Tuesday, September 30, 2008

sweet mrs. hundelt

when jack comes home from school he always tells me about his day in the briefest way possible. i have to go through a series of questions to get any real information (what works did you do today?, did you learn any new works?, what were they?, did anyone get in trouble?, did you get in trouble?, etc.). one of my usual questions is always "who did you play with at recess?" for the first week of school his answer was always different, but since then it has almost always been the same. "i played catch with mrs. hundelt." (and occasionally a little girl named annie plays with them, but always jack and mrs. hundelt). for those who don't know, this is jack's teacher. on his progress report last week she noted "jack has quite an arm" (which i think made his week) and when mimi taught him a game of catch where you count how many times you throw the ball until someone drops it, he couldn't wait to get to school and teach it to mrs. hundelt. i have been thinking this was kind of funny for a while (also worrying that he isn't bothering her too much - the poor woman probably wants a break...), however, today's comment made me giggle even a little more. jack was telling me a story about how as soon as the bell rings all the kids jump up from the picnic tables and run to the playground. i asked if he ever plays on the playground and he said, "no, because mrs. hundelt is never over there, so if i went to the playground, i would hardly get to play with her." i don't know why, but the thought of all the other kids rushing to the playground while jack stays behind to play catch with his teacher, just really makes me laugh. his sweet teacher must be a saint to put up with playing catch everyday in the heat of phoenix with persistent mr. burch. we owe her a really good christmas present... perhaps, a baseball glove?

Monday, September 29, 2008

cousins don't shake hands...

cousins gotta hug... whether you like it or not.
(sorry, jimmy. he just loves you so much...)

some fun crafty sites to check out...

so, this is mainly for christine, since we were talking about it, but anyone who might enjoy checking these out, i recommend them for crafty inspiration...


www.weewonderfuls.com - this site always has free downloads for cute little paper dolls, embroidery patterns, wooden spoon puppets, etc. as well as much more advanced sewing patterns and knitting projects. you can also buy patterns for the dolls. if anyone would like to tackle making one of the dolls with me, i would be very open to a craft night...


www.thesmallobject.com - this site has cute little products like stamps, notecards etc. and if you go to her stenopad link, she has a blog that always has fun craft ideas. i made her washer necklace and i have to say it was mighty fun. also, her little wooden peg people are too cute... another project for craft night?


www.pinkchalkfabrics.com (bev, you may go nuts on this site... their fabric selection is awesome). this site has unbelievable fabrics that i want to sit on my shelf and just stare at. they also sell tools and have free downloads, etc.


www.threepotatofour.com (another note to bev, they have amazing, although rather pricey, vintage typewriters). this site has a ;store that sells all sorts of "found" objects - basically this person is great at flea market shopping - thus, it is all one-of-kind and when it is gone, its gone. a little on the pricey side, but i just enjoy looking at all the cute little vintage items she finds. her blog always has useful and interesting craft ideas.

hope at least someone finds some enjoyment from these links. and i am hoping to get a flood of calls to sign up for "craft night" (or "dork night")...

Friday, September 26, 2008

mom, can i make a set-up?

the term "set-up" has recently become one of jack and lucy's favorites. it means building something or merely setting up toys to depict some sort of scene, which, quite often, they would like me to take a picture of. here are a few examples for anyone interested...
a small city...




a church...



a football game...


a baseball game...


"i love you"

yesterday we stopped by luke and allie's house and as we were leaving jack shouted out of the car, "bye, lili! i love you!" to which she responded, "i love you, too!" as if this were a perfectly normal way to send off all your friends and family. it did not phase them or embarrass them in the least. i love the innocence of kids and will be very sad when these sweet little exchanges between friends become awkward and embarrassing...

lucy's dream house


last monday we went to the speier house so lucy and audrey could play while the big kids were at school. i had a small cardboard box that i told lucy we could turn into a little dollhouse, so we took that along with a bag of fabric scraps over to make little houses for the girls. the two of them were so funny picking our "carpet" and "curtains" as well as rugs and even draping the outsides of their houses in fabric. the fabric was also useful as blankets and tablecloths and especially fun to cut into small pieces for no real reason at all. allie, being ever-so-crafty, even made little ladders out of straws and pipe-cleaners. audrey and lucy enjoyed cutting up the straws and creating different things for them to be (a sink spout, a cup, etc.). audrey was cutting up a straw into teeny, tiny pieces and i asked her what those were, to which she quickly responded, "oh, that's the garbage." what dollhouse would be complete without some garbage? anyway, han solo, princess leia, yoda, a small panda, belle and snow white quickly moved in and had a lovely time. when we got home lucy wanted to color the whole outside of her house pink. i suggested she use paint instead and thus her house is a beautiful little bubble gum mansion. several princesses, fairies, little people, etc. have since moved in and are having a simply marvelous time.


the next day she told me she really wanted to live in a pink house and i told her maybe someday she could.
"REALLY?!"
"maybe."
"can you ask dad to help us paint our house pink this weekend?"
woops. not exactly what i meant by maybe. i guess the thought of having her own house someday never occurred to her. luckily, that too was a very exciting possibility.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

kids quotes...

here are a few good ones recently:

-after we say prayers each night, i ask the kids if they have any specific prayers. jack used to pray for the "kids with no toys" or the "people with no food". but each time he feels the need to add on additional "issues" they may need prayers for. just the other night he rambled on this prayer: "for the kids that don't have any money so that they can get money...and so that they can get toys....and for the people that are poor and don't have any food....so that they don't die.....soon." it is very hard to keep a straight face, especially when he adds hardships, such as "soon" to the end of his prayer. as if it wasn't enough to pray that they don't die, he needed to add a special intention that they wouldn't die "soon". thanks to jack, those people out there that were possibly going to die "soon" just might get another day.

-finn is just learning to speak, and one of his favorite words is "nee"....and for those that don't speak finn, it means "nurse". it is pretty hilarious when he plops down on emily's lap, grabs her shirt, and starts yelling "nee! nee!"

and the best for last....

-jack and goose love to listen to all kinds of music in the car, including country (but only the fast country...jack told emily one time that i only listened to the "slow boring country" songs in my car). anyway, jack randomly asked the other day, "when are we going to get to listen to the chicksie dicks again?"

free museum days


the only thing that stinks about trying to be involved in city life is how expensive it is. museums, i have discovered, are outrageous (the children's museum makes you pay $9 for a one year old). especially when traveling with kids, you never know how long they will last or how much they will be interested. thus, i have discovered free museum day at the phoenix art museum (tuesdays from 3-9).


if your baby gets fussy, you can leave and not fret over how much money you just lost. if your kids are bored you can leave and come back another day. if everyone needs a snack (don't forget to pack one) you can sit in the sculpture garden and let your kids play in the grass. fortunately, my kids love the phoenix art museum and the last two times we have gone we have stayed for hours (including snack time in the grass). this last time, christine and ruby, mary, zach and jimmy, and baabee all joined us. the children's section is small, but my kids found it very entertaining. the miniature's collection is always a hit. and my kids love the new contemporary wing, the firefly installment ('you who are getting obliterated in the dancing swarm of fireflies' by yayoi kusama) being everyones favorite. jack also loves 'mass (colder darker matter)' which is a series of burnt wood hung from the ceiling by wire and string.

my favorite is, of course, the untitled joseph cornell box which is part of his soap box set... i don't know why i just love joseph cornell... anyway, i just wanted to give anyone looking for a pleasant way to spend a tuesday afternoon an enjoyable option. and, if you do have kids, it opens endless possibilities for silly comments. like the colorful painting of the grand canyon that jack thought was a bowl of vegetables. or the sculpture of a lady with no hands and feet (that i, personally, do not like), but the stone she is carved with has a shiny, glimmer to it, so lucy calls her "sparkly girl." and you can always play the "what would you call that painting" game...

"i call this one pink"

my kids sure love it. and ruby got in some good reading on art...








Monday, September 15, 2008

why we don't need a dog...

...because we have finn.


he's cute and cuddly. he eats off the floor. he used to chew things up. if he didn't have a diaper i am sure he would pee on the rug. he loves to play catch (and occasionally even "fetch" with jack and lucy). he stands by the back door and begs to go out. he gives slobbery kisses. oh, and has anyone noticed how much he drools?


GG even bought him a doggy toy. a squeaky rubber bottle of O'Drools super-slobber brew (with 5% slober by volume) ... which he loves.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

its the little things...

just a couple stories that made me smile or even giggle a little...
- jack had to get a couple shots a few weeks ago before the school year began, so i took him and finn to the doctor and lucy went to do something with my sister erin who was in town. afterwards, jack asked if we could go get a treat since he was "so brave and didn't even get to go with lucy and erin." i said sure so we stopped by la grande orange and jack asked if he could get chocolate milk and a cupcake. first of all, it was only ten o'clock in the morning, but second of all, jack does not actually like chocolate all that much. he convinces himself that he does out of some idea that all kids should, but he never finishes anything chocolate and usually tells me he didn't like it anyway... which he always forgets next time someone is offering something chocolate. so, i suggested maybe a muffin and some juice. he thought that sounded great and could he "please, please get green machine?" (for those of you who don't know what this is, it is a thick smoothie-ish drink made by naked juice with wheat grass, spirulina, etc. - basically all green good things for you... i digress). i said if they had green machine he could get it, but i wasn't sure if they would have it or not. he ran over to the fridge of drinks and upon seeing that they did in fact have it he shouted, "yes! my lucky day!" so, it just kind of made me smile that his idea of a special treat was a very healthy drink and a muffin. meanwhile, lucy was out with aunt erin eating a chocolate chip muffin and drinking chocolate milk... very fitting for both jack and lucy.
- pete got lucy dressed the other morning and put a little dress on her. she walked out of her room to where jack was reading books on the couch, put her hands on her hips and, in her very high pitched voice, said, "jackie, don't i look cute?" jack, barely looking up from his book gave her a quick, "uh, yeah, sure." which was plenty for lucy who went skipping away perfectly pleased.
-lucy told me the other day in passing that she wants two more kids in our family and then continued going about whatever she was doing before. then yesterday we were driving to pick jack up from school and she said in a very sad and upset little voice, "when are we going to get the other two kids in our family?" apparently she thought we could just go pick up an extra brother and sister from the store and was quite upset that that wasn't the case...
- last there is finn, who makes us laugh all day every day. he is trying to talk so much right now, but little of it sounds totally as it should, so it always seems to be funny. we love the way he says everyones names, his cozy hugs, the way he runs, how he reads books... basically everything. kids are just too much fun.

Friday, September 12, 2008

oh, lucy



seriously, what are we going to do with this kid...


i cannot tell you how often this happens to her. last year, we were walking up to jack's school and i hear a mom behind us start laughing... poor lucy that her mom lets her leave the house like that...


at least she's generally oblivious... and she sure is funny.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

little pork chop

last thursday we had ed, christine and ruby (who finn is also rather obsessed with) over for dinner and pete grilled pork chops. after dinner pete was cleaning up and as i walked through the kitchen he asked if it was worth saving the last half of one pork chop. i said no and went on my way. two minutes later i walk into the tv room where finn is standing - holding a greasy, peppery pork chop and chowing on it like a puppy with his after dinner treat.


i say, "pete, seriously, why would you give him that?"
"what are you talking about?" comes his reply.
"that pork chop."
"i threw that pork chop in the garbage."
needless to say, finn went digging in the garbage (also like a puppy...) and pulled out a nice juicy pork chop and decided to eat it while watching the end of the d-backs game.



christine has since taken to calling him "pork chop."

just because it makes me smile


school days




after an orientation day last week, jack officially started school this monday. i cannot believe i have a kid in kindergarten. when did we get so old...


best buds


finn decided to teach jimmy how to play "dieshabang" as a sort of orientation to his becoming a phoenician. they have since become best buds.



finn smiles and squeals like its christmas morning every time he sees jimmy. the other night we came home from swim lessons and finn was exhausted and cranky. then he spotted jimmy (or "eemee" as finn calls him) and ran to him laughing with open arms... this gave him a second wind and they stayed up playing for about another hour. it is so fun to watch these little cousins already becoming such good friends...