Tuesday, November 29, 2005

This blog is brought to you by Hilary

I know, I know....it's sad. Rest assured that while I am not blogging, I am doing many other fruitful projects...I promise I'm not just laying around watching old "Everybody Loves Raymond" episodes or anything like that.

So, I wouldn't even be doing this if Hilary hadn't named me in her blog like 3 days ago. So thanks, Hilary, and I'm sure my VAST readership thanks you as well. (ha!)

Here goes: Two Things

*2 names you go by
1. Mommymommymommymommymommy
2. Lala
*2 parts of your heritage
1. English
2.German and that's seriously it. I'm practically half and half although it leans to the English side a bit.
*2 things that scare you
1. Bugs
2. Losing ANY member of my family, especially husband or kids
*2 of your everyday essentials
1. Lipstick: Currently in love with the Estee Lauder Electric Live wire. Scrumptious
2. Prayer (I probably should change the order of those...)
*2 things you are wearing right now
1. White tee shirt
2. Brown peasant skirt that is more comfy than any pair of PJ's in the world
*2 of your favorite bands or musical artists (at the moment)
1. Il Divo
2. Amici (The opera band)
*2 favorite songs (at the moment)
1. Never good at picking favorite songs...ummm...Oh Holy Night
2. Unchained Melody....it's on both the Il Divo and Amici CDs and is gorgeous sung classically like that
*2 things you want in a relationship (other than real love)
1. Humor
2. Trust
*2 truths
1. My children bring me more joy than I can possibly explain
2. My children bring me more frustration than I can possibly explain (and they aren't even teenagers yet!)
*2 physical things that appeal to you (in the opposite sex)
1. Hair. It MUST be curly. Thank heaven Joel has curly hair or I wouldn't have given him a second look
2. Smile
*2 of your favorite hobbies
1. Scrapbooking
2. Reading
*2 things you want really badly
1. A 50 mm lens.... (copying Hilary here, but it's definitely the only thing on my Christmas list...)
2. A house of my very own. (I'll share with Joel and the kids)
*2 places you want to go on vacation
1. Italy
2. Anywhere else in Europe
*2 things you want to do before you die
1. See my grandkids (Copying Hilary again, but it's true)
2. Get back to the size I was when I got married...or at least a lot closer to it.
*2 ways that you are stereotypically a dude/chick
1. The aforementioned lipstick obsession.
2. I cry at all kinds of movies/commercials/stories
*2 things you are thinking about now
1. That I need to transcribe Joel's dissertation interviews
2. What I'm gonna do on my next scrapbook page (It's about lipstick)
*2 stores you shop at
1. Target
2. Costco
*2 people i would like to see take this quiz
1. Ashley my SIL
2. Anyone who reads this blog who hasn't taken it yet. I think I'm the last person to take it of any blogs I read....so it's a free for all.

Coming soon: A blog about keeping your joy. I've been thinking about it a lot and I promise to do it ASAP. For now, feel the joy of having gotten to know me a tiny bit better.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Lara needs...

Okay...so I rarely ever participate in these blogging games...but this one was too good to pass up. (Not sure why I thought so, but hey!) I was reading Nisa's Blog and saw this and got a much needed laugh.

The idea is to Google your name and the word needs and see what comes up. So, I googled "Lara needs" and these are the top ten things I need. Pretty humorous (especially since many of them seem to be things to do with the game Lara Croft and the tombraider).

Lara needs to make the running water around a small barn stop. (THIS is my number one need?)

Lara needs to use stealth just as much as she does combat maneuvers and jumps. (I should try it, who knows? It may help with the kids' discipline to be less combative.)

Lara needs to briefly let go. (Of what?)

Lara needs to quit cricket. (Maybe I need to just never start.)

Lara needs A Haircut. (This is true.)

Lara needs to get to Shanghai. (If you say so....)

Lara needs to let her hair down and dance to Donna Summer’s disco hits. (You know, I probably do need to do this.)

LARA needs an interactive way to teach kids about different foods,animals, and common household items. (huh?)

Lara NEEDS a change. (I love how needs was capitalized in this one....I must really need it.)

Lara needs to be stronger. (Yes. Yes I do. What a way to end it.)

And there you have it folks....a comprehensive list of my needs....all found just by googling. Who knew?

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Terrible Twos?

I know I've totally neglected this poor little blog as of late....really it's just because my husband is totally neglecting me. Of course, I don't hold it against him...he's got obligations that are important to my future as the wife of a conductor, but I miss him. And I admit, he picks up enough of my slack usually that I stay sane, so lately I'm just a little insane and the blog has suffered. No worries though...Joel's people have assured me I will have my husband back in just two weeks!

But on to the real subject of today's entry....Chloe.

She's two and a half, and I think up until recently we've avoided the "terrible twos." The thing is, I've always said that two is one of my favorite ages. With both my girls I have loved seeing how much they learn, the emerging personalities as they are better able to express themselves and just the perfect cuteness that only a two year old has.

But Chloe...she is one stubborn little girl. She's also a determined, strong-willed, unwavering, fiercely sure of herself little girl who needs her space. You have to know how to deal with Chloe. Once you can get through the brick wall that is her determination she is like clay in your hands and will do whatever it is you ask of her. But, oh, that wall is getting stronger and stronger by the minute and sometimes I think it'll be the death of me.

Tonight Chloe woke up from her 4 hour nap at 9:00 pm. Now, I hate it when she does these late naps...but I have learned that she is much nicer if she gets the sleep her body is telling her she needs. So, she was hungry and she wanted chicken. Lucky we had crock potted chicken with rice for dinner tonight, you say? Problem is, that wasn't the chicken little Miss Chloe had in mind...she wanted chicken nuggets. So when I set her dish of yummy chicken and rice down in front of her she freaked out.

Now, I knew that if I could just get her to eat one bite she would happily eat the rest. The problem is getting her to do it. Here's how it went down: I brought a spoonful of the dish to where she was sitting and she ran away screaming, "Yuck! Yuck! Yuck! I don't want some! Yuck Mommy!" Then I managed to get her in my lap and I calmly told her that she just needed to eat one bite and if she didn't like it she didn't have to eat the rest. Back arches, body stiffens, "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! I don't like it! Gwoss! Gwoss! Yuck!" (Gross? She's two! I have never heard her use this word until tonight...and yet she said it multiple times...gross.) Finally, I told her she had to go back to bed if she didn't at least try and stood up to take her. "No! Don't take me to bed! No! Okay I'll eat a bite!" So, after getting her in her perfect configuration for taking this bite (it couldn't be on my lap or at the table...had to be sitting on the couch), she ate it, and *gasp* she LIKED it. She happily sat down at the table in the kitchen and ate the entire bowl.

Score one for Mommy.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Halloween fun

Well, even as a single mother I managed to have fun with the kids on Halloween. On Friday we went to the campus "Fall Festival" after going to a friend's for a Halloween BBQ (Yes, in Arizona you can do that). Joel was able to come to the BBQ with us and at least see the girls in their costumes for a little bit. I was really hoping he could attend the trunk or treat part too, but they changed the time and he had to leave. We had fun anyway.

So, here's a bit of costume history for each of the kiddos.

Bria went as "Draculita" this year. It all started when she saw some vampire teeth at the store in September. She really wanted those teeth. I couldn't understand why, but she asked if we could go to the store and get them almost every day. So finally I asked her what she wanted to be for Halloween and she said she wanted to be Dracula. Sigh. I was really not ready for her to have such a definite opinion about what she wanted to be. I've been able to carefully guide her up till now in her costume choices. But, she was relentless, even after I told her that only boys can be Dracula (terrible of me). So one day I told her she could go as Dracula's daughter and we would go buy a costume and her teeth.
She wanted to know what Dracula's daughter was named, so I told her she was called "Draculita." Well, when we went shopping for the teeth and the costume, she chose out the witches dress and hat (remember, the child has definite opinions and ideas and she's five), she decided that she hated the teeth and wanted to have beautiful eyelashes instead. And so Draculita the witch was born!

Chloe was supposed to go as Snow White this year. Her cousins had given her a Snow White costume last time we were up in Utah and she has worn it a lot since and that's all she wanted to be for Halloween. Well, on the morning of Fall Festival, we had a playgroup and the kids were to wear their costumes and come to the park for a little Halloween party. Do you think she wanted to wear the Snow White costume? (Where did I get such stubborn children! They know what they want and nothing else will do!) So, Joel brought out two of Bria's old Halloween costumes that he thought might fit: Raggedy Ann and the Jack-o-Lantern. I would have hoped she'd choose Raggedy Ann, but there was no such luck for me. She wanted to be a "punkin."
We had fun at the park with the kids, and going down the "Electric Slide" as I call it. Then we went Visiting Teaching and over to ASU campus to eat lunch with Daddy. Everyone just thought she was such a cutie! One lady came up to her and said, "Are you a pumpkin?" and Chloe answered matter of factly, "I am." Such a cutie! She actually went as Snow White on Monday, but I don't have a picture. (I know...what kind of a scrapbooker am I anyway!)

On the actual day of Halloween we went Trick or Treating with some friends, and without Joel yet again. It was a fun neighborhood to Trick or Treat in....everybody was in their driveways in full costume and with fun games for the kids. So I'll leave you with one last funny anecdote, courtesy of the scary haunted house one guy had set up in his garage. Bria went in with Mason and his Dad, and came out a little traumatized. She was crying a little...and when I hugged her and asked her if she was all right, she said, "That was not a good place, Mommy...there were evil things in there!" The funny thing was that both she and Mason couldn't stop talking about it (Mason even went through a second time...but he's a typical boy!), they jabbered incessantly to anyone who would listen to their scary tale--especially the people giving out candy!

And that was our Halloween!