Friday, April 11, 2014

Never, ever try to prove the husband wrong!

What I am about to say is going to totally embarrass me, but it's one of those moments between me and my better half that I would like to remember years from now, because even though this makes me look bad, it's still funny!

The other night Chris and I had just put the kids to bed and I forget what we were talking about exactly pertaining to the kids, but I made the comment that "they would be running rampid". Chris asked me to repeat what I had said, so I say it again, "they would be running rampid".  My husband informed me that it was not "rampid", but "rampant".

In an effort to try and prove him wrong, because I knew I was right, I googled it.

To my surprise, what I found was not in my favor.  In fact it made the whole situation even worse. Chris had a field day with this one!

So my lesson for the evening was to never, ever try to prove the husband wrong.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Happy Hump Day!

Tuesday night was Lincoln's second soccer practice and game.  

We almost froze to death.. it was so cold!  Harrison was sleepy, so I bundled him up and walked him around in his stroller until he fell asleep.. that helped stay warm a little but next time I am going to be prepared and take a jacket blanket, mittens, and toboggan

My sweet sweet cousin drove an hour away to come watch Lincoln, but little Miss Kenadie made sure to get in her "Manda" time.  She was so happy her Manda had come to play and keep her entertained at Lincoln's soccer practice.


Pass the tissues, please.

They sent home Graduation picture proofs this week.  It's getting closer for this sweet boy to graduate Pre-K4.

It's so hard to believe in 4 short months he will be in Kindergarten!  


We had errands today and Kenadie let me (finally!) fix her hair more than just a pony tail or simple braid.  I tried a messy bun and it turned out so cute!  

I had to take a picture!  I love having a girly girl!!

While we were running errands  we stopped by the mall so the kids could get a picture made with the Easter Bunny.  Let's just say it was not what I had imagined their picture to be. 

Kenadie is MAD, Lincoln looks like he is pooping, and Harrison was just happy to be out of car seat!  Only my kids.  Just keepin' it real.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

All about Little Mister

Last post was all about the big kids, so today will be about Little Mister.

Having fun at Target!

First of all, Harrison has had a big week this past week.  He cut his two bottom teeth, rolled over, and found his toes!

How about a middle of the night photo!?!?

I am taking to heart that this is probably why he isn't sleeping through the night completely yet. I've always been told and with my experience from my big kids, when a baby is learning new things or has hit a growth spurt, sleeping through the night stops or doesn't happen!  Thankfully when he does wake at night he isn't fussy.  He will eat and and usually goes right back to sleep.

Drool anyone?

I should have known with all of the drooling and hand gnawing Harrison had been doing for weeks now was due to cutting teeth.  The big kids cut their first tooth around the 4-5 month mark also, but I wanted to believe Harrison was going to stay little a while longer.  Didn't happen.

Little Mister is about 4 1/2 months old and is not sleeping through the night.  It's my fault I do believe.  Well, not entirely.  With Chris' work schedule, I can not put him in his crib to sleep during the day, so he sleeps in the swing for naps and when I put him down at night.  The other two slept in their cribs from the very beginning and we never had an issue with adjusting to sleeping in the crib.  Harrison hates the crib. And I hate that he hates his crib.  With Chris on night shift (which I hope will be changing very soon), I've just been putting Harrison in bed with me when I go to bed. BIG mistake.  I wish I had never done this.  I can not sleep comfortably in my own bed.  I wake up with a sore body along with little sleep.  I put him in my bed so I could sleep and it's not working out like it should.

Some families are cut out for bed sharing, but not us.  I hate it!  I have no lies to tell.  Yeah it's sweet to be able to look over and see your little one sleeping soundly right beside you and it's so easy to make sure they are ok, but I really have to draw a line... it's not working for me.  I believe it's crucial for children to establish good bedtime routines from the very beginning.  They have their space and mommy and daddy have theirs.  My older two are proof that a good bedtime routine works wonders.  They both sleep from 8pm-7am.  Every night. In their own beds in their own bedrooms.

Well, tonight we're going back to the crib.  I tried last night, but only after he had been asleep in the swing and in my bed.  He cried and cried in the crib.  I think a lot of it was he was overtired because he had been awake for over an hour.  But tonight I am going start him out in the crib and let him fall asleep on his own looking at and listening to his sound/picture machine.  I've also got to mention that Harrison does not take a pacifier, the other two did.  I think that would help soothe him a lot.

I know someone is going to read this think I am cold hearted momma, but I'm not.  I love my babies!  I like schedules and routines, it helps them so much.  I love sleep, but I'm not getting much of that these days. I'm not even taking good care of myself.  I feel run down, I get depressed, I am not eating healthy, I have no energy.  That's why I want my babies in their own beds so we can all get a good nights sleep!

My babies are my world and this rant wasn't meant to sound mean or cruel.  I just needed to vent my frustrations because there's no one to tell.   I believe he will sleep in his crib eventually.  It will be a process and take some time, but we will get there.  And it's not like I am throwing him in his crib, shutting the door and walking away while he cries his little eyes out.  No way!  His crib is right beside my side of the bed in my bedroom.  It's literally 2 steps away from me.  I don't mind co-sleeping, but I hate bed sharing.  I want my space back!

Rant over.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Babies don't keep!

It's Sunday morning and I am sitting here with the TV playing for background noise while Harrison takes a nap.  Had it been any other morning, I would be hearing the other two kids fighting or playing instead, but my sweet cousin took Lincoln and Kenadie to church with her and I am so very grateful she was willing to do that.  Harrison just cut his two bottom teeth this week on top of a head cold he has been dealing with for the past week.  It was best we stay home, he is just way too fussy!

We had a great day yesterday.  My sweet momma babysat Harrison for me so I could take L&K to the playground.  My aunt and uncle live near a school that has a open playground for anyone to use after school hours, so me and my cousin took the kids there to play for a while.  Like three hours!

Boy did they have fun!  They hadn't had that much fun in I don't know when.  It's been so cold outside to really get out and just play.  But yesterday was BEAUTIFUL!

I think my heart sunk into my stomach a few times.  I know my kids are just being kids, but I am always thinking about something bad happening to them and I want to always protect them. Playground play could be dangerous!!

What made this day fun was the fact I told the kids that this was a "secret playground" and no one else knew about it.  They were the only kids there.  They had the entire playground to themselves and it was so nice not having to worry about something laying on the ground that shouldn't be there that they could have picked up or creepy perverts following us around.  I felt at ease and safe at this playground and so glad we could go there and not have to go to the park!

After a fun day of playing.  It was time to leave my aunts house.

Before we left she had some clothes for the kids and Kenadie's Preschool Registration form and handbook.  After we got home and I got the kids supper and their baths and put them to bed, I finally got the chance to sit down and look through everything.  I just wanted to cry!  It hit me like a ton of bricks that in just 4 months, Kenadie will be going to Preschool.  I didn't have as hard of time with Lincoln. But right now I am a hot mess thinking about her going this fall.  I think mostly because she will be going to a different preschool than Lincoln because his school is moving to another school after this year and it's going to be a completely different program than what I am use to with Lincoln.  I am scared for her because I know how shy she is and I know how hard it is for her to adjust to change and being around people she doesn't know.  One reason I am thankful she went to church with my cousin this morning because her preschool will be at the same church she will be at.  Hopefully going will help her become more familiar with it.  It's exciting thinking about her experiencing new things and preparing for Kindergarten, but I am still sad thinking about it.  I wonder who will cry more on her first day, me or her?

And let's not even think about Lincoln's Pre-K graduation next month!  I'll probably cry like a baby!

When they said "babies don't keep", they weren't lying!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

First Soccer Practice

This year Lincoln told us he wanted to play soccer.  He had never played any other sport before and I was thrilled he found interest in a sport.  

Disclaimer: I am not going to be the parent who tries to live their lives through their kids lives, but I will encourage all three kids to get involved  in as many activities as they want and we are able to do.  Growing up I was on two different cheerleading teams and that was it.  Both were during my elementary years and after that I didn't do a thing.  I regret it!  Plus, any sport activity is great exercise and who doesn't need that?

Last night was Lincoln's first soccer practice/game!  

In the beginning he was having a hard time loosening up to enjoy himself and have fun.  I want him to learn the game, but most importantly I want him to enjoy playing and have fun.  After 30 mins he finally came alive and did so good.

It was exciting seeing him learn something new.  I couldn't have been more proud.  

They did a lot of different drills and at the end of practice each group divided up into groups and played a little scrimmage game. 

 It was cute and hilarious because I don't think any of the kids really knew what they were supposed to do.

They handed out his jersey last night, so next week he will be in uniform and I can't wait to see.  If the weather continues to stay nice I am going to see if he wants to show me any of the new drills he learned.  

And before I end this post... here are my other two cuties at practice.

Something we learned for future practices.  Bring fold up chairs and something to entertain the kids.  Kenadie had to entertain herself and she got bored fast.  Next practice we will be prepared.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Personalized Easter Buckets

A couple of weekends ago my mom, the kids, and I met with my aunt and cousins for a day of fun.

We had lunch at The Cookout.  It's almost like Five Guys Burgers and Fries, but a little different.  They have a crazy milkshake menu to choose from ... the kids love it!  It wasn't real busy while we were there, so the kids thought it would be fun to stand on the little waiting seat on the other side of the wall from where our table was.  My mom held up Harrison and all I can think of is "The Circle of Life" from the Lion King.  I could not stop laughing when my cousin pointed that out.  Harrison is looking all serious and stuff.  Hilarious!!

My big agenda for the day was to work with my aunt on a Easter craft project for the kids.  I had been looking on Etsy at personalized Easter buckets for the kids, but most were priced at $25 and up.  I have three kids.  What I don't have is $75 to drop on three Easter buckets.  So thankfully, my aunt found me the exact same buckets at Hobby Lobby for fairly cheap.   She has a Silhouette Cameo machine and we went to work.  I gave her some ideas of what I wanted and she print some cute things out for me.

I think their Easter buckets turned out very cute and the great thing about the vinyl stickers are they can be removed for a different change as they get older.  They are not permanent.  I love them and the kids loved them too.

While me and my aunt were working on the buckets, my cousins entertained the two older kids.

Kenadie played lots of dress up

She loved the wedding dress and we couldn't hardly get her to part with it.

Lincoln enjoyed cheetos and Frozen!  I think his shirt loved cheetos too.

It was such a fun day!!  We have a few other things planned this month with our sweet cousins and the kids are so excited!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Photography in training... I think!

Last month I purchased a new camera.  I finally upgraded to a Nikon D3100, which is not the top of the line cameras, but it's way better than the little point and shoot camera I was using that took horrible pictures.  I LOVE taking pictures now!  And I finally have real pictures and not just pictures from my phone anymore.

How sad is it that I only have hospital pictures of Harrison from my phone?  No real pictures. It's awful!

A little over a week ago we had a warm sunny day that was perfect for taking pictures outside.  The kids had recently gotten new Spring/Easter clothes so they got dressed and we headed outside.

Clearly, I have no photography skills, but I would love to learn and get better.  I've seen so many people turn their hobby into a paying job and I would absolutely love to help provide for my family with my own photography business.  I decided to name my hobby (maybe one day turned business) , Emily Lamb Photography.  Very fitting isn't it!?!?  HA!

And strangely enough Lincoln came out with the better shots this time.  Can't wait to capture again for Easter and get the cousins too!