Archive for July 2009

Rock around the clock

July 31, 2009

What is this, you ask?

No, it is not that.

Ever since they were about a year old, both kids have had a habit of rocking back and forth on their hands and knees while in bed.  This has always been their way of soothing themselves.

Let’s examine some of the more interesting repercussions of this behavior:

– We can tell when they are not sleeping well, since we can hear them from our room next door.

– There is a recessed light in the kitchen directly beneath J’s bed.  The bulb has to be replaced about every two weeks, thanks to the vibrations coming from above.

– Any scraped knees must be well bandaged before bed

– No matter the temperature, we have to put socks on J at night.  Otherwise, when he wraps his feet around the slats in his bed and rocks back and forth, he wears blisters on his feet and ankles.

– The worst occurs when we need to sleep in the same room with them.  On one trip, we purchased a couple of inflatable beds so they wouldn’t have to sleep on the floor.  Now think of the squeaking sound that inflatable vinyl mattresses make.      Over.   And.   Over.      At 2AM.

– Imagine visiting friends in another city.  Imagine spending the night at said friends’ house.  Imagine what said friends think is happening when they hear that sound coming from next door.  ‘Nuff said.

Let’s hope the kids outgrow this before their first sleepover.


Only 23 shopping days left

July 30, 2009

To the woman out there reading this who happens to be my wife, as a man gets older his birthday gift desires tend to get simpler.

To wit:


The Man Wall

  • 42″ Vizio Flat Panel LCD HDTV
  • 3 – 26″ Vizio Flat Panel LCD HDTVs
  • 1000 watt Panasonic 5.1 Home Theater System
  • DVD player with 5-CD changer
  • iPod docking station
  • 2 – Wireless surround sound speakers
  • Live 7-foot sports ticker with built-in computer
  • 1 year free service for sport’s ticker
  • Full-size built-in beer refrigerated beer keg with tap
  • 1000 watt microwave oven
  • 2 cigar humidors (holds 25 cigars each) complete with gauges
  • 32-bottle wine rack

Now, I may laugh at the puny size of these TVs, and I’d have to re-purpose the beer tap, humidor and wine rack … but as an auxiliary unit, I think this fits the bill quite nicely.

I’m thinking family room.

What’s that sound?

July 29, 2009

So, we’re finishing up dinner last night.  A asked to be excused.  Minutes later, we hear a muffled rustling sound, somewhat like a gentle rain or wind-blown leaves …

“A?  Where are you?”

No response.

“Honey, where, are you?  Are you OK?”

A muffled whimper comes from the pantry.  Now, I’ve already become very adept at interpreting the difference between the “I’m hurt” whimper and the “I’m surprised/embarrassed/caught-doing-something-I shouldn’t-be-doing” whimper

This would be the latter.

100_5182 (Custom)In case you’re wondering, she wanted to
wear her Christmas “party dress” all day

You see, A has discovered the nutrient-deficient food shelf in that pantry, AKA the baking shelf.  Seems she is partial to the dried cotton candy cupcake toppings.

100_5184 (Custom)Who, me?

And let me tell you.  You’ve never had cupcakes until they’re covered in cerulean and fuchsia hued globs of dried sucrose

100_5185 (Custom)Scene of the crime

At least this was a teachable moment:

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  1. If you make a mess, you’ll probably have to clean it up
  2. Blue ear protectors are the must have accessory for summer
  3. If you’re trying to sneak a snack, go for the squeeze-tube of icing.  It’s quieter.

In a bedroom far, far away…

July 28, 2009

Please, oh please, let one of my kids love Star Wars so much that I can build something like this, because I really doubt K will let us sleep in one.

She already refuses to wear the Princess Leia slave outfit.

Random randomness

July 27, 2009

The central reason for this blog is to record a lot of the small things in the kids’ lives that would otherwise be forgotten over time.  Like these:

It was just me and the boy again this Saturday AM, with K having A at ballet class.  Spent some time at a playground, where J spent most of the time “saving ” a little girl from a monster.

IMGP5542 (Custom)He has inherited my sweaty head

It was then over to Costco to pick up a 64 pack of paper towels (and to eat lunch one sample at a time).

IMGP5544 (Custom)The couch potato force is strong in this one.

We then headed to church to meet K and A, since K had to arrange flowers for the Sunday services.   Some of the bizzare things we saw along the way:

donkeys (Custom)This is the back of a hotel shuttle.
If you are a major hotel chain, do you really
want to infer that your clients are donkeys?

car (Custom)Is anybody even driving this car?

IMGP5552 (Custom)K is creating another Martha Stewart acolyte

IMGP5549 (Custom)This is part of the church flower closet.
When we were young, my brother and I used to
explore this room while our parents were in
choir in the room next door.  You can tell
this room hasn’t changed much since then
(notice the peace sign)

IMGP5555 (Custom)IMGP5558 (Custom)A and J have their sights on our Music Minister’s job.

IMGP5560 (Custom)A says the flowers are for Nana.

Saturday evening was babysitting co-op.  We rotate with two other couples once a month.  They each have one child about J and A’s age and one child under 2.  So when we get together, it’s organized chaos at best.

100_5133 (Custom)I think A is a little sweet on one of the boys.

100_5135 (Custom)That’s much better.
J, your #1 priority as big brother is learning
how to get between A and other boys

Red 5, we’re goin’ in

July 24, 2009

Headed to the kids’ first dentist appointment this AM.

Please pray for our sanity.

And on this austere occasion, I’d like to include my favorite musical-made-into-a-movie-dentist-related clip (especially for my friend CPQ):

I’ll try to update this post after the appointment…


OK, we survived.  Sort of.  First off, all I have to say is … how could you not want to go to the dentist with a waiting room like this?

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All they needed was a La-Z-Boy, and
I would go to the dentist here.

IMGP5537 (Custom)Yes, that’s an animatronic dinosaur

IMGP5539 (Custom)Pre-appointment captivation

Of course, eventually, we had to go back for the actual appointment.  J wasn’t thrilled, but he let the technician clean, floss, xray, etc.

IMGP5541 (Custom)The TV on the ceiling didn’t hurt.

How did A do, you ask?  Well, she wanted nothing to do with the whole affair.  Didn’t let anybody do anything.   Sigh.

And just think, we get to do the whole thing again in 6 months.

I fear he’s seen CARS too many times

July 23, 2009

Well, A may dance, but J sings a mean version of the theme from Cars.

He’s even got  the engine revs and “kachows” (mimicking the exact time they appear during the song in the movie)

I believe A almost rolls her eyes.

And he’s already developed a most impressive white man’s overbite.