Sunday, May 22, 2016

Baby #4 says, "Juuuuust kidding"!

Last night I started having contractions after the kids went to bed and they started out 2-3 minutes apart just like they did with Jane. They lasted a few hours so we cleaned, finished packing our bags and called a friend over to watch the kids. I was hesitant to go to the hospital because I have always had a fear of being sent home (hasn't happened yet) but I figured, the doctor said to come in and it is my fourth so I should probably listen. Jane came out of her room and I told her I needed her to obey and go to bed because her brother might be coming and her face lit up more than I've ever seen. She was so excited! She went to bed and fell straight to sleep.

We got to the hospital and the long walk to the Women's wing took forever. It was so hard to walk. We eventually made it and got settled into our room when the contractions stopped for the most part. I knew this would happen. I still had a few but they checked me out and said I could go home. The walk back to the parking garage was much easier.

I was actually really happy to have not had the baby last night. I was so not ready mentally. We cleaned all day and got everything ready for the baby to come so we were ready but I was so not ready to go through the process of having the baby. I'm still not but knowing it's gonna be soon after last night's scare is starting to get my mind ready. I can do this... I can do this... I do think though, we have made so many great strides in health care, why can't we pregnant folks just go to sleep and wake up with the baby born and feeling great? Is that too much to expect in 2016? Sigh.

While we await the birth of Baby #4 and before we welcome his cuteness and screams into our home, I'm going to try and enjoy the three munchkins already here ruling our lives.

Boston: My favorite thing about him? His big brown eyes and how he randomly hugs Wendy.

 He wasn't too happy I wouldn't let him have the camera in this picture but since he hardly ever gets sad I have to save this photo so I can remember his little squishy face. Terrible twos are definitely underway but that doesn't stop my smiley boy from brightening all of our lives. He has no idea his life is about to change. Kind of nervous how he'll react.

Wendy: My favorite thing about her? She frequently asks me to snuggle her and "sing wiff" her. Oh, and she is super sweet, doing what I ask her to do and giving Jane anything she asks, even if it's her last chip or piece of candy, even if Jane hardly ever does it back to her.

I can't believe she's 4.5 years old! She's really growing up! She's definitely a goofy and inquisitive girl and she makes me laugh at the most random times. She's SO excited for baby to come and will probably be his best friend.

Jane: My favorite thing about her? She's very clever. Watching her figure things out ways I wouldn't have thought always make me smile. I think she'll do great things.

From getting Boston changed and dressed for bed sometimes to making me a random piece of toast to "help" me feel better last week when the baby was really taking a toll on my body, I think she's going to be my greatest asset when baby #4 actually does come. 

So... three weeks away from my guesstimated due date and Boss was 2.5 weeks early. It's a waiting game now...

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Celebrating Jane

Jane's birthday, (well, day before her birthday) was packed full of fun. Seriously, there wasn't a moment to spare.

We started the day off with breakfast of her choice. She would have asked for German pancakes but we had it a couple days earlier so she chose donuts. We were excited because Chicago makes good donuts but on the way to the donut shop she said, "Can we get donuts from Jewel?" Um, why yes you can Jane! But first, Brandt and I stopped and got REAL donuts from Do-rite Donuts and then we stopped at our grocery store for $.50 donuts for the kids. They were super happy and so were we :)

I couldn't get over watching Boss eat his donut. I loved how he held it with his chubby little hands.

Next we went to the bike shop and picked up Jane's gift from us, a new bike! It was time for a bigger size and she rides it so well. We headed to dance after that because Jane had her last Storytime Dance and Wendy had her last ballet class that day. When we got home we had lunch and Jane got to open all her presents. Baby #4 gave her a build-able pony which she LOVED, Boston gave her two packs of markers, one of which were stamp markers which blew her mind, and Wendy gave her a bubble gum machine which she was excited about and then gave back to Wendy because Jane DOES NOT like gum. Wendy ate all the gum in two days. Wendy was very happy about her gifting choice. The best was probably from Grandma and Grandpa Brinkerhoff who gave her 2 littlest pet shop kits. I will praise their name for months because the girls play SO well together with them and they play with them for ages. Best babysitter :)

And she got... A NEEEEEEEWWWWW car! Just kidding, we bought our mini van the night before and surprised the kids with it that morning. They absolutely LOVE it and get so excited every time we ride in it. Wendy asks if we will be taking the van wherever we go and jumps with joy with fists in the air when I say yes (like 7 times a day).

Anyway, next we went to Toys R Us so Jane could use the gift card they sent her for her birthday. I still hate this tradition because NOTHING in the store costs $3 but I warned her that she could only get a treat and we only let her look at the treats so that really helped. This year she chose Baby Bottle Pops for her and Wendy and was ecstatic to get her birthday balloon.

And then we played on the rides. For now they are happy without needing to put money in :)

When we were finally able to pry them out of the store we went to the Jump Zone! They talk about this place all year because we really only go on their birthdays but it's the place they choose each year as their birthday activity.

Boston was not a fan this time. He eventually warmed up to it in the end but only if Brandt was holding him. Reminded me of how Wendy was TERRIFIED of bounce houses when she was younger. I'll never forget Boston's face as he went down a HUGE slide with Brandt. He looked happy and excited the first half and then complete panic and terror took over his expression the second half. Poor kid! Naturally Brandt took him down it a second time. Same outcome.

Jane found a million new friends to play with and kept herself busy. She played so hard. She was DRIPPING in sweat after the first half hour but it didn't stop her. She loved it!

Hey look! Another gumball machine! She's pretending they are Gobstoppers which is what I'm supposed to buy to refill the machine with...

Wendy was as red as her shirt by the time we left. She eventually found a friend to play with and they were stuck together like glue. I love that kids can make friends wherever they go. Oh and have you noticed Wendy's outfit change in every picture!? She's the reason I do so much laundry! She can't wear the same outfit for more than a half hour any day. Sigh, such is life with my girly girl.

The kids were so tired and obediently came when we called them to leave. 2 hours is about all they can handle playing hard core like that. We drove straight to the dinner place of Jane's choosing, Leona's, which is a block away from our house. She really just chose it because they have an open room where they play movies and they spent most of the time in there watching Puss and Boots while Brandt, Boston and I sat at our table. I told the waiter it was her birthday so after we ate pizza they surprised her with ice cream. Here's my birthday girl while we sang happy birthday to her.

And at the end of the song I said, "Now blow out your pretend candle!" Ha! She totally did it!

And thought it was as funny as we did. She shared her ice cream with Wendy and Boston and then we headed home for baths (because they were SO gross from the Jump Zone) and then bed.

I love family birthdays every other year. It's so fun to let them choose whatever they want to do and spend the day doing it as a family. Jane chose well and we all had a blast.

Happy birthday sweet/funny/crazy girl!

Sunday, May 08, 2016

Jane Elizabeth is 7!

Oh boy. Where to even start with this crazy child. This girl made me a mom. I've known her quite a long time now. She started off discontent in my arms unless I was walking around showing her everything, then she earned the name Hurricane Jane and now she's basically ready to rule the world (or at least would like to)!

My Jane. She is very sweet. A little bit ago I lost my car (long story) and I was stressed out, my hip was out because I'd walked so much and the baby was REALLY hugging my bladder. Jane went straight into crisis mode and started trying to help all she could with the other two kids and saying super sweet things to me. At one point we crossed in the middle of a street and Jane said, "Don't worry mom! I'll protect you! I'll risk my life for you, don't worry!" She then stood in the street with her arm outstretched at a car coming our way to make sure it didn't hit me. When this girl wants to be sweet, she's the sweetest girl in the whole world. Another time, we were pulling into Walgreens and she said, "Everyone is just ignoring that old man! He needs help but no one is helping him!" She proceeded to pull out some money from her wallet and dropped it in his cup. She beamed when he told her to have a good day at the same time she told that to him. The most recent example is when she heard some of our friends had bad luck with thieves and their car. She got busy working straight away on a note for my friend and added some money from her purse to the envelope before sealing it up. It just broke her heart and she wanted to help in any way she could.

My Janers. She is very crazy. She can hold her own with the boys and loves to laugh. She's fast too and can run and run forever. She hardly ever gets tired. I know she's sick if her energy dips below that of the sun. Sometimes she's too rough and the boys get scared of her. If she ever gets hurt while playing, she will cry sometimes but then snap out of it and get right back into being crazy. Nothing can stop this girl.

My JaneBo. She is the friendliest person I know. She will go up to random people and just start conversations with them whether it's at a restaurant and she's bored with us or at church where she will talk to every person in the room that she's never met, asking them about their childhood. She's always been a people person, even as a young toddler. She always finds people at the park to play with as if they've been friends for ages. She is besties with everyone in her class at school and when we get close to the school she usually runs off to meet up with whoever she sees as I'm saying goodbye to her. She knows she supposed to wave bye to me at the door before she goes in but she forgets half the time so I do our family whistle (the one from Fantastic Mr. Fox) and she turns and waves with a beaming smile.

My Janie. She is very smart. She is reading so well and loves to learn. Right now she reads the dictionary before falling asleep at night to learn new words. She's ROCKING multiplication and gets so excited when that's what her homework is. She's made honor roll 3 out of 3 quarters so far and I have no doubt she will get it again for the final quarter. Her teacher says she is a joy to have in class and everyone loves her. She's only struggling with listening/focusing and I told her teacher that I had no doubt about that. Janie can be a space cadet quite often. Her brain is just always thinking about the next thing or getting stuck on something you want her to move on from. Classic kid problem though...

Some of the things she loves: noodles with parmesan cheese, German pancakes, tacos, dried mangos, BBQ chips, building forts, hot water, her teddy bear, dressing up animals in Wendy's underwear or the new baby's clothes, giving random things to her classmates, art and singing. She doesn't like sleeping with a top sheet, staying in her bed after we tuck her in, pie, wearing anything other than the outfit she thinks makes her look like a young woman to church, getting her hair brushed, and gum.

When she grows up she still wants to be a graphic designer like her dad.

I love this girl. Our family would be a lot less fun if she were not in it. She's my first and I'm trying my best but luckily she's still forgiving me each day for my not so awesome mom moments. She's amazing. She's a joy. She's definitely the best first child I could have asked for.

Happy birthday Jane! Now you can stop growing up.

Sunday, May 01, 2016

Brinkerhoffs Go Downtown

Time for my 6 month dental cleaning so I scheduled it for a Saturday so Jane and I could go on a date but the weather was so nice FINALLY that we decided to make it a family date instead. 

 We hopped on the train and headed downtown. I'm sure glad I brought Wendy with me because I could not get enough of her cuteness the way she styled herself. Most awesome 4 year old on the train this year I'm sure!

Crazy girls on the train. Everyone within ear shot got a good laugh at whatever came out of their mouths.

This is the first time Boston road the train that he can remember so everything was new and mind blowing to him. At first he just wanted to be in Brandt's arms (he loves his daddy) but eventually warmed up to sitting on a seat and the fun began.

He pointed and would scream "OOOOOHHHH!" at every single thing he saw.

He. Loved. It.

Here he's very seriously pointing at something to show us with his "Ooooohhhh!" scream. People were laughing so hard in the train car for how excited he was. He sat in my lap the whole time just looking out the window.

I went to the dentist while Brandt took the kids to the park downtown and after I was done I got to meet up with them. My cute girlies:

Sisters. They dressed themselves that morning to be like Shimmer and Shine (a cartoon). Wendy was Shimmer and wore everything pink and Jane was Shine and wore anything blue that she had. I'm to the point where as long as it's weather appropriate and they're happy, I don't care...

By the time I got to the park Boston was pretty tired so I couldn't get a good picture of his amazing smile. Brandt tried to help by sending him down a slide but he got hurt/scared so this picture is right after that. Daddy helping his little boy feel better.

I think it's working. Boston doesn't stay sad for long. I think he likes using his smiling muscles more than his frowny ones.

 We found some fun fountains (the water wasn't on though) and Boston loved sitting on them like he was the king of the mountain.

There's that amazing smile...

Part of the date I had planned for Jane was to take her to Dylan's Candy Bar. I had gone the Saturday before on my own because I'd been wanting more Sour Patch apples Brandt brought home once like a year ago. I decided right when I walked in that I HAD to bring Jane there after the dentist. I didn't tell her what the surprise I had in store for her was even though she asked and asked and asked. Since we went as a family I got to bring Wendy too!

The walk from the park to the candy store was REALLY far. We brought the double stroller so Wendy and Boss got to ride in it but Jane had to be a trooper (me too) and tough it out. The candy store was on the other side of the Chicago River so we walked to the bridge which happened to be malfunctioning! We waited a while because they said they didn't know when it would be fixed but eventually decided to walk to the next bridge, adding more than a half mile to our walk. I know that may not seem like a lot but Jane is 6 and I am super pregnant. It was tough but I knew what was on the other side of the river.

Aaaaaaaand... it was worth it!

I let them pick 7 pieces each. It took some time because they looked at everything and made sure to think about each choice before asking me to add it to the bag. They got gummies and got to try rock candy for the first time. Jane chose one of those wax bottles with liquid in it. She was so excited when I told her the outside was edible (though I'd never eat it) and was really disgusted and disappointed when she took a bite of it. She said, "Ew! That's so nasty! It's like eating plastic! Why would anyone eat this?!" I agree Jane. 

Outside the store with their bounty.

After the candy store we started our walk to the train and ate our candy as we went. Boston was so funny. Brandt kept handing him gummies after he'd finish the one he just gave him and eventually told him he couldn't have any more (I may have bought $22 worth... don't tell Brandt). That didn't work though because Boston learned the sound of the plastic bag they came out of so every time Brandt would sneak one Boss would throw a fit and Brandt would give in. We all ate way too much candy but it was yummy AND we sure walked a lot that afternoon so it was cancelled out, right?

We decided to stop at Chik-fil-A for dinner (the only one in Chicago) since it was next to the train stop. I realized the week before that Wendy just plain doesn't like getting chicken nuggets and fries from restaurants. She would always ask for them but would never eat them and tell me after I told her to eat her dinner that she doesn't like them. It irritated me because SHE asked for them. She DOES however like salad and will eat a salad anytime, any day. I tested out ordering her a salad and getting Jane and Boss a kids meal and guess what!? It worked! Wendy ate half the salad and wanted to save the rest for the train ride home. I told her she couldn't eat it on the train but that she could have it when we got home and off to the train we went.

I think someone played and walked a lot:

Boston was just as amazed at everything on the ride home and Jane rested on my lap most of the way. It was a long day. When we got home we got the kids bathed and ready for bed. While Brandt was getting the other two ready, Wendy pulled the salad out of the backpack and sat at the table to eat it. I said, "Wendy, it's too late, you need to go brush your teeth." She very sweetly and so very grown up said, "But you said I could eat my salad." She had me there. Why was I denying a child a salad? I let her eat it and she gobbled it right up. We got the kids down for the night ON TIME and they fell right to sleep, even having eaten a ton of sugar.

Brandt and I collapsed on the couch, not moving for a good hour. It was a fantastic day. I'm so glad we could spend the day as a family doing super fun (though exhausting) things.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Spring Break Part 2: Grandma Visits!

 Grandma came for a visit during Jane's spring break. The kids loved playing with her and it was so nice to have her around to help. The dishes were always done and there was always someone to play with the kids. The first day she got in she brought presents for everyone AND bread... winner!

 The next day was kind of low key. Brandt stayed home while all the rest of us went to the library for story time. The girls also turned in their reading logs and got to pick a free book, which they were super excited about. After lunch, Grandma, Brandt and Boston stayed home while I took the girls to the dentist. Both were totally fine about going (Jane just for sealants and Wendy for a cleaning) but when we got there they sat down and Home was on the TV. Just look at them! So sad! Good thing they perked up when it was their turn to go back.

On Saturday we went to the zoo! It was a little chilly out but lots of animals were out and we had a fun time. Jane brought her camera and took pictures of everything. She felt so grown-up being able to do so. One of the coolest parts was seeing the lions. Three of them were out and the male lion would occasionally roar SO loud... Boston started crying at one point!

Ahhhhh! Grandma and the girls got trapped in an ant farm!

We snapped this picture after church on Sunday. It's probably my favorite. Grandma and her granddaughters!

Later that afternoon everyone went on a little bike ride while I stayed back baking and Boston napped. I LOVE baking kid free. It's equal to being at the beach kid free. Just so relaxing. Well, Boston woke up while I was finishing up so I let him play in the living room by himself. Turned out to be a LITTLE of a mistake. I came out to check on him and he was standing over grandma's suitcase holding her opened mascara. Little guy must have been paying attention to me each time he saw me put on mascara because he knew just where it went. Pretty good job for his first time applying make-up!

On Monday, we went to the park before picking Jane up from school. It was such a nice day! I was able to put Boston in his overalls for the first time and I died every time I saw him wearing them. He's such a big boy!

That smile!

That boy!

Wendy was so happy to get out and play in the sun! We picked Jane up and then grabbed some slurpies from 7-11 because the warm weather definitely called for it. 

On Tuesday we met Brandt downtown for some tacos at our favorite fish taco place and then picked Jane up from school before heading to Lickity Split where the girls bought us ice cream with some gift cards they got for Easter. Grandma read the rest of Jane's new book when we got back and then she headed back to Utah. The girls missed Grandma so much and didn't stop talking about how much they missed her for at least a week. Can't wait to spend the summer in Utah!

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Spring Break 2016

Brandt came home from work one day in January and told me about a coworker who was going to the Wisconsin Dells. He said, "It looks like so much fun, I think we should go!" My first thought was, "Ok! That's crazy and unexpected but let's do it!" My second thought was, "Holy cow, I'll have to find a swimsuit to fit THIS cow." Ha! No, seriously, we decided to go in April during Spring break so I knew my pregnant belly would be very pregnant by then. ANYWAY... We didn't tell the girls what we had planned. The week of, I had started packing and they kind of knew something was happening but they really had no idea. The day of, we went to church and then came home and told them we were going on a long drive. They wanted to know where but we didn't tell them.

3 hours later, we were in Wisconsin and at our indoor water park resort! They were SOOOOO excited! They spent the whole first hour looking at and exploring every inch of our condo. My favorite was when Jane and Wnedy were walking around saying what everything was and Wendy walked over to a side table and said, "A table and a lamp and a drawer (tugging on it, opening it)." Then she walked over to another table and said, "Another table and a lamp and a drawer (tugging on it but it was a fake drawer)... that doesn't work." Then she walked over to something else and continued describing things.

We unpacked and then headed for dinner before bed because we got there with enough time to eat before their bedtime.

We went to Sprecher's  and had some yummy burgers. The girls loved the hats they got at the restaurant and I had to take a picture because they looked so happy and cute in them. Uh-oh... Wenders needs to fix her hat first:

There we go!

The next day we made waffles for breakfast and then headed to our first of 4 water parks, Cubby's Cove. It was the smallest of all of them and geared toward ages 1-6. We have a 1, 4 and 6 year old so... PERFECT! Boston LOVED this slide!

Brandt went down it a few times with him and then Brandt would send him down and I'd catch him at the bottom. The look on Boston's face coming down was the look of pure thrill and joy. He probably went down 4,793 times back-to-back.


Jane was a super fan too.

 Wendy! She was an angel. She followed all our rules and had a really great first day.

My girls can't swim on their own yet so I was so thankful for the life jackets. They could have their independence and freedom of doing anything they wanted and all we had to do was watch them. Jane spent half the time at Cubby's Cove swimming in the big pool and chatting with the lifeguards. I asked them what she was talking to them about and they said, "Oh, we were doing math problems together." Ha!

I'm thankful for Brandt. I can't really move around a ton or hold Boss for long so Brandt spent every moment playing with him and the girls, keeping them happy and entertained.

Ha! I probably took 200 photos of Wendy on this spot trying to get a good picture of her and the only one that worked was this awkward one of her raising the roof? Hahahaha. I have no idea what she's doing but she looks cute doing it!


  I can't believe how brave he was jumping into the pool (more like falling into the pool) to Brandt.

It was fun watching the girls do this rope course.

Jane really struggled despite her long body. It was hilarious to watch.

 Wendy wanted to give it a shot.

And she's apparently ready for that Ninja Warrior show.

We started calling her a leapfrog because she ROCKED it!

 We went back to our condo for lunch and I stayed back with Boston while he napped and Brandt took the girls to the next water park, the Wild West Water Park. I eventually woke Boston up because we were missing out on all the fun (2 hours later). When I got there I found Brandt and he told me that Jane had been injured on a ride just then. I handed Boston to him and took over helping Jane. I hated that she got hurt when I wasn't there. Apparently she fell off the tube inside the ride and hurt her back. There were all sorts of people around her that worked there helping her and writing up the report. She was scared and her back really hurt so she kept the ice pack on for a while and eventually said she was fine and got back to playing like normal crazy Jane. She never thought about it again.

Boston could not even believe his eyes and had this expression with his finger pointing at what amazed him for at least a half hour.

Everything was crazy insane to him. This was as he watched a giant bucket of water tilt and splash the kids under it. He wanted to be nowhere near it but he had to watch every time the bell rang letting everyone know it was about to fall.

Cute Wendy. They had bigger slides at this park and I went down the first one with Wendy. I tried going down the second one that was almost exactly the same but they said I couldn't because I was pregnant. Boo! Super thumbs down. Luckily Wendy could go down the slides by herself. Meanwhile, Jane made instant friends with all the other girls there so she was busy playing with them.

When it was time to leave, I told the girls they could do one last thing. Jane said she wanted to give the ride she fell off of another chance. Brandt said no because it really was too big of a ride for her (you had to be 48 inches and she was exactly 48 inches) but I was SO proud of her for being brave enough to make that choice! Instead, she chose a different tube ride and begged me to do it with her. I asked the lady running the ride if I could and she said it wasn't really a rough ride so I could if I wanted to. Heck yes I did! Jane and I walked all the way to the top of the ride (which almost killed me) and rode down on a double tube together. I scream laughed the whole time because it was pretty intense. Jane thought it was awesome and funny that I was scared. When we got to the bottom Brandt scolded me pretty bad. I didn't tell him I was going to ride it and he said it was super stupid of me to have done it. He said, "I saw you walking up there and thought, is she serious!!??" Well, I had to agree with him. I was sore and my belly hurt the whole rest of the day. Oh well, I REALLY wanted to go on a ride with Jane so in a sense it was worth it :) No more rides for me that trip though...

Finally we went back to the condo, cleaned up and then went to dinner at a recommended place called Moosejaw. Again, more hats!

Don't my girls make good moose? They messed up our order so we ended up getting two pizzas. Waaaay more than we needed but hey, can't knock a free pizza. We also got house sodas for the second night in a row and the kids spent the second night in a row asking for more sips of our root beer. They drank way too much sugar during this trip!

After a good night's rest (no seriously, the kids went to sleep in -5 seconds), we woke up, Brandt made egg sandwiches for breakfast and then we headed to the third water park. I love my crew!

I love this picture of the girls trying to get Boston to look at the camera and smile. There was just too much for him to look at!

We played at the lazy river park for the first half of the day. The girls loved riding in tubes, floating around it. Wendy was so small compared to the tube she was riding but she loved it and held on so well (probably using every bit of strength she had in her tiny arms). Jane got to go down a body board ride all by herself over and over and I loved seeing her face coming out of the tunnel. She looked like such a big girl! Brandt went down it with Wendy a few times and Wendy had so much fun.We had warned the girls that there would be hot tubs that they couldn't go in but Jane REALLY wanted to. All the signs said "6 and under not permitted" so we told her no but one said, "Children under 6 not permitted." Well, Jane was going to be 7 in less than a month which means she is already older than 6... so I told her she could go in for a couple minutes. I put my legs in and watched her play IN HEAVEN for exactly 4 minutes. She would have stayed in it all day because she LOVES hot water but she listened when I told her it was time to come out. I scored some awesome mom points for that.

After that, we headed back to the condo for lunch (left over pizza from the night before) and the girls watched a movie while Boss, Brandt and I napped. When we were awake and rested we headed to the last new water park, one with a wave pool! Oh my goodness Jane was in heaven there and I couldn't believe she could ride the waves all by herself so well! I helped Wendy jump each time one came and Brandt helped Boston. We were so nervous Boss would poop in the pool because he hadn't gone in a while so we were watching him so closely. Wendy actually told me she needed to go potty so I took her and by the time we came back the pool was closed because someone had pooped in the pool. I was glad to have missed that AND glad it wasn't one of my kids! It was shut down for a long time so we got shaved ice and headed back to Cubby's Cove for an hour or so before dinner.

Playing is hard! He spent almost the whole time going down the green slide from the day before!

My little buddy looked so cute all snuggled up, waiting for his sisters to get out of the pool.

And another kid out and drying off! Cute Wendy snuggled up!

We got all cleaned up and then went to dinner at a place right by the resort so the kids could have a semi normal bedtime. They all went straight to sleep again and Brandt and I were almost asleep when the fire alarms went off at 11pm. It was SO loud! Brandt tried to stand on the table in a hurry to turn it off but the table fell to one side and he hurt his leg. Poor guy! The girls woke up scared but luckliy it didn't last too long and they went back to sleep without trouble. I heard someone in the hall say someone had pulled the fire alarm. When I told that to Brandt he said, "And everyone started punching him in the face!?" I laughed so hard for a long time about that comment. It's about how I felt about the situation too!

The next day we woke up and Jane actually made us breakfast! She set the table and got everyone cereal without us even asking! That made my month! We packed up and headed back home so we could pick up Grandma from the airport. We did have to stop at the Mars Cheese Castle on the way home since we've yet to go in the almost 10 years we've lived here.

Someone asked if I wanted in the shot. I suppose I should be in ONE picture... big belly and all.

Naturally we had to try on the cheese hats. I let the girls have some samples and one of them were some sugar free cookies. I didn't tell the girls they were sugar free when I gave them to them and while we were in the bathroom afterward, Jane said, "Mom, I did NOT like those cookies." I said, "I know why you didn't like them. They were sugar free." She said, "Ewwwww! Gross! Why would someone even make that!?" Hahahaha! Funny girl. I do feel the same. I definitely didn't want to try one.

We had some lunch, more like the girls colored their crowns and refused to eat their lunch while Boston drank like 2 cups of butterscotch rootbeer. I wanted one more picture as we left. I love this because she girls were cold but obedient and Boston was high on rootbeer sugar so I finally got a smile out of him!

We got home an hour later, unpacked and the girls went with Brandt to get Ann from the airport for part two of our spring break adventure!