Thursday, November 19, 2009

distractions

lucy is hands down one of the best kids i have ever met at coming up with a distraction from what she is actually supposed to be doing.  the funny thing is that half the time i think she truly gets distracted from the task at hand (the other half she is trying hard to avoid whatever chore she has been given).  it is as if something shiny catches her eye and her mind goes blank.  the other morning i asked her to clean up the playroom.  after not hearing from her for a while i went to check on her only to find her sitting in the midst of a very messy playroom.  clearly no attempt had even been made to start cleaning up.  i asked her what she was doing.  she was organizing magnets by color and if she could find a coordinating plate she would put those colors on that matching plate.  like this...



 i was very impressed and not actually mad, but i still had to ask her, "what were you supposed to be doing?"  blank.  she had no idea...

oh, pete...

what a very sweet husband i have, indeed...


goodbye, halloween



we finally put away all of the halloween decorations this weekend.  it was a good halloween and we will miss it.



now we are getting excited for christmas...

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

how can i resist...

this request to play football?  messy face and all.





i think jack is kind of a sucker for that face, too...  jack was playing some sort of tackling, football game with finn in their room the other night.  they were laughing hysterically and jack stopped and said, "finn, you're hilarious."  then he turned to pete and said, "i'm so glad i have finn for a brother because he's so funny."  i can't get enough of sibling love.  it is just too sweet.  

Monday, November 16, 2009

what's the story...

behind this...


any guesses?
i will just tell you...
lucy and finn were playing peter pan (what else is new) and apparently this is how wendy sews peter's shadow back on.

Friday, November 13, 2009

oh, my friday

today was just one of those days...
let me start by saying that for the last week or so every time our washing machine drained it backed up into the sink (and smelled less than lovely).  we knew we needed to call a plumber because of this, yet it somehow kept getting pushed to the bottom of the ever-growing to do list.  we have found in the past that calling plumbers usually means some exorbitant service fee on top of the ridiculous charge for something that takes them all of about 10 minutes.  thus, with the ever looming holidays rushing towards us, i think there was something in our sub-conscience that wasn't quite willing to deal with plumbers and the fees that come with them.  so we lived with the smell and continued to put off that phone call...
until it was too late.
this morning i started a load of laundry and as it drained i noticed that familiar smell and walked into the kitchen to see that it was, in fact, filling the sink with that all-to-familiar sludge looking water.  being rather used to this, i walked back into the living room and continued my cutting and coloring with lucy and finn.  then we heard the noise of rushing and pouring water.  it was coming up over the edge of the sink and gushing onto the floor.  lucy started screaming and then burst into tears, which caused finn to start crying, neither of which i had any time to deal with as i ran to get every towel we own.  i mean dish towels, beach towels, bath towels - yes, i used our lovely bath towels that i wrap my clean little kids in fresh out of the bath to clean up the grossest looking sewer water you have ever seen.  they might need to be double-washed.  finally the water stopped coming, but only after successfully flooding our kitchen. i cleaned up the water on the floor using a mere 20 or so towels, which i had to leave in a sloppy pile as i could not wash them.  then i discovered all my nice cookbooks neatly in a row on the kitchen counter were about an inch deep in water.  bummer there.  meanwhile, pete was calling plumbers for me.  christian brothers plumbing showed up shortly thereafter.  the guy was very friendly and, shall we say, christian-like.  however, they wanted to charge us so much money pete told me to pay the service fee and send him on his way.  apparently, they are christian in their service, just not in their pricing.  as a waited for plumber number two, i noticed some water dripping from a drawer in the kitchen.  i opened it to the sloshing of water inside and now discovered most of the drawers and cupboards near the sink had also received a good bath in the fabulous sewer water that was leaving the lovely scent in my kitchen.  speaking of the scent, i have honestly never in my life smelled something so horrific.  if someone would have given me a rotten-egg scented candle, i would have gladly lit it and welcomed the smell.  i actually gagged several times.  so now i had several drawers and cupboards to clean out.  if you are looking for something to help you clean out that junk drawer in your kitchen, just pour some gross liquid in it and you are more than happy to just start throwing most of that stuff away.  after all it is really just junk.  so, plumber number two showed up and very nicely took care of our problem.  he was a big guy with that sort of plumber look to him, so it surprised me greatly when he started to speak in quite a high pitched voice.  he got right down to work and cut us a deal on price that was already a great deal cheaper than the christian brothers.  as he was up on our roof, he needed me to plug something in for him, so he called down for me.  lucy and finn were very interested in all this and had been hanging around watching for some time.  however, when the plumber spoke to me finn yelled, "who is that lady on the roof?"  i tried to quiet him and tell him it was just the plumber, but he yelled again, "no, who is the lady on the roof?!!"  to which lucy now replied, in the loudest of voices, "its not a lady, finn!  its the plumber!  he's a guy!"  poor man.  i really hope he didn't hear them...
anyway, we are all cleaned up now and ready to go.  and my sweet husband brought home ajo al's for dinner, so i am happy.

as a side note, what do you think about these lovely ladies we made for squints?  would you buy them for your girls?  i am currently working on some little houses and furniture, so i will share those later.





and, finally, any suggestions on what to do with this?




my kids found it in a parking lot and are kind of obsessed with it, but i am kind of sick of it just sitting around.  any brilliant suggestions for a use for it?

now, enough of my rambling.  i am off to enjoy my family.  here's to a wonderful weekend.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

quote of the day

two things to know:
1) my kids love the game slug bug
2) jen, who works at the willows, drives a yellow slug bug that is a favorite of my kids and can be spotted most days in the willows parking lot, thus being a highlight of driving down indian school

here's my quote of the day:
this morning after dropping jack off at school finn spotted a slug bug, which he enthusiastically called out.  following which, lucy heaved a heavy sigh and said, "i wish i was jen's kid.  then my car would be a slug bug not a van."  "van" is to be read as if it were the most loathsome automobile one could own.

thanks, lucy.

making me happy

laying in the yard on an overcast day.  kids running around playing (nicely) together.  picking our own tomatoes to take inside for lunch.  a nice, simple and altogether lovely day.  if only i could have worked a nap into this plan...





by the way, this is one of my favorite snacks that pete got me hooked on.  good bread with cream cheese, avocado and tomatoes with lots of salt and pepper.  mmmm, now i'm hungry again...

oh, and having chickens running around our backyard makes me laugh.  even if i kind of hate them and they still haven't started laying eggs.  finn sure enjoys chasing them all over, though.



Wednesday, November 11, 2009

urban market

the phoenix public market just opened last week, so christine, erin and i decided to take a trip downtown with all the kids to check it out and have a little treat at their coffee bar.  everyone who worked there was so nice and they let the kids sit up at the counter, draw on their chalkboard and feel like they were running things.  the market itself wasn't quite open, but we were able to peek inside and it looks rather fabulous.  all sorts of farm fresh produce and a huge deli where you can even order sandwiches to go.  there are also plans to open a wine bar at some point.  i definitely recommend checking it out.  and for the record, their coffee was amazing.  i am already dreaming of going back...






















Tuesday, November 10, 2009

"i'll get you pan!"

"if it's the last thing i do!!"  this is finn's quote of choice lately.  he says it in this throaty voice in such a way that massive amounts of drool come pouring and spraying from his mouth.  its fantastic.

so, obviously we have been on a bit of a peter pan kick around here.  the kids decided with the speier girls in august that they all wanted to be peter pan characters for halloween.  thus, there has been some serious planning and discussion going on for the past two months (and yet, i was still somehow finishing up costumes the night before...).   they all looked perfect (and the dads a little creepy) and were quite into their parts.  the older kids cared a bit more this year about hitting up as many houses as they could, which in turn caused lucy and audrey to care more.  finn was extremely eager to run up to the houses, pound on the door and yell "trick or treat" but then got about two pieces of candy and decided he was ready to go home and eat them.  it was another fabulous halloween.  our kids are so lucky to have such fun friends to enjoy it with.

*deep breath*  prepare yourself for a massive picture dump, but just think it could have been so much worse...  i have a lot more...




















finn stole miss allie's crocodile costume and ran around after captain hook ferociously clicking his tongue...



and then little bo peep stopped by looking for her lost sheep...




the end.

except for all the delicious food and drink...





and if i may request a brief description from christine on how she made her lovely appetizer as i have been craving it ever since...