Tuesday, March 31, 2009
As for Evie, she's doesn't like group activities - think dance class. I've already joked that I should start filling her wardrobe with black clothing so she can dress the part of a loner. But she's just so gosh darn cute in pink.
Everyone wants their kids to be smart, good looking, and popular, and I'm no different. I'm not ready to evaluate whether Luke and Evie are nerds, but I am honestly a little worried about both of them. I wonder if there is a book out there called: Parent's Guide to Raising Popular Children.
I say, Good for Kim. It really is comforting to know that people who are on the covers of magazines are, in fact, airbrushed. Now, I'd really love for People or Valerie to come forward and confirm whether or not there was airbrushing on her pictures. If not, then fine. But, if there was airbrushing, then I think it is total crap for them to be showing off her "bikini body" without a disclaimer, particularly in light of the fact that she is selling a weight loss plan. And, as I said, I believe there was airbrushing, so you know how I feel about her being on the cover.
Monday, March 30, 2009
I spent all day yesterday on the couch watching movies on USA and Lifetime. It was awesome! I loved every minute. Plus, I got some great movie quotes that I can challenge you all with. (Notice that I ended a sentence with a preposition? See, I'm not always grammar crazy).
Dance class was a disaster . . . again.
Soccer was canceled because it was cold, cold, cold, and windy.
Not too exciting, but it was nice to have a weekend that wasn't exciting.
By the way, Chuck thinks Luke should be able to ride in the front seat with his booster. As I understand it, it is not against the law to allow a child to ride in the front seat so long as the kid isn't in a rear facing seat; however, the backseat is supposed to be the safest place for a child to ride. Can anyone point me to the law on this matter? Chuck won't take my word on it and rolls his eyes when I argue that Luke should not be sitting in the front seat on a regular basis.
Friday, March 27, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
The last one is Nell's favorite. The first two are my favorites.
Then I joined Jenny Craig.
I've worked out three times (kudos to me).
Cheated on Jenny twice (food fidelity is not my strong point).
Cheated with healthy food and wine (who really though I'd give up wine?).
Now I want to know why I haven't lost any weight yet.
Just a little impatient.
Seeing a trainer tonight.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Second star to the right and straight on 'til morning
By the way, we watched the first movie in the car this morning . . . and every morning lately. The kids really seem to enjoy it. Strange, it was never one of my favorites.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
Why bring this up now? Well, the volcano near Maxine (Mt. Redoubt) has erupted. . . again! The last time it erupted was in 1989 and Maxine sent me a letter about it along with a little ziplock packet of ash, which I shared with my 6th Grade English class. She is close enough that she gets "ashed" when the volcano erupts. Fascinating. She sent a card about a month ago informing us that it would probably erupt again, but that she and her husband Ray weren't worried because they has been "ashed" before. Pretty cool, huh? And that isn't even the coolest thing about her. I will have to share more later. For now, here is a post to the CNN article regarding last night's eruption.
I'm also feeling rather sad because my baby is growing up. I'm not nursing him very much anymore and for some reason it has always been sad to me to watch my milk run dry. TMI? There's just something about nursing (even though I'm not a huge fan of it inasmuch as I am not a la leche nazi or believe that you're cheating your child if you don't breast feed), that makes me feel closer to my sweet baby. Plus, seriously, the breast milk tastes way better than formula (do the comparison). I have to admit that I'm totally grossed out by the thought of trying my own breastmilk, and in my experience with each child, I could only muster enough courage to taste a drop of breastmilk and a drop of formula. It creeps me out for some silly reason, but I felt the need to know what the stuff tastes like. The breastmilk tastes pretty good (for breastmilk), but I don't know how any baby can stand the formula - It is disgusting and smells that way too. I guess it doesn't really matter what I think it tastes like so long as George likes it.
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
Last night Luke started singing a Charlie Waffles song. Anyone not familiar with Charlie Waffles from Two and a Half Men? It is Charlie Sheen's character's stage name for his set of children's songs. However, the children's songs are not something you want your kids singing in public or at school, or anywhere. Here's link to a clip from the show that has the song Luke is singing called "Bye Bye Boobies". You should definitely watch it now before finishing reading this post.
So, last night Luke starting singing "Bye Bye Boobies" to himself (he sings a lot). He started out, "I drink from a sippy cup, sippy cup, sippy cup / I drink from a sippy cup/ 'Cause I'm a big kid now"
Chuck held his breath waiting for the next line which for Charlie Waffles is, "Bye, bye boobies / Bye bye boobies / Bye bye boobies / 'Cause I'm a big kid now." As Luke started singing, Chuck started to cringe waiting for the word "boobies. " This is how Luke finished the song, "Bye, bye, bye-bye / Bye, Bye, bye-bye / Bye, Bye, bye-bye / 'Cause I'm a big kid now." Chuck stopped holding his breath and relaxed.
Chuck was telling me this story later and I wondered out loud, "Who taught him that? Do you think there's a kid at school who is singing these songs?" Seriously, what kind of parent would let their kid listen to these songs or, worse, teach their kids these songs, right? Well, apparently, that parent is Chuck because he looked at me with only a little regret (but mostly amusement) in his eyes and informed me that he had been watching the show the day before when he and the kids had gotten home. He tells me that he tried to change the channel as quickly as possible when the Charlie Waffles songs came on, but I have my doubts. I guess we can't unring that bell. I wouldn't have guessed that Luke would memorize the songs that quickly. Goes to show that Charlie Waffles really has some catchy tunes and lyrics. Some of the other songs include, "From Diaper to Wiper," "Don't Shake the Baby," "Mommy's Little Happy Pill," and "When Mommy & Daddy Wrestle."
Thursday, March 19, 2009
A sick man turned to his doctor as he was preparing to leave the examination room and said, “Doctor, I am afraid to die. Tell me what lies on the other side.”
Very quietly, the doctor said, “I don’t know.”
“You don’t know? You, a Christian man, do not know what is on the other side?”
The doctor was holding the handle of the door; on the other side came a sound of scratching and whining, and as he opened the door, a dog sprang into the room, and leaped on him with an eager show of gladness.
Turning to the patient, the doctor said, “Did you notice my dog? He’s never been in this room before. He didn’t know what was inside. He knew nothing except that his master was here, and when the door opened, he sprang in without fear. I know little of what is on the other side of death, but I do know one thing, I know my Master is there and that is enough.”
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
No one seems overly curious about Movie Quote 17, but the answer is Elizabethtown starring Orlando Bloom, Kirsten Dunst, and Susan Sarandon. Pretty good movie. Odd, but good. And my favorite part is a video that they play to get kids to mind their parents.
What you see is Chuck making alterations to the drapes he is hanging in our dining room (with a sewing machine that we basically stole from our friend Jessica - she loaned it to us abut 7 years ago and we never gave it back - sorry Jess - you can have it back when Chuck finishes the drapes). Yup, that's the man I married. Isn't he wonderful? So, happy birthday to Chuck. I expect no more complaining about the Cowtown Marathon picture which really isn't that bad. To prove my point, I informed him about some crazy lady on BabyCenter who posted a picture of her husband's hemroid, and I insisted that his Cowtown Marathon picture couldn't possibly compete with the insanity and embarassment of having a picture of his ass online for the world to see. That lady is nut job, but clearly her husband is too if he let her (1) take the picture and (2) post it online. Here's a link, but really, I warn you that it is really and truly a picture of this woman's husband's roid. Nasty! I didn't believe it so I looked. . . I can't believe I looked!)
Chuck, I hope you are pleased with the alteration to the blog. Much love and joy to you on your special day!
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
The next video is just a snippet of the recital routine and you can see the whole class performing while Evie stands and watches. They are dancing to Octopus' Garden by the Beatles.
It might be hopeless, but Chuck reminded me that it took almost all season for Luke to adjust to Soccer and now he LOVES it. So, I have hope.
Monday, March 16, 2009
Back to the chocolate cupcake. Okay, I only had the chocolate cupcake after I ate my avocado chicken salad and iced tea (from McKinley's - another favorite, and the salad is my new favorite dish). But the cupcake was fabulous. It is from a new bakery in town called J. Rae's. They just have cookies, cupcakes and cheesecake. Delicious!
I know I'm rambling and I have nothing interesting to post, but honestly, I'm still freaking out about the speed with which everything around me is changing. I just read Ashley's Closet and realize that nothing is certain. She is facing foreclosure and a huge lifestyle change simply because the economy sucks and the unemployment rate in her area of the country is skyrocketing. Things are good here in Texas still so it freaks me out to know that other people in the country are suffering and it could so quickly become our suffering as well. Things are never secure. If it wasn't this it would be something else. (That's another movie quote for those of you who are ambitiously watching obscure movies.) The point is that I'm constantly waiting for the other shoe to drop. If it isn't the economy, will it be a death in the family? an illness for my children? a car accident? Who knows. Sorry for the somber Monday, but it is what is on my mind. For now, work is good, kids are healthy (even if they have perpetually runny noses), family is safe and being fed and clothed, the mortgage is being paid, and the kids are receiving a good education, and my husband loves me. What more can I ask for?
As for the movie quote, here's another quote from that movie.
There's a difference between a failure and a fiasco. A failure is merely the absence of success. Any fool can achieve failure. But a fiasco, a fiasco is a disaster of epic proportions. A fiasco is a folk tale told to others to make other people feel more alive because it didn't happen to them.
Friday, March 13, 2009
(singing): Spider-Pig, Spider-Pig. / Does whatever a Spider-Pig does. / Can he swing / from a web? / No he *can't*, / He's a pig. / Look out! / He is the Spider-Pig!
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
As for the other two, they are hooligans! We all went for a walk to eat at a restaurant on TCU's campus and the two hooligans were in cahoots the whole time having the most hilarious conversations. For example:
Luke: Earwigs crawl into people's ears, right Evie?
Evie: Uh huh
Luke: That gross! Right Evie?
Evie: That's gross!
Ah, the little darlings!
Of course, they already think I'm losing my hearing because everytime George cries they feel the need to announce it.
George: (starting to wimper as he lays on the ground)
Evie: Mommy, George is crying.
Me: Yes, thank you.
George: (still crying, but I pick him up and sit on the couch)
Evie: Mom, George is CRYING.
Me: Yes, I hear him, he's sitting in my lap.
George: (still crying and so I give him a pacifier)
Evie: He's still crying, Mom!
Me: Thank you, Evie, I can hear him.
George: (fighting the pacifier)
Evie: (Hovering while George turns crying down to a whimper)
George: (Quietly sucking his pacifier)
Evie: He's happy, Mom! (spoken with true and utter surprise at my accomplishment, and she wanders off to her toys)
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
I have to say, I was watching the news last night (only for the weather because I hate listening to all the bad news - depressing), and I was shocked to hear them introduce their new segment called "Survive in '09". I can't believe there is actually a catch phrase for this. It's all hype and hysteria around here. Everyone hold onto your hats and try not to freak out too much.
Sunday, March 8, 2009
When Grandma visited, she had him smiling like crazy and even claims he laughed, so I got the camera out to catch it on film. Unfortunately, Evie took that moment to bestow (as she often does) her undivided attention and love upon her little brother. This captures Evie's typical behavior around George. She gets this touchy feely even when I'm trying to nurse. You can only imagine how difficult it is for her (and me and George) for her to get her arms around George for a hug while he is nursing. She seems undeterred when I tell her she should hug him later.
Here, I was trying to capture more of George's smiles and talking, but of course, he is camera shy once again so you pretty much here me and Chuck talking the whole time. Just another example of crazy, sweet, parental love. God, I'm in love with my family!
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Of course, as soon as the kids were out of the room I looked to Chuck for an explanation. Chuck explained that when they drive by Will Rogers Coliseum every day there is a sign announcing the events. Luke always asks what is on the sign. One day the sign mentioned Bull Riding and Steer Roping. Luke asked what a bull was and Chuck responded that it is a boy cow. Luke asked what a steer was and Chuck responded it is a boy cow. Of course, the next obvious question is what is the difference between a steer and a bull. Chuck explained that a bull has testicles for making babies and steers have their testicles cut off. (Okay, and here is my biggest problem with the entire explanation). Luke asked why they cut off the testicles of a steer. Chuck said steers are raised for their meat and the meat tastes better if there are no testicles. (No problem with that, but with the next part). Then he proceeded to say that ranchers also don't want the steers making babies because the bulls are the best boy cows and they only want the best boy cows making babies. To me, selective breeding is a pretty big bomb to drop on a boy child. And obviously, Luke thinks that they do the same thing to people that they do to animals.
And I thought I had heard all the questions there could be about Luke's private parts. I was wrong. I better start saving for Luke's therapist bills now.
Friday, March 6, 2009
Dear Lord baby Jesus, lyin' there in your ghost manger, just lookin' at your Baby Einstein developmental videos, learnin' 'bout shapes and colors. I would like to thank you for bringin' me and my mama together, and also that my kids no longer sound like retarded gang-bangers.
Hope you get it from this. The "Lord baby Jesus" part is my favorite. Even the attorneys in my office quote this movie, and they are unlikely fans of this movie.
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Help me Jesus! Help me Jewish God! Help me Allah! AAAAAHHH! Help me Tom Cruise! Tom Cruise, use your witchcraft on me to get the fire off me!
A fabulously funny movie, if I do say so myself.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
"why do your boogers turn green when you are sick"
"mustard colored boogers" and
my favorite: "chunky green mucous blood nose"
Yick! So disgusting, but at least my sister Joan provided a medical explanation.
Oh, and "pregnant boobs" gets quite a few hits too, but I bet that is either pregnant moms or perverted men who are sorely disappointed when they hit my blog.
Back to Starbucks. The food sounds great! For $3.95 you get a tall coffee of your choice and your choice of one of the following sandwiches: Artisan Bacon Sandwich, Artisan Ham Sandwich, Reduced Fat Turkey Bacon Sandwich or Sausage Sandwich. And they look tasty too.
So, when I went to the Starbucks downtown and asked if they had the new breakfast sandwiches yet (which were supposed to hit stores on Monday) and they told me no, I was very disappointed. Still, I ordered my coffee and grabbed some breakfast before eagerly asking "When are you all going to be offering the breakfast sandwiches?" Do my great disappointment the barrista sheepishly replied, "We aren't getting them at this store." I think I looked like I was going to cry. I was soooo excited about this. So, screw the downtown Starbucks. I'll just have to find a different place.