Tuesday, July 31, 2012

First Week at CGL & My Spicy Girls

I got lucky on the first week.  My sister, nephew, and parents took the boys home to Lanesboro which left me 1 on 2.  Way better odds.  There was odds and ends to tie up last week.  Especially at the Talon house.  Since I only had the girls I planned to give them a little “extra attention” that week.  Not the extra attention that you might be visioning.

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(Here are the girls eating lunch in the Master Bedroom on upside down crates.)

Let’s back up…

June 5th, 2012, Aaliyah and Jocelyn turned 2.  Do you want me to keep explaining or do you have the idea yet?!?   I’ll paint a picture for you.  They pull hair, they hit, they scream, their cry is an angry shrill, and their favorite words are “MINE” and “RIGHT NOW”.  They are completely opposite to Ethan and Bennett and completely normal all at the same time.  E and B must have been an anomaly.  They made me feel like an awesome parent and the girls personal mission is to tear it down!  I was on top of the world with the boys.  For the most part, they ate, they didn’t fight, they listened, they were polite.  I think it is safe to say that good parenting is taking second to genetics on these kids.  I would like to say that the girls have their dad, but anyone that knows Brett would know I am joking.

So what did we do last week….we tried a lot of things that I wouldn’t have dared to try with all 4 of the kids.  Yup, that’s right…we went to Target!  We went almost everyday (sometimes to 2 places) and we went in the morning when there wasn’t too many people.  The first trip was the worst.  After them running away from me in the shoe department and Aaliyah getting a time out in the linen section I figured it was time to go.  They were kicking, screaming, and failing on the ground as I was trying to get them into the the cart.  As I am trying to get out of the sports attire a lady decided that it was a good time to have a conversation with me.  “Are they twins?”, she asked.  “Yes”, I said when in my heading I was saying Aaliyah just put your feet into the leg holes of the cart.  “Oh, I had twin girls”, she said.  “Great”, I said when in my head I am thinking that Jocelyn had cleaned that portion of the floor so well with her dress they wouldn’t have to mop it today.  They continue to scream and I can’t get them in the cart so I am not moving and the lady is not budging either.  She turns to the girls and asked them, “Oh what is wrong?”  REALLY??!??  Do you think they asked me for a unicorn or new puppy and I said no so they decided to try to pull their dress off in the store and hide from me under clothes racks.  Come on mom’s, if you had kids throwing fits in Target before then why would you try to stop a frazzled parent to reminisce about having twins of your own.  I edged forward with kids half in the cart to signal that I was still on the move.  She kept walking.  I never did get them in the cart.  They insisted on walking while yet holding my hand however, I still had the cart with a few returns in it.  So picture this, one girl on each side of the cart holding my hand as I pushed the cart to customer service with my chest.  Not my finest moment, but I was content that the screaming had ended.

That was the first shopping trip and happy to report that the rest got better despite the one where they started hitting each other in the Home Depot check out lane.  We worked on “please” and “thank you”.  No more yelling “ I want milk NOW!”.  I feel like it was a little better from the beginning of the week to the end.  Now to keep it up. 

They did have some sweet moments.  hehe!

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To my girls because someday you will read this.  Despite your attitudes, dramatic demands, and independent nature I love you forever!  I shouldn’t be surprised by your strong personalities and won’t be surprised if you hope to be a princess someday.  Because really, who doesn’t want to be a princess?

Monday, July 30, 2012

Videos, note to self….never buy a nice couch until your children are 20 years old.

We did finally move

The final move was planned for last Sunday, but on Saturday it just made sense to start loading up.  It was more so we could put the kids to bed and keep working on the CGL (new house).  We loaded up the 2 cars as full as we could with 4 car seats. 

We introduced the kids to their new rooms and reintroduced them to their toys.  They wanted to play forever.  It was like Christmas for them.  The once clean rooms no longer had visible floor and the toy bins were unsorted.  The kids quickly became their own interior designers of their new territory.

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It was the girls first night in a big kid bed.  I think the key is child proof lock on the inside of the room.  Regardless of the comfy quarters I created for them complete with pillow pets they decided to fall asleep some where a little more familiar.

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The first night I lifted them into bed after an exhausting hour of playing and trying to escape their room.

So it is official….we have a new house.  Just working on the “new home” part.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Before we moved

I took these pictures last week before me moved. 

Formal Dining Room

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Living Room

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Girls Room

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Boys Room

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Kitchen, floor extension

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Family Room

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Back of the house

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Yard/Garden

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Our “Pretend” Move

Oh what to write about. Many of you want to know how the move is going or how the construction is going or how are those little kids? Well, how about how is MJ? I’m going to take a selfish moment to say that the current situation kind of sucks and is about to get worse. What we thought was moving to a single family home has become a construction zone. Not to worry, Brett is in hot pursuit to make the house at least livable in addition to my sister laying red construction paper on the floor for us to walk on. This weekend we had a pretend move….where we took everything to CGL, but still sleep and live in the town home. I think if it were just Brett and I it wouldn’t be just a big deal, but having 4 human beings rely on us makes things a little bit more tricky. For the most part they have been thick skinned with getting passed from person to person, but we have seen extra meltdowns and statements of wanting to go home, where’s Daddy, and Mommy, where are my cars? The only thing constant in this house is frozen pizza and how inconsistent mommy and daddy are round. I am sure that none of them will have memories of these past 3 months and if they do it probably will be of the amount of TV they got to watch without regulation. Maybe in their perspective not such a bad memory. Makes a mom feel guilty, but there is an end in sight.

The weekend started off pretty cool. Mom, Colleen, and Dade were here and we went to Dade’s baseball game. I at least got to see Dade catch one ball in the outfield before we carried a few children back to the car screaming. I was at least thankful that no one peed their pants while we were there. Friday was followed by my first time mowing the lawn at CGL. I love mowing lawn well especially when I get to use a ride on. It reminded me of mowing at the Treehouse. I’m not going to lie, but I think that Brett will have to arm wrestle me if he wants to mow the lawn.

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We had lots of family and friend help which really was amazing. Who needs a UHaul when you have the Treehouse trailer?

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The construction projects involved a garage door, fixing some water leaking into the basement, moving the wall in between the eat in kitchen and family room which involved plumbing, installing dryer, and putting down hardy backer in the master bathroom, plus Kelly and I did an outstanding job installing a few wall hanging items. That master bathroom additional project was a surprise too. It was decided to make the plumbing project easier it would help to pull up the tile in the master bathroom. I think this was Kelly and Paul’s favorite part of the weekend. I meant to take more pictures. I’ll get some this week.

We are spending our evenings working on the house this week and plan to be sleeping at CGL as of Sunday night. This is a little picture of what the living room at Talon currently looks like.

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Toys, a pile of blankets, and a air mattress, with Leap Frog in the background. However, I took this next picture the week before and it seems like the activity in the living room is about the same minus couch cushions.

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Yes, my children are barely ever dressed. They all prefer to be naked which required us to create the rule that underwear is required on the main level.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Introducing Nanny Mary

It is almost half way through the summer and I am just now showcasing my PairSquared Professional.  You must know that we have increased our family by a few with some stellar daycare specialists.  From the bull pen is Nanny Mary!

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Nanny Mary came with outstanding recommendations from a few girls that are about to be the tenants of Talon Trail.  In the fall, Mary will be entering her sophmore year at the University of Minnesota where she is studying elementary education and is a member of the dance team.  Originally from Eagan, Mary has 3 siblings, which we got to meet her brother Noah last week.  He helped her out due to a sprained ankle and I think the boys loved having him around!  We have enjoyed getting to know Mary.  It is convenient that her name is in one of the kids favorite songs, so anytime I say that Mary is coming to play…they start singing, “Mary had a little lamb.”

Being a PairSquared Professional is like having a second family.  I am sure that Nanny Molly and Sarah can both verify that statement.  What we lack in benefits and financial compensation we make up in love and appreciation.  This job is not for the weak stomach and some days feel thankless.  But then other days are rewarding and accident free!  WARNING: Once you are part of the family you can’t leave.  And why would you want to with cute faces like these…

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Play Date at the Loudy’s

This was from last week, but one pretty awesome day!  Our friends Bret, Pam, and their 2 boys Lane and Pace, live in Apple Valley and have a great backyard for some kid fun.  Was able to spend the morning and lunch with them.  The girls LOVED the pool with the slide.

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Don’t turn your back

At least she took off her shoes and pull up.

Jossie in the Bathtub

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Reasons I love my job!

The first one is something I don’t enjoy about my “job”.  I came downstairs to this scene.  I’m no detective but I have a feeling I know the culprits.

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But then they do crap like this and it reminds me how appreciative I am to be at home to see their silliness!

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Monday, July 2, 2012