Wednesday, April 30, 2008
1- He kept wanting to put his sunglasses into glass/fragile china items for "fun."
2- He was hungry. I pulled out Scooby Doo fruit snacks I stuffed in my purse last minute.
3- He was hungry again. I pulled out 2nd and final Scooby Doo fruit snacks and told him he had to sit quietly or else. I hate those fruit snacks, but you have to have emergency snacks for this very reason.
4- "My nose. My nose." When it runs he thinks it's going to fall off or something. I wiped it 100 times.
5- He wanted a stuffed monkey. It looked like about 3 he already has. "No", I said. To which he wailed "BUT I WANT IT!" I swear. This ticks me off the most. How many times do I have to tell him that he doesn't need it and he's not getting it? Wait. I think I need to start telling myself this more as well... BUT I did NEED a new ironing board cover and found a cute pink madras one for $7.99.
6- He said he was "hungry for water". I whipped out the bottle of water I brought. Do I know my mini or what?
7- He asked people their names. This annoys me. This probably annoys others, but surprisingly most play along.
8- He LOUDLY asked me "what's wrong with that girl's hair?" It was just a bit curly. I Shhhed him and moved us in an opposite direction.
9- He was pretending that the roll of wrapping paper (Nope. Don't think I needed that either.) I was buying was a fishing pole. This was cute at first. However, I had to keeping telling him what kind of fish I wanted him to catch for me. Um, I struggled after clown and gold. We went straight to shark and octopus.
10- He had to go pee pee. Grrreeeeaaatttt. To the public potty. He did it. We pulled up pants and then he informed me he had to go poo poo. Grrrooossss. I set up the potty and sat him on the potty. After 10 seconds he said "Nope. Don't need to poo poo". Of course. I knew that would happen.
11- We get to the car. Now I typed that sentence a lot quicker than it took to get to the car. You know how it is. Anyway. He's hungry. Again. Swung into McDonalds cause I was in no mood to come home and make lunch. He wanted a cheeseburger. No pickles and no onions. He NO EAT it.
Two bites. Must have been all the freakin fruit snacks!
Now my house still needs cleaning, but at least he's asleep. And, just to end this on a positive, I did take him to the airport observation deck prior to shopping and he loved seeing and hearing the loud planes. I loved seeing that huge smile and relishing in his delight. I'm thankful we have these times together. The good, the bad and the ugly!
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Let me start by saying I stayed up until 12:30 last night (this a.m.) reading The Tender Bar, my book club book. It was a really moving book. Anyway a few hours later a little face with dark eyes was looking into mine through the darkness. Now does this scare the heebie jeevies out of you or is it just me? Every time a mini shows up in my room in the middle of the night I'm nervous. I'm talking heart palpitations! This particular 3 yr version of my minis had spotted a monster under his bed. And, being I was scared, nervous and tired, I broke my OWN rule and let my little monster climb into our bed. We have a first floor master and I just couldn't fathom getting up and taking him upstairs. So he settled in between us and fitful sleep ensued. You know the wild feet kicking your side and me afraid to roll over on him. Then, what seemed like mere minutes later, a taller version of my minis appeared at my bedside. His problem? Oh, his throat was dry and he wanted a "cold drink of water". WTH? Both of them in the same night and at my side of the bed no less. I focused on the clock and noted with horror that it was 4:29 a.m. That was it. I looked at the awake mini in the bed, picked him up and off to the kitchen we went with the other mini in search of a "cold drink of water." I marched everyone upstairs and told mini#2 that there are no monsters and to stay in his bed. I took a quick look backwards as I left his room and his bed looked empty until I realized he covered his entire body with the covers. Good. Less chance for future monsters to hone in on him.
As I walked back to my bedroom I realized that I get far more agitated when my precious sleep is interrupted now that the kids are older than I did when they were infants. Why is that? I think I was just sleepwalking then...going on autopilot....surviving. Now I guess I secretly think: "Hey. Wait a minute. I did my time. Leave me alone. Mama needs sleep. And let's not forget you also have a Daddy. Wake him up!" Is this just me or are there other grouchy mamas around?
Monday, April 28, 2008
Saturday, April 26, 2008
So Mr. Pink and I fell out of bed at 7:10 this a.m. to drag out our stuff in hopes of majorly unloading it to the general public. It was our annual neighborhood yard sale today where you pull it out and people go door to door shopping. In all fairness I didn't have a lot to sale. We gave a ton away when we moved a year and a half ago. Anyway, we had push toys, ride toys (why the heck do kids have so many freakin ride toys?), high chair, baby gate, clothes...blah, blah, blah. We got it all pulled out and displayed in the driveway by 7:50 and there were customers. They never abide by the actual published start time do they? However, in this baby making area of the country, every other house had push toys, ride toys, high chairs and baby gates, too! And my neighbor/friend two doors down had her cute kids selling lemonade for a quarter and bottled water for a dollar. Now that's smart! She was my direct competition! My kids decided this was the one day that they would sleep late. 8:30 and 8:45! That was actually nice because mini#2 couldn't quite grasp the concept of all of this. "Hey, dat Clifford used to be mine!" And now it's someone else's sweetheart. Get over it!
When it was all over I only made $70...hmmm. I was slashing prices by the end because I knew I had to write all of the items down afterwards so Mr. Pink could haul it off to Goodwill. At about noon, as I was making my list, I heard that familiar sound of tinkly music (I think "tinkly music" comes from a Curious George book we have) in the distance. Ah yes, the beloved ice cream truck. NOT! But, as I was now $70 richer, I splurged and let mini#2 buy a $2 Oreo ice cream bar from my meager earnings. For the record, mini#1 was happily skating at a birthday party without us.
I blame the economy for our low profits today. I don't think all of my stuff was crap... or it could have been that I wasn't offering refreshments. Yes, all I have is $68 and a sunburn on my forehead. But there's always next year. I'm thinking mint juleps, mojitos, and Pellegrino mineral water. It's all about the refreshments these days....
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
1- The whole breastfeeding thing. It's hard! I was told "Don't give up. It will get better. And don't supplement with formula." I didn't give up, but I struggled with it, especially with mini#1. I now look back at that borderline colicky baby and wonder why the heck I didn't supplement with formula that first week or two! He was early. I was stressed and he was hungry. I think he and I would have had a much more enjoyable time had I just supplemented some until we were both comfortable.
2- I was told: Don't bring babies into your bed to go to sleep. This was also difficult and I gave in during the night and they slept with us occasionally, BUT they were always put into their crib initially. It really is important to establish routines with babies/toddlers. Now we always have the routine of bath, brush teeth, books, prayers, bed. It's what they know and expect. I've heard horror stories of kids staying in parents' bed for years. Bet they're wishing they were a little more disciplined in the early days about putting them in their cribs!
3- Take it one day at a time. This is my advice. I remember just being so overwhelmed by all the daily tasks involved with the care of a baby. Also, I was up so long during the night with mini#1. He would wake every 2 hours and was so difficult to get back to sleep. I remember just giving myself pep talks saying "It's ok. You're doing the best you can. It will get better. These days will pass." And eventually they did and you finally get some sleep...until they become teenagers, I hear.
The Bachelor episode had the family visits last night, but these were a little blah. However, Shayne's mom was a character. Someone needs to help her tone her makeup down and tell her the dangers of too much plastic surgery. Amanda was clever by hiring actors to portray her parents(or did ABC think of this) and it was comical to see Mr. Brit squirming a bit when the actress mom made the moves on him. Chelsea's visit blah (beautiful scenery though in CO mountains) and so was Noelle's (ditto with CO scenery). Mr. Brit certainly made the opportunity to kiss them all though. In the end Noelle went home and there are 3 left to go to Barbados on the next episode. If he picks Shayne, he's just more of a cad then I thought....he'll be going for the Hollywood family life which is foreign to most of us, but especially to a Londoner. I still like Chelsea.
Monday, April 21, 2008
You made me a mother. All 5 lbs 11 oz of your 4 week early self. You made us a family. I can still remember those first soft cries and how they would stop when I spoke to you in the hospital. It was amazing to me that you recognized my voice. Funny, 7 years later you pretend NOT to recognize my voice...especially when I tell you to get in the bathtub! All my firsts as a mother happened with you. All my worries, tears, joys happened with you. You are so sweet and kind-hearted. The conversations we have now are so awe inspiring to me. You are becoming this thoughtful, concerned person with so many ideas already for your future. I look at you and I catch myself smiling. I envy your free spirit and need to remember to share in your joy of life, no matter what each day brings. You are special. We waited two and a half years to see your tiny face. It was worth the wait. God knew you were the one to bless our lives. I wish you love, joy and happiness in all that you do. I'll be right there cheering you on every step of the way. I love you!
Sunday, April 20, 2008
It was a nice weekend. My parents and Mr. Pink's dad stopped in briefly over the weekend to visit and drop off gifts for mini#1. Mr. Pink's mom (his parents are divorced) generously gave mini#1 & 2 this new playset for their birthdays. Mr. Pink and a neighbor have been working on putting it together this weekend after he and my dad picked it up Saturday. All 8 boxes of it. I looked at the box of screws, bolts, and nails and there must be 520,486 in total. Geez.... not my idea of fun. It doesn't look like the picture yet, but Mr. Pink is taking Monday and Tuesday off to continue working on it. As I type, raindrops are steadily falling. Even though we still need the rain, I hope it passes. The kids are super duper eager to get their party started in the fort.I hope everyone had a nice weekend!
Saturday, April 19, 2008
me (Groggily): Who's there?
me (slightly aggravated): Pillowcase who?
mini#2: Pillowcase on my bed, that's who. heeeeheeeheeee.
And this is how my day commenced when mini#2 came into our room at 7:30 this Saturday morning. He has discovered knock, knock jokes and has spent the last 3 days thinking of his own to tell anyone at any given moment. Mail lady, neighbors, strangers.You get the picture. I'm thinking of banning knock, knock jokes at the White house...one can only take so many of them.The pillowcase one did make me smile though. A lot.
Thursday, April 17, 2008
1- you link back to the person who tagged you
2- post these rules on your blog
3- share six unimportant things about yourself
4- tag random people at the end of your entry
5- let the tagged people know by leaving a comment on their blogs
1- I have been a licensed U.S. Customs (now known as Customs and Border Protection) broker since 1996. I have not used this license since...1996. I left brokerage for ocean transportation at that time, but still keep the license current.
2- I like to vacuum right before guests arrive so the lines are still on the carpet (mainly in the guest room).
3- I obsess over thank you notes. Thanks mom! My children now have their own stationery (monogrammed, of course!) and mini#1 will be writing his first "thank yous" after his birthday party this weekend. It's time to pass the torch to the minis...
4-I have a strange memory. I can remember exactly what I was wearing to an insignificant event years ago and even conversations that took place, but I can't remember where my sunglasses are on a daily basis.
5- I hate change. Not good with it at all. I'm a creature of habit. Trying not to pass this character trait (flaw?) to my boys.
6- When I go to the grocery store I have to pick a gallon of milk about 2-3 back from the first one. For some reason I don't think the first one is getting enough refrigeration.
Ok, now I tag the following:
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
I also found the navy nautical sweater (no picture) I had been eyeing for mini#1 in last fall's catalog. Was $58 originally and I got it for $21! It has a white anchor on the front. All items were originally $168...I paid $74 today. I probably would have bought more, but I made the mistake of letting mini#2 out of his stroller and he was pushing it through the store like he was in the grand prix. I kept losing my concentration having to discipline him. He does not like that stroller, but he doesn't stay with me unrestrained either. I always coax him into the stroller when we get out of the car by saying, "You're lucky. You get to ride in the stroller. I wish I could ride in the stroller." Works every time. We made a quick stop by Barnes and Noble, too. I had to find my book club book, The Tender Bar. Has anyone read this? I was told it was at Target, but after looking in two with no results I gave up and went to B&N. Mini#2 enjoyed loudly telling people we were looking for "the book club book" to anyone who would listen. Can I just say that preschool is 5 months too far away for me...I mean him. If anything he's a good deterrent to my shopping sickness. Sometimes just thinking about venturing out with him gives me a migraine, hives or both.
Monday, April 14, 2008
Sunday, April 13, 2008
2-That I am raising a future President (and/or art teacher) who wants "to change the world" and a pro football player who plays basketball on the side. These were answers I got when I asked the minis what they'd like to be when they grow up.
3-To stop thinking that a Lifetime movie version of a good book is worth watching on a Saturday night. Did anyone else suffer through their version of "The Memory Keeper's Daughter?" So disappointing! The final moments were like the Oscars....feverishly rushed to get to the end.
4- Amazon sells French music cd's. I ordered the below cd this weekend, along with books and other cds. I'll let everyone know how it is. I want to teach mini#2 French and a teacher gave a good review of this one on Amazon. Only $6.29, too!
5- That Ivana Trump, 59 married her Italian entrepreneur boytoy...um..friend, 36 this weekend at the Palm Beach estate, Mar-A-Lago, belonging to Donald Trump. Take a look at the couple. Didn't I see him last season on Dancing With the Stars as one of the professionals? He's got that look. Actually, he's got the look of "What did I just do?"
Get a good night sleep all. Tomorrow it all starts again!
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Friday, April 11, 2008
1- McCormick's Grill Mates marinade in: Garlic, herb and wine. We grilled kabobs a couple weekends ago and I tried this with chicken. So yummy. You add olive oil and balsamic vinegar to the marinade. I also reserved some of the marinade for the mushrooms, onions and asparagus. Added lots of flavor. Try it!
2- Cooking out. I love spring. You can finally break out of the kitchen and let hubby grill outside. The kids also love eating outside.
3- Seeing all the pink dogwoods in bloom. I have always loved this tree and we finally planted one when we moved here. It hasn't bloomed yet, but I'm sure enjoying all of the others I see.
4- Ok, this has nothing to do with spring, but it does have something to do with "cleaning" if you know what I mean. My kids have some occasional digestion problems so our doc suggested we use Benefiber. I sprinkle this in just about everything I make for them. It really helps!
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Well I hope everyone enjoyed this beautiful Spring day. I hate that we've been hidden inside all day while it was sunny and warm. At least I had a chance to read multiple catalogs and magazines. Just couldn't get to that ironing...maybe tonight.
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
The Bachelor was ok. Sorry not to post today on Mr. Brit's adventures in dating American "women". I will say I so picked the 2 women that left the show last night. Once again it was a singer, Ashlee, and a drinker, Kelly. Please let this be all of the singers. I can't take another painful display of non-talent.
Monday, April 7, 2008
Saturday, April 5, 2008
Well now I want to celebrate my firstborn. He really is my buddy, my friend. Right now anyway. He likes to go on errands with me and just be with me. I love these times where we can connect without distractions (read: mini#2). We went to see Nim's Island yesterday, just the two of us, and we shared popcorn. He let me hold his hand for a few minutes. He's so precious to me and I thank God every day for giving me this precious gift. A gift we waited so long to receive. He loves his mommy!
He, I believe anyway, is gifted in the area of art. I'm frequently surprised by his creativity and attention to detail in his schoolwork and drawings. Each day he could survive as long as he had paper and pens/markers/crayons to create his latest masterpiece. He worked Saturday morning on his latest. I'm not boasting. I just wanted to share. Take a look.
It's a man with a runaway dog who scares a woman on a sidewalk. Note that her hair is standing on end and she's thrown her purse up so that's it's spilling out the contents. This is pretty ingenious isn't it? I think only fellow women bloggers will appreciate it. What are your kids' talents ? Come on ladies. It's your time to share. Let me hear it.
P.S. Mini#1 and I didn't go to church this morning. We both have sinus problems right now.
As I typed...he was cutting out felt pieces that I bought him! He makes people and clothes out of them. Today it was an NC State jersey with a white long sleeve shirt underneath.
Friday, April 4, 2008
Yesterday, before we met Mr. Pink for lunch, the minis and I ran into TJ Maxx. I found the following. Now I love madras for the kids. Not so sure about this dress for me. It was next to the bathing suits. I think it's supposed to be a bathing suit cover-up, but it's lined so don't know. Nonetheless, it will be a cool dress for summer and I'll probably add a cardigan so not soooo much madras. I love the navy polka dot Tommy Hilfiger flip flops. I bought some similar brown ones last year and they were super comfortable. I needed navy.
On Fridays Mr. Pink works from home. This morning mini#2 quietly came into our bedroom at 8:00 a.m. Yes, I've been able to sleep late this week, too! Anyway I sensed his presence so I sat up and said "Good morning. Come here." He crawled in bed beside me and a minute or two later he heard a bird that makes that funny call that we've discussed before. I'm not a bird expert so not sure of the bird species.
mini#2: Mom, why that bird making that sound?
me: He's waking up and saying "good morning" to us.
mini#2: But he have no covers and a pillow.
me: (laughing) No, he sleeps in the tree.
mini#2: Where his brothers? Is he looking for his brothers?
me: He could be.
mini#2: I go look for my brother (brudder), too.
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
While munching on pizza and tuning out our 5 children, I told my friend about the Dr. Phil show and she knows someone who has MRSA. We both used extra hand sanitizer today. That's for sure. At one point I had to take mini#2 to go potty and I gave him our command "Hands Up" while he pee-pees in a public restroom. However, he lost his balance and (GASP) touched the toilet. Seat was up! I nearly passed out cold in the floor. I quickly scrubbed his hands semi-raw and returned to the germ pool. On our way out mini#2 was a tad (read: monumentally) upset about not being able to get a Fun Dip because we didn't have enough freakin tickets! He then threw himself on the nasty floor crying and, again, MRSA flooded my thoughts! That and wondering....why did I want a second child? Mini#2 didn't even get his tiny 20 ticket piece of candy after that display of "threeness"! Anyway, the kids are wiped out and Mr. Pink has finished scrubbing away all traces of Chuck E. Cheese from the minis in their freshly cleaned tub. I had no time to post earlier. I decided to Clorox wipe the phones, the computer keyboard, the mouse, the faucets, the door knobs and anything else that got in my path. Now that I've scared you all, get to it! Clean that keyboard and mouse!
Ok- quick update on last night's The Bachelor. Mr. Brit kissed just about everyone last night. We saw the first hot tub scene. We all knew that was coming! Shayne, once again, showed us she's a little bi polar and everyone hates Robin. Erin, Amy, and Kristin were left without a rose.
Kind of dull last night, but I was ironing while viewing. I guess the show was more interesting than the ironing!