Daily Downer; Daily Delight

Just a little recap of the ups and downs of each day.

November 17, 2013
Downer:  Back before I had children, I used to be freezing all the time. My hands were always ice cubes. After having babies, I am constantly hot. Will there ever be a middle (and comfortable) ground?
Delight:  We took the kids to Dave & Busters today. Their food is actually really good. We ordered way too much, but finished it anyway! No sure if the games were stealing our money, though...

November 14, 2013
Downer:  It's been rather hectic around here lately. Lots of things going on all at one time and it's only going to get more chaotic as the holidays approach.
Delight:  I enjoyed spending some quality time with my boys today. We joined my 5yo for lunch at his school, and I played a few games with my 4yo.

October 30, 2013
Downer:  There's a couple of sick kids over here. I'm a bit more concerned this time around because a case of Whooping Cough was reported in my son's school.
Delight:  My preschooler had a trick-or-treat parade at his school today. Even my little girl got to participate. So cute.

October 27, 2013
Downer:  It's really frustrating that I never seem to finish a hot beverage while it's still hot.
Delight:  My grandparents took the boys to Chuck E. Cheese today so it was super quiet around the house for a couple hours. We finally got around to picking out Halloween costumes for the kids and we went to a Halloween bash with a haunted house. I was actually surprised at how spooked the kids were!

October 26, 2013
Downer:  I might have to get back into the routine of taking a daily iron supplement because I am always tired.
Delight:  Thanks to my in-laws, my husband and I were able to go to a Halloween party without the kids. Fun! (But I missed them of course)!

October 20, 2013
Downer:  I had a HUGE headache towards the end of the day. Maybe a migraine. It was definitely bad enough to make my stomach try to 'get rid of the problem' if you know what I mean... Ewww!
Delight:  The family and I went to the gigantic Halloween festival near us, called Pumpkinville. We had lots of fun and the weather was PERFECT!

October 09, 2013
Downer:  I decided to do NO chores today, just to see what would happen. Um...a disaster. Don't ever let me do that again.
Delight:  Went to a working farm on a fieldtrip with my preschooler. We all had so much fun. And great fall weather too!

October 05, 2013
Downer:  No matter how perfectly I pack the stuff in the back of my minivan, there is always that one turn that sends something crashing or rolling. I hate that.
Delight:  So I finally experienced IKEA. Mind blown. The End.

October 04, 2013
Downer:  I am seriously hooked on coffee drinks. And it's not even the caffeine. Decaf is just fine, just don't tell me.
Delight:  After 8 years of living in this neighborhood, we finally met some neighbors with kids! My children were invited to an outdoor movie down the street. Thank goodness for making friends on the bus...

September 30, 2013
Downer:  One month passed without meeting a personal goal. Keep trying...
Delight:  Went to my kindergartener's Open House tonight. So neat! It made me miss teaching a little, but he has a great teacher and I'm so excited!

September 28, 2013
Downer:  Tomorrow is a grocery shopping day, which meant today was a 'look around the house all day for something to eat and not find anything good' kind of day.
Delight:  We all had a great time at the park with some friends. The kids wore themselves out and the adults had a few good games of volleyball.

September 27, 2013
Downer:  My poor little girl was not feeling good last night so I wound up getting only 3 hours of sleep. Dang it.
Delight:  I spent the morning listing to music with baby girl while the boys were in school. She's a great back-up singer!

September 23, 2013
Downer:  (nothing too bad today) :)
Delight:  We all had a pretty good day overall. I had a lot of fun dancing with my little girl to some oldies this morning and then celebrating my husband's birthday with some sushi!

September 20, 2013
Downer:  Not that I can complain (because they take after me), but my boys have a real temper when they're angry.
Delight:  After trying the Pumpkin Spice Latte today, I think I'm going to be in trouble this fall. Yum.

September 19, 2013
Downer:  I still feel a little guilt every time I do something fun while my 5-year-old is in school.
Delight:  So my little girl says "no" now. It sounds sooooo cute! She has such a different voice than her brothers did, even as toddlers.

September 16, 2013
Downer:  My boys love LEGOs and there is a Lego Club at my Kindergartener's school. But he doesn't want to join! What? I told him to just try out one session, but he is totally against it. Hmmm.
Delight:  We all had a pretty good day today. I am really enjoying this bout of cooler, fall weather!

September 12, 2013
Downer:  I was seriously about to video tape my kids at dinner tonight. They could not sit still and they kept popping out of their chairs. I was getting dizzy trying to keep my eyes on them!
Delight:  This month is going by so quickly! I suppose I am adjusting to my 5-year-old being in school every (and ALL) day now. Maybe it's not a good thing that time is going by, but I am enjoying being on a schedule again.

September 08, 2013
Downer:  I hate unpacking after a trip.
Delight:  The family and I spent a great weekend camping! The kids enjoyed the campsite riding bikes, throwing rocks, playing on the playground, and sleeping in our camper. Perfect weather too!

September 03, 2013
Downer:  I had a really bad case of fall allergies today.
Delight:  My son started Kindergarten today! I'm feeling the expected roller-coaster of emotions, but I am so proud of him.

August 31, 2013
Downer:  Some days just fly by too quickly...
Delight:  I had a great day celebrating my son's 4th birthday! He's such a character. :)

August 27, 2013
Downer:  I feel like I'm 12 again...cleaning out my closet. Funny how I am super-clean and organized in 99% of my house, but my room feels like a disaster.
Delight:  The kids and I stopped by Toys R Us for a while. We also went to the bookstore to play in the kids area and eat gigantic cupcakes!

August 22, 2013
Downer:  Why did I give the kids an ice cream sundae at 5:00pm? Not sure. P.S. The phrase 'bouncing off the walls' probably derived from a pre-dinner dessert.
Delight:  Getting excited for a lot of things... like Kindergarten, Fall, my son's birthday, and more!

August 21, 2013
Downer:  I have too much stuff in my house and too many sentimental links to it all.
Delight:  Fixing things around the house is so fun! Especially when my husband is doing it. ;)

August 19, 2013
Downer:  It's been a crazy week. I think the boys and I are going to get along better when they aren't with me 24 hours a day. They need to get 'back-to-reality' and have some social time again.
Delight:  My husband and I have done a lot of work around the house. Cleaning, organizing, and repairs...oh my!

August 11, 2013
Downer:  Sundays are just not long enough.
Delight:  I did a TON of cleaning today! The boys even got into it, creating a pile of things to sell (even if the pile is mostly make of McDonald's Happy Meal toys).

August 10, 2013
Downer:  (can't remember anything specific)
Delight:  So at 15 months old, my little girl is officially a walker! Took long enough. Now I can't stop chasing her around the house. :)

August 07, 2013
Downer:  Woke up really tired this morning. The kids and I got a lot done today, but I was completely out of energy.
Delight:  My three-year-old finally took a decent nap today, so he finally got to pick out invitations for his upcoming birthday party! Yay, reward systems.

August 06, 2013
Downer:  Some days I get a break at naptime and some days I don't. Today...not so much.
Delight:  My baby girl is developing a little personality. She's so funny and she makes me laugh all the time!

August 05, 2013
Downer:  I haven't done a thorough house cleaning in a while. I'd like a day to just organize and scrub top to bottom.
Delight:  The family and I celebrated my mother-in-law's birthday at a restaurant and my children were actually behaving. In public. It really happened!

August 03, 2013
Downer:  Dropped my little sister off after she stayed with us for the past week. We always miss family when they leave.
Delight:  I finally got a refillable coffee ground K-Cup, uh...cup for my Keurig. I'm excited to have lots of coffee and not have to watch my k-cups disappear.

July 31, 2013
Downer:  My ear is aggravating me after spending time in the pool. :(
Delight:  The kids and I went swimming today. The boys are taking advantage of their recent swimming lessons.

July 30, 2013
Downer:  ...
Delight:  Today my husband and I celebrated our anniversary! Six years married, 16 together, and still going strong!

July 29, 2013
Downer:  I had the strangest case of burning/stinging eyes tonight. It lasted for 45 minutes and it huuuuurt!
Delight:  We visited my grandparents today. We also played mini-golf! The boys are really good at it.

July 28, 2013
Downer:  Would it be possible for the entire population to not be in the same exact place I am at, at the same exact time. I had a bad case of road exhibit-rage today.
Delight:  Took everyone to the Natural History museum in DC. And the boys went to bed perfectly tonight!

July 27, 2013
Downer:  It turns out that my husband is not beyond sports-related injuries.
Delight:  We all went to the mall this morning. I had a wonderful time jabbing to my little sister about strollers.

July 26, 2013
Downer:  I absolutely, positively am not a laundry person.
Delight:  Some of my relatives came to stay with us for a few days. My kids always look forward to seeing family from out of town... and they love the excuse to get even more hyper.

July 23, 2013
Downer:  I had to wake the kids up early this morning to be somewhere. Not a good idea. They were not doing so well in the whole 'controlling your body' department.
Delight:  Took the children to a Rocknoceros concert at a local library. Fun!

July 22, 2013
Downer:  I will never get around to reading as much as I want to. Maybe during the school day in the fall??
Delight:  We had a great time at the mall tonight. The boys competed in a LEGO Chima thing and my husband met us there for dinner. My boys insisted that they order their dinner at the counter by themselves. They did... and they paid too! How cute? So cute that the lady upgraded their nuggets to  Happy Meals at no extra charge!

July 18, 2013
Downer:  The boys have been extra silly the past few days. Tonight was the epitome of craziness.
Delight:  I played a lot with the kids today. Plus, I realized that I can heat milk in the microwave to add to my coffee. It makes a light froth! Who knew??

July 17, 2013
Downer:  Still too hot to play outside. I can't wait for FALL!!!!!!!!!!!
Delight:  My little girl is finally getting enough confidence to take steps to me from the couch. She'll be running around any day now.

July 14, 2013
Downer:  Nothing?!
Delight:  I went climbing on some tower/rock wall/fort thing with my husband. So scary and fun! Then I took the two boys (one at a time) to Chuck E. Cheese. Crazy, but I had a great time focusing on one kid at a time! :)

July 13, 2013
Downer:  Having a husband that works 65+ hours a week suuuuucks. But I know it could be worse. At least he likes his job and it does have its perks!
Delight:  The children and I had a great time at a friend's b-day party. Moon bounce, food, water games... woo hoo! Oh. And I ordered another stroller (but I did save 30% on it).

July 12, 2013
Downer:  I hate running low on food. But I hate grocery shopping more!
Delight:  Had a fun day with the kids and I bought a perfect condition hardcover book from the library for $0.10!

July 05, 2013
Downer:  Found out that one of the boys purchased a $5 Batman LEGO movie rental from On Demand. At least they picked a good one.
Delight:  We stopped by the library to check out books and get prizes for the kids' summer reading. I love the coupons they give us too... like free meals, treats, and discounts to water parks!

July 04, 2013
Downer:  Fun days seem to end too soon.
Delight:  Had a great day washing cars, painting faces, and enjoying fireworks!

July 03, 2013
Downer:  Nothing too crazy today.
Delight:  The stroller addict in me is at it again. I browsed the strollers at Babies R' Us today. :) :) :)

July 02, 2013
Downer:  It's been a couple days with no sign of our gerbil. He escaped from his cage and I fear the worst. :(
Delight:  The kids and I had a PJ day. We played in (and cleaned) the basement and roasted marshmallows on the gas stove-top in the kitchen!

July 01, 2013
Downer:  Is it wrong that I am browsing strollers on Craigslist when I currently own 4, and only one of my children ride in one? Yes. Yes, it is.
Delight:  I took the children to the mall today. We stopped by Cinnabon and 5 Below. And I found out that I like the Disney store.

June 30, 2013
Downer:  My new phone is great, but the cell service around my house is still down. Can't even call out on the dang thing.
Delight:  We went to a local water park and it was great! All three kids (and their parents) had fun on the slides and in the water.

June 28, 2013
Downer:  I basically skipped all chores today!
Delight:  Finally got a new phone. Love it!

June 25, 2013
Downer:  I am a sucker for getting stuck watching random shows late at night. I guess when I don't watch any TV during the day, I need to get my fix from 9-midnight.
Delight:  Took the baby girl to a "Baby Story Time" at the library. So cute. She looked at books and played with other babies her age.

June 24, 2013
Downer:  Our gerbil keeps escaping his cage (because there is a hole in it and I haven't replaced the cage yet). I keep having to locate and catch him... with a bug net.
Delight:  I had a few hours today when the boys were at a summer camp. My baby girl and I had such a nice time spending time together! I did a lot of chores and it was soooo quiet. Glad to pick the boys up though. I miss those loonies.

June 23, 2013
Downer:  Our camping trip was cut short due to rain and we didn't even get to make a campfire. :(
Delight:  We took the kids on their first camping trip. Our camper worked out perfectly and it felt like a little home on wheels!

June 21, 2013
Downer:  The laundry 'pile' in my room is ridiculous. It's all clean, but I have not been keeping up with the folding.
Delight:  Today was pretty good overall (particularly compared to the last few days). The kids had a fun time seeing some rescued animals at the library.

June 19, 2013
Downer:  Getting very frustrated with my cell phone. Calls won't connect, picture gallery won't open, internet closes all my open pages. I am getting soooo close to cracking it in half. Only 255 days 'till my upgrade.
Delight:  Took the kids to the library tonight for some stories, songs, and used-book buying. I found a lot of great activities to do this summer at our local libraries... for FREE! :)

June 18, 2013
Downer:  I think I had two of the worst hours OF ALL TIME this afternoon.
Delight:  Spent some quality time with my little girl today while the boys took a much needed nap.

June 14, 2013
Downer:  Today was crappy from the start. Problems, stress, ahhhh.
Delight:  The weather was decent, so we got outside for a while. And I got a giant iced hazelnut macchiato from Starbucks so... :)

June 13, 2013
Downer:  'Spent' the entire naptime today watching the news and waiting for the severe weather that never showed up.
Delight:  The kids kept themselves occupied enough today for me to get some chores done. And baby girl is developing a sense of humor. It's so fun to get silly with her!

June 11, 2013
Downer:  I think I am allergic to Virginia.
Delight:  We had a great trip down to Myrtle Beach. It's always great to get together with family and remind ourselves of just how awesome we are! ;)

June 04, 2013
Downer:  I had a pretty rough day. The boys and I were not getting along at all.
Delight:  While the boys were at a short camp this morning, my little girl and I had the house to ourselves. It reminded me of being alone in the hospital with her when she was born. No distractions! :)

June 03, 2013
Downer:  I reeeeeeally need a haircut.
Delight:  We were all out at Walmart until 10:00pm stocking up on things to put in the new camper. It's kind of like a housewarming and vacation all in one!

June 02, 2013
Downer:  My two boys experienced their first session of fighting in the car today. After a year of only driving in my minivan due to the size of their car seats, we were finally able to fit them into my husband's SUV...only to find that, like every other set of kids, they can't keep their hands off each other.
Delight:  Woo hoo. We bought ourselves a camper today!

June 01, 2013
Downer:  I am pretty certain that I have a cold and/or allergies at every given moment.
Delight:  LOVE to see my kids when they're excited!

May 29, 2013
Downer:  I stopped by Wendy's for a snack, but the kids just had to have a kid's meal. I told them that they wouldn't eat it. They insisted they would. They didn't.
Delight:  Getting packages in the mail = exciting.

May 28, 2013
Downer:  Got a taste of what summer will be like. If we don't have some form of entertainment on a daily basis, I know the boys and I are going to go/drive each other crazy.
Delight:  Started using a treadmill for the first-time ever. Not as difficult as I thought (although you would totally laugh if you knew the details of my 'session').

May 25, 2013
Downer:  I am really falling behind with reading. Ever since I stopped nursing my baby at midnight (my main reading time), I can't seem to find enough time to read.
Delight:  Took the kids to McDonald's for dinner and to play in the play area. Finally there were other kids there and the boys had so much fun (playing with the other kids' Happy Meal toys)!

May 24, 2013
Downer:  Good day.
Delight:  My 5-year-old graduated from preschool today. He's already got the cool kid mentality. Love it!

May 23, 2013
Downer:  Spent the last two days coughing and sneezing. I'm a grump with no energy.
Delight:  Went to my 3-year-old's preschool graduation today. He's so stinking cute!

May 19, 2013
Downer:   Rethinking the whole camper/trailer concept (that I have spent so much time researching) and wondering if we'll even have time to make use of one.
Delight:  Went to a birthday party at a moon bounce place... sleepy children tonight!

May 18, 2013
Downer:  Spent too much time today looking for campers online...
Delight:  Took the kids to an 'Everything Free' yard sale. We walked away with some books, toys, clothes, and lunch!

May 14, 2013
Downer:  Horrible allergies today and sooo tired.
Delight:  Got a treadmill today. Let's see how this turns out.

May 12, 2013
Downer:  I can't think of anything...
Delight:  I spent the day celebrating my daughter's 1st birthday with lots of family.

May 09, 2013
Downer:  Had a lot on my mind today...
Delight:  My little girl turned one! What a special day!!

May 06, 2013
Downer:  Ahhhh. I have a stomach virus.
Delight:  I got to hang out with an old friend today. The toilet. :o

May 05, 2013
Downer:  I seem to be postponing the organization of my bedroom indefinitely.
Delight:  We made it to the National Zoo today. Perfect weather and several of the new buildings were open. Finally felt like I wasn't walking around a construction zone.

May 04, 2013
Downer:  Watery, itchy eyes. Sneezing... grrrr.
Delight:  The kids and I went to Home Depot to make a plant holder. We also went to a birthday party and had a great time. Fun day!

April 28, 2013
Downer:  Baby girl fell and bumped her head. That's never fun. :(
Delight:  Had a great day seeing a few of my friends and their kids. Two get-togethers, good food, and ended the day with the (great) movie "Django."

April 23, 2013
Downer:  So my seasonal allergies have officially started. There's nothing like sneezing 35 times in a row while driving.
Delight:  Momma had her kids skip nap again today. Ha ha ha... sleepy heads!

April 22, 2013
Downer:  If I get to the check-out line in the store one...more...time WITHOUT my coupons, I'm going to cause quite the scene.
Delight:  Played outside with the kids a lot today. For some reason, I always feel like a better mother when I get the children outside. Yay!

April 21, 2013
Downer:  Nothing really stuck out as crappy today!
Delight:  My grandparents came over to hang out with the boys while my husband and I took our baby girl to a photo session. She's so cute! Nice, relaxing day. :)

April 20, 2013
Downer:  All. Out. Of. Food. I really need to make a shopping trip!
Delight:  Enjoyed a last-minute lunch at Chuck E. Cheese with the family.

April 19, 2013
Downer:  Allergies are coming...
Delight:  Finally got our internet and TV service working again after 5 days. Plus, I had the kids skip their nap today. Lots more work for me during the day, but it made for two sleepy boys at night!

April 14, 2013
Downer:  Some days are just too short. Sunday is our only 'real' weekend day and it is so difficult to do everything that we want to do.
Delight:  Had a lot of fun enjoying the perfect weather today. Ended the day roasting marshmallows over a fire in the backyard.

April 13, 2013
Downer:  Spent too much time inside today.
Delight:  Finally got our AC fixed after 4 nights in a super hot house.

April 07, 2013
Downer:  So apparently my 'calm' voice is not calm, but rather 'riling and upsetting.'
Delight:  I got to trim the bushes today! I just love my power hedge-trimmer.

April 06, 2013
Downer:  Sometimes I think of how quickly the days are going by. Baby girl is almost one, the boys are growing up, and there are so many things that I want to do, but don't get around to. Days are long, but months are short.
Delight:  Then I think of how fortunate we are in general and how things usually work out okay. :)

April 05, 2013
Downer:  Ever have a day when you think that it has to be one of your top crappiest days? Okay, well today was one of those days.
Delight:  We did wind up having a really good chicken rotisserie dinner. Yucca and spicy green sauce can make lots of aggravation disappear.

April 04, 2013
Downer:  (can't think of anything specifically crappy)!
Delight:  Did a ton of cleaning at home and had a fun seafood dinner with some relatives. Plus, my 5yo is feeling up to moving around more and my 3yo finally got back to pre school today after a long break. Added bonus:  Little baby girl gave me lots of really great hugs today!

April 01, 2013
Downer:  We spent most of the day at the doctor's and hospital getting x-rays for my little guy's injury.
Delight:  I really love when people complement my children's behavior when we are out (especially when we've been in waiting rooms for over 3 hours)!

March 31, 2013
Downer:  My 5-year-old broke his clavicle this evening playing football. :(
Delight:  Had a really great Easter morning and then spent the afternoon at a rainy Persian concert! The kids had so much fun stomping around in their new rain boots.

March 29, 2013
Downer:  Super hyped-up kids + sick momma = I can't wait 'till bedtime.
Delight:  Redeemed my 'birthday reward' from Starbucks. A massive Java Chip Frappe! Mmmm.

March 19, 2013
Downer:  Can I please get 5 seconds of peace? What's that? No. Oh, okay.
Delight:  Made a last-minute decision to have lunch at the park. Nice weather and a well needed break from the house.

March 15, 2013
Downer:  I twisted a muscle in my back today. It made me very aware of how much my family depends on my mobility!
Delight:  Had a movie night with the kids...dinner on a picnic blanket!

March 14, 2013
Downer:  Okay. So now the dog is vomiting.
Delight:  I got a few extra hugs and kisses from my kids throughout the day. :)

March 11, 2013
Downer:  I really don't know if I should break up every single fight my boys have, or just let it play out. I do both right now and I feel that the inconsistency is not helping.
Delight:  Nobody puked today!

March 10, 2013
Downer:  So my baby girl caught the stomach bug. Not too severe, but I was up in the middle of last night with her and she had to get a bath at three in the morning.
Delight:  Great weather today. My husband and boys spent a lot of time outside today and I got to go to the store with just my baby... (the first time I have ever taken her anywhere without at least one other kid)!

March 07, 2013
Downer:  I believe my 5 year old might have just entered a 'hitting' phase...
Delight:  I successfully installed another car seat today! It took forever and I definitely was stuck in a U-shape afterward, but it is installed none-the-less.

March 06, 2013
Downer:  My little guy had a stomach bug today. I hope the rest of us don't catch it.
Delight:  Thanks to a mild snowstorm, my husband was home today!

February 27, 2013
Downer:  Nothing much to complain about!
Delight:  Visited the National Aquarium in DC. Small, but cool. The kids loved it!

February 26, 2013
Downer:  We did not stay long enough at the GWL.
Delight:  Spent last night at the Great Wolf Lodge in Williamsburg, VA. So much fun. I can't believe we haven't been there before.

February 25, 2013
Downer:  So, apparently I procrastinate. A lot.
Delight:  My grandparents came over to watch the boys. My husband and I (and the baby) went out for lunch and had sushi... yum.

February 20, 2013
Downer:  Oh, naptime. Why art thou so awful; laden with curt battles and tear shed? How I dread thee.
Delight:  Filled up on a delicious dinner out with family and my children behaved so well in the restaurant. :)

February 18, 2013
Downer:  Is it wrong that I fell asleep last night before nursing my baby for the last time? She didn't seem to notice or care.
Delight:  I enjoyed a nice weekend with family and I was also surprised to find myself in a rather pleasant mood today!

February 10, 2013
Downer:  I have been behind on blog posts and all because of my cold and because I have been trying to organize my entire house (which might also be a good thing).
Delight:  I love noticing all the achievements of my children. They are so smart and unique!  :)

February 03, 2013
Downer:  My baby girl and I are still sick and I have a ton of head congestion. I can't wait to feel good again.
Delight:  Enjoyed watching the Super Bowl with my family over at a friend's house. Mmmmm. Game-day food.

January 29, 2013
Downer:  I am sick again. Dang viruses and their crappy timing.
Delight:  The weather was great today. We all got to spend time outside playing and getting some much needed fresh air.

January 28, 2013
Downer:  Had a very rough day. Everybody was arguing, fighting, whining...  :(
Delight:  Hmmm. Eventually, everyone went to sleep.

January 27, 2013
Downer:  Some days just go by too quickly.
Delight:  We finally got our basement cleaned out and organized. Note to self:  Mice will steal bird food from your garage and carry it to a closet in your basement. Beware.

January 24, 2013
Downer:  Haven't been grocery shopping in a while. I keep looking in the fridge and pantry, but nothing appears.
Delight:  SNOW! We got to play in the snow for the first time in two winters. Plus, my husband left work early and we met at the mall to walk around. The kids went to bed wonderfully! I love the store 'Five Below', by the way.

January 20, 2013
Downer:  Basically had no time to eat today. Did some snacking, but I am h-u-n-g-r-y.
Delight:  Had a really fun time at my son's 5th birthday party. Preschoolers say the funniest things!

January 16, 2013
Downer:  Not too bad a day overall, however, I would like to get around to CLEANING MY HOUSE.
Delight: Had a nice day with the kids and my husband brought home a Caramello candy bar for me!

January 13, 2013
Downer:  Rushed around all day. Got everything done, but it all took much longer than I had planned on.
Delight:  My oldest boy turned 5 today! He was so excited and we all had a really fun day celebrating!

January 10, 2013
Downer:  Realized that I spend too much time on the computer. :(
Delight:  Played football, basketball, and baseball today with my boys. We have some future pro athletes over here.

January 09, 2013
Downer:  Today is a day when I walk through my house thinking that there is no possible way I will ever get this all cleaned up.
Delight:  I love when my children get the simplest, most basic things like new shoes and they are so proud and excited.

January 06, 2013
Downer:  I missed the craziness known as my boys while they were at the park with my husband.
Delight:  I had some needed peace and quiet while my boys were at the park!

January 05, 2013
Downer:  I would really like to have unlimited amounts of coffee and chocolate without having to worry about passing the caffeine to my baby girl while nursing her.
Delight:  Took the kids to a Home Depot Kids Workshop to get them out of the house and focused on something besides racing cars all day.

January 04, 2013
Downer:  I am about to chop down the wall that divides my kitchen from my family room. I cannot get anything accomplished in the kitchen while the boys are playing in the family room without breaking up a million fights.
Delight:  Listened to lots of music today with the kids. We need a good crazy dancing party every once in a while.

January 03, 2013
Downer:  Very stressful morning. Lots of arguments with the kids.
Delight:  Spent a little extra time reading stories to my boys before bed. It seemed to help them calm down a bit.

January 02, 2013
Downer:  I cannot figure out what to do for my little guy's 5th birthday party. We can't figure out where to go that would accommodate 16 kids affordably.
Delight:  I tried a French Vanilla Latte from McDonald's and it might be my new favorite drink of theirs.

January 01, 2013
Downer:  Wondering why health insurance is so expensive.
Delight:  Glad to be getting parts of the house back in order after the holiday mess.

December 31, 2012
Okay. So I have officially failed at keeping up with my daily posts for December. I blame it on the craziness of the holiday season and the lack of a computing device. My tablet no longer works, but I am happy to say that Christmas has brought me a wonderful new laptop! December has been great and I had a very special Christmas with family. I will definitely get back into the grove of Daily Ds in the new year.

December 09, 2012
Downer:  I am really struggling with what to do with my children's toys so that we can make room for new Christmas gifts. I am very sentimental, and they still play with just about everything.
Delight:  The boys made gingerbread houses today. We also had our first round of Christmas with some relatives that we won't be seeing for a while.


December 04, 2012
Downer:  Now I'm siiiiiick. (Only with a cold, so far).
Delight:  I got some extra good snuggle time today with the kids. And P.S. The Gingerbread Cookie Shake from Burger King is good, good, good!

December 03, 2012
Downer:  My poor little boys spent the whole day battling a stomach virus.
Delight:  We got to watch a lot of movies today.
December 02, 2012
Downer:  Why are there always fewer hours to get anything done on Sundays?
Delight:  We finally got some Christmas decorating done. The kids got to visit Santa and get candy canes.


November 27, 2012
Downer:  I feel like I have so much to do, but my general laziness is overpowering any motivation that I may be feeling.  :(
Delight:  Got two free bags of chocolate with some coupons. These are the 'sneak into a closet and enjoy away from kids' kind of chocolates!
November 26, 2012
Downer:  I hate when I add too much cream to my coffee and it ruins the taste. Trivial, but still hated.
Delight:  I was quick enough to take advantage of an Amazon.com lightning deal! Woo hoo! Saved 43%... 
November 25, 2012
Downer:  We did not get to do much Christmas decorating today like I had hoped.
Delight:  I did a lot of cleaning again and we had an overall productive day. The children were all behaving today which always seems to put me in a good mood!
November 24, 2012
Downer:  The children and I had a PJ day which equals no 'getting one's energy out' in the fresh air.
Delight:  Got to spend some quality time with my boys doing some art, playing, and being silly!
November 23, 2012
Downer:  My house is a messsss.
Delight:  My husband came home a couple hours early and I got some cleaning done!
November 22, 2012
Downer:  I didn't get to take my 'after Thanksgiving meal' nap today.
Delight:  We had a great time at the park this morning and a wonderful Thanksgiving meal at my in-laws' today.
Crap. Crap. I need to start setting reminders for myself to do these daily posts.

November 14, 2012
Downer:  My boys have a cold. They're not eating or sleeping that great.
Delight:  My new Kindle Paperwhite was delivered today!

November 13, 2012
Downer:  Can't. Stop. Tracking. Packages.
Delight:  So proud of my baby girl for growing so strong and healthy. She braved 3 vaccines today and is in the 97th percentile for length.

November 04, 2012
Downer:  My dog had some liquid issues that I had to tend to.
Delight:  I got a lot of chores done today (including giving three haircuts) and ended the day roasting marshmallows. 

November 03, 2012
Downer:  Today just seemed like a really looong day.
Delight:  Ordered pizza and had a fun movie night with the kids.


October 31, 2012
Downer:  I felt rushed all day and didn't get around to doing a lot of things I wanted to do.
Delight:  Had a lot of fun at my children's Halloween party and enjoyed a great night of trick-or-treating!
October 30, 2012
Downer:  Can't think of anything too crazy except maybe a few basic arguments with the children.
Delight:  Spent some quality time with the kids doing 'schoolwork' and games.

October 29, 2012
Downer:  Lost power and had to sleep in the basement for fear of trees falling on the house.
Delight:  Got some extra reading and cleaning done while home in the hurricane.

October 28, 2012
Downer:  Did not get any D batteries for my flashlights. At least we have candles. I hope I can locate the matches before the hurricane hits!
Delight:  We had a wonderful day at the pumpkin patch, a friend's Halloween Party, and a birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese!

I've come to the realization that I might not be posting recaps every day.  :(

October 25, 2012
Downer:  I just about decided to take my three-year-old to school in his PJs because he was refusing to get ready. He finally came to his senses as we were about to walk out the door!
Delight:  I put this kids in bed for nap and they went to sleep. I'd like to know what spell was cast upon them.

October 24, 2012
Downer:  I cannot seem to keep my bedroom organized for more than a day. (Reliving childhood).
Delight:  Ended the day with my dad's recipe of vanilla ice cream and maple syrup. 

October 23, 2012
Downer:  Very frustrating naptime.
Delight:  My four-year-old can ride a two-wheeler! He probably could have done it months ago, but I never took off his training wheels...

October 22, 2012
Downer:  What's the point of the buckle on a car seat if the kids can unbuckle it while I'm driving!!!
Delight:  I really like when I'm making a lot of things for dinner and they all are done cooking at exactly the same time.

October 21, 2012
Downer:  Stuck driving all day long. Made a lot of stops, but still... 12 hours behind the wheel is crazy.
Delight:  The children were very good in the car. P.S. Pumpkin Spice cappuccinos are really good.

October 20, 2012
Downer:  Purposefully skipped naps today. The boys behaved, but I need a break.
Delight:  We went out of town and stayed in a hotel. Nothing like little giggles from kids sharing a cozy hotel bed!

Whoops! Looks like I took a bit of a break from my Daily Ds.
October 16, 2012
Downer:  The boys and I got flu shots today.
Delight:  It's fun waking up in the morning to four people in the bed - occasionally!

October 15, 2012
Downer:  Whyyyyyy do the boys insist on getting out of their beds every 10 minutes...for an hour and a half past their bedtime?
Delight:  I finally got some cleaning done in my bedroom.

October 14, 2012
Downer:  Why do I always forget to bring the bread ends when we go to the duck pond?
Delight:  Spent a wonderful day outside with the husband and kids. My favorite time of year!

October 13, 2012
Downer:  Getting fresh air does not always equal sleepy children.
Delight:  Got to take the kids to a local fire station for National Fire Safety Week.

October 12, 2012
Downer:  Trying to get a 3-year-old to sit down for a movie in a theater.
Delight:  Getting to take my children to a free showing of The Lorax, with free food, drinks, treats, and crafts.

October 11, 2012
Downer:  Let's just say that my boys had a severe case of the 'sillies' tonight.
Delight:  Mmmmm. Coconut fruit bar.

October 10, 2012
Downer:  Did not get around to folding any of the 5 loads of laundry that I recently washed. Let's hear it for wrinkles!
Delight:  The children and I got to have lunch with my husband ON A WORKDAY (a rare treat)!

October 09, 2012
Downer:  Another stressful time of getting the kids to nap.
Delight:  My baby girl is 5 months old today.

October 08, 2012
Downer:  We are all catching another cold.
Delight:  My two boys played for longer than 30 seconds without fighting!

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