Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Wednesday Wanderings

Quick rundown:

Thursday: Dance class, Madeline participated very well and got two stickers, still need to get her new tap shoes since hers got lost/accidentally stolen.

Friday: Chuck E Cheese with Ang and Marlee- good cheap fun, Comedy show with friends, LMAO, too much to drink, hamburgers at 11:30 at night, Mom watched the kids.

Saturday: Hair appointment, lunch by myself- soup, bread, chips and water, Chapalas, no margaritas. One of my biggest parenting questions so far: when a hummingbird falls out of a bush onto the ground and is alive, but not flying, do I show Madeline because it's neat and she'd love it, or do I not because I know something's wrong with it and it's going to die or be eaten by our cat and there's going to be a fit when Thor has to sneak and take it "home" (in this case put it on top of our wall in the shade- so maybe it'd fly away). I showed her and we even let her touch it- yuck.

Sunday: donuts, went to eat pizza and felt like we were running a race just to get us all fed before one of the kids blew up or Maison managed to chuck something breakable or full of liquid onto the floor, mall to shop for shirts for Thor, we didn't realize it closed at 6, I didn't think anything on Vegas closed at 6, ice cream for Madeline, Starbucks for me.

Monday: Thor off, kids to gmas, breakfast, DSW & grocery shopping, Madeline and her $2 clearance halloween dress up shoes that she wore for 3 days straight.

Tuesday: First tumbling class at the rec center, saw cat hospital desk girl there, Madeline wore Maison's diaper on the ride home because we forgot to stop at the bathroom on our way out. Maison up EARLY, Madeline's absolutely terrified, horror movie scream when Maison went to touch a dead bug, Thor's scream when he was wacked in the ankle bone with the play broom.

Today: Saw butt crack on the back of a motorcycle on the freeway. So not cute. Kinda a rough day due to lack of sleep. Nice evening in the backyard, bubble mower and Madeline the bubble blower.

Dinner tonight: New crockpot recipe. Beef and black bean chili, but the beans didn't cook all the way and were still a little crunchy. It was kinda gross. Thor ate, I didn't. Kids ate chicken and broccoli quesadillas. Madeline said it was her favorite, but really PBJ is.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

She thought it was soooooo funny

On the way to dance class today, Madeline invented the number "butt-teen" and laughed about it all the way there. It, apparently, comes right after sixteen and a bit after two-teen.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Wednesday Wanderings

Within a week, Maison pooped in the tub, pulled his poopy diaper off and sat in the hallway, and took his diaper off in his crib and peed a big ol' stream all over the carpet. I've learned to keep his pants on.

Thor has started putting the kids to bed a few nights a week. He's meeting a little bit of resistance from Madeline, but she'll get used to it. I've done it all these years. It's definitely for the better, though. For him, the kids, and for me too.

A couple nights this week, Madeline has gotten up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom. She still wears diapers to bed and hasn't shown any interest in nighttime potty training, until now. She's even still insisting on wearing the diaper. When we heard her up, we were so confused and startled (since she doesn't get out of bed on her own even in the daytime all that much) that I called out her name in the dark and scared her to tears. I hope I didn't scare her out of potty mode.

Maison has decided that he wants to swing on the big kid swings like his sister. He can even swing himself by leaning back a little bit. But as he goes into his swing coma, he tries to lean his head on the chain and gets thrown off balance.

Saturday I took the afternoon off for some lunch and shopping with my mom, gma and aunt. It was great to be away from the kids for a little while. When I got home we decided to go out to dinner because I had a coupon. We spent the money we saved with the coupon on margaritas, so we actually would have been better off without the coupon. But they were good!

Sunday we ran some errands in the morning (Target, then Best Buy) then had lunch out at The District.

Last night, Madeline and I watched a show on Animal Planet called Jessica the Hippo.

Today we had a pool party. Just me and the kids and our very small pool. I filled it with half hose water and half hot water from the kitchen faucet, so it was warm enough for me and Maison. Maison had a blast driving his cars around in the water making his little vroooommm sound and Madeline swum around, jumping out to chase butterflies whenever they flew by. When I was in, I took up most of the pool (kinda like Jessica the Hippo would, ha!), so I mostly sat with just my feet in.

Dinner tonight: We got home late, so leftover BBQ'd hamburgers for Thor and I, frozen veggie corndogs and bananas for the kids.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Wednesday Wanderings

For Mother's Day I asked for... ready for this? It's a big one... donuts. And I got them. And I ate them. Yummy, yummy. Then we had a nice family BBQ. The kids played with the hose and a few inches of water in our little pool. It doesn't take much to keep them entertained. My dad nearly caused Madeline a breakdown when he pretended to eat her ladybug. But then it magically appeared from behind her ear, so she calmed down.

Maison did not have the pig flu, thank goodness. It was an ear infection and Roseola. He's all better now, but I think the antibiotics are making him feel more tired than usual. Luckily he'll be done with them tomorrow.

On Saturday we took the kids to a park in Henderson for an informal reunion of people from Thor's senior class. Almost 20 years for them, I think. I followed the kids around while Thor visited and drank beer. When we were leaving, Maison fell from his usual standing position in the tricycle basket, while I was pushing and Madeline was steering, and got road rash on his forehead. I was more shaken up about it than he was.

Neither of the kids have been interested in playing in the water when we've gone to the parks with the water sprayers, so I decided not to put Madeline in swim class this summer. But then I took her my mom's where she decided to have a blast in the way-too-cold-for-my-liking swimming pool. And she spent most of today outside swimming around our little kiddie pool. I may reconsider the lessons. They're mommy and me, so I have to decide if I really want to do it again.

She was so cute yesterday swimming in her undies with her bum showing through, and one of the boy's tee shirts pony-tailed at her waist.

Dinner tonight was meatloaf, yummy garlic mashed potatoes, and asparagus. Maison whipped his asparagus around, then threw all of his food on the floor and ate a piece of wheat bread instead. While I was cooked:

Tuesday, May 12, 2009


  • Is 3 years, 2 months and 17 days old

  • Weighs 35 pounds

  • Wears sizes 3T and 4T

  • Sometimes calls me bootylicious

  • Planted seeds in our backyard which will grow into a unihorse that will grow big, big! and run around the yard and then jump on a rainbow

  • Calls banana peel the banana's crust

  • Loves to dance... just not in dance class

  • Doesn't like to listen to music in the car

  • Loves Target

  • Uses the word actually a lot. Usually something like, "Actually, I DO need more popsicles." or "Um, actually, Sophie IS hungry right now."

  • Was very happy today with the package of googly eye stick-ons that she picked out at the store
  • Is my very pretty girl

Already too stinkin' hot

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Wednesday Wanderings

Let's see if I can get back on track here with my Wednesday posts.

Maison is sick with a big bad fever again. I think it's an ear infection, but who knows. Maybe it's the oh-so-scary Swine Flu. All the symptoms are the same. We'll see at the doc tomorrow.

Some people live so grossly. We had renters leave us a 3 inch blanket of dog poop covering an entire backyard patio. Roguish. Thank goodness my wonderful husband has the removal and cleaning all arranged and I will never have to see, or smell, it. He told me that before he actually saw what it was, he could smell it and was expecting to see a dead, rotting dog. Love you Honey.

We have lots of bugs in our backyard. We don't like most of them- bees, beetles, gnats, moths, some weird slow flying fly-like things, nasty cochroaches- but we also have lots of butterflies and ladybugs (and really cool lizards). Madeline is obsessed with the ladybugs and spends lots of time searching for them and playing with them. When she's tired or otherwise unstable, and can't find any, she throws a big fit and demands that we find one for her RIGHT NOW. To which we respond for her to get her booty in the house RIGHT NOW.

At least once a day Madeline panics and screams from the backyard because she has seen a "big beezle with a sharp sharp nose!" I don't know what she's talking about. Possibly a wasp. Maybe a flying beetle? I just like it when she says beezle.

Sophie is a lemon. It's not confirmed, but I'm pretty sure she has an eye condition called Cherry Eye that will require surgery to fix. She needs to go get a job.

Me and the kids met a friend and her kids at Town Square to play in the water sprayers and have lunch. My kids didn't want anything to do with the water, but they had a good time anyways. Lunch was good at the Yard House and it was a comfortable place to eat for the kids and for us.

Thor left me for 3 days to go do some work at his parents' restaurant in Colorado. So, I watched a movie. I'm way behind in my movie watching. It was Juno and I LOVED it. Such a cute movie.

Dinner tonight was supposed to be crockpot roast cooked in mushroom soup gravy stuff, roasted red potatoes and roasted carrots and onions. But Thor wanted to eat early and my roast wasn't quite done so he had left over lasagne and salad, I had a burrito and salad, Madeline had PBJ and pear, and Maison had a hotdog and pear.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Finally, the beach post

I get a little behind. And really, there's not a lot to say. We go to the same place and don't do anything while we're there. It's wonderful. Even the pictures look the same, except the kids keep getting bigger. This time my dad dissed us for his dirt bike, so my grandma came along to help wrangle the kids (thank goodness). Thor drove down with us to Disneyland, then on to the beach, but had to fly back a few days early for work. So for a few days it was just us girls and the crazy kids.

For the most part we woke up, got ready, went to the beach, came back, ate lunch, naps for little ones, got ready again, back to the beach, came back, ate dinner, back to the beach to watch the sunset, came back, got ready for bed, slept (except me. I don't get to sleep. I have babies.).

Maison was much happier on solid ground than on the sand. We could barely get him off the beach towels.

Madeline has a strange liking for the taste of sand, so we had to keep harping on her to STOP EATING IT. We'd look over and she'd be licking her hand. And I think she licked the sand off my mom's pants one time. It was weird.

The kids all just played and played and played. Madeline's finally old enough where she can go near the water (not in the water) without an adult shadow. I'm glad she's not very adventurous and would barely get her feet wet.

I'm ready to go back again. Beach bum wouldn't be a bad profession.

Sunday, May 3, 2009


Saturday, the kids and I got up EARLY (eeeek!) and went to walk the Susan Komen 5k with my mom and grandparents. I've never done anything like that and it was fun and exciting to be a part of something so big. I didn't do it "in memory of" or "in celebration of" anybody, but it was touching to see everyone's signs on their backs. It felt good to be supporting such a good, worthy and appropriate cause.

I'd assume the other participants were feeling the same way that I was. And everyone was very cheerful. There were many, many volunteers, and sponsors providing free stuff, water and food. There was a point along the route where water in paper cups was being handed out to anyone who needed it. And there was a large dumpster a few yards from the handout point. And there were used cups ALL OVER the ground, before, at, and after the dumpster. I was very surprised. I couldn't believe that people would go out of their way to do such a good thing, and then LITTER all over the place. It was disgusting.

At one point the guy right in front of me crumpled his cup and then dropped it, like it was an accident. I seriously thought, out loud, that I should ram him with my huge double stroller, then casually mention that he may have dropped his cup. But I'm too nice. Then a few minutes later, the lady with him did the exact. same. thing. What freaking trash. Some people. I so wish I would have rammed them.

It makes me wonder how the sponsor who was providing the cups of water must feel. I'd definitely feel unappreciated. Kinda like I do when Madeline takes her shoes off and throws them into the middle of the kitchen floor. But, see, she's three. She has an excuse.