Wednesday, November 26, 2008

The Life of a Little Mommy

Clare goes in phases with her toys. Some weeks she likes Play-doh, some days it is Potato Head, but this past week it has been her dolls. She plays with two dolls at a time....how fitting. She has named them Ashley and Luke, two names of kids in her class at school.

On this particular day, Luke (or Ashley...they are interchangeable), was very hungry.


"Mommy" has to focus to get her baby to eat.

And now it's time to get some things done. Throw that baby in a sling and off she goes.


Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Friday, November 21, 2008

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Thanksgiving Feast

Today was Clare's Thanksgiving feast at school. This little Indian met me at the door.


We were all glad that Casey was able to make it.


Clare spent more time looking around at all of her friends' families than she did eating. She was intrigued by the whole situation. I was able to catch her mid-bite though!


This was in her take-home folder today. I wonder how much prodding and coercing it took to get this chart filled in. Whatever it took, it made me smile when I saw it.

I hope she knows how thankful we are for her!



Tuesday, November 18, 2008

My Day in Numbers, 3rd Edition

15... seconds between the time Sydney hit her head on the church pew in front of us on Sunday and when she let out the blood-curdling scream

(Can you see the bruise in the middle of her forehead?)

22...times I have buckled and unbuckled car seats today

11...days until my nephew moves back to Texas!

11:00....time of feeding that has been dropped for the babies. We are weaning!

8/2005....last time I wasn't nursing or pregnant, with the exception of one month.

3...number of recent pictures I like that were taken in front of this window




3...number of words the twins are saying ("boo," "hi," and "Dada") Admittedly, it's hard to tell when it's a real word versus just making noise.

$90.55...amount I spent at Target when I went in for one bag of chips. Oops! Don't tell Casey!

15....days until my babies turn....

1!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Days of Our Lives

Despite the aforementioned early wake-up time, we are in a good routine around here. Our schedule changes all of the time, but for now I will take advantage of the relative predictability that each day brings with it.

The twins still take a morning nap around 9:30 or 10:00, which allows me some quality time with Clare. She loves to make the most of this time and do all of the things she isn't allowed to do while Jane and Sydney are awake....paint, play with toys with small parts, and play "squeezy glue."


Then after lunch, usually between 1:30 and 2:00, all three girls go down for an afternoon nap. It is so nice to have a chunk of time when all three girls are asleep. This is usually when I get dinner ready...at least as much as possible, do laundry, try to pick up (although that is not my strong suit), etc. It gives me a chance to recharge for the second half of the day.

Sydney

The twins usually sleep for about an hour and half at both of their naps. Clare has been taking longer ones...today she slept for three house. So, after the little ones wake up, I usually have some time to focus on them before big sister rises. Combine that with the two days that Clare is in school, and I feel like I am getting some good quality time with Sydney and Jane.

Jane

After everyone is up from afternoon naps, it's lots of playtime. Casey usually gets home around 6:00, and then it is action packed until bedtime. We do dinner, baths, pajamas, and bedtime somewhere between 7:30 and 8:00....and I think everyone is tired!




Thursday, November 6, 2008

Cock-a-doodle-doo

Is anyone else having trouble with the time change? Clare used to sleep until about 7:30 every morning. Since Daylight Savings, her new wake-up time is 6:15. I don't know about you, but that is too early for this momma! As soon as the sun hits the window, Clare is up and ready to take on the day. It's like living with a rooster.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Hide n' Seek

Clare has recently become enamored with playing Hide n' Seek. It seems like daily she says, "You come find me." Then off she runs. When she feels she has found a good hiding spot, she'll yell, "I'm ready!"

However, she doesn't quite get the hiding part. She doesn't try to make it hard for the "seeker" at all. Here is one of her favorite spots...in plain sight in the dining room.


Another great location, under the dining room table. At least here she is getting under something.


This is actually a pretty good spot. She is under an old church pew. Her daddy taught her this one during a recent game.


And my personal favorite. Here she is again in the dining room. I guess she figures if she can't see me, then I can't see her.



Saturday, November 1, 2008

The Great Pumpkin Post, Part 2

The Halloween festivities continued through the week!


Our girls debuted their M&M costumes at the church fall festival.


The biggest M&M enjoyed this "toddler roller coaster."

And finally, Halloween was upon us.

(Sydney)

(Jane)

We set out to trick-or treat. Clare had a great time. I think she might have had as much fun answering our door as she did actually going door to door.



Scoping out the loot. The babies were dying to get some candy.



And today, the sugar rush set in. Clare was literally running laps around the sofa. I suppose it is a small price to pay for the fun that the holidays bring when you have small kids around.