Archive | May 2015

Fiona part 1

much more tomorrow but the birthday girl had a wonderful day. Doing a party ON her birthday makes timing tight but it was lovely weather and friends that are like family. 

Cake pictures are on the good camera so more later. K

Three things Thursday

Getting to my computer is a rare treat.  Today I went to the gym and I’m quick blogging before a well child check. Whoever said stay at home life was dull didn’t try very hard or didn’t know a stay at home mom!

This week has been a busy and fun one with Monday and Tuesday off and yesterday I joined Niamh’s class at the children’s museum.  Even though I knew 25% of the kids in the mob, I still don’t like going to a public place with a hoard!  I’m glad I went though because Niamh was happy to see me there and I also got to meet more class mom’s.IMG_5439

Since last week my big project is chugging along.  The garage is not yet ‘done’ and who knows if it ever will be but I’ve made progress and hopefully more progress will happen soon.  I also need to focus on cleaning for a brunch this Sunday, prepping for the first camping trip of the year next weekend and making the guest room guest ready for the following weekend.  All this will really impact my candy crush score…


and with all the help I get it sometimes takes all my time to do the basics!


But my #3 thing this week (and ever on my list) is the fact that all my kids want to be with me –  FYI – I woke up like this…


This actually took so long that I went to the Dr and got home again and got Niamh from the bus and everything.  Zoe is right on target – little bit taller then average and a little bit lighter  and that is all ok by me.  She also has perfect hearing and vision so no excuses for not ‘hearing’ me or finding things 😉

May One – Four challenge

I’m behind on so many of my bloggie to-do’s but I did this yesterday so I want to post the completion to this exercise.

This week I went old school photoshop and printed out the picture and let the kids draw faces on the spuds.  My new reader thought one was labeled ‘yums’ and now she wants to try them.



(You can tell that Yums got most of the love)

After 3 weeks of editing pictures of lumpy starches you run out of fun things to do, but, it was fun figuring it all out!

Thanks for running this challenge Captivate Me

#One Four Challenge

Bricks in the wall!

Potty training – bam – she is at 99% now.  An accident when she is totally engrossed in something but hey, I needed a reason to wash that couch cushion.  The best part is that while she is 4 months older then both her sisters were she skipped right to just going when she needs to rather than me needing the incessant potty clock watch.

Friends moving here! Boom! Offer and Acceptance just like that after a scant YEAR of back and forth on the subject.  I even have a fairly certain move date so I now can focus my efforts to make a place in the house for her.

Other friends are nearly homeowners. KaPow!  The ducks are falling into line and pending inspection they will have a nice house not too far away with a closing date that makes all sorts of things easy 🙂

Personally I got about half the house things done this weekend I wanted to but the weather was so ick that there were just no ‘go play outside’ times so I parented and did projects and that is the slower way to go.  It does feel good though to have these things in my world firm up so I can set up projects and plans around them with some confidence.  All I’m waiting for is a new niece or nephew to pop out but that will happen in good time and I’m sure I’ll be alerted asap.

Today is practice for summer break with 3 girls home and I the solo parent.  Niamh actually has a week and a half left but it is winding down so I need to get used to the 3 dynamic again.  They are in radically different places than last year and that makes some things easier and other things harder, I’m sure we will figure it out around August 20th~

Now I need to get going on all the Monday I didn’t do yesterday and get ready for a party weekend.

Here are all the words I didn’t write over the past 3 days

It has been days and days of no words from me!  Anyone worried?  Technically you all choose to read this therefore you must care a little ~

Well; Thursday I paid the price for not going to the dentist in an age (the age of my youngest child).  There is nothing innately hellish about dentists in my opinion but in a weird way I’ve just put it off because I ‘could’.  I’ve spent years scheduling and creating time for all the things I HAD to do like endless kid doctors and taxes and stuff that if I didn’t do something bad would happen and I just got tired of finding time for something that I didn’t really even want to do.  Going to the dentist means either a careful manipulation of time and space to create a magical time I could get to the dentist solo, or, taking kids and trying to parent while there are other peoples hands in my mouth.  Dentist visits were just one of those things that were easier when I worked!  Anyway, I’m doing it now, so better late then never but my mouth hurts and is in for a bunch more hurting,  hopefully the end result will be good.  ps.  I also have to floss now 😛

Thursday I also took the fastest trip to Ikea ever.  I needed 1 thing, I left with only 3 and the cherry on the top was that Zoe AND Fiona were able to go to Small Land at Ikea!  I was able to get the things, look at something I was curious about (it didn’t live up to the magazine pic in my opinion) pay, put everything in the car and come back for the kids and we all enjoyed a well earned lunch.  Nap time was in the car so not much time for blogging, plus, my face hurt.


my Ikea selfie. I’m not showing teeth because they hurt. I do like the picture though, maybe pain looks good?

Thursday was actually super busy because I had my board meeting/ mom night out that night and there is nothing to help you get over an icky dentist diagnosis then laughing so hard you cry with a bunch of friends.  I came home and more or less kissed the kids and went to sleep because that was a long day.

Friday was another doozy of a day.  First – my mouth still hurt – smashing way to start the day.  Then I had a long long list of special things to remember to pack for kids and I wanted the last day of school picture so it was a rush around morning for sure.


teacher gift – a pretty clipboard and a gift card. Yippie scrap book paper and modpodge

To the gym for the workout and that was a win.  If you follow me on Instagram (it’s also in the side bar –>) you can see that I’ve been seduced into the heavy lifting world.  A friend talked me into it and so far so good.  The machines I was working on are constantly full of octogenarians (not exaggerating) so I have far better luck with the squat rack.  I’ve gotten a few people giving me tips and feedback and between that and youtube I’m slowing getting better.  I deadlifted my body weight on Friday and that really felt like an accomplishment.  I hope that over time I’ll get stronger and lighter so lifting my body weight will be less and less of a big deal but it made my Friday.

I gummed some lunch with Fiona and got her down for a nap just in time to turn around and put her in the car so we could go see Zoe’s last day program at school.  She really had awesome luck with this class and teacher and she is totally 100% ready for kindergarten.  I also lucked out and got to see Niamh for her field day that was happening outside at the same time.  We missed most of the events but her teacher told me just how big a lead Niamh had on her classmates in the quarter mile race, she is the fastest runner in first grade. I collected both kids from school since it was nearly the end of the day and that was a good thing because the traffic going north was so bad that I would have missed the bus stop time.  There is only NY like traffic about 4 times a year here so that really isn’t bad, but, it is annoying to take 3x as long as normal to drive.


One last craft, preschool is all about the paint.

Firday I also started working my kid karma.  I watched a set of girls for a friend and they were no trouble but just 2 more variables to move through the evening but virables all the same. Today I’m continuing my streak by watching another friends 3 kids overnight so she can work.  It is after 11 and the boys are both asleep but the girls (my 2 and her 1) are making a real sleepover of this and are all still wispering.  For having 6 kids in the house there is much more peace than I would have expected, we will see what breakfast for 6 will be like.  This is just a preview for my summer where we will spend a few weeks with my sisters and their kids so there will be a collective of 8 kids ranging from 11year to 1 month.  The two youngest will actually sleep at their own home but I expect to see tons of them and I plan on at least 1 picture of Kate+8.

Today my mouth finally stopped hurting but my body was reminding me that I lifted heavy weights yesterday.  I shook it off with a morning dance party and then spent most of the day painting the garage creations.  I had ‘help’ so it was a slower process but I’m more then half done with a primer and first coat. I’m also doing the tedious task of going through all the garb to see what fits and orginizing it in general so the guest room can really be a guest room and not just a giant garb depot.  I’ll be glad this is done when I’m packing in a month!


kid storage.

Plans for the weekend include more of the same.  I would love to actually finish a big project but progress is always welcome.  I think I’m giving up on the giggling girls and just going to sleep myself.  I hope your memorial day weekend it good and/or productive.  Tomorrow we are grilling with friends and who know what we might do on Monday – Zoe carefulls, and legably, penciled in the word Zoo on one of my to-do lists and who can’t resist an add like that.