Thursday, December 24, 2009
Beanie is eating this up!! To sort of sum up this evening we sang a bunch of religious carols before reading the Gospel stories and inserting Jesus around the house. Well, she loves song because it causes her to dance. So, as we are singing the carols she's spinning and dancing so much that she runs into a side table and knocks off the candle holder. That pretty much sums up the hysteria. She's going to freak out at the stable at church tomorrow!
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Beanisms for fun:
Beanie can you please make the salad (before you are too impressed it just involved cutting open a Cesar salad kit)? "Sure, but can I dance while I am doing it?" Then she danced a few twirls on the way to the fridge.
We were watching some other kids and a movie was put on to preserve sanity. Beanie was watching the movie and another little kid entered the room with one of her toys. She immediately ran to me in the other room, "Hey!!! He's got my top!" To which I replied, "You don't need it, you're watching a movie." The response? "Oh." And she turned and ran back to the movie.
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Monday, November 30, 2009
Time to teach the big kids that insects count as choking hazards...they're usually pretty efficient at getting up all the other hazards!
Saturday, November 21, 2009
"I can't wait to shoot a little panda bear!!!"
Imagine her jumping up and down clapping her hands together, because that's what she was doing.
Maybe she has some inner angst about all the taxpayer dollars used to bring the pandas to the National Zoo only to have to give them back. Who knows, but I think she truly meant grizzly bear because she was even wearing a San Diego zoo shirt with a panda on it. But now I can't see a little panda bear without busting up laughing. Here's to hoping PETA doesn't google my blog.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Beanie thought I was getting treats the whole time and I had to set her straight.
Anyway, lots of deep thoughts from retreat, but the simplest is a quote from JPII's "Let us Rise up on our Way" book that we listened to during meals, "Saints beget and raise saints." Alrighty then, I'd better get moving!!
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Without further adieu.....
- "Hey....gimme hand five!" And she sticks her hand out.
- In the bathtub last night......" I have a baby in my tummy. I adopted a baby and now its in my tummy." Really Bean, when is your baby coming? "On the feast day of my birthday!"
- From the backseat on the way to school yesterday morning...."DUDE! Learn to drive!" I am so busted.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Anyway, Beanie likes to talk to dad when he calls during the day. It is usually just a few moments, "So hi dad, how is your day? What's going on?" Today was no exception. She got on the phone and this is what I heard:
"Hi dad! How were your cases? (waits for reply) OK so did you eat them?"
Get it? She thought we were talking about "Quesas" our slang term for the ubiquitous (or at least they were until the microwave broke) quesadillas. Maybe you had to be there......
Monday, November 2, 2009
This morning I was in the shower and I hear outside the curtain, "Mommy, I am bored of sleeping!!" I don't like talking to little people before 7am, even if I am up! Yes, I admit wholeheartedly to being attached to that "me" time!
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Anyway, last night a small rash appeared on Biki, nothing close to what Beanie had and not out of the ordinary for Bik, but Beanie kept insisting that Dad and I look at it. So Bik showed it to P. who remarked, "Yup, looks like you have a rash." Biki's response: "YES! Now I don't have to eat eggs anymore!"
Monday, October 19, 2009
And from the Conqueror-
As I wrapped up his conference his sweet southern talking teacher told me she loved all the things that he says in class. God help us! She closed by telling me there was a new a new student in class, Marg-UH-reedda (how Margarita sounded with her accent), and when she announced her name to the class my son announced, "You know, that's a drink too!" : ) I don't think I have even had one all summer!
The video on their site is not for viewing with kids....but you can still check out their site.
Update: You do need cable. It is essentially one big DVR system, but still. I am most intrigued.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
(I will note that spellcheck doesn't have firewoman in its repertroire but fireman is there. Hmmm...maybe somebody should alert them to their inherent bias.)
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Yes, we will be staying by ourselves for Christmas, don't you worry.
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Beanie has realized that her birth story is sensational and since she always loves a good joke she delights in telling it. Repeatedly. At the soccer game, when she randomly picks up my cell phone, in conversing with an older cousin who probably doesn't even know what a birth is, in the grocery store line.
It always goes something like this,
"I am Beanie. (she says her real name) I was born on my mom's baff-room floor. BAH HA HA HA HA HA HA!!!"
The shocked person on the other end usually asks something like "Really??" thinking the kid is pulling their leg because she obviously relishes telling this joke. Depending on the situation I laugh, admit it, or run.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
- I am getting old!
- This whole resurrected body thing at 33 has got me scared.
- My daughter asked me if I was a grown-up and I said "Yes." This is big, because I always used to think that I would be "grown up when...[insert random milestone here]" but I think I have them all covered!!
- I am going to play more offense.
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
Please do not send me Christmas cards in September in an effort to make me feel guilty and send you money. I do feel guilty, guilty that I have actually been thinking about Christmas gifts already. But I am not sending you any money because it is still Ordinary Time and even my mall has the decency not to put up Christmas stuff until at least after Halloween.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Anyway, I keep learning how much I don't necessarily need things I once considered essential. Of course, when things return I am more grateful than ever to have them and all, but I suppose it is a good lesson!
There is really no point to this post except to explain where all my extra energy has gone as of late. I am happy to report that my house was really no different after 4 days with no Internet so maybe I don't waste as much time as I feared. Not.
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Monday, August 31, 2009
- Dance around the house singing about being a princess and getting married when she grows up to be Aunt Carol.
- Walk into the room and say, "I love you so much mom!"
- Walk into the room and say, "I don't like Mom and Dad." "Why Beanie?" "Because you get into my face in the middle of the night." I think she was referring to her nighttime visit last evening in which she decided on the H position. The absolute gall. ; )
- Cut her own hair.
- Marker a chair.
- Tell me randomly that she's sorry for past misdeeds "Sorry I markered the dollhouse Mom."
- Try to steal my ipod.
- Eat a pack of gum with her older partner in crime and have the GI issues that go along with that.
- Sing songs to her baby sister, "HI MISS MO!!!!" Read books to her baby sister. Roll her baby sister over and make baby sister cry.
- Repeat that she wants to go back to "her hotel" and take her "black car" (the rental we had) up north to see Charlotte and Sammy. I think she wants to go back on vacation!
Friday, August 28, 2009
- Why is Halloween getting so big? Catalogs arriving in the mail, candy and costumes out and it is over 2 months away? Oh wait, I even saw Christmas stuff today! ARGH.
- Again on Halloween, why do people have to be so twisted about it and try to scare kids? It is like they delight in terrorizing the little people. It reminds of going to our local toy store a while back. There was a guy in a big Curious George mascot outfit waving at kids. My children were not amused, in fact, they were terrified. I kept telling him to go away and telling them, "Don't worry, it is just a guy in a big costume." And then the saleslady kept saying, "Oh no, don't ruin the fun!!" What the???? What is her sick idea of fun. All this being said, we are trying to take back Halloween, I am not giving up on it!
- And lastly on this Feast of St. Augustine here's a quote for us all to ponder, "Do everything in your power to obtain the salvation of those in your family." Strong words. And if anyone can tell me how to balance that with "being in the world, but not of the world" I am all ears! What a fine balancing act it is.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Sometimes people improvise. So last night Beanie said her regular saints, then put them together as her regular non-blog-coded name, and then went on to say, "St. Mom and St. Meg, Pray for us!"
Saturday, August 22, 2009
I too have forgotten that he's practically always on call now. I suspect as the patient base expands this will become more common but for now, I am not used to it! I am not used to praying for patients I will never know at all hours of the night and praying my husband didn't get into a car accident driving in when all the drunks are out. I forget that what P does to support us all is all encompassing in a way that other jobs aren't. Not that I would change things. It is what he does, he's good at it, and he's helping other people who are, as he puts it, usually having the worst day of their lives when he sees them. St. Luke, pray for us!!
Oh and for laughs, Beanie is constantly talking about everyone we saw on vacation. She convinced the marriage garnered her new cousins like Marnie and that her new BFFs are her single aunts and uncles. I overheard her talking on her cellphone (=rectangular block) to Aunt Lizzy and Uncle JoeB, "Oh Hi! I am just talking to you guys!" and when I asked what she was talking about she replied, "Baby Boomers!" Alrighty then! She also keeps insisting she's saved when we talk about Jesus. "I saved! I saved!" Hmmm.....I can't quite get her to say she's redeemed and working on her salvation. ;) But then again, she hasn't reached the age of reason yet either!
Thursday, August 20, 2009
I have lots to write about cousining and such, but for now, unfolded laundry calls.
Friday, July 31, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Biki: Who's blog is that? Who is that lady?
Me: Oh, it is lady that is going to write a book.
Biki: You should write a book.
Conqueror: Yeah, you could write a book!
Me: Thinking to myself about all my hidden talents and glad my kids recognize them, "Wow, I should write a book?"
Conqueror: Yeah, you know, like an easy reader.
Motherhood, always good for the humility!
Monday, July 20, 2009
Anyway, I was trying to have rest/prayer time this afternoon but of course everyone followed me into my room and started rolling around on the floor. Why, I didn't understand. But then I hear Biki talking about crabs and then Beanie yells over the conqueror, "YUCK!!!!!!!!!! A giant cockroach!!!!!!!!!" and then pretended to smash him. Yes, my kids play cockroach. It is that bad, but at least they have enough self-respect not to call them palmetto bugs!!
Thursday, July 16, 2009
A few examples, Beanie is really a monkey. If I bring home a bunch of bananas, they are gone in a day. On Monday morning I went to Sam's club and bought 5lbs of clementines. By Tuesday 5pm they were all gone. I had 2 I think, the babysitter had 2, but the others were all the kids, mostly all the girls.
Did I mention that Beanie's not toilet trained yet?
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Friday, July 10, 2009
A quote in part:
You may actually be a size 14 and, according to whatever particular store you're in, you come out a size 10," said Natalie Nixon, associate professor of fashion industry management at Philadelphia University. "It's definitely to make the consumer feel good."
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Friday, July 3, 2009
- I overheard the conqueror talking to the baby today and squeezing her chub, "Fat Mole! Fat Mole! You are a fat mole!" I think he was talking about about fat rolls, but either way she'll probably have a complex when she gets older. As will Beanie, formerly known as fatso friend and bean stean the fatso fiend.
- We've added a new saint to our nightly dinner "pray for us" section. P. wanted to do St. John Vianney for the new year of the priest. Well, he pronounces it differently then I do with my STL "v-Ahn-eee". His is more like "V-ah-nee" with the last two syllables slurring together. So immediately Bean started laughing, "St. Beanie!!!"
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
- C'mon Biki, get in the car and we can have the buckling race championships!!! (I think its time for a summer sport!!)
- I told him, "Good night I love you! You're a gift from God!" And he replied, "You are a gift from God too!"
- Last night at bed he asked, "What is peppermint?" "Peppermint is a type of candy." "No, peppermint disease." "Peppermint disease?" "Yes, peppermint disease, like that lady who Jesus cured in the bible." I immediately recognized the Gospel with the woman cured of a hemorrhage. I explained it was a hemorrhage, not peppermint disease. I think maybe its time to get his ears checked for wax. Upside, at least he was paying attention during mass.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Saturday, June 20, 2009
It came up that she wasn't going to have children. "Why?" I asked. "Because I am not going to get married! Even if somebody loves me and wants to marry me, I am going to say 'no' at my wedding." Italics mine.
I for one will be looking at the refund policies!
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Saturday, June 13, 2009
- We pray for all the sick, including great grandpa M. So the other night Beanie asks at prayers "What the matter with Aunt Annie's dad?" And I answered that he fell and broke his hip. "Oh! Poor little guy!" she responded. I told her he wasn't little, but a big guy. And she said, "He has lots of cavities!" Go figure.
- Beanie takes off her diaper all the time right now. It is infuriating, because she doesn't really get the underwear toilet training concept either. I have cleaned up 100 messes in the last few weeks. I don't think she's ready, but she keeps taking off her diaper so I keep asking her if she wants a diaper, a princess pull-up, or underwear. She often chooses underwear and then I keep putting her on the potty with zippo success. Anyway, this evening at bedtime I was trying to get a diaper on her. She was standing in front of me and then marched up to me, hands on her hips, and exclaimed, "I am 16 years old and I DON'T need a diaper!" Perhaps its time to lay off "The Sound of Music"!
Friday, June 12, 2009
"Hi Baby! I can't eat you baby because you have big bones. I wouldn't want to eat your bones. And your big head wouldn't fit in my mouth. No you have a big head baby!"
Baby apparently thought this was all well and good and kept smiling away.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
I would just like to offer a suggestion as you slowly get around to having the government control every industry in America. After the feds have taken over the auto industry and the health care industry, how about going after the clothing manufacturers?
You see, the problem is that there is no consistency in sizing across the industry. At any given time I have 5 different sizes in my closet and can usually, at any given weight, wear about 3 different ones. For the sake of argument, let's say my skinny size is a "size 2". So, I should feel good when I can get into a size 2 two months post-partum right? WRONG....you see I have a "size 4" that was my skinny size about 6 years ago and that article of clothing is too small currently. I have "size 2" clothes that are too tight or too big and "size 4" that are too tight and too big all at the same time!! And adding to my problems are a new purchase that looked good on upon purchase and promptly fell off after one wearing. Spandex/cotton blend isn't my friend.
These mind games the clothing industry is playing don't work on me. I am onto them. I know that 4 really isn't a 4 anymore. So what's the point? We the people want standards in sizing!
Thank you for your time!
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Monday, June 8, 2009
"Mom, Baby needs her poop changed!!"
I ask him how he knows, thinking he heard one of her tell-tale explosions, and he responds, "I listen very carefully when she's crying and she says 'change my poop please, change my poop please!"
Sunday, June 7, 2009
"That is so beautiful! I am going to take it upstairs and show it to my brother. Conqueror look at this beautiful house!"
See for yourself.....
Saturday, June 6, 2009
And I am wondering why when I have survived for 200 days feel like I can't make it for this last stretch. IT doesn't make sense.
Friday, June 5, 2009
- It is much better to have a baby in November when you have six months to wear big bulky clothes as you try to shed baby weight.
- I took the children to Panera for dinner this evening. I want to vomit when I think that we will be eating out for all our meals for 5 days later this summer.
- That is all.
Thursday, June 4, 2009
- good friends to watch kids in a minor emergency
- that the Conqueror's arm is not broken so we can continue on with T-ball and swim lessons
- a nice doctor who comes to check on us after seeing us in the waiting room (b/c we couldn't get into see him)
- That t-ball practice was cancelled due to bad weather so my exhausted children can be in bed by 7:30pm! : )
- oh yes and only a few days left!!!!!!!!!!
We spent a few hours in the ER last night only to bail and follow up in clinic this morning. It was actually kind of fun hanging out with just the Conqueror and the baby. I forget how much the kid likes to talk when he's got your ear. He talked to anyone and everyone about his arm, how it happened, how he's got "resistance to pain" (trying to explain his high pain tolerance but kept messing it up). It was funny.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
I just had to laugh that it took them 6 months to get me included in the DDEAMC FRG.....Thanks a lot guys but we've got this Army of One thing down (sort of).
Sunday, May 31, 2009
Anyway, last year at the end of swim season I got them all these flotation suits from Speedo...knowing I would have 4 kids who didn't know how to swim and no hubby. Anyway, they are a big hit and #1 keeps telling everyone, "I HAVE A SPEEDO SUIT!" and I keep wanting to laugh because it sounds like he's talking about the real thing...ala the fat Europeans!
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Overheard- "I am going to take that baby away!" So I asked, "Where are you taking the baby?" She realizes she's busted at this point and says "To ice cream!" Yeah, nice save, but babies don't eat ice cream!
She points to her chubby cheeks.....and says "I want to put this face on the baby!" Meaning she wants to be the baby!
Friday, May 22, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
*Jumped out of my spice cabinet at scared the you know what out of me.
* Swam in my shower.
*Crawled out of my sink.
*Sent me to the ER.
*Invaded my front hall.
We just had a termite swarm. Can I just say it was disgusting and vile? And we are under termite protection. I think I am going to have permanent brain damage from my Raid usage and now my front porch has holes in it with termite poison. We're still waiting to find out on the structural damage angle. Those holes are not going to do anything for the resale value of my home. Grrr.
Thank goodness for my neighbor who had the Raid and for leftovers and corndogs for dinner. Because I can't both cook and deal with invasions at the same time.
Monday, May 18, 2009
"Wow Bik! Today is your first day of summer vacation. This is going to be great. We'll do a little bit of homeschooling, a little bit of swim lessons. What do you want to accomplish this summer?"
There was a pause and then a very serious, definitive statement from the way back:
Saturday, May 16, 2009
"My eyes are cold," she says as she stares into my sunglassed eyes at the Tball field.
"Oh, are you saying you want to wear my glasses?"
"Uh-huh. My eyes are cold!" Hands cover eyes.
"I am going to get married."
"You can't marry yourself."
"Nope, he's already taken. I am married to dad."
"Nope, can't marry your sister either."
"Nope, you can't marry yourself."
Then she sort of sighs and walks off.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
"You forgot the part when you check the rumpus to see if I was a boy or a girl!" Alrighty then! I can assure you all that I have NEVER inserted that into ANY of our stories!
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
After we left the Conqueror turned to me and said, "That was fun Mom. I think they wanted to do that for the kids like us because they are missing the hugs and kisses from Dad in Iraq."
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Friday, May 8, 2009
I stepped on a low lying nest getting into my car and got about 7 bites. My friend kindly got me a benadryl immediately after I let a few German curse words slip and danced around until I got them off. For you northerners they are like little sea lampreys that don't let go until you pinch them off. Anyway, driving home my ears started itching on the inside and turning red, then my scalp, and then my arm broke out, all the while the welts on my foot were amazing. Long story short by the time I got home I was covered in welts and my eyes were starting to itch and get little welts at the side. I called to get a doctors appointment but they were full so then I asked to talk to the nurse who after hearing my symptoms told me to get to the ER ASAP. So, after throwing cheese sticks at the two older girls I threw all 3 girls in the van and booked it to Eisenhower. You should have seen me getting airborne on the speed bumps!
At that point I was ok, just in a lot of pain but just scared that it would jump to the next step and affect my breathing. I was just trying to keep myself calm. Anyway, we got there in one piece and I was whisked in. Never have I spent so little time in an ER. There was absolutely no waiting.
In our room they immediately started a line for some drugs at which point, wait for it, baby decided to have a diaper explosion of EPIC proportions. The nurse was seriously sticking me when it happened. Never in 8 years of diapering have I been covered like that. GROSS. I am guessing someone needed a lot of prayers yesterday. And through all this the big girls, unlunched, were complaining they were hungry.
After the nurse left P. called and he got the brunt of my anxiety. After we got off the phone, his colleague, who is actually out processing, came in and clothed the naked and fed the hungry. He brought me scrubs and took the girls away for lunch. It was perfect timing because they had just drugged me up and I was so woozy and I was able to sleep while baby slept. He was my guardian angel!!! We finally got to go home after about 3 hours. Never a dull moment!!
Now I am living in fear of the little buggers. They are everywhere around here until at least November, so I am going to have to come to grips with this pretty darn soon. Then again, I guess now I have the perfect excuse to hang out poolside, and only poolside, for the rest of the summer! : ) Anyway, the Epi-pen, I won't be leaving home without it. I have one in my purse and another one in my kitchen. I am trying to decide if I want to show the Conqueror how to use it on me. In a real emergency that would be good, but I think the trade off of terrifying my sensitive son just wouldn't be worth it!! And for those of you disappointed that I say I am never moving north again due to the cold weather I have duly noted that colder climates have no fire ants, so that's a point in your favor!
Only 44 days to go...but really who's counting??
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Well, she passed her obsession onto Beanie who also searches for the cookies. But it is getting worse. I worry they will indoctrinate baby. I recently found them tearing apart a whole package of baby diapers trying to find the "baby cookie mons!" When I ask someone to get a diaper it takes four times as long because they are searching for the cookie monsters. Argh. If I wasn't so attached to pampers I could solve this problem. Hmmm....can one practice detachment from diapers that work? I guess so.
Monday, May 4, 2009
Anyway, the baptism was great....how wonderful of the godparents and kids to come down. Our kids had a blast!!!
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Conqueror: Mother=Mudder no matter how many times we have read it....It is always, "Are you my Mudder?"
Biki has one too. But by far Beanie's current problem is my favorite. For some reason she turns all "r's" into "l's". I thought "l" was hard for little kids to say....but no matter. So, now she has christened Grandma yet another name- "Glamma" which I am guessing is going to stick. She also says she's "hunglee" 800 times a day. We have a new Roly on our hands. "I hunglee mommy, I hunglee." It was also amusing to hear her "reading" herself "The very hunglee caterpillar" yesterday!
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
I think it was all about the alliteration...Biki, Beanie, Bucky.
Sunday, April 5, 2009
- The "have you had the baby yet" phone calls. Or having to preface every phone call I make with a "No, I'm not in labor" as the voice on the other line gets overly excited when they realize its me.
-Cleaning lady at the hospital on Friday: "Honey when are you due?" as I walk into the loo. "Today!" I replied as I waddled in. After a few minutes I hear a voice outside the stall- "You ok? I didn't want to leave a lady alone who was overdue!!!" Mortifying.
- On the riverwalk the other day as I sauntered along "You gonna make it?"
-People at church asking me when I am due and having to reply either today, yesterday, or two days ago and then their eyes widen as they walk away. They seriously look at me like I am going to explode.
-Running into my doctor at church as I waddle to the confession line only to have him laugh and look at his watch. ARGH!! Yeah, yeah see you Wednesday.
"Mom!!! Are those new shoes? Those are so cute! I have never seen them before!"
Gotta love it. It was indeed my first time wearing them....they had been up on the shelf of my closet for a few weeks.
Sunday, March 29, 2009
So anyway, we're in Lowes cruising the garden section because we feel the need to fill our hanging baskets. I am pushing one in the cart, one in the oven, and two are jumping at my feet. This little Hispanic lady looks at me with a big smile and says "Pleez...no more!" And then said something about six kids, whether she had them or her daughter had them I couldn't figure out. She then said something about "itz so bizzy!" Wow, thanks for that affirmation. And I wasn't even grumpy or ready to lose it at someone ( that would have been yesterday shopping for Easter outfits at Macy's) !
Anyway, I was sort of taken aback. I smiled and said I was the oldest of seven and sort whizzed away. None of the kids asked me about it later but I was pretty shocked. It was one of the ruder comments I have received. Grrrr.....I know I should just offer it up, but I am still looking for the perfect comeback in these situations!
Friday, March 27, 2009
I never set out to be totally anti-television it has just sort of happened. First we stopped letting the kids watch it except for movies on the weekends and then we moved here with so few channels and such bad reception that all we ever watched was GlobeTrekker on PBS and football. Then of course was the digital switchover and we were left with one pathetic channel. I didn't want to get cable and there was no funding for those little converter box coupons for the government so I went without. The fact of the matter is that since P. has been gone I can't recall ever watching the tv. We only have it on for "movie nights." (Before you feel sorry for me I can assure you that I waste a heck of a lot of time on the Internet!)
Long story short my coupon from the government arrived yesterday. I can go get my box courtesy of the stimulus package. I guess I sort of feel guilty. Why should the government (make that Joe Taxpayer) subsidize my ability to watch crap? I suppose I could just go buy a box outright and let the coupon expire but I don't feel strongly enough about tv to want to shell out $40 bucks so I can watch it.
Decisions, decisions. This whole thing of being "in the world, but not of the world" can be confusing at times. I know we're supposed to be countercultural and all, but I don't want to be going overboard. At least I have until June 22nd to make up my mind...that's the day the coupon expires!
Thursday, March 26, 2009
The other day I heard her talking about daddy. "My daddy. My daddy in Iraq. My daddy taking a nap in his girly bed!" When we skype with Daddy he's usually in his room sitting on his bed. For some reason, he has this cheesy white metallic headboard with the gold balls which the kids have dubbed the girly bed. And of course, the kid knows Daddy loves his naps!
For those who don't know....we don't do Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny or the Tooth Fairy. We avoided the issue for many years, but when questions started coming that I couldn't answer without lying, I just sort of came clean.
Anyway, the Conqueror was explaining to me, in a rather exasperated tone, how the "tooth fairy" came and "lied to all these kids that the tooth fairy was going to take their teeth. I mean, it is just so...so....(both hands up in some sort of Italian gesture)...so uncalled for!" I died laughing.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
*Biki has taken to burping for attention on a regular basis. After initially being concerned about her gastro-intestinal health I am fairly sure it is now a question of one real burp being followed by 100 manufactured ones. They always occur during church. Anyway, it was really great tonight, a whole chorus. When censured she claims she can't help it and then proceeds to do a few quietly and into her hand before commencing with the loud ones. I was becoming exasperated with all 3 of them and finally started giving her "strikes out"....let's just say she made it to strike 3- which means a punishment. Immediately after I whispered, "Ok, that's strike 3", i.e. you are going to get it, she lets another one rip and announces, "That's strike 4!" Holy terror! Good thing she redeemed herself later on and proceeded to say a Hail Mary out loud in front of the whole church as part of the rosary decade. May God put this tenacity to good use for the building of the kingdom! ARGH.
*Beanie was jumping over the pew in front of us multiple times and I couldn't escape as I had been boxed in on both sides. She just kept climbing with her legs up in the air. When the deacon gave a little reflection on Lent and Easter he mentioned something about Easter coming soon. Well, she heard that. She holds up both hands, yells "Easter's coming soon!" and then puts them on her face ala "The Scream." Then she repeats this multiple times. We finally went to the back for a while.
* During adoration Beanie was obsessed with the fact that Jesus got moved out of the "gold box" which I kept describing as the tabernacle. Well, at the end as Our Lord is being put back she yells out, "They are putting Jesus back in the microwave." Not exactly....but in her defense our microwave is stainless steel....so there's a correlation.
*During mass earlier after communion Bean was watching the distribution of the Precious blood intently. She then announced to me, rather loudly, "You didn't get your blood of Christ!"
Monday, March 23, 2009
This is awesome....I open the door and they all run outside for hours. Genius....why didn't I know about this earlier?
I get little gifts on a regular basis. Biki never fails to bring me dandelions or other flowers and yesterday Beanie handed me something green, very proud of herself. "Here Momma, this is for you!" "Thanks Beanie!" Big smile. "You're welcome!" And she was out the door again. She loves the independence the yard brings her. She mucks in the creek in her "cow boots", actual rain boots with cows on them, and just sits on the little bridge watching the water flow by.
We have had a few mishaps-waterlogged socks, shoes, and pants etc. and a ban has been issued on all inside toys leaving the house. But otherwise, it has been glorious. They use the shed in the back as a playhouse and stay out for hours at a time, coming in only for bathroom breaks and water. They insist on eating as many meals out there as possible too! I know this weather won't last, but I am hoping they will keep this up for the summer. At least we have a lot of shade to keep out the hot sun.
Next project, a garden!!
After the news broke I was getting asked a million questions. "Will we take an airplane? Yes. Will I be in the wedding? Hold your horses, mommy didn't even have a ringbearer or a flower girl. Will I get a new dress? Possibly. Will our cousins be there? Yes.
People were crying when they realized they wouldn't be attending the celebratory brunch. Like I was going to drive to Chicago 38 weeks pregnant with no Paul. I love you guys and all but....
The cutest wedding mania story concerned Beanie. She doesn't miss a trick and absorbs everything. She may not have any wedding experiences to draw on but she immediately got what was going on. So on Sunday morning Biki decided to dress Beanie in the flower girl dress she wore as a flower girl in the last family wedding. Beanie was very proud of the little pink and white dress and showed it off like a real pro. I think she gets lessons from her big sister. Anyway, we're on our way to mass and Beanie starts bawling when she realizes where we are going. Turns out she thought she was going to the wedding!!! For some reason she gets that Daddy doesn't come home for a while, that vacation is after Daddy returns, but thinks the wedding is tomorrow. So cute!
We also heard a rumor that the happy couple wanted to have their wedding at San Juan Capistrano which we have been reading about lately in the lovely book Song of the Swallows by Leo Politi. I highly recommend the book if you can get your hands on it. I am eyeing a copy on ebay! When the kids heard about the possible location they went bonkers! The conqueror's eyes were literally as big as silver dollars. They all wanted to know if the swallows would still be there since they leave in late summer. We have been searching for footage of their arrival on St. Joseph's day but haven't found it yet. Anyway, the excitement mounts hourly around here!
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Anyway, Beanie ran in first, ostensibly to get the job done. Biki came in a few seconds later and announced, "Gross! Beanie's putting her hand in the toilet!!" She was using toilet water to wash her hands!! I guess that whole concept of using the stool to reach the sink was too much for her.
I really wonder how many times this has happened before. What's even more disturbing is that certain parties have a real hard time with the "Wipe, Flush, Wash" mantra. I often find a toilet in need of a flush. YIKES.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
The major themes emerging are that I like Chinese food and have a temper. No surprises there!
1. What is something mom always says to you?
2-How was your day?
3-I am the moma.
2. What makes mom happy?
2- a baby.
3-make cookies for W.
3. What makes mom sad?
4. How does your mom make you laugh?
1- by saying something funny
2- when you say bebe
3-like orange juice ( I think we're losing steam here!)
5. What did your mom like to do when she was a child?
1- eat candy
2-play with dolls
3- i am a mom.
6. How old is your mom?
3- 4 ( I love my kids!)
7. How tall is your mom?
1- 55 inches
2- So big.
8. What is her favorite thing to watch on TV?
9. What does your mom do when you’re not around?
1- do something with the girls
2-go to the playground
10. What is your mom really good at?
1- softball (?)
3-hot cocoa (she was fed this answer)
11. What is your mom not very good at?
12. What does your mom do for her job?
1- help around the house
13. What is your mom's favorite food?
1.china express can I help you?
2. P.F. Changs
14. What makes you proud of your mom?
1- helping us around the house
2- playing games
15. If your mom were a cartoon character, who would she be?
1- a space girl
16. What do you and your mom do together?
1- snuggle buggle, kiss-kiss and daddy hugs
17. How are you and your mom the same?
1- we both have blue eyes
2- with numbers
18. How are you and your mom different?
1- I am a boy and you are a girl
2- B/c I have brown hair and you have a little brown and and a little blonde
19. How do you know your mom loves you?
1- she gives me snuggles and kisses
2- gives me hugs
3- Um, I know.
20. What does your mom like most about your dad?
1- she loves him
2- playing games
21. Where is your mom’s favorite place to go?
1- P.F. Chang's China Bistro!!
22. What is one thing you wish you could change about your mom?
1- Her being angry. (YIKES!)
23. What would your mom do with a million dollars?
1- Buy a rich house.
24. What do you wish you could go and do with your mom?
1- play soccer
2- do Irish dance
25. What is one thing you hope never changes about your mom?
1- that her skin never changes (he's talking about wrinkles!!)
Friday, March 13, 2009
"I wanna get my feet washed at church!" I knew immediately she was talking about Holy Thursday. Being a wimp and not wanting to get into the theological implications of women getting their feet washed on the male priesthood, apostolic succession, etc. I didn't really answer anything more than "oh, I don't know...hmmm."
Undeterred, she responded, "I ask Fr. Jerry?"
Flashback....for those who don't know....when Adele was 2.5 we did a noon Holy Thursday mass at the Walter Reed Hospital Chapel. It was an extremely small crowd and they were asking for volunteers for the feet washing. The Conqueror initially wanted to do it and then backed out. But Biki, in a sudden burst of fearlessness, exclaimed she wanted to do it and was up there before I could stop her. Of course everyone thought it was so cute and I was mortified...but she did the whole thing and walked back to her seat triumphant. Perhaps they have been sharing all this with Beanie.
Sunday, March 8, 2009
The other day I lost it and reiterated how she was NEVER to touch paper towels again. Her response, "Mom, can you please get me paper towels for my birthday?"
No problem. What an easy kid. One roll of Bounty and a princess cupcake coming up this July!
Friday, March 6, 2009
Later on as we passed the only Catholic bookstore in town, lame as it is, I wondered if they sold those little St. Joseph story books on Lent. I remarked aloud that I haven't been doing my job since she hadn't learned about the agony in the garden. "Yeah," she volunteered from the back seat, "I really like Agony, he's one of my favorites and I want to learn all about him!"
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
When asked what they were doing they replied they were "skyping" with each other. The conqueror even performed a little rendition of the skype test call.
Needless to say, our last few video skypes with dad have had seriously poor quality! Oh well, it is better than nothing!!
Saturday, February 28, 2009
I am so over that. I just want whatever is in my house, and has been in my house for the last week, to leave. STAT.
This is what happens when we don't leave the house for over 48 hours with no end in sight, a quickly emptying fridge, and snow, yes SNOW, expected tomorrow.
Oh well, I suppose this an excellent way to start lent.....offering up the small crosses right?
Thursday, February 26, 2009
"I love siblings! If I run around the kitchen with a cardboard box on my head my brother and sister, who are supposed to be finishing their dinner, will laugh uncontrollably. Then they will take turns beating the box to get me to come out and say something funny, which will make me laugh until I fall on the floor. Awesome!"
As my dad says, it doesn't take much to please a soldier.
I just found out that my kindergartner got to watch 1 or 2 PG kiddie movies (Madagascar 1 and 2) on the way to and from his field trip today. They aren't horrible movies but I had specifically reviewed them and decided not to play them for my kids.
I am just annoyed that a parent wouldn't think before showing movies in her car. The school had no part in it.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
(We're been doing a lot of burping around here with the swallowing of pennies by Bean and a recent stomach bug. We had to initiate a burping contest to make sure that a recent penny ingestion made it into Bean's tummy!)
Saturday, February 21, 2009
-happy- he's having fun with all the other army guys playing games like poker!
-sad- he doesn't have us!
-happy- people come to visit us! The new baby! ( I really thought he was going to say all the take out!)
-sad- we don't have dad!
Oh my sensitive boy!!! At least he didn't cry when Yaya left!
Friday, February 20, 2009
It is entitled "Sleep is for wimps!"
She is a great imitator! I hear telling the conqueror to come and help her, "Please come here....1!...2!....3!"
Saturday, February 14, 2009
I have heard Beanie on numerous occasions say that she was going to marry Jesus or God. I have no idea where she heard about this.
She'll just be in the back seat talking about it. "I marry God!" So, what the heck, I use that opportunity to talk about vocations. She's only 2, but we might as well start sometime!! : )
Maybe we'll luck out and not have to pay for any wedding's since Biki has already declared she's not getting married! In fact, her new plan is to "not do anything." When asked how she's support herself and buy food she explained she'll just go get some. And when asked how she'd pay for said food she had it all figured out. "I have lots of money in my piggy bank!" Then again, a wedding might be cheaper than supporting her forever!
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
We're going to have a socialist country when this is all through! I feel so bad for my children and how they are going to have to pay for the mistakes of their forbearers. The deficit, socialized medicine, the fairness doctrine- when will it end? I am sure there are good people in Europe living the faith and surviving and thriving despite a really screwed up economy and society but I had hoped for better for the USA!
And while I am at it, I am thankful that I lived in simpler times. I have been doing a bit of photo organization and can't get over how I was able to be a total dork for 20 years. Ok, some of it was because I really was a dork, but there's something different going on now.
Just looking at the outfits, the hairstyles, etc. back then it seems that girls, children, were allowed to be kids. Now I look at the third graders and their emulation of Hannah Montana and it makes me cringe. How can I teach my kids, particularly my daughters, that being cool isn't the number one thing? It isn't that I didn't have desires to be like the other kids and have the cool stuff- I remember saving money for Esprit sweatshirts and Benetton rugbys- it is just that the cool stuff was so much more innocent. Now its all about cami tops and blown out hair and being a rock star and/or sexual object. Never in a million years did my friends and I want to dress like Jem- (jem is my name no one else is the same!) let's face it the clothes weren't available. Now, you can dress like Britney spears starting at 6 mos. Just check out the girls clothes at old navy- there are like 2 options out of 25 that aren't halters, spaghetti straps, or deep vs. This is starting at size 4!
I can't even watch network tv without being embarrassed- superbowl commercials with the kids anyone?- how can I let my kids do it? Then there's the whole technological aspects- sony psps, ipods and cell phones for little ones etc. 4th graders getting their own laptops. INSANITY.
Just had to get this off my chest. I think I need my more optimistic husband around to tell my like my dad, "Da%&*it Meg, the glass is half full!"
Monday, February 9, 2009
Sunday, February 8, 2009
"Do you poop in the potty?"
"Yeah, I poop in the potty."
"Sometimes I poop in the potty and sometimes I poop in my pants."
"I poop in my pants."
"I poop in my pants all the time!"
Writing it, it isn't really as funny. But it was hilarious as they were having this conversation the truth came out and they walked away bonded over the fact that neither of them was anywhere near getting the whole concept! (Or at least caring!)
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Anyway, I was thinking about this incident and realized I could follow my own advice a bit more!! I am proud to say that at the most difficult moment of my life I dropped to my knees saying Memorares, but otherwise I am not as much of "Mary " person as I could be! Saying my rosary was always a struggle and still is likely to get less attention then it deserves, even if it does get said. St. JM always spoke lovingly of her and pretty much told everyone in OD to say the rosary every day no matter what else doesn't get done on the prayer list.
Anyway, perhaps we need to be instituting a little bit more Marian piety around here!! Say a little prayer for the above offender! They could use it!
We chose Pizza Hut only because poor Conqueror has 3 book it rewards certificates and has never gotten to redeem them. Bad idea. Why do restaurants have both a radio going and three tvs on separate channels all blaring? I got the waitress to mute the tv closest to us, but all of my kids were mesmerized by all the images. So much for conversation. It was like I was eating alone. I tried to get them to talk to me but you could see that they really couldn't focus on me with everything else going on. And you wonder why there's an increase in ADHD and autism.
On another note, why do two people go out to dinner together only to talk and text on their cell phones to (presumably) other people the entire time? WEIRD!
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Anyway, today Biki announces to all concerned in the 2nd row of the minivan that the way to wean a baby is to just stop nursing. "That's how you do it." Gosh, why didn't I think of that? I could only find it amusing because the deed if finally done.
Saturday, January 31, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
**Children will behave perfectly well until it is time for you to actually speak with the dr. and then they will decide to fight over seats, toys, and/or lack of snacks and drinks.
**You know you've hit an all time low when you say to your child, in FRONT of the doctor, that you don't care about justice you just want silence.
At least I am thankful the dr., who already has 7 kids, liked the line. I told him it was from Bill Cosby- am I right??
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
2)"In memory of......" Tributes to deceased loved ones with the dates of their life and death and often a photo on the back of one's car.
3) Fried food- except maybe mozzarella sticks, but that's only because I am pregnant!
4) The confederate flag- get over it people!! You are citizens of the United States of America, like it or not. No wonder race relations still aren't that great!
Monday, January 26, 2009
Anyway, Biki starts asking how it is that I talk to the guy when I order- "So how does it work mom? Is it a phone? Are you skyping? Is it like you are dating?" That last one sort of threw me off. I just wonder how she got to think dating has anything to do with drive thrus. We don't go to Starbucks that much!!! ; ) This is also coming from the child who has her heart set on being a Starbucks worker when she grows up because she's NOT getting married. I guess there could be numerary Starbucks baristas!!
Beanie has been paying more attention in daily mass, particularly on those days when its just the 2 of us. So we're out eating french fries the other night and I see her with the little paper cup of ketchup standing up in the booth with it raised over her head with both hands. All I can hear is something about Jesus Christ.....I tried to get more details out of her, but she sort of clammed up when I started asking her about it. I am guessing she was doing a little reenactment since she's been obsessed with "Jesus' blood" recently!
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
(sorry bsafe users, the filter won't let you watch this.....I had to turn mine off to get the clip!)
If you watch the clip you'll get why the following is hilarious. So it is bedtime and I think she's asleep and she looks up at me, opens her eyes and says "Manamana" in her best gravelly Muppet voice. It was hilarious.
After they left the Conqueror was really emotional the rest of the day. He cried that they left and kept saying things reminded him of them. At dinner he started crying again pointing to places around the kitchen when he remembered his cousin playing and me sitting around talking to his Aunt and Uncle. The poor kid!! Yesterday after mass he kept saying that he saw dad in the rain. Fleshing the point out, it turns out that rain reminds him of going to Dr.'s appointments at Walter Reed when we would get to go see Dad at work. I just keep assuring him that it is ok to miss dad, but I think he keeps bottling it up and then has these intermittent explosions. Poor kid, I don't know where he gets it from! ; ) (It is not the pregnant me, I just explode all the time!)
On a lighter note, this visit gave the Bean the realization about what my name is, my name besides Mommy. I kept hearing her saying it this afternoon but let it go. Then, she got in trouble for ripping up oatmeal packets and eating them in the pantry and I forced her to apologize. I said, "Tell Mommy you're sorry!" She quickly replied, "Sorry, Meggie!" Now I am trying to nip it in the bud, since she realized that I was amused and kept calling me Meg another ten times. Cheeky one!
Friday, January 16, 2009
"I flying!" as she runs around the house in fairy wings from room to room.
"I want my daddy time!" She is constantly asking about daddy. When will he be back, when is he coming home, how long, when will he see her. There is no danger of her forgetting him....it is cute but almost exhausting to answer her constant inquiries about it. She tells everyone she meets, or doesn't even meet for that matter- she just has to see them in a store and make eye contact, "My dad's in Iraq and I want him back!" She parrots the line from the book we have on the subject.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Saturday, January 10, 2009
I suppose there are some similarities in the way mom and dad get sick- although I would like to think I offer it up a bit!!