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The aliens have stolen my children.

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

It’s literally been since they woke up this morning. It’s starting to scare me a little. Or a lot.

This morning they both woke up in a good mood, and both made themselves breakfast (cereal) and cleaned up their dishes too. Then they asked to stay home instead of going to the park where their friends were. They played nicely all day, and only once asked for video/computer time, and when I asked about the park again, they said they really wanted to stay home today.

Lauren didn’t balk at any of my requests today – to pick up a dish on the floor that I knew wasn’t hers, to pick up the play-doh, to run to the basement and grab a few things from me from the pantry, etc. And she did “responsible” stuff too – like put the hairbrush away w/o a prompt (she always leaves it on the living room floor), sharing a snack with Elliot that she made, and put away some of their toys w/o any reminder.

And then when they bathed, they didn’t hose off my bathroom floor, they asked for clothing (they are always naked) and they let me take a 30 min. “nap” in the afternoon. When I got up, Elliot was sleeping (and still wearing his clothes!), and Lauren was playing quietly.

I swear these are aliens and my kids must be somewhere else being held captive!

——————- an hour later ——————–

And the aliens have returned my children. On my way home from Chrissy’s house (dropped off dinner, they have a new baby) I stopped to visit with Sherry (across the street) for a minute, and got home to find my previously calm and clothed children mostly nude and having a guacamole fight. Now they are throwing play-doh containers at each other.

Welcome back to normal.


Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

Elliot just had a conversation with his penis. He was sitting at the opposite end of the couch from me and looked down and went, “penis? peeeeniiisss?”

It didn’t answer him, so he grabbed it and said louder, “penis? PENIS!” then he yelled twice, “penis, peeenissss, don’t go dat, penis!” and then “daddy? daddy penis? PENIS!??!”

I asked him if he was talking to his penis and he said, “my penis, mine, no penis mama”

Oh if only I had a video camera built in to my glasses or something.

Happy half-Birthday

Saturday, August 1st, 2009

Lauren is 4.5 and she’s VERY into being “and a half!” though she really wishes she could be 5 like some of her friends who are having parties now.

We’ve had a busy summer. Last week we spent the week in Ohio with Ryan’s family, his brother and family came back from 3 years of overseas living in Tel Aviv, and we took all the kids (2.5, 4.5, newly 5 and newly 8 ) to Cedar Point for an overnight of rollercoaster fun. The kids did great and the grownups got to ride on some fun rides too.

We recently rehomed Zoe to a wonderful couple on the east end of Ohio, where she is now roaming 10 acres of pet fenced land on a huge 50+ acre farm. We’re thrilled that there is someone out there willing to love her as much as we do, and we’re thrilled to know she’s safe and happy. She and Elliot have really had a hard few months together, and we were finding it much more difficult to rehome Elliot.

Dad has been traveling for work, and Ryan went to Afghanistan right after Easter, the kids and I have only been going to Ohio. We’re hoping to take some sort of trip in the early fall, after school starts, so we can avoid tourists and still enjoy the nice weather.

Mom graduates in December from CSU, she’s pretty excited about that. And Ella is going to be a big sister in the fall too.

Evie is coming here in a few weeks to visit, for a whole week, and Lauren is THRILLED. Though she would prefer visiting at Nonnie’s house and going to Kiddie Park, she’ll be pleased to have company here too.

Not much else is new, we’ve been VERY busy this summer, going back to Ohio for Amy’s dad’s funeral at the beginning of July, tons of park days and playgroups, and general good-weather mayhem.

I’ll be back with pics soon, I have to unload my camera and get the pics online first.

Care of Magical Creatures

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

we have one of these
it roars and opens/closes mouth, turns head

So yesterday the kids had the dinosaur in the basement, I think they were trying to dress it up or bounce it on the trampoline.

This morning Elliot was downstairs, found it, and was bringing it back up, yelling “dista! scare ew! heeelp!” (sister, scare you, help), as in, Lauren, this damn dino is heavy, and I can’t say dinosaur, so it’s a “scare you” and will you help me drag it up?

He managed to get it up here on his own. And turned it over and said, “hi butt! scare you butt!” to it.

Then threw it down the basement (carpeted) stairs, “ut oh! hurt! scare ew hurt! hurt, ut oh!” and ran down to check on it. “ew kay?”

I can’t find my camera.

Sunday, February 1st, 2009

I was just noticing that there aren’t any pictures on here in the last few months. Matter of fact, there are no pictures of my kids in the last few months, except for a few that my mom took of them at Christmas. I can’t find my camera. I did find my camera before Christmas but the battery was dead and I couldn’t find the charger. I finally found the charger yesterday, but now have no idea what I did with the camera.

So children, I apologize, for missing Lauren’s 4th birthday, for missing a huge chunk of your lives. You are having fun and growing and look adorable, I promise.

And yes, Lauren is 4! She is already telling everyone, “I’m going to be 5!” now. On her birthday (it was a Sunday) we made farble mudge cake and invited our favorite neighbors from across the street to come over for lunch. We served big bowls of chili, Lauren helped me make the cake and cornbread, and Elliot fell asleep in his chair at the table, with food on his face.

Mommy and Daddy gave Lauren a dollhouse, and Elliot and Zoe provided some furniture for it – Elliot, the kids bedroom (bunkbeds, etc.) and Zoe, the kitchen (her favorite place in our house too).

It’s been a big hit with the boys in our playgroup, they gravitate toward it every time they are here.

To really celebrate Lauren’s birthday, we had a “party” on a regular playgroup day/time. We invited our entire playgroup to join us, but to not bring gifts, as we have far too many toys here already. If they really wanted to bring a gift, I asked them to make her a card instead, which she thought was really neat after getting email cards from her cousins Patrick and Scott.

I guess I should mention that our playgroup is over 100 families big, and spans an entire county and beyond. Fortunately, only about 12 responded that they were coming. *whew* So on Monday Lauren and I headed to the store to buy supplies – we had promised lunch to our friends for the party. We bought a ton of pita bread and pizza toppings, and the kids had a blast building their own pizzas and eating them. The moms enjoyed it too. And Lauren and I made 48 cupcakes, 30 of which were literally inhaled in moments by the kids. In total we had 19 kids in our tiny house (ages 1-7.5) for 4+ hrs. and nobody got hurt, nobody had a terrible fight over a toy, and they left the moms alone to talk upstairs most of the time. I LOVE our playgroup.

Elliot’s birthday is coming in 2 weeks, and while he doesn’t really get it, Lauren is terribly upset because it means that her birthday is over. She’s insisting that it’s still her birthday (and she insisted it was STILL Christmas until recently, though she will tell you it’s still Christmas because we still have snow on the ground), and that brother can’t have a birthday. I think really it’s because she knows her Other Nonnie and Grandma have gifts for her in Ohio and she wants to open them. Only thing is, we won’t be going to Ohio until after Elliot’s birthday. Can’t wait to see how she processes that one.

In other news, our lease is up in April and we’re starting to watch the housing market. Ryan’s #1 priority is to live somewhere “where we won’t get shot” after watching kids running in the street with guns in our Chicago abode. I’m fairly sure that we’re not going to even consider moving back downtown as his office is a 30 min. drive WEST of where we live right now and we’re about an hour drive west-northwest of downtown. His #2 priority is being able to bike to work, which limits us to a 6 mile radius around his office and that limits us to about 4 towns in the area. 3 of them are in the next county. Which is good, it’s lower taxes, but bad in that it’s further west yet again, and it already takes 6 hrs to drive home. Or maybe his #2 is having internet access. Either way it’s important.

So, housing considerations. 3 bedrooms, 2 car garage, 1.5 baths. Air conditioning, dishwasher, usable basement or rec room. Those are the important parts. Bonus points for an attached garage, fenced yard, nice neighbors.

I hate browsing houses (we’ve been driving past for curb appeal and neighborhood feel) when it’s so cold out – I’d much rather see the neighborhood in action on a summer weekend to feel it out. More later on the house hunt. Of course we’re just starting now, so this could go on for the next year.

I’m on the homeschooling team now.

Wednesday, October 1st, 2008

Had to share this Lauren gem.

On Monday we finally went over to the preschool to do the paperwork required to withdraw her. And the week before that I had called to tell them I was going to take her out, and would someone please get her epipen from the classroom because it was extremely likely that I wasn’t going to be able to show up at the start/end of any classes, and I didn’t want to disrupt the teacher’s lunch OR any classes when I did get there.

SO of course the epipen wasn’t there, it was still in the class. And the desk lady, rather than let me walk over to the door and get it, CALLED (the door is like 10′ from the office window) on the phone to the class, talked to the assistant, who talked to the teacher, who said she’d bring it out to me at the office.

So we waited at the office window, and Lauren was playing near me, and the door opened and Lauren saw the teacher and RAN and hid behind me. Not silly or flirty or anything, but scared. I reassured her and told her she could say hi to the teacher, the teacher said hi to her and gave me the epipen, but Lauren didn’t say hi back. Then…

“My mommy says I ever ever never have to go to school again in my life! GOODBYE!”

*giggle* I’m proud of her. I wonder if she’ll consider online classes for college.

Scissors and the 3 year old

Saturday, January 26th, 2008

Lauren gave herself bangs, and I have to say she did a pretty good job. She’s modeling Aunt Lala’s dress for you.

In other news, we hosted our first playgroup here and had a blast, and she and Ryan went sledding today.

Lauren is going to start preschool on Feb. 5 at the Park District. They have a playschool program – 16 kids age 2.5-3, a teacher, and an aide. She’ll go for two hours twice a week which will give me just enough time to do the grocery shopping with Elliot or maybe take a mommy and baby class at the center too. She’s going to take gymnastics on Wednesday mornings as well, so the 3 days in the middle of our week are pretty busy.

Hey! You broke my hair!

Thursday, May 31st, 2007

It’s been a while since I last posted. Elliot is now 3.5 months old, and Lauren is 28 months. I have been cutting her hair every month or two (usually in the bathtub) and today I trimmed up the back while she stood on the bathroom counter. At one point she looked down and saw a chunk of cut hair on the counter, and looked at me with big eyes and said, “Hey! You broke my hair!”

In other news, we spent the last 2 weeks traveling all over. On Weds. 5/16 I decided to try to do the 6 hrs. drive from Chicago to Cleveland without Ryan to help me. It was Elliot’s first long trip (actually his first car ride over 45 min.) and we left early in the morning to take advantage of his sleepy morning habit. We made it all the way to the Indiana/Ohio border before he was really mad, and we stopped for a break (frozen treats and jelly beans for Lauren) before doing the last half of the trip. We stopped a lot more often after that.

We visited with family and friends, and Ryan flew in on Friday night. We also rented a dumpster to attempt to clean out the house of all the things (many left by previous owners) so that we can possibly get it on the market sooner than later. We put a lot of stuff in that dumpster over the weekend!

On Monday Ryan left for California for training, on Tuesday Lisa, Lauren and Elliot flew to Florida to visit with Heidi, Iris and Martin, and on Thursday Frank and Gloria came down to Florida too, but they were staying with Granny. Friday Ryan returned to Cleveland, and Sunday Lisa and the kids went to Granny’s before flying home late on Sunday night with Nono and Nonnie.

If you’ve followed so far, then it’s no big surprise that we all drove back to Chicago (Zoe too!) on Monday afternoon. BUSY!

Lauren had a blast in Florida, we swam a lot, went to the beach a few times, and played with friends! Plenty of activity and new toys and foods and more, and it was a very welcome change of pace for me as well.

Ryan had dinner with an internet friend of mine out in the SF Bay area, and has come home full of interesting thoughts on the educational system in our country and how the system isn’t a great idea for kids like him (and probably Lauren). More thoughts on that later.

Elliot is 2 months old!

Thursday, April 19th, 2007

We visited a new doctor (family practice this time) for Elliot’s 2 month checkup. He was a few days older than 2 months, but not quite 9 weeks old, and he is a whopper.

He weighed in at 15 lbs and 2 oz, and just about 25″ long. By manipulating data from WHO and the growth charts, he will likely be over 25 lbs before he turns 1. Even better than that, he’s going to be at least 6’2″ as an adult. We’ll see how accurate those charts are in about 18 yrs. :)

Happy Easter

Friday, April 13th, 2007

We were in Ohio from April 5th until the 15th. Traveling with both kids on a plane is an adventure in itself, but we made it, thanks to a few helpful flight attendants and Grandma meeting us at the arrival gate.

In prime Cleveland weather, it snowed a ton, it started snowing on the 5th and didn’t stop before Easter. Lauren had a blast sledding with Nono in the backyard, playing with Lala, Granma, Evie, Cole, and Uncle John. Nonnie and Nona both fufilled their duties by spoiling her as much as possible.

Hunting for eggs was nearly impossible in the snow…

Lauren also discovered the magic of plastic surgery.

And Elliot outgrew all his 3-6 month sleepers.