Friday, September 24, 2010

Relax, already

I was reading Eat, Pray, Love last night, and I came to the part where she talks about going to Italy to learn how to experience pleasure. And she talks about how Americans don't know how to enjoy doing nothing - it's like we come pre-wired with this work ethic that won't let us waste a single minute.

This is so true, and something I have been struggling with lately. Now that school is back in session, and I have my nanny days back to myself again, I am finding it very hard to enjoy them. Now granted, I am still working part-time, and nanny days are also my work days. But I always try to do at least one fun thing for myself on these days, even if it is just stopping by my favorite coffee shop for a latte and a few minutes of chilling out. Only I can't just chill out. I'm too busy stressing about all the many things I should be doing instead of chilling out - because my to do list is very long.

Why is it so hard to enjoy doing nothing? Should we all just go to Italy for four months to figure this out? (Sounds nice, I must admit)

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Lights on, lights off

Someone has discovered how much fun it is to turn the lights on and off, over and over and OVER again. It's like living in a disco ball!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Too close

There is no such thing as getting too close to the toys!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Boy time

People often ask us if we ever get to spend good, quality time one-on-one with each kid, since we have so many. Well, the answer is, not enough, but more than you think. Evan is the easiest - we've made sure to work in Evan time in each day, usually once the babies go down for naps or bedtime in the evenings. And he has special outings with each of us over the weekends.

The triplets are trickier, though, because they are all on the same schedule, and right now they get very jealous if I give attention to one and not the other two. So occasionally, John or I will grab one and get out of the house with her/him. Kate likes to take walks up and down the sidewalk out front. Willa prefers to go upstairs with me, and just hang with me in my room. Oliver often gets to run errands with John and Evan.

As they get older, and start to develop their own interests, we will have to work out a more formal system so that they can each have that special time. But for now, spontaneity works.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Evening Routine

Here is a glimpse into our evening routine. Every night around 6:30, the kids get wound up and start this game -

Evening Routine from Angela Vaughan on Vimeo.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Labor Day

Since Labor Day was a holiday for both John and Evan, we decided to have a special outing, just the three of us (yes, our nanny had to labor on labor day!).

We started out with coffee at one of our favorite spots on the lake -

Then on downtown to show Evan the University of Texas. No, we are not pressuring him already! This whole thing came up because we've been trying to explain to Evan the difference between college football and professional football, and why Colt McCoy is no longer playing for UT. He needed to see it for himself. So, we got to peek in the stadium so he could see the field, and he was pretty excited about that -

Next we stopped by the Texas Memorial Museum - most folks here have never heard of it, but it is a gem! With dinosaur bones and everything!

Finally, we topped the day off with lunch at the Brick Oven, which serves the best gluten free pizza -

You're probably wondering if, in the course of our university tour, we took Evan in to see any academics - classrooms, laboratories, maybe even the library. And the answer is (embarrasingly) no! But, he did inform us that on our next outing he would like to go to an art museum, because he really likes sculptures and paintings. Awesome!