Monthly Archives: March 2008

HUMBLING MOMENT

It was my fault. I should have known better. But, when a friend approached me about taking the kids out to eat tonight, without our working husbands, I thought it sounded fun. I often forget about my 2 year old and 10 month old when I imagine such “outings” to be fun. Not to mention that each girl had had a friend over this afternoon, Sam had taken a short nap, and Nevi was cutting two teeth. Nothing like setting myself up for disaster! Anyway… throughout the meal, the girls got up on several occasions to “go to the bathroom.” Each time, Sam would say. “I need to go potty too!” and I would explain to him that I couldn’t take him right now and we would try when we got home (He is not potty trained.) After a shirt in ketchup incident, and Elli dumping my glass of water over, I decided it was time to strap the kids in their carseats and enjoy a few minutes of child restrained peace. As I got Nevi out of her seat, I noticed Sam walking away from the table. I was not too worried because it was right by our table, and no exit was in site. As I went to get him, he was no where to be found. I quickly made a sweep around the restaurant only to come back to our table and watch him exit the men’s bathroom with his pants and pull-up around his ankles, shouting, “Mom, I need to go potty!” Everyone around us started cracking up. I quickly handed off the baby, ushered him into the hallway between the restrooms, and while pulling his pants up, laughed uncontrollably. I couldn’t get the picture out of my head of him trying to get his short naked little body onto a potty, and then coming out to get my help. And how did he know to go in the Men’s Room???

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EASTER SUNDAY

I will try to post more later, but for now, a few pictures for Grammy and Papa!

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THE FORT

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Nathan came home the other day with 5 appliance boxes for the kids to play with over the break.  With a ton of duct tape, seven bottles of tempera paint, 5 carpet squares, and a barbie couch, the neighborhood kids called it home.  It is an eyesore that I am willing to live with for awhile, but I am wondering  if there is rain in the forecast…

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FOOTBALL

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Elli and Janie came home one day recently all excited about the “Big Game” at recess. Apparently, the 1st grade boys had formed a football team, aka the Tigers, and had asked the girls in their class to be cheerleaders. They slapped a cheer together (Called the ice cream stand) and couldn’t have been more proud. Janie cheered from the sidelines (For her sister) and after the cheer, ran over and gave her famous  sister a big hug. When we asked Elli who the Tigers played, she said, “I don’t know!”

So, as the search began for a site for their first official game, I thought it would be fun to have it over Spring Break at the field on our street. We ate hot dogs, watched the “Cheer” and tried to figure out if there was actually a game going on. It was a huge success!

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BASEBALL

Waiting for the Pitch

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MISSING TEETH

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We had two firsts in the family in a 24 hour period this past month (Can you tell I am trying to catch up on my blog?)  Janie lost her first tooth, and Elli lost her first top tooth.  For some reason, this is not a happy event for me.  First of all, I become nauseas at the sight of a dangling tooth.  Second, it really changes the appearance of my little girls – something I am not quite ready for.  Again, just like the cakes, I am fascinated by the differences in my kids.  At first awareness of a loose tooth, Elli will wiggle day and night.  It keeps her up at night, and it is a major distraction at school.  I think her teacher was ready to pull it out herself, just so that Elli could get on with her day!  From initial feelings of movement, to completely out, it can take Elli a few days.  Janie on the other hand, had a loose tooth for a few months – she would never touch it.  It just fell out while she ate a muffin!

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VALENTINE’S DAY

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Holidays are always so much fun with the kids. On Valentine’s Day this year, Nathan got the girls these silly stuffed animals that roll up into a ball and smell like fruit. They both had their hearts set on them for Christmas, but honestly, I had no idea what they were talking about. Luckily, I stumbled (Actually Elli did) upon them at Target one day, and snatched them up for Nathan to give for Valentine’s Day. I felt extremely guilty buying such a silly toy and was sure that as soon as the girls received them, they would not be as enthused. I was wrong. They loved them!

One other special treat was that Aunt Mim brought each of the kids their own little bundt cake from a local bakery that actually makes an all natural cake (Horray for Elli!) It is not every day that she can eat a store bought cake. I loved watching how each of the kids ate their cake. Elli picked every piece of iciing off and a few bites of the cake, wrapped it up and put it in the refrigerator. Janie, my disciplined one, ate a few small bites and decided to save the rest for later. Sam, who could not get past the fact that he had one whole cake to himself, picked up the entire thing with his fork and devoured it. Sam devouring cake

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