Halloween

Because I knew that we would be in Seattle for vacation limiting my prep time a bit, I encouraged the kids to pick a costume for Halloween that didn’t need as much in order to be done. We ended up with two firefighters and a princess (was going to be a fairy princess but G decided as we got ready to go out that the wings were a no-go that night). E said for the longest time he wanted to be a prince but at the last minute decided to be a firefighter just like J. (Good thing I kinda knew this would happen and made him a fire truck as well!) It ended up being a fun night filled with lots of walking- we walked all the way to my parents house to surprise them! (far for kids, but not for adults- roughly 2 miles)

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The beginning of the end

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It is the beginning (gathering of supplies) of the end of diapers in this household! I can not believe that Miss G is old enough to start potty training. She has been showing signs of readiness so we are going to dive in again into the whole training program. I have been told numerous times that it clicks faster for girls so I am hopeful. G is almost a year younger than the boys were when they showed this many signs of being ready. So I may drop off again as we face this new step…but hey this time I know, when I am done, I am done for good! Crazy how fast the time has flown.

Kids need it too

I recently read an article in a running magazine that I loved as a PE major but also had things I had never thought about before. It was about fighting childhood obesity through running. One point that specifically stood out to me was that most kids have never seen their parents exercise. Parents tend to go when kids are asleep, at school, or being watched by someone else.
While I am no different most of the time, I have also made an effort to include my kids too. For example when I was getting ready to leave for morning jog J decided he wanted to “go running” too. With that article in mind, I decided to put aside my own plan and made it a fun run with J. And he was so proud that he was exercising.
I also wanted to avoid cartoons a little bit longer last night, so I looked at our on-demand exercise tv section. I did a dance one with the kids-which resulted in lots of giggles. I also found a kids section. So the boys did some yoga…

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J really liked doing it-requesting it over and over. E did it maybe 3 times before his attention was elsewhere. And G was just hanging out with me (teething like crazy on an apple).
I am trying to instill the fun of exercising with my kids. I am hoping they don’t dread running like I do did.

You know it’s bad when they ask to go to the doctor

Our poor E has been miserable today. He is grabbing his ear and whimpering and crying if you even ask him how he is feeling. E also has been sucking his thumb with a vengeance (he had actually stopped for a while now but is relapsed). He doesn’t have a fever though so it is throwing me for a loop. He even came up to me this afternoon, after not eating lunch, and asked if I could take him to the doctor to make his ear stop hurting. Poor thing. And now at 2:45 he is passed out, taking a nap in the middle of the living room floor.
So we go into the doctor today at 5 to hopefully get some answers. If it is an ear infection though, I am nervous as last time he had an adverse reaction to the antibiotics they have him. So we will see…

Update: I was right. E had an infection in his left ear. He is on antibiotics for the next 5 days (and Kaiser is awesome in that regard-they have it in their database that E had a bad reaction to common stuff so prescribed other stuff right away without me worrying about it!). E seemed better tonight with first dose of antibiotics and ibuprofen for the pain. I am just glad we were able to catch it early.

Protect yourselves from the sun

The past few days have been pretty hot (104*Friday, 108*Saturday, and a cool off to 91*today). So we have gotten back into the sunscreen before outside play routine (we tend to fall out of it during winter).
Since today was not quite as hot as previous two days, I took the opportunity to weed a little bit in our backyard. Well, as I came back to the patio from the sideyard, this is what I discovered…

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So evidently I need to put the sunscreen bottle up out of reach after slathering up the kiddos.

Past few weeks in pictures

It has been a bit crazy the past two weeks. We went onto overdrive in packing, cleaning new place, moving, unpacking, and cleaning old place. But it has been so worth it.

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This was in Target where J said “thank you, thank you Mom! I love my new vacuum!”. He has made claim to it and has used it every chance he can. Hopefully that feeling sticks around. 😉

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Kids and I took a break from packing one afternoon for some water fun.

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E has discovered that he loves to collect rolly polly bugs. He gathers so many in his hand-he easily had 20 pollies in his hand at one point!

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J had his last games of tball season and even got to play catcher. He was so excited!

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And finally, these are the effects of a bigger house. All three kids have been running around more, playing outside more, and falling asleep sooner. It has been wonderful.
So until next time….

Teething is like child birth

Most women remember certain details of both but tend to block out or forget most of the pain.
This week is the week I forgot how bad teething can get. I don’t remember the boys being all that bad with teething. J woke up during the night crying and wanting cuddles when he teethed his molars. I, honestly, don’t remember any difference in E with any of his teeth-maybe just a cranky day but no distinct difference. Well…..G is way, way different. She went from this smiling happy girl:

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To this:

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Inconsolable crying. Rolling away from any cuddle or contact. Fingers in her mouth trying to make her gums feel better.
There are happy moments but any little thing can change that in a second. She trips over the dog who has been laying on the same spot for the past hour-her smile turns to

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So we will be roughing it through this week….and then forgeting how bad it all was…until the next set comes in 😉