Wednesday, January 30, 2013

An Early Morning Surprise

I had a surprise when I came home from the gym this morning. When I pulled up to my house there were 3 cars parked in front of my driveway blocking it. I parked across the street and walked up. When I walked up I saw the reason for all the commotion in my driveway. My mailbox was laying in the yard~in pieces. Along with the million pieces of what was formerly my mailbox my yard was rutted and there were black tire marks across my driveway. I was approached by a man who was very apologetic. He explained that his daughter (who was sitting in a car and would not get out) had just gotten her drivers license. She was on her way to pick up a friend down the street. He doesn't know how it happened, but she hit our mailbox. Upon further inspection, she had hit my neighbor's mailbox as well. I don't think her dad was very pleased with her. Her mother was sitting in another car. She was very apologetic as well. I laughed and said that "I was a new driver once upon a time too." No one was hurt and mailboxes can be replaced. During this conversation Mr. Mayer came outside as well. It was freezing so I was anxious to get this conversation wrapped up. We exchanged information and the man said that he would replace our mailbox (and the neighbors). True to his word the mailbox should be installed in the next day or two. I felt for the guy. We have a neighborhood covenant and are required to have a specific mailbox. A specific mailbox that has to be specially made. Fortunately this can be done fairly quickly.
It's unclear how the girl happened to drive over mine and my neighbor's mailboxes. I don't know what conversations happened between her and her parents. Judging from our conversations with her dad she is in a little bit of trouble. It baffles me even more that her car was damaged on the passenger side when the drivers side was the one closest to the mailbox. My suspicion is that she was on her cell phone. Talking. Texting. I don't know. And, I don't know for fact she was. That's just my unsupported guess.
Now, I'm going to tell on myself. I used to be very strict about not texting and driving. I would only talk on my phone with a hands free device of some sort. However, over the past couple of years I have gotten lax in my strict rule and I find myself texting and driving a great deal. I hadn't noticed, until Diva asked me last week "Mom. Are you texting and driving? That's bad. You aren't supposed to do that." Uh oh. Busted. And, how does my nearly 6 year old know this? As I stood in the freezing cold this morning looking at the remains of my mailbox the conversation with Diva came back to my mind. Then I thought, what if it had been later in the day? What if the kids and I were in the front yard? What if Diva had been riding her bike on the sidewalk? Those thoughts scared me. Yikes! I have heard news reports and seen pictures and articles on the dangers of texting and driving. It just hadn't hit home to me until this morning. So, I am back on the wagon. I'm going to put my phone down in the car and make a conscious effort to not text and drive.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Falling....


The weather men around here had been saying for a week that the weather today was going to be great.  I had made some plans with some friends to meet at the zoo this morning. I was excited. We NEEDED out of the house. Between illness and crappy weather we were going a little stir crazy. So this morning I made some lunches and loaded the Dudes into the van and away we went. Don't tell Diva! She will be ticked if she knew we went to the zoo without her! Instead of loading up the gigantic stroller I took our wagon today. The Dudes were so excited. When we go there it was me and my two kids, Jennifer and two of hers and Megan and her two. That was about it. It was like our own private zoo. The kids were able to walk run around. Every animal we saw they had to tell "bye bye" when we started walking off to see something else. Those guys ran their little legs off.
Today was a humid day. It rained yesterday and the ground today was wet. The concrete was slick. Owen is accident prone. He took off running and face planted into the sidewalk. It sounded like a ripe watermelon hitting the ground. That tough kid stood up and put his hand on his head and said "Ow. Hurt head Mommy." I picked him up. I gave him a kiss and he was off running like nothing ever happened. He had a nice red goose egg on his forehead as a reminder. Don't worry, he face planted two more times while we were at the zoo. Didn't phase the kid.
We went into the petting zoo. I won't lie. I don't like the petting zoo. It grosses me out. The Dudes were having a great time. The both insisted on hugging every animal in the place. Ick. There was one point I thought Owen was going to lick the salt rock that a goat was enjoying. Whew! He didn't. Around lunch time we found a table and the kids had a little "picnic." Then we let them go and play on the playground. After the playground we rode the "choo choo" back to the front of the zoo. This was a very big deal. Those were some excited kids. And they were such good little guys riding the train and waving at everyone and everything we passed. When we got to the front of the zoo we all unloaded. I grabbed the wagon and sat the guys down in it. I got in front of Megan and Jennifer and was pulling the wagon and walking backwards talking to them. Next thing I know there was a shift in the sidewalk. I stumble and fall flat on my backside right there in the middle of the zoo. Megan and Jennifer look on in horror. Then as soon as they realize I'm okay those shocked faces turn into smiles. I just laid there a second laughing. I can't believe that happened. I get up. Brush myself off and carry on. We say our goodbyes and I head home. Carter passes out half way home. He had a momentary rush of energy when we got home and I laid him down for a nap. It was very brief. They were out for the count. After we picked Diva up from school (and did not tell her about the zoo) I decided to take the kids to get ice cream and to the park. It's supposed to be stormy tomorrow. Need to take advantage of the good weather! Ice cream and the park were the perfect way to spend the afternoon. When we got to Braum's the kids start running toward the door and.....Owen trips and face plants into the sidewalk. Now he has another red goose egg right next to the one from this morning. The kid gets up and takes off running for the door. Didn't even say "ow." I'm fairly convinced he needs a helmet at all times. Tonight his forehead is very pretty. We ran and played at the park for almost 2 hours. Needless to say bedtime was not protested. Yes! My plan worked!


Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Good Night. Sleep Tight.


So....we have a routine around here. It's mainly for me. It keeps me sane. After dinner I give the Dudes a bath, Jammie's, teeth, books (sometimes), and night night. Then we battle Carter for an hour or two to keep him in his room and go to sleep. Owen. Straight to sleep most nights. The boys go to bed between 7&7:30. After the boys bath it is Diva's turn. She has to take a shower/bath, Jammie's, teeth, hair, books and bed. She is in bed between 7:30&8. A lot of nights after she is in bed she comes downstairs about 30min to an hour after she has been in bed for "another hug and kiss." We oblige and then sternly tell her to go back to bed. Occasionally we have gone upstairs for one reason or another and will catch Diva up playing or watching something on her iPad. It's not often, but it happens. Tonight as we are putting Diva to bed we give her hugs and kisses. She tells Mr. Mayer and I as we are walking out "don't come check on me." What? Mr. Mayer tells Diva that he doesn't want to catch her watching her iPad. She needs to go to sleep. It's a school night. Then we go downstairs. Honestly, I was so relieved to have the kids in bed that I sat down on the couch and completely spaced out. It was a hectic night with some mondo cranky boys. It's one of those weeks that Mr. Mayer is just getting home when I am putting Diva to bed. I was tired of my kids tonight. About 2 hours after we put Diva to bed we hear her little voice coming from the stairwell.
Diva: I want another hug and kiss.
Me: Come get it. Why are you still up? Were you watching your iPad?
Diva: um....no. 
Diva comes down the stairs and walks into the living room.
Me: What were you watching?
Diva: Nanny McPhee......
At this point I'm trying to hide a smile. Mr. Mayer is giving her a stern look. She hugs and kisses us.
Me: Are you going to be grumpy tomorrow?
Diva: NO!
Mr. Mayer gives her a stern warning about what behavior is expected of her tomorrow. I'm still trying to hide a smile. That sneaky little girl! Mr. Mayer is just shaking his head. Really this is a whoops on our part. We knew by her parting words when we put her to bed that she was going to stay up watching her iPad. We should have checked on her. We didn't. We forgot. Whoops! Hope we don't suffer for this tomorrow :/

Friday, January 4, 2013

Bloggers Block

I have bloggers block tonight. I feel like I have a million things I want to share, but just can't seem to put it together. Ugh, I hate this. Diva was at my Aunt Kathy's house for the past "4 sleeps." I went to my parents house yesterday with the Dudes to pick her up. I missed my little noise maker. The trip started off well enough. It's a 3-4 hour minimum trip down to my parents. Depending on how many stops and how much traffic there is. Yesterday we made it in 3 hours 20 minutes. Whoo!! The Dudes were great on the trip. Perfectly happy to watch a movie and sit in their seats. We get to my parents sometime after lunch and the boys play and wrestle with their Papa for the remainder of the afternoon. Now....they haven't had a nap. That was my plan. I purposely didn't make them nap last time we were there a few weeks ago in the hopes they would sleep well during the night. Around dinner time the guys start getting cranky. Diva comes over with Aunt Kathy and Diva's cousin FM. The noise level ratchets up considerably. The Dudes play, run, jump and have a good time. After everyone leaves I make Diva and the boys get their Jammie's on and go to bed. The kids are sharing a room with me. Diva is sleeping with me. Those are two things I try to avoid all the time. Diva is a human tornado. I woke up 4 times last night with her feet in my face. The boys are loud sleepers. I sit in the room after they go to bed so that when Carter tries to get up I can make him lay back down and hopefully he will go to sleep soon. BAHAHAHAHA....kid had other plans last night. He and Owen both proceeded to act like fools for over an hour last night. With me sitting right next to them. At some point in their shenanigans Owen accidentally stayed still to long.
You can see what happened. Carter continued to roll around and act like a crazy person for another 30 minutes. Then he got still.
Yup, he was a goner. During the night Carter only woke up once and cried for a minute. I got up and patted his back. I was already awake because of the feet in my face. He went back to sleep. Around 6:30 Carter started talking and crying. I kept shushing him and telling him it was still night night time. It's been working at home. They get up before 7 I take them back to their room and tell them it's night night time. It works. My shushing only worked for a limited time. Before I knew it all 3 kids were awake and ready for the day. Yay. I get them up and start feeding them breakfast. From the second I get them up things just go downhill with Carter. He started screaming, kicking and wailing and did not stop until bedtime tonight. Even my parents were in awe of the temper tantrums the kid was throwing. My sanity was on seriously shaky ground. We left my parent's early. I wanted to get home so I could make the boys nap. They do not sleep in the car. We stop at a gas station midway into the trip so Diva could go potty and get a snack. Carter was mad and threw himself in the floor of the gas station and started kicking and screaming. Why? Beats me. Because it's Friday. We finally make it home and I make them nap. The downside is I had to wake them up so that they would sleep tonight. That just made both of them cranky. I was very happy to see bedtime tonight. I am really hoping tomorrow is a better day. I'm not sure my sanity can take another day like today. Today was not one of those "Oh I just love being a Mommy" or "My kids are so fun to be around" days at all. It was more of the "I am going to lose my mind" and "When can I start drinking" days.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Christmas Train Fun

I am playing a little catch up. I hope everyone had a great Christmas and New Years. We went to the Christmas Train a few weeks ago. The Dudes are obsessed with "choo choo's" so I thought they would have a really good time. We went with our good friends the Walling's. Their twins are 2 weeks younger than the Dudes. We play together A LOT. Everyone had a good time. Even the big kids. As I suspected the Dudes and Diva LOVED the "choo choo." We even were able to get a visit in with Santa. It was a successful night!