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The world’s nicest mom said she’d color this.

Monday, December 29th, 2014

The world's nicest mom said she'd color this.

He REALLY likes what we got for Tyler.

Monday, December 29th, 2014

He REALLY likes what we got for Tyler.

Katie, without prompt, explained Hanukkah to Max and I tonight. <3

Friday, December 19th, 2014

Katie, without prompt, explained Hanukkah to Max and I tonight. <3

rain and drought

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

We had a big storm last Thursday, and a bunch of cities around and including ours had severe flooding. I hadn’t realized just HOW LONG it has been since we had some good rain until Max asked me, as we drove, what the noise he was hearing was — the sound of rain on the car’s roof. He asked again when he heard it on his umbrella. In three of his four years, our winters have been dry enough that he honestly wasn’t used to the sound of rain hitting surfaces around him.

One of my favorite childhood memories is of California’s rainy winters, spent inside and warm. When Caroline and I were young, we would empty the floors of our closets and set up little hidey holes inside, with pillows and blankets, and hide in there reading and listening to the radio. I also used to spend much of my winter vacations sitting in front of the fireplace and Christmas tree, reading and lounging around. I look forward to Katie and Max being able to read themselves, so they can do the same (Katie is on the cusp!). It also motivates me to clear out some of the kid cruft in our house (like, hey, diaper table in Max’s room) so we have a warm reading nook. :)

stuff that has happened since my last post…

Monday, December 15th, 2014

1: BrightRoll was just acquired by Yahoo, so I’ve been acquired twice now. One of the VPs who was part of the acquisition of Danger by Microsoft is a SVP at Yahoo… so I guess he’s following me around? :D
2: Katie got her first report card! It was not anything unexpected, and her teacher has really connected with her, which I feel fortunate about. The best part of the feedback was that she’s apparently a very good integrator, so she understands concepts and then explains them to kids in her class who are having a hard time with them using real-world examples. I like the idea that she’s helping other kids learn.
3: My children are ridiculously old. It’s funny that I can still remember when 6 and 4 seemed impossibly far away for either of them, and now they’re well on their way out of those ages. Relatedly: I got rid of all of my cloth diapers and I’m okay with that.
4: The kids seem to think that our money is communal. Katie said taking coins from the change pineapple (not a jar, but a pineapple) to put into her own piggy bank isn’t “stealing” because “it’s the family’s money”, and Max has told me to get “lots of jobs” so they can buy as many presents as they want for themselves.
5: Working with the kids on holiday stuff is so much easier now that they’re older. Decorating for both Halloween and Christmas has been much more communal, but it also means that I can see that the kids need to work on their boundaries (not touching all the ornaments but instead waiting for me to give them ones that won’t break) as much as I need to work on my patience (I literally can only decorate the tree with them in 20 minute intervals before I am so agitated from the near-misses that I’m going to explode). Their independence working on projects (mainly for Katie) means that things like building gingerbread houses goes much more smoothly than it has in the past, and the result is more of their own work vs. something we mostly did for them.

Otherwise, I really like my job, and my family and husband, and am generally smiley! WOO!

My short people.

Monday, December 15th, 2014

My short people.

Two of a kind

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

Two of a kind

a quote

Monday, November 17th, 2014

Max: “If you give me tees, I’ll give you a hundred dollars.”
Me: “Honey, I don’t want you to give me your money.”
Max: “I won’t give you my money, I’ll get it by doing a lot of jobs.”

Yes.

Friday, November 7th, 2014

Yes.

My date!

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

My date!

Adorable rain kid!

Saturday, October 25th, 2014

Adorable rain kid!

The Queen, King, and background Jester

Sunday, October 12th, 2014

The Queen, King, and background Jester

Jonathan’s birthday!

Sunday, October 12th, 2014

Jonathan's birthday!

Playdate shenanigans!

Sunday, October 12th, 2014

Playdate shenanigans!

master building!

Saturday, October 11th, 2014

Master building!

max is four

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

Max … how is it possible that my baby is four? Over the last year, he has learned to use Ye Old Potty, and gotten a big-boy bed — so pretty much, he’s entirely big kid. The things that I find the most startling about him:
– He has an incredible memory and can pull up specifics from over a year ago with total ease.
– He is very sensitive — when he saw me getting angry once, he kissed my hand to calm me down. He is also quick to apologize.
– He’s an instigator. He knows how to piss Katie off, how to work her emotions against her (especially when she’s wrung out at the end of the day), and he will do it.
– He is a total cling-bot and I can barely walk around the house near him without him attaching himself to me, bodily. On the other end of this, he is also extremely cuddly and kissy, and he loves to hug me and to get hugs.
– He loves to help, and to be of use. (Oh gods, I sound like Thomas.)
– He’d usually rather play than watch TV.
– He is absolutely easy to get out of a bad mood, because he loves to be teased and tickled.
– He is the kind of kid who will go through an entire toy magazine and tell me he needs everything in it. (“Or I will die and I will not love you.”)
– He gets into stuff and is sort of a completist about it — for example, we used Cars toys as potty-training collateral and he literally had to have every one he saw that he didn’t have. He also knew all the ones he DID have and could name them easily.
– He loves to have books read to him and he loves to hear stories. Two things I attribute easily to him over the last year include him saying, “Can you read me a story from your mouth?” (meaning he wants me to make something up), and his way of refusing to walk and crossing his arms with his bottom lip pouted out when he’s angry about something.

He’s my favorite guy and I think he’s keen. (I also like how he’ll randomly yell from somewhere in the house, “Mommy?” “Yes, Maxie?” “I love you! That’s all I wanted to say.”)

Nicknames: Maxibean, Maximiliano, Maxwellington, Wellington, Maxaroni, Maxaroni Maxaroo, beeb, peanut, cutieface, beanyboo, babybug, bug.

The Yearly Quiz!
What’s your name? Max.
What’s your favorite color? Orange.
Who are your best friends? Stormy, um, Jordan. Did you spell Jordan? And Gavin. Did you spell Gavin? Nicky. Nicky Nicholas. [What about Katie?] Yeah, Katie’s already invited.
What is your favorite book? Um, “Mommy Poop On Face.” What are you spelling? Um, Thomas, it’s called Crack on the Track.
What is your favorite song? Wreck It Ralph. [He pronounced it “Ralp.”]
What is your favorite movie? Wreck It Ralph. [Do you like that more than The Lego Movie?] Yeah.
What is your favorite TV show? Fleabag Monkeyface. [Really? I don’t believe you.] I like it for real. [But do you like it so much that it’s your favorite?] I don’t know.
What is your favorite animal? Elephant.
What’s your favorite food? Pizza! [What kind of pizza?] Mac n pizza! [What’s mac n pizza?] It means you put mac n cheese on a pizza. [Have you ever actually had that?] Yes, I had it at Michele’s.
What’s your yuckiest food? I don’t know.
What’s your favorite restaurant? Stacks!
What’s your favorite store? Toys R Us!
What’s your favorite game? Kinect Party! [Not Hungry Hungry Hippo?] I like Hungry Hungry Hippo, but the most game I want to play is hit mommy’s boobies!
Do you have a favorite clothing item, and PJs? I don’t know! My favorite PJs are orange!
What is your favorite word? (burps) Burpie!
What makes you mad? Um, Daddy just made me mad, he talked over me. [What else makes you mad?] Katie yelling at me. [Anything else?] Um, nothing else! Do you know what really made me mad? Me bonking into the TV.
What’s your favorite toy? Um, let’s see. Lego!
What do you want to do when you grow up? Um, a Storm Trooper!
What’s your favorite sport? Baseball!
What’s your favorite thing at school? Um, the baby! [Which baby?] All of them? [Why do you like them?] Because it is so cute.
If you could go on an airplane anywhere, where would you go? Um, safari!
What are 3 words that describe you? M! A! X! [I describe some examples.] Cute! Funny! Thomas!
When you were little, you used to: Um, when I drunk your tees I throwed up! (This is actually true — reflux!)

aging gracefully

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Brandon turns 40 this month. My hubby! Forty!

I remember when my parents turned 40 (5 years apart). In our old neighborhood, there was a kit that would go from person to person each year, and as they turned 40 they would add to it. It had all the requisite “middle age” stuff — adult diapers, vitamins, a cane, and as a kid I was a bit confused as to why my parents, who seemed pretty young to me, would need any of that stuff. I remember that for my dad’s 40th birthday, my mom threw him a huge surprise party luau. So, this age has been pretty iconic in my mind from the get-go… it’s nearly impossible to consider the fact that we’re approaching it. But, my acceptance doesn’t change it, I guess! :D

In the tradition of my mother, I was considering, and actually began to plan, throwing a surprise luau in our yard — it’s big enough and I doubt anyone would complain :) But, when Brandon got wind of my plans (I am terrible at secrets), he told me that if he had his druthers, he would much rather throw himself a party and spend the entire time cooking. This is awesome and yet problematic… awesome because it means that I don’t have to spend money on catering, but problematic because all of the money I would save on catering, Brandon would spend on assorted party stuff that he considered important. Oh, that, and the fact that he is a miserable, horrible person to be around in advance of any big event he is throwing because he turns into a stressjob. And, as predicted, all of these things came to pass! :)

I rented a huge bounce house for the kids, and then I splurged on a margarita machine (also rented). Brandon took the week in advance of the party to start cleaning the house, the yard, and buying supplies… enough alcohol to make sure we get through the next 3-5 years (this is probably an overstatement of how long it will take us to decide to drink this stuff, because of the children), a pop-up tent that works to cover the outdoor kitchen when it’s super sunny, a new table and some chairs, a bunch of new chair pads, etc., etc. He also took an opportunity to ride the fancy new custom Trek Domane that I “bought” him (he calls it his midlife crisis bike, and I just signed the check for it). He also got a ton of food and then even bought himself a cake (I don’t even know how to explain the fact that I overlooked that. I am seriously a bad person). I handled inviting the people:

brandon-bday

So the day of the actual party, I took the kids to gymnastics and swimming (which I moved an hour earlier) while B dropped the pups off for a day of doggy daycare and an overnight (to help them avoid the stress of being locked up in the house while people were coming and going) and finished setting things up. When we returned, the bouncy house and margarita machine were already delivered, so I got to follow through on the punishment I had to unfortunately dole out earlier in the day (each kid had to wait 5 minutes before going in: Max because he was fake crying, and Katie because she was sass-talking to her mama). Then, the kids went crazy while we finished cleaning and putting things out.

Overall, the party was SUPER fun. We have an outdoor speaker that has a microphone, so a few of the kids spent some time singing to Frozen — most notably Riley, who has a karaoke machine at home and was VERY into her performance. Our friend Alex is an accomplished mixologist so he did a lot of the drinks that helped Brandon get pretty happy as the night went on. We ate ribs, hot dogs, hamburgers, and assorted other goodies, and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves; the kids either did bouncing, slip-n-slide, some sprinklers, water table, or hung out in the hot tub. (Some spent some time inside, but at one point I forced them all outside telling them that this was not a kid party so it wasn’t fair to make an adult stay inside with them when the adults wanted to be outside and together.) Lots of our favorite friends were there, including my family, some of Brandon’s coworkers, my friend Casey, Ava, Nina (Martha) and Carlos, Valerie and Blaise, Tharanga and Rajith, and our old neighbor Susanne. And, of course, Caroline brought Ruby, which brought everyone no end of joy because having an adorable little puppy around is always a nice thing. (Max in particular could not get enough of her and spent most of the time before she arrived asking about her, and then most of the time after she arrived either petting her asking me if I could help him hold her, or talking about her.)

Brandon, I think, had a good time. He was super cheery at the end and … possibly had a rough night and a rough recovery day the next, but we spent most of it hanging out inside and watching TV with two kids who got a good amount of sleep but were still marginally wiped out. And, he said he had fun, so that’s good, too! :D

Oh, and in 8 hours, the margarita machine never froze. So.

toothy shame

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Max and Katie had their dentist visit today.

Good: Max did 3/4 of the x-rays and actually giggled his fool head off during the polishing because it tickled so much! Katie was also a superstar and did all four bite wings. And, her first 6y molar is already popping through!

Bad: Katie has three cavities :( This is because her tooth contacts are fairly tight and her terrible parents don’t floss.

So. I’m a mom who had better get on the game NOW, because she already has a good number of permanent teeth! Gah! (Happily, all the cavities are in baby teeths.)

Spontaneous cuddles!

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014



Spontaneous cuddles!

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“Is anybody home?”

Sunday, July 20th, 2014



"Is anybody home?"

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