Tuesday, February 24, 2015


Paul usually gets the kids ready in the morning and drops them off so I can get to work.  If I had to do this and pick up too, I think the stress would do me in.  Benny has been such a fussy, Groucho in the mornings.  Crying, whining, tantrums.  I listen to it as I am packing up to leave.  After some milk and Max and Ruby, he is always better.  He can be smiley.

Monday, February 23, 2015

100 days of school

I downloaded blogger for my phone! Maybe I will be able to post more?  Apparently 100 day collections are very popular projects in early elementary school, a way to celebrate 100 days of school.  We were assigned to find 100 objects around our house and display them in a unique and creative way.  They also needed to be countable by 10's.  We had no shortage of pennies, so this is what we decided on.  I made V do all the counting and lettering.  I did help with gluing.  Unfortunately when thr poster board bent, pennies would fall off.  I fixed his by adding clear packing tape across the pizza part.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Store cuteness

It’s been crazy snowy around here – thus no school for two days. Monday our daycare also was closed for the first time in 18 years. Today it was open, so P dropped Benny off on his way to work. I worked at home with V for the morning, then we switched and I went in for the afternoon. We were out of fruit and vegetables, so I picked up Benny after daycare and just he and I went to the store. I love one on one time with each child so much. He was delightful. He wanted to ride in the cart. He loved the free samples. “Hmmm, dEE licious”. “What’s that?” was uttered approximately 30 times. I dropped something on the floor – “uh-oh, spaghetti-o’s”. “Mama, buy that!”. “pizza mama, pizza!” I’ll treasure this age always. It’s the best.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Hair Cut

V's hair is looking pretty shaggy since it is finally growing out from the great scissors incident of 2014. I took her to a chain haircutting place called "Cookie Cutters". She loves it there. You get to sit in a car of some sort while the stylist cuts your hair. They select a TV program on your personal TV. There are toys and a slide to play on while you wait. The best part is that you get a balloon AND a sucker at the end. I usually don't make an appointment because they enjoy playing there so much, so we don't mind a wait. On our drive over yesterday after work, we pulled in and Benny yelled "hair cut!". "I get my hair cut". Uh no buddy. You really don't have much hair. They played and acted like wild children on the slide. V got set up for her cut, so Benny had to get in a car to "get his hair cut". Thankfully, they are very nice about these things. He ran over for a balloon and a sucker when she was done. He told everyone proudly, "I got my hair cut". When I am old and gray, I will remember how cute this is.

Also - they are kids in there a year old that had something like 5 haircuts by now. Benny is definitely following in his sister's footsteps and running late in hair development.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Someone's got a case of the Mondays....

hahaha. That movie!

But really. Last night it snowed and Paul left my car outside. We have a three car garage (okay, really a two car garage since one side is full of stuff). I was running late this morning (what a surprise!). I always think I am all ready to go and then I realize I need to do things like put the ice pack in V's lunch, put a snack in her backpack, lay out her coat, lay out Benny's coat and shoes, make sure they both have gloves and hats. I did that today and made sure I had my stuff by the door - phone, purse, bag, lunch. Today I had extra stuff - workout clothes, a laptop bag & a bag of kid toys for my coworker. I hit the garage door opener and realized my car wasn't in the garage! GAH! It snowed three inches, so I was going to need to do some snow clearing. NOT HAPPY. I started it and cleared off too much snow, mentally cursing out P and Michigan in general. This took at least 10 minutes. Then I knew that he would have to put out garage at the curb and keep the kids out of the snow and put on boots, etc. So I knew the Christian thing to do was to drag all the garbage to the curb. Which I did. My hands were freezing; even in gloves. I finally left ~ 15 min late and promptly got behind an accident. GAH! It took me an extra 25 min to get to work, then I came in. When I got to my desk, where is my lunch bag and breakfast??? Hmmm. I walked over to the water coolers (I love water coolers, so thankful for this perk) and realized they were all out. Both of them! Okay. So then I walked back out to my car and found I forgot my lunch!! The tears almost started. I keep some things at work, but now I need to buy lunch.

What a MONDAY!

Today I am going to offer up my exasperation/stress to the patron Saint of the Day, St. Marguerite Bourgeoys. Also to keep in mind that I am fortunate. To have a job I can be late to and not be fired. To have a car. To have a garage. To have garbage pick up. To have my children go to a great school and daycare. To make it to work safely. It's all about perspective.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Friday Night Leftovers - 1st of Year Edition

*Happy New Year!
*Benny has been difficult lately. Especially upon awakening! Thank goodness Daddy is on morning patrol. He has some molars coming in, which may be the cause.
* Benny likes to stay "No way Jose!". When you ask him to do anything. I try not to laugh.
* Victoria is liking school and seeming happier.
* The holidays this year were tiring. SO much work! (5 loads of dishes a day, 12 loads of company laundry, shopping, cleaning). I think a Christmas cruise with warm weather in next year's plans.
* P bought me a spa day for a Christmas gift. The massage was great! So was the mani/pedi. I have been wanting one for a while, but just no time! I don't "get" facials though, but my skin looked great and the shoulder massage was amazing. Massages = the best.
* We had Vietnamese food when we were in Ohio. I'm in love.... P promised to make Pho on Saturday!

Monday, December 29, 2014

Benny's Morning Poem

I went to turn off his fan and he was standing at the corner of the Pack n Play (yep, still in there!). He said

"hi mama"
"go downstairs"
"eat bar"
"drink milk"
"watch TV"

He was very cute.