Sunday, April 27, 2008

Anxiously Awaiting

I bought a set of these from Etsy for Mother's Day, both for myself (couldn't help it) and also for my cousin who recently had her second daughter. I can not wait for them to arrive. I'll post a picture when it gets here. Now I'm tempted to buy the ring as well...Etsy might prove harder on my bank account than eBay ever was!

Saturday, April 26, 2008

This is EXACTLY Why I Love My Kid

We were in Costco today and Lucas was riding in the shopping cart. As I wheeled him around he starting counting..."a-one, a-two, a-three" and it made me think of the Tootsie Roll pop commercial. I leaned over the cart and said in a silly low announcer-man sort of voice..."How many licks does it take to get to the tootsie roll center of a tootsie pop?" And he answered back without missing a beat..."The world may never know." He is the perfect kid for me.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

I Shall Poll the Audience

On a scale of 1 to 10, please rate the following scenario, 1 being "Oh my, how's that migraine coming along" and 10 being "Oh my, what a lovely sounding day you've had!":

I put my friend's wee little daughter in her Kelty backpack and strapped her to my back, for today was a hiking day, and we were about to tackle a very tame trail with the boys in our efforts towards fitness. Lucas was very excited for about the first 15 feet, and then it began...carry me, my feet hurt, my head hurts, it's too hot, I can't make it, we're going too fast, wait for me, whaaaa I stepped on a stick, whaaaa I stepped on a leaf, put that baby down and caaaaaaaaaaaarry meeeeeeeeeee. Oh my good heavens. Like I could even actually carry that full grown boy in a Kelty backpack anyway. It never ended. The entire hike was a colossal whine-fest. By the end I was ready to leave him in the woods. We cut the hike short because I had to (blessfully) go to work.

At the very least, I can say that I must have burned some calories. Not from carrying the sweet little girl in the backpack, but from dragging my pitiful son the entirety of the trail. I am exhausted just remembering it. My friend said that by the tenth time we did that trail, Lucas would just race right though it without any trouble, and I almost teared up thinking of going through that nine more times. We are clearly not yet good at being outdoorsy people.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Sold Me Out

I heard my child telling the (grown-up) guest of honor at a birthday party today to go yell at me for "breakin' his stick". Heaven forbid he not just chose another stick from the eleventy billion that were strewn across the front and back yards...oh no, he was furious that I not only dared to touch a stick from his "collection", but that I also had the nerve to break it. (For the record, we were building...and I was helping...) And then, of course, once he got a bee in his bonnet about the stick, well then everything I looked at was just wrong. So I just stood there with my eyes closed and my arms crossed until it was time to leave. Well...not really. He did eventually forget that he was peeved about the stick and turned right back in to his happy helpful self...but it was touch and go there for a while.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

I Want One of These in My Yard

A friend found this great wood shop/train maker so we went on a field trip on Wednesday. It was absolutely beautiful out so the kids got to run around the front yard and play on this fantastic wooden train. That is, until Lucas put his newly purchased train down the funnel on the engine. And then freaked out because it only has a hole in the top...not in the bottom. Would you like to know how difficult it is to pull a train back out of a hole 3 feet deep that's only 2 inches across? Yeah. Luckily my bestest buddy Yvette likes a challenge and dug away at that little train until she coaxed to the surface. (Strong work Yvette!)

Snuggled With His Honey!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

If Only...

we had someplace to wear a suit coat. I bought this wool coat for Lucas when he was about a year old. It was a size 4 and he was maybe a size 2 at the most, but it had been marked down from $79.00 to something much much less, and I figured surely he would have a chance to wear it some place special. I found it today in the back of his closet collecting dust with it's tags still on. Even though he is a solid size 5 now...I made him put it on just I could take a picture. And because he is a four year old boy...I had to take a dozen pictures of goofy faces before I got one without waggling tongues or googly eyes.

Monday, April 14, 2008


I called the elementary school in our district bright and early this morning (giddy with the possibility of sending my child off to school this fall) and the preschool program is only for children with special needs. Major bummer! I feel like he would really benefit from short times on his own before he dives into full day kindergarten next year...but no such luck. Oh well...

In completely different, unrelated news...we spent the day watching the Biggest Loser marathon on Bravo while bouncing on our yoga balls and eating popcorn. Which is exactly as Jillian would have wanted it, I'm sure. I've decided that anything eaten while bouncing on the yoga ball totally doesn't count.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

It's Already Begun...

I just had the cutest conversation with my kid. Apparently he and Grandma are working on opposites...and when I called to say goodnight I was given a pop quiz that went a little something like this:

(His side of this conversation consisted mostly of yelling the questions at the very tippity-top of his lungs...)


"Is it down?"


"Is it cold?"


Oh good gracious...he's gonna be smarter than me soon...isn't he? "It is south?"


" it morning?"


In a related bit of news...I think our school district might be offering preschool in the's no full day kindergarten...but it's a start. Keep your fingers crossed for me, would 'ya? *wink* Thanks!

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Home Again...*UPDATED*

Our trip to Target went well...with a couple of big highlights:

Lucas puked EVERYWHERE in the back of my friend Jenn's very fancy minivan...and then Jenn had an actual heart attack and fell to the ground and we had to call an ambulance to revive her. Kidding. But she did scream..."OHMYGODMYVAAAAAAAN!!!" while my poor kid was covering himself in his own vomit and trying really hard to catch his breath. Which I thought was quite thoughtful of her! (We love you Jenn!) (I'm not a total loser...I did pay to have to have it professionally cleaned...after she informed me that Lysol wipes were not gonna cut it!) I guess we have different levels of clean...and hers doesn't involve the car smelling like some kid's vomit all summer...crazy, I know.
***edited to add: And it was FUNNY, and I do not mean for anybody to be OFFENDED. And if the tables were turned, I too, would think about the car upholstery versus a kid that can easily be thrown in a tub. The end.***

The second, of course, was my trip to Target. Oh, how I wish I had one near me. And an IKEA. And a Coldstone. And Panera. On the other hand, all of those places would probably lose their appeal if they were readily available to me on a daily basis. And I'd be broke and in a dairy coma, so you's all for the best.

I think the greatest part for Lucas was Thursday. That child spent the better part of the day outside, barefoot, chasing kids around her huge backyard. Unsupervised. And not in that I'm not paying attention to my kid kind of way...but the their safe and fenced in and let's just let them play and be kids without getting all up their face demanding that they share and use good manners kind of the good 'ole days. I'm not sure he's ever been happier. Or more exhausted. I put his poor little self in the car at 5:15pm and by 5:20pm he was out cold...for the night! Which meant that I didn't have to drive home for 2.5 hours listening to the Naked Brother's Band crone on and on about how much they don't wanna go to school...heaven, I tell was heaven!

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Just So You Know...

A three hour car ride behind the EXACT SAME 18-wheeler makes the trip infinitely less fun.

Just in case you had ever wondered.

Luckily for me I have warm thoughts of Target in my head to hold me over until tomorrow.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Quote of the Day

Him: "I think you should take me outside for a bike ride."

Me: "Why?"

Him: "Because the fresh air is good for my lungs."

Monday, April 7, 2008

Pink Looks Good on Him

He offered a trade to the lady at the toy store...our silver car for this one...should be a fun ride through the New England winters...wonder if it comes with snow tires?

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Crazy Yoga Ball

First off, let me say that the area on my stomach where my abdominal muscles used to be a million years ago is indeed very sore. Even though I slept a whopping 4hrs last night I pulled out the old yoga ball and did all of those crazy torture moves exercises again today. I would dearly love it if I didn't look 5 months pregnant with this big belly straight through summer. *Sigh*

Anyway! It was 60 degrees out today! Ahhhhhhh! 60 degrees in upstate New England in April is sort of awesome...and a rare treat. I can not tell you how sweet is is to watch your child play barefoot on the deck in short sleeves because the sun is shining down so bright and warm that the thought of a jacket seems ridiculous. Pure heaven. Maybe this is the summer that I will finally get a tan and stop being translucent so darn pale.

He Is The Reason I Can Never Find My Glassses...

(We do look pretty in the morning, don't we? It's hardly fair to post a picture with such an unflattering angle...but man, it's cute.)
I could pinch those cheeks for ever and ever and never get tired of it.

Saturday, April 5, 2008

So. Sore.

Lucas and I did yoga today. I had gotten both of us medicine balls and free weights (my size and his size) because let's face it...we could both stand to lose a few pounds...and my neck and back are wrecked for a person my age. I am always pinching a nerve in my neck or tweaking my back and then spending the next ten days trying to function like a normal person. I figured a little core work could do us both some good.

Oh my good gracious.

I may have burned more calories laughing at my sweet boy with his round belly, clad only in boxer briefs, bouncing away on his medicine ball and demanding an exercise video "with more dancing." I will say though, I am feeling muscles tonight that haven't been dusted off since his birth four years ago. Ouch.

Ooooohhhh! Shiny and New!

Trying out a new template thanks to a link I found over at Bunch a Blued Eyed Monkeys!

Of course...I lost all of my wonderful bloggy-friend links in the process, me out...if I can't find your blog, but you know I love to read you...please throw a comment my way!

Thanks a bunch!

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

With a Cherry on Top

Oh! I could just put him in a bowl and eat him right up, he is that sweet!

Phew! Now that I've got all that gushiness out of my system...

I was washing dishes in the kitchen (obviously) and Lucas was playing with his Disney Cars in the other room, and I could hear him just singing away. I turned off the water and listened for a second and I had to cover my mouth from laughing out loud. (This is a boy that DOES NOT like to be laughed at.) As I peaked around the corner to watch I saw him shaking his little booty and flapping his arms while he danced around the room.

"Hey, Mom! You like my singin'?

"I sure do! What song is that, buddy?"

"I Don't Wanna Go To the Naked Brothers Band."

Let me just start by saying, What?...the child can sing the lyrics and state the name of the band? What happened to my baaaaaaaaaaaby??? But then...oh my goodness! My baby can sing the lyrics and state the name of the band! Rock on, little guy!

I am so glad I have him. Specifically him. Although I'm sure I would have loved some other fertilized egg just as much...but still. We are off to the mall tomorrow to buy the CD...although what's with Nickelodeon naming a kid's band the Naked Brothers Band? Eh?