I apologize. I know that my last blog post was May 3. This is probably the LONGEST I've ever gone without blogging. Wrapping school up + working a second job + having two kids = you don't blog too much. BUT, you still have mega fun and taking a BILLION pictures. So, I'm going to take awhile here to catch you up on as much as I possibly can. Hold on tight this is going to be a blast of fun and cuteness.
I had the privilege of celebrating my third Mother's Day. Mother's Day is a funny thing to me. I've always honored my mom and grandmas on Mother's Day. I never actually pictured myself as a mother. It was the job I least expected to have. I worked with mothers on a daily basis (coworkers and mothers of the students who I taught). I often remember trying to get street cred with the moms I was surrounded by. I would say things like, "I'm the youngest of three. I get it. I grew up in a daycare. I know what you are talking about." I can only imagine what went through these probably all too polite women's heads as I would utter such ridiculousness. You can't prepare or train to be a mom. You can't even begin to fathom the overwhelming love/joy/panic/frustration/elation/terror/hilarity/exposure to poop/lack of sleep that your life becomes when you become a mom. It's the toughest job I've ever done. It makes me appreciate my mom (she had THREE of us in a short time!) and really all moms out there. I can't even go into my admiration for single moms. Dang. So Baby Waider, don't try to say that you know what's going on with moms because you have a younger brother and two younger cousins. You don't have a clue and you won't until you are there! Best job ever. Super tough. The end.
This Mother's Day the weather was awful. Cold, rainy, and windy. We went bowling. It was okay. Turns out that two year olds don't love waiting for their turn to bowl and there is plenty of dangerous stuff at a bowling ally for them to get into. Not to mention the fact that two year olds are probably the only ones who can mess with the computers that tally bowling scores. I can't get the machine to do anything. The machine hasn't been updated since 1989 but Baby Waider was messing with the machine every second she got. We ate at the bowling ally and the food was TERRIFIC. That evening we caught up on TV shows and spent a rainy evening inside. Baby Waider + Little Brother played and it was pretty much awesome.
|Mother's Day highlights ~My favorite, Benny trying to eat Finn.|
|Adorable Mother's Day shirts|
Mom's Birthday is not typically blog worthy, but this year we went to Old MacDonald's Farm. One of my favorite places to take the kids. There weren't pig races yet, which is totally disappointing, BUT there were a few events that stand out in my mind.
1. Everyone was entertained by the turkeys for what seemed like forever. Mom is TERRIFIED of birds, but I try to keep it in check so as to not pass this odd phobia onto my children. I did pretty well all things considered.
2. As everyone was trying to get into the train to take a ride a chicken FLEW out of one of the cars. Terrifying everyone. Turns out maybe it might not be me that passes on this weird bird fear.
3. Little Brother got to ride his first horse. He liked it.
4. Baby Waider was ATTACKED by goats and still likes them.
Overall the animals at OMF as I call it are aggressive, but for some reason we love going there.
|Mom's birthday song. I think I may have picked the worst picture, but Finn is looking!|
One of our favorite pass times, shopping, actually used to be auntie and I's favorite past time before you were even born. Baby Waider and I have taken several shopping trips with Auntie for various reasons. Mostly we have fun. Auntie loves to buy Baby Waider eccentric accessories and fun outfits. We have a blast shopping with our girls and I imagine that as time goes on that the four of us will continue to have fun finding bargains!
|One time we got really brave and took all four kids shopping! We haven't done that since, but it really did go well. Also as I put this collage together I determined that Baby Waider seriously resembles Elton John.|
Baby Waider has recently been very excited about dinosaurs so when the dinosaur show thingy came to town we really couldn't resist. It was basically robot dinosaurs that moved in place with lots of smoke and fake fire, but both Baby Waider and Little Brother loved it.
|Obviously dad loved it too. Mom was pretty terrified of the number of children running around barefoot because of the bounce houses. There were shoes everywhere. Not cool.|
First Family of Four Camping Trip
Camping was a BIG deal to mom and dad before we had kids. We used to head out and hike and camp and have a blast. We started out tent camping. I made it a few times until I woke up one night in August. It was snowing, we were in the middle of the Snowy Mountains and I was FREEZING. I was shivering and started crying. That next morning I looked at these well rested happy people coming out of a camper and decided that the next time we went camping THAT'S what I would sleep in. Less than a year later we had our camper, which started a whole other series of adventures.
Here we are on the first trip we took with our camper.
Glacier National Park. LOVE!
Dad is well intentioned. That being said he had this beautiful plan where he would put a toddler air mattress on the big bed in the camper and Baby Waider, Little Brother, and an adult would all sleep in the room of the fifth wheel while another adult would sleep in the dinette.He also got the most adorable Hello Kitty sleeping bag that my 9 year old self was completely jealous of. All in all not a bad plan. That would alleviate any problems of Baby Waider being afraid to sleep alone in the main part of the camper. Keep in mind that Baby Waider is used to sleeping alone. Baby Waider is also conditioned to sleep with a vast amount of toys. VAST AMOUNT. Too much and probably out of control. I volunteered to sleep in the dinette.
|Baby Waider's bed at home. TOO MANY TOYS.|
11:01 "Daddy, you need a wipee? You want to hold my baby? Where my purse?"
11:15 "Daddy, where my cell phone? You play with me? Can we weed a stowey?"
11:20 Mom intervenes. Baby Waider is sleeping in the dinette.
11:30 Baby Waider seems stable.Toddler inflatable bed is gone. Hello Kitty Sleeping bag is being used appropriately.
12:00 "MOMMY I WANT TO GO HOME!"
12:05 Dad goes to sleep on the incredibly small and uncomfortable jack knife couch that will soon be replaced next to Baby Waider.
6:15 Little Brother wakes up. Entire family is groggy and grouchy. Talk of selling the camper. Dad goes back to bed.
7:00 Mom and children decide to go to Game Lodge to get coffee.
|Yes he's crawling on concrete, in his pajamas, but everyone on the patio of the Game Lodge was hung over and I was feeling quite similar. The kids had a blast!|
|Who says we needed a two child chariot?|
|Always makes for a good outfit when Baby Waider chooses what she will wear. Here Baby Waider is teaching Little Brother his colors. It was all fun and games until he tried to eat the flower.|
11:00 Harringtons arrive we go to the playground.
11:05 Giant monsoon rains start.
11:15 We go for Pizza by Hermosa.
4:30 Go for a walk and see the Webers! Great surprise and lots of fun walking with them.
After the first couple of rocky days Baby Waider was talked into sleeping in the dinette because Mia was going to camp out with her. It was brilliant. Baby Waider loved the idea of having a sleep over with Mia. Mia loved the idea of sleeping. All in all everyone slept the second night and it was all good!
Despite our less than perfect inaugural run we got some wonderful pictures which leads me to believe that deep down we had a really good time.
|Notice the Hello Kitty pillow. So cool.|
|The buffalo in the upper corner actually ran at a lady who was calling to him. Thankfully the lady was behind the fence. She really made the buffalo mad!|
Well, it is now way too late and I'm still not as far on my updates as I wanted to be. I still have MORE to blog about if you can believe it. Tomorrow I will finish that up. What I'm always disappointed in is the fact that my blogs always focus on the BIG events. Obviously I want to focus on the big things that happen, but this summer has been almost magical. It's just a fact that last summer was kind of a drag. Mom was growing Baby Brother (which by the way she did an awesome job of because he's flourishing and amazing) and had a kidney stone. Not only that, but dad had a broken leg. So I vowed that this summer would be great. I would not be tired and cranky the whole time. We would have FUN! And fun we have had. Dad has had to work much of June, but thanks to Auntie and Lauryn we've been on several fun outings to Bear Country, Reptile Gardens, the park, and many other places. We have a sweet little routine when we don't go places. We play outside, take naps, eat lunch, and play, play, play. I have to say that as mundane and routine as it sounds we are in a groove. I could get used to this stay at home mom thing! Baby Waider constantly makes me laugh and Little Brother is so sweet and cuddly. I have to say that as disastrous as I thought having 2 kids 23 months apart would be I couldn't have been more wrong. It is wonderful and more fun than words can express. Don't get me wrong. The two of you still cry at THE SAME TIME ALWAYS. You both always want to eat at the same time and having to change 4 poopy pants a day is just too much. BUT it really is wonderful. You are the best adventure that mom and dad have been on yet. I am so grateful it is just beginning. Now if we can just slow time down a bit.