Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Five truths about you.
1. I ate...excuse me, inhaled four mini Kit-Kat bars in the car yesterday and tried to hide the evidence by shoving the wrappers into an empty water bottle. Unfortunately the watter bottle is clear. duh.
2. I am the worlds worst grocery shopper. I panic. My mind goes blank. (This happens every day too) Just ask my husband.
3. I clean my floors the old fashioned way...on my hands and knees. Good thing I have a small house.
4. I love to fish. No, really. I've fished ever since I was a little kid with my dad and can't wait to teach Baylor how. My first fish was a 10lb catfish and I caught it on a snoopy pole...which broke in half.
5. I'm really enjoying just having two kids right now.
Now, you're supposed to "tag" someone else so they can copy and paste to their blog. So I choose.......anyone who has a little free time....which I don't, but this is waaay more fun.
Monday, March 30, 2009
A few hours old.
There's the hairy little dude himself.
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Rawr. Let me out.
Yikes. Get this kid some cake.
2. Morning paint session
3. We made cake (actually I made cake and Baylor is patiently waiting to dig in)
4. Brody helped clean up
Saturday, March 28, 2009
I have a true and heartfelt appreciation for single moms, military moms or wives whose husbands travel a lot more than mine. I feel your pain (obviously mine is nothing compared to a year deployment in Iraq) especially if you have two very cranky, whiney and snot covered children. It's like cruel and unusual punishment. Whatever this nasty virus is, the fevers last about five days, so brace yourself.
I think I can only handle a teenie tiny bit more of this until my head implodes or I run screaming out the back door. I have peed three times with Brody on my lap, washed dishes one handed and had to take a bath this morning instead of a nice hot shower...with two little snot buckets in the tub with me. Yes, I realize that they are sick and who doesn't want to be loved on and hugged and taken care of when you're sick. I know I do. The only problem is that if I hear ,"mama" in the high pitched tone which only mothers and certain breeds of dogs can understand, I might lose it.
I LOVE MY CHILDREN.
I LOVE TAKING CARE OF MY CHILDREN.
I HAVE BEEN TAKING CARE OF MY CHILDREN....ALONE.
(just thought I'd clarify)
I AM A PRISONER IN MY OWN HOUSE
(did I say that out loud?)
FUEL TANK SAYS EMPTY.
Deep breath in.....and exhale. I swear I've gained ten pounds this week because the only exercise I've gotten is moving my hand to my mouth full of something unhealthy. I am a comfort eater by nature....when I get stressed I either quit eating all together or shove every piece of chocolate, ice cream or chips and salsa in my pie hole. It's usually the later. Speaking of unhealthy, I'm thinking of taking them to McDonald's tonight simply because they have a DRIVE THROUGH and the risk of cross contamination is very low. Might as well top off the ten pounds with some fries. C'mon, what's another 875 calories?
Friday, March 27, 2009
So I was thinking today as I had ten minutes to myself (without hearing my name repeated to me over and over and over and over.....and a growth by the name of Brody clinging to my leg) about how much this little guy has grown up. He has turned into quite a nice little guy, very polite, so creative and very inquisitive. He also has a tendency to have hilarious yet dramatic facial expressions ...I have NO idea where he gets this drama from...*ahem*
Like for example...this photo was taken when he was about 14 months old. Huh? What? You lookin at me? I said......YOU LOOKIN AT ME?
and here with the Donald Trump comb over (thanks to daddyeo)
Nothing says I love you like a sword in your eyeball. Lets hope he can continue this level of focus in med school....
Whoa. Down Tiger. Unfortunately this exact face and roar that accompanies has reared it's ugly head....in public...mostly in check out lines......sorry Wal-mart lady. He only bites when provoked by little brother.
You know that cheesy smile that all moms get when they ask nicely for their offspring to simply, "say cheese!" I get a big ole face full of cheese. Sporting the crazy "mu-hawk"
...at least it's better than this. I gave this look to Lonnie the other day when he asked me how my day went....but that was after a few glasses of wine.
There's that dang monster face again. You know Baylor, your face just might stay that way.
But don't let the monster fool you, he can be sweet too. This is a little to Children of the Corn for me....
...for like two seconds....this is my favorite...I-want-to-poke-your-eye-balls-out-with-this-abnormally-long-wooden-stick-I-have look. Use the force Luke, use the force.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
b) massive amounts of snot emanating from every facial crevice
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
P.S in the time it took me to post this....Baylor walked downstairs from his nap...and SURPISE! He was naked. Seriously? I asked him, "Baylor, why are you naked?" and he replied, "well, because I wanted to be." Fair enough. I have a feeling this might be a rough summer trying to keep clothes on this kid!!
Monday, March 23, 2009
Give a kid a brown paper bag and you'll have hours...okay, maybe ten minutes tops...of entertainment. Give Brody a bag...and he will rip it up in the time it takes you to say, "belly button lint." Mister destructo. It did however, make for a grand photo. I love it.
I was very blessed this weekend. First of all, a friend decided that they didn't want their iPod touch (it came with their ibook) and gave it to me. It is amazing. I still can't figure out some of the buttons, but I'm working on it. I did make an iPod cover though (still working on the stitching!) out of high quality wool felt that Diane let me have. Here it is. I'm going to have to get me some more of this felt, because it's awesome. It's nothing like the stuff they sell at Wally world or craft stores. I want to try to make some booties for a new baby next. You know...in my spare time....*sigh* ( "a new baby" meaning...someone else's....not mine!)
So Lonnie and I had a date on Saturday night that was very very much needed. He heads out again this week for Memphis with the track team, leaving me until Sunday night..boo. We used our Chili's gift card, enjoyed some boneless buffalo wings, watched some NCAA bball and then went to the local mall and wandered aimlessly without a plan. He stood in the Barnes and Noble sports section while I checked out the art books. We listened to screaming whining children in the play area and were very thankful that my mom had volunteered to watch ours. We got to have a full conversation without being interrupted by flying objects or yelling toddlers. It was great.
Spring weather in Iowa is always unpredictable. For example, today it's 60 and raining off and on and by Friday we're supposed to get snow. (that word..SNOW.....it's a dirty word in our house) All of this spring fever has gotten me ready for garage sales (how I supply my children's wardrobes) I'm fairly certain Baylor grew overnight because nothing fits anymore. I made him try on shorts last night and he's definitely in a 4T. So I'm on the look out for Boys 4T/5T clothing (summer, fall and winter) and a few 24 month/2T things for Brody (poor kid just gets hand me downs) Other than windows for my art projects, I really don't have anything on my "need" list, but I'm sure I'll find a lot on my want list. I am going to try to build a large sandbox for the boys...far far far away from the door. I am a self proclaimed sand hater. I hate sand. It gets into crevices and is always finds it's way into my house. I filled their little turtle up last year with rocks....that is how much I hate sand. I figure that if the sand box is far far far away, they have to walk through the grass and hopefully most of the sand will fall off. I also know how much they love digging and sand. So here is what I want it to look like.......
...but it will probably look nothing like this. I just need to find me some cheap sand, treated lumber and time now. So this and a picnic table are two of the projects when warmer weather arrives.
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
One of my favorite books to read to the boys is Llama Llama Mad at Mama , it's perfect for Baylor. He was definitely mad at mama this morning when I informed him of his impending doom....a haircut. Here's the new do. It was severe torture, lots of kicking, screaming, crying and bribery. It took both of us to hold the poor guy down. He's really having some issues with loud noises and is beginning to concern me a little. He wouldn't even walk through the doors at Wal-mart without holding his ears and hiding his head. (it might have been that scary greeter though) He used to be fine with a hair cut, but the noise thing is getting worse. I'm hoping it's just a stage.
Look mom, it's a "hoooooo" (talking about a dove that he thinks is an owl) or he could be asking me to pull his finger. One can never tell with gibberish man.
Yep, he climbed all the way up there all by himself and slid down unassisted. In fact, I was standing by the house...far far far away from him. Growing up so fast!
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Cable guy: So are these your day care kids?
Me: No, these are mine? (Should I take this as a compliment?)
Cable guy: really?! Looks like you have your hands full. How old are you?
Me: Um, 28. (trying to fix my hair and flash my wedding ring at the same time)
Cable guy: So what does your husband do?
Me: He's the head track coach and assistant cross country coach at Cornell.
Cable guy: Really, is that all he does?
Me: (Is that all Kirk Ferentz does? duh.) Yes, but it's quite a demanding job....
Cable guy: Really? How much does he make?
Me: (You have got to be kidding me?) Well it's not much, but it's enough for us to live off of and me to stay home with the kids.
He goes outside and I try to figure out what just happened. Clearly cable guy did not learn him some manners when he was growing up. Then mister manners comes inside. So I ask him about his family and then the following statements come out of his mouth.....
1. So you guys don't have cable,why not? (we don't really need it and we can't really afford it right now)
2. Sure you can....with this house and if you don't have any college debt.....blah blah (You lost me at THIS house...what do you mean THIS house?)
3. Oh, you do have college debt, wow....you went to Cornell...you have a lot of debt then.....(yes, but it's almost paid off....)
4. So if you don't have cable, what do you do at night? (seriously? Ummm, we talk....we watch non cable channels, we read, we use the computer, listen to music...and oh, then there are those two midgets following me around....they are pretty demanding)
So......nothing was wrong and the Internet was magically (and kind of suspiciously) working again BUT I did get to have marvelous conversation with a man who thought I was 15. Excellent. That is how my morning went. Man, I'm glad to have Internet back.
Yesterday was amazing. Simply perfect weather. It was nearly 75 degrees, sunny with a slight breeze. I took the boys to the park and we stayed for two and a half hours! They were so tired that they slept for three hours! I had to practically wake them up for fear that they would never sleep that night. We had a picnic and Brody demonstrated his love for all things daring. Baylor made a new friend and held hands with this girl and played all by himself (I have a feeling we'll be dealing with this girl thing later.....)
Monday, March 16, 2009
What the.......are those bubbles? Make it stop.