I found one of these Huggies designer wipes cases at my local Walgreens a while back.

KIMBERLY-CLARK HUGGIES

 

I needed a travel case and even though it was a little bigger than I would have liked, I bought the blue one because it was pretty and function didn’t seem as important as design.  It’s a baby wipe container, I know.  I don’t know what’s wrong with me but it just listen up because as it turns out I bought it because I was having a great idea that I didn’t even know I was having at the time.

This one case actually holds baby wipes AND diapers when you do like I did. I love a multipurpose tool, y’all.

I took these pictures for your viewing pleasure.

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The side of the container pops off and what I did was wrap two diapers in a ziploc bag and I slid them in behind some baby wipes, then I put the cap back on the side of the container.  There was no fuss in doing this.  Everything slid in nice and easy and there is still plenty of room for another diaper or more baby wipes too. A small tube of diaper cream would even fit inside.

I find this to be super easy and the whole thing makes changing while we’re out and about more organized.  Plus, it helps keep the diaper bag less chaotic.  It might seem like a simple thing but chaos seems to rule my life sometimes. Any little bit helps.

So go forth and make your diaper bag neat and orderly.  You can send me flowers and cards and gifts of appreciation if you feel it necessary.

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Maggie makes a funny face

One of the best reasons to keep a baby in the house is to watch them make faces when they are trying new foods.  And if you can capture your baby making funny faces while trying new foods on video, even better.

Like Lucy eating chocolate ice cream back in 2011 when she was just 9 months old.

Or this video we got last night of Maggie tasting Rabbit’s soda water.

That little noise she made after the first taste is the cutest sound.
I think her opinion of La Croix lime flavored soda water is mixed.

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Filed under: Friends & FamilyMaggie

kaitinuniformA few months ago, just after we moved here, Kait decided she was done with not having any money and started putting in applications at pet stores hoping to get a job as a trainer or groomer or anything else where she would be in frequent contact with dogs.  She ended up getting a job selling lemonade and chicken everything at a local Chick-Fil-A restaurant where dogs aren’t even allowed.  Turns out she crazy loves selling chicken all day long.

Funny.

She had 6 interviews and out of 300 applicants that month was one of only two people hired and after 8 weeks on the job she is already being groomed for a coordinator position because she’s freaking amazing.

I like to think silently to myself, and out loud sometimes, that she owes her brilliance to me.  That it was most certainly my raising of her that made her this way and she had better bring me home some grilled chicken nuggets and some waffle fries to thank me for all the sweat and tears that went into the job of raising such an great person.  And often.

You think I’m kidding but no.  At least not about the nuggets and fries.

The day of the 5th interview, the one where they said they were ready to hire her, she got a call from Pet Smart to start the interview process to train as a groomer.  It was a bittersweet day because she had to make the tough choice to not pursue the Pet Smart job.
I don’t think she has regretted that decision for a moment.

And neither have I because chicken nuggets and waffle fries, people.  Hello?

Plus, we probably would have missed out on this:

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A tour of the Chick-Fil-A kitchen with Papa and Grandma-neese.

And this:

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Were we all dressed up like cows and got free food on Cow Day. It took a couple of days to create the masks but we got close to $70 in free food. It was a good day.

And this:

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Sam in the EAT MOR CHIKIN car.

And now I have redeemed myself by posting about Kait and her job and how amazing she is so I can move on to write about other things. Like how we have a 3 and a half foot lizard roaming the house because he figured out how to break out of his cage.

Yeah.  That post is coming.

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Filed under: Friends & FamilyKaitLook what I made

Maggie’s walking, people.

So, she still uses a pacifier and doesn’t sleep through the night and can’t eat anything but mama’s milk but Maggie’s only 9 months old and she’s already walking. In fact, she started walking while she was 8 months old but she would only take three or four steps at a time.

She’s pretty much a prodigy at walking and I’m sure this means she’ll ride a bike by age two and graduate high school before she turns 13 and maybe be an astrophysicist or an anesthesiologist and make a Brazillion dollars a year.

Beeteedubs…  I had no idea that an anesthesiologist makes $233,000 a year.  Why am I not brainwashing one of my children to go into this profession?

Her brothers find her brilliant and there are numerous comments everyday about her cuteness and smartness and superbabyness. What you see on the video has been a daily scene in our home since Maggie took her first three steps a few weeks ago.

She really does seem too little to be walking.  She was only born the other day.

That concentration tongue of hers…
Totes adorbs, people.

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Filed under: Friends & FamilyLook what I madeMaggie

I know selfies are right out if you’re not sixteen but I think maybe it doesn’t count if there is a large group of people standing behind you.

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This is pretty much the best selfie ever taken.
That’s my sister-in-law, Cassie, in the middle.  I forgot to get pictures when my other sister-in-law and niece were visiting last month and I sorely regret it so I was sure not to make that mistake again.

It was a super great visit except for the sharks and flesh eating amebas threatening our very existence.  We almost died a bunch of times probably. And then there was the stingy jelly fish in the way when Kait tried to go swimming.

Also, stingray.

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I may never go in the water again, people. 

But isn’t this place beautiful?

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I get to live here.
Well, not actually here, here.  But close.

Maybe here, here someday when we’re rich. 

It could happen.

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We went to Rabbit’s command picnic on Saturday and it was filthy humid. It was nice that our entire family could go because now that Kait has a job we aren’t always able to be all together for family outings.  She makes up for it by bringing me grilled chicken nuggets and lemonade from Chick-Fil-A a couple times a week.

Even though she came she was only able to stay long enough to eat and get this picture with Lucy before she had to get to work.

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My girls are so gorgeous.

There was one of those playground merry-go-rounds that every kid has a love/vomit relationship with.   It started with just a couple of my kids but, like zombies to a Daryl’s motorcycle, as soon as the thing got to spinning more kids seem to come out of the woodwork.  Then they begged Joe to come spin them FASTERFASTER-NOSTOP-IMGOINGTOTHROWUP!

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I’ve been watching too much The Walking Dead, I think, but what on earth is Daryl doing with a chopper during the Zombie apocalypse?  As Kait pointed out yesterday, Like seriously they have those silent hybrids now.
Gotta keep up his tough guy image I guess.

Kait is just starting the series so all those stupid things we’ve already gotten past she’s just now beginning to question and none of this has anything to do with Rabbit’s command picnic so I don’t know why we’re even having this discussion right now.

We did meet another large(ish) family there. At the picnic, not at the zombie apocalypse.  They have 5 kids and, wouldn’t ya know it, his callsign is Rabbit too.  They were very nice but we have more kids so we win.  I’m still waiting for my prize.

I should probably go now.  I need to research bomb shelters and emergency food storage.

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Filed under: BoysFriends & FamilyGirlsKaitLucySometimes we do stuffThe RabbitUm...

In which Lucy says the breakfast prayer.

wpid-wp-1406649010824.jpegThis morning at breakfast Gabe asked 3 year old Lucy to say the blessing and this is what she said.

Dear Lord,
Thank you for our bellies.  
Thank you for letting the Sammies come over.
Thank you for our blessings.
Gabe, will you please help me?

There are a couple of things about this prayer that I feel make it blog worthy.

First, I have never thought to thank God for my belly. Totally convicted here.
Second, I don’t know what or who the Sammies are.
Third, the way she said the last line made it sound as if it was part of the prayer which made it kind of funny.
Fourth, isn’t she adorable?

P.S.  Upon further questioning just now I learned that while it was coming out as Sammies, she was actually saying families.  And since we had a couple of families over for dinner on Sunday and she loves to have people over, it would make sense that she would be thanking God for that.

 

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Filed under: Friends & FamilyGirlsGod is.Lucy

A few days ago, just after I started cooking a bunch of eggs, I noticed a large, crappily boxed package in my living room.   Nobody claimed to know where it came from so naturally I assumed it was a bomb and was getting ready to call the Navy.  Ben looked up from his video game right in the nick of time and let me know that he had answered the door earlier when the UPS man dropped the package off.  I had been in my room nursing Maggie and I asked him why he didn’t come and tell me that we had received a package and he said he though I knew. When I asked him how I would know that he just shrugged his shoulders and said, I don’t know.  I just thought you probably already knew, because obviously ESP is in my job description.

The address label was a generic, nondescript UPS label.  Wondering what could be in the box, I grabbed a pair of scissors and got to opening it.

My eggs were just starting to cook.  I was just starting to smell their vegetable and eggy goodness.

I pulled out some of the packaging paper when the understated, yet potent smell of used lard, dirty dishes, and body odor made its way up into my nostrils where it tried to make a permanent home.

It was in this moment that I recalled Rabbit winning a set of 6 pans from a government surplus auction a few cities over.  They shipped them to us instead of bringing them to the local auction the next day because that was easier for them.

Yeah.  Easier for them than having to refund our money because the pans included rotten food and two of them were so warped that they were unusable and obviously more suited for the dumpster than for cooking.  None of that was in the description at all and the picture in the auction was taken at an angle that made the pans only look previously used, not like they had been in a prison riot during the zombie apocalypse.

In their defense, the description did say Condition Unknown Not Tested.  But since they had gotten close enough to take a picture for the auction I had just figured they would have seen if there had been any left over food.

I know what you’re thinking. Pictures or it didn’t happen so I took some of my own for you.

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I’m not even kidding, people. This is representative of 4 of the 6 pans we received.

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This is one of the two warped ones.

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I had trouble capturing its true warped-ness but it was seriously oval and the bottom of the pan was no longer flat but had rounded out nicely as if it had been bashed across a very round, very hard head.

Did I mention that I opened these while I was cooking eggs for myself for dinner because I couldn’t eat the cheese in the dinner I had cooked for the family?

I completely lost my appetite.  As a matter of fact, I couldn’t eat anything for close to 24 hours.  That is how bad it was.  Every time I thought about food the smell returned.

I almost feel sick just thinking about it.

So the moral of the story is to not have any reasonable expectations from government auctions that may or may not include used but not cleaned or even wiped out prison cookware that may or may not have been used as weapons at one time. Not that I’m biased against prison pots and pans.  But I am.

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Filed under: FunnySometimes we do stuffUm...went to an auction

The Lucy and Jesse show #4.

It’s hard to capture Lucy and Jesse just being Lucy and Jesse together but this video is a fairly close representation of their relationship.

Enjoy.

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Filed under: Friends & FamilyJesseLucy

Not sweating comes at a high price here during the Florida summers, and often the rest of the year too, so I bought one of those Intex quickset above ground pools that I would say is more pain in the butt than it is worth except it’s keeping the kids cool so I don’t have to run the air conditioner all the live long day.

Our electric bill is still unbelievable so I’m not sure it’s working but at least the kids are having a blast doing something other than playing video games.

It’s not the beach though.  I miss walking to the beach every day in the summer.  I would like to live on the beach again.

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Kaity-Jane captured some of the backyard fun with her way cool camera skillz.

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And I got some pictures of Maggie enjoying herself in her little wading pool.

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 I couldn’t get a picture of her looking at the camera or smiling because she would not look at the camera and did not smile even once.  Apparently splashing is very serious work.

Even while sitting on a quilt watching the other kids play she was all business.

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Maggie is closing in on 9 months now and we’re seeing her personality blossom.  Her facial expressions while observing and experiencing new things range from contemplative to downright austere.  She’s got a terrific poker face.
Plus, she took three steps on Sunday so maybe she’s feeling like a grown up or something.  Kait was my earliest walker at about 9 1/2 months. It appears as though Maggie may being trying out for the title.

She does smile though. And often.

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Totes adorbs, people. Totes adorbs.

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