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Up until last week, I had a son who was creeping up on being 3 and 1/2 who continuously told me:

“Mama, I will have a paci and wear diapers FOREVER!”

I giggled. But deep down, I really thought he might.

And since he’s the baby, I kind of (KIND OF) thought it was okay.

But then I started thinking about the fact that he would HAVE to be potty trained to go to any kind of school next fall.

And really, he needs to go to some kind of school.

We both need him to.

Of course, he thinks that he is going to go to his big brother’s school. Which he cannot do until he is 4 (and he misses that dreaded school-cut-off by over a month). So, he’ll be super sad when he has to go somewhere else. But, thank goodness, that’s another story for more than 6 months from now.


Last Friday Finn woke up with a dry diaper. Now, it took my first-born about another whole year AFTER he was potty trained to go all night with a dry diaper (which we slept in until we had that down, because who has the energy to change sheets daily?!!?? anyone??!!). So, I took it as a sign.

And we took off the diaper and went to the bathroom.

There was crying. Yelling. Screaming. Shaking. Fear. Terror. Anger. And a lot of it.

Then he tinkled in the potty.

Then he smiled and said

Mama, this is the best day EVER. Don’t I get M and M’s?”

And that was about it. No accidents. No more drama. Diaper at night, underwear during the day.


Toy Story undies helped us along.

And we put stickers on a paper every time we went potty until it was full.

The full sticker page resulted in a “big prize”.


A new game for his DS.

Now, this is slightly shocking to me on many levels.

1. My 3 year old son has a DS.

Rationale: if he doesn’t have what his brother has he will either steal or break his brothers “thing”.

2. He knew EXACTLY which DS game he wanted. Mario and Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story. Apparently this game was advertised on the instruction page of his Toy Story game. Obviously.

3. Hobbes, my first born, got a Thomas Train when he got his first sticker page filled for potty training. That was what he played with. He was so sweet and YOUNG.

4. Second children (and probably all after that) are just something else.


Now, in full disclosure I feel like I should tell you that Finn probably WILL have his paci forever. At least in his bed. I’ll take off diapers, but I won’t mess around with kiddos who sleep all night with a paci!


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I realized that my youngest needed a haircut.


Sometimes it takes a 3 year-old with a pebbles-pony-tail for me to see what’s right in front of me.

He acts like he has nerve endings in his hair, so I wait too long every time.



My oldest lost his first tooth.


He actually swallowed it. At snack time at school.

I thought about looking for it, if you know what I mean.

You’ll be glad to know that I didn’t. I didn’t actually search.

I may have glanced in the toilet, though.

I mean, if it had been RIGHT THERE maybe I would have…

But it wasn’t.

So I didn’t.


I saved time! And water! Conservation abounds!

Oh, I forced them to take a bath together again.




I don’t know if we’ll do it again anytime soon.


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Around here, we love Thomas.

When he comes around, we really like to visit him.





All aboard!



(Hey Thomas!)



It wears you out, all this excitement…


Happy Tuesday!

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weekend crazy…

So, hi.

This weekend I had the opportunity to visit with my younger brother and his family. Which includes his yummy new little boy, Charlie. He’s almost five months old. And very snuggly. And smells like a baby. Super yummy.


I took advantage of the opportunity and packed up Finny (Hobbes had soccer games and birthday parties- he’s big like that) and hit the road. With my mom along for the ride. Which helped a lot, especially during potty breaks on the 5ish hour drive.

So, the weekend was great. And full of snuggly babies and low-country fun.

Out to eat with some tired babies on the first night…



Playgrounds and walking trails (and bug spray!!) on Saturday…


Bouncy seats are the coolest…


We even made it out to Red’s for some drinks. On the water…


Just the “big kids”…


Breakfast on Sunday morning involved very cute babies…


And very giant cookies. Please, don’t ask. We needed food in Finn’s tummy for the ride home. And it didn’t hurt that Mommy MAY have wanted a bite. Not that I got one. He’s not really a sharer, that Finny…



Now, here’s why I haven’t been in touch. I had all intentions of downloading all my nice pictures (these are only the iPhone pics) and creating a beautiful and informative bloggy for you all to read YESTERDAY afternoon.

But pardon me while I got stuck in traffic.




I got home, drank two glasses of wine, cried a little, and went to bed.

Then I got up, loved on Hobbes (who I missed an incredible amount for only having been gone for two days), got him to school and started on the 27 thousand loads of laundry that seem to have built up since I left on Friday.

Then Finn and I went by the grocery store to pick up some milk on the way to get Hobbes from school.

And Finn shoved a whole cookie in his mouth.

And coughed a lot.

And threw the cookie up (along with some juice) all over the cart and his clothes.

And we got back in the car and I had unpacked my diaper bag on accident.

And we didn’t have enough time to go home to change before getting Hobbes.

So my child rode with me threw the pick up line.

Basically naked.

Please to enjoy.


I know we did….

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So, it’s hectic this morning, but I wanted to catch up before it continues!!

This week has been a week of firsts.

Hobbes had his first “lunch bunch” at school…

IMG_0626 with his new lunch box (dinosaurs) and some of his fave foods (bananas, crackers, yogurt, raisins). It was a success. It was sort of traumatic for me- leaving him at school for an extra hour and letting them feed him. But it is good practice. For him. And for me. Admittedly.

Also, Hobbes tried a little karate-type class at a local Little Gym. It was hectic. Finn wanted to go, too. But he couldn’t. But he REALLY, REALLY wanted to…




It was really kind of sad.

Also, my mom arrived to visit with Hobbes before she, Finny, and I head off on a quick road trip to visit my brother, sister-in-law, and little nephew Charlie in Charleston, SC.

Before that trip, though, I had to get in my long run.

I did it on Thursday, yesterday…It was 8 miles. 7.7, really, because it was bad. Painful. I am still contemplating where I went wrong, then will report back.

I also got almost 7 inches chopped off my hair. I never remember to get my hair cut because I wear it in a ponytail of some sort EVERY SINGLE DAY! So, it had probably been almost a year. Seriously. I will try to get photographic evidence of this soon. For now, I do not have such.

So, this day is wild. So far I have done a load of laundry, run 2 miles (trying to redeem myself for yesterday’s run- I can’t even explain right now!), packed the car. I am trying to get Hobbes off to school so we can hit the road.

I’ll try to report from there. In some manner!

Have a great weekend!! 

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Hey there.

So, the weekend is coming to an end. I hope it was a good one for you.

For me, it was good-n-fast. It involved a lot of football, some soccer, some running, some shopping, and some laundry (of course).

Thursday was a tailgate at NC State in Raleigh. It was fairly low-key because, well, it was Thursday.

Let’s just say that I tried to take advantage of the less-crazy atmosphere…

IMG_0600I also apparently forced Shaun to take a picture with me, resulting in this…

P1030182I swear, he really does love me!! 🙂 (Please ignore the bra strap…I would say that I was being trendy, or something, but really, it was just too hot to wear the cotton cardigan thingy I had to put on over my tank top)

The game was fine- I’ll admit that I get bored about halfway through a football game. They last a long time. I get tired. I get too full to eat any more snacks. I wish for my bed. That kind of thing.

But this was awesome…

P1030211I love crowd tricks. This one was particularly awesome, because of the sentiment. I am always amazed that they can get all those drunken students to flip their cards over at the right time.

On Friday, us parents were tired (from our big football outing the night before), so we broke out the big guns.

And by big guns I mean bouncy house. Naturally.


It resulted in a lot of fun for the kiddos that involved very little work on my part. Thereby resulting in an early bedtime for all.





Saturday, there was more football. Live and in person. This time we took Hobbes with us. To Chapel Hill- TAR!! HEELS!!! Anyway. It really went something like this…


But we had a good time. And he got to drink Sprite. Which to him is like getting away with something really, really good. And that’s all that matters.

And then this morning I ran 7 miles. And had some running revelations. And said some serious prayers/had my personal church around 5-6 miles. The running revelations will be…um…revealed tomorrow. The prayers? They’re personal. Personal-ish. Well, who am I kiddding? I’m almost sure I’ll share those, too.

For now, I think I’ll put on all three of my new pairs of running socks and my new six-dolla leggings (from Target!) and pretend to read while I fall asleep sitting up.


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So, sports exhaust me.

And I don’t even play them.

I am not what I’d call a team player. Not really, anyway.

And I’ve tried.


This is what we’ve been up to since Thursday.




…and it has made me tired.

So, I’ll talk to you tomorrow, after my 7 mile run.

Or I’ll die running my 7 miles in such an exhausted state and you’ll never hear from me again.

If that happens, please make sure that someone comes over here and clips my boys fingernails in my absence.

Oh, and the homemade pickles, jellies, and relishes are in the cabinet over the washer and dryer. Be sure to get some.

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