What was I thinking?

I had the bright idea to go to Toys R Us today. My 2 year is absolutely obsessed with tools. And I mean obsessed. ¬†My husband tries to be so sweet and let him play with his tools and they are now spread out all over our house. Besides being a bit dangerous, I can never find a screwdriver when I need it. So yesterday I was looking for toy tool sets online. I accidentally clicked on a Home Depot tool bench while Mason was sitting with me. BIG MISTAKE. He was even more obsessed. Wanted to sit and stare at the picture all day saying tools, only he has a speech delay so it comes out like the sound a drill makes ūüėČ

The day went on and he would get so upset if I tried to use the computer. While I made lunch I found you tube videos of kids with the tool bench, he loved that. On the way to school he had to stare at my phone with a screen shot of the tool bench.

I soon discovered this tool bench was on sale but was no where to be found, or so I thought. I ended up calling a local Toys R Us and she said yes they had 1 in stock. I had thought I could get it for his birthday, but knowing it was no longer being stocked I knew I had to go now. My thought process is well poor Mason is stuck home all alone driving me insane while the kids go to school. He has been a terror the past week wanting me to constantly occupy his time. I thought, well, this would be really good for him to play, he will play tools all day!

So we hopped in the van and went on our way, had to take the stroller out because I needed the room for the giant box. I used my Tula(baby carrier) and put Mason on my back, Carter is off school today, so he walked. Surprisingly he actually did better than normal. ¬†Now the kicking 2 year old on my back was another story. ¬†A bathroom break with a baby on my back and if you’ve never done that you have no clue just how hard it is to pull your clothes back up, of course I had to have super long skirt on today, then we were out of there.

I left Toys R Us not feeling totally irritated and annoyed like I typically do when we go somewhere, of course this was a super fast trip for the workshop and a couple small toys for the boys, I always have to get one for Riley when we go because we don’t want him left out when the other two boys get one.

Now this is where we get to the what was I thinking part.  Mason fell asleep in the van, as usual, so great, no nap at home. We drive 40 minutes, get home and of course he has to wait up, saying tools tools. The boys helped me get the box into the house.

I set to work. I have to admit I am usually the sticker person. My husband always has put together everything, kitchen sets, cars, whatever, I do the stickers cause he always messes them up. I have never attempted to put something this massive together, and I now know why.

To start with, I of course couldn’t find any decent screwdrivers! And none of the holes were actually holes. So I had to ram a screwdriver through the hole to get it started to then screw it in. Of course I could only find itty bitty screwdrivers so by the time I got to the 3rd screw my hand was on fire. I think I did two more before I said screw it and when to find the drill, letting a bee in the house that has since disappeared. ¬†After I got the drill things went smoother, well as smooth as it can go with a 2 and 5 year old “helping”.

An hour and a half later and it’s all put together, but the stickers will have to wait. They are enjoying playtime. I can’t believe how exhausting that was. ¬†Never again. I will leave the assembling to my husband and remain the sticker person from here on our.


Where does the time go?

Today I officially have a high schooler. How did that happen? It seems like only yesterday I was chasing her curly little head all over the place. Hayley was a hand full from birth. ¬†She has always been independent and strong willed. She is an amazing girl. Difficult at times, but wonderful at others. She will talk your ear off if she’s in a good mood. And give you the silent treatment if she’s not. And beyond all of her faults, I know she is going to be an amazing woman someday. I can imagine its not easy being the oldest of 6 children. But I know how much her little brothers love her and I see her smile when Mason reaches for her. And I look at him and think, this was just her. She was just in my arms reaching for my face and pulling my hair. And now, in four ¬†short years, she will be all grown up. But she will always be my baby.

Today I have four of my children in school all day every day. Wow. Riley is going into first grade. And I think FIRST GRADE! He was just that tiny little boy that I worried about so much and he has grown up into a funny crazy little man, who looks just like his daddy. He drives us crazy a bit with his obsessive compulsive behavior, but he will crack you up in a second and be the first to come and strangle you with hugs and smother you with kisses. That tiny little boy is growing up way too fast!

Then there is Tyleigh. Often overshadowed by her big sister. Tyleigh is 12, and now in 7th grade. Thankfully for me our school is kindergarten to 8th grade so she will still be in elementary. Tyleigh is our sweet, emotional girl. Sadly, she never thinks she is good enough, or smart enough, despite how many times we tell her. She is an amazing big sister. Her little brothers adore her.  She wanted a little sister and I understand. But I told her, those little boys think the world of her. I think, someday she may work with little kids. She loves to play and teach them.  I hope she opens up and is more confident this year, that she believes she can do anything.

And Justin, our oldest boy. Justin is a sweet, kind boy, unless its to Riley. He is one of the smartest kids I have ever met, but unfortunately got his mother’s lack of common sense, so sometimes he does dumb things. ¬†He still loves me though. And not loves me just as any son loves his mom. But he wants to hug me before bed and makes sure he hugs me often throughout the day. He got his dad’s need for physical attention. Its definitely not a bad thing. I don’t get hugs in public but when he is home he is my little boy.He will be in 5th grade already.

The four of them will leave Carter, Mason and me for the days this year. I think Carter might enjoy them being gone at first because he will get to play with anything(like Justin’s legos). I know it will be quiet and probably enjoyable at times. But I miss them. I miss the sounds of them, the sight of them playing together and hearing their little stories. I miss seeing the older ones looking out for the little ones and helping them. I know its only for the day but the evenings go so fast. We get so busy with activities that life goes so fast.

I definitely won’t miss the fighting and name calling. And I have a feeling I will be pretty busy throughout the day keeping Carter occupied and Mason out of things.

Mason is going to be hard to wean off of sleeping in mommy’s arms. The day for him has not been going well.


Ready for school. Well, not Carter but he wanted in the picture too.


Hayley ready for her first day of high school! She had to leave before everyone else was ready.