Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Non-Jr. Kid Shows

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The kids have graduated from Nick Jr. to regular Nick.  And with that comes a loooooooooot of Sponge Bob.

Also, this Sanjay and Craig show, which I don't let them watch.  I don't know why.  It just looks kind of obnoxious.  Of course, by not letting them watch it, it has now become like the most coveted show of all time.  Oh, the angst that is caused when I make them change the channel!   The pain!  The misery!

I told them tonight at dinner that when I was little, I only got to watch cartoons ONE MORNING out of the ENTIRE week.  They looked at me like that was the craziest thing they ever heard in their little lives.  Scott added in that we only had FOUR channels to choose from.  And then I topped it off with "Yeah, and we didn't even have remotes!  We had to go up and turn a knob on the TV to change the channel!"

Then I felt really old.  Doesn't help that my bunions are acting up today.

So yes, "Sanjay and Craig" is on the banned list.  Along with "Dog With a Blog", which I think might be the worst show I've ever seen in my entire life.  Like I literally wish the dog would get run over by a car so I never, ever have to sit through it ever again.

But there are some shows I kinda sorta like.  Like "Good Luck, Charlie", for one.  I love the mom on that show - she's so sassy.  Side Note:  I had my mind blown the other day, when I realized that the girl who sings "The Way" is actually Cat from Victorious/Sam & Cat.  I find it very depressing that I know that.  What's even more depressing is that I then googled the other Victorious cast members, and found out that Jade sings the theme song to the Winx Club.  What's even more depressing than that, is that I love the theme song to the Winx Club.  I think I need an intervention.

Maybe one day I will reclaim my TV from the kids.  Although.....


Instead of using the parental controls on the TV to ban all the grown-up stuff, maybe I should use it to ban all the KID stuff!  Then they won't come near my TV!!!!!  Mwah hah hah ha hah!

Why have I never thought of this before????

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Monday, July 15, 2013

Stream of Consciousness on a Monday Afternoon

So, I guess Google really meant business when it said that Google Reader was going away July 1.  Dangit!  Now I need to find some other way to organize my blog reading.  Blargh.

In other news, the kids are in daycare this summer and LOVING IT.  They've gone on an insane amount of field trips.  Seriously, I think they've done more activities this summer than in the past five summers combined.  So whatever guilty feelings I had about sending them to daycare have disappeared, which is nice for the self-esteem meter.

We are thinking about taking the kids to Disney World this winter.  I am totally excited and will probably get border-line obsessed with the planning process soon.  We probably won't tell them until Christmas, which is going to be extraordinarily difficult for me from a secret-keeping perspective.  Argh.  I hate secrets.  Actually, I love secrets, I just hate keeping them.  Wait, that's not true either.  I love hearing secrets and telling secrets.  I just hate that 'oh crap, I just told a secret' feeling you get after telling the secret.  PSA of the Day:  Don't tell me secrets.  I'm bad at keeping them.

There is a fly buzzing around my head right now and it is driving me slightly insane.  Just thought I would share.

I am feeling a strong urge to redecorate my house.  I went to a barbecue at a partner's house last night and their house was so cute.  I feel like my house has so much open space and blank walls.  I want to fill it up somehow, but am not sure how to do it without it looking like the art section at Bed, Bath & Beyond just threw up all over it.  Challenges. 

Why is it that when you want to kill a fly, they refuse to land anywhere?  So you end up waving the fly swatter around your head like a maniac hoping to swat it down mid-flight?  Gawd, why can't it just go fly around in the living room?  Why must it buzz about my head?


Anyway, that's it for today. 

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Kindergarten Therapy

Aidan brought home his daily journal from kindergarten the other day.  Found this little gem from December.

(I've translated below in case you don't read kindergartener).

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Ahem.  So I guess I'm mean AND wishy-washy.  And apparently crazy, since that looks like a pretty steep hill I let him go sledding down.

At least I gave him some hot chocolate afterwards.  I hope.

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Monday, April 8, 2013

Vitamin Beach

I went to the doctor a few weeks ago and found out I am deficient in Vitamin D.

She prescribed these:


Do you think I could talk her into prescribing this instead?

(Does health insurance cover beach vacations?  If not, I need to find myself a lobbyist, stat.)

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Monday, April 1, 2013

Easter Recap

Easter was filled with candy, candy and more candy.  And that was just what I ate.  Seriously, I think I might have caught diabetes this weekend.  Next year, tell me not to buy so much, okay?  Same goes for Halloween.  And Valentine's Day.  And Fourth of July.  Dammit, I love candy, don't judge me!!!

Anyways, I stuffed the kids' Easter baskets full of goodies.  Aren't those pinwheels cute?  Ashley thought so, but Aidan and Owen decapitated them almost immediately and then plucked out the petals one by one.  They are now officially little boys, or else maybe serial killers.  Hard to tell.

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We also dyed Easter eggs.  Only one was harmed in the process, so I call that a success (one of the eggs, not one of the kids).

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We also had an Easter egg hunt on Sunday afternoon with cousins Leo and Ellie.  Every year we hide 50 regular eggs and one "Golden Egg" (which some years is actually silver, but semantics).  Everyone but Aidan and Ellie have found the golden egg in years past, so the adults "encouraged" the other kids to BACK OFF and let one of them find it this time.  Ashley promptly declared that rule "no fair" while Ellie advocated for making the golden egg easy to find since she is - in her words - "not a good egg-finder."

But in the end, there could be only one winner - and it was Aidan!

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OMG, he was so excited!  It was awesome he found it because he wanted to SO BAD.  The day before he was all moaning and groaning about it - apparently finding the golden egg is massive pressure for a kindergartner.   Ellie was a super good sport about it, which was awesome too.  (I have a feeling I know who's going to be finding the golden egg next year, if you want to place your bets now.)

Owen also had an awesome time hunting.

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As did Ashley.

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She found all of her eggs pretty quickly and then just trash talked the others while standing next to unfound eggs.  "Are you serious right now?"  "You have GOT to be kidding me!"  "You are looking right at it!"  Hmmm, no wonder Aidan was feeling the pressure.  Find the golden egg, or face public shaming by Miss Ashley Belle.

My sister-in-law Jen also made this awesome bunny cake!  Isn't it cute?  It was delicious, too.

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She is now officially in charge of all dessert-making for future family get-togethers.  I will maintain my position of wine purchaser / taster.   It is a difficult job but somebody has to do it.

Hope you all had a lovely Easter!

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

"The Nap"

So, I just read this article about Tilda Swinton sleeping in a box at the MoMA last weekend for "art".

Would you believe I put on the EXACT SAME show on Saturday?  Her piece was called "The Maybe."  Mine was called "The Nap."  It happened at 2:00 in my bedroom. 

(Sorry if you missed it.  However, repeat performances are likely.)

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Monday, March 25, 2013

Summer Vacation at the Institution

So, there was one thing that I didn't think about when Scott went back to work...


Yeah, I guess I need to arrange for somebody to watch my kids, huh?  These are the things you don't think about when you're married to a stay-at-home-dad. 

Anyhoo, I jumped on it right away (meaning Friday of last week) and scoped out some places (meaning I did a google search) and researched nannies (meaning I brought up the topic of nannies while out to lunch) and set up interviews (meaning I told Scott to call some places to see if they had any openings).  It was a lot of strenuous, much thought out, carefully undertaken work.

And, after all that due diligence, I've finally settled on a place for my beloved little snowflakes.  They're going to a daycare place up the road.  We stopped by today to drop off the deposit check and my kids seemed a little terrified.

But whatevs!  It will be good for them, right?  They'll make some new buddies, get to go on a bunch of field trips, and did I mention they had an air hockey table?  Holla!  I want to go to daycare.

Truth be told, I feel kinda guilty sending them to a facility for the summer.  God, it sounds like I'm institutionalizing them.   I can just see myself summer mornings - "Are you ready to go....to the facility? Mwah ha ha ha ha!"  I want them to be running around the neighborhood wearing jellie shoes like little kids from 1985.  But, what can you do - it's not 1985 anymore.  Which, side note, is probably a good thing - jellie shoes hurt.  Also, they probably wouldn't look good on the boys.


Despite the terrified looks on the kids' faces today, they assured me they are super excited.  I'm pretty sure it's because they saw one kid playing with an iPad.  You can't run around the neighborhood with one of those, now can you.

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Sunday, March 24, 2013

I Need a Hobby Besides Watching Reality TV

SO.  Does anyone watch Kim and Kourney Take Miami??  I watch it....occasionally.  Okay, like every week.  Although don't tell me what happened on this week's, I have to catch it later once the children are in bed and Scott is off doing who knows what in the garage and/or basement.

BUT...last week's episode.  What the wha!?  I was getting my hair done last week and my hairdresser gave me a heads up that it was a doozy of an episode, but I was still unprepared for the craziness of the Kardashians.  To recap - Kim and Kourtney were competing about everything, like who was the better suitcase packer, and who was the fastest runner, etc.  And THEN - they decided to have a contest about which of their hoo ha's SMELLED better.  Sister Khloe acted as judge.  (Kim won.  Of course.)


Yes, that really happened on TV.  Speaking of hoo-ha's, that reminds me of a story from when I was pregnant with the twins.  It was a really rough pregnancy what with the TTTS and all, so I had to see a perinatologist.  He was great - I loved him.  But he was insanely busy and it was not uncommon to have to wait for 1.5+ hours in the waiting room before finally getting to see him for an appointment.  I remember one time I had been waiting for FOREVER.  When I finally got in I said "Hi, Dr. X, how's it going?"  And he replied, I SWEAR TO GOD, with "Good!  Sorry I'm so late, just dealing with a lot of hoo ha today."

I ABOUT DIED.  Perinatologist - lotta hoo-ha - LITERALLY death was imminent.  I'm pretty sure he was going for the more standard definition of "hoo ha", but we all know where my mind went.

And while I'm on this stream of consciousness tangent (which, hello, welcome back to blogging with a post about lady-parts!  Hi mom!), I have to tell another story about the HVAC man who came to our house this week to check on the furnace.  He gave it a once over, and then came up to show me a part that needed replacing.  Since I am very suspicious, I gave it a once-over and asked him how much it would cost.  It was only eight bucks, so I said go for it.  He said "That's good, you really need this part to keep your motor boatin'.  UH, I mean motor blowing!" 

Heh heh heh.  Motor boatin'.  On the pontoon!  Good times.

Anyway, that's all for today.  Tune in tomorrow for more stream of consciousness thoughts, like how Girl Scout cookies are manna from the devil!!  Curse my neighbor's daughter and her talent for upselling!!!

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Friday, March 22, 2013

OMG, I'm back again...

WOW, it's been a long time since I last posted.  I'm not even sure I remember how to use Blogger.

Anyhoo, A LOT has happened since the last time I posted.  Let's do this bullet-style, shall we?
  • Went to Hawaii with Scott for our 10th Anniversary.  Discovered the most incredible drink known to man - the Lava Flow.  Google it.  You're welcome.
  • Scott graduated from school and went back to work full-time.
  • Aidan got glasses.
  • I reduced my work schedule so I can drop the kids off and pick them up from school every day.  Boo-yah!
  • I've been working my arse off trying to manage both work and home life and feel like I have ZERO free time.
  • Ashley started first grade and the boys started kindergarten (*sob*).

Hmmm.  I can't think of anything else.  Maybe THAT's why I haven't been writing - life is too boring. 

But I'm gonna try to pick this thing back up again.  I feel like the kids are growing and growing and I'm not documenting ANYTHING and this whole phase of my life is gonna be a big old blur.  So, I'm gonna rally.  Rally time! 

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Look how big they are!  And trust me, they've only gotten louder and crazier!

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