Thursday, April 26, 2012

OMG Part 2...

I went shopping today.  Spent just about $200 at BJ's for paper towels, toilet paper, fruit (strawberries and bananas), veggies (potatoes and celery), snacks (rice krispie treats, cookies, and nilla wafers), cereal, chocolate, juice boxes, 4 gallons of milk, 2 gallons of OJ, and waffles.  Doesn't seem like much, but in reality, it filled up my car.  LOL!  Yes, I could have driven to 3 different stores (and BJ's) to save some $$, but I have decided that my time and sanity is well worth a couple of extra dollars.  I mean, I don't get 23 copies of the paper for extra coupons.  And getting a free 1 oz product with a coupon must translate to a similar savings in a 12 oz product, right?  Yes, some things are definitely more economical to get on sale at a grocery store, but I have found that for the products we use on a regular basis (milk, OJ, bread, and juice) are a better deal.   I think I save enough on milk alone to fund some of my other adventures.   I could probably pay for a cow with all of the milk we use.

Now off to get my sicky boys to go to bed early...so I can get some rest.

OMG!

So, I'm a hockey fan.  And a Capitals fan.  And I'm not much for suspense...I hate horror movies and those psychological thrillers.  Really...I will turn off games when they are too close - but only if I am by myself.  I have been known to turn off the Ravens games too. :)  However, the tradition in our house is that Tom and Bryan must watch all playoff games over here - and once we find the correct seating arrangement (and outfits) we stick with them.  Ok, that might just be me.  :)  So here, is our arrangement (pay no mind to the huge spot on the rug - it's due for a cleaning after potty training is complete):


Oh..and last night was the first time that I asked my hubby to watch the kids so I could watch hockey.  It's been a rough week for me, guilt wise.  Not that I should have guilt, but I do.  I blame PMS.  :)  Again, I digress.  So, as I've mentioned, I'm not much for thrillers and suspenseful stuff.  So, what do you suppose happened?  As if the series hasn't been close enough (the first time in history that 6 games have been decided by 1 goal), at the end of regulation, it was 1-1.  So, it was on to OT in Game 7.  It compares to baseball games at the bottom of the 9th, bases loaded, 2 outs, and a full count.  To our surprise, the Caps won.  I think we all were in shock when the puck went in the net.  It was pretty cool!

I honestly don't know if I am happy that they are still in it for the Cup or terrified that I have to watch more.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

I wonder...

PMS has gotten worse.  I have NO patience.  None, not even a little bit.  It's been like this for 2 months - not straight, but 2 months for the week before.  I wonder what's going on.  Hmmm...I guess I need to make an appointment.  Blargh...

I did manage to finish Day 2 of Week 2 of the Couch to 5K program though (so, 5 workouts done).  Today, I ran/walked 1.7 miles (at 17 minutes for each mile).  And I have been doing some extra exercises too.  And my heel is feeling better.  I usually feel ok, but today I am pretty tired.  It might have something to do with being woken up 3 times overnight by some little visitors. Or it could be more PMS.  Oh well...

Gardening is progressing nicely.  Plants are growing and the weather is getting colder (go figure).  I have to break out the camera and take pictures.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

I have nothing useful to share...

This is just the ramblings of a mom of 3 boys.  I don't know anything about raising girls.  I don't know anything about how to raise kids close in age - well unless you count the twins.  I don't know anything about fashion, cooking, cleaning, or couponing - except how it relates to me.  I don't have a lot of life experiences to share since I have lived a very boring, normal life.  I'm not complaining as I quite enjoy it.  I am not really a food critic, traveler, product tester, or photographer.

What do I have?  Humor, sewing skills, the ability to laugh at myself, and self-preservation.  Oh, and good grammar and spelling skills - most times.  Everything else is fudged along the way.

My only hope is to bring humor to someone else's day.  :)

Monday, April 23, 2012

WTF?!?

Even some days, I am off my game.  Hard to believe, I know - me being superwoman and all.  Can you see my eyes rolling?  I have had a rough couple of days and, mostly, I blame PMS.  However, I think I can spread some of the blame around - but I won't...because I'm just that nice.  However, I have learned quite a bit this week:

  • When you think that someone is empty and couldn't possibly poop anymore, think again.
  • When you think that Mother Nature is going to give you a break, think again.
  • Sometimes you just have to go and try something instead of waiting for someone else to help.  
  • Sometimes it better to wait for someone to help.
  • Small plastic toys are no match for two 4 year olds.
  • An 11 year old who claims it's too difficult to remember to write down an assignment, can follow the rules and directions of Minecraft like nobody's business.  
  • A mother of 3 boys (and Network Specialist who can document like nobody's business) has no ability to play Minecraft. 
  • Giving shots to two 4 year olds went much smoother than giving shots to two 2 year olds.
  • K will sleep anywhere, except in his bed.  And he's perfectly comfortable doing so.  
  • Fall Soccer sign up starts in April.  
I'm sure I learned more, but my forgetful brain is full.  



Sunday, April 22, 2012

Oh Blargh...

I don't know if I mentioned it or not, but I really don't like cleaning.  Well, I wouldn't mind it so much if, within 5 minutes of cleaning something, it's messy again.  Thanks to two 4 year olds.  Oh well, I'll get over it.  I'm not the neatest person, I get that.  It's not that I'm messy.  It's more of a disorganization issue.  I straighten up, leaving piles to take to other places, but the piles just never make it to their destination.  I have been getting better with trash though.  LOL!  I don't mean to leave the piles...I am pretty forgetful.  I'll get the house clean one day...maybe after the kids move out.

Update on C25K:
Day 3 done - outside.  It was warm and it was rough.  LOL!  However, I did find my next pair of running shoes...waiting for a sale.  Or maybe I should try on the last model.

Update on Gardening:
Bought some peat to bring up the pH, so we'll see how that goes.  Plants are doing a little better.  We are supposed to get 3 days of rain here, so hopefully the beds will be ready for planting soon.  I'm hoping that the frost is past, but it is Maryland.  :)  I need to find somewhere to plant some asparagus.  It was an impulse buy.  Silly of me, really, but now I have to plant it.  :)

Friday, April 20, 2012

Hurry Up...

I wish I could be confident that we won't have another frost.  That was I would start planting like mad.  However, in Maryland, if you don't like the weather, wait a minute.  Therefore, my patience is tested...

It's been tested in lots of ways, but this gardening thing is really pushing it.  However, I do want a new pair of sandals...http://www.zappos.com/clarks-wave-dash-navy...in raspberry and I will have to wait until I can get to a store that, one, carries them, two, has them on sale, and, three, have the time to actually try them on and not have to chase little boys throughout the shoe store.  The last one might be a good test for the shoes though. :)  

I bought our tomato cages today and some marigolds.  My plants aren't growing very well...I think I need to pull out the lights now.  My plan didn't work as well as I'd hoped.   If I can't get them to grow, I'll have to purchase plants...and I really don't want to do that.  I guess I will have to be more diligent.  :)  Today, they are enjoying a warm sunny day outside.  I was hoping that I could avoid it.  Off to plan...

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Let's be fair...

My complaints of this blog in no way compare to the problems that other people are having (or have had)...this is just the rambling of a parent of multiples.

I think that some places are are not designed to handle multiples (or at least same sex multiples).  My major complaint of the day is about Payless Shoe Store.  Yes, we have purchased shoes from them in the past (and most likely, we will purchase shoes from them in the future).  However, yesterday, they lost our sale - which would have been 4 pairs of shoes.  Why, you ask?  Because they only carry 1 pair of a style in each size.  Now, for parents of single children (or boy/girl twins) this wouldn't be a problem because they would just need 1 pair.  Not me...I need 2 pairs of the same shoe.  Sure, I could just buy a different shoe...but not only did they not have another shoe in the next size up, they only had 1 style that we liked.

Here are some other observances:
  • Babysitting.  Do I need 2 people to watch my twins?  Probably.  And you wonder why I don't go out much.  
  • Going shopping with twins?  Good luck.  Carts can only hold 1 kid in the front and 1 kid in the back.  Unless you are lucky enough to find one of those cars with 2 seats or the Target carts with the seats on the back.  However, how many times have I found the cars with 1 (yes, that's right folks, 1) steering wheel or no working seat belts?
  • Going out to eat?  LOL!  Yeah..not me.  Do you know how tired I am of asking for the kids meals first? I mean, it takes a bit of time to cut up the food for 1 child...try doing it for two - and letting it cool.  And in some cases, try finding 2 high chairs with working seat belts.
  • Have lots of boys?  I'm sorry, but boy clothes are getting uglier.  All I want are 2 different color shirts (preferably blue and green - but I wouldn't mind other boy colors).  I'll be honest, it's really a silly request, but if D has a firetruck on his shirt, K wants one too.  And I really don't want to dress them alike because they aren't identical.  Even then I would want quick recognition.  Apparently, this season the happening fashion is skulls.  Yeah..not so much.  On the flip side, girls clothes take up 2/3rds of toddlers section (shoes included).  
  • And don't even get me started about doctor and dentist appointments.  I have to plan ahead for mine (find babysitters or pick a day when hubby is home).  When one gets sick, the other one is most likely going to get it - which involves making an appointment for both, with 2 co-pays.  And 2 sets of medicine.  Sure, parents with more than child have this too...but our 11 year old can usually escape it because he goes to school and sleeps in a separate room.  
  • LAUNDRY!  I hate laundry.  It is the bane of my existence.   I don't think I need to explain why laundry is a pain with multiples.  
  • Toys.  In our house, we have to have 2 of everything.  In some cases, we just have lots of things - Legos, Trains, etc.  But if K has a ball, D has to have 1 too.  Seems excessive to supply 2 of everything?  You deal with the resulting tantrum.  Sure, we teach our kids to share, but a 2 year hasn't quite mastered that skill yet, but he sure as hell has mastered the screaming skill.  At 4, they are a little better and do share and take turns, but still - they are 4 and patience isn't high on the skill list yet.  
Not that it's all bad.  Having twins is an awesome thing, really.  However, for all of those people who have said "I wish I had had twins", you're nuts.  And I had LOTS of help (and still do).  Of course, for all of the people who have said "I don't know how you do it", my answer is simple.  I didn't know I had a choice.  I didn't have a choice when having them - they weren't planned - so why would I have a choice on how to take care of them.  I love them (and W too).  I wouldn't have changed anything.  I'm lucky to be able to stay home with them and watch them grow and learn.  I'm lucky that they are healthy, happy little boys. I'm lucky that I have help that allows me to escape the house with/without them.  Plus, I get 2 kisses, hugs, pieces of artwork, and smiles every day.  Aside from 1 day in the hospital and 1 day about a year ago, I have been with them every day of their lives.   I love being a Mom of 3 Boys!  :)

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Day 2...DONE!

Just finished Day 2 of Week 1 of C25K.  Screw Plantar Fasciitis!  Darn high arches!  Thank goodness for the frozen water bottle and stretching.  :)  I did find a cool list of APMA-Approved sandals and flip flops.  I'm excited to have sandals (and flip flops) that I CAN wear with my f-ed up feet.  


Also, I have been doing push-ups, squats, and twin presses @ 33 lbs each.  Feeling pretty good.  Starting feeling it in my legs this morning - and my armpits.  My 33 lb weights love helping me exercise too!  

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

One day...

One day, they will listen and understand, right?  Dear Lord, give me the patience to not scream at my kids when I have to tell them 62 times to pick something up, put something down, get dressed, get undressed, be quiet, speak up, share, take turns, do not touch your brother/brother/dog, sit down, stand up, play nicely, and/or play fair.  Like I've said before (and I'll say at least another 100 times), they better be glad they are cute.  Otherwise...all bets are off.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Why the H*#! not?

I have always dreamed of being a runner - hitting the open road running gracefully and being all super fit and all.    Yeah, so I know I won't be able to hit the open road easily and I know I'm not graceful, but why can't I run?  Ok sure, I have bad feet and bad knees...and I haven't had a lot of endurance.  Maybe this running stuff will help with all of that.  This about sums it up for me (thanks 9gag.com):
Source: 9gag.com via Jennifer on Pinterest

 So, today, I started the Couch to 5K program.  Total investment, $1.99 for an App to tell me when to run or walk for the program.  And K-Man joined in the fun, keeping up with me for the 30 minutes.


The funny part is that while we were "cooling down", they were both asking to do push ups. Well, I want to start them on skates soon, so maybe this will help.  :)

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Bad Attitude

I wish my 11 year old would have a better attitude about things.  Not that he's a bad kid, but if he doesn't want to do it, he'll let you know in the form of heavy sighs, complaints, and stomping/dragging of feet.  Now, I totally get that he doesn't like to do chores or homework, so it's not like I expect him to smile while he's doing them.  What hurts is when he complains about helping with his brothers or something that is helpful.  I get it, he's 11 and a boy, but just because I understand, it doesn't make it hurt less.  Unfortunately, his bad attitude is rubbing off on his little brothers.  I spend a lot of time working with them about manners and sharing, and it doesn't take much to create a setback with 4 year olds.  I try to explain that he needs to watch his words and actions around them.  I even explain why it's important to just get things done - even if you don't always enjoy them.  I have even gone as far to as to show that it's twice (if not more) as much work to make up for what isn't done.  He doesn't get it - or he doesn't care.  Either way, I don't know if I will make it through the next 14 years with these 3 boys.  I have a lot of patience, but even I run out and it seems like I am running out more often now.  I should remember him like this:



Now the 4 year olds are totally crazy.  Terrible twos have nothing on the ferocious fours.  At two, they are into everything, but they were just learning and not quite stable for running and jumping.  Now, they are still little sponges (learning everything), but have the balance and vocabulary to carry out the most complicated of plans. And with two of them, teamwork is paramount.  They have it down pat.  Of course, there is the occasional tattling (definitely in my favor), but for the most part, they have the "protect your brother at all times" plan working.  I'm actually scared.  :)  Still, I have a hard time getting mad at them (well, not for long anyways).  I still see them like this:


K


D

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Really?

I think I use this word way too often. I have noticed that I use it a lot in a sarcastic manner when talking to my 11 year old. And, of course, he has learned to use it in turn. I guess it just shows my loss of reality. I figure that people would just do what they are supposed to do. Not that I am perfect by any stretch, but I think my expectations are too low. I expect my kids to eat things that they have eaten 100 times before - without the whining, complaining, or heavy sighs. I expect my kids to do simple things (like brush your teeth, clean up after yourself, or come over here) - without the whining, complaining, or heavy sighs. Yeah, no such luck. I'll have to pick a new word, like blueberries, thank you, or even chug-a-long, just so I can remove it from their vocabulary. While I am at it, I think I need to come up with new words for the following:
no
annoying
spongebob
mommy

Gardening update: I have finished my gardening plan. There are 3 beds and 2 pots (and a tree) that will have lots of different fruits and vegetables (unless you count the fact that I will be growing bell peppers and hot peppers). The plan includes marigolds around the lower beds to help with bugs and bunnies. I will need to go to Joann's and get some mesh to protect some of the berries. Today I will built the 3 foot by 6 foot bed and hopefully get some dirt to fill it. I just need the peppers to start growing or else I am going to be forced to purchase plants.


Here is the garden plan for the year.  The top bed is the one on the hill.  It doesn't get as much direct sun as the others, but it still gets sun.  I'm going to attempt to grow some strawberries, pumpkins, sunflowers, and watermelons up there.  The 4 x 4 bed will have the cucumbers, squash, lettuce, celery, carrots, jalapenos, broccoli, onions, and radishes.  The new 3 x 6 bed will have the tomatoes, bell peppers, jalapenos, lettuce, broccoli, onions, carrots, and radishes.  The 2 containers will have the blueberry bushes and there will be a peach tree somewhere in the side yard.  


I had to send a picture of the saw we were going to use to cut the wood for the new bed to my husband to make sure he knew one of his tools was going to be used.  LOL!  


The new 3 x 6 bed.


The plantlets are enjoying the sunshine and warm weather.

Friday, April 13, 2012

It's really sad...

That I don't want to take these kids anywhere for fear that I will lose all control in public. It's bad enough that I have to chase them around the van...and it's only a minivan. Good news is that I CAN chase them around the van. :) I figure if I am going to spend $$ to have a decent meal, then I should probably be able to enjoy it. Or should I just be happy that I don't have to clean up? It's such a toss up. They don't really eat anything (except Chick Fil A) and I can get that from a drive thru. One day, it won't be a hassle to take them out to a restaurant. Ok, it's not a hassle, but it's not exactly fun either. Especially when they have to use the potty. :)

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Good Morning.

Today's agenda:
Breakfast for all - this includes 3 kids, 1 adult, and 1 dog.
Laundry - down to one load in the dryer.
Dishes - Empty the dishwasher.
Kick one out - The oldest has to catch the bus.
Get Clean - I'm hoping to get a shower today.
Pack Up - Make sure that the little boys are ready for school. Get some stuff I sold ready to go out the door.
Work - I have some actual Work work to do today. Yippee!
Clean Up - Little boys need to get dressed.
Lunch - Little boys need to eat lunch before school.
School - Drop them off.
Lunch - Possibly or I just might eat when they eat.
Work - I love this working on my own schedule thing.
Pick Up - Go get my little boys.
Feed - They will want to eat again
Make Dinner - Start making dinner for tonight.
Homework - Big boy will come home and have homework.
Dinner - Finish making dinner and feed everyone, including some extra people.
Clean Up - Yet again.
HOCKEY! - Playoff Hockey BABY! Caps @ Bruins game #1.
Bedtime #1 - Little boys go to bed.
HOCKEY! - More Hockey!
Bedtime #2 - Big Boy off to bed.
HOCKEY! - More Hockey!
Laundry - Start another load from today.
Dishes - Start dishes.
Bedtime #3 - My bedtime...

Add in playtime, potty breaks, put away laundry, and miscellaneous errands/chores throughout the day and it's another full day here.

Gardening update:
We have some growth and a little mildew/mold. Not sure if that is what preventing the seeds from germinating. It could be longer germinating period or old seeds too.



Herbs are coming right along. Everything but one of the parsley plants are growing.



Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Dentist Appointments Abound and other stuff...

Today was dental visit hell for our little family. Ok, so it was exactly hell - since no one had any cavities or any other major issue - but it wasn't that much fun. K did great! Sat in the chair all by himself, helped the hygenist with his cleaning, and let the dentist count his teeth. :) D, not so much. He made it about half way through the cleaning and decided that he was done. He still let the dentist look at his teeth, but he wasn't happy about it. Then there was W...yeah, let's just say that he's acting like he's learned his lesson about brushing. We'll see.

Then W brings home a permission slip to allow him to participate in Family Life and Human Growth and Development Unit at school. Dear Lord! So I asked him if he knew what it was and he said he did. So, I started reading the description and he stood there with his mouth open. Yeah..he has no clue. I signed it, but I don't think he's mature enough to really grasp what he's about to learn.

Just another day here...

Monday, April 9, 2012

I hate Laundry...

But not nearly as much as I hate Minecraft. W is totally hooked on this silly game and has actually had tantrums over it. Right now, he is trying to get some "mod" installed and is having some issues because he is using a Mac instead of a Windows PC. OMG! I want to beat whoever started this crazy game! ARGH!

Sunday, April 8, 2012

It's Easter!

Happy Easter. It's been a full day and yet, I don't feel like I accomplished anything. I still need to do laundry and dishes, but everyone has been fed and no one was seriously injured. Well, unless you count Grandma and Pop-Pop's sofa - which is now covered in Sprite. Or the bed spread which has some soap spots on it. Both compliments of someone whose name starts with a D. We overstayed our welcome at Grandma's house, so we came home. Which is probably a good thing because it's an early bedtime tonight because no one took a nap.

Was going to go to the Zoo tomorrow, but I don't think I can handle all 3 of them alone. D & K are too much out in public unless I can strap them into a cart. LOL!

Oh well, I'll find something fun to do.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

I decided to look up....

The meanings of our names:
Trevor \t-re-vor\ as a boy's name is pronounced TREV-er. It is of Welsh origin, and the meaning of Trevor is "great settlement".

Jennifer \j(e)-nni-fer\ as a girl's name is pronounced JEN-ee-fer, JEN-if-er. It is of Welsh origin, and the meaning of Jennifer is "fair and smooth". From Gwenhwyfar, which also can mean "white waves".

William \wi(l)-liam\ as a boy's name is pronounced WIL-yum. It is of Old German origin, and the meaning of William is "will helmet, protection". For a long time after the Norman conquest in AD 1066, three out of four English boys were given some form of the conqueror's name, William. Short forms and variants came into being with a common basic meaning of "will", "determined", or "resolute".

Dylan \d(y)-lan\ as a boy's name (also used as girl's name Dylan), is pronounced DIL-an, DUL-an. It is of Welsh origin, and the meaning of Dylan is "son of the sea".

Kieran \ki(e)-ran\ as a boy's name is pronounced KEER-en. It is of Irish and Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Kieran is "black". Name of a saint (sixth century) who was admired for his generosity.

LOL! Not quite - on any of them. Ok, maybe I'm fair and smooth.
Thanks http://www.thinkbabynames.com/

Just another day

I hate saying that phrase, but it does describe our lives right now. I'm not really complaining because it's nice to have "just another day". And while it is quite boring sounding, it's really not. The boys and I are just hanging out, but they are doing more and more. Of course, they have learned some of the more annoying habits from others (not going to say it's just one person because I'm sure I've seen some of mine in there too), but right now they are cute. I'm hoping they grow out of them. LOL!

I mean, D had a minor tantrum after he spilled his cereal (no milk) on the couch, but after a couple of "I can't"s, he stopped and picked it up. And now he's super proud of himself. K is fighting the juice cup, but even he seems to have figured it out. YAY! Wow! They are learning! As do I, everyday. I have learned that the Internet is my friend. Aside from using FB to connect with friends and share my little world, I have found ways to improve my life, house, and garden. Also, Youtube holds all of the wonders in the world. Don't know how to do something? Look on YouTube - someone else has probably already tried it and posted it. :) And Pinterest is full of neat ideas/recipes - some of which I have attempted:



Not to mention the recipes and small craft things...whew! My head is spinning with all of the thing I want to do. But anyways...
Just another day here means that we get to enjoy the day, learn new things, use those new things, try something new, enjoy doing things together, and find ways to make each other happy (or mad, sad, or crazy). That is our life...

Friday, April 6, 2012

Today I was reminded...

How naive I am.
How smart I am.
How insane I am.
How normal I really am.
How much I don't know.
How much I know.
How not cool I am.
What kind of mother I want to be.
What kind of mother I am.
How much I love my kids and family and friends.
How much I am loved.
How much I have forgotten.
How much I remember.
That I don't always know what to say.
That I don't have to say anything.
How much fortunate I am.
How lucky I am.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

So many things, so little time...

First off, having twins has taught me a few things. The most important is patience. I have more patience with them then I ever had with W - EVER! I guess it has a lot to do with them being premature (by 10.5 weeks) or maybe I know I just don't stand a chance against them. Saying that, I have a list of things that I make sure I get done everyday. Wondering what's on my NEED to do list? Well, it's pretty simple: Feed kids, make sure I don't lose any of them, make sure they don't get hurt badly, have fun, dishes, and laundry. Everything else gets done on a different schedule. I like to pretend that there is a schedule, but really, it's more of a "when I get time" plan. I have always had fairly good time management skills. If I need to get something done, I will make the time to do it. If I have errands to run, I plan the best route to get them done in the most efficient way. Not that it always goes that way, but hey, what do you want with 2 toddlers? My problem lately is that I have too many things that I WANT to do. I do the things I NEED to do and what time I have leftover, I split up between the WANT to do list. My WANT to do list has quilting/sewing, gardening, organizing, crafting (scrapbooking, jewelry making, etc), playing FB games, genealogy research, and just plain relaxing. Trying to do a little of everything is too difficult since it takes time to set up most of them. So, what do I do? I used to think I had a pretty good balance going, but then spring arrived and now I want to exercise and run around too. :) Oh well...

Here's an update on the gardening. Things are growing.





Ok, the last one is grass that the little boys planted at Preschool. :)

I mixed some soil for one of the blueberry bushes, but underestimated how much I really needed. LOL!



Plus I think I'm planting a peach tree over here.



And I need plants for our front stoop. Not full sun, but I want something pretty!



Today is egg decorating day too! Trying a new idea from Pinterest.



Here's the idea from Hey Jen Renee:
http://www.heyjenrenee.com/2011/04/kool-eggs.html?m=1

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Just a normal day...

As I sit here listening the kids answer the TV, I've come to realize that my life is seems pretty normal. Having twins isn't normal. Having only 2 kids at home isn't normal - especially when you actually have 3. W is spending some quality time with Grandma and Pop-pop during Spring Break. It's good for him (or at least that's what I'm telling myself). He gets to be the center of attention again. Anywho, I digress...back to normalcy. K had a cold, now D has a cold. That's normal for our house. Knowing how things roll in this house, D will have it 10x worse (and longer) than K. I really need to clean up around here. However, after doing laundry, dishes, and caring for the boys, I find myself needing a break. That seems pretty bad, doesn't it. However, caring for the boys isn't just 1 little task. It's a monumental list of never-ending tasks where no amount of caffeine or sugar helps. The only thing that does help is having my earbuds in with my music playing constantly. It's changing, wiping (butts, noses and faces), picking up, cuddling (not a bad task at all), reading (again, not too bad), feeding, refereeing, games (another not bad task), searching, entertaining, feeding (yes, this happens more than once), finding, potty time, and listening all times 2. Yes, I get that any parent that has 2 kids has to deal with the very same stuff, everyday also. I get it, my life isn't much different than others, but there are things that other parents don't get. Otherwise, why would I get the "I don't know how you do it" statement? Of course, that is, by far, the silliest thing anyone could say to me. How do I do it? Do I have a choice? I do what I do because I have to, just like anyone else who has multiples (or multiple children). In between the running around, I manage to find time to research my family, play Facebook games, quilt, make jewelry, play other games with friends, and sleep. Most days, I can do 1 or 2 fun things, in small amounts. Of course, that is usually after I get a shower or use the bathroom without any extra people/pets in the room. I have come to realization that there will always be other people who can do more than me. I have accepted that I could do more, but while I have days that I feel like I have accomplished nothing, I feel like I have found a happy balance. Probably more happy for me than anyone else (read: Hubby and Mom), but I'm going with it. :)

Monday, April 2, 2012

Gardening 101

That's what I need to learn. I have been researching, pinning, and learning as much as I can and it never seems like enough. I think I need a gardener. :) Ok, so here's the plan:
  • Grow tomatoes - I hate tomatoes, but I love salsa and canned tomatoes for sauces.
  • Grow peppers - I love peppers.
  • Grow broccoli - just to see if I can do it.
  • Grow onions - just because.
  • Grow cucumbers - I want to eat them and pickle some.
  • Grow watermelon - because we love watermelon.
  • Grow radishes - I have fond memories of growing radishes.
  • Grow carrots - Yummy carrots.
  • Grow lettuce - because I love salad.
  • Grow potatoes - because I love potatoes.
  • Start blueberries - because we need some yummy fruit - even if we have to wait a year.
  • Start strawberries - because everyone loves strawberries - even if we have to wait a year.
  • Start a peach tree - because everyone loves peaches, millions of peaches, peaches for free, peaches for me.

Some of these will be in the ground, some in containers, and even some in bags. But, since it's still early, we have only started seeds.


Right now, they are soaking up some sun and sitting on a heat pad. I can actually see some broccoli sprouts and it's only Day 3. I have such high hopes. I'm hoping that I can get enough from the garden to avoid the grocery store produce section. I would love to get chickens, but I don't think that our town allows them, nor do I think my hubby would allow it. LOL! If we could have cows, I'd have those too (with as much milk as we drink).

I also started an herb garden...well, small pots with some herbs. So far, it's parsley, basil, cilantro, and oregano.






So, there are my goals for the year. I'm impatient, so I will be taking lots of pictures to see if anything is growing. :) I lead such an exciting life.