Our Five Ring Circus: Tuesday Chat

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Tuesday Chat

I've officially lost track of time!  Three day weekends are awesome, but they always throw me off. Seriously, I've been thinking it was Sunday all day.

Unlike the majority of the east, we are NOT buried in snow.  We were supposed to get 5-8 inches, but we only got 2 inches of snow. It was just enough to make my drive home from my parent's house on Friday night adventurous. You know...the kind where you slide into the drive way and let out a HUGE sigh of relief!

Oh, and all that snow?  It's gone.  We're back in the forties in Pittsburgh!

Dylan had a basketball game on Saturday morning at 8 AM.  WHO comes up with these times?!?  Obviously not a woman who has to get her kids up and out the door.  The roads were a mess and they didn't cancel.  When we finally pulled into the parking lot, there were only two other cars there.  It looked like it was going to be a one-on-one basketball game, but thankfully, more people started filtering in.

I'm fairly certain I was the definition of a mombie. I put on jeans, boot socks, and boots, but left my pajama top on.  In all fairness, it did just look like a comfy shirt.  The dark circles under my eyes, the highly caffeinated beverage in my hand, and the pajama-clad toddler on my hip spoke volumes about how I felt about being in a gym at 7:30 AM.

It wasn't TOO bad.  Dylan played really well, and we celebrated by getting some amazing local donuts after the game! Plus, we managed to get in a decent late-morning nap! Next week's game is in the respectable 11 AM time slot. I like the person who scheduled THAT game!

We were up before 7, drove on snow- covered roads to make it to basketball by 7:30, and we watched Dylan's game and sent Lexie off on a playdate by 9. And even though I think 8 AM Saturday morning games should be illegal,  it wasn't TOO bad. I also might

My kids have more active social lives than I do!  There are 4 party invitations for Lily in my inbox. (All at random weekday times. What's up with that?) Lexie went home with her new friend after the basketball game on Saturday and stayed until dinner time.  A playdate for next weekend is already in the works! Lily slept over my parent's house on Friday night, Dylan's friend slept over our house on Saturday night, and both Lexie and Dylan had sleepovers on Sunday night.  I swear, I'm just going to move into my SUV.  What do I do for a living?  Oh, just drive my kids around.

All that being said, I am really glad Lexie found another great friend. She's the kind of kid who doesn't want a ton of friends.  She just wants a few GOOD friends. The girls get along fantastically!

We had a free Saturday night this weekend, which is unusual for us.  I decided to go crazy and take Liam, Dylan, and Dylan's friend on a shopping trip.  We hit the grocery store for my weekly shopping trip, stopped at Target and spent too much money, then finished up with some birthday shopping at Toys R Us.  I'm obviously insane.  BUT.  The grocery store on a Saturday night at 7 PM?  EMPTY.

While I was shopping, I found a Frozen pop-up tent on clearance for under $10. Lily spotted it in the store weeks ago, and loved it, but I couldn't justify spending $30 on a toy tent.  As soon as I spotted the clearance deal, I scooped it up, and surprised her.   Lily camped out in her tent all weekend! 


Liam loved it, too. He was only allowed to come in if he pretended to be baby Kristoff!


Speaking of Lily, she ended up with a cold on Saturday night. Thankfully, it's just a stuffy nose.

Little Miss Liliana caught her big sister's cold. Good thing she's prepared!

And speaking of colds, Liam has it now, too. We're just passing it back and forth through our family! He spiked a really high fever at 6 PM, so visiting the doctor might be on the agenda in the morning.  He only gets a fever if he's really sick, and considering he just had an ear infection and probable pneumonia, we're not going to mess around!

Everyone was off today, and it was wonderful!  It is SO nice to sleep in on a Monday and not have our usual responsibilities.

I did have to go to Lily's preschool for her Parent Teacher Conference.  I'm not going to lie.  I was a bit apprehensive going into it.  Lily is the youngest in her class and she will only be turning 5 just before Kindergarten starts.  Waiting another year before Kindergarten is VERY common in our district, and it's usually what her preschool recommends for the kids with summer birthdays.

I didn't have to worry about it with Dylan or Lexie, because their birthdays are in the middle of the school year. I wasn't quite sure about Lily, though.

Lily is a third child.  She is very independent, she's mature for her age, she's well behaved, she's very social, and she has no problem being away from me.  I feel like she will be ready in the Fall, and I was prepared to use these facts while talking to her teacher.

Well. I didn't have to. She's ready. Yes, she still has to work on some letter and number recognition, but she has 8 months to do it.  All the basic Kindergarten readiness skill are in place, and her teacher agreed she was ready. Phew!  Now I can let go of that worry and move on to stressing over Liam's upcoming preschool transition meeting.

It's so hard to believe that Early Intervention will be ending in just over 6 months and my BABY will have to transition to preschool-based therapy.  He works so hard and makes me so proud.

A video posted by Stefanie (@lexieloodylan2) on

To hear a 2 year old saying "Bye bye, Papa" may not seem like a big deal.  But for Liam, it is. I fought to have him start speech therapy at 12 months, and it was the best decision.  This little sentence is the result of HOURS of speech therapy in our home!  When we received the Down syndrome diagnosis, one of my biggest fears was that my son would be nonverbal. That sweet little voice is music to my ears! Now I'm crying.  I better move on...

In other news, Grant headed over to the family dealership this afternoon to trade in his car.  His new car will be ready on Thursday.  And I have to trade in my SUV in May.  It's going to be an expensive year!

We finished up our long weekend with our usual Monday Family Movie Night.  We introduced the kids to The Addams Family! After that, it was time for baths and bed because it's a school night!

On that note, I better go to bed!  My alarm will be going off in less than 6 hours, and yet again, I'll be grumbling about my stupid decision to stay up late! 

How was your weekend?


Linking up with Our Pretty Little Girls  for Tuesday Talk!


  1. I had to laugh at your term "mombie"! I've never heard it before but it's perfect. I'm sure you looked better than you thought but at 8 AM on Saturday they can't expect much :)

  2. That video was the cutest! He is getting so big.

  3. Shwoo! I am exhausted just reading all of that. Your "I drive my kids around" comment cracked me up

  4. LOL! I love the "mombie" reference. If I wouldn've been you, I would've have had to have worn sunglasses inside the gym, too. Bright gym lights at 7 a.m. - Yikes! I'm loving how Liam could only go inside the tent only if he was baby Kristoff. Soooo cute!!! Also, that video...that video!!! Total adorbs!!! Ahhh!

    1. I hear you, mama! 7 AM is rough no matter what!
      And thank you! I love hearing his little voice.


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