Thursday, January 31, 2013

Thankful Thursday....Video Addition!

I know I don't do Thankful Thursdays as much as I should, but this week I found a few videos of the kids that I forgot were on my phone, so I thought I'd share them with everyone!

I'm thankful for sweet big sisters teaching their baby brother how to "Ring Around the Rosie", even if the words aren't quite right.

I'm thankful for baby boys who love to take out mommy's pots and pans and pretend to cook us all dinner!

I'm thankful for creative little girls who make beautiful pictures of her family! I wish I had more to share, but they are all on Sean's SkyDrive account and for some reason, I can't download them to my crappy laptop.

 Thankful that this little boy has an amazing sense of humor, even if Mommy doesn't find it very funny. One of these days he is going to break that cabinet and it's going to cost us a fortune.

Thankful for little girls who can sleep anywhere, in any position. That doesn't look the least bit comfortable, but she slept like that for nearly an hour.

I'm thankful for caring big sister who makes sure her baby brother doesn't fall out of a chair. He loves that baby crib sheet. He rips it off his mattress everyday and snuggles with it, or smells it...not quite sure which he's doing.

I'm thankful for clumsy Mary, falling into a bucket and getting stuck. She wouldn't let Declan help her out. She only wanted Mommy. Maybe if she cleaned that mess of a room evey once and awhile, she wouldn't fall into that bucket.

Thankful for little boys who put on a hat willingly. It was meant for Liam, but he hates hats. He was so proud of himself! My little Woody Doll! (The hat is from a Woody dress up set)

I'm thankful my poor husband is no longer puking his brains out. With the stress of work, lack of sleep this past week and other family matters, he unknowingly drank himself into a near comatose state Tuesday night and woke up yesterday morning feeling like he was going to die. Maybe if he hadn't drank 10 out of 12 bottles of beer, and perhaps had something more than a tiny Lean Cuisine meal in his stomach, he wouldn't have wasted an entire day off in bed.

I'm thankful my sister-in-law, who Sean hasn't spoken to in years, emailed me the other day and we got a chance to "clear the air" and catch up on a bit of our lives. It pains me that the bond between them, at this point, can't be mended, but I pray one day it can. In the mean time, I hope we can at least be close. As an only child, I have ALWAYS wanted a sister to confide in and lean on, and vies versa!

Well, I can think of a tun of other things I'm thankful for, but standing here typing them out to you wonderful people is not going to get the clothes folded, showers cleaned or the dog washed.

God Bless!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Lack of Videos

 I realized this afternoon, I load my blog with hundreds of pictures of the kids and our lives, but yet I never post video of the kids. To be honest, I rarely take video of the kids, which is absurd since Sean and I both have amazing video cameras on our Lumia 920. I also realized we will miss all these amazing moments in our children's lives one day, so why the heck are we hardly ever recording them? Not to mention, we have no family in this state, so they aren't able to see the kids on a regular basis, if at all. So, I am making it my mission to take regular videos of the kids in their natural state (which may require a warning label).

WARNING, you may want to turn the sound down before playing this video. In the video, Declan is pushing Sam all over the living room on a Little Tikes plush airplane. Lizzie is throwing a fit because she wanted him to push her. She has quite the temper! Please excuse my messy house. It's hard to keep clean with 7 kids running around.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Crazy Disney Trip

Wednesday we took another trip to Disney, which got off to a rocky start. From our home, it's nearly an hours drive and we have two kids who get car sick, Liam and Lizzie. So an hour before we leave, we load them up with Dramamine. Lizzie hates the chewable kind and usually spits them out, so we have to find clever ways of hiding them in her food. We got nearly half way there when Lizzie vomits all over herself and the rental van. Wonderful, so I had to clean her up as best I could while Sean drove on the highway. We were just pulling into the parking lot when Liam started to whine and turn pale white. Thank goodness Sean stopped the van when he did, or I would have had to clean him up too.

While Sean went into Downtown Disney to buy Lizzie a new outfit, (She usually doesn't get sick, so I didn't bring her an extra change of clothes) I was cleaning up the back of the van where Lizzie was sitting. There was vomit all over her, the diaper bag and the floor. I wasn't paying attention to the rest of the kids, which was a big mistake because Liam crawled into the drivers seat and somehow managed to get the    m   .van into "drive" and it started rolling forward, very quickly. I was standing outside and had to leap into the van from the back, jump over the front seat and land onto the passenger side floor to push on the brake peddle. I pushed the wrong one at first and caused the van to go flying forward even faster, and then slammed on the brake, causing all the kids to go flying forward. Fionn was screaming, Lizzie was running after the van and Liam was howling with laughter. I started to panic because I have no idea how to drive and I had no idea how to put the van in "park", so I had Declan pull the keys out of the ignition. Now the parking section we were in was completely empty, thank goodness, because the van was sitting in the middle of an isle. It had rolled forward two and a half rows. I had no idea what to do, so I called Sean. He of course yelled at me for not keeping an eye on Liam and not knowing how to drive. He told me to pull the van into a parking spot, but I had no idea how to do that. I hung up on him and tried to compose myself. Climbed into the drivers seat and turned on the van. I couldn't figure out how to get the gear out of park, the shift thingy wouldn't move. I had no idea what I was doing wrong. Then I tried pressing on the brake peddle before moving the gear thingy, Walla! The on screen parking camera came on, so I used that to try an pull into the spot directly in front of the van. There was a small tree on the top right hand corner of the spot, so I had to try and avoid hitting that. I pressed the gas peddle a little too much at first, so I slammed on the brake, causing all the kids to go flying, again. Fionn was still crying, which was a huge distraction. After telling him to shut up and calm down, I tried again, slowly. I drove the van about a foot at a time until I couldn't see the line in front of the parking spot. I jumped out to see how much further I needed to pull it forward, only about two feet, so I pulling forward a little more. It wasn't a perfect job, the back right wheel was on the line, but it was better than I thought I could do. Sean showed up a few minutes with Lizzie's new outfit and yelled at Liam. He then proceeded to lecture me on learning to drive.

Once I got the van cleaned up and Lizzie changed, we headed into the park. It was dead, which was perfect for us. We decided to try California Adventure first, since we never get to go there. It was more crowed than Disney, but not too bad. We walked through Cars Land and headed to Soring Over California. I had never been on it, So I took Declan and Fionn on with me. What a cool ride! It was so neat to smell the different areas and feel the different temperatures. It was actually like you were really flying.

We went to the boardwalk next and Sean took Mary, Declan and Fionn to play some carnival games. Fionn won the mouse from Dumbo, which made Mary jealous, so Sean told Declan to go win her one, and he did. We tried to get on the Toy Story ride, but there was something wrong with the screens, so the ride was closed. We walked around a little while longer and then headed to Disney.

We decided to find some lunch before going on any rides, so we headed down Main Street. Our usual dining favorites were too crowded, so we decided to head to Toon Town to find some food. The selection was limited, so Sean got the kids hot dogs, apples and milk. We had a turkey club on some weird bread with rosemary in it. It was really dry and not very tasty. When we finished lunch, I took Mary to the restroom, but saw that Pluto had no line, so we took advantage and got a really cute picture. He was super funny, hugging Mary and wouldn't let her go. The employee that was with him said, "It's time to let her go Pluto, she has her own doggies at home." That made him sad, and he pouted. Mary got a huge kick out of it.

After lunch, we let the kids run around Toon Town. We rode the Gadget Coaster twice, once with me and then Sean. I don't know why they like that ride so much. Sean took a really cute picture of Declan and Mary waiting in line together.

On the way back from Toon Town, we passed Pixie Hollow, which the girls have been wanting to see forever, but the line is always too long. This time it was only 15 minutes and we even got to see Tinker bell and Periwinkle. Lizzie was afraid of the fairies and wouldn't stand with them for a picture unless I was in it with her, but Mary was more than thrilled to meet them. Did I mention Declan and Fionn came along too. Declan wanted nothing to do with Tinker bell, he wouldn't even stand close to her for the picture. Which looked really awkward. I of course looked

We couldn't leave Disney without stopping in Frontier Land, so we went there to ride the Haunted Mansion. It's all decked out for  Mari Gras and the food smelled amazing. (Stupid Weight Watchers not letting us eat the yummy food.) Mary, Liam, Declan, Fionn and I all went on the Pooh ride, which was really annoying. By time Sean, Mary, Declan and Fionn got off Haunted Mansion (which got stuck for a few minutes) it was 5pm and the sun was going down. The temperature dropped quickly and the kids were getting tired. We did get to see the lights come on and it was so pretty walking down Main St. at night. I wish we could have stayed longer. I love Disney at night. Less crowds and pretty lights.

For Christmas, one of the gifts Sean got me were these new collectibles at Disney called Vinylmation. His intention was for us to pick out a new character each time we went to Disney, that represented what we did that day. Last trip we had the girls get princess make-overs, so we picked out a princess character. This week we stopped in a new store in Downtown Disney that had a bigger selection of Vinylmation. We bought a Cali. Adventure Mickey and it came with Flight Attendant Minnie, which was perfect since the girls got to watch that show while the boys and I were on Soring Over California. Sean uses OneNote to write a little something about the day and posts a few pictures to go with it. On the way to the car, we had to stop at the ESPN Bar so Sean could get his parking validated. The kids watched Tarzan on the way home. We fed the kids PB and banana sandwiches with apples and chips for dinner and Sean and I broke our diet with an amazing grass fed sirloin steak and potato salad from Whole Foods. We put the kids to bed and watched an episode of Walking Dead to end the day. Other than the rocky start to the trip, it was a good day! Here are a few more pictures from our trip.

Declan and Mary waiting to ride Gadgets Coster.

Sam and Liam chilling.

Mary and Periwinkle.

The group with Periwinkle.

Mary and Tinkerbell.

Lizzie chilling in Frontier land.

Mary hanging on a railing in Frontier Land.

Striking a pose!

Waiting for Daddy and the others to come back from Haunted Mansion.

Mary standing on these cool lights in the sidewalk.

Cian wanted a shot too.

Rainforest Cafe

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Going back to school!

Well, my husband starts school back up on Monday and talked me into taking some online classes with our local community college. I was reluctant at first. I didn't do too well with it 12-13 years ago, but I was also a single mom with a full time job and no transportation except for the city bus in 110 degree weather. I dropped out after only 1 term. (I was taking Eng. 101 and Intro to Physiology, which I failed.)  This time, I am doing it from home, with only 1 class to start, an introduction to college and figuring out what to major in. Sean is taking it as well, it's a requirement for his major, which is History.

I am considering getting my AA in Journalism. Not to do anything with it, just because I love to write and think it might be interesting. I have to go get tested in Math for placement and get my transcript from SCC to fulfill any English requirements, but I can at least start off with the easy classes.

I'm afraid it will be too hard and I won't be able to do the work. I was never a good student in school and only received average grades. At least I have Sean to help me. He is amazing with History, Math and English. (He got mostly straight A's in school and that was without studying. He received a near full scholarship to George Washington University. I just wish he had finished it.) I was going to take one of the History classes he is taking, but I don't think I'm ready for that kind of work yet. This first class is perfect because it's easy and teaches you how to succeed in college. Wish me luck!

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique!

On Thursday, we took another trip to Disney. Since the girls and I never got our "girls day out" trip to Disney, without Sean and the boys, Sean booked them appointments at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique! It's basically a salon where girls ages 3 and up can be transformed into a princess of their choice. They do the different hair styles, nails, make-up, gems on their face and depending on the package you purchase, a crown, gown, wand and pictures in front on Cinderella's coach. It's really very cute and perfect for our little girls.

Mary was a trooper from the start, she talked the ladies ear off from the moment she sat down. She picked out her crown and make-up and even picked what hair-do she wanted. She was having a lot of fun. She talked about Sophia, her favorite new princess and how she couldn't wait to see the new show and buy the new toys.

Both the ladies were very nice and really did their best to make the experience magical for Mary and Lizzie. Even though Lizzie was terrified, she was at least responding to the ladies questions. She would shake her head yes or no, but didn't speak. I think she only smiled once the entire time. The girls had no idea what we had planned for them, so when we got to the shop, they were in aw.

Our appointment was for 12:40pm and we were early, so we got to look around at all the princess toys, dresses and gifts. Lizzie was up first. She was terrified of the lady. Wouldn't talk, smile or anything. I wasn't sure she would be able to go through it, but them the stylist let her pick out her crown and make-up and that warmed her up enough to climb into the chair. Mary sat in the station next to her and was bubbling over with excitement.

A photographer documents all the moments of the make-over. She captured this hilarious picture of Lizzie just after she sat in the chair and had the cape thingy put on her. She was very nervous and wouldn't let the nice lady put the tissue around her neck, that goes under the cape, to protect her neck. She just sat there with this look on her face. I felt so bad, but at the same time, I knew she was ok, I was right there at her feet.

It was very interesting to see how the transformation worked. They combed out the girls hair first and sprayed it with water. Then they sprayed gobbs of hair spray on their heads. That made me cringe. I don't use anything except shampoo and conditioner in their hair. The thought of trying to wash that out.....sigh. They used a really thin comb to get a tight pony tail on the top of their head. Then they sprayed the crap out of their heads AGAIN with hairspray. The used a small bunch of hair to wrap around the hair band to cover it. Sprayed that with more hair spray. After that, they put the little crown into their pony tail. That's held on with a comb and bobbi pins.

Lizzie getting her crown put on.
Once the crown was on,  they sprayed that and then sprayed the pony tail with water and combed it out with the same thin comb. They then put tiny rubber bands, 3 down the tail. She rolled that up into a little bun, but not sideways, like you would expect. It was rolled like a roll of toilet paper. Very neat and tight, it was held together with more bobbi pins and hair spray.

Once the hair was done, she let the girls choose their eye shadow color, lip stick and face gems. Mary loves make-up and was totally hamming the experience Lizzie was ok with the lip stick, but when she tried to put the blush on, it tickled her and she didn't like that. She put just a little pink eye shadow on her. The girls both had a choice of either blue or pink princess nail polish. Of course they both chose pink.

Once all the make-up, hair and nails were finished, the girls were spun around for the entire store to see. The Fairy Godmother waved her magic wand of glitter over their heads and said, "May I introduce our newest princesses, Princess Mary and Princess Lizzie". Everyone claps and cheers and Mary was in absolute aww. Lizzie was totally shy about it and hid her hands between her legs with her head down. Poor little thing. Once that was over, they spun them back around to these golden curtains and opened them to the "Mirror, Mirror on the wall" That lit up and made a magical sound. Again, Mary loved it, Lizzie just stared at it. I think she had had

In the end, the girls were handed a pretty pink princess backpack with their nail polishes, make-up and combs inside. I was happy with the experience and hope that it's a memory they won't soon forget. Here are the rest of the photos.