Friday, December 10, 2010


Wow, I can't believe how many  times a day I must clean the bathrooms! It seems like I am ALWAYS cleaning up after the boys use the bathroom. They wait until the last moment to use the bathroom and because of that they have desperation pees. Meaning they kinda aim but mostly just let it go anywhere. Usually it is on my seat and the floor and the wall and even the vent! They have NO aim! It gets me so hot and mad that I can smell pee upon opening the door! I have explained to Tank and Ace that they will have to sit and go if this continues I said if they miss and pee anywhere other than the toilet water ! Tank just looked at me and started crying! I said "what is wrong?" he said "Daddy won't like it if I turn into a girl...(sob..sob!!!)." So literal 3 year old are! haha Ace said, "THAT'S FINE WITH ME CUZ I AM TIRED OF AIMING ANYWAYS! (with 8 year old attitude) BOYS!! Can't wait to train Q correctly!!! BOYS....... gotta love 'em!!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Eating out with kids... never that fun!

Well, today was much better! I have to say evenings around here are hectic! There is homework times two and  dinner and then a variety of sports activities to part take in. Mon-Tues-Thurs-Friday Ace has swim team practice for an hour and 1/2.  On the day we don't have swimming (Wednesdays) Boomer and Tank have gymnastics for 1 hour and Ace has faith formation  for an hour. Usually we eat out that night in-between activities. Last night we had Tank's preschool Christmas singing program.That threw a wrench in the routine which caused some meltdowns do to the change!!! Tonight we had to squeeze in a dinner fundraiser for Ace's swim team.  Dinner out with four under 8 is wild anyways. When their are other swim team families and coaches involved  you can bet that your three year old will have a massive tantrum . That is exactly what happened, he had a fit about where we are sitting and what he was and was not going to eat.....needless to say it was not one of his better moments, or mine! Even the "look" did anything to calm him down. Once again another trip to the bathroom to do a time-out! I have almost visited all the bathrooms in the Greater Grand Rapids area at one time or another with one or all of my kids! I may not be able to tell you what is great on the menu but I can sure tell you if the bathroom facilities are nice or not!!!! :) Eventually, he pulled himself together and announced that  he was "able to face his dinner" but he was just gonna smell it!"  He made me promise not to call Santa and report his time-out and I was just desperate to get out of the bathroom so I agreed! With a little smirk on his devilish face we returned to the team dinner! It ended up fine because he decided that his corn dog smelled yummy and ate his whole meal without another peep! Such  drama.....need to pick up Ace now!! Bed for all is in my sights!!!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Multi-tasking usually leads to choas!

My first blog entry...enjoy the drama (my life stories)...........

Oh, for those of you with kids you know how crazy multi-tasking can be! With four kids under 8 something is ALWAYS going on. Usually, I can tame the destruction and mayhem that continues to push all my buttons,.....but not yesterday.

 While making dinner, little Q (21 months) found my loose change and decided to deposit them into my heating/cooling vent. As I was cutting the veggies for the salad I yelled"Q, No... NO.. I said NO-NO" He began to do it faster. CHING CHING CHING! I walked over to see him and he gave me the biggest smile he could muster.... I couldn't even get mad. I brought Quinn over to "play" with my Tupperware so I could continue to cook and realized that I heard water running upstairs. NEVER a good sound when you have a three year old.

Tank(3 1/2) was bathing his cars in my sink with mouthwash.... ( begin to hear more CHING CHING downstairs.)..Q NO NO! As I call Q upstairs and drain the sink of soapy mouthwash and matchbox cars I hear the buzzer on the dryer ding. Oh man, I had forgotten to take out all the jeans and uniforms to finish drying  on their own (thinking only the worst shrunken laundry mistake).  I look in the hallway to find Ace,8 naked (was suppose to be getting in his swim suit for swim team practice) playing his little harmonica.. what a sight! With three accounted for I realize that Boomer (5) is being silent.. that usually means that she is into something. Covered in mouthwash, holding matchbox cars and the empty bottle I open Boomers's door to find...................... she's  coloring... with my eyeliner in her diary. OMG!!! Can anyone give me a break???? I then re-remember the laundry buzzer as it beeps again!

 I decided to bring all the kids to the kitchen for some Tupperware playing and realize that I had never finished the salad or added the pasta to the rapidly boiling water..... I lost it..the ugly cry came out and the kids were shocked! My little Q came to give me a "tap-tap" aka a hug and then Tank\ said "mommy take a two three...all better" I half smiled looking at my four adorable tiny concerned faces and said... "Today was not a good day for Mama... too much naughtiness and messes for me....but tomorrow I know will be better, right???" Boomer looks at me and begins to laugh... she says "You've lost it Mom.. tomorrow will be the same as today because this is our job... to drive you crazy!!!" Love her! I guess she's right!! Tomorrow I will tackle that little demo team with a bit of humor and realize that this too will be a story to tell them when they have kids.
I can say that to anyone who thinks that being a at-home-mom gets to watch TV, eat bon-bons (FYI-never even seen one, let alone eat one) and nap...must be insane and has never done it! It is alot harder than it looks. Multi-tasking use to be a strong suit for me. Since we've added kids... I can say I am now not one... because who knows what they have in store for me tomorrow!!! ;)