Tuesday, April 28, 2009

It's totally my fault

Although blurry, I'm guessing you can see what's going on in this picture.

A few days ago I was complaining that I had nothing to blog about. Then Saturday rolled around and Sam joined Addi in the "we throw ourselves on the ground and throw temper tantrums when we don't get our way" group. She's going to make a lovely teenager, don't you think?

I spell Creepy with a "K"

Imagine this for a second: It's 2 a.m. You were JUST woken up by a crying kid who needed to potty NOW. You take care of business and get her back to sleep, when all the sudden, you hear voices coming from the playroom. You do a quick sweep and see the cat and dog asleep in their beds, Sam is in her room, and Addi is asleep next to you. But still, the voices continue.

Voices saying, "K says 'Ka', K says 'Ka', every letter makes a sound, K says 'Ka!' K-k-k-k, says 'Ka', K sa-sa-sa-sa-sa-says 'Ka'...."

After about four minutes of completely freaking out, you realize it's this GREAT phonics toy making all the ruckus. Making the noise on it's own and stuttering too.Now, I DO like this toy. It teaches letters and phonics and even colors. BUT. When it becomes possessed and starts playing over and over on it's own in the middle of the night, I get a little Kreeped out.

Keep those teeth brushed!

Good oral hygiene is important. Sam LOVES to brush - I hope this continues AFTER she gets her first tooth!

Monday, April 27, 2009

Two left feet

Somewhere, there are two left shoes that match this pair.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

She can't beat the feeling

I LOVE Coke Zero. LOVE IT. I was hooked on coffee for a few weeks but I easily fell back in love with my Zero. I can get by with one can a day but I savor every minute of it.

Addi loves it too. Although I'm pretty sure she has no idea it's calorie free - it tastes sweet and makes her too wound up for nap time, so of course it's a big hit. But she only steals sips of mine - we definitely don't try to let that girl get more wound up by giving her much of it.

Today it was yard day. We tried to lay new mulch in between rain clouds (and by "we" I mean Jay did and I attempted to keep the kids out of his hair.) The girls and I went outside for a little bit for them to play and me to help Jay and Addi took my CZ over to her picnic table. She and Sam enjoyed their drinks together.

A few minutes later I turned around and saw this: This is what it looks like when your 11 month old grabs the Coke Zero from the table, dumps it all over the picnic table, and then licks it off the bench.

After giving her back her water, Addi couldn't resist tasting the yummy goodness too.

It was only a matter of time before the girls both loved CZ. It's in their DNA!
And FYI - that is a diaper Addi is wearing. That's another post entirely.

Friday, April 24, 2009

A morning in the life of Steph

At least once a week I am late to work. Since we work on flex time it’s not a huge deal but I hate it nonetheless. Usually that night I go home and complain about it, and on more than one occasion Jay will ask, “Did you oversleep? What happened? What took so long?” I usually then scream and stomp around, mad that he doesn’t understand how hard it is to get two little girls as well as myself ready and out the door each morning.

So, this morning I decided to photo-document my morning routine. I hope it provides a little insight to my poor, so out-of-the-loop husband.

After getting myself dressed I wake up Sam, get her dressed, then drag Addi out of bed. Then, while I am chasing Addi around, Sam usually follows me around crying until I pick her up.

Next on the agenda is for Addi to practice going potty. She insisted today on using the stool, even though she obviously did not need it.

She kicked me out of the bathroom for privacy but let Sam stay. Sam stayed entertained by playing peek-a-boo with me.

After seven minutes I insisted that she stop practicing. Then Addi washed her hands. For 4.5 minutes. We rinsed three times.

Because oral hygiene is so important, we made sure to brush. Addi did great today - this only lasted about two minutes.

Don't forget to rinse and spit! She prefers to do this pants-less.

While Addi brushed, Sam played with the drawer. Thirty seconds into this, Sam smashed her hand in the drawer and I abruptly ended bathroom time.

After getting Addi dressed (which took a while... new clothes = lots of decisions in the morning!) I got both girls downstairs and ready for shoes. I think it might have taken Addi less time had she not been wearing mittens.

And we are STILL working on the left and right feet...

After picking out our breakfasts (Addi wanted DIEGO yogurt, NOT Dora. Stupid Mommy.) we brushed the girls hair. This is NOT Sam's favorite part of the morning.

However, being held by Mommy fixes everything.

Next we tried to get Smokey into the house.

Addi got tired of yelling from the door and tried to wrangle him up from the yard herself.

Sam helped by trying to make Smokey jealous by eating his treats Addi laid out.

After giving up and putting Smokey's food and water outside (and saying a quick prayer that he wouldn't dig out or bark all day) we got into the car.

Then I got back OUT of the car to get Addi a juice box. Guess what I really wanted to drink?

Finally I did a quick sweep of the car to ensure we had all the necessary supplies... White dress shoes... CHECK. Snack for Sam.... CHECK. Pillow from the couch... CHECK.

We made it into the girls classrooms with minimal fanfare and I headed to work. Only one hour and 52 minutes after I started the madness. Not a bad day's work!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Good riddance

Jay and I met with my surgeon on Tuesday and after we all were in agreement, we scheduled my surgery. So, in less than two weeks I will be without my gall bladder. Good riddance! I happen to really like my surgeon - he's the same guy who repaired my hernia during my c-section. I asked him if I could get a discount since this will be my second surgery in 11 months and he said, "Oh, shucks, the deadline for that ended last week." Funny guy.

Thanks, Shannon, for the gall bladder picture!

Also, I’m hoping my gall bladder weighs about 15 lbs. I'm guessing I won't be that lucky!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Keep on truckin’, buddy

About a year ago, I went into a mild panic when our computer appeared to be on the outs. After a certain two year old dropped it on the ground, the hinge broke, pulling the keyboard up with it. I was freaking out because it was a few days before I was having Sam and I didn’t want to be stuck for four plus weeks without Internet while the thing got repaired.

A few days later, I found a temporary solution – break the hinge completely off, then put a piece of tape over the hinge area to hold it together. I figured this would get us through until we had time to send it off for repair. I also diligently backed up our files, burned CD after CD of pictures and videos of Addi, and crossed my fingers the tape would hold out for a few weeks.

Fast forward to today. Our computer is STILL held together with packing tape. I’m thinking of upgrading this weekend to duct tape. You know, to jazz things up a bit.

The tape works pretty well actually. We didn’t have to go computer-less for several weeks, which made me happy. And Jay (my cheap thrifty husband) loved the virtually free solution I came up with. So over the last year we have been a tad gentler with the computer all the while mocking the PC-gods who dared say we should get a new computer instead of getting ours fixed. “It’s perfectly fine!” we said. “We LOVE tape!” we chanted.

Then, the question came into play. The question MARK.

The question mark key totally fell off the keyboard the other night. And although it’s not nearly as critical as the period key or the return key, the question mark is a fairly useful punctuation mark. Especially when you have a three year old and want to blog about their day. Why, Mommy? What, Mommy? Why? Why? Why??? I did have a moment of panic when I couldn't find the key itself... Visions of finding it in Sam's diaper danced through my head until I rescued it from beneath the couch.

This is of course not a critical issue for my thrifty husband, of course, so computer shopping is out of the question. Although I think I’ve got a good case to go buy a back up hard drive now. Just in case.

Monday, April 20, 2009

April Fresh

With spring so close you can taste it, we have all gotten the fever to be outside. We spent a few nights this past week outside, breaking in the swing set and going to the park. Both girls loved it and I can't wait till it's warmer and we can do this every night!

Bunnies and Bows

We have a battery problem here at our house. Basically, three minutes after I put batteries in our camera, they die. So, it has taken me a few weeks to get around to charging up batteries so I can get the pictures OFF my camera. I apologize for the delay in posting these adorable Easter pictures. My kids are cute enough though, the wait was worth it, right?

For Easter this year we went to Jay's sister Robin's house. Sam LOVED her first egg hunt and Addi got enough candy to severely derail our diets. Then we ate lunch, took pictures, and played with bubbles. What a great start to spring!

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