Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Quality Time

I've actually had people email me to see if I was still among the living since I haven't posted since Saturday! I'm here trying to be Housewife of the Year, an award that I will proudly place next to my soon to be acquired Mother of the Year.

My house was actually very clean and picked up on Christmas night when I had my family here for a progressive dinner (I was the dinner portion) although my SIL Karol, Darrell's older sister, told me I needed a house keeper. (Sorry Karol, I had to do it! It was too good a line not to use!) It was not said as an insult but in a "I don't know how you do it all, you need some help" kind of way... although she did say it after I noticed cobwebs on my dining room light fixture...

All that to say that my house was clean and I was determined to keep it that way. Do you know how hard it is to keep your house picked up and clean???? All I do from the moment I get up to when I plop into bed to watch my Lost Season 4 on my laptop with headphones is pick up my house. I feel like I'm in a bad episode of the Twilight zone, or in Cabin Fever, an episode from Lost Season 4 where John Locke meets Horace and the tree Horace chops down keeps reappearing standing up. I pick up the floor, leave the room, come back and what I picked up is there again. Doodoo doodoo....spooky. That was supposed to be Twilight Zone music. Duh.

So I've gotten quite cranky, all work and no blogging makes Mommy an Evil Overlord. Time for some fun. Since Christmas wiped out the cash reserves it had to be cheap. Or free. Free is good. How about the library? After I spent 2 hours making beds, dressing babies, picking up discard jammies, making breakfast, cleaning up, unloading and reloading the dishwasher, sweeping the kitchen floor, breaking up baby Ultimate Fighter rehearsals and finding library books we were finally ready to leave.

When we arrived at the library we were confronted with a sign.

I told the girls they had to turn around and take their guns and switchblades back to the car. Jenna looked at me like I had lost my mind, which of course, we all know that I have.

This was Jenna's second visit to our new library and she was excited to discover that she was not limited to checking out 2 books like she was our first visit. Her probation was over and she could check out more. How many more? The limit is 200. She better get busy.

There's a table in the children's area that has book bundles. Ryan loves this table and usually pulls up a chair and sits there looking at the books the entire visit.

Emma perusing the book shelves searching for the perfect book. That got old pretty fast.

Who wants to look at books when you can run up and down aisles?

Maybe she's interested in books after all. Somehow I think the library frowns on folding books in half Emma. I got exhausted chasing her up and down the aisles so thankfully she found the tables in the children's area and partook in one of her favorite home activities.

Climbing on top of tables. Emma, why can't you be more like Ryan? Look at him sitting there looking at books like a good boy.

I had hoped to get a couple of books but after several of minutes of leaving Emma with Julia, Julia got frustrated and I gave up.

Time to check out. Jenna's book bag was so heavy that she couldn't carry it. Two hundred books does weigh a lot! Okay, she didn't get 200 books. I told her she could get 10. Seriously, who would actually check out 200 books? I'm going to have enough trouble keeping up with 10 books let alone 200. We'd be homeless street people in a couple of months after all the fines I would owe for lost books.

Jenna was so proud of herself checking out her books with her own library card.

Ryan is checking out his books, his library card firmly in his hands.

Emma was tired of the library. We had been there all of about 20 minutes.

The kids holding up their library cards for yet another photo op. One of the librarians came up and asked if I wanted her to take our picture. They must think I'm nuts or paparazzi. Who takes pictures of their kids excursion to the library???

Jenna couldn't carry her bag so I carried my purse, Ryan's bag, Jenna's bag and Emma. Can we go home now?


Next we were off to the grocery store. The library wasn't enough family fun. We needed more quality time. Nothing like a grocery store trip to fix that.

Ryan loves these car carts. In the future when he gets bored I'm just going to take him to Price Chopper and push him around in the car cart.

Julia is waiting for the groceries to be bagged and put in the cart. Most of what we got was for her party tomorrow night. She's invited 5 girls to come spend the night to ring in the New Year. Pray for me.

I was exhausted at this point. Why?

Emma has decided she's too cool for carts. Momma has to hold her.

When I adopted the first time with Jenna the big thing was to carry around a 10 lb bag of flour or a 20 lb bag of rice to get used to carrying a bigger baby. I always thought it was kind of ridiculous. What baby is like a bag of flour or rice?

Emma. My stout little future linebacker is all solid middle and short limbs and lately she doesn't seem interested in hanging on to me. Think 25 lb bag of flour with a miniature broncing bronco inside. Yeah. In fact, she doesn't want me to hold her at all. She wants down to do her own shopping. So most of our shopping trip was holding my wiggly baby and pushing a the grocery cart. Like I said. Fun quality time.

We got home, unloaded the van and I made lunch. And what comes after lunch?

Time for bed babies! Momma needs a nap!


Cassie said...

Aw, those are great pictures at the library! They look so proud to be standing at the counter with their cards! I can't even imagine taking your whole crew to the grocery. I can't even drag just myself there sometimes! Best of luck with the girls on New Years!

Megan said...

Sounds exhausting! LOL Love the pics!

Kristin said...

I have ventured into the library several times with the boys. It isn't ever the trip that I imagine it to be. I H.A.T.E the grocery store with little ones. I try to avoid it and shop by myself at midnight at Walmart.

Jules said...

Okay-think I'm crossing trip to the library off my list!

And yes-thank goodness for car carts. I could shop at Winco-but they have boring normal carts. Safeway has the coolest ones with Fred Meyer a close second. They're hard to push put at least you can get your shopping done.

Sandy Toes said...

I love this post..how funny!!! I would take pictures at the library! How fun...love those grocery "cars"..but they are full of germs so I always wipe them down!
-sandy toes

Nancy said...

Your post had me laughing hysterically. Loved the pix especially the ones of you all bedragled. I love car carts, too, and ours even has a kids' movie you can play for $1. Well worth the $$$.

Kat said...

I loved the pictures at the library. I love the fact that you have pictures of EVERYTHING. Years from now you can look back and laugh at all the "fun" you had or even better use them as blackmail to get the kids to do whatever you want :D

I swear I wish I had more. Then when the boyfriend comes over or you meet the new girlfriend, you can pull out the album ..... oh that's evil but what is it they say about paybacks???

Kristin said...

I always love your blog because I can so relate! My 2 1/2 year old is the same way....she doesn't like the cart and wants to walk (escape). She's a solid 40 lbs already, so carrying her is out of the question! I haven't tried the library yet....might hold off on that one for awhile!

Kristin said...

Oh my. I am so glad it was you today and not me. I would have been kicked out of the library. My only place to seek quiet. I have to bribe the teens to come with me so I can get books.

No, instead, the girls and I headed to Best Buy and shoe shopping. I gave up half way through and came home. Do you think I can buy them shoes without them being there??

I may seriously try.

Go to sleep now. You deserve it.

Tori said...

haha fabulous. I love all the pictures! What a day!

momma said...

i love to read blogs that have pictures like you did today. i'm tired just reading this post!!

Carey-Life in the Carpool Lane said...

I love "day-in-the-life" posts. They make me feel so normal.

My boys love those car shopping carts too. When our grocery store got them I made a point to tell the manager "thank you" and wrote a positive email to headquarters. I never do stuff like that but the cars make my shopping that much easier now. The only problem is that they keep getting out of them to give the car a "tune up!"

Lindsey's mom said...

Great photos! You were busy!!! I love the shot of you carrying the bags and the baby!! I did that this evening..carrying Jesse's swim bag, lindsey's backpack and Lindsey...while she was screaming and it is -17! What fun isnt it. LOL!!! Glad to see you had a fun day!!

Kelsey said...

You had quite the productive day!!
I take pictures of A in the library too haha. I find it funny that your library has a "no weapons" sign and mine has a "no food or drink" sign..um can you see their priorities?

Vickie said...

Grocery shopping with the little ones is superfun. Yeah, not so much:P

My little one keeps running up and down the aisleways. Lately, she has decided to run to the other side of the store. Basically, I no longer take her with me. Maybe in 6 months she will be better.

I love our library. If I go by myself the girls take turns. But, if my husband comes with me, then we take the whole kit and caboodle.

Be strong during your daughter's party and take cover if need be:)

Have a Happy New Year!!

The Johnson 5 said...

I feel the same way!

I wash clothes EVERYDAY, I know you can imagine. This week I washed EVERYTHING! Every delicate item, every pair of pants that has to be washed singly. Every blanket, all the bathing suits. Did I tell you EVERYTHING.

After my almost 24 hours of laundry marathon. I walked into my laundry room, to admire it.

And well that was short lived.
My oldest and youngest already had had swim practice. The towels and suits were here. Jakob and Brian have been working on a "special project" there nasty clothes were there.

Then with a (sigh) twist of my wrist, I started the washing machine yet again!!

I feel your pain girl!!

Lorie said...

Wow, I need a nap just after reading all that, I don't know how you do it. You don't need a maid, you need a nanny!!!! haha.

I also know what you mean about the twilight zone of the toy brigade.....feel the same way, right there w/ you and my house is probably 1/4 the size of yours.

Have a great New Year w/ the girls. After that you will need a nanny and a big bottle of wine.

Jeanne said...

Visiting from SITS....

Love the pictures, your kids are adorable and you are an amazing woman!

The Meijer near us has car carts with DVD players on the dashboards....

Beth said...

Oh the fun of the library...many fond memories...yelling..shhhhh.. I just happened upon your blog... what a nice looking family you have!

Beth said...

I love your blog! Thanks for sharing what life is like for a busy mom! I have five boys myself, so I know how it can be!