Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Keeping with Tradition

Today was one of those stay in your stretchy pants and catch up around the house sort of day. I was able to finish up some Christmas gifts I was putting together. Whew! That is a weight off my mind. The Dudes were mildly cranky. They would play a while and cry a while. I'm sure it had nothing to do with me completely putting them on the back burner today so I could get my projects done. They don't really like it when Mommy ignores them. The Diva had another fantastic day at school. Woot Woot!! Mr. Mayer went out with a friend tonight so it's just been the kids and I. I decided I wanted to go to another spin class (I went yesterday). I loaded everyone up and off we went. Spin was great. We came home and I got everyone in bed in 45 minutes. I was feeling pretty proud of myself. I had just sat down when I saw I had a voicemail from my sister/aunt. 
Now...I'm going to preface this next part by saying 1.) I'm adopted. I was adopted by my paternal grandparents. I call them Mom and Dad. It's complicated. Growing up was complicated. 2.) They are elderly and not in fantastic health. They live 3 hours away from me.  3.) My mom will kill me for blogging this but I find blogging a little cathartic and I'm wound up right now. 
So, she called and asked me to call her back. I debated about calling her back tonight or doing it tomorrow. I decided to go ahead and call. She starts by telling me that "My mother"~ we go back and forth on whose mother, hahaha...Anyway. I digress. My mother did what she does every holiday season. My immediate response "Shut your face. She did not." I almost immediately knew what she was talking about. My mother falls. Back to the poor health thing. She falls. Every year for the last several many years she has a really bad (I mean really bad) fall on Thanksgiving or shortly there after. Luckily to this point no broken bones. Just lots of head injuries. Today she fell on their front porch. The paramedics couldn't get the bleeding to stop so they took her to the closest big(ger) town about 30 minutes away. They did the appropriate tests and no internal injuries. My sister/aunt said she stopped counting stitches on her head at 20. Yuck. She's at home resting tonight. I'm sure she is going to be sore tomorrow. 
Notice, my parents didn't call to tell me. They never do. I had just thought yesterday that she hadn't fallen and maybe we were going to scrape by this year. 

Monday, November 28, 2011

Monday Monday Monday

Ack!! It's Monday! What the What?! I'm not sure where last week went. Hope everyone out there had a fantastic holiday. I had big plans to write a Thankful blog last week. Didn't happen. In fact I had 3 or 4 blogs written in my head. Those didn't happen. I could go and write them all and inundate everyone with 5 blogs tonight. I won't do that to you. I will just try to write the blogs as they come to me. It may happen.
Just to catch you up on this crazy Mayer clan.
Mr. Mayer: The Pokes had their first loss recently. How do you think he's doing? Bedlam is this week. Check in with me on Sunday.
Shrek and Donkey: Little bit of a runny nose but croup free. Both are running every where. Talking, dancing and causing mayhem daily. We tried the one nap thing again today. I really wanted to go to spin class this morning. I laid them down at 11:30. They slept for about 2 1/2 hours. Great. Around 4:30 this afternoon they lost it. Bedtime came early. I guess they still aren't ready. Bummer for me. I really like that 10am spin class.
Diva: Her fever broke. HALLELUJAH!!! I only had to take her to urgent care 2x and her doctor 2x. The final time at urgent care they did all sorts of tests. Diva functions better if I can really prepare her and let her know what is coming her way. They said 'Lab Work' so I started prepping her. They started with a flu test. I told her it might feel funny and she probably wouldn't like it. After the nurse was done and Diva was in tears she sits in my lap and says "That didn't feel funny. That hurt!" Yes it did baby girl. Yes it did. Then they took "pictures" of her lungs. Come to find out she had some pneumonia in her right lung. Then they had her pee in a tray. She thought that was gross. Then came the dreaded lab work. Aunt Bets offered to come and help with this. I was tempted to let her. I did not like it. It took me and a nurse to hold her down. Then she carried on for 2 days about how bad her arm hurt. I may never get her back to urgent care. However~ thanks to the marathon of tests Diva DOES NOT have mono (whew!). She did have pneumonia and a severe bladder infection. After 24 hours of antibiotics that dang fever broke and she has not stopped since then. She missed 6 days of school and had a Thanksgiving break. We had a lot of togetherness.
Thanksgiving came and went. Watching the parade was a good time. I asked Diva what she was thankful for. Her response~ "Turkey." Anything else? "Nope. Just turkey." Nice. I'm winning at this parent thing. I tried to tell her a few of the things I was thankful for and she rolled her eyes and said "I know...you are thankful for me, my brothers and I guess Dad." Well, those are three of the things I'm thankful for. Thanks for humoring me kid.
So the weekend proceeded to rush by with the same speed as last week. We went to my in laws for the weekend. They have a pretty house with lots of breakables. I was convinced that the Dudes were going to break everything. They tried hard. But, 8 adults were able to keep up with them and take the breakables and hide them in the nick of time.
Which brings us to today. I'm exhausted. I kept dreaming I was pregnant with my second set of twins last night. Mr. Mayer was having a nervous break down and was in patient and I was having to have the babies by myself in a grocery store. Weird.
I took these pictures last week and wanted to share. The dudes l-o-v-e getting to sit on the couch. Here is a moment with Shrek and Mr. Mayer. Precious.


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

What She Wore Wednesday

Wednesday already? Sheesh! This week the dudes and the Diva have been sick and/or cutting teeth. It's been a lot of fun around here. Diva has taken up residence in my bed to watch TV and movies. I've had to cut off food from my bed after finding goldfish crumbs on my sheets the other night. Not much of a problem since she is refusing to eat anyway.
This has been her standard position since Monday. We have made one trip to see the doctor and one trip to Urgent Care so far. Her temp. is holding steady at 103.5. Urgent Care told me last night it's not concerning until it is around 107 or 108. I told the doctor that I would keel over if that were to happen. Shrek has croup and Donkey is cutting some teeth. They both want to be cuddled and held all day. I keep telling myself that the household stuff can wait. So, I'm holding babies and little girls and watching a lot of Sesame Street. I'm hoping that the fever breaks today. It played a trick on me last night. She was sleeping and didn't have a trace of a temp. Then around 1am she was awake and crying and it was back to 103.5. *Sigh* I just want to snap my fingers and make it all better.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Viva Las Vegas

I have to give props to Mr. Mayer. He's really good at the birthday thing. The first year we were married he took me to a spa in Hot Springs. I had never been to a spa. It was fantastic. Another year he took me to Kansas City. Last year he sent me to Dallas with a friend for a weekend away from kids and all the shopping I could handle. This year he really raised the bar and took me to Las Vegas. I had never been. It was very exciting. The trip was supposed to be a surprise. I just knew we were going somewhere. He accidentally spilled the beans a couple of weeks ago. However~I still didn't know where we were staying in Vegas.
I was a little apprehensive about leaving the kids. It was only the 2nd time I had ever left Owen and Carter. Lame. I know. Olivia was doing a song at school on Friday for Veteran's Day and I was a little sad we were going to miss that (but a big thanks to the mom who recorded it and shared it with me). But, I was so excited to go somewhere.
We board our plane and I learn that you can get drinks on a plane. Yes. I have flown before. Just didn't know you could get grown up drinks on flights. So, I drink my first big girl drink on an airplane.
We arrive and Mr. Mayer tells the cabbie to take us to the Bellagio. Sounds nice (It was).
I only took 2 pictures of the hotel. 
And I only took these 2 for Diva b/c I thought she would like them.


By this point I have my face plastered to the window taking in all the sights. It's impressive. There is A LOT to take in. We walk into the Bellagio and it's wall to wall people. We check in and go to our room. Mr. Mayer says that there is somewhere we have to be. He doesn't say where. We drop off our luggage, change shoes and shirts and leave again. We take the Monorail to the MGM Grand. We walk in and Mr. Mayer goes and picks up tickets for....KA! So excited. The show doesn't start for a few hours so we go have some sushi (yummo!!) and play a few slots.
Now...gambling. My experience with gambling consists of me going to the Hard Rock Tulsa once with $20. I didn't really know how to play the slots and I lost all my money immediately. I didn't really like it. So I figure we are in Vegas. Maybe I'll hit it big. After an hour and a small fortune Mr. Mayer finally agreed with me that I was a terrible gambler. I was even bad luck for him. He would be up several HUNDRED and I would come sit by him and he would immediately start losing. We decided that gambling wasn't for me. I also agreed to stay far away from him when he was gambling. He did much better that way.
Ka was amazing!! I really liked it. Saturday we spent the day doing some window shopping and looking the different hotels. Everything was so over the top. I really liked all the people watching!! And you could take alcoholic beverages to go.  People were just walking around with them. I had a beer and felt really weird the entire time I was carrying it around. We did the aquarium at Mandalay Bay. We went and saw the Bodies exhibit and Titanic at the Luxor. We saw New York New York...explored the Venetian (another very nice place). We took in Cesar's Palace.  I'm sure there were some in between there. We could go from hotel to hotel without ever seeing daylight. It was amazing. Mr. Mayer was excited because we found an authentic Irish Pub. We went and had some fish and chips and he had a Guinness. Everyone in the Pub has Irish accents. I decided it was a job requirement. Mr. Mayer was in Heaven.



















Saturday night we went and saw the Blue Man Group. Another fantastic show. It was so much fun. Sunday we had to leave. I was exhausted. Time doesn't exist in Vegas. It would be 3am before I even realized it. And since I was on Oklahoma time I was awake at sunrise. It was irritating. Mr. Mayer and I were exhausted when we came home. It was a very happy birthday trip. I owe a big thank you to my wonderful friends who kept the kids so Mr. Mayer and I could take this trip. Thanks guys!
The kids were all excited to see us. And all sick. Awesome. So, the past few days have been spent taking care of sickies. I'm hoping fevers break and coughs stop today. That may be wishful thinking.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

What She Wore Wednesday

Happy Wednesday folks!! My motto lately has been "Inconsistent at best." That is true for my blogging lately as well~sorry. Maybe I can get back on the wagon. In the meantime enjoy this sporadic WSWW...as usual the Diva dressed herself (and fixed her own hair) and thought she was HOT STUFF this morning. In case you can't tell from her poses. Sorry for the blurriness. Not real sure what's happening there.

Sweater: Target (maybe?)
T-shirt: Children's Place
Pants: Kohls
Boots: Target
Headband: Target
Hair bow: beats me
Attitude: Her father

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

14 Months


Wow! Time is really flying by...these dudes are 14 months old already. They are busy little bees these days. I can't take my eyes off of them for a second.
Owen~ Looking at this picture you would think he was a Trekkie...maybe he will be. Owen is independent. He will play by himself and LOVES putting small things into bigger things. I have found some very interesting things in the laundry baskets over the past couple of weeks.  Anytime he hears music he starts dancing. It's an awkward head bobbing booty popping type of dance. No matter what kind of song is on. It's adorable. He loves his milk as well. It's a full throttle melt down when he runs out. Once Owen warms up to you he is all grins. It just takes him a few minutes. He also loves to talk. He can say a few basic words (Mama, Dada *favorite!*, Hi, Bye). He will shake his head yes or no accordingly. Most of the time he is just talking gibberish and looks at you intently like you know exactly what he is talking about.

Carter~ Carter. Carter. Carter. I feel like a stuck record lately with the "Carter! No No." Then he looks at me, grins and does it anyway. *Sigh* The kid is a climber. This week he is climbing on his trucks and then onto his toy shelf. I'm pretty sure it is going to topple over on him before long. He has also learned to climb onto the top of the play set in the back yard. It's not so much the climbing to the top platform that is the problem. He doesn't know how to get down other than run off the edge of it. I see some broken bones in my future. At the moment I have the stairs on it blocked off with an inverted piece of baby gate and a small Little Tykes slide. It's pretty ghetto, but working. Carter also loves to have books read to him. We read millions of books during the day. Carter is a charmer! If there is a person within a foot of him he is flirting away. He has learned to wink and blow kisses which he thinks is a big deal. He can also say a few basic words like his brother. 
These boys are really starting to put things together. I find it amazing. I can tell the boys we are going bye bye and they will go to the back door and wait for me. When I open the garage door they will walk out to the van. I can ask them if they are hungry and they go to the kitchen. I can tell them to go get the puppy and they will bring me a stuffed dog. I pull the curtains in their bedroom and they both run out of the room so they won't have to take a nap.
Naps~ that is the biggest change lately. We went to one nap this week. I was not ready for this. I really like the down time 2 naps a day gives me. However, I am able to get more things done in the morning. I was even able to go to spin class at my gym this morning. That is pretty rare. They lay down around 11:30 after lunch and I have been having to wake them up at 2:15 to go get their sister. This is pretty fantastic. I get a big chunk of "quiet time" during the day. 

What's For Dinner?

I like to cook. I like to try new recipes. I am always on the look out for new and different things. My family doesn't always like some of my experiments. Tonight's experiment worked out really well. I saw French Chicken in a Pot on Today a few weeks ago and have been wanting to try it. Not only was it good. It was ridiculously easy. The folks around here were BIG FANS of dinner as well. The only thing I did differently was add some mushrooms to the pan sauce. I had some I needed to use before they went bad so I sliced them and added them to the pan sauce. Worked out perfectly. I also discovered that O&C really love mushrooms. I made some roasted vegetables to go with it. The dudes at 2 helpings. Diva wouldn't touch her vegetables but ate 2 helpings of the chicken.
The vegetables I roasted were sweet potatoes, parsnips and carrots. I diced them and tossed with olive oil, salt and pepper. I baked them at 425 for about 30 minutes. You can cool them on paper towels to soak up some extra oil or just leave it. I do both. You can do this with about any vegetable. Carrots, parsnips and broccoli are the most popular around here.


Halloween 2011

I would love to know how parents of multiples get any cute pictures of their kids~ together! It's not happening for me. As for all those super "cute" Halloween pictures I was hoping to get. Didn't happen. These kids were way to busy to let me take a picture. On top of that Owen is camera shy. The second he sees a camera he runs off. Makes for some really fantastic pictures. This year Olivia went as Olivia the Pig. We are big fans around here. The dudes were Monkeys. I find that appropriate considering their climbing lately.

We also had a pumpkin carving party the night before Halloween. It's always big fun around here.