Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Jackson loves me

This past week, Jackson has developed a fondness for drawing birds. Just this morning, he drew a lovely "pair" of birds - a male and female. I complimented him on the "pretty" one, and told him that because it looked so beautiful, I could tell it was a girl (that, and she was a little bit smaller!). :) He immediately made sure I knew that the male was better looking, and helped clear up that confusion.

This afternoon, he drew a bird that had a talking bubble coming out of its beak - it said, "I *heart* U" (The heard was a drawing). Overjoyed, I thanked him for loving me, and told him how much I love him. As my dad does, I then asked him, "Do you love me a little bit or a whole lot?" He paused, and told me he'd be right back, after he wrote the answer on the piece of paper in his oh-so-big-boy code. If he came back with an "L" written by the bird, it meant he loves me a little bit. If he came back with an "H" written by the bird, it meant he loves me a whole lot. Lucky me, he came back -with an "H."

I Heart Him. With a capital H.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

a little collage - my boys

so i was placing an order for some customers earlier today, and found myself needing to spend a few more dollars to meet the minimum order requirements from the printing company - so i decided to make myself a little something of the boys. it is 12:13 am, so my perception of good/bad is a little off, but i think i'll keep these little stud muffins. ;)

i think it's clickable. ;)

Monday, April 27, 2009


This is going to be a "mini post." I think I'll start doing these more often. I have a little experience to share, and only 3 minutes to do it. :)

This morning, while reading a book with the boys called "Tyrannosaurus Rex" by Elaine Landau, Jackson informed me that he wants to be a paleontologist when he grows up! Brady has had this as his plan for a good year or so. Immediately, they both took a moment to share what "job" they'd do. Brady will be the digger, Jackson will be the one who cleans up the fossils in the lab, and mommy will be the map holder. They forgot to give Carter and daddy responsibilities. I'll have to ask them about that, and return and report. :)

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Crazy Day

Riddle me this -

Why has a certain mommy cleaned her bathtub with Mr. Clean and/or Clorox about 5 times in the last month - You surely don't have to think too hard to come up with the right answer. What's that - You guess it's because I am anal retentive about having a clean bathtub - OONK!!! No, No.

It would be because a certain almost-2-year-old has decided it's his favorite place to go "EWW." The "Eww" expression, of course, is what he always exclaims following his natural (or unnatural - you pick) tendancy to go poopy somewhere other than the toilet.

How about his red face from eating strawberries on Jackson's fieldtrip to Vollmer Farm earlier today. I could dedicate a whole post to the earlier half of the day, so I just might do that next time.

On that note - I have to share this forward I got from Pa. I have a feeling there will be more people out there who enjoy it just as much as I did.

Why English Teachers Die Young

Every year, English teachers from across the country can submit their collections of actual analogies and metaphors found in high school essays. These excerpts are published each year to the amusement of teachers across the country.

Here are last year's winners...

1. Her face was a perfect oval, like a circle that had its two sides gently compressed by a Thigh Master.

2. His thoughts tumbled in his head, making and breaking alliances like underpants in a dryer without Cling Free.

3. He spoke with the wisdom that can only come from experience, like a guy who went blind because he looked at a solar eclipse without one of those boxes with a pinhole in it and now goes around the country speaking at high schools about the dangers of looking at a solar eclipse without one of those boxes with a pinhole in it.

4. She grew on him like she was a colony of E. Coli and he was room-temperature Canadian beef.

5. She had a deep, throaty, genuine laugh, like that sound a dog makes just before it throws up.

6. Her vocabulary was as bad as, like, whatever.

7. He was as tall as a six-foot, three-inch tree.

8. The revelation that his marriage of 30 years had disintegrated because of his wife's infidelity came as a rude shock, like a surcharge at a formerly surcharge-free ATM machine.

9. The little boat gently drifted across the pond exactly the way a bowling ball wouldn't.

10. McBride fell 12 stories, hitting the pavement like a Hefty bag filled with vegetable soup.

11. From the attic came an unearthly howl. The whole scene had an eerie, surreal quality, like when you're on vacation in another city and Jeopardy comes on at 7:00 p.m. instead of 7:30.

12. Her hair glistened in the rain like a nose hair after a sneeze.

13. The hailstones leaped from the pavement, just like maggots when you fry them in hot grease.

14. Long separated by cruel fate, the star-crossed lovers raced across the grassy field toward each other like two freight trains, one having left Cleveland at 6:36 p.m. traveling at 55 mph, the other from Topeka at 4:19 p.m. at a speed of 35 mph.

15. They lived in a typical suburban neighborhood with picket fences that resembled Nancy Kerrigan's teeth.

16. John and Mary had never met. They were like two hummingbirds who had also never met.

17. He fell for her like his heart was a mob informant and she was the East River.

18. Even in his last years, Granddad had a mind like a steel trap, only one that had been left out so long, it had rusted shut.

19. Shots rang out, as shots are wont to do.

20. The plan was simple, like my brother-in-law Phil. But unlike Phil, this plan just might work.

21. The young fighter had a hungry look, the kind you get from not eating for a while.

22. He was as lame as a duck. Not the metaphorical lame duck, either, but a real duck that was actually lame, maybe from stepping on a land mine or something.

23. The ballerina rose gracefully en pointe and extended one slender leg behind her, like a dog at a fire hydrant.

24. It was an American tradition, like fathers chasing kids around with power tools.

25. He was deeply in love. When she spoke, he thought he heard beeps, as if she were a garbage truck backing up.