Friday, October 29, 2010

The Princess Diaries

When I started out as a mother I was convinced that I was going to avoid all things "princess." I didn't care for it, half the princesses were not dressed appropriately, my daughters won't need such sentimental crap. Fast forward 6 years... I pick my battles and appropriately dressed princesses are a-ok around here. The love of princesses is being passed down from sister to sister to sister. Just the other evening at bedtime we had a little helen keller moment with our budding talker. Momo pointed to her sister's princess nightgown and started yelling "Wrella, Wrella, Wrella." She was pointing to C*nderella! Needless to say her sisters were overjoyed and Momo has been finding "Wrella" everywhere else since then!

And a beanieism just for fun. We have guests over and Beanie announced at dinner "If you want to have some more wine you can have some!" We all laughed and said she was a kind hostess and she replied, "Well yes, I am nice."

Saturday, October 16, 2010


The Doctor is in!

On our way home the kids were explaining to him that they were writing messages on the dusty windows of the cars. Biki told him, "I wrote 'Welcome home...blah, blah, blah' on the back of your car!" I think she's over this whole concept of dad leaving and returning.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Choose your own adventure....

Directions: Choose one letter to answer the question.

1. What did I do today?

a. drove past the pick up window and almost forgot to retrieve my coffee from Mickey D's.

b. found a googlely eye staring up at me from a dirty diaper.

c. accepted the gift of a RAW egg that was brought upstairs to me by a very careful 18 month old and brought it downstairs to find a cracked egg courtesy of a more reckless 3.75 year old.

d. all of the above

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Lions and Tigers and Bears...oh my!

We went to the zoo today! It was an easy trip and the kids enjoyed themselves immensely. Momo was quite fond of the zipping penguins and Beanie was enamoured of some bunnies in the farm section. They are her "favoritist animal ever"!

It was an excellent place for people watching...which is another way of saying I am SO GLAD I NEVER GOT A TATTOO!

One thing that had me laughing all day was something I overheard a woman saying to an ostrich: "You wouldn't fit in my oven!"

Friday, October 8, 2010

7 Quick Takes

One of my favorite blogs does this....

1. Extreme Makeover Home Edition always makes me cry...but the one they aired last week on Respect Life Sunday was the best ever. It was a family of 8 adopted adults whose parents had passed away. The 6 youngest all had downs syndrome and the two older ones had moved home to take care of them. It was really beautiful and they were totally on Long Island, dad was a firefighter, statue of Mary in the yard, crucifixes on the walls. Anyway you should go watch it online at abc's website.

2. On respect life Sunday we went to the life chain. I didn't want to go but a certain 8 year old who just figured out what abortion is DID want to go so off we went. A news camera came and filmed footage. There were a lot of families there, a lot of kids, a lot of young people and young moms. Who did the woman choose to interview? An old white guy. Luckily I know him and I know he's a physician and eloquent, but still. That just bothers me.

3. Wrinkles + zits = unfair.

4. I don't know whether to be mortified or edified that my son was given a new pair of shoelaces by his teacher because his old ones were worn out. Yes, I had noticed it but it really hadn't got up too high on my priority list. He informed me "she just had them" at school. Oh how I wish. I fear I am turning into *that* mom.

5. Speaking of *that* mom, I feel like we are always on the verge of chaos. Unfortunately, sometimes our delicate system breaks when I rely on the fact that a 6 year old will remember their lunch or a 3 year old will remember shoes for Sunday mass. Then I just want to lose it but I think it is best just to enjoy the ride!

6. Did you know that in a pinch the armrest covers for booster seats can be used as booties? (see above.)

7. I could write a whole post on fashion and how more and more I am feeling I am in a really weird place. I am much too old for certain trends (lumberjack plaid? been there, done that) and I am not sure where to look for clothes anymore. Just walking past "Forever 21" makes me embarrassed. I went in there a while back looking for the cheap jewelry with about 3 kids in tow and the sales teenagers pretty much sneered at me! And today I saw an older woman, probably 20 to 25 years my senior, looking very sharp in the exact same top I just got. She looked really great but that was depressing. Oh well.

1 more week!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Wolf scouts!

We (ok...I) signed the Conqueror up for cub scouts. He is ecstatic. It is the cutest thing. He's pouring over his handbook and getting excited about badges. He's desperate to sell loads of popcorn. But the cutest thing was when I was putting the baby down tonight I could hear him in his room singing little cub scout songs and trying to remember the cub scout promise. He was doing it earlier too...raising his fingers in their little salute and squinting his eyes and sticking his tounge out trying to remember the words. CUTENESS!

Monday, October 4, 2010

You're stretching kid.

Beanie has taken P's absence rather hard. She doesn't like the fact he's gone and expresses it often. She also uses the fact that she "misses her daddy" as an excuse to not do anything I ask her. Don't get me wrong, she's had genuine bouts of uncontrolled sobbing that breaks my heart. But there is another element at play as well. It is almost as though she wants to see what she can actually get away with, so to speak. Case in point: This morning she was famished and I stil had errands to run so I gave her some french fries from McDonald's (and if you judge me you can just go read some other blog.) Then later on the day she starts whining uncontrollably for fries again. I keep telling her no and she tries a different tactic.

"I miss my daddy. And I need to get french fries because my daddy's gone. And my daddy likes french fries. So I need french fries because I love my daddy."

Nice try.