Saturday, October 31, 2009

Tweet! Tweet! October 2009

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

The girls are "practicing" trick or treating. from txt
I'm traveling for work, and I discovered that Zak used a flat iron today on Maddie's 'bed head" before school. What a superstar dad! from txt
My hotel room smells like farts. from txt
Maddie heard a neighbor’s malfunctioning car alarm: "There is this really loud annoying BIRD outside my bedroom, and I can’t concentrate!" from web
Big, busy weekend! For the first time, Maddie rode a horse, rollercoaster, and "train." Videos will be posted soon! from web
I finally got the flu shot after weeks of searching! from txt
All the ads on my blog are about elephants! That's not gonna generate much revenue, but I guess I shouldn't use that word as much as I did. from txt
Delete - Brooke brought this home from school and said, "that is baby Moses inside that taco!" from TwitPic
A box of dry cereal exploded while I was opening it several hours ago. I thought I cleaned it up, but I just found some in my BRA! Snacks! from txt
Brooke asks, "Daddy, what does your shirt say?" Guinness, he replies. "I like Guinness too, Daddy!" from txt
Ask Zak why it's not wise to pee outside JUST because you're out in the country. (We have plumbing in the lake house, and red ants OUTSIDE!) from txt
Beautiful day! On our way to the lake house for the first time in 4-5 weeks! We miss it. from txt
A HUGE thank you to Aunt Terra who saved the day (and our jobs) on Columbus Day-the most ridiculous "holiday" on the pre-school calendar. from txt
For those of you who don't like my new ads: I made ONE CENT over the last week. That's ONE CENT more than I had before! I'm gonna get rich! from web
Just saw someone using a PAY phone. I didn't even know that they still existed! from txt
Delete - Chillaxin' on a Sunday morning watching cartoons. from TwitPic
Delete - Pops, Maddie colored this just for you! from TwitPic
Brooke is a back seat driver. from txt
Ads on the blog, or no? I'm hoping to use the earnings to buy a Starbucks latte once a month. Click on them! $$$$ from txt
Delete - For the first time in 20 months, I can see GREEN in my yard (if you squint, the weeds disappear too!). from TwitPic

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Does not compute

Brooke is hard at work on the computer and threw a ROYAL tantrum when I made her leave my office.

The funny thing about this pant-less picture of Brooke is that one day she'll be all, "Ugh, Mom! That computer is, like, so old. I can't believe you sat there working in your office when you could be computing/studying/listen to music/texting from these iglasses (or worse, an ichip implanted in our ibrains). You are sooooo 2009."

*rolls eyes and stomps away*

Wednesday, October 21, 2009


Ahhhh,'s either always a very good experience or a very bad experience. Not much gray area when it comes to the hours in our house between 6:30-7:45 p.m. Here is what we do every night:

Eat Dinner--we each take turns sharing our favorite part of the day.
Bath--girls bathe together in their bathroom
Bedtime stories--first Brooke, then Maddie about 30 minutes later

Seems simple, right? Oh, but it has the possibility at each moment to cause a stream of tears and whining from who gets the red colored gummy vitamin to who gets to sit next to the faucet. It can be a perfect storm really because our rigid routine is coupled with two tired girls. Most parenting "experts" will tell you to keep routine in a child's schedule for their own sense of security in the world, but is there such thing as too much routine?

I'm getting off topic a bit....the real reason for this post is to preserve what I consider to be very intimate moments with our girls. Sometimes only Zak and I get to see this true-to-nature aspect of their personalities, but in tonight's "perfect storm" we hit the jackpot AND I got it on video.

This was shot in Maddie's room (even though it was supposed to be Brooke's story time), and because the girls were getting along very well, I decided to ask Maddie to read her very favorite book to her sister, Snug House, Bug House:

Then, Brooke wanted to read her very favorite book, but she decided to put on her silly act:

Brooke finally decides to go ahead and read her book, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see?

Everyone went to bed with a smile on their face.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

My Little Rascal

Brooke's hair is getting LOOOONNNGGG. Her teachers at school are always coming up with hairstyles...ones that Brooke would NEVER let me attempt. The girl barely let's me comb it! Zak has always enjoyed inventing new shampoo hair styles to entertain the girls in the bathtub.

Behold the Alfalfa:

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Looking for a place to crash

Apparently Maddie is ready to move out because I found this in her room today:

I showed Zak, and he said that every time he takes the girls to McDonalds, she likes to pick one up and take it home.

It's particularly funny because she has been having these long conversations with me lately about how she doesn't ever want to leave me, and that she wants to be with me FOREVER even after she "goes to college and gets married to Mason A."

I tell her that in just a few short years she won't even want to look at me, and she will want to leave and go to college far far away. And all OH MY GOD Mother, are you really wearing that to Target? She insists that this will never be the case, and doesn't even understand why she'd ever feel this way. Hormones, I tell her.

Do you think she'll want to take her Dora The Explorer sheets and her Pink Sparkle Magic Unicorn with her?

Monday, October 05, 2009

Bee Mountian

Zak and I take turns reading the Girls two books every night. Like all excellent parents, we try to find the shortest book possible to read so we're not there all night long. (Admit do/did the same thing!).

Recently, part of reading her favorite "ABC" book is that I make her tell me what she sees (and occasionally if Maddie is there, she'll tell us what the letter sounds like). Brooke likes to provide details about the pictures, so last week she narrated this page:

Brooke: "A is for Apple... and there is a stem and a gwwween weaf."

Me: "Good job, what color and shape is that apple?"

Brooke: "RED CIRCLE!"

Me: "What's the next letter?"

Brooke: "B is for Brooke, and BEES, and a BEE MOUNTAIN!"