People ask me all the time how I do it. How I manage 5 kids so young and so close together in age. The short answer to that question is Micah. He is the constant, the calm, the fun in our house. And when he has to go out of town it isn’t pretty.
It’s not just the thought of being alone with 5 kids that upsets me. Every time he heads to the airport things go haywire. I’ve had the air conditioner break mid-summer while pregnant, the garage door crumble to pieces with my van trapped inside, animal control show up threatening to imprison my escape artist dogs, clogged toilets, leaking ceilings, vomiting and diarrhea… It all happens when he’s gone. Seriously, it’s bad. I have good reason to be anxious and weepy when he leaves.
This time he had to be gone for two nights. 45 hours, 32 minutes and about 45 seconds to be exact, but who’s counting?
Good news is I’ve learned to be prepared and have a game plan.
Night one… happy meals.
Happy Meal mountain. McDonald’s is getting expensive for us, but I thought it seemed like a good plan to survive dinner without Daddy. We get to go for a little car ride, I don’t have to cook, everybody wins. But the madness ensued. Enzo managed to climb out of his five-point-harness and smack me in the face with a tree branch while I was driving. No clue how he got out of his seat. No clue how he got a tree branch… but also not very surprised.
‘Please you guys be good for me, I’m stressed, I’m on my own, I need a little help! Get in your seats, stay buckled and you can all have a HAPPY meal!’
J: ‘Okay mom, but did you know Happy Meals are really gross?’
Actually, I do know they’re gross… I’ve seen the Facebook posts, but I thought they’d make us all HAPPY. Oops. All 5 of them ate every bite of that nastiness though, so I still call it a win.
Part 2 of my brilliant night one plan was to put them all in bed early. I made popcorn, put in their favorite movie, and IT WORKED! You guys, it worked!!! They were all in bed at 7:45. Magic.
I tiptoed out of the room, pulled out my lap top, turned on the TV, and started an episode of Law & Order, my favorite. The show was on for 15 minutes when Dish Network quit on me. Quit. on. me. I spent a good 30 minutes trouble-shooting with customer service, hung up and cried. I cried because my TV wasn’t working. I cried and then I went to bed.
Day 2, first stop, clean the popcorn DISASTER from night 1. Apparently someone had gotten up after I’d cried myself to sleep and sprinkled popcorn all over the bedrooms and the living room. I should’ve known that early bed time was too good to be true…
I then proceeded to make all the breakfasts, make all the lunches and get everybody dressed. I think I had 3 Dr. Peppers before 8.
Luckily, I had a friend come and take half of them to school for me. I managed to drag the other two to school, and Dylan and I had a little quiet time… Those day time hours go way too fast.
Night 2’s plan turned out to be much more successful. Jaylin had been invited to a birthday party! Zander and I jumped at the chance to escape the house with her, and WE GOT A BABYSITTER! We had to speed-clean the really gross messes so we could let her in the door… poor girl probably cringes when she sees my name on her caller ID!
By the time we got home it was bedtime and everybody cooperated! Praise the Lord, we made it! Daddy would be home by lunch time the next day!
A friend of mine (who also happens to have a big pack of young kids) and I were joking recently that we have to make the decision to laugh or cry too many times in a day, and I did a lot of both this week. I’m so glad it’s over, but I’m happy to have the memories.
Until next time…
This is exactly what I’m talkin’ about! I LOVE this white tshirt, but $68? No thanks. I love these jeans too… Love them so much, in fact, that I already own them, same wash, same size, same everything. They’re my favorites right now.
You can purchase the jeans here (or here for $4 cheaper and, if you have Amazon prime, you can have them in two days. I love Amazon, always search there before you buy anything out of a box!) You can buy the tshirt here!
Plaid Chiffon Swing Top ($19.99 – on sale!) and Explorer Fringe Vest ($44.99 – on sale!)
Finally talked Micah into letting me do a reveal post for one of his boxes! We tried Men’s Style Club first. They were really personal and did a great job communicating, but after 3 boxes the sizing still wasn’t quite right. So, we decided to give Bombfell a try! One of the most appealing things about Bombfell is that they don’t charge a styling fee! It’s absolutely free to try, so nothing to lose! Matter of fact, you get $25 credit (and so does Micah) if you use his referral link! Another cool thing they do is send a preview of the 5 items you’re getting before the box ships. You can edit and cancel things they’re sending if you choose to.
So… here it is! This box even came with a couple samples of American Crew hair products!
French Connection Luxus Pique Colorblock Polo ($68)
I really liked this one, but he said he felt like a bowler. He’s got the posing down though… I’ll have him addicted to these subscription boxes before it’s said and done, mark my words!
7 Diamonds Gatti Quilted Jacket ($149)
Scott and Sons Boxer Brown Belt
We also both really liked this one. I’m still not sure why he’s not keeping it, but he’s not.
In the end, all he’s keeping this time are the shampoo and hair gel samples. He kept a solid navy polo from the first box and is planning to at least give it a couple more tries!
I’ve been receiving the Hanger to Home clothing subscription box for a while now. I can’t even remember what number I’m on… I’m guessing #7? Anyway, I’ll give you some more info on the box and how to sign up at the end of the reveal, but I wanna start with the fun stuff!
Makenzie has been my stylist since I started with H2H, and she definitely gets my style! At first glance, I was worried this box was gonna hurt my wallet, but after trying it all on I’m not so sure…
Loveriche top ($48) and Just Black Denim ($88)
RD Style grey knit top ($58) and Pretty Persuasions printed scarf ($28)
I do love a long sleeve gray tee and I like this one okay… but the side slits are super high and would definitely require a tank top or something underneath… Not crazy about the scarf.
Piko periwinkle knit ($38) and Hem & Thread beige vest ($64)
Love this top, especially the color and will probably keep it. I like the vest and love the idea of a vest, but I’m not sure I’d ever really wear it.
CQ by CQ black knit top ($34) and RD Style Poncho ($88)
This top is ok, everybody likes a black tee… but I already have a couple in my closet that I love. I do NOT love ponchos. It’s super warm and soft, but I don’t like it.
Accessories: Gold Earrings with Blue Stones ($18), Gold Dangle Hoops ($12), 2 Bangle Bracelets ($14/each) and Gold beaded bracelet ($12)
I’m not typically a big accessory-wearer, but I do love the hoops and the two bangle bracelets, considering keeping those. I don’t care for the blue stone earrings (although they do match that periwinkle shirt perfectly!) or the beaded bracelet… it’s cute, just not something I’ll wear.
So, that’s it! What do you think? I would love some feedback to help me decide!
The aftermath of Halloween 2015. My herd gathered about 13 pounds of candy, including a handful of FULL-SIZE Hershey bars. Oh. My. Word. I woke up to Enzo “Mom, I eat all the candy?” Sure son, pass me a KitKat!
Two of my kids have (finally!) reached the age where Halloween is really fun. They sprinted from house to house with big smiles… high fived us when they ran by… and enjoyed getting dressed up!
The other 3, on the other hand, had to be awakened from their way-too-late afternoon naps, wrestled into their costumes (except Enzo who won that battle and went in a t-shirt) and pulled around the neighborhood in a wagon.
The only way to keep those little darlings from jumping from the wagon and throwing a monstrously embarrassing temper tantrum on the street was to keep a constant stream of candy and snacks flowing into their cute little hands. And so we did it. They had nothing but chocolate-coated sugary treats from 6 til bed time. And we woke up and quite literally had more chocolate for breakfast!
Sounds crazy, I know. But after a week that included attending 2 school parties with a 1 year old in tow, two trips to the ER, a bloody injury at Applebee’s after our best effort at family pictures, participating in only 1.5 of 5 dress up days, completely forgetting the Halloween-inspired teacher gifts… We’re gonna EAT CANDY.
And you should too! Seriously.
I mean, if you limit your kids’ candy consumption to a certain number of pieces per day and you got as much as we did, you’re gonna be a candy negotiator for the next 6 months! Plus, if you hide all of it and you’re the only one who knows where it is… guess who’s gonna be the one to eat most of it? Share the calories mom, your booty will thank you. And easy as that all the hype is over in 3 days! Resume normal, gluten/GMO-free, organic diets by Wednesday.
Oh, and when the candy jar gets down to the colored tootsie rolls, just throw that nasty junk away. Does anyone really eat those? Surely not.
|Happy Halloween 2015 from the Bat-crew!|