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Breath

Breath.
The 4.5 year old is whining and crying because he once again has a fever and feels like crap.
Breath.
The 6.5 year old is running around like a feral cat because it is time to get ready for bed.  Getting ready for bed is obviously the worst possible thing in the world and must be avoided at all costs.
Breath.
The 17 month old is acting like a total goof.  She keeps trying to get the 4.5 year old to play with her, but he feels like crap and keeps screeching in response.
Breath.
I love my children.  I am grateful that they are part of my life.  These moments though, the ones where it feels like I’m in the middle of a riot, overwhelm me. 
I have to take a step back and breath. 
Collect myself. 
Look at the picture from a different angle.
Start the moment over.

Or,  maybe get rescued by my husband when he walks through the door from work.  That works too.

Later tonight,  when they are all  sleeping,  I will gaze at them as they have adventures in their dreams.  Sometimes I get glimpses of those dreams when the boundary between dreamland and reality is blurred. Someone will sit up and mumble about swords,  or bring their hand to their mouth as they snack on something delicious.  I giggle thinking about it.

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Tomorrow is a new day.  New discoveries.  New trials.  New inventions.  New frustrations.  The key is learning to work through it all together.  Learning to communicate effectively with one another. Someday that will happen,  maybe. 

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Hello World!

Boy, I am not doing so good with the blogging lately.

I was gone, I came back, I disappeared again. I am going to attempt to come back again 🙂

I think it has been about 4 months since my last post. 

Since that time I have officially become a La Leche League leader. A became a Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST). I attended a training program to become a trainer for the NorthEast Mississippi Birthing Project’s community doula/breastfeeding peer counselor program. 

And, discovered we will be expecting our 3rd baby the beginning of February! We will be having another homebirth. Munchkin is insisting that this one will be a little girl. I guess we will find out when the little bean joins us 🙂

The boys are growing in leaps and bounds.

Peanut uses full sentences and finally decided it was worth it to learn to open doors, turn light switches on and off, open the refrigerator, and attempt to use the remote control. Image

Munchkin is riding his “motorcycle” super fast all over the backyard. Please refrain from calling it a bike, he gets very upset about this 😉 He got to go fishing for the first time this past weekend and caught a fish, very proud moment. Image He is working on writing and remembering his letters. He can type his name out on the computer and recognizes it when he sees it. We got him his own kitten. He named him Dragon and he is about 6 months old now. Image

K took in a kitten as well. Some people found him when his mama got hit by a car and they were leaving on vacation. So she volunteered to care for him and he is now a permanent fixture. He is between 7 and 8 weeks old and is named Garfield. Image

We processed our Cornish Rocks. Our turkeys are huge. The ducks went to Grandma and Grandpa’s house this weekend because they have a pond. All the other critters are doing well. I have 4 chickens sitting on eggs right now.

My garden got neglected due to having no energy because of the baby, but that is ok.

We found Lily a home. Now we need to find Gypsy a home. She does not appear to have any pyrenees in her and we really need a working dog, not another pet. . . Image

Well, I think that is enough information to clog your brain for now 😉 Hopefully I will be able to keep up with the blogging again.

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As usual, things have been crazy around here.

Hubby started a new job working as a mechanic.

I started cleaning a house once a week. The boys stay with my mother-in-law, aka Grandma, while I clean. I got called back to WIC for the Peer Counselor position! I am very excited about this job. I won’t start for a little while yet though. I have also really started the process to become a LLL leader.

K is still working at the Montessori School and loves it.

The boys have been crazy 😉

Peanut’s vocabulary has been growing in leaps and bounds.

Munchkin has been very clingy yet very independent at the same time. It is rather frustrating. When we need him to do something like get dressed, he won’t and wants help. When we don’t need his help, that is when he wants to.

Georgia, one of the golden comets, went missing a few nights ago. We thought she was a goner as she still hadn’t turned up the next day. We went to a big flea market and ended up getting a couple more golden comets/red sex link to replace her. I like getting them in pairs so they have a friend while they adjust. Well, when we got home, guess who was standing in the middle of the yard? Yup, Georgia. She was a little sniffly and limping on her left foot. I kept her in the kitchen for about 24 hours and then brought her back outside yesterday afternoon. She seems ok aside from the limp. I am keeping an eye on her foot to make sure she doesn’t develop bumble foot.

K fell in love with a California Rabbit while we were at the flea market. I told her as long as she was taking care of him, I didn’t care if she got him. So now we have Bandit the Rabbit living with us as well.

Growing up is hard to do

The boys are getting older. They are growing up. It is fun to see all the changes happening, but also makes me sad at the same time. My babies aren’t quite babies anymore.

Peanut

Peanut is trying out new words. He says “Thank you” quite frequently and just this morning tried out “You’re welcome”.  He says “uh, oh” and “here you go”. He says “what” and the infamous “No”.

He had me help him say “belly button” this morning too. So cute. He says “mama” and “dada” of course.

He doesn’t say dog or cat, but he says “chicken” . He is obsessed with them.

He runs. Is working on jumping. Spins in circles. Climbs on everything. The climbing is rough. Nothing is sacred. 😉

And of course he wants to do everything his big brother does.

He is so silly. And perpetually dirty these days.

 

Munchkin

Being 3.5 is a very hard age. No longer a toddler, but not quite a preschooler. Kind of like being a pre-teen.

He has so many words, but doesn’t always know how to use them.

He knows all his shapes and colors. He can sing his ABC’s almost perfectly. He is recognizing his numbers.

He wants to do everything himself. Which is great, but not always feasible.

And of course he wants to do everything his little brother does.

Wait.

What?

Yes. Oh the digressions. We have to remind him that he is a big boy and does in fact know how to do certain things. Like getting dressed and using the potty. Or telling us he needs something. He will resort to pointing and saying “uh uh uh”. We remind him to use his words because he does have them.

Yes, he is officially using the potty full time! He has a few accidents here and there, but I am so very proud of him. 🙂

He wants to be just like us grown ups too. He wants to sit in the front seat of the car. He wants to mow the lawn, He wants to wash the dishes and vacuum. We let him help out where we can.

See what I mean though. He is stuck in that in-between area.

Making faces

Busy, busy, busy

Let’s see, what has happened since my last post?

We got another goat. She is a four-month old Pygmy/Nigerian mix. We named her Willow. She is a sweet little thing. She was pretty nervous when we brought her home. She’d yell at the top of her lungs when we picked her up. She and Hazel hit it off right away. They are best buds.

Willow (left) & Hazel (right)

We had another puppy show up at our house about 20 minutes before we were to leave and get Willow. He was a cute little terrier mix. I decided to call him Charlie. He was only with us for five days. We found him a really great home.

Charlie

I applied for a job as a peer breastfeeding counselor with WIC. Sadly, I did not get the job 😦 They said I was qualified, but they didn’t have the funds available for travel and so were looking for someone more centrally located. . . I am pretty disappointed about not getting the job. I was very excited about it.

On the topic of breastfeeding, Peanut has been a complete boobie monster. He has been cutting his one-year molars and his eye teeth, so all he has wanted to do is nurse. It’s been rather hard to get anything accomplished. He has slowed down a little bit and I have been making him wait a few minutes when he asks.

Munchkin has gotten really good at riding his bike. He zooms all over the backyard. He goes to the store and buys bags of fruit and toys and fills up his bike at the gas station 🙂

Munchkin on his bike

We spoil our chickens a little. The Reds (Claudette and Georgia) are our best friends. Whenever we step out the back door they are right there to see if we have any treats for them. It’s pretty funny. One of them stole a carrot right out Peanut’s hand last night. Buffy and Rocky still keep to themselves. We can’t keep any of the chickens in the pen anymore. As soon as we open the coop, they climb up on top and hop over the fence. .  . So the pen is open during the day and they have free range of the yard all day. The Reds at least go back to the coop to lay their eggs. Buffy and Rocky haven’t started laying yet, I think.

Claudette & Georgia enjoying a dust bath

Buffy & Rocky searching for tasty bugs

Peanut has started saying words here and there. It is very exciting. He is also turning into a little Eval Kneval. Not so exciting. He belly flops from the couch to the over-sized ottoman we use as a coffee table and back again. He also “jumps” off the ottoman onto his and Munchkin’s little Spiderman couch. Oy. Now I have two stunt children to worry about.

Peanut on his new slide

Last, but not least, we had a dog here for the day on Wednesday. She was a little thing and just standing in the middle of the road. A few people were outside their houses and said they had never seen her before, so I put her in the car and headed home. She had milk, so she had puppies and as the day went on, I got worried about where the puppies might be. I had been posting about her all over Facebook and Craigslist trying to find her owners. Finally we drove back down to where we found her so we could ask around. Some kids were walking down the street and I asked them if they knew where she might belong. Thankfully they did. She had been right outside her house when I picked her up. . . .I knocked on the door and the woman didn’t even know she had been missing. . . Whiskey, that was her name, was happy to be home. She had three puppies waiting for her.

Whiskey. She didn’t even weigh 5lbs. Such a sweet girly though.

Whew! That was a  lot to catch up on. Time for a nap!

Peanut conked out on my lap

Chili on a rainy day

Happy Saturday!

It is a dreary day here in Mississippi. Cloudy, rainy, but I am still in a pretty chipper mood. The kiddos are in mostly good moods too. The laundry is mostly caught up and the house is, well, mostly clean. With 2 littles, 2 cats, 3 dogs(oh yeah, did I mention we took in another. . . ) and a husband with boots that track everything into the house, it is never all the way clean. I take what I can get.

Today I thought I would share this great chili recipe with you. It is healthy, delicious and frugal. I found it on Keeper of the Home‘s blog(well, she guest posted on The Nourishing Gourmet’s blog about it). I have made it the last 3 weeks and it is a hit with everyone except for Munchkin. He of course won’t even try it.  We eat it by the bowl with sour cream and shredded cheese or make nachos with it. However you choose to eat it, it is tasty and filling.

There is also a cornbread recipe in the post. I find it delish, but no one else in the house likes cornbread 😦

Peanut enjoying his chili

Enjoy!

 

It’s Thursday

So glad it’s Thursday! Grey’s Anatomy is on tonight. Yay! Love that show.

Last night was a much better night for the boys. Munchkin slept until 9 this morning. Peanut was up a little before 8. Insomnia dug it’s claws into me though. I will definitely be napping with Peanut today.