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

Merry CHRISTMAS

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.
XOXO
MZ









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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