Sunday, February 22, 2015

The Schwartz's vs How the World Kept on Spinnin'

I have a few things that I'm slightly crazy about.  We've been slowly working on finishing our upstairs for like, ever.  Well.  Maybe not forever because that's how long Chris has been in school but for at least 3 years we've really been focused on it.

When Charlie came along we really wanted to get it done because one of my crazy things is I didn't think the kids could survive sharing a room.  I thought it would be the end of nap time and bed time as I knew it because they would just sit there and keep each other away.

So Charlie slept in his pack and play in our room like each of our kids.  Except when he was finally sleeping through the night he had no where to go because the upstairs wasn't done.  So we started dragging his pack and play into the living room every night before we went to bed.  Eventually that got old and in January we (as in me) bravely decided to try putting his pack and play permanently in Sarah's room.  I lectured her on what a big deal this was and how important it was not to wake him up.

She has LOVED sharing her room with Charlie.  It makes her feel so important and responsible.  It's a big huge deal!  And they've done well.  Both of them still nap and sleep at night.  I was SHOCKED!

My other crazy is that Cody even though he is almost 3 and a half, was still in his crib with the front on it.  I didn't think he would take naps if he was allowed access to his toys during nap time and bed time.  So the plan was to keep him in his crib until the upstairs was done and all the toys moved up there.

It was working great because he didn't care he was in a crib.  Every now and then we'd talk about how he was going to get a big boy bed.  But he didn't care.

Then on this fateful day, he asked the dreaded question "Can you make my boy into a big boy bed".  And it just didn't seem right not to let him do it.  I mean after all, he's freaking 3.5 years old!  And we need to start working on night time potty training.

So we took the front off his crib and made a big deal about how this is important and he needs to stay in bed unless he needs to go potty.  NO playing with toys.

Sarah came in to congratulate him.  He was excited and proud to show her his new bed set up.

Ready for his first sleep in his "big boy bed"

Unfortunately it was too much freedom for him the first day.  He didn't sleep at all.  2 hours into nap time he came out and randomly gave us a pillow.  When Chris followed him back into his room he saw a bunch of the extra blankets stacked beside his bed (not where we left them) and he told Chris he just wanted to pretend they were stairs.  

After nap time I talked to him again and since then we haven't had any more problems.  He doesn't get out of bed and play.  

Apparently your kids can share rooms with each other and toys and the world will keep on spinning.  This is news to me.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

The Schwartz's vs Sarah's Birthday Parties

Starting now I guess, until I come up with a different plan.  Sarah will have her traditional too many birthday celebrations.

First we have our movie and dinner out with her "aunts".

This year we saw Big Hero 6 and went to Red Robin for dinner.  I really love my awesome friends who love my kids like they are their own.  Sarah and Cody get so excited when we hang out with them.  I'm sorry I have been blog lazy and their dinner didn't get it's own post like it should have.  Especially since Susan is like the only person who still checks my blog.  Hi Susan!

Then we'll have our family dinner on her actual birthday.

After that in January we'll do a Schwartz family birthday something.

See here:

And we'll round it out with she gets to pick 3 friends and go do SOMETHING for her birthday.

This will hopefully avoid me having to throw any actual parties.  I like this plan.  It worked this year.

So this year, since one of Sarah's favorite things to do is to color and create things we decided to take her and a few friends to a pottery painting place that recently opened in Tipton County.

Sarah LOVED this!  She had such a great time and now has a delightfully ugly mermaid sitting on her dresser.  yay!  I'm sure this is an activity she'll probably pick for a few years in a row just because she loved it so much.  

Friday, February 6, 2015

The Schwartz's vs Sarah's 5th Birthday

Sarah's birthday is in December, but as a reminder, we don't do birthday party celebrations until the end of January or early February.  For now, I do it out of convenience and to help Sarah separate the two events.  She gets confused.

So this year we had a family dinner at Grandma and Grandpa Schwartz's house and enjoyed some delicious food and cake.  The cake was very special.  Over the summer Lorna showed us a picture of an amazing ballerina birthday cake and asked if she could try making it for Sarah for her birthday.  Sarah loved it.  And I stressed and stressed over trying to plan some elaborate ballerina themed birthday party.  Then I finally just admitted to myself, I don't like doing that.  So we enjoyed the beautiful cake at the family dinner instead and everyone (being me) was happy with that decision.  

Now before I start sharing pictures, I want to say Sarah is by far the BEST gift receiver.  I probably buy her things more often then I should because she is so genuinely excited and grateful for anything you give her.  Even when she thinks it's just a box of Fiber One bars...

So excuse the onslaught of Sarah opening presents pictures.  

Thank you Aunt Melissa and Uncle Adam for the new Elsa dress

And the ballerina puzzle

Thank you Grandma and Grandpa for all the new doll house furniture.

Two of my favorite guys

Ok, so part of why Sarah's birthday wasn't until February was because I lost her present.  I bought it last June when there was a big sale and put it away.  Then when I went to get it out of the hidey hole I couldn't find it.  I was super stressed about it, and eventually found it in the hidey hole behind some boxes of Kleen-ex. 

Someone trim this girls bangs!

It's a pink iPad!

Thanks mom!

Only loaded with educational apps.

 Before you judge me for what we decided to get her.  We carefully discussed and debated this decision.  Sarah and I have been struggling to do some kindergarten prep work.  And I am terrified at how far behind she is when I compare her to her peers.  I've tried to work with her but I get so frustrated so quickly and it gets ugly and then neither of us are happy.  She enjoys playing with my iPad but will do the bare minimum of what I ask so that she can play all the other games I downloaded in the early days.  So her iPad ONLY has educational apps on it.  And she's good with that.  She hasn't even asked where her princess sticker game is on hers (cause it's not there).

So far I've been really impressed with how she's handling it.  I was worried about her begging for it all the time and whining when the time was up.  But she hasn't done either.  Every now and then she'll ask if she can have some iPad time and depending on the situation I tell her yes or no and she excepts the answer either way.

Her favorite apps right now are Brain Pop, Jr. and Endless Alphabet.  I do have to prompt her to do Hooked on Phonics but she never complains when I ask her to work on that.

I have noticed that she recognizes more letters now and even when she doesn't know a letter's name she can sometimes tell me its sound instead.

So I'm happy with the decision we've made.  Cody is a little jealous.  He whines to use my iPad more often.  But he's getting better.  And who knows, if they ever go on ridiculous sale again we might get one for him and put it away until he's 5.  I just will make sure I put a sign on the kleex-ex to remind me where it is.

And now birthday cake:

So, I forgot candles.  We had to use matches.  Classy, right?

Happy Birthday Sarah!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

The Schwartz's vs Mommy/Cody Date Night

Cody was a little put out while Sarah and Daddy were getting ready for their date.  He knew that he and I were going to get to stay home and have fun.  And I did bribe him that evening with milk & cookies and a movie.  But he was disappointed that we didn't get to go somewhere.

So he in his most Cody manner informed me that he and I were going on a date to get ice cream.  Of course, Cody doesn't take no for an answer so we put it on the calendar to do after dance class, and dinner on Wednesday.

Cody doesn't often like to take pictures.  And didn't want to spend all night trying to snap a picture with him.  So I made him a deal that if he cooperated I'd only take one picture.  He agreed, so here it is:

For our date we went to one of his favorite places.  Although we have a Dairy Queen right by the yogurt place, he prefers the yogurt place because he likes the toppings bar.  I mean, really, what kid wouldn't pick that.  And since it was a special date night he loaded it down with all manner of sugar and junk.

I hate to admit it, but it's been a really long time since I had some good one on one time with any of the kids really.  While I spend every day with them so much of my time is stopping Charlie from putting things in his mouth.  And even before this night any date with Mommy still had a Charlie tag along (thing Disney on Ice from Septemeber).  So it was really really nice to just be there with Cody. And to really BE THERE.

I'm post dating this and I wish I had blogged about it sooner.  I can't remember what all we talked about but I remember Cody pretty much talked non stop.  And I was amazed.  It was adorable to hear to his precious little voice and listen to him talk about all the things that popped into his head or that were important to him.  He smiled from ear to ear the whole time and made eating that ice cream feel like an eternity and a split second all at the same time.

I tell him this every night, but I feel like I should add this here in case one day he reads this corner of the internet.

I'll love you forever.
I'll like you for always.
As long as I'm living.
My baby you'll be.
--Robert Munsch