The Kids

The Kids

Monday, August 31, 2009

Trees for dinner...

We were eating dinner tonight... I happened to serve brocolli as a side with our chicken. I was chatting with Daddy for a bit and Sean said something to get my attention. I noticed that Sean had eaten all of his brocolli!

"Wow! Sean, you must have been really hungry because you ate all of your brocolli!"

He walked over to me and told me to feel his belly. This is something we started a long time ago... when they eat a lot they insist we feel their belly so that we can confirm that they ate a lot... it's wierd, but it helped when they were one and two! So, anyway, I felt his belly and commented on how full his belly was...

"Yeah mom, it's full of trees!"

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Happy Birthday to me!

I was going to put up some pictures of the cake the boys made me today... and some pictures of the boys and a couple goofy ones of Sean... but one of them swiped my camera off the counter just before bed and then hid it in a new place. I've looked everywhere and can't find it!

Oh well, maybe tomorrow...

Thursday, August 27, 2009

A little accident prone...

The boys and I were headed out to run errands today... I had a list a mile long. The big finale was going to be getting lunch at the Subway in the PX. They love this place! By the time that we finally got onto Quantico, it had started to rain. I had Ethan grab the umbrella and off we went to the PX. Sean had a hold of my key lanyard as I stepped up onto the sidewalk... he apparently wasn't paying attention... down he went. I picked him up and brushed him off and we started heading towards the doors. All of a sudden *Whack* (Insert Sean screaming)... I turned around and realized that he walked straight into one of the pillar barriers that they put up post 9/11 and post remodel! Poor kid! I think I need to bubble wrap him today!

We got into the building without anymore incidents. After a few minutes searching through the purses, I found a new purse! Sean was happy too... he thought that my gain was his gain and therefore carried my new purse to the checkouts. He talked about 'his' new purse as we waited in line at Subway. I explained that it was MY new purse and that Grandma sent me money for my birthday so that I could get a new purse. He acted like he didn't hear me and rambled on about filling his new purse with cars and toys (just the things that will eventually fill MY new purse).

We got our food and grabbed our 'usual' table against the windows with the really tall chairs. I got their sandwiches set and started putting the contents of my old purse into MY new purse. That is about the time that Sean lost it... he continued to lose it for about 15 minutes! In that time, he lost it about the purse not being his, about it not being his birthday, and probably something about poverty and world hunger. There was no reasoning with him. He was bent. I finally emptied out my wallet and gave it to him... he was happy with that until he realized it was empty... then he lost it all over again. Eventually, he managed to pull himself together and we made our treck through the commissary.

He was very happy to get home and get his hands on my old purse... which is now his NEW purse that he carries his cars and toys in!

Ethan was looking awfully grown up today!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Want to play 'Tossy Toss'?

Daddy was home today, so the boys got lots of wrestling time in! I was trying to get some things done around the house and happened to walk through their 'play area'. Sean had the bean bag that they made out of my reclaimed hospital socks and was 'tossing' it back and forth to Daddy. I asked him what they were doing...

"We are playing Tossy Toss!" He was very matter-of-fact about it. I got to hear all about the NEW game 'Tossy Toss' and all of its rules for the rest of the evening... Sean cracks me up!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Happy Birthday Max!!!

Happy Birthday to Max! He just turned 7... he acts like he's not a day over 2! We celebrated his birthday with a white cake so that he could partake in a small piece... the boys love lighting candles and celebrating their favorite dog's birthday!

Happy Birthday Max!

Friday, August 21, 2009

It's a little more official!!!

We received the 'official' phone call from HR yesterday! They officially offered JD the job... and he accepted! The paperwork is on its way... we still need to negotiate pay and bonuses! It looks like the official start date won't be for another 6-8 weeks.

Albuquerque - here we come!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Today we promised the boys that we would take them down to the Rappahannock river and let them run around... it sounds kind of 'red neck' but it is actually really nice! Before we headed out to the river, we took the Trolley Tour of Fredericksburg. That was so cool!

I always knew that there was a lot of Civil War history in Fredericksburg, but I didn't realize how much! A lot of stuff happened hear and a lot of soldiers died here... it's insane how many thousands of unknown soldiers are burried here in Fredericksburg! I didn't know so many famous people from that era lived and worked in Fredericksburg. Downtown are some of the original buildings and even a few cannon balls that are still stuck in those buildings! It is so cool! The Trolley Tour is highly recommended!

After that, we took the kids down to the river. It was so nice because we haven't had a lot of rain in a while... the river was running low and slow! Grandma is such a good sport... she took them swimming while I enjoyed being the laughing spectator! Sometimes it's nice for Grandma to have the quality time with the boys while I enjoy being (for the most part) dry!
They played for about an hour... it really is a nice river!

After we got done frolicking in the river and taking a pit stop at home to clean up, we headed over to Amy's Cafe and had dinner. This restaurant is so cute... it's in an old house turned cafe down by the river. They've got great crab cakes! We will have to go back before we move!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Trying to make it to the National Aquarium in Baltimore...

We all got up this morning and decided that we were going to go to the National Aquarium in Baltimore over going to the beach. There was a good chance for rain, so at least we could do the Aquarium rain or shine! The boys really didn't care either way, but they did want IHOP pancakes for breakfast!

Off to get pancakes... IHOP was having a bad day. It normally takes us about 45 minutes to get in and get out... but today it took us an hour and a half! I think it took us at least 15 minutes before our waitress even got to our table. She was running 15 tables by herself... we stuck it out and ended up leaving later than we had hoped.

Oh well, the directions I got off of the Aquarium's website should help us save time! We headed up towards DC... in theory, we should have cut up 395 and found 295 and followed that through Maryland... we apparently missed signs - lots of signs! I, of course, didn't bring a map! We somehow ended up on the BW Parkway... from there we found 95 North to Baltimore. We started following that and ended up finding a toll road/bridge/tunnel. It looked familiar. I reassured my mom that we were almost there! We went through the tunnel and over a bridge and proceeded to get very, very lost! After about 15 minutes of feeling very, very lost, I stopped at a Walmart and asked a random woman how to get to the inner harbor... she didn't know road names, but she gave me directions based on landmarks and left/rights. We ended up paying tolls again to get back across a different bridge and by the time we left/righted it around, we were at the same toll booth we started out at... my mom was mildly frustrated with my lack of directional know-how although this is not the first trip we have taken that has ended up with us going in circles! We got up to the toll booth for the second time... and asked for directions to the Inner Harbor! The lady printed them out and handed them to me... that was too easy! No problems getting to the Aquarium now!

We checked out the Aquarium and the dolphin show. The boys loved it! They always have so much with Grandma. Before we left, I had a conversation with the information desk lady about my algae eaters. We've got a 75 gallon fish tank. In it, we've got three algae eaters that are over a foot long each. That's over 3 feet of algae eater in our fish tank! Well, they are each between 12 and 15 years old and still growing! Since we are going to be moving to Albuquerque, I wanted to see if the National Aquarium would be interested in adopting my algae eaters... the lady called around and gave me the name and number of someone on the staff. At least I've got a contact if we need it... JD would like to take them with us. I've moved them from Indiana to Michigan and from Michigan to Virginia. The last trip to Virginia was an overnight in the summer... I moved all of the fish in two coolers and managed to only lose one. I lost a silver dollar, but it wasn't until a few days after they were back in the tank. If I remember correctly, that fish was wacked by one of the algae eaters tails! Chances are that's what killed him!

Anyway, we went to Cheesecake Factory for dinner... yummy! The boys fed the pigeons on the outside patio and we were reprimanded by the management! For the record, the were very good until Grandma and some other Grandpa (he didn't belong to us) encouraged the boys to feed the pigeons! Grandparents are naughty!

After dinner, we rented a dragon paddle boat and took the boys for a ride around the harbor... they thought it was fun, but I thought it was agonizing! The seats were uncomfortable, my legs hurt because the pedals were too close, and to top it off, the lifejackets smelled like pee! Thank goodness we only had 30 minutes!

Homeward bound after we got off the water. Our drive home was uneventful compared to the one there... we still had to stop at Target on the way back. I apparently picked the right Target this time! We found one Transformers scooter which Sean immediately claimed as his own! Ethan decided that he was happy with a Spiderman scooter! We can check 'scooters' off our things to get!

What a great day! We all had so much fun... it's always a good time when Grandma visits!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

What is the opposite of 'Are we there yet'?

"Is Grandma here yet?!?" of course!

I heard this all day long until Grandma finally arrived around 4:30! Ethan and Sean were so happy! Max too!

We made dinner and chilled out... then got a bug in our butt to find the Transformer scooters that the boys saw in the Target flyer. Needless to say, we went to the Target down the road, Toys R Us, the Target an exit down from us, and Walmart... no Transformer scooters! We did confirm that they do exist... just not at any of these places!

Didn't get home until almost 10:00... and we promised the boys that tomorrow we would look again! Lord, help me please!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Dancing backwards!

Last hole...


Mommy, I'm a funny kid...

The boys and I did a little work in the backyard this morning. We pruned two feet off of the psychotic lilac bush... I think I cut six feet at least off of it a growing season. We also anchored the little hibiscus trees to the shed so they have a little more support as they grow... just some things to get the house ready for its new owner!

Anyway, when we were done, we headed in to get lunch. I made the boys sandwiches and Sean had pushed a chair up to the island to watch. I grabbed a knife to cut them in quarters and Sean told me...

"Mom, don't cut my blanket with that knife..."

"I won't."

"Mom, don't cut my blanket with that knife... don't cut my head with that knife... don't cut my head with that knife cause that would hurt!"

He started rubbing his eye, "My eye hurts. I need to get a new eye. I want to get two green eyes just like you! I want to get one blue eye and one green eye... that would be funny! That would make me a funny kid!"

Oh sweetie, you already are a funny kid!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

I can't be in your belly...

We were headed down to Richmond today to go to the zoo... we were meeting up with a couple friends who I have affectionately dubbed as my first Virginia friends. Anyway, Ethan was a toddler when they got married so I was telling him that he had gone to the wedding when he was just a little boy...

Sean piped in, "I was just little when I went to the wedding."

I explained, "No, Ethan was only a year and a half old and you weren't even in my belly yet."

Exasperated, Sean replied, "No, mom. I wasn't in your belly because you can't eat me... your mouth isn't big enough!"

Enough said.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Vomit in the bread crumbs...

Today Daddy took Ethan to go see the movie GI Joe and I took Sean with me to the preschool. Sean was so excited to show Miss Jil his new Converse tennis shoes! She was going to help watch the kids while the board meeting was taking place. Well, the meeting lasted way to long and by the time we left it was dinner time.

I had thawed some chicken and decided that we would make chicken parmesan. I asked Sean if he wanted to help me and he was all about it! He pushed up a chair to the counter and insisted that he was ready to help. I grabbed out a pie pan and had him dump the italian bread crumbs into it. I then gave him a wooden spoon so that he could 'stir' them while I got the chicken ready. I turned around and heard him say, "I think I'll taste the bread crumbs..."

I turned back around in time to witness him scooping a large wooden spoon full of bread crumbs into his mouth. The coughing was instantaneous! I grabbed his juice and told him to take a drink to wash his mouth out... he started gagging. It was too late... he vomited in the bread crumbs! He then took a drink and got them out of his mouth and was fine. The bread crumbs... were not.

I didn't have a lot of bread crums left, but probably enough to coat the chicken. I grabbed out another pie pan and put it in front of him. I reminded him not to taste any more bread crumbs. He dumped the rest of the bread crumbs in the plate... while he was 'stirring' them, I turned around to get the skillet ready. By the time I turned back around, Sean was pouring his water into the pan of bread crumbs! Whose idea was it to have help making dinner?!?

We had to doctor some plain bread crumbs to make them work... I pulled out some shredded parmesan cheese and dropped a handful on top of the bread crumbs. Sean grabbed some cheese and said, "I think I'll taste some cheese!" At that, he shoved his handful into his mouth... whatever didn't make it entirely in his mouth, he whisked away with the back of his hand flinging a good portion across the dining room carpet!

Why didn't I order out?!?

We made Julia Child's blueberry cafouti...

I had blueberries to use up and decided that we would make something new... because of the big spotlight on Julia Child I decided to make one of her recipes... hence the Blueberry Cafouti. I don't even know how to pronounce that. Well, I videotaped the endeavor and Sean's conversations to follow. You can take a look at them at

Check it out... it's pretty funny!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Got new shoes!

We are slowly getting ready for the school year. I picked up some new shirts for the boys and knew I had to tackle finding new shoes. The shock from our spring shoe shopping excursion hasn't worn off yet... $65 for two pairs of kids shoes... highway robbery! There isn't enough fabric and rubber to warrant $65 for shoes... and they were on sale!

Anyway, decided to check out a different store that a friend of mine has 'success' finding really good sale prices. This store has the buy one get one half off deal... of course it's only on regular priced shoes or blue tagged sale shoes and not clearance shoes or orange tagged shoes... they should pass out these rules when you walk in the door... it's a lot to remember. Ethan found a pair he liked right away... another pair of Sketchers that light up... I warned him that if gets them filthy and I have to wash them the lights may stop... he didn't care. Sean pulled out a bunch of different shoes in many different sizes and finally settled on black high top Converse.

I took them up to the counter and waited to hear what my 'deal' was going to cost me... $63! Aargh... I contemplated not going through with the 'deal' and then talked myself out of it... it doesn't matter where I go or what 'sale' I find... I'm still going to spend $65 on new tennis shoes! Oh well. What is it? $180,000 the average family spends on one child to raise them from birth to age 18... I think that is what 'they' said on tv.

We got out to the car and I began to regret my decision to get Sean shoes that 'tie'. He pulled the laces out immediately and then pitched a fit because he couldn't get them back in... by bedtime, I had laced and relaced his new shoes at least a dozen times. He is horribly particular that the aglet (the plastic part on the end of the lace... learned this from Phineas and Ferb) does not touch the ground... he freaks out and has to immediately stick it into one of the lace holes! Why can't he be more particular about where he puts his toys or how clean the floor is? This kid is sucking the color right out of my hair!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

When I was a little boy... quack quack

Sean told me today in the car... "When I was a little boy I pet-ted a quack-quack!"


Monday, August 10, 2009

When I was a cat...

Sean told me, "Last night when I was a cat... I liked tuna."

"You did?"

"Yes. Last night when I was a cat... I liked tuna... and I jumped on Brandon's yard and like tuna!"

Alrighty then.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

My GRAMdaughter gave me those...

I was outside in the front yard with the boys this afternoon doing some yard work. We were taking a break and I happened to notice that the bulbs that I planted months ago sprouted and had flowered. I pointed them out to the boys... a couple minutes later, Sean came over and sat next to me on the steps.

Very matter-of-factly he said, "My GRAMdaughter gave me those flowers."


"My Gramdaughter gave me those flowers over there... she took them and dug a hole... and planted them right there."



He is such a storyteller!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Signed contract...

Carla stopped by this af'ternoon to sign the contract. Everything looked great! We are officially 'under contract' so we don't have to show the house anymore!!! Yippee!!!

Red eye...

Sean came up to me this morning and said that he hurt his eye. He was rubbing it.

"My eye hurts," he said.


"I need a new eye!"

"You do? What color eye are you going to get?"

"I'm going to get a red eye!" He was so matter-of-fact!

This kid is hillarious!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Trolling for houses...

I got a call today from a realtor... her client wants to look at our house! Woo-hoo! I headed home from the preschool (I've spent most of the summer there) to sterilize the house. It didn't take that long because we moved so much stuff out on Saturday. I ordered pizza and took the boys outside to play... the less time we spend in the house the cleaner it stays!

... and we waited... and waited... mostly for a phone call, but also for the pizza...

Pizza came and still no phone call. The boys wanted to eat outside and I had to agree that was a good idea. We were sitting on the steps like porch monkey's eating our pizza when the car drove by... slooooowly. I told the boys 'I think they are looking at our house'. It turned around at the end of the court and drove even slower (if that's possible). It stopped in front of our house and then inched into our neighbors parking spot... where it sat. I began to get self concious about how I was eating my pizza. No one got out and the driver looked like they were calling someone. At that point, I figured she was calling on our neighbors house which was up for rent. I decided to help them out with info on the rental.

I walked up and asked her if she was interested in the rental. She politely said 'no. I'm interested in the sign in the yard of the house that you were sitting in front of...' She then said that her realtor had called me earlier. I politely told her that she could come back and take a look at it with her realtor if she wanted to... her realtor was out of town for the evening... okay... I offered to walk her through the house if she wanted. It was a deal. We spent the next half hour checking out bedrooms and closets. Her daughter loved it! I think she would have moved in right then as she did not want to leave.

I called Carla after they left and she said that she had received a call earlier too... we didn't know if the person that called her was the one that called me, but at least we are getting calls!

An hour later, Carla called me to let me know that we were talking to the same people. The woman's realtor said that she loved the house... and to expect a contract by tomorrow!!! Holy Cripes! We sold our house in one day! God is good... all the time!

Monday, August 3, 2009

Sign went up..

Our realtor stopped by today and snapped a couple more pictures of the house. After she was done in the backyard, she looked at me and said, "You'll have a contract by Friday." I laughed. We went around front and she stuck the sign in the yard. Here we go again... our house is back on the market. I remember from three years ago... it was such a pain in the butt keeping the house clean with one kid let alone two!

Yesterday when we were signing the contract, Carla got to the part that said if there was a fire the contract was void. We laughed nervously! Three years ago, we had put our house on the market and a week later left for Disney World. I was pregnant with Sean and Ethan was 3. The night we got to Disney, our neighbor/friend Joanne called us around 2 a.m. to let us know that our neighbors house was on fire! Did I mention we live in a townhouse! It was the first time that I boarded both the dog and the cat. The only living things in the house were the fish!

Lucky for us, it started in the end unit farthest away from us. It burned down that entire house, half of their neighbors house and the house right next to us was severely damaged with water. Joanne had let the fire fighters in our house and insisted they take their boots off at the front door. No fire in our house and only water damage in the basement. Insane!?!

We spent our Disney trip on the phone with the insurance company, our realtor and friends in order to mitigate the water damage. Needless to say, it's really hard to sell a townhouse when you are hooked to a burned out unit that reminds you of why you don't want to be stuck to someone else!

We didn't sell the house then... we'll see how it goes this time!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Met with the realtor

Our realtor stopped by today to sign our contract and snap some pictures. The boys are really excited! They can't wait to have a house with a yard... oh, and they also added that they want a hot tub, a pool, a pond, a bigger yard, another dog, two more cats, a couple birds, a hamster, a guniea pig... and most importantly, a bigger house! Not too much to ask... right?!?