Friday, March 31, 2017

"Cal needs me."

We have been struggling with Cal's sleep for several months.  He is very difficult to put down, then will not stay in his bed, leaving his room often during the night.  We tried so many tactics.  Laying down with him, sleeping with him, letting him stay in our bed once he climbed in, rocking him, sitting by his bed, sitting by the door, locking him in his room, moving him to the boys room.  Everything.  Last week, Weggi told him he had to stay in his room if he wanted to go out to breakfast in the morning.  I was surprised not to hear the usual fussing in his room after she closed the door and thought, maybe she was on to something.  Not quite.  As I was helping the older boys, Cal came walking in.  He didn't even look at me though.  He held Jude's hand and whispered something in his ear.  Jude stopped looking for his book that he was planning on reading in bed and said, "Mommy, Cal needs me."  He went and cuddled up with Cal and Cal actually slept through the whole night.   Not only did Jude get Cal to sleep, but in the morning, he successfully encouraged him to go potty.  This scenario has been repeated many times this past week and has been working well.  Since Rory is spending the week in Florida, he has also taken up residence in Rory's bottom bunk a couple of times.  I can't say that works as well as Jude cuddle right up next to him, but he will at least stay in the room willingly.  We may be doing a room swap in the near future to encourage better nights' sleep for all of us!

Explorer Dash

Last weekend was the school's annual Explorer Dash.  After three soccer games and a swim meet on Saturday, we made our way over to the school for the 1 mile and 5k races.  Jude and Rory opted for the one mile, while Atticus, Finnan and I fulfilled our New Year's resolution by completing the 5k.  Once again, my kids wowed me.  Jude won his age group (and came in second overall to an 8th grader) with a 6:54.  Rory also won his age group by over a minute with an 8:35.  Atticus won the 5k (beating out a 17 year old) with a 20:37 and Finnan came in second in his age group with a 23:02!  I surpassed my goal of breaking 30 minutes with a 25:24.  My parents and the Furman's were there to cheer us on and it definitely helped as I was trying to make it up the last hill!  

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Winter break fun

Since we have a camping trip and a trip to D.C. planned in April, we decided to stay home for winter break.  The first day all four boys were home and we walked/biked/rollerbladed/tricyled to McKoy park.  At one point Jude and Rory, who were on bikes got ahead of us and surprised me with these bouquets of dandelions.  I think after having young kids for so many years, dandelions might be my favorite flowers as I have so many memories of these sweet faces presenting them to me :)

On Tuesday, Atticus took the boys fishing on Lake Lanier.  As always, they had an amazing time and came home with quite a load of fish.  Atticus ended up calling our old neighbor, who is the head chef at 246, a very nice restaurant in Decatur, and was able to bring the fish in to the restaurant to cut and clean the fish (and then to learn how Drew cooks it!)  We gave Drew half of the fish for the restaurant and were able to then eat Atticus' fish in the restaurant the next night.  

Rory and Cal had play group the rest of the week, so after a day of rest (with a play date), we took one day for an adventure at Stone Summit, and another to go to Snow Mountain.

Both Stone Summit and Snow Mountain would have been impossible with Cal, but I made it up to Rory and Cal this past Friday and took them on an outing to the zoo.

Winter Days

As the hectic days of Spring are starting, I am reminded of how low key our winter has been.  Sports have been light and close by, homework has been limited, and we have been outsourcing home improvement projects.  There has been a lot of driveway skateboard/scooter/rollerblade/bike/tricycle racing, board games, afternoons at the park, and dinner parties.  

A couple of weeks ago, I found myself with 6 dozen eggs in the house, so decided to make brioche.  It was nice to have a weekend afternoon free to make cinnamon rolls with Jude, Rory and Cal (Finnan was at indoor soccer).

That same weekend we babysat the 3rd grade guinea pig, Burrito.  The boys doted on her all weekend.

Rory even though she would like story time.

While Finnan participated in indoor soccer this winter, Jude joined his school basketball team.  He of course loved it.  Though I don't know what it is about basketball and him making goofy faces...

I didn't order the team photo, but a friend of mine texted me this picture.  Seriously, what is with the faces?!?  

Our busy schedule resumed this weekend, with both Finnan and Jude's soccer teams participating in the same soccer tournament.  Jude missed his first game because he had his First Reconciliation, but both boys' teams made it to the finals, meaning we went to 7 soccer games this weekend, split between Brookhaven and Marietta.  Thank goodness for the beautiful weather!


Friday, January 27, 2017

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Nailed it

A couple of weeks ago, there was a chance of a couple of inches of snow in Atlanta.  School was released two hours early, all practices, games, and meets were cancelled for the whole weekend.  I was anticipating being cooped up all weekend, so when it didn't start as of Friday night, we headed to Twains for dinner, shuffleboard and even some claw fun.

Once back at home, we settled in for the night and hoped for snow in the morning.  But...nothing.  There was ice in the trees and a frost on the ground, but no snow.  

Finnan and Jude were not going to let this snow day pass them by though and brought out their Christmas sleds and a small skateboard ramp.  They set up quite a few runs on our very steep hill, positioning the ramp so they could get air, mid-run.  They inevitable wiped out at some point in the run, at which point they shrieked, "Nailed it!!!" At least they thought to wear helmets and, in Jude's case, shin guards.

Even though it did not snow, it was bitter cold.  Rory and I cam in to make hot chocolate and we lured everyone inside.  The boys set up a chair "train" and Finnan invented a game "fishy" to play with Cal.  We ended up having an impromptu dinner party Saturday night since all of our weekend plans had been cancelled.

And in true Atlanta fashion, the weather went from bitter cold to 70s in a matter of days...