Friday, May 30, 2008
edited to add: Now he won't stop rolling over. However, he seems to only know how to roll onto his belly while in bed, and not back over. Then he gets pissed, wakes up, wiggles around for a bit, then starts screaming. Hello, I don't want to get up 6 times a night to roll you back over!! Jeez. . . babies!
Thursday, May 29, 2008
David heard the talk of birthdays and said he knew "the perfect" thing to get for me. He said he was going to tell Chris he needs "some lots of big monies" for it and some pink wrapping paper. I asked him what it was, and he said it was a secret. Then he said, "But I'll give you a clue. . . it's the Buxton over the shoulder expandable organizer made of genyouine leather! It's just what you need!" Um, WTF? That little gem would be this http://www.buxtonbag.com/?cid=397720. The commercial plays during Spongebob, for some strange reason. David is OBSESSED with this bag. I swear to God, if Chris humors him and buys that for me, I will so not be happy. I'd rather just have the $19.95.
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Then he called Julie. "RING! RING! (It's rinnin Dadid. I hope she's home.) Hello? Julie? It's me -- Hamry Timtim. I'm jus calling to see if you baby's still stinky? Is JT playin wif he's red Spiderman hands? OK. I wub you Julie. Night Night."
I'm laughing now thinking of that. Today LJ pooped her pants at McD's, and Henry told Julie, "Somefing stinks. I fink it's you baby!" He clearly remembered that and wanted to make sure she had been changed! That child cracks me up.
- Every child in town who likes to scream was at McDonald's today.
- They were running repeatedly around our table. Screaming. The look I gave them (I hope) clearly said, "Hi, where's your mother?".
- Three irritating children kept sticking their faces in Jack's face and saying in a retarded voice, "HI CUTE BABY! OOOOOOOH, YOU'RE SO CUTE!" One said she wanted to kiss him. All I could think was, "Dirty little girl, I dare you to kiss him!" And their mom was sitting right there allowing this. Personal space much? Finally I got up and walked over to David just to get him away from them.
- Chris caught David and Henry with Jack's bedroom window open and the screen popped out ready to make a break for it. Jack's bedroom is on the front of our house. Facing the street. Not fenced in. I caught them doing it today in the living room. Same situation there. And the thing is, if you ask them what could happen if they're outside by themselves and we don't know it, they know what could happen. . . "A car might hit me, a mean mommy or daddy might steal me, and I would get in trouble" is what they say. I clearly need to go to Babies R Us to look for window locks, because I don't want to screw them all shut.
- My eyebrows are about to meet each other and have a party in the middle of my forehead, but I have three cakes to do by Friday, so there's no plucking in sight. I hope they like each other's company.
1. Jack seems to like waking every 90 minutes at night again. He thinks he wants to eat. I don't think so.
2. After getting up three times with him Monday night, I knew he wasn't hungry. He was looking for some comfort. Soothe thyself. I wheeled him in his bed into our master bathroom and closed the door. He slept there happily for the rest of the night.
3. I'm a big fan of "Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child". I know it's not the method for everyone, but it's worked very, very well with David and Henry. Time to bust the book back out and get started with Jack. This house doesn't run very well when Mama gets no sleep!
4. David said this morning, "You and Dada are going on a sunny vacation. I'll take care of Jack with no parents around."
5. Henry said, "I'm going on a bacation too! Know where? To sunny Fornication!" Um, what? Clearly he was trying to say something else, but I was laughing too hard to figure out what that may have been.
6. Chris is back to work. As much as I love having him home, it's a damn good thing he's back to his regular schedule. That man has a penchant for dessert like I've never seen. And I'm easily persuaded. I gained 2 pounds while he was on vacation!
7. My house looks like a bomb went off. There are literally toys from one end to the other. And two naked children sitting on the couch watching TV.
8. My birthday is next week! I'm very excited about it, even though there's nothing I can think of that I want. (OK, I want an electric griddle to expedite my almost daily marathon pancake making sessions, but that's pathetic and I refuse to tell anyone I want that for a birthday gift.)
9. My parents are in Massachusetts for my cousin Matthew's high school graduation. I told my mom to drive by our old house and take pictures of it!!
10. I can't believe Matthew is old enough to graduate from high school. I remember when, if you asked him how to spell his name, he would say, "Up, down, up, down, up, down, cross, down, down, cross, cross." Try it -- it really is how you make the letters to spell Matt.
11. Henry "had a parade" into Jack's room yesterday while Jack was sleeping. Henry marched in and blew a train whistle as loud as he could. I had to chase him to get the whistle. When I asked him why he did that (as he was crying because he hates to get in trouble) he said, "Bbbbbecause. . . sometimes. . . sometimes I just don't THINK!"
12. We were going to go swimming today but it's nasty and rain-y out. I'm taking them to McDonald's to play instead. Lord help me.
Monday, May 26, 2008
Thursday was David's school picnic to celebrate the end of the year. It was so cute to see him playing with all of his pals. I have a really cute photo of him with his teachers, but they're both wearing shirts with the name of his school on them, and I'm not silly enough to post that on the Internet.
Friday was a BIG day for me. It was the first experience with a non-family babysitter! Seriously, I know it seems foolish, but that is honestly monumental for me. I am close to neurotic about leaving our children with anyone. David is 4. FOUR! And it's the first time he's had a sitter. And Jack is four months. . . that third child always does things earlier, I suppose!! The morning started with me taking the big boys for a wagon ride around the neighborhood. We went to a couple of yard sales, and they had so much fun looking through everyone's junk. And I do mean junk. We came home and hopped in the car to hit a few more yard sales since they had so much fun. We got three sleepers, a pair of jeans, and a toy that we sold at our yard sale last year. No, I'm not kidding. They were psycho about it. Thankfully I got all of that for $2, so I didn't care if they played with the toy once. And they've actually played with it quite a bit. David asked me twice, at two different houses, if we could buy a dog toy for Lucy. Hi, we gave that dog away in OCTOBER. He literally asks about her, when she's coming home, when we can visit her, etc. every single day. He wanted to get her a frisbee and a pink bone. I explained (again) that Lucy doesn't live with us anymore, and he said he wanted to have them for a "nice surprise" for when she comes home. Um, she IS home -- at ANOTHER home! It makes me so sad for him each time he asks about her. They asked constantly all day long when Stephanie was coming, if Stephanie was here yet, etc. I was so glad when she got here!! Chris and I went to dinner and the bookstore for a little while. I wasn't sure how they would behave, react, etc. so I didn't want to be gone for hours and hours. They had so much fun! They were exhausted, and (so Stephanie said) very well behaved. I hope so, because I completely intend to ask her back.
Saturday. . . why can't I remember what we did?! I'm pretty sure not much. We played outside in the morning in pjs, Chris finished the master bathroom cabinets, and they look FABULOUS! I'm thrilled with the way they turned out. (Our cabinets are about 15ish years old and look it. They need some love.) We painted them a very, very dark brown and put new hardware on them. The hall bath is next, and I think we'll get started on that tomorrow. I took the three boys to the grocery store while Chris cut the grass. Why I chose to go to the grocery store with three children in the afternoon on a Saturday is beyond me. I'll be happy to never do that again. They were great, but it was so crowded and stressful for me!
Sunday Julie and her crew were going to come over for dinner, but LJ got sick. Chris and I took the boys to my parents' house to swim for a bit, then my sister and her boyfriend came over for dinner. We had a nice time. And yummy dinner -- orange barbecue chicken, grilled corn on the cob, baked potatoes, and a berry/pound cake dessert. I also made a S'mores pie, but for some reason it never set and was like pudding. Strange. I'm definitely not a pie maker. That's probably the fourth pie I've screwed up.
Today Chris is back to work. Blah! I took the boys to my parents' pool again this afternoon. We had lunch there, swam a bit (Jack's first time in the pool!), then it started pouring. It was good timing though, because we were all tired. We came home and snuggled in the living room and watched a movie for the afternoon. We had pancakes for dinner, they all got a bath, we read 12 books (clearly they're my children) and they were in bed early. I'm not far behind them! I'm watching the Top Chef marathon on Bravo. I love that show! I'm about to head to bed to make some lists for the week -- my to-do list, our menu plan, and a short shopping list for tomorrow for some cake ingredients I need.
Friday, May 23, 2008
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
2. We went to the Soda Pop Junction yesterday in Lynnville, TN (pop. 400. No, I'm not kidding.) sodapopjunction.com I saw it on Unwrapped on the Food Network, and it looked really cute. They definitely shined it up for the show (and haven't since), but it was really cute. They have 45's hanging all around the walls and Henry said, "Dadid, look at all those wheels hanging up!" They were really excited to sit at the counter on stools that spun around and eat ice cream. (I do have photos of this, but have to download them at my parents house . . . they'll be up later.)
3. After our lunch and ice cream we went across the street to the Lynnville Railroad museum. They had a small "train depot" building with memorabilia and some trains you could climb on and go into. If David and Henry had died then, they would have died happy.
4. Jack had his 4 month doctor's appointment yesterday. He's 25 inches long and weighs 14 pounds, 11 ounces.
5. He got three shots and one oral immunization. He had a fever and was fussy for the afternoon. I felt so bad for him -- he was pitiful.
6. As a comparison, at 4 months David was 15 pounds, 10 ounces and 24.5 inches long. Henry was 18 pounds, 2 ounces and 24.75 inches long. I'm very surprised that Jack started out the largest and is the smallest now! He's in the 55th percentile for height and the 50th for weight, which is exactly where he's been the whole time.
7. I think we're going to sign up for a CSA (community supported agriculture). The farm is Avalon Acres (avalon-acres.com), and the price seems very reasonable. I'm going to go tonight to their drop off and see what the portions look like. I had thought about doing it with a different farm, but the location for picking up the produce each week was not convenient for us. This farm also has a package that includes meat and eggs. I would like to buy as much produce and meat locally as I can.
8. Today is David's last day of school. I think he understands that to mean the last day ever. Boy will he be disappointed!
9. Chris was watering the plants outside yesterday morning and Henry said, "If Dadda puts some dirt and water on me will I grow up to be a dadda?"
10. My birthday is two weeks from tomorrow! YAHOO! I love birthdays, especially my own.
11. I had a dream last night that I made Ashlee Simpson's wedding cake. What the hell?! And it was such a real feeling dream -- I seriously thought when I woke up this morning that I had made it.
12. I still can't find my camera. . . I'm seriously irritated at myself. Especially since I now need to get a new one. Happy Birthday to me, I guess.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Grilled Tuna with Herbed Butter
1 lb. yellowfin tuna, one steak cut to 1-1 1/2 inches thick
1 tsp. olive oil
1 tsp fresh lime juice
1 spray cooking spray
2 Tbsp. butter, softened
1 Tbsp. chives, fresh, freshly chopped
1 Tbsp. parsley, fresh, freshly chopped
1 Tbsp. fresh tarragon, finely chopped
1 tsp. lime zest, fresh, minced
salt and pepper to taste
1 lb. spinach, baby variety, steamed
Coat both sides of fish with oil and lime juice; set aside
Off heat, coat grill with cooking spray; preheat grill to high.
Meanwhile, in a small metal bowl, combine softened butter, chives, parsley, tarragon, lime zest, salt and pepper. Set aside.
Cook tuna on one side for 3 minutes; carefully flip and cook on other side for 3 more minutes for rare, or longer until desired degree of doneness. Place bowl containing butter mixture on grill just until it melts -- you don't want to cook it.
Thinly slice tuna and serve over spinach; drizzle melted herbed butter over top. Yields about 3 ounces of tuna and 1/4 of spinach per serving.
Monday, May 19, 2008
- I still can't find our camera. I'm not happy. I am afraid it may have been on the changing table and gotten knocked off into the diaper trash can and I didn't notice. You see where this is going? If that is the case, the trash has since been taken out. . .
- We got the paint to do the boys room. I'm thrilled, because I hate the color currently in there. We're also going to touch up Jack's trim (the tape pulled almost all of the trim paint off when Chris painted his room -- so frustrating!) and paint the vanities in our bathrooms.
- I did the flowers in our hanging baskets and window boxes yesterday. They look so cute! Here's hoping I don't kill them.
- Chris is getting our gazebo-thingy for the patio right now. I'm glad we waited to buy one, because I like the one he's getting much more than our original plan. And it's $65 less expensive! We desperately need it now that it's nice out. We have absolutely zero shade in the backyard now since the tree blew over.
- David and Henry spent the night with my parents Saturday night. While there, David managed to rip insulation out of their attic walls and ruin the retractable leash they got for their new dog. He pulled all of the leash out and then CUT it with scissors. WTF? David Scissorhands. . .
- Speaking of their new dog, her name is Greta and she's so freaking cute. She's tiny, and so sweet and snuggly. She really liked to be with Jack, I'm guessing because he's the only person there who didn't seem totally enormous to her! David is slightly obsessed with her. He wanted to sleep in her cage with her and wanted to "trade" with Gigi. Gigi could keep Jack and David could keep Greta.
- Jack is four months today. He's been celebrating for the last three nights by getting up every hour. As a result, I'm stuffing him full of food in hopes that he'll sleep more! He still hates tummy time and I think will never roll over. If I put him on his stomach all he does is cry, thrash his head around, and blow boogies out of his nose. It's great. He goes to the doctor tomorrow for his 4 month appointment.
I wish I had something more exciting to talk about. . . not much has been going on. David's last day of school is on Wednesday. Any exciting ideas about how to keep my children occupied for the summer!? The boys will have their first babysitters on Friday night. Miss Stephanie and Mr. Matt will be coming over to stay with them while Chris and I go to dinner. I can't even tell David that it's coming up, because he'll ask about it every 10 minutes until then. He's in love with Miss Stephanie. He wanted to get her an end of the school year gift, even though she's not one of his teachers. (She's his teacher's daughter.) He was very adamant about it. Of course we got her one.
Here are some pictures of Jack. (Taken with my sister's camera!) He's "talking" ALL the time now. And giving Henry a serious run for his money in the volume department.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
"What is this? This is disgusting. I don't wike hamburgers, even if they're wittle and cute. This corn isn't popcorn, and that's the only corn I wike. And I didn't order fat fries, I ordered skinny fries. I want a wunchable, a yogurt, and a small bwueberry muffim."
WHAT?! I didn't ORDER fat fries?! If I hadn't been laughing so hard I would have been pissed.
I understand they explain how it happened, but seriously? I have three children and, knock on wood, haven't forgotten one anyplace yet. Let alone flown on a plane without one. . .
2. I told David if he did a good job at the dentist we'd take a picnic to the playground today for lunch. He did a FABULOUS job, with no crying, no fussing, and said it tickled. He decided he'd rather ride his bicycle than go to the park. Fine with me!
3. My house seems to perpetually smell like poop. I don't like the smell of poop. One thing that contributes to that, I suspect, is that we never open the windows. We keep our house at a balmy 68 degrees year round. That doesn't really lend itself to many open windows, since the air seems to always be running. It's cooler outside this morning, so I have the windows all open in hopes that we'll air the joint out.
4. Jack is loving his exersaucer. So are Henry and David. And apparently Henry thinks it's a toilet with toys, because he's peed twice in it. I have photos of them in there, but can't find the camera.
5. I'm going to use the last bit of my frozen strawberries today to make some jam. I want to go back this week to pick more.
6. Chris is on vacation next week. I told David and he burst into tears. He thought Chris was going on vacation someplace.
7. We're going to go to Chattanooga while he's on vacation and ride the incline railway again. David and Henry LOVE it.
8. I think we'll also go to Kentucky to Kentucky Down Under (http://www.kdu.com/).
9. I'm also hoping to get David and Henry's room painted. That may be a bit ambitious.
10. Next week is David's last week of school. I'm already thinking of things we can do to keep ourselves occupied for the summer!
11. I hope whomever was responsible for the Speed Racer marketing has been compensated handsomly. My children are obsessed.
12. There's a woman on Dr. Phil right now who has a daughter who is a drug addict. The mother doesn't think that she has anything to do with her daughter's problems, yet she's snorted coke with her. Um, hello?
Monday, May 12, 2008
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Happy Mother's Day to my mom. You've always been able to successfully tread the fine line between mother and friend, seemingly knowing when I needed you to be each. You were so creative in the things we would do when I was little, always taking the time to allow me to explore, play dress up with your clothes, go to the library AGAIN, or do your hair. Thank you for the countless books you read to me, the sweet notes you would write to me, the innumerable times you would play with my hair or rub my back. You've been an amazing example to me of how to be a mother, and I often find myself thinking, "What would my mother do?" The, "You look so much like your mother" used to drive me crazy, and now of course I realize what a compliment that is. I've been so lucky to have such a wonderful relationship with you. I've never doubted who to call to ask a question about a sick baby or a cooking measurement. You passed to me your great appreciation for books, good food, and having fun. You're so fun to be around, I'm happy to consider you my friend as well as my mom. Some of your best advice was probably not even given as advice, but those are the words I take comfort in when I need it. There are very few people who have made me laugh harder. I appreciate you so much, of course now more that I am a mother myself. Seeing you with my boys makes me think so much of when I was little. I can truly say that the very good memories outnumber the unpleasant ones by leaps and bounds. You've never been afraid to be affectionate with us, always willing to give a kiss or hug. You have taught me, through your example, how to be a mom. I can only hope my children have as much love and respect for me as I do for you. I love you Mommy!
Saturday, May 10, 2008
Friday, May 9, 2008
2. I'm doing cakes for my first wedding tomorrow. And they're expecting 500 guests. Nothing like starting small. . . I've done groom's cakes before, but not wedding and groom. The reception's not until 8 tomorrow night, and I've already got all of the tiers decorated, ready to be assembled at the reception site. That leaves me essentially the entire day big-boy free tomorrow!
3. Chris cut the grass with his new mower today. I think he's in love. He got a major upgrade with this one, and he said it's really worth the extra money. My husband is pretty meticulous with things like the lawn and car cleanliness, so I'm glad he's happy with it.
4. Jack no longer sleeps in his car seat. Well, unless he falls asleep while we're out. He sleeps swaddled in his bed. I'm still working on getting him out of my room. . .
5. I'm working on my 100 things about me list. I seriously think of things in the middle of the night while I'm feeding Jack. How many people reading this remember my list of "criteria" for my future husband?! (I know Michele and Jenny are nodding their heads. . . Susan? You too?)I'm a VERY good list maker! Unfortunately I made that list on an old computer, and I don't have a hard copy of it. I wish I did, because I'd love to share it on this blog. It was a RIOT!
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Overheard this morning:
David (in his kind of creepy "I'm talking to babies" voice): Awwww. I'm snuggling Jack. I'm so sweet.
Me: That is sweet. Henry, do you want to snuggle Jack?
Henry: Notrightnow. I'm poopin'.
David: I want a pamcake.
Me: Henry, do you want anything to eat?
Me: You're not hungry? Are you sure?
Henry: Well, I just ate a booger. I fink I'm full.
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
- David is going diaper free at night now, with (*so far*) only one accident.
- That accident was last night, which led to him being up. For the day. At 2:15 AM.
- That sucked.
- He also figured out last night while he was up that he could get out of his room and did so about 549876318 times.
- He wanted his spencer train. He wanted a drink. He wanted popcorn. He wanted a snack. He wanted strawberry pie. He wanted to watch TV. He wanted to tell me some jokes. You get the picture.
- He didn't want to be up alone, so he woke Henry up. I mean, are you kidding me?
- Henry only came into my room about 248573 times.
- That didn't suck as much.
- David was s-u-p-e-r grumpy after school. Not surprising. I was too, since we got up in the middle of the night.
- I forgave his grumpiness because he made me the cutest Mother's Day stuff at school.
- Mother's Day pretty much usually sucks around here, as my husband doesn't think it's a day worthy of celebrating. Don't get me started. It's not that he doesn't appreciate me, etc. but he doesn't like "made up holidays". It hurts my feelings but I pretend it doesn't so I'm not disappointed for that entire day and sulking with hurt feelings. And yes, he says he feels the same way about Father's Day. However, I don't, so I still do things to make the day special for him.
- Speaking of sucking, Jack's a sucker. A thumb sucker, that is. It's official. It's generally the right thumb, but it takes two hands to get the thumb into his mouth, so it sort of just seems to be whichever ends up in first.
- I only have one more layer of cake to bake. YAHOO! I got six baked today.
- I was oddly productive, probably fueled by caffeine. This is exceptionally notable, considering the hour at which I awoke for the day.
- Henry and I went shopping today and got really exciting things -- new bras. I seriously was excited about that. Being pregnant and/or nursing babies for five plus consecutive years does some crazy things to a body. I'm just sayin'.
- I'm now going to tuck myself into bed to fold four baskets of laundry. Or maybe just go to sleep. Hopefully until later than 2ish.
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
2. I'd like to thank George W. and his economic stimulus package for the new mower we got today.
3. Jack is currently sleeping in his crib, sucking his thumb. He's been sucking it all day long. He looks so freaking cute doing it, I want to squeeze him.
4. David and Henry both fell asleep on the floor tonight watching their new-to-us Thomas DVD. I tried to move David and he told me that he was "camping".
5. I need to seriously shake my baking booty tomorrow and Thursday. I've still got six layers of wedding cake to make. Unfortunately, I don't have double pans of the sizes I've got to make, as they're not sizes I frequently use and are expensive pans. That slows the process considerably.
6. Our weather has been BEAUTIFUL the last few days. I wish it was like this all year here.
7. Nice weather makes me want to buy cute skirts and new flip flops.
8. It also makes me want to have a garage sale. And seriously folks, how do we have enough crap each year to have a garage sale?
9. Homemade strawberry jam + me = love. I could eat it with a spoon.
10. We'll be having a babysitter in two weeks when Chris is on vacation. We're going to go out for dinner.
11. I'll be leaving all three children. With a non-family, non-Julie/Darrell babysitter. I'm already having anxiety about it. NONE of our children have stayed with a babysitter. David is four and it's his first time. Jack is not 4 months yet and it will be his first time. The babysitter is the 24 year old daughter of David's teacher, and I love her. I feel totally comfortable with her being in our house and taking care of the boys, which certainly helps.
12. I think, however, I may need a drink that night to enjoy myself. I've not had a drink since before I was pregnant with David. In 2003!
Monday, May 5, 2008
Saturday, May 3, 2008
5. I so need to go grocery shopping, and I keep putting it off buying basically for the day each time I go. I really enjoy grocery shopping, but it takes so long and is difficult to go by myself!
6. Jack has found his feet. I LOVE when babies play with their feet! He occupies himself for the majority of the day "knitting" his hands together and trying to get his feet.
1. Travel wipes
3. Diet Coke
5. Dunkin Donuts carmel swirl iced latte, skim milk, no whip
5 Favorite Movies:
1. Dirty Dancing
2. Sweet Home Alabama
3. Can't Buy Me Love
4. Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
5. Urban Cowboy
5 Girl baby names you love (but won’t use): [My own disclaimer - the original blog had "but won't use" on there -- Trust me that given the chance, I would use ANY of these!]
5 Boy baby names you love (but won't use): [My own disclaimer -- if I have to name 5 more baby boys, they'll be visiting me in a psychiatric ward.]
5 songs you could listen to over and over:
1. Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
2. Glory Days
3. Born to Run
5. Smooth Criminal
5 things that stay in your purse all the time:
1. My wallet
2. Cell phone
5 obsessions you have right now:
1. Reading blogs
2. Grey's Anatomy
3. Weight Watchers
4. Flip Flops
5. Going to the Y
5 places you would really love to go:
1. West Palm
2. Martha's Vineyard
3. Target by myself