Monthly Archive for June, 2007

Momma needs a Scrabble buddy

Daddy got Claire up today and was feeding her breakfast. He was letting me sleep in a little bit later.

After a while, I came out to the kitchen, and he says, “You know what she asked for already, don’t you?”

I had a pretty good idea. “M-O-N-K-E-Y C-H-doubleE-S-E?”

“Yep,” he said.

“You know what’s really funny? I just spelled her version of the word, and not what it really is.”

“It’s okay,” he said. “You’ll soon realize I can’t spell most words, so this game will prove to be very challenging for you in the future anyway.”

The atti-two-d

I was telling one of my friends about the lunch date we had yesterday.  As she so aptly put it, toddlers who are two (or almost) have a certain “atti-two-d.”

I’ve already see a little glimpse of the “Two-d” rear its ugly head. 

Actually, right now, it’s like the cute little fuzzy head of a gerbil that ends up biting into your hand and not letting go.  Cute, yet painful…and then not really very cute anymore! 

A fun lunch date

I’m starting to feel overwhelmed again. The files keep piling in, and I’m trying to have a social life!

My friend stopped by for lunch with her 2.5 year old little girl, Ava. They are visiting from California. We really miss them, and the girls had a great time playing together.  We all had fun eating lunch, and then they played some more.  Like I said, we really miss them, and even though the lunch date was hectic at times, I’m reminded of how much fun we all have together.  🙁

On an exciting note, Ava is completely potty trained (and has been for a long time, actually) and used the potty twice while they were here. Claire was watching and taking notes, so I think that will be a good thing in the long run.

I should get back to work.

Yes, it’s after 5pm and the files are still rollin’ in. Gotta love it! Daddy’s gonna be doing the happy dance when he sees Momma’s check. Too bad most of it’s going to go to cover the cost of room and board at the loony bin.

Monkey Cheese!!

Claire has discovered a new food! She loves Monkey Cheese! What is Monkey Cheese, you ask? Well, it’s the same as mac’n’cheese, only with a more creative name. 😉

Everybody loves Monkey Cheese!

I know…

Claire and I are eating lunch.  We’re having scrambled eggs.  Normally, she’s very good at using utensils, but sometimes she’s hungrier than she is skilled, and she holds her fork in her left hand and shovels her food in with her right.

This is one of those times.

So, I look over at her, and I say, “Don’t forget to use your fork.  It’s right there in your hand.”

And then I hear this perfectly sing-songy little voice say, “I know,” as she shovels another handful of eggs into her mouth.

Whoa.  If I’m not mistaken, that sounded exactly like me.  Right back atcha, there, Momma.  😉

A book I know by heart

The Going to Bed Book
By Sandra Boynton

The sun has set not long ago
Now everybody goes below
To take a bath in one big tub
With soap all over, scrub, scrub, scrub
They hang their towels on the wall
And find pajamas big and small
With some on top and some beneath
They brush and brush and brush their teeth.
And when the moon is on the rise, they all go up to exercise
And down once more, but not so fast
They’re on their way to bed at last
The day is done. They say goodnight, and somebody turns off the light.
The moon is high. The sea is deep. They rock and rock and rock to sleep.

I just typed that from memory. I didn’t even cheat. This is one of Claire’s favorite books. Can you tell?

But it’s a dry heat…

It’s going to be cooler today!  It was kinda toasty here yesterday (and has been for about a week). I get really grumpy when it’s hot.  I don’t care if it’s a dry heat (well, I do care…heat + humidity would be even worse)…but hot is hot!  Momma gets really unhappy when it’s hot, and when Momma ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.  🙂

Daddy is going to install an air-conditioning unit in my office so that I don’t burst into flames. Of course, if that happens, I’m supposed to run to the kitchen. That’s the room we want to remodel next, and having insurance pay for it would be awesome. 🙂

Distracted by the fancy pictures

We got a lot done on the bathroom this weekend. We got one wall almost tiled completely! We’ve never tiled a vertical surface before, so we knew there would be some learning curve involved. It’s going to look NICE. My handyman hubby does such good work. I know it doesn’t sound like we did a lot, but if you were to see it, you’d realize. Of course, he wanted to get the whole thing done, but that’s just not possible. He’s gotten exponentially faster at it, and we should be able to finish it next weekend. (And, then it’s on to the floor!)

One reason it took so long to really get in the groove yesterday with the tiling was that we were using a tiling book we got. We didn’t realize that the REAL title of the book was “The IN-Complete Guide to Tiling.” Ack! There were some very key elements left out of the book. I ended up pulling some ‘how to’ guides off the internet, and we got it all figured out. It was pretty comical (looking back now), and it all worked out in the end.

Normally, we pull our guides off the internet anyway, but this book looked really cool, with its fancy pictures. A picture may be worth a thousand words, but not including all the words (to crucial steps) is worth about two hours. And, that’s a lot! 🙂

Oh well. Like I said, we got back on track, and it’s going to look great.

Party like a rock-star

We had a blast at the BBQ we went to on Saturday.  Claire had a ball playing with the other kids.

We all got together at our friends’ house.  There were six adults and four kids – two boys and two girls.  One of the boys is four (almost five), and Claire and the other girl are just two-weeks apart.  The other boy is exactly six-months older than Claire.  The kids had fun playing in the backyard with the assortment of balls and toys.  They also had a blast playing with the water and sand table, and by the end of the evening, it was the watery-sand table.   😉  

All in all, a great time was had by all.  I love parties full of laughter, food, and fun.

Because of the party, Claire missed a nap and went to bed SUPER late, so she was a little off the next day, but she didn’t do too bad!  I was expecting much worse.  She can party like a rock-star, I tell ya.

Parenting 101 – Cactus Spine Removal

The cholla cactus we have in the back yard has erupted into glorious magenta blooms. This cactus is HUGE. The original owners of the house brought it home from the countryside in a coffee cup, and now all its arms create a mass that is over four feet tall and over five feet in diameter. One of the horrible blizzards we had a few years ago knocked it down a couple notches, but it survived and is going strong.

Claire is enthralled with the “Pretty Flowers!” so I wanted to get a picture of it. I decided to put her in the picture to give some idea as to how large and expansive this cactus really is.

I decided to take her out to the cactus in the morning when the blooms were big, and also long before her nap, because she always throws a fit when we have to come inside, and getting her to take a nap after such a travesty of injustice would be nearly impossible.

So, with camera in hand, out we went. Daddy decided to stay in the kitchen to finish breakfast and get started on his projects for the weekend.

Claire and the Cactus

Everything was going really well, and I made her stand where she wouldn’t fall into the cactus. That would be horrible! Removing cactus spines was not on the top of my list of things I wanted to do today.

I clicked a couple pictures, and then about 15 seconds into lining up the third shot, Claire actually touched the “Pretty Flowers!” Yikes!! This kind of cactus actually releases its spines into its victim, rather than keeping them!! (Who knew!?) She had about 45 spines sticking out of her palm and fingers.

I scooped her up so quickly, she had no idea what was happening. She then threw a fit, not so much because of the spines in her hand, but because she didn’t want to go into the house! She was so mad that she made little balls with her fists, and that made the cactus spines dig in even deeper!

Luckily, Daddy was still in the kitchen, and he had to help me hold her hand open and pull the spines out with tweezers.


I think we got most of them out, and then she insisted on going back out to look at the “Pretty Flowers!” She’d shake her head ‘no’ and point to her hand and the flowers and say, “NO TOUCH! Pretty Flowers.” It was pretty funny (and not funny at the same time).

When we got back in the house, I put a piece of mailing tape on her hand and got even more out that way! I hope we got them all. That cactus is so deceiving! I guess we’ve both learned our lessons…and I’m not sure who was in more pain: Momma or Claire.