After rain comes sunshine!!!

After the appointment, I am completely drained. Driving home after an entire day at the hospital with our young daughter yet again in a bed hooked up to IVs, is like a fog. The baby boy sure hated the experience as well. But with no childcare available I had to bring him. What an absolutely exhausting experience. Entering the freeway I’m pretty sure I hit an innocent squirrel- just pile it on right (I really really hope I didn’t but am afraid I did).

This whole winter/early spring has really not been the best, as far as springs go. I have had better starts of years…
I know I’m an incredible lucky and blessed person so I try to look at the positives, and look forward. I really am!

My brother comes to visit in late spring with his family and his brand new baby boy (first time auntie over here holla!!!) and makes it to my littlest’s first Birthday party. We have a ton of fun, I haven’t seen my brother in so long and to see him as a dad is truly special. I have a busy schedule during the weekdays with my kids but we manage to meet up with my brother and sister in law for dinner everyday. We also grab the occasional coffe or lunch and make a couple impromptu shopping trips. We cook together, drink wine on the patio, share stories, splash in the pool and enjoy the kids-the sweetest little cousins!

Since my three kids all have birthdays in a row-the spring pretty much disappeared in some semi-chaotic (but totally fun) party planning and execution!

Our baby boy gets a big jungle celebration (just like his brother did when he turned one) with jungle music, decorations, cakes, cupcakes and fun gift bags! We have a bouncy castle, yummy sandwiches and tons of snacks…and bubbles…plenty of bubbles. Our baby loves himself some bubbles after all (second to food only). I can’t believe he is one, how did this happen? Stop robbing me of precious baby time already (why do the years get shorter not only the older you get but apparently the more kiddos you have?).

Our princess just wanted her birthday with family, a low key day playing with her new toys (first barbie and first lipgloss-did I mention the years are rolling by way too rapidly) and then dinner, ice cream and balloon animals (flower) at her favorite restaurant. Only three years ago, I was terrified that she would be okay and just look at her now! A smarter, more charismatic, pretty, little decisive three-nager you may never see!! The following day is a Minnie Mouse theme day, spent with grandparents and a BBQ and princess cake very fitting for our very special sassy girl!

Our big boy is turning 6 (did I mentioned somebody messed with the time..turning the dial onto rapid…I know I did and I know it’s cliche BUT how IS he six?). He has requested a “creepy crawler” party and the NAT (Natural History) museum gets to host us and 12 of his classmates plus six other friends and a handful of siblings. All these kinder kids were so great for about 30 of the 45 minutes planned lecture about lizards and snakes but then they decided (apparently telepathically) to hit the dessert table, run into the projector screen, and draw on the white board-all at the same time. No worries though, after a dessert break (having dessert before sandwiches) we got to pet some live (gasp) animals, play some games (competed crawling in snakeskin anyone!?). Then we sang for and had cake/s with the lucky six year old. Excitedly he told us after the party that he made “a new awesome best friend”. Thinking it was a classmate we asked him whom this might be as he proudly announced that it was the museum employee that had helped with the party!

Summer is fast approaching (what happened to spring? But as I said the winter months leading up to spring were arguably sucky…I will share but am just not quite there yet…) so moving on feels now kinda great!

We have some graduations coming up after all our birthdays! And then our summer can officially start!!

First comes Halloween…

But of course I do- expose myself and my son to that “school drop off car line” again…but not for a very, very long time.

At first drop offs are back to finding an extremely limited spot insanely early in the school’s back parking lot. Sit and wait for what seems like an eternity while at least two out of three kids are screaming their little heads off, while trying to read e-mails and leave important voicemails (no one is answering their phone at this hour and honestly I wouldn’t have been able to hear them if they did), and let’s “face” it; checking Facebook!
Then march in (usually) extreme heat (always worse at pick up) or pouring rain (by the end of the year) with a very specific and demanding kindergartener in one hand, a hungry (always) baby bouncing (getting heavier and heavier) in the carrier and a tantruming (more often than not) two year old in the other hand. Following the exact same procedure at pick up (except then we are also stuck and kept from leaving the school until all the cars in the car line disappear…a good 30-40 minutes later…(not kidding, wish I was).

This has now become our daily routine and even though we don’t have much of a Fall per say here, the leaves do change colors and it slowly gets a little colder-at least at night.

Halloween creeps up on us way too fast and I can’t believe my son has been in school this long already. This is his absolute favorite holiday and as soon as October is here, he starts talking pumpkins, bouncy houses, candy and ghosts. The highlight is of course the dressing up in costume part! Since his school won’t let you do that, it’s up to me to figure out what to do for Halloween and where to take the kids trick or treating!

I offered to take pictures at my son’s kindergarten class school party! Like mentioned, they are not allowed to dress up or have candy but it is surprisingly festive anyways. The kids are so darn cute (hate people under 65 who say that, or even worse; “they are so daaarling”) but they are. Trusting and sweet and so excited to do their little poses for the camera and show off their art work and their classroom. You just get the feeling that these genuine traits disappear more and more the oldest they get and it’s almost like you can’t think too much about it, or you’ll get really, really sad.

We go to a neighborhood Halloween party at the clubhouse (which surprises me as well with how great it is-nothing like the summer BBQ fiasco where a bunch of old people ate really bad food and nobody was dancing to the poor live band, which was actually quite good). This even had a ghost house, a picture kiosk, a bouncy house, a costume contest (as well as a golf cart contest) and lots of treats and goodies! We were just excited to be able to go as the “Disney Family” and entered the contest as such!

I was just really excited to provide my oldest with some real Halloween fun IN costume but of course all he wanted to do was going door to door actually trick or treating. Something our neighborhood apparently does NOT do…

Thankfully we could rely on good friends living in an awesome trick or treat friendly neighborhood!

While my son got his fun, running ahead with his little friends, our little ones were both scared and exhausted, neither wanting to be in the stroller. It was worth it in the end though with all the candy we got (soo stealing the peanut M&Ms).
We did donate most of it to the troops a day later even if our son just tried to give away the candy he didn’t like-and you know the candy that wasn’t candy… like fruit, gold fish and Rice Krispie treats… (so proud).

The highlight of our Halloween however was this grand party that I randomly got invited to. Thank mommy, family- except that is not exactly true. It’s baby boy that we all should thank!!! He totally got us all invited!!

This sweet mom from our oldest’s school invited us to the best costume party ever, solely based on loving our youngest! His smiles and his flirting got us a really fun night! Everyone from Donald Duck, to Goofy, to the two Minnies and the littlest Mickey Mouse had an amazing time. The family hosting the party’s house was seriously a massive mansion you only see in the movies and from the valet parking, to the hired magician, to the craft table, the good food (OMG the food), to the dance floor and DJ, it’s fair to say we never wanted to leave. Even our little (ice) princess had a lovely time dancing and giggling dressed up as her favorite character! Overall a great first Halloween at our new location with all our babies!

Once Halloween is here, it’s like you blink and then it’s Thanksgiving and Christmas- seriously the Fall disappears in a fog of holidays and I’m always left wanting time to stop, or at least slow down enough so we can enjoy it more…

I wish Christmas would go as well as Halloween, our oldest wakes up with 104 fever on Christmas Eve (the day we celebrate), our daughter wakes up in the foulest mood ever, the baby will not stop nursing and the stove top stops working-and we’re (I’m) hosting Christmas this year (for the first year ever) for the entire extended family…

 

 

Nauseaus insurance apt and fun movie night at the park!!

It’s not that I’m nervous, because I’m not anymore (no, really!). I’m feeling physically nauseous, the room is actually spinning. I had a mommy-son date day with my 4 year old this morning (eh noo I wasn’t drinking). It was great fun as we watched a movie and then grabbed lunch and did some book shopping, but maybe that was the problem 9not the books). I didn’t really have breakfast and all those popcorn before lunch. Anyways there are about five minutes before the stern (rude) insurance lady is due (no doubt she will be right on time if not early) and my stomach is doing backflips. I look so pale (with a weird shade of green) as I look in the mirror trying to decide if I have to throw up. So typical, either I’m coming down with something or it was those darn popcorn and then lunch on top of it- way to plan when I knew I had this important meeting. Now I’m not even nervous about answering the stupid questions (do you hang glide, skydive, parachute out of jet planes on a regular basis?) but about not getting good lab results because of how I’m feeling lightheaded and faint.

Baby girl refuses to go with nanny (and when I say refuse…I mean refuse) so I have to get blood drawn, answer questions and pee, all with her on my arm. She (not baby) also checks my heart rate, elliptical is extra fun the way I’m feeling!, and of course blood pressure. She is at least not telling me to go check myself in to a hospital right away and I do make it until the end. Only 7-10 days until we get the results back. No biggie!

So that weekend, the one before school starts we go to the very last “movies at the park” before summer ends. What a great initiative for our community to get people together for some (free!!) fun for kids and adults! There is face painting, balloon animals, popcorn and hotdogs. We have packed our own picnic and brought blankets and pillows. This was going to be a great family night! We are catching a “penguin movie” and our big boy sure is excited! Baby girl is not sure what is going on, she is just happy to be hanging out with her whole family…and then there are the bouncy houses! Why oh why did we ever decide that it was okay for her to try jumping in one?. We probably thought she would bounce with her brother for a while and then move on to the next activity without any fuss. Gosh were we wrong about this strong willed little one. She can be kind of feisty at times and as she looooved to bounce, there was no stopping her!

When we first let her jump, we had the whole bouncer to ourselves. She was alone in there with her brother (and we stupidly thought he would be the bigger problem). Once other kids started to climb in we immediately decided to take her out… Except she clearly had other plans. She refused to come even close to us as we awkwardly reached for her in the slim opening of the bouncer, she just giggled and kept bouncing. She is way to young, I kept thinking, she will get hurt. As her big brother and two other older kids were jumping she would just fly around in there, laughing but seconds- according to paranoid mommy- from getting seriously hurt. I begged the other kids to stop bouncing just for a moment so we could get in there and grab her. What a buzz kill! I let daddy do the honer and he did catch her but her disappointment was huge. She was livid, screaming and kicking us, waving her little arms, throwing her head back in protest “whyyyy?? Would you do that to me” she seemed to be yelling (and let me tell you she was yelling) “that was sooo much fun!!!”

Well, the night, although fun overall kind of went downhill from there. Princess is crazy focused on those bouncy houses and won’t let it go (she actually escapes us both once almost making it all the way in!). Our son has a major meltdown because first he wants his face painted like a dinosaur (T-Rex duh!) and then well…he doesn’t. Daddy gets his boy a balloon animal but not his girl – that didn’t go over well…lets just say he had to stand in line all over again…for almost an hour…missing the start of the movie…oh and also his food got cold!

Speaking of food, as we dig out our picnic from the cooler someone forgot the potatoes (mama is not happy) and someone forgot his favorite pillow (ahhh). As the movie starts, little girl thinks it’s okay walking around socializing. Surprisingly it’s NOT okay with most people trying to watch the movie in quiet with their families. She screams however when I try to haul her back to our blanket- we didn’t bring lawn chairs because the website clearly states “no lawn chairs”…of course everyone brought lawn chairs. And here I was under the delusion that she would cuddle up and sleep in my arms since hello! It’s way past her bedtime. I was even ready to offer up some nursing, I brought the cover (which she hates) and everything. She just keeps biting me with an evil laugh and off she goes. Nobody is enjoying her antics so I leave dad and son to watch the movie in peace while I take her for a walk. Except it’s pitch black anywhere that’s not lit up by the giant screen and I can’t even see where I’m walking.

The walking does not put this little independent diva to sleep, she wants to WALK! So we walk around and around and then we nurse in the park bathroom, at least the lights are on in here. Until they are NOT. It is darker than outside if possible and I hear people leaving, hoping that we are not locked in here for good and that in that case people will start looking for us…eventually…

I find my way out following the walls while holding the now sleepy little madam AND we find our way back to the correct blanket and the rest of our family. Puh! That was not easy let me tell you!

As soon as I settle in with baby girl, my husband’s arm around us and our boy in between us, something happens and the huge blow up screen falls apart, slumping like a sad popped balloon. Maybe it’s time to leave now (we gave it our best effort after all) we suggest this to our son. He gets so upset it’s not even worth getting up, so we sink back down again only to quiet him down. Problem is…

Little lady is yet again wide awake because all of the drama…

Another walk around, shorter this time because frankly the park in the dark away from all the people is not that tempting. Luckily little man announces after about ten more minutes that his little sister is now scared of the movie!

And that is that folks! Summer movie fun at the park!

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