The Kids

The Kids

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

We are moving to Albaquerque...

How do you spell Ablequerque? We are 'probably' moving... maybe... we haven't got any paperwork saying we definitely are... but possibly. Lot's of faith here, people!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Tomorrow, tomorrow! I love ya, tomorrow...

I took the boys to see the musical 'Annie' today! I was so excited because it was the first musical that my mom took me to when I was little! We got to the theatre and were waiting for it to start... you were both excited. The lights went down and the program started. We all watched in anticipation... the first scene was over and the stage lights went down. Ethan looked at me and said, "Wow, that was fast. Are we ready to go?"

That set up the next two and a half hours. Ethan and Sean were great sports staying through the whole thing... I had forgotten how long Annie was... especially when your theatre companions want to go to the fish store to buy new fish! It was great fun anway! I love giving the boys these experiences!

Mr. Shark went to heaven...

We woke up this morning and hoped for the best as we walked down the stairs to check on Mr. Bala Shark. I knew he was probably in fish heaven...

Ethan came down and checked the tank. "Mom, the fish died."

I was expecting him to be all torn up. I answered, "Really?" I was ready to explain about how God took the fish to heaven and how he was in a better place... instead Ethan looked at Sean and said...

"Now we are going to get a new fish!"

Ethan then yelled to me, "I think we should get two fish in case one dies."

Ethan is so logical!

When I was a little boy...

The boys ran into my bedroom and climbed up on the bed... I had on the CBS early show and they were showing different stories about animals. Sean commented,

"I want to be on TV, but I'm too big!"

I tried explaining that the people are regular people that they filmed and that they are not actually in the TV.

"Yes they are Mommy!"

A little while later he said, "Last night when I was a little boy... I hurt myself on a rock in the water... I kissed it and it was all better."

Sean is my child with many random and often humorous thoughts!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Poor Bala Shark...

I came downstairs this evening and happened to look in at the fish in the fish tank (We've got a 75 gallon tank)... I was talking on the phone and noticed that our 7 inch Bala Shark has a rock stuck in his mouth. I got off the phone and assessed the situation. He must have sucked it in and then it flipped in his mouth... it wasn't coming out. I caught him in the net to take a closer look... he must have sucked it in while I was netting him.

I racked my brain to figure out how to handle the situation... Ethan was freaking out. I ran out to the truck to grab a pair of rounded tweezers and instead came back with a pair of needle nose pliers. I thought back to when a hook was caught in a fish we caught as a kid... my grandpa would always use needle nose pliers to get it out. I caught our shark and carefully tried grasping the rock with the pliers... no luck. This time I accidently pushed it in a little farther. I had no idea what to do... so I called my mom.

I told her I didn't know any 'fish people' and had no idea how to handle this... she suggested tipping him upside down and dunking him up and down in the water to try and dislodge the rock. I tried it... no luck. She suggested holding from his tail and dunking him up and down. I tried it... no luck. She suggested trying to squeeze his body gently starting from his tail and work up to the gills to try and push it out. I tried it... no luck.

At this point, I felt horrible that I had tried to help the poor guy. Ethan was so upset. I explained to him that there was a chance that God wants our fish for his fish pond in heaven... Ethan just sobbed. I told him that it would be a great place for our fish because the water is really blue and clear. It would be very nice. He calmed down a bit. I said a few prayers. Mr. Shark was a good fish!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Mr. Bunny continued...

I wanted to find out more about this 'Mr. Bunny'...

I asked Sean what Mr. Bunny looked like?

"A bunny."

I asked him what color was Mr. Bunny?

He said, "White."

I asked him how big was Mr. Bunny?

He motioned 'big' with his arms outstretched.

I asked him if Mr. Bunny had been driving a late model sedan through the neighborhood?


I asked him if Mr. Bunny had been handing out wiffle balls and candy to little boys?


I asked him if Mr. Bunny had offered him a dirty magazine?


I asked him if Mr. Bunny drives around his late model sedan and asks little boys to look him in his eye?

"Yes, he's nice."

I asked him when was the last time he saw Mr. Bunny?

"At the Easter Egg Hunt, Mom," a note of exasperation in his voice.

A sigh of relief... but still a question remains, did the Easter Egg Hunt Mr. Bunny ask Sean to look at him, look at his eye??? *Dum, Dum, Dummmmm*

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Mr. Bunny said...

I was running around this morning trying to get everyone breakfast so that we could get out of the house in time to get to the Allergist. I was stopped in my tracks when Sean walked into the kitchen with a wiffle ball.

He looked at me and held the ball up and said, "Mr. Bunny bought this for me."

"Mr. Bunny?"

"Yes, Mr. Bunny bought this for me."

"Do you mean the Easter Bunny?" I was trying to remember what we got him for Easter... it could have been wiffle balls in the Easter baskets... I don't remember. Actually, I was going to trust that Sean probably remembered better than I would...

"He's nice." Sean didn't answer me about whether or not Mr. Bunny and the Easter Bunny were one in the same... instead he went on to say...

"Mr. Bunny said to look at me."

What? That puzzles me... I didn't take them to see the Easter Bunny this year! What' 'Mr. Bunny' is saying to look at him? I continue with...


"Mr. Bunny says to look at my eye." Now this is sounding creepy. I didn't get anymore out of him and would like to think that this is his overactive imagination giving him this dialogue... not actually some creepy guy driving around in the neighborhood... pulling up to kids handing wiffle balls out the windows... asking if they want some candy little boy... or would you like to read a dirty magazine little boy... look at me, says Mr. Bunny... Look at my eye...

The whole thing is just wierd... I'm imagining an actual Easter Bunny looking thing driving around in a late model sedan... I need to quit this thread right about now!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

A 'spacey' thought...

Sean walked up to me this morning and said, "I want to go in a satelite... but there aren't any doors..."

I just looked at him wondering where this thought came from and where he was going with this...

"... but there are windows... I could climb in through the windows!"

I am so glad he figured out that problem. He wants to go in a satelite - easy. The problem is in the lack of doors not that they are in outer space! I'm so glad that he doesn't seem to have a timeline when it comes to requests like this... it's not like "I want to go in a satelite for Christmas." That would pose a problem. These open ended ideas allow me to say that he can do whatever he wants when he grows up... to include going into a satelite through the windows!

Friday, July 17, 2009

My child is in the mafia!

Sean's new favorite word is 'wacked'!

"Mommy, I wacked you!"

"I wacked you brother!"

"Tom just wacked Jerry!"

"Brother just wacked me!"

There is always someone or something getting 'wacked' in our house!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

All washed up...

The boys were downstairs playing this afternoon. I felt fairly safe with them building lego things on their own... I had taken precautions... I closed them out of the laundry room (Sean likes to dump way too much cat litter deodorizer in the cat box, or dump fabric softener in the cat box, or feed the cats a huge pile of food) so I figured that I was okay to let them play while I was upstairs making dinner.

They were quiet and there weren't any complaints. I ran down and checked on them a couple times and everything was fine. Amazing! I finished dinner and called them upstairs to eat. Ethan ran up right away. He said that they had even cleaned up all the legos and everything was put away. Wow! Had my little boys grown up? Sean came up a few minutes later.

I got them their drinks and started getting their plates ready. Ethan had to go to the bathroom. A couple minutes later, Ethan yelled up that we needed to come downstairs. Daddy went down ahead of me... I heard him yell up something about water. Ethan ran in and told me that there was a big water mess in the bathroom.

I headed downstairs and found an inch or two of water in the bathroom... Sean pulled the stopper in the sink and turned the water on. He apparently forgot and came upstairs. Needless to say, the downstairs sink doesn't have that hole that saves you from an overflow! As we mopped up the bathroom, we discovered that the bathroom actually overflowed into the bedroom next door!

Holy cripes! What a mess! After about an hour, all of the towels in the laundry room were soaked and the carpet cleaner was full, but the carpet was only 'wet' and not 'flooded'! I'd like to say that I learned from this experience as a parent... but it took him doing it one more time (not to this extreme) later in the evening to give me the sense to remove the stopper to the sink!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Fascination with body art...

No, this is not my new puppy... I love my boys' obsession with markers and pens!

They are absolutely so funny! Ethan drew this circle around his eye when we were driving to Target. He wore it for the rest of our errands. People just looked and smiled!

Daddy is amazing because he somehow gets all of these marks off of the boys at bath time!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Max sniffed my butt!

Sean was yelling from downstairs... he apparently needed his butt wiped.

I headed down to find him sitting on the potty. He was complaining about how Max had sniffed his butt. He said that Max sniffed his butt because he smelled poop in his butt.

He was upset because Max sniffed his butt and Ethan's butt and Mommy's butt and Daddy's butt and Max sniffs everyones butt!

I explained that that is what dog's do.

Reasoning enough. He accepted the answer and we were done talking about doggy butt sniffers.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Sean's new kitty...

Sean walked into the kitchen tonight and asked me if I had seen his kitty... no, I hadn't. I didn't even really know what he was talking about. He walked off to look for his kitty.

A little while later, in came Sean with the dog leash. Ethan was on all fours carrying something in his mouth. He was wearing a glow-in-the-dark bracelet and the dog leash was hooked to it... at the end of the dog leash was Sean. Ethan walked up to me and dropped what was in his mouth... 'Meow'.

'Mommy, I found my kitty!'

I see... I'm sure, at the very least, there will be therapy sessions in the future to discuss this very incident...

Friday, July 10, 2009

3-D chaulk experience...

The boys played with their sidewalk chaulk... Grandma had given them some of the 3-D chaulk that is out. I never really tried it out as I was skeptical... sat down with them on the sidewalk and started drawing. We made some really cool pictures that did in fact look 3 Dimensional! It was really cool!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Sean's aspirations...

We were watching part of Backyardigans this morning... they were racing dolphins at the bottom of the ocean (in case you keep up with them)...

Sean piped up and let us know that he wants to:

"Go in the ocean, wear a blue shirt and race a blue dolphin."

Okay, Sean. You can do whatever you put your mind to!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Nice girl...

Sean came up to me today and said, "Mommy, you are a nice girl."

Thanks, Sean. You are a nice boy!

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Happy 4th of July!

What do boys do when they don't know what to do? They put chair bags over their heads!
We finally went up to DC to watch the National fireworks! We've been procrastinating for years and made excuses about traffic and crowds... well, this year was ordained by God! I say this because there wasn't any traffic the whole way into DC... we picked a friend up from Crystal City and there were hardly any cars on the rode... we wondered if we missed a security briefing telling everyone to evacuate!

We headed to Bolling AFB and figured we would hit massive crowds... there weren't any! They had a live band and vendors. We put up a tent and grilled hotdogs... it was a great day! The boys had fun, we had fun... couldn't have asked for anything more!

We can check the fireworks off of our 'to do while we are living in Northern VA' list!

Friday, July 3, 2009

Biting Bears!

We were running errands today and the boys were chatting about bears in the backseat. Sean said that he didn't like bears because bears bit him. He went on and on about bears biting him... he finally said he was going to get a BB gun and shoot bears... he would hold the BB gun all by himself!

Ethan quipped that he would need bullets for the BB gun and Sean responded, "I'm going to get a BB gun and bullets and hold the gun all by myself... and shoot bears."

I interjected that bears would actually be scared of Sean and that all bears wouldn't bite him. I told him that they would probably just run away from him.

For which he immediately responded, "Then I'm going to get a BB gun and bullets and hold the gun all by myself... and chase the bears and then shoot them!"

Okay, sport... whatever you think you need to do! You crack me up! I've got one son who wants to shoot the animals and the other who wants to take care of them.