Monday, April 30, 2007
Saturday, April 28, 2007
We celebrated with a family party, chocolate cake and presents. The twinks loved their new clothes from Nana and Papa, sand toys from Oma and Opa, books, t-shirts, blocks and beads. Some of the partygoers were happier than others. Some guests were high on Vicodin and the rest of us wish we were too.
Just for fun...see if you can "guess the twin"...
- ...who is completely potty trained (including nighttime!)
- ...who can do seat-drops and mini-flips on the trampoline
- ...who hates to touch anything wet or dirty
- ...who enjoys tattling on the other kids
- ...who loves broccoli
- ...who makes snoring noises during the prayer
- ...who is left-handed
- ...who loves instant oatmeal (uncooked)
- ...who says "I not in trouble...I happy!"
- ...who loves getting haircuts and dental check-ups
Friday, April 27, 2007
So the Teddy Bear Picnic 3rd birthday party was cancelled today and so is my trip to BYU Women's Conference next week (sniff). Brad is home from the hospital and doing ok...he is still in a lot of pain, but the painkillers make him nauseous. His lungs are doing better and his breathing seems to have improved. Showering, dressing, typing on the computer are all a challenge with only one arm...but if anyone can work through this, it's the B-Rad.
The silver lining in a mini-drama like this one is all the love and help and support we've received. The church ladies have brought in meals and done babysitting and folded my laundry and filled my fridge with groceries. One of my neighbors started a meal calendar and it is filled until May 16th! She emailed me the list and I don't even know some of the names...I can't believe how many wonderfully good people there are in the world.
Thanks for all your phone calls, emails and prayers. We are so thankful...
This book is amazing!!! I cannot recommend it highly enough. I laughed, I cried, I learned a lot and mostly was just enchanted by the characters, plot and message of "Al Capone Does My Shirts" by Gennifer Choldenko.
Set on Alcatraz in 1935, it's the story of Moose, son of a prison guard, and his family and friends and their adventures. Choldenko was a tour guide on Alcatraz and adds lots of fascinating historical facts about the prison.
It is written for a middle-school age audience, but will capture anyone's interest, no matter their age. Loved it, loved it, loved it!!!!
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
A tip to consider...
If your husband has recently been involved in an extreme-sport-macho-mountain-biking-trail-jumping type accident lately and has, in fact, sustained several serious injuries which will probably preclude him from all transportation responsibilites, landscape maintenance, childcare duties, grocery procurement, laundry assistance, trash removal or mealtime preparation...perhaps you should not be in such a hurry to dispose of the beloved mountain bike...maybe you should consider taking it for a sunset spin on your own. A few days in the hospital might be just what you need!
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
My bookclub is reading "A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier" by Ishmael Beah. I just started it and am hooked. It is the true story of a 12 year old boy in Sierre Leone becoming a rebel soldier. I have heard that it is quite upsetting in some parts but has a positive message. I'll let you know when I finish...
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Monday, April 16, 2007
Not that the weather guys on Action News have not tried to educate me with their maps, Doppler and eye-witness excitement. I gather that it has to do with the ocean and winds and warm/cold fronts. The weather guys are loving their meterological celebrity status right now.
In the words of my favorite weatherman, Winnie-the-Pooh, it is a "blustery kind of day. Oh bother..."
The sump pump is chugging to keep our basement dry and one of the dormer windows is leaking. The kids all have runny noses and coughs. All we want to do is stay home, eat popcorn, watch movies and roast "smellows" on the crackling fire.
It's good curl-up-with-a-good-book weather, too.
Unfortunately, Nor'easters and I have a past...we don't like each other.
Exhibit A: July 2006
This was the crazy storm last summer which blew so many trees down, we were without power for 2 1/2 days! No A/C, no phone, no TV, food rotting in the fridge. Brad was in Colorado and I was crying myself to sleep at night in my hot, humid bedroom without even an icecube to cool me down! The camel's back broke when Jake and I tried to return the shade umbrella to it's rightful place in the patio table and dropped it, shattering 500 lbs worth of glass tabletop. We are still picking up the pieces...
Exhibit B: July 2005
Brad was in Buffalo and I had just said goodbye to a houseful of company. The house was a disaster and my 6, 4 and two 1 year olds were not helping any. The Nor'easter came without warning. During the 36-hour downpour, the kids managed to call 911 (for fun), cut each other's hair and brake a femur bone. (For details, read "Sam gets a Spica Cast"...coming soon...)
So, I've got my game face on...whatever this Nor'easter brings, I'll be ready! Stay tuned, you can read all about it!
Try for yourself and eat while watching "Flushed Away" or "Stranger than Fiction"...both movies we watched this weekend. Excellent...I especially liked the Dustin Hoffman character.
Friday, April 13, 2007
Thursday, April 12, 2007
My kids ate two bowls each!
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Monday, April 9, 2007
Sunday, April 8, 2007
An Easter tip...
If you find yourself tempted to spend a large amount of money on Easter clothing for your children, first consider the following:
- 1. You live in the Northeast...no matter how much you would like to deny it, there will be snow/rain/hail or raging winds on Easter Sunday. Sleeveless dresses, lace anklets and ballet flats are not appropriate.
2. Child #4 will not enjoy the crisp-starched stiffness of his new Ralph Lauren button-down. You will have to chase him around your bedroom to try and get it on his body. In the end, you will compromise. He will don the offending Easter-wear if he can eat 10 jellybeans, watch Wonder Pets and sport a non-scratchy turtleneck underneath.
3. This same child will deliver a springtime surprise in his training pants during Church Nursery. Although it may slightly resemble a chocolate Easter egg, all similarities end there....
4. The well-meaning lady sitting next to you at church will thoughtfully give each of your children huge bags of chocolate Easter sweeties right before the meeting begins. These will be wrapped in the crinkliest of cellophane and messiest of foil wrappers. Before you can hide them away, child #3 will sniff out the goods and emerge a cocoa-coated mess before the opening hymn.
5. Child #1 will not wear anything new, since he has become addicted to his post-baptism uniform: white shirt, clip-on tie and CTR tie-tack (thanks, Auntie Stie)!
So, instead of drooling over the petticoats & pinstripes in the children's section...save your money and head over to women's shoes. Go ahead and splurge on the red peep-toe espedrilles. Lady, you deserve 'em!
Saturday, April 7, 2007
Wednesday, April 4, 2007
Monday, April 2, 2007
You might think this is a good thing, but it is not. You see, these are older boys who are not the kind of role models I would choose. In fact, they are kind of more like "sex-drugs-and-rock-n-roll" models. Their names are Steven, Joe, Brad, Tom and Joey. You guessed it, Aerosmith.
And who on earth introduced my son to these deliquents? Yes...his father.
I know that many of my readers will only recognize my husband as a Brooks-Brothers-wearing, salad-eating, Bishopric-going, VP-type guy. But under the dark suits and well-developed pectoral muscles beats the heart of a true blue ROCKER!!!
As an impressionable, young BYU coed whose musical tastes only ventured as far as Michael Jackson, Chicago, Barry Manilow and the B-52s, I was a little nervous about my boyfriend's wild side. But during our whirlwind courtship, I found myself strangely attracted to this bad boy and his hair bands. Along with my future husband, I fell in love with Van Halen, Def Leppard, Whitesnake and, yes, Aerosmith.
Before the kids came along, we loved to listen to all kinds of music. We jammed to his old stuff and listened to Kenny Rogers on road trips. The soundtrack of Evita was our favorite for a whole year. We saw Van Halen in concert and made a pilgrimage to Sammy Hagar's Cabo Wabo cantina while in Mexico. Once we even won free movie tickets by playing the Newlywed Game on KBER 101.
Then parenthood hit and we gave up late nights and loud music. We started to be good examples.
On the rare occasion that we are actually in the same car together, we are usually listening to Kidz Bop 8 or Spanish for Kids or blood-curdling screams from the backseat.
When my eight-year-old found his dad's old CD collection, I didn't know how to react. Did I really want my child to "Walk this Way" or feel "Sweet Emotion" so soon? How to tactfully explain that the pretty designs on the disk cover are actually photos of (gulp) the band's nipples?!
So...I'm sure Brad and I will come up with some parenting policy soon. The old music will probably go the way of R-rated movies, curse words and too-much junk food.
And in the meantime, I will be singing about the Dude who looks like a lady...