Tuesday, February 28, 2006

things needed to make a fast car

The following is a list that William had me write for him tonight. These are the items needed for the fast car that he plans on building soon:

1. wheels
2. buttons
3. hot wheels design stickers
4. remote control to open it
5. key to drive it
6. steering wheel
7. hot wheel and "rock on" music
8. seats
9. wood for body of car
10. "rock on" milk
11. weapons to shoot bad guys with

I'll let you know when the prototype is ready for viewing.

Monday, February 27, 2006

busy week ahead

Dave's out of town this week...and that means I am completely outnumbered in the household. It's a good thing I can pull out the "Mom's in control" hat or I'd be toast by the time my husband arrived home. Things go pretty well except for the fact that I need six hands. Somehow the basics get done and though the kids miss Dave, we have a good week.

I used to hold some wild fantasy that I could get a big project done while Dave was gone. I'd dream of painting a kid's room one week or something like that. Just plain crazytalk! I've learned to concentrate on the basics (garbage, laundry, and kid events/homework) and pray for no emergencies. I suppose I fueled this fantasy by actually accomplishing a redo of our guest bathroom while I was 5 months pregnant. I blame hormones for the insanity of painting a room with high ceilings and lots of trimwork. I had to call in Dave's father by the end of the week to help me make it to the finish line. Since that project I have concentrated on spraying shout and surviving.

Apparently a neighborhood friend of Jordan's let her borrow a Tamagotchi Connection for the night. Jordan's long since gone to bed and the silly thing keeps beeping at me. I think the little electronic creature will be dead by morning. I can't believe I stooped so low as to look up the instructions for this little thing. Even worse, I found out that the problem was that the Tamagotchi creature had pooped and that should be cleaned up immediately. Nice.

One more bit of big news. William has officially graduated from Speech Therapy. He was so excited on Thursday when his therapist presented him with a certificate. He came bursting out at the end of the session shouting, "Ms. Demetria says I am ready for school!" We'll have yearly checkups for a while, but at the moment he is right on target. I'm amazed at the difference after only 6 months of work. William has really made some changes over the past year -- most all good -- and I am so proud of him. Let's just hope PreK is ready for him!

Dave gets extra bonus points for our date this weekend. We've been trying to have a date night for weeks now and nothing seemed to work out with babysitters, traveling, etc. On Saturday night we went to a restaurant called Cafe Med, which serves great dishes like chicken marsala. Then we saw Firewall which was pretty good, Finally, we ate dessert at Aspen's Steakhouse. The best part of the whole night was getting some uninterrupted time to talk. If you have kids, you know why babysitters are worth every penny. Just a few hours can rejuvenate you for a while. It's nice to be still dating after 16 years of marriage.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

11 things you never want to hear

1. "Oh Mommy, I forgot to tell you about the milk I spilled in the backseat. It happened last week."
2. "I'll hold that door for you Mam'." spoken by a young, shapely 18 year old as she held the door for me at a gas station.
3. "Honey, did you pack the ___________?" Fill in the blank with something you forgot for the trip. It's always the first thing needed once you get on the road.
4. "Mom, I'm sorry I poked a hole in your big green yoga ball." Imagine finding a sad carcas of a large green exercise ball behind a chair in the master bedroom after the guilt monster made a 4 year old boy spontaniously confess to a crime I didn't know about.
5. "Wow, you've certainly got your hands full..."
6. "My Iceeeeeeeee....oh no, it went into the back trunk area."
7. On the answering machine, "This is X from the school foundation organization. We are gathering the special projects for the silent auction and need them by X date. How is yours coming?"
8. "Grace has gotten out of her seatbelt again Mom."
9. "What is that smell?"
10. "Hey Mom, watch this!" This phrase is usually followed by some superhuman feat which is not socially acceptable.
11. "I *HAVE* controlled myself, haven't I Mom? Tell Jordan I am in control."