Saturday, February 28, 2009
Friday, February 27, 2009
I can see the pressure of trying to be better then average really clearly in my 4th grader this year. She wants to get the highest grade on everything and when she gets an average grade she feels she has disappointed us. The pressure is not coming from me. I certainly want all my kids to study and do their best but the effort they put into it is is much more important to me then the actual grade.
Not every one can be in the upper echelon of life and when people are groomed to try and get there they are set up for a pretty big tumble when something average comes rolling along and bite them in the tush.
Thursday, February 26, 2009
I begin to imagine the sweet smell of wildflowers and the chirping birds that wake me in the morning.
I can almost hear the ice begin to thaw and the flowers and trees begin to bud.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
It is not possible I was taking a bath and the cat decided to walk along the side of the tub only to slip in and all the way under the water...scratching ME to get out..NOPE never.
Chris's two week trip could never have gotten postponed...no way would that happen!
There is no way that I got a few hours of kid free time to watch a movie with a friend..nope NOT me!
I could never have told Amelia she was fine when she said she felt tired and sick only to find out a few hours later she had a temperature of 102.
No way did I almost run out of gas on the way to my sister's....and when I coasted in to her drive I certainly didn't have to use her lawnmower gas to fill my tank enough to get to the gas station. That could never happen!
There is no way I talked Chris into all the drop offs and pick ups for the birthday parties over the weekend..Nope never!
I could never have cried TWICE in one day...I just do NOT do that, really I don't.
There is no way I laugh EVERY single time the cell phone commercial comes on with the lady that says ..." guess who is calling ?? Your butt"...LOL...too funny!
I certainly could not have obsessively washed my hands every 5 minutes and Lysoled the entire house so I don't end up with whatever virus is making it's way through our house..nope NOT me!
I could never have gone to Target with my sister and laughed at my 2 year old nephew climbing out of the cart and under the cart and running all over the store wearing a yet to be purchased batman hat and huge movie star sunglasses...that would have been too mean especially since a few short years I was in her shoes! Nope I certainly did not do that!
Thursday, February 19, 2009
"Mom do the poopies talk to each other as they go down the potty to the pipes?"
"WOW that place smelled like a big pile of garbage." (as we were leaving the cat rescue shelter)
Child: "The cat is waiting up in my room while I go to the bathroom." Parent: "Is he locked up there???" Child: "NO but my door is shut tight."
Child: "MOM look at this flaky white stuff in my hair..sob sob...what could it be..am I dying." Parent: scratch scratch sniff sniff *** looking really closely***"...ummm it is SOAP you didn't wash out of your hair in the shower."
"I invited my whole class and all my teachers to my birthday party ." " I told them we couldn't go upstairs or in the basement because it is too messy."
"Dad your arm pits smell great!"
Parent: "Do you like Lucky Charms?" Child: I like the Smellows!"
Child: "Amelia has to sit down to pee because she doesn't have a wiener."
"My name is not Nick, call me Batman."
"I told my teacher she smelled much better then usual today."
Parent: "Why don't you ever wear those 40$ tennis shoes that you talked me into buying you?" Child: "They take too long to put on and tie."
"Why would that lady want to have 8 babies when she already has 6 other kids and no husband to help her?" "..and why does she look like Angelina?"
"I am sure a scary monster is scratching at my window with his one really long nail."
Looking out the window toward the sky at a plane: "Hi Daddy."
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Sunday, February 15, 2009
I could never have written my Valentine blog post after a little too much girls night wine..nope that would never ever happen.
NO way did I go to old lady water aerobics and feel so stiff the next morning I could hardly walk.
We could never have opened a box of chocolates on Valentines morning and eaten them for breakfast..nope not us!
Chris could never have told me has has to be gone for two weeks IN A ROW in March that would have certainly driven me over the edge!
I did NOT fold a whole load of laundry and have absolutely nothing for myself in the load that would be silly!
I wouldn't have gone 2 shades blonder and felt like blonde's really do have more fun..nope not
I could never have made Chris take all three girls to an early morning dentist appointment so I could sleep in that would have been childish and unfair!
There is no way the preschool teacher had to comb my preschooler's hair because I forgot it was picture day AND forgot to comb her hair. I DO have to say her hair never looked better. (this one was actually donated by my neighbor Paula but I thought it was just too great not to include :)
Saturday, February 14, 2009
This a picture of Amelia when she decided she wasn't tired yet in her bed and put a whole page of stickers up her arm :)
Friday, February 13, 2009
* Ice cream does make everything better
* Even when I say don't worry about it...DO
* Jewelry is the answer to everything
* Once a month is OK, it is no reflection on your manhood
* Forget trying to make plans because yours are already made for you
* If you travel too much for work you will probably come home to various new pets
* Seeing each other when you first wake up really is scary
* Mind reading is for professionals only
* Pretend to be listening (and nod in agreement) even if you aren't
* Naked is ugly no matter which way you slice it..accept it and turn the lights off
* Purses and shoes are an investment not a splurge
* At the end of the day just being together is all that really matters
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
I keep reminding myself that that roller coaster feeling as you ride up the hill can sometimes lead to the most thrilling ride of your life!
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Caroline is my first born. I remember ever single little detail of my pregnancy and how I longed to have a baby. We didn't know if she would be a boy or a girl but she was so wanted and anticipated that the minute she was born she was surrounded by love. She was a darling little girl and was always the center of our attention. Probably a little too much because by the time we hit preschool she was very attached to me and had a hard time letting go. Once we got past that and into kindergarten she became quite the social butterfly. She has a very magnetic personality and people generally enjoy talking to her. Caroline is very creative and loving and will always be my first experience with every stage of childhood. I am guessing there will lots of tears from both of us as we enter the teen years. I think she will teach me a lot
Olivia came next into our world. She was bald as a billiard and cute as could be. Big blue eyes and long lashes. She didn't have much hair until around 2 and was always mistaken for being younger except when she opened her mouth and started talking. She had quite a vocabulary and a temper to match. Olivia is such a unique individual. From the outfits she wears to the way she solves problems she follows her own road and it is defiantly the one less traveled. That characteristic is one that I admire and hope she can continue to cultivate and exhibit forever.
Amelia is our last born and was actually the easiest baby. It is obvious now she was fooling us to get us to adore her before she let her true personality shine. She has a very strong personality to say the least. Actually everything about Amelia is strong. She is tall for four and has better defined arms then I do. She can debate and discuss pretty much anything and can make you agree with her either because you really do agree or because you just can't bare to hear it anymore. Amelia is one of the funniest people I know..even at four she says some of the most laugh out loud hilarious things you have every heard. She also has a real soft spot for baby's and animals. She absolutely loves our cats and can usually be found dragging a baby doll around every where she goes. I am sure that some day she will be a mom and a good one at that.
I love the sound of them giggling together. I love it when they come to each others defense and when they miss each other after a day apart. I love it when I see a flicker of Chris in them. I cherish all three of them for their strengths and for their weaknesses.
Monday, February 9, 2009
I didn't almost fall off the chair when Amelia handed Chris the page out of the Sunday Target ad with the sexy valentine lingerie on it and said "Here Dad I know you like to look at this kind of stuff."
NO way I got super duper excited over the weather forecast of 45 and sunny.
There is no way we went out to lunch and Caroline absolutely refused to eat anything because it wasn't the place she wanted to go ..that would have been just silly.
One of the girls certainly didn't say "Mom ,what does Daddy need shampoo for anyway?? He doesn't have any hair!" That would have been mean and though totally true also totally RUDE.
I could never have agreed to go to water aerobics at the health club even though I have a severe fear of naked ladies walking around the locker room..nope NOT me!
It is impossible that I am seriously thinking about getting a kitten even though we already have 2 cats...I would be out of my mind to consider that!
NO possible way that I answered my door to 18 red roses with a card that basically said I read your blog I know what a bad week you had last week....that would have been too nice ! There is no way the flowers were just to cushion the blow that he is going to be gone some of each of the next two weeks....
Saturday, February 7, 2009
Friday, February 6, 2009
Thursday, February 5, 2009
What I need is an hour (or ten) alone, a glass (or ten) of wine and deep restfull sleep but what I am going to get at least for now is tween TV, herbal tea, and another night of tossing and turning.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
We try to juggle being a wife, mother, cook, housekeeper, friend but end up feeling like we aren't doing any one of them as well as we would like and feeling guilty about that.
How do we lessen the feeling of hurry, inadequacy and unobtained success? How do we make it easy to breath deeply and slowly and enjoy the process of motherhood and the small daily joys our children bring us?
Monday, February 2, 2009
We got a flyer in the mail advertising a special Disneyland deal...it was plastered with Mickey ears and Cinderella's castle. Amelia came running in with it yelling "MOM look I got an invitation to DISNEY..can I go??? What will I take Mickey as a present??"
I was shopping at Target and told Amelia I needed to look for a shirt...she showed me a t-shirt and wanted to know if it would work. I told her no I needed a shirt to wear to a funeral. She was quiet for a few minutes and then said "will you have to hold flowers?" I told her I wasn't sure about that. I continued to look at shirts and she was quiet for a few while but then she said "will there be a box?" Apparently Little Bear has touched on the subject of funerals...
"Hey Mom!...my littlest nail is sooo long that it looks like the lady in the weirdo world record book!"
"I picked my nose and put it on a tissue and threw it in the trash!"
"MOM the cat loved it when I made him a cage in my room...I even gave him food and water."
Amelia, to her two sisters as she turned on the music "Let's rock this house!!"
"Mom, what does pregnant mean??" What does having contractions mean?" All this said with her baby doll stuffed under her shirt... Guess I should mention that Baby Story is her favorite show."
"I love that lipstick Mommy, it makes you look like a movie star, just like Hannah Montana."