that.
But no, the teacher was calling to ask if Katie could go see The Emporors New Clothing! What a relief. And of course, I said yes. This was something they weren't going to take the pre-school kids to because there weren't enough tickets but it ended up working out! She had fun (not that she talked to me about it much!) and I'm reminded all over again why I'm happy to pay for this each week. She's grown so much in the last couple of weeks.
Then, on Tuesday, John and I had a *hot date*. I don't have any pics of that since the area was sterilized and I didn't want to pull out my phone to take pictures. But I did write about it!
My brother created this blog for me as a baby gift when my first was born. Coincidentally, I was thinking about starting a blog but was too tired to 1) figure out how to set one up, 2) figure out how to use it, and 3) figure out how to be a mom.
Katie was born in April of 2006. She’s sweet, a rule follower, and is very... assertive. She likes to enforce (her) rules, use scissors, and read. I clean up a lot of paper scraps and mediate between her and Jacob a lot.
Jacob came along in February of 2009. He's mischievous, silly, and so sweet. He likes to give hugs and smile. He also colors on walls and likes to use the water dispense on our fridge. I clean up a lot of water off of the floor and carpet. I’ve gotten good at rushing to the kitchen while avoiding toys and kids when I hear someone using the water dispenser. I also hope to repaint... someday.
Back in 2010 I decided to change the name of my blog to One Boy, One Girl, One Blog. Thought it had a nice ring to it.
Jackson was born in June of 2011. He likes to be cuddled and smiles at everyone (except that guy at church with the big, booming voice...). He loves to watch his brother and sister play and he'll stand next to their little table till his legs get tired. He's also sleeping in his crib all night. It's a little sad when I realize how fast he's growing up but after I lay him down for the night and I know he's not going to wake up every 3-4 hours, I'm okay with it.
So, six years and 3 kids later, after many hugs, lots of “I love mommy” pictures, waist high wall art, extensive experience identifying spills and (oh joy) cleaning them up, and falling into bed at night with a big sigh, I've kind of figured out that my sanity really depends on my ability to relax and do a lot of laughing. And to (try to) let go of any thoughts of perfection I may have had at one time.
Because kids are messy. And I can't be in three places at once.