darn, it's PAST midnight.
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
darn, it's PAST midnight.
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Monday, April 21, 2008
So let me tell you a story. We'll call it
I'm Getting New Shelves In My Laundry Room
Mike and I have come to an agreement about laundry and dishes. He doesn't like to put the clean stuff away, and I don't like to wash the dirty stuff. So he has been doing all of the washing/drying and I have been doing all of the putting away (and I recently decided to add to my list the handwashing of the dishes that can't go in the dishwasher).
Anyway, things have been running along smoothly for several weeks, with both of us doing our jobs and even helping each other out once in a while. Basically, "helping each other out" means that Mike helped me empty the dishwasher once and I threw in a load of laundry for him once. But like I said, things have been going smoothly, so we usually don't enter into each other's territory.
Well, Mike got tired of having stuff sitting on the dryer, because when you pull the clothes out of the laundry chute they land on the top of the dryer and whatever happens to be on top of the dryer comes tumbling off and lands on your feet, or just gets mixed up in the jumble of clothes. It is very annoying, and it finally made him mad. And that is the story of how the toilet seat got broken. Oh yeah, and the story of why I am getting new shelves in my laundry room!
Huh, you say?
Well, I really have no idea how it happened, and I wasn't going to ask, but the next thing I knew, the toilet seat was in the sink. I know that strange things happen when I get angry sometimes, and Mike is very understanding and doesn't ask questions, so I figured I'd give him this one.
Anyway, that evening, just about an hour later, I was frying shells for tacos and Bonnie somehow sensed that from 15 miles away and called. Just kidding, Bonnie. It IS the second time that has happened, though. It was pretty funny. So they got a dinner invitation. And while we all sat here eating tacos and baby-watching -- Diamond was making faces in her sleep -- we kept making cracks (no pun intended) about the toilet seat sitting in our kitchen sink.
And that's pretty much the whole story. Mike has gone to Lowe's and brought back two toilet seats so far (one of the trips was when we learned that Bonnie and Caleb were coming over, and we knew that we would need a toilet seat ON the toilet in the guest bathroom if we were going to be proper hosts. Neither of the ones we have tried were the right shape, so right now the bottom half of the broken seat rests gingerly on the toilet until we can get a new one.
Apparently we have the only SQUARE toilet around here. Maybe that's something they only do in California and New York. And I'm sure that Caleb would tell us that we don't want to replace the toilet (after a long, arduous toilet-replacing episode he went through several weeks ago) unless it REALLY needs to be replaced, so we'll special order the toilet seat from CA or NY if we have to.
All right, it's almost time for me to go. I promised the boys that we could play with Play-Doh and go outside to play, not necessarily in that order, after I got done on the computer (and I said I would be done soon), and we don't break our Play-Doh promises around here.
One other thing, though. I am going to be implementing a schedule soon, and that could mean one of two things. Either it will work so well that I will have time scheduled to blog regularly (hallelujah!) or it will work so well that I will realize all of the responsibilities (there are FOUR i's in that word!?) that I have been shirking and will be so busy getting everything done that blogging will become a thing of the past, or a once-monthly venture, or some such thing. I'm hoping for the former scenario as I really enjoy blogging, but I felt I needed to give my readers fair warning.
Maybe I'll blog about the schedule! That should be interesting. And scary. I've never been good at keeping a schedule, as Mike can tell you. My "schedules" are more like "goals". If I happen to get something done that was on the schedule, I cross it off. And if I do something that wasn't on the schedule, I write it down, then cross it off. Come on, people, I know I'm not the only one who does that.
Okay, off to play outside with two little boys who are hopping around right now, trying to put their crocs on.
Friday, April 11, 2008
Miguel's personality is developing so much, and he is able to keep up with the boys (well, almost!), and they all have fun running and playing together! He is also learning how to defend himself when he feels threatened by something his cousins (that would be my children) are doing, and Christy is trying to teach him not to hit.
She took Brianna to school and came back to our house, and then we all made a trek to the big central library. They have a huge selection of kids' books and movies, and I can almost always find what I am looking for there. We got 6 movies and 6 books.
Mental note: Never take children to the library when it is their nap time. It's not pretty.
Mike is working from home today, and he is taking a short break, so he is on his way to the gas station right now to get himself a Coke and me some chocolate cupcakes. I know, I know. Not the right way to handle stress. But maybe I'll eat one now and wait until later to eat the other one. NOT
Okay, I have stopped writing this about 5 times to go and put Sammy back into his bed. And now he is out again. ACK!!!! I am so frustrated with him! Time to go put him back again.
Did SuperNanny ever write a book?
OH, there he is again! Mommy is coming back upstairs, honey, and it's not going to be fun to see me.
Is it because I messed with the routine? Hmmmm....
Mental note: DON'T MESS WITH THE ROUTINE.
I'm so glad it's Friday!
Wednesday, April 09, 2008
Bonnie is such an amazing friend! She just had a baby, and yet she has brought me coffee twice since she got home from the hospital... actually once ON HER WAY HOME from the hospital. Wow. Just wow. Of course we had a fun photo shoot while she was at the house. I definitely don't have the skills of a professional when it comes to photography, but this little Diamond baby is so photogenic that it makes my pictures look GOOD.
I had a MOPS meeting last night, and it was a fun time of relaxation and chatting with other moms. We had pizza and root beer floats, and then all just sat around in a room filled with comfy couches and chatted it up for an hour. So relaxing and rejuvenating, especially when I realize that there are other people who are a lot more stressed out than I am, and have lots more to deal with in their lives. I go home after MOPS and Mike is putting the boys to bed, so I get to just chill out and read the evening away until bedtime.
Well, I need to figure out what to make these hungry men for dinner!
Monday, April 07, 2008
I remember what it was like being a parent for the first time, and it is such a learning process! Every baby is so different that it seems there is no one "right" way to do things. And just when you think you have a baby figured out, they change things up and you have to change your routines and patterns. It definitely keeps us parents on our toes!
I have been to the hospital several times in the past couple of days, taking pictures and visiting with Bonnie and Caleb and having a "pie potluck" yesterday evening. When I left and went out to the truck, I found that the battery was completely dead. At least I think that's what is wrong. Mike came in the van (he was about to put the boys to bed, so he brought two very sleepy, very CRANKY boys with him) and hooked up the jumper cables, but we still couldn't get the truck to start.
Then Caleb came out of the hospital, and recognized our vehicles, and came over to help out. They hooked up a different set of jumper cables, but it still didn't work, so we went home in the van and left the truck at the hospital. Mike had to work today; he had some meetings to attend and he also had some extra work given to him ("dumped on him"). He took his lunch hour and came home to pick up tools, then headed back to the hospital to see what could be done. Maybe in the light of day it will be easier to figure out.
I hope it is just the battery! At least we can purchase a new one and be done with it. Thank goodness for savings. We've been (okay, okay, MIKE has been) putting aside money so that we have extra in case of things like this. If saving money were left up to me, we'd be up a creek without a paddle right now. I'm so glad I married a man who is good with money. He really makes our lives a lot less stressful. I think I'm making our lives less stressful by eating out instead of cooking at home sometimes, but I'm really just making more of a burden by not using the food that we have, and then spending extra money on food when we have food at home.
It's nice to take a break once in a while, though, I must admit. Cooking 21 meals a week will make anyone feel like a full-time chef. It seems that just as you finish doing the dishes from one meal, it is time to start thinking about the next meal. But that's part of being a mom, I suppose! I love to cook, which is good, because if I didn't we'd be eating out a lot more than we do already.
KU plays in the NCAA championship tonight against Memphis. Mike is expecting Memphis to win, but we're still cheering for KU! Well, he will be cheering. I'll be at a Stampin' Up! meeting. I just love girl time. It doesn't come too often in a house full of boys, so I really appreciate it!!
Friday, April 04, 2008
We had stopped at a garage sale this morning, and the boys each found two balls and a truck toy. Griffin's truck is a "Transformer"-type thing, and it turns from a robot into a cute yellow dump truck. They don't quite have the hang of "transforming" it, yet, so they bring it to me when they want it to be changed. I'm quite good at it!
Sammy walked up to a table at the garage sale and immediately picked out the one Bob the Builder toy there. I think his name is Scoop. He is a red bulldozer, and he even talks! He says, "I looove getting dirty!"... it's no wonder Sammy likes him. He can relate so well.
Oh, I forgot. Mike gave me a "job" to do. He is going to be vacuuming and steam cleaning the carpets when he gets home (yay! what a man!) and he wanted me to have the boys pick up their toys so that he could get started on it right away.
Maybe I'll order pizza tonight. Hmmm. There is a really good pizza place close to here, and I can order online. How technologically advanced is that? Actually, Christy has had issues with their online ordering the only two times she's ordered from there, so maybe I'll call. But we love their breadsticks. Sooooo yummy. They spread cheese on a thin crust, then fold it in half and put more cheeses on top, and the spices are amazing!
The boys are scurrying around, with gentle reminders from me to "keep picking up and don't stop to play!" They want to make their daddy happy.
Oh, did I mention that Griffin had a big splinter in his hand, which is why we were only able to stay outside for an hour? (Might seem like a long time to some people, but an hour in little-boy-outside-playing-time is like two minutes.) We came inside and after much convincing he allowed me to dig it out with a needle instead of the tweezers. The "stick," as he called it, that was stuck in his hand (It's not a splinter, Mom, it's a STICK.) was down too deep for tweezers. Sorry if that makes any of you cringe and squirm in your seat. Griffin was amazingly (after a few minutes of crying and twitching when I brought out the needle) calm about the whole procedure. Of course, he DID have a popsicle. Because sugar has such a calming effect on kids, don'tcha know?
I think I'll go order the pizza now. The boys are almost done cleaning up toys, and I think they need some more "gentle prodding" to help them with their motivation. tee hee
It has been a good day!
Oh yeah, and I feel much better today. That helps.
I need to sweep and mop the wood floor
Thursday, April 03, 2008
Mike took me to get flowers on Sunday. My birthday was on Monday, and he knows how much I love flowers! :-) I got to pick them out myself. They weren't what I would call beautiful when I first brought them home, but I just knew they had potential. And they are gorgeous now!
I also picked out a card magazine that is just full of new ideas for cards! I'm sure I'll be using some of those ideas soon.
That's all, I just wanted to post a beautiful flower picture.
We had J.J. over today. He is 4, and the boys all had fun playing together. J.J. loves superheroes, and since Griffin and Sammy really don't know anything about ANY superheroes, they listened with awe to J.J.'s tales of Spiderman, Superman, the Incredible Hulk, and Octimus Primus (I have no idea if I'm spelling that right, it's a Transformers thing).
They pulled out the Legos, and J.J. set to work building superhero robots. Griffin was then schooled on how to build a Lego watergun. That quickly turned into throwing the guns across the living room (who knew!?) which resulted in a Lego watergun hitting J.J. on the head. Oh my. It bled for a while (gotta love head wounds), and finally stopped when I put an ice cube directly on it. We then blow-dried his hair, which he loved, and he was as good as new. Griffin's bottom didn't fare so well, since he was the one who threw the "gun", and had apparently done it on purpose.
We broke out the Play-Doh, and watched as J.J. made replicas of superheroes and their cars. He's quite talented! Then we got out the crayons and construction paper, and J.J. colored a Spiderman on Griffin's paper, which Griffin promptly ruined by coloring it in the wrong way. Griffin loved it, though. He thought it was cool having an older boy here.
J.J. will be coming over again next week, and the boys are really looking forward to it. I am too; he's a fun kid! I'll post some pictures once I get his mom's okay.