Wake Up!

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Why is it that sometimes (ok most the time) your kids just know how to pull at your heartstrings….
Viv is on Spring Break and yesterday she spent the day with me at work aka Grandma’s house. She had been playing on the swing set and asked me to come watch her new trick. I said just give me a minute.  She responds with “Mom you are always busy. Why can’t you spend more time with us? Can’t you come out and play with us?”

MY. HEART. SANK.

I know that she is just a kid and that she doesn’t understand all the grown up stuff … like money doesn’t just appear in your piggy bank and the clothes don’t wash themselves, but she is right. After she called me out she went over the ways that I could be home earlier at night to play with them… Can’t you go to work before I get on the bus? But who will watch you and brother? We can go over to Grandma’s house. Or why don’t you and brother leave for daycare right after I get on the bus? Yup, that would work…
But that would mean I would have to Wake Up Early!!

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I am not a morning person! Like many others, I so foolishly thought that once you became an adult or parent you magically became a morning person, in reality its just the opposite. And I know that I really should get up earlier and that it would probably make my life easier, but who wants to crawl out of that nice, warm, comfy bed to be an adult! Fine kid you win, I will try and be a morning person. This morning was a test run, I was up early and out the door (yeah!) Except there was no school and dad was home to get the kids ready, next week is the real deal. But today, today I promised a little girl a bike ride and dinner at the park. So I’m leaving with plenty of daylight and sunshine left to spend some time with my kids.

Love Always … Tam

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Christmas Cards of Years Past

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I never was one to do Christmas cards but ever since having kids it became a thing that I do. Once I had two kids I really started putting some thought into them.

First year was cute, kids waiting for Santa and Viv reading little brother a Christmas story…

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Year two, Declan was obsessed with the Cozy Coup so it made an appearance in the Christmas card…

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Third Year was bitter sweet, we knew that  Belle wouldn’t make it another year so I wanted to have her be part of the card.

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This year we had a new addition to our family, so of course he had to be part of the card. The card pretty much sums up what life it like with him right now!!!

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Merry Christmas … Tam

4th of July Vacation

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Just got back from vacation, it was actually good and relaxing. I don’t normally like to go away from home for long periods of time, especially with kids and expect it to be relaxing. But when you have grandma and grandpa there to help and they can pretty much entertain themselves for 8 hours in the water, it can be pretty relaxing. Except the kids deceided they wanted to tube… behind the boat…. just the two of them!! I thought I was going to have a heart attack!!!

We went on our annual canoe trip down the Namekogen, this year we opted for a shorter, easier trip and it was just about perfect. Not much paddling was done, you got to enjoy mothing nature, we got out to swim a few places and a snake swam right through us!!! A SNAKE!! I almost peed my pants. That snake just swam through all of us while we here standing in the water like he owned the place. That is until I sceamed and he swam back up river, through the rest of our group and sat on the shore until we left.

No pictures from the river, I leave my phone at home. The boys caught this at the lake

This year we deceid to stay the whole week (plus two weekends, thats 9 days!) so that we would go to the Rodeo Thursday night. At first Viv did not want to go, even though we talked about it for weeks leading up. Then 5 min after we got there she decided she want to come every year. The Budweiser Clydesdales were there and for me that was worth it, those horses are beautiful and gigantic! The first rider out gashed his head into a pole right in front of us, ouch, good thing my kids were too into their cotton candy to even notice.

Food & Drink wise my week was so, so. My mother in-law is a pretty health consious lady and she planned most of the meals, so we had our veggies. The thing that really set me back was the drinking, oh and smores 🙂 I gained some weight back, but not all of it. The important part is that I enjoyed my vaction.

Love Always … Tam

Oh Life…

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Oh life when did you become so busy, like trying to manage a fortune 500 company, alone.

I have yet to make it back to the gym since my Buns & Guns debut. I had every intention, had it planned out on the calendar, told the hubs what nights he would have the kids and then he worked overtime all week. So needless to say the gym got bumped. Even though I could’ve went when he got home at 7:30 at night, I chose not too. But tomorrow is another day and I won’t have kids all weekend, they will be hanging out will my sister, so my goal is to hit up the gym once Saturday and Sunday.

Here is my week in review (I told you it was a big one)

Friday Night was Halloween. My Pirate, Pirate Princess and I headed out and did our normal tour of grandparents, great-grandparents and a few other houses. Those kids made a killing in candy and it was all the good chocolate candy, not the cheap stuff that nobody likes. I had the hubs take what was left on Monday to work, after we made a good dent in it over the weekend. Vivian wasn’t even sad, I hid the bag from her, she found it, gave it to her dad and said “mom said you can take this to work” and that was it.

Sunday night was one of my favorite nights. I am lucky enough to have a core group of friends that I have been friends with since Kindergarten, except Chelsea she didn’t come along until middle school, you get my point we have been friends a long time. Over the years I have been closer to some of the girls then others but what I love is that no matter what is going on, how long it has been since we have talked to each other, when we get together it is like not a day has passed since we were all 17 and the best of friends. Sunday night was our girls night, we went to the traditional place the casino, won some money, lost some money and had a great time.

Tuesday my sister flew into town and the one thing she wanted to do was surprise Vivian at school. Vivian had no clue that auntie was coming for a visit. So we got to school right before they were getter ready to leave, they were outside playing. When all the kids were coming in from recess, Lindsay stood by the door of the class room. Vivian came in and looked at auntie who a look of confusion and it wasn’t until Auntie said, “Hi Vivian” that she realized it was her. Vivian gave her the biggest hug ever, then pulled back and looked at Auntie’s face, hugged her again, she couldn’t believe that Auntie was there. On Thursday Auntie got to go on Vivian’s first field trip with her to the Children’s museum.

Love Always … Tam