Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Tweet! Tweet! September 2008:
I check on Brooke every night before I go to bed. I'll do this until she's two...just like I did for Maddie. I also check when they're sick. 10:27 PM Sep 30th from txt
I sent my father-in-law an Obama t-shirt. He called to say he was proudly wearing it, but had yet to venture outside the house. Chicken. 8:36 PM Sep 29th from web
Using a child's b-day party that we're going to today like a carrot to ensure excellent behavior ALL weekend. The Girl loves a party! 12:24 PM Sep 28th from txt
Danced to the Rolling Stones with Maddie for 30 minutes. She must be educated properly on these types of important legends in music. 9:38 PM Sep 27th from txt
Zak was sitting in front of Brooke on the floor, & she pulled on the back of his shorts checking for poop. Thankfully, she didn't find any. 8:00 PM Sep 27th from web
Zak was brave enough to take both girls by himself to Chuck E. Cheese. Super dad! 1:47 PM Sep 27th from txt
Standing outside the new Hotel Joulie in Dallas. Supposedly expecting celebrities and athletes. There's an awesome gospel choir singing. 7:43 PM Sep 26th from txt
At a conference in Dallas. I'm not sure what hurts worse: my feet from standing in heels all day or my face from fake smiling all day. 5:15 PM Sep
Maddie: "I wish I had a shaver so I could take off these hairs on my legs and arms." Said a friend told her. Dude, she's 3.5 years old!!! 8:35 AM Sep 25th from txt
Overheard two middle schoolers chatting: "My mom is really weird" and the other responded: "I know, I really don't think my mom likes me." 8:17 PM Sep 24th from web
Teaching Maddie to chew with her mouth closed so people won't think that I gave birth to a cow. 6:34 PM Sep 23rd from txt
Got new tires and an oil change from Wal-Mart. Always pleasently surprised when I shop there lately. Used to hate it, now? Not-so-bad, eh. 2:47 PM Sep 23rd from txt
Guess who wants to know why the women on Dancing with The Stars are NOT wearing shirts? I guess sequined bra tops don't count when you're 3. 9:40 PM Sep 22nd from web
For her b-day party, Maddie requested fireworks just like what "Annie" had the in the movie. 1:19 PM Sep 21st from txt
Zak; a venti...WTF's a VENTI? A "tall" sounds big, but it's a small? He's my very own Jerry Seinfeld. 10:31 PM Sep 19th from txt
Out to a fancy dinner with my awesome husband. Celebrating his 34 years on the planet, I've been lucky to be with him for the last 15 years. 8:06 PM Sep 19th from txt
Brooke put her buttered bagel face down on top of her head and rubbed it in her hair. Just before school...greasy and crumby hair. Great! 8:18 AM Sep 18th from txt
Maddie blocked Brooke from getting into the fridge. Brooke SCREAMED at her, then Maddie burst into tears because "Brooke yelled at me!" 7:57 AM Sep 18th from txt
Waited for carpet installers to arrive in a "four hour window." They were 2 hours late, and took 5 hours to install new carpet at the LH. 9:51 PM Sep 16th from web
Just gave blood. The South TX Blood and Tissue Center is experiencing a shortage due to Hurricane Ike evacuees. GIVE BLOOD TODAY! 2:10 PM Sep 15th from txt
While shopping at the mall with Brooke, she just screams, "GO!" and won't let me stop to look at or do anything. Not sure she's mine. ;) 8:33 PM Sep 14th from web
Why does Anderson Cooper insist on broadcasting in his waders in the water (with the mic cord submerged)? 6:38 PM Sep 13th from txt
On seeing a man running shirtless in the street: "Mom, that boy is running away in his underwear!" 11:53 AM Sep 13th from txt
Gaaaallllvessssstoooooon!!!!!!!! Hang in there! 5:22 PM Sep 12th from txt
Feeling guilty: forgot my canvas grocery shopping bags. Just contributed to global warming. Blah, sorry. 2:28 PM Sep 11th from txt
Maddie picked a bugger, and thought it would be funny to put it in her sisters hair. 7:08 PM Sep 10th from txt
Ike.......what part of "Don't mess with Texas" do you not understand? 9:33 AM Sep 10th from txt
Maddie is really into potty humor these days. 8:32 AM Sep 10th from txt
Every time Maddie says, "guess what?" (Which is at least 100 times per day). I try hard to resist the urge to say, "CHICKEN BUTT!" 8:14 AM Sep 8th from txt
I caved in: we got DirecTV at the lake house. I'm still holding on to the "no internet" rule...except from our cell phones. I'm a sucker. 10:39 PM Sep 6th from txt
You should have seen the look on Maddie's face after her first taste of Nutella. She can't say she was ever denied this simple pleasure. 2:38 PM Sep 6th from txt
Princess Maddie proposed marriage to Brooke, then bossed her about what a prince was supposed to do during a wedding. Just like real life! 8:03 AM Sep 4th from txt
When Brooke sees something (anything!) on the floor, she points and yells, "BUH, BUH, BUG!" until you convince her that it's NOT a bug. 8:48 PM Sep 2nd from web
Sunday, September 28, 2008
TODAY....she peed on the POTTY! (I'm sure you won't be surprised to know that I took a picture of it....to post on my blog.)
Okay, so it was just a few drops, but I was VERY excited:
We celebrated, clapped, and yelled with excitement, and even had a congratulatory chocolate chip. As I was taking pictures and cleaning out the potty, she disappeared for a few minutes. (You already know where I'm going with this, don't you?).
I found her in her bedroom, walking away from this:
Her little reading chair in her room is where she REALLY went potty, and emptied the entire contents of her bladder. I can only imagine her thoughts:
"Wow! Mom sure was excited about a little pee pee. Let's see how proud she will be when I show her how much more I can go!"
Friday, September 26, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Sunday, September 21, 2008
I'm sure you can guess who is peanut butter and who is supposed to be jelly:
Brooke says the first two "jelly's."
Update: I was just schooled in the lesson of pre-School songs, and my Girl did NOT make this up. In fact, she just confessed that her teacher, Ms. Brenda, taught her this song. So much for my inspiring singer/songwriter!
Friday, September 19, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
In this video, she doesn't really want the banana, she just wants OUT. OF. HER. CHAIR. as evidenced by the frequent, "Aaaallll done!" and attempts to escape. Notice how she says "please" as "peas" just like her big sister did. For those baby signing moms out there, you will see her do the baby sign for banana (looks like a mock peeling of her finger like it was a nanner.)
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Ike was not messing around. Our friends, David and Francie (who is having their first baby this fall), both work and live on Galveston Island. They evacuated to north Houston and are fine. We're not yet sure about their home (or their extended family), but from what we saw on TV it's not looking good.
Zak's grandmother and Eddie live in The Heights of Houston (north of downtown). I spoke with that whipper snapper on Friday and she insisted she would be fine, and reminded me that they've "gone through a hurricane or two before." We haven't heard from her yet, and she's not picking up her cell.
Our friends, Jason and Caroline, have a multiple issue situation. First, they have a waterfront beach house on stilts in Surfside Beach. The pictures on TV have not given us much hope, but it looks like many houses are still on stilts. There's no telling about the structural damage. Second, Jason's mother and grandmother live in Galveston. They are staying with Jason and Caroline in their Houston home. Third, in that home (which is fairly new) they've had some leaks in their roof and no power, but everyone is safe. Third, Caroline's parents also have a home in Galveston. All six of them, plus Belle the dog, are in Jason and Caroline's home. Without power. Without A/C. In Houston. It's hot. And humid. Sucky.
That's enough of the Debbie Downer, but I wanted to provide an update on our friends and family. We've been glued to the TV for the last five days; going back and forth between The Weather Channel and CNN.
I've always found it odd that hard core weather people insist on doing the weather in the very worst of elements. Anderson Cooper was doing a live show in waders in three feet of water. I think he was just showing off. Dork.
The live "you just won't believe how hard the wind is blowing, and don't do this yourself" shots during the storm were also ridiculous. As the audience, we can SEE from the blowing trees and debris. We really don't need you to go stand in it to show us that it's windy.
This is what happens when you screw with Mother Nature and her little boy, Ike:
You can't help but to laugh.
**Update: 9/15/08 8:00 p.m.----
Jason and Caroline found their beach house in unexpectedly fantastic condition. They had no water damage, and only their little boarder fence was knocked down! They also had sand under the pillars of their home. I'm SO happy to hear that. They say their neighbors got it bad, but their home, newly built, did well. Jason's mom/grandmother's home in Galveston also made it through without being flooded!
Thursday, September 11, 2008
My Grandfather (aka Pops) from Sunny San Diego:
- Buy 2 gallons of water, and a couple of cans of beans (beans?!)
- Fill the bathtub with water (use for washing and toilet flushing)
- Use the water in the hot water heater for drinking
- Also available for drinking is the water in the back of your toilet tank
Imaginary conversation between me and Madison: "Hey, Maddie, grab this straw and stick it here in the back of the toilet. Take JUST a sip, cause Brooke will want some too." The Girl just looks at me completely and utterly confused wondering when exactly her mother lost all her marbles.
My dad (aka PaPa) living in Dallas, Texas:
- Didn't give me advice, but admitted he bought some more oil for his "lamps."
- Lamps? Like what kind of lamps? Camping? Do they still sell those?
- Oil? Isn't that stinky, dangerous, and like, flammable?
- Has he ever heard of a flashlight?
My husband, Zak (aka Dada):
- Wanted "grillable" foods--like he'd be outside tending to his BBQ pit in 60+ mph winds! Don't stand between this man and his meat.
- Asked me to buy extra water and batteries
- Wondered if we had enough candles (look around, see those fifty
dustydecorative candles all around the house? They actually work if lit.).
- Asked for "powdered Gatorade" (They make that? Why not just regular bottled Gatorade? Should I also by dried powdered milk?) Ew.
Also about these three men?
I love them with all my heart, and am so lucky to have them all. I'm sure they're all thrilled to have a [insert a-not-so-flattering adjective here] granddaughter, daughter, wife with a blog.
Now that the storm has appeared to be taking a northerly track towards the Houston area, we will probably not get much action. The "business end" (as Zak likes to call it) will be east of us. As of right now, they are saying San Antonio will have 30-40 mph winds and "heavy rain" on Saturday.
However, we have friends and family in the Houston/Galveston area who will be likely getting the brunt of the storm. They know (right, guys?) that they are always welcomed to stay with us if they need to.
The company that Zak works for is very alarmed and concerned regarding their thousands of employees, customers, and stores in the soon to be effected areas. Zak will probably have to work over the weekend to make sure all his peeps are taken care of and have a shelter to hunker down.
Keep Texas in your prayers, y'all.
Tuesday, September 09, 2008
Friday, September 05, 2008
Our neighbors five year old daughter and Maddie are pals, and they play together well. Madison always prefers to go over to her house because they have more fun stuff to play with. When I say "more" I mean that their house may be better than Chuck E. Cheese. They have a playroom over their garage that is full, FULL of toys, play kitchens, a ball pen, a bounce house, a mini roller coaster (for reals)....you name it. It's a dream come true.
The neighbor girl is also, like most little girls, very much into princess-y things and dress up. She has a wardrobe rack in her room just for her dresses, about 10-15 of them. Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Barbie, Angel, Fairy Princess, Wedding Princess, etc. There are matching shoes and headbands and tiaras for every dress. Maddie loves it all so much she is willing to wear a dress up dress WITH buttons. That's true love.
She always has so much fun when she plays over there, and it's always a fight to get her to come home. Today when it was time to leave, she quietly pouted, but was better than normal. She was a bit melancholy afterwards, and about 30 minutes later she asked Zak, "Why don't I have all those toys, princess dresses and dress up things?"
Hmmm....how do we explain this so that:
1. we're not making it sound like we can't afford those things (we just choose not to)?
2. we don't disparage those parents for buying all that stuff (because they choose to)?
3. she understands that is just the way the world is?
Zak just basically ignored her question, and I held back from giving her a lesson on social justice, starving children, the health care crisis and homelessness. Aren't you proud of me?
K.I.S.S. and age appropriate, I told myself.
Maddie seemed satisfied to hear that she could put "princess dress" on her Christmas list for Santa, and that in life, we can't always get what we want. (but if you try sometimes, you'll get what you neeeeed.)
Damn kids! Why do they ask so many questions, and why do they think I have all the answers? Still looking for the instruction manual that should have came with her. I can't wait until I can say, "Google it, babe" or "Go ask Mick Jagger:"