Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Two Words

Putt Putt

The iTalk

St. Joel and I both got iPhones for our birthdays recently from his very generous parents. I am trying to get used to the touchscreen and haven't begun to scratch the surface of all the tricks this fancy thing can do. Number 1 can't keep his hands off them. He instinctively knows how to work 90% of all the bells and whistles.

We have downloaded lots of "apps"-for the novices like me, apps are programs created specifically for the iPhone. There are apps for everything from calculating a tip to finding the weather in Costa Rica. You can listen to a radio station in LA or read the entire Bible if you have the right app. St. Joel has one that gives you a random trivia fact each time you shake his phone. "The MGM Grand in Las Vegas washes 15,000 pillowcases per day." "Snails can sleep up to 3 years at a time." "Most lipstick contains fish scales." "25% of a human's bones are in the foot."

It was bound to happen. Number 1 shakes the phone. Up comes a fact. "In Japan, condoms are commonly sold 'door to door'."

"Mom, what's a condom?"

If only there was an app for that.

Another day, another story,

Monday, June 29, 2009

Okay - one more time for Technorati.com


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Summer night

It doesn't get much better than a long drive on a summer night with the windows rolled down singing (and actually knowing the words) Weird Al's parody of "Bye, Bye Miss American Pie" with your 11 year old!

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Sunday, June 28, 2009

Sunny with a chance of strep

Is it just because our odds are greater with four kids or simply bad
luck? We were feeling all kinds of cocky Friday at the start of our
vacation...a whole week of fun, family time at the beach ahead of us.

Then Saturday morning, Number 1's fever of 103 snapped us back to
reality. He's fine. Strep throat. We found a doctor in the phone book
with Saturday hours to avoid a trip to the ER, got a prescription for
antibiotics and went on with our vacation. Minus 1 day of beach time.

In the grand scheme of things, I know this is minor. And so common for
us that I'm surprised that I was even surprised (and more than a
little cranky).

We are blessed. Blessed to be together. Blessed to even be able to go
on vacation. But it is still a crappy way to spend a day at the beach.

Another day, another story,

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Something new

After spending all week at the lake sharing space with my mother and sister in laws and all the cousins and friends, our house seems huge!

The lake cottage was built in 1956 and is 3 and 1/2 bedrooms with low ceilings and just enough room for us all to fit in.....not much left over for sprawling out. I love it dearly and some of the boys favorite memories are being made there.

In contrast our house was built with 10 foot ceilings, so we could go without a/c till late in the summer. It's not a lot bigger square-footage-wise, but the ceilings make it deceiving.

When we walked in tonight after unloading all the bags and coolers and goggles and towels to be washed....butterbain said, "Wow, Mom, our house GREW!"

Feels like it, even to me!


Thursday, June 25, 2009

Packing Light

St. Joel, "Six people for one week, you just have to take a lot of
crap. "

*This excludes stroller, golf clubs and actual people.

Another day, another story,

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Blood, Guts and (lots of) Tears

Friday - Number 3 gashed his finger with a kitchen knife while helping
me make REAL lemonade. That's what I get for attempting such an "alpha
mom" activity. After a phone consult with my First Responder partner, Lib, I opted
for a butterfly bandage over stitches.

Monday - Reluctant swim student, coincidentally also Number 3, took in
a little too much water between sobs and threw up in the swim
teacher's pool. "Happens all the time," she assured me. Yeah right!!!

Today - Numbers 1-4 were playing a game of "horsie" with a cowboy rope
(yes, we brought it to them as a gift from Texas). Didn't see EXACTLY
what happened, but it ended with a wall and a bloody nose for Number
3 See the pattern here?

To wrap up the evening and odyssey of blood, guts and tears, Number 2
threw up in the O'Charley's ladies room tonight after dinner with his
aunt and grandmother.

It is never dull. Never predictable. But always real.

Another day, another story,

Sunday, June 21, 2009


They are at the dock now shooting fireworks. Yep, i'm that kind of mom.
I'm a first responder now, after all,
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The lake

Every year my mother, sister, sister in laws (can you tell i'm from a HUGE family) migrate from our homes and live at the lake like ya-ya's.
Literally. Skimpy bathing suits and face masks and swimming and sunburns and NO testosterone...okay, well, it's not real since all "men" are 11 and under.
For a week butterbain's first sentence has been, "is today the day we go to the lake?"
Driving over today mexicanjumpingbain said this week is the best week of his life. Every. Year. Better than christmas, the fair AND his birthday.
After swimming with them and doing lots of competitive cannonballs and karate dives I think I know why.

There's nothing else that exists in the world except FUN.
That's my plan, FUN for a whole week. And a lot of Yes answers.....
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Father's day

As the picture reveals, stringbain really is the most thoughtful. He actually put "no offense" on the shirt he made for the mainbain so no other dads would get their feelings hurt!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Gratitude 101

We are headed to the lake tomorrow for kids/moms week. While getting ready to pack and dealing with Mt. Washmore today I have to take a moment to be grateful for semi-self-sufficient boys.

3 of them packed themselves, and 2 helped with the washing and drying! Baby steps, baby steps....

Movin' on up!


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Friday, June 19, 2009

Preferred Mode of Transport

Funny how some oddball habits can become part of everyday life. Riding a plastic giraffe every where you go, preferably while wearing only underwear, for example.

Another day, another story,

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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

A Boys' House

Another day, another story,
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Monday, June 15, 2009

Em's Movie Review - UP

I really didn't like this movie. I took Number 2 (8 years old) and Number 3 (3 years old) yesterday. Didn't know much about it other than some man makes his house fly with a bunch of balloons and it was a "kids" movie.

The beginning shows 2 kids meeting, growing up and getting married. Shows them starting out and painting a nursery. Then shows them sad in a doctor's office with a pregnant woman illustration in the background. Obvious conclusion is she lost the baby in miscarriage . NICE touch for a kids movie! Then shows them growing old and the wife dies in a hospital. Another uplifting scene for a kids' movie! Finally the main character sets off adventure like they had always planned by launching his house with helium balloons. He arrives in South America only to be chased by a mob of scary dogs and an evil villain (an adventurer he once admired. Once AGAIN, a depressing turn of events.

I don't understand why Disney/most kids' animated movies have to have a dark depressing element. There's plenty of that already in reality. This movie had some funny parts, but I think they were all shown in the preview commercials.

I love to take my kids to the movie, but would much rather they be happy, fun and uplifting movies. I think most people feel the same. I should have checked it out more before we spent $40+ at the local theater.

Another day, another story,
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Mustache Mania continued...

My sweet fairy godmother D (also know as the world's best sitter) had a lot of quarters as she happened to cruise by the machine the other day. Even the mainbain could not resist. I am now finding the discards on the floor and they resemble dead, furry caterpillars!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

I picked a battle

and apparently I lost.

Everyone was going to eat the same thing tonight. Not brussell sprouts. Not broccoli. No veggies or greenery of any kind. Cheese quesadillas for Heaven's sake!!! One jelly sandwich, one ham sandwich and a basketball practice later ... Uncle!

Another day, another story,
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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

There should be a law

There should be a law against taking 3 year olds to the grocery store.

Another day, another story,
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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

The Lucky Kind

I think cancer was a gift. Maybe that's easy for me to say because mine was the "lucky" kind. One surgery to remove the tumor on my tongue followed by checkups and CT scans every few months (600 miles from home). Serious, but nothing really, compared to what so many people - friends, family and strangers - are going through every single day. I didn't lose my hair. I didn't lose my ability to talk or swallow. Mine was a journey not a battle.

I thought I knew 2 years ago what was truly important. I was grateful for my blessings: my husband, my boys, my health, my family and friends. I enjoyed life more than I complained about it. I took opportunities and even some chances. I didn't need cancer to teach me to appreciate my life. But that's exactly what it did. I guess cliches become cliches because they're true.

I Know
Yes, I know it is all different.
Now, I know what is important.
I know who I love.
I know who loves me.
I know what I truly have.
I know it can all be gone in a moment.
I know every moment matters.
I couldn't know if it had never changed.

Another day, another story,
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Too much for Tuesday (almost)

Two words.: Local diner. Small town.

Have you ever seen a mustache machine? Just like a gumball machine, but fake mustaches come out!

I had been informed of the mustache machine, but didn't believe it existed until I put my own quarters in.

Of course butterbain was thrilled...even though his mustache turned out to be grey. He proudly put it on and marched right up to his cousin's house. Totally acting casual, as if he always sports facial hair.

Definitely going back, probably just for the mustaches!


This post is linked to Emily.Emily  Check out her perspective at Chatting at the Sky.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Alien 911

Number 3, "What do you do to call for help?"

"Well," doing my best grown up, "it depends on what kind of help you need. If it was an emergency (I immediately pictured the police showing up after his 911 call to report a Pokemon emergency.), like the house were on fire you would call 911 so the police and firemen would come."

"What about aliens?", he asked.

"I don't know. I think you would just yell ALIENS really loud and me or Daddy could help you." It sounded good to me.

HUGE eyeroll and he says,"Or we could just let the good aliens fight the bad aliens."

Another day, another story,
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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Wednesday WOW

Grateful we didn't have a single plan, activity, errand, appointment or anything else today that would have stood in the way of seeing an actual steamroller rolling down our street.

Another day, another story,
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Too involved?

You wouldn't think a 6 year old could be so astute, but Mexicanjumpingbain always has something pertinent to say.

This morning, while feeding the crew, Mainbain and I were talking business.
Everybody does it: the paycheck conversation. The one where you talk about all the things that you really need to save for (vacation, car repair, and paint - 10 foot ceilings come with a hefty price tag!) and then settle for the basics.

Why don't you put it all in the Wii fund? mjb interjected into the conversation.

We chuckled. He laughed.

He then got up and came over and looked me in the eyes and said, That was bloggable, right?!

Cute. Should I be worried about future therapy bills?


Tuesday, June 2, 2009

I stand corrected

Playing zoo animals with butterbain this morning and I asked what would happen if all the animals escaped; would people get hurt?

Mom, he reminded me, these are toy animals! They aren't real!

Oh yeah, I almost forgot.



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