Friday, December 28, 2012

maybe too much togetherness

  I’m glad my children are close I really am.  When DISTRUCTOR (formerly lil green monster) and the little princess play together my heart warms.
I like it when he makes her laugh.
I like it when she hugs him when he cries.
I like it when they share their toys.
But wish I didn’t have to remind them not to share a tooth brush….

Thursday, December 27, 2012

your getting carrots for Christmas.

Please stop giving him candy.

The title pretty much says it all. For every holiday my in-laws manage to give my son massive amounts of candy.  I’m not talking about 3 snickers bars.  For his birthday he got a 2lbs bag of Swedish fish, for Easter a MASSIVE chocolate bunny, and now for Christmas another 2lbs bag of Swedish fish.  You bring him candy every time you visit.

Too much sugar makes the DISTRUCTOR (formerly the little green monster) in to a brat.  He won’t eat., so he gets really really cranky and whiny and completely crazy. It takes days to get him normal after the massive amount of candy you give him, even after I hide it while he sleeps.
Today I told him that I was going to blow up a balloon. He had a complete meltdown that I was going to blow up the balloon instead of him, then another when he couldn’t do it. Then he hit his sister with the balloon and when he was put on time out sobbed because he had to give all of his toys to his sister (something I never even mentioned). 

Next year we are putting broccoli in his stocking.

Monday, September 24, 2012

the cleaning fairy, or I finally win one.

The cleaning fairy visits

So the little green monster was moody all morning, so I asked him
“What’s wrong, monster?”
“Mom, mom.  I never telled you this before but I used to have a fairy and daddy did too but now they are gone and that makes me sad.”
“Oh why did they go? I don’t know they just did. Mine was named Tinkerbelle and she would come when I whistled.  Dad’s was named bob.  And ever since I had a little sister she won’t come any more and that makes me sad!”
“ I don’t think she stopped coming because of your little sister…”
“I think she did, maybe we’ll have to get rid of sister”
“But wouldn’t you miss her too? A lot?”
“yeah probably”
“maybe she left because your room is too messy, and she didn’t like to come over anymore to play, she might get stuck!”
“ MOM! I think your right! I’m going to go clean my room.”
(his actual filthy room)
And he did
I’m pretty sure that was a jedi mind trick. I successfully navigated four year old logic and won!
Have you ever had a similar win?

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

A love affair with broccoli

A love affair with broccoli

Sorry readers it has been so long I’m trying to learn to balance school home and still writing this blog for fun.

So lately the little green monster has been really interested in temporary tattoos.  Finding myself out of them and in need of a bribe I told him I would DRAW a tattoo with markers on him as long as he promised  not to draw on himself. He agreed , so I told him that he could have any tattoo he wanted…and this is what we got…
 (sorry it's hard to see he'd already had a bath)

What is it? a tree? Cloud? An explosion? Nope it’s broccoli. I told him I’d draw anything and he chose broccoli.

That was a few weeks ago, but I was reminded of it today  during snack time,  he wanted a bowl of whonu cookies and milk. I vetoed that(go figure) and set him down with a bowl of broccoli and a glass for milk. I look over and he’s dipping his broccoli in milk. Delish.
I’m just going to jot this down as a mommy win and hope he always loves his broccoli!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Lectures from children

I hate it when The Little Green Monster lectures us, because he’s nearly always right.

He likes to lecture us about lot of different things.

How we brush our teeth, if we are driving correctly, being to loud watching anything remotely scary on TV, even if we are eating too many sweets. Of course, sometimes this works in my favor like getting Papa gears to always wear his seatbelt.

It goes like this:

Monster notices that his dad is unbuckled

“Dad, dad AMEMBER what we talked about?”

“No monster, what did we talk about?”

“If you’re driving a truck, or a car, or a bus, or a jeep …. You gotta wear your seatbelt.”

“What if you’re not driving?”

“Then you need to wear your seatbelt.”

“So if your in  car and it’s moving you need to wear your seatbelt.”

“Yeah, but sometimes it’s ok to just hold on really really tight.”

Oh boy, looks like we have some talking to do still so we can Amember what we talked about.  What do your kids lecture you about?

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Where is the love bed time?

 This is what bed/nap time used to look like

Ah peaceful isn’t it.

I hate bedtime lately, I usually have a love/hate relationship with bed time it isn't very fun BUT eventually the children go to SLEEP. But not lately.

Bet time is taking 4 or more hours every night for two kids!

Around 8 we start The little green monster's bedtime routine, he brushes his teeth to our little dance party (where I make up a 2 minute song and dance)

we get him undressed because he hates pj's and sleeps only in his undies , we read him a story . We say sweet good nights, we leave the light on so he isn't scared.

8:30 At this point I’m thinking “SWEET tonight this is going to work!”

8:32 monster is out of his room he's “hungry” this is a god possibility because he didn't eat his dinner, he never eats his dinner.

First threat “If your not chewing you have to go back to your room."

9:00 2nd bed
 time- more hugs and kisses.
9:02  little Monster, out of bed again. We have been advised to make punishments bed related so we start to take away bed time related things, if he stays in his room then he can earn them back 5 minutes at a time. This time we take away his stuffed animal

9:04 – bye bye blanket
9:05 – The little princess who has been crying for about a half an hour finally falls asleep.
9:08- He made it 4 minutes! And then came out again now he thinks this is fun.
9:15- ah blanket got back
9:16- bye bye blanket
9:18- bye bye pillow
9:19- bye bye sheets

Now I'm thinking uh-oh this isn't going well, what else do I take away?

9:22- bye bye Mattress
9:25 – bye- bye umm... board under his mattress
9:28- bye-bye crud what do I take away now? He's been lying on the floor. So I turn off the light he turns it on I tell him to leave it off, her turns it on. So I debate do I tape it off? Nah, I take his light bulb.

9:30 – now I have been taken away and the door has been shut Papa gears is sitting right outside the door standing guard.
9:40 – doing better a few tears were shed but he has earned something back.  Papa walks away from the door
9:45 – he has to pee. So we let him, he spends way too long in there and makes a mess, so he has to clean it up he cries. This wakes up princess because her room is next to the bathroom.
GREAT now BOTH kids are awake.

10:00- 11:00 an hour of earning his things back 5 and ten minutes at a time we have to set a timer and we often get small bouts of crying  but things are looking up well unless you ignore the fact that it has been THREE HOURS of bed time but finally The little green Monster is ASLEEP.

But remember he woke up the little princess, who after sleeping for about 45 minutes thinks it’s PLAYTIME!
So for the next hour or so we try feeding her, both nursing and solids. I will do anything to make her fall asleep and stay asleep.
We try just putting her down but she cries and cries until both mommy and daddy can’t take it anymore 7-15 minutes.
We try holding her  with all the lights off, sometimes this works but not on this night.
So  papa or I walks around holding her, sweet she rubs her eyes this means she is finally tired. 
 I feed her again barely breathing and she finally falls asleep and we carefully put her in her bed hoping that doesn’t wake her up… and we look down it is 11:56 

Just shy of four hours for bed time, just 6-7 hours until we have to get up. 

(^ not sleeping on vacation)

I hate you bed time.  Where is the love?

Saturday, August 18, 2012

A letter to 3, who can suck it.

In a few weeks Monster turns four and  I should be felling like my my baby needs to stop growing up, but honestly I have only one thing to say to 3...

" SEE YEAH! I hope the door dosn't hit you too hard on the way out."

OK  I might add

"Please don't come back. Well for at least a few more years, in fact if you want Princess to skip 3 all together and just go from 2-4, I'd be OK with that.

3 you are 2 with intent.

3 you took the ability of a two year old to make a mess and turned it in to a tornado. A vicious level of  destruction that sometimes out paces my wildest dreams. I mean i didn't think you were capable but i was wrong.

3 you saw to the end of naps, but not the end of need for a nap just the ability to take one.

3 you have reduced the number of foods that my son will eat to a handful, of course that is just for me he'll eat a lot for everyone else. 

(yeah that's cake he FELL ON IT great way to start 3 no?)

now don't get me wrong 3 your not all bad, 

thanks to you my little monster is potty trained.

He interacts socially much better.

those fine motor skills are coming along nicely he wants to color and write now!

and he can think about others before himself he doesn't like to but he can. that's all on you 3.

But overall, I'm ready for my sweet boy back so 3 you can shove it!
Here's to FOUR and the hopefully more reasonable child that move's in with it.

Friday, August 10, 2012

A Princess and a Diary

“MOM She said Diary!!” 

“Really? Why would she say diary?”

“ I don’t know. Maybe she has diary…"

“ um…”

Wednesday, August 8, 2012


The other day my kids were playing and I started to listen


Uh oh, he’s training her already! What am I going to do when they gang up on me?

Perhaps there is some horns hidden behind that crown.

The OTHER reason we shouldn’t go anywhere

This week we went to go visit my grandmother in Utah while we were there we visited a college roommate of mine who has a precious 4 week old newborn boy, her first. We decided to meet up at a park so the kids could play and no one had to worry about clean up.

They are new parents still in that wonderfully protective he’s so tiny and fragile stage.

The Little princess ate grass, every time I looked away, a lot of grass.  Oh but this story isn’t about her, nah this is about The Little Green Monster… who lived up to his name.

First  he disappeared a lot as three year olds are apt to do luckily we kept an eye on him but not close enough because during on trip around the corner papa gears walked over to find him PEEING on the wall of the restroom.  AHHH! That’s right pants around his ankles just peeing on the wall; I swear he’s never done that before. I apologize to our friends and try to laugh it off something about boys will be boys, right?

This is a good time to mention that there was a family reunion going on at this park, Monster disappears again,  and we start to call for him and he bounces out of the pavilion with a desert in hand very happy “I GOT DESERT MOM!!!”  I’m pretty sure I died right there.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

the evils of parade candy

 I hate parade candy.   There is way too much of it and not enough at the same time.  Little monster is still well little,  so he doesn’t run as far in to the street(thank goodness) or as fast as the other kids, leaving him to cry because he isn’t allowed to grab that piece of candy just out of reach.

It’s sticky and hot what is eaten makes the overly hot kids thirsty. What isn’t eaten is put in to the diaper bag where it melts in to a sticky mess. On a related note does anyone know how to get melted candy out of a diaper bag?

Once I tried to bring a bag of candy along because I knew I was going to be at the parade without papa Gears, it didn’t work the candy I bought must have been of an inferior quality or something because when that one green tootsie roll flew near enough to him that he could have picked it up but a older faster child swooped it up it was all over.  So a POX on parade candy! (On the candy, not the kids who eat it)

On a funny note Grandma Knows-it-all  told the little monster that if he waves, he’ll get more candy so he waved at everything for an hour or so weather we had people in front of us or not .

Isn’t the parade wave awesome!

And also one of Princess Urp because well she’s cute and underrepresented here, can you believe my six month old will not pose for me? The nerve.


Monster likes to make “transformers” I’m not sure what it transforms in to, but maybe it’s the laundry fairy?  I can only hope. What do you think?

why we can't go anywhere

We can’t go anywhere. I think for the safety and sanity of the rest of the city we should just stay home.  You see earlier this week we ate at our local taco bell with friends from their family not one drop was spilled. Us well…

First Monster spilled RED FRUIT PUNCH. Why oh why would papa gears give a three year old such a stainable drink?  Well he dropped it and then tried to clean it up with napkins, we asked for a mom but they were busy so they said not to worry about it but it was EVERYWHERE.

So while directing Monster I set Princess on the chair next to me I was ho ding on to her with one hand but I wasn’t watching those sneaky baby hands. And she grabbed a taco spilling it all over.

Unfortunately, I saw this and tipped over my drink during an attempt to catch it….

Sigh we should have stayed home.  

Monday, July 30, 2012

I Think I stink.

Do you ever get the feeling that you smell? I think this is a part of the whole mommy gig, that or Papa Gears and I just smell awful.  When I can get people to make plans with me, they change and I get stood up ,always it’s kind a depressing actually, even family!  

The other thing I want to talk about is what my friend call’s the 2+ club.  After the birth of your second child the sleep deprivation and the Dora depletes your ability to think so much that you  can no longer be interesting. Your boring to talk to you know don’t have anything to say. When you actually have an adult conversation it is absolutely hilarious and interesting.  I think, you know I’m not sure what to say ummmm…..


Yesterday Monster walked up to me with a bottle of water and asked me to drink,

“ MOM, I don’t want you to die. Please drink this water!”

What else could I do I drank the water.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Monster's favorite snack

One of Monster’s favorite treats is Beef turkey. 

I’ve told him it is Beef Jerky but   that doesn’t make any sense at all, of course.

I can only imagine he is thinking about an animal that looks something like this.

Happy snacking Y’all!

Mr. Bob

This spring we went on vacation to the Oregon coast.  Outside of our vacation rental, was this unfortunate fellow, we named him Mr. Bobbit.

The green monster became very fond of Mr. Bob.  Today he wanted to write him a letter so that he wouldn’t miss us.

“ Mr. Bob,

I miss living at the ocean Mr. Bob, it was so cool. I hope you’re feeling better   ‘cuz, I knowed you were hurting last time.  Please come and visit us, so we can take you to the zoo.

-          The little green monster”

I’m not sure HOW he plans to take a HUGE wood statue to the zoo, but I put him in a wagon for Monster to pull because I’m sure not going to carry him!

Let us meet the family!- updated

Welcome to my blog, my new creative outlet and hopefully something to put a smile on your face!

Now without further delay let’s introduce the cast of this little blog.

Papa Gears

 The father in our little family he is named for his love of just about anything with a motor.  He always has grease under his fingernails and sunburn on his neck.  Papa gears is a redneck by birth, he has a fondness for stale circus peanuts and a fear of sharks (SHHH!)

( after telling him about this um "art". Papa gears told me that this is a fairly popular design and  kragar makes rim sets for cars like these.... I think he missed the point.)

DISTRUCTOR (formerly The little green monster)

Our four year old.  says crazy things. manages to accidentally break everything I own, takes a room from clean to mess in 0.03 seconds.  He loves his sister, watching cartoons, his cousins and toy cars. His fears seem to include water, cooked veggies, food touching other food and wearing pants. Magically knows that I'm going to the bathroom.

Princess urp often known as simply the little princess.

Our one year old daughter, named because what go’s down always comes up. Perpetually smells like spit up. She likes cheerios,Chocolate , pretty dresses and chasing her big brother. She started to walk at 8 months and nothing has been able to slow her down since. absolutely knows she is cute and uses it to her advantage. struts when dressed up, teases other babies with her skills.  sly.

And finally me Mama Knows-it-All

Not because I actually do know it all but because I have a tendency to think I do. (shhh!) I enjoy books, food that I shouldn’t eat and caffffffffffffeine……  I’m a terrible housekeeper, I never feel like I say the right thing , I’m  terrible with spelling and grammar (so if it bothers you comment and I’ll fix it) and I’d rather play with my kids than clean up after them.  I am a full time student and insanely proud of loosing more than 30lbs in the past few months. I'm mom,