More Resel

December 30, 2009

This, right here, is why I don’t understand how single parents manage. If it were just me, who would be the kids’ wrestling partner? I am no good at wrestling with the children. Any time I try I end up just hugging them and tickling them, which is not what they want at all. Or, they try to wrestle me, and I just snap, “Get off me!” and go to another room. But Dave loves it. Thank goodness. Usually when he gets home they are waiting at the door for him, ready to pounce.

This is a list of things that Henry was planning to do with Dave (and Eli) when Dave got home from work. In case you can’t figure it out, resel=wrestle. And “Blue Men” is a game that evolved from The Great Quillow that involves Henry and Eli yelling “Blue Men!” and jumping on Dave, who is acting as the giant. Dave then yells a lot and eventually falls down, screaming, “You got me!” Making Dave into butter has something to do with covering him in blankets and kneading him (the only one of these that I might personally be able to tolerate).

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CATEGORIES: activities

Because you all want to know…

December 29, 2009

GIRL! (Eli’s name suggestions so far: Bacon, Ice Cream, Poopy, and something along the lines of Gzhijyw. Really. He spelled it.)

CATEGORIES: Julie

No buddy!

December 29, 2009

I haven’t yet explained to Henry that this sign really just invites in his enemies.

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CATEGORIES: Henry

Merry Christmas!

December 25, 2009
The holiday photo we didnt use.

The holiday photo we didn't use.

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CATEGORIES: holidays

Circular Reasoning

December 24, 2009

Ah, how I long for the days when you could just run in circles and it would pass for dancing.

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CATEGORIES: Eli, Zuzu

Because you always wanted to know

December 23, 2009

According to Dave’s mom, today is called Christmas Adam (because Adam comes before Eve). Now that you know this, you’ll find you can use this term all the time. Because, really, all sorts of holiday events often happen on Christmas Adam. I have incorporated this term into my lexicon for so many years I forgot that it’s not well known (I said something to Eli about how we were going to bake cookies on Christmas Adam, and my mom, overhearing, wanted to know what on earth I was talking about). So, go forth! Have a lovely Christmas Adam!

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CATEGORIES: holidays

GFO Day one week away!

December 22, 2009

Ok, everyone! So what I’ve been calling (in my head) GFO Day (Gender Find-Out Day) is next Tuesday, December 29. Let’s see if the wisdom of the masses is right. Answer the poll!

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CATEGORIES: Julie

Signs of the Times

December 21, 2009

Cookie baking aftermath:

About to watch “Charlie Brown Christmas”:

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CATEGORIES: baking, holidays

Christmas Presents I’m Most Excited About

December 18, 2009

Here’s what I’m excited to see the kids open in a week:

I got Zuzu this Penelope Peapod doll, and I have to say it’s adorable. I have been on the fence about getting her a doll; she’s pretty into trucks and things, but she does love to cuddle with stuffed animals like they’re little babies. I took her with me to the toy store and she fell in love with this doll. And with the little basket/purse/bassinet it comes with.

Eli’s getting a giant working crane that he’s going to freak over. I’m also looking forward to his reaction to the motorcycle policeman who comes with a crossing guard stop sign — I think the toy company made the whole thing specifically with Eli in mind (unless, wait, maybe…is it possible Eli is a generic type of kid, and there are legions of children who love motorcycles, policemen, and crossing guard stop signs?).

Henry is going to go nuts over the dinosaur sticker encyclopedia he’s getting. He has the animal version, and it gets daily use. I think he’s also going to love the Enchanted Forest game, which he played with for a good solid hour once at Maple’s Organics.

I’m also psyched about the vintage copy of A Hole is to Dig. Thanks, Vintage Children’s Books My Kid Loves (or, well, thanks to her Etsy shop).

Things I got for free or super cheap (hurrah!):

A Leave No Trace game, 99 cents from Goodwill. This is from the same company that makes Rush Hour (we have Rush Hour Jr.), which all the kids love (though I’m not sure they’ve ever played it the proper way). Evil Mom Thoughts: “It’s a one-person game, which means I don’t have to deal with it.”

Wooden Noah’s Ark toy from Freecycle. I actually got this a few years ago, and then had reservations about introducing something with so many scatter-able parts. But it’s been in the closet for too long, and it’s time to bring it out.

A giant stack of wild animal cards, free from the library. Henry has a half-filled notebook of these, thanks to my mom’s library. In the same way the motorcycle cop is tailor-made for Eli, these are tailor-made for Henry. Animals + organization + animal facts + maps = Henry heaven. I seriously think that, once he opens this, he may not get to any other presents for the rest of the day.

I’m also looking forward to the Shins and Decemberists CDs I got for Dave.

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CATEGORIES: holidays, toys

This scenario, at least once a day

December 16, 2009

One of the boys fiddling with something breakable.
Julie: Stop fiddling with that. It’s going to break.
Boy continues fiddling.
Julie: I said stop. That’s going to break.
Fiddling continues.
Julie: Hello! Over there! STOP! It’s going to BREAK!
Other boy comes in and starts fiddling with breakable item. Julie takes breakable item away.
Julie: I was just explaining that you guys can’t play with this. It’s breakable.
Julie turns away, item is somehow recovered, and immediately broken. Boys look surprised and remorseful. Steam comes out of Julie’s ears and she starts screeching. Zuzu wanders into room with a capless Sharpie, which she is applying to her lips like lipstick.

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CATEGORIES: Parenting
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