Our week can pretty much be summed up in this fb post:
This morning, after a night of throw up on top of a week of colds, I was trying REALLY hard to be positive. Even though our dryer has been broken for two months now, (lets not even talk about my landlord) at least I can do thirteen loads of laundry in two hours at the laundromat. And even though our microwave is broken, at least I can make soup for my sick kids on the stove. And even though I can't teach piano cause of sick kids, at least that means I get to cuddle them all afternoon. Until...I just found spilled water on our food storage and it's soaked into and wrecked the shelf itself, and every single cardboard box. Luckily, the food inside is still good--I just have to write the box instruction onto each bag. But man...the positivity just went all out of me. #iloathemylandlord #sickkidsistheworst #moldinmiami
And that's pretty much how the week went. LOTS of throw up. LOTS of laundry. LOTS of laundromat visits. LOTS of canceling of playgroups, piano lessons, etc. And one whole day that we spent entirely in pajamas and watching tv. Ruth is still concerned about that. She continues to bring up the fact that nobody got dressed and how unhealthy it is to watch that much tv (she is normally allowed two shows a day. One when they wake up and I'm getting breakfast ready, and one when the other two kids are napping). Which reminds me, I told her we were making Chex muddy buddies today and she asked if it was healthy. I said no, but that it was okay to eat treats as long as we only had a little bit. So then I was dishing a portion into bowls for everyone and she goes "Not too much mom! It's not healthy!!!" Oh man. Haha.
In-between all that craziness and sickness though, we did get outside a few afternoons and enjoyed the Miami sunshine.
|This girl. Her cheeser. And her LONG legs!!! She has toddler legs now and not baby legs and I'm dying inside thinking about the whole thing.|
|That hair. That's what it does when it gets long. We buzzed it yesterday and it was the VERY FIRST TIME in Will's entire life that he didn't cry and totally freak out. We totally bribed him. But it was also such an amazing feat. Proud of you, buddy.|
|She often gets frustrated with that little car. I guess carrying it around is easier?!?!|
|Oh that little crazy, demon, sneaky, mischievous little child. I LOVE YOU SO MUCH!|
|Ruthie was mid-dressed this morning and I had her smile so that Molly might be convinced to smile. It didn't work for Molly, but that adorable little scrunch-nosed smile of Ruth's turned out adorable.|
|We put curlers in Molly's hair and it was ADORABLE! She was not a fan. I put this blurry photo in specifically because of how her lips are forming the word "NOOO!" because it is classic Molly.|
|Those eyes. Oh my little elf, your eyes are SO gorgeous!|
|This little man got a new shirt and tie a couple of weeks ago and then a new haircut this weekend. He looks like such a little missionary!!|
For a few months now I have been doing a little rewards system with the kids. There's a permanent marker line on a mason jar and they had to fill up the jar with beans to that point and then they'd get a prize. It takes a LONG time to fill up a mason jar with beans. They usually got about ten beans every morning for getting dressed, brushing teeth, making their beds, saying their morning prayers, etc. Then throughout the day I'd say "If you guys can clean this up in sixty seconds, you can have TWENTY beans!" and they'd all go a little crazy. Haha. It had some good days, some days where it didn't help at all, but after SEVERAL months--those crazy kids finally filled up their bean jars! Will was behind Ruth (she's such a great helper) but filled his up by not crying during his hair cut. Hallelujah that was amazing. So the original plan was to let them pick out a book, but then Will had his heart SET on this Thomas the Train shirt at Kohls. So we headed to Kohls and I told him that was a fine choice. Until he realized it was pajamas, and then he was having a rough life. Haha. But they managed to pick out a few things anyway. Ruth picked out an umbrella and is still exceedingly happy with her choice-funny girl. Will picked out a Melissa and Doug's wooden pizza, complete with toppings you can take on and off and a pizza cutter to break the pieces apart. They have played with that pizza NONSTOP since Saturday. All three of them ADORE it.
|This was my attempt at a picture of all three. Molly was NOT having it.|
|These two crazies are the greatest.|
When I asked Ruth to smile for the camera, I got a LOT of dancing.
And a final photo of Molly pushing her baby around. She is obsessed with babies, carries them around EVERYWHERE, feeds them, rocks them, pats them to sleep, but especially she loves pushing them around in the stroller. All over the house. I love her little mothering spirit SO MUCH.
|She's also a little crazy. It's another reason why I love her SOOOO much.|