Thursday, February 21, 2008

My Kids Are Smarter Than I Am

This is true. Not just because they can remember lots of stuff (I can't even remember what I ate for dinner last night) but because they are curious and learn about lots of things that I will never know about.

For example:

We took a family walk this weekend. My 4 year old asks my husband, "Dad. Do you know why Pluto isn't a planet anymore?" (Who knew?!) My husband, thinking he was being called upon to bestow wisdom, said, "Hmm. I think it IS a planet." To which my son replied, "No, Dad, it's not. Pluto isn't a planet anymore because it doesn't spin on its own axis. It jumped onto the axis of another planet. The planet with all the rings, I forget that one's name. So it's not a planet. You have to have your own axis to be a planet." My husband and I looked at each other with astonishment and my oldest daughter said, "Wow! You are smarter than I am!"

And then there are my girls:

I was in the family room while the girls were in the playroom using the computer (Webkinz, usually). I hear the oh-so-friendly computer-generated female voice (you know, the one you hear when you call the phone company, etc. and instead of a real person you get a computer that sort-of sounds like a person?) saying, "Your choices are sutures or staples." What the heck?! So I walk in to investigate and ask the girls, "WHAT are you doing?" To which one of them replied, "Surgery. We are doing a virtual hip replacement." WHAT???!!!! So I take a closer look. Yep, sure enough, they are. Check it out at EdHeads. CRAZY stuff! When I was their age, I had only ever heard about computers, had never seen one. And now my girls are performing virtual surgeries online! CRAZY!

Later that night when I called them upstairs for bed, one of them said, "OK Mom. Just as soon as finish this knee replacement." If one of my kids grows up to become a surgeon, I will donate a ton of money to EdHeads for getting them started!

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

15 Minutes of Fame

We had family portraits taken with a professional photographer in May 2006. The photographer is launching a new website and used the Drama Queen's photo in one of his promotional pieces! Check it out on his blog at Mike K Photo. She's the black & white photo to the left of the mk logo.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Yuck

We went to Wendy's tonight, per our usual Thursday routine. Except tonight, my 4 year old took his shoes off on the way in. So before we got in line, I sat him down in a booth so that I could put his shoes on. But before I was able to do so, he threw up. EVERYWHERE. If this wasn't bad enough, my girls started shouting, "Who threw up?! Did you throw up?! Who was it?!" which drew the attention of anyone who may not have witnessed the initial incident. The poor guy sitting next to my son had to turn away and probably felt like throwing up himself. Needless to say, we did not stay for dinner.

The good news is that my son did not throw up in the car, nor did he throw up on me. If I had already been putting his shoes on, I too would have been covered in puke and would have had to drive home that way. Whew.

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Nosy Neighbors

Have I ever mentioned that my next door neighbor is a pediatric nurse in the ER? Well, he is. And this came in very handy today when my 2 year old shoved candy up his nose. His sister had a candy necklace and apparently he thought it was a good idea to bite a piece off and put it in his nose. Of course I am in the shower when this is happening. So I get out of the shower and assess the situation. I could see it; this is good. He couldn't blow it out; this is bad. I got my little zit grabber/wand to assist me in removing it from his nose. (You know, the thing they use to get zits off your face when you get a facial? Like a giant tweezer, but slimmer. I really wanted to take a picture of it, along with the candy necklace but my husband took the camera to England so you will have to use your imagination.) But I just couldn't seem to get it; I was afraid of possibly pushing the candy further into his nose.

So I called my neighbor and he came over to help. He was so great and very professional. (Duh. I mean, I know he is a professional. I was just in awe of how efficiently, gently and quietly he worked.) He rolled up a towel and put it under my son's neck and then wrapped his body in another towel (efficiently binding his arms). Then he just swooped the wand into my son's nose, dug around and then, pop! Out came the candy (along with a lot of snot).

So much better than going to the ER with 4 children. Yay Phil!

Friday, February 1, 2008

This just in!

School is CLOSED! They changed the delay to CLOSED! Yay! This is the BEST! A Snow Day but no snow to shovel! What could be better?!

February is off to a VERY good start!

11 Long Days

My husband leaves today for a trip to England. He'll be gone for 11 days. So for the next 11 days I will either blog like crazy or I won't blog much at all. I'll have to see how it goes being The Only Parent On Duty 24/7 for 11 days. My biggest concern about his travel is that I cannot go to the gym at 5am if he is not here. Thankfully, my sister has agreed to come stay for a few days. Thus, I'll be able to go to the gym and I'll also have an adult to talk to, which will be great. Plus, we rarely get to spend time together so it will be great to just BE.

Woo-hoo! 2 Hour Delay today!!! Yipee! I get as excited about a delay as my children do! After going to school my whole life and then working in schools, I never lost the childlike delight that comes from learning there is a Snow Day or 2 Hour Delay. Yay! I had no idea that there was a delay, except that someone at the gym pointed it out to me (luckily; otherwise I'd be standing at the bus stop wondering why the bus was late. Because its raining, not sleeting, so who knew there would be a delay? And yes, after sleeping in 3 days in a row, I finally got my butt to the gym today. I actually felt rested when I woke up this morning so perhaps that justifies sleeping in all week?).

Update: Maniac son is now getting himself dressed without fussing. I don't think he is cured of his clothing struggles but it does seem to be going much better since I made him leave the house in his underwear. My next challenge is to get him to stop freaking out every time I brush his hair.

Over & Out.