Stay Home and Avoid the Oops

It’s 8am and everyone is begging for breakfast but I have a baby with a stinky diaper. I run upstairs to change him only to find there are no more diapers in the box. I start to panic and then remember to check the diaper bag. Nothing. I run to the car and search for my secret stash. I find it! One diaper. It’s 2 sizes too small but it will have to do.

After everyone is fed and clothed I pile my four boys in the van and we head to the store for much needed diapers. The boys just want to go to the park but we have no choice but to go to the store. Diapers are needed ASAP.

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Taking 4 small children to the store can be an exhausting experience. I try to avoid it whenever possible, but sometimes you just have to go to the store to buy a needed item like diapers. Or do you?

Look at this crew… they’re a handful.

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You’d think after 4 kids I wouldn’t run out of diapers but it happens. I just don’t have the time to get to the store as often as I need but thanks to this thing called the internet I don’t have to go anywhere. I can order my must-have daily items like toilet paper, diapers, wipes, etc… online at www.avoidtheoops.com

I ordered diapers, wipes, toilet paper, paper towels, and some cleaning supplies. It’s so easy to avoid the oops moments by ordering P & G products directly from Walmart.

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My kids love playing outside but it takes some effort to get them there. We don’t have the best backyard. It’s been known to have a pretty bad mosquito infestation on occasion (although this year isn’t so horrible) therefore we don’t like spending a lot of time there. So we spend a lot of our outdoor time elsewhere.

I love taking the boys on adventures. Almost daily I take them somewhere outdoors so they can play, no matter the weather. We started this routine during winter when we would bundle up and try to plan our outing during the warmest part of the day. Now that it’s summer we make sure to pack plenty of water and try to get out early in the day before the heat is too dangerous.

We don’t always have a plan the kids know when I say we’re going to explore that means “get in the car, we’re going to a park”. We try to visit as many different parks as possible. Thankfully, Raleigh and the surrounding area has a lot of parks. We visit a new place almost every week and still haven’t even scratched the surface. I find that it’s good to explore new parks regularly because they boys get bored going to the same park every day. Although they do have their favorites.

We find new bits of nature everywhere we go. And every exploration lends itself to new discoveries and learning opportunities.

Super Abel and a Super Swim Diaper

We are at the pool a lot between swim team and recreational use I think we are at the pool almost every day during the summer. Abel is a water baby for sure. He loves to splash in the baby pool with his brothers.

When you’re at the pool as much as we are a reusable swim diaper is a must. We love the new Bumkins reusable swim diapers. They are durable and waterproof, they keep any diaper contents tightly contained to prevent spills. Plus, they have a ton of really cute prints available like this super adorable Superman diaper.

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Bumkins swim diapers are outfitted with three adjustable snaps on each side for easy changes. They are also machine washable.

Most pool require swim diapers for children who aren’t potty trained and the Bumkins swim diaper meets those requirements while looking adorable.

I was provided a featured product free of charge but all opinions are 100% mine.

Happy 5th Birthday Noah

Yesterday my 2nd baby turned 5. We celebrated with a trip to the NC Zoo and at he request we spent the majority of our trip in the KidZone playing. Noah requested to see giraffes and chimpanzees and play. Thanks to our Zoo Membership we didn’t have to wait in the huge general admission line and we didn’t feel obligated to see everything.

We saw ostriches, zebras and Noah got to feed the giraffe. Well he had the opportunity but got a little freaked out by the gigantic animal so Joe fed it instead. We visited with the chimpanzees, ate lunch and rode the tram to the other side of the zoo. There we spent the remainder of the day playing in the creek, building forts and exploring. The weather was perfect and the kids had a blast.

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Then we headed home where Noah opened presents, we ate dinner and cake. Then he elected to play video games until bed time. He had such a great day he didn’t want to go to bed but once his head hit the pillow he was out.

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I’m so thankful for my sweet 5 year old boy. He has such a tender heart, speaks works of encouragement to everyone and always tells such amazingly creative stories. I love sitting with him and talking about life. He’s very observant, caring, sensitive and thoughtful.

Happy Birthday Noah! I love you.

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A Wet n Wild Saturday at Emerald Pointe #WetnWildEP

On Saturday we took the boys to Wet-n-Wild Emerald Pointe in Greensboro, NC. I grew up going to Emerald Pointe but hadn’t been in almost 20 years. It was the same as I remember just a little updated. When we walked into the park they were playing music that was popular during Joe and my childhood. It was a fun flashback to our childhood, except this time we had kids.

We had a private cabana that overlooked the wave pool and the kids loved watching all the people cheer when the bell would ring before a big wave.

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The boys spent a good bit of time reading over the park map to find the best rides and areas of the park to visit. Because all of our boys are still rather small we stuck primarily to the kid-friendly areas like Happy Harbor and the Kiddie Wave Pool.

Simon loved the Happy Harbor Slides, probably because they had orange slides and orange is his favorite color. Noah loved the geyser/volcano in the Kiddie Wave Pool. That boys is obsessed with all things volcanoes. Jude liked the Soak Zone because of the water squirting guns. Joe and I did take Jude on a few of the more exciting rides like Scooter Run and Serpentine Slide. And of course we had to take a trip down the Lazee River, my personal favorite. I think we all enjoyed the Leisure Lagoon. There was something for everyone and we all had a great time.

We paused for lunch in our cabana and took full advantage of the services provided by the cabana like a private locker, shaded table and wait service for food and beverages.

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By the time we left all the boys were exhausted but so happy with our trip. They were asking when we could come back again. Three of our 4 boys passed out before we even hit the interstate, that’s a sign they had a great time.

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When I feel trapped I walk outside

When Jude was a baby I remember feeling trapped whenever I was at home with him by myself. Everything I wanted to do was held captive by his needs. My life revolved around his schedule and his demands. I felt very helpless during my first year of motherhood. I’ve felt this way on a few other occasions when my other boys were small and very needy. These moments were reminders that no matter how hard I tried, I was not in control.

I had become overcome by anxiety in the claustrophobicness of motherhood, of life. Sometimes the walls really did feel like they are pushing in. But after years of mothering I started to realize it was OK to not be in control of everything. The hard times are only temporary and my identity wasn’t defined by my mothering skills.

On occasion I still feel trapped when things get out of control. On these occasions I try to reset the day. When all the kids are going nuts and our plans are falling apart I throw everything out the window and try to start over. Often this looks like loading everyone in the van and driving somewhere to enjoy nature and the stillness and quietness and God. But sometimes my escape route isn’t possible and I have to face my frustrations head on.

I think this is why I have such an inclination to travel because I hate the confining feeling of everyday pressures. I’m sure this shows my weaknesses but I think it may not be a weakness at all but rather a purpose or calling.

Today the baby won’t nap, the kids are fighting and our plans were shot out of the water before we even started. But I can’t throw everyone in the van and head for a park or fun destination because or van is in the shop. The walls are coming in so I’m heading outside, to my own backyard. Where the sound doesn’t echo off the walls and the soft breeze and warm sun can lift my mood.

When I feel trapped by all these pressures of life I just walk outside and remember that I may not be in control but God is.

“The earth is the Lord’s, and all it contains, The world, and those who dwell in it. For He has founded it upon the seas, And established it upon the rivers” – Psalm 24:1-2

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This summer we’ll be spending our days at the pool. Like all day, everyday. It’s hot and the neighborhood pool is our favorite summer spot to cool down. Sun safety is super important since we spend so much time outdoors so durable and safe sunglasses are a must. But style is also important, these boys have good taste so we love our new Babiators.

 

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Sesame Street Live Review – Raleigh, NC

This morning I took the boys to Sesame Street Live at the PNC Arena in Raleigh. We had a great time dancing along with our favorite Sesame Street characters like Elmo, Grover, Cookie Monster and Big Bird.

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The Let’s Dance show gave kids and their parents the opportunity to dance throughout the show encouraging everyone that they could dance and to just be themselves.

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Our favorite part of the show was the robot dance. Noah exclaimed, “MAMA, there are REAL robots!”

The show lasted about 1.5 hours with a 15 minute intermission which was just about perfect for all the small children in attendance.

There are 2 more Sesame Street Live shows in Raleigh this weekend and then they move on to another location.

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Disclosure: I received free media passes to list and review this show . The opinions expressed in this post are my own and not influenced by the company.