Saturday, December 12, 2009

It adds up

The smell of a fresh pine tree + the sound of Christmas carols + the feel of the warm fire + the taste of a Honey Dew Mocha Madness + the sight of 4 little girls hanging ornaments with their Daddy = one content Mommy

Tuesday, December 1, 2009


Little girls - their brains are filled with extraordinary ideas and rarely is there enough time to accommodate all of their plans. All of the following pictures were taken Saturday morning in a few hour time span.

Devin had to fix a table, so she put on her goggles and got to work.

Bryn and Tori decided to play “birds”. Bryn was a white dove and Tori was a robin so they dressed accordingly. Next, they needed a nest and a baby bird. The dress up bin became a nest and Devin became the baby bird.

When Devin was no longer meeting their expectations, Bryn and Tori made new babies. They gathered supplies, including my glue gun, and crafted themselves baby birds.

The most magical trait little girls possess is their ability to drop everything and dance when they hear music. Nothing gets my girls dancing like the Mama Mia soundtrack.

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Sunday, November 22, 2009

A Tale of Two Lunches

Here's Jacey eating lunch on her third birthday.  Here's what I prepared for her:  a ham face made with grapes, raisins, strawberries, string cheese, and cheese puffs.  Though this was her birthday, the ham face was a lunch time staple  back then. 

Here we are 7 years and 3 children later.  Devin is eating a bowl full of peanut butter, Fluff, and Nutella.  She is supposed to be dipping her crackers into them, but she doesn't.  She fills her spoon with Fluff and holds it high above her mouth as it spills off the spoon, drizzling on to her crackers.  Sometimes she mixes all 3 things together to make a soup, then jams the concoction into her mouth. 

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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

The Experiment

I'm going to start by saying that I love my family very much.  From Todd to Devin and the 3 in between, they bring me more joy than I could ever imagine.  I'm concerned, though, because lately they all seem to have contracted the same condition.  No, it's not the flu - seasonal or swine variety.  What the members of my family suffer from is Ididn'tseeititis.  It is characterized by extreme tunnel vision coupled with acute paralyzation of the hands.   I'm willing to bet that mine is not the only family dealing with this particular ailment and that it  runs rampant throughout households all over America.  Ididn'tseeititis manifests itself in various forms. You may notice a book on the steps, a sock in the middle of the bedroom floor, or a Polly Pocket on the kitchen counter.  In the mind of  a healthy person , aka a mom, these things clearly do not belong where they have landed.  A person suffering with Ididntseeititis will ignore  the book, sock, and Polly Pocket.  There is no malice aforethought, he or she simply does not see the misplaced items and will not even think about picking them up. 
To test how deeply affected my family has become, I decided to conduct a litle experiment.  On November 3, I went into the bathroom and saw this...

I was about to change the roll, but I stopped.  I wanted to see who would be the first to either change the roll or at least ask me to change it for them.  Here's what I saw November 4...

On November 5, there were still 2 empty rolls.  The full roll had been dropped to the floor and left there.  On this day, I was greeted with a gift left by the Phantom Pooper.  She is deathly afraid of the toilet overflowing and will not flush it.  Ever.  I call this person the Phantom Pooper because I'm met with blank stares and shrugging shoulders when I ask who left the poop in the toilet.   Anyway, here's the picture...

On November 6, the roll had been lifted from the floor and placed on the bath tub, mere inches from the holder.  Close.  Oh so close!

On to November 7.  The roll was just about gone.  What would they do?  I was  giddy with anticipation.

November 8: *sigh* Another full roll sat on the back of the toilet.  There were 2 empty rolls and 1 roll that was not quite gone, but gone enough to warrant a new roll. 

As I approached the bathroom on November 9, my spirits soared when I saw this.  Had my family been cured?  I was so hopeful.....

Alas, it wasn't to be. 

I asked Todd what happened to all the empty rolls in the bathroom.  He said that he threw them away.  Then I asked him why he didn't change the empty roll on the holder.  He replied, ....wait for it......."I didn't see it."
Baby steps, right?

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Halloween 2009 - Part 2

The girls planned their costumes around the time they went back to school. Jacey wanted to be a vampire with her 2 best friends on our street. Bryn and Tori decided to be twin pirates. I tried to persuade Devin to simply wear one of the many Disney Princess dresses or dance recital costumes we have in the dress up box, but at 4 and a half years old, she was no longer falling for that con. She chose to be a cow girl. I stayed home to give out candy and Todd went out with the girls and their friends. Since their friend's dad was dressing up, my girls thought that Todd should also wear a costume. They emptied the dress up boxes in the playroom and dressed their father. Tori said, "We can call you Sir Fartsalot."
The girls were out for an hour and a half. When they got home I was video chatting with my sister in Costa Rica, so the girls were ecstatic that they got to see her and show her their costumes.

They ate a few pieces, then Jacey and Bryn got down to the business of one of the most important Halloween traditions - bartering.

When they went to bed, Todd and I engaged in a tradition of our own - raiding the candy bags.

Halloween 2009 - Part 1

I love when Halloween (or any holiday) falls on a weekend. There was endless Halloween chatter all day today, from "I hope I get (insert your favorite type of candy)" to "I wonder what (insert neighborhood girl) will be". At Bryn's soccer game this morning, the coach and I ended several sideline costume discussions and reminded the girls to watch their teammates on the field. The weather was warm, which added to the Halloween fervor. The girls and I spent some time this afternoon making caramel apples and even more time eating them. Jacey had to be extra careful with hers because she's got some metal in her mouth to get her teeth ready for braces. She contorted the lower half of her face like a performer from Cirque du Soleil and managed to get it down successfully. After a few bites, Devin asked me to get her a flosser for her teeth. They ate way more than any reasonable people should, so I immediately ushered them outside to run off the impending sugar high. Along with warm temperatures, the day was extraordinarily windy. Bryn and Tori broke out their kites, Jacey proved that one is never too old to swing, and Devin raked the leaves with a twig that she pulled off a tree in the yard.

When I felt it was safe, I allowed them to come back into the house and put on their costumes.

Thursday, October 29, 2009


When I'm working on the computer, you know, updating my Facebook status or reading my favorite blogs, Devin also works. She gets an old keyboard, mouse, and phone from the playroom and sets up at the counter next to me. She calls herself an office worker.

Monday, October 19, 2009

"Hey Bryn..."

...said Tori to Bryn one night last week as she walked into the bathroom to find her sister. She may have only said, "Hey Bryn," but the tone of her voice, coupled with a sly giggle, said to me, "Hey Bryn, I just did something really funny, but I don't think Mom would agree, so don't tell her OK?" The next sentence out of her mouth is one I've never heard before in all my years of parenting (and teaching before my kids came along). "I'm zipping my belly button in my pajama zipper." More giggling. Bryn laughed, shook her head, and rolled her eyes. "On purpose?" I asked. "Yeah," she replied. I asked her why and she responded with, "because I want to". Of course she did. She didn't just do it once or twice. She did it over and over again. Each time she did it she laughed just as hard as she did the first time.

The next morning, she put on a pair of Halloween eyes, pretended to be a fly, and flitted around the house.

Yesterday she decided she'd dress up. First she was a superhero named Pink Ice.
Then she was a cowgirl named Becky Kentucky and galloped about on a dust mop.

When Tori is not home, I find pieces of her all over. She's always on the move to her next game, so I find scenes like this in nearly every room of the house. Poor Barbie didn't stand a chance against this guy.

Then there's her artwork. This is my favorite drawing she's ever made. She refers to herself as "Rokstar".
Tori is my loudest, messiest, most exasperating daughter, but makes me laugh more then any other girl.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Days with Devin

For the first time ever, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, I am home with just one child for 6 hours. This has never happened before. In the past, I have always had either a younger sibling to tend to, or I've had to stay close to home in order to be back for the kindergarten drop off bus. Admittedly, many of my days with Devin are spent doing household chores. She doesn't seem to mind, though. In fact, seeing the lobsters and riding the shopping cart at Shaw's are 2 of her favorite activities. She also enjoys stacking underwear and matching socks as they come out of the dryer. We take lots of walks - and she talks. And talks. And talks. As we were walking last week we passed a purple house. She said, "I have an idea. Let's talk about all the different color houses we see. OK, Mommy? I like that purple house. Do you like that purple house?"

One of our favorite things to do is cook. Devin is the egg cracker. I am the shell pick-outer. She gets better and better with each egg she breaks.

Of course, we eat our creations, too. This is not what we made in the above pictures.

If I'm doing something she can't help with, she still likes to be nearby. Today she played with a ball of pizza dough while I loaded the dishwasher and cleaned the kitchen.
We had spectacular weather last week, and the outdoors beckoned. Devin and I went to one of her favorite places for a picnic. We looked at lots of animals, picked out 2 pumpkins, and played on the playground.

The very best part of being home with Devin is catching moments like the video below. The sun went behind a cloud and she thought that if she sang "You Are My Sunshine", it would reappear. It worked!