Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Iron Man Strikes Again

I'm not sure if I told everyone about my son's obsession with Iron Man. (My brain is toast today) He wears his Iron Man costume everywhere. Except to Church. I had to draw the line somewhere. Even though everyone tells me I should just let him.Right now his costume is ripped all around the seams in the waist and I need to suck it up and sew it back together. I've been cruising websites looking for a new costume that won't break the bank.

On Christmas day my son opened this gift from our neighbor. It's Iron Mans hand that shoots the beams. (Or laser or whatever the heck you call it) After that he was blind to any other gift. (I was going to go to the neighbors and beat her but I didn't)
What happened to my baby? My last child? My only son? The fruit of our loins?
Now all he does is run around the house firing missiles at me when I tell him no. He hides under the table and pings off the cats. He hides behind the doors to nail us as we walk by. His latest is to lay in wait in the shower and when you go to get in the shower and pull the curtain back he shoots you in the head. This boy is getting too big for his britches.
But he still can't fit into his daddy's shoes.
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Saturday, December 25, 2010


I have not a clue to where my camera is. Chaos has taken over our home.

We were so busy this past week that I haven't been able to blog. I've been going to bed early and just as soon as my head hits the pillow I'm out cold. I wake up at 5:15 (I don't need an alarm anymore)to get ready for the day. Even when we don't have to wake up I'm waking up.

I'm finally getting over what ever germ that infected my body. I was on the mend it seemed two weeks ago and I tried to do a full day of Christmas shopping and it set me back to square one. I didn't finish my shopping until this past Monday and then Dave did most of it. (He also spent three hours wrapping with me yesterday. I gave him all the odd shaped things.) Thank goodness he helped me or I never would have finished any of it. Monday we were in a store and he asked me what I had purchased for one of the kids and I went to look at my list and I had left my list in the car in another city. I was beside myself. I couldn't remember one thing I had purchased. I fell apart and sat in the truck like a little baby while he shopped. Z deserves an award for putting up with me sometimes. This happened to be one of those times.

When I finally pulled myself together and got back to my car and looked at the list, I (as in Z) had purchased everything I needed to.

A few weeks ago Marians teacher had asked me to come into the class this week and make melted snowman cookies with the class. I did and we had so much fun. Marian was truly blessed with her teacher this year. She is awesome.

Friday Kadie came up in the afternoon and we decorated sugar cookies then went to Church. We had a nice Christmas Eve and I was so tired that I went to bed at 8:30. Kadie and I woke up at 5:15 this morning (go figure) and had to wait for the other kids to get up at 7am. I thought I was going to have to wake the little monkeys up. Of course they didn't disappoint us with their antics opening gifts. At least this wasn't Ali and Frasier  kind of day. No fist fighting at all. Just alot of jumping up and down and squealing. Which in some ways is worse.

As our year is coming to a close I have to be thankful. It has been a relatively uneventful year. More ups than downs. We are still mourning my mom and it was hard today to not sit and cry. But I didn't and the kids talked about her off and on without shedding any tears. So we are healing.

 One week from today we will be into a new year. I can't wait. Changes are coming. My sister leaves for Afghanistan in the next few weeks and I wish I could see her again before she goes but there just isn't time. The kids and I are already praying for her safety. Marians class is going to write her letters to keep her from being too lonely. I bet she'll look forward to getting them each month. How can you not love the writing of a bunch of forth graders? lol

MERRY CHRISTMAS to everyone I hope your day was as special as mine.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Something to think about

You may be wondering why my cats are sitting on the TV stand staring at the wall. You may also be wondering why Dane is wearing twenty zillion layers of clothing with a mask on his face. I can't tell you why Dane is doing what he's doing but I can tell you about the cats.

You see, behind the wall are squirrels. Running squirrels. Scratching squirrels. Squirrels that are going to die if they ever expose themselves around the cats. Because let me tell you, those two cats, they are on patrol.

Scooter is the coon cat and Butterscotch is the yellow one. Scooter is ten years old and just like one of the kids. Scotch, well he took a little longer to love but we really do love him now. He's a natural born killer. He kills everything he can and leaves the guts for me. Then he goes and poops out bones and such in the litter box and smells up the ENTIRE basement.

Today we had some very disturbing news. Both Z and Chrissy went to the doctor. They have different doctors but both doctors said the same thing. You don't have sinus infections, you have horrible allergies. Probably to your cats. Get rid of them. Well, they didn't say get rid of them but that's what they meant. I know it and I've been crying ever since.

How do you get rid of something you've had and loved for ten years? Or even three years or six months. I can't I just can't.
I think I'm allergic to my kids. I really am. They give me massive headaches, make me itch (when they bring home lice) they cause confusion and anger BUT I WOULDN'T GIVE THEM AWAY!!!!!!

Darn just what we didn't need to deal with right now.
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He's Makin A List and Checkin it Twice

I know it has been awhile since I posted last. Christmas is sneaking up on us here in Maine quite quickly.
As of tonight we finally have the tree decorated. It looks like the tree barfed. Ornaments everywhere. No rhyme or reason. I guess that's what happens when you have kids.

In my dreams I thought we'd all be decorating the tree while singing CHRISTmas songs and drinking cocoa and eggnog. Instead the tree has sat bare for the past week. Today I said enough is enough kids! Now get your darn buts in that room and put that crap on the tree. So they did. Listening to Lady Gaga and The Beastie Boys. Fighting over ornaments with their three year old brother until I thought my head would pop off. It probably is a good thing that Mims had basketball practice or I might have started drinking and passed out by now.

I finally think I'm on the mend. I only has to take a twenty minute nap this afternoon. Hopefully tomorrow will be better. Kadie is coming over to make some cookies and truffles with me. I can't wait.

Last Friday Dane and I went to work with Z and stopped into Bean. I bought two of the kids new boots. Dane took a bigger size than I thought he would and when I got Mims boots I just got the size she would normally wear not thinking that Dane had to get a bigger size. Of course when we got home Mims boots were too small. I cringed at the thought of having to go to LL Bean on a Saturday 14 days before CHRISTmas. I didn't want to go but Mims does not have any boots. So I talked Kadie into riding down with me. (I didn't have to twist her arm very hard) We had an awesome time. We walked around Bean for a few hours and then walked around all of the squares. We had a really nice time. It helped me get into the CHRISTmas mode. But I will say it was VERY crowded and full of snotty people.

* I didn't finish this post last night, the kids wouldn't go to bed without me going up with them and then I fell asleep. This morning I got up and have a sore throat. I hope this ends soon. Blech.
I have another post to write and will later today. I'll try to take pictures of Kadie teaching me to make truffles. Have an awesome day:)

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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

The green snots have me down

This is how I feel today. So much to do. Feeling yucky. I pray that this sinus thing runs its course by morning. Christmas is coming and I have nothing done. Well that is not entirely true but if I don't get the house decorated quickly it won't be worth decorating.

Also I am very sad over Elizabeth Edwards death. She was a wonderful woman.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

It's the little things

One of the best things about visiting my sister is the soap she has in her bathrooms. I know I'm weird. I can't help it. It doesn't matter if it's the bathroom at camp or at home. She always has cool soap.
I keep telling myself that someday I'm going to have cool soap. Soap to take garden dirt off my hands. Soap with little hard things in it to scrub all the gunk off. Soap that doesn't come in a squirt bottle and reeks of watermelon or strawberries.
I also have the green meanies in her kitchen. Her coffee is something I, at home, have to drive a long way for. AND she has a cookbook stand. What a novel idea, a place to put your cookbook so you can read it without spilling food all over it. Imagine that.
I'm telling you people. it most certainly wasn't a hardship to go visit her by myself without any kids.
When I came home from our visit and looked around at our old and very nonfunctional farm house kitchen I had to pray and ask God to please make me happy with what I have and not be envious of the little things. (I really loved that soap)
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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Old and Feeble

My laptop died. Taking a whole bunch of pictures with it. I might puke.
Kadie and I are also making homemade Christmas cards. They look like grade schoolers did them and they cost a bucket of money to buy supplies.
The Dman said I'm not getting Dane outside enough to play. It's cold out HELLO!!!!!!!!
I pulled a muscle in the left side of my chest. I don't know how but it has been three days and its worse than ever.
Dman is a scrooge at Christmas and constantly is in an awful mood and now I just want to throw the Christmas tree in the garbage, hide in a closet and cry for my mommy. I really miss her. I've been trying to channel her all week. She loved Christmas (to the extreme) and I thought if I channeled her I could ignore all the tension and decorate for the holidays. Its not working. The kids all feel my stress and all I do is cry. I wish Christmas would just go away.

But I did find this picture and it made me smile.
So for now I'm going to go work on some more cards than take some aspirin and go outside with Dane to play.
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Sunday, November 28, 2010


Because I'm tired
Because I haven't blogged in forever
Because I love these pictures so much and they make me laugh from the belly
I'm posting them
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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Bank Robber

                       This is Bank Robber. Otherwise known as Robbie. He is the coolest horse ever.
This is Robbie with his owner. She took me to meet him last week. He's a very important part of her life. His owner (hee hee) always wanted a horse when she was little. She never out grew it.
So she saved and saved and saved.
And bought Robbie.
The nicest horse I've ever met.
I had no idea what the responsibility of having a horse was. As much as I loved him, I know I could never care for a horse. I just pray my kids don't get horse-itus. Then something might have to change. Until then, I'll just be Robbie's Aunt.
Robbie likes spiced wafers. And so do I.
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Monday, November 15, 2010

Wow Just Wow

I have so much to blog about. I can't believe that just four days away from home and I probably have a few weeks worth of blogs. I'll tell you all about my trip that way I can stop telling Z. He's already said ENOUGH ALREADY.
                             I bet your wondering why I've only posted a picture of this little Christmas Cactus.
Well, let me tell you. This Christmas Cactus was given to me by sperm donors mother (who's actually his grandmother) TWENTY FOUR years ago this Christmas.
                                                      !!!!!!!! OH YES IT WAS!!!!!!!
When I moved to Florida my sister took it (and Kadie's goldfish, which didn't make twenty four years) and her and her husband have babied it all of this time. Can you even imagine? I never heard of such a thing. I can't keep a plant alive six months.

SO anyway. I have so much to tell and I thought this would be a great place to start.
Now I have to go and do laundry. The girls wore nine pair of blue jeans in four days. Changes their sheets twice and Dane wet the bed the first night I was gone. I had to use a baby blanket to dry off today when I took my shower. Trapper rolled in shit, Lord only knows when but needs a bath NOW and I probably won't see the light of day for a few days. But I'll post more as soon as I can.
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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Heading South

Tomorrow bright and early I'm jumping in the car and heading south. I think it's south. I deleted directions for where I'm going. The only thing I can truly remember is the Tappan Zee Bridge. The rest is Greek to me. Hopefully I'll get a call back soon and some directions.
I'm going to visit my sister before she goes away. For A WHOLE YEAR. To another country. One I don't think anyone really wants to go. But duty calls.
I'm going to take many, many pictures. If I don't forget my camera. I'll be out of touch until next week. So Stay classy San Francisco. (whats that movie line from?)
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Monday, November 8, 2010

Big Dog Down

Last night Z had Trapper out running. Trapper, excited to be out even though it was raining, was doing his usual spastic dance. During this dance he hurt himself.
We still aren't sure where he's hurt. I think he may have pulled a muscle in his thigh. He made it in the house crying like a baby. Ever hear a dog cry? It can make you cry. Poor thing. Three times during the night he woke me up because he was crying. I ran downstairs to see what I could do for him. All three times he had moved to a different room and it was painful for him to walk.
When Chrissy and I got up at 5:15 he was sprawled out on the rug. I had to coax him to eat and go outside. He wasn't limping, just walking funny.
When Dane got up we had to tell him he couldn't maul the dog for awhile. So far I have had to tell him NO LESS than one hundred times to stay off the dog.
After breakfast though said dog got into the garbage and spread it out all over the kitchen floor. So he can't be too hurt.
I was going to call the vet but have decided to wait a few days and see how he does. Right now he's laying in the dining room. He looks like he's dead. Every time I walk by him his eyes are open and he doesn't look at me so I have to stop and nudge him with my foot. I think that this whole thing is a ploy for more attention. Little does he know I'm awesome at the ignoring game.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Bean Town

Last weekend Z and the kids took the train to Boston. I stayed home and scraped steps.
I just love this picture. Look at Dane's face. He can't stand it when his sister's grab him.
Z had strict orders to take as many pictures as he could. He took seven.
They had a great time going to the aquarium and the IMAX. I don't like the aquarium. I shouldn't say that. I liked it the first time I saw it and see no reason to keep seeing it every time I'm in Boston. BORING!!!! The IMAX makes me puke. But I could walk the Freedom Trail everyday for a month and find something new and exciting to see. I guess that's why I didn't go.

My fun and their fun are two different funs. Mimi isn't into Museums or art. She just wants to do whatever it is she came to do and be done with it so she can get back home. When she found out she was going to be away from home for two nights she howled like a screech owl. She ended up having a fantastic time.

Little man held them back some. The IMAX movie was only forty five minutes long (they went to see a movie in the afternoon so Dane could nap) and Dane didn't get enough sleep. Sleep is important when your three. I wish I would have insisted that he stay home with me but the girls wanted him to go. Next year he'll be bigger and be able to keep up.
This was Dane's first time on a train and on a subway. The last time I was on a train and subway I was pregnant for Dane. It was a fiasco. But then something always happens when I take trips. Which is why I didn't want to go on this one.
Next week I'm going on a road trip. I'll be gone for four days. I'm nervous and excited all in one.
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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Work with Dad

Dane and I played hookie again and went to work with Dave this afternoon. We really need to stop doing this. I'm so far behind on housework I may never come up for air. And Dane, if I don't get busy teaching him EFGH he'll never learn to read.
Speaking of reading, it's what I do while I wait for Z to be finished. (Z will be the name for my husband from here out)
Today I read the Uncle Henry's a buy swap book that comes out once a week.
While I read, Dane rips the truck apart. I'll leave you with some pictures of him from this afternoon. These would be the aftermath.

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Wordless Wednesday

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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Right Now second phase

Okay it took me a little longer than I thought it would but the first coat of paint is on.
I think I did a good job at trying to match the colors. I still have to apply the second coat and the directions say I need to wait eight hours in between coats. I think I'm going to see what happens at the six hour mark. I still have to paint the back of the steps white. I also just read that I'm going to have to keep everyone off the stairs for twenty four hours. I so wish I would have done this last night. Oh well.
You can see all of the dings in the steps and I didn't sand all of the paint off. I only sanded where chunks of wood were missing and where paint was flaking. I'm really hoping the second coat will bring it all together.
It's also a good thing that I have two sets of stairs. I'll take more pictures later after the next coat goes on. I really wish I could take a nap right now but I have so much clean up that it will take me until tomorrow to get everything done that I want to do. So I'll sigh off and talk to you later.
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