Archive for December, 2010

You know those times when your child does something they shouldn’t have and you know you have to deal with it, but you just can’t stop laughing long enough to correct them?  Last night was the best one for us so far.

Ava was playing with one of those plastic swords that light up that you get at the circus.  You know…the ones that stop working before you even get them home?  Yeah, those ones.  Kelvin came up behind her and snatched it out of her hand, which led to lots of screaming, chasing and general chaos.

Since Ava was the one doing most of the screaming, Chad grabbed Ava on her way by and told her she needed to ask Kelvin for it nicely.  Meanwhile, Kelvin had climbed up on the couch next to me and stashed the sword behind him.

Ava asked Kelvin for the sword and got no response, other than staring vacantly across the room like he hadn’t even heard her.  So Chad told Kelvin to give the sword back.

Kelvin: What sword?
Chad: The sword behind your back.
Kelvin: (looks over his shoulder) Nothin’.
Chad: Kelvin, give Ava the sword.
Kelvin: (pulls it out) This sword?

Keep in mind that this kid is two.  And this is the first time I’ve ever seen him play dumb like this.  It was absolutely hilarious (maybe you had to be there and see the innocent looks), I wish I’d gotten it on video and I’m very glad that Chad was the one dealing with it, because I was trying to hide the fact that I was doubled over laughing!

I’m joining Jo-Lynne over at Musings of a Housewife in her 2010 Blog Recap!  I’m going to go back and post the first sentence of the first post of each month.  It will be fun, promise!  To read the entire post, click on the month name.

January

Happy New Year (better late than never, right?)!!!

In which I outline my goals for the kids for 2010.  Ava has reached hers (identifying shapes, numbers and colors, singing the ABC’s and giving up the Nuk), Kelvin has not (sleeping through the night).

February

This week, we tried Crayola 8 ct. Washable Window Markers for the first time.

Oh yes, those are still very much a favorite around here.  And they are also the only reason the windows ever get washed.

March

We finally got our van back last week, so I was able to get to Walmart on Thursday.

Remember the infamous (minor) accident that occurred on our way home from WI last February?  I do…and also the weeks of being trapped at home while it was being fixed!  Not a pleasant memory.

April

We have had absolutely beautiful weather this week!

My spring has sprung post.  I miss you, spring!  Come back soon!

May

For the last few months, nap time has been a struggle in our house.

Haha!  I find it slightly amusing (in a frustrating sort of way) that I thought it was just a phase.  Right now, I’m going to hop up and put Kelvin back in bed for the zillionth time.  Be right back.

June

We did it!  Even though I brought a pack of disposable diapers for backup, we didn’t even use one disposable diaper during our entire trip!

The trip that knocked disposable diapers out of our lives forever!  We have used 100% cloth diapers ever since!

July

The weather in my neck of the woods:
Rainy!  It rained nearly all day yesterday, but luckily we were still able to do fireworks.  It’s raining even harder today than it was yesterday!

An edition of Happy Homemaker Monday, which I really enjoy but don’t participate in nearly often enough.

August

The weather in my neck of the woods:
Hot, HOT, HOT!!!!  Tomorrow is actually supposed to be our hottest day of the year so far.  Yuck!  I feel like we have to hibernate just as much in the summer as we do in the winter!

And again, apparently….

September

Seriously, people, I feel like I live in a nudist colony lately.  Not even joking.

Oh yes, the nudist colony post.  I enjoyed reading back over this one.

October

Today our baby boy turned 2!  Where has the time gone?  TWO?!  Really?!

OK, I cheated on this one.  There was a Menu Plan Monday posted before this, but wouldn’t you rather think about Kelvin turning two than about what we ate that week?  You’re welcome.

November

For the last year, WIC has been telling me at every appointment that Kelvin’s iron is low.  They always tell me to call his doctor.  Yes, this doctor.

The one that brought our pediatrician down off his high horse.

December

When Kelvin was born and I began cloth diapering, I washed all the diapers in Purex Free n Clear.

The one where I gave Rockin’ Green another chance.

See?  I told you it would be fun!  Thanks for hanging out and reminiscing over the last year with me.  Now it’s your turn!

We’re home from our “real vacation”!  It was unbelievably awesome!  I’ll be posting about what we did and what shows we saw on my other blog in the next few days, because let’s face it…winning $800 at the craps table in Vegas has nothing to do with parenting!

I spent the first couple of days reminding myself that there was nowhere I had to be, and no stressing about being back in time for naps, and no worrying about packing snacks and diapers before we could even leave our room!  It was so weird to just be able to eat when I was actually hungry, instead of on a schedule…and to be able to sleep when I was tired and get up when I wasn’t tired anymore…and to be able to put my contacts in every morning without little fingers being dipped into my contacts case!  It was an adjustment, but it was awesome!

I was really worried about how the kids would treat my grandparents while we were gone.  They’re not exactly the easiest children in the world.  In fact, sometimes they’re downright intolerable.  But they were absolutely amazing!  No temper tantrums, no meltdowns (I sometimes have to deal with 3 before breakfast), no resisting naps or bedtime, nothing!  Ava was getting an ear infection, so she did have some trouble sleeping at night which kept my grandma up a lot, but there was no deliberate naughtiness.  Which made me excited to come home to my transformed little angels!  Unfortunately, within an hour of us being home, the evil twins were back.  I know neither of them is really feeling good though…we are dosing out amoxicillin, turning down the home dehumidifier and cranking up the humidifier, etc. so hopefully they’ll be feeling better soon.

I just think we’re so lucky that my grandparents were willing to come down and take care of them for four days and I’m glad that they behaved so well for them.  I didn’t worry about the kids at all and they sounded like they had a blast….every time I called, they were playing Candy Land (or Cooties, or Chutes and Ladders) or doing Play-Doh, or reading books, or watching Dora.  My grandpa joked that his brain had turned to mush during those days!  It was a much-needed opportunity to be able to “put on my oxygen mask” and build up a fresh supply of patience again!

While Chad and I are in Vegas this weekend, the kids are looking forward to a possible snowfall.  I can’t believe that December is almost over and we haven’t had any accumulating snow yet!  We haven’t even had to pick up all the outside toys (or hitch bike racks ) and put them in the garage yet!  Not that I’m complaining….no, the complaining will start when we do have snow.  But the kids are complaining now and hoping for snow!

When we grocery-shopped this morning, Ava actually insisted on getting “big carrots” in addition to the baby carrots so she would have something to use for her future snowman’s nose.  I think she’s getting excited!

Everyone knows that trips to visit family don’t really count as vacations…especially when you have two young kids with you!  In fact, no trip with a three-year-old and a two-year-old can possibly be a vacation!  I usually come back from our trips more exhausted than I was when I left!

But this week, Chad and I have the opportunity to take a real vacation….without kids!  We’re so lucky that my grandparents agreed to come down to our house and watch the kids for us while we go to Vegas for four days!  I’m so excited….I keep singing, “I don’t have to be me till Monday….”!!

I’m sure I’m going to miss the kids like crazy, but I know they’re going to have a blast with my grandparents.  I also have some nerves about traveling without them…and in fact, about flying in general.  I’m so tempted to click here to compare life insurance quotes online …even though we already have life insurance! Never hurts to have more, right?! LOL

My grandparents are actually getting here later tonight and I have a million and one things to finish before they get here.  I already have meals for the entire time we’re gone cooked and in the freezer.  But I still have a lot of clutter-control and cleaning to do.  Just a few more posts to knock out and I’ll be on to scrubbing the kitchen floor!

…I sat down to write a post today and I literally cannot think of anything to write about.  Not a thing.  Which is so weird for me, because normally you can’t shut me up!

I attribute it to tiredness….pretty much every imaginable kind of tiredness.  Chad and I are leaving for Vegas in two days and it could not have come at a better time.  I’m nearly certain I would have thrown in the towel if I didn’t have this vacation to look forward to for the last few weeks.

Ava is getting a winter vacation from preschool for the next couple of weeks.  Something about going to Vegas and having a to-do list as long as my arm made this a really good time for a break.  She’s still reviewing and doing educational games/activities, but no organized school right now.  Yay for winter break!

And now it is time to go do damage control in the bathroom.  I’m not sure why the kids find it impossible to keep water in the bathtub, but they do.  So I get to go mop 3 inches of water off my freshly scrubbed bathroom floor.  Don’t be too jealous!  LOL

What?  You haven’t heard of cake balls?!  I discovered cake balls last winter and they are one of my favorite desserts to make.  I brought them to church last week and you should have seen them disappear!  I also got asked for the recipe (a lot), so here it is:

1 box of cake mix (whatever flavor you like…my favorite for this recipe is red velvet)
1 can of frosting (again, whatever flavor you think will go best with your cake mix…I use cream cheese frosting with the red velvet cake)
2 bags of chocolate chips (either white or regular is fine)

Bake the cake according to the instructions on the box.  When it has cooled, break it into chunks and put it in a big bowl or your Kitchen Aid mixer.  Use a mixer to break it into crumbs.  Mix in the can of frosting and put the mixture in the refrigerator for 3 hours.

After the 3 hours, melt the chocolate in a double boiler and form the cake mixture into balls.  Dip the balls in the chocolate and place on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper.  Cool in the refrigerator for an hour or so and ENJOY!

And if you have no one to help you eat these, you will probably need to click here for help in getting rid of the pounds these will put on!  Just kidding! LOL

When they find out that we’re homeschooling, people are always asking me what curriculum I use for Ava.  I haven’t decided on a curriculum for grade school, but I love what we’re using for preschool right now…and the best part is that it’s free (which means extra money to spend on things like dereon…or whatever. LOL)!

I am so glad that I happened to visit Confessions of A Homeschooler one day in my travels around the blogosphere.  She offers her entire preschool curriculum under the tab at the top of her page called “ABC’s and 123’s”.  You can download each of her worksheets and activities and print them out.  I also laminate most of the activities so that I can save them for Kelvin.  She bases the curriculum on the letters of the alphabet, but each week’s activities also include other concepts like math, colors, shapes, arts and crafts, etc.  We just finished the Letter H and I absolutely recommend it.

She also offers the entire curriculum in an instant download for $10 or in CD version for $15.  I just download everything from the site, though.

I should also mention that she has a lot more than just preschool stuff.  She has printables and ideas for older ages, too.  This site is a huge resource for homeschoolers!

Kelvin finally started sleeping through the night a couple months ago and I think it spoiled me.  Because right now he is teething and Ava is pulling some sort of wonky aversion to sleep and Mommy is about to LOSE HER MIND!!!!  Yes, I will probably need acne products soon…all this stress has to come out somewhere!

Two nights ago, Kelvin was up about 10 times.  And before I go any further, let me assure you that the numbers I am using are real and not exaggerations.  Last night, it was literally 20-30.  I kid you not.  I bet they slept a combined total of 3 hours last night.

So this morning, I took them to the library which I so didn’t feel like doing, but I did it anyway because I could not handle an entire morning trapped in the house with those tyrants.  Thought I wore them out and put them down for naps around 1.  As I type this, it is exactly 2:30 and neither one is sleeping yet.  And I want to cry, bang my head against the wall, and scream.

Thankfully, Mommy and Daddy are leaving for four kid-free days in Las Vegas next week!!!  I feel so, so sorry for my grandparents!  I really hope the teeth have popped through by then.  In fact, I hope they pop through today so I can get more than 15 consecutive minutes of sleep.

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Me: Chad, you know how sometimes when I’m mad at you and you want a kiss and I give you one, but it doesn’t mean I’m not still mad?  That’s what it’s like with me and Amazon right now.

Chad: You’re kissing Amazon?

Me: No, they had the Melissa & Doug clock that I’ve been wanting on sale for $7.50 and you just can’t beat that price, so I bought it.  But it doesn’t mean I’m not still mad.  This is so not over.  In fact, it’s just getting started.

Chad: What else are you going to do?

Me: I don’t know, it just sounded good.  And threatening.  And like I’m still really mad, which I am.  So mad I could run them over with ATV Wheels.

Chad: Wow.

Me: I know.

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