Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Cute Kid Things


While I sat in the reception area of my doctor's office, a woman
rolled an elderly man in a wheelchair into the room. As she went to
the receptionist's desk, the man sat there, alone and silent. Just as
I was thinking I should make small talk with him, a little boy slipped
off his mother's lap and walked over to the wheelchair. Placing his
hand on the man's, he said, 'I know how you feel. My mom makes me ride
in the stroller too.'.

As I was nursing my baby, my cousin's six-year-old daughter, Krissy,
came into the room. Never having seen anyone breast feed before, she
was intrigued and full of all kinds of questions about what I was
doing. After mulling over my answers, she remarked, 'My mom has some
of those, but I don't think she knows how to use them.'

Out bicycling one day with my eight-year-old granddaughter, Carolyn,
I got a little wistful. 'In ten years,' I said, 'you'll want to be
with your friends and you won't go walking, biking, and swimming with
me like you do now.'

Carolyn shrugged. 'In ten years you'll be too old to do all those
things anyway.'

Dinosaurs are fascinating. My three-year-old is obsessed with them.

Recently we were riding on a bus, and he asked another passenger for her

'My name is Deena,' she said. 'Can you say Deena?'

'Deena,' said my son. 'Can you say pachycephalosaurus?'

Working as a pediatric nurse, I had the difficult assignment of giving
immunization shots to children. One day I entered the examining room
to give four-year-old Lizzie her needle. 'No, no, no!' she screamed.
'Lizzie,' scolded her mother, 'that's not polite behavior.'

With that, the girl yelled even louder, 'No, thank you! No, thank you!

Jake is 5 and learning to read.

He points at a picture in a zoo book and says,
'Look Mama! It's a frickin' Elephant!'

Deep breath ... 'What did you call it?'

'It's a frickin' Elephant, Mama! It says so on the picture!'

And so it does ...

'A f r i c a n Elephant'

Hooked on phonics!!! Ain't it wonderful?

One afternoon while I was visiting my library, I noticed a group of
preschoolers gathered for story time. The book they were reading was
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly. After the librarian
finished the first page, she asked the children, 'Do you think she'll

'Nope,' a little girl in the back said. 'I saw this last night on Fear

My sister had been ill, so I called to see how she was doing. My
ten-year-old niece answered the phone. 'Hello,' she whispered. 'Hi,
honey. How's your mother?' I asked..

'She's sleeping,' she answered, again in a whisper.

'Did she go to the doctor?' I asked.

'Yes. She got some medicine,' my niece said softly.

'Well, don't wake her up. Just tell her I called. What are you doing,
by the way?'

Again in a soft whisper, she answered, 'Practicing my trumpet.'


On the way back from a Cub Scout meeting, my grandson asked my son the
question. 'Dad, I know that babies come from mommies' tummies, but how
do they get there in the first place?' he asked innocently.

After my son hemmed and hawed awhile, my grandson finally spoke up in
disgust.'You don't have to make something up, Dad. It's OK if you
don't know the answer.'

Even though the toddler was having a furious tantrum, his mom was
unfazed. 'You may as well give up on the crying,' I heard her say as
she led him to the store exit. 'You're stuck with me for 18 years.'

Paul Newman founded the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp for children
stricken with cancer, AIDS and blood diseases. One afternoon he and
his wife, Joanne Woodward, stopped by to have lunch with the kids. A
counselor at a nearby table, suspecting the young patients wouldn't
know that Newman was a famous movie star, explained, 'That's the man
who made this camp possible. Maybe you've seen his picture on his
salad dressing bottle?' Blank stares. 'Well, you've probably seen his
face on his lemonade carton.'

An eight-year-old girl perked up. 'How long was he missing?'

Like all growing boys, my teenage grandson, Jermon, was constantly
hungry. I went to my refrigerator to find something he might like to
eat. After poking around a bit and moving the milk and juice cartons,
I spotted a bowl of leftover chili. 'Hey, Jermon,' I called out
excitedly. He came running into the kitchen. 'Look! I found some
chili.' Struggling to be polite, he said, 'If you're that surprised,
I'm not really sure I want it.'

My last name is a mouthful, so when my three-year-old niece learned to
spell it, I was thrilled, until my cousin burst my bubble.

'You can spell Sczygelski any way you like,' he pointed out. 'Who's
going to know if it's wrong?'

For the first time, my four-year-old daughter Kelsey was coming to my
office to have me, a dental hygienist, clean her teeth. She was
accompanied by her grandmother. When they came in, I greeted them
warmly, seated Kelsey and, as usual, put on my gloves, goggles and
mask. About ten minutes into the procedure, she got scared and cried,
'I want my mommy!'

I quickly pulled off my mask and said, 'I am your mommy.'

Without hesitating, my daughter yelled back, 'Then I want my granny!'
as copied off an e-mail

Sunday, December 28, 2008

For my 100th post

This is the 100th post for this blog site and I wanted to post something special. Ava shot this video tonight as we tried to capture Nova laughing. Nova is getting so big and becoming a little girl and less a baby. She sat in a "big girl" chair tonight at Kennedy's Diego Table and ate with the girls. It won't be long now before she sleeps in bed with them. I am going to miss my baby being just that A baby. This post is dedicated to my girls growing up.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Home after Christmas

It seems Christmas has came and went and we are back home. Our girls had a fun time and were sad to leave as always. We had some memorable moments; I found Jakob in the bathroom struggling to put his dark night costume under his clothes. Being the mom of girls I couldn't understand this behavior and I told April she might want to stop him since he would get to hot she told me "He wants to be able to throw off his clothes and be Batman!" Duh! Both Kennedy and Ava got camcorders. Kennedy is not quite sure what to do with her crayola one and I do not look forward to watching the crazy swung around shots but it she is happy to be like Ava. She is not happy that Santa gave Ava the tripod and not Ava got the flip and started her own blog to accompany her videos. I am adding a link to it on my blog. I did ask her to let me preview every video before she posts Ava has a habit of getting me at my worst. I have to laugh at the second video she posted while I was sleeping. (Shane posted it without my permission) During the video she tell me were broke!lol I guess I need to watch my off handed comments to Shane. Buying Christmas presents always stresses me out even when I buy I am always so relieved when we are done and every gift is wrapped and packed and we are headed to Grants. My parents had planned an wonderful meal and we all enjoyed it. I made my parents each a blanket and I hope they use them as they sit on their porch and watch their cats. They have 4 beautiful and very different cats. One is called Sunshine/Tommy. He is a huge(fat) orange tabby. I think April said he had been ran over and is still gun shy. Then there is Midnight. He is the most beautiful. He is completely black hence the name. He loves Natasha above all and I only saw him a few times. He reminded me of the cat Shane and I had before Ava. Then there is Luna who is black and White and another one which was stripped but I can't recall his name. Nova, Dad, and I sat outside with some Turkey to feed them but Nova ate more of the Turkey than they It was right before dinner and they were hungry. That night Shane, Mom, Dad, and I played Hearts. I beat Shane but on the second round my parents killed me. I should have learned never to shoot the moon with them but you can't beat a girl from trying. And now we are home and I have laundry to catch up on and find a place to put all the new Here is looking to the New Year!

Friday, December 19, 2008

And I think three is hard

She did it again. Michelle Duggar had gave birth to her 18th child. Wow! I just can't even imagine it. 18! After watching her show I think the kids seem happy and loved so more power to them. That being said I just can't imagine! (Did I already say that?),,20248075,00.html?xid=rss-topheadlines

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Santa, Kennedy, and Wonder Women

Yesterday I had some kind of stomach bug and had to miss Ava's holiday party in her classroom. Ava understood how sick I was but when the party started she cried to her teacher who thankfully made her feel a little better. When I picked her up from school she told what had happened and I began to feel really bad. Kennedy then told Ava I was a bad mom. That made Ava more upset and she asked Kennedy to stop which gave Kennedy encouragement to contiunue. She said it over and over while Ava cried more. Kennedy really nailed it when she said that she hated Momma. I still don't know where she has gotten that from but she likes to say it when she gets into trouble. So last night I was telling Shane about it, (I wasn't mad I know she has no idea what she said but Ava was still upset) so Shane took Kennedy to his lap to talk about it. He began with telling her that she is never to say she hates anyone. Her response is she does hate, (again she said it with a smile as she knew she was being naughty.) He tried again but she kept it up. So then he asked her "Where did you learn to say I hate" and she replied "From Santa"!lol Yesterday she also put on a Wonder Women costume and told me she was awesome.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Adam Walsh

I try to avoid any news that involves children being hurt, murdered, or mistreated in anyway but I had to read this article. As you probably know Adam Walsh went missing in the early 80's and was only 6 years old. He was only a year or so older than me at the time of his disappearance. His abduction changed, at least for my family, the idea of the world being safe for children. A few years later one of my mom's co-workers and our neighbor had her little boy go missing during a hunting trip with his father. It was believed at first that he was kidnapped and there was a very televised search for him. Eventually his body was found under the bush he had crawled under to keep warm. His disapperance and his death was an event has marked my life in a profound way. I pray everyday that my children will never be lost or taken. I have to say this one of not the largest fear of things that I worry will happen to my girls, my nieces and nephews and to the children of my friends. If I could rid the world of one evil it would be that all children are safe from predators of all kinds. Anyway back to Adam Walsh. His murder gave a death bed confession that he did indeed murder little Adam. I feel so sorry and sad for his parent today. I know that they must have gotten some closure but my heart still aches for his family. So I say a little prayer for Adam and his parents and loves ones today. The article for those who want to read it is linked at the bottom.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Pet Society has ruined my life

Thanks to Misty for pushing pet society on us. Shane created his pet, El Conquistador, Friday night and quickly became addicted. This game is like crack and I am telling you we can't stop. Mystery Boxes are the drugs that keep us coming back. Shane is the pet washing king and I his faithful sidekick as we go along trying to get enough coins to equal 50 so we can buy a box or two. We have got to stop but if we do then how will we ever get the Tiffany Lamp? I don't know but I do know this if we don't get some kind of pet society intervention real life is going to get real bad. I mean where will the fun be in the real store when we can't buy a mystery box? Also in life it's not funny when you poop on the floor but in PS it is. Heck you can gift poo to Also I think it's a sad fact that my pet, Ellie, is better dressed than I

Help us!

Thursday, December 11, 2008


Cooking and cleaning give me the greatest time to have thought about the day. As I was doing the dishes I thought about the girls and what their lives today. Ava had a horrible dream last night and came to our room to sleep with us. It took me a sleepy moment to realize she was sobbing. As I held her I asked her what happened? I figured she would tell me a dream about a monster or such but instead she told me she had a dream that Kennedy died. She was extremely upset and cried until she fell back asleep. Getting ready for school this morning she remembered her dream and cried again. I felt so sad for her because I know how much she loves her sister and I can empathize with her about having a dream be so real. She felt better at lunch because the girls and I went to lunch with her for family lunch day. The new cafeteria is great and a nice relaxing place for them. I love her school!
Kennedy was quiet most of today. She loved being at Ava's school and sitting at the table with her sister and her friends. I should have known something was wrong because among the food choices Kennedy refused to eat fruit and a cookie. She did drink the chocolate milk but that was all. I brought home her quesadilla and cookie figuring she would eat at home. They had small bowls of posole which for a school was really good. Once we got home she said "I have to throw up" and did all down the hallway to the bathroom. (This is why I love the "pergo" floors! After cleaning her up I put her in bed, with a bowl, and she fell asleep right away. Later after her nap she told me she felt better and about 45 mins ago she ate some minestrone. I am hoping it is a small bug but I have to say that she seems to be the one who catches everything and it is something that is bothering me. She is on my list to keep an eye one.
Then comes my Nova. When I was pg with her I really thought I might be having a boy. I felt different and carried her differently. Of course she isn't a boy and she loves her purses and the dolls but she also has some tendencies that the others didn't have as much. She likes to roar like a dinosaur! I got her a stuffed orange dino because it reminded me of her. She crawled like one too!lol Before she walked solidly she was climbing. She climbed on her walker, on steps, anywhere she could. Now she has taken to the next level. She has tried to climb into the bath tub, she climbs up the step stool to the sink, she tires to climb unto the couch. Yesterday she used my sewing machine case, pushed it to the book shelf, and climbed on it so she could climb the bookshelf! I thought ok this is it this will be the thing that is going to drive me crazy with worry. Yeah right! I was in another room when I hear "Mom, Mom" "Mom, Mom, Nova on Dollhouse!" I run to the girl's room where I see Mrs. Nova in the closet standing on the TOP PART of Ava's dollhouse. Unbelievable! Then as the day went on she continued to drive me nuts but the worst was when she was on the rug, fell and bite her lip in the same spot she bit it last week. I think if we had Nova first then we might not have been couragous enough for more. I say that and then she gives me one of her love hugs where she pats me on the back and I think "Maybe we should have one more!" Laughs for Shane!
It's nice to be able to blog these thoughts. I always plan to write them down but it's nice to be able to type them, I can type faster than write. Blogging is a great way to keep these memories especially when moms loose their memories because they have to much new information jammed into them due to their kids. Such as
"What's that?"
"A Hat"
"A crazy funky junky hat!"
"Hair's unslightly"
"Try to look like Keira Knightley"
"We've been there, we've done that"
"We see right through your funky hat"

See what my brain has come too!

Monday, December 8, 2008

Quiet Night

It's nice when the house is like this. Asleep. The only noise in the background is the dryer which is always music to my ears. I like hearing the dryer work I always have. The tree is giving off a soft glow and it is comforting. This will be the last year for this tree, the top lights have stopped working and it's run it course. I gave it a great send off and dressed it beautifully for it's last show. I almost didn't put up all the ornaments, I always forget how many I have until I open them. In the end I put them all one and added the new ornaments I got for the girls this year. They get one each year and had picked out theirs in early November but I found other ornaments at the antique store and I had an idea for them. The ornaments are oval tins painted with Santa and Snowmen. I took an oval paper and wrote them each a special message on it and placed it in the box. Each year I'll write them a message and when they are grown they will have the messaged for their tree. So they got two ornament this year. Ava did group hers together at first but after prodding she spread them out, unlike Kennedy who staked a claim to every ornament she hung and placed them all in the back part of the I didn't move any of their ornaments this year because I wanted the tree to be all of them and their effort. I did hold off on putting the ball ornaments until they were asleep and it helped to balance out their work. I am just thankful that I nor Shane likes tinsil on trees! I can only imagine the clumping I would be dealing

Merry Decorating to all!

Friday, December 5, 2008

What an unbelievable day!

I have to make this post short seeing as how I destroyed my house earlier today and I would like to have it look semi-decent before I get Shane. First Nova's second booster shot was today. I signed Kennedy in and didn't blink an eye when they told me they didn't write her name down but that they would squeeze Kennedy in anyway. The girls played until Kennedy's name was called. I went to pick up Nova when I realized that Kennedy wasn't the one getting the shot Nova Talk about being embarrassed. Thankfully they were great about it and she got the shot, did great, and we were on our way. I came home, fed the girls and put Nova down to sleep. Then I finished my essay, sent it to Shane for revisions and got my app. together to take in. Got Nova up and ready to go and went to leave when I realized I lost my keys! That's when the panic hit. To make a long story short I tore the house apart, called the school which did me no good, and finally found them in her high chair. I was 8 minutes late getting Ava who had somehow missed the sec. call her name. She went to the office to call me, I wasn't home I was on my way, and began to cry. In all of our discussion on what to do if I am late she never realized she was suppose to STAY IN the office. So then the guilt set in bad and the decision to get Ava a prepaid cell which she has to keep turned off and a secret was decided. (No cell on campus but screw that!) After I picked up my essays (3) from Shane (he printed them for me) I stopped to get the girls a drink and then to a park where I went over the app one last time. Finally I went to CNM to turn it in and found out I was in the wrong place! Got to the right place, and dropped it off. I was a little disappointed that bells and whistles did go off for me but oh well! I had little hope of being admitted this session, my lack of experience with children in a professional setting has me worried but I'll apply again if I don't' get admitted. Oh yeah during all this hassle I hear that Los Alamitos was in lock down! I don't know the full story so I'm not going to pass on wrong info but I am thankful that my nieces and nephews were taken out of school. I pray no one was hurt. Now I'm off to continue the cleaning!

This has been a day!

Monday, December 1, 2008

An exhausting day!

The girls wore themselves out today and I was right along there with them. Although we spent Thanksgiving with our huge family we decided that we would have one of our own here and make it simple without a huge fuss. This was also Shane's last day of vacation so it was a nice way to end it. Ava went to school and I let Kennedy sleep in as Shane was here. Once I came back I did a few thing and Nova went to the bedroom to play with Kennedy, who refused to wake up. Nova is walking more and more but she still holds on a lot to wall and whatever will be in her way. She does climb though and when I went to check on her I found her in Kennedy's bed,(Kennedy is tucked down by the Strawberry Shortcake doll), where she had She must have decided to read Kennedy awake because this is what I caught her doing. It was a cute moment. Later after dinner Nova had her second bath of the day, (Spaghetti for lunch), and I brought her to the living room to dress while Shane and our neighbor and Ava cleared the table. Nova got really excited and began to laugh at all of us. It was a great family moment. Later after Vince left we all played Dinosaur with Nova which consists of us all growling like we imagine dinosaurs Nova has the best growl but the quickest teeth so we all have to be careful. Kennedy went to the bedroom where she passed out on the floor without her bath or even he pj's on. Shane began to crash on the couch and Nova was done. I realized this was my best chance to mop without the footprints of Housework never seems done but I am thankful that we have a home to clean and the children who dirty it. I just wish we had the maid to be thankful for too!