The year has flown by - Aliyah is running around almost as fast as her energetic brothers, and I am on the go from the moment I wake. At times I am overwhelmed by the days' challenges, and at other times I'm proud of my accomplishment of simply making it through.
With 3 children under 3 just the mere act of putting kids in the car is an experience in itself, and you find yourself doing mental checklists just to make sure you don't forget anything. It almost becomes a mantra... This is how our 30 min look before leaving the house
Make coffee set on counter ready to go
pack the bag
don't forget the snacks
oh whoops throw out old food found in there
throw dirty clothes in wash found in there
throw out rubbish
why is there crushed food in the bottom of the bag?
oh here's the other sock
(insert comment) BOYS stop climbing on the couch
watch out for your sister - ALIYAH STOP!!! get down.
Now, everybody stop crying and whining ok!? What do you need?
5 minute cuddles...with 2 kids.
ok, where was I?
are the kids dressed?
Nappy bag - oh right
pretty much done
did I get snacks?
Ok...BOYS!!! COME HERE!
where's my phone
Oh - should change my shirt... yuck it's gross
ok - quick change (kids follow me, of course)
KIDS OUT OF MY CLOSET
GET OUT OF THE TOILET
STOP PLAYING WITH THE TOILET PAPER PLEASE
CLOSE THE DOOR, WATCH OUT FOR ALIYAHS FINGERS!
Ok OUT OUT OUT OF MOMMY'S ROOM- MALAKAI CLOSE THE DOOR. THANKS
now, wheres my phone
still can't find it
oh, there - is it charged...whew!
"OUCH!" car under foot...
OK BOYS - SHOES, JACKETS PLEASE!
Busy dressing kids,
Aliyah brings out all the shoes and her boots
theres my wallet,
put it in nappy bag
Oh Aliyahs bottle needs cleaning for when I get back
Levi turns my handbag upside down
Finds pen, draws on chair.
Ugh - clean it up
Scold Levi about pens and colouring paper only.
meanwhile Kai dump blocks on the floor
NO MESSES PLEASE. PLEASE CLEAN UP THE BLOCKS. We're gonna go for a drive!
Ok - help kids clean up blocks.
Pick up Aliyah, trip on shoes
Kick them to their "away" spot.
Start heading to the car- open the car door...
KAI says: Mommy I need a change.
ok everybody...back inside - I need to change Kai
Check Levi all good
Family trip out to the bin...
OK EVERYBODY INTO THE CAR.
Malakai, Levi get IN THE CAR
OK BOYS - WAIT FOR MOMMY - GOTTA BUCKLE ALIYAH IN
Levi, get out of the front seat
Ok, Levi, Kai into your seats
takes some convincing...
YES! Everyones in!
Whats that smell?
Oh heavens to Betsy, Aliyah needs a change
ok - everyone out.
come on - come on - hurry up!!!!
Get everyone out
BOYS - PUT YOUR BIKES BACK! we're going for a drive not playing right now
Start back out to the car again...
Redo it all again
Buckle, buckle, buckle.
Ok - whew! Got the nappy bag, got the phone, my wallet
In the car...
Ready to go?
Crap, I need the keys....and I could really use a bathroom break right about now!
Kids wait one minute, mom's gotta get the keys
have to move bikes back out of way
convince myself I can pee when I "get there" LOL!
Begin to drive...
Realise I left my coffee on the counter...
How did that even happen?
(as I get ready for bed at night)
OH - I should have looked in the mirror - Got food stuck on my face, hmmm My hair is just.... well awesome. But what a good day we had! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE MY FAMILY!!!
Wednesday, July 02, 2014
Friday, November 15, 2013
It has been a busy season! The kids keep growing up and I'm trying to heed the advice given to me to enjoy the early years as much as possible because this season passes too quickly. Yet as much as I live in the moment, I can't believe how quickly the time is passing.
Her brothers are so good with her still, and they often try to help her settle by bringing her toys or tickling her toes - sometimes they like to cuddle her by "laying on top of her!". But she doesn't seem to mind! Last week Malakai wanted to share one of his favourite things with her - dirt - and proceeded to feed it to her. She is learning that not every gift from them is perfect! One of the sweetest moments was watching him try to teach her how to blow out one of those birthday party favours (that unroll). He kept saying, "Blow, Leeyah" and he'd show her and carefully try to hold it in her mouth for her, "Doo do it!" he encouraged.
In Oct - Leigh had taken two weeks off work and it was fabulous! We did a lot of cleaning and organising as we tried to get Aliyah's room ready for her. It's amazing how one family can accumulate so much "stuff", but her room will be ready hopefully by next week. It will be difficult for me not having in our room anymore, and a bit sad, as I try to let go of our 'baby' in the family. And we're just moving her into another room - imagine school! Yuck!
Levi is still my cuddly boy. He loves to be in my arms whenever Aliyah is out of them. The only problem is these days Levi is NOT light. He is very strong, and often tries to get his way with Malakai with brute force. He likes to play loudly. He thrives on the drama of dumping all of his toys out on the floor, and yelling UH-OH! Kai sometimes can't flip the toy buckets over, so Levi will come to the rescue and do it for him. He'll also try to carry heavy items such as nappy boxes, planters, and water buckets. In such moments he earns the nickname Bam Bam. He has started to really enjoy projects such as play dough, and blocks, and trains. His latest infatuation though is vacuuming, and when I say infatuation, I mean it in every sense of the word. The first time I let him play with it, he vacuumed until he could no longer physically stand anymore, so he laid on the carpet vacuuming beside himself. The best gift he ever received was a toy vacuum from our friends Nic and Meg for his birthday.
Malakai would spend all day, every day outside if he could. He loves to dig in the dirt, and play in the sand pit. He especially loves finding sticks and hitting things with them. The dirtier he is, the happier he seems. He loves to play hide and seek, and will spend hours hanging out in his cardboard cubby house. What Levi has in strength, Malakai has in speed. He is a quick runner, and will rarely walk anywhere. I am finding it hard to catch him these days, so I will need to keep fit, to keep up! He absolutely loves Auntie Sezzy's puppy and would play for hours with Ty, who is just as happy to have someone play with him too. We have found that he is becoming more and more in love with soccer and will dribble the soccer ball up and down the hallway over and over again.
Both boys are excelling in their swimming lessons, and are brave enough to jump in and swim on their own now in the deep end (with water wings). It has been amazing watching what little kids can do in the water once they are confident around it. Both boys have no fear of putting their heads under the water and have even swam through daddy's legs.
All three kids are still hugely into music, which is why we decided to have a music themed birthday party for the boys. Our invites were "ticket invites", and we held a small children's concert at the party. I personally would have loved to have the time to "go-all-out" and create a stage, with lights, and swag table, etc but I just didn't have the time. Everyone seemed to have fun anyway, and it was a delight to watch the boys enjoy all their family and friends that were there to celebrate with them.
We got the boys new bikes for their birthday. They are called balance bikes and unlike a bike with training wheels, teaches kids to balance on their own giving them confidence to transition to a real bike much more quickly. They are a tad short for them yet, but in a month or two will be able to do it on their own. I am looking forward to the day that we can all go riding bikes together!
Monday, August 05, 2013
Thursday, July 18, 2013
It has been a week though where the boys have been exploring their boundaries. And of course I want to do everything "right"! And instead find myself yelling in exasperation "Haven't I just told you NOT to do that 3 times already today?" And one kid looks at me innocently as in "Mom, what's the big deal?" And the other shouts back, "no,no,no!" "So you DO know then? You're just seeing how far you can push mommy today?" Great!!!
|What? Oh! You DIDN'T want me to pull the tissues out and rip them up into tiny bits!?|
And then you wake up the next day and start all over again!
|Look Mommy - I can climb up to see Aliyah myself!|
Today Levi pulled the plate for the powerpoint (socket) off the wall and when he saw me coming he quickly threw it into Malakai's lap and pointed his finger at him and said "Uh oh! Oh no-no-no!" Hmmm...
Friday, July 05, 2013
Levi shows off his bravery. (the next video I filmed, I didn't post as he fell and hit his head!)
Aliyah shows us how she can smile
I thought I had video of Kai drumming but can't find it - But here are two photos enjoying drumming inside with 2 harmonicas and daddy's drums, and outside he found a stick and a stump to use...