Tuesday, March 22, 2011


We're in a funky stage right now, by which I mean "a stage which puts me in a funk."  The kids are oblivious and happy, but I am less than enamored with their current conditions.  Jax has decided that the art of listening is not high on his priority list and has deemed myself, his gymnastics instructor, his music teacher, and any other adult who tries to corral him into a polite or sedentary state as irrelevant.  No need to listen to them; they're irrelevant.  Usually I mourn the end of our classes; both music and gymnastics are ending in the next few weeks, and usually I feel sad that I will have less structure in our week.  But this time, I'm happy that I will no longer be subjecting his teachers and myself to this farce.  My kid doesn't listen.  They know it, I know it, now let's take a few months off and hopes he matures a little.  Or hope that the fact that we will be spending most of our days outside will exhaust him into submission.  Either way, we need a break and some outdoor time.  If only it would stop snowing!

Wordish Wednesday

Our ride to music class this morning.  Pretty, yes.  But conducive to taming a wild toddler monster?  Not so much.

And Em isn't exhausting me with her attitude; she's just straight up exhausting.  She will be eleven months in 4 days and she is still not consistently sleeping through the night.  Maybe one out of every three.  Enough already!  Self-soothe!

So, maybe I have Seasonal Affective Disorder or maybe I'm just grumpy because last Friday it was 60 degrees and this week we have two snow storms on schedule.  It is officially spring and I'd like some crocuses, damnit!  Or at least some sunshine.

So, we're funky up here in Mudville and I need a little defunkification.  The best cure I know of is cute pictures of my kids being their sweet selves.  Their napping, sleeping, listening selves.  I don't know if I have any photos of those kids, but I may be able to find cute ones of the kids I have.  Sure fire smile-inducers.

For the Love of the Library

That kid will trudge through hell or high water to get to the Woodstock library.  Do you like our fancy new canvas bag that is our new "library bag"?  JoAnn Fabrics, $1.  Fancy.

Once he realized I wasn't going to yell at him for puddle-jumping, he felt confident enough to explore.  He dragged that bag through the water like it was going out of style, but he was proud as can be to show the librarian.  We have since decorated it with fabric paint that shouts in big, colorful letters, "WE <3 TO READ!"  We're such dorks.

Boys Will Be Boys

Daddy and Jax laughed uproariously all thanks to a farting Iphone app.

I have no brothers.  I am not amused by farting.  But I guess I'm in the minority.


Crocheted hat with a fuschia flower?  Check. 
New spring coat with a flower lining for adorable cuffed sleeves?  Check.

Yes, I will admit she has a really big head and some hair would really help to distract from that fact.  But I am stretching that hat on a ball as we speak, so hopefully it will stop leaving marks on her head and decreasing vital blood flow to her brain.

Bought the hat here, at The Bitsy Beau shop on etsy.com.  I also posted the beautiful flower headband I bought there, which she is going to wear on her birthday, in my 365 Project on March 15th.  If you shop there (and I hope you do!) let her know that I sent you!

Playing Nicely In Matching PJs

Again, I'm a dork, and am raising my kids in a dorky fashion.  But, come on!  Big bellies in tight pjs that make them look like Oompa-Loompas is too adorable to pass up!

Binkies and Blankies

Submitted this photo to Chic Homeschool Mama's Monday Rewind and

I Heart Faces - Photography Challenges and Photo Tutorials

That first one was in my 365 Project as well, but I love it so much I thought it deserved a little more recognition.

The New Cheese

Here's what I get when I ask him to say, "Cheese!"  Actually, even if I don't ask him to say that.  He volunteers his cheese, and thus, this face.


Defunkification complete!  I really do feel better.  Seeing my cheesey, dorky, happy, silly, sweet, beautiful family loving life makes me feel oh-so-much better.  I will not let Mother Nature and Old Man Winter get me down, even if they are in cahoots.  Spending time with these two little ones is as lucky as it comes, and whether they sleep or listen or not, I'm still lucky to be home with them every day.  Thanks for an excuse to remind myself of that!


Are You A Mom said...

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Rachel said...

Super cute photos, as always!

Alicia Stucky said...

Wow, those two are really starting to look alike.

Also -- I need alibrary bag. I'm such a dumby. I keep trying to stash them all in the wimpy grocery bags they have a box of at the end of the library counter. We go at least once a week and I know one of these days it's going to explode in the middle of the parking lot when I'm out of hands to pick them up.

Hannah said...

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Eight years and counting said...

As the mom of two boys, and the sister of three brothers, I will warn you that for whatever reason those fart jokes never seem to get old. My boys and their uncle LOVE that iphone app! They even record their own farts and send them to one another- really.
Found your blog through the linky. Truly enjoyed it. And, as I watched the snow come down yesterday, I too wanted to scream.
Happy to follow you.

Becky said...

Wow, thanks for the love, ladies! I'm going to check out your blogs right now...

Michelle said...

Too cute! It does get better. I promise. There were actually times when I really didn't like my son that much at all, he was so rotten! Now, he's over that stage and the little love of my life again. Now, my daughter is in that "testing" phase. Hopefully her phase won't last as long as his did. Good Luck! And as I said it WILL get better. In the meantime, keep looking at those cute pics!!!

Alana said...

I am right there with you...my daughter has also decided she does not like to behave. Thankfully she just misbehaves for Tim and I (that or her gma & auntie are lying to me). This morning I asked her where my cute and happy baby went. While it has been cold (by CA standards) the sun does help. I keep hoping you will get some soon.

Kristi said...

I'm stopping by from Mid Week Mingle and I'm glad I did!! Such beautiful pictures!

We have two boys (20 months apart) and then a little girl also. They are "big" kids now....teenagers.. so life is a different kind of adventure now. No more Oompa-Loompa tummies but the "boys" of the house still love fart jokes. My daughter and I decided on a female dog just so we don't feel so outnumbered.

I'm following you now...would love if you stopped by and followed back if you like what you see! :)

Dawniebee12 said...

That picture of Jax going trudging through the muck to get to the library is priceless. And...farts are funny...

Nicole said...

I have been in sorta a funk lately too. I guess it is the weather. Thankfully no snow here, even though it does make for beautiful pictures! Your kids are so darn adorable!

L. said...

Stopped over from the Chic Homeschool Mama and wanted to say hi! Your photos are just lovely! (And I feel you on the funk--I was in a similar mood this weekend, and I found that eating almost an entire tray of brownies improved my mood most definitely.) :D

Rochelle@AFamilyofLooneys said...

Love you shots!!! The p.j. picture is so cute. Thanks for bringing a smile to my face today. Wish I could send some spring your way.
Hope you have a good week.

Cedar said...

Came over from the Monday Rewind. These are lovely photos and I love the library and library bags. We are always needing to add to our library bag collection as our kids get older and check out bigger and bigger books. Beautiful photography!

Wendhy Jeffers said...

Those are some of the cutest pics I've ever seen!! I LOVE the giggles :)


Nicole said...

Wow. Your first shot is absolutely amazing! The rest are just adorable. I really love the new "cheese" smile. That second one with the wink is priceless!

Freckles & Dimples Photography said...

your kiddos are adorable. I, too, am not-so-patiently waiting for warmer weather. i need to defunk myself from the winter :)