Wednesday, September 3, 2014



I am funneling an extra dose of love and attention to my sweet, naughty little middle child.



I swear he hasn’t stopped talking since we dropped off Joseph.



I think its going to be a good year for this one!





PS If you can’t hear what I whispered at the end of the video it was: “I TOLD YOU HE HASN’T STOPPED TALKING!” haha!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

First Day of First Grade


Today was my baby Joseph’s first day of FIRST GRADE!


When did they start making toddlers go to school, people, because I swear he is still my toddler.  Or maybe my infant.  But SIX AND A HALF?!  I don’t believe it.


He was as cool as a cucumber this morning- his only complaint was the 20 mosquito bites that he got at the Labor Day campout on Sunday.  (20 is impressive until I tell you that Isaac has over 30)


I, however, am projecting all of my fears onto the situation.



Fears that I am praying about include:

1) Who will he sit by at lunch?

2) Lunch in general: Did I pack enough?  Can he get everything open?

3)  Who will he play with at recess?

4)  Will he feel comfortable asking to use the bathroom?

5)  The bus.  Oooooooh the bus ride home.  I can’t even type it out.  Just- how?, where? and what if??!


Toss that in with a smattering of mommy guilt that we uprooted him from his friends at his old school and well…its been a little rough on me internally.


And YES, thank you, I KNOW HE WILL BE FINE.  I know it like how when you are little and crying because you are tired, and your parents say, “You are just tired,” and you shout “NO!” even though you know the answer is yes.  But you still want to cry for a little while.


But soon he will be home, and all will be well, and we will eat the chocolate cake I am baking for the occasion, and he will tell me all about his day, and I will be relieved that he is no longer forcing me to listen to a play-by-play of the Lego Movie.

The End.


Sunday, August 24, 2014

Late night watermelon eater



Samuel has been sleeping in lately (8:00-8:30!! I’m ecstatic!) which means that he naps later, which means that he stays up an hour or so later than the big boys (which is “soooo not faiiiiiir,” by the way.)


On this particular night, he and I had a date at the kitchen table with 1/4 of a watermelon.





Samuel are you all done with watermelon?”



“Are you ready to go night-night yet?”







PS- I bought those pajamas for one year old Joseph and when he wears them he just looks like all of my toddlers rolled up into one and I wish I could squeeze them all!  Sigh…motherhood!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Ramblings after a good day (a sequel)


Thank you, friends, for your kind and encouraging words, emails, and messages. 

Also for all of the play dates that are filling up my calendar. 

Maybe they are pity play dates?  But that’s fine because play dates get me to

1) clean my house


2) buy treats

(PS to the person coming to my house to play on Saturday, I am sorry that I ate all the cookies that I bought today for your play date.  Yes BOUGHT today aaaaand ATE today.  But they were exactly like girl scout Samoas people!  The odds were stacked against me!)

Let me just say though, that I am fine.  Seriously.  I’m fine!  I only had popcorn fall out of my crying mouth just that once!  And really it shouldn’t have been IN my mouth to begin with (I am now saving ALL calories for fake Samoas)  So you don’t have to worry about me, or come over to keep me company unless you want to.  And unless you bring your own cookies. (I’m not to be trusted)

Noooot really sure how to wrap this post up…so, in conclusion.

- thank you

- I’m fine

- Just one of those days

- It has passed now (past now?)

- cookies!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Ramblings after a rough day.


Today was noooooot my best day.  And that’s fine- we all have them!

It was not my worst day either I don’t think? (like maybe being in labor?  Or food poisoning?  Maybe those things were worse?)  But it was definitely not great.

Moving is hard.  Hard-hardy-hard-hard.  Even when it is a GOOD move to a place you are supposed to move to, I am still feeling a bit out of place.  Angsty.  Lonely.  Unfamiliar.  Also my children are driving me batty and I need to make a change for tomorrow or else run away from my family screaming.

I was visiting with some moms at the park (friend dating) (WORSE THAN LABOR) and they were talking about the “methods” of parenting they follow and I was all, “Whoops!  Got to go!” and went to go eat ice cream with my kids instead.  Because I wasn’t sure how to tell them that the “method” that I subscribe to right now is the “try the best you can” method.  Seriously.  That’s all I can do! 

And this evening I was feeling particularly sorry for myself while shoving popcorn in my face and I started to cry a little (told you it was a rough day), and then the popcorn fell out of my mouth all over the place and that made me laugh.  And then Samuel ran in (naked) grabbed the popcorn bowl and ran out and I had to chase him muttering “please please please don’t pee on my popcorn!” and that made me laugh too.

Then I put on my big-girl-panties and I scratched kids backs and sang bedtime songs and made pun-jokes with Joseph, and snuggled, and vacuumed, and generally ended the day on a good note.

I am trying the best I can.

and we are going to be okay.


The County Fair


On Saturday I took the boys on a Mommy-date to the county fair!


We spent millions of dollars on all-you-can-ride-wrist bands!



We ate lots of food!



We rode lots of rides that made me mildly nauseous!


It was all in all a great time!


Isaac was tall enough to go on all the rides this year (with me) (eek) and they were even brave enough to go on this BIG ROLLER COASTER.


Well, brave enough until the first drop when Joseph started yelling “I WANT OFF!!” But, afterwards he wanted to go again (no) so we are considering it a win!


It is really one of my favorite things to do with the boys, and a great chance for me to just let loose and have fun and to not be a bossy pants all the time!



The only downside is the heat.

When I was looking back at last year’s post it looks like I complained about the heat melting my eyeballs, but you guys!  This year too!  EYEBALLS MELTING FROM THE HEAT!  So sweaty.  So, so sweaty. 



(Isaac was yelling at me “Send that picture to Dada!”)


And I trrrrrrry I to like the heat!  Other people seem unbothered and I try it too!  See how cozy the heat is Caitlin?  Isn’t it relaxing to your muscles?  Don’t you enjoy the Vitamin D goodness seeping in?


But, really and truly and honestly, my impulse is to run around yelling “I’m BAKING!  I’m seriously BAKING FROM THIS HEAT THAT IS MELTING MY EYEBALLS!  It’s COOKING US!  We are all going to dieee!”

Ahem.  Summer might not be my best season.


But I do love my boys!  And I do love the fair.  (Once a year.)





The fair last year with Joseph and Isaac  (this year we combined the trips to just one date since we moved farther away)

And when we put the “Joy and Joisey” (New Jersey state fair 2011)and I made a fool of myself in the fun house! It’s a keeper!



PPS The view on my drive home.  Oh OREGON in summer!  So pretty from the air conditioned car!



Monday, July 28, 2014

Domestic Monday



First thing this morning, I made bread with Samuel on my hip in the sling.


while Joseph refused to get out of bed until I let him play computer today. (I won that one) (turns out I don’t CARE if he stays in bed)


I am trying to get back in the habit of bread-making now that we are settled in our home.  I will keep you posted (unless I fail- in which case I will keep it to myself)


Second thing this morning, I spilled a container of gluten flour all over my brand new pantry!   (Gluten flour is like flour but stickier and more unpleasant to clean up)


Later-- brace yourselves!--I made HOMEMADE POP TARTS.


It’s true.

Its also in black and white, b/c when I brushed it with egg like the recipe said, it came out of the oven all discolored and not really blog-worthy.  But, it was delicious.

Also today I made crispy burritos, and homemade instant oatmeal, plus I folded and put away FOUR loads of laundry (okay, I actually paid Joseph to put away one of them)


How did you accomplish all this domesticity?  You may ask.

By ignoring my children! 

But, after the weekend spent all together all the time, we can all use a little bit of ignoring on Monday.


Don’t they look happy and like such great friends?

That’s because you can’t hear all of the whining and tattling that was going on ALL THE LIVE LONG DAY.


Also, it looks peaceful and happy because I didn’t get a picture of the big boys playing “horsy” which looks a lot like “Sit on your brother and try to drown him”

Happy Monday!