Wordless Wednesday – Great Grandma Love

We always give big hugs

We always give big hugs

and have nice, long chats

and have nice, long chats

 

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Getting To Know Us – Part III: Interview with Big Trouble

children-quotes-funnyWell, I said I would try to do this with Big Trouble too, but it didn’t turn out quite as well as I had hoped as he is 2 and could care less what I want.  So, instead of trying to get him to answer my questions, here’s a few of his random thoughts and conversations as they occurred over the last few weeks (with my thoughts added in).

  • The Princess, after smacking Big Trouble in the face with a beach ball: Are you ok, sweetie? (notice she gets all big sistery AFTER hitting him on purpose); Big Trouble: I am better than ok!  (This is his new way of answering questions.  I have also asked him if he is pooping in his diaper and he responds with “I am better than pooping”.  I have a little optimist on my hands….and a big poop machine who often tells me that he is a “grossy, stinky butt and dat’s funny.  No. No, it isn’t).
  • Upon watching his big brother and sister go into a different room so they won’t be bothered by him, he runs after them, bangs on the closed door screaming, “Help! Let me in guys!  Hey, guys.  Open the door. (as though it was a mistake that he was shut out – poor little brother)
  • A conversation with me: “Do you think you would like to pick blueberries with mommy?”Big Trouble: “I love pooberries!” (um, ew – he has also called them boogerberries, so fun!).
  • As I was leaning over to pick up a basket of laundry, I feel a tiny hand on my butt and I hear a little voice say, “Shake your booty. Haha.  Dat’s funny.”  (Yeah, I’m definitely doing something right around here).
  • While playing Family Feud with Big Brother and practicing his juggwing (juggling) skills along with The Wiggles DVD, Hot Poppin’ Popcorn, I overhear this little gem: Big Brother says to him, “tell me something we all know about Brad Pitt.” (I think this may have been an actual family feud question because I’m fairly certain Big Brother has no idea who Brad Pitt is).;  Big Trouble answers: “2 Balls”.  (Yes, my mind went there even though I knew he was talking about juggling the two bouncy balls in his hands and was not remotely referencing Brad Pitt.)
  • While putting a new load of laundry in the washer, I hear the load I just pulled out being dumped on the floor by Big Trouble as he shouts to me, “Don’t worry Mommy, I get them.” (So glad I have his “help” or how else would I get anything done?!).

Getting To Know Us – Part I: Interview With The Princess

Recently I have been coming across a lot of really cute blogs where mothers have asked their kids different questions and had the kids answer honestly.  I thought this would be a fun “experiment” to do with my kids too, so here’s part one!  **Disclaimer – I may randomly add my thoughts to these answers in parentheses so you can know what went through my mind as she answered**

Getting to Know “The Princess”, Age 6

  • What do you want to be when you grow up? A teacher, a mommy, and a cashier at Publix (sounds just fine to me)
  • What brings you the most happiness? when I go to Nuberri for frozen yogurt (this is Daddy’s go to place when we have no idea what we are going to do on a weekend – we’ve gone through several customer loyalty cards)
  • When do you feel the most loved? When my Daddy hugs me (apparently, my hugs are not enough?! Hrmphf)
  • What are you afraid of? the dark  (I was surprised at this answer because I would have said she was afraid of thunderstorms as she always goes and hides under a blanket when she hears thunder – this usually leads her to accidentally falling asleep so it may be the thing I look forward to the most on a long Summer day – maybe I am projecting?)
  • If you had one wish, what would you wish for? to be a princess (There is a reason I refer to her as “the princess”)
  • What is the funniest word? potty (I’m just glad she didn’t say anything else)
  • What is the hardest/easiest thing to do? the hardest is to write supercalifragilisticexpialidocious; the easiest thing to do is Kindergarten math (I can attest to the fact that it is hard to type supercalifragilisticexpialidocious…twice.  But, I thought Kindergarten math was pretty hard when I had to help her.  Glad she is so confident.)
  • What is the best/worst thing in the world? worst is seeing a monster and the best is getting to be with a nice family (I love that she is still innocent enough to think that seeing a monster is the worst thing, but wise enough to know how important family is)
  • What makes you mad? when my brothers call me poopy (it definitely is a sore spot with her)
  • What is the meaning of love? happy with heart kissing (I have no idea what this means, but it sounds nice)
  • If you had all the money in the world, what would you do with it? I would buy the toy cleaning set from ToysRUs so that I could clean the house (I find this answer extremely hilarious because I have an arsenal of real cleaning products here that she is more than welcome to use at any time, yet she has never done it without complaining about how mean I am for making her help)

Getting to know me (THE QUEEN), as told by The Princess

  • What’s my favorite TV show? Real Housewives (It’s not my favorite, but it definitely is a guilty pleasure)
  • What do I drink? Coke (I don’t drink alcohol so this is how I make it through the day with 3 crazy kids.  Don’t judge, especially since I have only had Starbucks twice this month.)
  • What do I eat? taco salads (well, I do enjoy a nice taco salad)
  • What do I do for fun? Take a Nap. (I’m not sure this is considered fun, but I would definitely choose it if given the option)
  • What do I like to read? The Great Gatsby (I just re-read this after seeing the movie – luckily she didn’t give away my obsession with random YA series such as Harry Potter, Beautiful Creatures, The Hunger Games, Twilight, etc…..)
  • What do I wear? jeans and a t-shirt and flip-flops.  You never wear skirts but sometimes you wear dresses. – she says this with disappointment and then a slight hint of hope for the future (I’m very predictable, and apparently sad and pathetic in my choice of clothing)
  • What do I do with my friends? Go out to eat (I am a huge fan of getting to eat AND hold an actual adult conversation for more than 3 seconds)
  • What is my favorite song? Something by One Direction (um, NO.  That would be Time After Time by Cyndi Lauper, not some cheesy boy band from Britain that I am constantly subjected to. But, it could be worse; she could have said something by Justin Bieber)
  • What do I do when you’re school? Play with Big Trouble, make him take a nap, and probably go to the playground sometimes. (Yes, that is exactly how I spend my days when I’m not eating bonbons and watching Real Housewives.)
  • What do I do when you’re in bed at night? Help Big Trouble go to bed and watch tv. (This is true on certain nights)
  • What do I dream about at night? Your kids. (Sorry, sweetie, it’s Johnny Depp)
  • What is my favorite store? Target (Not sure this is actually my favorite store, but it is really close to our house and it’s not Walmart so we are there A LOT)
  • What do I buy there? Diapers and Wipes (hoping to delete diapers and add big boy underwear to this list very soon)
  • What’s my favorite thing to do with you?  Take care of me when I am sick. (You know, there really is nothing I enjoy more.  …seriously?  That’s what you picked as my favorite thing to do with you?  Should I take this as a compliment?)

And there you have it.  Stay tuned for thoughts from Big Brother and Big Trouble….if they decide to cooperate. 🙂  Feel free to try this with your own kids!  The answers are always great and surprising!

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday – Legacy

Right now, at the FSU Museum of Fine Arts, there are numerous pieces of artwork created by children from area schools as part of their “Generations” exhibit.  My son was asked to be a part of one of the exhibits based on the theme of “my legacy”.  The children from his school were to create a picture and a poem based on one word that they chose to be their legacy to the world.  I’m proud to say that he chose the word, HELPFULNESS.  I like that legacy.

His legacy: helping the world.

His legacy: helping the world.

A Little High Maintenance, But Definitely Worth It

Instead of buying her yet another toy, my husband and I decided to plan a few activities for my daughter’s actual birthday (her birthday party having taken place the Saturday before so that her friends could come before they left for Spring Break).  It was a much better use of money and it allowed us to spend some quality time together!

Now, please remember that 2 of the 3 things we did are definitely not every day occasions, but for purposes of a “big girl’s” 6th birthday, they were perfect choices.

The kids started off the day by going to see The Croods with daddy.  We would have all gone together, but Big Trouble doesn’t do movies – SHOCKING, right?croods croods2

Then, compliments of Grandma, I got to take her to her first mani/pedi.

holding very still!

holding very still!

getting a special design on her toes, compliments of the nice nail stylist

getting a special design on her toes, compliments of the nice nail stylist

She was so excited and told everyone there that it was her birthday and she was a big girl.  They didn’t seem to mind that she took 10 minutes to pick out 2 colors (because she couldn’t just have matching fingers and toes).

fancy flower toes

fancy flower toes

nails done

she thought she was so big, especially when they brought her an apple juice to sip on during the process 🙂

Then we went to the Melting Pot for a fondue dinner.  They loved how stringy the cheese was when they dipped the bread in and REALLY loved the yummy chocolate dessert.

FONDUE!

FONDUE!

It was an exhausting day, but a fun one for everyone, even B.T. who got to eat the leftovers we brought home from dinner.  I hope it was as special for my big girl as it was for me and I hope this will be something that we can replicate over the coming years with her and with our boys. 🙂

Wordless Wednesday – The Helicopter Egg Hunt

the descent of the helicopter

the descent of the helicopter

ooh, here it comes

ooh, here it comes

dropping eggs down for the kids

dropping eggs down for the kids

the little kids watching the eggs come down

the little kids watching the eggs come down

searching for eggs

searching for eggs

bypassing all of the eggs on the preschool playground because the slide is more fun than egg hunting

bypassing all of the eggs on the preschool playground because the slide is more fun than egg hunting

finally realizing we were on the playground to find eggs

finally realizing we were on the playground to find eggs

they found golden eggs!

they found golden eggs!

covered in eggs on the drive home

covered in eggs on the drive home

Beyond The Mirror

Guess what?  My mom wrote a book!  It’s something she has been wanting to do for a long time and her dream finally came true.  It is a compilation of two short stories and is an easy, uplifting read about how God always has a plan for your life, even when you can’t see it and you feel like giving up hope.

beyond the mirror

Beyond the Mirror is available now at Cross Books, Barnes and Noble, Books A Million and Amazon.  If you are looking for a light read, please check this out!  Love you, Mom!

“Full of faith and hope, Beyond the Mirror is a heartwarming and captivating story of devotion, loss and love. Also, included in this volume is A New Beginning, the sequel to Beyond the Mirror that shares the continuing journey and the importance of family and faith.”

Happy Passover

As you may or may not know by now, our family is an interfaith one.  My husband is Jewish and I am a Christian.  As such, we celebrate all of the holidays surrounding both religions (which basically means Christmas and Easter and then all of the Jewish holidays that I am still learning about).

I did know a thing or two about Passover prior to meeting my husband, however, as it goes hand in hand with Easter each year.  As such, I came up with a tradition for our kids that incorporates a bit of fun representing both Passover and Easter.  Instead of decorating eggs (which we would totally do if any of my kids would actually eat them instead of leaving them to rot, thus making my husband feel like he needs to get his year’s worth of cholesterol at one sitting), we decorate Matzo.

Eggs or Matzo? either way, you can decorate!

Eggs or Matzo? either way, you can decorate!

Now, as a shiksa, I am not a fan of the matzo.  It reminds me of the paper-eque wafers we used to eat during communion at my Episcopalian Day School when I was little – in a word, BLECH (that’s a word, right?).  But, I realize the significance of the matzo, and I realize that my husband actually enjoys the taste somehow, so we make it work.  We get chocolate from the store and then the kids go and pick out a few colors of candy melts from Michael’s and we make chocolate matzo covered with “pretty” candy melt decorations.  Then we let it set in the fridge for a few minutes and it is a cold and tasty treat that tastes nothing like cardboard.

I’m the first to admit that it is kind of a pain to cover the plain matzo in chocolate, especially with lots of little “helping” hands, so when I found pre-dipped chocolate matzo at our grocery store last week, I BOUGHT IT!  It didn’t matter that it was twice the amount of the regular box and only contained 3 pieces (actually, it would have mattered if I had realized that there were only 3 pieces inside before I bought it, but since I was clueless, it seemed to be the perfect purchase).

It just so happened that my mom was coming into town for the day because she had to miss my daughter’s birthday party due to my grandma going into the hospital the night before and she wanted to make it up to her.  So, while Big Trouble headed up to take his nap, I busted out our craft table and got out the goods so that my mom could help the kids this year.  Sucker.  (just kidding, mom, love you)

decorating is fun!

decorating is fun!

It started out great.  I melted the candy melts (this year’s colors were purple and blue) and poured them into little decorating bags; I then found some hot pink sprinkles, and handed over the reigns to Gigi.

squeezing out the good stuff

squeezing out the good stuff

Approximately 2.5 seconds into the project, Big Trouble decided that he was not going to go down that easily for his nap.  We heard his big old feet on our stairs and my daughter, who spooks easily, tried to grab hers so that her little brother wouldn’t get it and in the process, dropped it all over the floor.  This resulted in a broken plate, her creation all over the ground and many tears.  Of course this is how things would go down.  Meanwhile, the candy melts have immediately hardened onto our tile floor and Big Trouble is trying his best to play the role of family dog by picking up stray pieces of chocolate matzo and putting them into his mouth.  Luckily, he is the 3rd child and I am beyond my fear of germs.  It’s still gross though.

After we stopped decorating and started scraping the floor (literally scraping because using a knife was the only way to get that junk off), we managed to convince my daughter that the 3rd piece of matzo from the box could be hers, even though it was just a bunch of broken pieces.  She seemed to be ok with this and got back to decorating, while I kept Big Trouble out of, well, big trouble.

she got to decorate 4 pieces instead of 1! (that's how we had to approach this debacle)

she got to decorate 4 pieces instead of 1! (that’s how we had to approach this debacle)

My son finished his and he could tell me what each one was even though my unenlightened eyes couldn’t quite see it.  Apparently the holes in my decorating bags were too big so it’s my fault the things came out blobby.  We’ll just agree that Moses and Jesus had a great time playing ball together on the matzo court.

it's a basketball hoop with a basketball - can't you tell?

it’s a basketball hoop with a basketball – can’t you tell?

When all was said and done, this project was actually VERY tasty and it’s all about the memories, right?  We’ll stick with our homemade chocolate matzo in the future (so that we have lots of extra pieces for the next time disaster strikes – because you know it will).  Lesson learned.  Happy Passover from our crazy house to yours! 🙂