Thursday, April 3, 2008

New toy.

The girls discovered Max today.
Naven is usually their cat of choice because he talks incessantly and rubs all over them .. Cleo is a wuss, so she just runs and hides from them.
Max is usually outside or sleeping so they don't see him much. Today he made the mistake of trying to catch a nap on the sofa. Guessing he won't be doing that again any time soon.






Aside from a jungle gym, he also makes for a perfect movie watching pillow.

fabulous picture ..

.. and I missed it.

Kaelin fell into the toilet today.

It was early and I was still coming out of a coma like sleep, so I was in Mom mode instead of my usual smartass mode.
Darn it.
She went into the bathroom and a few seconds later I heard a "thump" and a "aieeeee!"
I go in there and find her stuck .. her legs by her ears like she had been broken in half ..
The look on her face .. oh, it was priceless.
I couldn't help but start laughing.
She responded with a little chuckle and then a "Mooooooom!"
Of course, that made me laugh even more.

Reesey, being the better mother of us two, ran in, accessed the situation and then hugged Kaelin and shot me a look that said, "Don't just stand there woman!!"

It was only as I was wiping her off that I thought, "Damn! The camera!"
Bad bad blogger.

Kaelin vs the peanut butter

I didn't see it happen .. but it must have been one heck of a fight.
I'm guessing she won the battle considering the victorious look on her face.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Amazing lecture.

This lecture hit me .. hard. Probably because of the girls. Once I can gather myself and stop the tears, I'll respond with more.

The video is of Carnegie Mellon Professor Randy Pausch. He is a father of three who is dying from pancreatic cancer, and was given only a few months to live.
On Sept. 18, 2007, before a packed auditorium, he gave his last lecture at the university.

(The video below is a long one (76 minutes) .. but I assure you .. so very worth every minute.
So. Very. Worth. It.
If you don't have the time for it right now, you can view his shortened reprise that was seen on Oprah. Lecture Reprise
(If you're a man .. yes, it's Oprah .. but I swear you won't lose any of your big, strong man points for this one. You're still a stud.)
If you watch the Oprah reprise, please find the time later to watch the full lecture. Again, it's worth it.)






For more, visit http://www.cmu.edu/randyslecture.

Seriously?

I was surfing the web catching up on recent events and stumbled upon THIS CNN article.

I think my brain is about to explode.

As if we don't already have enough Paris Hilton's in the world. Ick.

Now I must admit that as a mom who wears horrendously overpriced designer jeans, shops obsessively at Sephora, and revels in the glory of botox, that my girls will probably be a tad ... um ... conscious of such things.

Most likely, they will see manicures and facials as normal upkeep .. not a splurge or something to be done on special occasions. When they come to me at 14 saying they are going to dye their hair some vile shade of purple.. well, fine .. but I'll be damned if they don't have it done by a professional colorist.
It's not that I'm trying to raise obnoxious, bratty kids... it's just that .. well, I'M their mom. It's the whole osmosis thing. (See mom .. I did learn something in those few days I actually went to science class!)

With all that said, they will never be allowed to step foot into an Abercrombie store, they will never wear those hideous short skirts that have words scrawled across their rear ends (an 8 year old with the word, "cherry" her butt?! Um, no.) And until the year they wise up and figure out how to leave the house wearing one thing and change in the car before school, they will not be wearing tops that show their bellies.

So, maybe some will look and me and pity my kids. Maybe pity me. Whatever.
That website though ... eesh. At least my kids won't be learning that
kind of crap.
[My darlings .. always remember that your Daddy works with computers ... we will know every click you make on these machines.]

Of course, the creator of the site puts it all in perspective ..
Nicolas Jacquart, the 23-year-old Web designer from Tooting, south London, who created it was quoted in the Daily Mail as saying: "It is not a bad influence for young children. They learn to take care of their bimbos. The missions and goals are morally sound and teach children about the real world."

Ahh .. now I get it. Silly me. I feel so much better now.

A milestone of sorts

A conversation with sweet, innocent Kaelin.

"Mommy?"
"Yes?"
"I have jellybeans?"
"Nope .. maybe after lunch you can have one .. but not now."
She pauses to think this over.
"Mommy .. Daddy say I have jellybeans. I eat cereal and then I have jellybeans."
"Daddy said you have some jelybeans after breakfast?"
"YES!!!"

Hmm ....

Poor kid forgot that her Daddy works upstairs.
"Let me go upstairs and ask Daddy if he said you could have some okay?"

Kaelin .. again .. thinks this over...
and tries to change the subject

"Mommy .. we go outside now?"
"Let me go ask Daddy about the jellybeans first, okay?"

K looks sooo busted.
She utters a slow, "ooooookay" with a big sigh.

Busted.


I suppose I'll cut her some slack on that one given that it was April Fool's Day.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

High maintenance

Houston .. we have hair.
We got a little girly yesterday after bath time. I blow-dried the girls' hair with a round brush and discovered that Reesey has hair! I mean .. sure, she HAS hair .. but it always looks so sparse. It doesn't help that all of her friends have full heads of glorious hair and have already had it cut numerous times.
I guess this means our morning routine just got a bit more complicated.

I swear, the girl is going to be shopping at Sephora by the age of five. She already uses Alterna's White Truffle shampoo and conditioner (in my defense .. the girl has some serious bed head issues in the morning .. the kid stuff just doesn't cut it). Now she's being styled for crying out loud.
I have a feeling I'll pay for this later on.

Monday, March 31, 2008

Humor me.

Please tell me I'm not the only one who has a kid who does this when I ask her to do something for me...

Karma's a bitch .. in two acts

ACT I
Reese decides to play King of the Mountain on her duck ...

"Reesey .. get down. I mean it .. you're going to fall. Why aren't you listening to me? You're going to fall. It's going to hurt. I mean it. Ugh. Fine. Don't listen to me. Whatever."




ACT II
Kaelin starts rocking back and forth on the duck now ..
"Kaelin .. seriously? You JUST saw what happened to your sister. You're tempting fate my dear. I mean it .. you're going to fall backwards. Why don't you kids believe me? I know what I'm talking about here! Knock it off. Stop it. Ugh. Fine. See what happens. Whatever."




Ha. So there. Mommy two .. bratty kids zero.


At least when all else fails ... there's karma.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

So different ..



The picture above is of an art project the girls did at school. It cracks me up. Ever since the girls picked up their first crayon they have gone about their work soooo differently. Reese always gets close to the paper and makes very deliberate marks. Kaelin, on the other hand, just goes for it .. colors everywhere. Kind of like having Chuck Close and Jackson Pollack creating artwork for our fridge.

The teachers gave them circle stickers and the heart pictures to work on. Reesey did the one on the left .. Kaelin's is on the right.
Need I say more?
Love it.

Arrrgh.

K and R's buddy, Mason, had his third birthday party today. Kaelin is now obsessed with pirates and a pirate song by Relient K.
They had a blast catching up with their friends (which thanks to Reesey and Mommy getting sick for so long, we haven't seen in a while!)

'nuff said


Kaelin's pirate earring


Reesey keeps watch with her telescope...
you can never be too careful when fraternizing with pirates ya know.




~Props to Bella Grace Boutique for K's fab skull dress! Click Here

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