Thursday, December 22, 2011

She's such a good friend

We went shopping with a friend and her 4 year old daughter, who happened to look adorable in a skirt I made G several years ago. The four year old announced she needed to go potty and we discovered that the store didn't have a public bathroom. G solved the problem with the following suggestion, "You just pee in your panties and then I'll give you mine and I'll go home commando!"

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Planning ahead

G asked, "Mom, do you have show and tell in college?" "No. Why?" "Because I was thinking that if we did, I could puke in this pickle jar and save it until I go to college and then I could take it to show and tell and say,"I've had this since I was NINE years old!" Eww...

Saturday, December 17, 2011

She's on a roll

The girls had pickle spears with lunch today. M picked a seed out of hers and asked what would happen if she planted it. I told her nothing. She responded,"oh, so it wouldn't grow a pickle tree?"

Friday, December 16, 2011

Observant little critter

While watching the news with M this morning, we heard a story of some less than intelligent person that committed a crime. I called him an idiot. M looked at me and seriously said, "Mom, they're everywhere!"

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Aging well?

We decorated the Christmas tree today which always involves a great deal of reminiscing as the girls see all the familiar ornaments again. G pulled out the ornament from "Our First Christmas" that contains our wedding picture from just under 18 years ago. She looked at it and let out a squeal, "Wow Dad, you had HAIR!! AND Grandpa glasses!" Then, to add just a bit more, A piped in, "it's like you're young and old, all at the same time!"

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Who's a turkey?

Saturday morning I had planned to sleep in. When that didn't happen, I decided to beat the Saturday morning grocery store rush by getting there early. A local store had turkeys for $.58 a pound with a $25 purchase. So I made my list and set out before the children were even out of bed. (I brought them home doughnuts to make up for leaving them all home while I shopped. Win-win!) I moseyed thru the store, enjoying the fact that it wasn't packed with shoppers, filled my cart, paid and went home. The DaddyMan came and helped me carry in groceries and as I shut the van door and turned to hand him the last bag, he asked, "Where's the turkey?" Um...yeah... The turkey. I had to go back to the store. Thankfully, they honored my 10 minute old receipt and gave me the sale price. I think I'm going to be a highly entertaining old lady, don't you?

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

She really does like to read...

M is still working her way thru The Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading. I love this book and it builds good phonics foundations. But every so often, I've learned to take a break, pull out the collection of colorful first readers that I have and we read thru those for a few weeks before going back to 'the reading book.' M informed me this morning that she likes reading the easy readers over 'the reading book' because the easy readers have pictures. "The reading book doesn't have pictures so I have to make them up. And sometimes, they come out a little wonky."

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

A new smile.

Miss M's front teeth have been starting to look a little wonky. This morning, I convinced her that I should just pull the especially wonky one. I grabbed hold and told her I'd count to three. I counted to two and gave a good yank. This was the result. :)
Once that tooth was out, the loose one beside it started hanging a bit wonkier. So, I started trying to bribe her to let me pull it. I already owed her $2 for letting me pull the first one. I upped this one to $3 if she'd let me pull it, but she wouldn't take it. Shoot.. Later we met some friends for supper, followed by ice cream at McDonalds. I upped the ante to include McDonalds fries AND the money and she bit. I got a grip and.....
What happened to my baby?? Just one more sign of her growing up WAAAY too fast!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Baby, it's cold outside!

The girls and i are getting back into the habit of taking the Wonder Dog for a nice long walk each morning. Today we got started earlier than usual and it was downright chilly outside! G and M were riding bikes while A and I walked fast to try and warm up. M apparently hadn't gotten the memo to wear socks and her feet were cold. At one point she stopped to ask, "Mom, can I borrow your socks?"

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Excuses, excuses.

The small two were in the tub together the other morning. Seriously, they can be entertained in there for hours, but on this day, we had stuff to do and they were supposed to be hurrying. They weren't. When I hollered at them to get out (for like the third time!), G informed me that they weren't out of hot water yet. Great. I've trained them well. :eyeroll: Later in the day, the small one, M, was in the bathroom. Again, I needed to be doing something else with her and she was dawdling. When I pushed her to hurry it up in there, she said, "but I'm not done with this magazine yet!"

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Time to change my hair color

I planted new hydrangeas this spring and the girls have had fun watering them. It's been raining every few days for the last couple weeks and we haven't had to water. It's been great because now I don't get asked by every child, daily, "Can I water the flowers??"

One day last week, A and I were together out front and I noticed some of our front sidewalk was wet. You know, the part by the hose and ONLY the part near the hose. I commented on it and looked, but didn't see any water coming out of the hose. It kinda looked like someone had stepped on the hose and gooshed out what was in it. So, I didn't give it another thought.

About three days later, we were outside again and again, the sidewalk near the hose was wet. This time A looked closer and announced, "Um, mom, the water is ON! It's trickling out of the hose!" Oh dear. As she went to shut off the hose, I noticed that there was a nice, plush quarter circle of long, green grass at the corner of the yard where it's been getting a trickling of water for the last TWO WEEKS (or more!).


Monday, October 3, 2011

Mom of the Year

Last Sunday as we were rushing to go to church, I thought M's dress looked kinda funny. I forgot to check. When we got home, I realized it was on backwards. Whoops.

This Saturday, during her soccer game, while she was on the field I thought I saw her drawstrings on the back of her pants. Of course, I forgot to check. Until, hours later when we got home and she was changing for bed (yep, ALL day), she did indeed have her pants backwards.

I rock.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Good news, bad news

Good news: We had a lovely time outside riding bikes and brushing the dog this evening.
Bad news: It looks like a dog exploded on the lawn from all the hair.

Good news: The weather was perfect outside tonight.
Bad news: We enjoyed it about an hour longer than I planned to.

Good news: I'm very good at keeping ALL the main floor windows locked.
Bad news: That makes it hard to break in when all the doors are also locked.

Good news: My neighbor's son is a cop.
Bad news: Not even a cop can break into my house.

Good news: The neighbors have an extension ladder that reaches my upstairs window.
Bad news: The screen had to be sacrificed to get in.

Good news: A six year old climbed the ladder, climbed thru the window and unlocked the doors.
Bad news: My bright red bra was layin' in the middle of the bathroom floor for said neighbor and said child to see.


Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Piano thoughts

A just got done practicing a new piano song. It took her a while to plunk out the right hand and then the left. Even after she put both parts together, it was plunky and far from beautiful sounding. I mentioned that it sounded like she still needed to work on that one a bit. She informed me, "No, it's just ugly. If ugly had a sound, that's what it would sound like."

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Weird dreams

Some nights I dream the oddest things....

In my dream, I was doing laundry. In the toilet. (This didn't seem at all strange in my dream, mind you.) I put in some clothes, added soap, stirred and shut the lid. To soak? Or maybe there was a wash cycle on the toilet, I'm not sure.

I came back later and found a clean, empty bowl. The DaddyMan had FLUSHED my clothes. And...they went down. Horrors! In the next frame, I was yelling at the DaddyMan that he had flushed my favorite jeans, favorite long sleeved shirt, favorite short sleeved shirt down the toilet!

He, of course, was not nearly as upset as I was. :P

Monday, June 27, 2011

Good morning

M is an early riser. She's her father's child. She is always the first one up, regardless of what time she goes to bed. This morning, was no exception.

A couple minutes after five she came into my room and quietly informed me, "I was just getting up to go potty, but then I saw the sunrise and it's really pretty and you should see it. It's pink."

Could she be more adorable? (Yes, probably at 7 am, she could be.) Oh and I missed the sunrise, because I laid in bed an extra 10 minutes after she wandered in. :)

Monday, June 6, 2011

Government lesson

The girls wanted to watch tv after a late supper and we wanted them to go to bed. The DaddyMan laid down the law with a "Go to bed!" and A protested that she didn't get a vote. The DaddyMan informed her that she didn't get a vote because this isn't a democracy, it's a benevolent dictatorship. Since we've been discussing absolute monarchs in history, I pointed out that that's what the DaddyMan is.

A looked at her dad and said, "Ooh! I know what those are! People killed them! Things aren't looking so good for you buddy!"

Sunday, June 5, 2011

More from M

The child's on a roll tonight. The DaddyMan was teasing her and she was threatening him with a "Dont even think about it!". And then she said,"Oop,, you thunk about it!" and proceeded teo give him a wet willy.

A few minutes later, the DaddyMan asked who she was most like, Mommy or Daddy. She very matter of factly said,"Well, I just tooted and it smelled and I get that from YOU!"

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

M, the gabby one

The entire time M was getting speech therapy, the DaddyMan maintained that she needed speech due to the fact that her older sisters never let her talk. I disagreed.

Now that she's graduated from speech and is more confident in her speaking abilities, she's making up for lost time. This girl's had diarrhea of the mouth for quite some time (and especially tonight!). After chatting incessantly thru dinner, she sat beside me on the couch and asked, "can I scroll thru the channels and see if there's something good on tv?". Goofball.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

An A-ism

Look at that, I lost track of a whole 'nother month. To sum it up, G turned 9, my inlaws visited for 10 days and I caught 8 mice during their visit. There are so many things I could say about that last sentence..... but I won't. I may try to put up pictures of the incredibly ugly cake I made her or maybe I'll preserve my vanity.
In other news, my oldest child is um...quick? Intelligent? Sassy? I'm not sure which fits her best. You decide.
She's recently asked me, "My friends are going to X, so can I go with them?"
I said, "If they all jumped off a cliff, would you?"
She responded, without hesitation, "Well, I'd get to see Jesus!"
(I told her to go ahead with her friends... I mean, her logic isn't all bad....)

Tuesday, May 3, 2011


After waiting 18 months, we finally painted the family room! :D I've been wanting to get this room painted since we finished the basement and put in new floors up here (November of 2009) but the DaddyMan took the year of 2010 off from doing home improvement projects. Sigh. He also didn't think it needed painted. :P
But I convinced him and I LOOOOOVE how it looks.

(click on it for the BIG picture)

Yes, there is still a blank spot over the couch. But...I'm getting something for Mother's Day to hang there and I'm VERY excited about it! I'll let you know when it arrives! :D

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Wedding plans

One of my children isn't much for hugs. She's really not much for physical touch outside of very brief hugs or a pat on the head. Since she's my oldest and approaching the age of :gasp: boys, I'm okay with this.

For some reason yesterday we were discussing weddings. She still thinks seeing people kiss is super gross and that weddings are mushy. She informed me that the only reason you go to weddings is for the cake.

So we discussed HER wedding and we've decided it'll look something like this.

"I do."
"I do."
"Don't kiss me! Let's have cake!"

Yep, short and to the point. ;)

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

A.D.D? I don't think so!

A couple years ago, I made a quilt. It took me 2 years. This fall, I started a throw sized quilt for the couch. It took me 4 or 5 months. In mid-March, I started a quilt for M's bed. Yesterday, I finished it. Yeah, baby! 19 days!! Here are a few of the 841 pieces I needed to make this quilt. :) Yes, you read that right....29 tumblers times 29 rows= 841 pieces! Crazy, huh? Here's the finished quilt laying on someone precious's bed. :)

And here's someone precious. :D If you look at the binding, you can see it's made from scraps too. She LOVES it! (And I love that I stayed on task and finished it! :D)

Monday, March 28, 2011

Planning ahead?

I was sitting beside M this morning, listening to her read from her phonics book when she asked, "Can I have this book when you're dead?" I was caught a bit off-guard. "When I'm dead??" "Yeah, when you're dead. So I can teach MY kids to read."

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Some days, I just suck.

Some days, I really suck at this whole parenting thing. No, really, I do. It's not all happy schooling, game playing and cheerful children doing their chores and playing.

Monday, I was a very crabby mommy who was mad at her broken computer, mad at the DaddyMan for not backing it up and just plain MAD. Because of this crabby fit, when I messed up on the quilt I was sewing, I said a few choice words. At the moment, I don't remember which words they were, but I blurted them. Two of my children were upstairs resting and I didn't give a thought to where the big one was.

I learned last night, in front of two of my dear friends, that when I blurted ugly words, my beloved 13 year old was in the next room, quietly reading. She heard me. After announcing that she heard ugly words, she tried to console me with, "Don't worry Mom; they were ones I already knew."

Oy. That wasn't consoling. Not only did I suck on Monday by saying those words out loud, but apparently I've sucked in the past because she'd heard them before. I truly don't make a habit of swearing, but I'll admit, unwholesome talk does occasionally come out of my mouth. Like yesterday, when I smacked my head so hard on the liftgate of the van that I seriously considered sitting down on the rain covered parking lot. Boy, did that hurt! And I handled it well.... I sucked again by blurting out a word I shouldn't have.

So, there, twice in two days, I've broken the "no unwholesome talk" rule that's been posted on my fridge for YEARS. Today, I got very frustrated and yelled at the child who acted like she'd never seen math problems before. This would be the child who either gets them ALL right or basically turns off her brain and misses almost all of her problems. I didn't say ugly words, but my tone was ugly and I was c.r.a.b.b.y at her.

After a nice long sobbing fest in the shower this morning, I found my 13 year old, hugged her and apologized. She forgave me. I still need to apologize to the smaller one and I know she'll be just as forgiving. So then, why is it so hard to forgive myself??

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Life's little trials

Only once in our 17 years of marriage have I seen the DaddyMan NOT be able to fix someone's computer.

Until yesterday. The computer he can't fix? That would be mine.

You know, the computer that has pretty much my entire LIFE on it? I had many friends that live in there, my emails, and lots of pictures. Lots and lots of pictures. You know, the ones I deleted from the memory card and stored on it? Yeah, those.

Was it backed up? Because you know, all good geeks back up their computers! Mine was backed up. Yeah, in 2009. :( My resident computer geek took out the hard drive, put it into his computer and got nothing. Nada. Zip.

So now, it's on the way to some data recovery place along with a large chunk of money they charge for the ransom of your files. Today I'll be rewriting a big portion of stuff I need for a church meeting tonight. And praying that all my pictuers come back from the abyss that is a lightning fried hard drive.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

The little trip we took

Yep, we did an "as seen on tv" move and completely surprised the girls with a trip to DisneyWorld. As you saw in the video, they're just not overly excitable at 3:30 in the morning. They did get more excited as the day went on. A was excited after her shower, G was excited when she saw her new Rapunzel shirt I'd bought her to wear that day and M...well, she woke up after we got to the airport. LOL

We had so much fun! (A side note--I sewed the little ones' dresses while they were around AND showed them to several of my friends before the trip. The girls---clueless!)
Waiting for rope drop at the MK

This one will have us giggling for years to come, I think:
Uh oh!  Someone's Grumpy!

My girls did "Pick a Pearl" and all managed to get the very rarest...silver pearls. Um..yeah.
The girls all did Pick a Pearl in Epcot

I think this one sums it up well--this was spontaneous after they'd picked their pearls, we headed off to meet some friends and they decided to skip. This picture I treasure.
Skipping thru Epcot

Monday, March 14, 2011

Still here

I got asked last night by someone if I was abandoning my blog. He pointed out I haven't posted since January. Let me give you a rundown of where I've been. First off, I was planning a top secret trip. Here's the video.

Saturday, January 29, 2011


Somehow during dinner last night, we were discussing fishing. From there, someone commented on 'what if you caught a mermaid?' and 'could you eat it?' That prompted A to ask, "Would that be cannibalism? Oh and what about a centaur? Would that be cannibalism?"

Anybody hungry? :P

Friday, January 28, 2011

A little grammar lesson

Yesterday we studied William Shakespeare. He used a lot of alliteration so I was giving a lesson on it. A quickly piped in with "Alliteration? Is that like obliteration? You know, blowin' stuff up? Kaboom!"

And it went downhill from there...

Monday, January 17, 2011

A Toy Story

I stunk up the bathroom today. It wasn't pretty. I turned on the Scentsy and left the room. In our house, since no topic is left undiscussed, the odor was quickly discussed. I'm raising little stinkers....what can I say?

A few moments later Piper the Wonder Dog came in from outside and following her nose, investigaged the bathroom. A promptly turned on the "Piper Voice" and started talking for the dog (this happens regularly).

So, as Piper sniffed the bathroom, the voice said, "Hey, I liked drinkin' out of that bowl. Hey! Someone poisoned the water hole!"

Piper then came and did that nasty thing that dogs do....she sniffed me. I told her to go away. The voice said, "Just checkin' to see who poisoned the water hole. Now I know it was YOU!"

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

The one where I was the village idiot

We had a bit of a mystery around here. Sunday after church, just after the DaddyMan arrived home, parked his truck in the garage and shut the door, the garage door reopened. I was in the kitchen at the time, doing some tidying and we both thought it was weird but forgot about it.

Monday morning, just after the DaddyMan went to work, I was in the kitchen waiting for the Wonder Dog to do her morning business, the garage door opened again. It was early, it was dark and that was rather freaky. I called the DaddyMan and he knew I was a bit freaked by the whole thing.

I went to the computer and started googling 'garage door opening unexpectedly' and such. I came to the conclusion that after almost 6 years in the house we either needed to rewire the base pad, change all the remotes' batteries or figure out which neighbor got a new opener that was now opening our door.

Later in the day, I remembered that somewhere in the house there is a spare remote that we use when we go for walks and whatnot. My van doesn't need a remote because it's programmed into my van (somehow, magic or something. LOL The DaddyMan did it).

This extra remote typically lives in the basket on top of the fridge where the charging cords for our phones/iPods/etc. live. I took down the basket and set it on the counter and BAM! the garage door started to open. Sure, enough in the basket was the remote. This morning when it opened....I'd thrown the iPod charger in there. Yesterday afternoon when it opened....I'd just thrown my phone charger in there.

DUH! Mystery solved. You may now return to your regular programming. The idiot has solved her village's issues.

Monday, January 10, 2011


My children lack modesty. For example, after a certain small child used the bathroom, during dinner, she announced, "My turd wouldn't come out. So I sucked it back in and tried again."


And this morning, a big child sat down at the dining room sized school table and apparently a certain Wonder Dog needed her attention. The child told the dog, "Piper! I can't do my school work when your head's on my paper!"

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year!

Another year has come and gone. Someone told me when I first started having babies that "these are the longest days, but the shortest years." They weren't kidding!

What a year we had! We were going to move, then didn't. We left a church and helped start a new one. Everyone got a year older, we visited family, we went to family camp and on and on and on.

We are feeling blessed as we start the new year. It's always exciting to see what the new year will bring. Hopefully, I'll do a bit better with the blogging....