Sunday, December 21, 2008

Free Printable Christmas Gift Tags

In case anyone hasn't finished wrapping, I thought I would share some great free printable labels that I found today.

Martha Stewart labels
Delight.com gift tags
Christmas gift tags from Mushy
Sugarloop gift tags
Printable Holiday gift tags from Papercrave

Enjoy!

Our Elves Can Shake It

Send your own ElfYourself eCards

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Have You Been Naughty or Nice?



I give up! I can't figure out how to embed, capture the screen, or whatever it is I need to do to put this video on here. But here is a great video of Santa letting Elizabeth know whether she made it on the NICE list. Amanda was very nervous before watching her video. She confessed that she used the word "stupid" yesterday and hoped that Santa would forgive her. He did. Jack hasn't received his message yet, but he is still way too cute to sweat it.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Boomerang Nightmares

Last night Amanda had a terrible dream and came into our room screaming about scary boomerangs. Since it was the middle of the night, I didn't go for details, I just tried to calm her down and get her back to sleep. This morning, the following conversation took place:

Amanda: Elizabeth! I had a scary dream last night.

Elizabeth: You did?

Amanda: You were there and I was there, and we were in a different house, and we were trying to go upstairs and there was boomerangs flying and one hit you and your body opened, and there was bones and blood and then you was dead.

Elizabeth: Amanda, if a lightening bolt hit me and made a hole, I wouldn't die, I would just have to go to the hospital and they would sew me back up.

Amanda: Ohhhhhhhhh! I was scared that you died.

Elizabeth: It isn't a boomerang, it was lightening bolt.

Amanda: It was boomerangs.

Elizabeth: Lightening bolt.

Amanda: No, 'member like on Peter Pan when the pirates shoot the boomerangs from the machines on their ship?

Elizabeth: Yeah, those are lightening bolts that come from those machines.

Amanda: They're orange?

Elizabeth: No, they're black.

Amanda: Oh, well that's what I dreamed about. Those things made you die. But I didn't know you didn't die!

{SISTER HUG}

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Happy Birthday Elizabeth!



Happy 6th birthday Elizabeth! She had her Build-a-Bear party on Saturday. This was the second time around for the Nicholson gang so they all knew the drill.
Today, Jay, the kids and I went to Elizabeth's school at snack time to deliver a special birthday snack. It was fun to see her in her element. This morning she picked out an all black outfit to match some newly inherited black boots from Blythe. She said she was a birthday Ninja and went to school singing "I love kung fooooooooo."

The Major Award

Our Christmas gift from George and Jennifer came early. I didn't think George would actually do it, but oh, yes he did! I feel exactly like Ralphie's Mom looked in the movie. Jay has agreed that he will take it to work until the children are a little older. Away at college older. That being said, Jack really liked his brief encounter with the major award.


Monday, December 8, 2008

Birthday Cupcakes

I knew I would be in trouble once the fall birthdays (and cold/flu season) came around! So, these are the cupcakes that I intended to make from scratch for each birthday. Here they are:

The Amanda

Rainbow cupcake with vanilla frosting, found here.


The Jay

Italian Cream Cupcake with Cream Cheese Frosting, pictured here,
but I would use this recipe.


The Holly

Blueberry Ricotta Almond cupcakes with blue cream cheese frosting found here.

The Elizabeth

Triple Vanilla Cupcake (minus the crumbled cookie on top) found here.

The Almost Christmas Card Picture

This was almost the one. But I just couldn't do it to Jack. I imagined a 16 year old Jack going "Mom, how could you? Did you even look at me?" It really isn't a great one of the girls either, but it is the only shot where they are all at least looking in the right direction.

I will take Jack for a haircut, then brush his hair, remind Elizabeth that she doesn't have to pose, and remind Amanda that sun in her eyes will not hurt her.

Christmas card picture, take two...

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Some Kind of Helicopter Application

This would be the name of my band (if I had one), according to the Emo Band Name Generator. What's yours?

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Thankful

Just one of the many things I'm thankful for this year: adorable, squeaky voices singing Thanksgiving songs. Amanda's cold is on the mend but it has left her voice with maximum squeak. The video didn't look this dark on the camera!

video

Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

You'll shoot your eye out kid!


This is even better than the 24 hour "A Christmas Story" marathon! Ebay is having "A Christmas Story" charity auction with 100% of proceeds going to The Wounded Warrior Project. What does the winning bidder receive? They get to be Ralphie this Christmas!

The winner and 3 guests get to stay at Ralphie's house for Christmas, ride in the family car, and have Christmas Eve dinner at a Chinese restaurant. There will even be a special Christmas Eve "major award" FRA-GI-LE crate delivery. Decoder pins, bunny suit, and Lifebuoy soap? Check.

And what about the official Red Ryder carbine action two-hundred shot range model air rifle with a compass in the stock and this thing that tells time? Just look behind the desk!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Marcia, Marcia, Marcia



Adorable cowgirl or evidence of sabotage? I didn't realize until after I took this photo that it was definitely the latter!
This picture was taken today, at Elizabeth's school library, during a birthday book celebration. Elizabeth was one of the guests of honor. About half way through, Amanda found this hat and quietly waited in the corner to be noticed. When one of the big kids directed the group towards the "cute little kid" in the corner, Amanda immediately said "Yee-haw, howdy partner!" Everyone laughed, I took a picture, then I looked over at Elizabeth who was gritting her teeth and smiling from ear to ear. I knew it was too late. Her head tilt told me that we were all going to pay dearly for this moment.
Revenge was short and sweet. Amanda was forced to play Polly Pocket all alone after school. I was brought up to speed about how kindergarten big sisters are punished at school when their little sisters play with foam cowboy hats in the library. We went over popcorn safety and Elizabeth described how she had almost choked and had been without water.
Thankfully, the power of Polly Pocket is strong and Elizabeth folded quickly. Amanda is back to playing the part of obedient little sister and Elizabeth has relaxed her facial muscles.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Nebulizer, Nebulizer, You Need a Nebulizer

Ahhh, it's that magical time of the year. Albuterol is in the air, Zyrtec is in the milk. I thought I'd take a picture of the happy camper this morning to celebrate the first nebulizer treatment of the season. She actually was happy and is a great sport about the nebulizer. She even smiled and posed for the first 5 pictures, but I forgot to turn on the flash.

Jack has seen and used the penguin nebulizer before, but he was really too little to understand what was going on. This time, he went crazy as he watched Elizabeth and had to be held back so he wouldn't attack the penguin. He is still looking for it!

Also, the title is a reference to a terrible Brittany Spears song (actually called "Womanizer") that has been everywhere recently. I don't know why, but I now have "nebulizer, nebulizer, you need a nebulizer" stuck in my head.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Veteran's Day 2008


Elizabeth and Buddy, Veteran's Day 2008


Elizabeth's school had a wonderful Veteran's Day Celebration yesterday. I honestly can't put into words how special it was. This picture was taken after the ceremony when the veterans joined the students in a "celebration walk" around the track. As you can see, Elizabeth was one of the children who had the extra special honor of walking hand in hand with a true hero.


**Update**


This is the list of veterans that will hang on the wall at Elizabeth's school. We were there to celebrate Elizabeth's birthday on December 9, 2008 and it was in the office, so we took a picture.

Jack and Amanda standing next to the 2008 Veteran's Plaque (I didn't draw on the actual plaque, just the picture, promise).

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Amanda's Build-a-Bear Party

Amanda celebrated her fourth birthday with a party at Build-a-Bear. I'm pretty sure she had a blast, but it was hard to tell because she seemed to be in zombie mode. She had a GI virus this past week, and it was clear she was still tired. She was easily distracted and kept wandering from the group when anything shiny and/or pink caught her eye. There were 16 awesome kids at the party, and it meant the world to Amanda that they were all there for her special day.


Here is Amanda telling the very patient Build-a-Bear party leader the name of her dog: Princess. She also named Jack's koala bear for him: Prince.

A special thanks to cousins Blythe (who rocked the hula hoop game) and Grant (who brings an extra bit of cool wherever he goes).


Jack loved the cupcakes. Right next to this truck (which was not one of Amanda's presents) there was a Hair Cuttery. After looking at these pictures, I'm surprised someone didn't just come out and grab Jack for a quick haircut!

Happy Birthday Amanda, we love you!

Friday, November 7, 2008

Hot Nose Burp

New game. Use "hot nose burp" in a sentence, phrase, paragraph, short story, or simply give it a definition. We'll see who gets it closest to Elizabeth's definition. She's been developing her own words (and sometimes language) since she was two years old. Nikki and I have always been intrigued by the consistency of context with which she applies her creations. We're equally surprised that we usually know exactly what she's talking about as soon as she says it. So give us your best shot!


P.S. Nikki is so proud that my first blog posting is under this title. I have to admit, I am a little giddy knowing "Hot Nose Burp" is somehow being forced onto Tightywhitey!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Monday, November 3, 2008

Deuce

Whodunit?

It was Elizabeth, in Gaga's living room (on an inflatable monkey), with Jack's head. We're practicing singing "All I want for Christmas."

Friday, October 31, 2008

Trick, Treat, or Sinus Infection?

Boo.

This Halloween is especially happy because Elizabeth finally woke fever free and held down half of a carnation instant breakfast milkshake. She has been battling a nasty sinus infection and spent the past few days with fever and a look on her face that says "I will barf on you." It's also ribbon week so she came home from school on Monday with a drug-free message bracelet. For the rest of the week she was supposed to do wacky things like wear her clothes inside out to show school solidarity on saying no to drugs. Instead, she spent the rest of the week on a sofa being force fed Cefprozil, C-Phen DM, Tylenol and Motrin. I think the magic bracelet (she was asked to wear it all week) increased Elizabeth's gag reflex which made medicine taking an all day duck and cover kind of event. The "good" medicine (try telling that to a 5 year old in fetal position hugging a pillow) finally seems to be working and Elizabeth is more Elizabeth-like today.

Jay is waiting for us at the beach, and I must admit that I used this fact constantly to force the kids to cooperate. I sent the Halloween costumes down with him so I would have less to pack, so it's a good thing Elizabeth's fever is gone. I'm not sure how I would have explained to the kids that we had to stay home and they had no costumes.

Amanda and Jack provided some much needed comic relief this week. Like when Jack hid the car keys (dropped them over the baby gate in the playroom) and then watched me search frantically so that we could get Amanda to school. Okay, that one wasn't funny. Jack clapping when I finally found the keys was a little bit funny. Also funny: when the dryer broke and Amanda told me it just needed new batteries; when the phone rang last night and Amanda came downstairs to tell me that someone was calling my bed; how Amanda still doesn't understand why we won't have Gaga's pumpkin pie when we get to the hotel, because Gaga told her that she would make pumpkin pie the next time we go to the beach.

So tonight, at the "family-friendly" Halloween banquet, if the question is trick or treat, my official answer is: treat, on the rocks, make it strong and keep it coming. Oh, and do I get a bracelet with that?

(Spider is by Katie Pertiet for Designer Digitals)

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Crouching Fairies, Hidden R2D2

The whole gang at Boo at the Zoo




Doesn't this looks like a still shot from a real Indiana Jones movie set? Also proof that Grant's gun was lost somewhere between the magician and the front gate...


From front to back, Elizabeth eating a glow stick, Blythe as Freddie Krueger fairy, Jennifer as you betcha Palin, and me as myself holding R2D2. Seriously, would it have killed someone to tell me I was wearing highwaters? At first glance I thought maybe I was just wearing high tops with my jeans tucked in.

Elizabeth and beard Daddy. I made Jay grow a beard so that when Halloween rolled around we could turn it into a perfect Teddy Roosevelt moustache. We were supposed to dress up as Sacagawea and Teddy Roosevelt from Night at the Museum. But I forgot about the costume part. Good idea though, huh?

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Mom's Night



Amanda and I went to "Mom's Night" tonight at her preschool. It was the first time Elizabeth didn't get to go, now that she is a big kid kindergartner. Elizabeth was very sad to see us go, so we took this picture of the three of us dressed in our best Hawaiian clothes and accessories.

Amanda had a wonderful time; she fished, she dug for treasure, she learned the hula, and of course she did the standard ring and bean bag tosses. Most of all she "ate snacks" which was her favorite part. It was so nice to spend some one on one time with her. It did feel strange to be there without Elizabeth. And strange to think that soon it will be Jack taking over those halls!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Tuesday Funnies

I love laughter. I love to laugh, I love it when others laugh, and I especially love it when my kids laugh. It really doesn't take much to make me laugh. I'm definitely the dork who can't watch America's Funniest Home Videos without laughing myself into tears. I don't even watch that show because I seriously think I scare my children.

So, in hopes of sharing the laughs, I've been saving links to blog articles that make me laugh. Here are a few, and I hope they at least force a smile. Just a heads up, the third link does contain some language to describe a fat cat that some may find offensive. I also found it to be the funniest. Go figure.

1. An email that you should NEVER have to send to your guitar teacher (Whoorl)

2. Advice from my Mom, part I and II (Mighty Girl)

3. I am not at all afraid of my cat (Finslippy)

4. An Open Letter To Yankees Regarding Use of the Word "Y'all" (Rocks In My Dryer)

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

The Whole Freaky Face Family



I wonder if the neighbors are thinking "now that's one good looking pumpkin head family!" Yeah, probably not. My guess is that they're thinking "why is she sitting outside in sweatpants and bright red lipstick, taking pictures of herself making kissy faces?" Valid question, so I'll answer it. They're yoga pants, I thought red lipstick would look good on a pumpkin, the light is better out here, my 16 month old takes blurry pictures, and I'm not making kissy faces, I'm saying "prune."

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Pumpkin Heads



Just my cute and not at all freaky little pumpkin heads. From left to right: Elizabeth, Amanda, Jack and Moose. I saw the idea in a Family Fun magazine, but decided to use actual pictures and let the kids re-assemble their own faces. The cutting out my kid's eyes part was way creepier than I had anticipated. I plan to make Jay and Nikki pumpkin heads when I get more pumpkins. I'd love to call Jay right now and ask him to stop on his way home and pick out a couple of pumpkins that look like our heads. But he would be afraid it was a trap, and he would probably be right. Better for both of us that I pick out my own head.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Punk'd by a Doll?

video

The other day I read a story on WISTV about how some people were complaining about a talking doll. The doll giggles, coos, and says "Mama" but people were hearing the doll actually say "Islam is the light." It didn't show a picture of the doll, but I knew the girls both had talking dolls somewhere in the black hole we call a playroom. I didn't think much of it, and just figured it was crazy talk.

Today I came across one of the talking dolls and turned it on just for kicks. I must be crazy because it really does sound like it's saying "Islam is the light." In my excitement I woke Jay who is trying to reboot for a long night of work, but the doll clammed up and refused to speak. So I took this video. Listen to the last few seconds and decide for yourself.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Gueth What?


Thath What!

The first tooth came out at school, just as she had hoped. When it happens at school, you get a special necklace that holds your tooth. Plus you get that special moment when the whole class goes "cooooooool, Elizabeth lost her tooth!" and you're the center of attention.

It all went down in music class while everyone was singing and dancing. Elizabeth's good buddy "Joe" somehow spun and hit her mouth with his hand, causing her tooth to fly out. There was blood, they had to stop the music and look for the tooth. Apparently Joe's hand was also cut in the collision, and I certainly look forward to seeing his artistic rendering of the event.

Bring it on, tooth fairy!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Happy Birthday Mike!


Nikki: Hold still.
Mike: Some day I'm gonna be 6'4" and be able to kick your butt.
Nikki: Yeah right. Just keep that bowling ball head of yours still so I can get a good bounce.



Happy Birthday little brother. Thanks for not throwing me off Mount Haleakala when you had the chance.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Just a Friendly Note

Elizabeth has been speaking with increasing frequency about a boy in her class. Let's pretend his name is Joe. When she speaks of him, her eyes get wide and she starts giggling hysterically. She usually ends her Joe story du jour with a loud sigh.

It's obvious that Joe is the class clown and that to Elizabeth, he is as good as Chris Rock. She had similar admiration for the class clown in last year's preschool class. By admiration, I mean she laughs uncontrollably, ensuring that the funny kid has both a purpose and an audience. But last year the funny kid was the teacher's son, so he didn't have much of a leash. This year, the funny kid is telling the class that he and Elizabeth are married and he's writing her love letters.

Elizabeth's class is learning all about correspondence, so each day the students practice writing letters, cards and addressing envelopes. Yesterday she showed me an empty envelope bestowed upon her by Joe. It was just a warm up. Today she came home with a sealed envelope, signed by Joe himself. He apparently gave it to her after saying "I love ya, baby" in a crazy voice. This is what was inside...




Huh. First impression: okay, kind of cute, a boy and a girl holding hands, maybe a cupcake on his shirt, perhaps they are holding a heart together, being supervised by the teacher. Nope. Per Elizabeth, Joe told her what she would find in the envelope: a picture of someone handing their own head to Joe while Elizabeth is watching.

Be still my heart.

I'm all kinds of confused. Who is the headless person and why are they red? Did the head just fall off or was force used? Perhaps this is a doll and Joe is showing what a good helper he is by replacing it's head? Is that a cupcake or a skull on his shirt? Is decapitation just your typical five year old boy kind of stuff? And why did Joe draw himself with a mouth and Elizabeth without?

Anyway, the letter was well received by Elizabeth with a giggly disgust. I grabbed the crayons and we all did some coloring with extra rainbows, unicorns and butterflies just for good measure. When Jay came home, Elizabeth gave him the letter and told him all about her husband, Joe. I wish I had taken a picture of Jay's face. Something tells me he won't be sleeping very well tonight.

Monday, October 6, 2008

The Mike

The Friendly's Reese's Pieces Sundae Cupcake

The Mike Cupcake. I'm obviously not a food photographer but if you tasted this thing I think we would agree that I can bake a cupcake. Not bragging, just saying. It's good.

This cupcake is for my brother. Happy Birthday Mike! It is the best I could come with to represent the Friendly's Reese's Pieces Sundae in cupcake form. We grew up with Friendly's restaurants all around and this was the best dessert.

For these cupcakes I used a basic chocolate cake, spread a thin layer of peanut butter frosting on top (a little goes a long way, it is very rich), piped on some whipped cream, garnished with some candy pieces (should be actual Reese's Pieces but a mini Fast Break was all I could find) and topped them with a maraschino cherry.

The cupcakes and frosting could all be done ahead of time, but the whipped cream has to be done right before serving. And Mike, since you don't actually live here, I'm considering this the test batch. I will serve your official batch the next time I see you! Amanda's class will have a go at this batch tomorrow.

Hershey's "PERFECTLY CHOCOLATE" Chocolate Cake
Source: Hersheys.com

2 cups sugar
1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup HERSHEY'S Cocoa
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup boiling water

1. Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour two 9-inch round baking pans. 2. Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in large bowl. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; beat on medium speed of mixer 2 minutes. Stir in boiling water (batter will be thin). Line muffin cups and fill cups 2/3 full with batter. Bake 22 to 25 minutes. Cool completely. Frost. About 30 cupcakes.

Peanut Butter Frosting
Source: Foodnetwork.com

1 cup confectioner's sugar
1 cup creamy peanut butter
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/3 cup heavy cream

Place the confectioners' sugar, peanut butter, butter, vanilla, and salt in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Mix on medium-low speed until creamy, scraping down the bowl with a rubber spatula as you work. Add the cream and beat on high speed until the mixture is light and smooth.

Whipped Cream Topping

1 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon confectioner's sugar

In a large bowl, whip cream until stiff peaks are just about to form. Add sugar and beat until peaks form.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

It's Fall, Y'all!

Every leaf speaks bliss to me,
Fluttering from the autumn tree.
Emily Bronte





Saturday, September 27, 2008

I'm Daddy

No, I'm Daddy. Nu-huh, I'm Daddy. No, I'm Daddy. I'm Daddy! No, I'm Daddy. MOMMY!!!! She won't let me be Daddy!!!!

Friday, September 26, 2008

Show Mama how the Piggies eat...

The kids spent the day at Gaga and Grandpa's house today.

When I saw this picture all I could think of was the movie "A Christmas Story" where they make the little brother Randy "show Mama how the piggies eat" mashed potatoes. Jack doesn't wait to be asked, the piggy face is his new favorite thing.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Brown & the Land of Make Believe


Elizabeth: Which one do you like, princess?
Amanda: That one.
Elizabeth: You can’t like that one, it’s brown.
Amanda: I like brown.
Elizabeth: You can’t like brown, you’re a girl. Only boys like brown.
Amanda: I like brown and I not a boy.
Elizabeth: Yes you are, if you like brown then I guess you’re just a boy.
Amanda: You has a disgusting mouth.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Xanadu-ish


I had such high hopes for today. It was Skate Party day for E's school, and we were all excited. I had been warming up by singing "Gloria" and "867-5309" every chance I could, and Jay was working on pre-skate stretches to make sure he could still nail a good shoot the duck.

When we got to the skating rink we suddenly realized that we had three kids; two kids who have never been on skates, and one who had to be held the entire time. This picture is the only time any of us actually stepped onto the rink, and it lasted 5 minutes.

After the first 20 falls on the carpet, Amanda somehow ended up doing a full side split (10.0!) and was in serious pain for a bit. Jay and I then decided to stay skate free to avoid the domino effect. After Amanda recovered, she and Jay twirled for a few minutes on the actual rink.

Elizabeth had no interest in going onto the actual rink, and spent her time walking with her skates on back and forth along one side of the rink rim. As you can see by the picture, she came up with an interesting solution for getting by someone coming in the opposite direction.

Then there was Jack. Clearly livid that there were no baby skates coming for him, he screamed, wiggled, cried, and did everything he could to try to get out on that rink. During one moment when I let him at least walk around on the carpet, "Boys Only Skate" time had just ended, and a sea of wobbly boys came flying off the rink in every direction. Jack was knocked down and took an elbow to the face. The poor kid (not Jack, the other one) felt so badly, but Jack just stood up and stared at the kid like he was ready for round two.

By the time we left, it was all just a screaming boo-boo mess, and Elizabeth summed it up perfectly when she said "I thought this would be easier!" Me too, me too!

E and A are already asking when we can go back. I think we'll leave Jack with Gaga next time though, and hopefully I'll finally get to see Jay shoot the duck.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Fridge Magnets

This is our fridge magnet family tree, there are some members currently missing and some I have yet to add.

The Amanda, Blythe and Happy magnets must be having a secret tea party together - I haven't been able to find them for a week. Two of my Grandmas are missing as well. No men are among the missing. Weird.

Anyway, here are our magnets!

*Oh, and the "me" and "I" post-its are not there for the purpose of raising narcissists; they are just Elizabeth's first sight words for school. However, they are currently quite appropriate.*

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Funny How?

Let me understand this...how am I funny?
Funny like I'm a clown, I amuse you? I make you laugh?

Friday, September 5, 2008

Sisters



This was actually about 45 seconds after a very genuine and sweet moment that took place between two sisters. The little sis was crying because it was Friday and she wanted to go to school with her big sis. So the big sis gave the little sis a big hug, kiss on the head, and told her that she loved her.

Then the big sis said "Mom, get a picture of this" and held the pose for just long enough. Note how the little sis has her entire face covered, because, well, it just isn't about the little sis, is it?

Two of three band-aids are also visible, protecting Elizabeth's school playground wounds. Her re-enactments made it quite clear that without these band-aids, the outcome could easily have been amputation.

And do not laugh during re-enactments. They are very serious.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Fortune?


Well, it is true. I did prefer the opening ceremony.

Actually, this was Jay's fortune. My fortune cookie was empty! Or filled with limitless possibility, depending on how you look at it...

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

The Boy Who Cried Mama...

...for exactly one hour and thirty-eight seconds.

Just long enough for:
(1) every adult in the infant/toddler room to hold and soothe him;
(2) 4 sugar cookies to be hand fed to him;
(3) him to stay behind at playground time with two doting adults and the whole classroom to explore on his own;
(4) his Mommy to be called and told "we don't know what's wrong with him, he won't stop crying"; and
(5) his Mommy to come pick him up early.

So what happens when Mom gets there? He turns into Joe Cool, pretends he doesn't know who she is, and walks around the room showing off like someone just inflated his manly chest.

Stinker.

Jackboy3 is learning trickery from his sisters. He will be reprogrammed this evening.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Morning Laugh


Amanda is a dog person. She really wants a dog. But we have a perfectly good cat, Moose, and he doesn't need to be followed around with plastic baggies.

So far Amanda is the only one in this house who is on Team Dog. I'm not sure where Jack will fall, but it doesn't matter because Moose will be crunching the numbers from now on.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

The Little 'uns



Jack and Amanda on the first day of preschool. Well, Amanda is going to preschool. What Jack clearly doesn't realize in this picture is that he is about to spend 3 hours with a room full of toddlers screaming for their Mommies. Mean, mean Mommies.