Friday, April 18, 2014

Family fun time!

My parents are in town, and tomorrow my brother and Caleb will be here.  We have breakfast with the Easter Bunny, a fancy restaurant lunch, a back yard fire pit and Wisconsin craft beer and specialty foods evening, and a fatty Sunday brunch planned.  And they'll be here Monday to help us through the kids' last day of spring "break" (yeah-- they get Monday off, too-- blergh).

But today was birthday presents fr Jack, Easter baskets, hotel pool swimming and general merriment (even though poor little Dorothy has an ear infection-- her first one-- and didn't sleep AT ALL last night after 12:46 and did not nap today)

But she's still a cute little bunny
 We dyed eggs this morning.  My fingers are still blue.

 Doing this crazy new thing where I put Dorothy in girl pajamas.  I like it.
 I think the kid on the bottom is Harry, but it might be Cooper.  Who knows?

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Jack is 6!!

 Jack reeeaaally wanted a Barbie house, and as you can see, his wish is our command.  The really cute accessories are in a gallon Ziploc bag in our closet because they will kill Dorothy, but he loved it anyway.

All 3 boys put their party hats on right away when they woke up this morning and kept them on most of the day.  Sometimes I forget how little they are.
Harry was proud of the Ken he picked out for Jack

 Jack LOVES singing cards.
 LEGO Movie Wii U game, which Harry was totally excited about until he realized it meant we were asking him to share his beloved Wii U with Jack.  Then Jack opened his very own Wii U controller and Harry was all But Santa brought me the Wii U and we were all Santa would want it this way.
 Cooper was way into the gift opening.
 (and so was Jack)
 Buuut then Cooper realized none of the gifts were for him.
 UGLIEST cake ever but delicious and 6 layers, as requested.
 Also I ran out of pink frosting, and I only had enough to write 3 sixes around the cake.  6 6 6.  Erm.
 But still, even ugly melty breakfast cake is still CAKE.
 Dorothy wholeheartedly approves of this custom, BTW
 SO SWEET (and random floor bagel)
 Apres-breakfast bath
 Still party-hatted
 Picnic lunch at the park!  The freezing wind finally blew off their party hats, but they chased after them and brought them home in the stroller-- SO SWEET
 Finally enough courage for the twisty slide-- the big boys inspired him.
 IT WAS SO COLD.  I almost cried.
 After nap, we went to Sonic for fries and shakes at Jack's request.  He joined me in the front seat and insisted on pushing the button and placing our order AND waiting for the food so he could deliver it to the back seat.
 After Ben got home we went mini-golfing.  I lost.
 Jack gave us a puppet show on hole 12.
 And played giant basketball on hole 14.
 Stuck ball.
 Last hole!
 Big finish.

We went to our favorite birthday bar, where Jack bellied up and got his free  birthday beverage.  We were not paying any attention because we realized as we asked for 4 kids 'menus that we HAVE 4 KIDS, not 3 kids and a baby.  WOW.  Going out for a burger and a beer did not used to cost $80.

Jack took advantage of our reverie and ordered an ORANGE SODA.  WHAT THE HELL?  We are not children-drinking-soda (or adults drinking soda, for that matter) people.

 And yet. (Harrison was OUTRAGED, BTW.  We told him he can have one on his birthday, too, but he feels like we owe him 22 months of permissiveness since Jack got one at 6, and he will be 8 before he tastes the sweet nectar.)
 They were lovely and very well behaved.  Which is more than I can say for the rest of the table.
 Holding him is the only way to stop the destruction.
 While we took this picture, Cooper licked salt off the table.
 LOVED the ice cream sundae that comes with the kids' meal (seriously-- she ate grilled cheese, apple sauce, and everyone's pickle--none of it assisted or cut up-- she's a full-on person)

 And she finished Harry's sundae.
 But I am not sure her outfit will ever be the same.

All in all, not a shabby sixth birthday!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Stealing Cookies From a Baby

So far I am feeling great about spring break.  Mainly because I am still at work while Ben is home with everyone because these 2 days are my work days.  The rest of the week is pretty much him at the office, so I will cue the hysterical bitching to start tomorrow.

Another awesome thing about spring break is that no one has worn clothes (except me), and we have way less laundry than usual.

These pictures were all taken after dinner last night, and you would never know it because all 3 kids are wearing pajamas or parts of pajamas. (Harry and Ben were out, so I guess they got dressed yesterday, too).

Before I took these pictures, these 3 clowns were posed adorably around the cookie-eating baby on her car.  As soon as I grabbed my phone, Cooper sprang into action.

Things I love about these photos:  The pajamas.  That I gave her another cookie so she'd stop crying (MOTY).  How mad she was at Cooper.  Cooper in the last shot.  Bunny ears.