Monday, April 28, 2008
Saturday, April 26, 2008
When the house goes suddenly quiet and the parents are prompted to ask each other, "Where's Lucie?" the answer usually involves clean-up for projects underway; like the slathering up of G.I. Joe's with prescription diaper cremes or the potty training of dolls in the toilet.
Trio serenade performed by Grayson, Kyelee and Lucie.
Friday, April 18, 2008
ONE: there is a song in her heart ALL DAY LONG.
TWO: "Sasha," "Sushi," and "Shush up!" are good answers to a myriad of questions. And,
THREE: the girl really loves pink. All her clothes and shoes and yogurts and sippy cups have to be pink. Luckily, her pink spectrum is vast enough to include magenta, red, maroon and some lavenders.
I just read a new study that claims an evolutionary basis for this preference for pink. Back in prehistoric times, the men would hunt and the women would gather fruit, etc. So it kind of makes sense that they'd find more food if they could identify red ripe fruits.
This prehistoric recollect may also help to explain her penchant for public nudity, but what about the attraction to tiaras and lip balm? I think we'll switch bedtime stories from board book fairy tales to Ms. Magazine tonight.
Monday, April 7, 2008
Grayson attended an Indiana Jones birthday party yesterday and brought home all sorts of theme-related goodies, including a plastic snake which I erroneously called a rattlesnake. "No, it's a Chinese snake, Mom," he corrected. "How do you know?" I asked. "Because," he replied, "it says on the bottom, 'Made in China."
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Anne Lamott's talk picked up the conversation right where her books leave off; launching into diatribes about her legendary fears and hangups, raising her son Sam, railing at the Bush administration, ministering to friends, loving Jesus, staying sober, getting older. The difference in hearing her speak, rather than reading her books, is an appreciation for her comic sense of timing. My side ached from holding in laughs so that I wouldn't miss her next witticism. My friend Kir now has a tiny (okay, HUGE) crush on her.
Elizabeth Gilbert has sold four million copies of Eat, Pray, Love. If you haven't read it yet, or any of Anne Lamott's collected essays, I suggest you join the next wave of the women's movement and do so immediately.
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
1. Clipping the kids' toenails: 5 points.
2. Shopping for a child's birthday present: 5 points (not your own gender: add 5 points).
3. Cleaning congealed toothpaste off the sink: 5 points.
4. Reading a bedtime story: 5 points (Dr. Seuss: add 10 points).
5. Attending a child's birthday party where you don't know any of the adults: 20 points.
6. Working a shift at the school fundraiser: 10 points.
7. Filling out the school paperwork: 10 points.
8. Knowing the pediatrician's phone number by heart: 5 points.
9. Pushing your child on the swings until your soul turns black: 10 points.
10. Morning duty: 10 points.
11. Morning duty after a late night out: 20 points.
12. Cleaning the funk out of a sippy cup: 10 points.
13. Cleaning cooked rice off the floor after a meal: 10 points.
14. Setting up the finger painting: 15 points.
15. Emptying the diaper pail instead of putting the diaper on top: 10 points.
16. Drinking beers at a Super Bowl party while your spouse humiliates herself in the next room with a breast pump: -20 points.