Monday, March 28, 2016

Potty Training Fail

You know how they say no one goes to college in diapers? 

I'm not convinced. 

Last week was Spring Break and we had no gymnastics or co-op and it sounded like a great time to focus on potty training Fiona.  She's 3 1/4. It's time, right?

We were armed with pretty panties, charts, m&ms, and lots of encouragement. 

We started Wednesday morning and by Easter Sunday I had given up.  During that time we had one successful potty "deposit".  (Which happened to be the two hours I was not here and my mom was watching them.)  We did have 12,678,493 accidents. 

Okay, that's a bit of an exaggeration.  But not by much. 

I have never washed so many pairs of little girl panties. 

I guess we'll try again in a few months. 

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Power Plant Field Trip

Our homeschool group went to the nuclear power plant in Seneca, SC for a cool hands on presentation and tour about power and electricity.  It was fascinating!

This is only our homeschool group and I think less then half came to the trip!

After we went to a picnic area on the property near the lake and helicopter pad to eat our lunch.  What a beautiful spot! 

It was a bit frustrating when on the way home when I asked the kids what was the most interesting thing they learned and they said, "We didn't learn anything."  Umm, seriously?  I just hope it will either A. soak in or B. just refreshed the information they learned in their science book last week when we were studying electricity. 

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

When The Whole Family is Sick ....

... the house falls apart.

It's been a really, really hard week. 

Thursday afternoon I realized Fiona was running a slight fever.  It was all down hill from there.  In short succession Claire went down, then Declan, then Nicholas (thankfully on the weekend).  I was feeling lousy, but that could have been from not sleeping and running around taking care of whiny babies and cleaning up sickness.  Chandler held out the longest, but went down on Sunday. 

I spent most of the week holding the babies because every time I tried to walk 10 inches away from Fiona she started sobbing, "No Mama!  I want you Mama!".  It got very old, and my back was killing me, but that's what they needed. 

Today is the first day that I can see the end is in sight.  Fiona is still whiny, Chandler is being lazy and Declan is fussy, but I can see the change.  Someday soon I will get to leave the house!  This morning I looked up from my fog of nursing all these sick people to realize that my house is a disaster!  I mean filthy.  The kitchen is a wreck, the bathroom is gross and the living room is a mess.  It's going to take me a week to recover from all this! 

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

We Have Tadpoles!

Our frog eggs have turned into tadpoles!  At first they just laid around the tank for the first few days/week and we worried that they were dead, but then they became active.  Now they are eating everything and growing big!  We give them goldfish food and boiled romaine lettuce to eat, but they are very hands off.  We have them at a low table in the dining room and Fiona and Declan love watching them! 

Just Hatched

In the new tank

With rocks for them to hide and to climb on when they start growing little legs.

This has been a lot of fun so far!

Thursday, February 18, 2016

My Day with an 18 month, 3, 6 and 9 year old

Simple Homeschool has been posting their "Day in The Life" series which I love every year.  I did one myself last year and decided to do it again.  It's fun to see!  This was a fairly normal, imperfect day on the rare occurrence lately that we get to stay home all day.

Cast of Characters:
Declan - 18 months old
Fiona - 3 years old
Chandler - 6 years old, will turn 7 at the end of this month!
Claire - 9 and a half years old

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

O Dark 30 - Fiona joins us in bed, which already has Declan in it as well.  She cannot get comfortable and wants "nuggles".

5:29am - I give up and get up with her.  Daddy is already up and getting ready for work.  I make a cup of Yerba Mate tea and give Fiona a nutrigrain bar and a cup of juice and we settle in the recliner with a comfy blanket with Backyardigans ... and Peppa Pig ... and Vic the Viking .... I doze and Facebook on my phone.

7:34am - Declan and Chandler are up at a more normal time.  Declan wanders around playing after getting a drink and a nutrigrain bar.  Chandler starts on chores so he can get some tablet screen time.  Fiona starts playing Hungry, Hungry Hippos.

7:52am - Chandler earns enough for 20 minutes on Minecraft by cleaning the kitty litter, folding the towels and cloth napkins and sorting the socks.  He settles down and I start breakfast for myself.

8:02am - After interruptions I finally sit with two pieces of sourdough toast with butter and a cheese omelet from eggs our hens laid yesterday.  Fiona sits with me with a bowl of cereal.

8:19am - I put in a load of laundry and help Chandler start his breakfast of a bagel, make Declan a scrambled egg, and start getting Declan and Fiona dressed.  During all this Claire wanders downstairs.


9:00am - Claire has quickly done some chores to earn some Minecraft time.  I start to get in the shower, but find Fiona playing with my salve.  I take it away and clean her up a little, then get in the shower.

9:22am - Come down from getting dressed to find my mom (who lives out back) here to get the chicken scraps.  We take turns feeding the chickens and rabbits that we raise together and today is her turn.  Fiona is playing dress-up, Declan is playing with his toys.  I send Chandler to get dressed and Claire to get breakfast.  I brush Fiona and Declan's teeth.

9:42am - Claire, Chandler and Fiona are playing Hungry, Hungry Hippos while Claire eats breakfast.

10:00am - Mom comes back up to discuss the day.  Claire goes to get dressed.

10:10am - Claire goes to get the eggs since she forgot yesterday while Chandler starts his schoolwork.  Fiona plays at the table with us.  Today they only have their journal writing, Math, English, and Science reading to do.


10:27am - Claire starts her schoolwork and I take my camera away from Fiona.

10:35am - Take Chandler's K'nex creation away from Declan.  Chandler takes a break to go fetch the trash cans from the road.  Fiona pulls the stool from the kitchen to look at our developing frog eggs on the buffet.

10:42am - Take markers away from Fiona.

10:57am - Chandler finishes his sit down work.  I help Fiona straighten her room.  Claire is doing her math.

11:01am - Fiona falls apart because of something Chandler does, comfort her.

11:28am - Claire finishes her sit down work, we still have science reading to do this afternoon.  Chandler has finished enough chores to play Minecraft again.  Claire and I dump Declan's toy basket to organize it.  Declan loves that.  We move the couch and find a crazy amount of stuff.  I put Pandora on so we have some music to get us moving.

12:17pm - Start making lunch.  Chandler and Fiona have leftover kielbasa and boiled potatoes from last night.  Claire has two peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and Declan has a grilled cheese sandwich.

12:56pm - Claire and Chandler go to their rooms for an hour of quiet time and reading.  I put Fiona in her bed with a couple books to nap and walk with Declan for a few minutes until he falls asleep and I can put him in his crib.  Finally lunch for me!  I steal some of my husband's lunch meat and make a pastrami sandwich.  I sit at the computer to eat and check my email.

2:15pm - Claire and Chandler come out and Claire uses her tickets to play Minecraft.

2:48pm - I am making Hungarian Goulash for dinner that needs to simmer for 2+ hours so I go start dinner.  Declan wakes up very fussy and needs Mommy.  I end up letting Claire start dinner while I hold Declan and direct/help.

3:33pm - Fiona gets up from her nap and is extremely whiny.  She wants to play with Claire's Legos and Claire doesn't wamt her to.  Chandler is running around cleaning and trying to earn tickets. 

3:50pm - Claire ends up taking Fiona to play with her Megablocks and Declan slides off my lap to join them.  I head into the kitchen to wash dishes.

4:15pm - I help Fiona with her Legos while Claire goes and gets the afternoon eggs even though it just started raining.  Chandler brought in wood, made his bed, cleaned the dining room floor and straightened his bedroom so was able to play another 20 minutes on Minecraft.

4:20pm - I sit down to start typing some of this up.

4:39pm - Claire and Chandler disappear upstairs to Claire's room to play to Fiona's complete disappointment.  Since it's raining out and she's out of sorts I let her put a Barbie movie in.

5:05pm - I hear water running and Claire says "It's okay!  I'm just doing Chandler's hair!"

5:12pm - Declan and I snuggle.  He gives the best hugs!

5:33pm - Just as I go in to finish up dinner Daddy gets home.  Hugs and kisses from everyone!  He changes out of his work clothes while I finish dinner and Claire and Chandler set the table.  We all sit down to eat.

6:19pm - Daddy helps me clean up from dinner and I wash dishes while he wrangles kids and lets them each have a Vienna Finger cookie as a treat.

6:44pm - Daddy has a meeting about work tonight so he starts putting the babies in pajamas before going. 

7:12pm - Daddy leaves for his meeting.  The kids curl up to watch Netflix.

8:13pm - The big kids go to get pajamas on.

8:19pm - Fiona asks me to snuggle her on the couch.

8:43pm - I tell the kids they don't have time for another episode because it is too close to bedtime.   After the awful display I get from Claire and Chandler I send everyone packing off to bed immediately. 

8:52pm - After teeth brushing, I pray for Claire, Chandler and Fiona and tuck them in bed.  Declan and I settle in the chair with an episode of West Wing on Netflix.  That show never gets old.

9:08pm - Declan is asleep.

9:33pm - Daddy gets home and we talk for a few minutes.  He takes Declan up to his crib for me. 

9:48pm - I change into pajamas, make some tea and popcorn and curl up in the recliner.  Daddy sits with Claire and talks with her since she is still up reading.  After he comes back downstairs we snuggle up on the couch together and watch Netflix for one episode. 

10:54pm - We head to bed, morning comes quickly.  As my head touches the pillow I realize that we never got around to reading our science ....