Monday, February 28, 2011


Cue the choir of heavenly angels! 
For years, I have waited for this moment in time
when I finally, finally find a way to exhaust the twins' never-ending supply of energy.

I've tried before.
Like during our first snowsotrm
when they were 1.5 years old
I made them carry their own sleds UP the HILL
Results: Still no nap that day.
We threw them in the ocean and pool when they were 2 years old
of play in the HEAT.
Nope.  Didn't seem to even touch their reserves!
Two straight hours of hard core gymnastics.
A day at the amusement park?
You get the picture.

So, imagine my surprise today when I seem to have stumbled upon a potential solution.
Sit back and watch, "How to run my twins into the ground."

Start them off with less than 10 hours of sleep.
Fill em up with lots of food for breakfast and lunch.
Suggest a bike ride at the park.
Key point: Bring their neighborhood 10 year old friend along.

Bike ride on a really cool never been on before trail.

Stumble upon a rope swing!?
 And let the fun begin!
(Austin above, Logan below)

  Logan doing some crazy death defying crawl across a log, above the creek!?!

After 40 or so minutes, continue on path until we stumble upon a baseball field!
 Imaginary pitch from Logan.

 Imaginary hit from Austin!

 Logan heading to catch imaginary ball.

 Austin mad and walking off the field because of his imaginary out!

 Logan slid into home base, but wonders where the other "team" is!
40 or so minutes later, leave the ball field.
Hit some incredibly scarey hills on the bikes!
(No pictures of this!)

And then spend another hour or more on the playground.

Come home, spend yet another hour on the trampoline and playing basketball.
Boys were so tired they cried and blubbered their way through the rest of the day.
Dinner at 6:00pm.
Bath at 6:30pm.
In bed and ASLEEP by 7:15pm!!
A NEW world record for US!!

Unfortunately, I too won't be far behind them!

YAY for warm weather,
children who can run harder than ever before
and for precious 10 year old neighbors who help out!

{Copy} {Paste} for the next 10,000 weekends!

Saturday, February 26, 2011

You didn't really think...

....that just because the last three (and a half) posts
(I'm counting the picture of the picture included in the Vday post!)
showed my children wearing normal, 
nay, ADORABLE outfits - 
you didn't think they had given up their autonomy in making their own clothing choices did you?

  Here is proof that they are still making me take them out in public lookin' like fools!

(FYI - we got quite a warm front in last week!)
(It's gone now.)

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

More Conversation Piecees!

Logan:  "Look, Mommy.  I just drew my WHOLE family!  
Mommy, Daddy, Mason, Evan, Austin and Lory and Amanda!"
Austin: "Nut-uh!  That's not your WHOLE family, Logan.  
You forgot God!"
Logan: "Oh yeah.  Oops!"
On a a particularly sunny day, Austin pulled his mittens out of the mitten and scarf box,
doing so created lots of particles in the sunlight.
Austin: "What are all these things called, Mommy?"
Me: "Um, dust bunnies"
Austin: "Oh" 
and then he lets out a big sigh, 
"Mom - when I'm a Dad, how will I EVER know ALL the answers?"

Later in the car, sunlight is still pouring through the windows.
Austin: "Logan do you know what all these little things are called?  They're dusk'a-nies."
Logan: "Huh?"
Austin: "Dusk'a-nee-nies."
Logan: "Dusk'a'ni'nies?"
Austin: "Yep!  Duska-ninny-na-pees"


Daddy: "Austin, USE your napkin, please.
Stop slurping up the noodles.
Austin: "Just relax, Dad. Calm down buddy, okay?"


Austin bosses Logan around to no end
"Logan, go get my water."
"Logan,  go get me a super hero costume."

We constantly tell Logan that he does not have to do everything his brother tells him to.
One night at bed time, Austin was laying on my bed watching TV and says,
"Logan, will you go get my jammies for me?"
Logan who was getting his jammies on like I asked, 
rolls his eyes and looks at me.
I stay out of it, but give him an encouraging look.
Logan says to Austin:  "No.  You go get them. I don't have to."
Austin: " Yes, you do because I'm bigger than you. So that makes me the BIG brother!"
Logan looks at me again and looks defeated.
Breaking my 4.75 year silence claiming that I do not know who's the oldest, 
I quietly say,
"Nut-uh,  Logan was born first."
They both look at me.
Me: "That means he's older."

Logan grins from EAR to EAR!  
Austin shouts - NUT-UH! No fair!
Logan never says a word, still wearing a smile, he just climbs up in the bed to watch tv, too.

And Austin goes and gets his own pajamas.
And I don't know why - but that was over two weeks ago, and I have not heard a peep about who's older since then?  And Austin is still ordering Logan around.


Valentine's Day was Mommy Day at preschool.  Knowing what went down for Daddy Day, I kept pestering the kids.  Are you making me a surprise?  Are you learning a new song for me?

I finally broke them one day and they sang they're cute little song for me.  As soon as it was done, Logan said, "Okay, Mommy - but BUT DONT TELL OUR TEACHER that we sang it for you, okay?"


After an evening playdate, the boys donned their pj's for the long ride home, but insisted on wearing their superhero costumes over them.  
Once we arrived home, Gary carried both sleeping boys to bed.
Then next morning, I opened my eyes and saw The Blue Power Ranger next to me in bed.  I fell back asleep.  The next time I opened my eyes, I saw the Green Power Ranger had joined us.  As I rolled over and drifted back to sleep, I thought how surprising it was that Gary left all those layers on, knowing our boys usually sleep in just undies.  Much later, I feel Logan moving around and assume he's removing some of the layers.  A few minutes go by and obviously not satisfied with the speed at which he's cooling off at, asks me to turn on the ceiling fan.  I pretend not to hear him, hoping he'll fall back asleep.   I'm almost back asleep myself, when he asks me again.  "Mommy, will you please turn on the fan?"  Desperate for my Saturday morning sleep, I get up hoping that the fan will provide him enough comfort to get another 15 - 30 minutes sleep out of them.   After I turn the fan on, I turn around to head back to the bed and my eyes about pop out of my head when I catch sight of Logan, stripped down to his birthday suit, legs and arms spread out as far as they will go. "Logan!"  I gasp in shock!  But as the fan blades have started going, Logan blissfully responds (as he fans his nether-regions) "ahhhhhh - it's sooooo hot down there!  Thank you, Mommy!"

Needless to say, Mommy did not go back to bed to that morning.  I let Nature Boy get his airing out and went down for some much needed coffee!


Me:  "Austin, you can either watch Curious George now, and then we'll watch Power Rangers or you can go to your room now and loose the chance to see Power Rangers.  It's your choice, but you are not going to sit here and fuss while Logan and I try to watch it." 
Austin doesn't say a word, but hops up on the couch with us.
Logan: "Good choice, Austin"
Me: "Thank you, Logan."
Logan: "And good point, Mommy!" and then gives me a smile and a thumbs up!
Me: "Well, thank you, again, Logan.  I do try, you know?"
Logan:  "I know, Mommy.  And most times you get it right."


Me: I need to go to take a shower.
Logan: Why?
Me: So I don't stink.
Logan: You don't stink.
Me: Thanks, baby.
Logan: You just smell like mommy to me.


Austin (shouting to me from downstairs): MOMMY?
Me (on the upstairs landing bending over and doing laundry): "Yeah?"
A pause and then,
obviously not pleased with my one worded response: 
"'Yeah's' not gonna get me a bowl of cereal, Mommy!"

Going to bed and having just spoken to their brother on the phone:
Austin:  Mommy, will you go get me some of Evan's cologne? Because I miss him and I want to smell him?


After discussing dinner options with the boys one night, we decided on eggs.  I went into the kitchen to start making them.  The boys were in the living room. Austin suddenly ran and opened the back door and then went back to watching tv.
"Austin!  Please shut the door.  Why in the world did you open it in the first place?"
Austin: "I thought you said you were going to start making dinner, Mommy."
Me: "I am, baby.  But why did you open the door, honey?"
Standing beside the open door he looks at me like isn't it obvious
"Uh, for the smoke, Mommy."

Okay, stop laughing!  In my defense, two nights prior I had made popcorn from kernels, and oil and kernels got all over the burners and filled the house with smoke.  The following nights dinner netted the same results as the oil was still on the stove.  But still.......

Monday, February 21, 2011

A Day at the Theatre!

Lured by our favorite baseball team Mascot, Nutzy
Nonnie and I joined forces with
and took the 4 boys to a Satuday matinee performance of
"The Big Friendly Giant."

 Van, Austin, Logan and Zak

  Check out little cutie-pie Zak's tentative expression over in the corner! 

The boys LOVE themselves some big ole Squirrel!

And we all survived the production of "The Big Friendly Giant."
Austin and Logan were a little worried about wether or not there would be a REAL giant on the stage.
They had several questions they whispered to Nonnie and I at the beginning of the show.
However, I was SHOCKED to have a nasty ole bitty turn around as she was preparing to move from her seat in front of us and rudely say,
"YOU'RE children are SO noise!"
Cuz, I would NEVER expect CHILDREN to attend a Saturday MATINEE of a CHILDREN'S play especially one sponsored by the local sports mascot targeting their KIDS CLUB!
I don't take my children to fine dining or to regular dining for that matter.
But I do NOT expect to get YELLED at when I take them somewhere they are EXPECTED to be! 
I am the first to say my children are crazy and hyper.
But even I will admit (and Nonnie will back me up) that our boys were behaving exceptionally well and were again, whispering their questions to us.

As you can see, I am still working on my anger over this incident!
But, hahaha on her - I got the last word in!
Okay, climbing down off the ledge,
I will say that the boys "enjoyed" the play..
...especially the parts when the Giant FARTED!
You can take the boys to the culture...
But you can't take the culture.. the boys!

Friday, February 18, 2011


On the Great Holiday celebrating LOVE,
my little cupids dressed up and we hit the streets to hand deliver several of our valentines!
Nonnie and I took the boys to my work where we were having "Craft Hour" and making valentines
- workin' in an agency certainly has it's benefits!
In the car on the way there,
the boys told me how excited they were about "buying" Valentine cards.
"Do we need money, Mommy?"
No - we are going to MAKE Valentines.
"Do we need money?"
After a few more exchanges,
Slueth Mommy determined that the boys were remembering when they SOLD "LemonLAID" for my office!
They thought they were going to get to be store clerks SELLING Valentine Cards!!
They were a little mad once I informed them that was not happening,
But - still, they had lots of fun handing out their cards to the ladies and then hey got busy making some more - using glitter glue pens and stencils to make some very unique cards
 that they then ran around the office handing out to the ladies again!! 

No pictures.

You can imagine I was busy managing the chaos.
(Right? Who am I kidding?  There's actually no such thing -  managing all THAT energy,
but I feel like I need to put on a good show of at least pretending that I do have SOME control over them, even when I don't!) 

After my office, we headed to Nonnie's (pre-retirement) work place.
Here, one little Cupid (Logan) got mad at Mommy!
I forget why - obviously I think I said something horrendous like,
 "No, you cannot take your Happy Meal toy inside,"
Here is my punishment: 
 Refusal to look at Mommy!
 Determined to b mad at me...and WALK without holding my hand, TWO feet away from me!

 Once at Nonnie's workplace,
The boys immediately went to work.
 Apparently, to Austin, "work" means being "very, very serious!"
(He's typing.)
Nonnie's office is the BEST!
All her friends cheered on our adopton and walked the whole path with us.
My boys are LOUD wherever they go,
and her office just sort of goes with the flow when we invade!
Plus, they all miss Nonnie - and want her back.
Which Austin and Logan will never allow to happen!
Um......unless, maybe they got to come to work with her!

We also delivered some Vday cards to Gary's office - to some special people the boys just adore there.
But again no pictures!

Being Cupids is a hard, hard job.
...Somebody's got to do it

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day!

 Me and my boys headin out to church!
We had just spent the night at Spa de la Nonnie's!
She makes breakfast for us!
And had the COMFIEST beds ever!

Valentine's Day Card REVEAL:
Check out these snazzy little Valentines!

 I found the idea on-line and thought it was too cute to pass up!

 Plus, I had some really willing participants!

Can you handle anymore sweetness?



Are they not the MOST adorable little love bugs ever!?!  
You know....when they're not fighting, being stubborn, stomping around and breaking my nose and all, that is!
Very, VERY adorable!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers!

Our latest and greatest obsession is POWER RANGERS!

Monday, February 7, 2011

New Drum Sets!

Creative boys + tolerant Daddy
 + a few miscellaneous odds and ends and a hockey stick or two
Voila - you've got instant drumsets!

(Austin in the back in red.  Logan up front in the white!)

Thursday, February 3, 2011

You MAKE the mess...

YOU clean the MESS!

They fuss about cleaning it up...

...but they have yet to master the art of NOT messing it up in the first place.

I don't get it!
It's a pretty BIG circle.
And it's one tiny stream!
WHY can't it make it ALL into the circle?
WHY must it GO ALL over the lid, sides, floor and WALLS?