Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Things they don't tell you...

There are just some things that no one tells you about when you're going to be a mom.  Like some of the conversations you will have with your three year old.   Today's moment about learning how to put on your own underwear, for example.

Me:  Put your underwear and shorts on, so we can go to the park.
Nick:  Cool!  It has a wiener pocket!!
Me:  Yes, it has a weiner pocket...  laughing....
Nick: It's a weiner pocket!!!  It's a weiner pocket!!
Me: Still laughing...  Yes, but the weiner pocket goes in the front...
Nick: OOOOOooooohhhhh!!!!

Monday, March 22, 2010

They say the funniest things...

Nick came in with one of his favorite Nerf guns just now. I was sitting on my bed, and when he pointed the gun to "shoot" me,  I played along, squealed, and fell over "dead".  I lay there to wait and see what he would do.  He didn't say a word, and I didn't move.  After about 30 seconds, he climbed up on the bed with me.  He put one hand on top of the other, and starting pushing on my ribs, CPR style, yelling "Breathe, baby, breathe!  Breathe, baby, breathe!". 

If I wasn't already laying down, I'd have fallen over laughing! 

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

It's a Dangerous Game

 Ethan just came running up to me and said:  
Hey, mom!  I know a dangerous game.  It would be called 'fire-in-the-hole musical chairs'.  You would put fire on the chairs, and then put on fire stuff (fire retardant stuff, I think he meant), and then you would turn on the music, do-de-do-di-loo....and then the music would stop and you'd sit down on the fire!  Told you it was a dangerous game.

How do you respond to that?

Monday, March 15, 2010

Spelling and Star Wars

Ethan is doing very well at reading and spelling these days.  He is fascinated by playing Scrabble, and can't get enough of it. It's fun to play with him.  He actually gives us a run for our money, and is very good with both the spelling and strategy parts of it.

We are also starting to read harder books together.  Chapter books! Hooray!  His favorites so far are the Magic Tree House books and Encyclopedia Brown mysteries.  I'm so glad he (and Nick) have a love of reading!

Nick wants to be just like his big brother, so he is learning how to spell, too. Nick, however,  is just learning that the letters make words.  He doesn't really understand, yet, that they have to be certain letters in a certain order.  He's three.  That's a very good start!  For him, everything is spelled E-O-I-N.  Every word, every time, week after week. 
Mom, I can spell phone.... E-O-I-N. 
Mom, I can spell door...... E-O-I-N. 
Mom, I can spell your com-pooter...... E-O-I-N.  
And on and on.  Of course, he gets a laugh for it, which just encourages him to keep doing it.  I have learned that this kid will do anything for a laugh! 

He used to spell everything E-O-I until he heard me explaining to Ethan (who was very frustrated that Nick wasn't spelling things right) that Nick is just learning that the letters make words, and he doesn't know yet which letters, or that some words have more letters than others.  Ever since that day, he's added the 'N' onto the end of E-O-I.  Kind of funny to realize that he was listening to our conversation about it and actually understood it a little bit. I love those tiny learning milestones!  The other day I asked him to spell a bunch of words, and he answered E-O-I-N every time.  Then, I asked if he knew how to spell Nicholas.  He started to say E-O-I-N, but then he paused and said, "No no no, that's not it.  It starts with an N. "  Yea!  I love when you see the moment they realize or learn something new.  It's so incredible.

Tonight after getting in bed, out of the blue, he said, "Mom, how do you spell that round robot guy?  You know that robot guy? The robot that's round?  How do you spell him? That round guy, R2D2?
Me: R-2-D-2.
Nick:  Yeah, him!  How do you spell him?
Me: Just like it sounds...R-2-D-2.
Nick:  How do you spell R-2-D-2?
Me:  R......2.......D........2
Nick: Oh.   What about that goldie guy?   How do you spell him?
Me:  C-3-P-O?
Nick:  Yeah.  How do you spell C3PO?
Me:  C......3.......P......O.....
Nick:  Oh.  What about those guys with arms and legs?
Me:  Luke Skywalker and Han Solo?
Nick: Yeah, those guys.  and the other one with the big gun.
Me: Chewbacca?
Nick: Yeah. Chewbacca.  (Then he lost interest and rolled over to go to sleep).
I have a feeling I'll be spelling everything under the sun for him pretty soon!  And I'll love every minute of it.

The mind of a child works in such mysterious ways.  I love being there to hear the random questions that they just have to have answered before they can finally let go and fall asleep.  It's the most wonder-FULL  time of the day.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Oh no!!

On Wednesday we walked over to the school to pick up Ethan.  Well, we parked in the neighborhood and walked over, anyway, which is so much faster than the parent pickup line.  It was finally a warm, sunny day. 

As we got out of the car and started down the path, Nick said:
"Oh no!!  My eyeballs are on fire!  My eyeballs are burning!"
He was right, after endless days of cold and cloudy gray skies, it did feel like the sun is burning up your eyeballs.

Thursday, March 4, 2010


This is an old post that I had started, but never posted,  for some reason.  
It's from November '08, but here it is anyway... Better late than never!  
The picture is from October 2008...they've grown so much!!


Tonight, instead of Nicholas yelling at me MOMMY, MOMMY, MOMMY!!!!!
when he wanted more drink, he yelled,

It's the little things....

Oh, and before I forget...
The six-year-old question of the day:
(on the walk to school this morning)
Mom, why do birds poop?


Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Looking to the Future

Ethan: I'm going to build a house when I grow up!
Me: What kind?
E: Darn it.  I won't be able to show you when I get out of college because you'll be dead!
Me: (laughing) I won't be dead then.
E: Oh, well, I'll show you tomorrow.  And I'm going to grow lots of crops too.
Me: What kind of crops?
E: Like vegetable crops.
Me: What kind of vegetables?
E:  You know, tomatoes....and lettuce.... and cabbage...
Me:   (What!?  CABBAGE???? Where did that come from? We don't eat or do anything with cabbage.) 
Then Nick says:  CABBAGE?????  In  exactly the same 'what-the-heck?' tone as I'm thinking in my head.... It was priceless.

When we were done laughing, Ethan continued telling us about his future house:
And I'm going to have 'birfday' rooms.  Actually I'm going to have fourteen.  I'm going to have four birftday rooms for my children when they get born, and then the other ten rooms for the family.
And I'm going to have a moving roof that goes back.  So we can go to that room when the nights are nice and warm and just hangout.  And we'll have a front row seat for fireworks!!

Nicholas chimed in about his own future house too:   I'm going to have a rocket house!

I love to hear about their ideas of the future... It's so fun!

I Forgot the Funniest Part!

I was tired when I finished the Green Eggs & Ham for Dinner post yesterday, and I just kept feeling like I was forgetting part of it.  But I couldn't for the life of me remember.  Until this morning.  So here it is:

First, you need a little background info.  Ethan still has this thing about the "T-H" sound at the beginning of a word.  He says "the", and "they" correctly, but anything else he pronounces with the 'f' sound.  So 'think' comes out 'fink', 'three' comes out 'free', 'thing' comes out 'fing'... you get the idea.  He can say those correctly, but he has to 'fink' about it first, and he just doesn't care.  I've tried.  He resists.  So I've given up for now, and I figure one of his friends will make fun of him, and then he'll start caring enough to say them correctly. Great parenting, right?

Anyhow, we were just done cooking the Grinchy Green Eggs, and he says, "Mom, you know what those remind me of?  They  remind me of the "F" word!
Me:  (Somewhat horrified)  The "F" word?
E: Yes, you know, that "F" word for when you puke.  That "F" word.
Me: (Huh?  What word for puke starts with an F? And then it dawned on me....)  OH!!  You mean, "F-rowing up?" 
E:  Yeah.  That one!
Me:  Honey, that's not an "F" word.  That's one of those "T-H" words that you don't say the right way.  It's throw up, not frow up.
E: Oh, I didn't know.  I thought it was an F word.   The eggs do look kind of like F-row up, though, don't they?
Me: (laughing)  Yes, I guess they do!  (And I still don't know why he called it the F word instead of just saying 'frow up' to begin with.)

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Green Eggs & Ham...It's What's For Dinner!

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!
 We love Dr. Seuss at our house.  We have a whole tub full of books devoted to him on our bookshelf.  Even this blog is partly inspired by him.  (The other part of inspiration was my awesome blogging Sis-in-law!) See that quote over there on the right?  Yep...Those of the words of the man himself.  It's amazing what wonderful advice for both children and parents are in those fun little books.  Apparently, I'm not the only one who thinks so either!  Zen Mama's blog today was about Dr. Seuss and all his wonderful goodness.  Check it out for some really great book quotes, and a little background on the man who would have been 106 today!

I pulled out our box of Dr. Seuss books while the boys were at school today.  We have several, and usually read at least one at bedtime every night.  I found a previously-very-grumpy Nick happily reading them on Ethan's bed.

Ethan soon joined him and was happy exploring some of the ones that don't usually get picked for bedtime stories.
Then, it was dinnertime, and the boys decided to be brave and put "Green Eggs & Ham" on the menu.  Yes, we really had that for dinner!

They are always so happy to get to cook something together in the kitchen!
Nick declared, "I'm going to kill the eggs!" 


They worked together and took turns whisking the eggs.

Next, Ethan added the green food coloring.  He's holding it in the picture, but it doesn't show up much against his green shirt!

They whisked some more....

The finished eggs turned out a nice and somewhat pretty green.  Kind of a "Grinchy" green.  Appropriate, right?  The picture doesn't do the color justice at all.

They wanted their picture with the Grinchy Green Eggs

Nick also wanted green ham, so I smooshed some around in a baggie with the food coloring.  The result was beyond disgusting, but Nick loved it.  The green still isn't showing up enough, even in this picture!

Nick with his Green Eggs & Ham dinner

And again, about to take the first taste...

Ethan didn't want the ham.  Can you tell he's less excited about actually having to try them now?  I'm sure he's thinking, "I do not like them Sam-I-am!".  

 Nick LOVED that nasty green ham.  Go figure.

Totally fake "I'm going to try this" pose....

I'm having second thoughts about this.....

Okay, it's official.  I tried them, and I do not like Green Eggs & Ham!

Still gobbling up the green ham!  I DO so like green eggs & ham!  I like them, Sam-I-am!!

I think I might just need to search out and get the rest of the Dr. Seuss books to complete our collection!

Monday, March 1, 2010

They say the weirdest things....

In bed last night, Nick says,

"Mom!  I have bulldozer in my brain!!  'Cuz I just do."

That one's for you Liz... :)