A Forgotten Month

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You know, I really thought I was getting back in the groove – I mean 3 weeks of Friday Funnies posts counts as a streak around here these day.

And then I had surgery on my ankle.

I’ve known it was inevitable for months now.  I lived in denial for most of the summer, but things finally got to the point where I couldn’t put it off any longer.  My peroneal tendons had become ornerier than any of my kids and wouldn’t stay where they were put.  I can not describe to you the incredible pain you experience when your tendons jump the track and you must somehow get them back into place before you can take another step.  And they would pop out at the most inopportune times.  For example, when the physical therapist asked me what my goals were for therapy, I told her I wanted to be able to run across the room while carrying a puking toddler without my tendons popping out of place half way to the bathroom, landing both of us on the floor covered in… you get the idea.  The poor girl looked at me like I was bat-crap crazy! (By the way, physical therapy didn’t work and may have made the problem slightly worse.  I should have just had to surgery in the first place.)

And so, on Nov 18th, I submitted to the surgery necessary to stabilize those pesky tendons.  Between being laid up in bed for several weeks and the wonderful drugs the doctor prescribed,  I somehow lost nearly a month.

Post Op A Forgotten MonthHow I spent the first two weeks.

I remember Thanksgiving being pretty awesome this year, and that was only partly due to my spending the day in the recliner expected to do as little as possible. For the first time in the 15+ years since moving away from home, my family came to me instead of the other way around. We crammed 14 people around our dining table – although I vaguely remember the triplets being pushed off to their own little table (those were good pain meds!)

After the first two weeks of either laying in bed or rolling around on my knee walker, I got upgraded to a nifty blue cast and horrendously ugly cast shoe.

Riding Mommys Scotter A Forgotten MonthThe kids had way more fun on the scooter than I did.

So now, I’m a little over a month out from surgery and feeling much more myself.  I’m able to walk now, although my slow, clumpy, peg-leg pirate walk has earned me the clever nickname “Hop Along” at work.  I wish I could say that name will die when the cast come off in 9 days, but I have a feeling that’s not going to happen.

I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank Grandma Laura, Grumple (Michael) and Aunt Alyssa for their amazing help over the last month.  I wouldn’t have made it without you guys.

Friday Funnies – 11/14/2014

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Sometimes you just have to stop and listen to your kids.  They have such a fresh perspective on life.   Everything is new and excited and they haven’t been jaded by past experiences.  And, well, the things they say are often hilarious!

So, I bring you Friday Funnies – the best quotes and conversations from this past week (at least the ones I was able to write down.)

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Planning our day:

Mom:  “What fun things do you want to do after school?”
Ben: “Go to Papa Neals!!”
Mom: “That would be fun but it’s kinda of far away.”
Ben: “Then we just drive the car super fast like this” {run around the kitchen really fast} “ZOOOM”

Andy:

“I love cuddles – and money”

Ben needs an anatomy lesson:

Ben: “Mom, I’m missing a toe!”
Mom: “Oh no, let’s count them.”
Both: “1-2-3-4-5″
Mom: “Five toes. You have them all!”
Ben: “NO! I have 6 toes. One is missing”

Was Cassie hungry?

Cassie: “Mommy, what do cows eat?”
Mom: “Grass”
Cassie: “What do chickens eat?”
Mom: “Corn”
Cassie: “What do people eat?”
Mom: “Umm, cows and chickens”
Cassie: “No, {giggle} people don’t eat cows – only chicken nuggets”

A note home from school:

Cassie got upset when I told her she looked cute because “I’m not cute, because I’m not wearing a skirt.”

What are some of your funnies from the week?

Grumples Birthday Blowout

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Grandma Laura guest Blogger

October 3rd is Grumple’s Birthday.  Mine is Sept 24th and we had it in Omaha… my birthday present.  So the kids were already on “birthday party” mode.  For Grumple, we had a nice family dinner then the CAKE.  I had gotten enough candles for the HIGH number needed for him, but a couple of the packages disappeared.  So I improvised and found every candle we had no matter shape or size.  The cake was covered with candles and I lost count, but I don’t think I actually got enough on there!

Michael worked on lighting from one side and Aaron, Sarah and Alyssa from the others.  It still took awhile so there was a big build up of excitement with one family member complaining about all the wax dripping on the cake because it was taking so long.  Then, with the big blaze lit… Grumple and the kids took a big breath and blew out the candles.  Suprisingly, no one complained about kid spit on the cake!  Eeww!

The kids loved the cake…but mostly the icing.  Cassie went after other peoples icing too… luckily a couple of us aren’t big icing fans!  So hopped up on bedtime cake, icing and ice cream, the kids went to bed that night.  Suprisingly, it took a really long time for them to settle down and sleep!  Actually I don’t think Cassie crashed until after midnight!

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 Grumples Birthday Blowout

One of my favorite pics from that night is open to interpretation…. Aaron looks guilty and Ben looks peeved!?

 Grumples Birthday Blowout

Grandma Laura

Halloween 2014

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This year was the end of an era. The kids now have an opinion on their Halloween custom – which mean no more matching. I have to say, I was a little broken up about it.

We started talking about possible costumes several months ago because I wanted to make sure I had enough time to finish everything.

Happy Halloween 2014 Halloween 2014You’d think after nearly 4 years, we’d be better at taking group pictures

Cassie was set on a Princess from the very beginning and finally settled on a Butterfly Fairy Princess. Not surprised, I just hope she chooses something other than a princess and/or fairy next year.

The boys had a much harder time making up their minds. All of their choices began to run together.  There was a spider, a crocodile, a fireman, “everything” and finally settled on a Red Race car and a Blue Bird.

Now, from the picture above you might guess that Ben wanted to be the bird and Andy wanted to be the race car – but you’d be wrong!  Andy was dead-set on being a blue bird for weeks and Ben was dead-set on the Red Race card for about as long.

The weekend before Halloween, the kids and I walked in the local Halloween Parade with my friend’s family.  I hurriedly put together the bits of the costumes the night before and presented them to the kids the morning of the parade.   When Andy saw the car he lost his mind.  Suddenly a bird wasn’t cool – he wanted to be a race car!  I was able to talk him back into the bird costume with the promise of making him his own car later.  Everyone at the parade LOVED the car, but Ben didn’t really like walking in it.  Someone ended up carrying it most of the parade and the trick-or-treating afterwards.

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Fast forward to Halloween morning – Ben refused to put on the race car driver outfit.  “I’ve already been a red race car.  I want to be a red bird!!!”  Are you kidding me?  Fortunately, Andy was more than happy to switch.  Honestly, I’m glad it worked out that way.  The car is a crowd pleaser, but it’s pretty awkward to walk in.  Andy has more patience for things like this.  Andy tripped at the second house and was more upset about his broken windshield than being stuck inside a cardboard box.  He had to be lifted up and down every set of stairs and only got upset about it when we ran into another group of kids who didn’t understand it was his turn to ring the doorbell and wouldn’t wait for him to get up the stairs.

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Overall, it was a successful Halloween.  I have, however, set two new Halloween rules:

1) You can’t be the same thing two years in a row.  Cassie can not be a fairy or princess next year.  They’re fair game again in 2016, but we need a little variety!

2)  No costumes that require a cardboard box.

 

How was your Halloween?

Friday Funnies – 10/31/2014

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Sometimes you just have to stop and listen to your kids.  They have such a fresh perspective on life.   Everything is new and excited and they haven’t been jaded by past experiences.  And, well, the things they say are often hilarious!

So, I bring you Friday Funnies – the best quotes and conversations from this past week (at least the ones I was able to write down.)

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Andy while trying on his bird costume:

Andy: {Flapping his wings} “Mommy, it no work”

Mom: “What’s wrong, Buddy?”

Andy: “I no fly in the air”

Mom: “They’re pretend wings so you have to pretend fly”

Andy: “No pretend fly.  I need to fly for real!”

Ben upon realizing his DeeDees (blankets) are in the washer:

“I don’t want my DeeDees fresh and clean – I didn’t pee on them!”

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Ben looking at baby pictures:

“I’m not a baby anymore. I’m a big kid! And I’m gonna keep growing and growing and growing until I’m big enough to open the oven!” (My little Chef in the making)

Cassie is not a morning person:

Me: “Cassie it’s time to get up.”

Cassie: “No, the sun’s not awake yet,”

Me: “It’s raining so the sun is behind a cloud. But I assure you, it is morning.”

Cassie: “No it’s not! The sun is still sleeping!”

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Ben is really looking forward to Halloween:

Mom: “Do you know what you get when you go trick or treating?”

Ben: “CANDY! Mmm-Mmm, I love candy!  Candy is good growing food.”

Mom: “Not exactly. Candy is fun food.”

Ben: “No, candy grows CANDY!”

Cassie:

“My nose is really good at sniffing”

One from the Archives:

Ben to Ms Amanda (Preschool teacher):

Ben: “Ms Amanda, I don’t have my DeeDees because Mommy left them at home”

Ms Amanda: “Yeah, you did forget them at home, didn’t you?”

Ben: “No, my Mommy forgot them!”

Pad Time

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Ben has always liked curling up in Grandma’s bed with me.  I generally didn’t have to entertain him.  Sometimes we would read a book or he’d play a game on my kindle.  It was just quiet time with the two of us and nicely peaceful.

Now Andy and Cassie have gotten into the act.  There’s not much peaceful about those two.  Now I have all three of them get their “pads” to keep the peace.  Sarah got Kindles for all of them for Christmas.  (Don’t you love Black Friday deals – when you can get through the crowds!)  She has “Kindle Free Time” on them which will only load kid stuff that she allows.  Much of it is free and includes videos and a lot of educational games.

It’s a hoot when they are all three huddled up in the bed watching the same episode of the show but at slightly different points.  I have to make them use headphones so the stereo effect doesn’t drive me nuts.  It also gets to be too much when they are all watching different things!  When they do puzzles etc it’s much nicer.  Ben just likes to sit cuddled up to me and Andy likes that too.  Cassie however is all arms, legs, elbows and knees in perpetual motion.  I try to make her sit on the other side of one of the boys!

It’s also hilarious when they have different shows going and they try to watch each others too.  Sometimes it’s ok with them… sometimes it’s not.  Cassie especially will complain and try to cover her pad just to aggravate the boys.  Regardless, it’s nice to have “Grandma time” with them and it will be a special memory for me even if they don’t remember when they are older.

(notice the sheet on the window behind instead of the blinds… gee wonder how those blinds were destroyed!)

 

 Pad Time Pad Time

 

 

Friday Funnies – 10/24/2014

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You know the term “Stop and smell the roses”?  Well, I’ve decided I need to stop and listen to the kids.  They have such a fresh perspective on life.   Everything is new and excited and they haven’t been jaded by past experiences.  And, well, the things they say are often hilarious!

So, I bring you Friday Funnies – the best quotes and conversations from this past week (at least the ones I was able to write down.)

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Overheard from the back seat on the way to school:

Andy: “Look, a school bus”

Ben: “It going to our house – and knock it down”

Cassie: “No knock it down!  It’s too big and has sticky glue”

Cassie is NOT a morning person:

Mom: “Cassie, it’s time to get up”

Cassie: “No, the sun’s not awake yet”

Mom: “Sweetie, the sun’s behind a cloud because it’s raining.  I assure you – it’s morning”

Cassie: “NO IT’S NOT!  The sun is sleeping!”

Note home from preschool:

Ben just “woke up” from nap (still sleeping) and yelled Ms. Amanda, and started crying, I rushed over, got beside him, and asked him what was wrong and he cried, “I want to sit in the middle.” Poor boy must have been dreaming about riding in mommy’s car.

{Back story, the kids take turns sitting in the favored middle seat.  We even have a calendar on the fridge to track who’s day it it.}

Apparently, its my fault Ben’s car rolled down the sidewalk and tipped over.

Ben: {Gasp!}  Look what you did!

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And here’s one from the Archive:

Andy finds a nail popping out of the trim in the doctor’s office:

Andy: “Mommy, it needs bamming,  I need a hammer”

Mom: “No sweetie.  Only grown-ups can use hammers”

Andy: “No, I bam it.  I need a hammer!”

 

What are some of your funnies this week?

 

Pumpkin Patch 2014

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Every year since the kids were born, we have gone to the same pumpkin patch with my best friend’s family. It might be the only true holiday tradition we have thus far established.  It’s one thing I look forward to every year and this year was probably the funnest year so far.

Faulkner Ranch 2014 Pumpkin Patch 2014

We, of course, hit all of the favorite activities like the petting zoo, hay ride and corn crib.

Feeding the Animals Pumpkin Patch 2014I was amazed at how they’ve grown since last year.  They were able to feed the animals by themselves this year.

Cron Crib Pumpkin Patch 2014I’m always amazed at how fun a trailer full of corn can be.

Hayride Pumpkin Patch 2014This year’s hayride came complete the a small hay fight – Thanks Josh ;)

We were able to do many more of the “big kid” activities for the first time (and I wish I had taken more pictures).  The kids have attempted the long crawl through the inflatable caterpillar in years past, but they always give up just a few feet in.  This year, I had trouble getting them out!  The corn maze was some much fun, I had to have another family help me flush them out.  (See a theme here?  They are really refining the art of three against one!)

On the Rails Pumpkin Patch 2014Such big kids!

I’m already looking forward to next year!

Night of the Lion

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I have a working computer again!!  I’ve been limping along for a couple months with my old, slow machine that randomly shut off for no reason.  Needless to say, it just didn’t inspire me to spend time writing blog posts.  So, without further ado, here’s a post I started in July.  This one is just too funny to spend anymore time in my drafts.

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When Andy commits himself to something, he gives it 110%!  It’s a trait I hope serves him well in the future, but right now it’s just plain hilarious.

One night as we were leaving the Multiple’s Club meeting, the kids spot their Boppies in the back of the van and insist on using then for the drive home.  As we pull out of the parking lot, Andy puts his Boppy around his head and, in his best gruff voice, announces, “I a lion!”

Cassie quickly followed suit, “I a lion too!”

As we head for the highway, we start talking about what lions eat and where lions sleep.  Then Andy, in his lion voice, tells me “I a lion. I go to zoo”.

Me: “Yep, lions belong at the zoo.  We can go this weekend.”
Andy (in lion voice): “No, I a lion.  I go to zoo now!”
Cassie: “I a lion too.”
Me: “Ok, I’ll call the zoo keepers, but you may have to stay with us for a few days.”
Andy (in lion voice): “No, I a lion. I go to zoo.”
Cassie: “I a lion too.”

At this point Ben starts freaking out, “No, don’t go to zoo. You’ll be locked up.”

Things go on an on like this for several miles and Ben is getting more and more concerned.

Ben: “No, locked in the zoo!!”
Me: “But Ben, if Andy and Cassie are lions in the zoo, then you will get all of their Christmas presents.”
Cassie: “Mommy, I not a lion anymore”
Andy (in lion voice): “I a lion.  I go to zoo”

Wow, this kid may really be a lion!

Andy (in lion voice): “I a lion.  I go to zoo”
Me: “Ok, I’ll call the zoo keepers when we get home.”
Andy (in lion voice): “I a lion.  I go to zoo now!”
Me: “Ok, ok.  I’ll call the zoo keepers.  {Pick up phone}

‘Hello zoo keepers, I found one of your lions and I need you to come pick him up…  Yes, the one named Andy… Yes, he really wants to go back to the zoo.  Could you pick him up right away… Thank you, we’ll see you as soon as you can get here.’

Andy Lion, they can’t get her until morning, so you’ll need to stay at our house tonight”
Andy (in lion voice): “Ok, but I a lion. I sleep outside.”

We get home and start changing into jammies.

Andy (in lion voice): “I a lion. I sleep outside.”
Me: “Even lions need jammies. It’s cold outside tonight”
Andy (in lion voice): “Ok, but I a lion. I sleep outside.”

On and on we go. There’s no snapping him out of it! He doesn’t even want bedtime milk – only antelope juice will do.

Me: “Alright, every one to bed.”
Andy (in lion voice): “I a lion. I sleep outside.”
Me: “Ok, you can sleep outside”

We go to the back door and he steps out and curls up on the top step.

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Me: “Alright Lion Andy. Go find a nice patch of grass”
Andy (in lion voice): “I a lion. I sleep outside.”
Me: “Are you sure you don’t want to sleep in a bed?”
Andy (in lion voice): “I a lion. I sleep outside.”
Me: “The grass is a little wet. A bed may be more comfortable”
Andy (in lion voice): “I a lion. I sleep outside.”
Me: “Alright, good night!”

I shut the door and Ben and Cassie walk up to the glass door: “No, I miss him. Come inside Andy. I miss you!”

Watching Andy Lion Night of the Lion

Alyssa hears what’s going on, and after she stops laughing, steps in to convince him to sleep inside.

Alyssa: “You could be an inside lion”
Andy (in lion voice): “I a lion. I sleep outside.”

After some coercing, he agrees to come inside, but he’s going to sleep in a chair, not a bed. Whatever it take, kid!

He walks over to Grumple’s chair and climbs in.

Me: “No Andy Lion, you need to sleep in the chair in your room”
Andy (in lion voice): “I a lion. This chair is perfect for me.”
Me: “No, I think you need to go upstairs so you don’t scare Grandma and Grumple when they wake up.”
Andy (in lion voice): “Ok, but I a lion. I sleep in chair.”

Andy Lion in Bed Night of the Lion

The whole shows was impressive. I’ve never seen a kid so commited to being a lion! Even the next morning, he came downstairs with the Boppy Mane:
Andy (in lion voice): “I a lion.”

Summer Bucket List 2014

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It’s that time of year again – Summer Bucket List 2014!  You thought I forgot, didn’t you?  Truth be told, I almost did.  It wasn’t until the other night when Andy discovered lighting bugs in our back yard that I remembered.  (Catching lighting bugs was one of the things we missed last year.)

The Summer Bucket List Challenge couldn’t come at a better time.  I’ve let the daily grind get the better of me and we need a big bolus of fun – STAT.  The best part about this year’s list – the kids actually helped me make it.  I still had to throw out some ideas, but they really surprised me their suggestions.  (Ben: “Ummm, how about swimming?”)

So, what’s on our list??

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Some of these are repeats because they were so much fun the first time.  Some have appeared on the list several times and still remain undone (e.g. Go to the Omaha Zoo).  And some are going to be more of a challenge than others.  (Build a snowman? Really Laura, that’s what you had to offer?)  But on thing’s for sure, between now and the end of September, we should have a LOT of fun!

What on your Summer Bucket List?