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Joslin Brorsen

| mama to THREE little hooligans and TWO darling babes | | πŸ“· making memories out of our everyday life| πŸ“© [email protected] πŸ“Oklahoma, US

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Day 21 of social distancing: our attempt to watch A Wrinkle in Time for family movie night has been foiled by no less than 17 Dad-rants about futuristic makeup in movies. I honestly never stopped to think about it but after being subjected to so many of my husband's thoughts on the matter, I think my kids and I all agree that we couldn't care less. And also we now have no clue what's going on in this movie, and people are flying on a giant cabbage person thing? And Zach Galifianakis looks sooo old so I IMDb'd it and he's my parents age. 🀯 So yeah... normal night here, how about you guys?

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These two are NINE MONTHS OLD!!! They have been the fastest and simultaneously longest nine months of my life but I wouldn't trade a single minute. I said as much tonight, but Wren was still pretty miffed that Poppy bit her earlier so she disagreed. That's the only moment she would trade, though. πŸ˜‰

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You never realize how much your boys talk about girls at school until they don't have any school and resort to talking to each other... or the neighbor kid. Since they were not allowed to get close to each other, they had to yell all of their secrets. And I "had" to listen. πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ One of these kids likes girls and the other one got ostracized for not being able to control his giggling when he found out.

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I wasn't going to post tonight, but you guys can use a good laugh, right!?! Just swipe, my friends. Just. Swipe.

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Her face says how we all feel about this guy being home more often. "Emercencies only" means he's home in time to cook dinner every night, and we are all properly grateful! Since we aren't eating out, hubs has been making all of our favorite restaurant meals from scratch at home AND gluten free and he is killing it. I thought we were all going to lose weight with all these new restrictions, but.... that was when I was going to be the one cooking. πŸ™ˆ

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We all have a lot on our minds these days. Want to know what is weighing heavy on this four year old's heart in these trying times? *as she's falling asleep* "I hope my ear doesnt fall off. I've been bending them a lot because its crazy how bendy ears are. And smoooooth and... I. Like.... *yawn* .......ears." πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ

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My kids had every intention of actually putting on clothes to take this banner outside for a teacher parade. The parade didn't end up happening, so neither did the pants. πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ They played outside in their underwear and no one drove by. Everyone wins.

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Spring has sprung! Most of my yard is still dead and brown, but our peach trees are blooming and this mama is smiling. It's technically our spring break, but knowing it's going to be weeks or even months at home, we immediately switched to our summer schedule. I've been talking to the kids about how we are going to be home for a while and getting their input on how they would like that to look. Wren wants to learn to read, Otto wants to learn to make tasty snacks, and Banks is compiling a list of different centers for all of them to cycle through daily. I'm just making a big chore chart so my house doesn't implode. 😏 Tell me what you guys are doing and how you are adjusting to all the kids at home!

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I'm throwing it back to this sweet pic of a three year old Otto-bear because its forever one of my favorites and because before this weekend I hadn't picked my camera up for a month. Otto got diagnosed with Celiac disease and I've spent every little bit of spare time I've had researching, cooking from scratch, and cleaning and "de-glutening" my house. We decided to go gluten-free as a family to set Otto up for success, and we've had lots of doctor visits and tests to keep us occupied. Because he hasn't been absorbing nutrients for years (!!!!!) he has a lot of catch up to play. In the grand scheme of things, it's been no time at all since we stopped poisoning him, (that's essentially what we were doing!) but his energy levels have already increased and his positive attitude about all the life-changes is truly inspiring. If he can be positive about never eating donuts again, I can be positive about becoming a full time chef. πŸ˜‰

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I know that a lot of people are not excited about being stuck at home for weeks and I am really sorry for you, but... I. Am. In. Heaven. Staying at home with an excuse not to accept any social invitations and absolutely zero reason to leave the house is this introvert's dream. It might actually be the best birthday present I've ever gotten. Deep cleaning the house while the big kids are home to help out with the babies, listening to audiobooks, playing outside, fishing, adventuring, enjoying the daily changes that spring brings to our yard.... this is going to be a time that my kids look back on with the fondest of memories. They have no clue that half the world has gone crazy, they just know that their mama is happy and life at our house is good. ❀ Full disclosure, they would like it if I would lay off on the chores. Spoiler alert: that will not be happening.

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Penn finally quit being the world's spazziest sitter long enough for me to take this picture. Turns out that all those dreams of tandem sink baths were possible, but they require no less than 3 adults, (4 if I want a picture) some bumps and bruises, a lot of squealing and a couple of near death experiences. πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ So, obviously I'll be doing this again soon. With flowers. Don't judge me.

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Banks was very distraught that Poppy didn't have a picture in the snow, as she slept through our snow day shenanigans. "How is she ever going to remember this if it's not in her scrapbook!?!" So I dragged my butt outside the next morning in the freezing cold to take this picture for my eight year old, and when I showed him after school he said, "Oh, good, but you didn't even let her play in it?" So... sorry Poppy. #fifthkidproblems #itried

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