Thursday, December 31, 2009
Maddie to Papa through the door: "What are you doing in the bathroom? Are you going poop or pee? When will you be done so we can play?" 1:16 PM Dec 26th, 2009 via web
Zak is teaching Maddie the best strategy for the Hungry Hungry Hippo game. 3:22 PM Dec 25th, 2009 via txt
http://twitpic.com/v5p2f - Brooke can ride a bike! 10:12 AM Dec 25th, 2009 via TwitPic
The girls are engrossed in The Christmas Story. No need for animated singing and dancing characters! 7:38 PM Dec 24th, 2009 via txt
I finally sent out our Christmas cards. Better late than never! 5:16 PM Dec 21st, 2009 via web
Going through the awesome drive thru nativity scene at the church. 15 stations! 7:36 PM Dec 19th, 2009 via txt
Maddie is FIVE years old today! 8:45 AM Dec 17th, 2009 via txt
Oh Christmas Cards, oh Christmas Cards, why can't I ever finish you? I quit you! 4:46 PM Dec 15th, 2009 via txt
Maddie begged to take a shower instead of a bath, and Brooke decided she wanted to only shower now too. How long will this last? 12:01 PM Dec 15th, 2009 via web
Maddie yells from the toilet, "I'm pooping and I need someone to bring me a magazine!" 8:07 PM Dec 14th, 2009 via txt
On my way home from a trip to San Diego to see Pops. 10:09 AM Dec 14th, 2009 via web
My washer flooded half my downstairs! Uggggghh! 6:39 PM Dec 9th, 2009 via txt
Shannon is here! I took her to the riverwalk, and drove past the Alamo. Hadn't seen the Alamo since we moved here three years ago! 9:58 AM Dec 5th, 2009 via web
Brooke busted her nose by falling on the couch. Too much blood for a mama to deal with. Now, we have bloody boogers! 9:57 AM Dec 5th, 2009 via web
Saturday, December 26, 2009
1. Christmas eve was spent with Grandma. (Guess who looks JUST like her Grandma!?)
2. We left Santa some cookies
3. Santa brought us Susan and Papa! They arrived at waay-too-early-in-the-morning-o'clock on Christmas. I kid you not..they woke us up, not the girls!
4. and Santa also LEFT BIKES!
5. While we opened the rest of the presents, Brooke, who didn't want to open any presents after she got her bike, rode around the house:
6. And Maddie decorated her bike with a boa, and herself with some Greek charms, legwarmers, and no shoes simply to pose on her bike.
7. Brooke (who is not quite three years old) biked circles around Madison (who is five), and then taunted her a bit by saying,"Maddie go forward like ME!"
8. We sat around the house in our PJ's, ate and drank too much
9. Maddie created impromptu place holders and table decorations from her school made crafts for every meal:
10. Rode bikes a lot.
That pretty much sums up our holiday weekend!
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Well, let me tell you, he is the most popular behavior management tool in the world. Unfortunately, he only works from Thanksgiving to Christmas. And by "works" I mean, he only spies on my children and skips around the house threatening to tell Santa if your naughty during the holiday season. Every night Elfie travels back to the North Pole to
(Sometimes he has too much wine and ends up hanging from the chandeliers, partying like it's 1999)
Then he comes back to our house, in a new spot, to continue his spying. The Girls have fun every morning trying to find Elfie's new hiding spot.
(He also can be found hanging around on the look out for some Elfin' Hot Chicks)
He is sorta creepy, with his little raised eyebrows and sideways glances, but he's magic! If The Girls touch Elfie he will lose his "Christmas Magic" and won't be able to get back to the North Pole to meet with Santa.
(Oh, great. He's hooking up with those trampy angels again!)
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Five years ago today, you were born on the coldest day in December in the history of Chicago. From that day forward you have warmed our hearts, changed our lives, and brought joy to everyday living.
Your little life and the love I have for you inspired this blog, and the memory I have of your birth will be etched in my heart forever. Your dad often tells the story of how you waved at him as you were being born as if to say, "Hi Dad, I'm here! Are you ready?" I'm still not sure that we're ready, but we are definitely willing to hold on for the ride.Happy Birthday! We love you very much.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
I just recently downloaded all the pictures, and thought it might make a good blog for me to show you some never before seen pictures with never told stories. These are very much "a day in the life..." type pictures. And because I'm so not techno savvy, all of these pictures are in reverse order of when I took them.
On Thanksgiving, Zak showed the girls how to pull apart the turkey's "wishbone." (As I type that, it kinda grosses me out). Brooke WON!
At the grocery store, all decked out in their Texas Tech football Jerseys.
On any given weekday, the bright morning sun on Brooke's face on the way to school.
Playing with Halloween glow in the dark glasses that PaPa and Susan sent in a package of goodies.
Zak's 35th birthday party.
On any given weekday after school, glued to the TV.
This may just be "picture of the year." Brooke posed like a 70 year old man eating dinner without a shirt (or pants). (And, no, I have no idea why she ate in her undies that day, but you can tell that we're really formal around here).
Thursday, December 10, 2009
I added the clothes to our three year old front loader, and pushed START! Simple. I walked away for a few minutes, and then came back to add one more item to the load. I was a good 20 feet from the washer when I stepped in a giant puddle of water. WATER! ALL OVER THE PLACE! 1/4 inch deep!
I screamed (because what else should I do?), but was home alone with Maddie and Brooke. Maddie, on command, ran upstairs and began to throw down towels while I tried to figure out where the water was coming from. Once I discovered it was the washer, and it was STILL POURING OUT, I was able to stop the machine to stop the water. The machine had leaked (for those of you who know my house) water to fill the laundry room, guest bathroom, hallway, foyer, and the first part of the carpet in the guest bedroom. That was A LOT OF WATER. There was so much water to soak up that I ran out of towels. I think I used over 15 of them. Maddie had totally emptied all the towels from our linen closet, and also gave me all the dirty towels she could find.
Zak rushed home (after a panicked "THE HOUSE IS FLOODING! COME HOME NOW! type of dramatic call that only I could make) to help. I had cleaned up most of the water, but didn't know what to do with the soaking wet towels and broken washer.
We cursed and stammered and scratched our heads about what could have possibly happened because the hose attachments on the back were clearly dry and secure, and there was NO water in the tub (the clothes were totally dry that were in there) that could have leaked out the rubber seal. We decided to test it again to see where the water was coming from, and saw it GUSHING from the detergent dispenser. We quickly turned it off (and used ANOTHER towel).
Totally confused, I did what any smart Gen-Xer wold do...GOOGLED IT! I found lots of websites dedicated to hating my particular washing machine and horror stories about this same mystery problem. Several responses told stories about $500 repair bills that only discovered a small garment (a baby sock or undies) that had been lodged in the tube that connected the detergent dispenser with the wash tub. The commenters suggested trying to feel your hands in a very tiny crevice to see if you can feel material. I was determined to solve this problem!
SURE ENOUGH! I reached my little hands in the crevice of the machine, and felt a pair of my very favorite UNDERWEAR all wadded up and STUCK. Zak got me some pliers and we took turns trying to yank out the undies. I used my foot as leverage. This video will undoubtedly be a classic:
Zak finally was able to free the undies, and now my washer works again. The best part, NO REPAIR BILL!
My panties were trashed in the ordeal. Guess what I'm asking Santa for Christmas? Hey, it's a lot cheaper than a new washing machine! Yea us!
Wednesday, December 09, 2009
Maddie will be FIVE (Dec 17th--OMG!) and Brooke will be THREE (Feb 2nd)! This may be the only times in their lives that I can sneak a dual party in without either one becoming suspicious that they will be sharing the love.
Should any of you want to buy them a gift (Lord knows YOU DON'T HAVE TO, they have enough crap anyway), and you want to know what they might be interested in, check out my amazon.com wish list (enter my first and last name once you get to amazon). If not, get them books! They like books...used books are especially awesome!
Tuesday, December 01, 2009
Monday, November 30, 2009
Bad stress + Good stress = DOUBLE the stress! 5:04 PM Nov 30th from txt
What an exhausting holiday weekend with The Girls. I need a vacation! 8:28 PM Nov 29th from web
We just introduced "Elf on a Shelf" to the Girls. They named him Elfie. 10:37 AM Nov 27th from web
I am a lean, mean, snot making machine. 1:53 PM Nov 20th from txt
Brooke learned what her "echo" was by yelling in the garage, but keeps saying-loudly-"I can hear my TACO!" 8:03 AM Nov 18th from txt
Brooke just blamed Papa for writing on our new couch with an ink pen. 10:59 AM Nov 15th from web
I sold my car on Craigslist today! 9:35 PM Nov 14th from txt
Maddie taught Brooke how to snap her fingers. They were both SO excited about this new trick. 10:16 AM Nov 13th from txt
http://twitpic.com/ot7qo - Afternoon fun with playdough that Aunt Terra gave us! 4:39 PM Nov 8th from TwitPic
http://twitpic.com/ornwi - At the lake checking to see if their feet have grown since last year. 10:41 AM Nov 8th from TwitPic
I had to physically lay down on top a screaming Maddie while she got her seasonal flu shot. Brooke didn't shed a tear or even fuss. 10:30 AM Nov 7th from txt
Maddie asked for Pepsi at a party after one adult served it to her kid. I asked Maddie, "What is Pepsi?" and she didn't know. "Juice?" 12:06 PM Nov 2nd from txt
It must be frustrating when your little sisters' name is ONLY one syllable with a silent E. It's hard to yell "BbbRRRooooKKKee" and mean it! 12:19 PM Nov 1st from txt
Some punk suburban kids stole our pumpkins! 9:49 AM Nov 1st from txt
Monday, November 23, 2009
Mr. Turkey, Mr. Turkey
Big and FAT, Big and FAT
I'm a gonna eat you
JUST LIKE THAT!
(I'm sure the PETA people are gonna love that this song is taught in today's preschools).
Maddie would like to share this drawing of an Indian.
No matter how many times I told Madison that the proper term for "Indian" is "Native American" she wouldn't listen. Even the teachers were talking about Indians (this continued after I loudly corrected Madison).
Sunday, November 22, 2009
The truth is that I've been busy with a NEW JOB. I left my old company after two years, and joined a new company. The only thing I will say is that the two companies are on the opposite ends of every single spectrum that I can think of. That is both good and bad, and I'm adjusting and learning!
The Girls are happy and healthy and looking forward to the holidays. Zak is doing his best to keep me sane during my new transition and he is very appreciated.
Balance, people, it's all about balance (while you juggle).
Monday, November 02, 2009
Maddie ran so fast from house to house, that I hardly got any good pictures of her trick or treating with her friends. Brooke was a tad bit apprehensive, but after seeing what happens when you say "TRICK OR TREAT!" we couldn't wipe the smile off her face.
Unless there was a dog at the house...she jumped and ran the first time someone answered the door with a dog. She then pointed and yelled, "There's a doggy at that house!" as if accusing them of some major crime.