Tuesday, June 18, 2013

I've moved!

Don't panic.

Everything is the same, just with the "other guy" now.

Please follow the link and reset your bookmark! Pleeeaaaaase.


Sunday, June 16, 2013

Swim Class.

Dan and I decided that this was the year we needed to get Payne some
professional Not Drowning lessons.

Things started out a little rough.

A) Payne now shuns all true swim trunks. He quickly realized that trunks over a speedo were superfluous, and now he's rocking the Michael Phelps look at splash pads all over the greater Houston area. It's ridiculous.

So, I felt a little silly bringing my 4 year old, who doesn't know a single stroke, to swim class at the local YMCA in a racing suit.
Honestly, I'm worried his teachers think I'm going all Earl Woods on them. 

B) He refused to get in the water on the first day. Heck, he refused to let the teacher shower him off before he even approached the pool. I bargained, threatened, and cajoled, to no end. Finally one of the instructors came and got him just to see if putting him in the water would help.

No. No it didn't. Payne was doing his best to throttle a 20 year old man. He kicked his teenage swim teacher, while vocalizing in a way I thought was beyond the capacity of anything but a Tasmanian devil. The adventure culminated with him perched on the edge of the pool ladder, growling mightily and fiercely staring at the pool deck, while three very earnest young people tried to talk some sense into him.

We went home early. Payne went to bed early, like at 11 a.m.

The next day we returned, armed with an apology letter signed by our little violent offender, and a sage lecture from Daddy still ringing in his ears.

And henceforth he has acted like he owns that place. He loves it!

In fact, he's gotten a little cocky. The other two little girls in his class  though unrelated, happen to have matching (Rainbow Hello Kitty, so chic!) swimsuits.  He holds both of their hands and escorts them around the pool deck.

Guys, he looks like a shrunken Hugh Hefner.


Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Meet Blake.


I'm puppy sitting for my parents, and Blake is their most recent dachshund edition.

He is an absolute novelty to me, because I have never owned a long haired dog. I am fascinated:

- everything he does is muffled by his fur. He's a dog ninja.

- instead of laying in sun patches on the rug like a proper dachshund, he lays in the shade on the tile.

- after a bath, his fur looks crimped. I had to resist the urge to put a tshirt ring on his collar.

(come on. You remember Tiffany)

- I may or may not have nick named him Michael Bolton.

This post has aged me, hasn't it...



Monday, June 10, 2013

An achievement.

I think we attained maximum height while preserving structural stability. It's...breathtaking.

Eat your heart out, Dr. Seuss!


Friday, June 7, 2013


This isn't how you watch the morning news?

If Dan did this during dinner, we'd be down a T.V. by now. Heh.


Thursday, June 6, 2013

Ways in which I have screwed up

Over the past few days:

- I spent a solid 10 minutes trying to screw the wrong lid onto some Tupperware. I KNEW these two pieces went together, so I tried and tried and cussed and stared at the two pieces in incredulous confusion, finally dumping my leftovers into a new container altogether. Then tonight, an epiphany.

Damn youuuuuuu competing brands of cheap plastic! Whyyyyy? 

- I have water spots on my Tupperware.


Nope. Still can't muster up any f*cks to give over that one.

- I missed a spot. 

See, I have this motherly psychosis stemming from being the main day to day caregiver of helpless beings. I am very concerned that i get no second opinions. I worry that I always miss the same tooth because of how I brush their teeth and one day both of their lower left eye teeth will just spontaneously fall out.  

When Payne was about 5 months old I suddenly discovered a hidden roll under his nonexistent neck during a bath. I was practically in tears as I scrubbed 5 months worth of formula dribbles off of my precious!

So tonight I was cleaning out Genevieve's upper ear folds and realized I'd been missing a turn for ALMOST TWO YEARS. Horrifying! Ear fold gunk! The poor child was bright red from the ear canal up by the time I had finished with her.

Mommy psychosis reinforced. Awesome.

- I keep forgetting if I fed the dogs, like at all, or just breakfast, or just dinner? I'm either starving them to death or driving them into morbid obesity. 

So yeah, not winning in the smarts department this week, but oh, can I dice a watermelon up into perfect cubes:

"No photos of the pieces, please. Quality prints of all artwork will be available in the gift shop."




Monday, June 3, 2013


 That's it, really. We've had a lovely four day weekend and nothing particularly blog worthy happened.

This morning Payne went to the driving range with my parents, and my Mom sent me this.

He has a teeny little golf glove, and real clubs, like Hobbit size.

I'm going to sign him up for all of the sports, just for the miniaturized equipment.

You all know this is entirely within the realm of possibility for me!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Funny things Payne says:

- This is his last week of school. I was explaining to him that he is going to a different preschool in the fall. He asked "What is my new school's name?".

I said "Holy Cross."

His response: "Holey Cwocs? My Cwocs have holes. Is it a Cwoc school?"

Yes. Yes it is, son.

- Today he ran to the bathroom, started peeing, and then said to himself "Whew! Dat was a cwose one."

- He still calls Genevieve "widdle wady". I die of cute each and every time.

- When Dan is gone, Payne explains that he is in "Okahoma" and after a thoughtful pause always adds "Okahoma is full of homes".

He's the best. Really.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Beah peah.

I was wrong the other day when I told you how Genevieve says "back pack".

I've had a lot more practice hearing it since, as she's become singularly obsessed with them. 

She has commandeered Payne's old Toy Story back pack and insists on wearing it around the house, marching around proudly with her most prized possessions on her person:

Sometimes, late at night, I could swear I hear the tiniest of screams.

"Heeeeelp meeeeee..."


Sunday, May 19, 2013

The Resistance.

They're ganging up on me; a little too organized for my taste.

When one child is put in time out, the other plops down next to him/her in a show of solidarity.  Toys are often snuck over to the prisoner on the sly.

And now they BOTH count at me when they're mad.

Payne is all "Mommy, you have 'till free to let me roll down my window."

G just furrows her brow, does this with her hand:

And yells "Uuuuuhn. Doooooo. Uuuuuuhn! DOOOOO!".




Saturday, May 18, 2013

Photos that warm my Grinchy heart.

Sibling love gets me every time.

Who doesn't need a golf club when checking the mail?

Manly men surrounded by girly things are adorable.

Daddy daughter love also gets me every time.

As does inter-species nanny dog lovin'.

And why not nap in earthquake preparedness mode? 

I love them.



Tuesday, May 14, 2013

A love letter to the public restroom.

A warning to all. As the title suggests, this post may get a little gross.

So today was predicted to be a gorgeous and sunny 85 degrees, and I decided the kids and I were going to take advantage of it and visit a splash pad in the neighborhood. 

I had previously scouted it out and had noted that it had one major failing, a lack of open public restrooms and garbage cans.  This allllmost stopped me from bothering, but I decided that was very "privileged American" of me, no? So I packed some extra plastic bags in case we had a dirty diaper or something while we were there.

We arrived, stroller completely filled with picnic food, swim gear, diaper bag, purse, etc. We looked prepared for a two week long asphalt camp out.

Of course, within the first 50 feet along our trek from the car Payne was struck with the need to pee.  As I mentally composed my nasty letter to the neighborhood planners, I told him to discreetly pee in the bushes.  Of course, at this precise moment in time, a little girl who had been happily playing at the splash pad around the corner was struck with irresistible wanderlust. Sorry Little Girl Wanderer's Mom.

We lunched, the kids were beside themselves with excitement.

I stripped them down next to a bush (not the pee bush) and quickly put them in their swim gear.  I was excited about several new solutions to the previous swim season's problems that I had come up with. 

G was shimmied into a Speedo brand swim diaper. I just put it over her regular diaper since I knew she wouldn't be submerged.  I tried the reusable swim diaper out because disposable swim diapers are the biggest crock of crap I have ever been swindled into purchasing (you see what I did there?).  If a kid poops in those things they do nearly nothing to hold it in.  I am saying this as a person who has scrubbed my kid's poop off of a friend's pool deck while strangers at a birthday party looked on, ok? I hate those things. So, as a new experiment G had on a normal diaper, speedo diaper, and swimsuit. 

Payne was also shimmied into a Speedo.  I bought him some Speedo jammers to wear under his trunks because the poor boy is knock kneed and gets his thighs chafed when he's in a wet swim suit for very long.  He is finally big enough to fit into the smallest speedos known to man, and I absolutely felt like I was being silently assessed as a potential sex offender when I purchased them.

After all of this prep, we're off!

They love it!

(Contrary to appearances in this photo, Payne has not recently lost any limbs)

I'm on cloud nine! Success!

And it only took this much stuff to get us here:


The kids are happily playing and running back to me for bites of their lunch. I am so happy. I love getting them exercise and I love it when they're thrilled about something new.

Then Payne runs up and says he has to poop.

Dun dun dunnnnnnn.

There is nowhere to go. Nowhere. I JUST got them into everything and I packed so.much.stuff. We just can't go home yet!

Payne is hopping from foot to foot nervously.

My friends, please do not judge me.

I helped my kid poop in a zip lock bag.  I had him back up to a bush and held a bag....into which he pooped.

(passes hand dramatically over eyes)

You have no idea how hard I was praying that some unsuspecting soul merely in pursuit of a little light cardio didn't happen upon us in that moment.

Praise Baby Jesus they didn't.  They showed up about 60 seconds later, my poo bag of shame safely concealed under the stroller by that point.

With my blood pressure decidedly higher, I then tried to resume enjoying my children's enjoyment. They splashed. They ran. They played games together. Ahhh....

As we approached nap time, I decided to wrap things up.  I stripped G down, curious to see how the swim diaper had worked.  I was pleased to see she had dirtied her diaper and I had kept everything in. Fabulous! I plopped her down onto our only towel to change her and quickly realized she had pooped awhiiiiile ago.  Obviously I had no way of knowing through three layers of material on her butt.  Um yeah, her butt was so raw it was bleeding.  Why didn't she indicate that she was dirty? Why does she hate me? She will dramatically inform myself and our immediate neighbors that she could go for another bag of fruit snacks, but she can't spare a moment for "Hey Ma. I think all of the skin on my anus is gone.". Whyyyyyy?!

I'm still cleaning up Genevieve and fretting when Payne runs over and whines that he has to pee. Again! I snap at him to pee in the bush (I'm the enemy of all bushes today, man) and he happily strips off all of his shorts and starts on the task.  I glance over towards him to make sure he's alone and I see him PEEING DIRECTLY UPWARDS. JUST FOR FUN, YOU KNOW. ALL OVER HIS OWN PERSON. I scream, he redirects, completely naked now.  I yell at him to go rinse off. He runs completely naked through the splash pad. I desperately scan for the authorities who were surely called when someone in a nearby two story house glanced outside from their game room and saw a woman assisting a child in public defecation.  No authorities.

I scream for him to come back, finish dressing Genevieve, frantically throw his clothes onto him as a woman pushing twin babies strolls by.

I march my charges back to the car, dispose of the poo bag of shame in the only garbage can I can find, outside of a neighborhood pool that isn't open yet.  The can said recycling. The stuff inside didn't look like recycling. If it was I'M SO SORRY RECYCLING PROCESSING EMPLOYESS BUT I COULDN'T CARRY THE POO BAG OF SHAME ANYMORE.

I buckle Payne into his car seat and notice his nifty Speedo jammers have left him with some kind of allergic rash from navel to knee. We go home, I run in and smother Genevieve with Vaseline, wash my hands, examine Payne's rash (already fading, thank goodness), throw them both in their rooms and proclaim loudly that Mommy is "Done Done Done for the afternoon." They are like church mice. I can smell their fear.

Then I unload the car, throw all of the appropriate items into the wash and all of the picnic supplies into the sink.

Then I came here to tell all of you, while the horror was still fresh.

Next time I visit that effing splash pad everyone is getting a preparatory Imodium and I'm packing some OPAQUE garbage bags.



Saturday, May 11, 2013

I love Crocs.

I am not paid to love Crocs.

I used to hate them.

-kids can put on their own damn crocs.

-you can wash dog poo off of crocs with a garden hose.

-when crocs start to smell like sweaty boy feet you can toss them in the washer.

-kids don't trip and fall much in crocs. I have NO IDEA how this is achieved.

-crocs float. This comes in handy more
often than one would think.

-crocs are so prolific one never has to pay full price for them.

-crocs don't degrade or wear down. I'm fairly certain the patent form for the rubber/foam croc material bears the devil's signature.

-And finally, crocs are so completely ridiculous looking, they're actually kind of cute. They're troll dolls for feet, but far less creepy than the mental picture that elicits.

I wish I could quit you, plastic shoes.


Monday, May 6, 2013

Lessons on morality from Payne.

Last night, the kids were eating a dinner of leftovers, which included the remains of a pot of macaroni and cheese. 

As I finished doing the dishes, I glanced over to see Payne leaning intently over his plate (now bereft of his favorite food in the whole wide world) and speaking earnestly to Genevieve:

"Gee-vive, you got to give me your macawoni and cheese. You got to do the wight ding. Put it on my pwate."

Genevieve, swayed by his moving oratory, thoughtfully handed over a gooey fistful.

Payne hoovered it up before it even had a chance to decompress.

In other amusing news, I caught G in dead dog position this morning, for the first time in over a year.
Ethel came in to award points for accuracy of form. G got an eight out of ten, because dachshunds don't hug taggie blankets, even post mortem.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Of course.

The other day, Payne and I were settling in post bath for our evening stint of lethargy in front of the T.V.

As he was getting into his pajamas, he said "Mommy. I need some socks for my wegs".

Fair enough.

I left him to gather his socks. He joined me on the couch. We watched a cartoon, and then I happened to glance down at his feet:

Oh. I see what you did there.
Socks for his wegs, indeed.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Update on Genevieve.

Ok. First off, being the second kid rocks.
At nearly two, Payne said "car" and "diaper" and pretended to cook and use the computer.
G says "hi-ya!", "why", and "Oh yeah" and pretends to ninja spar while jumping on the bed.
Bat girl don't need no tiara.
I'm a little intimidated, not gonna lie.
Girls can rock the dinos too! (and yes, I put a bow in her hair for the span of 30 minutes between bath and bed)
She surprises me every day with new words and phrases. The ones I remember right now are:
- Ed-doh (Ethel)
- Day-ah (Stella)
- Yeh-yoh (yellow. Its the only color she knows or cares about. ha)
- Beh-eeeee! (Belly. Always said with her shirt up AND an exclamation point)
- Ack-ack (Back pack)
- Maow (milk)
- Yeah
- No
- Toes
-Soose (shoes)
- Eye
- Ow
- Mom
-Gnee gnee (Granny)
- Appy (Pappy)
- Daoh (dog)
- My (mine)
- Pea (please)
- Ah-oh (hello)
- Hi
- Uh oh
- Bow (all hair accessories are "bows")
-Pah-ee (Potty. Of course.)
Some phrases I've heard:
- She stumbled and clearly said "Whoa. I fah (fall)."
- If you tell her to come back for an item, she'll turn around and say "Oh yeah".
- One night Ethel walked by her and she said "Ed-doh, swee daoh" (Ethel, sweet dog). We always say that to Ethel because she is a bullet proof nanny dog, and my cold heart melted a bit when G repeated it.
She is getting SO BIG.
She's still my baby though, damnit.
Speaking of:
I really love bubbles.
You thought the era of the romper/bubble was over, eh?
I thought so too.
BUT THEN I discovered Gymboree carries a few up to a 3T, and Miniboden  and Janie and Jack run abnormally large.
We WILL have bubbles this summer, my friends.
I am victorious.
So she looks a little evil, but...BUBBLE!
I love bubbles.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

New beds for all.

Well, technically non of them are new.

Repurposed beds for all just doesn't sound as exciting.

Payne was outgrowing the toddler bed and the crib converts into a bed, so Dan and I had to COMMIT to a COMPLETE TURNOVER OF BEDS in our house.  Scary business.

So I bought Payne new bedding, and a mattress, and box springs.

Then Dan converted the crib.

Then we realized that the crib converts to a full bed, not a twin.

So I said "f*ck" and ran out of the house to go exchange the mattress and box springs.

I returned at 8pm, so Dan could finish the bed:

There was much rejoicing:
Payne went to bed. I put G in bed and she was all "Yeah. No."
BUT she cried for about 20 minutes and that was it! They both slept through the night.  This is the second recorded shockingly easy bed transition in my family's short history. Woo hoo!
I will admit I have no issues locking babies in bedrooms though.  Until they're potty trained they have no need to be able to access the rest of the house while I'm watching mindless television or unconscious. I think my heartlessness on this issue helps smooth things along a bit. Muah ha ha.
Actually, it would be pretty awesome to still be able to lock Payne in his room. 
I think I'm going to start a campaign to return to the time honored tradition of the chamber pot.

Saturday, April 20, 2013


Genevieve has finally named me.

She calls me...



Mom? MOM?!

I don't even get the obligatory year of "mama" and the following precious years of "Mommy"?

She speaks like 20 words, nearly all of which are only gross approximations of words, EXCEPT for "Mom".


Oh, and also, Payne came home with this on Thursday:

He named it Mommy.
See? My shame is written right there on the styrofoam for all of preschool to see; staff, students, and room moms alike.
Listen Son, my personal appearance between the hours of 6 and 8 a.m. is supposed to be a closely guarded secret between you and myself.


Monday, April 15, 2013

Odds and Ends.

I was wandering by the T.V. stand the other day, all business as usual, when an odd color was picked up in my peripheral vision. I stopped to investigate:
I KNEW Genevieve didn't eat those carrots sticks. Blast.
Quite possibly the cutest thing ever:
She slept the whole way home with a death grip on her prize. Upon our arrival I had to pry her tiny fingers open to prevent the balloon/asphyxiation trap from taking a nap with her in her crib.
Right before bath G decided she was going to try out this potty business:
Juuuuust like her brother does.
(I love that she noted his ingenious t-shirt preservation technique)
Some practical difficulties were immediately discovered.
The dog leash got left out:
This meant hours of playtime.
Dangerous, dangerous, playtime.
(The leash got put up after I found Payne the dog sporting this festive noose)

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

I'm sorry I've been absent!

Well, my last post was published at 3 a.m. because I was up with a sick kiddo.

Then I got sick.

Then Dan got sick.

Then we pawned off our still slightly sick kids on family so we could go here:

To see this:

And do this:

Which we got to do because Dan got flown in as the photographer for a destination wedding.
So take back every time I've whined about the camera clutter in the office.
Then we came back home to kids with a new sickness (after they had passed the first sickness onto my poor Dad. Sorry Dad!).
Since then I've been tackling this:

And this:

I'm caught up now, so I'll be back to regular blogging.

Well, I'm not caught up with the hair. Never the hair.  I'm convinced it's made of silk thin strands of Teflon.


Saturday, March 30, 2013

Bluebonnets, 2013.

Thank you, dear husband. These will mean so much to us in the decades to come.