It's Almost Summer

It almost feels surreal that it's the kids last week of school. And temperatures have hit triple digits over here, basically sucking any and all motivation out of me on the week when I need it most. I described this week to Ian as the sprint to the finish line at the end of a marathon. It's the last push and I can see the finish line, but it takes so much freaking effort. The kids have been wanting to get in the pool every afternoon, which is extremely understandable with the freaking heat. But Connor says to me yesterday that he only ever remembers me going swimming with him once. Uh...maybe because I've yet to go in this year. Which, of course, I drug my butt in the pool yesterday to prove that I can swim! But seriously, I went with them so many times last summer and before we had a pool, I was always in the pool with them when we had swimming play dates at other people's houses. Selective memory, I guess.

But seriously, why is it so freaking hot on like the busiest school week of the year?! Oh well. I will power through. And will possibly linger longer than I normally do in the kids AIR CONDITIONED classrooms, because I am so cheap that we all drip with sweat in our own house. But yay for school almost being done. On Friday I don't have to set an alarm and I am so freaking excited about that...and crossing my fingers and toes that the kids don't decided to get up at the break of dawn that morning.

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A Day in the Life

I've seen people do "day in the life" posts for years now and never done one. Then, all the sudden the other day I was struck how Isla is almost done with preschool and Connor first grade and life will never be the same. I know, it's always changing. But next year they will be at the same school and there will be a new normal, so I decided to document this one. 

Friday, May 19, 2017

6:20am - I get up and get ready for the day. Callum woke early too, so came in the bathroom with me until Ian took him. 

7am - I start waking the other kids for breakfast and to get ready. Lately, the kids have been on an oatmeal kick, so that along with oranges was on the menu. 

^^ Callum playing while I was getting everyone ready to leave.

8:05am - We leave on the school run. On days Isla doesn't have school, we walk. We start off taking Connor to school. We all get out of the car and walk him to his classroom. Then back to the car and through the carwash before dropping Isla off...we have time to kill between the two drop offs, so I always hit up the carwash. 

9am - Drop Isla off at preschool. Since it was Friday, it was show and tell day. Isla tends to figure out how she can sneak in as many things as possible in one go. She put her glow stick necklace on her bear so she could bring both. 

9:15am - Callum and I got home from dropping Isla off. I put Callum down for a nap. Did the dishes, started some laundry, then sat down to conquer some four friends market stuff...think thank you cards for the vendors, posting on social media, etc. 

11:15am - Callum woke up and got a snack before we had to head out to pick up Isla at noon. 

12:30pm - Isla gets done with preschool at noon, but always likes playing on the playground a bit before heading home. I made lunch for the kids and I, then it was playtime (and a little cleaning time) until we headed to get Connor. 

^^ Callum's room has a baby gate on it, so I have a safe place to leave him when I am trying to clean upstairs and can't constantly be monitoring him. 

2:25pm - We walk to get Connor from school. I stayed and chatted with his teacher for a bit. Then we went to the office and grabbed a "tooth necklace" from the front office ladies for him because his tooth was about to fall out and he was bummed it wouldn't happen at happened the next morning. Then we headed home. 

3:15pm - We got home and I gave Connor some downtime because I thought he was going to have a baseball game that evening. About 15 minutes before we had to leave for his game, the coach called and told us his game was cancelled, so we decided to head out and do something fun. 

^^ Said wiggly tooth

5:30pm - We headed out and picked up dinner at Poke Bowl. Then, we went to the mall and let the kids do a build a bear. They both not-so-shockingly picked pikachu. Who knew build a bear even had that sort of thing?!

7pm - On our way home from build a bear, we stopped at a park to play for an hour. The kids ran around, swung and played pokemon together...because, somehow these days, everything turns toward pokemon. 

8:15pm - We got home and worked on getting some tired, sweaty kids into bed!

One thing I would like to note is it has been a while since we have done a bunch of fun things in one evening as a family and I really enjoyed it. It made me realize how we really need to get out and do stuff like that more often. Of course, now that baseball season is over and school is almost out, I am sure we will have more time to do those sorts of things, without worry of bedtimes, homework and games.

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Connor's Half Birthday

Besides Sunday being mother's day, it was another big (cough, cough) day in our house...Connor's half birthday. Remember, it was my brother that so kindly introduced my children to half birthdays, a detail I won't soon forget!

For Connor's half birthday, I went along with the same thing I did for Isla - one small toy and one fun candy. I got Connor a kit that you break apart and look for stones in. It was cool and the kids really liked it, but I think all three of us were a bit disappointed that there was only one stone in the whole bar. The packaging makes it seem like there are three. Oh well, I was duped. Connor loved his candy. Isla cried the whole time he was eating it because he wasn't sharing with her and it wasn't "fair". The whole thing was rather entertaining.

I also gave Connor half of a birthday card. Since last time Isla didn't realize I cut the card in half, this time I cut the card in half lengthwise, making it more obvious. When Connor realized the card was cut in half, he got a kick out of it. It was cute seeing his reaction.

All day long, Connor reminded people it was his half birthday. These little things like this really are fun to celebrate.

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Mother's Day Tea Party with Isla

^^ All the moms were given a flower clip to put in their hair before entering the tea. Isla stole my flower at the first opportunity. 

^^ She looks overjoyed singing her mother's day song, haha!

^^ With her friends (from left) Becca, Aubrella, Aubrey, Ally and Isla.

On Friday, I had a last with Isla...cue all the tears. My last mother's day tea party with Isla. I have loved these since Connor started preschool. They are just such a fun and special time with each kid. And Isla has been with these teachers for the past two years, since we decided to skip transitional kindergarten and have her do pre-k again, and we opted for the same teachers the second year. So it is a bit of a tough goodbye. But back to the mother's day tea. It was an under the sea theme. The kids sang a song, then joined us at the tables. They made the most adorable canvas, that is currently perched on our mantle. I love it so much. I think it may be my favorite mother's day craft yet, though I do still have all of them from preschool still displayed around our house (five in total). 

Seating at the tea was assigned, and Isla and I were with the group of girls pictured above and their moms. It was such a fun table. We were laughing about how we were grubbing out on the food and every other table was barely eating anything. It really was a fun group. I know Isla is going to be sad, not having any of these girls at school with her next year. But she is super excited that one of the boys in her class with be at kindergarten with her and she talks about it and tells people all the time. It's really cute. 

Now that I think about it, I really am glad I got this special time with Isla because all our mother's day plans were derailed when not only did Ian get the flu, but so did my poor mom that came into tow for mother's day. Even if we didn't get to go all out celebrating, I am still so thankful for my title as mom. It is probably one of my most coveted titles I have. It means the world to me and the kids that call me it mean more than the world to me.   

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Connecting with Your Kids

I feel like I've hit this weird point in parenting. Gone are the days when I had endless time on my hands. When we would spend thoughtful time in various rooms of the house throughout the day. When we would have epic reading sessions, build amazing train tracks or play with the duplos on the front porch. Sometimes I feel like I'm on a moving train that I can't get off of. Get up, make breakfast, dress kids, get out the door, school drop off, grocery store, school pick up #1, home for lunch, school pick up #2, homework, naptime for Callum, prep dinner, and on and on and on. The easy connections I once had with my kids aren't so easy. And I'm not even what I would consider a busy mom compared to many.

Anyway, sometimes when someone is having a meltdown or things just aren't going how they should, I find some connection time to work like a charm. No need for discipline (yes, I realize there is definitely a place for discipline). Grab a book and cuddle up together for a few minutes. Or maybe have a coloring session together. Or work on a fun craft. Anything to press reset. And, you know what's amazing? After all is calm, you can actually address the issue that happened prior with complete calmness for both you and your child.

If only connection time would work for a tired toddler at an older sibling's baseball game! I guess you can't win em all.

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Time Flies

1 week

5 months

8 months

16.5 months

I think we all get just how quickly time passes. How each moment is fleeting and gone before you know it. But kids really seem to magnify this fact and make me mourn the passing days more than leaving behind my own youth.

After taking a picture of Callum on his changing table the other day, I decided to go in search of a few others from the changing table. Look how little tiny Callum was! Oh the newborn squish. I love it. I got a bit of a chuckle that these pictures were taken in three different rooms - our room at our old house, then our room again at our new house, then Callum upgraded to his own room. Also, that striped romper Callum is wearing in his 8 month picture, I totally squeezed on him the other day. It was a bit small on him, but believe it or not, it was harder to get over his head then snap lengthwise. The kid's head is growing, what can I say?!

This cheeky kid, he certainly isn't easy to change like he was as a newborn. And he's full of cheeky personality...and exploration. His new party trick is climbing on any table he can find. And that's how he did a face plant at someone's house a week ago and ended up with quite the scraped up face. Then people question me like I beat him or something. That always makes me chuckle...people questioning every scrape and bruise a toddler has. I mean, HELLO, have you watched the crazy daredevils play?! Of course they are going to get hurt!

I don't know where I am going with all this. It all started with a cute Callum on a changing table, so I'll end on that thought too.

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When Your Sister...

When your sister colors all over your face (and scalp!), then tries to pass it off as you. Nice try Isla, but Callum's skills aren't that good yet. One does have to wonder how she got him to just stand there while she did that. I mean, she was even able to use multiple colors. And poor Callum got a double whammy from Isla, because when she saw me scrubbing his face, she wanted to help! It was bad enough that I had to scrub until he wouldn't tolerate it anymore, fed him a popsicle, then scrub again. 

On the plus side, Isla now knows not to color on peoples faces. Are my kids the only kids that do random things then say, "You never told me not to?!" I always think, I never thought I would have to tell you not to...insert the craziest things you would never imagine having to tell someone NOT to do. The struggle is real people. 

^^ Can we all take a moment to laugh about the look on Callum's face in this picture?! That truly is how he felt about the whole situation. Poor kid got the raw end of the deal. 

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