Mom Always Get Use Her PTO Days For Others……AKA I miss ME days

Ok this is a bit of a rant post.

I swear…almost ALL my PTO days are used either when the nanny takes a sick day, the kids have dr appts, or something needs to be done.

I used to take one day off a quarter for a ” ME day”. I would sleep in, go shopping, go out for a nice lunch, maybe find a park and read a book. ALL BY MY GLORIOUS SELF. It was awesome. That rarely happens now. With 4 kids, you have one of them getting sick or the nanny getting sick, every other month…at least.  I have unlimited PTO cuz the company I work for is awesome but I still have a goals that need to be met. And for some reason there is a frakin’ 80/20 rule when it comes to mom or dad staying home from work.

This morning he didn’t even frakin’ PAUSE. He just left for work while I furiously tried to find a back up. Back up couldn’t come in, so here I am, home with the 4 kids when I should be at work. I LOVE my kids, but I also love my job. Also, my clients need me to test, troubleshoot, work on getting projects completed by the goal date.

Its not that he NEVER stays home. If there is enough advanced notice, like the nanny wants to take a couple of vacation days or we have to close on our house or something, then he is perfectly willing to take a day off and no problem staying home w. the kids if needs be. But these last minute days….its srsly 80/20. MAYBE 70/30…but you get what I mean.

Why does Mom’s job and career ALWAYS come second? And when the heck am I gonna get a ME day again? Ok gotta go. Kids are wrecking havoc in my absence and I think one of them has duct tape.


Twins Experimental Eating and Our Pups

So my lil twin monkeys have taken to dumping there food over the edge when they are done eating. Or when they aren’t done eating…which will cause a big ole fit fest. So after every meal there is a big ole mop up of noodles, sweet potatoes, corn dogs or whatever else they are eating.


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The SMART thing to do is give them just a little bit at a time. And if I wasn’t doing a million other things, like making sure the other two boys are eating, cleaning whatever I possibly can and trying to eat whatever awesome (srsly awesome, like garlic shrimp or steak or kabobs..nomnomnom) food the husband has made for us while juggling everything else… I would do the smart thing. But yeah…for now….its raining food, and the Lyla-pup is reaping the benefits….its shows….


This is our girl, Lyla. She is an Alaskan Klee Kai, which is like a mini Husky. She has several aliases. Lyla Puff, Snufflepuff, Lady Puff, Snufflepuffalous, Stay Puff.

Here are some great pics of her and her brother, Bleu, over the years. Bleu has remained svelte. But he lives at my brothers place . Does not have 4 kids feeding him tons of food 🙂

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Chair Transformation……AKA…Yup thats an improvement!

One of my craigslist finds was an antique 5$ chair…and it was stained…and I wanted to motify it to go better with the decor IN MY HEAD *please note this means that it goes in touch w. future plans…not current paint scheme*



Here is what I did..and I feel all crafty and awesome. This was way easier than I imagined!

Here is the dye I bought…


I probably should have been helpful and took a pic of the innards…but yea…was too excited. Its a plastic packet w. the dye inside. I had to use a chopstick to get it in the spray  bottle of HOT water…


So once the dye and the ‘intensifier’ was in the spray bottle, I brought my victim to the garage and commenced…


I admit, when I first started spraying…I was like OMG WHAT AM I DOING????


But it got better


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So this is iteration 1!

I may try changing the leg color to gold…or blue… I dunno? Any thoughts?? I wanna make it modern…but classic….

JEEP POWERWHEELS!……AKA Cruisin’ for Chicks

I got…I mean I got the kids….a Jeep Power Wheels this weekend at a garage sale for 40$! And they even hooked lights up to the battery and stuff. IM SO JEALOUS. I wanted one of these like the whole time I was growing up.  Maybe this will motivate me to lose 20 pounds….I wanna ride that sucker!

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So Charlie had Driving 101 this weekend. It was HILARIOUS! Teaching him how to use reverse to turn around, cutting the wheel, all that fun stuff. Joke w. the neighbor about how tomorrow would be parallel parking day…

We went for a walk/drive? down the sidewalk and saw the 11 year old neighbor girl that Charlie plays with sometimes…and I KID YOU NOT….he stops his car, leans on the backrail w. his elbow and says” Hey whattya doing? Wanna go for a ride in my new jeep?”

He is already using the Jeep to cruise for chicks!

Date Night!….AKA One on One Time w. My Charlie

I went on a date…..with my 5 year old! It was awesome. He loved the one on one time with me and get this…when I asked him where he wanted to go..he yelled SUSHI! Love this kid! So we found a sushi place and got some good food! He wouldn’t touch the spicy ones…but thats ok THEY WERE ALL MINE! (Kinda fun not having to arm/chopstick wrestle The Husband over the good bits!)


It was hilarious watching him w. the chopsticks (the ones w. the training wheels) He got pretty good! Although sometimes he still used his hands

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He had so much fun balancing!

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It was a great time. He felt so grown up and even recommended food to our neighboring diners! Told them the asparagus tempura was delicious!  While we ate we reviewed dining manners and just had fun. He loved it! Next I will have to take Ethan on a date…..that may be a little more….crazy!

Going for a Walk….AKA OMG A HOT DOG TRAIN!

It was a beautiful day out so we took the horde for a walk on the Fox River Trail. The kids got to run around and expend a bit of energy, we got to know a bit more about our new area and we went to an awesome hot dog place! This is probably my favorite part of moving to a new town. There is so much to discover and check out! ADVENTURE! yay!

Love that they had did the Lyla pup

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A bridge! I dont know what it is about bridges but the kids think they are the COOLEST THINGS EVER  FullSizeRender (4)

Aw a lil library on the trail! Charlie wanted to take all the kids books. Had to explain to him how this system works. So next time we will be bringing a couple  books in and doing a trade!


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Jack decided that He and Miles have a Whats Mine is Mine and Whats Yours is Mine type of relationship….and Miles seems to be ok with it….well this time..YOINK! I will now call him the French Fry Bandit

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Mom Takes a Bath…..AKA Well At Least My Skin is Soft

My new house as a bathtub in the master bath, with jets and stuff. I have never been a bath person, but everyone raves about them so I was like “Self, lets give this a whirl.”  Went to Target, got some bath ball thingys, a face mask, foot masks, sea salt scrubs, a magazine and made myself a big ole jug of lemon water.

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Now that I had all the ingredients assembled, time to get ready. Waiting for the kids to go to bed, told The Husband that for the next half hour I was not to be disturbed. Filled her up with hot water and a couple of bath balls. Found some baby oil and threw that in there for good measure, climbed in and put on the sheet mask and footie mask thingys.


Here is what I have learned from my

1. here is no good way to take a selfie w. a sheet mask on. You look like a frakin serial killer.

2. I need to get something put on the floor of my tub. All I did was slip and slide around in there…and maybe one of those bathtub pillows.

3. When I relax…I read…but I was too paranoid to read in there, was convinced I would drop my book, magazine or phone (yeah I tried all 3)

4. Even with a Do Not Disturb order in place….everyone will still need you for something from ‘Where are my keys’  to ‘Mom, Ethan said its not my turn with the LeapPad!’

5. Yeah I might not be a bath person.

But hey, my skin is crazy soft and Charlie kept telling me how good I smell afterword! Oh and I def loved the sea salt scrub, but then again I love back scratches too so…

Ahhhh That First Run….AKA Slept in My Running Clothes Last Night

So since I moved I have gone running once…well now twice…


So last night I slept in my running clothes so that I would wake my bum-ass up and HAVE TO GO RUNNING!

It worked! Why the heck is it so hard to get me to do something that makes me so much better? Helps w. the crazy, helps wake me up in the morning and helps me feel better about me (and gosh darn it…people like me…had to continue w. the cheesiness)

So yeah. I RAN! IT WAS GLORIOUS! I am back on the running horse and I’m gonna kick some ass!

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Hillbilly Pool….AKA What to do when its 90 and You Dont Wanna Find the Baby Pool

We were at Gramma’s house and it was HOOOOOTTTT. All the kids were grumpy. We didn’t feel like hunting down the baby pool….but knew right where an under the bed storage bin was…. PROBLEM SOLVED!

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The older boys had a head dunking contest


Jack thought it looked like a good idea


Ethan totally won


WINNING! Beat the heat, the boys had fun, and all w. a good ole plastic bin.

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NEW BED! …AKA I LOVE Finding Steals and Deals

We got a KING SIZE BED! Its huge and glorious and the whole horde can fit on it! We (The Husband and I) slept in it last night and I had no idea he was there. He never felt me get up to check on the lil dudes this morning. Its awesome. It is an amazing comfort island in the bedroom.

We got it off of Craigslist from a Korean couple who are moving to California and didn’t want to bother with the move of the bed. They have had it about a year.

The mattress and box spring: Tempur-pedic! Those suckers go for  like $3K! And wow, comfy and The Husband woke up this morning with nary a pain in his back! YAY!!!!!

The Headboard, footboard and stuff: I have no idea but its purty! I found like items online from anywhere between $500 and $5000!

How much did way pay? $700. AWESOME SAUCE! The main thing we were keeping an eye out for was a king size tempur-pedic, and they were always on craigslist for well over $1000 and The Husband was all like, uh no. This one came up w. the 4 poster bed and heck yeah. JUMPED ON IT! I picked up a really nice Hotel Collection sheet set for $50 and a Hotel Collection comforter set for $90 from TJ Maxx (kinda cool, it came with decorative pillows and stuff). They look uber awesome and feel glorious. Here are a couple pics. Its not made…The Husband is still sleeping in that behemoth somewhere 🙂 But yeah. Uber happy!

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Senor Charlie APPROVES!