Showing posts from April, 2009

did you know...

. . . that there is a worm in the dirt in the germ on the flea on the hair on the wart on the frog on the bump on the log on the hole in the bottom of the sea?

Didn't think so.

picture stir-fry

Last night was another fun night of trying desperately to get the kids to go to bed. Eventually all was quiet. Later I went in to check on them and this is what I found. Don't you love the way my flash lights up an otherwise dark room?

Here are my kids with their very first "first cousin." Not that they don't have second cousins that they love very dearly! But this is sort of monumental because Steven and I were the only ones of all our siblings to have kids. Now we are not.

Yesterday I hear Jordan yelling "Mommy help!" This is what I found. The best parents take pictures before freeing their children.

A little mid-morning tea party. Their blocks are delicious!

Because it's my own blog I don't feel the need to excuse my own gratuitous posting of a half-decent picture of myself with one of the kids. I even took it myself.

the "big boy"

I snuggle Tennyson on my lap enjoying that he is such an excellent cuddler. "Tennyson," I say, rocking him back and forth, "are you my baby?"


"Are you my little girl?"

"No. Big Boy."

And he is. He's so big. I don't know where the last couple of years have gone with him. He's tall, he's ridiculously silly, he's conniving, he's sweet, he's hot-tempered.

He wears size 8 shoes and size 3 clothes. He could probably wear a 4, but you know the pants would be too big.

He gets mad when we drop Jordan off at school and he doesn't get to stay. "Me chool! Me chool!" he begs. I actually feel like I'm cheating him out of something when I carry him out of there, his big blue/green eyes desperately watching the kids play with the toys, the scissors, the play dough.

Next week he's going to be two. I'm excited for him because I know he wants to be "big" and do the things that Jordan does. …

bedtime blues

I think any parent knows how frustrating bedtime can be! I left the kids' rooms 40 minutes ago. Since then, I've had to chase Tennyson back to bed a number of times and scold them for being out of their beds, hitting each other and climbing the dresser. Somehow Jordan managed to bang her head on the headboard so now she's crying. They've also finally managed to wake up Mitchell, so it's a crying chorus upstairs.

Oh how I wish for another bedroom! I know, it's not that easy. It's not like I can just convert my dining room. It's not like any one bedroom is big enough to divide into two. My solution? Just suffer through the next few years of bedtime mayhem and keep my best "Mom Voice" handy.

I can now hear two kids crying and the third singing or something - and I'm in the basement.

my in-bin is full

Sometimes I'll be doing something mundane and something will happen and I'll think "Finally, something to blog about." Do I make a note of it? Nope. Do I quickly run downstairs and whip up a post? Nope. Instead I just forget about it altogether. I'll sit at the computer days later and remember that there was something funny I had wanted to write down in here but it's like a dream - you sort of know that you should remember it but it's not quite there.

Sometimes I wonder where my days go. I feel like I spend all day moving, cooking, picking up, doing something and at the end of the day I look at the heap of crusty dishes and the laundry spilling over the baskets. I sigh at the ring around the bathtub and the toys scattered throughout the house. At 9 o'clock at night I pick up the toys and throw errant socks into the piles of laundry waiting to be washed and wonder what I did all day.

Where does the time go? Sometimes when I've gone to make plans with…

reply from shaw

From Shaw:

We would first like to apologize for any issues you have encountered with the Digital Phone Service. We do not show any maintenance scheduled in the area and we should not be having any issues. As an initial troubleshooting step, we have reset the Digital Phone Terminal which will often restore dial tone. If you read this message try picking up the phone and see if you have a dial tone. If so, please dial 611 to schedule a service call so we can investigate this issue and work towards preventing it from returning in the future. If this does not restore a dial tone however, please check each handset to ensure that no phones have been left off-hook and that no phone cords have been disconnected. Should the issue persist, please respond with your availability for today and tomorrow as we would like to dispatch a technician as quickly as possible to resolve this issue for you. We currently have a technician available to arrive between 8am-12pm or 12pm-4pm.


Then guess what ha…

email to shaw

Our digital phone is down - again.

This happens on occasion and each time someone resets something and it works again but nobody has come out to figure out why this keeps happening.

As much as I enjoy navigating through all your menus using my cell-phone and then sitting on hold forever, it would be nice to have this permanently solved.

the boys

You just know they're up to no good...

how do you "lose" your dinner?

My daughter used to sit sort of nicely at the table and eat her dinner. Now she finds multiple excuses to get up and run around: I need more water, I have to poop (in those words), my hands are sticky, there's a bug on the window, I'm a kitty. We try our darnedest to get her to stay put but by the end of most meals the baby is crying, Tennyson is freaking out for reasons unknown and Jordan is running around the kitchen table.

The other day Steven was working so it was just me and the kids eating a square Hamburger Helper dinner. Jordan was running around - again - and I had to leave the table for something. I know, I'm a horrible example. When I came back I saw her red bowl in the sink. Then she came back and asked for seconds. I scolded her for putting her bowl in the sink if she wasn't done. She insisted that she hadn't put it in there. To her credit, the bowl didn't look as though it had HH in it. I checked the cupboard and the sink, and with Tennyson's b…

yet another mess

This is Mitchell in his high chair. Notice the puddle forming underneath it right now. In my frustration, and to save my own sanity, I have taken a brief leave from this situation before dealing with it. I'm somewhat annoyed. I actually contemplated taking my vacation time until I remembered that I don't have that kind of job.

Here's a closer view.

Any guesses?

ethan joshua

I'm pleased to announce the arrival of Angela's baby, Ethan Joshua.

He was born this afternoon, weighing in at 7lbs 5oz.

I don't have a picture yet, but I'll be seeing her tonight and I'll be sure to add it to this post later!

Congrats Ange, Love you!

jordan, i have a question for you

Cut and paste these questions and ask, you have to put the first answer your child says...

1. What is something I always say to you? Yes or no.

2. What makes me happy? Me not being bad.

3. What makes me sad? Me doing stuff that I shouldn't do.

4. How do I make you laugh? Tickling me and doin' other funny stuff.

5. What was I like as a child? Bottles and vegetables and food and toys.

6. How old am I? Forty-six.

7. How tall am I? One, two, three, four, five, six, seven (as she runs her hand up my leg and side). That means you have to go very high.

8. What is my favorite thing to do? Play with Mitchell and eat and play and tickle.

9. What do I do when you're not around? Play. When I'm not here you play piano.

10. If I become famous, what will it be for? Nothing. (laughs evilly)

11. What am I really good at? That (pointing at the computer) and piano.

12. What am I not very good at? Um . . . changing Mitchell's diaper of poop.

13. What do I do for a job? Play on there (the computer)…

please just feed my ego

I added a "followers" app to my blog. Please just click on it and make me feel ridiculously popular.

I'll click yours if you click mine...