Monthly Archives: January 2014

Our Snow Day of Sickness

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Instead of having a fun, friend-filled day off of school our house was in a self-imposed state of quarantine.

This was my baby yesterday…

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She had a terrible time Sunday night combating a high fever, severe cough and runny nose. Thanks to the cough she woke up every 20-30 minutes and since she was sleeping in my bed her daddy and I were up every 20-30 minutes as well.

Then her brother puked in his bed and suddenly there four of us shuffling around for blanket use and pillow space.

Correction— There were actually only two of us shuffling around for blanket use and pillow space because, let’s be real, our sickly wee ones don’t really give a rats behind who they’re inconveniencing with their perpendicularly placed bodies and sprawling appendages as long as they are comfortable and able to sleep. And if we’re being “real” here, then you should know that I actually don’t mind playing blanket tug-o-war with my husband as long as my sweet babies sleep.

But then my son puked for a second time…in my bed.

Needless to say yesterday was a bit hairy. My son actually has been totally fine since he puked but his sleep-deprived, body-aching little sister needed to be in my arms all day, thus the photos of her misery. What else was I suppose to do throughout the day while getting my upper body workout?

Magically this little lady rallied in the evening and has been doing much better. She slept in my bed again but only woke up a few times. This is the happy, healthy (well healthier) toddler I’m use to seeing at the start of my day…

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Oh, I failed to mention that yesterday my washing machine decided to give me the middle finger and so you know those puke-covered sheets and clothes from Sunday night… well, they’re not clean yet even though they were washed twice. And then my older kids stripped down my toddler before her shower and she pooped on my carpet. Monday in the Bailey house was just lovely.

Today is proving to be amazingly better although my dog did confiscate a package that was delivered for our upcoming vacation and used it as an outdoor chew toy.  Luckily nothing was ruined by his shenanigans!

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Also, I freely admit I did a crap-tacular job training my dog and my punishment is never ending.

Enjoy the rest of your Tuesday!

~ Colleen

 

 

 

Coffee I’m Crazy About

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Are you a coffee person? I never really was but now with three kids you’d better bet your patootie I am! I’m in love with Dirty Chai Lattes which is just a chai latte with a shot of espresso. It really gets me going though I save it as a special treat for days that I’m really dragging.

On a more regular basis I’ve been drinking various brands of coffee, not really loving any of them very much and always adding milk and sugar. Until recently that is. My daughter had yet another school fundraiser over the holidays and since I was feeling guilty for not participating in the 1,000 other fundraisers I bought my mom and myself each a 12oz bag of coffee. I picked a coffee from The Caring Bean order form called Jingle Bell Java because it was the holidays and I was hoping that it would allow me to adequately jingle my bells all day long with the kids throughout the quickly approaching Winter break.

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As it turns out, I absolutely LOVE this coffee. It’s rich and smooth tasting without being bitter and I no longer feel the need to add milk and sugar to make my daily cup of Joe palatable. My mom flew through her bag because she drinks more coffee than I do but I’m still working on mine and you better believe I’ll be ordering more once this bag is gone. It sells for about $15 per 12oz which you may think is expensive but I’ve been buying less coffee while I’m out and about and waiting instead until I get home to make some so I think I make out in the long run.

You can check it out at http://www.thecaringbean.com if you’re not satisfied with your current coffee and want to try something wonderful.

You should know that my daughter’s school does not benefit in any way from your purchase and I am not being compensated for this post. I just wanted to share with you all a product I am enjoying on a daily basis.

Cheers to being relaxed, happy and energized!

Recent Sugar Art

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I loved the Christmas cookies this year. 3 dozen were ordered and I sent 2 dozen to work with my brother where they blew the financial-centered minds of his colleagues.  I enjoyed my mid-day call from my brother and his coworkers asking sugar-related questions.

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A few weeks later I whipped up the Spiderman cookies for my son’s 4th birthday party.

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The most recent set of cookies were much less extravagant than the others but that’s mainly because I ran out of piping bags and had to resort to using bottles instead so the detail work was lacking. My sister and I surprised my mom on her birthday at work with a bunch for the nursing floor, some were sent to a friend in Washington who just had her 3rd baby boy and the rest were divvied up between other family and friends.

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My mom was over last night and she asked if I had any cookies on hand because she said that they’re the only thing that makes her happy aside from her grandbabies. Goodness! What a compliment.  Guess I’d better keep baking. We like a happy grandma!!!

Happy Friday!

Colleen

 

Lunch Date

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Today was a special day that my oldest and I hadDSC05687  been looking forward to for the past few days. It was eat-lunch-with-your-student day, and thanks to my SIL who managed to pick up my son from school with our youngest children in tow, I was able to eat lunch with my favorite kindergartener. It took her two solid days to decide on what her special lunch should be and in the end she picked a turkey, salami and cheese sandwich from Subway, except I got it from Jimmy John’s because I pass one on the way to her school. After getting a huge smile and hug from my girl I handed her the bag of food and she said, “I thought I said Subway?”

“You did, sweet child, but Jimmy John’s is what you get,” I replied with a chuckle and she shrugged her shoulders and started stuffing her face. It cracks me up what kids concentrate on and anyways, Jimmy John’s is way better than Subway, just for the record. She even got Sprite and chips to which she said to our tablemates, “It’s because it’s a really special day.”

I sat there watching the crumbs pile up on her sweet face and shirt for the short 15 minutes we had together and there was no where else in the world I would have rather been. I remember when my mom came to lunch in elementary school and how special I felt having her sandwiched between me and my twin. These are the moments our kids remember forever. I hope I do as well.

I hope you’re eating lunch soon with a special someone too! It’s the best!!!

Coll

“I’m A Big Kid” Day at the Baileys

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You know you have a toddler when…

It was 5:30am. My son peed his bed for the first time in a few weeks and so we were up. The littlest lady of the household made her presence known a solid hour earlier than usual at 6am and then we were really up. It was time to start the day and so I dragged my butt out of bed and proceeded with the usual routine of carelessly throwing my hair into a braid, donning some workout clothes and trying to dress my wild and naked goons as they scampered up and down the hallway hootin’ and hollerin’.

Then my baby who isn’t a baby anymore did her first summersault. Naked. Not her first naked summersault, just her first summersault, ever, while naked. We cheered, obviously. Then I strapped a diaper to her butt and tried to get her to do it again. She couldn’t…or maybe she wouldn’t just to spite me. She’d do something like that because she’s our ALG (angry little girl.)

Moments after showing us her gymnastics prowess she walked down our wooden stairs without holding on to the railing. That’s when I realized it was “I’m A Big Kid Day” in the Bailey house and I need to have another baby because the one I thought I had suddenly grew up.

Just to hit home the fact that she has graduated to pure toddlerdom, today while tickling her mercilessly I noticed her two bottom incisors just cut through. This kind of explains the recent ALG and early waking behavior noted above…

So what exactly are you supposed to do with this information I just laid out for you? Nothing really, but just remember this post in 3 months when I inevitably announce to the world that I’m pregnant with Bailey baby #4 and know that I was forced to have another baby because my current one decided to grow up and become a big kid.

Here’s to hoping tomorrow isn’t “I’m A Kindergartener Acting Like A Teenager” Day. Oh wait, that’s every day!

Night Night!!!

Colleen

Monday Night Quiz

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What do you do when your youngest love-bug does this at bedtime?…
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A) Shove the virtually unused wetwipes back in the package for future use.

B) Make your toddler clean up her mess and throw them in the trash.

C) Call in reinforcements in the form of her siblings to help you scrub the dirty hallway walls and baseboards to avoid wasting perfectly good wipes and postpone bedtime by 20 minutes.

(Hint: As in college, if you aren’t certain of the answer, pick C.)

Ahhh, it’s nice to have clean walls. Well… at least the bottom 3 feet anyways.

Night night friends!
Colleen

A Little Frozen Fun

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Last week in the ridiculously cold weather we blew bubbles into the air and watched as they froze into a crystal ball and floated to the ground where they remained intact long enough to snap some pics. Of course we didn’t actually venture out into the elements but instead we blew the bubbles from our doorstep, watched them for a moment and then shut the door to warm ourselves before repeating the process over and over again.

 

DSC05472That black spot behind the frozen sphere is our bubble-consuming canine, Dragon. He was itching to interfere with our experiment but obediently listened to my commands that he keep his furry paws off our front entryway to avoid the wrath of Mommy. Smart doggie!

I must say I’m happier with this balmy 40 degree weather we’re experiencing right now although it was fun to play a little with the obscenely low temperatures last week. Since it’s warmed up the snow is finally become good packing snow so before it all melts I think I’ll go make some snowballs and attack my children. I just figure I’d better take advantage of being bigger, stronger and faster than them now since it won’t always be this way! My oldest is almost 6 already!

Hope you’re enjoying the warmer temps!

Cheers,

Colleen

 

 

 

How A Kindergartener Plans His Shenanigans

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My son received a letter in the mail the other day from our 6 year old neighbor boy and I think it’s the single best piece of mail that has ever been delivered to our home. What do you think?

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I love this little neighbor boy and I love that he took the time to write this letter to his co-conspirator! And just look at that picture he drew…pretty solid for a kindergartener! I can only image what shenanigans these boys will scheme up in the future but I can be certain that they’ll be well thought out and bugger the heck out of my daughter.

When I read the note I thought it was a pretty sneaky way for the boys to be plotting together against my oldest girl. The motivation for this letter came from earlier in the week when I had told the boys that they could play with the toy snake but I didn’t want to find it hiding in my bed! However, I did mention that I would be perfectly fine if they felt the need to hide it in one of my daughters’ beds

When my husband read this note without knowing, or caring, about the backstory he cracked up just as you might have done. Get your minds out of the gutter people, they’re just children for Heaven’s sake!

But really, how awesome is this letter?!? It’s going in my son’s forever box and when this little neighbor boy and my daughter end up going to prom together ten years down the road her daddy is going to have to bring out this letter and have a conversation with this particular boy about snakes and beds and his baby girl!

Ahhh, life is magical.

Happy Sunday,

Colleen

 

 

My Favorite Pics of 2013

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I was inspired by a friend to post my top 13 pictures from 2013. Whereas she’s a legit photographer I am certainly not. Be this as it may, I still love my pics and hope you enjoy some of them yourself. So here they are:

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1. This beautiful lady is my grandmother who so adores her grandchildren more than anything in this world. It’s why I take them to see her at least every 2 weeks and her love for them is written all over her face.

DSC011762. Our 11 year old dog, Doc, loves his mommy and a good nose rub. I’m sure going to miss this face some day!

DSC024483. My first born girl. She’s simply incredible and I love the pure thrill of her expression.

DSC028084. There’s never a dull moment with the Bailey family and it’s no joke that these grandparents enjoy their grandbabies no matter their emotional state.

DSC026235. Our dog, Dragon, is a bubble popping fool. He plays like a maniac and sleeps loyally at the foot of my son’s bed.

DSC025926. Gross, I know, considering it’s on a Metra train but so hysterical none the less.

DSC013787. Possibly my favorite of the year. My baby is wearing the dress that Grammy made for me when I was 1 year old.

DSC038628. Partners in crime. The End.

DSC019049. Intense and a little goofy. He’s our underrated best friend.

DSC0376410. My two best guys. I should edit this one to make it better but aside from that it’s magical for me. Just a little boy dreaming of being like his Daddy.

DSC0399311. During her ALG (angry little girl) phase. Also, she hated the sand and wouldn’t leave the towel. She makes my heart swell.

DSC0424012. My FIL is hopelessly devoted to being his grandchildren’s best friends and enjoys being with them even when they’re begging for their mama.

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13. She can be dramatic, convincing, hysterical and insightful and I’m certain her future will be exciting just as she is.

These were my favorite photos of the 3800 I took this  year although I just realized that number does not include the 1500 that are one my phone’s camera roll. I may have to do a smartphone version of this post because there are some pretty great ones buried in those 1500 pictures.

Just a thought: Maybe I take too many photos… Lately my husband likes to quote some study he read which says that people who take more photos remember fewer of their actual life events. I just think he doesn’t like it when I take photos of him but maybe taking fewer pictures would help when it comes to making my yearly family photobook which is a daunting project on my plate right now…

It’s hard to take fewer photos though when I find my kids to be so darn cute and entertaining!

Life is good. Cherish it whether or not you photograph it!

Cheers,

Colleen

New Things That Are Rocking Our World

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  Now that it’s a few weeks past Christmas and we’ve had ample time to play with our new toys and gadgets I’ve determined the best gifts from 2013. There were some that were hits which I highlight here, some that were well received and get respectable attention from us and others that have become just another toy on the shelf or in the huge bin of unloved stuff (poor toys!)

Here’s what’s been keeping us occupied since we can’t go play in the snow:

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We gave these suction cup-like toys to our 1 1/2 year old munchkin and she’s been loving them, especially when we stick them to the window or her forehead.

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What’s better than new, challenging puzzles for a 4 year old puzzle-aholic? Besides movies and sugar cookies, not much. All the new puzzles are keeping my little man intrigued and busy when he’s not screaming and running through the house like a banshee.

 

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Meet Saige, our newest American Girl Doll, and her horse, Sally, thoughtfully named by her 5 year old owner. Santa really nailed it this year! He didn’t even know when he set that horse aside for my girl that she was going to pick out the matching American Girl Doll when she took her annual trip to Chicago with her Grandma. It made for a very magical Christmas morning.

 

DSC05511We’ve been exploring our world with our new microscope. It’s been fun discovering that salt and sugar look like cubes and pepper looks like miniature rocks. We’ve checked out the mini Abe Lincoln on the backside of a penny and giggled at all the hair on a worker bee’s mouth and legs.

DSC05512Santa and Grandma both brought my best little guy remote control cars. We had a very happy little boy Christmas morning and as a bonus, these are a hit with my younger daughter too who loves to pick up the remotes and see what she can do.

DSC05505As for myself, my Sonos sound system has been used every day, almost all day long since I got my first speaker on my birthday just a week before Christmas. I was lucky enough to receive a few more for Christmas so now I can jam out whether I’m in the basement with the kids, working in the kitchen or folding laundry in my bedroom. I can group all speakers to play the same music or I can play different tunes on each speaker. For instance, I can play “hardcore” music in the basement for the kids while staying sane with my country music upstairs. It’s wonderful and the sound quality is the best!

 

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My other favorite present was a Sleep Number Coolfit Foam Pillow from the guy who had to hear me complain about my shitty pillows every night preceding Christmas. It’s magical and my husband is awesome. Being in bed has always been my favorite place to be and now it’s even better! Just talking about it makes me want to crawl in bed and take a nap.

 

So that about sums it up on the home front though I didn’t include books. The kids received a ton of awesome books so maybe I should showcase our new favorites in another post. We love to read and these new stories have made our night time reading session a lot of fun.

What were Christmas winners at your home? My 5-year old gal turns 6 in March. Any ideas?

Cheers,

Colleen

 

**I’d better mention that I was not compensated in any way for the advertisements of the products highlighted in this post (this blog is not that well trafficked after all!) They are just awesome and I wanted to share that fact with you all.