Saturday, May 31, 2008

Tweet! Tweet! May 2008

I'm not sure if Twitter is going to keep all my tweets forever and ever. Because they are often little snippets about my daily life with The Girls, I will preserve them on this blog monthly.

Tweet! Tweet! May 2008:


She isn't "eating" the forbidden lollipop, she's "just sucking the juice out." from txt

I'm watching Maddie on the daycare's spy cameras during naptime. She's obviously misbehaving and not following directions to go to sleep! from txt

TATTOO has TWO T's. T says Tah, Tah, Tah, Tah.... from web

Maddie got an Elmo tatoo on her forearm at school today, and she wants to "keep it forever and ever until there are no more weeks left." from web

Wendy, beet and carrot juice is beautiful, but tastes like dirt. I even added apple to make it go down. Still struggling. from web

Just added mah tweets to mah blog cause clicking links is just too hard for those over forty. from txt

Brooke was so mad when I dropped her off at daycare today that I could still hear her screaming from the parking lot. from txt

Brooke isn't sleeping well AGAIN these last few days. Teething? Well, she's drooling! Another ear infection? NOooooo! Tubes next week. from web

Brooke pooped on the deck, then again an hour later in her swim suit. I guess she doesn't enjoy going diaperless. Nor do we like poop duty. from txt

M had s'mores for the first time, and she "didn't like" it. She likes all three ingredients...but not together? Need to get a DNA test. from txt

I *heart* muh juicer. Read the blog post. from txt

Maddie: "I was the only kid yesterday that didn't have on a Spurs shirt." Yes, talk to your Rocket Fan father about that. She's a misfit. from txt

Maddie tries to negoiate with me: "So, HERE'S THE DEAL MOM...first, we eat dinner, then we take a bath, then I eat a cookie, THEN I sleep. from web

M is still sick. She wanted to go to the store with me, and while I was putting on my shoes, she fell asleep on the couch! from txt

Maddie walked into our bedroom at 3:30am with a 104 degree fever. from txt

For mother's day I got a pair of binoculars. For peeping? from txt

I never thought I'd say: "Brooke Alexandra, stop licking the toilet!" from txt

I love that we have no cable TV or internet at the lake house. We talk! We play! We work on the house! We REST! We play some more!! from txt

I have a zit on my forehead that could totally pass for a third eye. I must have an important event coming where I need to look good. Ha! from txt

I wasn't carded at the liquor store. This new hair cut makes me look way older. Or maybe it's the Post-Pregnancy boobs. from txt

Just got pulled over for going 79 in a 70. Issued a warning. from txt

I'm in Del Rio Texas, and its 95 degrees!! It is exactly what you saw in No Country For Old Men minus the guns. And blood. . from txt

Brooke said "Ball!!" And threw my camera across the room. from txt

There are massive amounts of bugs committing suicide by flying right into our windshield. Zak: " WHY they aren't smart enough to fly away?" from txt

One and a half hours in the car on the way to Surfside,TX and not a whine yet. Jinx. Still have two hours to go. Cross your fingers. from txt

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Nina will be so proud!


My mother "Nina," (Queen of All Things Teeth, Withholder of Cotton Candy) will be so proud to know that Brooke is VERY into brushing her 8 tiny teeth. I have to PRY the toothbrush out of her hand, (insert screaming here), tell her that's enough, one doesn't need to brush for thirty minutes twice per day. Distract her with some hard candy. Kidding.






Brooke also insists on standing on this stool/potty (like Maddie does) while she brushes. She's still too short for the stool to do any justice to her, but apparently she's a big girl now. She's so damn cute, it hurts:


I guess she will be right handed, and with that little delicate tooth brushing hold she will never accomplish any serious plaque removal. Looks like Nina must come for a tutorial/visit very soon, or Brooke's teeth just may fall out next month.




Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Poop Deck

Happy Memorial Day weekend! We hung out all weekend, made lots of fresh juice (with and without rum), and had some company!



Our college friends, Sean, Lisa, and their sweet baby, Shelby (and another one in the oven) came for a visit on Saturday, and we had a great time with them. Their little "Shelbs" is quiet, very very quiet...and isn't crawling...YET. Zak and I exchanged sly glances at each other which was code for....They have no idea of the chaos that is about to descend. Heh Heh. "Oh, yes, parenting is all roses and sunshine!" Heh Heh.

Life sure is different from the old days with the three little ones now underfoot demanding food, diaper changes, milk, toys...etc. I recall a particular music and sangria soaked evening in Dallas with them. I also fondly remember their wedding day when Sean played a classical concert on the piano (I had no idea he could play!) and Lisa came out in this red hot dress and they Salsa danced for their guests. They are always so much fun and so "easy" to hang out with. And, see that smile on Lisa's face...yeah, it's a permanent thing. She's one of those people that you love to just be around because she oozes positivity. For the short snippets of time we had to chat, it was great...just too short and too interrupted.


We had our little inflatable pool out on the deck all weekend, and since Maddie only likes to be outside when it is less than 80 degrees or in the cool shade (like her mama), we used it mostly in the mornings.
(Maddie's teacher told us that she's always the first to beg to go back inside whenever they are out on the play equipment because, "It's hoooot." I'm sure her friends just love her for that.)
(This "little pool," by the way, could totally fit a couple of adults and a gang of kids. It has a slide, ring toss game, sprinkler, and basketball goal for goodness sakes. Whatever happened to a bucket of water and a garden hose? I'm a sucka, that's what.).

So, Maddie put her suit on right after breakfast to go swimming. Brooke (not in her suit yet) wanted to join her, so I just stripped her down so she could get in the water. Brooke was trying to get into the pool fully diapered and clothed. I planned to get her swim diaper as soon as Zak joined us outside. In the five minutes she was diaperless, guess what happened?

Yep. She pooped right on the deck. And let me tell you, it happened in less than a second! She didn't even stop to think about it, grunt, or even stop walking! She just dropped her turd and continued to play. I laughed so hard that I think I scared her, and then Maddie started pointing and screaming, "Brooke poooooped! She pooped on the deck! Ewww!" Zak came running outside, full of questions, and asked, "Is that poop on the deck? Who pooped? How did that happen? Why isn't she wearing a diaper? "
Brooke just stood there smiling and watching us. Not sure why poop is so funny. Have pooped before. Never seen this crazy reaction. Want more poop?

Once I stopped laughing so I could explain myself, we needed to clean it up and keep her from stepping in it. Then....I figured she was done, so I was a little slow in getting the swim diaper (but I did put on her bathing suit bottoms) ...and guess what happened? Another turd. Zak was so mortified and disgusted. He changes her diapers all the time, but I suppose because the poop was not in the contained environment of the changing table in a diaper, he just couldn't take it.

It kinda reminded me of the time that Maddie pooped in the bathtub and put it on the side next to the soap like it should GO there!
Who says that BOYS are the gross ones?

Friday, May 23, 2008

Jack LaLanne's Power Juicer PRO

It's official, I bought something after seeing an infomercial. Actually, this is the second time I've done that. What? You've never noticed my Buns of Steel?

Well, this one involves no "burn" and is SUPER COOL. I've been looking forward with much juicy anticipation for the last week. I've tracked the package, I've looked up recipes, I pre-purchased some fruit and veggies in preparation for my...da dat ta da daaaa. Jack LaLanne's POWER JUICER PRO! Watch out if you click that link, the website will sucka you in too!

It arrived today in all its stainless steel glory, ready to juice anything you put into it. It came complete with tons of recipes and ideas for juicing and cooking (with the leftover pulp). There are even "beauty recipes" that involve slathering your face with some freshly pulverized produce.

I promptly ripped open the box, and shoved my pre-washed organic veggies into the scarily wide "chute." One must be very very careful not to put in a hand cause you could totally get blood in your fresh juice! Gak!

I made a concoction of 2 carrots, 2 celery stalks, 1/2 cucumber, 1 apple, and an inch of ginger. It turned out TONS (16 oz) of yummy orange liquid that I put on ice...

I think I will bring it to the lake this weekend along with some RUM and fresh fruit. Happy Memorial Day weekend!

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Twitter reader?

Are you reading my twitters? See that link over there that says, "Amanda Twittering?"

Click it every now and then--->



I wonder if they make any sense to anyone except for me and Zak...like the rest of my life.



I sometimes twitter multiple times a day, but sometimes not. I can only use 140 characters, and that's not easy for me. I'm wordy.



My twitters tends to be stories or conversations that I've had (or overheard) with one of the three knuckleheads that I live with. Usually the blond one.

Friday, May 16, 2008

The BEACH!


I forgot to write a post about the trip that we took to Surfside, TX to see our friends Jason, Caroline and their dog Belle. We had a blast! Thank you for letting us stay with y'all!! Even the four hour drive, they were not nearly as unbearable as our previous long car trips we've taken recently.


Jason and Caroline have a cute vacation beach house on the Gulf, and we were there for just two nights, but it felt like a vacation!



Maddie loves her some Ms. Caroline...she's way more fun than her mommy!


We all hung out, went to the beach, grilled some seafood, and drank a lot of beer. We also got to see Jason's mom and grandparents (whom Zak has known since he was a wee boy), and David and Francie who live just up the road in Galveston. I didn't get any photos of them because 1. they didn't stay long enough and 2. my hands were occupied...did I mention beer...?




Maddie wasn't so sure about the SAND! BUGS! WAVES! at the beginning, and freaked out about every. little. bug. that flew her way. She had a master plan to move the sand from the beach to water (someone has got to be organized!), and we had some toys and buckets to help her with the mission. She was mostly concerned with washing her hands and making sure they had no sand on them. As you can imagine, this didn't work out quite so well, so she asked me for some baby wipes to clean up...while she was playing! Just like her mama....I'm not too fond of sand either. By watching me on the beach, you'd never thought I grew up in San Diego! My mom tells me disdain for sand is hereditary.
Maddie was also a bit scared of Belle, even though she OFTEN talks about her and refers to "Belle-y" as HER dog that she loves soooo much.








This was Brooke's first trip to the beach, and after she figured out what sand was, she got brave enough to walk right up to the water, and was promptly brought down by a wave.


The white water just barely hit her knees, but she was so startled and then lost her balance when the water went back out. She screamed and screamed until we wrapped her in a towel. Is it mean that we laughed and took a picture?
I didn't think so.


Zak and Jason did a little "surfing." I call it "surfing" because I never saw either one get up nor were the waves all the great. (Jason, please feel free to write your rebuttal in the comments). They were able to relive their youth and get in the water, paddle around, and most importantly get away from The Girl complaining about BUGS! WAVES! SAND!




And this...maybe the best photo of all time....I call it BUTTS, and it's the best funniest way that I can think of to thank our gracious hosts:


Thursday, May 15, 2008

Get Well Soon card

When I picked up Brooke from daycare today, I was given this card to pass along to Madison...




and when you open it up....





Maddie's classmates, friends, and teacher made this card for her today after missing her for three days. It was the sweetest thing!

Maddie's fever basically went away today, and it hovered around 100 degrees (without Tylenol). She was even back to her normal self today when we made a quick stop to the grocery store. She was happy and chatty, and even asked for some food (although she ate very little again). Once she got home, she hit bottom again and was super tired and very whiny. She actually really scared us because she wasn't making any sense and was really out of it. The doctor never figured out what it was that caused the four day long fever, but I assume it was a virus that needed to run its course.

Oh my God!

Someone just changed my personal email password, and I found out because I was unable to check my email.

THEN...I got an email from Ebay saying my password had been changed there! I immediately went to my ebay account and saw some one had fraudulently listed FOUR items!

I have always known my passwords were far too simple and easy to figure out, but just left them easy so my simple brain could remember it. PLEASE, everyone, double check that your passwords are not simple and also have some numbers included.

Let's hope the monster who is scaring the shit out of me right now isn't fishing around in other accounts! I've already changed the majority of my accounts to protect myself. Now, please do the same.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

You give me Fever

Maddie came into our room last night at 3:30 a.m., crying, hot as hell, and disoriented. I took her temp and was shocked to see 104 degrees. I thought we were going to have to go to the ER.

I called a 24 hour nurse line, and was told to put her in the bath, give more Tylenol, and bring her fever down. She climbed in bed with us (mistake #1), and tossed and turned the rest of the night. She was so hot, her heart was pounding, and I had trouble sleeping due to my worry, her hot poker feet in my back, and steamy sicky breath in my face.

When we woke up at 8 am, Zak was no where to be found, and I assumed he left for work. I found him on the couch trying to catch some Zzz's. I suppose I'm used to catching a little sleep here and there since nursing Brooke, but it's been about 8 months since I've been kept awake for the majority of the night. Sure I'm tired, but you'd think Zak had only two hours of sleep by the way he was acting! He didn't go to work until after 10:00!

I took Maddie to the doctor this morning. Since this was technically the second day of a fever that had not been broken, we needed to go. I explained that she had no symptoms of anything that would explain her fever (no runny nose, no sore throat, no bad poop, no hurting ears, didn't hurt when she peed, etc). The doctor looked her over, and couldn't find any cause of an infection. He asked her to pee in a cup to test for a Urinary Tract Infection. Maddie has had a UTI before, and peed on command into the cup, so I didn't think this would be a problem (mistake #2). I bribed her with cookies, stickers, candy, or shopping (all of her favorite things) to get her to pee in that damn cup, but nothing. The Camel only pees about 4 times per day anyway! We were at the doctor for TWO HOURS.

While we were waiting for the pee pees to make their appearance, Maddie decided to read a book. She ended up giving herself a paper cut, and you'd have thought I cut off her finger by the way she screamed. Big huge tears. Blood from the paper cut. Silent open mouth scream followed by the full angry cry. Since we were in the back by the bathrooms and nurses station, everyone probably assumed I had threatened her for her pee! Two or three nurses came over to see the paper cut, clean it (I had just used her shirt!), put on a band aid, and cater to her every little whim. Do you want some water? Yes. Didn't drink it. Do you want a vanilla milkshake (pediasure)? Yes. Didn't like it. AI YAI YA!

After the two hours had passed, we decided to go home. Guess what she had to do when we got here? PEE! The doctor's office had given me some of those cups to collect the urine at home, and then bring it in. Turns out she only peed a few drops, and now we'll have to wait until after nap to try again. After MY nap, that is.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Not so healthy....

Maddie came home from school yesterday with a fever, but didn't complain of any pain. Other than being cranky and having little appetite, she seems okay. She woke up today and still had a fever.



We took Brooke to school this morning (who was diagnosed with another double ear infection last week) so Maddie could get some rest. She fell asleep on the couch watching Sesame Street.



Maddie is the sweetest girl when she's sick. She's just a little blah and sleepy, but very cuddly. She's only had 1/4 piece of toast and a small amount of milk. I'm not sure what this is...a virus, I suppose, so we will wait it out.



Brooke-ster's ear infection is the SIXTH since October. That means it's time for TUBES. We saw a Pediatric ENT specialist who highly recommended them to "ventilate" her ears. The doctor believes that Brooke constantly has fluid in her ears as they are unable to drain themselves normally. This is what may cause her "drunken sailor walk" and poor balance. If left untreated, it could get much worse, and even cause hearing and speech problems. We have scheduled the surgery for June 3.



I'm pretty sure she can hear okay because when she does choose to ignore me, she laughs about it knowing full well what she's doing. However, her speech is lagging a bit. It's not fair to compare her to Madison at the same age, BUT Maddie was using two-three word phrases at this time and had a large vocabulary. Brooke is still very much "normal" in her vocabulary among her peers. Normal at 15 months is 5-10 words, which is where Brooke is if you can understand her. She is using lots of baby signs which cuts down on the screams of frustration when she can't communicate.

Friday, May 09, 2008

Only in Texas..

Only in Texas could you walk into a restaurant and be surrounded by hundreds of dead animals as you eat. Cows, squirrels, birds, bison, deer, wild pigs and other animals that I don't even recognize!





The good news? This place had AWESOME food as long as you averted your eyes from the dead animals on the wall to the dead animal on your plate.



My friend Caroline would have just loved this place, and shown her love by not even going in. Now, looking back on these photos, it kinda makes me queasy. This may be the reason why I become a vegetarian just like her!


I think the locals found it odd that I was taking pictures.

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Who's the boss?

While getting dressed for work this morning, I overheard the following conversation:

Zak: Maddie, should I wear this shirt with these pants?

Maddie: No, you should wear shorts with that shirt.

Zak: I would love to wear shorts to work, but I don't think my boss will let me. You should ask her for me?

Maddie yells to me: MAMA, CAN DADDY WEAR SHORTS TO WORK TODAY?

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Fun in the car

Most of the time (on short trips) The Girls are a lot of fun to drive around. I find myself taking pics of them with my cell phone while waiting for the lights to turn green.

Brooke is finally big enough to face forward (must be at least 1 year old AND 22 lbs). She barely qualifies with her weight, but so much prefers to be sitting forward.


As you know from previous posts, we like to Rock it OUT in the car, sing songs, dance, and just make fools of ourselves to passing cars. Who cares?! We don't.


Maddie really can play the harmonica...but then again, who can't?