Monday, November 29, 2010

oh, their little brains.

Scene: Thanksgiving Day. The appetizers are out. The grandparents, aunts, uncles all are present. The boss and his wife are walking up the sidewalk ready to join the party. The little ones are napping. Or are they?

Mom: It sounds like the twins are having WAY too much fun up there. I'll go up and see if I can settle them down and tuck them into bed.

Dad: That sounds like a great idea. They really need a nap.

Mom walks up the stairs to the children's bedroom and slowly opens the door only to discover quite a mess.

Twin A: Hi, Mom

Twin B: Mommy, I has poop in mine pants. And on a floor.

Mom: On the floor, buddy? Yuck. You know where to put your poop, right?

Twin B: Yes. On a potty.

Mom: Right. Looks around room. Notices poop on walls. Buddy, you didn't TOUCH the poop, did you?

Twin B: Yes! I THROWING AND THROWING the poop!

As curtain falls, Mom tries to look stern, but turns toward audience and chuckles.

Monday, November 15, 2010


Apparently, we have forgotten what those 4 simple little letters at the end of an invitation mean. You know the ones I'm talking about "RSVP."

I was always under the impression that it stood for "répondez s'il vous plaît," meaning "please respond." However, either this isn't common knowledge or people are incredibly rude.

Seriously, when the number of invited guests actually attending a party could be anywhere from 18 to 48 depending on whether or not those 30 people who didn't bother to respond actually show up at the door.

Is there some way we can have a bouncer at the door of weddings and showers and birthday parties stationed at a table so the non-responders can leave their gift and then head home? Or how about a wrist band method where only those on the "list" get a wrist band and are entitled to things like food, a place to sit, and a party favor?

I like it.

Let's do it.

But, somehow, I think WE would be the ones considered "rude" in this little scenario.

Let's do it anyway.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

excuse me while i, i mean blog

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday. . . and all is still not right with the world of Daylight Savings Time (or lack thereof, I really don't know which is which -- I just know I "fell back" and have not yet gotten up).

Try as I might, I can't convince the kiddos that yes, it is light outside but no, it is NOT time to get up yet.

My mornings used to be so lovely:
5.30 a.m. -- alarm
5.45 a.m. -- out of bed followed by a leisurely cup of coffee, breakfast of whatever I wanted, and plenty of time for my morning devotional, maybe a shower (and perhaps even unload the dishwasher or get some laundry in)
7.30 a.m. -- bring the still-groggy little ones downstairs for breakfast and Super Why


As you can imagine, my days are starting out the same way. Unfortunately, around 6.15 I am frantically trying to put the little one back to sleep (and failing) while the big boys pound on the door and shout about morning time. My coffee grows cold on the kitchen table next to a Bible study with only 1 question answered and a bowl of soggy cereal. There is certainly no shower. And getting anything else done? Ha! No way.

Let's not even discuss the crankiness that comes with trying to adjust meals and naps.

Whose brilliant idea was this whole time change business, anyway? It wasn't a mother of young children, I can tell you that much.

On the bright side, I guess I could theoretically get out & get my errands done and get home in time for Sesame Street at nine (don't judge my knowledge of morning PBS schedules).

That is.

If anything besides Wal-Mart were open before 9 a.m.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Birthday Business...a recap

Well, it's been a long time coming, but here's a really speedy recap of 2 birthday parties for 3 little boys.

First, it was Shorty's 1st birthday. We had a lot of green stuff left over from last year's Oz fiesta for the twins, so that got me thinking about reusing some of it. Which led to all things green and what little boys love. Naturally, this led to frogs. I must admit that, as this party developed, I didn't really end up reusing much from last year. Oh well. It was cute anyway.

The cake & some of the party hats:
We also had cattails (chocolate-dipped pretzels), worms (veggie sticks), swamp punch, sandwiches with no clever name, and an assortment of green fruit to munch on.

The kiddos played outside with tons of toy frogs, sand, water, a bubble maker, and all of our other toys. They went home with little galvanized buckets with toy frogs and bubbles and kazoos.

Here's the birthday boy and his cupcake.
In case you didn't know, that is a squeal of pure joy.

Next, on to the Dynamic Duo. They love Batman & Robin and watch the old-school movie over and over again. So that made it easy to decide on a party theme (and Halloween costumes).

Here's the cake & cupcakes -- it's hard to see, but there's a Batman & a Robin action figure on top of each cupcake stand:
No, they didn't turn 33.

Also served up were Catwoman's claws (Bugles), Penguin's party chips & dip (served in a "top hat"), Hero sandwiches, Mr. Freeze's ice cream, and Poison Ivy punch (same green punch as for the froggy party). The kids made their own super hero capes & masks and played and played.

Here are the little heroes opening up some presents:
Hooray for parties!

Hooray they are D.O.N.E.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010


Just 2 quick pics from Halloween. It's going to be difficult to top this year's theme. We loved it (well, I'm not so sure I loved my pants). The boys were more than enthusiastic about their costumes. It was colorful & cute & not one bit scary (again, except perhaps for my pants).

Here are the cuties:

Here we all are attempting a family photo back home after Neewollah Palooza:

As for next year, we currently have 2 ideas in the mix and are, of course, open to suggestions. Got any ideas for our family of 5?
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