Is it possible…

That I had almost forgotten just what sleep deprivation can do to you? The last 6 months has been fairly good in terms of the kids sleep patterns.  A few rouge nights here and there but our sleep (even if we are struggling with it personally) has been pretty uninterrupted.

Until the last week. We’ve had Ruby in our bed at least 3 times, Tommy twice and then last night, I was woken every 1/2 hour by Ruby I think she’s having those night terrors that show up around 2, then I got booted from MY bed by Tommy who was also having nightmares! I was BTW dreaming that Ruben and I were vacationing in Paris. So much for that, the couch is definitely is not the French countryside. It’s a lumpy couch.

This all has totally made me realize I SOOOO DO NOT WANT ANOTHER BABY!

melissa - August 30, 2011 - 4:53 pm

just one more…ha, ha. my guys are still having the hardest time going to sleep before 9 and it has been so hard trying to get ella up in the morning and out the door. i’m hoping by tonight they will just be so exhausted they will just crash.

Stupid Fish.

Here are the boys after they won their first THREE fish.  They went back and won 2 more.  Tommy named his fish Gregg, he was the only silver one of the bunch.  He was the best eater.  Yesterday, I had to flush Gregg.

Poor Gregg, He had a short life. But he was well fed!

Mom - August 25, 2011 - 4:07 pm

Oh My!

So sorry to hear about Gregg. I guess if you flushed him there was no funeral that we missed.

I’m thinking the other fishies days are numbered.

Have you ever seen a Zdonk?

Neither had I, until we went to Zoomars in San Juan Capistrano.  It’s like a little animal farm and a petting zoo.  The kids had a blast, they got to hold bunnies, guinea pigs and pet the goats.  Well they actually ran from them as the goats tried to eat their fingers and shirts.  Tommy did a little mining for treasure and while he did that, the others checked out the Zdonks.  Apparently they are a cross between a Donkey and a Zebra.  Kinda weird.  Didn’t really seem totally right to me, but they looked pretty cool.  Ruby is still talking about the bunnies and horses.  They REALLY want a pet, I suppose at some point we’ll have to give in.  We did get some goldfish at a little family fun day for soccer.  Gross. I don’t really like fish, the kids love them.  Stupid fish.

 

This is how I will always remember him.

Every one of my kids is “stuck” at a certain age for me.  Tommy will always be 5, Lucas will always be 3, Ruby will probably always be a baby and Eli, well I’d like to trap him right now, in time.  I don’t want him to grow any older.  Even with all the challenges, scraped up knees and crazy tantrums I think he is perfect at 4.  I remember watching that movie Father of the Bride before I had kids and well, I kinda didn’t get it when he was looking at his grown daughter across the table and as she was talking, he  saw her as a little girl.

Now I do.

He is perfect just like this.  No shirt (as always). Messy hair, but just look at that brown skin, and those golden locks.  Would you ever want him to grow up?

Being a mom is the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life, a lot of people don’t get it when I tell them that.  I should feel so perfectly happy all the time with the little blessings that have been given to me but it’s not always that easy.

I guess that’s one of the reasons I love taking pictures.  I can look at times like this, and remember that even though I had a BAD day, the kids were driving me crazy and I had sno-cone all over my hands, that there are still those little moments to treasure.

 

melissa - August 23, 2011 - 5:33 am

totally feel the same way about julian. he stomps his foot at me and i get so frustrated but within the next five minutes he is perfect…giving me the sweetest little smile.

Rad A-Frame tent.

Yesterday a friend of mine and I set out to make these super cute A-Frame tents I found over at Cakies.  You can find the entire tutorial over there!

It was surprisingly successful, given that I DO NOT SEW OR IRON and I had to do both for this project.  Granted it was only 3 seams and a little elastic to attach, but that is not an easy feat for me.  We ended up having some trouble with my machine, the bobbin was not cooperating (that MUST be why I can’t sew, ya, that’s it!) but we managed to get it running long enough to get the project done.

The kids were actually a huge help, and didn’t fight too much (well, HER kids didn’t fight) I can’t really say the same for the younger two boys who eventually were banished to their bedrooms only to have Eli crash out on the floor, poor kid he was just tired.

Tommy has been bugging me all last night and all this morning to go to the fabric store because he wants to sew more stuff.  A dress for his sister, PJs for his brothers.  It’s really sweet and I like that he’s interested in it, maybe HE can be the one who sews in this house!

It was also really, really nice to have some genuine, (and I’m talking more than a 10 second chat with the neighbor as I’m running off to chase Ruby) adult conversation.  That’s been lacking way too much the past couple of months.  It’s funny because we “took the summer off” from any sports or school activities and I guess I didn’t realize how much socialization I got during the drop-off/pick up times as well as the times we sit at the field for practice.  I’m kinda a loner so I like having time without having to talk with anyone, but this summer has been a little much, even for me.

Anyway, enjoy the pix and if you get a chance you can check out my friends blog she’s super creative, an amazing seamstress and always has fun ideas of things to make with and for the kiddos.

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melissa - August 18, 2011 - 6:09 am

I love that Tommy wants to sew…seriously way cute. We had so much fun!

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