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A Night Out

Mr. Mayer and I enjoyed a night out with Aunt Bets and Monica last night. We went and saw Lady Antebellum in concert last night. Darius Rucker and Thompson Square opened for them. We met up with Nana Karen at the concert. It was a very nice deviation from our routine sushi or Brady Tavern dinner and a movie. I love dinner and a movie, but sometimes it's fun to do something else. Friday was a stinky day for me in general. One of those days where you make everything harder than it should be and nothing seems to go right. I was really excited to go out. We went to dinner at Mi Cocina last night before the concert. Super Yum! It's a Tex-Mex restaurant on Cherry Street here in town. I had a Chimichanga. I don't usually order that when I eat out but it was delicious. The drinks were yummy too. After dinner we headed to the BOK Center. When we got there Thompson Square had already performed. I was mildly bummed about this because I like them. We did make it in time to see Darius…

Rag Wreath

I saw a wreath made out of rags on Pinterest the other day and thought "Oh, I can make that." As we all know. I am not crafty. In my mind I am. However, as I discussed here, the actual product usually looks like something Olivia "creates" in school. I still try.
I decided I wanted to make a Valentine's Day themed wreath. The Dudes and I went to the craft store yesterday and picked out what I wanted for it. This morning while they were wreaking utter havoc on my house I made my wreath. It is super easy to make. I made it the same way I made the ribbon wreath, except with scraps of cloth instead.
It turned out very well I think.
 Even the backside looks good.
I have some brown ribbon I am thinking about tying on the top to hang it by. But for now I'm going with this.

She Gave Me the Stink Eye

So…I know there are other's out there in the same boat as me. I have almost 17 month old twins and a two weeks shy of being 5 year old. The Diva is very independent. The Dudes would like to be. They walk. Not together or in the direction I want them to walk. They do not hold hands. They weight 24 and 26 pounds and are very wiggly when you hold them. Shrek has never met a stranger. I rely on my stroller for EVERYTHING! However, my stroller doesn't always fit the places I would like it to. That really stinks. In addition to that it takes me a good 10 minutes to load everyone in the car and another 10 minutes to unload everyone from the car. It's quiet the process.As a result of my reliance on my stroller and the lengthy process it takes to load and unload everyone I have taken a few "shortcuts." I had some Mommy Guilt initially because these shortcuts involved Diva. I felt like I was being a bad Mommy and a little careless. You see….Diva has dance one day a week. I…

Sleepovers

Gosh…I have been on an Olivia roll lately. She's my oldest. We are having a lot of growing up happening around here lately.She has been doing really well in school this week. After school today we met two of her friends, their Mama's and sisters (6 little girls!) and went and saw Beauty and the Beast in 3D. It was very exciting. Belle is Olivia's very favorite princess. She can recite the movie word for word and sing all the songs. Between it being her favorite movie and getting to eat popcorn and candy and share a drink with me she was in Heaven. At the end of the movie when the Beast fights Gaston all three of those girls were standing up talking to the screen and clapping. It was my favorite part of the entire movie.After the movie Olivia went home with one of her friends for a sleepover. This is a very big deal. She has never stayed the night with anyone who wasn't related to her before. This was her first sleepover with a  friend. I have been so nervous. Is she ha…

Thursday

I can't really think of a better title for this post.
I'm a social worker. A nurturer by nature. I can't help myself. I would probably give the shirt off my back if someone needed it. I have spent my adult life working with kids. I find mental disabilities, disorders and illnesses fascinating. I think Autism is one of the more frustrating disorders. I am thankful for my children.
I have a friend. She is a new friend. She has a son with Autism. I know this. Maybe it affects the way I deal with him. I'm not sure. Most of the world does not know this about him. They probably assume he's just a strange or rude kid. I have watched how my friend handles him. I think she does a great job. I can't imagine how stressful and difficult it would be in addition to taking care of her other children.
Something happened tonight that has resonated with me.
We were watching our girls. The Dudes were crawling and climbing all over the place. Her son was sitting in the corner playing…

A Busy Little Diva

I have always felt childhood is an important time in life and that kids need time to be kids. I have resisted putting Diva in activities. This despite her begging to do one thing or another. I did cave and enroll her in dance 3 years ago. She was a few weeks away from being 3 and had been begging to do dance. So I bribed her. If she would start peeing in the potty all the time she could do dance. So she started peeing in the potty and became a dancer.
Diva's dance class does a little bit of tumbling during class from time to time. She LOVES this. We have talked about letting her do gymnastics one day a week. I have gone back and forth about letting her do this. Could we afford it? Would she like it? Did we have time for this? Would it be stressing her to do dance and gymnastics every week? I had a million questions in my mind. I did some research. I found an affordable place not far from the house that had an afternoon class we could do. We started last week. Diva loves it.
We mo…

New Layout

To say I am ignorant to technology might be an understatement. I can surf the Internet and check my email. That's about the extent of it. Oh! Wait. I can upload pictures and blog :-)
I have been on the market for a new blog layout. I tried to change my layout once. I ended up with around 4 backgrounds layered on top of each other. It was a hot mess. I had to have my tech support take over. He fixed it. I have been looking on some websites for a new layout. I found one I thought I liked. Until my tech support put it on to show me tonight. Way.to.busy. Ick. Not happening. It was very distracting to look at. So, I found this new one on the standard templates blogger offers. Not to bad. I will still continue to look around for a new design. Problem is I get distracted by all the colors and shapes and I get overwhelmed at all the choices. It's a slow process. It doesn't help I don't really know where to look. Where does everyone else go to find their layouts?

Parkin' It

So. I thought I would try to be a good Mommy today and take the herd to the park. Alone. The weather was fantastic. I texted my friend Megan and we arranged to meet at a local park with all our kids. I say that like we have a ton. She has 2 (ages 4 and 9mo) and then there are my 3. The Diva has some serious love for Megan's little boy. She was so excited to get to go to the park. Shrek and Donkey were just excited to go anywhere.
I arrive at the park and the entire county had the same idea as me about going to the park. It took forever to find a parking spot. Diva's non stop chatter and questions in addition to the the horrible parking situation and my lack of parking skills and not being able to find a spot equalled me being a hot flustered mess by the time I wedged the swagger wagon in a little bitty spot.
I spend my customary 10 minutes unloading everyone and getting the Dudes in their stroller and we be-bop over to the play area. Megan was there waiting on us and her mom t…

Happy New Year!

Did everyone stay up until midnight? Want to know how lame we were? We celebrated with the East Coast and went to bed. I'm not even sure Mr. Mayer and I kissed each other. Pretty lame.
We stuck with tradition and went to Aunt Margaret's for New Year's. I was a little nervous this year. I was convinced that Shrek and Donkey were going to destroy her house. She lives in an amazing converted old school house out on some acreage. It is about 15 minutes outside of the town where Mr. Mayer grew up. His family has lived out there and owned it for eons. I love it out there. I always have. I like going. But...I was nervous this year. Shrek and Donkey aren't exactly house broken yet and Aunt Margaret has lots of antiques and beautiful bobbles around her house. However....Aunt Margaret and Liz baby proofed before we arrived. Thanks! You guys rock! And, the Dudes proved me wrong again. They were rock stars on the trip. A couple of tumbles down the stairs but everyone is good. The …

Play Date Wednesday

The Dudes and I went to a friend's house for a play date this morning. We met Jen and her sweet little guys through our TMOM's (Tulsa Mom's of Multiples) group. As a side note::TMOMs is a wonderful group of ladies. It's nice to have a group of ladies you can talk to and they know exactly what you are going through. Her guys (A&A) are two weeks younger than the Dudes. Personality wise her guys are wwwwwaaaaayyyyyyy more laid back than my guys. I'm jealous :-)
Jen also has a son that is a little bit younger than the Diva. They like to play together. They all came to our house a few weeks ago and we had a great time.
Today we went to her house (and I remembered to take a few pictures!). Both the older kids had gone back to school (WhooHoo!) so it was just us and the little dudes. We played and had lunch. It was fun. Definitely plan to do it again.




Christmas With The Mayer's

We survived! I think anyone who has children knows what I am talking about. It was mass chaos around here Christmas morning. Aunt Betsy came over around 6:30am and the Diva was downstairs shortly after that. The boys walked into the living room and stood in the middle of the floor for a minute and then ran towards their Santa gifts. The Diva had already torn through her stocking and was itching to open the gifts under the tree. It was killing her to wait for her brother's. We brought all the gifts into the living room. Diva immediately started tearing paper. She was so cute. She would tear part of the paper off of each gift and get really excited about it and move on to the next one without fully unwrapping anything. I helped the boys unwrap their gifts. Of course they were more enamored with the paper and boxes rather than what was in the boxes. It was a very exciting. After the excitement wore off and all the gifts were open we were left with a sea of paper and boxes in the livi…