Thursday, February 24, 2011

my boys

It goes without saying, I love my boys more than life itself. 

But sometimes I just can't. keep. up.

So much has gone down this morning.  Nothing overly naughty.  They just have so much energy.  They are constantly experimenting and pushing the boundaries of everything... including laws of gravity.  Their curiosity is relentless.

The final straw was the baby grabbing a half-full mug off coffee and dumping it into the full washing machine. Well, at least the clothes were already dirty. 
Can't say as much about the wall, floor and rug that also got doused.  (Seriously, how does 2oz of liquid make it to so many locations?)  *sigh*

This event prompted me to sit down and write this and center myself a bit. 

Sometimes I think, it's just 'cause they are boys.  And there is no denying that amongst the preschool set, boys and girls generally have a very different "energy" going on.  (I have four brothers.  I know of what I speak.) 

But really it's just that they are intelligent preschoolers who need to DO.  And it's winter.  And I am ready for winter to be over.  Oh and I could really do with a nap... and a massage... and while we are dreaming, let's throw in a maid and the Clean House team. 

I suppose a fresh cup of coffee and a handful of chocolate chips will have to do for now...


Wednesday, February 23, 2011

one more link...

Stumbling upon a DIY tutorial list like this one:

totally makes me giddy. 

For the record, if I ever had a little girl to dress I would totally put her in cheeky stuff like this cateye glasses onesie.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Linky Love

I have been storing up favorite links in my feed reader for awhile so it's time to share.

How to be a More Patient Mom in Just 24 Hours -
I am going to work on this this week.  I am fwding the link the Papa K.  Read it.  (And then actually DO it.)

Homemade Pancake Syrup Recipe - Yes!  I have been looking for something like this as real maple syrup is so expensive, but I'm not down with corn-based alternatives.  I think I may be using this to "cut" the good stuff for my guys.

How to make Flubber, Glurch and other Homemade Art Supplies at Home - Master list of tutorials at OhDeeDoh.  Right up my alley!

DIY Dress Up Storage - Even with a boy house, we have some dress up stuff.  I think I just might tackle this! (And drag my handy bro along to Home Depot to help. heh.)

Gorgeous Rose Cake - Pretty icing technique!  Sweet and feminine.

White Pizza - I made this white pizza topping this past week.  It was so good, so simple and the kids loved it.  Trifecta!  Oh and not unhealthy either. :)

Friday, February 18, 2011


I belong to this on-line support group of sorts.  It's for mamas who have have suffered a pregnancy loss at some point. 
It sucks to belong to such a "club," but I found a lot of support and help there when I needed it the most. 

Long story short, there was some collaboration and the result is a charity sale of some really gorgeous yarn.  I wanted to help get the word out. 

Here's the link explaining the inspiration behind this:

And if you feel like supporting this cause with a yarn purchase, here's the link for that:

To me, the colors do represent how I feel about what I went though. Deep emotions of sorrow and loss with little bright flecks of hope and healing. I guess that is what a good artist does, takes the intangible and makes it into something tangible. 
In life there are lots of struggles and pain, but there is hope and joy and peace... sunshine after the rain.  Anyone can relate to that. 

Monday, February 14, 2011

Vaca Numbers

8 action packed days - 2 spent traveling

5 hours in flight round trip = 2 bags of goldfish crackers, numerous snack bars, a bag of gummy bears, two packs of gum, too many Yummy Earth lollys to keep track, and a generous sprinkling of "stop kicking that man's seat!"

3-1/2 days of glorious SUNSHINE!

8 playgrounds visited

1 really cool park (Highlands Hammock State Park)
-> 2 trails traveled
-> 1 alligator sighting

1 strawberry farm

1 wildlife rescue

1 children's please touch museum

3 thrift stores

1 amazing used book store... no really it was amazing

3 books purchased at said book store  (including a knitting book from 1942!!)

6 sleepless nights + 1 where we slept = 2 tired parents

1 Baby Surprise Jacket (mostly) completed

0 pictures to show you because I left my camera there...
(I will get it back eventually, but will likely be a bit anxious until its safe return.)

many happy memories... we are counting it a success!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

just like cats

I remember reading advice on how to keep indoor cats from getting bored and destroying stuff.  (Yes, this was before I had kids and actually cared to read articles about pet care.)  They said to get a bunch of empty boxes and rearrange them every few days. I guess to stimulate the cats or something?  This useless info popped into my head today.

This week my boys have been straight up crazy.  BOUNCING into the walls. 
Climbing, jumping, spinning, throwing with all the BOY energy they have.
We have a mini trampoline so this afternoon the 4 year old hurled himself from couch to trampoline to chair and back for a good 10 minutes.
The 1 year old also flushed his toothbrush down the toilet while I was on the phone.
But that's another story.

Breakfast on the floor, honey on the floor, cat food in the cat water, etc etc

A simple solution would be to get them out of the house.  However, they've been sick and the weather has been bad.  We are attempting a family vacation next week so I just want everyone to get healthy gosh-darn-it.  We've been PBS-ing it and Netflixing even, but there is only so much screen time one can justify.  We've been cooking and doing our housework, but the days are just so long.

So while we were watching the washing machine fill up and agitate.  (Yes really.)  I remembered the cats.  And laughed. 
Little children are not unlike animals in that they need to be stimulated or they will start getting nutty. 

I then thought about how puppies that are left unattended will start chewing the legs of your furniture and eat your shoes and destroy all your stuff.  The baby doesn't eat shoes, but he will chew the wheels off of toy cars.  I digress...

Do I have a point?  Not so much.
Yes I realize that my precious little ones are not animals.  I really do enjoy them (most of the time). We have so much fun together.
But I am darn glad we don't have more pets. 

And we really really need to get out of the house...