Jolly Playmates

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Oh jolly playmate, come out and play with me

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and bring your dollies three.  Climb up my apple tree.

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Slide down my rainbow into my cellar door.

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And we’ll be jolly friends forevermore.

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Spot It!

On Memorial Day morning, it was raining and my kids were whining whining whining about when were we heading to our friends’ house and why couldn’t they watch more TV?  In a desperate attempt to get keep their mouths shut and my sanity intact, I rummaged through our box o’ board games and came up with a can of Spot It!, a gift from my aunt for Christmas.  She is a veteran mom and assured me I would want to carry this game with me at all times, and though we have played once or twice, it has always been with an adult participant. This morning, however, I gave it to the big kids and told them to keep themselves quiet and busy, otherwise I was going to lose my sanity.

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Not at all quiet and busy laughing?  After a minute or two of watching them play, everyone was in a better mood.  This game is like a secret weapon!  Instant giggles and cooperative play, big kids getting along and no whining!  Magic!

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My aunt was right.  I’m never leaving home without it!

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6:15 Stream Of Consciousness

6:15 on a school night and Mommy and Daddy really just want you kids in bed but oh crap they are really filthy okay let’s just put them in the tub together we won’t even wash Em’s hair here are your toothbrushes no don’t spit on each other that’s it you’re out

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just sit quietly while we get your brother and sister dressed please don’t pee on the floor yes you can wear the purple ones have you seen her binkie yes I know we have to get rid of it soon but not tonight let’s just get out of here

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nope sorry just one story tonight okay yes I will leave the bathroom light on no you may not get another book lights out in ten minutes yes ten okay sweet dreams I love you goodnight

…lights out!…

goodnight.  yes we love you, too.  goodnight.

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Grooming

Based on the usual state of her hair, one would not think that Little H is a little hair stylist in the making.  Pet grooming, sister grooming, self grooming–she doesn’t discriminate.  There is no hierarchy when it comes to looking good (except don’t ask her to wear a hairclip!).

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My favorite part of this day was when she decided all of the Paw Patrol needed some upkeep.  Apparently the pups sent out a yelp for help.  Time for a pup salon!

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Enter sister with this crazy mop, and Little H was fired up.  This might be an emergency!

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These two have fun no matter what they do, and I foresee many wonderful days watching them help each other pick out clothes or doing their hair in my future.  On second thought, maybe that’s being a bit too optimistic; I have two sisters.  I know what’s coming!  I’ll just enjoy these sweet moments while I can and pray that before they’re teenagers we have a house with a spare bathroom!

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Sisters

On one of the very many sick days we experienced this winter, I had both girls home with me with ear infections and fevers.  We stayed in our pj’s and snuggled up in the living room, the girls cuddled together in the arm chair.  I decided to put on Frozen, a favorite in this house, even though I knew Little H wouldn’t have the attention to sit through it.  She has been listening to the soundtrack since she was a baby, and has been known to bellow what she interprets as the words to Let It Go! at the top of her lungs.  A sister day with the perfect sister movie.

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Wish Sven by their side, they were having a blast, but we all knew something was missing.

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Em was so happy.  She finally has an Anna to her Elsa.

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Let the sister shenanigans begin!

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Happy Birthday, Hannah Felicity!

Nothing sappy in this post (I wrote that one already).  Just a sweet remembrance of how Hannah spent her second birthday, with balloons, pancakes, jumping on the bed, balloons, friends, Paw Patrol, pizza, and more balloons.  A perfect day for my girl.

My favorite part of the day was when she came downstairs and saw all the paper lantern “balloons” hanging from the ceiling.  She gasped and whispered, “Awesome….”  Where did she even learn that!?

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Daddy had a business meeting that night so we opened gifts in the morning.  The big kids were happy to help with that.

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Nothing too fancy–coloring books, a board game, a small toy and some books.  Then of course Daddy’s signature birthday pancakes!

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Later that morning I put her in her cute little cupcake romper and took some I’m Two! photos in my bedroom.  Still way too much snow and mud to take photos outside.  She didn’t care; she loves climbing on mama’s bed!

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Then we ran some errands, had a Panera snack and I bought her the greatest balloon ever, which I thought was indestructible.  Balloons make her crazy happy.

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But then it popped when we went to pick the big kids up at school.  I let her carry it around and she was so happy everyone was wishing her happy birthday.  We went outside and it popped on a stray tree branch.  I was so worried she’d be devastated, but she knew we were going to Pizza Chef to celebrate.  She kept saying, “Balloon pop.  Mr. Nick fix it.”  She sure has faith in our friends!

Even though Mr. Nick could not “fix it,” he did give her a new balloon and Auntie Jenny pulled out the big guns with the best balloon gift of all time!  Hot diggity dog!

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It was the perfect day for our little girl, no longer a baby.  I loved making it special just for her.

Happy Birthday sweet Hannah!

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A Typical Day

A typical day starts with one quick show in the morning so Mommy can have 22 minutes to shower/get dressed/eat in peace.  We don’t always use fancy chairs but I’m open to anything that gets me an extra minute or two.

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Then, on a typical day when Jax is home from school, the kids play together nicely for a while, but then there is inevitably bickering and disagreements about who gets to play with which Paw Patrol pup and whose turn it is to go first in a board game.  So after a while they go their separate ways.

Jax will usually do something Lego-related: building or playing with his creations, or reading the Lego Club magazine that comes in the mail (or the back copies we sometimes “borrow” from the library).  He becomes very entranced.

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He’s stuck somewhere between big and little.  I think seven is the breaking point to being a “kid,” not so much the baby or toddler or preschooler I remember at all.  I savor his simple innocence, whenever I can.  I know he’ll be so much bigger too soon.

Little H is very into her play kitchen and tea parties, complete with cloth napkins and place mats.  She’s not too picky about her companions, and is very content with a good cup of tea.

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And Em undoubtedly will try to stay in her pajamas for as long as possible.

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And then do something creative, like coloring, cutting, hole punching, stamping.  She is a fine motor phenomenon, my girl.

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And sassy, too!

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So, typically, I have it pretty good. Yes, sometimes they make me want to pull my hair out or cry or take a nap, but on the whole, they’re really great kids.  No one else I’d rather be snowed in with than them!

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