Fun in the Sprinkler!

 Ready for picture overload?? It was a very pretty day yesterday and the landlords apparently ordered a lot of yard work done. When got home from school, sprinklers were being set up and it didn’t take long for the boys to run outside and get wet! Eliana saw the brothers getting wet and immediately changed out of her beautiful princess dress and into a bathing suit!

The landlords are crazy about their grass and plants so I only let them run on the sidewalks to avoid any confrontation. (The boys got yelled at by one of the landlords this weekend for bouncing a ball into the bushes….but that’s another story for another time!)

Even though I had to restrict them a little, they still had fun!

Here it comes…

Sprinkler rain!

Eliana had the time of her life running up and down the sidewalk with her brothers, getting wet. She is definitely a lot braver than the boys were at this age!

Zakkai came over on the less sunny side..

Handsome kid! Getting so big these days.

Eliana in action..

Pretty soon the boys drifted away and Eliana was the only one left:)

Samuel is looking so much older these days!

Well…until he makes faces like these:)

Well, Miss Thang!

Eliana, giving me the hands on the hips, because I told her it was time to go in for dinner. (With Mr. Z in the front causing trouble:)

Thinking about whether or not she wants to obey…

Poor thing got an enormous bruise on her leg from a run in with a shopping cart last week.

She’s flying!

1,2,3 Go!

Love these critters of mine! (even when they drive me crazy:)

I’m sure you can forgive my blog neglect when you take into account that I am insanely busy right now! We went non-stop over the weekend and I finally hit a “wall” on Sunday afternoon and was too tired even for tears. My to-do lists are growing longer by the day!

On Friday, a friend who has a little girl Eliana’s age and a little boy a few months older than Mr. C, came over to have one last play date. The girls play SO well together and had a great time!

Then in the afternoon, I took Mr C, Eliana and Zakkai grocery shopping and then we hurried back to collect our missing duo and went to C’s house for dinner and a bonfire!

We had a really great time! It was a gorgeous day outside, that required sunglasses (!) and was perfect for grilling, cornhole and roasting marshmallows for s’mores! We really treasure our time with our good friends. Eliana and Zakkai fell asleep about 2 minutes after getting in the car:)

We woke up early Saturday and did some lunch prep and cleaning since we were having some friends over for lunch. Then we rushed over into the chaos of our downtown for the annual Pet Parade! It’s a really nice parade every year the first Saturday after Memorial Day. There are lots of dogs (and a few other animals here and there) and floats, bands, local kid’s organizations and candy. We sat/stood with our friends who were coming over for lunch. The boys stayed as close to the candy as possible!

It was a little on the warm side so we hung back in the shade:)

We let Eliana go up and get some treasures, too, and had to fight off some greedy nearby kids to get a few pieces of candy for E. I was a little annoyed, to say the least, when this one girl was snatching up candy out of people’s hands, including Eliana! Watch out for the mama bear!

Samuel, having a good time:) We had a really great afternoon eating and hanging out and I even got to sneak out for the evening and go to Ikea with my friend! Sunday we raced home from church to feed the munchkins and rush the boys off to a birthday party. I managed to supervise the couch pick-up and run some errands before completely dropping in exhaustion. I need a vacation!

And last but not least, Eliana has decided that she no longer wants to wear pull-ups at night and she was very adamant that she wants to be a big girl now! We started a chart and she is doing AWESOME! Only one small accident a few days ago. She’s the earliest to nighttime train out of all 3 of ours! She is working hard to earn a special prize next week, which she will be happy to show off for you:)
Up next, last day of school and the Goodbye Party!

In a Nutshell..

Seems like it has been a long week! I already dozed off after tucking the kiddos in bed and had to force myself to wake up so I can go to bed properly in a few minutes!

*Eliana is still doing pretty awesome with potty-training! She has stayed dry to/from VBS all week and this afternoon we made our first foray out into “public” to meet some friends at the park. I brought her little potty in the car and she was able to use it and stay dry over the 2 hour period! One funny thing that happened was Ben helped her put on some new panties after a minor mishap earlier this morning and he said, “Boy, her panties are so tight! Poor thing.” About 5 or so minutes later, I was walking by and glanced over at her while she was playing and noticed she did look pretty stuffed into her panties. Something wasn’t quite right…..I went over to investigate and burst out laughing when I realized Ben had put them on sideways! I’m not sure how he accomplished that but it was pretty funny.

*The boys only have one more day of VBS. They are so excited because tomorrow the parents get to come 15 minutes early to hear the kids sing songs they have been learning all week. I think they are going to sing at church on Sunday, too. I am so glad they have gotten to take part in this! The theme this week is basically following God through the ups and downs and staying strong. A good lesson for all ages!

*Some good news I forgot to share is that Ben is now under contract for a book! His dissertation is being published and he is hard at work revising his monstrosity of a dissertation for book form. If he meets all deadlines by Sept 1st, then his book should be out by November, which is just in time for the big biblical conference held each year where a lot of interviews are conducted! He jokes that his book will be multi-purposeful. Good for killing flies, curing insomnia or learning everything you didn’t want to know about the Books of Kings:)

*I finally got back into crafting today after a long break. I have been very unmotivated in the past months to work on projects for a few reasons so it felt good to be back at my sewing machine. I’m working on a (hopefully) cute outfit for Eliana. And I hope this will get me going to work on some gifts for some upcoming babies!

*I talked to my mom today and she sounded pretty good, although a bit “puny” sounding. She says she is doing well and is ahead of the game. By early this afternoon, she had already had 2 PT sessions and had walked a bit with her walker. Her blood pressure was pretty low last night but it was back to normal today, thankfully. She should get to go home tomorrow.

*I made a different dinner tonight and it was really good! I needed something quick to go with our fresh farmer’s market broccoli. I went off of a recipe that I found on pinterest. You prepare linguine noodles and while they are cooking, you sauté some minced garlic in a little olive oil for about a minute. Take the pan off the heat and let it sit for a few minutes. Then add some breadcrumbs to the pan and put it back on the heat. I used maybe 1/3 cup of breadcrumbs? I added a little bit more oil and mixed it up well and browned it over the heat for a couple of minutes. Added a little bit of parsley and then when the noodles were done and drained, added the breadcrumb mixture and tossed it all around with about 1 TB of butter. We added some parmesan cheese on top and it was SO good! Eliana gobbled it up and she can be a little finicky about dinner. I will definitely make it again.

It’s been much easier to cut down on meat than I thought it would be. And it’s been very helpful to our grocery bill!

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The Potty Chronicles

Day 2 of potty training survived!!! I was feeling discouraged yesterday, although E ended the day with 2 in a row.

Today, however, E rocked!! She barely went this morning so I must not have given her too much to drink. I was a little worried that she would pee on me as I carried her to/fro VBS but thankfully that did not happen!! But the turning point came when she started to wet her panties, stopped and continued in the potty!!

She may develop a slight M&M addiction now but this girl is doing AWESOME!! It did get a little crazy towards the end of the night when she went 5 times within less than a half an hour. I’m assuming having her brothers doing the potty dance with her and giving her M&Ms might have had something to do with it…:) Hey, whatever works!

Here’s a little video of her potty dance!

Here are a few pics from this weekend that I stole from my Gma! I hope to have more as soon as people email me their pics! I know you may be tired of them but I’m not!! 😉

My handsome boys and cute little miss!!

I just loved this picture!! My Gma had us all line up on the bench and I think it turned out so cute!!

If you have a moment, please say a prayer for my mama tomorrow, who is having a knee replacement. She is understandably nervous but the hardest part is that my stepdad has also severely injured his knee and is on crutches so they are a mess! They would be so thankful for your prayers, as would I!

I am Crazy. The end.

Ben and I were like little school kids yesterday, waking up and wanting to check his diploma to see the words “Doctor of Philosphy” in those big letters again! What a thrill. We are just so thankful for our family coming in town to celebrate with us. It wouldn’t have been the same without them! They helped make it so very special for us.

Today when Ben checked his status at school, his degree was officially conferred on him in the computer system which was fun to see:) Hey, it’s the little things in life!

This week is a fun week for the boys! They started VBS at our church. Both were a little nervous, not having been to VBS before but they came home so happy! They loved it so much and can’t wait to go again tomorrow! They will go all week from 9-12pm. Eliana cried when we left them there:( She’s loved having her brothers home!

They stayed at the hotel with Mugga and Grandma on Saturday night and she missed them then, too. I heard her call out from her room, “Bring da boys home!” before she collapsed in exhaustion and we never heard another peep til morning:)

And while big brothers are being occupied at vacation bible school, Eliana is being potty-trained! Oh, yes, you read that right. It should be alternately stated: Eliana’s mommy is crazy! Everyone keeps telling me how easy it is to potty train girls and they can be trained so early and blah, blah. I have been putting it off because of the nightmare of potty training my sweet Z-man (sorry, buddy!) but she has shown so many signs of being ready lately, including not being able to keep a stitch of her clothing on when in bed (!!!) that I knew it was time.

We ran to the store to grab a little pack of M&Ms and stickers and headed home to begin. She whipped off her diaper so fast it wasn’t even funny! Or it was:) We started out with some Minnie Mouse underwear and she plopped down on her little Ikea potty to watch some Sesame Street, in hopes of earning her 2 M&Ms.

Within a half an hour we had success! I made a big deal out of it and gave her the M&Ms, a sticker on a little chart (which she got to put on) and was SO excited! And then it went downhill. She sat on and off for awhile and then went and peed all over the floor. Then, by the time it was time to go pick up the boys, she was in melt-down mode and refusing to even look at the potty! I almost threw in the towel right then and there.

Now, I know you are not supposed to leave the house when potty training but I needed to get the boys and Ben talked me into making a quick stop to the store to get something. So, I loaded the car with a pad on her carseat, the potty chair, stickers, the M&Ms, the chart, etc. And Eliana, half-dressed. She sat on the potty before we left the parking lot, when we got to the church (didn’t go both times), and right before we walking into the store.

And promptly peed all over the store floor literally 2 minutes later. So back to the car we went and got changed and sat some more and I felt so frustrated! She didn’t nap because she kept stripping herself down to her birthday suit (which is awfully cute!) and threw her diaper across the room. The afternoon consisted of 2 accidents on the floor (including a poop that I didn’t catch in time) and I was feeling SO done!

And then she went twice in a row in the potty. Go figure. We’ll see if I can gear myself up to keep going tomorrow. I really wish there was a manual for this!!!!

Ready or Not!

 Today, the temperature rose 25 degrees from yesterday! All this back and forth must be what caused me to catch such a nasty cold. 80, 50, 60, 87. I wish spring would make up its mind!

Pictures taken by the one and only Samuel Thomas:)

Eliana, as I mentioned yesterday is two. And by two, I mean TWO. She did something today that her brothers never did, as far as I remember anyways. (it is quite possible I blocked it out!) It was something disgusting and disturbing involving diapers and poop. Twice today.

I’m guessing, as much as I am dreading it, that we are getting close to potty training because the little lady of the house doesn’t want to keep her diapers on! It took SO long to potty train a certain son of ours and it was such a nightmare that I am not looking forward to this. I hear that girls are easier and can be trained earlier but that remains to be seen. Maybe I can convince Ben to do the potty training this time! Yeah, that’s a great idea!! I’ll let you know what he thinks about that….:)

Zakkai’s class got to go visit Samuel’s school yesterday, since that is where a lot of them will attend next year. He got to see a couple of the first grade classrooms and chat with the teachers. They have been learning about the school logo and have been getting prepped in all sorts of ways. I am so glad they do that. Zakkai has been chatting away with a couple of the first grade teachers after school when we are waiting for Samuel to come out. It’s very cute to watch him. He has always loved to talk with adults! It will be strange to have both boys in the same school next year but also nice, since they’ll be on the exact same schedule.

But first comes summer and I’m not even quite ready to face that yet. Only 11 more days of school and ready or not, home they come!