Saturday, May 31, 2008

C is for Cookie . . .

A - Adam enrolls in "Do it Yourself Home Haircuts 101"
B - Baby boogers
C - Children of Chaos
D - "Duh mommy, I didn't turn in my summer school form because I didn't want to!"
E - Every time I mop the floor, someone drops a big jug of ketchup on it
F - Find a shoe, lose a shoe; find a shoe, lose a shoe . . .
G - "Good grief Adam! What did you do to your hair??!!"
H - "Hi honey, I'm going to Kentucky again for a week . . ."
I - I know what you did in your diaper
J - Just when you thought it was safe to go in the laundry room
K - Killin' time with my Kirby
L - Little sisters are big pests - little brothers too
M - Many monkeys make mega messes
N - Never do for your mom for free what you can make your little brother do for a nickel
O - Open the door, let the naked three year old out and the doggy who pees on the floor in
P - Please don't stuff jelly beans up your nose
Q - Quick! does anyone know how to unclog a toilet stuffed with 3 rolls of toilet paper??
R - Remember to buy more toilet paper
S - Someone drew on the baby again
T - Ten ways to make Sadie scream and your mom mad
U - Under the couch is the best place to put all the stuff you were supposed to put away
V - Vacuumed up a nail - now Kirby's making weird noises and smells bad
W - Wonder why I'm tired?
X - x-ray Adam again and find more money
Y - Y me? You always make me do everything!
Z -Zippity do dah! Zippity Yay! It's time for bed!

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Of Ticks, Chicks and Laundry

When the young boys in our house turn three they go through a rite of passage - the Father/Son Campout.

This year was Adam's first. He came home somewhat sunburned, extremely dirty, wearing the same clothes I sent him in and sporting no less than half a dozen ticks. He wolfed down an entire hot dog for dinner upon his return, took a bath and promptly fell asleep on the couch.

The girls and I look forward to this weekend with great anticipation. An evening of chocolate, cheesy popcorn, our various drink choices, staying up late and chick flicks! This year however, the FSC kicked off with a special fireside for the families after which us ladies enjoyed dutch oven desserts and then returned home while the men/boys stayed and camped. The campout was held on a farm about 45 minutes drive from home. As we made our windy way home in the dark, Jessi - who had been somewhat disappointed in not getting her chocolate or chick flick this year gave a sigh and said, "Just think mom, in two years Nathan will go and it really will just be us girls." I gave a smile in the dark just thinking about Matt trying to keep track of 4 boys running off in 4 different directions in the woods . . .

I am now going to spend the rest of the weekend steering clear of the laundry room.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Life, Foliage and the Pursuit of Identity

Yes, I realize it has been two weeks. Yes, I know I had a goal of writing something at least once, hopefully twice a week. All I can say is . . .best laid plans.

I felt that since she was the one who denuded our spring flowers of their buds, that it was only appropriate Sadie be the one to help me return our flowers beds to their flowered state. So, we set off to the store to appropriate some more bloomage. I expected and even welcomed input from said 5 year old. At the end, we had a cartful of flowers and plants in various states of blooming. I did however, notice a theme. "Sadie" I said, "These are ALL pink!" She gave me a look as if to say "But of course. What did you expect?" I did manage to convince her that some other colors might look nice and we returned home with some tulips in reds, pinks and purples; Lilies in pink and red; Hydrangeas in pinks and purply blues and lastly, my favorites, Calla Lilies in white. I picked up a couple of rosebushes as well - white and blush pink. Yes, still a bit of thematic pink going on, but I could live with it. We made the trek home and began digging and planting. For our efforts we ended up with dirt under our nails (and "dirt in my skirt" said Sadie) and a flowery showy bed more appropriate to spring. Sadie wisely steered clear of the roses and I bear the scratchy scars of wrestling with that pair. We have been well pleased with our efforts. All last week I have felt a small swelling of pride when driving in and out of our driveway. Last Thursday night however, I returned home from Sadie's preschool graduation and found one of my Hydrangea bushes (though bush might be an ambitious term at this stage) lying mournfully, roots exposed in a ball, at the end of the driveway. I picked it up and gently returned it to its proper place noting the small tricycle lying on its side very nearby. Adam apparantly had "escaped" and caused a bit of mayhem while Sadie and I were gone.

Once I find my camera and put the batteries back in it (don't ask - just one word, kids) I will try and get some pictures up of our flowers before the little ones succeed in killing them all off or removing all their petals.

Jessi had a very busy week the week prior to last with a Spelling Bee and a Talent Show. She spelled out on "meant" - not realizing there was an "a". She knew though, that it was not "mint". I was able to define it better for her afterward and she will probably forever remember how it is spelled now. She did well though. I was very impressed with some of the words the kids were spelling. For fifth graders, they were doing remarkably well with some tricky words. For the Talent Show, Jessi sang with a friend of hers. They had some technical issues with the music but managed to get through fairly well. I think just getting up there on that stage in front of the school and so many other people at this age is pretty darn impressive. She is already planning next year's act.

The kids are all getting very excited for the upcoming family reunion. I found a little program online that you can download to make Kid ID's on. I thought they might be fun (and a little useful if one of my kids decided to wander off - not that any of MY kids would EVER do THAT!). I thumbtacked a black piece of fabric to the wall and lined up the little ones snapping their ID photos. Then I weighed and measured them. I had the three youngest done before the others got home from school. Garrett noted the fabric tacked to the wall and inquired as to what I was trying to do with it. He is anxious to have his picture taken and as soon as I find my camera I am going to be happy to accommodate him.

I am including the link to the ID program at the end of this post. One, they asked me to "share" it and two, I was rather pleased with it and thought others might find it useful. They recommend updating your child's info yearly. I found that when you print the id, its not very clear on your options for size. I found that by putting a "4" in the field for the printer (you'll understand when you get there) I ended up with an ID roughly the size of a driver's license. The smaller the number you put in that field, the smaller the id and the larger number, well, the larger the ID will print out. I printed them on glossy photo paper and they came out pretty good.

FREE Child's ID from