Seven Quick Takes: Kid Edition

Seven Quick Takes

Feel like it’s been ages since I did one of these. Perhaps because it has been. ;)

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H continues to pick up words on a daily basis. She’s 18 1/2 months, and it’s such a fun age. She’s also just getting into the “I have some strong opinions about things and I am not hesitant to let you know them” age, which isn’t quite as fun.

— 2 —

We just said goodbye to my inlaws again after a very very brief visit. And they don’t have another visit planned as of yet – it seems like forever when we’ve said goodbye to them without already knowing when we would see them next. I’m sure it won’t be all that long though – the two grandkids out here are too much of a draw.

— 3 —

We got the kids a small table, and they’ve had a few afternoons where they have actually played at it together. Peacefully. It was so astonishing to me that I took some pictures of it to show their dad when he finished working. He was shocked as well – “They were playing together????” Well, not really together so much as next to each other, but either way. Progress.

— 4 —

H is a much bigger fan of crayons than G ever was – I’d try him on them every so often but he was never interested. He’s started to like coloring now, and H has to color as well whenever he is. And she’s also done some coloring even when he wasn’t – unfortunately all over the walls. I missed a crayon when I thought I’d gathered them all up after they were done. So most of the downstairs walls are scribbled on in blue crayon, right at H height.

— 5 —

G got his hair cut last weekend and was not at all sure about that “lean back into the sink to get his hair wet” thing. The faces he made during it were hilarious! So wish I’d had a camera with me to capture them. Once he got into the chair he did a great job of sitting still and letting our friend J cut his hair. And he looks like a different kid once he gets the mop cut back. As J said, he’s got my hair – ridiculously thick and heavy.

— 6 —

Still no need for H’s first haircut. I’ve tried to put barrettes in her hair but she never leaves them alone, instead yanking them out as soon as I get them fastened (the little baby barrettes as her hair is still so fine and wispy). Yanking them out that way ends up pulling hair out as well so I’ve stopped trying.

— 7 —

H got a baby doll from her aunt & uncle for Christmas and she LOVES it. She immediately had a new bedtime routine – must have baby tucked under her arm before she can go to sleep. It’s so cute hearing her call “Beebee!” when she spots her baby doll as we get her settled for bed.

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Seven Quick Takes

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My husband was cleaning out his text messages from his phone and told me that he found that on six separate Sundays I’d sent him a text saying that our son was completely obnoxious. So, the question is: is my tolerance for his behavior lower on Sundays? Is it that my husband is gone most of the day hanging out at his friends house watching football that makes my son so obnoxious (I know he misses his dad and endlessly repeats that he misses daddy & wonders if daddy is coming home soon. Is it some of both?

I’m not sure, but either way I’m looking forward to the end of the NFL season and no longer being a football widow. Or, more specifically, a football single mom.

— 2 —

R is building a mudroom-style area in the garage, just next to the door into the house. The way the house is laid out there is no space for it inside, and since we’re almost always going in and out through the garage, this makes more sense than trying to use the coat closet near the front door. He’s got plans for a bench with space underneath for shoes and boots, and a setup with cubbies for gloves and hats and the diaper bag. Plus hooks for hanging coats. I am super excited about the functionality this should add.

— 3 —

Is anyone else as dumbfounded as I am that Thanksgiving is next week?

— 4 —

Sunday it hit 66 and we were running around outside with long-sleeved shirts or hoodies only. Monday it never even reached 40 and was snowing. We did not run around outside in hoodies only.

— 5 —

I never planted tulips this fall. I’m going to regret that in the Spring.

— 6 —

As I’m writing this post, my son is sick AGAIN. I’m not sure if I’m imagining it or not, but it feels like he’s already been sick as frequently this fall as he was all last fall and winter. Poor guy. And poor the rest of us, who may or may not catch what he has, but we all have to deal with him being sick and miserable.

— 7 —

At what point do the stores put out next year’s calendars and planners? I keep looking every time I’m at one of the big box stores, and so far it’s still (clearanced) academic calendars. I’m hoping to get one that I can see & examine first, instead of just buying one online like last year. I liked the one I bought, but not as much as I’ve liked others, so I’m trying to avoid getting the same kind. And I hate hate hate going to those sorts of stores during the Christmas shopping season, so I feel like I’ve lost my best chance to get one. Bummer.

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Seven Quick Takes: Kid Edition

Seven Quick Takes

— 1 —

My girl is really starting to talk a lot lately, and it is so cute. It seems like every day there’s some new word that she says and we find ourselves saying “did you hear her say ___?” She says “WUN” as in “one … two … three” and then races across the room to grab us. She says “GO!” as in “ready … set … GO!” when she’s doing the same thing; apparently it just depends on her mood.

— 2 —

My mother-in-law returned home Monday afternoon (home = Arizona). This was kind of a strange visit; she was in the state for almost 3 weeks, but we saw her for only 10 days, and those days were all split up with a couple of days here, then she’d be gone, then back, and repeat and repeat. It actually ended up being kind of rough on the kids; it was never a long enough stretch for H to get used to her, and there were so many goodbyes for G and he tends to be CRANKY CRANKY CRANKY the first day after she leaves. So there were a lot of cranky days. So, my hopes for all that I’d accomplish during her visit did not come true; she was here a lot less than I thought, H never wanted to stay with her so that I could have some peace and quiet, and we ended up having to use two of her afternoons here dealing with buying the van. Ok, so it didn’t take the whole afternoon, but it took up all of H’s naptime which in many ways is the same difference. My thinking/blogging/organizing time was claimed.

— 3 —

H has taken after her big brother and is OBSESSED with eating ice. All the time. And our ice maker cannot keep up with the demand of three ice fiends. I’ve taken to virtually never getting ice in my drinks so that there’s as much as possible for the other three people in the house. I’d buy some ice cube trays to try and help with the demand, but our freezer is a drawer, and the one time I tried to do that, it ended up sloshing water everywhere when I closed it. And that was trying to close it gently! I know me to know that there’s no way I want to deal with the cleanup of the regular spills that would result from me trying to fill lots of ice cube trays. So instead R buys a bag of ice every so often and dumps it into the bin. Kind of ridiculous, I know.

— 4 —

I don’t think I have any pictures from Halloween that turned out, but my kids were ridiculously cute. And that’s not just my opinion; several of the houses where we visited I heard them saying as they opened / shut the door that they were the cutest trick or treaters they’d seen all night. It helps having small kids, I realize. G was a firefighter, and H was a tiger. G’s costume was really cool, but H’s was ADORABLE. She wore the hood happily, and toddled around in the little suit that came complete with a tail. Seriously, it was unbelievably cute. And their cuteness scored with a boatload (err, wagonload) of candy.

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We went to Costco earlier this week and I thought that G was going to lose his mind at some of the toy displays. There was this one train table and then a fire station/police station doll house that had him enthralled. I’m not sure what we’ll end up getting him (them?) for Christmas, but I’m thinking this may be the last year he won’t have really really strong opinions on what he should get. And I might be wrong about that; last year might have been it. ;)

— 6 —

H’s hair is starting to grow, but for right now it’s mostly growing in the back so she’s almost-kinda-borderline getting a mullet. Yeah, I’m keeping a close watch on that and will be trimming it before it gets to be a true mullet.

— 7 —

Both kids have very strong opinions on car rides. As in, they like them and feel that they should always be brought along on any trips that are going on. Daddy going to hang out with his friends? It’s all I can do to peel them away from the door. And H’s tears and fury are amazing. Daddy will be doing that hang-out-with-friends thing tonight, and I’m not especially looking forward to their reaction when they realize that someone is going somewhere and not taking them. There will be tears. There might be tantrums.

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Seven Quick Takes

— 1 —

We bought a van this week. That’s right, I’m now driving a minivan. From a sporty red Integra, to a white minivan. While it’s not as fun to drive, it’s so nice for dealing with car seats. And groceries.

— 2 —

My son was super excited when we drove the van home; he hadn’t known we were getting it, so it was a big surprise. He ran around and around opening the doors & closing them. Then when I walked in (I drove home in the truck and made a stop on the way), he came rushing up to tell me about the new white car parked inside (i.e., in the garage). And he didn’t like the silver truck anymore (he loved that silver truck). And he didn’t like grandma’s car anymore (he loved her rental car). He liked the WHITE CAR!!!

— 3 —

The car dealership also sent us home with some giant balloons, which thrilled the kids. Three balloons + two children = recipe for disaster normally, but not when grandma is visiting. G assigned the balloons: H got the pink one, grandma got the red one, and he took the white one. I hate to think what would have happened if she hadn’t been here to get the red one.

— 4 —

The big question now is, how long will it be before the van gets the first dent/scratch/scuff? When I bought my car, there was a hail storm the first night I was home with it, and it got a couple of dents on the trunk. I was almost relieved because there went the pressure of keeping it pristine. The van is parked in the garage so no hailstorms will get to it, but something will eventually. I’m guessing it’ll be a stroller or wagon knocked into it by one of the kids.

— 5 —

Our next road trip should be super comfortable, and I’m excited that I’ll no longer have to squeeze in between the two car seats anytime we try to take an extra person anywhere in the truck.

— 6 —

If you’re local and are looking for a Toyota dealership/salesperson, let me know & I’ll share her name . We were really really happy with the whole experience, almost all of which we (and by we, I mean R) handled by email. Super easy and so much simpler than lining up babysitting!

— 7 —

The real question is: how long will it take before I get used to driving it. And parking it. hahaha

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Seven Quick Takes: Kid Edition

— 1 —

Baby girl (I refuse to stop calling her a baby yet. Don’t care that she’s 15 1/2 months, she’s still getting called baby.) has some new clothes thanks to a generous friend. This weekend was the first time I put her in some of them, and the one little dress was just absurdly cute. I think little girls in dresses and tights are so unbelievably cute, and I’m enjoying being able to dress H however I want while it lasts. I know eventually she’ll start having her own opinions on clothes and all that sort of stuff, but right now she doesn’t care.

— 2 —

G has opinions on clothes and so I need to figure out a better method of storing his clothes so he still gets the satisfaction of picking his own clothes to wear in the morning, without me continually having to send him back to get something that doesn’t make my eyes bleed, isn’t inappropriate for the current temps, etc.

I’m thinking about getting a closet organizer thing where I can put outfits, and then he can just pick from the pre-selected outfits.

— 3 —

G also likes to select H’s clothes, and so I kind of also need to figure out a way to organize her clothes so he can pick something that works (together, for the weather, etc.)

— 4 —

H has really been picking up on the huge number of possible animal names and sounds, and she loves to look at her animal book and have us ask her where an animal is, and what sound it makes.

So far she can make the sounds for:
Elephant, chicken, cow, cat, dog, penguin, snake, bee, duck, tiger, bear, lion.

Yes, some of those sounds are the same (tiger, bear, and lion all get a “ROAR!”). All of the sounds are cute.

Words she says include: mama (her favorite word), dada, crac-kah (a.k.a. graham cracker), kah (a.k.a. car), nigh-nigh! (night-night, or I’m-tired-and-going-to-bed), bye bye!

— 5 —

G *loves* playing this boat racing game on the X-box (and I love that it means some peace for me while he plays with daddy). At first all he did was drive into the walls, but he’s getting a lot better at it; he can actually finish a race now on his own. And it’s really funny to me watching him driving the boats.

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I do realize that this kind of means that we’ve created a monster. See above, with “some peace for me” for why I do not care.

— 7 —

H never really liked reading books; I would try and read to her and within a few seconds she’d squirm out of my lap. I kept trying, because of course I’m wanting her to love books.

Then I tried Listen, Listen by Phillis Gershator and the girl is ENTRANCED. She will look at it for 10 or more minutes at a time, and she’ll bring it to me to look at it again. It’s like it got her to realize that books are fun, because now she’ll look at other books too (although this one is by far her favorite, with her animal book in second place. Every other book is far behind those two in her affections.)

It makes me so happy that she now will sit on my lap and look at books.

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Seven Quick Takes: October Preview Edition

— 1 —

I feel like I’m at the top of a roller coaster, taking a big breath as I get ready for a fast & furious plunge to the end of October. It’s going to be a busy month.

— 2 —

The BIG, EXCITING thing is the Influence Conference October 11 – 13. I keep thinking of things I wanted to do before then. Like get some promo cards for the new blog (and maybe even have this address listed on the other side?) Like finally concede that it’ll be really handy and get a smart phone so it’ll be easy to add people I want to follow on Twitter when I meet them etc. Like plan some meals for the family instead of feeling like I’m stranding them.

— 3 —

October is also bringing with it the 31 Days of Great Nonfiction Reads Series I’ll be posting at The Deliberate Reader. I’ve got the announcement post up over there today. I’m excited about it and hope that it’s useful (or at least that it’s fun) for readers.

— 4 —

Almost forgot, I’m hosting bookclub the first week in October. Yeah. Hosting it so that I need to clean the house to a respectable level.

— 5 —

Also can’t forget some doctors appointments for me and the {not such a baby} girl. Not a big deal other than juggling schedules and working around naptime and wrangling the boy…

— 6 —

On a happier note, my mother-in-law will be here, arriving the week after Influence (rats. Wish she’d arrive the week before because that would be so nice for the hubs & kiddos). She’ll be in the state for almost 3 weeks, although not at our house the entire time – the impetus for her trip is her mom is having surgery & will need some help, so she’ll be with her on the other side of the state some (most?) of her visit out here.

— 7 —

We need to buy another car. Well, van most likely, even if it does seem slightly ridiculous to me to get a minivan when we only have two children. I’m hoping we might not be done, and either way there are a lot of handy features with the minivan that will make road tripping easier, so it looks like a van it’ll be.

Quite the change from the vehicle it’s replacing, my beloved Integra. So, at some point (most likely when my mother-in-law is around & can watch kiddos), we’ve got to decide on the vehicle, and deal with the actual purchasing of said vehicle. It’s such a hassle, it makes me very happy that we tend to buy and keep our vehicles for as long as possible. My car was 11 years old & we only sold it because it was so family & car seat unfriendly. Our truck is now 10 years old & we hope it’ll last lots longer.

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Seven Quick Takes

Did you see? I’ve got a new book & reading blog called The Deliberate Reader. I’d love to have you join me over there!

— 1 —

The girl has made friends with the neighbors. Well, technically I guess she’s really mostly friends with the neighbors dog. They’ve got an invisible fence, so the dog is often in their front yard/driveway. If H sees the dog outside, she is determined that she needs to go over and say hello. And if I don’t prevent it, she will walk herself down the driveway, across the street and over to their house.

Fortunately the dog is friendly, and it’s a very quiet cul-de-sac, so H hasn’t gotten into too much trouble. It would still possibly be nice if the girl wasn’t quite so fearless, because she’s going to give me a heart attack one of these days – it’s amazing to me that I didn’t have one when I discovered her in the middle of the street trotting along headed over to see the dog.

— 2 —

I feel like it’s probably fairly safe to officially claim that potty training has been a success. So I feel like it’s also probably time to move on to the next child-related project. To make it sound all official I should give it a name like the military does for their operations. Perhaps something like Operation: GetThemToEatSomeVeggies2012. Catchy, no?

— 3 —

I am feverishly working on my “31 Days of Great Nonfiction Reads” series for the new blog in October. Why so worried about it when {theoretically} I would only need to write one post a day, so it’s not like I need all the content ready to go on October 1.

I’m trying to get it all written in advance because I know that life happens, and if it’s ready to go then if my kiddos get sick, or if Mr. SJ ends up working obscene hours, or if (perish the thought) I get sick, the series is still set to run. I don’t want to promise something (like a 31-Day series) and then fizzle out because life got in the way.

— 4 —

Plus I’ve got a little conference thing that I’m going to in October so that’s a few days that I won’t be doing any blog writing. Plus a few days afterwards that I’m not likely to be writing anything because my kids will probably be wanting my attention. And Mr. SJ will probably be wanting a break from the kids since he’ll have had them nonstop while I’m off having a good time at the conference.

— 5 —

I am just slightly worried about how they’re all going to do with me gone. Not that he can’t take care of the kids, but they can be INTENSE. And CLINGY. And WHINY. And I-NEED-MOMMA-NOW. Plus, the whole baby girl is still nursing thing. I’m trying to scope out the session plans and all that to see when are any potential pockets of time I can sneak home and nurse (& give the hubs a breather for a tiny bit.)

Except I don’t want to miss anything!

— 6 —

It’s probably time for me to start thinking about planting some bulbs. Even if it’s not time to plant them just yet, if I don’t start figuring out what I want where, I’ll turn around & it’ll be Thanksgiving and I’ll have missed the planting window.

Basically it all just boils down to the fact that I need some tulips that I’ll be able to see from the windows.

— 7 —

Apparently I am QT’d out. I got nothing.

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