Things Lost


Juice had most of the day off today so we spent it doing the things I needed to do.  Like go to the grocery store.  I have going to the Aldi here in town for almost 18 months for our groceries.  Juice has NEVER been.  I can’t remember the last time we actually went to the store together.  At least over 18 months!

Lost at the store: my mind.  Those boys are getting harder to take places.  I suppose it doesn’t help that Juice was there to teach them to “fly”, super hero style, up and down the isles.

I made bread today.  I made a half batch of crescent rolls.  The boys have been scarfing these down for breakfast.  It makes a quick and easy thing for me to toss at them as we’re out the door to wait for the bus.  I suppose I could make muffins instead.  Huh.  That’s a thought.

I also made pizza dough for dinner tonight.  The kids LOVE to assemble their own pizzas.  Professor went first.  He had sauce (home made, today, while dough was rising), cheddar cheese, and that’s it.  Pirate had only white cheese, and a tiny bit of cheddar cheese and a WHOLE lot of whining.  Butterfly was last.  She had sauce, white and cheddar cheese, pepperoni, and little bit more cheese.  Juice made his pizza up with sauce, mushrooms, peppers from our garden, onions, pepperoni, and 3 kinds of cheese.  Mozzarella, cheddar, and pepper jack.  He said it was very good.

Lost during pizza making: my shirt.  I splashed oil all over it.  Anyone know how to get oil out of a t-shirt?

We took everyone shopping at the $200 Store after dinner because frankly, we were out of cheese.  We had a good time looking at all the Christmas stuff they have out.  Already.  We did a bit of window shopping in the toy isle.  We comparison shopped.  We impulse bought strawberries.

Lost shortly after the store:  Butterfly’s 4th tooth!  Her top left (?) and now she is missing both her front teeth!

We lost another one Capt'n!

Looks like the tooth fairy is visiting this house tonight!


Mini Vaca for Mommy


Today Butterfly stayed home from school, sick.  She was up several times last night complaining that she couldn’t breath.  All the kids were up at least once from midnight to 4am.  Which meant I was up every hour during that time.  By the time Butterfly got up the second time, she woke Juice up from a Nyquil induced coma because I just did not hear her.  She was in my dreams crying, though, so that’s something.

This morning I sent her up to get dressed for school (after a late wake up) and she just never came back down.  Searching for her found her on top of the stairs, dressed.  She was too tired to walk downstairs.  Could I carry her down?  Uh, no.  Back to bed you go!  She stayed in bed all day and still looked tired tonight.

Although she was bouncing around this evening yelling, “I get to go to school!  I get to go to school tomorrow!”  I think she missed it or something.

Juice was also feeling poorly so he stayed home too.  On my regularly scheduled shopping trip, could I actually go by myself?!  It was so nice.  I got to browse Target without worrying that someone was going to run off, get stolen, or break something.  I got to eat a lunch out with my friend Lala with no screaming kids.  Grocery shopping was a breeze!  We went to the craft store!  It was very nice.

I may have to take up my neighbor’s offer to watch my boys more often.  This was like a mini vacation for me!  And a much needed one.

Lala watched my kids tonight too so Juice and I had a date.  It was amazing to just sit and talk with him without small children jutting in.  Although by the end of the night I missed them and had to go watch them sleep for awhile.

Yay school tomorrow!


Worst Shopping Trip Ever


You think you’ve had a bad shopping trip?  Try to top this one.

We went to the grocery store this morning, as we always do on Wednesday morning.  About half an isle in, Pirate decides that it’s time to knock over ALL the oatmeal containers.  ALL OVER.  So while I’m helping and directing him to pick them up, Professor wanders off.  I race around the corner and don’t see him so I race back to Pirate and scoop him up to go look for Professor.

Pirate happily annouces the need for a fresh diaper.

Well, hopefully the shopping trip won’t be too long, I figure he could last until we get out to the car and get a clean diaper there.

We jog around the corner and no Professor.  I look down the isle.  No Professor.

I glance down the next isle.  No Professor.  Now I’m getting worried.  So I walked down the isle to the middle break and find him studying the cans of stew.  I tell him we need to get going on our route around the store. He disagrees.


So now I have one 2 year old, stinky, and one 2 year old, screaming.

I tuck him under my arm and start a mad dash through the store to get the things I need.  Pirate was trotting, stinky, by my side.  Professor calms down eventually.  I may have bribed them with cookies. Professor got comfortable in the cart.  I had a chance to chat with a friend from church.

But then we had to change carts at check out and Professor flipped out.  He flung himself on the floor and screamed and screamed and screamed.  So loud I couldn’t hear anything the cashier was saying.  I dumped my stuff into bags and high tailed it out of the store, while being pounded on by Professor.

I tossed him into the car and started loading Pirate and the groceries in behind him.  As I’m lifting Pirate up into the car he says, “Uh oh!  Change!”  And I glance down in time to see a river of poo running out his pant leg.  He soaked his clothes, his shoes, but thankfully not my car!  Well, not yet.

As I’m stripping and wiping and cleaning up after Pirate, Professor is just raging.  Screaming crying kicking seats and hitting the windows.  He gets even more upset when I push him off of Pirate, whom I’m trying to change.

I’m lucky I keep a spare set of clothes, and wipes in the car.  Because I needed both!

Once Pirate was clean (“Tank yoo Mommy!”) I turn to deal with Professor.  I dangle the cookies I bought in front of him to get him into his seat.  He becomes sweet once more after a few cookies and bananas on the way home.

I, on the other hand, was covered in sweat and tears and snot and, I’m sure, poop.  I sat in my car when we got home, just breathing.

“What doing Mommy?” “Yeah, what doing?”

Nothing.  I’m trying to do nothing for

Sadly in my mad rush to leave the store, I forgot about MY treat.  Anyone have chocolate I can have?


Down Day


Today we took a break from being tourists to just rest.  (Rest is a relative term here.)  The boys rested.  Butterfly went to school.  Grandpa rested.

Nana and I went shopping.

Well, all of us went shopping first at IKEA.  Except for Butterfly who was in school and Juice who was working.  Man I love that store.  I would buy everything I could in that store if I had money.  As it is, I bought meatballs and a stool for the sink in the bathroom downstairs.  Big spender!

The boys took a nap and Nana and I went out to the mall.  We’re looking for Christmas outfits for the kids.  No such luck, though.  We are a little early for it.  But I start planning out my Christmas now.  I even have several presents bought.  Does anyone else do that?

After dinner, we took the kids to the park to get their picture taken.  And ice cream.

Pretty restful day if you ask me!


PS- Today’s giveaway is all about doing something with your kids while you are NOT going out to be a tourist.  Butterfly loves to play games.  And this game that Pressman Toys sent me, is just up her ally!

You see, it’s a code breaking game for young kids.  In this vertical version of MASTERMIND designed for kids, players secretly stack their animals into a tower. By asking yes or no questions, they try to find the order of the animals. The game can be played at three different levels. You can even mix up the difficulty levels.  Juice and Butterfly play this way:  Butterfly has 6 animals that Juice needs to find, and Juice has 4 animals that Butterfly needs to find.  Both are happy with the level of difficulty.  The  first player to break the code of his or her opponent wins!

Want to be a winner yourself?  Comment below!  Let me know what was your favorite game as a child.  I personally loved The Game of Life.

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PPS-  Just so you know, I was given this game by Pressman Toy for free to review and I get to keep the game at the end of my review period, which I’m really happy about because we play it ALL THE TIME.