Hubby's still working, dinner's been fed. I hand out instructions: "Reagan, time for PJ's!", "Ethan, go potty and wash up!"
They do this every night, but tonight is different. About 1-2 times a week I do it all by myself at night. They know I am alone, the ratio, at 5:1, is completely unfair.
The babies are a MESS, and they are crabby. Bedtime is 7 on the dot, and every second past 7 Joel gets more and more nasty. He likes his sleep. I grab the washcloth and begin the process of washing their faces.
It's quiet upstairs.
In a panic, I yell...."Are you OK up there???" The reply, "Yes Mommy! We are brushing our teeth!!!" Relief floods the body, and I continue my work.
Finally I have Joel upstairs. I see that Reagan is still not dressed, but this is usual....it takes her forever to get ready. I remind her that it's almost game time, and she needs to get dressed before we play "Go Fish". I hear Ethan's toothbrush running, so I assume that he's brushing.
Addison is in overload mode when I get to her. She's beyond exhausted, and is saying "ALL DONE! ALL DONE!" Addie always says this when she's had enough of anything. I quickly dress her and whisk her up to her crib. Laney is happy, so I decide to keep her up for one on one time.
I go to get the kids for game time......
I walk near the bathroom and I hear gasping, "Oh no Buddy, she's coming.....get the towel!"
My stomach hits the floor. We JUST re-did this bathroom. It's one of the only nice things in our house.
I walk in to see that Ethan, who has a water obsession, dumped a cup of water on the floor so that he could play with a toy boat.
Reagan dumped all of the wet bath toys on the floor, and took all of the battery operated toothbrushes out of the holders and turned them on....for fun? Which explains why I heard the toothbrushes going.
Ethan had painted his belly with Avon Bath Paint, and put his PJ's on over top. Reagan thought it was the height of hilarity to give herself a green foam beard using Pampers Foaming Hand Soap.
I was in so much horror that I forgot to take one of my famous, you-are-in-so-much-trouble-now-pose-for-the-camera pictures.
Reagan is in 1st grade, she loves school and has never had trouble making friends. She's the most smiley and friendly child I have ever met. Reagan loves cats, horses, and most every furry animal in the world. She loves music and is taking piano lessons. Reagan was diagnosed with Epilepsy in July (2010), and is on a regiment of medication to help lessen the amount of seizures that she has. Reagan is a great kid, and we are so proud of her!
My Jedi knight....Ethan is very sensitive. Out of all the kids, Ethan's personality most matches my own. He is very sweet, and shy...but he opens up and is the class clown once he's comfortable with his surroundings. Ethan is very smart, and he loves to play with his Star Wars toys. He's our only true "blondie", and during the summer his hair is almost white. Ethan is extremely loyal, and is a very very good brother...very protective. ;)
Triplet "A", leader of the pack. Laney sees the world in black and white...it's either right or wrong, yes or no...and she has no trouble proclaiming to the world what she thinks is "right". She's the most like daddy in personality. Bossy, (in a good way!). Sweet, Sassy, and LOUD. Laney loves dresses, church, Reagan, red meat, and going to the zoo. She hates green vegetables, and is a big wimp! :)
Addie is our girly girl. She is our only curly headed child, and wasTriplet "B"...pickle in the middle. She's very sassy. She has "Addie-tude". Addie is vertically challenged, even compared to our small kids. She's double jointed, and we plan on starting gymnastics soon. Addie is the most verbal of any of our kids. She LOVES vegetables, and hates meat of any kind. She's afraid of most animals, and has a hoarding issue (she loves collecting things...and keeping them!) She's very smart, very sensitive, and a big mama's girl!
Joel is my strong and silent type. He's the biggest child I've had, length and weight. Joel is non-verbal, and we are waiting an official diagnoses, which will come sometime after he turns 3. Joel is sweet, so so so sweet. He melts my heart every day. He love trains, cars, and really anything with wheels. He likes riding his scooter, and his big wheels trike. He loves to swim, and is a huge fan of ANY food. He will eat more than a grown man. It's amazing.
Josh and I were married in May of 2002, but we started dating in 1996. He is an insurance salesman, and is the best daddy! He loves to play with the kids outside, and has no problem pitching in with the housework. He's manly enough to admit that he likes watching Glee with me. He volunteers at church with the elementary after school program.
Then there was me... I enjoy being a mom, being a part of our MOPS steering team, photography (I make no claims at being GOOD at it!), writing, and organizing. I love being a housewife, and I am contemplating what will happen when my last child(ren) goes to school. I want to be the "room mom" and do all the mom stuff, but a seperate part of me really misses work. I am a cloth diapering, and breastfeeding advocate. I am a child of God. My favorite book of the Bible is 1Peter. I love cats and horses. I love to read, and I am in love with "The Hunger Games" right now. That's about it. :)