Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Life in my shoes

There was never a blog for me to follow to see how someone's everyday life was with 3 kids under 4.... so I thought it would be neat for me to write about a typical day at the Colquett House and be able to look back on it one day... to see how far we've came. Granted there are no two days the same at this house :) some are crazier than others.... but for now I'm just going to blog about TODAY.

The next two pictures were actually taken yesterday morning. Heidi helped me wake Karter up! She was still sleepy herself.

Morning Routine:

Oh boy where do I start??? Karter woke up at almost 12…. So I woke up then, but Kyle got up with him… Sophie got up at almost 2… I never went back to sleep between Karter being awake and Sophie waking up. So I got up with Sophie and thankfully she didn’t stay up real long. I went back to bed… then Sophie woke up at 5… but Kyle just got her paci and she was fine… then Karter woke up at the same time…. then Heidi. Kyle has to leave at 5:45… so he tried to get him to sleep by the time he had to leave…. No luck! Sophie woke up about 540 ready to eat. So I got her… and Karter was eating grits at that time. Then Kyle was trying to leave and Karter was screaming wanting him. So he put him in the chair with me… and I just had to hold him… he wanted to go so bad. He was okay after about 5 seconds. So then I fed Sophie and changed her and her clothes. Then I changed Karter and his diaper… then Heidi's turn to get ready. So finally about 630 I put Sophie in her bouncey seat in the bathroom with me while I got a shower… well you know it didn’t take long before the other 2 were in there. So then of course Karter keeps trying to get in the shower with me… playing pick-a-boo with the curtain… then I turned around for a few seconds and when I turned back around...he was in there!!! So he was soaking wet… not only that he has pooped. So I got out and got dressed… and then went to change him… well little did I know poop was all down his leg and on his clothes, so then on me of course!! So we had to get cleaned up and changed!!! Then I had to blow dry my hair and do my makeup. And then he was getting sleepy… so the only way I could satisfy him was to let he and Heidi go outside… so she occupied him for me (I’m so thankful I have her). In the meantime I was getting their bags together… and still hadn’t finished getting me ready. SO once I got their bags together I loaded them up in the car and ran in and put my jewelry and shoes on. I put Karter’s shoes on in the car…. and had to get my stuff in the car. I made a banana pudding last night to take to work today. *whew* I’m tired again just from typing it.

Once I get to Kids World I (people often ask me how I get the kids in the school in one trip) get Sophie out of the car (I leave her in her carseat... that way the seat is at KW in case someone besides me picks her up) and then I set her on the ground by Karter's side. I then load all the bags up on one arm and put Karter in that same arm and then I tote Sophie in her car seat with my other arm. Heidi thankfully is such a big girl and she carries her on backpack and will usually carry something else if I have other things... such as yogurt for Karter, grits, or whatever the breakfast of choice is.

Once we get inside I drop Sophie and her bag off first. I then take Karter to his class and get him situated with Mrs Lori and get his breakfast out and together and give him hugs and kisses... then off to Heidi's class. I get her situated at the table with her breakfast and give her hugs and kisses and then I go back to Sophie's room. If she's not asleep I'll talk to her a few minutes before I go.. and tell Ms Pam and Mrs Anita what time she ate last so they can put it on her daily report card. Then off to work I go... I have to be at work at 7:45am.

So that's a typical morning routine for me.

This picture was taken after bath last night.

During my lunch if I'm not going around town running errands then I come home and clean. Today I had a couple errands to run, came home and ate a bowl of cereal (my all time go to meal), started a load of clothes, folded and put up a load of clothes, washed the bottle that Soph used this morning, and went back to work.

Our evenings usually aren't near as crazy. Mostly because there's usually always someone here to help. This afternoon Hank stayed with us for a while. Heidi really enjoyed his company. While they played outside and Sophie was napping I unloaded the bags, washed the bottles, and started some more laundry. Karter did not want her in the car *L*!

Sweet Soph

Hank and Heidi were being super nosy watching some teen girls walk by

My beautiful love

Jonathan was riding the 4wheeler and Karter was hanging on to Daddy's leg.
This evening Jonathan and Amanda came over so that he and Kyle could go to Bebe's (Kyle's grandmother) house and get Cindy's tanning bed and bring it to her house. Kent grilled hamburgers and Cindy done baked beans, pot. salad, chips/dip, and had chocolate cake, strawberries and cookies. It was yummy!! And we had a lot of helping hands.

I took this picture not on purpose... I didn't notice until afterward that they were doing the exact same thing with their hands.

My handsome boy!

:) The next two pictures bring a BIG smile to my face!! He looks SOOOO happy and I LOVE it!


Soph decided to crash before we ate.

Hank said he was NOT in a dress.... he was superman :) This may be a good pay back picture one day... or a good yearbook one *hehe*!

When I uploaded the pictures I noticed this one on here. Heidi took it... I guess when i was outside enjoying the evening with Sophie. I thought it was a really good picture of Meme and Kman.

Here's a video of Heidi Leigh riding her bike down the hill. (going down the hill she says "Whew Doggie" *haha*)
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So as you can see our days are FULL FULL FULL and sometimes crazy... sometimes they start off crazy... sometimes they end crazy... somedays aren't crazy at all. But right now it is 9:37pm and I want to crash! Like they used to say on Jon and Kate Plus 8... "It might be a CrAzY life, but it's my life".

Don't Blink

I know I haven't too long ago done a post on "It Won't Be Like This for Long"... well actually I guess it has been a while because I was still pregnant with Sophie. Anyway... the other day I heard Kenney Chesney's "Don't Blink" and it reminded me so much of "It Won't Be Like This for Long".

Lyrics:
I turned on the evening news
Saw a old man being interviewed
Turning a hundred and two today
Asked him what's the secret to life
He looked up from his old pipe
Laughed and said "All I can say is."

Don't blink
Just like that you're six years old and you take a nap and you
Wake up and you're twenty-five and your high school sweetheart becomes your wife
Don't blink
You just might miss your babies growing like mine did
Turning into moms and dads next thing you know your "better half"
Of fifty years is there in bed
And you're praying God takes you instead
Trust me friend a hundred years goes faster than you think
So don't blink

I was glued to my tv when it looked like he looked at me and said
"Best start putting first things first."
Cause when your hourglass runs out of sand
You can't flip it over and start again
Take every breathe God gives you for what it's worth

Don't Blink
Just like that you're six years old and you take a nap and you
Wake up and you're twenty-five and your high school sweetheart becomes your wife
Don't blink
You just might miss your babies growing like mine did
Turning into moms and dads next thing you know your "better half"
Of fifty years is there in bed
And you're praying God takes you instead
Trust me friend a hundred years goes faster than you think
So don't blink

So I've been tryin' ta slow it down
I've been tryin' ta take it in
In this here today, gone tomorrow world we're livin' in

Don't blink
Just like that you're six years old and you take a nap and you
Wake up and you're twenty-five and your high school sweetheart becomes your wife
Don't blink
You just might miss your babies growing like mine did
Turning into moms and dads next thing you know your "better half"
Of fifty years is there in bed
And you're praying God takes you instead
Trust me friend a hundred years goes faster then you think
So Don't blink

Naw, don't blink
Life Goes Faster Than You Think

***I really almost got emotional in the car listening to it. It honestly seems like just the other day Kyle and I were still in high school dating, then he moved off to Orlando, then I was graduating high school and enrolling in college, then we were engaged.... and married.... next thing I know I'm in a recliner at 1:53am doing a blog while holding my beautiful baby girl..... the same baby girl that I so selfishly cried over when I found out I was pregnant... oh how I didn't want another child right now.... Kyle and I blinked and we now have 3 kids. It all went by so fast! I can remember growing up and the days seemed to have been so much longer. Why was that? Why can't they be long as an adult too? I miss my childhood and just the innocence of it. Life was so much easier back then it seemed. As a child you have no worries. Death seems so rare to a child... as an adult it seems that I know at least one person in the obituaries each week.

The saddest part to that song to me is when he's talking about "You just might miss your babies growing like mine did".... I don't want to miss out on any part of H,K, or S's life. I often think back to when it was just Heidi. Please don't mis-understand what I'm about to say because I love Sophie and Karter more than anything.... but I miss the easiness of loving one child... and caring for one child. Even if I only have one to care for today.... while my other two are somewhere else, the other two are ALWAYS in my head.... I can't EVER get them out of it. Kyle and I were talking about that the other day.... how our minds seem to always stay so busy now with three kids. It's so hard for me to explain. God is so amazing in how he blesses us parents in being able to love each child the same.... not even one hair difference in the love.

I love my life and my little family so much more than words can even begin to describe.... and I just hope I help us to make thousands of memories in this lifetime before we "blink".

Monday, August 30, 2010

Busy Past Few Days

My Sophie Girl is already 2 months old!!! Time flies! I took her to the DR Friday for her 2 month well baby check up. She weighed 9 lbs 15.8 oz... so you might as well say 10 lbs. Heidi weighed 11.1 at her 2 month check up and Karter weighed 11.3 at his 2 month check up. She had to get 4 shots :( and take the oral supplement for the Rotar Virus.

A little about Sophie at 2 months:
*She is still drinking 3 oz a time most of the time. Sometimes she won't even drink that much.
*She is on Enfamil Lipil
*She gets 2 TBS cereal in each bottle for spitting up
*She LOVES to be talked to
*She can "talk" back and smile at you
*She still does NOT like to be moved once she is comfortable
*She LOVES the swing at daycare
*She actually still has most of her hair... at one point I thought it might be thinning, but now I don't think so. It still could come out... but right now she still has a pretty good bit.
*She keeps her little hands curled up together on her chest almost at all times... "Little Kitty"
*She can still wear 0-3 month clothes... and some 3 month.
*She sleeps on her stomach
*She is still in a size 1 diaper

Friday I actually had to go get her from daycare early. Mrs Lori called me and said that she was really upset and they couldn't seem to get her calm... and asked if I would bring her some more tylenol.... so I told her I would just come get her. So I went and got her and it was the same time my mom was getting off... so she came to my work to get her.... when she got there Sophie was still upset (we know from the shots... her leg was super red and they were very sore) and John (our CFO) had her trying to calm her. Mom finally got her calm so she just sat up there with me the rest of the afternoon since she was actually not crying and she fell asleep. She knew the carseat would mess her up.

So with that said... we didn't go to the First Football game Friday night. Heidi went with my mom and we stayed home with the other two. My dad came over and brought pizza and cheese sticks and me a salad :) and then Tyler came over... and then Jonathan and Amanda. We ended up having a great evening.

Heidi at the game:

Jonathan, Kyle, Dad, and Karter went on a bike ride and Karter ended up falling asleep on it. So dad brought him back and Amanda rocked him. It was funny because they each had one of my children and was rocking them while I swept, mopped, and cleaned up a little.

Saturday Kyle got up early and rode to the beach to work on a boat so it was just the kids and I :)... OH and Heidi once again put in to stay with my mom Friday night after they got back from the game. She is constantly wanting to go go go now. SO she went with my mom and Saturday morning they went and ate INSIDE Hardee's which was a big deal to Heidi. We usually always just go through the drive thru. My mom brought her back in time for our birthday party that started at 10. It was at Sara Catherine's house and it was a swimming party... but silly me didn't read that part on the invitation... so we ended up leaving about 11:15. I begged for Heidi to let us go get her swimsuit but she didn't want me too. But it all worked out because we were supposed to be at the Messer's for Walker's birthday cookout anyway.

Here's Karter at Sara Catherine's party:

Heidi and Madie jumping at the party:


Heidi took these of Soph once we got home from all the parties.

Saturday afternoon it came a HUGE rain. We were going to go to the church's annual Peanut Boil at the Carnley Barn but after the 2 parties and all the rain I was give slam out. So we decided to stay home.... and I let the kiddos do something I don't think they have ever done before.... play in the mud.



They had so much fun!



They were both FILTHY!!!!
There are two videos at the end of her playing in the mud.

Hank and Heidi at church.


Heidi and I had a baby shower to go to yesterday afternoon. It was nice just us two doing something.
Hope you enjoy the videos. The second one I was just filming Bug because I thought she would just run down the hill and splash all in the mud.... what she did caught me off guard :)!

video video

Friday, August 27, 2010

Quietness

Heidi rode the bus with the cheerleaders to the OMS game in Andalusia. Mom rode it with her... and she thought she was something else. She kept telling me that it had air conditioner :)!

Last night (I can say that since it's 2:38AM :) ) was very quiet at my house. Kyle wasn't up for communication. It drove me crazy because I like to talk.... I have "things" that just "POP" in my head that sometimes I just need to blurt out... and he didn't want to hear any of that. He wanted to keep to himself, but if I ask him if he is okay he says "Yes, why wouldn't I be?". When Kyle keeps thing all built up inside is when you need to worry about him... it builds and builds and builds. I know it's just his mind racing 90 to nothing and he has so much going on "up there" that he just needs to have some time just to him. I tried to give him that... granted it was hard because of the two little ones... but I still tried. I just have a hard time with quietness and awkwardness.
***POINTS TO PONDER: I forgot to mention in yesterdays post that we went to the graveyard yesterday afternoon with his aunt and uncles and cousin, Natalie and her family and all of the flowers were so beautiful. Seeing the flowers on the grave, caused a little thought to pop in my head :).... where they dug to bury him was so very close to Mrs Colquett's..... surely they bumped the vault when digging... you would think right? I don't see how they manage to not hit it.

****Something else I thought of since I come from a divorced family.... if divorced parents have a child that dies (HEAVEN FORBID) where does the child get buried at?? Especially if the parents plots are at two different places. I could see that causing some grief between families.

****OR what if you lost a child and had your child buried and then something happened between you and your husband.... who gets buried by the children?

Anyways.... I'll leave with that :) I have to take Soph to the DR this morning for her 2 month check up... I'm anxious to see what she weighs. Then we are planning on going to the Opp Vs Elba football game tonight.... tomorrow we have a party for Heidi's friend, Sara Catherine, from 10-12, and then we have a lunch party at the Messer's house for Walker's Birthday... then I have a baby shower Sunday.... sounds like a pretty busy weekend :)!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Wow

By the picture above I'm sure you can guess who took it :)... she also took the next few pictures. They were taken one day last week while they were waiting on me to get home from work.




The title of this blog has a lot of meaning.... Wow.... is the only word I could come up with for today. Today we had a go go day. We had lunch at First Baptist at 11:00, had to be at the funeral home at 12:30 for the viewing at 1:00 and then the funeral was at 3:00.

It was a really nice funeral. The best part of course was Kyle's speech. It meant so much to him to get up there and do that. Before hand I asked him if he thought he would cry and he of course said No..... and I told him that it was okay to cry and he said he knew.... and sure enough once he got up there he couldn't hold it together. He did Fabulous..... and I really don't think there was a dry eye in the building during his speech. He loved his Grandaddy so much and he already misses him beyond measures. He was his buddy! He said in his speech that he had only seen his Grandaddy cry twice in his life... once was when he asked him if he could speak today and the other was when his Grandmother died. Today was only the second time I have seen Kyle cry.... the first was 9 years ago when we were in high school. Kyle is very private with his emotions... it really done him good to "let it out today". He said everything he needed to say and everything he wanted to say. It was definitely a speech that will not be forgotten..... one of those speeches that you wish was on video.

Anyway.... the next few pictures were taken during the viewing. Cindy, Jon Wesley, and Leigh Ann took the girls to the Dollar Store before hand and got them all sorts of things to keep them "occupied" during it.... and I mean they had a good time.



We took Karter and Sophie to the church to eat with us so that they could see some of the family members that had not seen them and then we took them to Kids World during the viewing and funeral. I really wanted to hear and concentrate on Kyle's speech.... and the chances of BOTH kids being "calm" during it was very slim.... PLUS Kyle was a pall bearer so he wasn't able to sit where we were anyway.

This picture was at Meme's after the funeral.
Kyle was working on my camera and snapped a few shots.... I really wished he had of taken the whole picture. Miley Grace was sitting with me holding Sophie and Sophie was really enjoying it.


Kyle and Karter
Heidi stayed at Meme's and went swimming and we left and went over to Mr Colquett's to hang out and get plants. Randy had a good time with Megan and Carrie Beth :)
HAHA.... we ended up with 4 plants... so we had those in the back of the car along with a stroller and a bike.... needless to say... the plants didn't have much room *hehe*!
*** These past few days have really flown by. It's so hard to believe that not even a week ago we were visiting Grandaddy and today we had his funeral. Like the preacher said today... death doesn't catch you by surprise, but the timing usually does. We all thought we had one more week with Mr Colquett. The nurse told the family Monday at 2 that we had about a week left with him..... by 4:15 he shown otherwise.... and that's okay.... he isn't suffering anymore.... we just selfishly wanted one more goodbye.