I blogstalk this blog. One I came across and just love. She has some fun motherhood tips and ideas. And...she always has some kind of family craft idea. I love family fun time...if only I could get the hottie to really take part in all my nerdy ideas.....
Anyways, she recently wrote a post about a 2010 snapshot. Kind of a..."what's it like in our family right now" post. I loved it. And...I thought it was a good idea to replicate it.
You see, Brady just turned 6. And, I'm pregnant with #3. I remember when we had no kids. I don't really remember what life was like...but, I know we had hoped, hoped, hoped for kids for a long, long, long time. And then it happened. And then it happened again. And now again. And now...it's already been 6 years and it really feels like yesterday. The years are passing by so quickly and I want to remember what life is like right now for us.
So let's reflect.
My sisters are our lifesavers. The watch Lily while we work. Ashley takes Monday and Wednesday and Cori has Tuesday and Thursday. They are amazing.
Saturdays are our family cleaning day. This really just means that I clean the house. The hottie cleans our bedroom. And, the Cuties play and watch TV. We really need to get them some chores...that will be on the list for this year.
Every Sunday I say we're going to go to church. We never go.
Fridays are my favorite day of the week. Lily and I stay in our jammies as long as possible until we have to get ready to pick Brady up from school. Sometimes we go out for the day...but rarely.
Lily loves to play dress-up more than any kid I know. We will be in the car and she will say - let's go home and play dress-up. She's got several "princess" outfits, a fairy dress, and there's always her Dorothy Halloween costume that she'll search for and throw on a few times a week. She loves wearing the fairy wings.
Lily changes her clothes approximately 3 times a day and then sticks all her outfits into her jammie drawer. We think she's hiding them...but, we don't know.
After school, Brady always goes outside to dump the sand from his shoes. There's about a tablespoon of sand in each shoe. Every day. It reminds me of my brother.
On Mondays, my Dad picks up Brady from school. Brady loves it. And, I think my dad secretly loves it, too. He's always the first car there. He's our lifesaver, too.
Bedtimes are filled with piggy backs from daddy and kisses from both of us.
Brady surrounds himself with pillows, about 6 stuffed animals (including Rufus - his pride and joy stuffed dog) and 2 blankets.
Lily has taken a liking to a new stuffed animal that we have named Buddy and her Baby Cinderella. Oh...and her froggy blanket.
We eat dinner at home at least 5 days of every week. It's not always fancy. In fact, it's never fancy. But, I love it.
Brady's favorite meal is this easy (almost instant) chicken pot pie meal that I got a recipe for from a blog. It takes 15 minutes.
Lily's favorite meal is spaghetti. Brady hates spaghetti.
Sunday nights we still have dinner at my parent's house about 90% of the time. I love Sunday nights. I love catching up with my family and letting all the kids run crazy. It reminds me of my childhood with my cousins....playing Colored Eggs at Nan and Pops.
The Cuties love to play Hide and Seek and play it together all the time. I think that is what has taught Lily to count to 20.
Dora is still a favorite in the house. But...only on the living room TV - not in the playroom. Weird!
The Cuties (and I) could live on cereal. Seriously.
The Cuties and I also love pretzels at the mall for lunch. But, the Hottie says that pretzels are not a meal. We think he's wrong.
Saturday mornings are filled with dance class for Lily at 9am. She loves it. I was going to pull her from it - but, I just couldn't. We've signed her up for the June recital (not quite sure how she'll actually memorize a kiddie dance, but we'll see) so she's in it until then.
Brady still wants to be a Professional Baseball Player.
The kids would live at the park if we let them. Unfortunately, we don't get to go too much. We need to make more time for that.
Brady loves buying lunch at school. The strawberry milk is his favorite. I've never had strawberry milk.
I went on Brady's first field trip to the farm with him. We took the school bus. He L-O-V-E-D, loved it.
Lily got a bike for Christmas and cannot pedal. She keeps pedaling backwards and that is the brake.
Lily hates driving on the freeway. Brady was like that at her age. It's not unheard of for her to cry hysterically the entire 45 minute commute home from Ashley's. I cry with her.
Lily finally potty trained herself. After months of me trying, she just did it on her own. She put me to shame.
I check on the Cuties every single night before I go to bed. I give them a kiss, cover them up and check their breathing. I then check every single door to make sure they are locked. I even check the garage door to make sure it is closed.
The Cuties go to bed about 7:30 - 8pm. I go to bed about 11pm. (other than in my first trimester when I would fall asleep at 7pm maximum)
We like to do the $5 Little Caesar's pizza 1 time per week. Sometimes, we skip a week. It's quick and easy. Sometimes, instead of getting the $5 pizza - we'll go to Costco for hot dogs and they're pizza.
Brady and the Hottie have a secret handshake.
The minute I get home from work - I put on comfy clothes. The Cuties LOOOOOVE comfy clothes.
The Hottie still plays softball on Sunday nights at Big League Dreams. If it's not too cold (or too hot) we go. Unless it's really late...it's a school night!
If we don't go - the Cuties cry. Every single week.
The Hottie and I share in bathing duties. Typically, one of us does the dishes while one of us gives the Cuties a bath.
Brady and Lily still take baths together a lot of the time. I hope they never get to old for that. But, I know they will...very soon.
I have determined that Lily watches Dora too much because when she says something she'll say to me, "Say it with me" JUST. LIKE. DORA. And, she really wants me to say it with her. It's funny!
Brady is in Kindergarten. He has best friends. And, a girlfriend named Taina. I don't think he really knows what a girlfriend is - but, he says that she is his girlfriend. I think it is so cute to see him building such good friendships. I find it so funny how kids make friends. It's simply adorable.
When we eat dinner - it's not always at the table. But, a lot of the time it is. We don't really have designated seats. The Cuties love to take turns praying. I don't think they understand - but, it's cute.
2009 vacations: Disneyland, Colorado, and a cabin in Greer. The Hottie and I each took a week off during one of Brady's breaks and we stayed at home with the Cuties. I love vacations at home. Much more relaxing than real vacations.
Lily likes to help me fold clothes. She has no idea how to do it -but, she puts them in the right piles to put away.
Brady likes to set the table for dinner. He writes our names on our napkins. That is how we know where to sit.
Brady is still learning to tie his shoes. He says he doesn't need to know how because Emily and Will do it for him at school. Oh good....he's got shoe tying slaves - just perfect......