Friday, April 18, 2014

Life This Week - April 11th

As we began this week, Maddie, Lily, and I were on the mend.  Annie got a little congested, but thankfully it only lasted about 1 1/2 days.  Matt got the illness last, but by Tuesday, he two has on the mend.  

We spent a lot of the gorgeous weekend outside, cleaning up the yard and taking down bushes. We brought the girls' outdoor toys out for the season.   I raked and bagged 23 bags of leaves, and Matt cut down two giant, overgrown bushes in our backyard.  We reached a turning point this week.  For the first time in as long as I can remember, we were both able to work in the yard at the same time.  Maddie and Lily played together, and Annie played with toys in her pack-n-play.  In the past one of us would work while the other sat with a baby inside, and then we would switch.  It was so nice to all be outside together.  

This week was Maddie's spring break.   We kicked it off with a trip to the aquarium on Monday.  Unfortunately, while we there my phone froze and I couldn't take any pictures.  Oh well.  All three girls had a good time.  Later, Maddie, Lily, and I went over to the mall to get my phone fixed and we did their three favorite things at the mall - play with the trains at Barnes and Noble, go to the "Mickey Mouse" store, and jump on a light pad.  

The rest of the week we spent with Grammy, who came to visit us for Easter and Lily's birthday. We also spent the week getting ready for Lily's birthday party and Easter.  Lots of fun festivities around here!

Day 134:

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

What's On Your DVR?

I'm linking up with Andrea at Momfessionals today

I love the DVR.  I think it's one of the greatest inventions ever.  Because of it, I very rarely ever watch a show in real-time, on the day it airs.  I am very good at avoiding spoilers, so it's fine for me to watch an episode of my favorite show a week or two later.  Sometimes I'll get behind on one of my favorite shows, but thanks to the DVR, I'll catch up with a marathon one weekend.

In September, I like to set my DVR for all of the new shows that look good to me, or that are getting acclaim.  I'll DVR them for a few weeks, watch a few episodes and then decide if I'll continue recording it or not.

In December, the DVR is exploding with Christmas shows and movies.  I program it to record all of the Christmas shows for the kids and some of the cheesy ABC Family and Lifetime Christmas movies for me.

Right now, you can usually find an episode (or more) of my favorite shows on my DVR:
ParenthoodBannerParenthood.  I LOVE this show.  Seriously, who wouldn't want to be a part of the Braverman family?   I can barely get through an episode without tears.


Grey's Anatomy.  I still love this show after all these years.  I usually wait a few weeks to watch and then catch up with a little Grey's marathon.

We love Modern Family.  It's one of the only shows Matt and I both like to watch.  We crack up every week.

  • The Middle is another one of Matt and my favorites.  Hysterical.  Sometimes I think this is even funnier than Modern Family.
    This show is addicting.  I started watching it last summer when I was up in the middle of the night feeding Annie and I was instantly hooked. 
    We are big Dancing With the Stars fans.  I think this season has been great.  The kids are into it this season, which makes it even more fun.  They love to watch the DVR'd episodes every night before bed.  I'm rooting for Candace Cameron Bure.  
    There are always some other shows depending on the time of year.  And you can always find Live With Kelly and Michael (I love to watch the host chat each day) and Rachel Ray.  
    What's on your DVR?
  • Monday, April 14, 2014

    Life This Week - April 4th

    This week was brought to us by birthdays and illnesses.

    On Friday I decided to get our weekend errands (food shopping and Costco) done so we could spend the weekend having fun.  I had never taken both little girls food shopping.  I decided to give it a try and let Lily walk while Annie rode in the cart.  They were both great!  I was proud of Lily for being a good listener and she got to pick out a special cookie in the bakery at the end of our shopping trip.  They were both so cooperative we were able to go food shopping and to Costco in only 2 hours total.  

    We kicked off the weekend with celebrating my birthday on Saturday, and Matt's birthday on Sunday.  We spent a lot of time outside, enjoying the beautiful weather.  Saturday we went to the Ecology Center, out to lunch for my birthday, and to a friend's birthday party.  Sunday we went to Maddie's soccer game, out to dinner for Matt's birthday,  and to the park.
    This little one went on the swings for the first time.
    I think it's safe to say she loved it!

    Lily was on and off with a fever all weekend.  On Monday, I brought her to the doctor - just a virus.  By Tuesday I was feeling miserable and just felt worse and worse as the week went on.  On Wednesday, Maddie woke up and threw up due to so much congestion, so she stayed home.  I took her to the doctor on Thursday - asthma flare up and infection.  By the end of the week Matt and Annie were congested as well.  Ugh.  

    How I spent my work days:
    Day 129:  A shopping adventure.

    Day 130:  Poor baby waiting at the doctor's office with a fever of 101.9.

    Day 131:  Strawberries and chicken nuggets - yum!

    Day 132:  I went in the living took and found Maddie sleeping like this.  She had positioned her bucket this way, just in case.  Poor kid.
    Day 133:  Waiting at the doctor with Maddie.

    Friday, April 11, 2014

    10 On 10: April 2014

    ten on ten button


    Looking forward to Easter:
    I guess we don't need to break up Annie's waffle into little pieces any more.  She grabbed 1/2 a waffle off the table and started chowing down:
    Sick Maddie waiting at the doctor's office:
    Next stop.  Pharmacy:
    Things are starting to bloom:
    Maddie, Lily, and I played Disney Candy Land while Annie slept:
    With three of us sick, we went through a lot of these:
    Lily and Maddie playing Disney Junior games together:
    Tried a new recipe for dinner:
    The kids love to watch Dancing With the Stars every night on the DVR before bed.  Maddie likes to dance along.  Yes, this is the same child who was sick at the doctor this morning.  She's feeling MUCH better:

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

    Life This Week - March 28th

    This week we had a few surprises.  

    On Saturday, Matt was taking Maddie to a birthday party and (surprise!) his tire blew out on the expressway.  Thankfully, he was able to pull off to the side safely and put on the spare tire.  Unfortunately, Maddie missed the party.  

    On Monday we got some surprise snow.  It went from hail to snow and came down rather quickly - about 3 or 4 inches in less than 2 hours.  The roads were very slick and my tired got stuck in the snow a few times.  I'm hoping that is the last snow of the season.  I like to think of it as Mother Nature's April Fool's Day joke a day early.

    Other than that we've been pretty much up to the same things around here.  We're getting ready for some birthdays and Easter and a visit from Grammy.

    How I spent my work days:
    Day 124:  This little girl can't wait for her food.
    Day 125:  Annie loves the bath.
    Day 126:  Patient girl waiting for her sisters at activities.
    Day 127:  Lily's favorite weekly activity - art class.
    Day 128: Spring has sprung.

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

    40 Bags in 40 Days - What I Learned

    As I am finishing my 40 Bags in 40 Days project, I wanted to make some notes for myself about what I learned.  

    First, I realized that we have far too much stuff.  When I watch the kids, they play with the same favorite toys every time.  We have cut way back on what we buy them, yet we still have so much stuff.  This has been a great reminder for me.

    When I throw things out, the kids honestly don't even notice.  Sometimes, if there are a few toys I want to get rid of, I will put them down in the basement for a few weeks to see if anyone asks for them and notices they are missing.  They never do.  

    We had 27 coloring books.  That's about 25 coloring books too many in my opinion.  And that's after I eliminated most of the coloring books at this time last year.   We kept a few, but recycled most.  We have at least 80 pencils. We are exploding with art supplies - crayons, markers, paints, play dough, coloring books, pencils, construction paper, colored pencils, crafts.  My kids love art projects, but seriously.  Between what I buy them, things they get as gifts, party favors, and treats from school, these children have more art supplies than they will use in this lifetime.    

    We still have a lot of bins of things we are saving - clothes, favorite toys, puzzles, etc. to pass down to little sisters - but for the most part, I have really let go of most of the stuff we are not currently using, and it feels so good. 

    I find myself so much more conscious when I'm shopping.  For example, shopping for Easter.  There are tons of cute, cheap dollar store-type toys that I know my kids will love for about 5 minutes.  And then I will throw them out.  What's the point?  I tried to be very conscious when I was shopping to buy things that they will not only love, but need as well.  A new bathing suit.  A beach towel.  A movie.  Character band-aids.  I don't want the the clutter or the stuff creeping back in.

    My kids love experiences.  They are old enough to understand that an experience is a gift.  They love going places or getting money to use for their activities - swim lessons, art class, Gymboree, etc.  They get it.  They don't miss having something to open.  They don't feel sad if there is only one gift plus an experience.  

    In fact, our gifts to Maddie for her birthday were some clothes she needed, and a day in the city with Matt and I.  Her birthday was in December.  We still haven't gotten to the city (we're waiting for nicer, warmer weather).  But she understands and is looking forward to it.  She doesn't feel like she didn't get a present.  Experiences are what they'll remember - not the crap stuff toys they get.  Unless it's a very special gift that they really wanted (like when Maddie got her American Girl doll), they don't remember any gifts they have received.  But they remember the trip to the zoo, a play, a vacation, time spent with someone they love.  

    And when I look at the big picture of life, that is exactly what I want them to remember.  

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

    10 Months Old


    10 months old.  Crazy.  Annie is not quite crawling yet, although she does get around by going backwards.  Once she gets herself off the rug and onto the wood floor, she can really push herself backwards pretty far.  I know this era of her being immobile is on the verge of ending.  I'm excited for her to move around and enter the next phase, but I'm going to miss the phase of being able to sit her on the floor with some toys and not worry about what she'll get into.

    Annie has really begun to love the bath.  She likes to sit and play with the toys and splash in the water.  She even likes to take a bath with both sisters.

    She still will not keep socks or shoes on.  I often just let her go barefoot because we are constantly losing a sock someplace.

    She still has the cutest arm and legs rolls I have ever seen.  She cracks up when she's sitting - she has a very solid base.
    She is still an extremely happy, easy-going baby.  She is such a blessing in our life.

    Here are Annie's 10 month stats:
    Weight:  --
    Height:   --
    Clothing:  12-18 months, 18 months
    Diapers:   size 4
    Sleeping:  She goes into her crib sleepy, but awake, and puts herself to sleep.  She goes to bed by 8:00pm and sleeps until around 7:00am.  She has been taking a more consistent nap  in the morning and afternoon in her crib. 
    Tricks:   
    • She can get around the room by moving backwards and rolling.
    • She loves playing "The Noble Duke of York" and "Pat-a-Cake".
    • She moves her arms and legs like crazy when she's hungry and sees her bottle.
    • She giggles uncontrollably when we sing "Itsy Bitsy Spider".  It's her favorite song.
    • You can't help but smile when she laughs - it's the sweetest sound.


    Food:    
    Annie hasn't met a food she didn't like.  
    Annie eats around 7:00 am, 11:00 am, 3:00 pm, and 6:30 pm.  She eats almost exclusively table food now.  She has two stage 2 foods a day - usually with dinner to help fill her up for the night.  She still loves to spit and blow raspberries while eating.  

    Breakfast: 6 oz. bottle, table food
    Lunch: 6 oz. bottle, table food
    Snack: 8 oz. bottle, a snack
    Dinner: 6 oz. bottle, table food and baby food

    Like I said, she hasn't met a food she didn't like.  She loves to eat.  Even though she only has one tooth, she gums that food like crazy and eats it up.  Table foods she's tried and loves include:  waffles, pancakes, cheese, ham, chicken nuggets, puffs, mum-mums, yogurt, Cheerios, bananas, strawberries, applesauce, grilled cheese, chicken, bagels

    Likes:
    • LOVES being entertained by her sisters (and they love entertaining her with their songs and dances)
    • Maddie reading her books
    • looking at books
    • routine
    • sitting on my bed while I'm folding laundry
    • playing with toys
    • the exersaucer
    • the jump-a-too
    • her red car
    • sitting up on her own and playing with toys
    • Barney
    • being outside
    • being on the go - she hates it to stop in the car or in the stroller.  She wants to keep moving.
    • being held
    • eating
    • being part of the action 
    • her paci
    • taking off her socks and eating them
    • pretty much everything

    Dislikes:
    • missing out on things - wants to sit with us, be wherever the action is
    • having a wet or dirty diaper
    • getting stuck on her stomach when she rolls
    • wearing socks and shoes
    • having things on her head (a head band, a hat, a hood, etc.)

    Firsts:    
    • got a tooth (bottom right)
    • eats table food
    • went on the swings at the park
    • went on the slide at the park