Alright, March ramblings time! Get ready for a whole lot of talking about…my kids. I never really intended for these ramblings to be 90% about my kids, but then again I spend every waking second with them so I shouldn’t be surprised. So for anyone who is interested, here we go….
Elijah turned three this earlier this month. Three! He is hilarious because to him “birthday” is just a fancy word for “cake”. So when someone would tell him “Happy Birthday!” he responses with “I want to eat it!”. Hahaha. Also, according to him, turning three officially makes you “an old guy”.
On his Birthday morning he requested pancakes, so we had a very lazy pancake filled morning.
Then that evening we went to my parents house to roast hot dogs and marshmallows over a fire, which Elijah thought was very manly and cool.
And how ridiculously cute is Levi warming his hands over the fire with my dad? It’s too bad this picture is at a terrible angle and everything, cause it would be a framer for sure. He’s so stinkin cute, I can’t even handle it.
Then on Sunday after church Adam’s family and a some friends went out to Chuck E. Cheese for a little more birthday fun. This was Adams idea, I had never before been to Chuck E. Cheese in my life. It. was. insane. It was loud and crazy crowded and I don’t think we will ever go again. But we survived and learned a valuable lesson…birthday party BBQ’s in wide open spaces are the way to go!
Since we planned this super last-minute I ordered a cake from the local grocery store instead of making one. (okay, you caught me…I probably would have ordered one anyway). When I called in one of their options was a dinosaur cake. Elijah is currently obsessed with anything dinosaur, so I jumped on it. I went to pick it up and was surprised at what it looked like…
That is one terrifying cake people. I mean, look at it…it’s brown singed earth that is covered in flames and death. The dinosaurs are skeletons, but not the normal “been dead forever” kind…these are still standing, almost like it got so hot that their flesh melted right off their bodies. So were like “Happy Birthday Elijah… enjoy your horrifying extinction cake!”
It tasted great though, and Elijah didn’t seem to notice that he should have been terrified.
And despite multiple attempts we never did get a good family photo with the cake and birthday boy…
Adams 29th birthday was about a week later and we went out for a nice kid free dinner. Done and done, no extinction cake needed.
What else? Elijah is still doing really well with potty training. I had originally thought I we would be that “spend an entire weekend in the bathroom” family and just get it done quick, but we have done the opposite and just kind of let it happen. It seems that whenever I push it he stops making progress. Now we’re at the part where we are going out in public in underwear, and he is doing *pretty* well. Here’s the million dollar question…what do you experienced moms do when you are in the car with the kids by yourself and the potty training kids says he has to pee? I tell him to hold it, but he can’t. I would pull over at the nearest toilet, but usually Levi is sleeping and I don’t want to disrupt everyone ans take 30 minutes to let him pee. Do you let them sit on a thick towel and try to hold it? Do you always stop? Keep a travel potty in the car? Seriously, advice welcome.
Elijah said a ton of hilarious stuff this month, but I can’t really share most of them because they need a ton of build up and explanation for someone other than us to think they are funny. I can hear myself when he speaks though and it’s kinda scary…Adam and I need to be so careful about speaking the way, and with the attitude, that we want our children to speak. I realized this the beginning of this month with this simple conversation…
I was caulking along the new baseboards in the boys room (over the new paper bag floor) and was using frog tape to keep my lines straight (like in this post). I was pulling tape off the roll and Elijah says “No no mommy, don’t waste tape…daddy will be mad!” So he DOES hear me when I tell him to stop wadding up all my new tape, even if he ignores me. Hmmm…also, I must stop telling him Adams reaction and start telling him not to do things because it is disobedient, and leave it at that. Then I finished caulking and ripped up the tape, revealing a perfectly straight caulk line. Elijah takes one look at my handiwork and proclaims “Wow mommy, looks good….I’m so proud of you!” Okay, maybe I’m not doing such a bad job. Not only does he appreciate straight caulk lines, he is also a good encourager.
Then later in the month he showed me that I really need to be careful what he watches and listens to, because he DOES understand, and he DOES remember. Example… (those of you that are not familiar with the song “Thrift Shop” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis are not going to get this.
So Elijah is standing around in the living room wearing just his Thomas the train underwear, and he has his toddler gut hanging out and his hand on his hip. I look at him and say “Nudgie (his nickname), you look incredible” (which is a lyric to thrift shop). He looks back at me, furrows his little eyebrows and asks “Fifty dollars for a T-shirt?” (another lyric). My first reaction was to laugh myself silly and think how awesome my kid is, then that wore off I realized that he is paying attention. He has heard that song a few times in the car (only the super clean radio version, don’t worry) and not only did I realize that he understood the lyrics, but he recognized when I used one, related it to another part of the song and spit it back out at me. Scary (although still hilarious). We really need to be listening to more productive things in the car.
All this about Elijah and nothing about Levi. Lets see… Levi is 17 months now and has started running. He runs everywhere, usually away from me and in the opposite direction of Elijah. He absolutely loves to wrestle and loves to snuggle. He copies Elijah constantly. He has this ridiculously mischievous grin where he lines up both rows of front teeth. It’s really awkward and crazy cute. He loves to eat. No, that doesn’t describe it accurately…more like he is obsessed with food. He eats giant meals and snacks all day…he literally eats more than I do. The good news is that he will eat anything… vegetables, fruit, grains, meat, whatever. If I were to throw a handful of spinach on his tray, he would eat it. Which if funny, because Elijah eats nothing. I have to beg Elijah to eat, he maybe eats one meal a day worth of food and is crazy picky. He is getting better though…this moth he prematurely pulled carrots out of the garden….and ate them. I couldn’t believe it. If Levi had been my first kid I would have thought I was this awesome mom who trained her kid to eat anything and that moms with picky kids who don’t eat kinda suck. Fortunately Elijah was my first kid and I have been humbled. I did the exact same thing with my kids food wise…one eats and one doesn’t. It’s just who they are, I guess.
Our cheap nine year old Hoover upright vacuum finally bit the dust this month and we went online to shop around and replace it. We really don’t have much carpet left in our house and the regular vac was a pain to use, so we decided to change things up and we bought a canister vac from Amazon made for non carpeted floors (this one, the Panasonic MC-CL310). Can I just say that I super love it? It lightweight, has good suction, and was cheap (like $80). Plus its made for hardwoods and actually gets up along the baseboards (where all the dirt hangs out). Anyway, I don’t know if I picked a great one or if I would have loved any vacuum made for this kind of thing, but I’m very happy. Vacuuming has always been my favorite chore. That’s not even sarcastic, I really do love vacuuming.
I’m struggling to think of what else happened this month. It was a pretty good month overall, the weather was nice (though a little wonky), we had a few more family birthdays, taxes, Easter fun, lots of projects. Here is the current progress on the three big ones we are working on –
Adam is building a fort/sandbox out back…
Were are redoing the vanity area of our master bathroom (and eventually the rest of it). That green dresser I made over last week? Yup, bathroom vanity!
And of course, the boys room…which we actually haven’t worked on in a couple weeks and looks just like this…
And that’s about it. I don’t have a video this month again. I though I had my video software program figured out, but every time I try to open my software I get the blue screen of death. I don’t know whats up, computer stuff is not my thing, despite writing a blog.
But please, allow me to photo bomb y’all just a little more…
Oh, also, I’m in the running for the Circle of Moms top home design mom contest. I would really appreciate if you would pop on over and throw a vote my way! Just click through the link above, and if you want to be really hardcore you can vote every single day. But just once will make me happy :)