Friday, October 30, 2009

Friday 15

15 things I learned this week....in no particular order:

1. Taking care of a sick husband can be equated to having another child.

2. Halloween candy 2, Keri 0. Crap.

3. Snot doubles as hair gel and does some awesome things with your eyebrows.

4. Do not forget to check your clothing for snot wipes and random boogers before leaving the house.

5. I have an anger management problem. Grrrrrrr

6. My son thinks he can marry me (cute) and that I should be a princess for Halloween (also cute) but told me again that my boobs were small (not cute at all)

7. I get really grumpy when I don't get to work out. REALLY GRUMPY.

8. That no matter how many times you tell them not to, dancing on the table seems to be the activity of choice.

9. Never ever try to slip a vegetable into a child's mouth without telling them, this will result in gagging, choking and possible vomit on the kitchen table.

10. Lots of deep breaths will help from wanting to inflict pain upon a certain two year old hiney when faced with a tantrum in a public place.

11. Brody is going to have "what doctors call a little bit of a weight problem." The dude never stops eating.

12. That if I were to fall ill for a day, I'm sure the entire house would crumble and all heck would break loose.

13. The new coffee shop less than a block away from my house is going to be very very dangerous.

14. I love listening to Brody sing to his cereal and Baylor talk to his army dudes.

15. I've really got to quit caring what other people think. Really.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Smushy pumpkins

Okay, this photo has nothing to do with pumpkin carving but I thought I'd show you this cute little rascal all dressed up with no place to go. Doesn't he look so grown up? Wish he acted all grown up.....as in not throwing major knock down drag out tantrums in public places.
Brody is trying soooo hard to blow out the candle in the pumpkin, but he just ended up spraying a mixture of snot and spit instead. Mmmmm.
Give a man a camera and he'll take a photo of his love.
That's right....those are shoes. Stop laughing.
The lovely pumpkins named "Maddy" and "Happy" ready for display.
This was the first sad attempt at a pumpkin, he picked out this pumpkin about a month ago. It was love at first sight, the smallest pumpkin there. Unfortunately it was nasty smelly moldy inside and I had to convince him to go with the gigantic surprise green pumpkin that we grew in the backyard this year. He quickly realized that his pumpkin would be much bigger than Brody's and agreed. End of story.
Almost as big as he was.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Bendy straw syndrome

So my insane attempts to find the H1N1 vaccine for our family have failed...kind of. I called around and found that our Physician had the mist and made a family appointment. It turns out however, that since Brody is mister breathing problem (he is the one I am most worried about) and Lonnie has a cold (but claims he is dying) they both could not get it. Baylor and I however, had the little mist up our noses. I know, I know some of you are adamantly opposed to vaccines and I'm not sure how I feel either, I do know that being a parent makes me worry a whole heck of a lot more. I am still searching for an inactivated shot for Brody, just in case. Since I am a germ freak, I did make my family wait in the car until we got called in.....I know, I'm a freak. It took all of my power to try to keep Brody from licking the chairs...really, he tried.

Now back to Lonnie....my wonderful husband whom I love dearly....but when any sort of illness hits.....he gets, "bendy straw syndrome." What is that, you ask? Well a friend once told me a story of this usually very healthy, masculine and burly husband was sick and being waited on hand and foot and when his wife brought out juice with a straw, he asked if they had a bendy one. Thus turning this phenomenon that seems to strike the males of the family, into the bendy straw syndrome. They suddenly can't move off of the couch, the remote control becomes fused to their hand, juice must be served from the couch, Kleenex, Tylenol and tea must be at arms reach....and oh yea, they're dying. Don't get me wrong, I have sympathy and I know he doesn't feel well, but what happens when mom gets sick? I must suffer in silence, go about the daily activities pretending that I don't feel like I got hit by a mack truck. I'm fine however and I will take care of my husband until he feels better. Get well soon, babe.


Friday, October 23, 2009

Pink eye, stink eye

So we have managed to avoid swine flu (for this week at least!) and after bathing my children in sanitizer before, after and during any trips outside the house, I am the one who ended up with some cool funk. I have pink eye in not one, but both of my eyes. I thought it was inevitable last night at band when I kept blinking goo from my eyes trying to read the music. I woke up this morning caked shut, swollen and looking like I had just smoked the ganja with Bob Marley. Duuuuuuuuuddddeeeee. It's not a big deal at all, in fact I would rather have this all winter than any other illness. Despite my freakish appearance and lack of makeup, my friend and I decided that we needed to get out of the house and braved taking the boys out for breakfast at Na-Nanold's (McDonalds) Two tantrums, one lost boot, a thrown salt shaker and a table dance later....I was kicking myself in the head. That's right! How could I forget...I wasn't going to take Brody in public until he's 25. Apparently the pink eye had settled into my brain cells because I thought a short jaunt to Goodwill to drop off some junk and pick more up, would be a marvelous idea. In the first seconds I had lost both children amongst the racks of clothing but managed to find them because I followed the trail of boots (Brody's boots were tad on the loose side) I found a bunch of great art ideas (frames are half off today, wahoo!) and a sweet desk that would look great painted, but couldn't stay in the store long enough to even check out the price. *Sigh* someday.

Now don't get me wrong. I know what you're thinking. This lady can't even handle two children. Oh, I can handle them just fine and they bring my joy every day. The only issue I have is that they need to learn how to behave in public and need to be disciplined when they disobey in these public places....and the hard part is actually following through with that when we're in public. This is why I think I'm just going to stay in my house until they turn 25. Besides, this blog wouldn't be any fun if my children wore clothes, didn't like getting dirty or behaved perfectly. They have kept my dream of writing a book about raising two monkeys in captivity alive and well.

It's been raining for two days straight here. We had a few beautiful days where we spent every second we could outside raking leaves, then the rain came. Yesterday we had a pajama party and watched movies (found a bunch of new Disney videos at the library for .25 each! Yes, we still have a VCR) Right now Baylor seems to be stuck on Dumbo and The Wizard of Oz and Brody has taken a liking to A Bug's Life and Mary Poppins. We also had a manly tea party.....with the emphasis on manly. Today is game and tent in the living room day.


Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Do you ever feel like....

1. Your head is spinning and not so much attached to your body? As in, you have too many things to do and you are pulled in about thirteen different directions? The laundry is sitting in major piles all over the house and the dishes are screaming your name but all you want to do is run and hide?

2. You have no deep friends. I'm talking about best friends, the ones that tell you if you have a booger in your nose and then give you a pat on the back because you hate hugs. The ones that get your humor and aren't afraid to dish it right back.

3. You can't say no. That you sit at home to watch Oprah and eat bon bons and since you have so much extra time on your hands you can help out. You risk being called lazy or not helping, you always say yes to everyone....except your husband.

4. You are not taken seriously. That people think that just because you stay at home with your kids that your intelligence level drops significantly, you can't drive and you have no opinion what so ever? and when you use a word like auspicious or ramification , they look at you like you have a third eye.

5. Secretly you wonder why "they" didn't accept your friend request on Facebook. Are they too busy or did their computer just burst into flames or do you smell funny? Really.

6. That no matter how hard you clean, scrub, organize or polish, your house is never clean enough...never ever ever.

7. You are a bad mom because you have mold growing in the caulk on the bathtub.

8. You will be judged for eating Wendy's, drinking wine, reading the Bible and watching Ghost Hunters.

9. You're not doing enough....ever. Enough cleaning, playing with your kids, eating spinach, sharing the Gospel or getting enough fiber.

9.5 Some people deserve a good flick in the ear. God love them, but they simply deserve a good flick.

10. Despite all the facts you've heard about the H1N1 virus, it still totally freaks you out.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Fall Photos


They were running to jump into a huge pile of leaves....okay, maybe not huge since all of our trees are still clinging to their leaves.
I LOVE fall colors. This is the tree just outside of our house....the one that hasn't been cut down yet.
Look at this innocent face....ha!
Gotcha mom! (later to find leaves stuck in the camera...and my bra...hmmmm)


Saturday, October 17, 2009

Marathon relay

Well folks, the time is here! I'm headed to Des Moines in a few hours with my lovely husband and teammate. We will be running the Des Moines marathon....okay, so just part of it. I've been training since early summer and have loved it. I've lost some pounds, gained some muscle tone and have turned myself into a long distance runner. Five miles is nothing now! The next goal is half marathon!

Lonnie and I run the second leg of the race, which is the hardest with lots of hills. Sweet. The weather is supposed to cooperate as well, but I must bust out the spandex and re-live my college sprinting years. Both of our teams have worked so hard and I'm very proud of all of them! I can't wait to cheer everyone on to the finish line. Wish us luck!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Friday Photos


This is a beautiful Iowa sunset at Palisades Park in Mount Vernon. I like it. It reminds me of the blue and pink cotton candy you get at the fair.
GET ME OUT OF HERE MOOOOMMMMM!!! Well, you did climb in the clean laundry all by yourself so why can't you get out? C'mon kid, use some of that two year old energy that you seem to find when in the aisles of any store.

Our "first snow" of the year. It's the earliest I can remember! Nothing stuck, but Baylor thought that since it was snowing Christmas was just around the corner. I had to calm him down and remind him that just because Wal-mart has Christmas trees up and it's snowing in October, doesn't mean Christmas is tomorrow. I thought he was going to punch me.


Thursday, October 15, 2009

YouTube Giggles

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So my sister in law Christina showed both of the boys funny videos of dogs and cats doing stupid things like dancing or running into walls. Now, everytime we turn on the computer, they ask to, "watch the funny dogs." Here is a short snippet of Brody man watching (and laughing in the most fake laugh I've ever heard) his funny dogs.

P.S He's not saluting Hitler, I promise...that's the way he points. We're working on it, trust me.

Dude, is it Thursday already?

Where has this week gone?

So Mike and Lila and Christina (sister in law) came to our house last Monday and stayed a week. The boys (and us of course) ate it all up, loved all the extra play time and attention! They helped us tremendously around the house by sealing windows, fixing lights, putting storm windows in, doing dishes, washing my floor! (yes, she rocks!) and even hemming my pants. We truly were blessed and weren't expecting all of this help and are very thankful. We laid low and ate lots of not healthy baked items (my baking ban was lifted since we had company and I went a little crazy....) They helped with groceries and most of all, they got to be with us for a whole week. The boys were asking for them to come back five minutes after they left. Hopefully we'll see them at Thanksgiving! Unfortunately they left being exhausted and with colds...what can I say...we are giving people.

Brody was up all night with a sore throat (at least that's what I think, he was crying and coughing) so I got about two hours of sleep...total. Doing surprisingly well this morning, just waiting to hit a wall this afternoon. The snot factory has begun and I'm just praying that Lonnie and I don't get it before our big race on Sunday. Four days until the marathon relay, can't wait!

Working on some artwork for an art open house on November 14th. It's so much harder to get things done now that the weather is nasty and the boys can't go outside. It's time to get creative with entertainment! So that is my question of the day to you? How do you entertain when the weather is bad and the t.v is not an option?

Friday, October 9, 2009

Pumpkin Patch

I'm not even going to touch this photo....I'll let you look and decide for a caption for yourself.
Honey, you really need to work on those cankles.....I should talk, mine are looking mighty stove-pipe-ish.
Checking out the geese....at a safe distance.

Guess what Baylor wants for Christmas?
The sign said, "Do not touch the ghosts." Guess what my kids did? Grabbed the skeleton and gave freaky alien man a whack in the crotch. Just making sure they weren't real I guess.
The short one is obviously a little confused.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Growth spurt.

So a few weeks ago I broke down and bought Baylor a brand spankin new pair of shoes. This doesn't happen very often in our house because we can usually find them at a garage sale or Goodwill for much less. Apparently Baylor (and his little bro) have decided to up and grow on me. I'm not talking a few millimeters, I'm talking two shoe sizes! Baylor went from a size 10 to almost a size 12 in a period of two weeks. I've been told it only gets worse, so be thankful for $12 shoes instead of $80 shoes. This will come later, as it is his destiny to be a runner and good running shoes won't sell for less that $100. I now know why mothers donate plasma in between running kids to different practices! Eeek! He can still squeak into a 4T shirt and pants, but he will soon be in 5T. Brody has also grown and his shoes and slippers from the summer no longer fit. He is now a size 7 shoe. He has moved into a 2T top and 24 month bottom. I swear someone must have sprayed some miracle grow on these kids!

We are also trying a new, "test" tonight. Since Baylor doesn't like to nap anymore (even though he really really really needs it) and Brody takes a fairly good nap in the afternoon, he has been wired at bedtime. Baylor just needs to go to sleep and is exhausted and little bro is serenading him, reading books (on top of him...seriously, I came in one night and Brody was sitting ON TOP of Baylor...who was fast asleep) kicking the wall, taking all of the diapers out of the container, rearranging the books 56 times and just plain being loud. It was time for an intervention. We put Baylor down right at 8 and kept Brody downstairs to get some quality mom and dad time. He is currently dancing around in his light up slippers with a clear plastic container on his head (and why not? That's what I do when I'm wired.) Obviously not ready for bed. I thought Baylor would throw a fit but he quietly said, "oh, it's okay...Brody keeps me awake anyways." We'll see if Brody can stay quiet when he returns to bed. This could be fun.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Everything is a weapon

Oh just look at this marvelous stick that I can promptly use to poke my big brother in the eye.
...or pretend to shoot him in the butt.

I'm not a big gun fan especially for kids, but I do believe in the right to bear arms. In fact I'm fairly certain both of my sons would back me up on that since they bear arms every day. They are boys and want to encourage their creativity, so we have laid down some ground rules applying to fake weapon play. It is amusing to me however, that if you try to take one of these so called weapons away, that they will craft another one out of anything. I MEAN ANYTHING....my sons have used sticks, rocks, Veggie Tales, vacuum cleaner attachments, broom handles, plastic golf clubs and my personal favorite....string cheese. Nothing like a hunk of cheese to the forehead.

Well the in-law's have arrived. Yes, they are a day early...little miscommunication BUT we are thrilled nonetheless. One more day with them is always a bonus! Baylor was so excited he almost wet himself when they pulled up. They came bearing a box of books and treasures as usual and the boys are still wide awake, dreaming of all the fun that we will have this week. Baylor has a deep cough but no other symptoms right now, I'm hoping it will stay away and not come back another day.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

This is what I get...

...when I ask the kid to smile.

Eeeek! What is that?!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

The in-laws are coming, the in-laws are coming

...and we're counting down the days! Both boys are sooooo excited that Lonnie's parents (Mike and Lila) will be spending about a week here at the Speidel home starting Tuesday. Every time we talk about, Baylor runs to the calendar and counts down the days until they get here. He has also mentioned how much he loves Grandma Lala's hair....funny what kids remember. She does have some pretty awesome hair though. We're looking forward to a fun week and the promise of some alone time...cause that's what grandparents are for right? Babysitting! Just kidding. We love you guys and can't wait to see you!