Sunday, March 21, 2010
Monday found us at my cousin, Brianne's house. Her Ike and Cade are a week apart and play together quite a bit. Her Jacob is a month older than Katelyn. We played at her house and then ventured out to Chick-fil-A. Cade kept calling it Chick-Chick-Chick-fil-A.
Lunchtime at Chick-fil-A is pure madness, super busy. Finding a spot big enough for us was a little crazy. I ended up in the aisle way along with the carrier. People were probably so annoyed with us.
After naptime we went to Wal-mart to get stuff for our Green Party. I was going to make a scavenger hunt for a pot of gold, put some food coloring in our dinner, and make a special treat. We were almost done with the Walmart run when Cade lost his lunch in the aisle. What do you do with a kid that has throw-up all down him, a baby with the cart, and a pile left on the floor? I left the pile temporarily and flagged down an employee. Luckily, we were in the baby aisles, so I just got a packet of wipes to clean up Cade. We get checked out and on the way home he does it again in the car. Goodbye green party. Hello 7-up and crackers with a movie. The weird thing was Cade acted perfectly normal. I had a hard time keeping him on the couch to rest. At bedtime he proved he wasn't completely over it. Of course, while all the clean up and such is happening, Katelyn decides to be fussy too.
Saturday, March 6, 2010
Each time I leave the house, it gets easier for me. It used to be a huge ordeal to leave the house before 10:00 am. Diaper bag, stroller, feeding schedules, dressing, and other "stuff" all have to be accounted for. I was so proud of myself this morning because I made it to my mom's house (a half hour away) by 9:30. Not only that I had actually done some dishes and cleaned the master bathroom before I left. I was feeling pretty good about the day.
When I got to my mom's house, I fed the baby while my mom finished getting the other kids ready. We loaded the car and were off. The drive downtown was pretty uneventful--listening to a jammin' CD of children's songs and happy chatter could be heard. Katelyn started out a little fussy, which Cade replied to with an irritated "Be quiet baby!" She settled down and things were going great.
Our first indication of trouble could have been when my mom decided to take 610 East thinking it would be faster. We ended up taking the kids on a scenic tour of the east side of Houston complete with a view of the shipping channel. While driving, some kind Houston driver decided to cut my mother off and almost caused an accident. It took minutes for my mom's heart move from her throat to its proper location. We finally got to the Reliant Stadium area after many "Are we there yets" and stopped at a McDonalds. After ordering food which included several special orders (we're not picky), we parked and ate it in the car. My mom had to make two trips back into McDonalds to fix the orders. I also had to feed the baby again. Around noon we were finally parking the car. The next adventure included getting on the tram with all six kids and two strollers taken apart. We were hopeful that Katelyn's wouldn't have to be taken apart as we were planning to sit in the handicapped section. Of course when the tram pulled up people without a stroller or wheelchair were sitting in that row. Grrr. We quickly reassigned jobs. Morgan, you hold the folded up umbrella stroller. Becca, you hold the diaper bag. Anna, don't let go of Colee's hand. Mom, will you hold the carrier while I take down the stroller and don't forget to hold onto Cade who of course wanted to go my himself. We ended up getting on the tram with all the kids and gear sitting in three different rows.
We walked to the ticket booth and finally were there! We looked at the map and saw that we had to hike to the back of the grounds for the kids' section. On the way there we were stopped at the Census booth, which could be a blessing for my brother that doesn't have a job while he waits to start Air Force training. While we were there however we are acquired five back packs and separate plastic bags full of goodies. This didn't seem like a big deal, but ended up just being more stuff to shuffle doing the next tram experience.
At this point, my mom and I still had a pretty good outlook for the day. We were ready to have some fun. We started at Fun at the Farm. The kids started out with a basket and had to gather different agriculture products as they went to stations.
Morgan did a great job pushing Colee around in the stroller most of the day.
After planting and harvesting their crops, the kids fed the chickens and gathered an egg. There were real chickens outside this building, which the kids loved.
It was quite the ordeal getting pictures of everyone at this sign. Sometimes I'm an idiot all for scrapbooking.
Even Grammy and I got a picture. We don't look like we're posing because we were making sure the younger four kids didn't wander off while Morgan was taking the picture.
Anna milked a cow. I think she was a little confused that water came out of this one.
Cade enjoyed milking the cow too.
At every station we were only supposed to take one product. We were constantly in Cade's basket telling him to put stuff back.
The Sun is in my face picture. At some point during this activity we started smelling a foul smell, not too uncommon at the rodeo until we discovered it was coming from one of our lovely kiddos. After they gathered all their goods, they sold them at the farmer's market and got money to spend at the store. They all ended up with juice boxes. Grammy took the smelly one to change her, which I hear was an experience--all down her back and up her front kind of experience. I stayed with the other kids on a bench and we "people watched," which turned into an I Spy game.
Despite this picture, Katelyn was awesome most of the day. Katelyn was very smiley, taking in all the sights, or sleeping the majority of the day. Katelyn and Anna really bonded. Anna would hold onto the edge of the stroller and make Katelyn smile. I did turn around once to see Anna shaking or rocking her back and forth viciously in her seat. I was worried for a minute that Katelyn would have Shaken Baby Syndrome.
The kids enjoyed the petting zoo. Right before they went in Cade turned and kicked Morgan in the shin for no apparent reason. Grammy said that he had just hit Anna not five seconds earlier. I played mean aunt and told him he couldn't go in the petting zoo with everyone else. I held him screaming and crying while keeping an eye on the two strollers. I got a lot of attention this way. I wasn't extremely mean he did get to go in after he calmed down, counted with me, and apologized to Morgan and Anna.
Our next stop was the Reliant Energy area. We were on our way to the carousel when we stopped. Morgan was very annoyed! Becca wanted to color for the coloring contest, so the other kids did barrel racing and lassoed. The area was small but we were shuffling watching the kids doing the activity, keeping the strollers close, taking pictures, and watching Becca color.
We finally made it to the carousel.
We ended up getting Marble Slab ice cream. They had fat free fruit smoothies, so I even got to enjoy the yummy treat.