Wednesday, March 31, 2010
I am fairly certain I should be looking for a 12 step program. I just can't seem to stop. Saw these owls at Walmart night before last. Picked up the kit last week because I had to have that owl. Knew it would be a perfect match. And what teacher wouldn't want to get one of these?
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Monday, March 29, 2010
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Saturday, March 27, 2010
Thursday, March 25, 2010
The boys and I worked on our outdoor easter decorations tonight. The boys did an AMAZING job of staying in the front yard (not one single stray into the street!) They helped carry all the eggs from the garage to the yard and even followed me around putting eggs where I told them they needed to go! And on top of that they even left them alone once they put them out. The pinwheels on the other hand... Apparently letting them play with them first wasn't the best idea I have ever had...
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
One of the things I love most about parenthood is watching the kids discover the world. Every day there are dozens of new things that fill them with wonder and delight.
I stopped by the dollar store today. It is always a fun treat for me whether I spend a dollar or not. Today was no exception. Today, I picked up pinwheels. I was so excited to show them to the boys as soon as we got home. Once Ryan figured out that holding it up in the air caused it spin he was fascinated.
Monday, March 22, 2010
We spent some time with the inlaws, today. They fried up some of the fish Kevin and his brother caught for a late lunch and then put on a movie for the boys. The boys were entranced by Alvin and the chipmunks. Though I suppose it might have been the 90 inch LCD tv at their level as well as surround sound to make it really interactive, but everytime the movie would cut to a scene without the trio Ryan would ask "Where'd they go?" or "Where's Alvin??"
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Friday, March 19, 2010
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Daylight savings time has been a bit rough. Getting up before the sun is unnatural. Though the boys have a adjusted in no time at all. They are certainly enjoying getting to play outside after dinner. Tonight we played in the backyard for a while. They played on the slide, they rolled, kicked and threw the ball. They checked out the raccoons in the bird feeder and went for a ride in the hammock.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Those are not words you want to hear about your bank account, but yet that is what was printed big, bold, and red across the the top of the returned check. Thankfully I had the night before checked the account online and was fairly certain it still existed and more importantly that the money was still there. Luckily a trip to to the bank sorted out the issue - and explained the mysterious box of checks which had arrived in the mail unprompted by us. It was a change in the account number format. Though the old checks should have still worked.
Before I left the bank I withdrew some money for the coke machine and to pay my lotto debts. I used to pick up rolls of quarters, but the bank no longer carries them. So I asked for dollars instead. As the cashier handed over two bundles of money I looked at them in surprise. They looked like the haul of a bank robber or maybe my life savings. I couldn't help but smile as I stuffed them down inside a paper sack.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
I was surprised to see the box in the mail. I expected it to take longer to arrive. I couldn't wait to open it and see the treasure inside. I immediately found a chain for it and had to put it on. I rarely buy myself jewelry and almost never sight unseen. But from the second I spied it online I knew it was the one.
Monday, March 15, 2010
Saturday, March 13, 2010
We got home a little early tonight - before the sun had set. The weather was just beautiful. And the boys? They were driving me nuts. They were horrible at pick up. I threatened to leave them laying in the middle of the parking lot. They didn't do much better when we got home. Connor darted into the street again. I debated leaving him to the cars or the wild pack of dogs that surely roam the neighborhood late at night looking for little boys who ran from their mothers and have been left outside.
Then I took a deep breath. Or 10. And reminded myself that despite the fact they look like grown up little boys that they are just 2. And this is what 2 year olds do. And I felt the sun on my face. And the light breeze blowing in my hair. And I decided that we should take advantage of the good weather and run off some of that excess energy or sugar or whatever was turning my little angels (cough, cough) into devlish little monsters. So we broke out the cars and I stood at the end of the street in the sun directing toddler traffic like an air traffic controller.
Friday, March 12, 2010
Okay, so technically I didn't take this picture on Thursday, but given that this thing told me I had a temperature of 102.4 I think it's understandable. Especially given it normally tells me that my temperature is 97.1. I picked up the kids. I came home. I cussed my husband for taking so stinking long to get home. Then the second he came in the door I dragged myself into the bedroom and crawled into bed.
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Meet Alli. Alli was buried in the bottom of an Easter plush bin at Sams. What Alligators and Easter have to do with one another is beyond me, but as soon as I saw Alli I knew I had to have her. I mean the boys had to have her. Yeah that's it. So I plopped her up over the edge of the cart like she was trying to escape and eye level with the 3ft tall set and wheeled her all over the store terrorizing the unsuspecting victims along the way.
And if I am ever lost in the jungle this is the child I want to take with me. The one that jumped on top of the alligator and wrestled it until it stopped fighting back then grabbed hold of it's tail and hauled it away like a sack of potatoes. Not the one that walked right by a 5ft long alligator and never even noticed it was there. And then we he did ran screaming for his life and hid behind his father.
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Ryan got a Happy Gram from school today. He's quite the talker. I am truly amazed at how fast he picks things up. He talks in sentences. He can rephrase the sentence and move the words around and still make it make perfect sense. He uses pronouns correctly. And he enunciates like a much older child (he just turned 2). School often comments on just how clearly he speaks. And how he always remembers to use his words. So apparently that broken record parroting of "use your words", "say please", and "thank you" are really paying off after all.
Now if I could just get him to write his own thank you notes.... He has the concept down ("Thank you mommy for more pancakes"), and he knows all his letters by both sight and sound. We just need to work on that writing... If he keeps up his current pace he ought to have cursive down before too long. :)
I did just my darks on Sunday night - or should I say just the ones that were actually IN the laundry basket. I didn't bother to sort through the pile that has begun next to the basket. Nor did I go into the bedroom and sort through the I am too tired to walk the extra 20 feet to put this up at night pile. It took 3 loads and when it was all said and done I had hung up 51 shirts if that gives you a clue. I still have 3 or so piles of whites. And probably the same amount of lights. I also have a colossal pile of kitchen towels which will probably warrent at least two by themselves. And bath towels. And sheets. I have done a load or twelve here and there, but there always seems to be more.
Monday, March 8, 2010
We took the boys to a new park this morning. Of course the boys had to explore the death defying "Oh no, not that one!" monster play equipment. While all the other sane children hit the equivalent of the bunny slopes the boys tacked the death defying double black diamond kind of stuff. Not that either Kevin or I thought to take our camera. Then again when we left the house the only destination we had in mind was a nearby McDonalds.
Then one thing led to another. Connor spotted a squirrel. And became obsessed. And followed/chased/stalked the poor thing all over the place until the squirrel finally with a paranoid look back over his shoulder disappeared into the posted no trespassing forest much to Connor's dismay. Before too long we found a dirt path that disappeared into the forest as well. So we took it. It meandered alongside a creek and was what looked to be a well traveled off road bike path. The boys trekked along exploring as eager as we were to find out where it went.
After a late lunch we put the boys down for a nap with plans to go back to the park later and explore some of the off-shoots we had seen that morning when they woke up. Apparently between McDonalds, and the park we had worn them out as they slept for almost 4 hours making it far too late into the day to head back. So we took a walk around our neighborhood instead.
Ryan was being a turkey and flat out refused to come closer to us or head the way we had decided to go. So as I told him for the umpteenth time to "Come this way" and he steadfastly refused Connor took it upon himself to get Ryan moving again, and in the right direction.
Sunday, March 7, 2010
The boys went to Miss Leila's birthday party at Gymboree. They loved the slides, the parachute and the rocking horse. They kept starting rocking at the same time in opposite directions which kept the horse at a dead standstill and caused them to bonk heads repeatedly. Silly boys...
Saturday, March 6, 2010
Friday, March 5, 2010
One of the bulls at the livestock show. Patiently waiting his turn, seemingly oblivious to the throng of of people wandering through to take a look. There were some that had such big humps that they looked like camels and weighed more than some cars. Out of curiosity I asked one gentleman what a behemoth lying nearby weighed and he responded 2853lbs. Just so you know that's just 250 lbs shy of the curb weight of my V8, 4WD, 5 passenger SUV.