Monday, November 17, 2014

Words & Our Week

Me: C'mere, maniac
D: I am not a maniac, I Dd!
C: I'm gonna create a technology that's faster than light!

D: More eggnog?
Me: ONE cup. 
D: No, two!
D: Where did Dad's brains go?
Good question :)
D: Get the beans outta my brains!
J: Nolas and o-gurt?  (granola + yogurt)
D: It's my tiger-tastic car! (because it's orange)
D: It's coffee!
Me: No, it's tea.
D: It's tea-coffee!
D: Mama want more coffee?
Me: Always.
Me: Aww, but it will be cute!
D: No, I don't want cute!

(11/11) Work day for Dad and me and Kathy had the boys. I got to go play today since we had a staff retreat.  We went to Redhook for lunch and then out to the Drunken Easel for some wine & painting.  The teen claimed my painting pronto (it's on the left).  LOL!  She had drama after school and Granddad and Grandma picked her up after and took her home with them.  She picked out a new recipe to try for dinner and we were all invited over to try it out.  She picked chicken pot pies.  YUM!  My brother and sis-in-law are staying with my folks, and it was fun to hang with them for the evening.  My poor sis is very done with being pregnant ~ just a little bit longer! 

(11/12) Work day for Dad and I had the kiddos.  I got some stuff done around the house and we spent the morning at home, which is unusual for us.  The twins refused to nap until about 2pm and I had to wake them around 2:15pm so we could go get C... They were grumpy, but cheered up when I took us all to the grocery store for snacks and dinner supplies.  We made pizza, which was cooked and ready to be passed out by the time we collected the teen from drama practice.  Sure will be glad when this play is over.

(11/13) Work day for me and Dad had the kiddos.  I woke to the news that my niece had arrived!  Congrats, Jake & Amber!!   Dad and I are attending opening night for the teen's play this evening. She's in Alice in Wonderland Jr.  I'm so excited!  Sarah graciously watched the boys when we had a change of plans at the last minute.  Seems the grandparents were just slightly tired after the middle of the night arrival of their new granddaughter ;)  The play was very cute!  Loved the costumes and the characters! 

(11/14) Work day for Dad and me, Sarah had the littles, and Kathy had C.  C got to go to the Children's Museum after school today with Kathy, and the teen had a performance for her play.  I dropped her at school, collected the twins, met C at home and then ran back to the school because the teen forgot her tights.  Weeeee.  Fed the kiddos and watched some TV with the boys while we waited to go grab the teen.  Finally got everyone home and closed the books on another whirlwind Friday.

(11/15) Today was busy, but really good.  C had hockey this morning, so he and Dad ran off to do that before Dad went to work.  The teenager had two play performances and had to be at school from 12:30-8:30pm.  Her sister was staying at a friend's house down the street, and the sister's foster mom offered to take the teen to school and attend the matinee performance.  The teen just missed seeing new baby cuteness that stopped by!  Jake, Amber & Ryker came by and I got to meet my new niece Isley.  She's just precious!  We visited for a bit and then Nanan arrived to collect C so they could go to the teen's play. They play was super and the teen's mom came and made her day.  Hurrah for that! <3  After Jake, Amber and the kiddos left, it was just the littles and I for the bulk of the day.   I put them down for a nap and had some quiet hours to myself.  The teen had a cast party after her last performance, so I kept the littles up until we needed to go get her.  Around 9:30p, Nanan and a very exhausted C came home and she decided she was going to stay over, which allowed me to get the boys in bed and us to visit before collecting a pretty ecstatic teen. So the play she didn't want to stick with turned out to be a cool thing after all.  Huzzah!  Granddad & Grandma picked up photo books at her play and they're just beautiful.  I know she will love them. 

(11/16) Productive/lazy day for us. C, Dad and Nanan went to hockey this morning and the littles and I bummed around in our jammies and the teen slept in.  We got a visit mid-morning from the teen's sister. The sister's friend's (got all that?) bday was today and the teen got to go along to the skating rink this afternoon for her party.  C and Dad went coat shopping and I held the couch down and made sure it didn't go anywhere.  The littles hooted and hollered their way through nap and J managed to flip his mattress over and get his arm stuck in the board below.  Sigh. I gave up and got wired toddlers up and put them in time out approximately 5,998 in the following few hours. They earned themselves an early bedtime.

(11/17)  And helllllo Monday.  I see you're up to shenanigans already. The teen overslept and missed her bus, Dad has to take the van in for service and has the littles while I work.  We are planning dinner out tonight, and I'm most definitely looking forward to that!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Words & Our Week


Me: Sorry, buddy, I can't fix it.
D: No, not the buddy!  I'm the Dd!
We've always called C buddy.  Guess we need a new nickname for the Deedles! 

Me: Do you want to go and get burritos for lunch or go to the store?
J: Store!
D: No, not the treehouse! (our house)  Want to go to the store-house! 

Me: Good morning! Do you want to get up?
D: I can't reach to get up.

Passing Burger King:
D: There's the Burger Cheese! 
Do I hear a bus, Dad? 

C: I'm internet famous!
Apparently the teenager posted videos of C on instagram. 

(11/4) Work day for Dad & me and Kathy had the boys.  Traffic was horrid and my day was terrible, so I stopped by the store to grab fixins for breakfast for dinner!  Because what else do you cook at 7pm on a Tuesday?  Breakfast was yummy, and the kids were happy so that helped turn a crappy day around.  Love my little people!

(11/5)  Work day for Dad and I had the kids.  The littles and I went to the library for Toddler Story Time, where they were oh-so-helpful and filled a desk with beanbags instead of participating and then later tried to get the bubble machine for the librarian, spilling it everywhere. We came home from our adventures for lunch and nap and I had to wake some very exhausted boys later so we could go get C from school.  The teenager came home not feeling so hot, opting out of drama practice tonight.  Nanan arrived to watch the boys for the afternoon so we could go to the teen's appointment.  After that, since her ankle was still bugging her from when she rolled it on Halloween, we hit the clinic for what we hoped would be a fast appointment.  Turns out the Immediate Clinic is not so immediate.  Over two hours later we finally had a doctor's note to get her out of running in PE and finally got to go home.  Nanan had put the littles to bed and C was headed in that direction.  I put dinner on for the teen and heated up some of the boys' dinner for myself.  Looong night. 

(11/6) Work day for me and Dad had the kiddos.  The teen had drama and was home late, and I went to Zumba after work and was home even later. After the boys went to bed, we all watched a little bit of TV before heading to bed ourselves. 

(11/7) Work day for Dad & me and Kathy had the boys.  C got to go to a play tonight at the Children's Theatre in Seattle with Nanan.  Traffic was horrendous, and there was a miscommunication about C not being home while I was working (telecommuting) and pick-up was hectic... but it sounds like everyone got where they needed to be and had an okay time. C went up to spend the night with Nanan and the teenager watched lots of her shows and drew for most of the evening. I had my nose in a book and was more or less blissfully unaware of the teenager's brain-drain... er, TV. 

(11/8) We had the weekend off from hockey, so I took the opportunity to go to a Zumba class with an instructor I really like.  D was so not impressed that I got them up and then had to the nerve to leave without them.  After I came back, Dad left for work and the rest of us bummed around until lunch when C came home and the teenager left for her visit.  The littles took a monster nap and woke up just slightly before the teenager returned.  We then piled in the car to go run some errands.  We had make-up and hair dye to purchase, books to return and had to grab some garlic bread for "quesahaddi" (spaghetti) tonight... After the boys went to bed, we did round one of the teenager's hair (1. dye it black, 2. bleach the bottom half, 3. blue the bottom). While we were waiting for it to set, we watched the Fault in Our Stars.  Such a good movie!  Dad was super bummed to miss it, I know.

(11/9) Lazy day for all of us.  Dad made us eggs benedict for breakfast.  C specifically requested them, and then didn't care for them and tried to escape without eating anything.  D inhaled 3+ eggs (the plus because I asked if he wanted J's egg too and he said "Oh, yes please!").   After the littles went down, I ran some errands and then came home to my book.  C got to go over to Jor's to play for the afternoon and the teen was out so the house was very quiet for a bit. Then everyone came home and chaos ensued.  We bleached the teen's hair and it didn't come out light enough to put the blue on and she, of course, has a photo shoot for her play tomorrow.  So there was drama about drama.  Sorry, kiddo... A beautician I am not.

(11/10) Work day for me and Dad has the kiddos.  Bigs have school and the teen has drama until late tonight.  I think we'll all be relieved when the play is done.

Monday, November 3, 2014

October 28th-November 3rd

(10/28)  Work day for Dad and me and Kathy had the boys.  We don't get home until 6p on Tuesdays, so the teen started dinner for us and it was ready when we walked in.  Perfect!  We pretty much had time to visit, eat and then it was bedtime.  Never enough hours in the day.   

(10/29) Day off for me and work day for Dad.  After the bigs went to school, I asked the littles what they wanted to do and got "no" for everything I offered.  Until 9a, when they both fell to pieces because we didn't have time to go to jump-jump (gymnastics).  I threw on some clothes and we were out the door a few minutes later.  We got there a little late, but it worked out fine and they still got to play for a half hour.  We stopped by the park after for a little bit and then went home for a snack before we had to go get C.  Nanan arrived after I put the littles down for nap so I could go to C's conference.  I love his teacher this year and she really has C figured out.  He seems to be really enjoying his year too.  We have some practice writing to do, but he's way ahead in math and has a head for computers.  Smarty pants!  The teen had drama practice and then went out for a bit.  Nanan stayed for dinner and then left when it all got chaotic with everyone home.  Gee, I wonder why.  :p

(10/30) Work day for me and Dad had the kiddos.  I went to Zumba after work, so I didn't see everybody until I went up to read C stories.  The teen was very upset with me because I had told her that she had to have all her work in to have a sleepover and that was looking pretty unlikely.  Sorry, kiddo... Try the turning in your work thing and see how fast I change my mind. 

(10/31)  Work day for Dad and me and Kathy had the boys.  The teen was off super early and had a friend come home with her so they could work on their costumes.  I worked from home today, so was able to visit with them periodically and check out their costumes in progress.  They both went as Snow Whites.  They finished early and then decided to go walk around to show off.  It was raining, but they didn't seem to care.  Goofy girls.  After work, I ran over to grab the boys from Kathy's, and then we headed to Sarah's so we could eat dinner and trick-or-treat in their neighborhood.  The boys were awesome!  They trekked all over and were all about getting chocolate from every house.  Both boys even carried their increasingly heavy buckets and were pros by the end of the evening.  C stayed over at Sarah's house and I took some very tired twinsies home.  They were asleep before I even left the room.  The teens met me back at the house and we watched some TV, and because someone got all her work in, her friend got to stay! Woot!  Around 10, I noticed one of them was sound asleep so I sent them upstairs and didn't hear a peep.  They were exhausted too. 

(11/1) C was invited back over to play at Jordan's house after hockey, so I only saw him for a short time this morning when he went out to practice and came home.  The teenagers appeared at about 10:30 briefly and then went back up.  It's hard to wake up.  I got everybody ready to head out the door before noon.  Dropped one teen off and ours went off to her visit.  The littles and I hit the museum to burn off some energy on a dreary Saturday.  We stopped by the store for some lunch and then I put the littles down for a late nap and had an hour of quiet before C came home.  The boys and I went to Granddad's house for dinner with the fam.  The teenager stayed up for a birthday party and we met her back at the house after a fun-filled evening.   

(11/2) C had a big game this morning - he was in goal for the entire 48 minute game period!  He worked hard the whole game and made some really nice saves.  The littles busied themselves by going in and out the door the separates the rink from the lobby.  They decided to go coatless, so I was good with that.  I kept half an eye on them, and boosted them up periodically to "watch hockey" and then let them go again.  Granddad, Grandma, Amber and Ryker all came out to cheer too!  After hockey, Dad ran out and grabbed us an early lunch... since all of us were feeling hungry well before the new noon.  No thank you, time change.  After lunch, the littles went down and I ran the teenager out to the mall.  And then I came home and spent some quality time with my book.  After I picked her up, we lazed about the house for a bit and then it was on to dinner, showers, and Sunday night shows for all. 

(11/3) And Monday again.  Back to normalish schedules this week.  Bigs have school, I'm working and Dad has the littles. 

Friday, October 31, 2014


Foods & expressions:
Egg-a-nog = eggnog
Quesahaddi = spaghetti
Fuffins = muffins
Squish & poppers! = hugs & kisses
Poppacorn or poppingcorn = popcorn
Beep B = letter B
The treehouse = where we live
J's hello phone = house phone

D (at the park): I Caterina meow-meow!
Me (later at home): Are you Caterina again, D?
D: No, I no have Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood. I have Dd!

Me: What do my littles want for lunch?
D: Peanut butter and sugar.
Sounds legit.

C: Mom, can I have some of what you're cooking?
Me: Sure, I'm making all your favorites.  Roasted squash, cauliflower, zucchini and beets! 
C: Nope, never mind! I was just kidding.