Archive for October, 2006

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Happy Halloweenie

October 31, 2006

Meet Brian Emo

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I’m not sure the Red Ribbon Week “Say no to drugs” wristband and the “Servant” wristband contribute to his costume idea, but I’m not going to tell him that.

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There was a time…

October 25, 2006

Before I found Sandals, Harvest….church……God…..

I was more crazy than now. Like, WAY more. My children made me want to run away from home.  I forgot that for awhile, and I couldn’t figure out why I wasn’t able to handle life as a stay-at-home-mom. But reading back throughmy old online journal, I remember how truly intolerable it was for me back then.  Something that would make me roll my eyes now, and maybe even elicit a little giggle, used to send me over the edge.

Following are some examples.  I posed these in my old online journal back in late 2004.  So Dex was just about to turn 3, and Sadie was 5 and a half.

Me: Hi Baby! How was your day?
Dex: Because.
Me: Did you have fun at school?
Dex: Because why.

Walking from the car to the house after picking Dex up from pre-school...
Dex: Mama, I watch choo-choo movie?
Me: Sure!
Dex: Thanks! I wanna watch choo-choo movie.
Me: OK Dexter, let’s get in the house and take your shoes off, then you can lay on mama’s bed and watch it.
Dex: OK mama.
Me: *opens door*
Dex: MAMA I WATCH CHOO-CHOO MOVIE NOW?
Me: YES DEXTER, let’s just get your sho…
Dex: I WANNA WATCH CHOO-CHOO MOVIE!@##
Me: Dexter! You CAN watch the choo-choo movie, let’s just get your shoes off first!
Dex: ok
Me: *takes one shoe off*
Dex: Now I watch choo-choo movie?
Me: Dexter. Please. Let me get both of your shoes off, then you can go in my bed and watch your choo-choo movie.
Dex: ok
Me: *takes other shoe off*
Dex: YAY, CHOO-CHOO MOVIE!!@
Me: Grr…*puts him in the bed, leaves the room to get the choo-choo movie from the living room*
Dex: WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH I WANNA WATCH MY CHOO-CHOO MOVIE
Me: I. am going. to get. the choo-choo movie. from. the other room, Dexter.
Dex: Den I watch choo-choo movie?
Me: Yes.  And then I’m going to hit myself in the head with a hammer.
(Even in my crazy, I didn’t actually say that last sentence)

Between him and Sadie, man…I just…Tom’s going to come home one day and I’m going to be huddled on the floor in the corner of the kitchen, shaking uncontrollably, mumbling unintelligibly, peanut butter in my hair…just…snapped.
That’s it for now.  I think you get the idea.  The moral of the story is: God makes things better.  God and therapy.

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More YouTube fun

October 25, 2006

Ever heard of Line Rider? A lot of you have, I know. I first saw it on Los’s site. Anyway, Dex has had the most fun with it, and has made a couple that have been really impressive.

None as impressive as this one though:

And then there’s this:
(Morbid. Ingenious and funny, but morbid. Forgive me.)

I should really try to get something done today…

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Random = Love

October 24, 2006

To those who don’t truly know me yet, here is a confession:  I have a severe, almost desperate love of Teh Random.

That being said, this is right up my alley.

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Kids Love

October 23, 2006

One of the best feelings, as a parent or otherwise, is when your child first tells you that they love you, and you know they really understand what they’re saying. It’s something in their eyes.

As they grow, it’s as if they can’t tell you enough. With my kids anyway. Sometimes they’ll say I love you so many times in a day I want to yell at them, “I LOVE YOU TOO, OK??”

I hate it when I feel that. I work hard at not feeling that by reminding myself that they are saying it because they want to hear me say sweetly, “I love you too, Baby”, and if they keep repeating it, it’s because they are insecure in some way–I’m not giving them enough attention, most likely.

dexphone.jpgMost of the time though, when they’re young at least, they say it because it means so many things to them. They have that one phrase to let you know how thankful they are for you and what you do for them; how much they appreciate you providing food for them, brushing their hair, buying them clothes and toys, and creating a warm, safe environment in which they can grow.

What’s especially cool then, is when they begin to learn that there are other ways to express these things. When they can tell you exactly how they are feeling about you at the moment.

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I remember noticing this when Sadie was about four. She was really sick with the flu, and I had been up with her in the night for what seemed like hours, sitting with her on my lap on the bathroom floor out of sheer convenience. I had just freshened up a damp towel in the sink and put it on her forehead when she looked up at me and said “Mama, thank you for taking such good care of me.” It was more than words. It was pure emotion, and made her cry as she said it.

Dexter’s was today. Just a few minutes ago. He’s sick with a cold–nothing too bad, just a runny nose, a bit of a cough, and a slight fever I just discovered. After propping him up on pillows in my bed, giving him medicine and a snack and fresh water and finding something he wanted to watch on tv, he said “Mama, thank you for taking care of me when I’m sick.”

brianapp.JPGAs for Brian…unfortunately I don’t remember this moment with him. Things were not good when he was at that age. His dad and I were breaking up, and he was in turmoil. Anyhow, what’s funny is at almost 16, you’d think he’d have a thousand different ways of telling me he loves me. But no. It’s as if he’s reverted back to babyhood–he simply says “I love you, Mom”.

Of course, I have to say…at fifteen, and 6’1″ tall, when my “baby” hugs me and tells me he loves me? It’s good enough.

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Whew!

October 19, 2006

Denise posted about her busy schedule for the rest of the month, and I could totally relate.

October 2006Besides the fact that apparently I can’t post an original thought, it made me think of my own October calendar, and how much my life has changed socially and activity-wise in the past year. Up until then, when people said “there just aren’t enough hours in the day!”, I would think “I just don’t get that. What does that even mean?” I never had “too much to do”.

Now though…now it’s a different story. Besides having a full time job (working from home, but believe it or not that makes things even harder for me) and three kids, I now have a life.

Imagine that.

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Amazing videos

October 18, 2006

Even if you don’t like golf, you have to check out these videos starring Nike’s new Juice Ball.

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