Monday, February 28, 2011

Myles plays some hoop (he's the one in the yellow shorts and blue jersey)

I love how he inbounds the ball then runs backwards in front of his teammate while telling him "I'm open...I'm open..."

Click on the bottom, right hand corner of the video to make full screen.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Who's the bestest auntie? Who's the bestest auntie?

"You bring dees grapes fo me, Aunt Annie?"
"I just shove a couple in my mouth, Aunt Annie."

"Hey! Dat Luke's computer? I have it?"

I work hard to maintain my superstar status for my nephews. Someone's gotta do it, right? Recently, I went to one of Myles' basketball games. I brought along a few "extras" for Chase (ok, it was partially for Luke, too, but for the sake of this post it was for Chase) like grapes and Luke's laptop. There may have been candy bars involved, too but you can't prove anything.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011


Thanks for the card, Aunt Barb! XOXO to you and Uncle Marion.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Sk8r Boy

Here's a video of the kids learning to skate in the practice arena. Ella's in the pink jacket, her friend Grace is in the green, and Luke's, you know, the boy.

Luke looked at me this morning and said "Look Mommy. This knee is Grammie and this knee is me. I'm giving Gram a kiss." (How sweet, right?) Then he goes on to say "Look Mommy. Now I'm making farty sounds on Gram." (insert thousands of raspberries on the Gram knee).

Ah, sweet amore.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

It takes a village...and THIS is our village (jealous? you should be)

Behaving for the camera (a rare thing~trust me)...

More true to real life...(Do you like how I'm punching Robin?)

This is my mom's side of the family. It's the first time in ages that we were all together in one space at one time. I could try to ID everyone but I'm not sure we're in defined enough rows to get it all out there. Click on the photos to enlarge.

It was lovely. Love these guys.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Interest Me

I totally want to make this cake but I don't think I have the required skill level to accomplish it. Anyone else interested in making this happen?
(Directions can be found at Confections of a closet master baker blog which is written by Sandra Bullock's sister. Fun, huh?)

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Little Miss Insightful

Sometimes I don't give the kids enough credit for thinking logically and knowing what the heck they're talking about. We're getting ready to make a transition from one choice to another in our family. Recently, I sat Ella down to explain to her about this transition and the future choices we would be making. I tried to make it super simple by explaining that although we enjoy the current path we're on, we're exploring another option that we think might be more beneficial to us in the future. I explained how we're trying some new things to see if we like them better than the old things we've been doing. I tried to get it on her level but felt like I was faltering until...

She turned to me and said (no I'm not kidding) "Is it like when I used to really, really like marshmallow sundaes? I really liked them but I didn't know that I also like cookies and cream ice cream because that's all I ate. I like it better than marshmallow sundaes now. I wouldn't have known that if I didn't try a new ice cream. I still like marshmallow sundaes but I know there are other ice creams out there I like."

Yeah. What she said.

(As an aside, she's holding her first ever easy bake oven creation in the picture above. Yes, that's a flower patterned out of sprinkles on the top)

Guess Who Started Playing Basketball This Weekend?


The required pre-basketball mug shot.
The required shot with the coach.
The required shot of shooting.

The required stretching warm ups shot (as an aside, check out the kid on the far right)

The required checking of the wrist sweat band to make sure the embroidered basketball is still facing up.
If any of you want dates/times of his games, just let me know. They start in about 3 weeks. Here's a preview...

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Just so you don't think we're tooooo normal...("normal" is relative anyway, right?)

Good choice or bad choice? You make the call.
So, I got the call earlier tonight that Ella's school was already closed to tomorrow. When I told the kids, there was much screaming and shouting going on because that meant the they could go to Grammie's house ALL DAY LONG (an awesome situation for either of the kids...just ask them). In the midst of all the enthusiastic celebrations, Luke decided he needed a quick potty break. He ran to the bathroom, flushed, then I heard an extended WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO and some unknown sounds. Knowing my child and fearing the worst, I ran to the bathroom where I found him sitting on the floor under the towel bar with a sheepish look on his face next to the heating vent that was semi-pulled out of the wall and the towel sitting on the floor. I think we all can figure out what happened next but for those of you who don't have a crazy, energetic 5 year old who has been cooped up in the house for the last 2 days it goes a little something like this: He went to the bathroom, jumped up, grabbed the towel bar, swung on it, squealed like a howler monkey, knocked the towel off the rack, fell on his tush, and knocked the heating vent out of the wall on the way down.

Let's just say there was some firm talk about "good choices" versus "bad choices" and a little bit of consequences. I'll not say what the consequences were but suffice it to say I did not pour hot sauce down his throat and put him in a cold shower like that crazy lady from Alaska on Dr Phil that's all over the news (click the link if you don't know what I'm talking about).

We then went upstairs for a bath and Luke was still upset about his bad choice. I told him that everybody makes bad choices sometimes. Ella makes bad choices, Daddy makes bad choices, etc, but it's what we learn from the bad choices that makes the difference. I thought it would be a good idea to call Grammie and have her tell him about Uncle Jeffy and his bad choices as a child. I would have had her tell him about my bad choices but I figured there would be too few examples for Grammie to talk about and that Luke would identify more with a male example.

Grammie got on the phone and told Luke about bad choices that Uncle Jeffy made as a child. She even tried to get Poppy in on the discussion by prompting him to tell about his bad choices. Poppy then proceeded to talk about how he had made a bad choice 40 plus years ago when he chose Grammie. Grammie then proceeded to scold Poppy in an exaggerated whisper that "Damn it, Mike, we're having a moment here and you need to be quiet or get off the phone." I felt it only fitting that I point out to Luke that Poppy made a bad choice to make a joke when Grammie clearly wanted him to make a good choice (ironic, yes?) and tell about all his faults. She then gave a whole laundry list of examples of what Poppy did wrong in his life that didn't include his 24/7/365 commitment to their love.

Ah, the sweet, sweet sounds of matrimonial bliss! (As a side note, my parents are happily married. They only want to kill each other sometimes.)

As a fun aside, let's do a quick poll. Lady with the hot sauce and cold shower parenting technique: heinous or hunky dory?