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Monday, September 26, 2016

Comeback kid

Friends, your prayers were heard (kidding) (but not really kidding) and soccer went a million times better this weekend... in fact, the whole weekend went a million times better, so praise God for that. And I realize it doesn't get much more stereotypical of a mommy blogger than to devote an entire post to one of her children's sporting events, but being stereotypical hasn't stopped me in the past 3 years so why would it now? :) 

So yeah, not sure if it was the fact that Clara was joining him or if he just got out of whatever funk he was in last weekend, but Colby was in good spirits when game time rolled around. And when it was time to go out onto the field and practice, he trotted right out there as if he had been happily and willingly participating in the sport for his entire life. Go figure.

Having some of their besties from school on the team doesn't hurt!

In fact, he wasn't one of the starters but when the whistle blew, he still ran out onto the field to join his friends and we had to explain to him that he had to wait his turn. So apparently last week we couldn't get him to go on the field, and this week, we couldn't get him to stay off!

Anyway, they both looked like they were having a good time and seemed to understand the basic concept of running after the ball and kicking it, so I think we'll call it a win. Clara lost interest after about 10 minutes and decided she'd prefer to sit on the sidelines and get a head start on post-game snacks, but considering it was still hotter than the surface of the sun outside, I can't really blame her. I asked her later in the day which one she liked better so far - soccer or dance - and she answered "dance" with no hesitation. We'll see if that trend continues once the weather improves!

Colby did score a goal for the other team at one point, but he was SO darn proud of himself and I will never forget the smile he had on his face when he came running over to us afterward. So of course we high fived him and congratulated him for a job well done :) 

I had signed up to bring snacks, so after the three-ring circus game was over, I distributed the goods to all the players. After we got home, Colby accusatorially asked me, "Mommy, why did you give my snacks away to all of those strangers?" I love that he thought I brought 10 bags of Pirate's Booty, 10 oranges, and 10 water bottles all for him and Clara, ha!

Hopefully the rest of the season will continue to go well (although preferably about 20 degrees cooler). And just for (completely unrelated) funsies, I've thrown in a picture I took on Sunday morning before we left for church:

I'm not sure where they picked this up, but the twins like to lay blankets down on the floor and call it a "birthday party." This particular party apparently got really wild and crazy because the blocks were invited along with several of their action figures. They insisted that I leave it out so they could continue the party when we got back from church... you other type A moms will understand how much self-restraint it took for me to comply with this request. 

Have a great week, everyone!

Monday, September 19, 2016

Stomach bugged

So. This was basically our weekend:

The weekend started innocently enough. In fact, Brian took a vacation day on Friday and we went out to lunch and did a little shopping sans children, so I would even say it started off pretty well. But during dinner that evening, Clara started saying her tummy hurt, and given that that 5 of their classmates had stayed home sick with a stomach bug earlier in the week, we were both pretty sure about what was in store.

Here they are, playing happily and not yet giving any indication of what was to come...

Sure enough, Clara kicked off Vomit Fest 2016 around 8:30 pm that night (or as Colby put it, she "hiccuped all over her bed"... he later asked me why I didn't take any pictures of it?!). The fun continued until about 4:30 am on Saturday morning, at which point I turned "Sofia the First" on TV in hopes that she would fall back asleep. This was a very incorrect assumption.

Asleep on a bed of towels on our bedroom floor... she has since asked several times to sleep on our floor again because it was "so soft"

When I told her she wouldn't get to play in their first soccer game that morning, she sobbed uncontrollably and insisted she was still going to play. About 10 minutes before it was time to leave, I finally convinced her that staying home and watching TV with me would be a much better idea. Unfortunately, I apparently also convinced Colby of the same and as a result, he was NOT excited to have to go to the game instead.

His cooperative spirit continued for the duration of the morning, wherein he refused to participate in practice or the game itself. One of the moms shared this gem of a team picture with me... please turn your focus to the far left:

There had been lots of tears from 3/4 of the family (I'll let you guess which one of us didn't cry) by the time naptime arrived, so it was a huge relief for all involved when the twins actually - gasp - SLEPT during naptime... Clara for a solid 2.5 hours!

The day ended relatively well with a win for the Aggies and a movie + stickers (courtesy of my thoughtful sis) for the littlest members of the family:

... but if we're being honest, the real highlight for me was my 9+ hours of uninterrupted sleep that night!

We continued to hunker down on Sunday in an effort to contain our germs and get some extra rest. I was amused that Clara selected this outfit as her relaxation attire:

We did pay a visit to Mimi and Granddaddy (after being assured that they didn't mind our germs), which provided a much-needed change in scenery for all of us. 

Although we spent the day laying low, it was clear that both of the twins were worn out from the weekend's "excitement" by the time bedtime rolled around last night... and Brian and I weren't exactly bouncing off the walls with energy ourselves.

I'm bummed that the weekend was a bit of a bust, BUT thankful that we still got to go on our shopping trip and that we didn't have to worry about missing work to take care of the little sicky. Praying for a healthier week ahead and for a more successful round of soccer next weekend ;) 

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Wishful thinking

Friends, brace yourselves, because Fall is coming! It might be crawling our way at a snail's pace, but before we know it, we won't be sweating before the sun comes up. Sometimes you just have to fake it until you make it, however, so while we wait for it to officially arrive, you can find me perusing my Fall Pinterest board, obsessively checking the weather forecast to see if cooler weather is in store, and dressing my children in Halloween jammies somewhat prematurely:

I cannot properly convey the level of enthusiasm Colby displayed once he learned his jack-o-lantern glowed in the dark! 

We also let the twins pick out their costumes this weekend (thank you, Costco) and even let them try them on while we were playing at our friends' house, but I'm not going to share those pictures yet so as not to spoil the surprise come Halloween time. I will tell you that for the first time, their costumes sadly will not be coordinated.

In other news, we hit up the zoo on Saturday and although the humidity was still approximately 300%, the milder weather and slightly smaller crowds made this one of our more enjoyable zoo trips to date.

The zoo currently has a temporary dinosaur exhibit, and I was surprised by how scared the twins were by the whole thing. Kind of amusing that robotic dinosaurs scared them but being 10 feet away from a living and breathing lion/gorilla/rhinoceros gave them no qualms whatsoever! We did bribe them with fruit snacks to each get out and take a picture with the dinosaurs they deemed less terrifying, but you better believe they weren't willing to get any closer than that.

Thankfully, the passes we bought to the dino exhibit included unlimited carousel rides as well, and since their favorite part of the zoo experience is getting to select which animals to ride, they were quite pleased with this. Here's Clara riding a bear and Colby riding what he refers to as a "vulture"- ha!

... and some more photo opps...

Love this pic but apparently I forgot to tell y'all that Clara lost one of her legs. It wasn't blog-worthy, so don't worry about it.

Now if you'll excuse me, I need to go find someone to make this for me and tell me it's ok to eat it for breakfast:

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Working mom fantasies

I fully recognize that there are a lot of perks to being a working mom (adult interaction, extra income, plenty of socialization for my kids, etc.). With that said, I think any working mom would be lying if she said there weren't aspects of SAHM life that didn't seem appealing. And in the spirit of that, I wanted to share a few of the things I "fantasize" about as a working mom:

1. Getting to watch "The Today Show" (... or at least have it on in the background for some portion of my morning).
This is sad, I know. I have come to know and love the morning news team at Channel 2, but I would really love to eat my breakfast with Matt, Savannah, Al, and the gang before the twins wake up. I think this mostly stems from the fact that my mom always had it on in the mornings and I therefore associate it with being a "free" adult.

2. Not having to pack the twins' breakfast. Or my lunch. Or my snacks.
I cannot tell you how much joy it brings me on Saturday and Sunday when I can mindlessly pop waffles in the toaster for the twins and not worry about things like keeping them warm for the drive to school. And although I exert a lot more self-control when I don't have an entire pantry and fridge at my disposal, there are a lot more options that I would consider throwing into my regular eating rotation if I wasn't limited to what fits in my lunchbox and requires little to no assembly.

3. Not having to prepare dinner like I'm participating in a NASCAR tire change.
I would say the most stressful 15 minutes of my day, every day, occur as soon as we pull into the garage in the evenings, because thus begins the race against the clock to get dinner on the table as quickly as humanly possible... while simultaneously feeding the dogs, unpacking and putting away all of the things, fetching the mail, changing clothes, etc. This is why we make meals in advance and reheat them each night, because there's no way the 4 of us could sanely wait the amount of time it takes to prepare a new meal each night.

(And yes, I realize meal prep would be stressful even if I stayed at home! But at least I would have the option of starting it prior to 6 pm and not feel like I have to do 800 other post-getting-home activities at the same time :)

4. Going to Target on a weekday. Heck, running pretty much any errand on a weekday.
Smaller crowds, shorter lines to check out, and more importantly, a better selection of cookie samples. Ditto to the non-Target options, minus the cookie samples.

5. And relatedly, taking the kids places on a weekday.
I have mentioned this before, but there are a lot of places that I'd be more willing to take the kids on a weekday where we didn't have to battle the crowds (museums, parks, playscapes, etc.). Extreme extrovert though I am, crowded places give me the hives, so I really do avoid a lot of these places on the weekends.

6. Oh, right, and spending more time with my children :) 
Obviously this one was implied, so that's why I didn't list it first... let's go with that ;)

So how about you, fellow working moms, what kind of SAHM things do you daydream about? And SAHMs, feel free to share what makes you jealous of working moms!

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

What we've been up to

So in case you've been wondering what we've been up to, let me tell you:

Slumber partying on the floor (them, not us, because we value our sleep)

Eating donuts

And for some of us, begrudgingly eating donuts when Mommy had the audacity to select the wrong topping.

Eating copious amounts of Mexican food (standard), and ensuring all tortilla chips are properly salted 

Receiving what I can only assume are intended to be satirical crafts from the twins' Sunday School teachers

Baking in the nude

Having lots of pretend birthday parties

Ensuring no Blue Bell Cookie Two Step ice cream is left behind

Enjoying a Labor Day weekend visit from Franny and Pop Pop (and reading this strange book 800 times)

Shopping with cousin Avery and Aunt Peekie (Mommy & Franny not pictured)

Eating cake pops with cousin Avery (aka: Gene Simmons)

Cheering on the Aggies with our cousins

Enjoying brunch on the patio at Live Oak Grill

Participating in photo opps with Franny and Pop Pop (... with bribes of lemonade)

Did I mention hanging out with cousin Avery?

Checking out new parks

And bossing each other around at new parks 

Playing in the rain

Introducing the twins to Sonic's happy hour

Buying new books at Half Price Books

Impressive that Brian and I aren't in any of the pictures, right? I assure you that we were present. Highlights for us were the start of football season for Brian and for me, the night during which I got carded when I ordered a marg and discovered a new gray hair on my head an hour later.

Enjoy the short work week, everyone!