Thursday, March 31, 2011

Trip to McDonald's





My sister Donna and brother in law Chris kept the older three for a sleepover last night. They had a blast. I guess Chris even felt brave and walked all the kids to Dairy Queen. That left me with just Michael and Connor. Why is it that when I just had Alex and Matthew, at 2 and 4, it was so hard. Now that I have an 11, 8, 6, 4, and 2 year old, just having the 2 and 4 year old seems like a breeze. (I can't figure out why I thought it was so hard, lol.) And they were loving all the extra attention. The three of us went to Noodles and Company for dinner, then we went to Target and bought Tangled. Then this morning, Connor convinced me to take them to McDonald's for breakfast. I could see how having just the two of them could be very dangerous, financially. Our house was so quiet last night and this morning, I almost didn't know what to do with myself! We picked up the boys this morning and now we are getting ready for Alex's sleepover party tomorrow night (rather, I am blogging, thinking about getting ready and Alex, Matthew, and Ryan are playing with friends. No wonder we never get anything accomplished!!) Connor was not cooperating with a nice smile. But Michael sure was, don't you just love his fake smile in every picture he takes, lol?

Monday, March 28, 2011

Woodfield Mall



So I wanted to take the little boys to Build-a-Bear. I thought I just might have the courage to brave Fox Valley. My husband had the brilliant idea to go to Woodfield. I had a momentary lapse in judgement, and I agreed with him. I haven't been there in years. I now remember why. Take five kids, one double stroller, a huge diaper bag, seven winter coats, and a husband who hates spending money to a crowded mall on a Sunday afternoon. Not to mention the insane sales taxes, it was so crowded we could barely walk. As a result of that, stressed Tom out to no end, and he spent the entire time making the kids walk single file behind the double stroller (probably afraid for their lives, with all the insane shoppers.) So we walked through the mall, me pushing the double stroller with my little ducklings, single file, following behind. With the drill Sargent pulling up the rear. We wandered around for a while. We even found the Easter Bunny! (you can see the picture at the top of the blog, Doesn't Michael look like Popeye, lol?) Then we finally made our way to Build-a-Bear. Connor was in heaven! So the little three picked out their animals, got to stuff them, bath and brush them, and Daddy even let Connor and Ryan pick out clothes for their animals. Michael got a lamb named Wooly (although, he couldn't care less, but Mommy thought it was so cute.), Connor got a bunny named Hopper, and Ryan got a bear named Hop. The older boys decided to take a pass at getting stuffed animals and got new Lego sets at the Lego store instead. After all that fun and excitement, we decided to leave the mall and went and invaded my brother and sister-in-law's apartment. Uncle Jimmy even cooked dinner for all of us! Although it was fun, and the boys had a great time, I probably won't be going back to Woodfield for a LONG time.

Let's try this again....

So I have proven that I am probably the world's worst blogger. I definitely need to take some tips from my friend Sarah (who blogs almost everyday!). So I'm giving this whole blog thing another try. As most of you know, my boys give me tons of material to blog about, I just never seem to find the time to do it. I often will put a sentence or two on facebook about something they say or do, but never find the time to sit down and create a blog post. Just like I am always taking tons of pictures of the boys and would love to share them, I just never make the time. So I am going to try to fit in blogging into all my free time :o). I guess that will leave even less time for laundry!