I've always been told that if you can have three children than any more after that doesn't make much difference. I beg to differ with that statement. Three kids was managable for me, it is four that is pushing me off the cliff into craziness. Hayes is really a good baby but it is the time consuming factor that is killing me. It seems like everyone needs something all at once. Every time I sit down to feed Hayes (which is the ONLY time I sit during the day) someone else is crying or yelling for me. Hagen insists that I am a jungle gym while I am nursing and the sensation of being claustrophobic overwhelms me. Hagen also takes advantage of my weakness when I am feeding by using this time to be naughty. The other day he was using the bathroom and before I knew what was happening had plugged it. When I asked him what he put down there he answered "a huge, huge, huge pile of toilet paper!" The use of a plumbers snake was required for that one.
I feel like my older kids are neglected. They still need me a lot and especially in the evenings. My hardest time of day is from 4-7. Homework needs done, dinner needs fixed, Hagen is whiny and tired, and the kids want to tell me all about their day. This is usually the time of day that Hayes decided to be fussy as well. It is mass chaos and I feel horrible that that is what Kallie and Cole get every night. Maybe one of these days I will be better able to handle four kids! As for now, we will keep trudging along!
In the midst of all the madness, we are still able to capture a few wonderful moments. Hagen loves to have the clean laundry fresh from the dryer dumped on him. My mom used to do this to me too! He lays under the heated towels perfectly still and then giggles as he kicks them off once they have cooled!
Cole is usally out the door to play within minutes of being home from school. I have decided to let him play before homework since it gets dark so early these day. He and Preston spent hours breaking the ice in the canal and catching these little fish. They thought I would let them keep them in the kitchen sink which I did not, but snapped a quick picture before I ushered them back outside.
We finally let Hayes bath in the big tub with the boys. He loves his bath and will lay and enjoy it as long as I let him.
Kallie spends the majority of her free time playing school with herself and working on new hairstyles for her doll. She is becoming pretty good at the hair thing.
This is cute little Brookie with Hayes. Kallie gets so frustrated when she has friends over and all they want to do is hold the baby.
These two on another great hunt! This day they came home with a muskrat from the canal that they shot with a bb gun. Or so they say. Im thinking it was probably already dead. I love watching these two play and hope they can always be best friends.