Monthly Archives: February 2010

Kitty Crack

Awhile back we bought a catnip toy for our two kitties.  Charge used it like a loofah and scrubbed his whole body with it while Callie was more laid back about the whole thing.  She gave it a few sniffs and walked off.  Just say NO to catnip!  She stared at her brother in disbelief as he rubbed his face all over the toy and nibbled on the corner.  He carried it up and down the hallway and batted it on the slippery wood floors.  Still no reaction from Callie.

This afternoon I made myself a toasted peanut butter and jelly sandwich for lunch.  Confession time:  I brought my plate into my bedroom so I could sit with my laptop and cruise blogs while I ate my lunch.  When I finished my sandwich I set the plate, full of crumbs and a drip of peanut butter and jelly, on the bed next to me.  Callie is my constant companion when I’m sitting on my bed.  In fact, she rarely leaves my room – only to eat or use the box.  When I set my plate down she uncurled herself and wandered over to smell my plate – to see if, perhaps, there might be a bit of tuna or salmon.  She sniffed all of the crumbs and then hit upon the blob of jellied peanut butter.  She took a tentative lick and then proceeded to clean the plate.  Almost instantly she became twitchy – jumping at the slightest movement.  The Kitty Crack quickly spread into her system and she began to twist her head around to lick her back – first on one side and then quickly over to the other side.  And then *JUMP* followed by a quick lick to the right, twist to the left, *JUMP*!  Paranoid much cat?

I have no idea if it really was the peanut butter or not but it was hilarious to watch.  Next time I’ll have to keep the camera handy.


*chirp, chirp*

Sorry for the silence over here.  I didn’t intend to take a break from blogging.  Life has been busy so I should have plenty to write about…. but it’s all been little things that have kept us busy.

The Boy continues to play basketball.  I, unfortunately, missed one of his big games.  And of course he happened to make half the points that game!  His most recent game was an exciting one though.  With about 30 seconds left in the game The Boy made the shot that tied the game, 13-13.  He also had quite the cheering section at that game.  His Sunday school teacher and her husband came, one of the college youth came, and one of our close friends came.  Only 3 games left!

Chickie has always enjoyed art – especially drawing.  Lately she’s been getting on the internet and finding how-to-draw sites.  Her artwork has greatly improved.  Yesterday a friend dropped off an art book and Chickie dove right in.  She drew a cartoon baby that looks fantastic!  I can’t wait to see where her artwork takes her.
She’s also doing really well in school.  For awhile she was struggling with math – her strongest subject.  But we found a better workbook and she loves it.  It focuses more on real world application.  Her handwriting is finally getting neater although she still hates creative writing.

Beans.  Ah, Beans.  She keeps me on my toes.  I have been so worried about teaching her to read.  Most of my homeschooling sources say not to worry – some kids aren’t ready to read until 3rd grade.  THIRD GRADE!  I’m soooo not okay with that but I don’t want to pressure her.  She knows her letters and sounds and can tell me the sounds in a word but blending them….. nope.  No matter how hard she tried “pan” was P. A. N.  and even once she knew the word she couldn’t jump to “man” – that remained M. A. N.   At this rate I was going to have to attend college with her so I could read her books to her.  And then.  And then I bought a box of readers.  We had readers before but they always mixed in too many sight words and didn’t provide enough repetition.  This new box of readers is perfect for her.  She can read the first 4 without any help and the next two with minimal help.  Just the encouragement she needed!
Many of you read on FB about the bead incident but I want to record it here.  The other night she came running into our bedroom crying that there was a bead up her nose and now her nose was bleeding.  I grabbed a flashlight and could barely glimpse a gold bead.  She had taken a cheap mardi gras necklace and popped all of the bead apart.  One of them “fell” into her nose according to her.  It was poked in pretty far.  I tried using a bobby pin to fish it out but I was too timid.  I was afraid of pushing it farther into her nose.  She was an angel and remained perfectly still.  After a couple of attempts I gave up and let my hubby give it a whirl.  On his first try he popped it right out and into his waiting hand.  My hero!

All three kids have gotten some sort of wart that spreads into clusters.  Beans has it the worst, then The Boy, and Chickie only has a few small ones.  The doc said they’d go away on their own but she would try burning off a few on Beans’ back.  They’ve blistered and one of the scabs got knocked off last night and started bleeding like mad.  Poor little Beans.

So that’s been life in a very quick nutshell.  Throw some snow and ice in there and that’s pretty much been our crazy life!


Have any of you been watching the news… specifically the weather?  The east coast is getting a little chilly.  I might actually have to put away the shorts and pull on a jacket.  Ha.  Who am I kidding?!  It is freezing outside.  The snow isn’t too bad.  Really.  It’s actually kind of pretty.  When it stays on the ground in nice little drifts… but today it’s not doing that.  The wind has blown into town and it’s swirling the snow up and around.  Which I guess is pretty.  When looking at it from inside a warm house.  I ran outside to take a quick picture of the front of our house and by the time I got back inside I felt as though I’d spent the afternoon playing in the snow.  It was flaked in my hair and dusted on my jeans.  My nose was red and drippy and my hands were frozen.

I know that my AZ friends are all thinking that it would be fun/nice/different to have some snow.  Just like I’m wishing for some AZ July sunshine!  It is fun/nice/different to have some snow.  For a few days.  Beyond that it begins to wear on you.  I’ve heard that this month is going to be more of the same…. and into March.  I get to look forward to slippery roads (have I mentioned that it’s very hilly here?), wet paws & wet boots, drafty windows & doors, piles of jackets, mittens, scarves and hats…. but I also get to look forward to my cornbag (oh how i love thee), hot chocolate & hot coffee, not having to fill up the gas tank quite as often, sledding, and lots of family time!

Hey guess what…

… it snowed.


Grab a hot beverage and a warm blanket… kick back and enjoy…

Lovin’ on the Kids

A few weeks ago I decided that having a smooth, predictable schedule was getting boring.  In order to shake things up a bit we’ve added two more kids to the mix.  Big J is 18 months and Little J is 8 weeks.  That ought to keep us on our toes!  (Hindsight: What was I thinking?!) LoL! 

Actually.  There’s a family in our church that was in need of someone to watch the two boys for three hours, three afternoons a week.  Perfect!  I get to have my baby fix (and let me tell you… the desire to have any more babies of my own?  GONE.) and we’re helping out a family and Chickie is getting some babysitting experience (she’s coming pre-trained AZ peeps!).

What I hadn’t anticipated was how much the entire family would pitch in.

I have been so appreciative of the extra help from the kids.  They rock the baby and they retrieve pacifiers, diapers and bottles.  They chase Big J, fix leaking sippy cups and willingly share their toys.  The first week that we had the boys Chickie jumped right in and as a thank you I bought her some glue on fingernails.  The next two weeks all three kids jumped right in and as a thank you…. the hubby and I planned a day of family fun!

The day started with bacon and the kids’ favorite chocolate chip pancakes.  Then, without telling them where we were going, we loaded them into the ‘burb and headed out.  Our first stop was to the mall – specifically to Build-a-Bear.  This has become Beans’ obsession and the other two were begging for their own as well.  Chickie picked out a petite puppy and named her Spotty.  The Boy picked out the wolf – complete with a Harley Davidson tee – and named him Bad Wolf.  Beans – true to her style – knew exactly which one she wanted… the heart-spotted dalmation that she named Hearts (what else?!).  After BaB we stopped in Macy’s where my sweet hubby picked out a new perfume for me.  Completely unexpected!  I love it! 

The kids spotted the bungee cord trampoline jumping and to their surprise we said OK!

First up was Beans.  She had a look on her face that was a mix of thrill and terror.  About halfway through her turn she decided that it was 100% fun.  But she still wasn’t going to do any flips.

Next up was the boy.  He was full of bravado while in line.  “I’m going to do a front flip AND a back flip.”  Yeah right.  Once he started jumping all he would do was barely push off of the trampoline.  He only went high when the gal running the show would pull down on his foot and sling him back up.

Finally Chickie got her turn.  She was probably the most apprehensive.  She got to do this before at the AZ Ren. Fair when she was quite a bit younger.  That time she didn’t even survive her whole turn before she wanted DOWN! NOW!  She’s a brave Chickie and wanted another chance to prove herself.  She climbed on, strapped in, and off she went!  No flips from her either but she still had a blast.

The next stop on our family fun day was Chuck E. Cheese.  Not exactly my idea of fun but if the kids can sacrifice their time for me… I can do the same for them.  The kids only re-appeared at the table to replenish their token supply, which left plenty of time for me and the hubby to have some alone time.  Well, as alone as you can be in a building full of noisy, wild children.  I’ll take what I can get! 

The kids thought our day was coming to an end but we surprised them with a stop to Maggie Moo’s.  For you AZ peeps – it’s like Cold Stone Creamery.  Only better.  It didn’t matter that we had piles of snow everywhere.  The kids were thrilled to get ice-cream.  WITH sprinkles!  Despite getting the smallest cups they offered we knew we weren’t going to be able to finish so we hurried home to save the rest in the freezer. 

The final cherry on top was giving Chickie the highlights she’s been begging. for. ever. to. have.  I had given her highlights last summer but I did a thin weave and she complained that they didn’t pop out enough.  This time I did a thicker weave and to her delight the top of her head is now blonde.  I’d post a picture but her head is currently in a snowcap – covered in snow.  I don’t think she’ll be back inside any time soon.

All-in-all it was a great day with the family.  It was fun to surprise the kids and to tell them “yes” more than “no”.  It was nice to have a day filled with laughter and not whining.  It was wonderful to love on them!