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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Around here lately....

I've got a girl big enough to work on the computer alone.  (and a boy too, while I'm at it)  These two are so smart, it kinda makes me think twice about waiting another year for kinder.  (But not really, because I KNOW how great that extra year is going to be for them!!)  
Sis acts so big sometimes it's scary.  I really understand the phrase "Four going on forty" now.  She's just really, really wise for her age....and it makes me proud, and really cracks me up.  The things that come out of her mouth are hysterical.  Case in point, car conversation the other day....

Me:  "Let's pick up Wendy's for lunch."
Cale:  "Can we play on the playground?"
Me:  "No, Wendy's doesn't have a playground."
Cale:  "Why not?"
Hayden:  "They just don't.  We should talk to the manager."
Cale:  "Managers don't build playgrounds!!  Workers do!!"
Hayden:  "Where are the workers?"
Cale:  "They live in their worker apartments!  They do work, and then go to their apartments and come out again when they feel like it."
Hayden:  "Mommy?  Do workers live in apartments?"
Me:  "I guess.  Apartments, houses, wherever."
Hayden:  "Hotels, too?"
Me:  "Yeah, probably hotels too."
Hayden:  "I'm never taking another bath again."
Um, okay.  That might go down in the books as the most random discussion I've ever had with my children.  THAT is hands down the funniest part about having kids.....the stuff they come up with!  

Disregard general disarray of laundry/computer looks much better now.  Instead, look at adorable, loyal family dog.  Cute, huh?

I called Cale to dinner the other night and found this little parade of animals on the floor where he'd been playing.  I don't know why I thought this was so adorable it needed to be photographed, but I did.  He is at the funniest stage.....very absorbed in the things he loves.  He will get going doing something like this, and work at it for hours.  His imagination is ridiculous.  

And then there's this one.  (Notice that she's messing up the adorable animal parade arranged by her older brother....sigh.)  This baby is just a sweet blob of human perfection.  I can't hardly stand it, she's so cute.  She says crazy things all day, but refuses to use the potty. (still)
Today's discussion went like this:
Me:  "Hey, if you'll start peeing and pooping on the potty, Mommy will buy you your own ride on."
(This has been in the works awhile because our John Deere thing is a two seater and that means someone is always standing alone in the yard screaming while two people cruise around laughing.)
Livi:  "A pink one?"
Me:  "Sure!!  You can have what ever color you want if you poop on the it a deal?"
Livi:  "Mommy, what does a goggie say?"  (Total diversionary tactic!)
I guess she's just not ready to do it.  Oh well.  I made an attempt again this week. 
And that's what's going on around here this week....

Monday, January 9, 2012

Watch out Dorothy Hamill!

Last year my sweet uncle gave the twins gift certificates to go ice skating.  I knew then that they were WAY too young to go, and there would just be a lot of falling down and crying, so we held off on skating and waited a while.  A few weeks ago we decided to see how it went...
While Daddy and Uncle Clint skated with the twins, I sat in the lobby with the tiny one....

....who ate her weight in nachos.  Hey, something had to be done to entertain this one for two hours!

When Daddy first got out on the ice with Bubby, I have to admit I laughed so hard I wet my pants a little.  This was hysterical in a way that you would never understand had you not seen it firsthand. 

He looked like a sack of potatoes being drug around an ice rink.  What was even funnier was watching my husband try to ice skate while folding himself in half and drag the kid around by the armpits.  Plus, you could see Cale hollering directions at Daddy while he flopped all over the place.  Hilarity!

Finally, success!  After a few trips around the rink, he caught on and had a great time!  I think he'll do awesome next time we go...

Sis, on the other hand, gives Brian Boitano a run for his money.  This kid was jumping on the ice, turning circles, and generally acting like she'd done it four hundred times.  I'm getting some pressure from the family to sign her up for ice skating lessons, but the rink is at 1604 and 281 and I'll be honest....I hate that area and the traffic and that is what's holding me back.  For now, she'll have to use her mad athletic skills at gymnastics class.