Thursday, February 26, 2015

Mama Bear's Unedited Version of February

I decided today that I will never, ever catch up around here.  I have a great husband and great kids but I will never ever catch up and I need to face it.  Why did it take me until today to own this I am not sure. Yes my children are happy and they know I love them so much but it just gets really annoying to always feel like your plate is full.  I know what you are thinking, "What did she expect having 4 children?"  I know, I know but there isn't one I would return so I need to just move on and calm down. While at the same time show you a bunch of photos of February before March rolls around.  February is busy in our house there is Valentine's Day and the girls really enjoy making their own Valentine's and I forgot to snap any photos but they did a nice job.  Then there was the 100th day of Kindergarten celebration….who dreamt that little holiday up by the way?  Someone who didn't think about Valentine's Day being right before that and how some of us are barely breathing here!  Then we had drum roll please……Sydney's birthday!  We had a nice little celebration as a family on her big day and then on the Friday after that I chaperoned a field trip.  It was a fun field trip and my group was really good, despite my inexperience with boys I think I did fine.
 That night Syd had a sleepover with a couple of her friends.
 Birthdays in this house are very important and very celebrated but by the end of Sydney's celebrations we may all have been ready for it to be over....except for Sydney of course.  Steve claims I have modeled this over the top behavior  (doubtful.)
 In between birthdays Steve and I actually had a date for his work holiday party.  At 4:30pm after leaving the 3 girls' dentists appointments, then Sydney's allergy shot appointment, looked in my rear view mirror at my tired face and nasty hair in a ponytail and wondered how Cinderella was ever going to be ready on time for the ball.  But I managed to stop at my sister's, grabbed some clothing options, pulled it all together and our dear friends Greg and Nancy showed up to babysit with dinner for the kids in hand….I was so happy.  We had a nice time and I look forward to our next date.
Then it was back to the birthday extravaganza and Gabby turned 6!

 We baked and decorated her cake together and it was fun for both of us.

 February is also "I love to read" month so I read to the 3 different classrooms and I must admit, it is the most fun to read to kindergarteners.  Sydney looked like she wanted to crawl in a hole when I started talking about her birthday and the time she was born.  Seemed harmless to me.
 In other news, in case you are wondering what an ambulance ride costs these days.  Here you go:

Miss Cece B took her first ambulance ride with her Mama a few weeks ago.  She is now fine but had a very high fever and was very sick at the time so we took a little ride from the pediatric office.  This was a first for me, hopefully the last.

And the latest sweet b news, the faith formation director called me last evening and said that Tess had thrown up in class.  When she got home she retold the story of how it happened so fast so she threw up in her book.  I bet her teachers loved that.  So when I was putting her to bed I asked if she wanted a pail or if she would prefer a book to throw up in.  Sometimes I am not mature enough to be a parent.

So Tess and I have had a nice day at home together and she seems to keeping her food down so all is well, except that I am going into my work weekend and I feel sad about it.  (Insert Steve's eye roll right about now.)

Have a nice weekend. (sniff, sniff.)
Love, Gina

Monday, February 23, 2015

Happy happy birthday Miss Gabby!

Today our 3rd born Gabrielle Joyce is 6 years old.   The years have flew by with this sweet little girl.  She is a beautiful, confident, fun little girl that doesn't get forgotten in the crowd. Gabby has brought so much joy and love to our family and makes me proud to be her Mama.  We love you Gabby.
Love, Gina/Mom

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Happy 11th birthday Sydney!

 Happy 11th to our dear Sydney Eileen!  We had such a fun day with you celebrating in the morning before school, reading to your class at school and then the family celebrating again tonight.  You are such a wonderful age and make us so proud.  I cherish all of the time that we have spent with you and look forward to even more memories with you.  I love how mature you have became but at the same time you still are our little girl that sits on our laps and seems to still enjoy our company as much as we do yours.  I also love that you love birthdays as much as I do and enjoyed making it special for you.  Happy birthday beautiful girl.  We love you so very much.  Mom

Happy, happy birthday also to two wonderful women, my aunt vicki and friend danica.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Happy 100th Day of Kindergarten

 100 days of kindergarten!  Can you believe it?  Miss Gabby is loving her first year in school and having so much fun.  I bet you are judging me looking at that photo thinking, "This woman has too much time on her hands to make a shirt for the 100th day."  Well you can judge but this is actually an assignment given by Gabby's long term sub who is determined to make this Mom sweat and guess what?  We weren't sweating, this team actually got it done!  To our surprise we even had this done over a week in advance, write this down as a small miracle in the B household.

 Love, Gina
(Sometimes I feel a little smug when we actually get things done…we had to take a photo because you know this craft won't survive the washing machine.)

Friday, February 06, 2015

My favorite toys.

I have a confession to make, we have a lot of toys.  We really do.  It didn't happen over night, it actually happened over an 11 year period and I don't see the problem going away anytime too soon.  We have toys for every age and stage, some I like and some I don't like as much.  Some that kill my feet when I step on them or trip over them and then there are some that I love.  Two "toys" that I love so very much and I don't know if I will ever get rid of them, our play kitchen and our table and chairs.  The table and chairs were given to Sydney by my parents 10 years ago this month and the kitchen around 8 years ago.  If you are reading this and wondering what is the best gift you can give a child besides your time…a play kitchen and table is my answer.  We have spent hours and hours having tea parties, playing restaurant  and playing house with this wonderful set.  Even the older girls still enjoy these toys yet.  (Doubtful they would let me photograph them playing with it yet!)  You just watch, I will be the old lady with the play kitchen and table and chairs set up in her sunroom for life.  People will wonder why it is still there but I will just fess up now, I love it too and will be sad to see them go someday.  For now I will just enjoy playing and watching our girls play with them.  

Some toys are just made for all ages.
Love, Gina

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Love me some home on the weekends.

We have just had 2 weekends in a row home/in town and we loved it.  With both sides of the family out of town and my weekend responsibility at work this is huge and we appreciate a little downtime together.  What I love about our girls' ages is that we don't have to do anything extraordinary to make them happy, they just love being together and I will soak up this time as long as I can.


 We were able to have a last minute gathering with college friends of Steve's and my high school friend and their families….yes all girls!  These children belong to 3 families!  They had so much fun together and it was nice to catch up again.

 We spent a Saturday walking around our neighborhood and took a walk across Lake Harriet.  The girls thought it was amazing to walk across the lake and I just thought it was scary.  They also thought it was funny because it freaked their Mom out.  We survived so I will now document it with photos.

Oh how I love the weekends….I would love another one right now.
Love, Gina

Sunday, February 01, 2015

I am a groupie and I am proud!

Most of you know me or know my instagram account know that there is one place in our little neighborhood that I really love and that I patronize as much as possible, this place is Patisserie 46 and it is a stones throw away from our house.  They have recently been in the news and I am pretty excited because I think they are pretty fabulous and feel like they really deserve this award.  Check out their big news.  I may or may not meet my sister here for a quick mocha and treat on the weekends.  You need to check them out too, you won't be disappointed.

Love, Gina

Friday, January 30, 2015

What I am smiling about right now...

  • It is Friday!  Oh how I love Friday on my weekends off.  A clean slate, several days ahead of me to look forward to.  
  • The work week behind us, I met so many nice people but really need uninterrupted family time
  • No homework.
  • A sleepover at our house.
  • A really good read-a-thon program at the girls' school that Sydney participated in.  She makes us so proud.  Steve with the morning off and sitting by me with our sweet baby.
  • Looking at the girls at their school, very happy and excited being there.  
  • A Skype chat with a special friend in Ireland that lasted a minute because "twins" are about all I can do at a time.
  • Cece having a little 1 year old friend over while her Mom got her hair cut.  
  • My Mocha.
  • Approximately half of the laundry is done and I am pretty sure my BF will help me with the rest because he is just that kind of guy.  
  • Did I mention it is Friday?
  • A little calm before the rest of the children arrive home.  
  • My house isn't immaculate right now and I am fine with it.  
  • Feeling so content with everything around me today and really should be because I am blessed.  
Have a great weekend.
Love, Gina

Sunday, January 25, 2015

My 2 Cents

Yesterday I think we probably received our last Christmas/New Year's card and I loved it, I love getting holiday cards and I heard a few people mention over the holiday season that they were thinking about not sending out cards anymore…I think this is really sad.  I LOVE sending and receiving holiday cards and I feel I need to give my 2 cents and tell you to please keep sending them.  We received 181 cards this year, loved every one of them.

Love, Gina

Sunday, January 18, 2015

our little lady is one

Little Miss Cecelia has been one for a few weeks but the day came and went and I still have so many cute photos to post of her.  The first year went by so quickly, the first 2 months with the struggle to help her gain weight were rough but we made it through and life with a baby in the house again have been a joy.  I don't take for granted all of the little things and sweetness that having a baby brings to our bustling household.  I have enjoyed every second of a beautiful little baby to hold and snuggle, watching everyone in the house jump through hoops to make her giggle and another opportunity to have a sweet little baby on my hip to fill our days with happiness.  Having my first baby at 29 and last baby at 39 wouldn't be ideal for everyone but has been wonderful for me and almost feels like I was given this special gift to do it all over again only this time with the wisdom and reminders to put everything aside to just be present and enjoy it all, every snuggle, every kiss and just taking in the family being together.  I do realize what amazing gifts we have been given with 4 wonderful daughters in our house.  Many people asked me if we were "trying for a boy" when we got pregnant with Cece and honestly, our 3 girls have been wonderful and we were just "trying for a little more wonderful" and wonderful is what we were given.  Thank you God and thank you for sharing in another special year.
Love, Gina
 photo by Stacey Montgomery