sahm: stay at home mom who doesn’t stay at home much…

I am a SAHM.  I am trying to embrace the “stay” part.  I’m not very good at it.

This was the beginning of the week, warm and able to go out and about!

This was the beginning of the week, warm and able to go out and about!

So this week, as the winds have shifted (Mary Poppins hasn’t arrived, unfortunately) and the hits us like a cold brick and happily my boys have some kind of virus, I am trying to stay home.  It is not a lot of fun.

I am an extrovert.  Staying at home with 2 boys who regularly grunt and make up languages is not my idea of a super fantastic day!  I like to get out with actual adults and work out and eat and play at a playground.  But between freezing my toes (and XS – he refuses to wear socks except at Kids Club at the Y) and this virus, stay at home we must.

can you tell which kid had to be awakened from a nap to brave these crazy MN days?!

can you tell which kid had to be awakened from a nap to brave these crazy MN days?!

So as I stay at home, the blogs keep coming.

I would like to know how many extroverts who “stay at home” actually stay home much…

A few other thoughts this week from Mr Prince.

He tells me when he thinks we should go “up” “right” “home” or not while I’m driving.  Seriously.  On the interstate he got mad one day (pterodactyl scream) when we took the off ramp instead of going on the way up north on 61.  Then when I came home today from dropping baba on campus, when we took “our turn” as he calls it, he about peeled the faux leather off the seats.  He wouldn’t get out of the car so I left him in the van in the garage for a bit.  I was too cold to wait it out.

He also refuses help in public restrooms.  He gives me The Hand, shakes his head and if he could, would tell me “mama, I got this.”

Contrast that with yesterday, when he was screaming my name for a few minutes while I desperately was trying to wipe down my positively sticky floor.  It had been about an hour since I had started and I was DETERMINED to finish.  Calista and Elam were out there with him so I couldn’t understand the problem.  Eventually Elam yelled “niao niao mama!”  So I had to stop said floor scrubbing, go plead with this kid to come in, then tell him to leave the shoes on and march into the bathroom.  Please.  Just go to the bathroom.

He regularly seems to “need” me to help him at home.  But man, put that boy at Target and he is suddenly independent and ready for college.

Obviously the solution for this and my daughter who forgets to flush is to build a Target-like bathroom stall with automatic flushers in my house.  Perhaps a heated one for the garage might be nice.

thank goodness I have a helper!

thank goodness I have a helper!

poppy thingies

poppy thingies

 

 

 

We received a neat package from friends this week.  Tobiah opened his and said “wow” – one of his favorite sayings.  Calista opened the big kid gift and that left Elam asking, “Where is my present?”  Well, he proceeded to pick up the packaging air filled “poppy thingies” and said, Oh, I get these!

Then he and the other 2 started stamping on them, popping to their hearts’ content.  It was a perfect wind-down activity to quiet ourselves before bed.  Thanks Sharon and Rick!

"wow!" is one of his favorite words!

“wow!” is one of his favorite words!

these kids get to have so much fun together!  I wish I had grown up with my sisters!  It would have been a RIOT.

these kids get to have so much fun together! I wish I had grown up with my sisters! It would have been a RIOT.  Calista said right before this pic – I want to photobomb!

bros

bros

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