Crazy-ass family

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Sunday, December 18, 2005

Oh, the weather outside is...well, it's kind of nice, actually!

My crazy husband decided it would be fun to go to the Byward Market today, so we bundled up the three boys and set out. That sentence is so misleading. If I were to be very honest, it would have included a couple of bathroom trips, feeding the baby, arguing with the boys a LOT, an excruciating discussion with Caleb about what toys he could bring in the car, and at least three exclamations from me that went something like, "Why in the name of God do you think it would be fun to go out seven days before Christmas with these three???"
But I digress.
We got out the door, actually found a parking space in the market, and had sandwiches and salads at the Byward Cafe. Liam entertained all present by making comical faces over his squash. Apparently, it's much better with cereal. Jim took Aidan to the bathroom as we were finishing up, and he sang to the patrons of the restaurant as he returned. I noticed then that he had been running around the wet, filthy floor without his boots on, the stinker.
We spent way too much money on chocolate and treats at the candy store. We got chocolate-covered marshmallows and blueberries, chocolate caramels, oreo chocolate bombs, and orange creams. Mmmmmm. We then wandered the Rideau Center in search of our last few gifts. It went pretty well, considering the potential for disaster that shopping with three kids entails. Sears was our last stop, and where Caleb and Aidan decided to sit down on the floor, fatigued, and Liam decided to pee all over his sleeper and snowsuit as I was changing him in the nursing room. Caleb's claims that his legs didn't want to walk anymore found sympathy with me; mine didn't either! Jim came to Liam's rescue with a newly-purchased sleeper and we were off. Besides discovering that Liam's soother was missing (egads!), and Caleb's complaints that he was bored, our trip back to the car was fine.
Now home, the boys are fed and full of chocolate desserts, and in the bath upstairs, and I'm winding down. Amazing how an outing that would be uneventful without kids becomes so...challenging...with kids!
But so much more fun, too! Liam, of course, was smiled at and whispered over. Aidan charmed guests at the restaurant by playing peekaboo with whoever would look his way. We enjoyed cookies and pretzels and got some of our favorite popcorn. And the weather was crisp and bright.
I hear Liam crying now. We're having breastfeeding issues. Meaning he doesn't want 'em. Well, he does, but smiling up at me with milk running down the sides of his face is more fun. As is looking at the ceiling fan, or whipping his head around to try and place that noise he just heard. The distracted stage...ah, how I remember it with Caleb and Aidan. Caleb was particularly fun, as he enjoyed clamping down hard with those gums of his before whipping his head around. Oh, the pain. I cringe at the memory.
Must (attempt to) feed baby...happy Sunday night to all.


At 11:30 PM, Blogger wordgirl said...

Taking three little ones anywhere at the same time can cause serious brain cell loss. You sound as if you're holding up okay, though. Nice post.

At 7:37 AM, Blogger Tree said...

Thanks. Brain cell loss is most definite. I used to be much more smarter.

At 11:04 AM, Blogger Ali said...

we've entered the distracted phase as well...i HATE it.

At 11:37 AM, Anonymous chris said...

once you have three, you are outnumbered forever. (we were dumb enough to have 2 more.) taking them out is still better than staying in the house (sometimes!)

At 3:23 PM, Blogger Eve said...

AWWWWWWWWW!!! Smiling baby milk face!!! I LOVE that!!! My heart just grew ten sizes, like the Grinch's at the end of the movie.

Also- it's nice to finally see your face, Tree! You are so cute, and so YOUNG looking! Did you start having children at 11 years old?

At 2:50 AM, Blogger Lisa said...

Hi Tree ,

Sounds like you had a better Sunday than us !!!

What a cool outing .

My kids are better behaved when out than when they are at home .

You are so pretty !!!

I always wanted brown eyes and hair ( I did get 2 kids with brown eyes and hair and 3 with blond hair and blue eyes )


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