I took Quin to an Easter Egg hunt and carnival at a church on D Street. Michael stayed home with sick Ammon. It was the maiden voyage of my new cargo bike. Quin was already kind of grumpy before we left. I had a hard time getting him dressed.
At the carnival Quin got a black sword balloon and he looked at some Pygmy goats and baby chicks.
He really enjoyed the bounce house and had a hard time coming out when his turn was over.
He missed the Easter egg hunt for his age group because he was having a tantrum about leaving the bounce house. Then he decided to look at the chicks and goats some more and I wasn't going to fight him.
He got to ride a pony but he got pretty impatient and consequently disregulated during the 20 minute wait in line. So he just screamed the entire 30 second ride. I made him do it and I held his hand and stayed close to him. He spoke positively about the experience once it was over but I'm not sure if forcing him to ride the pony was the right thing.
At the end they let kids who missed their age group join in the last egg hunt. I hurriedly brought Quin over there but he just stood at the start line and cried while the other kids hunted for eggs. Some kind adults took pity on him and gave him a handful of eggs when the hunt was over.
I'm sorry for all the times I disappointed you mom, by having tears and tantrums at events that were supposed to make me happy. I wonder how often we do this sort of thing to Heavenly Father. Dragging our feet, complaining about the wait, and then crying because what he has provided isn't "good enough" as if we even deserved it in the first place.
Easter morning at our house was a more pleasant experience. I got these "resurrection eggs" that have symbols of parts of the Easter story that kids can look at while you read the bible story. For example, there is a chalice for the part about the sacrament.
|Easter family photo|
Quin got a toy tool set and Ammon got some duplo construction vehicles to add to our growing collection.
|Quin used his new hammer as a prop for a Fix it Felix Jr costume|
I love Easter!
Quin was really happy to sit In the loft above the cafe.
Then we walked to the park. We didn't realize that the March for science gathering was happening there. I have never seen so many kids on a playground! On the way we met a giant Lego guy.
We had about 4,000 weeks of rain and when the sun finally emerged we had a lot of fun outside. Quin enjoys the push mower.
I took the kids to "pet day" at OSU. It was basically a dog fest with some exhibits of reptiles and a petting zoo. I was really excited to take Quin to the petting zoo. He has been asking to go to the zoo for some time. When we first walked in to the reptile exhibit in the vet school he saw this skeleton.
He was so interested in the skeleton he didn't want to look at anything else.
He didn't want to touch any of the reptiles. I made him touch the tortoise because IT'S A TORTOISE you've gotta touch it! I was impressed even though Quin wasn't. He did like the giant bullfrog I guess.
Anyway, back at pet day, I talked him into leaving the skeleton room so we could see the live animals at the petting zoo. We had to wait 20 minutes for the petting zoo to re-open. While we waited we got to watch a vet student do "surgery" on a stuffed animal.
|Quin giving his stuffed elephant a shot|
Quin also tried fake fishing. He was really good at reeling in the fishing line. That was all he wanted to do. He didn't want to bother getting the fish on the magnetic hook first.
So those are the fun things we've done. Here is the cute stuff I have seen them do:
Likes to bang toys together and on stuff.
Favorite toy is an orange prescription bottle that has popcorn seeds in it.
Favorite song is "Midnight City" by M83. I play it in the car when he is fussy and it works like magic to calm him down. Usually.
He loves the dishwasher. He makes a b-line for it whenever it is open and starts unloading it; whether or not it's clean.
New favorite TV show is PJ masks. A bit obnoxious to me, but there are far worse kids shows out there.
Favorite song is "If I Had You" by Adam Lambert.
Refers to techno music as "exercise music"
Made up a song about "old McDonald had a cookie" with a "yum yum here and a yum yum there"
When there are a lot of something he says that there are 40. I showed him the pellets in the pellet stove and he exclaimed "there's 40 pellets!" There were more than 40.
When I went to pick him up from his friend Wesley's house he apparently had a really good time because when he saw me he said "uuuh... no" with the perfect inflection.
Has been expressing himself through his wardrobe lately and only wants to wear a superhero costume with blue rain boots.
His favorite superman costume was dirty, so he said he was "naked superman."
Quin doesn't take naps very often. The only places he naps are the car seat and this red chair when he's watching TV. He sleeps in really awkward positions.
I've really been struggling lately with depression. I've had it since I was a teenager and this is the lowest I've felt in a long time. I think it was triggered by being in a new area and not feeling like I have made strong connections and having to do 11+ hour parenting shifts with Michael's long commute. It's probably my fault that I don't have friends. We've been staying home a lot with the boys being sick, basically since February, with small intervals of being healthy. My parents are in the process of buying a house just East of Lebanon and I'm so excited to have their companionship and support.
On the bright side, we have callings in our ward! Michael is the Second Counselor in the Bishopric and I'm the ward pianist/organist and I accepted the assignment of assistant ward camp director for young womens camp. I'm still learning the ropes on the organ so I've just play the piano in sacrament meeting for now. I tried to bring the kids with me to practice the organ during the week, but that didn't work. They took turns crying and it was hard to keep Quin from banging on the piano while I was across the room at the organ. Somehow I need to get over to the church more without the kids.
It's been tricky juggling the kids at church since we're both on the stand, but we're lucky that there are a lot of really nice people who step in to watch the kids for us. The first Sunday Jon and Susan came and we were really happy to have them there to take care of the kids. Apparently they had a rough time. Quin colored all over the back of the pew with dry erase marker and Ammon splashed in the sacrament tray. Afterwards Susan said "we're bad at this!" I think they are good at it because they stayed calm and handled the situation well.
This blog post is way too long. I need to stop. Thank you for reading!