Showing posts from May, 2007

With Love From Auntie

My sister and I have started a birthday exchange program. When it's my kid's birthday I buy a gift from her (I'm at the toy store anyway!) and wrap it up and sign the tag from her family. And vice versa. Because only a mother knows exactly which Webkin to get her child and because we can now use what we would have spent on shipping to buy ourselves a margarita. And never forget a nephew's birthday again! Allison-you got Alex this tree frog Webkin and since it was from you and not me and you are more generous than I, I threw in a pack of Webkinz trading cards.

New Trick

He also pulls up on the toilet, the coffee table, a wooden cube toy from Aunt Aimee, our bed, the bathtub spigot, and low window sills.



Lunch of Shame

1:42 pm
Me: 2 hot dogs
Alex: bowl of frosted flakes
David: hot dog bun, jar of tender chicken & stars baby food

Marital Rule #3

If you're planning on bringing an ice cream sandwich to bed you sure as hell better bring one for me too.

$4.99 A Pop


BBQ Menu

marinated shrimp appetizer
iced tea
hard lemonade
fresh strawberries
fresh cherries
fresh watermelon
pasta salad
sweet potatoes
bratwursts in buns
ice cream sandwiches
drumstick ice cream cones

Marital Rule #91

Putting clean sheets on the bed but leaving your spouse's pillows without covers is just mean.

(I quit doing that a couple of years ago!)




Me: "Who's older-Grandma Roll or Grandma Phyllis?"
Alex: "Grandma Roll"
Me: "How do you know?"
Alex: "Because she has more crumples and bunges"

Grandma Roll is Grandma Phyllis' mother.

Mini-Golf and It's Reward


Kodak Moment

David got maple syrup in his hair this morning so I gave him a bath. I stripped off his clothes and wet diaper, left them on the floor and put him in the tub. Grandma decided to come in and get some bath pictures and Alex decided to come in and sit on the toilet. It was a party in the bathroom. Then Grandma stepped back and yelled. She had stepped in an errant turd that must have fallen out of David's diaper. I haven't laughed so hard in ages!


There's nothing like putting Grandma to work when she visits!

Shoulda Said

"Excuse me, Dr. XX but is that alcohol on your breath?"

David Attacks!


*We were forced to get a second opinion on Alex's arm because his doctor moved and the new doctor thinks the arm will heal just fine without surgical intervention. We hope he's right!

*I have the day off and we're going to iHop for breakfast. Our entire family! Yay!

*I pick my mom and her friend up for dinner tonight at 5:30 and then I'm going to return the friend to Manchester and bring my mom home to stay with us for the next week. They met up to go to a scrapbooking convention and as far as I know the friend is female.

*David is into everything and is giving us a run for our money!

*And he had his first bottle of formula few weeks ago and he loves it!

*It's been raining for days and Nugget desperately needs a walk so he's taken to chewing up baby toys in rebellion. Ugh.

*My mom can't stand that dog, she's in for a real treat now that all the gates are down and he's restless.

*Allan got a nice monetary bonus at work why is it that the only time I&#…

Poison Control

I made my first call to poison control yesterday. David was crawling around in our bathroom and he was making a gagging noise. I ran over and looked in his mouth. I couldn't see anything but I smelled Irish Spring soap. He must have crawled into the shower and eaten from the small soap sliver that Allan had dropped becuase it was too small to use.

Poison control assured me that soap is nontoxic and the worst thing that would happen is a belly ache. I should have known that it wouldn't hurt him because my nephew Gage has had his mouth washed out with it many times.

My Angelic Nephews


Dog Vomit

I came down the stairs last night to find the dog puking on the living room floor and, of course, he started to eat it immediately. I let him eat it because I knew it would be easier for me to clean up!






In our nearly eleven years of marriage we lived in North Dakota for 2 months, a two bedroom apartment in Ohio for 3 1/2 years, a two bedroom apartment in Northern CA for 9 months, a small house in MA for 2 years and now our medium sized house in MA for 4 years. So happy longest place we've ever lived together, honey! Lets celebrate by fixing the place up a bit, eh?


Alex's bones have shifted back into their original dislocated position. He will probably need an open reduction and internal fixation with a rod. On the plus side he'll get a new cast, which will be #3, #1 got wet and #2 now has ketchup on it.


Why did God make mothers?
1. She's the only one who knows where the scotch tape is.
2. Mostly to clean the house.
3. To help us out of there when we were getting born.
Alex: I don't know.

How did God make mothers ?
1. He used dirt, just like for the rest of us.
2. Magic plus super powers and a lot of stirring.
3. God made my Mom just the same like he made me. He just used bigger parts.
Alex: I don't know.

What ingredients are mothers made of?
1. God makes mothers out of clouds and angel hair and everything nice in the world and one dab of mean.
2. They had to get their start from men's bones. Then they mostly use string, I think ?
Alex: Love

Why did God give you your mother and not some other Mom?
1. We're related.
2. God knew she likes me a lot more than other people's moms like me.
Alex: Because your mom is your mom and no one could get another.

What kind of little girl was your Mom?
1. My Mom has always been my Mom and none of that other stuff.
2. I don't know…




I won $500 in my hospital's nurses day drawing!

And David pulled himself up on the bathtub yesterday. We are in trouble now!

David vs Nugget

Yesterday Nugget was innocently sleeping on the dining room floor. David crawled up to him and pinched his nose. Nugget looked up at me as if to say, "Help me!" Later David was splashing in his water bowl and banging the door to Nugget's crate. The good news is that Nugget is doing just what we expect: lie back and take it without growling or snapping. I will add some extra special doggie treats to the grocery list!

Why I Hate Scrapbooking

I get this sick feeling in the pit of my stomach when I think about scrapbooking. Thanks to my sister and mom I have every tool, album and sticker known to man but I don't have the time or talent to put them to use. When I look back at the pictures I wish I would have taken different or better ones, I wish I would have taken more time to have perfect pages and I feel guilty for not remembering every detail of the boys' lives. So I just get further and further behind since I dread doing it.

I just finished Alex's toddler album up to his fourth birthday. I have a really nice school days album with a kit that has everything I'll need to make a page or two for each of his school years including preschool. And I'm going to just buy a pre-printed baby album for David. I'll fill in the pages and order a few appropriate pictures to stick in. I've decided that I don't want to have a hobby that makes me sick!

9 Month Stats

David 18 lb 10 oz, 29 inches
Alex 20 lb 4 oz, 29 3/4 inches
Mom 19 lb 2 oz, 29 inches
Dad aka Baby Porky Pig 22 lb 5 oz, 29 3/4 inches

9 Months

'Organizes' everything, especially bookshelves.
Crying because he can't have my camera.
Loves ice cream.

To Hell with Computer-Free May

I mean, really, who was I trying to fool? I can't do it.

Because how else would I be able to print a picture of Alex and his Webkin on his birthday so he could put it in the "I'm One" frame that my sister sent?

Allan-come home!


What chores should a 5/almost 6 year old have on a regular basis?

Here's my final advice to you: if your spouse travels (mine left before the kids were up Monday and will be home after they're in bed tonight) you can't let things like laundry and dishes slide (because you'll still have to do it eventually) so slack off on cooking and bathing the children. We've had dinner out every single night and I'm not about to cook tonight either. And they've each had two baths. Welcome home, honey!


How do you make homemade pizza crust that isn't thick and doughy?

Don't buy any stamps and mail what you intend to mail in the next 10 days now, the postal service is raising the price of stamps again. And if you have a child that was born during the 39 cents years save one for his scrapbook.


We're putting hardwood all throughout our ~1000 sq foot first floor. There is a very small bathroom down there. Would you tile the bathroom since it's a bathroom or go with wood? We're getting 3 coats of urethane so it will be tough enough for a kitchen, 2 kids and a dog....

When making bread your oven with just the light (not pilot light-it's too hot) on makes a great proofing box.


What flowers can I plant in my raised beds that will look nice all summer and require little maintenance? I could maybe weed and water twice a week.

Tomato paste extrusion: use a can opener to open both ends, leaving the circle you just cut in place on one end. Push it through to poop the paste out into your bowl.

*Computer free May, day one. I get 5-10 minutes in the morning to do the absolute essentials: blog, online banking, email and google random unknowns. Then the computer goes off for the rest of the day. So if you need to get ahold of me try the telephone.