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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Warms a mommy’s heart

Today, I got to see the joy spread over my boys faces as they got ready to go on a fishing trip with their daddy. Clothes were changed faster than ever. Non stop talking in excitement. And smiles that spread across their entire face as they kiss me goodbye and climb into the truck. So precious and heart warming.
And….well I had only one child to drag around got one on one time with Miss G as we went shopping for Easter basket/egg filler.

Frustrated

So I haven’t been able to post lately due to our stupid internet. It has been spotty at best which is even more frustrating with how much we pay each month for it. That being said, when we figure out how to get it stable, I will catch up on school and life stuff.
But here is a sneak peek:

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And a couple cute pictures of the growing-too-fast-kiddos:

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Sweet moments

With all the emotion of house hunting right now, sometimes I have to remind myself to step back and forget all that. I have to just enjoy the sweet moments that are in my present.

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A day at the park filled with smiles.

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All three kiddos wrestling, tickling, and laughing with each other.

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A special moment between brothers.

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And a chocolate pudding face taking a bath.

G is for gorilla (and a trip to the zoo)

We started out our new week with a trip to the zoo. We stopped by the gorillas and talked about how gorillas are the same as us and how they are different.

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The boys loved watching the toddler gorilla(about 2 years old-we saw him as tiny baby when we came when E was 2months old!). The little gorilla would take a handful of dirt and throw it at the dad gorilla to entice him to play. Most of the time the elder seemed to just ignore the little one’s antics, but would occasionally wrestle and tumble with the toddler. It was so similar to our family sometimes when we have a chore to get done but kids nag to play.
We also learned how giraffe starts with a g as well. J noticed right away how long the giraffes’ tongues are when they ate the leaves.

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giraffe picking over rocks at us

And we of course saw many other animals too. Miss G was so good the whole time.

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But no trip with the kids seems complete without a souvenir ride on a train.

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When I least expect it

I had a long day yesterday-it started out good with plans of a park playdate. But trying to get J to understand that he had to wear socks with his shoes to avoid his overwhelmingly stinky feet and that he had to go Potty before we could leave, I ended up dealing with a tantrum. I went to swing J up so I could carry him upstairs, like I usually do, I felt a sharp intense pain in my low back (which for the record I have had problems with on and off since high school). I dropped myself and J onto the landing. I couldn’t move. I ended up making J think it was a game to crawl upstairs to Potty.
Anyways we went to the park as planned and then later went grocery shopping (what?! Hurt back or not we needed food). I thought being active would keep my back loose to hopefully ease pain. It did just that until 6:30p. My back tightened up bad and I was nearly in tears putting kids to bed.So later when I called Husband to tell him I was going to bed, he offered to pick up a heat wrap thing. I wasn’t sure but realized later my back will be beyond tight if I tried to drive to Fresno without one-so I accepted his offer. Now Husband is amazing but romantic gesters are far and few in between. I am not complaining;in fact I kinda like it that way because then when I least expect it, this happens:

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It means more. It means he went out of his way to show how much he cares. I love him 🙂 and so does my back.