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  • Monday, June 30, 2008

    Big Kid Beds...

    My babies are sharing a room now. They each have their own toddler bed and have been adjusting quite nicely to the change. One thing I can say about my kids is that they're extremely good at adjusting to change.

    Jack did well on Saturday night in his big boy bed. Livie's bed was assembled yesterday and she took to it quite well, too. All we need to do is send Livie's crib to Kansas for O' Baby and buy a new mattress for her. Jack's old crib will be used for the new baby when he/she comes in January.

    Can you believe that Livie slept two feet from me for the last two years and almost three months? Jack was in our room for fourteen months and had to be moved because Livie was born; he had no time to adjust to it because it just had to be done since she was born prematurely. For over two years, I heard every breath she took, every move she made, every fart, and every sleeping giggle. I kind of miss her now, but she loves sharing a room with her big brother. Who could deny her that? Everyone is happy with their new sleeping situations. And all they want to do now is hang out in their new room. Amazing!

    My long-term plan is to bring our bedroom down into the office, which has a door to the outside. I'd like to have all the kids upstairs, eventually. And that can't happen if our bedroom is up there, too. We have two bedrooms on the main floor and two upstairs. There's no way in hell I'm letting kids have a room with a door to the outside. I want them where I can corral them. Heh. Hubby probably won't like the idea of having our bedroom in the office, but that gives us an opportunity to redecorate. The spare room on the main floor is now used as a hang-out room for the kids. Eventually, it'll become our office. There's a twin bed, two dressers, and a TV in there right now. It'll be work to get it done, but it will give us the chance to repaint and make changes that will pay off in the long run. None of this will happen, however, until the new baby is ready for his/her own room. And that's a long way off. If it's a boy, Jack and him will share our "old" room. If it's a girl, she'll share the room with Liv and Jack will get to have his own room again.

    It's a lot to process and I'm sure Hubby and I will fight about this in the future. He'd like to put our bedroom in Jack and Liv's room and have all three kids share the room across the hall from us. It's a very large room, so I can totally see how that would work for us all. It would leave our office and hang-out room intact and we wouldn't have to rearrange the main floor. We'd only have to flip rooms with the kids. Who knows what we'll do? For now, it's nice to have a plan, an idea to work with in the future. And I'm very grateful that my kids can go with the flow when we need them to do so. I'm beginning to think that my kids thrive on change. They're so good about it; it's unbelievable.

    For now, I'm content with having them both across the hall from me. This toddler bed milestone is just one "graduation" of hundreds I'm looking forward to experiencing with them. Five years ago, I never thought I'd be filling this house with children in such a short amount of time. I'll be ringing in the new year with baby #3. It's hard to believe, really.

    I used to be cool. Now, I'm so much cooler than I ever thought I'd be.

    Sunday, June 29, 2008

    Taxi, Taxi...

    Livie absolutely loves this song by David Weinstone. She saw it on Noggin and memorized the lyrics. Yesterday, she finally got that last line down pat, so she officially knows the whole song and will sing it to anyone, anywhere, anytime. This video was taken on our way home from vacation, so she hadn't quite mastered that last line yet.
    It's such a fun and catchy song for kids. In fact, I find myself singing along, too. Just in case you can't understand what she's saying, here are the lyrics:
    Taxi, taxi
    Riding in the backseat
    Roll the window up, roll the window down
    Put the money in the slot
    See ya later, thanks a lot
    Sure beats walking across town


    This, my friends, is quality entertainment.

    Saturday, June 28, 2008

    Vacation Highlights...

    Bear with me. There are several pictures posted here. Didn't I tell you this would happen?
    This was the highlight of the trip. Both kids slept in "big kid" beds without any problem at all. There was no wandering around in the middle of the night, no freaking out, no falling out, and no fussing about bedtime. Of course, they were exhausted when we'd put them to bed, so that probably helped. They even took naps on some days, which is rare. Overall, this was a huge accomplishment and I can check it off the To Do List for this summer. Now, all I need to do with them is potty learning and graduate them from their nummies (pacifiers). Yeesh.

    This is us. It's the best one I had and the only one with me in it, believe it or not. I'm always behind the lens, people. Click on the picture to enlarge it and you can get a good look at Liv giving you the Stink Eye.

    For some reason, this picture speaks volumes to me. I guess it's personal. I feel I was able to capture a "Jack" moment. At the end of the tunnel, Livie is hugging her Papa.

    Jack did this slide at the water park over a hundred times. This boy loves the water. And that otter on the left is holding a fish that's squirting water. I'm just sayin'.

    Speaking of water, Jack and Java loved, loved, loved the beach.

    When they say that goats will eat anything, they really mean anything. When Livie saw the goat trying to eat her dress, she looked at it and said, "Hey! Don't eat my dress!" I was more worried about that pig being able to smell the bacon we ate that morning. Heh.

    This is my absolute favorite picture of Jack. He's truly happy in his element.

    Remember last year's picture? And the year before that? Livie sure has grown. Sigh.

    C'mon. You can't tell me you wouldn't have taken this picture, too. This was a teachable moment for my kids. Heh. Lucky for me, they didn't seem to notice these turtles. I, on the other hand, was totally amused.

    This is a picture of the deer tick bite my husband got on his thigh on Tuesday. Those lovely things can carry Lyme disease. I pulled the adult female out with tweezers, as tiny as she was, but now the area has a red ring around it. He has a doctor appointment next Thursday. He was not very happy that I called them, but I don't care. You can never be too safe. I spoke with two nurses about it and had him talk to one, too. Better safe than sorry. I mean, look at this. Go on; click on the picture to see it up close. Wouldn't YOU do something about it? Is this normal? I guess we'll find out. And now he's going to be mad that I put it on the Internet. Yeesh.

    These were some of the highlights from our trip to the Northwoods this year. It was lovely, but it was work keeping the kids entertained and happy without their normal moving truck's worth of toys. It's nice to be home, though. I don't know how or if we'll be able to do it next year with three kids and a dog. That's a long way off, though.
    Come back tomorrow and see some singing entertainment from Livie. This girl just loves the video camera! The world is her stage, you know.

    Friday, June 27, 2008

    Welcome Home...

    We arrived home yesterday, around 3pm, and frankly, I'm just beat. I have a gazillion photos to load onto my desktop, laundry to finish, feet to put up, and sleep in my own bed to rejoice in. Does any of that make sense? I'm so tired I can't even tell if I'm coherent.

    It's funny...We go on "vacation" to take it easy and wind up bending over backwards to make sure the kids are entertained. If you have children, you know what happens when they get bored. Heh. Now, I'm just dog-tired. I know we were on "vacation," but it just doesn't quite feel that way.

    We had fun. We're home now. There's oodles to tell you and lots of photos to show you. I just can't bring myself to do it just yet. I keep forgetting that I'm growing a baby inside and I need a bit longer to recuperate from just everyday normal things, let alone vacation.

    I will let you know one thing that was the greatest thing ever...Jack and Liv were able to sleep in separate big kid beds in the same room. Jack had a twin bed that was pretty high off the floor, so we put up a bed rail. Livie slept in a full-sized bed, with Java at the foot of it to keep her company. And they didn't sneak out of their beds, nor did they keep each other up all night. It was a complete success! The sleeping situation turned out better than I ever could have expected!

    To be continued...

    Saturday, June 21, 2008

    Up North...

    Today, we leave for our home away from home, in the Northwoods. It'll be the kids, the dog, and us becoming one with nature. We'll be back next Thursday and I'm sure I'll have seven hundred photos to sort through before I'm able to post any.

    Until then, have a great week! I look forward to catching up on all of you when I come back.
    Thought For The Day: This time next year, I'll be going on vacation with THREE kids and a dog! Holy fuck!

    Friday, June 20, 2008

    And How Much Money Does He Make?...

    A Cleveland-area principal says he's embarrassed his students got proof of their "educaiton" on their high school diplomas.

    Westlake High School officials misspelled "education" on the diplomas distributed a few weeks ago. It's been the subject of mockery on local radio.

    Principal Timothy Freeman says he sent back the diplomas once to correct another error. When the diplomas came back, no one bothered to check things they thought were right the first time.

    The publisher has reprinted the diplomas a second time and sent them to the 330 graduates.


    Thursday, June 19, 2008

    In Case You Missed It...

    If you haven't already, move along and congratulate My Sister on being a new Grandma!

    Wednesday, June 18, 2008

    Great News...

    As of 5:14pm yesterday evening, My Sister became a grandmother to a 6 lb., 15 oz., 18 1/4" bouncing baby boy named Owen! The Princess and the baby are both doing very well.

    So swing on over to her blog and congratulate the heck out of her and my niece! This is a day to rejoice!

    Tuesday, June 17, 2008


    Sweet Baby Ray's Barbecue Sauce...on cauliflower

    Double Stuf Oreo cookies...when the kids go to bed

    Spicy foods...the hotter, the better

    Cheese...usually mozzarella string cheese
    Hey, at least it's not chalk, sand, or plaster. I've heard of that happening to pregnant women before (they call it pica). I'll happily stick to my cauliflower smothered in barbecue sauce, thankyouverymuch!
    When I was pregnant with Jack, I ate a bagel with cream cheese every day (sometimes twice a day) and I had a huge craving for meat. With Liv, I ate a lot of fruits and vegetables. Today, Jack's favorite food is bread and Livie loves her fruit. I think there's something to be said about the cravings you have when you're pregnant.
    With my luck, this baby will grow up and invent a Pepperjack Chocolate Cheesecake. Heh.
    If you've ever been pregnant or known someone who has been, what were your/their odd cravings? Do share.

    Monday, June 16, 2008

    Midnight Oil...

    I was up until 2am on Saturday night completing a project for my graduate class. I am exhausted. And I honestly can't remember the last time I stayed up that late, having fun or not.

    So, this is my post for the day. It's probably going to take me a few days to recover from Saturday night. Now that I'm off for the summer, I can take my time doing everything.

    Now, if only I could get the kids to learn how to sleep late...

    Sunday, June 15, 2008

    Stop Thinking...

    While I am very excited to be adding another baby to our family, I am also scared stiff. Duh. But I can't dwell on that. I know it's not going to be easy, but this is the only life I've got, so I'm going to enjoy the living shit out of it.

    This will most likely be the last pregnancy I'll ever have. Three kids will be enough for me, I think. If I won the lottery, however, I'd get pregnant every year until my insides fell out. That's how much I love kids and that's how much I love being pregnant. I know, I'm nuts.

    Three children is a lot for even the best, most organized households. My husband and I are very lucky to be able to do this because a lot of people out there just can't, physically or financially. A barrage of questions run through my head daily about a million possibilities. It's hard to separate the pregnancy hormones from the real me.

    I have to say that this pregnancy is very different from the other two I've had. I'm not experiencing any morning sickness at all. With the other two, I was sick as a dog for the first trimester of each. This time around, it's different. I am much more tired than I was with the other two, though. I can literally fall asleep anywhere, provided I know that the kids aren't playing with the steak knives and the electrical outlets. I get headaches, too, sometimes. I also crave spicy foods...a lot. And I distinctly remember my boobs getting huge right away; this time it's not happening as fast. I'm pretty emotional, too, lately, but that's par for the course when you're pregnant. Another thing is that I'm happy that I've been able to give Livie the "babyhood" she needed. She'll be 2.75 years old when the new baby comes along, so she would've had plenty of time to be the youngest. Jack, however, got shortchanged in that area. When he was six months old, I got pregnant with Liv, so he wasn't the "baby" for very long and went through a period of regression. I think a lot of his issues stem from that fact alone. He will be a couple weeks shy of his fourth birthday when the new baby is born.

    I will have an oldest child, a middle child, and a youngest child in my family. Perfect for all those birth order nuts out there. According to them, I'll have a leader, a nomad, and a spoiled brat. The only thing I won't have is an only child, which was never in the cards for me in the first place. I know some people prefer to only have one, but I don't think my makeup ever included that notion.

    If I think about it long enough, I realize that I'll be putting three kids through college at the same time. Yeesh. And that's when I tell myself to just go to sleep and not think anymore.

    Saturday, June 14, 2008

    What's In My Head...

    I wrote a very important post for Chicago Moms Blog.

    It's all about Friday's excursion with my kids and it lets you take a peek inside what it's like to be their Mom. It's titled "Instant Relief." I wanted to make sure you got a chance to see it. I don't want to cross-post it on here.

    I am bitter, but I'm not. Does that make sense? Have you ever felt like that before? If so, what were the circumstances?

    Where is this coming from? You'll understand once you read it.

    Friday, June 13, 2008

    Stick A Fork In Me...

    I'm done!

    Thursday, June 12, 2008

    A Sight To Behold...

    On my way home from work yesterday, I saw something I never, ever see in my neighborhood.

    A deer was crossing the street.

    Now, mind you, this is Chicago, not Minocqua, Wisconsin. I've never seen a deer walking around the city, but I know it's happened before. It's just never happened steps from my home. It was a young deer that looked very lost. I felt so bad for it. Secretly, I was hoping that it could find its way back to the forest preserve I'm pretty sure it came from before anyone could catch it. I thought about taking a picture of it with my phone, but I didn't want to scare it any more than it was already.

    What made me sad was that somewhere out there, a Mama was looking for her baby, possibly heartbroken. And that made me want to cry, even if it was just a deer.

    Damn these pregnancy hormones!

    Wednesday, June 11, 2008

    Only A Few More Days...

    ...and then I'm off for the summer! Oh. God. I. Need. It.

    I've also decided to take my kids with me to work on Friday. My students are only there for an hour. We get out of there at around 12:30pm and then head over to a restaurant for our end-of-the-year party. It should be very interesting, to say the least. Jack will probably walk around trying to put his hands in everyone's drinks and Livie will scream if any of the men look at her. WTF am I thinking?

    My colleague is bringing his little girl and she's only a month older than Jack. All three kids should get along just fine.

    I may be a wreck by the time we get home, but at least they'll have an outing. New people, new smells, new sights. We're going to have a lot of fun.

    And afterward, I get to look forward to doing a whole lot of oversleeping this summer.

    Tuesday, June 10, 2008

    From My Mom To You...

    My Mom sent me this extremely interesting email yesterday. She figured it was good blog fodder and I reckon she's right. As I read it, I just couldn't believe my eyes. You, too, will feel the same. Thanks, Mom! This post is going to make it around the world and back.

    How many zeros in a billion? This is too true to be funny.

    The next time you hear a politician use the word "billion" in a casual manner, think about
    whether you want the 'politicians' spending YOUR tax money.

    A billion is a difficult number to comprehend, but one advertising agency did a good job of putting that figure into some perspective in one of its releases.

    A. A billion seconds ago it was 1959.
    B. A billion minutes ago Jesus was alive.
    C. A billion hours ago our ancestors were living in the Stone Age.
    D. A billion days ago no-one walked on the earth on two feet.
    E. A billion dollars ago was only 8 hours and 20 minutes, at the rate our government is spending it.

    While this thought is still fresh in our brain...
    let's take a look at New Orleans ...
    It's amazing what you can learn with some simple division.

    Louisiana Senator, Mary Landrieu (D) is presently asking Congress for 250 BILLION DOLLARS to rebuild New Orleans . Interesting number... what does it mean?

    A. Well... if you are one of the 484,674 residents of New Orleans (every man, woman, and child) You each get $516,528.

    B. Or... if you have one of the 188,251 homes in New Orleans , your home gets $1,329,787.

    C. Or... if you are a family of four... your family gets $2,066,012.

    Washington , D. C - HELLO!
    Are all your calculators broken??

    Accounts Receivable Tax
    Building Permit Tax
    CDL License Tax
    Cigarette Tax
    Corporate Income Tax
    Dog License Tax
    Federal Income Tax
    Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)
    Fishing License Tax
    Food License Tax
    Fuel Permit Tax
    Gasoline Tax
    Hunting License Tax
    Inheritance Tax
    Inventory Tax
    IRS Interest Charges (tax on top of tax)
    IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax)
    Liquor Tax
    Luxury Tax
    Marriage License Tax
    Medicare Tax
    Property Tax
    Real Estate Tax
    Service charge taxes
    Social Security Tax
    Road Usage Tax (Truckers)
    Sales Taxes
    Recreational Vehicle Tax
    School Tax
    State Income Tax
    State Unemployment Tax (SUTA)
    Telephone Federal Excise Tax
    Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Tax
    Telephone Fe deral, State and Local Surcharge Tax
    Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax
    Telephone Recurring and Non-recurring Charges Tax
    Telephone State and Local Tax
    Telephone Usage Charge Tax
    Utility Tax
    Vehicle License Registration Tax
    Vehicle Sales Tax
    Watercraft Registration Tax
    Well Permit Tax
    Workers Compensation Tax


    Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago.. and our nation was the most prosperous in the world.

    We had absolutely no national debt...We had the largest middle class in the world...
    and Mom stayed home to raise the kids.

    What happened?
    Can you spell 'politicians!'

    And I still have to press "1" for English.

    I hope this goes around the USA at least 100 times.

    What the heck happened?

    Monday, June 09, 2008

    Garfield On The Oil Crisis...

    A lot of folks can't understand how we came
    To have an oil shortage here in our country.
    Well, there's a very simple answer.
    Nobody bothered to check the oil.
    We just didn't know we were getting low.
    The reason for that is purely geographical.
    Our OIL is located in
    Coastal Florida
    Coastal Louisiana
    Are located in
    Washington , DC.

    Sunday, June 08, 2008

    Infidelity, Envy, & Free Online Porn...

    I wonder how many freaky visitors I'll get with the title of this post. Heh.
    Now, THAT'S funny.

    Ooooh, that's mean.

    For some reason, I really don't believe she's playing Scrabble online.

    Saturday, June 07, 2008

    Killing Time Before My Midterm...

    Pyzam Family Sticker Toy
    Create your own family sticker graphic at

    This is what I did before I took my midterm last night. Me? Study? What are you kidding? I just wish I could've kept the dog from getting cut in half. Sigh.

    Friday, June 06, 2008

    Vocal Puzzles...

    Solve the puzzles by saying them out loud, over and over, faster and
    faster, repeating the phrase, until you "hear" the answer. Example: LAWN
    SAND JEALOUS (place) Answer: Los Angeles.
    Have fun trying. Don't
    cheat. (The answers are in the comments.)

    1. SHOCK CUSSED TOE (person)
    2. SAND TACKLE LAWS (fictional character)
    3. MY GULCH HOARD UN (person)
    4. MOW BEAD HICK(book)
    5. TALL MISCHIEF HER SUN (person)
    6. CHICK HE TUB AN AN US (product)
    7. THOUGH TIGHT AN HICK (thing)
    8. AISLE OH VIEW (phrase)
    9. TUB RAID HEAP HUNCH (TV show)
    11. DOCKED HEARSE WHOSE (person)
    13. AGE ANT HUB BLOWS HEAVEN (fictional character)
    15. BUCK SPUN HE (fictional character)

    Thursday, June 05, 2008

    Oooh Oooh, That Smell...

    Livie and I are lying on the bed resting. Suddenly, she pulls her knees up to her chest and I hear a, "Ehhhhhrrrrrr!"

    Livie asks, "Mommy, what was that noise?"

    I replied, "You farted, Honey"

    She responds, "No, it wasn't me."

    I ask, "Well, who did it then, Livie?"

    She says, "It was Java."

    Oh, how soon they blame the dog for their farts. My goodness, she's only two!

    Wednesday, June 04, 2008

    Redneck Tank Top...

    Look closely, please. Why is this tank top "redneck?"

    Tuesday, June 03, 2008

    Going Once, Going Twice...

    Jack's "school" is having an auction right now. Check it out. You just might find something worthwhile. (This one, in particular, caught my eye, but we won't be in town for it.) I can attest, however, that this is by far one of the things they need the most. And so is this! So far, they've raised close to $5,000 and it just started yesterday. It will end in two weeks.

    Tuesday's Child is a great place, or I wouldn't be pimpin' it on here.

    Monday, June 02, 2008

    Two More Weeks...

    ...and I will be finito with work until September! Right now, I have exactly ten days left that I have to get up and go to work, nine of which are with students. After that, it's free time, baby!

    Potty "learning," nummy weaning, and toddler beds are just around the corner. Before I know it, I'll be waking up to the cries of a newborn. Holy cow, I just had to reread that last sentence I just typed. Wow, I forgot how quickly pregnancy goes by.

    I got a new ticker for this baby up at the top. I still can't believe I'm pregnant. Can you? For some reason, this one's taking a little bit longer to sink in.

    Holy. Shit. I'm. Pregnant.

    Sunday, June 01, 2008


    No caption necessary with this one, right?