Sunday, October 26, 2008

parties, news, and playhouse disney

This weekend was filled with three birthday parties and a baby shower. We were not able to make it to all of them, but had fun at the ones we did. Saturday afternoon, Melia and Eva were invited to a party for the little boy across the street who turned 3. It was at a place called "Pump's Playhouse". Basically two rooms filled with inflatables, to run, jump, and climb in. I was a little apprehensive about going, seeing that Chris was gone for the day at the MSU vs. UofM game, but I braved it on my own and it was worth it. Melia loved it. Although she did almost completely ruin another little girls (probably about 5 years old) day, when they were playing chase, Melia caught her, and yanked on one of her braids :( . Time-outs at birthday parties are never fun. I overheard the little girl an hour later, telling someone what happened, and she was still frowning. I was completely embarrassed. Why do kids do things like that? She sat in time-out, gave the little girl a hug and apologized. I apologized to the mom also, who says it is okay, but I am sure is thinking, "why can't you control your kid?" Anyway...Eva did great observing and playing a little in the first room, but when it came to the second room she had had enough watching...she wanted to be a part of the fun...aka mom climbing up a little rope ladder, holding Eva and sliding down an inflatable slide. More of a workout that I expected. She was not satisfied after one or two turns. She wanted to go over and over again. After about the 5th or 6th time, the whistle blew and it was time for cake and ice cream. Melia also got to drive, with a little help, a small go-cart around an inflatable track. What fun!!!

Sunday we celebrated my brother in laws 26th birthday. His girlfriend planned a picture scavenger hunt as part of the celebration. We ran around town with a digital camera capturing pictures of everything from a mid-air shot of someone jumping off a swing to french braiding a strangers hair, which we did while in a laundry mat folding a strangers clothes (also on the list). We had one hour to complete as many of the 26 items that we could. Rebekah and I, along with three others were on a team, and guess what...WE WON. We beat our husbands team, which made it even a little more exciting. (sorry boys)

We also were able to share the news with family and friends that we are expecting again. There will be a third Baby Rayner coming in June. Melia is sure it's a boy. This was Melia's initial response...I said to her in the car on the way to work Friday Morning, "Mommy has a baby in her tummy." She responded with, "No mommy, Eva Kay isn't in your tummy anymore, she is in her car seat." I had to laugh and then explain that this was a new baby, which she then insisted was a boy baby.

We ended the weekend with a trip to Playhouse Disney at the Palace. We were joined by friends, and Melia had a great time playing and watching.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Where have I been? Here there and everywhere

These last three weeks have been pretty busy and the blog has taken a backseat to life...A little glimpse of the last three weeks...

  • Taking care of my girls (who have had colds for 10 days)
  • Working
  • Planning a baby shower for Rebekah - coordinating food, making center pieces (thanks for your help Laura) etc.
  • Attending/having family events - The weekends have been full of family fun
  • Nursing a cold/sinus thing of my own
  • Having play dates
  • Going to story time at the Library
  • A trip to the apple orchard with family and friends
  • Taking care of my niece and friends baby on Thursday's
  • Having a dinner out with friends
  • sleeping, sleeping, sleeping and more sleeping...I cannot tell you how many time I have been in bed before 9:00 leaving my poor husband alone all evening. One or both of the girls have been up through the night every night but 2 over the past few weeks. Colds, congestion, and a really bad diaper rash (Eva) have been the culprit. I have had the girls in our bed, Rocking Eva, and sleeping in Melia's bed more times recently than I would like to count...but all is well now. The girls are healthy, and I am felling much better myself.
  • I am sure there is more, but those are the highlights
A glimpse into my day today...It's a whole lot of FUN!!! I love it.
7:30 - Sydney arrives
8:00- my girls wake up
8:0012:00- playtime and naps for eva and syd
11:30 feed my 7 month old neice cereal, fruit, and a bottle.
12:00- feed my girls lunch and try to get myself fed in between
12:10 - my girlfriends little one Elizabeth arrives (11 months)
12:15- Melia decides it's time to potty train and strips down to bare but to sit on the potty in the kitchen during lunch. (quite a sight) although she did have success. Over the next two hours she did pee int he potty twice and poop once. She ended her time in underwear by peeing on the laundry room floor, but overall I call that a successful potty time.
12:40 - Eva is out of the high chair and Elizabeth is in...her turn to eat.
1:10 - Syd, Melia, and Eva play while I give Elizabeth her bottle
1:30- Clean up every toy in the living room before nap time
1:45- wipes three out of four noses which are dripping down their faces
1:55 - Melia, Eva, and Sydney in bed for a nap and Elizabeth plays on the floor while I update the world on my life :)
2:20- off to put the house back together before they all get up from their naps

Hope you enjoy your day as much as I do. I love love love taking care of the all these girls.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Just Because

Last night as I am playing with the girls waiting for Chris to get home from work, in he walks with a dozen red roses. They are beautiful. Along with them, a wonderful card telling me how much I am appreciated and loved. I LOVE getting flowers. This made my whole night!! I love you Chris!!!

Of course then I had to try out my newly learned picture taking skills :)

Disney On Ice

Last night we had the opportunity to take Melia to Disney in Ice at the Palace. My brother, two nieces, two other couples and their kids came along as well. We were given tickets for a suite. This is totally the way to go. When the kids got antsy, they could get up and walk around and we had our own bathroom. When you ask Melia what her favorite part was, she will tell you "Mickey". The show was based around the Incredibles, a movie she has not seen before, but she still had a great time watching and playing with friends.

An action shot...

Melia's face as the show started...

The kiddos at the end of the night...

Running after the heart of the Father. Seeking His face in All things. Walking His will out in my life. These are the desires of my heart. Along the way I am a wife and mom who wants to capture memories that will last a life time.