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Friday, July 30, 2010

By bike, by feet...they are on the go!!

Trains, planes and automobiles got nothing on my girls!!  Give them a bike and a sidewalk and they are moving and grooving!!  
Cricket got her "Princess Bike" for her 5th birthday this month and Gidget...well, she was born with her transportation...her bare feet!!

It is the cutest thing to watch them go around and around our "race track" driveway like this...

My Biker:

My Runner:

These girls have places to go and things to do!!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

A Post About NOTHING

 Nothing (noun)
a : something that does not exist
b : the absence of all magnitude or quantity; also : zero
c : nothingness, nonexistence

So, this is the definition straight from the dictionary, the online one of coarse because who really uses a book dictionary anymore??  ( 

"Nothing" can be very stressful.  How can "nothing" be stressful?  As a parent, I think one of the most frustrating things to listen to from your kids is..."I'm bored...there's NOTHING to do!!"  No matter how many toys or games or "things" they have...there is still nothing to do.  Sometimes I threaten that if they keep it up I am going to donate their "things" to some other children that would be more grateful to have them and then they really will have "no things" to play with and a good reason to be bugging me!!

Also, "nothing" can be stressful if I am itching to get out of my house and do SOMETHING because the "things" I have to do at home are "not things" that I want to do!!  Grrrr!  I mean, I love my job...the laundry, the dishes, the sweeping, the mopping, the mess cleaning, raising my kids, etc!  But I definitely get tired of 24/7 "same shit, different day" kind of stuff, so that is when my stressful "nothing" comes into play.  I guess it is very similar to the kids' "I'm bored" statement, but I have to say...if I could build forts, play video games, and ride my bike all day...I wouldn't feel like there was nothing fun to do!  :-) 

On the other hand, "nothing" can also be very relaxing and enjoyable!  I love those few, very rare, moments where I have nothing to do!  When I can just sit with my glass of wine and listen to the "nothingness" going on around me.  Those are the moments that I treasure...the moments that help level out the crazy stressful moments that the rest of the day rains down on me.  Speaking of rain...that is one of my favorite sounds to lose myself in "nothingness" too!

So, while the dictionary states that "Nothing" is "something that does not exist"... I beg to differ.  "Nothing" exists.  It pops up in many different ways all around me and is sometimes welcome and sometimes not.

And in summing up my post, I have a riddle for you that has been around FOREVER....

What is greater than God, More evil than the devil, The poor have it,
The rich don't need it, And if you eat it, you'll die?


The answer to the riddle is "nothing."
Nothing is greater than God.
Nothing is more evil than the Devil.
The poor have nothing.
The rich need nothing.
And if you eat nothing, you'll die.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

A BIG "THANK YOU" to MckMama this week!  Your blog tips Rock!!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

The Video Game Nazi

First, let me give you a bit of reasoning behind the title of my blog today...
Have you ever seen Sienfeld?  (HAHA!  OK, sorry, who HASN'T seen Sienfeld!!)  Well, on the 116th episode, in 1995,  "The Soup Nazi" was the title of the show and is also the nickname of the titular character played by Larry Thomas. The term "Nazi" is used as an exaggeration of the excessively strict regimentation he constantly demands of his patrons.

So, based on that, I have decided to nickname myself "The Video Game Nazi" for the week because I, at 2:30am, officially grounded my 11 year old from ALL video games for 1 week.  Yes, it is the MIDDLE of the summer.  I don't care.  When I say, at 12:30am, "No, you may NOT play video games in the middle of the night and you better not let me find that you are, and I GUARANTEE that I WILL be checking, because you will lose your video game privileges for ONE WHOLE WEEK," then I expect that there will be no video game playing in the middle of the night unless you want to be grounded from video games.  Period.

No XBOX?  No.
No Wii?  No.
No Nintendo DS?  No.
No Computer Games?  No.
Boredom?  Oh no!
Why not?  Because for the disrespectful way that you hurled mean and hurtful comments at me after YOU were CAUGHT doing what you KNEW you shouldn't be doing, I have decided to keep you very busy this week!
What does that mean?  Oh its simple really.  You are "Working for Free" this week.  That means...yup, extra chores...without pay!!
 How does that fit the crime?  I figure that if you cannot be nice to me, or at the very least keep your hatred for me to yourself, then I will assign things for you to do that are nice and helpful in order to help you practice what being nice and helpful is.

So, today is DAY ONE.   Today's agenda from "The Video Game Nazi" is as follows:
Strip Guest Room bed - Wash sheets - Remake bed
Clean BOTH litterpans
Clean playroom and TV room - PLUS Vacuum
Clean your room - PLUS Vacuum
Fold Towels in dryer
Do your laundry - Start to Finish
Empty Dishwasher - Reload with dirty dishes
Take garbage out
Rake the dirt back into the holes that the dog dug in the back yard
Do whatever else "The Video Game Nazi" requires throughout the day

(Oh, and just in case there is time to spare,  pick a nice long book out, because while you are NOT working, you will be sitting under the watchful eye of "The Video Game Nazi" while you read your book.)

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

The Queen of Pee

So, typically on Wednesday, I am inclined to do a "Wordless Wednesday" type of a post.  But, today is different.  I am in a "don't look at me sideways or I'll slap your bitch ass" mood and my kids know it.  I think the dog even knows it.  (And NO it wasn't because I accidentally elbowed her in the jaw...I swear, that was an accident...but quite possibly the only thing that has made a smile spread across my face so far today.)

It started out like a normal day, with Flyboy getting up at the crack of dawn to head into work.  I listen to the shower turn on and Gidget's snoring softly next to me.  Then as soon as the water shuts off, the dog insists that she MUST go out and Flyboy promptly sighs in aggravation and takes her out (if he is lucky, he doesn't have to go out in his boxers).  On the way back inside, the cat is perfectly perched at the top of the stairs so that she can torment "wussy dog" who she knows is deathly afraid of her.  The dog barks, the cat hisses, Flyboy yells.  Seriously?!?  I held my breath, wondering if Gidget or Cricket would wake at the noise and thus put an end to my sleep.  Gidget shifted and went back to snoring.  Whew!  Get outta here Flyboy!!  LOL

A little while later, I was woke up by Gidget asking for her morning sippy cup of OJ.  No sooner than I came out of the bedroom and filled the cup, Cricket was up too.  Both were BEGGING me for waffles.  Really?!  Can't it be something cereal or fruit or yogurt or ANYTHING BUT WAFFLES?!?!  No.  OK, so I'm making waffles, I guess.  (Don't get me wrong, they ARE only the premade, frozen Eggo Waffles that I had to stick in the toaster, but it was still more than I wanted to do this morning.)  While buttering and syruping the first two for Cricket, I noticed the dog standing by me.  "Yes, I know you want breakfast too, but you will just have to wait as I only have 2 arms and haven't come up with a cloning system yet for a second me."  Obviously, that was the wrong answer because the second I looked back down, the dog was gone...and in her place was a BIG yellow puddle.  Gross.  Well, I throw a "doggy towel" over the top of it and continue the waffles because at this time both girls were screeching from the table that they were "S-T-A-R-V-I-N-G!"  OK, waffles made.  Off to clean up dog pee.

Little did I know that this would only be the START of my "Queen of Pee" day!!  Gidget, who is only 2, and is potty training backwards (which I say because she will pee but not poop on the potty) decides she needs to go.  She runs to her "Froggy Potty" in her bedroom, takes off her "Pull-Up" (no, mom, its NOT a diaper!) and pees.  YAY!  Then as she is bringing me the potty full of pee ("see mommy!  see!") it inevitably sloshes out of the container and onto the floor.  Sweet!  Another fun filled pee mess to clean up!  But, being a good mommy, I force a smile over my gritted teeth and tell her she is awesome!!

The messes are cleaned and I decided to sit down with my coffee, which was COLD and had to be dumped and remade because microwaved coffee is awful.  By the time another cup of coffee was made and I sat down to the computer, I looked over to see the dog staring at me.  Shit.  "Oh yeah, YOUR breakfast."  I get back up and go over to take care of her.  She sits beautifully and obediently until I tell her "OK" and she runs to her bowls.  Ah, back to the computer and my coffee.

Seriously, not even 15 minutes later the dog needs to go out again.  So, I take her out and cheer her on because at least she made it outside this time.  As I am bringing her back inside, we get to the top of the stairs and there stands a naked Gidget with a potty bowl full of pee again.  YAY!  "See mommy!  See!"  Of course the dog wants in on the action and wants to "see" too...which is how the second bowl of pee got dumped on the floor.  Sigh.  I praise Gidget on a job well done and tell her to go get some pants on, tether the dog to the banister so she isn't walking through the newest wet mess, and clean up the mess...again.

A few minutes later, I am back to my chair at the computer with more cold coffee, which I have given up on at this point because not even coffee can improve my mood now.  I decide that at only 10AM, I need to blog to find some peace with this day and I have only been up for just over 2 hours.  I am going to end this here because I know that you are as miserably disgusted with my morning as I am and you are dying to escape too.  But, let me leave you with this side note, while I sat here, typing this blog, I have dumped two more bowls of pee and taken the dog out once more...but, on the bright side, my floors are dry...for now.

I do have to add one more teeny, tiny thing to today's "Queen of Pee" post because it really just tops it off:
I just had to shower my 5 year old, Cricket, because as she was headed downstairs to play, she hit the landing and slid guessed it....DOG PEE and was covered from the back of her hair to the bottom of her pants.  Poor baby! 

I am the QUEEN OF PEE today!!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Meet Alana

We went to Ohio over the 4th of July weekend!  My niece, Alana, was born June 29th - just in time for my visit!  (The girl already has good timing!)  She is adorable and sweet and tiny and precious!!  At a whopping 5 days old, I did her first photoshoot and she was fantastic!!