Thursday, May 29, 2008
I penned him upstairs and went to lay down in the guest bed.
He thought of playing legos in the dark.
He drug me out of bed.
When I told him he was welcome to play with the legos, but that I was going to lay down, he brought the legos to the bed.
When I wouldn't let him put the legos in the bed, he sat in the dark beside the bed playing with them for 5 minutes or so.
Then he decided to get in the bed and kick me for the next 2 hours.
And big surprise, he was totally not ready to wake up this morning.
And neither was I.
I actually made an effort to take some pictures this morning, and I don't have the stupid cable to get them off my camera.
I predict work will be awfully brutal today, so here's hoping that 5pm comes really fast.
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
On Friday I tried The Pioneer Woman's Pineapple Skewered Shrimp. I actually, also marinated some chicken the same way and the chicken was better than the shrimp to me.
On Saturday, Clinton tried quiche again, only to discover that he does actually like it, despite his many years of protests. La Madeleine, here we come.
And then yesterday we had a small BBQ, for which I made this cobbler. Except, I made it in 2 pans. And I didn't have pineapple in the cherry one, and I made a black berry one for the other half.
We also smoked some ribs and chicken quarters and sausage. And invited a few people over. And then I took absolutely no pictures.
Landon got to play in the pool for a few hours with some kids who were a little older (3 and 5 1/2). They taught him a little trick of going over the wall between the hot tub and the pool. He practiced it a lot. I'm sure we'll be seeing it for the rest of the summer.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Campfire and S’mores
Using a Compass Game
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Upon entering the cage, he decided that he must brush every goat. He didn't have to brush them well, but it was clear that the goal was to touch each and every goat.
Did you know that the Houston zoo will provide your toddler with a weapon?
They are conveniently located in a little basket just inside the gate to the petting zoo.
Sure, they're disguised as brushes. But they're weapons. The goats know it, and I know it.
It's hard enough to chase your toddler around to try to get a good picture of him petting a goat, but to have to chase him as he chases a goat, who is running because he's wielding that weapon, makes it just that much harder. Possibly an Olympic event. Not to mention the 30 other kids who have no idea that they might be in the way of the perfect shot.
I'd say half the goats were hanging out in the "no people zone." Just to avoid the weaponry. Not that that helped, because some people can't read. And surprisingly some of their parents couldn't either, and I suppose they were not technically "in" the "no people" zone, but I don't think they meant for you to be hanging over the rope trying to get at the animals who only need a break. For the love of Pete!
Anyway, we brushed all the goats who would allow it. And we were nearing nap time, and knew that beast of all beasts was about to show his face. It was shortly after leaving the goat pen, that we headed out to the parking lot. It was a good day. It was such good weather. It appears that the train in Hermann park is not running - they look like they're building some kind of fancy train station. To be complete in March of 2009. So next year, we'll also ride the train.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
He seemed genuinely interested in it.
So we bought the ticket.
And I prepared for a not so silent freak out.
Clinton was positioned so that we needed an outside animal in order for him to get good pictures.
Landon gripped the pole with white knuckle strength.
He rode face forward for the first several rounds.
And as soon as Clinton put the camera up. He smiled in his general direction. Punk.
Monday, May 19, 2008
But then, he spotted the elephants.
It was bear day. And they only had like 2 bears. One of whom was sitting up against a tree like a human in a bear suit.
And there was this lion, who was totally up for everyone to get a close up.
He survived the whole thing with minimal fits. When we could tell we weren't going to be able to control his fits anymore with bribes of new things to see, we headed back to the car.
He stopped to talk to the koi.
And we caught the sea lions on the way out.
When Joshua was this size we took him to the zoo, and he was totally only interested in the pigeons. We couldn't even hardly get him to glance in the general direction of the elephants. So I had very little hope for this adventure, but it went much better than expected. Stay tuned this week for goat petting adventures in the petting zoo and lion riding on the carousel.
**A special bonus I did not expect was that the bathroom stalls each had a picture of the front of an animal on the door. And when you sat down, you were looking at that animals behind!
Friday, May 16, 2008
I mailed off my inspector application. Plan # 5697 Is moving forward.
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
We had him sign them like this:
He's all about symmetry, so when his one hand produced a print, he tried to make the other produce a print.
But it wouldn't.
He finally gave up and just admired his pink hand.
His pink hand, which took another good 4 or 5 hours, multiple wipes, hand washings, and a shower to finally fade.
Monday, May 12, 2008
Even while moving his cake pans from the cabinet to the window sill and back.
How does your air conditioner just know that you got your IRS rebate check? On the bright side, without actually FIXING it, and with just a recharge of freon, it's working better than it has since we moved in.
Landon went back to Linda's this morning for the first time since April 1st. And judging from the Birthday party over there on Saturday? They're going be having a lot of "discussions" today. About sharing. About being nice in general. He wasn't very interested in going in this morning, until Linda reminded him about how they have cereal there. And then it was "Mom who?" He'll be fine.
Thursday, May 08, 2008
Tuesday, May 06, 2008
This one warms my heart. I am a sucker for a good pun.
And finally, a sign that the apocolypse is near...my sinus cavity has now fallen prey to the bug that has crippled our house for the past month. All it took was one stinkin' night in the same bed with Clint...breathing on me. GAH.
Monday, May 05, 2008
This is a little late in coming this month because when I sat down to write this last week, it looked a lot like this:
You’ve been sick for almost a month now. Stop
And since that didn’t seem to be in the spirit of these letters, I decided to let it ride a few days and see if I could come up with something better. This is not much better, but here it goes.
This month you have begun to kind of half ass attempt at communicating with us. You’ve had so much diarrhea that it makes your butt hurt so bad, that you’ve finally decided to tell us when you poop. Which is a blessing. Except when it’s 4 times in a 10 minute span. Then it’s not so much a blessing as much as we wish you could recognize the end of it and then tell us. However, while I went to Walgreens to pick up some pedialyte you did tell your father that you needed the vapor rub stuff on your feet. And then socks. And what about jammies? You’re like a little adult with the parenting of yourself.
You’re starting to whack the dogs a little harder than I think you should, so we’ll be working harder on being nice to them in the first place instead of whacking them and then, oh yeah, I’m supposed to be nice, and hugging them.
This has been the month of the pool for you. It’s finally warm enough to get in. And we’ve taken a chance a few times and gotten in despite the illness. Most of the time it worked out for us. MOST of the time.
Oh yeah, don’t drink and drive.
P.S. No, seriously. Get to feeling better.