Sunday, April 23, 2006

Now I Know My ABC's

Nathan was singing his ABC's tonight and came up with a version that I have never heard of before. This is how it goes:

A - B - C - D - E - F - G - H - I - K - E - L - M - N - O - P

Q - R - S - T - U - B - W - X - Y AND B



(He may not have it all right, but at least he can rhyme!)

And to give David his fair share of blog time, here is his version of the Pledge of Allegiance:

I pledge allegiance to the flag
United States of America
to the hall which it stands
one mention, under God, invisible
with liberty and justice for all.

Monday, April 17, 2006

Here Comes the Cleaning Bunny

Easter weekend was a whirlwind of activity at our house. We started it off with a Spring cleaning of sorts. Ever since we moved, there has been a bunch of "stuff" in our garage that we have needed to go through. There were boxes from every room in the old house containing that junk you just can't live without even though it hasn't been touched in the past six months. So, I had a "great" idea. I decided we were going to do a clean sweep of the stuff in the garage.

Now, if you haven't seen Clean Sweep on TLC, you have missed out. It is a show with a team of people including Peter, a master organizer and declutterer, and an interior decorator, carpenter, and a bunch of helpers. This group of people work with the homeowners to declutter 2 rooms and completely redo them. So, I am thinking, "It's just one garage. We can go through all the stuff in a day." (First mistake!) So, we get up Saturday. I put the sheets on the ground for the keep, toss and give-away piles. Then I decide that we probably need to make it even more organized by sorting our keep pile by room in the new house so we don't have to sort through it twice. (Second Mistake!)

We carry all the stuff to the back yard and the boys go nuts looking through all of it and grabbing stuff that they must have. I never knew they had so many favorite toys! We sort and sort and sort and sort. It just never ends. We had stuff all over our back yard. It was the most horrific thing I have chosen to do!

The end result...We have stuff to put away in EVERY room of our house. We have a ton of stuff to get rid of and probably need to have a garage sale to accomplish that. I ended up with a horrible sunburn. One of my arms is so sunburned that it turned purple, which I don't think is normal.

So, the next time I have a "GREAT" idea, I am going to go hide in my closet or something. Yes, I am glad that we have sorted through stuff and this is one of our few weekends that we could get it done. The problem is that I really thought we could get everything done Saturday and Sunday, put it nicely, that did not happen! The moral of the story is either don't accumulate so much junk or don't believe what you see on T.V.

The state of our house left the poor Easter Bunny wading through a bunch of stuff to leave Easter baskets for the boys. Nathan proceeded to eat all the chocolate in his basket for breakfast Sunday morning while we were getting ready for church. (Sorry Sunday school teachers!) During rest time, he snuck into David's room and ate all of David's chocolate. (Sorry David and Christian Soldiers teachers!) Our house was so messy that we drove down to the Big City for lunch and a somewhat relaxing afternoon before evening services. It was a busy, but fun day!

Hope all of you had a clean, decluttered and fun Easter weekend!

Saturday, April 08, 2006

When It Rains...It Pours...AND Floods

I think it is going to take us at least a week to recover from the events of yesterday and today! Brian was gone all of yesterday and most of today. The boys and I are expecting him back any moment now and let me tell you, it won't be a second to soon! I don't know what it is about Brian being gone, but every time disaster strikes and it's always a test of my coping skills!

Things were going pretty well Friday until a little after 5:00 p.m. I had gotten some laundry done, cleaned the house, worked on my online class and was getting ready to grade some papers when it happened. For the second time of being in this house, my washing machine overflowed. What a mess! And of course, it happened right after 5:00 when our appliance repair guy had already left for the day...actually, had left for the weekend. So, I cleaned up the mess and emptied the water from the washing machine and was left with a ton of soaking wet towels to wring out and dry.

This was all on a day when, if you read the last post you know that neither boy took a nap. So, in addition to having a flood in my laundry room, I had two grouchy little boys. The mess was not horrible though, and I got it cleaned up, fed the boys, put them to bed about 7:00 p.m. and settled into my comfy chair in the living room to get some work done.

Well...not quite. Nathan started coughing...and coughing...and coughing. I checked on him several times and then finally had him come sit with me. Needless to say, I didn't get just a ton of sleep last night.

The dawn of Saturday would surely bring a more relaxing and less eventful day, right?

Wrong! Around 8:00 a.m., Nathan accidentally pulled David's arm out of socket helping him up off the floor. (or as David says, "My arm got sock-ed) I got David calmed down, and then started rushing around to get everybody ready to go. I also had the great dilemma as a parent. Do I wait until 9:00 when the clinic opens to be able to take David to a pediatrician who he knows and is going to be more comfortable with or do I take him to the Emergency Room? Knowing that David would probably handle the doctor's office better and seeing that he was staying pretty calm, I opted for the clinic.

David wanted to tell his Daddy about his arm while I was getting everybody ready, so we called Brian, filled him in on the injury, and then headed to the doctor's office. David did remarkably well; however, even after the doctor said it felt like it was back in the socket and the x-ray looked good, David was still in a lot of pain. I convinced him to put on the sling that the doctor gave us and thought the soreness would get better in a few hours. I even called my mom to see how long it used to bother me after my arm would come out of socket.

Now, seven hours later, it still hurts bad when he moves it the least little bit. The doctor told us if he was still having problems tomorrow to take him to the Emergency Room to have them try to put it in socket again and if that didn't work, he would need to see an orthopedic doctor. So, it looks like tomorrow may be an exciting day too. (As Aunt Judy would say, "Bless his heart!")

As an extra bonus, while I was typing this, Nathan proudly came and told me to come see what he had done in my bathroom. The sweet boy had cleaned part of the floor with a scrubbing brush...and toilet water. (Did I mention that he had just gone the bathroom in the toilet?) I guess I now need to go mop my bathroom floor!

Calgon, take me away!

Friday, April 07, 2006

Naptime...A Horrid Thing

Naptime has become a difficult thing at our house...again. Nathan has always been a fairly good napper. We have had short periods of time where he tried to assert his independence and refuse to take a nap, but he has now reached that stage where he almost doesn't need that nap (almost being the key word). If he doesn't have it, life is a nightmare from about 5:00p.m. until bedtime. The key is convincing him to fall asleep because he tries everything to keep himself awake. Today was the ultimate naptime moment!

The first time that Nathan came out from his room, he said, "Look mommy. I need to wear my yah-yo's." (Yah-yo's translated is overalls.) I took off the yah-yo's and sent him back to bed.

The next time he came back, he was wearing every pair of clean underwear from his drawer...all 12 of them. It then took 5 minutes for him to get all the underwear off and for him to get climb back into to bed. This episode came with a stern warning that he needed to close his eyes and go to sleep...or else!

Well, about 10 minutes later I hear the door open. Nathan walks out very slowly with his eyes closed, and he is snoring. He walks over to me with eyes still closed and snoring loudly. I walk him back to bed while he kept his eyes closed and snored even louder. I make him climb up in bed and he never once opened his eyes. I think he thought he had me fooled...or at least his hysterical laughing when I closed the door suggested that.

Oh my! At least I am still two steps ahead of this one...well, for now that is!

Monday, April 03, 2006

Little Gems

You know how people say things that just stick with you forever? Sometimes they are funny; sometimes they are little nuggets of wisdom. Here are some funny little gems from the boys:

David: In his prayer Sunday night..."And thank you that our house wasn't blown away by the tormado." (And I didn't mean to type tornado. He really calls them tormadoes.)

Nathan: Monday morning when he woke up..."MOMMY, it stopped raining. It's not night anymore. The floods came up." (They are studying Noah and the Ark in Bible class.)

Nathan: Every other morning..."Mommy, it's today! Get up can do it!"

David: Looking at Carissa (his girlfriend) with an awed look on his face while at Playworld at his birthday party..."She's so beautiful!"

David: After I tucked in his shirt..."Can I unplug my shirt when I get to school?"

Nathan: After I asked him if he was daddy's boy..."Yes, and you are my girl!"

Nathan: After being asked NOT to go potty in the bathtub..."But I like it. It's fun!"