The Kids

The Kids

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Now you see 'em...




Ethan and Sean are in this picture that I took in Target... they would walk with these tubs over their heads and when I stopped, they would sit down and hide in them... they had lots of people laughing! Best $5 I've spent in a long time!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

We started a 'Therapist Fund' not a 'College Fund'...

The boys and I had a wonderful day... there was minimal fighting... I think I may have even mentioned how wonderful the day was going to Grandma... that was so stupid!  I was testing fate!  Aargh!

I decided to take my wonderful, cooperative children to Red Robin for dinner.  When we got there, we realized that it was 'Kids Night' which meant that a face painter was showing up and so was a balloon artist.  We finished eating just as the face painter was getting started.  Ethan and Sean decided that they wanted their face painted... okay.

They were numbers 6 and 7 in line... she was on number 2.  After waiting in this line for about 45 minutes, it was finally Ethan's turn.  He had a very pretty Eagle painted on his face... now it was Sean's turn.  He didn't want to cooperate and hid behind my leg.  We let number 8 go ahead of us while Sean figured out what he wanted painted on his face.  It took about two minutes to realize he wanted the exact same thing as Ethan...

When number 8 was done, it was Sean's turn but he wouldn't sit down... he hid behind my leg and wanted the next group of girls to go first (numbers 9, 10 and 11).  I explained that we had already waited so long that he needed to go now or we were going to leave.  He didn't budge.  I re-explained.  Nothing.

That's when I picked him up and carried him out to the truck.  This is when the tantrum began.  Holy cripes!  I watched him escalate the fit to try and get me to take him back inside... I didn't budge.  It became a battle of wits and just as I started praying for more 'wits' he let me buckle him into his seat (by 'let' I mean he stopped to breath and I was able to bend his midsection).  I'm sure the whole thing lasted about 10 minutes (the parking lot display) but it felt like longer... if we wouldn't have left the police would have probably shown up because he was screaming so loud!  He pitched a fit the whole way home...

I did call a 'time out' and stopped off at Walgreens to get a six pack of Michelob Ultra... I'm only human and hubby's not home... my nerves were fried and I was going to need something to celebrate my incredible self control.  By the time we got there, Ethan was crying too.  He was upset because Sean was upset.  Ethan's Eagle was streaked down his face... I felt so bad for him!  I wiped off his Eagle and picked Sean up (sans shoes so he couldn't get down) and headed into Walgreens.  As I put the beer on the counter, I mustered up some dignity that I had buried in my purse and told the guy, "Doesn't' school start soon?"  I was feeling a good mix of 'White trash' and 'Redneck' at this point.  After I buckled Sean back into his seat, I walked around the truck and said a little 'Thank God I've got self control' prayer...

Everyone calmed down once we got home... I headed up and got bath water.  Sean was about ready to get into the tub when he turned to me with his arms crossed in front of him and said,

"Mom, You Ruined My Life!"

Really?!?  At 4?!?  I told him to tell his therapist!  I talked to my mom later and told her that I 'ruined Sean's life'... as a parent, everything is downhill from here for me... I've already completed my major task when it comes to Sean... I've already ruined his life so there really isn't anything more for me to do! 

Tiny mice drain cleaners...

Sean woke up this morning and started looking for some little Lego gun that was on his little truck thing he was playing with... I told him that I didn't know where it was.  The boys had taken some Legos into the shower last night even though I warned them that they were going to lose them down the drain... at four and six, the felt they knew better and I figured a couple missing Legos wasn't a big deal...

After realizing the gun probably went down the drain he said, "Oh no, I guess we are going to have to get a little tiny mouse to get things out of the drain..."

That's one way to do it... not very common though.

Uh, thanks...

Sean and Ethan were watching a show on TV and a commercial came on for some 'heel crack' cream... Sean watched enough of the commercial to understand what the product was for and quickly ran over to me...

"Mommy, you've got to get that cream on TV... it's for cracks on your heels... it said that if you have cracks you should get that cream and it will fix them.  Look!  You've got cracks on your heels so you should get that cream!"

Thanks, Sean.  So glad that you are noticing...

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Who said that?!?

Ethan told me tonight that he has been picking scabs off his boo-boo's for years... he needs to get back to school... he's starting to sound like Sean!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Black and Orange all over...

We got home from getting ice cream tonight and Sean decided to tell me in detail about these two kids that were at the birthday party we went to this afternoon...  apparently there was a kid in an orange shirt and a kid in a black shirt.

Sean said that the kid in the orange shirt punched the kid in the black shirt in the belly... then he said, "just like this" and proceeded to punch himself in the stomach.  Ouch!  I told him that wasn't good and asked him not to hit himself again.  It looked like it hurt...

I walked into the kitchen and he followed right behind me... he was really upset with this orange shirt and black shirt kid.  He continued by telling me that then the black shirt kid hit the orange shirt kid in the face... yep, then he said, "just like this" and proceeded to smack himself in the eye.  Cripes!  I told him that he really shouldn't hit himself in the face... he ran off and buried himself on the couch.  He was a bit embarrassed because he apparently didn't realize how strong he could 'punch himself'.

After his face quit hurting, we had a conversation about how people shouldn't punch each other because it hurts... I reminded him how he shouldn't punch himself...  he then continued to tell me that they hit him... I said, 'no they didn't' and he said that they didn't. 

He did tell me that he told the orange shirt kid and the black shirt kid...
                             "Don't hit and go to your mother and talk about the truth..."

Sean, you are so funny... 

His smarts are costing me...

Aargh!  I just got the cell phone bill that covers the time that Sean went on a game deleting and purchasing spree on my cell phone... $110!  I think I just threw up a little...

Friday, July 23, 2010

Awfully upsetting...

Alas, no Cheesecake Factory in the state of New Mexico... could this be my only complaint?!?

Seriously?!?

Sean was in the bathroom sitting on the toilet when he called me in to help him wipe his butt... I was busy washing my hands when I turned around and noticed him still sitting there...

"This is the life!"  He said.

Seriously?!?  What part of 'this' is 'the life'?!?

"I just like saying that... 'This is the life'!"  Oh, okay.

Interesting parenting techniques...

Moved a 111 pound TV downstairs by myself and managed to get it onto my new TV stand that is rated to 95 pounds... last night I prayed for the integrity of a TV stand for the first time in my life... when I came downstairs this morning, it was still standing... Thank... you... God!





P.S. I have told the boys NOT to stick their heads inside the new TV stand or to sit on the edges of the stand or to touch the TV or to stand within one foot of the whole thing... if they do, it could break apart and crash down on them and they... could... die. (This 'could die' parenting technique was honed by my mom and it seemed to work... we are all still alive... in therapy, but still alive)

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Forever is a long time...

Sean says he wants to stay here 'forever'... I would like to think 'Wow, my son really loves this house and living here in Albuquerque'... but he really just wants to stay home forever and not run any errands!?!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Headed to the movies...

Back to set tomorrow... thinking this is the last day for the kids. They are getting smarter, the call time for Sean is 4 pm... the adults were called in at 5:30 am which makes wrap time for everyone by 7:30 pm. That means it'll be a quick afternoon. He's enjoying himself... he worked 5 out of 8 days over the course of the last two weeks. He definitely has 'movie friends' now. Glad he's having fun!




Monday, July 19, 2010

My set...

Sean is actually really getting into this whole acting thing... as we were driving to set today we passed over the rail yard and you could see the trailers from the production company... he let me know that that was 'HIS set'.  It makes me feel better about bringing him because he is comfortable enough to claim ownership of the project that he is working on...

We were driving to the parking lot and the boys were talking about the trains in the old rail yard... Sean mentioned that one of them was 'HIS train'.  Okay.

We got out of the shuttle and headed into the holding area where they set up breakfast... after we got into costume, we over to get a snack and use the bathroom.  Sean bee-lined ahead of Ethan and I telling us that he would show us where everything was... since it was 'HIS set'.

Later on, he told me that he was going to listen to 'HIS director' when they told him to do something.  I don't know... maybe this is HIS calling?!?

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Oops...

Got the house cleaned and decided it would be fun to rearrange the boys' bedrooms... 

     broke Ethan's bed... 

off to get some liquid nails to fix the antique wooden rail...  should've known this wasn't going to be a simple furniture move.

Friday, July 16, 2010

No you didn't...

As I mentioned before, we get shuttled over to base camp... I make sure to pack everything we may need in a bag so we don't leave anything in the truck that we may want while we are waiting.  Before I closed up the truck, I specifically asked Sean if he wanted his blanket... nope.  With that, I locked up the truck and we got into the shuttle.

A couple hours later after they had already been on set, we were sitting in holding waiting to get word on what was in store for the kids when Sean walked over to me and said, "I want my blanket."

I explained that I had asked him if he wanted it before we left the truck and he had said 'no'.  Sean didn't like that answer so he moved it up a notch and started pitching a fit about wanting me to go out to the truck and get it for him...  I said 'no' again.  He blurted 'yes' at me and repeated that he wanted me to go to the truck and get his blanket...

With that I calmly told him, "You are going to have to make a lot more money doing this before I walk all the way out to our truck to get you your blanket."  End of discussion.

I smell you...

Poor Hubby is doing annual training with the Marine Corps in Alabama...  he's not going to be able to do laundry at all and will be lucky to get two showers in over the course of two weeks.  A battalion of sweaty Marines sans showers...  so glad I'm not there to smell that!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Emergency! Get the poison...

The boys came down this morning and jumped onto the couch... I walked in and noticed that there was something brown smeared on the cushion... I pointed it out to the boys figuring that it was chocolate from the night before...

Sean freaked out, "It's poop!  Go get a POISON WIPE or something to clean it up!"

This is a time where I reflect on my parenting style... perhaps I stress the POISON thing a little too much.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Excuse me, what?!?

The movie set is located at the old rail yard... which really makes for quite the authentic inner city homeless shelter.  Anyway, we park down the way and get shuttled over to the base camp area.  That is where the kids get costumed and wait until they are ready for them on set.

We had already been to set once.  Sean did great!  It takes him a couple minutes to get comfortable when he gets to set... I don't blame him for that... the building is made out to be a shelter.  It's dirty and a bit dilapidated and all the adults on set look like homeless people... their clothes are ragged and their hair is dirty... some of them even have makeup on that makes them look weathered.  Now imagine how a four year old looks at that set... lets just say that Sean impressed me!  Luckily, most of the adults have been there before and they are so very good with the kids.

After Sean was done, they sent us to a trailer with A/C to wait while they figured out if the shot went well and they needed the kids anymore.  Well, as we waited, I made sure that everyone had something to drink and snack on... I had gotten Sean a bottle of water before realizing that there was Gatorade in one of the coolers.

Sean looked at me in that 'I'm a movie star' sorta way and said, "I don't want water... I want Gatorade."  Suddenly, I wasn't feeling like a 'regular mom' but a 'stage mom'...  he got his Gatorade right after a brief talk about R-E-S-P-E-C-T...

Up BEFORE the birds...

Rise and shine this morning before the sun did... we have to be on set by 6 am.  I was up by 4 and had the boys up by 5.  It's funny because you would think they would wake up crabby that early in the morning... but these two wake up sweet and friendly.  They are so nice to each other and to me that I am tempted to make this their regular wake up time and then just require naps!?!

I helped Sean get dressed and he picked out a blanket to take with him to set... he picked it up off of his bed and held it like you would hold a baby doll.  Then he said, "My blanket looks like a taco... it's a 'Blanket Taco'."  He laughed at himself completely satisfied carrying his 'Blanket Taco' downstairs to the truck.

Today is a good day!

Walk like a girl...

We got to set this morning around 6 am.  After getting in our 'homeless kid' costume, we followed our 'movie friend' Gordon who does the costume stuff over to the 'holding area' for the kids.  As we were walking down the sidewalk, Sean started adding a little bounce to his step... I noticed that he had his arms down at his sides and his hands were popped out to the sides...

"Sean, what are you doing?!?"

"I'm walking like a girl..."  By this time, he is truly bouncing all over the place.  "This is how the girl in the white shirt walks in Star Wars Legos... and the girl in the red shirt walks like this..."  He immediately flipped back to a regular walking style.

This kid absorbs everything... he watches everything... literally!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Anyone up for a bike ride?!?

Trying to teach a kid how to ride a bike is exhausting... after running up and down the street a couple times I told Ethan to try and ride Sean's smaller bike. He jumped on it and took off... 




WOW! That was easy! Wish I would have thought that idea up five minutes earlier!


We are so proud of you, Ethan!  There's only a few times where you get to celebrate big 'firsts' like this... we've already been through a lot of them over the course of the last six years... today was one of those awesome big ones!  That was so cool to watch him take off down the street.  It was like watching him take his first step all over again!  Before we know it, he'll be driving away in his first truck... I need to slow down.

Climbin' your way to the top...

We got a call from the casting person for Let Them Shine today... apparently Sean did something right.  They had already booked him for four days over the course of two weeks, but they want him for tomorrow too.

Now that I think about it, perhaps this is because when the casting lady tried to tell Ethan, Sean and another little girl about set etiquette no one was listening... except Sean.  When she was done talking about how we walk quietly on set, Sean totally ratted on Ethan and said he was running and fell right over there!  (He even pointed out where Ethan completely disregarded the rules.)  I guess that's one way to ensure you get called back!

He's turning into quite the busy little actor!

I couldn't be prouder...

Monday, July 12, 2010

Gonna be a movie star...

The movie shoot went well this morning... we were there by 6 am.  Sean was playing a 'featured homeless child' and was not to excited about the costume choice wardrobe made.  He was wearing long pants, a short sleave shirt, a long sleeve jacket and knock-off Ugg boots.  I have to admit that playing in a movie that takes place in the winter while it's 85+ degrees in the summer is not fun. 

By the time we got on set, Sean had decided he didn't want to participate.  It's a little intimidating especially for someone so small.  There's people running all over making sure the set is just right.  There's sound and lighting people.  Then there's the 12 adults dressed up like homeless people sitting around on a set that looks like a homeless shelter.  This is going to be a tough sell, but it's really too late sweetie... the show has to go on.  Sean was shy for about 5 minutes and then took off with two Lego guys onto the set by himself... I was so surprised!  He played with a couple little girls while they filmed.  It took about 30 minutes and we were done.

Afterwards, we waited in holding to make sure they didn't need to redo anything.  They cut us loose about 8:00.  Back over to wardrobe to drop off the clothes.  The boys were being silly and running around while I was getting Sean checked out with the casting people.  The one casting lady gathered Ethan, Sean and the other little girl together to teach them a quick lesson about running around on sets... she was very nice about it, but they weren't listening.  She tried to have them focus on her again and Sean was the only one that stayed 'tuned in' to what she was saying.  When she got done explaining how we don't run around and act goofy, Sean piped up and said, "My brother, Ethan, was running around and fell over there."  I think he threw Ethan under the bus...

He is very focused when he is on 'his' set.  Great morning on set and better yet, we were headed home by 8:30!  One of the perks of being a kid!

Plumbing emergency...

Sean said when he was a baby 'yesterday' and in my belly it was a good thing that he didn't fall out of my belly when I went to the bathroom... 
              He said that it was because the doctor closed the 'door' so that he wouldn't fall out into the toilet!
              Where does this kid get this stuff?!?

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Action!

I've been going over with Sean what he can expect on set tomorrow... I told him that there is going to be a lot of people, lots of lights and big cameras.  I explained that the Director is the one who tells everyone what to do... I told him he was going to have to be quiet and listen... I said that sometimes the Director may ask him to change what he's doing because they may want it a different way...

So, tonight I was going through all of that again and Sean told me that he knows what he's supposed to do... he's going to, "Be quiet on the set, Listen, Pay Attention, Sit, Talk and Do jumping jacks like this (he showed me how he was going to do jumping jacks) on HIS set!"

Well, I think I've done a good job of prepping him... or I turned him into a four year old monster!

Friday, July 9, 2010

To Wii or not to Wii?!?

Sean wants to get a new Wii game... I told him he would have to get a job and buy it himself... so he booked himself for the movie Let Them Shine. He shoots four days out of the next two weeks... guess he'll get that Wii game after all!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

My lady...

Sean wanted me to help him get some juice... I asked him for the straw and he said, "Here you go my princess." Interesting... he is so colorful!

Aargh...

Just purchased the replacement for the camera that I dropped on the ground five minutes ago... it was the replacement for the one that Sean dropped in the airport in May... clutz runs in the family... and it's an expensive quality to pass on...

Praying it forward...

Sean has a new mantra... he's been saying the common table prayer over and over again for the last few days...

Come Lord Jesus be our guest
and let these gifts to us be blessed.  Amen.

He either feels he needs to pray more or perhaps he's just praying it forward.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Sexy SWAT...

I needed a little 'me' time so I told Hubby that I was going to run out to Petsmart and get dog food... poor place to spend 'me' time, but anything will do at this point.  Hubby asked me to pick him up the new issue of SWAT magazine... errr, the last time I checked Petsmart didn't carry SWAT, but I'll check for you.

I headed out and ran my errand at Petsmart and decided to take in Lowe's while I was out too.  When I was done with my stops, I decided to surprise him with his SWAT magazine.  On the way home, I tried to figure out how I was going to give it to him... I knew he was really excited about this particular issue...

I thought it would be funny if I waited until later after the kids were to bed to give it to him... I imagined him watching TV upstairs and I would strip down to nothing and hold the SWAT magazine in front of me as I sauntered out of the bathroom... and then I realized that that might really confuse him.  He might not know which exciting thing excited him... that would be a horrible place especially if for a moment he was really excited about the magazine, but he was really excited about me too...

I decided that would just be psychological torture... so I put the SWAT magazine on top of the dog food in the back seat and headed inside the house... I told him I hadn't made it to Borders, but there was dog food in the backseat that he could help me carry in.  A few minutes later, he walked in with the dog food, his magazine and a big smile on his face...

I said that I didn't make it to Borders, but I did make it to Barnes and Noble!  He was a happy hubby... and a lot less confused than he could have been!

Seafood anyone?!?

We went out to dinner tonight at a local restaurant called Fat Squirrel (also affectionately known as the 'Dirty Squirrel' or the 'Red Squirrel')... love this place!

Anyway, Ethan was sitting next to Daddy who had ordered fish and chips... it wasn't too long into the meal that Ethan looked up at Daddy and said, "You smell like CRA?"

The look on my husband's face was priceless!  Of course, we both thought that Ethan said 'CRAP'...  it wasn't until after my husband was going to move into the 'don't say that it's a bad word' speech that I noticed Ethan's face... he hadn't said anything wrong...

He told his Dad the truth... "You smell like CRAB!"  So funny!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Naughty words...

It was 80+ in ABQ and 58 degrees on the mountain where we were by the time the fireworks started... forgot to mention windy!  At some point JD said 'damn' and I reminded him that was a bad word... 


Sean said, "and sh*t is a bad word too" Why yes, yes it is!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Amazing...

iMac arrived today...  holy cripes the quality of the picture is amazing!  I think I want to watch all of my shows on this because it is way better than our TV!  I am about 20 feet behind the learning curve...  I've got a long way to go!