Mother’s Day Surprises – Sean’s Class

The boys had a great time at school over the past two weeks learning their new songs and making me tons of adorable presents.  I finally got to see everything that Sean worked so hard on.  Tomorrow I get to see Ben’s class!  I can’t wait.

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Here’s the video of his class singing their Mother’s Day song!

Finish the Sentence Friday – Week #14

This week’s sentence to finish: ”A typical day in my life looks like..”

When I saw this week’s sentence, I thought that is going to be one really long post!  There’s so much that goes on in my day that it is hard to document but I will try!  Here it goes!

A typical day in my life looks like a huge practical joke with one crazed lunitic {me} being set loose on two wild animals {my boys} that needed to be tamed but could not.  

Lately my days have gotten a little easier but only because Sean has been waking up closer the the 7am hour than the 5am {excluding Thursday night when he was up 5 times}. The boys are usually up by 7am and we head on downstairs for breakfast and morning milk.  The moment the first foot hits the floor they start screaming and fighting. I am not lying when I say that they fight and argue non-stop from the moment they wake up until the first one falls asleep.  

While they are eating I will usually get their clothes all ready to go for school and before they can watch tv they need to get dressed.  Finally they can watch a tv show while eating the rest of their breakfast.  If I don’t get them dressed before TV then I will never get them out of the house on time.  After some TV time then the real fighting begins. I have to spend 45 minutes getting their teeth brushed, hair combed and shoes and coats on.  It is not a fun time but they are getting a little bit better with the routine. Finally we are out the door to school by 8:35.  Three days a week I get to drop both boys off and the other two days only Ben goes. So on the days they are all gone I will either hit the gym, Target, a doctor appointment or the grocery store.  Sometimes I will come home and blog or clean. On the days that I have Sean we will hit up a store or two and then come home and hangout to play or clean.  

When they finally get home from school {around 1pm}, I always try to get them down for naps. After about an hour of nonstop whining, crying and potty breaks I give up and we head downstairs to play or watch a movie. Now that it’s getting warm again I can let them loose in the backyard.   Sean will spend the entire day telling me that he is hungry and/or thirsty. No lie this kid tells me every 13 minutes that he is starving but doesn’t want lunch or dinner, just a snack! 

Finally around 4:30 I will start prepping for dinner. This is when the craziness really gets out of control. Mommy is in the kitchen and not watching their every move so they always get into trouble.  I just pray that most days they will play nicely in the basement for at least a 1/2 hour without killing each other.  

Once I finally get them to the table to eat, food gets thrown everywhere. But after some convincing they eat their dinner and I clean up.  They have gotten better about putting their dinner plates in the sink.  Next step is putting them in the dishwasher! Baby steps….. 

After dinner we will hang out for a bit until it’s time for baths.  If they napped then they are usually up until about 7-8pm. If they skipped their naps we will start baths a little earlier. Bath time is another long event.  They take forever to get in the tub but refuse to get out. They love their baths.  When they are finally wrinkled up like raisins I chase them around upstairs trying to get them into their PJs.    Then I will put them to bed. I have to read books, kiss and hug each of them 12 times and then cover them up with their blankies. We will then have to do multiple potty breaks or trips to the sink for water.  

Finally they are both in bed and asleep by 8:30-9pm. Whew! An exhausting day! But worth every minute of it if I can get one good snuggle or hug out of each of them.  

I know that I have left out all the boring stuff like vacuuming and mopping or cleaning up pee from when the boys miss. But that all happens here too! Just another day in the life…..

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A Shiny, Gold Necklace

So what did I do this morning you ask {oh you didn’t ask? Tough, I am going to tell you anyway}. Well spring break is over for the kids and Ben went back to school this morning so I did a big happy dance. After that dance ended I was off to buy a birthday gift for one of Ben’s friends at school. His friend {a girl} is having a party this weekend and I had to get her a gift. According to Ben it’s his girlfriend, so he wanted something special. I am thinking she doesn’t know that part about being his girlfriend and Ben is just crushing. But he is just so into her it’s adorable. All he talks about is this girl and how he can’t wait for her party! 
Well last week he informed me that he wanted to get this girl a shiny, gold necklace for her birthday. What? Seriously? He is five and wants to buy girls jewelry already?
So after looking around today, I found a cute butterfly necklace at Kohls. I was so worried to show it to him because it’s not gold, but at least it is shiny.  Well today he comes home from school and asks to see the necklace. He screamed out “WOW, it’s really pretty”. Thankfully it passed his test.  

But why must they grow up so fast? He is five, he isn’t supposed to be so smitten with a girl yet. The only girl he is supposed to buy a necklace for is me?? Did he just skip that phase?  Where’s my shiny, gold necklace? He has forgotten about me already {okay I am exaggerating but I feel like he is off to get married}.
Doesn’t he look so cute showing off the necklace? It almost looks like he is ready to propose! Ha!
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Wordless Wednesday

It’s school picture time in our house. Their school doesn’t do the photos until late February, so I have to wait half the school year to get them done. But I finally received them this past week. 

Here’s Sean’s first school picture! How handsome does he look! I just love this cute little face! I am just so happy that his hair stayed put, it tends to get a little poofy and curly but the gel worked.  I love the little man and he loves getting his picture taken.  

Here’s a peak at Ben’s picture. I can’t believe that I already have 3 years of class photos for him and he’s only 5.  I love this one best of all. I look back at the older pictures and I forget that he didn’t always wear glasses! Damn this is one cute kid with those specs on! It’s funny, he must have zipped his sweater all of the way up to his neck! I know I didn’t that morning!

This is from last school year (2011-2012)

This one is from his first year of school (2010-2011). 

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When Did I Become the Mom and Not the Student?

So on Tuesday I had the boys conferences at school. I am not going to lie, I was a little nervous walking in to the school. I know that it’s just pre-school but I always feel weird going to conferences. When did I become the adult? When did I start attending conferences? When did my I stop being the student and become the parent? Oh and how on earth did my kids grow up so fast that we already have conferences for them? They were just little babies yesterday.  I worry so much about their future and whether or not they are going to be good students and great boys! I want them to be respectful, kind, funny, and not afraid to be smart students. They can have it all and I want them to be able to do whatever they want to with their lives.
Okay I know I am getting all emotional and deep over preschool but it all starts here. This is where they build the foundation, right? 
Well I have had some fears about Sean over the past year or two and quite honestly I was scared to death to send him to school.  He is my “wanderer”. I am still afraid everyday that I am going to get a phone call that he has wandered away from his school.  I was also afraid that he would never sit still long enough to actually enjoy school.  Boy was I wrong.  His conference went great! He is doing wonderful with his fine motor skills, his letters, numbers, shapes and colors. He does have a slight speech issue, which didn’t come as a surprise to me.  I am actually getting him evaluated next week.  Oh and my dear old Sean doesn’t like to sit still during story time. Not my Sean? Hilarious. So all of that worrying and those are the only “issues” that I really need to worry about. Awesome. I am so proud of my little boy. He is quite the handful but I guess at school he is pretty darn smart. He enjoys working on his projects and using the glue, scissors and paint.  I must tell you that I walked out of that conference and breathed a huge sigh of relief. 


Alright so I had one down and one more to go. I scheduled them back to back to make it easy on me and my babysitter (aka my mom).  So right after I finished up with Sean’s conference I headed down the hall to Ben’s.  
I was worried about Ben’s conference but for a ton of other reasons. His behavior has become a huge issue at school lately (as you have read from my previous posts and Facebook updates).  I am hoping that we have it under control with his new medicine but I was still a little nervous.  I was a afraid that his behavior was going to affect his learning. But again, my boys continue to surprise me. Besides the behavior he is a pretty smart kid (if I do say so myself).  He has always loved learning new things. He is like my husband – always curious as to how things work and always asks tons of questions.   Ben has great social, fine and gross motor skills. The only issue under fine motor skills was not being able to do buttons and snaps! I don’t know what it is but the kid can not snap his jeans. I might have to sit him down one day and just make him practice over and over again.  He shares, interacts, and knows all of his letters, numbers, etc.  The boy can cut, match, identify letters and numbers, he is a whiz with connecting the dots (via numbers).  He does have some issues with sounding out letters but that’s something easy we can work on. The only other issues that we need to work on is rhyming and story sequencing! All things that we can work on at home! Whew another great conference.   He is doing well and right on track for Kindergarten in the Fall.  

Again nothing to worry about, it is just preschool.  I just worry about my boys. I want them to enjoy school and have a great time while learning.  Just like every parent, you want the best for your children and I am hoping that I am doing everything that I can to make that happen.  Now once they leave preschool, I might have to hire a tutor as you can tell by my blog posts I am not the best with grammar, punctuation or spelling. There’s no way that I am going to be able to help the boys with their science projects and book reports! Ahhhh I’m stressing already over 4th grade math. HELP!!!!
I am so proud of my boys. They are so different from one another and they do learn in their own unique way but they are both wonderful kids! 
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Kindergarten Registration

So today is an emotional day for me. I just registered my baby, my little boy, my first born son for Kindergarten. Where did the time go? Yes, I know that I was supposed to register him yesterday but we all know what happened yesterday.
Seriously and if that’s not hard enough to swallow, he is turning 5 tomorrow. WHAT? I cannot get over how the last five years have flown by. They haven’t always been easy but they sure have been fun.
Ben makes me smile each and every day. The things that come out of that boys mouth will have you laughing for days! He is my little shy guy (like his mama) but when he is in his element  – watch out – it’s wild man on the loose!
I am going to share more with you guys on Friday – his actual 5th birthday. He truly is an amazing little boy and I love him more and more each day. But Kindergarten, already? I remember the moment I found out that I was pregnant with him. I remember the day we found out I was having a boy. I remember the moment the doctor told me that he was going to be a huge baby and I better schedule my c-section.  Now I am going to always remember the day that I signed up that little chunky baby for kindergarten.
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Back to Life…. Back to Reality

Woo Hoo! It’s back to school day for one of my kids. Thank goodness Ben is off at school this morning. They need a break from each other and honestly I need a little break too.  Sean starts back to school tomorrow. This holiday season went by so fast but was full of all sorts of crazy. We had to deal with Ben’s seizures, MRI and tons of Christmas meltdowns and fights.  But with the return to school comes the return of reality, packing lunches, grocery store trips and back to cleaning my house (that housekeeper that I asked for at Christmas never showed – maybe next week for my birthday). But I enjoy getting back into the routine. I like routine. I need routine. I do not enjoy surprises or getting off schedule. If something unexpected pops up I tend to get a little unhinged. I hate surprise parties (even if they are not for me). For some reason I like to know what is planned, so I know how I am going to adjust and react to it. It’s not that I am a control freak, I think it’s just my anxiety!  I like having a plan and sticking to it. 

So thank you so much for the return of school and our schedules. I feel a little more at ease now!  My husband and Sean are more go with the flow types while Ben and I enjoy the consistency of a routine. Is anyone else out there like me? Do you crave the routine or are you more of a fly by the seat of your pants kind of person?

On another note, I’m doing well with my 1 snap a day. Yes, I know that it’s only been three days but I’m keeping up with my photos, are you? Check out Jen’s 365 challenge over at Photography by Jen Davis or click here for her guest post from yesterday. 

Here’s my day three picture. This is what happens when you go to the kitchen for 10 seconds to pour yourself a glass of water. Your son manages to go into your bag and pull out your make up!

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Christmas Pageants Galore

So the past two days I have been consumed by my boys Christmas pageants. Let me start by saying that I love these shows. I love when kids cry, I love when they scream “Hi Mom” and I love when some sit there and just pick their noses (or give bunny ears to the kid in front of them – like Ben did today).  Out kids and these shows remind us of the true meaning of Christmas and why it is so important. Just to quote Dr. Seuss from How the Grinch Stole Christmas (which we have watched a few times already this year)
“It came without ribbons!  It came without tags!
“It came without packages, boxes or bags!”
And then he puzzled three hours, till his puzzler was sore.
Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before!
“Maybe Christmas,” he thought, “doesn’t come from a store.
“Maybe Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!”
The past two days I have witnessed the same Christmas show twice but with two different groups of children. Each day was special and unique and filled my heart with joy. I was happy that for once I wasn’t thinking about Ben’s medical issues (okay I was slightly worried he would have a seizure and fall off the stage). I was thinking how joyous of a day it was, I was thinking about all of the families in CT that won’t get to see their children perform in any Christmas or holiday shows. I was just happy that I was able to watch my boys shine. Happy to see my boys up there giving it their all and having a great old time! I loved (and laughed) at how some of the parents acted with their cameras. It’s just an exciting time. Whether their first show or their last one it’s always amazing. 
Yesterday was Sean’s day. I was a little worried that he wouldn’t stay in his seat but he was WONDERFUL! He sang every song and chatted with his bestie Maddie (who thankfully was seated right behind him). It was precious at times, he sat there with his head in his hands looking bored but he was still singing. I was so proud of my little man.
Today was another great day – Ben’s day! Yes, I was full of nerves that he was going to have a seizure and fall off the stage – but he didn’t! He was awesome. Ben is usually super shy but he sang every song, helped a friend when she lost her halo and was even giving bunny ears to the kid sitting in front of him. I was so proud of my shy guy!
Love the hands in his pockets! 
He wanted to wear a tie and was mad that I tucked it into his sweater because he wanted everyone to see it.  I apologize to my husband for the horrible tie job! Even after I taped my husband showing me how to put on a tie I still got it wrong! But Ben was happy with it. He told me that he just wanted to look sharp!
So I think the past two days may have been a little stressful on mommy but they turned out to be wonderful! The kids have their countdown on to Santa’s arrival and the birth of baby Jesus. I am just thankful that I only have 6 more nights of moving Gary, our elf. 

I have videos from the shows but I am having trouble uploading to YouTube. If I ever get them up on there I will post. 
I know that Joey was sad he had to miss the show but we are so proud of him for all of the hard work that he has put in at work the past few months (and years). He is doing it all for us and I am so happy to have him as my husband (and daddy to our boys).  Yesterday was his birthday and I know that he worked his ass off to get home at a decent hour so he could see the boys. He went in early and came home a little after 8pm. We did get to celebrate with some beer, some presents and of course the Dogfish Head cake that I made just for him!
Happy Birthday Dear! We love you!
Have a great week guys! I know that I still need to do my Weight Watchers post. I have just been so busy and my mind is elsewhere. I haven’t posted daily updates, I haven’t blogged as often and by God I haven’t vacuumed my floor! AHHHHHH I now regret letting the boys put tinsel on the tree this year! Ahhhh tis the season!
PS. I apologize if my posts are scattered and incoherent these days but that’s where I’m at lately. I think that after I find out what is going on with Ben I will hopefully be back to myself – horrible grammar and all. 
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A Stay At Home Mom: What I Do Each and Every Day

Two weeks ago I was asked to be a guest blogger over at A Grande Life. This is the post that I wrote for Steph and her blog. I thought I would repost here so you guys could take a look at it in case you missed it. When you are finished reading head on over to A Grande Life and check out her blog & photos. 

I know that I am not the only mom out there who can’t stand hearing people say “Oh you are JUST a stay at home mom? What do you do all day?” It gets old after the 1st time but to hear it from strangers really gets me going.  Someone said this to me the other day (a complete stranger) and it really got me thinking, do people actually know what a stay at home mom with two toddlers does all day?

On most days I feel like I am some insane mom who can’t handle or control her boys, but I honestly do try my hardest. This parenting thing is hard work – especially when I have been home with them alone for the past 4 years. My hubby is a great support to us (especially on the weekends) but he works long hours and then add his 2-3 hour daily commute and I am basically raising the kids on my own Monday – Friday. I don’t regret my choice for one moment because I truly love being able to stay home with them every day. I am just saying that it’s not always easy. I am such a lucky mom to be able get the chance to create all of these memories (not all of them good) with my kids. Not every mom has that chance and I don’t take it for granted one bit.

I burn dinner, I mess up games, I don’t know how to play with the trains right and I suck at Angry Birds, but you know what I am giving it 1000% each and every day. I am in charge of a lot of things that my husband would do if he was home at 6pm every night, but he isn’t so I can raise these rugrats. I change lightbulbs, I have trash duty, I change batteries, I fix things that are broken. Right now I am attempting to change the blinkers and light bulbs in my minivan. I even changed the deadbolt lock on my front door.

So do you want to see what my typical day is like? I am not sitting on my behind eating Bon Bons and watching my stories all day. Trust me, that sounds nice but that’s not what a stay at home mom does. And trust me I am not the June Cleaver type. I’m lucky if my kids eat at the table half the time. Oh and when my husband gets home from work I am not wearing an apron and my hair is not perfectly done – I am probably on my fourth second glass of wine, wearing my over sized pajamas and my hair is falling out of the pony tail that I put in 12 hours prior. 

  So here is what a typical day looks like! 
  • 5:00 – 6:00am – depending on the day, this is our normal wake up time. Usually the hubby is getting ready to head out the door so he will take Ben downstairs for his milk, vitamins and cereal. He will also throw on a TV show for him until I can get my tired behind out of bed.
  • 6:30am – I hop in the shower praying I can finish getting ready before Sean starts pounding on his door wanting out. Yes I do have it locked on occasion. He is an escape artist and I don’t want to be on the 5pm news as the mom whose kid was found 6 blocks away wandering in his PJ’s alone. Because he will (and has) gone outside by himself – especially this past week so he could “feel the snow”. 
  • 7:00am – Wander downstairs with Sean in hand, changing any diapers, getting more milk and feeding the kids their breakfast.  I will make Ben’s lunch and wash any dishes that were left in the sink from the night before (which is usually a bunch of wine and/or pint glasses). 
  • 7:30am – Attempt to get both of the boys dressed and ready to go. I start this an hour before we have to leave because it takes an entire hour to complete the task. 
  • 8:30am – Start to get the boys out the front door. We don’t need to leave until 8:40 but it takes me 10 minutes to get them down the steps, chased into the car and buckled up. Sean does not enjoy this process at all. He usually is distracted at least 10 times because he saw a bug or a spider or a leaf. Trust me it’s not an easy task for me either. Some days he will just take off up the street and I am chasing him like a mad woman before he darts into the road. My neighbors already know that we are “that” family.   
  • 8:50am – Arrive at school. Three days a week I get to drop Sean off in his classroom (after he runs down the hall screaming because he can’t take his rocks that he found in the parking lot into his classroom). Once he is dropped off then I take Ben to his classroom and RUN as fast as I can out of the school before anyone stops me!
  • 9:00am – I sit in my car for 5 minutes and breathe (and check my emails and Facebook)
  • 9:15am – I either go back home and start the laundry and cleaning or I may hit up Shop Rite, BJs, Target or one of the other errands that I need to get done before heading back to school to pick up Sean. Usually just as I am in the middle of putting groceries away, I looked down at my watch and realize “sh*t, it’s time to go get Sean). 
  • 12:00pm – I pick up Sean and feed him lunch in the car while we either run a quick errand, watch a movie, take a walk or just have a temper tantrum. 
  • 1:00pm –  Head back to school to pick up Ben. Grab the two boys and attempt to exit the building without Sean destroying the broom closet or classrooms. Both boys take off out the back door running through the parking lot to the car. Every day I think they are playing the game of frogger, dodging in and out of moms, toddlers and cars. Thank goodness all the moms in their minivans keep an eye out for my kids!
  • 1:15pm – Arrive back home, unpack lunch bags, back packs, admire their daily artwork. 
  • 1:30pm – Get them a nice tall cup of milk and attempt to put them down for naps/quiet time and attempt to make my lunch. 
  • 1:35pm – We have 2 kids who need to use the bathroom. Help them with this task…..
  • 1:40pm – I sit down to my lunch only to hear Sean screaming because he is stuck on top of his dresser and can’t get down. Then Ben comes out saying he’s not tired and won’t stay in his room.
  • 1:45pm – Both kids are back downstairs with me begging for TV. 
  • 2:00pm – Fighting ensues so I send them to the basement so I can finish my lunch and attempt to plan dinner.  
  • 3:00pm – Fighting has taken a turn for the worse and someone is injured. I kiss a boo boo multiple times before separating them.  I bring out games or crafts or head outside – just something to distract them from the fighting. Forget that I just missed General Hospital (for the 14th time in a row – wait, Jason Quartermaine left the show)?
  • 3:10pm – Fighting again because someone stole a piece from the game/puzzle/crayon, etc… 
  • 3:30pm – I pour my first glass of wine (ha I wish – just checking to see if you were still paying attention). 
  • 5:00pm – After 3 hours of non stop whining, fighting, peeing of pants, etc. I finally get to cook some kind of dinner. They fight over who has the blue cup, scream that they don’t like peas (even though they just told me last week that was their favorite food on earth) and usually spill their water everywhere. 
  • 5:30pm – Dinner time is over, the floor has more food on it than what made it into their bellies. They watch a show or two while I attempt to clean up any messes and eat my dinner (which is usually cold at this point). 
  • 6:30pm – Bath time! That usually goes well until it’s time to get out. I spend 20 minutes chasing two naked boys around the upstairs of my house because they refuse to get dressed. 
  • 7:00-8:00pm – Attempts at story time and then bedtime (most nights)
  • 8:05pm – Crying because they need more water, milk or another blanket. 
  • 8:30pm – Mommy sits down to watch some DVR and drink a nice cold bottle glass of wine. 
  • 10:00pm – Daddy comes home, we say hello and then I head upstairs to rewash the laundry that sat in the washer all day because I forgot to put it in the dryer. 
  • 11:00pm I head to bed. 
Yes, I do squeeze in some Facebook, words with friends and a few emails, but this is what a typical day for me is like. Add vacuuming, dusting, laundry, etc to the list and you have my day! I don’t get to sit down often and when I do it’s usually not peaceful. But I wouldn’t trade it for the world. One day I will look back at this schedule and laugh (not in the next few years but someday). Right now it makes me cry a little but that’s okay. It’s called being a mom and I get up each and every day a do it all over again because I know that I love my kids and they love me. 
So the next time you ask a stay at home mom what she does all day, please refer to the chart above and tell her that you hope her day gets better. Hey and I am very thankful that I don’t have to get up and go work outside of the home each day because I have no idea how I would be able to do it. Working moms deserve a round of applause. They have to do the housework, the dinners, the dishes all while cramming in a full time job! I am just saying that moms who work at home with their kids deserve respect as well because it is a job! A job paid in kisses, hugs, poop and puke! 
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30 Days of Thanks – November 21st

Day 21 – November 21st

Today I am thankful that I was able to enjoy both Ben’s and Sean’s Thanksgiving celebrations at school over the past two days. Ben had his luncheon yesterday and Sean had his today! Their preschool has such a great event each year. The kids all get together for turkey, corn, rolls, applesauce and of course pie! The kids all look cute in their holiday clothes and enjoy hanging out with all of the other kids!

Here are a few pictures from Ben’s celebration yesterday.

Checking out what’s on his friends plate

Ben and a few of his friends

The “mom, I am still eating so stop taking pictures of me” smile!

Oh and notice who is still sitting there eating! He is always the last kid everyday out of his classroom because he is slow when he is eating. What can I say, my boy likes to take his time – not a bad thing!

Here are some pictures from Sean’s luncheon today! He looked so sweet sitting there with his class. He really is growing up so quickly! Now if I could only get him to sit still at home when we eat! Oh and the boy had two slices of pumpkin pie and still wanted me to go to McDonalds after we left!

Sean enjoying his lunch – sitting across the table from his buddy Maddie

Chomping on his roll with some of his classmates

Cheese (with a mouth full of food)

Waiting patiently for his pumpkin pie (the kid had two slices)

Acting shy with mommy (man I need some botox around those eyes) 

My cute little man

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! I hope that everyone has a safe travel day and enjoys the extra time with their families!

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