Tuesday, June 26, 2007
It gives me great pleasure to be able to inform you of a singularly important event in our household. Last night, Jared lost his first tooth!!! He let daddy pull it out with his fingers and it came right out (apparently they decided against the brick, car, or pliers methods). This morning he even found money under his pillow from the tooth fairy, only adding to Jared's excitement.
Dave was kind of afraid that it hurt Jared when he pulled it out, but it turns out that Jared was actually starting to pant and yell because he was SOOOO EXCITED. Anyway, just thought I'd let you know.
[Note: Jared lost his 2nd tooth the next day.]
Monday, June 25, 2007
(I sent the following email to mom/grandma, per Camryn's instructions.)
"PEZ LET ME PRROR DOG GAMO ROGRJ"
Translation: Please let me borrow your dog Grama Rogers." Apparently she wants to borrow Marty from you for a while. =]
Sunday, June 24, 2007
We had another week full of amazing adventures and excitement. Among our week highlights... Jared now has two very loose teeth. His two bottom front teeth are pretty much hanging on by a thread while his adult teeth are coming in behind them. He informs me that he can't eat anything hard until his teeth comes out. He also spends large amounts of time diligently wiggling his teeth to speed their removal from his mouth.
This week I continued with my cooking adventures. It seems that I always have some fetish thing that I'm currently wasting money on. Since I've already cycled through paint color samples, curtains, home decorating stuff, scrap-booking supplies and plants for the garden, my latest spending item is... cooking ingredients. Yes, it is less dangerous than many other things I could be spending money on, but it is still money spent. I've also encountered the weird phenomenon of trying to cook more things faster to keep using up all of my ingredients before they go bad. So on Tuesday, dutifully using a lot of ingredients, I made Sausage Polenta Lasagna with zucchini and salad. This dish sounded fabulous to me, so I was really excited to try it. Jared did not share my enthusiasm and only with great persuasion was he induced to try one bite, which instantly convinced him of this dish’s hideous flavor. C'mon, it's basically cornbread and sausage with cheese. How bad can it be? Apparently bad enough that he was downing large quantities of zucchini to try to fill up. At least I didn't have to pester him to eat his vegetables. Camryn on the other hand, saw this as a great opportunity to kiss up and told me repeatedly, "I like it mommy. I REALLY like it. It's very yummy," although when it came down to it, she only ate a few bites more than Jared. Dave came home and ate it and said it was pretty good. Apparently he did not recognize the need to gloat and celebrate how glorious my cooking is after it has been repeatedly panned and abused by my children.
Wednesday the kids had a trip to the dentist. Jared got sealants on his teeth while Camryn had a teeny filling. Camryn was surprisingly good for her filling, which was done with no shot and abrasion instead of a drill. As a reward we got Costco pizza for lunch and then went on a marathon trip through Costco, Target and Fred Meyer. Our trip to Fred Meyer resulted in a plethora of new ingredients, so we had a remarkably good dinner of steak with baked potatoes, cream of broccoli soup, Mexican Chunk Vegetable Salad and fresh watermelon and cantaloupe. So now instead of a plethora of ingredients, we have a plethora of leftovers.
Thursday we had an uneventful morning of housecleaning. That afternoon I took the kids to swim at the YMCA. They rode the waterslide about a hundred times and I ended up catching not only them, but some other random kid whose mother apparently thought I worked there. This wouldn't have bugged me except he kept going down face first and backwards, making him somewhat difficult to catch. After a tasty leftover night, we went to meet some friends at the McDonald's play place and have an ice cream cone. I would like to insert here that I have done the dishes immediately after dinner every night this week. Strangely, my kitchen has stayed very clean all week. On Thursday, for the first night this week I missed doing the dishes and alas, the kitchen has been dirty ever since.... After McDonalds, I put the kids to bed and entertained myself until bedtime. I had a hard time going to sleep and so did Dave--- though for different reasons. He didn't get home until 3:00 am.
Friday I took the kids to our ward park day at
The rest of Friday we went trekking around Tigard and
After our afternoon of wandering around, I made delicious Cashew Chicken for dinner. I was ticked that the cashews I bought specifically to make this dish were strangely almost gone when I opened the can (despite the assurances I had been given that if we opened them early there would still be lots left for my meal). So we had Chicken with Cashew Garnish. The kids heartily approved of the accompanying white rice with butter. They even tried some of the chicken and pronounced it "pretty good" and then didn't eat much more of it. I put the kids to bed and was making muffins to amuse myself around 10:00 pm when Dave called to say that they were running a wafer through the tool and if it worked he would come home in about 15 minutes and if it didn't he would probably be there all night, but that he was really optimistic that it would work. I have not yet succumbed to the triumph of hope over experience, so after making a second batch of muffins (triple berry yogurt muffins just didn't hit the spot... I needed the applesauce muffins dipped in butter and cinnamon sugar) I put in a movie and watched it happily -or at least contentedly- by myself. (BTW, I just have to say I'd forgotten how funny the scene in "Hitch" is where after the breakup, Sara's moping on the couch, watching the cheesy "You had me at hello" part of "Jerry Maguire," crying and squirting whipped cream out of the can directly into her mouth.) Dave actually did get home before dawn, arriving around 3:00 am, starving and worn out. Luckily I had cold Chicken with Cashew Garnish and muffins to save the day.
Surprisingly, Dave and I were both zombies on Saturday morning. So we spent the morning taking turns fending off the kids with alternating doses of muffins and cartoons. So after sleeping WAY longer than I care to mention in this email, we finally got up and ate some muffins ourselves and got started on the day. After working in the yard for a while, we went on the Saturday trek to Home Depot to get stuff to try to fix our sprinkler setup. Then we took the kids berry picking at Gramma's Place (about a mile from our house). We were lucky to catch the end of the strawberries and the beginning of the raspberries, so we got both. Camryn stood happily holding a bucket saying, "Thank you for helping me pick berries, mommy and daddy," while Dave and I crouched on the ground looking for strawberries. Then we went to the raspberries and picked until Camryn and Jared were complaining incessantly about the pokies on the ground and we had about half a bucket of each. I didn't check beforehand how expensive they were, so I was a little worried that we'd picked so much. Besides, they were charging us $1.25 each for the buckets. I picked up some zucchini and bananas and our total came to $11, including buckets. So we ended up paying about $3 each for a half a bucketful of fresh berries. So we went home and happily gorged on berries by the handful. We then took the kids to "bouncer day," which was actually a bunch of bouncers set up to advertise a fireworks stand. Dave happily bought some while the kids bounced at $3 a pop. Meanwhile I picked up Papa Murphy's which we quickly ate before I ran off to play the organ for the adult session of stake conference.
Now is it just me or is the adult session of Stake Conference discriminatory against people whose children are younger than age 12? I called probably 5 different babysitters and all of them were booked already or, surprise, babysitting for their parents to go to the session. So I went by myself and Dave stayed home to watch the kids. I got a good laugh out of the second hymn, "Love at Home." Despite it's uplifting message, it has never been one of my favorite hymns, partly because it always seems to turn into a dirge that goes on forever-- as we sing we are given hours to contemplate the "beauty all around" and "joy in every sound" which seems to last interminably ( i.e. LU-U-U-V A-A-A-T HO-O-O-O-O-O-O-O-ME, LUUUUUV AAAAAAAT HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOME). My friend who was conducting was debating whether to conduct it in two instead of four, so I thought she would agree with an up-tempo rendition of it. She did end up conducting it in 4 (as written), but when we sat down she said that she could barely keep up with me, I was taking it so fast. I, on the other hand, actually enjoyed the hymn for a change, like the pleasant feeling of a brisk walk instead of the frustration of being stuck behind a slow dump truck. The other thing my friend who was conducting mentioned is that when she used to play the organ in the ward, there was a woman who used to criticize her for taking hymns to slow and making them too "boring." Apparently this same woman was sitting in the front, grinning from ear to ear.
After completing my hymn and postlude responsibilities, I returned home to Dave. Ready for some evening relaxation, I changed into work clothes and we worked in the yard. Dave tried yet again to figure out a hose sprinkler system that will actually water our yard while I finished planting some plants. Finally, when it was 10:30 or 11:00 and too dark to do anything else, we went inside and settled on the LoveSac to watch a movie. The movie was over and we were discussing one of the talks at Stake Conference or some other random topic when Jared came downstairs informing us that he had just barfed. We immediately went to survey the damage and he had not just barfed, he had sent white and red chunks flying into his sheets, over the side of the bunk bed, into all the cracks in the wood, onto Camryn's bed and onto the white carpet below. After attempting to clean up this disaster in the dark, we finally turned on the lights, which woke up Camryn, who was delighted with watching the proceedings and reminding us several times, "I didn't barf like Jared did." By the time we cleaned up the sheets, mattress pad, mattress, carpet, wood and everything else that had been hit by the projectile vomit, put the kids back to bed with barf buckets and towels, and finally climbed in bed ourselves, it was almost 3:00 am.
So, surprisingly, this morning we were zombies again. We took turns telling the kids to go play for a few more minutes until finally I got up to put on a scripture video for them and pour cereal for Camryn and get a breakfast of saltines and Gatorade for Jared. Jared seemed to be feeling much better, so maybe it was just an overdose of berries by the bucketful, combined with jumping on a bouncer and pizza that didn't agree with him. We did end up going to Stake Conference at 12:00 and amazingly enough, we even got there before it started. We went the whole day without any other unpleasant stomach incidents. We completed the day with a visit from our home teachers and then Dave and I going comatose for two hours in the afternoon, followed by taking turns trying to convince the kids to play just a FEW minutes longer before we got up to make dinner. We had a gourmet dinner of waffles and berries (Jared and Camryn both declined the berry part of the dinner) before putting the kids to bed.
Anyway, hope you had a week equally full of excitement and adventure.
Quotes of the Week:
Camryn: (interrupting the prayer) "And bless that I won't have the scary jellyfish dream."
Camryn: (giving the prayer) "And please bless that there will be no volcanoes or hot lava in our house."
Dave and Jared were having a discussion at dinner of different ways to pull his loose teeth out. After Jared vetoed plans to attach his teeth to a car and then drive away or tie his tooth to a brick and then throw it out the window, Jared said, "I don't think the brick is a good idea. A brick is heavier than a car."
Today Jared read some of "Tarzan" to Camryn, word for word, out of the book!
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
I realized I left something out of my update..... oh no! How dare! I realized that I cannot rest until I know that it is complete. Yes, this is a sign of being obsessive. OK, maybe it's time for me to get a journal and stop bombarding relatives with endless accounts of our day-to-day minutiae. After all, how could you live without knowing about my snack wrap lunch and how we picked strawberries? The suspense would just kill you....
At least know that you are one of the favored one who I expect (or at least hope) will humor me in my obsessiveness.
On Tuesday I took the kids to lunch at McDonald's with some other moms. The kids played happily on the play place while I chatted with other moms and ate one of my worst lunches in recent memory. Since I don't really like McDonald's, I thought I would just order a few snack things. I ordered an apple dipper, a small order of fries (which the kids took care of in short order) and a Chicken Snack Wrap. I made the mistake of getting a ranch snack wrap, so my sandwich was doused with large quantities of marginally flavored mayonnaise. Despite efforts to remove some with a napkin, I only succeeded in removing everything except the chicken and the tortilla. I was left with a rather slim and not very appetizing lunch. After our McDonald's outing, we went to Target and then went 10 minutes down the road to go strawberry picking! The kids and I ran into a friend who was there with her daughter, so we picked until they left. With the three of us diligently laboring for over an hour, we went to check out and found we had picked 14 pounds of strawberries.
On the way home, I was coming home a roundabout way because of traffic and didn't see a stop sign until the last minute. I slammed on the brakes and one of our boxes of strawberries went flying, throwing strawberries all around our car, under the seats and into the carpet. We pulled over and spent 10 minutes trying to gather all of them up before resuming our drive home.So... after more-than-an-hour of diligently picking berries, I even-more-diligently spent the next two days making two batches of freezer jam, two strawberry pies (which the kids informed me that they didn't like) and bags of frozen strawberries. Oregon strawberries are sweeter than California strawberries, but unfortunately, they are about half the size (I think my kids specialized in finding especially small ones...). So I spent upwards of three hours one day endlessly removing hulls and slicing strawberries. Fun stuff!
Jared also built a nifty lego plane that has four engines: one fire, one steam, one electricity and one gas... I guess he's looking into alternate fuel sources already.
Monday, June 18, 2007
Welcome to another rambling tour of life at the Porters. We have had just another normal, crazy week. Our last week has been full with all kinds of fun events. To my great relief, Jared had his last day of T-Ball on Saturday. Try as I might to enthusiastically watch five and six-year-olds take three tries to hit the ball off the tee and then throw it past the base 5 minutes after the runner passed, I had a very hard time being an enthusiastic spectator. However, I was glad that Jared enjoyed it and had fun. The coach's wife went WAY over the top: she made a photo album, a gold medal, team baseball cards, a fun foam water bottle holder, a hat and a cute certificate for every kid on the team. Wow, it made me tired just looking at it. Between the gold medal and his "YMCA T-Ball" trophy, Jared was thrilled beyond belief. He is now convinced that his team was the winning-est team ever... after all, he has a gold medal and a gold trophy to prove it. The other highlight of Jared's week was getting to eat lunch at school like one of the big kids on Tuesday. Even though it was at 9:30 am, for "lunch" he got to have a corn dog AND chocolate milk. Wow, if only his mom were so nice.
My exciting item of the week was more cooking experiments. My grand meal of the week was Herb Roasted Wild Sockeye Salmon with Red Potatoes and green salad. I went to the store and despite not being a big fish person, they had the most beautiful tempting ruby-red salmon-- and it was even on sale! Believe me, it was glorious, and the kids were duly appreciative. Jared loved the salmon but prounounced the potatoes "yucky." Camryn refused to taste the salmon, but at least tried her potatoes-- and about 5 slices of bread. Dave came home late and duly appreciated it cold and leftover. My other concoctions of the week were Red Pepper and Walnut Stir-Fry, Thai Spicy Rice Pudding (made with coconut milk, allspice and cinnamon- yum), Tomato Basil Panzanella (a great salad made with leftover stale bread softened with water) and Top Ramen. Yes, it seems that the pregnancy foods that have really stuck are Top Ramen and baked potatoes with cheese and sour cream. Just can't get enough....
The kids love playing on our trampoline. They probably spend close to two hours a day jumping on it... or standing on it and throwing toys and other objects into the tree above them. I have learned not to be too bothered by this until last week. While they were jumping on the trampoline I took a phone call and went upstairs. A few minutes later, Jared and Camryn came up with very guilty looks and Jared said, in a much-too-trying-to-be-excited voice, "Guess what? A kind of funny thing happened, mom. We were out jumping on the trampoline and then some guy's head popped up." I instantly knew something was up, so I went outside and sure enough, there was our neighbor's head above our fence, telling me that my children had been throwing large rocks into his yard and at his house and some of them were hitting it. I thanked him and instantly marched the kids up to bed. I don't believe in raising my voice, but I do admit that on this occasion, my voice went above its normal decibel range. I'm also not a parent who generally believes in spanking as a tool or a threat, but I must admit on this occasion to threatening to spank my children repeatedly and send them to bed for the entire day if this EVER happened again. After they spent a long period of time on their beds, I had them make cards to take to the neighbor and tell him they were sorry and would never do it again. Camryn drew a picture of kids throwing rocks at a house with an "X" through it and Jared wrote, "IM SORE FOR THROING ROKS AT YOR HOWS."
My other parenting dilemma has been with Camryn. Recently she has been the less difficult of the two until.... this week they were jumping on the trampoline with friends and apparently Camryn decided it would be funny to moon everybody. After taking her inside, having a time out and explaining that showing her bare bottom to people was not funny or appropriate behavior, I figured we were OK. But then later the same day it happened again. This time Camryn had a LONG time out to think about not doing it again. After spending a lengthy period on her bed, she insisted that she would remember to never do it again. Then two days later she started to do it again... in the freezer aisle at Safeway. I marched her to the bathroom and, I'm ashamed to admit, because I couldn't think of anything else to do without permanently abandoning our shopping cart of groceries, she got a spank. I felt terrible and stewed and debated later over whether I'd done the right thing. But... the good side of the story is that she hasn't done it since. Between this and an incident of her using a certain slang term for hot dog, I have started to really wonder whether I have done an adequate job as a parent or if I just haven't been sufficiently worried about the negative peer influences at preschool.
Despite her troubling laxity at keeping on her underclothing, Camryn is very aware of other moral dangers. In particular, she is our family expert on the evils of coffee. She often points out that there is a store across the street from us with a bunny on it where people are buying......COFFEE. These people, she informs us, are "not listening to Jesus." In family discussions, if it ever comes up what Satan might want us to do, the very first item on the list from Camryn is [said with a suitably dark and dismal tone], "Drink COFFEE."
So now I get to the bee-in-my-bonnet part of my narrative. I have really been itching to fix the border of our backyard. So after my cooking enrichment group on Thursday, I dragged the kids to Al's Garden Center for 2 hours to look at plants. I stewed and debated and couldn't decide while the kids amused themselves by taking off their shoes, splashing in puddles, playing hide-and-go-seek and getting wet in the fountains. After selecting an obscenely large number of plants and taking them home, I set them out in my yard I realized that at least half of them wouldn't work. So on Friday I went back to Al's Garden Center (this time without the kids, who were playing with friends). This time I spent 2 1/2 hours, exchanging, debating and selecting, then finally came home to start working in the yard. I was discouraged to start with because on Friday morning I went on a cleaning rampage: I cleaned the kitchen, swept and mopped or vaccuumed the floors, cleaned the downstairs bathroom, even cleaned the family room windows (including our resident bird poop of two months) and when I was done.... it just didn't look all that different. Maybe I need to hire an organizer or something. So, I wanted to do SOMETHING that would make an impact. So I started working in the yard.
On Saturday morning, after a breakfast of coffeecake (and some careful explanation to Camryn that it did not have coffee in it) I went out and kept working. I felt all the strength and gusto of a pioneer woman taming the land.... after all, I was attacking rock hard clay soil that would only scrape off in 1/2 inch segments with my shovel and bare hands. My ego was much deflated when Dave came out with a pickaxe and loosened up the spot I was working on in about 5 minutes flat (it only would have taken me 2 hours). But by the end of the day on Saturday (OK, by 9:00 pm), I had turned the soil, mixed in bags of soil builder and planted probably 30 plants. Dave attacked the yard with equal exertion until about 10 pm, in between fielding two conference calls. So 1/2 of our yard looks pretty good now... only another 1/2 to go. After all of this exertion and a late bedtime on Saturday, Dave and I both fell asleep at 8:30 pm on Sunday night.
We had a nice Father's Day, including a lovely dinner at a friend's house (by far the best and most kitchen-friendly way to treat your husband). Actually, I made Dave's special father's day dinner tonight instead. After a morning of panic at attempting to clean up the chaos and mess that had accumulated during our weekend of work on the yard (punctuated by Jared and Camryn erupting into fights over Camryn sticking her foot in the drawer when Jared was trying to close it, Jared not sharing his treat with Camryn or Camryn trying to steal Jared's treat), I finally got things to a state of semi-order by afternoon, at which point Camryn fell to pieces and threw a series of fits for the rest of the evening. For dinner, Jared suggested that we eat our meal as a picnic outside. This was fine for about 10 minutes, until Camryn decided she did not WANT a picnic and started using that as her fit-throwing-reason-of-choice.
Today while I was cleaning, Jared and Camryn experimented in the kitchen. Jared invented a sauce of cinnamon, sprinkles and corn syrup, to be served spread on an english muffin. This he made especially for me, to eat as my lunch treat (maybe he was trying to give me a taste of my own medicine). He also wrote a recipe that reads, "STORT [start], BUTERFLI SPRINKLS, SINAMUN, HALUWEEN SPRINKLS," etc. .. He also created a new sensation, the "Bardino Burger," a tasty crustless sandwich with a filling of butter, salt and pepper, microwaved to warm perfection.
In other random news, on Friday night, a friend's child we were babysitting fell off the trampoline. Funny enough, the trampoline enclosure went up that night. At any rate, we - and the friend's child- are still alive and the kids are -at least currently- asleep. =]
Quotes of the Week:
Jared: "I'm going to have another Cars party for my next birthday and we're going to have a race with 200 laps!"
Camryn: "I'm going to have a baby soon, because I'm almost a grown up. You're a grown up when you are 14." -->
------------------------------- Postscript to "A Week at the Zoo":I forgot to add the part about our "zoo." Jared's new hobby is collecting insects. His first pet was "James," a garden spider that met it's unfortunate demise when mommy accidentally hit his spider bowl, turned it over and smashed him trying to catch him again. Jared was distraught, but after many tears and finding a new "James" he finally got over the tragedy (funny enough, he wasn't distraught at all when he accidentally brought James II to an unfortunate early demise. He also has caught a moth, a "rolly-oly" bug and several other species. So far we have managed to keep Jared's zoo outside on the deck.
Jared also built a nifty lego plane that has four engines: one fire, one steam, one electricity and one gas... I guess he's looking into alternate fuel sources already.
Sunday, June 3, 2007
This week I have been testing the theory resulting from my epiphany last week (that the best way to keep your kitchen clean is not to use it to cook). I started on Tuesday with my kitchen fairly clean and haven't cooked dinner once since Dave left (well, I did once --last night). I did not touch the dishes once this entire week and amazingly my kitchen STILL stayed the same. It was amazing!! I think I am on to something. Our family nutrition has probably fallen by a factor of 10, but the kitchen has stayed clean with zero input of work.
On Tuesday, Dave left on his weeklong trip to Taiwan and Singapore, to visit and try to placate and fix problems for very unhappy customers. From what I've heard, it has gone well so far. Dave said the person who did this trip last time got yelled at for about 45 minutes straight and that was his entire trip to Taiwan. It's gone better than that: the customer has been very polite and no yelling has been involved, although they will say something in English and then talk to each other for 2-3 minutes in Chinese before saying something again. Dave asked one of the account team guys what they were saying and he said, "Be glad you don't understand Chinese." So apparently there still are a few things to iron out, but they've at least been able to make progress. In fact, the customer even said, "This has been a good visit. We need you to come more often." Um, maybe I wish it hadn't gone so well.
Meanwhile, the kids and I have been doing our best to be lazy and party while Dave is gone, to pass the time, of course. =] On Tuesday we finally got the drywall guy to come and fix the hole in our ceiling --after only 5 weeks of having a gaping hole with insulation hanging out, I'd say this is progress. We got $1.25 happy meals for dinner and called it a day. Wednesday the kids had a dentist appointment. Camryn told me about 3 times that the dentist said she was VERY good. The kids were thrilled about their "treat bags" that they got: filled with a toothbrush, toothpaste and --you guessed it-- floss!! So thrilled in fact, that Camryn spent 20 minutes throwing a screaming fit before bed because hers was lost. After the dentist we went to T-Ball and then to Safari Sams with some friends for 1/2 off night. Between pizza, the giant jungle gym and the kids first try at miniature golf, we had a great time. Jared and Camryn came up with a method of hitting the ball that involved shuffling along while swinging the putter forward and backwards between their legs. Apparently this was a very efficient method: Jared informed me that he made it through the course three times.
Thursday was Camryn's preschool picnic and Jared went on his long-awaited fieldtrip to "Horning's Hideaway" to go FISHING!!! This was an EXTREMELY exciting event. Jared informed me that he was going to get a fish on the field trip and he was NOT going to eat his fish: he was going to keep it as a pet. However, by the time he got home from the trip, he seemed to have adjusted quite nicely to the idea that you catch fish to eat, because he handed me his ziploc with a whole Rainbow Trout, gushing juices, and said, "Here mom. You can cook this for dinner." I don't think Jared knows that his mother only eats boneless fish and that I have no idea how-- or deisre to figure it out-- to gut them either.
Thursday I spent all day throwing around the idea of driving to California. Dave would be gone until Wednesday night, giving us plenty of time, we could have all kinds of fun with Meg and Jen and why not? It would only be 10 hours in the car by myself with kids... not bad. But still I went back and forth.... part of me wondered at the wisdom of randomly driving 10 hours in the car with two kids, but part of me wanted to do it just to prove I could, that I don't have to be one of these boring, responsible adults that has to plan everything 8 months in advance. I don't have to be held down from being spontaneous and having fun!! So after waffling for several hours, I packed my bags and threw them and the kids in the car. I surreptiously hid Jared's fish in the outside garbage, since it would be rotten by Wednesday, and around 5:00 pm, off we drove. I had it all planned out: we would drive halfway, stay overnight in a motel and then drive the rest of the way. And then we would have a week of California fun!! A beach that is warm!! My old favorite restaurants!! Someone to hang out with!! So we stopped to get the oil changed first, got gas and were about to drive out of Sherwood and, try as I might, I just didn't feel good about it. In fact, it really didn't feel right, so I called my mom and told her how I was feeling and decided not to go. So this was kind of tough to explain to a 5 year old and a 4 year old who are hyped about going to Grandma's. And tough to handle myself-- instead of being Miss...er... Mrs. Independent, unshackled and unafraid, off to find adventure and fun, I was Mrs. Incredibly-Pathetically-Waffly
On Friday, we woke up bright and early to go to the coast with some friends. We were going to go next week (before the whole California trip idea surfaced), but next week was supposed to be cold and it has been 85 degrees all this week. So at 8:15, we were all in the car, driving away in the beautiful sunshine. When we got to the coast it was a little windy, so I picked up a sweatshirt and Wal-Mart before we went to the aquarium. At the aquarium, Jared accidentally got hit in the face by a swinging door. This caused a breakdown, which was then accentuated by the fact that Camryn and Connie got to see more than he did while he was waiting for 2 minutes for his owie to go away. Jared wanted me to make Connie and Camryn come back and wait while he looked so he would get the same amount of time as them and when I refused, he started throwing a fit. Luckily, it soon passed with quiet patience, clenched teeth and threats to remove him permanently to the car. After the aquarium and lunch, we headed to the beach for an afternoon of fun in the sun.... except there wasn't any-- sun, that is. Not only was it cloudy, but it was windy and FREEZING. Undaunted, we put on the kids' sweatshirts and packed them and the sandtoys down to the beach. The kids played happily, only occasionally commenting on the cold, while I huddled on a beach chair, wrapped in my sweatshirt, two beach towels and a beach blanket. Just before we left, the kids got braver and got their legs wet, so of course they were freezing with cold, standing wet in the wind as we tried to get them clean enough to go in the car. At this point Camryn threw a huge fit, which only the bribe of Hello Kitty fruit snacks and a movie in the warm car helped to pass (what can I say, I'm a weaker parent when my daughter is wet and sandy in cold winds and freezing temperatures).
So we drove home, got Taco Bell and took the kids to our Friday Night babysitting swap. I decided to go shopping for maternity pants, since my current pants are getting a little tight around the waist. In the process of shopping for them, I realized that I am not NEARLY desperate enough for comfort to wear maternity pants just yet. There has to be some other way.... I guess I could go for elastic waistband ... that wouldn't exactly keep me fashionable, though. Saturday passed uneventfully with Super Saturday in the morning, a trip to Home Depot and a McDonald's ice cream cone. I did actually make dinner on Saturday, but I cleaned it up as quickly as possible to hide my tracks.
Tonight after dinner at a friend's house, I was putting the kids to bed. Despite my desire to finish as quickly as possible, I actually made time to read them two stories, after which they hopped in bed. I've been trying to get them to say their own prayers now. Camryn went first and prayed "that Jesus won't die again" and that "Jared and I can be baptized soon." I asked Jared if he wanted to say a prayer, but he was mad that Camryn got to go first. I asked him if he wanted to say a prayer or if I should just go out. Jared: "Mom, I want to go fishing as a family." Me: "That would be fun, Jared. We'll talk to daddy about it. Now do you want to say your own prayer tonight?" Jared: "There's a place called 'Horning's Hideout' and they have lots of Rainbow Trout." Me: "Yes, Jared. Are you going to say your prayer?" Jared: "The best place to catch fish is in the shade. I was in the shade and I caught the biggest fish. Me: "Do you want me to go out now?" Jared: "Then you cut the fish's gill so it can't breathe. And you taked it to the front and they cut it in half and they put it in a bag with your name on it." Me: "JARED, do you want to say your prayer?" Jared: "But you have to put the fish in a cooler. If you just put the bag with it in your car it will make it STINK!" Me: "JARED, it's time to say your prayer. Are you going to say it?" Jared: "OK." So Jared said his prayer and prayed that he can have fun with his dog that he gets when he is 10. As soon as he said "Amen," he said, "But mom, there's one important thing to remember.... you have to reel your fish in slowly. Then they use a thing to keep it's mouth open and you put it in a net." Me: "Good night, Jared. I love you." Jared: "You have to be really careful to make sure the fish doesn't bite you." Me: "Have a good sleep. I'll see you in the morning." Jared: "We'll catch a Rainbow Trout and then we can cook it for dinner." Me: "GOOD NIGHT!!!"
Camryn: "Wait!! Mom, I have a song about the baby. Let me sing it for you. It's short. 'I'm so glad we're having a baby, coming out of mommy's tummy. And then we'll go to the hospital and see the baby too. It will be so fun. It will be so special when we can bring the baby home.'" Jared: "Mom, I have a song about the baby too: 'I'm so glad when baby comes home, glad as I can be....'" Then the kids went on about how they wanted to feed the baby applesauce, but it couldn't have nuts, and they would read it stories and sing it songs as I vainly tried to make a smooth exit.
I hope you all are doing well. Love,
Quotes of the Week:
Jared: "Mom, look there's something really special. It's the first star tonight. I wonder how it came out so we could see it. Maybe it's because of my lucky rock."
Camryn: "Mom, I'm making ice cream. You get out a big bowl with a lid and put some go-gurt in it. Then you put it in the freezer until it gets hard. It needs to stay in THIS long [holding up her thumb and finger]. It's not for my dinner treat. It's for my dinner."
Jared: "Mom! Guess what!! I can do a cartwheel!! It's because of my lucky rock."
Camryn: "I'm going to marry daddy." Daddy: "You can't marry me. I'm already married to mommy." Camryn: "I'll marry you again." Daddy: "No, you can't get married to someone when they are already married." Camryn: "Then I will marry Jared." Jared: "NO, Camryn! You can't marry me. You have to marry someone else." Camryn: "Who will I marry? Hmmm. I'll marry Tyler Werle." [A boy from her preschool class.]
Me: "Jared, what should we name the baby?" Jared: "We could name it Arthur if it's a boy. Or we could name it D.W. if its a girl." [You gotta love names based off of cartoon characters. They have also suggested Maya and Miguel.] Camryn: "We could name the baby DeeDee Doodle." Jared: "Yeah, then if she dressed up in the same clothes, she can be on T.V."
Camryn (at her preschool's party): "Mom, let's invite that girl over for a play date." Me: "What's her name?" Camryn:"I don't know."
More quotes that I missed from last week:
Camryn: "When I went on the bike ride at my school, I fell on my head, but I landed on my helmet so I was fine. I didn't even cry."
Jared on day of Q and U wedding came downstairs wearing a plaid button-up shirt, buttoned right to the top.
Me: "Jared, unbutton your top button." Jared: "No, mom. I need to be extra handsome today."