Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Purge Purge Purge

As we attempt to purge or cleanse our soul and lifestyle during Lent, I think Lent is an ideal time to purge our home as well. Sometimes I think we put too much dependency on things. With kids I know we won't have a simplistic life for awhile, but I get humbled by reading about a simple lifestyle (i.e. See Corries' simple lifestyle living in the "bush" in the great state of Alaska by clicking here). So with that in mind guiding me, plus my German genetics driving me to clean... and not just clean, but eat off the floor, organized, don't miss that spot CLEAN, I have been cleaning. I have been cleaning cabinets, floors, closets, and every nook, cranny, storage, furniture, and item in sight. Hopefully after the German voice in my head simply smiles with satisfaction and my hands no longer smell of clorox and disinfectant, I'll be back to blogging and posting more pictures again soon.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Random Post & Pictures

This is just a post for random pictures; however I do have a random story to tell regarding Connor and potty training. Recently we have been potty training Connor and he gets M&Ms based on his deposits. 1 for 1 and 2 for 2. It has been a struggle. But recently Connor has realized he really enjoys M&Ms.. and would like to get them more frequently. So one day, Connor goes outside and with his hands collect's Oscar's deposits. Then places Oscar's deposit in the toilet. Promptly afterwords he comes to get me so I can praise the deposit and offer him the designated reward. Needless to say... he did NOT collect a reward. 

And now on to the regularly scheduled random posts of pictures.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

St. Patrick's Day 2015

Well it took a few tries to get a good picture to show our Irish pride this Saint Patrick's Day, but we definitely enjoyed all the accessories.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Botanica Scavenger Hunt

Today the temperature got much better in the afternoon and we took the kids to the Fort Worth Botanical Gardens to complete a scavenger hunt that the park provided. It ranked things into "see", "smell", "hear", and "touch".

On the list could be found: squirrels, roses, worms, footprints to see; birds, waterfalls, rustling leaves to hear; pine cones, berries, and lemons to smell; and trees and pine cones to feel among other things.

We got through most of it. However, there are a few more that I think should have been added to the list, because we sure could have marked those off the list:

See- a mom with 3 kids, kids doing what they were told NOT to do, and a kid washing her hands in a water fountain.

Hear- Someone saying "Stop that", "Why aren't you listening?", and "Pay attention"; and a baby crying for over 10 minutes as we rushed back to the car.

Smell- Stinky feet as the kids decided to remove their shoes once back in the car.

Feel- a stroller that attempts to run away.

I think we'll avoid the gardens awhile. Hopefully by then, the kids will have settled down and the other visitors won't remember the frazzled mom who tried desperately to keep up with her children.

Playtime at Klyde Warren Park

We met Brian during his lunch hour at the Klyde Warren Park. While the adults perused the food truck selections, we hit the children's play yard.

Connor spent most of his time at the water spouts.... getting drenched. The cloudy skies and 60 degree temperatures outside didn't sway him from his main objective- get as wet as possible.

Sophie enjoyed the various jungle gyms, but also didn't mind playing in the water as well. She however, only wanted to get her feet and legs wet. Not all her clothes.

And Ainsley's favorite thing... having her daddy push her around the park while the other kids ate.

Thank you Brian for taking some time out of your lunch to help me manage some chaos.