Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Toddler Vandalism!!!

Who knew, with the economy and gas prices, the biggest epidemic is Toddler Vandalism!  I was listening to this on the radio this morning while taking Owen to school.  People would call in stories of outrageous accidents kids did.  I laughed to myself thinking about Owen's brief encounter on Monday morning with some blue finger paint in my craft room.  The damage was very minimal so I was counting my lucky stars.  But I told Owen that he wasn't allowed in my room unsupervised again.  "Yes, mommy."  was his angelic answer.

Then I became a victim!  My daughter fell asleep in the car picking Owen up from school, so I knew she wouldn't go down for an afternoon nap.  So I agreed to let the kids pick a movie to quietly watch, while I folded my mountain of clean clothes.  I left the two of them sitting pleasantly on the couch and went to my room to start my chore.  About ten or fifteen minutes later, I started to notice how quiet it was downstairs.  I went down stairs to find an empty T.V. room, empty play room and an empty ping pong room.  My heart went into my throat, I knew exactly where they were!  I came around the corner to find my two sweet children in the middle of a pile of pens, pencils, photos, scissors, paper, stamps and best of all SILVER INK PAD!  My son looked up at me with this "Look at what I did!" expression and his arms from elbow to finger tip covered in silver ink.  He looked like the freakin Tin Man!  There was ink on my desk, bookcase, Allison and best of all the carpet.  Consider the colorful vocabulary that I grew up listening to, all I got out was "What the HELL were you thinking?"  I picked up my two children and took them to the bathroom clean them up.  I put Allison in her crib, told Owen to sit on his bed and not to move, then went downstairs to begin the clean up process.  Cleaning must be therapeutic, because by the time I was done I could actually laugh about the whole scene and of course blog it!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

See.. we cook at home!

A few weeks ago, Jake got a brand new, man-size grill.  We used it about five times, but Jake has mastered the chicken breast.  He really likes chicken Ceasar salads, so he makes them often.  I have had my fill of salads, so tonight I enjoyed a grilled chicken sandwich.  Either way, we not only cooking at home but we aren't eating out every meal!  Emeril, watch your back!

Here comes the parade!

Today was a beautiful day, weather wise, and we took full advantage of it.  We went to the Greater Andover Days celebration.  It was the first parade that our kids went to.  Allison loved the fact that people were throwing and giving her candy.  She was a pro at picking every single piece up she saw.  Owen had a blast hanging out with his best friend.  We even met some other friends at the kid zone.  Next year we will do three things differently.  One, bring a bag for all the freaking candy!  Two, we will be bringing water bottles.  And three, we will hopefully not have to leave early so we can enjoy all the carnival amenities.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Water, water, everywhere...

This morning, I took the kids took Exploration Place.  We did our usual trip through the castle and then on to the tot zone.  We were there right when it opened, because we had a birthday party to attend in the afternoon and mommy wanted to make sure we had a good "quiet time" before the party.  My children love the water table at the tot zone.  They played there for about 15 minutes, without the water smocks on.  Then Owen noticed them hanging up and told me they needed them.  So, I happily put them on their already damp bodies.  The irony is, my son then went around the area playing with everything BUT the water!!!  Oh well, it is all good clean fun.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Where a kid, can be a kid!

On Monday, Owen didn't go to school because he had a dentist appointment.  This in itself was quite the adventure.  But as a nice reward, we met our friends, Tommy and Johnny, at Chuck E. Cheese!  The bigger boys were very excited!  Johnny was impressed with the entree (pizza).  I think he ended up eating 2 1/2 pieces!  Allison wasn't so keen on the rides, but walked around watching the boys eating her own slice of pie!  It was a nice change of pace since we go to school 5 days a week, and don't get to see our buddies that often.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Just About Kids!

For once, I have something to blog that is just about ME!  Today, my friend Jolyn and I ran a 5K.  It was awesome!  We visited the whole time we ran.  I was never really tired or out of breathe.  We finished together with a time of 32:48.  Not bad!  They even gave us a free loaf of bread at the end of the run.  (Sara Lee was a sponsor.)  Tomorrow I will run my first 13.1 mile run.  After today, I am very excited!  Who ever thought I would love running so much??

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Let's go for a ride!

Today, while Owen was in school, Allison got to take a ride on her bike.  (Thanks to the Price's for letting us use it for the time being.)  It was really nice out, cloudy but not raining yet.  She made sure she wore her ladybug helmet.  Daddy even got to be a part of the ride.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Mini Me!

Since Owen started going to school 5 mornings a week, our little Allison has been getting lots of attention and acting older and older each day.  In the last few days, I have caught her acting like me.  Daddy sees the pictures and gets a big smile.  "Here comes trouble!"  She is full of the personality.  Look out world, she's only 2 (almost)!

Monday, September 8, 2008

Monkey See...

On Saturday, Jake was getting ready for a big run.  He was stretching in the living room when Allison spotted daddy.  She giggled at the funny motions he was doing and decided to join him.  The family that exercises together lives healthy together.  Plus, I think she thought this was some kind of fun game.  She is so good at mimic play.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Tumbling Tot!

Today, while Owen was at school, Allison attended her first Tumble Tots class at the YMCA.  She was excited, until the teacher started talking to her.  And as most of you already know, parent participation means "Parent workout".  Allison didn't know what she was doing, but she sat still and listened really well.  She was very excited about getting her name tag.  You can see it in the pictures.  She also loved the star stamp they gave her on her hand.  She's my little gymnast!

Monday, September 1, 2008

Zachary David Price

The newest member of our play group family was born August 29th.  His name is Zachary David Price.  On Labor Day we went over to see the handsome guy.  Nathan showed me the outfit that he wore to the hospital to meet his new baby brother for the first time.  I had to capture a picture of it!  (He is the one in the Thing costume)  Zachary is a very lucky little boy.  So many boys to look up to.  As you can see Owen loved the little one.  He even went and washed his hands before he could touch the baby.  How sweet!