Sunday, August 31, 2008

Lots of Misc

First, for the few that read this and know me, you know I'm not really a practical joker. Now, the funny stuff - I was in the grocery store with the children a couple of weeks ago and tod each child they could pick out a package of cookies. Two of them picked out cookies immediately and Sha Sha decided to peruse the selections and carefully consider her options. About the time that I was losing my patience, she reaches for a package of "grasshoppers" and asks, "What are these, Mom?" And in complete seriousness, I respond "Chocolate Mint (insert pause) and grasshoppers." Let me tell you that you have never seen someone jerk back from a package of cookies faster. It also made the stockboy's day!

I knew that Doodle Animals were a bad idea. That's why I never bought any. Someone else bought one for NiNi a couple of years ago. They boy found one of the markers today and NiNi told him what it was for. A few hours later we find that he has taken a REGULAR marker and marked on a handful of REGULAR stuffed animals. Which has been my objection to the Doodle animals all along....the fact that some children will not be able to make the distinction.....

A friend of my hubby's wife is expecting their first child. She is overdue by a couple of days. He called hubby last night and told him they were headed to the hospital. Today we found out it was a false alarm and they were sent home. Hubby commented, "Poor guy, that's rough!" To which I respond, "What do you mean poor GUY! His poor WIFE! I know how miserable it is to be that pregnant and be sent home!" Hubby responded, "You don't know what it's like for the guy. To which I respond, "No I don't, but I do know what it's like to squeeze something out of your body that is 5 times the size of the opening!!"

Wow that seems like a lot of ranting....

The holiday tomorrow promises to be relaxing. A good part of the laundry is done, homework is done, the house is fairly clean, the hubby should be off work and it should be a good day. If only the kids would sleep in past 6:30.....

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

What to blog about?

Homework? Nah...
Being tired? Nah...
relationships? Nah...

How about my evening? Why not?

After discussing surgery with a doctor this afternoon for 2 of my 4 children...

made dinner,
ate dinner,
sent hubby to rescue mom with flat tire,
disentangled baby from cinnamon gum that baby dug out of trash
listened to Sha Sha yell and run in circles on the patio because she was being "attacked" by a grasshopper,
listened to son yell and cry because he thought he was locked out of the house,
went over spelling words,
read with kids,
went over flash cards,
sent kids to bed.

No wonder I'm tired. (This was just between 6 and 8:30).

Now to veg......

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Need some time

Hubby is on edge about stuff at work this week. It's taking time for all of us to adjust to school and the new schedule and getting things done.

Hubby and I need some time alone.....



My Olympics are over...

No more world records broken.
No more testosterone competitions in the pool and on the track.
No more controversy.
No more fake hugs next to the gymanstics apparatus.
No more beach volleyball spikes and digs. (Not to mention the double standard for uniforms between the men and women)

What will I watch now?

Sesame street, Clean House reruns, who knows?


Wednesday, August 20, 2008


What have I done productive with my time since the kiddos went to school?

Chased a bored toddler EVERYWHERE!
Done a little laundry.
Gone to the grocery store AND Sam's with only one child (that was actually glorious in comparison....)
Had Pepsi with a friend and watched our little ones fight over 2 small pieces of plastic in a sea of toys. (Still quite enjoyable)
Had a couple of doctor appts that I didn't take up the whole waiting room with my crew.


Had a couple of glorious naps!!!

Now I need to put groceries away, do the dishes, mop the floor that just had kool-aid dumped on it, supervise homework and make dinner....


Wednesday, August 13, 2008

New wallpaper

As I walk down the hallway, I notice blue construction paper cutouts on the wall outside the boy's room. I inquire as to how they are staying on the wall in an oh so patient manner. My actual words, "I know those aren't glued to the wall...." (As I had seen the glue stick in his hand earlier at the table....). His response, "Yep."

I don't think so.....

Monday, August 11, 2008

You'd think I'd know better.

Flip flops are all the rage. (I still feel like calling them thongs, like when I was a kid, but that brings up totally the wrong image...)

Anyway, that's all my kids want to wear (flip flops, not thongs, sheesh...)

So the 5 year old boy wears them out to Target and every two minutes we have to stop because he's lost a flip flop. Or we have to stop because he's wearing them on his hands, or his sister is annoying him by stepping on the back of them, or he's falling back out of the van onto the pavement because he's trying to jump into the van from the curb and the flip flop gets caught.....

Ugh! Curse you flip flops!!!


I officially finished back-to-school shopping today! Now all that's left on my list is haircuts....

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Ten things I learned on vacation

1. I like my bed and my house. For all my complaining about needing a new bed, it is mine. All the lumps and crevices belong to my body and fit me to a tee!

2. Those brake cooling pullouts on the way down the mountain should be used BEFORE your brakes catch on fire!)

3. I am a city girl. I don't like bugs (although I pretend to be interested when NiNi and the boy present one and ask for help identifying it), I love being 5 minutes from several variety of stores, and I absolutely loathe dusty gravel or dirt roads.

4. I do enjoy the quiet of the country with no neighbors within a stone's throw. (Maybe I can take up residence in a city park?)

5. Hotel swimming pools are often COLD. However the temperature and the blue lips accompanied by shivering does nothing to persuade my children that it's time to stop swimming and thaw out in the A/C in the room.

6. Those who say eastern Colorado and western KS are a hard drive, have you ever tried southern Wyoming? At least in CO or KS you see a clump of trees once in a while. WY was wild sagebrush and nothing else for miles and miles and miles and miles.

7. However badly mannered I think my children are in restaurants, there is always someone else who has it WAY worse.

8. McDonald's on a morning during the week is a land of old men who speak about prostrates and want you to sit in the playplace even though it's not open yet. (Yes, they did ask us!!)

9. I like my family. For all our quirks and tiffs over the week and a half, I wouldn't have chosen to do the trip with anyone else.

10. Riding in a "teacup" at 34 doesn't maker me any less nauseous than it did at 16!!

Of course there are others.....

What will I do...

when the kiddos go back to school and I no longer have "cheap labor"?

(They wouldn't like to know I was calling them "kiddos" either...)

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Nothing says summer...

Like a face full of water from the super-soaker!!! (But you do have to open your eyes to see where you're aiming...)

Monday, August 4, 2008

When it rains...

This week we have had to replace the garage door opener and cable and today bought a new refrigerator (after I bought 2 weeks of groceries and realized the ice cream was too soft...).
I bought school supplies for 3 kids (at least most of them). I had a doctor tell me that I probably have carpal tunnel, a compressed nerve in my shoulder, or some kind of neck issue that is causing pain in both my arms.

I'm praying we're done for a while....