Monday, November 14, 2016

Poop, Pee, and Diaper Gel

Monday is PRESCHOOL DAY! The best day of the week! (sung to the tune of the Aquabat's Pizza Day) And I had big plans for my first solo Monday. I planned on rewarding myself for getting all three kids out of the house and to preschool (hopefully on time) by stoping at Target on my way home and strolling leisurely though the aisles with Maisie. Stopping to smell all the new holiday Mrs. Meyers cleaning sprays and hand soaps (because apparently, being an adult and mother of three means getting embarrassingly excited about seasonal cleaning supplies) and probably walking away with a cart full of must-haves from the dollar section. Which, while I am on the subject, is actually more like the $3 and $5 dollar section these days.

I was disappointed when I opened my email this morning and saw a note from Penny and Eloise's preschool teacher reminding everyone that preschool was canceled this week. But the girls were all still sleeping, Maisie included, and I was more relieved to get a few more minutes of sleep to be upset about losing my quiet morning. And even more relieved that I didn't wake up three sleeping girls and drag them to preschool only to discover there wasn't one today. But that's pretty much where my good fortune for the day ends.

An hour later, Maisie began to stir, and I could hear the big girls waking up as well so up I got. Maisie got a clean diaper and we went and got the big girls up from their rooms. And that's when I smelt it. It was like a cross between vomit and diarrhea and the resulting smell punched me in the face as soon as I opened Eloise's bedroom door. I quickly discovered that her diaper had leaked poop all over her crib.

Poor Maisie had to go back to her bassinet and wait while I dealt with the stinky problem at hand. As I ran around starting a load of laundry and putting Eloise into the tub, Maisie cried from her crib. Penny was able to keep her calm with binkies and songs.

But apparently, that wasn't enough excitement for the day. There was also an entire book ripped to shreds coving the floor in Eloise's room. Penny's room, looked like a tornado blew through it--not just because books and toys covered the floor, but also because her mattress was half on the box strings, half on the floor like a slide. However, the worse mess came as I sat nursing Maisie when Penny came and announced that the hall was covered in snow.

I've been doing this mom thing long enough to know, that when your preschooler tells you the hall is covered in snow, it's probably not just in her imagination, but some terrible mess that she thinks cutely resembles snow but that I will see for what it really is--horrifying. And she did not disappoint. From what I can tell, she must have ripped open her pull up, either on purpose or on accident, and the result was diaper gel covering the entire length of the hall. She played in it for a while, then got a spoon and brought it to me to see and told me to smell it. An offer that I instantly declined.

I armed her with a pair of gloves and a grocery bag, and she was able to pick up the bigger piles but the hall remained littered with the stuff. A quick google search, suggested using baking soda to help dry it out so it could be vacuumed up. So now, there is a nice layer of baking soda all over the carpet as well. I'm praying google doesn't fail me and leave me with an even greater mess.

I wish that was the last of it. But it's not. Remember when I said Eloise took a bath? Well, she got out of the bath while I was nursing Maisie, and I wasn't able to get a diaper on her, but she kept assuring me that she didn't need to go to the bathroom. Later, as I finally put her diaper on, she sweetly informed me that she peed in Penny's room. I have yet to find out where.
I will leave you with a picture of my sweet Maisie girl. I am not one to have favorites, but if I did, my favorite child would probably be the one sleeping peacefully while the others covered the house in bodily fluids..

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Halloween Twenty Fifteen!

The holidays keep getting better and better as our girls have gotten older and have started to really "get" it. Halloween with little kids is the absolute best! I picked Eloise's costume, she was a wind-up doll (like Penny was). Penny said she wanted to be a witch's shoe, I hoped she would be goldilocks, we compromised and she was a witch.
She loves those pumpkins!

This one is an outtake, but it's so funny to me I couldn't help but include it!

Tuesday, January 5, 2016


Considering, I just threw away the very last halloween pumpkin, this post isn't quite as overdue as it seems, right? Ok, so Halloween was a few months ago, but these pictures are too cute to keep hidden on my computer!

I wanted to go to a big pumpkin patch and take a million pictures, Andrew wanted to grab a few pumpkins from the grocery store. We compromised and went to a small local pumpkin patch at a church. It ended up being perfect! Short and sweet. Just the right size for our young family.

 Bribed! Totally Bribed!

Monday, January 4, 2016

First Day of Preschool

Penny started going to preschool again in September.  I desperately wanted a "first day of school" picture, but she would NOT have it and all I got was this:
I remember feeling really frustrated that I couldn't get a nice, smiling picture, but now that a few month have passed (and a scary hospital visit) I have a much better perspective. I love it! Attitude and all!

Despite her grumpiness about my constant picture taking, she was thrilled to be back! She was so happy when I picked her up, she let me take another picture of her, and she almost smiled! 
But when her teacher takes her picture, she's all smiles! 

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Scott's Wedding Trip in Washington

In August we flew to Washington to celebrate Scott's wedding. We hadn't visited for several years (since 2011).  I thoroughly documented our trip on Instagram, but not on the blog! Here are some highlights:

Kinza Teriyaki
A trip to Washington isn't complete without a trip to the Himmer family's favorite: Kinza. We got take-out four separate occasions before we returned home. Penny and Eloise had no complaints with the cuisine.

Chickens and the eggs
The months leading up to our visit, Penny would talk with Grandma on FaceTime about all the things they were going to do and see. None were more important than tending to the chickens and collecting eggs. Within minutes of arriving at Grandma's Penny found herself to the coop. Penny gladly collected eggs throughout the trip in her basket.

Astrid and Eloise
Penny and Eloise love animals as most kids do. Penny will often times feel timid with animals larger than herself. Eloise is quite the opposite. Eloise had no problem taming Astrid a large Great Dane. Astrid seemed to feel overwhelmed by this tiny kid and tried to avoid her the rest of the week. The only exception was when Eloise had left over dinner on her hands (licked from a safe distance).

Andrew and I had one ambitious bucket-list item on this trip. We both wanted an opportunity to spend some time in the water kayaking. Fitting this into the trip's schedule was tricky and we were afraid we wouldn't be able to do it since it required someone else watching our kids for a few hours. It rained for the first 20 minutes, but the harbor was gorgeous!

Thanks Scott and Elyssa for the opportunity to visit the PNW.