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A McMay Update and Mrs. McMay’s Random Ramblings

Hey all! We have been behind on this little blog here. I know you are all chomping at the bit to hear more about how life is going.

We are just trucking along! We are moved in to our house now! Don’t ASK if everything is put away…if I wasn’t so embarrassed, I’d post a picture of our garage atm….it’s not ALL our fault though! The people we bought the house from didn’t clean out the attic above the garage…there was carpet and wallpaper left in there from the 70’s. Do you know what happens to wallpaper and carpet when it has been exposed to the elements for 40 years? IT CRUMBLES!!! We had a large mess.

Merging two households isn’t exactly easy because, well, you have two of everything. Two playrooms, two kitchens, two sets of just about everything. Trying to determine what to keep, what to pitch, and what to donate is tough!  I saw an idea on facebook that I REALLY liked. For an entire month, you get rid of the amount of items as the monthly date. So on March 1, you get rid of one item, on March 2, you get rid of two…so on and so forth. I want to try this. Quite frankly, we just have too much STUFF. It’s quite overwhelming.

You know what else is overwhelming? The amount of WASTE we create as a family. I really started to notice it when I began packing everyone’s lunches. We go through a box of 150 snack size bags…. A WEEK. Yes, A WEEK. That is a TON of waste! I am currently exploring alternatives as that is just not sustainable.

I found these REALLY cute little containers at Dollar Tree and I LOVE them. In an effort to be a bit healthier, we are packing our lunches. We have also cut out over-processed foods that Auryana was eating in her lunch (she swore she would only eat honey buns for a snack!) and have been trying to encourage healthier habits.  We are making great progress but she still comes home and tells us how much she disliked something! <I made Almond Strawberry Banana Milk based on a blog post I saw here. Yea, she hated it. Alas, we shall try again sometime- maybe not strawberry next time! But it sure was pretty! Anywho, back to the containers! I’m SO excited to share with you! I have a blog post planned to go in depth about my OBSESSION with the dollar store (Dollar Tree specifically) but I just couldn’t wait to share this!

So we have been using these for anything from raisins to salsa. I make a whole batch of blender salsa for the week and put it in these! They are FABULOUS!!! 10 of them for $1!!!! I bought a whole case of them I love them sooooo much! Super great for babyfood, too! Buy them here: Containers

This month has been a looooong short month! We’ve had some sick kiddos! And now Mr. and Mrs. are sick, too.

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We went to Sugarland to eat breakfast at this cute, tasty restaurant called Jupiters Pizza and Waffles (yummm)

 

^^^How cute are our kids?!  I know I am biased but….I mean come on now!

We checked out a new to us park that we hope to frequent this summer!!! Awesome exploration for the kiddos! Little Mr. was super tired and wasn’t feeling the park outing so he didn’t get any pictures taken.

  

Oh, and Matius LOVES to play dress up with Auryana but apparently when mom does it it’s far less than ok. 😛

Thanks for reading my Random Ramblings!

Hope you have a blessed day! Be back at ya soon with some fun stuff!

 

 

 

Home Renovation- the side no one shows you….

I’ve always heard people say that they would never LIVE through a home renovation again. I never really understood that until recently. I was all over here like “What’s the big deal? A few days worth of dust and not being able to use your stuff?” That’s no big deal!

This is how I feel about that today….

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^I look like a train wreck because….well, read below!!!

So while DIY and home updates look fun, I’m here to tell you that they are anything but! They are well worth it in the end….but living it is another story

We are in the process of having our entire downstairs flooring redone. When we bought the house, it had carpet all throughout….Well, we have FOUR dogs. Carpet wasn’t going to fly. Mr. McMay and I had carpet in our house in Illinois and I spent every Sunday with my carpet cleaner because the dogs would pee on it…not cool. Literally, Riley would come in from outside and would pee. on. the. carpet. After that, I said no more…

On top of the flooring, it was in the inspection that all the faucets in all the bathrooms were leaking. That’s a fairly cheep inexpensive fix…. We bought faucets on black Friday for less than $25 each!   We got them home….and realized we had bought these:

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And all of our counter tops were designed for these:

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There was no way to make it work with the current counters because the holes didn’t match up. The separate pieces faucets cost $150+…That wasn’t going to work either! New countertops it is! Or so we thought. After measuring the counter tops to get sizes for the new ones, we quickly realized they were custom sizes….which means custom sized prices….EEK! So, we ripped out the cabinets and bought new vanities. Where do you stop the bleeding!?!?!?!!

So, all that to say that currently, we have no sinks in any bathroom because they are all being replaced. Also, a random sink in our laundry room that is waiting to be installed.

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We are using the toilet in the half bathroom since the toilets are all removed to install the floors….and the sink in the kitchen. We are all sharing the shower in the master bathroom because the other shower is holding toilets…

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We have no doors on anything because it makes installing floors easier…

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Try telling a two year old that the solid wood door is not for playing because it will land on you and hurt you!!!

Because the master bedroom is getting new floors, we haven’t been able to move any of our stuff in. Evan and I are living out of bags out in the garage….the running joke at work this week is “at least you have clothes on!” because I cannot find ANYTHING.

Evan and I are sleeping on a mattress in the boy’s room because we can’t find the screws to the bed…we still have a ton of stuff at the other house that Sheri and I have to get out today.

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We haven’t been able to organize the playroom because it is storage for all the doors

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The stairs are a serious hazard….

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These bookshelves? Yea, they are holding all the stuff that needs to go to our room but can’t yet because the floors can’t be walked on.

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Random boxes and carpeting in the middle of the room

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I always forget this tidbit about moving….your kitchen ALWAYS looks like this until you get your stuff put away. No matter how hard you try, when you are doing any sort of project, the kitchen is a disaster.

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We have random buckets of paint just waiting to be used….

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And last but not least….I got the genius idea to try to install the dryer myself. Since the house is old, it still uses the three prong plug for the dryer instead of the four prong. Evan asked me to get a new plug while at Walmart, which I did. Once I got home, I decided I didn’t want to wait for him to get home from gymnastics to fix the plug…How hard could it be, she said. It’s just a simple cord, she said…. I got the screw driver out and removed the old plug. At this point, I thought it would be a good idea to make sure that the plug matched up to the outlet (WHAT?!). I took the plug and brought it up to the outlet. I didn’t even plug it in….just got a little too close and BAMMMMMMMM!!!! Sparks flew, there was a bright flash, I yelled, and dropped everything I was holding. I checked to make sure I was ok….I was, but the Carly I was wearing, not so much.

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I promptly sent a picture to Sheri and Evan and the first response wasn’t OMG ARE YOU OK?! It was “OMG WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT?!” haha typical.

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And, the plug…..

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Word to the wise, folks. When you are working on electricity, don’t try to get an unattached plug near a live outlet….it’s similar to not keeping the prongs seperated on jumper cables after you hook them up on one side….it never ends well.

#LessonLearned

But hey, at least our floors look AWESOME! It sounds like we should be able to move our stuff in today….stay tuned for more pics soon!!!

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HAHAHAHA.

Wow, thinking that living through renovations could be a breeze….that was ignorant of me. This is what it REALLY looks like….not what PINTEREST makes it look like. We are so used to the pretty “before and after” pictures…no one ever shares the real life “in the process” ones. So here ya go, my messy house for your full viewing pleasure!!!

xoxox

Michala

Meet Little Luca

Meet the littlest McMay! Little Luca!

Born August 2, 2016 at a whopping 9 lbs he is the complete opposite of his brother, Matius.

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Where these two differ in size, they share similar personality traits. They are both extremely laid back, go-with-the-flow, chill kids. Unless of course you are asking him to drink out of a bottle. Then, well…all bets are off!

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Luca is definitely our “macho kid” we joke that he will be our football player and Matius will be our gymnast. He may be all boy but DANG this kid is beautiful.

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People stop what they are doing at the grocery store to comment on his good looks and mild manner. He is so laid back. I am not trying to brag but I swear to you this kid never cries. Ok, ok. My babysitter would have a different story for you so I guess I should clarify. He never cries as long as he is being held or carried or pushed. As long as he is moving, he is happy!

Little Miss McMay just absolutely ADORES Luca. She plays little mama to both the boys but she LOVES Luca. She is all about picking out his outfits, feeding him a bottle, and changing his diapers (as long as it isn’t poopy!)

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Little Luca is a TOTAL mamas boy. Sheri watched the boys the other night so Mr. and Mrs. McMay could go see a show (Jersey Boys). She said Luca was restless and fussy until I got home. What can I say, these boys just love their mama!!!

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Luca abolutely ADORES his big brother. I’m fairly certain that he will be walking soon just so he can chase after and keep up with Matius!

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Oh, and Luca loves his Aunt Zizi, too!

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Must not forget about Cooper here….the face slobbers must get licked daily. Cooper sure does love his babies!

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So, because Luca likes to be held, this is a common occurence in our household. We take turns holding the baby and eating so we can all eat!

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This kid has had great head and neck control since he came out of the womb. He is just super strong.

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And did I mention how Dapper he is? Goodness! THOSE CHEEKS THOUGH!!!!

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And he loves Leo too!

The smile on his face when he see Leo!!!

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Luca is a side sleeper just like his mama and brother!

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And can sleep just about anywhere! He’s been sleeping through the night since he was about 8 weeks old.

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He loves sitting in his walker and yesterday, he pushed himself backwards and moved it about 6 inches. Not even kidding….and this kid isn’t even four months old yet. He’s also nearly outgrown the 6 month clothes….The problem I’m having is that this time of year after Matius was born he was barely wearing 3 month clothes….so all the stuff I saved is the wrong season! :-/ We make it work! Good thing I got jackets on sale at Oshkosh!!!

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Luca loves to watch Matius play on the iPad!

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And I shall leave you with this….boys will be boys! <3

Meet Mischief Maker Matius

Apologies- sorry for the delay in a new post…I’ve been putting this off. Mostly because I didn’t know HOW IN THE WORLD I was going to whittle this down. So, second apology….I’m sorry this is so long. This is the shortest I could do! I just love this kid so mucho!

Meet the Mischief Maker of the house. He is a sweet tea lovin, carbaholic, who only likes to go grocery shopping if he gets a donut, a bolillo (little loaf of bread), or gets to see PePe (the blow up parrot who was tragically murdered a few weeks ago…we told him PePe died….just didn’t go into the graphic slashing details. He’d be devastated. We’ll give him the real story when he’s older.) He loves fiercely, loves to give squeezes, and will only give kisses if he feels like it. With his infectious laugh and daring spirit, he is our STRONG WILLED CHILD. To anyone who says that a child cannot have already developed an opinion by the ripe age of TWO, I challenge you.

Mr. Matius Lee McMay was born September 9, 2014…even though he wasn’t due until October 11, 2014.

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Matius came into this world on his own terms and has not let us forget that the terms are his since then. If you care to read about his birth story, you can do so here: Birth Story

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Our parenting style with him has changed from “with an iron fist” to that of “negotiating with grace” (or choosing our battles). He needs to feel that he has a say. I wonder where he got this from because it couldn’t POSSIBLY have come from his mother….. 😉 Must be a first born child thing….

From the minute he was born, he had his mommy and daddy wrapped around his finger. But ultimately, he’s a true mamas boy. There is no one in this world quite like mama.

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He loves his mama and daddeeee sooo much but there are several other important people and things in his life. This is by NO means an exhaustive list. I do not mean to leave anyone out but if I named EVERY single important person in this kid’s life, we’d be here forever. So here are just a few:

Matius is a total animal lover! He loves his “puckies,” Riley, Cooper, Tinker Bell, and Hunter. First thing every morning, he wants to let them out of their crates. He is especially loving the little ones right now because they are his size. He and Cooper have a very serious love hate relationship. He loves him….until Cooper snatches his food….and then it’s World War THREE up in here!!!

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There are some really special and important men in Matius’ life. All grandfather figures 

This kid like SERIOUSLY LOVES our neighbor, Leo. As soon as we pull down our road he starts chanting “Leooooooooooooo” it’s just about the cutest thing ever. Leo is Matius’ Texas grandpa since both of his grandfathers live in Illinois (way too far away!)

Now, how does one win over a strong will child so completely? It’s simple….POPSICLES. The kid is a sugar fiend.

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The next person is his PaPaw- Michala’s dad. Matius LOVES to call his PaPaw on video chat and talk to him on his way home from daycare.

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And last but not least, we have Papa (confusing right?) 🙂 Matius sure loves him and thinks he’s the funniest guy around. He especially loves when we go to the beach!!!

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There is not a section big enough for the next two. Uncle Roy and Aunt Zizi. (Roy and Elizabeth) My heart explodes thinking about the love between these three. It is incredibly. Matius was so tiny when he was first born and we were afraid to put him in daycare right away. So, Elizabeth watched him for the first three months of his little life. This is what started an incredibly beautiful relationship between these two. Eventually, she met Roy and Matius approved almost instantly. Roy had never even held a baby before Matius… 🙂  These two could turn this little guy’s worst day into the best day ever in just a matter of seconds. Matius especially loves when they play their guitars or piano or he can run around naked at their house and water the garden.

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Next up we have Sheri aka Shedi and Auryana aka NANA. He immediately asks for Nana when I pick him up from daycare. And he loves to ask Shedi for things! 🙂 The love here is just incredible. Auryana and Matius definitely act like siblings already!

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Oh, and this boy LOVES cheesing for the camera!!!

A few random things he loves:

  1. Swinging with mom and dad- what kid DOESN’T love this?

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2. Stealing mama’s cup for a drink…even when he has his own!

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3. Snapchat….enough said.

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4. Bubbles! Even eating them!

5. Throwing Texas size tantrums….

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6. Stuffed animals of any kind

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7. Facetiming with Aunt Brenna and Uncle Tyler and their poochie, Gracie

8. Cooking- real cooking- he loves helping mama in the kitchen. And pretend cooking- dragging out all the pots and pans….

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9. Ice Cream aka “IIIIICE”

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10. Sleeping in the craziest places and positions….

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11. Playing “Cowboy”

12. He’s an overall daredevil…

12. He’s STARTING to FINALLY want something to do with his little brother. He was pretty indifferent for a while.

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13. BUC-EEEEEEES!!! He LOVES Buc-ee and all things related! @Buc-ees

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14. Having someone to play with. He LOVES other kids and truly has a heart of Gold.

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15. Playing peek-a-boo wherever possible!

16. He’s obsessed with his “lankie” or “lanka” aka “Blanket”

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17. and last but not least he fills our hearts to bursting more than I ever thought possible. He looks so sweet and peaceful…and grown in this picture. Now please excuse me while I go bawl my eyes out because I’ve realized how quickly my baby cakes is growing up. Cherish your babies, folks. They don’t keep for but a second.

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Signing off,

xoxoxox,

Michala

Mrs. McMay

Meet Little Miss McMay aka Auryana Sassy Pants

Meet Auryana! Also known as Little Miss Sassy pants!!                           (here I will share a million-bazillion photos of her, because, WHY NOT? she’s my kid!)

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Weighing in at just around 65 pounds at the bossy age of 9 1/2, she has more personality than any one child should have. She can’t always contain herself. Auryana loves to color, sing, dress up, and make video’s on Musical.ly and does not enjoying being rushed or told what to do. She moves at a turtle-pace on 95% of everything she does. Even still, she has her own style and is sure to be fashiony every single day….unless we’re in a hurry and then I just throw clothes at her and tell her to put them on (which she does NOT appreciate, but hey sometimes we gotta go!)

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From day one, this child has had her own ideas without the ability to influence her thoughts. She resisted the nurses on the day she was born, played dead (possum) when we tried to feed or wake her from 1 week to 5 months, and would throw a HUGE fit (and fall back in it, literally) at the age of 2 when she couldn’t put on her own tennis shoes and tie them herself. -_- I believe children are born with a personality and some tend to show theirs earlier than others. As you can see below….

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By age 1, she knew 3 colors well : red, yellow, and blue; red was her favorite (this was before discovering hot pink, of course.) I, as her mother, didn’t even get to pick out the decorations for her first birthday party. She knew EXACTLY what she wanted. Little Mermaid cake (Ariel has red hair), red plates, napkins, and utensils, red roses and red carnations, and of course vanilla ice cream (Blue Bell only for this southern lady). Yup that’s Miss Auryana, she does what she wants and doesn’t care what anyone else thinks….hmmm sounds like someone else I know (currently pointing the finger at the mirror).

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Auryana loves her friends and has the biggest most generous heart I’ve ever seen in a little girl. She always makes sure her friends are taken care of. She likes to mother Matius and Luca when she’s with them, making sure they don’t get hurt and have whatever they need.

And no matter what popular belief tells you, this child is 100% my mother….

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My mother on the left, Auryana on the right. 

She isn’t a big fan of working hard or waking up, but then who is, so it’s a constant battle to get this child to wake up and march! (figure of speech of course) With that being said, she can really be a lot of fun and entertainment. I need to find her old video’s where she’s creative dancing and performance singing. You will enjoy! I should probably also mention that she loves LuLaRoe almost as much as I do and even more so loves modeling it. I think I’ve said enough about my kid now, so I’ll give it a rest, for now…! 😉

 

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A cute picture I know she won’t appreciate me sharing, since she’s asleep and didn’t have a say in me posting it! HA gotta love being a parent!

Signing off, Ms. McMay

Reflections

As I sit here, drinking wine, thinking about the day, I realize how incredibly blessed we are.

Sheri, Auryana, Luca, and Michala had a SUPER long day with two LuLaRoe parties.

Evan, Matius, and the dogs had a long day cleaning the house and getting ready for two showings.

Currently, Sheri is in the shower, Evan is playing video games, Luca is sleeping, and Matius and Auryana are playing.

Being 7 years apart, could be very difficult. And most kids at 9.5 years old would never want to play with a two year old. Those two seriously could play all day.

We had a LuLaRoe party at Katy Elite Volley Ball on Saturday morning. Then we headed to our friend Ashley’s house for another one. This was a shopping event for our Mom’s group (Arrow) at church.  Ashley sells Stella and Dot, Julianne was there selling Scentsy, Allison was there to promote her new non-profit. Several people from our church came to shop! Evan came with Matius and all our kiddos just ran around and played while we all shopped. It was truly a wonderful, great time. The weather was perfect, the wine delicious, and the kids…well….they’re still alive….just very dirty. 🙂

Tonight at dinner, while asking everyone what the high point and low point of their day was Auryana said “getting to play with new friends.” Those kids played hard! We were all so busy, no one got any pictures!

This girl has been through so much, it’s so great to hear that she had a good time.

Can’t wait for more fun times with friends.

I think the high/lows will be a new tradition for our family dinners at the McMay house!!!

xoxox

Michala

Now I leave you with a video to brighten your day. I dare you to try not to laugh!!! 😀

A Typical Day with the McMay’s

What does a typical day with the McMay’s look like? Well some of you have been able to witness first-hand, but for those of you who have no idea, we decided to give you a little insight to our daily shenanigans. We shall start with a typical weekend day. Narrated by Sheri.

7:00 am alarm goes off

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8:00 am- “Oh ASDFJLKASJDKFHALKSHFLJSGHADS we’re late!!” scrambles around to find clothes and wake up the kid. “AURYANA (while shaking her furiously because heaven knows NOTHING can wake this child) get up we’re late we have to be at Michala’s in 15 minutes (it’s a 12 minute drive..)!!!!!

Auryana– (upset fussing sounds, kicks and turns over and stay asleep)

As I rush around to throw myself together and literally pull Auryana out of the bed by her ankles, I’m FB group messaging Evan and Michala to wake UP! and of course i’m getting no response. and I used speak to text because who can text in a furry and instead of “wake up!!” I send “makeup!” but oh well no time to edit.

10 minutes later, I have no idea how (time must have stopped), we’re rushing out the door with shoes on (well at least one of us has A shoe on) and speeding up the highway to the McWhirter’s house. Letting ourselves in with the memorized door code, not even the dogs are barking. Yikes!

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Michala: um yeah?

me: DUDE It’s 8:30 we have to be there in 30 minutes!

Michala: OMG my alarm didn’t go off!! Can you get Luca dressed?

We all rush around the house to dress the boys, feed the dogs and ourselves, and look alive (forget makeup, who has time for that?) Did I mention we’re all tired because we were up until 1am working on LuLaRoe inventory and pictures?

15 minutes later, somehow, everyone is fed, clothed, and loading up the car, just don’t ask how we smell! lol

Michala: Evan McWhirter do NOT leave the gun on top of the refrigerator, and I know it’s loaded! If the house shows today that’s not cool!

Evan: What’s the big deal, it’s out of reach and we’re in Texas now?!

Michala: That’s not the point, ugh whatever let’s gooooo!!!!

Matius: brief meltdown because he wants to mop the floor before we leave; we hand him a sucker instead and stick him in the car (#badmoms…? eh I’ve seen worse, I mean at least he ate his breakfast right?)

Everyone loaded in to 2 cars and both full to the brim with LuLaRoe containers, we head to our first destination, HOUSE HUNTING! oh yeah did I mention we have to look at 6+ houses before we do the LuLaRoe party. But our Realtor is awesome for getting up early and driving across town for us on Saturday morning, so we arrive with Starbucks for everyone!

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I think we found our house

6 houses later, the men are now exhausted from listening to us ladies pick apart every house we see, but we have one to place an offer on, but for now, we’re off to someone’s house who is hosting an in home pop up party. After 45 minutes of set up we interact with friends and have a great time sharing our LLR addiction. By this time we’re starving and the kids are tired.

Load up the car and head out for a quick Chick Fil A run because the kids can play and be loud, and we can sit for at least 10 minutes and breathe! I carry Luca to the table and Auryana helps Matius in a chair. Then I hand Luca off to mama Michala who then whips out her boob so Luca can join the family for lunch. Don’t mind us over here! You can imagine the looks we’ve already received from people trying to mind their meals. Finally all sat down and, oh crap I forgot my drink, before I even ask, Evan graciously goes and fetches my drink and the other utensils we forgot to grab. Minutes later Michala hands Luca back over the table to me and I proceed to pat his little back and kiss his cheek that may or may not be wet with boob milk. Oh well. Evan helps Auryana open her ketchup, because no she hasn’t even started eating yet (remember I said she’s slooooooww). Finally fed, the kids go run and play for a bit and we discuss our the rest of our day.

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We discuss dinner (yes at the lunch table, because food is life and we must plan our day around food) and agree on fajitas! homemade margarita’s too please! I’ll have a Dos with salt and lime, I can’t drink adult drinks. LOL Finally home and it’s like 5pm, don’t ask where the time went because we have no idea, we’re taking turns wiping faces and butts, cooking, cleaning off the dinner table, feeding the animals and getting them outside, and making our drinks (ok we made drinks first, of course we have to get relaxed).

After dinner Evan plays a little guitar hero for us while Auryana and Matius play with toys in the front room. It’s now 8pm, again don’t know where the time went. Michala and I are updating our inventory to reflect the items sold and taking turns bounce Luca back and forth because he wants to be held today. 🙂

Matius: Mommy, I go poohhp

Michala: You need to go poop? Okay go sit on your potty

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Matius concentrating on the potty

Everything is going well and we go back to what we’re doing….shortly after we smell poop but don’t see Matius on the potty anymore…

Evan: ummm what is that? (point to an unidentified object on the floor in front of the TV console)

Me: ummm that looks like poop

Michala: (laughing histerically) MATIUSSSS did you poop?

Matius: Nope

And now we know….At least today we do…….WHO SHIT IN THE DEN?!

#whoshitintheden -which we’ve had to ask more than once….this was just the first.

 

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