Tuesday, March 24, 2009


Somebody take some of this wind away, please! I don't know if 16 mph winds with 30 mph gusts are really ALL that bad, but they have been blowing this way since yesterday and it's wearing me out! I'm also feeling really bad for Zetta's little friend. We had planned on going to her birthday party, but we've had a change of plans. Instead, we are going to head home to KS to see our family and go to Uncle Anthony's birthday party. When we got to school today Zetta told Wy that she won't be at her birthday party this Saturday and she started sobbing. I think it broke her heart! It was SO sad that I almost cried! Hopefully we can make it up to her. I don't know why it is bothering me so much. Usually I'd just move on with the day thinking, "Eh, she'll get over it." But, not today! It must be the wind. Not much else going on today. I think we'll stay inside most of the day, though.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Get Well Soon, Ms. Juanita

Miss Juanita is sick today, so playgroup was cancelled. This is a big disappointment in our family because we all really love and look forward to playgroup on Fridays. In anticipation of a long day, I began searching for fun things for the kids to do. They've been outside already and are now back in, so I had the crafts and games ready for them.

Grady got out and picked up every last piece of Memory without even being asked. WOW!!! I'm impressed. That has never happened before. He then went on to improvise with Hungry, Hungry Hippos. Since we lost all of the marbles to it, he went in search of Zetta's beads. (You know the little plastic ones that you can make a necklace/bracelet with. The kind of jewelry only suitable for a young girl.) ;) She went into immediate panic mode when she realized what he was doing, but joined in on the game when she gave in and realized that it might actually work! They were actually having fun together! And they've been so patient with one another today. It's so nice!

Zetta is more of a crafter, so she's been stringing beads for bracelets and cutting and glueing and putting collages of stickers together. Her favorites today were foam Easter stickers with bunnies and letters. She wanted to spell her name, but I didn't think we had any Z's left. So, when I told her that, she said, "That's OK! We can call me Gloria, now." Whew! I found a Z....it was brown, but it was a Z. (If anyone has any extras, I'll take them.....I don't really want a Gloria in the family.)

So, all in all it's been a good day for us! Can't wait to see what the rest of the day brings. Grady wants to make Chocolate Chip Cookies.......for lunch!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

What's Going on with You?

We can sum up our week like this: (think the Pepto song)
***Laundry, crying, ear infections, upset stomachs, diarrhea!*** (This chant has been running through my head for days. Ugh.) No, really the kids have behaved pretty well for being sick, but I'm definitely ready to be rid of all germs.

We went in for Merrick's "well baby" check-up yesterday and I knew that he had a nasty cold, but the Dr. took a quick look in his ears and said, "Oh, did you know this ear is infected......oh, and this one, too!" Nope, the bad mommy did not know that. I really saw no sign of it.

Grady had been in for an ear infection in his left ear about a week before Merrick's visit. Despite being on antibiotics, he started complaining about his other ear hurting on Tuesday evening, so I had the Dr. look in his ears, too. Not so bad there, yet! No infection, but definitely bulging and the left one had not completely cleared up.

What am I going to do with these kids? I know. I'm going to pray that their Daddy's flight makes it in safely tonight and dump them on him when he arrives. (Just joking!) I am going to have a good time with some friends on Friday evening, though. (I'm definitely looking forward to it even more than usual.)
Hah! I checked my email after publishing this post and saw this message from Bryan:
"I was gonna call you. Our flight is delayed slightly, it was supposed to leave at 5PM and Frontier is saying it won't leave until 5:40. That means it's 6:40 your time + the 2 hrs of flight time, so I'll be landing about 8:40 and get home as soon as I can after that."

He must have felt my desperation!

3:33 pm Fast and Funny Conversation

Yesterday: Stopped at Sonic after Merrick's Dr.'s appt.; looked at the clock and it was 3:33 pm
Zetta: Mom, how do you make slushies?
Me: With sugary water and ice.
Grady: How do you know?
Me: (Thinking that I really don't know how...) Because Aunt Carrie and Aunt Gretchen used to work at Sonic.
Both Kids: Whoaaaaa! (Like they had the absolute best job in the world.)
Zetta: Where does Aunt Carrie work now?
Me: (smiling and thinking..."Ironically") With a dentist.
Both Kids: Ohhhhhh. (Like that's maybe the worst job in the world.)

....(no real pause)....
Grady: How do you make gum?
Me: I don't know.....with sticky stuff.
Zetta: Maybe with "to-food", Grady. (Have we had tofu lately? I'm thinkin' not.)

...(no pause at all)
What do pilots do?.....Why do cows eat grass?.....What do ducks eat?......
Grady screams: Mommy, mommy don't go in the water, we will drown!!!!!
Me: Grady, there isn't any water over there.
Grady: It's right there! (It's melting snow that has started to run onto the street.)
Me: Grady, it's OK. That's not dangerous.
Grady: (In his most convincing tone) MmmmmHmmmmmm!

My brain about to overload, I look at the clock again. It's just turning 3:35. Can you guys fit that much fun into under 2 minutes? :) I hope so! Have a good day and laugh with your kids.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009




Check out THESE moves!


Check out these pearly whites!

Look, I'm sitting.

Whoa! I'm SITTING!

Fun Lovin'

She's such a proud big sister. She takes care of the boys whenever she can. I love to see her with Merrick and I love to see her sweet little happy face.

Daddy likes to dance with the kids before bedtime. I think he must have been in a hurry to get them in bed this night.

Poor Boy

Poor Merrick! He's been sick since Friday. Today he seems to be feeling a little better. This was a few days ago after a bath, in hopes that it might make him feel better. I think it helped for a little while.

Monday, March 9, 2009


Kleenex Anti-Viral tissues......will they kill the germs that we already have pulsing through our veins? I'd eat them if that would actually work. It's only a cold, but poor Merrick has had it worst and has had it for 4 days now and it's only getting worse. The other kids started coughing yesterday and it hit me today, along with a few complaints of ear aches this evening. Yuck! Bryan leaves tomorrow for LA. Hopefully he doesn't get in on the fun.