November 29, 2014

Behind the scenes

Carter & Grandma peeling the potatoes.

We are on day three of leftovers and there doesn't appear to be an end in sight which is a very good thing considering my cooktop bit the dust just as we were turning off the burner for the mashed potatoes and were about to sit down to Thanksgiving dinner. It wouldn't shut off and the repair man won't be here until Tuesday. So. Yay leftovers and restaurant breakfasts!

FOOTBALL. (ugh)



Noah & Grandma make the gravy.

It's been a very long and full holiday. We Thanksgiving'ed and then yesterday Jeff and I officially listed the house- sign in the yard and everything. Then I ran off solo to meet a new friend for coffee (she was absolutely lovely and delightful) and we did a bit of shopping. I bought the same wreath Jeff almost bought me earlier this year but the store owner talked him out of it because she didn't think I would like it. And she was right. I didn't and totally loved the one he did buy me. But when I saw it yesterday I had totally forgotten it was the same one and apparently this time I loved it! And it was on sale so maybe that helped, too. We watched it rain the rest of the day until we decided to take Carter to see Mockingjay last night during even more rain.

Poker, of course.

This morning we already had our first showing! We went out to breakfast and then took Ivy to Nutcracker rehearsal and Grandma & Grandpa got to see her practice on the stage. Tonight I took Gray and Ivy to the tree lighting celebration in Old Town. I had to push back tears at how much I love this place and how much I'll miss it. Ivy announced, "I totally know, like, everyone here!" And that was true. We knew everyone and people were dressed up as characters from A Christmas Carol and were singing and sipping on hot cider as they strolled the streets and the kids could run around and be safe. T'was merry, truly merry. So maybe we'll just have to come back for the tree lighting here until we get to know everyone wherever we're headed next.

The kids with the best teacher ever, Mrs. Goddard.


The very best friends: Ivy, Piper, Gray, and Jack.

The tree lighting was at 5:30 and at exactly 5:29 Gray alerted me to the fact that he ate a peanut butter candy by accident and his lips and throat were very itchy. We hightailed it out of there and got him home and he's totally okay now. We will drive by the tree tomorrow and see the lights then. 


November 27, 2014

Thanks to you

It's a rainy here so it's a perfect day to stay inside. The turkey is in the oven and family has arrived. Ivy slept on an air mattress in Noah's room and did some major teeth grinding all night. She might be sleeping in my closet tonight. Gray is bored in his room. Carter is peeling potatoes at the sink with Grandma and is almost as tall as her. Much yelling at football on the TV is a happening. It's loud in here. No one knows where anything is but me. I love it. So thankful.

I posted a video over at Listen To Your Mother. Do watch. Happy Thanksgiving! 




November 26, 2014

Pies! Pies! Pies!

I've baked the pies and other things and bought the stuff and filled the pantry and am checking things off my list at lightning speed. Jeff's on his way home from Portland with his parents and we are about to do up Thanksgiving big time. The kids have a half day so after I pick them up I'll be getting the oven going on its second round of baking. This busy-ness is super good for my soul today, everything's coming up Millhouse, and I might even squeeze in a nap.

November 25, 2014

The ups and downs

Hearing from my kid's doctor is very roller coastery.

I'm like YAY! He called me back and even before the holiday and he remembers who we are. I like this new doc. He is Awesome.

Then I remember oh wait, it totally sucks that my child needs this kind of doctor to begin with. Ugh. Plus he has not good news about the latest lab results. The area around my heart starts to hurt. This is not awesome.

But then he's encouraging and offering great suggestions and saying let's get you in sooner than your next appointment and let's get him off that scary med and on something that will work and that's pretty cool and exactly what I was hoping for.

And we hang up and I am back to reality really looking it in the face and I'm so so low. With worry and sadness and frustration. It's almost Thanksgiving and I am so thankful and won't let this cloud that but it is totally clouding up the place right now. I can't fake it or hide that.

Back to Seattle we go again and I'm praying that we get closer to the fix.

November 24, 2014

Let's Go On A House Tour

These aren't the official photos, just some I took myself for memories and also for documentation that one day every single room of our home was clean.


I remembered to take an outside pic just as the fog was starting to roll in. Our garage (not pictured) is to the right. Our master bath/bedroom is where all the block windows are on the left.


Well, come on in.


Here's a view of the front door from the inside.


As you enter, to your left is this room that we never did quite figure out what to do with. Our master bedroom hall is just behind that orange chair. We put our Christmas tree up in front of those windows. The rest of the year it is where the kids wrestle 24/7.


As you enter, to the right is our dining room. We had this large round dining table and chairs made locally. I hope it works for our next house. We eat big breakfasts here as a family on the weekends more than any other meal. 


Continuing straight through the entry you will pass the kitchen on the right, a little nook on the left, and head into our living room.


Nook. We had this drop leaf table & chairs made by the same guy who made our dining set.


Here's the living room where I do most of my reading. Through those windows you can see the ocean. We have never used the gas fireplace the whole time we've lived here.


And another view of the living room... as you can see we have a lot of windows and doors to the back patio.


Here's my very open kitchen. We eat almost all our meals at the bar.


This is the little hall that leads to our guest quarters aka Ivy's room and bathroom. The kids do their homework at the desk and I have push pins in all of the LTYM cities as I do every year.


This is the view from the desk- to the left there is a built-in desk where more homeworking happens. To the right is a linen closet and straight ahead is the guest bath with yet another door to go outside. 


Ivy's room which also becomes the guest room when we have visitors (I'll be changing the bedding for Jeff's parents' arrival this week!) To the right are two large double closets. To the left against the wall you would see the enormous and very pink Barbie dreamhouse Ivy got for her birthday.

And so here we go back through the kitchen to the other parts of the house. I love the solar light tube we have in the ceiling- hardly ever a need to turn on the light. Through that archway is the dining room straight ahead and you can turn left through there to head to the boys' wing.


First let's look back through the kitchen from the dining room. This really gives you an idea of how open everything is. You can also see the painting of two seagulls "The Anniversary" by Stephanie Donaldson that we bought after falling in love with it on display at the boardwalk. It won 1st place in the art contest last year! The painting with the driftwood frame to the right is of Bandon Dunes- we won it at a fundraiser earlier this year.

The hallway to the boys' rooms. The laundry room is down the hall and to the right, as is the garage.

The first bedroom is Noah's. 

Here's their bathroom. And the ruffle shower curtain is still in use! 

Carter & Gray's room. They also have two closets to the left.


Now let's head to the master bedroom which is like a retreat. It's where I get most of my work done, too. (You'll also see Jeff's La-Z-Boy that I keep joking will not be making the move but we shall see.)


On the wall you'll see some artwork by Noah that we had framed. And you'll also see the entry to our bathroom that we love so much. Through that hall are walk in closets on either side (mine's on the right.)


I had to take a picture of my closet because I don't know if I'll ever have one like it again and also I emptied it out for the real estate photos. Normally nothing is on hangers, everything is on the floor. I shoved it all into bags and hid them in the garage. Now I get to hang it all up tonight. Wheeee. This is also why Jeff really really loves that we have our own closets and he is praying the next house is just as accommodating.


Okay, back to the bathroom.


We also love the double shower, and the toilet is in the little room to the right.


Here's the view from the tub. I never did put anything up on that ledge.

And that will conclude our tour. If it was possible, I would just have this house moved to where we are going. Preferably on top of a huge basement. I miss having a basement a lot, and while the open concept in this house is so beautiful and light and great for entertaining, I wish we had a separate play room and den for the kids. So, next house. Can't wait to meet it. 

November 23, 2014

So much tired

The moving company is coming for an estimate tomorrow afternoon and then the realtor will be here after that. Jeff's parents will be here in a couple days for Thanksgiving and I can't fit one more thing into our fridge or pantry. I'm wondering where to put all our laundry for the house listing photos. I will be so relieved after all of this is over. I actually have long things I want to write but I am just so tired. Until next time.

November 22, 2014

Pieces of me

Ivy had Nutcracker rehearsals at the theatre today. I stood in the wings and felt glad that this is our life. That my kid gets to experience this and hang out in the theatre and become so comfortable and confident on stage so young. It was one of those moments when I could see some of my favorite parts of me that made it into her. 




November 21, 2014

Until the light turns green.

This morning was an everything behind schedule morning. An "I'll just bring your lunch to school later get in the car now!" morning. After drop off, while stopped at a red light in the rain I had a bit of a pity party. There was the morning and then the remains of the day still to come and all that would fill it, as well as a Mountain of people and things I choose not to write about. I invited it all and sighed and pity partied until the light turned green. Didn't change anything, didn't really make anything better, But it felt kind of right to give it all some acknowledgment. I see you. I know you're there type of thing. As if I can forget.

Then I got my latte. Then I got things done.

November 20, 2014

Where Are We Going To Live?

I never know what I'm going to feel like from one day to the next when it comes to this move. Hopeful or hopeless? Today I am so bummed out by the for sale options in the cities we've narrowed down to live in. And, yes, I realize that maybe our next house isn't for sale yet just like the house we're living in now is not for sale yet (but should be by the end of this week) and technically it wasn't even for sale when we bought it in the first place (I found it on Craigslist.) So then maybe something will pop up.

I just think it would really help me want to sell this house if I knew where we were going to be moving to. I need that motivation. Something to get me excited because right now I just want to crawl under the covers and have nothing to do with selling a house or moving. Anyway. Hopefully tomorrow I will feel the opposite.

November 19, 2014

It's that time again.



Well the book fair has come to the middle school again and I didn't have it in me to attend family night so I sent money with the boys and there went $30 on... not books. That's not entirely true- Noah did get the latest Diary of a Wimpy Kid and a Minecraft handbook. And it's pretty sweet they were thinking about their younger siblings I guess.


November 18, 2014

Too tired to title

Jeff said it was 22 degrees at his apartment yesterday morning. I was like... we are all going to need coats! This does not make me want to move there any faster. I am quite used to the often sunny and 60 degrees here all year long. So I'm back to shopping for Uggs again. 

Today was our once-a-month trek to the "big city" for Noah's labs and then we always get dinner, do a Fred Meyer stock up (this time everyone got new chargers for their iPods and Kindles, someone got their first tube of Clearasil, and I bought the first roll of wrapping paper of the season.) 

The exhaustion is sneaking in again and I feel like I'm not even warmed up and to the starting line yet. 

November 17, 2014

I kept thinking it was Tuesday

Things went pretty smoothly with everyone back in school today. I was able to hang out at the coffee shop with my friends and then get some work done before reporting back to breathing treatment duty- much nicer with the new teeny tiny futuristic one that was delivered this afternoon. I even juggled dance lessons, school pick up, face-timing Mommal's 80th birthday party, and movie night with Ivy & Carter (Maleficent). Ivy sat on my lap the entire time, so no knitting done but I loved it. Now I'm off to figure out how to freeze time.

November 16, 2014

Pretty Perfect

Today was picture perfect even though I never picked up my camera. There was a moment I almost did, but I just stayed where I was on the couch... yarn on my needles, dinner in the crockpot, the kids outside throwing the football with dad while the sun shined and the ocean glistened. We rested and we got things done. I lined up someone to mow the yard and someone to wash all our windows. I think we just might put the house for sale this week. Good good stuff.

November 15, 2014

Slippers

My favorite sweater Uggs bit the dust and I've been shopping around for a new pair mostly because my feet are cold in this house and they always kept them so warm. I never took them off. But I want a new style and I'm just not into what I'm seeing and I remembered my feet are still cold. So I thought maybe I should just buy some slippers. Seemed to do the trick. I told Jeff that I just saved a ton of money! And then promptly spent all that extra dough online at Sephora.

November 14, 2014

Mombie

I was driving Ivy back to the doctor forty-five minutes away for her recheck (Forty-five minutes is not a big deal. It's a hassle though and can be precarious when you have to drop off and pick up your other kids at certain times. You have to allow for the driving time there, how long you'll be there, and then the driving time back.) and thinking how I felt a lot like I'd died of exhaustion and like a good mom dug myself up out of the ground and got right back to it because there's things to be done, places to be, prescriptions to be picked up and administered, and groceries and on and on. Being forced to chill out and hang in a hospital room for two days might sound like a vacation to some but it was just another set back for me. We have got to sell this house. One day, let alone two days, of dishes piling up and laundry don't even go there with the laundry. 

I made the kids eggs with bbq tools this morning. Then I missed taking a shower (I think I'm on day 3 now?) to get Ivy to her dr appointment in time. So all this is a fog I'm driving in as we go and I feel like my body is driving us there but I don't know how it's doing it. But that's what we do and it gets done. Somehow we get through the appointment and groceries get bought and then the pharmacist takes me aside to whisper just how much all of it is going to cost and I don't bat an eye. In between breathing treatments the house is looking pret-ty good. I rocked out dinner. There is kind of a pathway in the laundry room and I can kind of see the kitchen sink. And this is not complaining and this is not a list of look what I can do. But it will be nice to look back, when I have a moment of doubt and feeling low, that I am a good mom and can do the hard things even in zombie mode because this is me and this is what I'm made of.

November 13, 2014

A very long and beeping night

We are home now. My sick little sweet bug ended up in the hospital with pneumonia. What was supposed to be a doctor appointment turned into going to the ER turned into being transported by ambulance to another hospital.

I was strong when her breathing was scary. I was unfazed as the ER doctors looked worried and frightened (and that is not my favorite thing at all. No parent wants to ever see that.) But when they said I wouldn't be able to ride in the ambulance with her because I had Gray with me and so I would have to follow behind it the forty some minutes, I almost lost it. I wanted to keep Gray with me, but I did not want Ivy alone all that time on that drive, especially in her condition. Thankfully my brain started working and figured some things out and a dear friend came and got Gray and I got in that ambulance.

That was not how we thought our day would go, especially after a sleepless night before. But anyhow. Somehow we made it to night and her oxygen levels set off the alarm allll night lonnnnng. I  do not know how I am awake to type this even now but I am lying here next to her in bed until she falls asleep and then it's my turn.

All the breathing treatments and meds made her a bit loopy. She requested a salad, a regular chicken, and a coconut around 2 a.m. She loved that it "was just like a hotel!" She charmed every single person who laid eyes on her. She came home with a handmade quilt and three stuffed animals given to her by the ambulance guys, ER nurse, and pneumonia information lady. A monkey, tiger, and duck that she named Banana, Meat, and Bread because of course.

After she started feeling better today she made her hospital bed all nice with her gifts and balloons and announced that it looked just like she was a patient and people brought her gifts to get better. And I was like, that is exactly what it is, Ivy. 

We are home now. Our room was nice but after 24 hours I wanted out. I never would have imagined I'd actually look forward to cleaning my kitchen and tackling the laundry. They finally discharged us after 8 p.m. tonight and that is just torture. But I am so thankful we didn't have to endure another beeping night. And she is breathing and has color in her face and most importantly she is going to be okay.





November 12, 2014

In the middle of the night

I'm up with a sick little sweet bug. These times are rarer now and you'd think by the 4th kid nothing would phase me but it still does. I need to listen to her breathe. She takes up half the bed and wants all the lights on. I'm thankful for the washing machine and clean back-up bedding. For knowing better to go to sleep last night instead of staying up to knit and enjoy the quiet. It's certainly quiet now, except for the ocean. It's always loudest in the middle of the night. I'm going to miss it.

November 11, 2014

Oh, This Day

My neck is in knots. The kids were off today and I waited around all morning for the window repair guys and they finally came with the right window. It's in and that was our last step before listing the house for sale. I guess we're as ready as we'll ever be. Only now three-fourths of the kids have come down with colds again. There is much to be done and all I want to do  is sit and knit or read my book or truly just close my eyes and sleep without tending and caring and hearing the sniffing and hacking.

Good night.

PS oh, man I just looked at the clock it's only 6:39 pm.


November 10, 2014

The Bathroom

I was feeling a little out of sorts and my feet were cold. So before I cleaned up the dinner mess, ran the dishwasher, or put in another load of laundry, I took a bath. All the hot water was going to me first.

I told the kids and then retreated to my room. I put away my phone and lit a couple candles. It was really nice. I imagined that it might be the last bath I take in there. Our master bathroom is... enormous. It's about the size of a small Starbucks. The bathtub is the size of a small pool. I have purchased artwork - like from a gallery artwork - for my bathroom. I might be hanging on a bit tight because of this bathroom. I can't imagine ever living in another house with one taking up so much square footage. At first I thought it was ridiculous. Now I can't let go.

It's just a bathroom. I'm getting over it. And here's to hoping it's a huge selling point for the new buyers.

But back to my bath. Not once did a kid knock on the door - even after I was all dried off and had yet entered the real world of the rest of the house. When I finally was relaxed enough to clean up the kitchen, I left my bedroom and the house was quiet, the kids were even whispering, as if to honor and uphold my zen state. I'm thinking this could be a whole new way of life.

Maybe it will not be the last bath I take here after all.


November 9, 2014

Where the toothbrushes live.

One of the things that I'm most afraid of with selling this house is the showings. We - a family with four children - will still be living here while we try to sell it.

When I leave the house in the mornings to take them to school it looks like wild animals live here. The kitchen is frightening, because we use it for breakfast and lunch making and probably still dinner the night before.

The kids' bathrooms... oh don't even get me started. Toothbrushes are all over the place and toothpaste is on the walls. And none of the four toothpaste tubes have caps on. I also have a teen and a tween who take showers every morning, so, wet towels and rugs everywhere.

In an effort to stay on top of things and keep the truth hidden from prospective home buyers, I organized the kids' bathroom drawers today.



I have no idea how sanitary this is but it has to be better than keeping your toothbrushes out on the sink. Or maybe this is a total no brainer and is how everyone does it and I'm just now getting a clue. Wouldn't be the first time.

Also, as I went to labeling each slot I called the kids in and asked one of them who I will not name, "Which toothbrush is yours?" and he said "I forget." Um. And I'm like, "So... you just grab any toothbrush you feel like? Don't answer that." I opened up a brand new one for him. Fresh start.

I don't know what to do about the kitchen. We use pots and pans for everything. I did finally remember to get paper plates but you can't eat eggs on paper plates. Well maybe you can but I don't want them to. It's not like we're going to be showing the house every day - or even every week - it's a small town after all and not many people moving in. And they are just going to have to understand we live here. It's not going to be perfect. But at this tiny sliver in time there exists one bathroom drawer that is. For now.





November 8, 2014

Happy days.

Saturdays are happy days because I get to pick up my weekly CSA bin full of goodies. It only lasts until the end of this month and I'll be so bummed when it's over. This week included a big stalk of Brussels sprouts, two butternut squash, bok choy, hakurei turnips, lettuce, carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, and onion. I usually end up making soup or try a new recipe but my truly favorite thing is just to roast a bunch of the veggies in olive oil and salt. Which is what I plan to do tomorrow.

I did make my first pot of chicken & dumplings soup today with the carrots and onion and the kids ate almost all of it. Long gone are the days when a meal yields decent leftovers around here. When everyone wants seconds... well... not much left.

Ivy started rehearsals for The Nutcracker today. Which is one of my favorite things ever. She plays one of Mother Ginger's children. I've even already ordered her the gifts I will present to her after her performances so yeah I might be a wee bit excited about all of this... a gorgeous Nutcracker magic theater book and this adorable Clara ornament that looks just like her.

For the first time ever, I think, I am actually in the Christmas mood super early. I'm usually a "Let's wait until after Thanksgiving, okay?" person but I've found myself picking up gifts here and there and - despite packing up all my knitting stuff because I'm selling a house and moving and like I'm going to have time to knit - I decided to start knitting teacher gifts for the holidays. I was even considering knitting a little something for the holiday party goody bags for all twenty-three kids in Ivy's class but I think I've come to my senses on that one. Bendy reindeer in bulk on Amazon are looking pretty good right now.




November 7, 2014

Hope this counts.

Oh man. Fridays should be exempt from this blogging every day of the month thing. I almost didn't make it to this one. I can't believe I used to blog like every single day. Not sure how life is any different other than now I am always doing something instead of sitting down nursing a baby all the day long feeling feelings and thinking thoughts of so many things to write.








November 6, 2014

Just another Thursday morning.

Today we announced the 2015 cities for LTYM and it is so very exciting and so very hard to believe that I've been LTYM-ing for over four years now.

But it's not all bright lights and glamour- as the post went up and everyone was tweeting and sharing and our team was texting you would have seen me in a super mad rush packing a lunch while signing homework papers and peeling and chopping a squash for Stone Soup day in Gray's class, and also pitting a disgusting overripe avocado (the stone.)

I realized we needed to be out the door eight minutes ago and stood there in the kitchen trying to remember if I did my hair and makeup and was presentable enough to leave the house. No time to consult a mirror. Everyone made it on time-ish. When I got back home we had left the front door wide open.

I heard the Stone Soup was actually really great. Ivy and I had a tea party, read, and even tried to nap. I'm throwing a couple pizzas in the oven. We have parent/teacher conferences tonight and no school tomorrow THANK GOODNESS.


November 5, 2014

Moments Like This

Late last night I was checking on the kids in their beds when I noticed Gray was having trouble falling asleep. I curled up next to him and placed my hand on his back. He was facing away from me and as I looked at the the hair on his precious little head I was transported to the time in my life that he was my world.

He began a whole new volume of my life when he came along. He started this blog. When he was small we were never separated and lying there in the bed with me, man, I was there. He drifted off to sleep and it was the best thing ever. Seriously, we had a moment. 

I stayed there for awhile. I didn't want to break the spell. I didn't want time to march any further and anyone to get another second older. I quietly kissed his sweet head and slipped from the bed. I was just down the hallway when another feeling came over me.

I know my children well. I just had to check...

I tiptoed back to his room and peeked inside and

THERE HE WAS STANDING BY HIS SHELF SNEAKING HIS KINDLE.

That turkey totally faked me out and pretended to be so precious and sleeping until I left the room! THEN he tried to make me feel bad: "Mom, you scared me!" Oh don't even.

I wasn't mad, though. I took away the Kindle, sure. If it hadn't been so late I would have even let him have it then. We still had a moment, even if it was under false pretenses. I don't know the last time we cuddled like that and who knows when he'll oblige again. It was the best.


November 4, 2014

Who Am I Waiting For?

This morning as we were all heading out the door for school I stood in the entry way waiting. And waiting. I think I thought someone was still brushing their teeth but the house was suddenly so quiet.

I looked outside at the car and tried to count heads. "Come on guys! Who am I waiting for?" And they were like "we're all in the car!" and I'm like "oh." I guess I'm waiting on me.

Yep.


I posted one of my favorite videos from this year's LTYM shows at the Listen To Your Mother site today. Maybe I love it so much because I am so far removed from the baby days and mommy wars and judgment. I think once you have older kids no one cares anymore. At least that's what I've observed, or not observed, because it's just not on my mind really at all. I look back and have no regrets with my choices, but I can see now how a lot of the attachment parenting came so naturally because of my own anxiety issues. I don't know if it would have been any different if back then I could somehow know how I'd feel about it now. But it's a great feeling when you finally catch up and things actually start to make some sense. Very worth the wait.


November 3, 2014

Face Rock



I took this photo on our walk Saturday morning. It was one of those things where we just glanced over and I was like, oh, a rainbow! I snapped the pic super randomly and then didn't look at it until we got home.


When we were planning our move from Ohio I kept coming across photos of Face Rock and made sure we drove down here to see it when we were checking out the area. Little did we know that we'd end up living less than a mile away. It's something I see several times a day as I drive the kids to and from school plus all their other activities. And of course it's the backdrop for our daily walks. It's really something we are so used to... but then the sky will grab our attention, or a line of tourists will be standing beside their cars capturing a sunset and I'm reminded of how special it is to be able to live in such a place where you see breathtaking beauty every single day. 

I don't know if it's related, but there's just something about living here that is more than living in the moment. The contentment I feel is, well, I can't really think of the right words. Indescribable. I started out taking a daily ocean photo when we first moved here but didn't keep it up. There were so many times I would stop to take a picture but realized just taking it in, in person, was enough. It just becomes part of you, or you become part of it. Or really, both. It just is, and will always be something you know. A picture can not show that.

This has been one of the hardest parts about leaving, but also the most comforting. Because this is a place and time that I will choose to keep within me, and who knows how many of those come along in a life? I'm so thankful for that.

November 2, 2014

Slo-Mo Sunday

I've decided to participate in NaBloPoMo for this whole month and, um, here it is day two and I'm like... what to write what to write.

So, we fell back an hour last night and I am really feeling it. Longest day ever. But in a good way. We take our Sundays easy. Went on our walk - we ran into Leo the neighbor cat and he followed us home. He's still here. Did some cooking for the days ahead. Boxed up a corner of the house. Policed candy consumption.

Jeff heads out of town to his new office for the first part of the week and we are already starting to find a rhythm in the midst of the chaos in an odd sort of way. The days seem to be better- I'm more up than down this week. I've hired help for the yard and house cleaning and so that's two less things to concern myself with. I need to buy more paper plates though because the dishes are relentless. And don't think I haven't seriously given some thought to hiring an Alice to come stay with us.

I got a new phone but I haven't had much of a chance to really get to know it yet. I'm happy that it doesn't have a broken screen and can just make calls and texts. I was playing around with the slo-mo feature on the camera and captured Buddy aka Jon Hammy cleaning his adorable hamster face. I originally thought it would be great to start posting a little video/interview of the kids every Sunday, or the first Sunday of every month, but I guess we'll just start with the pets.




November 1, 2014

Super Kids



My kids are experts at cheering each other up. This is worth more than most things in my life. It gives me great validation as a mother and it offers glimpses that my dream of being just like the Bravermans can come true. 

They really came to my rescue the night before the school Halloween party. Gray had changed his mind about what costume he was going to wear and it was all-Hallow's-eve up in here let me tell you. But a trip to the closest store 40 minutes away to search the barest of bare racks of costumes and some support from his awesome siblings brought him back to the conclusion that he'll just wear what he already had. 

Trick or treating was the best. The weather was amazing, the kids were off school, we spent most of the day and evening with great friends and ended it at the pizza parlor in Old Town. We pretty much saw everyone we know. Things are in a constant stage of bittersweet. It feels like we are always saying goodbye now, especially as we take this move so so verrrry slow. It's what everyone wants to talk about. Who knows, maybe eventually they'll be saying "you're still here??" but in the meantime, no one seems to want us to leave, so that's nice.

Because of his allergies, I inspect Gray's trick or treat haul extra carefully and I was extremely disappointed to find that he didn't get nearly enough candy with peanuts in them for me to confiscate. Where are all my the Reese's peanut butter cups?

This year I was super organized and had the kids transfer all the candy from their Jack-o-lanterns into storage bags. Normally they just take their buckets to their rooms and months later when I'm changing their sheets I find all the candy wrappers stuffed in the sides of their beds but this time I used the "we're moving so you can't have Jack-o-lanterns in your room when we show the house" excuse. And so now their bags of candy are in the snack drawer where I can monitor just how many pieces they try to eat every twenty minutes.