Thursday, February 12, 2009

Threw Me For a Loop

Ethan's been doing great at grasping his numbers, and how they go together to form new numbers. He asks me about numbers he sees on street signs, on the price tags at the grocery store, and at the bottom of pages in our books.

Sometimes he gets silly and throws several random numbers together just to see how big a number we will tell him.

Sometimes, just when you think you know where he's going, you're wrong.

Today, for example, he asked me with a mischievous grin, "Mommy, what does 7 and 7 and 7 and 7 and 7 and 7 and 7 and 7 and 7 and 7 and 7 and 7 and 6 mean?"

Sunday, February 08, 2009

Time Goes Too Fast

I'm going to miss all that sweet baby pudge! It's disappearing way too fast. *sniffle*

Friday, February 06, 2009


Ethan: *happy sigh* I'm so glad you're a grown up.

Me: You are? Why?

Ethan: Because then you like to let us play outside.


Ethan (on being told to clean his room so we can play a game): I'm on it!! That means I win!

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Missing the Point

So Aidan walked into the room carrying my iTouch. A definite no-no.

I held out my hand and said, "That is not yours. Give that to me right now please."

So he walked up to me and out of his mouth came a play food hot dog.

That's not what I meant, Mr. Deliberately Obtuse. But thanks for the spit.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Shopping Spree

So on Sunday we drove to Dallas with one of our friends and went to IKEA. We've been planning for months to get new bedroom furniture for the kids, and we finally had our chance. We ended up having to split it into two trips (the second to come in spring or summer) so we got some of the things we needed now, and will get the rest of what we want later on.

When the dust settled, Ethan had a room full of new furniture, and Aidan had a new bed.

Ethan went from a rickety toddler bed, a table with a taped-together leg, two chairs and a walk-in closet that didn't have space for clothes because it was rapidly filling up with toys and books, to this:

And Aidan went from a crib that had seen far better days (and, we learned a couple of weeks ago, had been recalled) to this (he'll get some matching pieces when we go back):

Aidan's bed is extendable. Right now it's pushed together small, so that he can have the sides up and get used to it, and after a while we can pull it out and make it into a twin. He is SO in love with his new bed, and he transitioned smoothly to staying in it at night (but not so much for naps).

Then, yesterday, we got the voucher from the crib company, to get a new crib for Dylan. Luckily that won't have to take another big bite out of Dave's paychecks.

I will admit that it hurt to spend so much money at one time, but it was sorely needed, and the kids love it all.

Now on to the next (cheaper) project: a lick of paint in each room, to tie it all together!

Monday, January 12, 2009

Lessons in Linguistics

Southern Vernacular 101 with Professor Ethan

Mess (n.)

Definition: a large quantity

Example: Mommy, I need a plate to use with my sandwich because I don't like to put a mess of crusts on the table.

Synonyms: passel, heap


Google Maps Vernacular 101

Turn Right on FM 344 E. Go 0.2 Miles. Destination Will Be On the Right.

Definition: Turn left on FM 344 E. Go 1.7 miles. Destination will be on the left.

Example: I suppose it's obvious. It was us. After lunch. Trying to make a "quick" trip to a FedEx drop box. We found it. No thanks to Google.


Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Who Are You and What Have You Done With My Son?

We are at the church for Adventurer's Club. They are learning this week about healthy foods and how your body needs different veggies and fruits and grains to be healthy.

They colored and cut and crafted and then sat in story circle with a snack plate piled high with fruits, veggies, and grains while the teacher read them a book.

Ethan just came tearing up to me and shouted excitedly, "Mommy!! Next time we have dinner, can we have some broccoli and macaroni?!?! I LOVE broccoli!!"

To which I responded yes, of course, absolutely.

And I meant it.