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Despite being bipolar, apparently this winter really loves the weekends.  For the last few weeks, the weekends have been warm (last Sunday was even 64 degrees!) and then the weeks plunge back into frigid weather that would freeze your water pump and everything else!  This week is no different.  Tomorrow is supposed to have windchills of -14 degrees, Sunday is supposed to be 58 and then Monday is supposed to be back to 23!  What is up with this weather?!

Sometimes when the whether is freezing outside and it’s way too cold to start thinking about playsets raleigh nc , the kids get a bit of cabin fever.  Want to know what’s in that box?  Ava!  She saw the big box and climbed inside and asked me to close it on her.  Carter was watching the whole time, and as soon as it was closed, he hopped on top of it so that she couldn’t get out!  I guess that’s one way to stay entertained on cabin-fever days!

I am feeling really burnt out.  It has been a very busy few weeks….appointments, school with two kids each day, trying to keep up with the house (luckily I don’t need carpet cleaning chapel hill nc because we don’t have any carpet), keeping up with Carter, trying to make time for extra projects.  None of this sounds out of the ordinary.  So why am I so tired and burnt out?  We have a day trip tomorrow that will prove to be exhausting, but hopefully I can recover a little this weekend.

We had such a good run!  I honestly don’t remember the last time the kids were sick.  I’m guessing the beginning of the summer, maybe?

But I’ve been feeling under the weather all week.  Not really sick….in fact, during the day I was fine, but I would start getting a scratchy throat and slight cough at night.  I’m feeling yucky today, though.  And Ava has just started running a fever, so she’s coming down with something too.  Hopefully it will be a quick-passing thing and we won’t need to visit the doctor, but it’s a good thing we have health insurance just in case (if you need insurance, you can find a a health insurance agent in north carolina ).

Unfortunately, we have plans this weekend, so I really hope this doesn’t disrupt them!  I will have some disappointed kids if they don’t heal quickly!

This week Carter and Kelvin had their well-baby/child checkups.  I scheduled the appointments on separate occasions, but somehow they ended up being back-to-back appointments.  Perfect!  Kill two birds with one stone!

I intended to bring the tablet along to help entertain the older two, but of course I forgot it in the car.  Argh!

Carter’s appointment was first and he saw one of the nurse practitioners.  Everything was non-eventful and he weighed 25 lbs, 3 oz (59th percentile) and was 32.5 inches tall (85th percentile).  Side note: Who would have thought that my 10-lbs-11-oz-at-birth baby would be in the 59th percentile for weight at 15 months?!

We were able to go straight down the hall for Kelvin’s appointment with our pediatrician.  That’s when things started getting interesting.  Ava and Carter had had enough of the doctor’s office, so both of them were acting impatient.  Carter kept opening the exam room door and trying to escape.  Ava got herself stuck in a bin full of books.

Meanwhile, the nurse had taken Kelvin down the hall to check weight, blood pressure, eyes and ears.  They were gone forever.  I was actually starting to get panicky, but they finally brought him back.  Apparently, he had decided to stop cooperating during his hearing test.  How does one stop cooperating?  By pretending they can’t hear the noises they’re supposed to be raising their hand for.  Luckily the nurse could tell that he was messing around and that he could hear the noises.  I think this had something to do with a movie he watched where the kid had hearing aids and would turn them off so he couldn’t hear his sister.  Ever since then, he’s thought hearing aids are the coolest thing ever. :/

So then the nurse tells him to strip down to his underwear, and the doctor would be right in.  Yeah, he wasn’t doing that.  I had to literally pull the clothes off of him.  At one point, I was trying to get his pants off and he was upside down trying to get away from me.  Carter chose that moment to open the exam room door.  For the record, he was not upset during this.  He thought it was all a big game and thought it was hilarious to be as difficult as possible.

Luckily, the doctor came in pretty quickly after that and his exam was uneventful.  He weighed 43 pounds (66th percentile) and was 42.3 inches (37th percentile).

Once we were out of the office, I called my mom to get some sympathy and she LAUGHED at me.  Some people……


Today we started our fall clothes shopping.  It doesn’t seem possible that we will soon be needing sweaters, boots and jeans, but unfortunately, we will.

{Have I mentioned I hate HATE winter?  I’d love to live somewhere that is warm all year round.  Luckily, I wouldn’t need to learn about north carolina bankruptcy laws for that!}


We had lots of stores to hit in the mall and I did more shopping online when we got home.  After all that shopping, the kids’ fall/winter wardrobes are almost done.  A trip to Target tomorrow should finish it up!

Afterward, we let the kids play on the riding toys in the mall to blow off some steam.  Even Carter got in on the fun!  🙂

Just in case anyone ever got any crazy idea that I have it all together, take peek at the way my kitchen looked earlier today.

Yup, there’s a reason my blog is called “Adventures of an IMPERFECT Supermom”!!

BUT…I spent the afternoon focused completely on the kids…coloring, reading, playing.  It was a perfect Sunday!

Despite my best intentions to blog more regularly and turn this blog into more of a “real blog” this summer, I feel like I flopped.

But that’s because we’ve been busy!

This whole having three kids thing is no joke!

Since I didn’t have time to write individual posts about everything we did, and I’m feeling bad about it…..

Ava ended the summer in Level 3, and Kelvin ended it at Level 2.  Both of them will be repeating them next summer.  Kelvin’s teachers said that they actually would have passed him if he hadn’t been so young…the next level is in the deep end and they didn’t feel comfortable sending a little guy to the deep end.  {Do you know why this paragraph was necessary?  Because this is where I go every year to figure out what level to sign the kids up for LOL}

  • We also threw a legendary rainbow party for our littlest one.  I still plan to write a legendary post about it, so I’ll leave it at that (for now).

  • We went to the fair.

  • We went to Branson for an Aire-Master conference.

  • We went on picnics and play dates at the park.

  • We went to library programs nearly every week.

  • We celebrated the 4th of July with swimming in our wading pool, setting off fireworks and watching fireworks at the lake.

  • We did lots of playing outside on our new deck.

  • We took a trip to Wisconsin to visit our families and help my grandparents celebrate their 50’th anniversary.

  • In addition to that, there were numerous trips to places like the zoo, the Discovery Center, the park, the pool, etc. etc. etc.

Summer is coming to a close for most everyone else, but really we have lots more fun ahead of us.  We didn’t finish our last school year until the end of July, so we’re not starting school until the end of September!  More adventures await us!


The last time I posted, it was right after Carter bit through his tongue, bled everywhere and vomited blood on everything.  Remember?  Good, because I’d rather not.

Needless to say, after that night EVERYTHING needed to be disinfected.  Usually, I wait until the kids are in bed to do my cleaning.  I need to make sure things are getting disinfected and germs are dying, but I don’t want my kids exposed to chemical fumes.  But after that up-all-night episode, cleaning had to happen STAT.

Enter, Lysol Power & Free!

I was so thankful that I had just received the Lysol Power & Free multi-purpose spray and cleaning wipes to review!  I was able to get rid of all the germy blood-and-vomit yuckiness without worrying that I was exposing the kids to harsh chemicals and fumes.  And FYI, it removes bloody vomit stains from leather couches.  Just so you know.

The Lysol Power & Free line is bleach-free.  It actually cleans using hydrogen peroxide, which dissolves into water and oxygen.  This is awesome because it means that it isn’t leaving behind chemical residues…no more worrying about rinsing the chemicals off of surfaces after cleaning them!

I’m usually a bit wary about products that claim to be “chemical free” or whatever, because I’ve found that they usually don’t work very well.  Not the case with Lysol Power & Free.  Before trying out this line, I always used regular Lysol and I honestly can’t tell a difference between the effectiveness of the two.

One of the best parts for me is the fresh scent it leaves behind.  I am a sucker for clean, fresh scents and Lysol Power & Free’s Citrus Sparkle Zest delivers!

The Lysol Power & Free line has gotten itself a new loyal customer.  Being able to safely disinfect around the kids while making the house smell amazing?  Who could ask for more?

Disclosure: I was provided the Lysol Power & Free multi-purpose spray and cleaning wipes to review.  All opinions are my own.

A few days ago, I realized that summer is over half-gone.  And that made me want to take the kids to the pool.  By myself.  Without Chad.  Sometimes I get the craziest ideas.

Actually, it wasn’t bad.  There were some wrenches thrown in our plans, but in the end everyone behaved pretty well and had fun.

Before we even left, I had to inflate the thirty-nine thousand flotation devices needed to keep all three kids safe with only one parent to supervise them.  Had I known that they wouldn’t let us use any of them except Carter’s and that Carter would boycott his, I could have saved myself some time and air and dizziness!

When we got there, they refused to take our punch cards because the pool had changed ownership, so I had to traipse back out to the van for my credit card with everyone in tow.  That was fun.  Not.

Once we got everyone in and sprayed down with sunscreen, we stepped into the pool just in time for the lifeguard break.  Oy.

Finally, the kids were able to get in the pool and start swimming around like little fish.  Carter H.A.T.E.S. the water so I had to hold in the shallow water most of the time.  Luckily, after awhile I was able to put him down by some fountains and he had fun playing in those.  He even ventured into the zero-depth entry to the pool!  It was hilarious watching him do his little scoot in the water.  It was like a moonwalk-scoot.  So funny!

After about 2.5 hours, Carter was getting tired, but the big kids were not ready to go yet.  I was able to get them to think it was their idea to leave just by dropping the phrase, “ICE CREAM”.  LOL

All in all, a huge success!

P.S. I have more pictures where that one came from.  Coming soon!  They turned out AMAZING!



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