Wednesday, March 31, 2010

knit knot addiction

I have developed a new fetish, addiction, time-consuming habit for ALL things Handmade.  Homemade.  I love anything knitted.  Blankets, hats, sweaters, booties... They are all beautiful. 

Unfortunately, I have two left hands when it comes to hand crafting knits.  I truly admire anyone who can knit or crochet.  It is an art!  All items are so lovingly created with time, talent, thought and pure love!  I am so envious of those who can knit and/or crochet.  You are gifted!

I cannot wait for baby girl #3 to be adorned in hats and blankets and booties!

Monday, March 29, 2010

simple things

Picking wildflowers is a wonderful way to spend a sunny, spring afternoon in Texas.  It is 75 degrees and the air is fresh and smells of springtime.  Bluebonnets, Indian paintbrushes, daisies, black-eyed susans, and nano-hanas (I do not know the English translation!).  PS  the bluebonnets are on our land, therefore, it is legal for us to pick them. 

Saturday, March 27, 2010


The eggs are dyed. Check.
The tulips are planted. Check.

Easter decor is decorating.  Check.
Girls are happy.  Check.
Cats have spring fever.  Check.
House is clean (sort-of).  Check.
Spring photos are taken (even if they are a bit 'unattractive', they are memorable).  Check.
Candy is stuffed in plastic eggs.  Check.
Baskets are ready.  Check.
Egg hunts are planned.  Check.

I Love Easter!
Thank you mom and dad for always making the holidays a special time! 

Thursday, March 25, 2010

The view from here...


Sisterly love.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

A New Guiness Record, I'm Sure

My youngest child, to date, was born with two left feet.  A miracle occured when she began walking at ten months old.  How is that possible with two left feet? 

Last week, we set a new record.  We visited our local hospital's ER two times.  Twice.  2X.  In 5 days.  5 short days.  Once on Saturday.  Once on Thursday.

On Saturday, little T was playing at the park.  A fun park.  She was climbing up the ladder to slide down the chute.  The ladder was metal, of course.  Along came a cute, unleashed puppy (which I think is illegal - the unleashed part - in a public place) and our little one became distracted.  Watching the puppy, little one lost her balance and fell three steps down the ladder.  Unfortunately, it was in slow motion.  And nothing could be done to prevent the fall.  She caught herself - but it was one step too late.  And her chin caught the step first.  1.  A chin laceration.  Scooping up little one, we drove erratically to the ER.

On Thursday, little T had had no nap.  So by 4pm, she was extremely tired and clumsy.  The old cliche, no sleep makes me off-balance; and that is exactly what happened.  Big sister and little sister were playing in the playroom.  Big sister was tickling little sister in their daily romp of sisterly love.  Little sister, again, lost her balance and down she slipped.  Unfortunately, little one landed on a wooden toy.  2.  Eyebrow Laceration.  Scooping up little one, grabbing towels and ice, we drove back to the ER.  We called darling worried husband along the way to break the news to him. 

With two wounds bandaged up, we have padded our home with bubble wrap. 
Please, God, do you have a cure for clumsiness? 

Sunday, March 21, 2010

a slow day on spring break

"I did not feel like taking a nap.  So, I quietly snuck out of bed... so noone could hear me.  I slithered past my big sister.  Whew.  She is too busy drawing to notice that I am not sleeping.  And, mom, where is she?  She must be out watering the garden.  Aha.  It is my lucky day.  I continued slithering into my mom and dad's bedroom.  I pulled on the third drawer, the fun drawer that contains all of mom's lipsticks and makeup.  Yes, it has a child-proof lock on the drawer but I can stick my tiny hand in that drawer even with that child-proof lock.  It's amazing that grown-ups still purchase those locks, because, I have to tell you -- they don't work for little people my size.  We can get around them!  I grabbed the coveted "Mystic" lipstick - a beautiful shade of dark pink with a hint of red.  Last week, I got in trouble for smearing mom's most expensive lipstick all over the bathroom cabinets.  So, I headed out into the foyer.  Sister is in her room and mom is still outside.  Nobody will think to find me here.  But I have to be fast.  I smeared the lipstick all over the front doors.  I was good though, I didn't get any on the floor.  I accidentally got some lipstick on the window shades because I needed to wipe my hands on something.  And the white double cellular shades worked perfectly for wiping my hands clean.  Next, I traveled into the playroom and started decorating my diaper box.  I was having fun banging the lipstick all over the box.  I have seen my sister coloring on boxes before, so I am pretty sure this is an acceptable form of self-expression art.  Oh, No, I got caught.  Mom's face is not smiling.  In fact, I am pretty sure her face probably won't smile for awhile.  Should I remind her about that un-botoxed deep wrinkle that has begun in the top left corner of her forehead??  Well, I got off quite easy.  She looked at me real mean... and then she went and got some cleaning stuff and towels.  I had to help clean-up.  But, I have heard that cleaning-up makes me "strong".  I don't think I will be getting into the lipsticks for some time... maybe next month after mom forgets about this incident."

Friday, March 19, 2010

I love spring -- it is the beginning of a new life.  Easter.  Bunnies.  Animal babies.  Green grass.  Rainbows.  Frightening thunderstorms.  Earlier mornings.  Longer evenings.  Fresh air.  Flowers blooming. 

I love Spring.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Monday, March 15, 2010

And another

T H I N G S   I   S H O U L D   B E   D O I N G   
I N S T E A D   O F   D O I N G  
M Y   K I D ' S   H O M E W O R K

1.    lying on the couch
2.    eating bon-bons
3.    eating anything
4.    watching tv
5.    reading light/fluffy material
6.    gardening
7.    knitting
8.    wii
9.    texting
10.  surfing the internet

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Another list, of course

T H I N G S   T O   D O  
W H I L E   I   A M  W A I T I N G  F O R   
T H E   K I D S   T O   M O V E   O U T

1.    sell the kids stuff on ebay
2.    sell the kids and their stuff
3.    redo their bedrooms into non-bedrooms
4.    travel far, far away
5.    lose my hearing aid
6.    lose my glasses
7.    lose my head
8.    buy a 2-seater sports car 
9.    prepare only tofu/veggie-laden meals
10.  get a job 

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Toddler Lesson #34

If you decide to join the felines in playing with the garden snakes, then you must be prepared for the consequences. 

If you squeeze the snake,   
yes, you will get *poo* on you!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

in denial ...

Reclining in room number 5 of my OB's clinic.  I am admiring the blank monitor as it reads my name and birthdate and baby's estimated due date when the ultrasound tech enters room 5. 

She begins to prep me for my ultrasound to (a.) determine gender and (b.) verify that the baby is healthy.

Ultrasound tech begins to move the wand over my belly, "abracadabra, show me a sign".  "Abracadabra, baby move your legs".

The brain looks great.  The heart is beating at 147 bpm.  There are four chambers, whew.  The spine is good.  The flesh at the base of the neck is in proportion.  Baby is cooperating.  The wand magically sweeps below the bottom and ...
I shout, "IT's A BoY!"

The ultrasound tech did not acknowledge my shout, so I did it again, "IT's A BoY!" 

She responded this time, "Actually, that is the umbilical cord."

You know, I have had so many ultrasounds in all my pregnancies that I clearly knew how to read one.  So I asked her to show me again.  And again.  And again. 

Exasperated, she finally went to get the Doctor.  The real ultrasound reading professional.

Doctor entered the room and waved the magic wand over my belly and declared, "Please give my condolences to your husband.  No single household should have that much estrogen under one roof." 

Monday, March 8, 2010

gender announced

Girl !
A Girl !
It's A Girl !
Another Girl !
A Third Girl !
XX, XX, XX, XX !
It's really a GIRL !

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Out of the bag

Tickle me Pink?
Tickle me Blue?

Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice?
Frogs and Snails and Puppy dog Tails?




IT'S A .............

Monday, March 1, 2010

three month update

The shopping, or lack of shopping, is going quite well.  I have been too ill (still) to think about blowing some money on frivolous, not-needed, extravagant crap.  In fact, I am trying to get rid of the excess stuff in my home. 

Garage sale?
Craigs List?

How should I get rid of the stuff?  It is all good, some unused, some barely used, and most in need by someone else.  I think. 

How do you get rid of your stuff??  Accepting any and all ideas, suggestions, or thoughts.