The weekend in review

1. Maggie moved out of our room.

This is HUGE. HUGE. HUGE. We finally came up with what we hope is a workable solution. Liam and Dorothy are bunking together, half of the room is now his, and the other half hers. Train table, cars, trucks and Little People now have places next to Barbie, Littlest Pet Shop, American Girls and art supplies. The book shelves are lined with everything from Rugrats to Junie B. Jones. We decided that the gap between the girls was too great, and the gap between the boys was too great for either set to share a room. Dustin and Dorothy are closest in age, but as Dustin moves into puberty I don’t think it is a good idea for him to be sharing a room with his little sister. Since this arrangement is only for 6 months (John is moving out in MAY), we put the two children with the most similar likes and schedules together. Dorothy already had bunkbeds, thankfully. Two nights in and we are doing well, both kids are now instructed to change in the bathroom and I think we will make it through this one. Maggie is currently in a pack-n-play in what was Liam’s room. She is getting the crib from grandma’s storage unit this coming weekend. Last night, she slept until 4:30. I think we may be well on the way to night weaning – finally. Her clothes are now in the closet & out of my room as well.

Both Maggie and Liam still came into our bed both nights, but I can honestly say that I am very happy with the changed sleeping arrangement and I can live with visitors for a while longer, as long as they are after 4:00am!

2. Cookies – FTW.

You can never go wrong with homemade cookies. Never. These turned out fantastic in appearance and taste. This recipe is off the Aldi chocolate chips, but I lowered the temperature for baking.

2 sticks real butter
2 eggs
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350. Cream together everything except for flour and chips. Stir in chips and flour. Drop rounded 1/2 TBSs of dough onto ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 350 for 11-15 minutes. Let sit on baking sheet for 1 minute then transfer to a table lined with newspaper to cool. Yield – 48- 56 cookies.

3. Going to the Playoffs!

Dustin’s team won their game yesterday, after a disappointing Wednesday night shut-out. This sealed their place in the playoffs with a record of 6-1. The final score was 44 to 20! Dorothy’s cheerleader squad looked awesome as well!

4. Playing in Giant Piles of Leaves

Pictures will be added today. The three youngest had a blast playing in the giant piles of leaves John made for them. Maggie was a little hesitant initially, but quickly found the fab in the leaf piles. Liam spent hours jumping off of our neighbor’s wall into the heap, and Dorothy made some game to play in them.

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