Monday, April 30, 2012

It's Zoo time!


We have been wanting to go to the zoo for a while now.  It has been a long time since our last trip, and since it is one of our favorite family outings, we decided to go today!  The boys and weather were both fantastic!  We couldn't have asked for a better day to go! 


Easton was so much fun, too! He is getting to be so easy, funny, and just plain fun! Our little baby really is a toddler now...ready for anything, and truly able to enjoy the exhibits.





They even have a new dinosaur exhibit...a little overpriced at $3 per person, but worth a walk through for sure!








Parker was a little scared here! 
Can you tell?

Now Easton is scared!

Here they are happy again!

They did a Dino-dig at the end.  Both loved it!
























Parker is getting so big, too! Sweet as can be, full of energy, and such a good big brother! He especially liked seeing the snakes, iguanas, and bugs today, but hated seeing the cha-la-das, (aka the tarantulas)!




Pay no attention to the boy in the background! :)



On the way home...worn out as can be!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

So...we are headed on vacation soon and had a few things to buy to get beach ready.  I was completely bored yesterday, and decided that today would be a great day to get out of the house to do a little shopping for the needed beach items.  We went to The Children's Place and bought the boys each a hat, pair of sunglasses, and flip-flops.  Then...after the boy's each got a hair cut, we headed to Old Navy.  Easton was a mess the ENTIRE time we were in the store.  Crying like crazy!  We made it through the experience with some determination and fast feet!  I got myself a summery scarf and added a few flip-flops to name.  I got some good deals on some stuff for the boys, too.  Like a Batman sweatshirt for $5.00, and a Tom and Jerry T-shirt for $1.91. 

So...then it was lunch time, and I had promised Parker that we could feed the ducks today.  I was almost too exhausted from Easton's non-stop crying to go, but decided that it might be what the little man needed.  I went through the McDonald's drive-thru and spread out a blanket at the park.  The first five minutes were still a disaster, but then suddenly the crying stopped and laughter ensued!  Parker and Easton ended up eating well, shared wonderfully, and the day became good again!





Parker insisted on taking a picture of this bird!


After we were finished eating, we decided that it was time for the ducks to enjoy a little snack.  So armed with a whole thing of stale hamburger buns and almost an entire loaf of old bread, we headed over to the bridge.  The bridge is the best spot to feed the ducks because you don't have to worry about anyone falling in the water!  When you are alone with two crazy boys, and not as fast as you normally are due to pregnancy, you become thankful for things like that bridge.  It's almost like a mini cage!







It has been a great day!  Even with the crazy tantrum!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Sharing A Room!

We spent the entire day moving Easton's things over to Parker's room.  It was a chore to say the least!  I think things turned out really cute though, and the boys are super happy to have combined rooms completely! 
We added a few shelves...


We added the bottom shelf and closet rod for Easton.  We also put in the two shoe racks!  And I thought the boys didn't have enough clothes!  I can't believe how many shirts are in there!



I wanted this duvet from Pottery Barn Kids, but it was way too expensive.  So...I made it out of fabric from Walmart for $20.  It is navy, not black, by the way.



We moved the chair out and put in Easton's bed a while back.  He has been sleeping in there for a wk now, and is really doing great! 



I almost feel like Parker's bed needs less animals and more pillows.  Can't decide though!



Well...I am super excited about this room!  I know it is a little crowded, and will require lots of organization to keep clean, but I really do love how thins turned out.  It doesn't feel nearly as cramped as I thought it would!  Now...to work on the baby's room!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Update...

So...the rest of the week has been very successful!  Parker's attitude seemed to be tamed with a good night's sleep... I have felt very motivated...And little Easton, sweet Easton, has been whiny, but only for moments.   I have tried very hard to get up a little earlier than normal to allow for some "me" time (Although, sometimes sleeping is the best kind of "me" time), and have also been really good about cleaning up right before bed.  Those two things seem to help.  It just makes the morning easier when you wake up to a clean house.  It is funny how just having the kids in the bonus room with Steven speeds up the cleaning.  I get things done in about 30 min.  Of course, I have been tidying up as we go during the day, and also cleaning during nap time.  But at night...is when I do the bigger stuff.  Like cleaning the toilets, dusting, folding laundry, etc.  Tonight is dusting night.  Fun times are ahead!

Anyways...this whole thing has been fun for us all.  Today, I have done so many things with the kids!  We read several books, played a new board game, played marbles, cars, colored a GIANT picture, and even fought off all the monsters and dragons that apparently reside in our home.  It is so cute to watch the boys and their imaginations!  Even little Easton can bring down the meanest of invisible creatures!  You should see his little karate moves! 

Now...I have always played with the kids so most of this isn't new.  It is just different now, bc I am not stopping to do housework and such.  I am paying attention.   Like REALLY paying attention.  Not the I'll be there in a minute kind, but the be there before it even happens kind.  Anyways...even though it is hard to explain, it is working so far.  Although...the true test will be tonight.  We have soccer practice again.  Here's to hoping I walk back to the car joyful and not a basket case of tears!

Oh-Easton has slept in his big boy bed for 2 whole nights so far.  Maybe the transition to Parker's room won't be as hard as I thought!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

DETERMINED!!!!

I feel that I truly have one of the best jobs known to man!  I work on Fridays and Saturdays each wk as a nurse for a home health company.  My hrs are flexible, the days are relatively short, and it allows for 5 whole days in a row to spend with my kids.  But...there is one draw back to all of that good stuff...I am not forced to any routine.  Sounds like a good problem to have, but I have realized that a laid back person, needs routine.


You probably know that I am a mostly positive person and don't get too depressed often.  I tend to take things in strides and not get too upset over the small things.  But...this last year has been a little harder for me with many more of those down in the dumps moments!  I have had to realize that it isn't me, but just the truth of parenting!  People used to tell me that kids have hard times, and there were moments when they as a parent couldn't do it all.  Because I am good with kids,  I honestly thought that I would be immune to those things.   I wouldn't have moments like that!  No sir!  My kids would be angels at all times because I would always have the solution.

Plus...for the first two years of Parker's life, things were pretty simple.  I had the baby stage down!  I'd nurse him, play with him, change his diaper, bathe him...you know, the essentials.    But...then after 2, he got a little attitude with tantrums that could be hard to tame at times!  Don't get me wrong, he is a GREAT kid, but things just get harder when you have a whole new person discovering his boundaries and who he is.

Anyways...yesterday was a hard day!  Like- I cried the whole way back to the car after Parker's soccer practice!  Easton was screaming for a piece of gum and would not give up.  Parker skipped nap and was not in the mood for practice.  The coach would ask him to do something and he'd say no (on several occasions).  He got into a tug-of-war with another child over the ball. And...he just would plain not pay attention. Needless to say I felt like a failure.  Everybody else's kids were playing along nicely while mine screamed for gum and sat on his soccer ball.   I kept thinking, "what am I doing wrong here".   Why can't my kids just behave???  I still don't know the answer to that question!  I have though come up with a thought that may help...more routine!

It isn't like I just let the kids run around like crazy.  I think that that is why it is hard sometimes.  Because I DO try.  We have a routine, but it just isn't super strict.  My go with the flow personality sometimes sets me up for failure though, and I need to get a tighter grip on things here!  For example:  We went bowling with our group from church.  It was Amy's birthday, and I had brought cupcakes for everyone.  The kids ate theirs first.  Then, as I was setting up the cupcakes for the adults, Parker, who was still hungry, literally stuck his face into a cupcake quicker than I could open the container.  I was furious!  All the other kids were content with the cupcake I gave them, but my 3yr old wanted more and was determined to get more!  So back to the setting me up for failure thought.  The part of the story that no one in small group knew at the time, and that even I forgot about, is that we skipped dinner.  We had eaten a late lunch and thought, there is food there at the bowling alley.  If we get hungry, we will eat dinner there.  Well...Steven and I never got hungry, but apparently, Parker did.  My laid back attitude, set me up for that mishap.  I mean, what kid who hadn't had dinner, would turn away from a tasty cupcake? The taste of that cake was worth any punishment to a hungry child!

So...the point of this post (besides some good venting on my part) is to say, that I am now DETERMINED to be a better parent!  Determined to have more structure, and determined to try not to be it all anymore!  Typically, if someone would call, I would talk even if I was busy...to be a good friend.  I'd concentrate on getting/keeping things clean so that Steven could come home to a tidy house after work...to be the perfect housewife. To show that I could handle it...I'd say yes to things I shouldn't.  But...not anymore!  From now on, my priority while Steven is away at work is to be a great parent.  So...please don't be offended if I have to let a conversation end, or if you stop by unexpectedly to find my house a mess.  I am just concentrating on my true job...being a parent!

So far today...I made pancakes for breakfast, Parker and Easton both had school time, we read Horton Hears a Who, I ran a quick errand, ate lunch, and the kids are down for a nap.  And the only thing I have cleaned is myself with a five minute shower!  Wish me luck for a continued great rest of the day!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Gardening!

We literally got out of bed and headed outside!  The boys were still in their pj's!  Parker got this super huge Angry Birds shirt from the Easter Bunny!  Please also note the very cute tool belt that he got from Aunt Leigh Ann for his Birthday!  I think he feels special!
So...we have a small area in the front yard that is kinda empty.  I have in the past, bought a few plants from Lowe's to plant, but they of course have never lasted long.  So...this year, I decided to do something different.  I...well the Easter Bunny...bought some flower seeds.  I thought that it would be much less expensive and fun for the kids.  I think that they will really enjoy watching them grow from start to finish.  The countdown has already begun.  Tomorrow, we are determined to find a place for some watermelons.  Then the countdown will really be on!  We all love watermelon!  Here are some pictures of the morning planting experience!


Easton found his Easter basket and got preoccupied with
eating the candy.  He did help cover the seeds back up with
dirt.

This smile cracks me up!