Thursday, September 27, 2012

Out of town again!

Well, we took off yesterday for one of our last trips of the season before school life sets in! We (me and the kids)  headed to Montgomery to visit FeFe and Poppy and to spend the night. We were making the drop and leaving Harrison behind so Emma and I could boogie over to Birmingham for the major consignment sale I do twice a year. I'm a contributor, so I get to shop early, and let me tell you-I get EVERY SINGLE PIECE of my kids' clothing at this sale twice yearly. I can clothe both kids for $350-400. Nice clothes! Polo, Kelly's Kids, smocked, etc. It's one of the biggest consignment sales in the Southeast. Anyway, I don't buy new anymore. Some people buy them new things for birthdays and Christmas, but I only shop secondhand now. It's that great!

Here is their link if you are in the Birmingham area. It opens to the public on Monday, October 1st. It's in an old Academy Sports building-that's how big it is!

Rows upon rows of boys and girls clothing, shoes, toys, any/all baby items, carseats, etc! Multiple items too so you can choose the best priced one!  I am so excited! Sissy and I are going tonight at 6:00 for our time.

We will hang around Birmingham for the rest of the weekend, and go take my  mom shopping at the sale on Saturday with our guest pass.

Sunday we are taking the girls to our childhood church, and then Emma and I are headed back to Montgomery to spend the night before picking up Buddy.

Kiddos start school on Tuesday, and I'm SO READY. I have to make lunches and pick out clothes the night before. Gotta make sure they have all of the necessary supplies, too! Look for an upcoming first day of school post-sure to be entertaining-if I know my kids and our follies!

Toodles! And have a great weekend!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Harrison Update

Oh, Harrison. You are turning out to be quite the little character. We went for your fifteen month appointment today, and you are measuring in the 50% for weight and the 95% for height! You are going to be a tall boy just like your daddy! Also, we discovered you had a ruptured eardrum. Bless your heart. Here I was just saying it was  a cold with all of the crusty boogers and drooling/sneezing, but no. You apparently had an unnoticed ear infection. #winningmom.

You are so busy these days! You try to keep up with "ma," (what you call Emma) and you are doing a great job of almost running after her. Your words have really come out, too! You are saying: mama, dada, ma, dog, juice, dirty, hot, no, and also doing the Braves tomahawk chop while yelling Ahhhhh! It's so cute!

You are growing like a weed and wore a pair of your "cousin" Peebs 2T jeans yesterday! You are so tall, I barely had to roll them up! I can't wait to get some more pants for you at the giant consignment sale coming up! You are in size 4 diapers, but could probably go to a 5. You wear size 6 wide shoes! (Emma wears a 7, so wowza!!) You are in all 18 months, mostly 24 months clothing.

You drink your milk out of straw sippy cups in the morning and night, and you will pretty  much eat anything I put in front of you, unlike your sister! Your favorite foods right now are grapes, oranges, beans, hot dogs, sunflower seeds, cheese, and apple pouches. You have gone off strawberries and pears for some reason. You dislike peanut butter which shocks me! Your favorite treat is your once a day V8 fruit/veggie juice after nap. You wake up saying, "joooooos?" It is so cute.

You are a feisty little thing, quite full of your own opinions and likes/dislikes. You love being outside with Emma and want to do whatever she is doing, be it playing in the dirt, riding in the cozy coupe, or climbing up the slide. You also get down with a rake and/or Emma's tricycle. Slow down growing, Buddy!

You are about to start going to MDO on Tuesday and Thursday and I'm excited to see what changes that brings. I'm sure you will thrive being around others!

You have had 4 haircuts already and are due back for another one! You understand pretty much everything I tell you. You are getting to be such a big boy and I am so proud of you! I love you so much, Buddy!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

It Ain't all Sunshine and Rainbows

Motherhood, that is. Specifically, stay at home motherhood. Jeez, if I would've known what I know now-it still wouldn't have made a difference on my decision to quit work after nine years. I know this is nothing new, but oh em gee.

This has been a rough few days. As it always is when a kid (or the kids) are sick. And you're all by yourself, still trying to run/clean/cook/do errands all the while dealing with sick, whiny, pitiful babies, it's......mind numbing, for lack of a better word.

I am certainly not the first mother to feel like this, nor the last. I know that. But, when I think of people with more kids than me and them all being sick, I shudder. For them.

There are a lot of days when I feel like a total failure and a suck ass mom. The days where I don't do Emma's home school. There are days when I just don't want to play and pay attention. There are days when I just want to be left alone. There are days where I lose my temper way more than appropriate at a 3 year old and 15 month old. The days where they won't.stop.crying. The days where nothing makes them happy and they are all underfoot. The days of talking back, snatching, fussing, and arguing with me.

But, when I think about going back to work (say, tomorrow), or sending them off to real school, I freak. I'm not ready. We haven't done enough. We haven't had enough adventures. We need more time! So. yeah.

We are thinking of enrolling Emma in 3 day/week day school at the UMC and Harrison in 2 day/week MDO. I need it, but more importantly, THEY need it. Harrison has never been away from me. He's 15 months old. Emma hasn't been away from me since I quit teaching and she was 22 months old.  I would still have one child on all the days of the week, but it would be NICE to focus on one kid when they aren't at school. I know I would still be dealing with sick days and whatnot, but seriously? I am so excited about this possibility. Made possible by my radical husband. I always wondered why SAHM's needed to send their kids to MDO or "pre-school," (don't judge-I'm sorry!) but now, I know. Not only for the children's developmental needs, but for the mother to spend more time with the other kids (IMO). Everyone needs a break y'all-and if you aren't admitting it, you're lying to yourself.

I don't even know where I'm going with this. But, I'm having a shitty day or three and needed to vent. Therefore, this lovely blog post. Sorry guys. But I'm hoping I'm not alone.