Archives for June 2007

June 30th

Zander and I got to spend some one-on-one time together this afternoon. We ran some errands and then stopped at Taco Bell to get a quick lunch. While we were eating, Zander said, “Mom. This is nice. It’s like a picnic. I really like going on picnics with you.” Such a sweet boy!

This evening we spent some time at a family picnic with lots of Gene’s relatives. On the way there, we went on a road that was quite hilly. Gene would speed up every time we went over a hill. After the first hill, Zander giggled and said, “That hill tickled my tummy!”

June 29th

The kids were full of wisecracks today…

Gene & Jace ran to get dinner. Zander kept going on and on about how he was just “starving” and I had to do something to distract him. I asked him what the spot was on his leg, and proceeded to tickle him on the leg. (Obviously, it was a tickle spot on his leg!) A few minutes later, Zander says, “Mom, I think the spot on my leg is disappearin’. It’s not going to come back until I have food in my belly. Then it will be ok for you to tickle me in that spot again.”

We rented a movie this evening, and we bought the boys a box of Dots to split. To open the box, you have to tear a corner off and there’s a part that extends back into the box. It doesn’t quite reach where the corner was pulled off, though. Anyway, during the movie, Zander picked up the box and said, “How on earth do you close this thing?” He fiddled around with it for a bit and then said, “Hmmm…. it just needs to grow a little bit bigger. Then it will close.” Smart kid! 😉

June 28th

This afternoon, Jace wanted to run downstairs and play with Zander & Ashley. Jace is my little luv-bug, so he always has to make sure he gives me a hug and a kiss before he goes anywhere that I’m not. After he hugged me and kissed me, he ran out into the kitchen and turned around to blow me a kiss. I blew him one, he blew one back, I blew him another one, and we did this probably 10 times. All of a sudden, he puts his hand in the air and says, “Ok. That. Is. E. Nough! No more blowing kisses!” Unable to resist, I quickly blew him about 10 more kisses real fast. He rolls his eyes and says, “Mom. I said enough. Enough is enough. Don’t you understand?”

Heck, baby – I’m stealing those kisses for as long as I can. Soon you’ll be a teenager and the thought of kissing your Mom will be just awful. I’m taking what I can get now!

June 27th

I had to take the kids with me to an appointment this afternoon. I explained to them that they had to be very, very quiet while we were in there and that meant that there was to be no talking. (Note: explaining that to a 3 year old, a 2 year old, and a 9 month old is really a silly undertaking in the first place.) While we were in there, they were doing pretty well, but all of a sudden, Zander had something to tell me. He started talking in a loud whisper, so I leaned forward and said, “Zander, I said there is to be no talking. At all.” His brows furrowed and he replied in a very agitated, very loud whisper, “But I was whispering and it was important.” SIGH.

Later, we were driving to church and Zander says to me, “Mom, if you really love me, you will come with my into my class. I love you, and you are very pretty.” Boy, oh boy. He’s not trying to tug at any heart strings, is he?

June 26th

Tonight, a very short, but very funny video clip. I apologize for it being sideways – one of the perks of using a cheap digital camera for a video.

In this clip, Jace is imitating a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle. His hands are over his eyes as his “mask” and therefore he has to use his feet to “fight the bad guys.”

Here’s the clip: (It’s about 15 seconds long.)

June 25th

The kids were sitting at the dinner table with Gene and my MIL while I was over at the stove getting the plates ready. All of a sudden, Jace turns to Zander and says, “Daddy broke my heart yesterday.” Gene asked him how he broke his heart and Jace replied, “You just broke my heart. And Mommy hurt my feelings.” I told him that I was sorry that I hurt his feelings, and asked him how I did. He replied, “You just did.” Shrugging his shoulders, he went on, “I don’t know why you did. You just did.” Poor kid!

And, later on we were watching tv. A commercial came on for Best Western. Last summer we had gone up to visit a friend in Michigan and stayed at a fabulous Best Western with an indoor waterpark. As the commercial was playing, Ashley says, “There’s a hotel on here that looks just like the hotel that we stayed at, only it’s not.” When they showed the hotel, I said, “Yes it is! It’s the exact same hotel!” To which she replied, “No. That one is in Sterling Heights, Miami. We stayed in Michigan.” SIGH……. Along with spelling, it’s become apparent that Geography is not my daughter’s forte, either.

June 24th

Here’s our conversation on the way to church this evening:

Z: “Mom. I told Isabella she was my girlfriend today, and do you know what she said?”
Me: “What did she say?”
Z: “She said ‘No!’! Do you believe it?”
Me: “Well, honey, sometimes girls don’t want boyfriends. Sometimes they would rather just be friends.”
Z: “Well, she’s still my girlfriend.”
Me: “JJ, do you want a girlfriend?”
JJ: “Nah.”
Me: “Don’t you boys want to get married some day and be as happy as me and Daddy?” (NOT that I’m rushing them, mind you.)
Z: “I do. Do you know when?”
Me: “When?”
Z: “When me and Isabella are bigger.”
Me: “Oh yeah? And how old will you be?”
Z: “UUuuummmm……. Like 5!”

June 23rd

A very sad day… our hearts go out to the family of Jessie Davis.

We were at a bar-b-q this evening over at Grandma Ida & Papa Joe’s house. A bunch of people from Gene’s side of the family showed up, including 2 little boys – 6 and 2. The 6 year old was playing with my boys and my boys wanted to play American Gladiators. Jace climbed up on top of a large rock, crossed his fists in front of him, yelled, “I am Laser!” and jumped from the rock. The six year old had no idea what Jace was doing, so he pointed his finger like a gun at Jace and pretended to shoot him. Jace then played out the whole “I’m dying” act. Grabbed his chest, yelled out, “Ooooohhhhh……. you got me!” and fell to the ground in slow motion, tongue hanging out and everything. A few minutes later, he jumped up and yelled, “I got alive again. Nothing can keep Laser down!”

June 22nd

Today was another day that I wish I had a video camera. Jace took Lucy’s blanket, put it on his head like a very long cape (think of the shephards from the Bible stories we’ve heard), had a hanger (used as a “hook”) in his hand, and was running from his bedroom to the kitchen and back yelling, “To the freeridgerator!!!!” and “Away from the freeriderator!!!” I’m thinking that he was pretending to be a pirate, but with this child, I just don’t know! 😉

June 21st

Jace was helping me make lunch this afternoon. While we were doing that, I asked him how many dumplings he wanted. He said, “Four. Do you know why?” I asked why and he replied, “Four is my favorite number. Do you know why?” Again, I asked why and he replied, “Because I turned 4 this weekend!” I laughed and said, “No, honey, Zander is going to turn 4 in a few weeks. You are going to be 3 pretty soon!” He stuck his bottom lip out as far as it would go and said, “But I don’t want to be 3!” At that moment, Zander ran into the kitchen and said, “Mom! I’ll stay 3 and Jace can be 4, because 3 is *my* favorite number!”

Sweet kid to give up a birthday like that. Of course, I’d give up my own in a heartbeat as well! For different reasons, obviously.

June 20th

My conversation with Zander before we dinner this evening:

Z: “Mom? Am I going to miss my favorite show tonight? American Gladiators.”
Me: “Yes, honey. We have church tonight, so we won’t be here.”
Z: “But I don’t want to miss it. I need to be here.”
Me: “Zander, we’re going to church. God is way more important than the American Gladiators. It’ll be on tomorrow, you can watch it then.”
Z (after pausing for a minute): “I’ll bet God lets Jesus watch American Gladiators if he wants to!”

June 19th

Lucy had to go to the doctor for her 9 month well visit today. Her doctor’s office is across the street from the mall where my mom’s office is. I left the older kids with mom, and when Lucy and I returned, Jace informed me that he “just had to go into the mall.” We walked through the mall and came to the Disney Store. My kids are as obsessed with Disney as much as I am. (A LOT!) The first thing Zander did was find every cool Peter Pan toy that he could. I explained to him that his birthday is just a few weeks away, and I’m not buying anything for him right now. As we continue walking around the store he says, “When I am 4, I will get all this stuff. Do you know why?” I asked why, and he replied, “Because it will be my birthday. They have to give me stuff on my birthday!”

I wish it were that easy! Sure would make affording toys a lot easier! 😉

On another note, Ms. Lucy has learned how to flirt. While at the doctor’s office, there was a high school boy sitting in the waiting room. Lucy couldn’t keep her eyes off him, and she kept sticking out her tongue (mouth open as big as it can go), and singing at the top of her lungs. The kid tried so hard not to laugh, but Lucy wouldn’t let up. She demanded his attention the entire time we were there. Lord, I hope this isn’t a sign of things to come!

June 18th

This morning as I was getting ready to get in the shower, Jace said to me, “I bet we will have chocolate water again. I’ll be in in a minute to check.”

When he came in to check, the water was running obviously clear. He got mad and said, “Awww, man. I really wanted you to have the chocolate water again!”

Check back in about 6 weeks – LOL! There will be more chocolate water then! 😉

June 17th

Happy Father’s Day!

I decided to color my hair this afternoon. As I was rinsing my hair out in the tub (which never seems to drain fast enough), Jace walked in. His eyes got as big as saucers and he said, “Mommy! We got chocolate water!!”

June 16th

This morning, I asked Ashley to help me get the boys dressed while I got ready. All of a sudden, Jace comes running into the bathroom, crying his eyes out.

“Ashley put him on I-up-down!” (Upside down)
“What’s upside down, honey?”
“Scooby doo! See? She put him on I-up-down! Fix him!!”

I’m afraid I couldn’t fix him, so we had to change his shirt. He was convinced that Ashley had put his shirt on upside down!

June 15th

The kids had another rough night last night. The boys would *not* go to sleep and were up until after 2am and Lucy was up all night coughing, so when Gene got home this morning, he let me stay in bed for another hour or so. (I love that man!)

When I got out of bed, the first thing Zander says to me is, “Mom. I’m starving.” I asked him if Daddy fed him breakfast and he said, “Yes, but I’m still starving.” I told him that I would be happy to get him some grapes to munch on. He looks up at me with those big puppy dog eyes and says, “Mom. I love you. You don’t make me starve like Daddy does.”

Note: When Gene got up in the afternoon, I asked him if Zander had breakfast. He assured me that he did – and he had PLENTY. Obviously, we’re hitting another growth spurt – poor kid is always “starving.”

While we were eating the grapes, Jace was handing them to me and Ashley out of the bowl. He had one stuck in his cheek for about 10 minutes before he popped it out and asked me if I wanted it. I said no thank you, so he turns to Ash and says, “Here, Sissy.” She popped it in her mouth, oblivious to where that grape had been for the past 10 minutes. Poor girl couldn’t figure out why I was dying of laughter on the couch beside her. Maybe it’s better if she never finds out!

June 14th

This afternoon, as I was putting the boys down for their naps, they were both extremely cranky. (We had a rough night last night – neither of them slept well, and they were both up by 7am.)

Anyway, Zander got in his bed and said, “Mom, I’m not tired, but I think I’m going to close my eyes and rest my eyeballs for just a bit. Is that ok?”

June 13th

This morning, I bought some dried pineapple at the store. This afternoon, Zander asked me, “Mom? Can I have some of those dried pine cones you bought?”

June 12th

Last night on E! I had watched a show on crazy celebrity baby names. By the time it ended, Gene had left for work, so I was telling him about it this morning. The kids were all sitting with me, and I told Gene, “Honey, we need to have 4 more kids – all girls, and we need to name them Fifi Trixibelle, Peaches Honeyblossom, Pixie, and Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Lily.” Zander then cuts in, “Yeah! And then you can have a boy and name him Peter Pan!!”

I really need to watch what I say in front of them…. 😉

June 11th

We took a walk as a family this evening at a local park. At one point, Ashley, Jace, and I were going to race up a hill, but Ashley didn’t want me to say Go. We asked Jace to do it, and he happily obliged….. “One, two, three, four, five, six, seven… Ready, Set… eight, nine, ten, GO!”