Thursday, September 30, 2010

It's easy...

Being green, that is.  Kermit the Frog doesn't know what he's talking about.

Last week a friend gave me a load of clothes her children had outgrown and in said load was a frog costume, size 2T.  I tried it on Riley to see what she thought and she LOVED it.  She couldn't stop giggling at herself in the mirror.  She spent the rest of the night running around stopping every few minutes to tell me she was a "froggy....RIBBIT!".

The next morning her new costume was on the floor (where she had finally ditched it for Elmo PJs) and she wasted no time requesting it be put back on her.  She ran around, as a frog, for another 3 hours.  She even dressed up as a a frog.

So, for Riley, it is, in fact, easy being green.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

I Like You

I'm running the risk of sounding like a horrible mom with this post, but I'm going for it anyway.  Hopefully some moms out there will back me up.

I really like my kids today.  With that, I am implying there are days I don't.

I love my kids everyday.  More than I could ever confirm with words.  But, there are days when they are being awful, or maybe just being kids, that I sit there and dwell on how much easier things would be if I didn't have 20 loads of laundry waiting for me, or if I could sit down and eat my breakfast rather than run around the kitchen complying to everyone elses breakfast desires.  How heavenly it would be to get in a car and run errands without first buckling 3 kids into their seats (inevitably one will argue with my assigned seats). I could go on.

But today, today my kids are awesome!  Yes, it's only 9am, but I'm going to declare it anyway.  They all woke up in good moods.  Breakfast was a breeze.  I only got up 2 or 3 times.  Austin told us that his teddy bear (which he named Eggs) and his Cheetah (which is named Taki...after a Nature episode) have started earning stickers for their charts and when they have earned enough stickers he is going to take them to the library to pick out books.  Cute.

Riley has been running around in a frog costume since approximately 7:30am stopping briefly in  her escapades to tell me she is a "Froggy...Ribbit!".

Ellie, no surprise, has been in her princess costume most of the morning.  Dancing and spinning and admiring her own beauty.

Currently they are all playing "Grandma Runchey" in Ellie's room.  They stand outside the door, say "Ding-Dong" and take turns visiting each other.  Usually Ellie is Grandma Runchey but today they have all had their turn.

Maybe it's the fact that I have folded two loads of laundry.  Maybe it was the magical hour we spent cuddled on the couch reading.  Maybe it's because I was able to shower without any visitors.  More than likely it's that I have not had to diffuse one single argument yet today.

Whatever it is, I just really like these kids.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Out to the Ballgame

Rob's company hosted a family day at the Twins game last Saturday.  It was the perfect opportunity to take the kids to their first ball game without having to feel bad when we left before the end of the game (since the tickets were free).  In the end we decided that it would work out best if we had Riley stay home with a babysitter for her nap time.  And, before you feel sorry for her, our newest babysitter is Maddie, whom each of my children adore, and Riley had her all to herself while she was awake.  Riley wasn't missing out.

It was nice for Rob and I to get to hang out with the older two.  It's amazing how much more work that third child adds!  We found our seats, which were great, and Rob immediately set out to get some food for us.  Chicken fingers, french fries and pop for starters.  Halfway through the game I headed out with Ellie to first go to the bathroom, and then get more snacks.  We ended up with more fries, more pop, popcorn, and licorice.  Let me just state, carrying a pop in one hand, fries in the other, licorice in my pocket, and popcorn under my arm, all while trying to navigate through a crowded stadium with a 3 year old who can't hold my hand because my hands were full, is NOT fun.  But, she did great.  She even ended up carrying the popcorn for me.  What a helper!

We tried really hard to get a picture of everyone looking at the camera.  Really hard!  Look at the effort Ellie is putting in with her little clenched fists.  Goofy Austin had weird faces in every attempt.

The kids did really well.  They mostly enjoyed the treats and cheering and Ellie really enjoyed dancing on her seat.

I don't remember this guys name, but the kids sure thought he was great to climb on.

On the way home we stopped to get some tasty cupcakes.  Then we stopped at a park to play and eat our treats.

Ellie thoroughly enjoyed her cupcake.

Austin....if he weren't Rob's twin I'd question his genes, but he declared "I've had enough junk food, I don't want a cupcake."  What kid says that?

So he played on the park while we shoved cupcakes in our mouths.  Eventually we all played on the park.  I raced him down a slide:

He won.  Which is why he isn't even in the picture.

It was a great day for us all.  And Riley very much enjoyed her time as well!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Single Parenting

It's not for me!  One thing is for sure, when I'm the only one around here 24 hours a day, there is no time for blogging. 

Rob went fishing at Lake Winnie (or Winnebegosh or Winnebegoshes???) last week from Thursday until Sunday afternoon.  Sunday night we attended my Mom's 60th birthday party at Wildfire (yum!) and then Monday morning Rob left again for a trip to Canada for work.

Something about Rob not being here makes me more productive.  I don't know what it is.  I think I try to keep myself busy and the kids busy so that none of us sit here and dwell over our circumstances.

Here's some of the things we've done:

  1. Greased all hinges on our squeaky doors (Austin helped)
  2. Created a whole lunch around the letter "P" (it was practically perfect)
    1. Pizza
    2. Popcorn
    3. Peaches
    4. Pop
  3. Got a new cell phone when Riley delivered the fatal blow to my already slightly broken phone
  4. Changed my rear blinker light (I'm now a professional and had it done in under a minute)
  5. Patched up some damaged walls
  6. Created no less than 3 different forts, 4 Lego ships, and 2 princess castles.
Plenty more happened, and continues to happen, but those are some of the highlights.  The kids and I had the chance to video chat with Rob yesterday on the computer and that was pretty cool.  It was the first thing Ellie asked to do this morning.

No photo documenting this week. 

Things will return to status quo soon and maybe then the blog will be back on track as well!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

A First (and a Third)

Riley finally had enough hair to get her first haircut.  Mostly, she needed to get rid of her baby mullet.

She was the perfect client and did everything the lady asked but would not smile for me no matter how hard I tried.  Her stylist was equally exuberant.  There must be some sort of enthusiasm vacuum around that chair.

Ellie got hers trimmed too.  Always the talker, she did manage to embarrass me by asking Riley's stylist if she was a boy or girl.  Thanks Elle, I can always count on you!

I struggle with Ellie's hair.  I love the curls but having grown up with stick straight hair (that has just recently started getting curly??) I have no idea how to manage curly hair.  I asked the hair stylist and she informed me that shampoo does make a difference and that product is a curly haired girls best friend.  I was impressed:

Although, whatever product she used smelled like chocolate, except a very fake chocolate.  Kind of nauseating.  But, it held it's curls for at least 2.5 hours before nap time.  I guess I'll see if it can withstand her usual post-nap crazy hair look.

For Riley I went with a slightly angled "bob".  It's not like she had a lot of hair to work with so mostly I'm just happy to report she has been de-mulleted.

As a side note, fresh haircuts must make my children appear closer in age.  Not one person talked to us pre-haircuts.  However, post-haircuts, 3 people stopped to ask me if the girls were twins.  One person stopped to ask me if they were all triplets. 

Friday, September 10, 2010

A Fresh Start

When my parents moved from their 5 bedroom house to their new abode, they found they had a lot of extra furniture they no longer needed.  That's when my mom suggested we put my sisters old bedroom set in Ellie's room.  It was a nice thought to have a whole bedroom set for free, but I had my heart on a white set, and this set was just stained pine.

I showed Rob the set to get his opinion.  I asked him if he could refinish it for me Ellie.  After a quick inspection, he thought it wouldn't be a problem.

He took this:

And this:

And jerry-rigged this:

Spray booth

And gave Ellie this:

And this:

And in return he got this:

She was one happy girl!  She ran around her room and literally hugged her new furniture and said "Thank you for my new bedroom Mom and Dad, I LOVE it!" 

There is one more small addition.  My only contribution:

I built her a little bookself to hang on the wall.  Since I hate painting things, it's waiting for Rob to finish.  I suppose I could skip the spray booth and just paint it by hand, but I like to keep Rob's project list full.  Heaven forbid he get bored around here.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Ready to Cheer

The cutest little Vikings fans I know are ready to cheer on the Purple and Gold tonight!

Poor Riley doesn't have any official Vikings gear but she is wearing her purple shirt and she is happy to yell "Go Vikes" so that's good enough for me.  We've already danced around the house this morning to the Vikings fight song.

We're ready.

p.s.-- I think Ellie's outfit is so stinkin' cute I could just eat her up!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Ice Cream Man

Do you remember the ice cream man as a kid?  In my neighborhood, it wasn't a common occurrence but he appeared every once in awhile and all 20 of us kids would scatter into our houses to scrounge up some quarters to buy something.  With that many kids you'd think he hit the jackpot and would have shown up more regularly.

Well, the ice cream man appears in our current neighborhood fairly regularly.  And I'm pretty sure a few quarters will get you nothing.  But, $2 gets you this:

A popsicle the size of a young child's arm.  It doubles as a light saber for those Star Wars fans out there.

It also gets you an "ice cream headache".

Monday, September 6, 2010

Anniversary Weekend Celebration

This past weekend Rob and I celebrated our 10 year anniversary (early).  My parents were gracious enough to take the kids for the whole weekend!  We didn't waste a minute of it!

On Friday we hit the State Fair.  We traversed the usual routes, stopping at our favorite food vendors.  We decided we should actually try something new this year so we bought a Fudge Puppie.  That's a belgium waffle on a stick, dipped in chocolate, and topped with caramel and whipped cream.  We gave it a thumbs up.  Right as we were calling it a day we passed a radio station's booth and looked up to see a guy standing in the middle of a ring of cops with his shirt off.  I asked someone standing nearby if this was for real.  I thought maybe it was some sort of police demonstration.  She assured me it was real so we watched the scene unfold.  Apparently this guy was just being obnoxious (probably drunk) and dancing around with his shirt off.  When the station asked him to leave he declined.  They called the police and no short of 15 officers arrived.  The guy told the police they had no right to arrest him because he was just dancing and there was nothing illegal about that.  Eventually it took 6 of the officers to bring the guy down.  They tased him a few times and, in general, were a bit more aggressive with him than I thought necessary (but I'm not a cop).  The only picture I took all weekend:

Saturday we tried our hardest to sleep in, but were awake and out on a walk by 8:30am.  About two blocks from our house we stopped to watch some hunters take down a "V" of geese.  We feel the hunters are a bit too close to residential areas (as the wounded geese were falling into people's yards) but from previous calls, I know the hunters are in a legitimate hunting area.  We apparently live in the sticks.

Saturday afternoon we did a little shopping, went to the spa, and out for dinner.  Sunday Rob did a bit better sleeping in but I got up and read the whole paper in peace.  A beautiful thing.

It was great to have a "staycation" without the kids, but by 10am I was missing them and eager to pick them up.  Then we were home for 10 minutes and Riley cried for 9 of those minutes and I was ready for another break.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

If Daddy's Ruled the World

If Dad's ruled the world (or at the very least, this house), there would be pizza parties every night.  The Star Wars battles would never end.  Every meal would be followed by a wrestling match in the family room, and at 7:30pm on a school night everyone would wash his car.

We took the kids to Lion's Tap to celebrate Austin starting Kindergarten (any excuse to celebrate at Lion's Tap) and when we pulled in the driveway I was thinking PJs and Rob was thinking he could use a carwash.

I guess he did need a bath.