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Summer Birthdays

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

I need to write more so I can remember all the things that we do. My memory is pretty terrible right now. I’d like to think it’s because I have so many schedules to keep straight.

Summer went by fairly quickly. I worked during the summer so the kids were home during the day with the babysitter. I feel guilty about this. I think society has me conditioned to think that summer time should be fun for kids. Like nonstop fun. Which is insane. Morgan and I were home in the summer with my dad. He was never concerned about fun. I need to let my worry of fun go. They are kids and they aren’t in school, that should be enough fun.

Charlotte turned 7 this summer. I can hardly believe it and this is mostly because she is the baby of the family. We all treat her like this still. I’m trying to break us of this habit. We can’t keep calling her baby Charlotte when she finally graduates from college. My cousin came out to surprise Charlotte for her birthday. I’m sure it was the best gift she received. We took Charlotte and a couple friends to eat lunch and have their nails done. Judging by the amount of cartwheels that were done throughout the day the girls had a great time.

 

Aiden turned 12 this summer and his entire summer was like a giant birthday party. He attended one engineering camp and two hockey camps. See what I mean? It was the summer of Aiden. His actual birthday was spent in Beulah Michigan. We spent five days at my grandma’s cottage. Thank God the weather was great this year. We were able to spend a lot of time kayaking and swimming. They even went tubing.

It will probably be the last summer I need to use a babysitter for the kids. Next year they might might might be able to take care of themselves. Maybe.

Christmas Past

Sunday, December 15th, 2013

So, I thought it would be really cute to post pictures from the last 10 Christmases. It would have been cute had I been properly organizing my pictures from the last 10 years. I haven’t. I wouldn’t know organization if it stabbed me in the eye. Although, I’m not sure I would know much of anything if I were stabbed in the eye. Here’s what we are going to do, I’m going to pretend like you care and you’re going to pretend that I have labeled the past 10 years correctly.

December 2003

December 2003

December 2004

December 2004

December 2005

December 2005

December 2006

December 2006

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December 2007

Christmas 2007

December 2007

December 2008

December 2008

 

December 2009

December 2009

December 2010

December 2010

December 2011

December 2011

December 2012

December 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Frozen Photo Shoot

Sunday, December 8th, 2013

One of my former gymnasts is a grown up now. An actual grown up who is almost done with college. Kyri is incredibly artistic so I wanted to have her take some pictures of the kids. I wanted them to be real and not matchy matchy. I admire people who match, I really do. People who can get their kids to match are usually the same people who are well organized and tidy. I’m neither, so the chances of my children having clothes that match was pretty low. Also, Aiden gets super mad when I try to dress him up in lady clothes. Lame, but really funny. Anyway, Kyri came and took pictures of my kids being themselves. We headed down to the community beach where the weather was cold and windy. I know how to pick days to make sure my kids suffer. They were very happy when the whole thing was over. And I’m happy with the results. However, the next time we do a photo shoot the big kids will probably have braces. Which is awesome because I didn’t want to save for retirement anyway.

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An Aiden dance move.

An Aiden dance move.

This is where they were supposed to jump.

This is where they were supposed to jump.

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A failed attempt at hockey

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

I attempted to take the kids to a Navy hockey game. They were playing Michigan State’s club level team. Navy fans are very uneducated about the Big Ten. They actually had the game listed as Navy vs. Michigan. This was upsetting to myself and to Aiden. I casually mentioned the error to the ticket desk. They looked at me like I was loony. No, the loony comes later.  It was really fantastic to pay $11 for four tickets for college hockey.  I was arrogant. I assumed the night would be smooth sailing.

It immediately went down hill. Charlotte was hungry and completely acted like she never had dinner.  Since we were standing behind State’s goalie I told her to wait until play had stopped before we got food. She was hungry right then. Right then she needed to eat because I have never given her dinner and she needed dinner oh and her dinner needed to be candy. Yeah, I got it. She was hungry and she was attempting to trick me into a candy dinner. Before I could give her the business, a bunch of midshipmen came in with noise makers.  They stood next to us and began taunting the goalie. This sent Aiden into a quiet rage. I began talking him off a ledge while trying to get Charlotte to wait for a snack.I had two code red situations. I needed to stop Charlotte from acting like a punk and stop Aiden from freaking out on the Navy. I asked Aiden if he could hear me when I stand behind him and yell during games. He said he couldn’t, so I told him State’s goalie couldn’t hear the Navy punks yelling at him. Praise all that is holy the period ended and I was able to get the kids some dinner. It was just in the nick of time because we almost lost Charlotte to chocolate starvation.

OK, period two. We sat in the bleachers close to the boards so we could watch the action around the net. My other big mistake. We were right next to a group of Navy youth hockey players. Players who were yelling shit at State’s players as they came off and on the ice. Now I was pissed. First, you are wearing your team shirts which means you should behave in a semi respectful manner. Also, Youth hockey players shouldn’t give college hockey players shit about their skills.  They were punks. So I opened my mouth and told them to knock it off. Then they told me Michigan state sucked and Navy was awesome. Where were these kids raised? A barn? Entitled punks.  I loudly said to Aiden to ignore the kids because there was no way Navy could beat our Big Ten team. That got their attention. They shut up after that. Then the ref gave my kids a game puck and suddenly the Navy kids were nice and offered to take the puck off of our hands. What was with those kids?

After that we were done with the game. Done. State wasn’t doing so great and Aiden had developed a grudge against the entire Navy. The kids and I left. I noticed a coach bus from an Owosso bus company but the kids seemed to think me asking the drive if she was from Owosso was humiliating.

We still had hope

We still had hope

Hope was lost

Hope was lost

Again, hope.

Again, hope.

 

September 25th

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

A month into the school year and Charlotte has already missed four days. It’s been an adjustment for her being in school everyday, all day. Last week she ran a fever for three days. She made it to school Friday only to feel miserable by nighttime. Sunday we took her to urgent care. They did a fast strep test: negative. They sent away the other strep test. Monday morning her fever was gone and she was acting like herself so I sent her to school. I figured the virus was gone. Except, it wasn’t gone. The doctor called to tell me she had strep. I sent my child to school with contagious strep. I felt terrible and I really hope she doesn’t take out her class. Let’s hope we are back on track with her adjusting to school. Her teacher started sending  home letter writing homework. This has really pissed her off because she spends “all day writing her name” and she is tired when she gets home. I had no idea the kindergarten curriculum was only based on name writing. Who am I to judge?

It doesn’t seem real that she is 5 years old. I keep looking at her expecting to see baby Charlotte. I have to stop myself from calling her baby Charlotte. I have to stop myself from carrying her. I repeat “she is 5” over and over in my head. When I think of how I expected so much more from Aiden and Madeleine I feel like a real jerk. I guess that’s what parenting is: feeling like a jerk who’s life is flying by quickly and is constantly afraid of missing important moments. Let’s hope I don’t carry her into high school and tell her teachers her name is baby Charlotte.

Happy Easter and Stuff

Sunday, March 31st, 2013

My blogging fell apart after I went back to work.  And let’s be honest I was never very consistent to begin with.  March sort of flew by while I wasn’t paying attention. We were very busy with work and kid activities. I would love to share some pictures of Madeleine at gymnastics however, she doesn’t not like me to take her picture. I need to figure out how to take her picture without her knowing. Charlotte loves to have her picture taken during gymnastics. She loves it so much that when I start to take her picture she stops doing gymnastics.

I do have pictures from Aiden’s last few hockey games. It’s fortune he has no idea his picture is being taken, otherwise he acts completely obnoxious.  He takes enough pucks to his head, he doesn’t need anymore distractions out there.

We are coming off of our spring break. It was rough to say the least. The family was hit with flu this year and it caused temporary insanity in me. I think (crossing me fingers) we are at the tail end of feeling like crap.

October

Saturday, November 10th, 2012

I think it is safe to stay we made it through another hurricane. It wasn’t terrible for our neighborhood, in fact we never lost power. I’m still bewildered that we kept the power on the whole time. Of course, the lights kept flickering on and off. Which, plays serious head games with a person.  I think the kids were a little mad that we did a lot of storm prep and nothing disastrous happened. Every time the kids used the water or watched TV , I lectured them to enjoy modern conveniences while they lasted. I am pretty sure they started using the bathroom secretly because when they would go in I would shout,  “I hope you enjoyed flushing the toilet because we won’t be able to do that soon”.  When we woke up the next morning and we had power I almost felt foolish for my crazy antics. Almost. I am a big fan of my crazy antics so I usually don’t regret them.  Our neighborhood came through the storm in tact and the kids were able to enjoy Halloween. Well, almost all kids. Madeleine became sick an hour before trick or treating so she spent the evening on the couch watching terrible Halloween movies. Do not feel bad for her. Charlotte, Keith, and my cousin Lindsey, took a bag for Madeleine. I honestly don’t think Madeleine minded laying on the couch while her candy was fetched for her. Her costume is stored in the closet until next Halloween. I highly doubt she will want to wear it next year so I bought a costume that no one will wear but whatever. It doesn’t bother me. Much.

Charlotte Turned 4

Friday, August 17th, 2012

Dear Charlotte,

I’m sorry for writing this so late. This past month has been filled with a lot of “stuff”. I had this blog post written in my head it has just taken me a month to get it written. The day you turned 4 we took you to Chuck E Cheese. No adult in their right mind enjoys that place, but you love it there. You had a fantastic time riding the mechanical horse and taking lots of pictures.

I had been trying to write about your birthday all morning. Interruptions in the form of fighting over Barbies keep popping up. You and Madeleine play very nicely together. Until you don’t. It usually escalates to screaming by the time I get upstairs. You hold your own in any verbal or physical “issue” with your brother or sister.

I can hardly believe four years have passed by so quickly. At times it didn’t feel like time was moving fast. Those times were usually in the middle of the night while I was rocking you. Laughter comes easily with you around. You have this amazing ability to make these goofy faces and voices. Every character you mimic has a different voice. You are also know to break out in dance while shopping. I am pretty sure there is circus music playing in your head. In addition to being really funny, you are also really cuddly. The cuddly helps when you have created mischief.

We love you Charlotte. Thank you for giving us laughter.

Dressed up for a welding project

Super Annoying Chuck E Cheese Party

One of her Faces

Looking Classy

 

March is a Pain in the Ass

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

I wanted to write that March is a giant whore but my mom reads this so that wouldn’t be appropriate. Instead I will say that March has kind of pissed me off.  It’s been freakishly warm for March and I don’t appreciate skipping over spring and heading straight into summer. I make no apologies for my hatred of Maryland summers. The intense humidity has been known to make me violent. So all I’m saying is that we had better not skip spring.

March has also pissed me off because of Baseball. I like baseball. I don’t love it, but I like it. Aiden has just started his 4th season playing baseball. Last year was machine pitch and this year is kid pitch. This year is apparently a big freaking deal. Like three practices a week big deal. Like three hour and half long practices a week big deal. Fantastic. Now add  Charlotte to practice. Madeleine will read and draw while cheering Aiden on. Charlotte will not. Charlotte enjoys stealing bats and mitts from the kids. She also loves to bother Madeleine. Her favorite activity is to run really fast past Madeleine while spitting at her. Yeah she is a true gem. Madeleine had finally had enough of being spit on so she spit on Charlotte. (Yeah, the whole thing is just gross). Charlotte was so horrified that she was spit on that she dropped to the ground and cried for a long time. Well long enough to have everyone in the field staring at us. That is such a nice feeling.

April will be here in a matter of days and I swear we better have a spit free spring.