-I like tropical storms. The overcast days are a nice reprieve from the oppressive summer sun and it reminds me of growing up in Michigan. I'm sad to see TS Debby go but glad that our backyard will be drying out.
-This morning I considered calling Jed, who is across town at work, to ask him to turn down the A/C using his iphone, just so I wouldn't have to climb the stairs to the thermostat.
-Oh yeah, I'm married to a technology geek who bought a thermostat he can control with his iphone.
-I tried to refill my coffee at the fridge water dispenser.
-Lately I've been found napping on the couch, while my kids are watching cartoons and Isla is chilling in her swing, about an hour after I get up in the morning. It's kind of pathetic that by 8:30/9:00 I'm so exhausted that I have to catch at least one He-Man's worth of shut eye but thats life with a newborn. Especially when said newborn went from getting up only once at night (since birth) to at least 3 times in recent days.
-I took all five kids to Old Navy to buy myself some much needed summer clothes. Not only that but I forgot the sling. Isla's car seat took up the entire cart therefore Ford had to "walk" through the store. Well, I can tell you that there is not a cute enough outfit in existence and certainly nothing at Old Navy that is worth what I went through... let just leave it at that. And yes I am questioning my sanity after this one.
-I've allowed all three big boys to abandon their beds for the summer. Currently they have their pillows and blankets lined up on the floor in one bedroom, camp out style, right next to one of their beds which of course none of them want to sleep on. Why do they choose the floor over comfy mattresses? I have no idea but hey, what are summers for, if not to pretend camp!
I know there are plenty more confession worthy things I've done lately but this is all I could come up with right now. It's late and I should go to bed.
The other night while watching a movie Isla woke up from one of her many naps to be fed. Once she was done, as usual, each one of the older boys hopped up, on the couch, asking to hold her. Kane was first, followed by Seth and finally Evan.
Ford likes to coo and kiss his sister but tends to decline holding her. However this night after I took Isla back from Evan he didn't even wait for Evan to get up, he plopped onto Evan's lap and stared at me expectantly.
He's kind of turning into a ham these days so I thought he was waiting for me to laugh at him for sitting on Evan. While I smiled at him like an idiot, he gave me an impatient look and then started jabbing his chubby little finger at his sister. "Oh you want to hold her?!" I said. He gave me a giant smile and nodded his head.
Is there anything cuter? I suppose Isla could not be crying but that's kind of pushing it.
This morning he begged to hold her again. I don't know whats gotten into him!
We started off Father's day with a big blueberry pancake breakfast and gifts. Jed and the boys played lots of Wii. After a long nap we set up the paper slide for the boys and grilled out! For dessert the boys ate the giant cookie they decorated for Jed while we had cheese cake we picked up the day before from the Cheese Cake Factory! Yum!
Thank you Jed for being such an amazing Father to our children! We're all so very blessed!
Me: (Not anticipating this question, my mind goes blank.) "Um.... uh. He's a data analyst."
Cashier: "Oh ok. So with all these kids you must be a stay at home mom."
Me: "Yes, I am."
Cashier: "Right, cause your paycheck would just go to daycare and then some!"
Cashier: "So you home school. How is that?"
Me: "Uh actually I dont..."
Cashier: "Oh I assumed with all these kids that you did."
Cashier: "Ok, well have a good day."
Me: "You too."
Since Isla was born I've had three people ask me if I home school, a couple of people recommend that I should and this conversation. I guess having a 5th kid crossed some line that put our family in the "of course you home school" category.
During this same shopping trip I met an older woman who stopped me,to look at the kids and then told me that on top of her 4 biological children (all grown and out of the house now), she fostered 178 newborns and 59 "big kids". Now that's a lot of children!
I am a total dork for Isla's girly clothes! I love each and every outfit and therefore I'm attempting to take pictures of her in all of them.
Yup, DORK! After 7+ years of blue, I think I've earned the right to be a dork about it though. Maybe not. Whatever. Moving on..
I've noticed that her newborn onsies are getting a little snug which sent me into a minor panic because I still needed to get a good picture of her in the strawberry outfit so guess what we did last night...
You know how some people have newborns that sleep just about anytime and anywhere (think Ann Geddes babies) well, I've never had a newborn like that.
In fact one of the most frequent comments I get about my babies is, "Look how alert he/she is!"
"Alert" newborns don't always make the most photogenic faces though and their jerky hand movements mess up the best of pictures. Exhibit A: Karate Baby.
Sweetheart you're supposed to be channeling Giselle not Jackie Chan.
And here you have the classic cross eyed pose, her tongue sticking out is an added bonus!
All this culminates in what I refer to as "the scream" (I like to keep my references obvious).
Thank goodness for cute, helpful, big brothers, who save the day by helping mommy document their sister's wardrobe and her silly faces too.
First of all thank you to anonymous for taking a guess! Car wash was a great guess but not quite right!
Instead we made our own slip and slide or "paper slide" as Kane calls it.
See we've bought a lot of outdoor water toys over the years and have found that they aren't very durable. With little boys, durable is imperative!
So when I was out buying yet another plastic toddler pool this year an older man stopped me and gave me the best advice, "Make sure you put the pool on a tarp so it doesn't pop as easily!" Why didn't I think of that?!
Then it dawned on me, why even buy another pool?! I put it back and went in search of a tarp but couldn't find one, instead I found plastic sheeting in the paint section.