Wednesday, May 27, 2009

The Girls In Their Summer Dresses

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Come Fly With Me

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Sweet Thing

We had just found our seats on the hay rack and we were on our way to pick out our pumpkins for Halloween. Seated fairly close to us was a father and a sweet baby about 9 months old. The little girl had a huge growth on her face about half the size of her own head resulting in the disfigurement of her face. I was quickly preparing for the answers in my head that Ava, then 2, would inevitably ask.

Ava got sight of the baby and tugged on my arm and said, "Mom, look!" pointing at the baby.

I took a deep breath and before I could reply back, she exclaimed " Isn't she just so cute!"


I was in full election fever this past fall and had the television turned on to CNN every chance I got. Now Ava had already become very familiar with Barack Obama when she got the chance to go to the caucus for Obama earlier in February with Ian. She had been chanting "It's Obama for dis widdle mama!" for quite some time now.

Ruby was in bed for the night and Ava was sitting at the coffee table having a little snack while I caught the start of the presidential debate.

She looked at the television and then looked down at her arm and then looked back to the television and nonchalantly said, " You know what Mom? Me and Barack, we don't look the same.....but.that's.okay. Ending with a thumbs up.


Last Wednesday, was our last day of preschool and I had just returned from the parent educational portion part and we were getting ready to go outside to play. Miss Heather, Ava's teacher, pulled me aside and wanted to talk with me about Ava and Loic. "Uh oh, what happened now?" I thought to myself. You see, Ava and Loic (my part-time son) had been butting heads lately, it's like one minute they adore each other and the next...well, they don't. I thought for sure they had brought their fighting into the school arena.

Miss Heather proceeded to tell me this.

Ava and her classmate, Jada, were playing house together, ironing blankets. (I rarely iron.this. she did not get from me). Loic was off playing with the toy trains with some of the boys that had just come in. The girls were having a great time together and Jada wanted to know if she could be Ava's best friend. Ava replied, " I already have a best friend." Pointing repeatedly over at....Loic.

My heart melted.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Minimum Wage

I have two toothbrushes. One in the upstairs bathroom and also one in the downstairs bathroom. I went to use my downstairs toothbrush this morning and it was damp. Hmmm....weird? I thought. Then it dawned on me while halfway through my cleansing routine that I had used my upstairs toothbrush last night and the day before that. Are you still with me here?

Somebody had MY toothbrush in their mouth.Ick! I dry heaved a few times and quickly rinsed my mouth out a million and two times.

Don't get me wrong...I love my kids something fierce...I just don't want to share toothbrushes with them. I've seen what they put in their mouths (namely boogers) and I don't particularly care for it. It's the same reason I can't stomach sharing the same drink with them..I can't get past the floaties and backwash.

I know it's my job to teach them how to share but this, this is a bit too much.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

I'm a Wheel Watcher

Not by choice just by proxy.

I like to catch the 6pm local news and then afterwards I busy myself with cleaning up the kitchen and whatnot. I just leave the TV on while the girls play among themselves and it just so happens the following program is "Wheel of Fortune." I, for one, am not a big game show kinda gal so I never really paid any was merely background noise that was being drowned out by the "magical" swiffer vac.

Well in a matter of days the girls got bit by the Wheel watching bug and now they must watch the "Wheel" every day. As soon as it comes on Ava jumps up and down shouting with glee " My show! My show!" Ruby runs around the table excited and pulls a chair up close to her beloved "Wheel".

Ruby has become the designated clapper and cheers for everyone while Ava is the letter SHOUTER and puzzle solver. Ava has dreams of her and I participating in a mother-daughter episode one day. I say she has more luck getting her sister on show with her than me...a sibling episode would be preferred.

But because I'm such a good mother and like to foster my children's interest (gag)... we are now proud owners of a SPIN ID. If I must endure the "Wheel", I might well try to win some money....for the therapy they'll need later.

"Pat, I'd like to buy a vowel."

"Big money , big money!"

Who knew? The "Wheel".... it brings families together....

What!? "Wheel" are YOU mocking ME?

Monday, May 11, 2009

Hard To Handle

I was thisclose to not writing a blog today. I usually like to write once the girls are tucked away in their beds for the night, it gives me uninterrupted time to think and reflect. But for the last month or so I have been just too emotionally spent to even get the gumption to want to write, read, or finish the home projects that are piling up fast. Get this. I bought a label machine about a month ago and I, little miss organizing queen, haven't even used it yet!

Ruby had entered the terrible two's combined with the up and coming incisors that her mood was changing faster than the blink of an eye: I was going bonkers. Made me even wish we were back to this:

The "stink-eye"

At least it was quieter....

Ruby seems to have passed that little hump but now all of sudden Ava is starting the tantrums. I asked her why this was happening and said she learned it from Ruby. yikes! Does this mean that Ruby is going to re-learn this all over again. *Sigh* I just can't win.

"Keep calm and carry on, Keep calm and carry on, Keep calm and carry on"