Friday, November 30, 2007
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
I was trying to catch a video of Justin singing while he was playing but I only caught a second or two. It was VERY cute, so of course he refused to do it after he noticed me.
(NOTE: you might want to turn the volume down, Timothy yells in the middle of it). It also shows the big thing for baths right now-putting your head in the water. Leanna started this craze, it's a big deal for her to do this. She's still afraid and doesn't like the sound the water makes in her ears. Justin had no problem whatsoever doing it from the first time on and now Timothy has to immitate his big brother. They still get a big kick out of hearing me say how brave they are. I like how you also see how quickly Justin puts his head in the water after hearing me praise Timothy-a little competitiveness there!
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
As I was going through Justin's hair at night he said, "Bugs, it's MY body and you can't break it!" He was completely serious and oh-so cute.
Even though I've been through this stuff before with Leanna, it still amazes me how kids just get blown away by the simplest things. The look on Justin's face and the sound in his voice-stuff like that is why you have kids.
Monday, November 26, 2007
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Monday, November 19, 2007
The other week that commercial was on and Justin walked by me, sadly shaking his head, "Yeah, kids always take too much jewelery."
Not the point but I have to mention it: I found this story on the parentdish website and some people blame Elmo for the shift(Or his introduction would be the jump-the-shark moment). But I love Elmo!! He is so cute and furry and red! He is Grover, little and dipped in Kool-aid!! I don't know any kid that doesn't like Elmo. In fact, when Tickle me Elmo first came out I really wanted one. One day while working at McDonalds word was out that the local toys R us just got a shipment in and one manager left work to try to get one. She came back empty handed but said if she had been able to she would have bought one for her neice or nephew(I don't remember which-that was a while ago) and she said she would gave got me one also! I had to wait a couple years to finally get mine. Timothy plays with him now. Poor Elmo has a bad rep now!
The internet can be a good source of info as well. I've been fighting off what I'm pretty sure was tonsillitis and it seems to finally be going away. (They no longer take tonsils out just because they get infected. If it becomes a repeated thing or it's cancerous, then they remove them) (Also there are two ways to become infected-if its bacterial, then antibiotics will help. But if it's viral then antibiotics can actually make it worse.) I can't afford to go to a doctor, so in this case it was nice to be able to look up symptoms and get an idea of what I'm dealing with. I know it's easy to misdiagnose, and in my case, made me feel better to know that even if I went to the doctor they wouldn't necessarily be able to make it better anyway.
Sunday, November 18, 2007
*Jacob is the only one of my children who cares that he needs a diaper change. Seriously, the other three had no problem sitting in their own mess.
*Timothy is fun to watch playing. He sits there in his own world playing with his cars (usually) or whatever toy, and just enjoying himself. To be clear, the others will play alone, it's not a problem. I just don't remember them being as involved in it.
*It's also really cute to see the three of them playing together, for example doing Ring-around-the-Rosie and similar games (motorboat).
*Earlier this week I was giving Jacob a bath and Justin walked in and said "You're washing his hair off!"
(Jacob's doesn't have much hair in the top front, and with his hair wet, well, it looked like the washcloth was taking the hair away)
Friday, November 16, 2007
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
I sent the link to Maree but I'm putting it here to because it's really kind of interesting. She shows you how to fix an underwire bra when the underwire keeps coming out, how to make mini-sandwhiches, and how to glam up your phone. Among other things.
I love that she's a bigger girl and has her own show and dresses fashionably. She is talented so it's nice to see that she hasn't been discriminated against simply because of her weight. So many tv and movie stars today are interchangable and even look similar. Good for her for breaking out of the mold!
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Love You Forever started as a song.
"I'll love you forever,
I'll like you for always,
as long as I'm living my baby you'll be."
I made that up after my wife and I had two babies born dead. The song was my song to my dead babies. For a long time I had it in my head and I couldn't even sing it because every time I tried to sing it I cried. It was very strange having a song in my head that I couldn't sing.
For a long time it was just a song but one day, while telling stories at a big theatre at the University of Guelph, it occurred to me that I might be able to make a story around the song.
Out popped Love You Forever, pretty much the way it is in the book.
My regular publisher felt that it was not really a kid's book and I ended up doing it with another publisher.
One day the publisher called up and said "This is very strange. It is selling very well in retirement communities in Arizona. It is selling in retirement communities where kids are illegal. This is supposed to be a children's book. What is going on?"
"Grownups are buying it for grownups!"
In fact, it turned out that parents buy it for grandparents and grandparents buy it for parents and kids buy it for everybody and everybody buys it for kids.
As a matter of fact, everybody buys it for everybody. That's why it sells a lot of copies. I think it's my best book. So far it has sold about 15,000,000 copies.
Everybody makes up their own song for this book. I would like to put different versions of the song up on this site, now that the site has sound on it. If you send me your version, either as a tape or an audio file or a MR3 file, I will try to put it up in the LOVE YOU page. If lots of people send me their versions, I will not be able to put them all up, but I would like to hear them even if I can't put them on the site.
The way I sing it in the story is just MY version. You are supposed to make up your own.
Saturday, November 10, 2007
Thursday, November 08, 2007
(Of course now, I can appreciate that she had a sense of humor. Back then it wasn't funny at all)
An excerpt from the blog my blog title comes from(follow the link for the full story):
So I look at my son and say with a perfectly straight face, “So, would you like to talk about sex now? I know the word penis and I’m not afraid to use it.”
*Cue shocked and appalled look from my son. He replies to me in a very preteen, angsty way, “Mooommmmmm!”
Seeing that I have pushed a button, demon mom kicks in.
“Seriously. Shall we talk scrotum? Which, by the way, is the plural of scrotum scrotums? Scrotumeses? Scroti?…..”
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
Saturday, November 03, 2007
Friday, November 02, 2007
- *This morning Justin was lying on the couch reading Jacob a story-very cute.
*I've heard from two different people this week that Leanna's school is a good one(one of them is a teacher at the high school, so presumably knows what she's talking about). That's good to know.
*My parents got bluetooths, and they're so excited about it I thought it was worth mentioning.
* I was looking forward to a slow paced week after spending the first week of the month trying to clean and prepare for Timmy's birthday party, then the next week trying to get Leanna's costume made and cleaning for a home meeting with our Forrester's Rep. Then I had the two days where I was preparing for trick or treating-we did go to Wilson also (ironing the costumes, get the clothes to keep warm underneath the costumes.gathering all props and baskets, make sure I have extra bags in case it gets too heavy for them, bring along coats/blankets in case it's too cold, charge the camera batteries and unload pictures, get the stroller ready and bring the sling just in case, and get everyone dressed and fed and ready), and we also had the nurse from the Forrester's group make a home visit, so again the house needed to be relatively clean. I was really looking forward to things being normal again after Monday, but then our landlord called. We're supposed to sign papers next week to buy the house. And the price was lowered a little, which makes me sooooo relieved, you have no idea! So it's finally happening. But our landlady has never been in the house since we moved in. And part of our agreement was lower rent in exchange for Tom repairing the damage previous tenants had done to the house. So she's at the very least going to want to walk through the first floor, possibly the whole house. ARRRRGGGGHHHH! Now this woman had five children herself so she must at some point have had some messes. But she seems extremely organized, she runs her own mortgage company and has a real no-nonsense attitude. And I'm pretty sure her kids weren't as rambunctious as ours are! So I don't think she would be as sympathetic as some. This means Tom must clear his junk off the front porch (Hallelujah!) and the backyard. He might even try to finish a few home projects he started but never finished. But it will be a lot of work to have everything presentable enough for a tour. Wish us luck-both with the house deal and the mess!