Sunday, April 24, 2016

Watch out for wedgeables

We were enjoying chicken chili one evening, when Spork spied that Daddy's bowl had cilantro in it.  He shouted, "Daddy!  Dere some gween stuff hidin' under your chips!"  Daddy reassured him that he wanted the cilantro, but he continued to eyeball it suspiciously and then double checked his own soup to make sure I hadn't snuck any "wedgeables" into his.

Spork started t-ball this week and is very delighted with his new sport.  I warned him there would be quite a lot of waiting for his turn, but he did really well with patience and personal space and seems to have a good arm on him.  I worried that Tater and the Nugget might feel regret about not choosing to play but they were blissfully happy spectators from the comfort of the playground.  Of course, the first day was in the 60's and sunny; we will likely all have different feelings when the temp creeps over 80, it's past everyone's bedtime, and we're at the ballpark for the 25th time.  But for now, t-ball is a win all around!

At parent-teacher conferences, Spork was described as, "Couldn't get more creative if he tried."  He spends most of his school hours in dramatic play, and when the teacher brought a leopard print jumpsuit with shiny pants and fur cuffs, he immediately put it on and said, "Miss L, this so beautiful.  And I'm so beautiful."  He is doing so well, and I am so grateful for his teachers.

I have been making more of a mindful effort to tell Spork that I love him often.  I'm in a constant state of driving, food prep, cleaning, and laundry, I realized that I am not getting those important words out to the kids nearly enough.  Anyway, I guess it's overrated, because Spork sighs and replies, "Mommy, I don't like that."  Ornery boy!

The Nugget is rocketing through 2nd grade.  He was recently bold enough to tap dance in front of the school for Open Mic!  He can't wait for his tap recital and choir concert.  When Tater said, "I don't think I would want to go up there (on stage)," the Nugget replied, "Oh, you would be nervous but I think you might find after your first performance, you become addicted to the stage!" 

Tater has a new bedtime routine with Daddy.  She has him give her a Hippo Kiss, a Giraffe Kiss, and now a Gorilla Kiss.  She came up with the silly sounds and gestures that go with each one, and she goes to sleep with a giggle on her lips.  She and Spork swapped early bird shifts this year, and now she is the first child down the stairs.  She was sneaking down like a ninja, helping herself to yogurt and entertaining herself silently for months.  Now that the sunshine is up with her, she tiptoes downstairs, then starts belting out the Notre Dame Victory March at 6:30am.  Go Irish!

Tater and Spork came out to dinner at a local pizza parlor, and they were amazed when the server set down the double decker pizza tower at the table.  Tater exclaimed, "Oh! My! Gosh!" in the loudest cutest voice, that everyone laughed and turned around to see her face and the server mused that they should put the two of them in a commercial for the restaurant.

Tater is starting to have definite opinions about fashion.  She likes to go through at least 2 wardrobe changes a day, which is wreaking havoc with the laundry.  At least her clothes are tiny.  She likes to know the history of each piece, "Who buyed me this shirt, Mommy?"  She is very proud to wear cousin Cabbage's hand-me downs and a few special pieces from big brothers too, but also gets an awed look when she finds something that Grammy or I bought just for her!  

At parent-teacher conferences, she was described as kind, friendly, helpful, and spunky!

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Spring Break with the Nugget

Tater and Spork's school stays open, but the Nugget and I got to take a weeklong spring break.  The budget was tight, so we managed some frugal fun!

Day 1: Playdate and homemade cookies!  I got so much accomplished while the Nugget had a friend over to play.  It was great to hear the sounds of Playmobil, Pokemon, and air hockey while I scrubbed the bathroom and returned phone calls.

Day 2: Roadtrip!  We checked out this great new indoor playspace with Aunt A and Gramsie.  It had an amazing 3 story playscape that made photos nearly impossible as the children rocketed through the obstacle course behind mesh panels, but I caught some cute b-ball shots! Yummy lunch at Tom + Chee, some downtime at Aunt A's park, and back home.

Day 3: Rainy day fun!  Lazy breakfast, painting project ($3 kit from Target dollar spot), lunch date, bowling!  We get free bowling passes when our kids attend birthday parties at the local alley - what a deal!  Do your kids always beg to waste your money for arcade games?  I put them in the category of, "You can, but you have to spend your own money." 

Day 4: The Nugget's buddy D took him to Sky Zone, then he had choir in the afternoon.

Day 5: Ag Days with old friends Nucas and Dawa, K&K. "Just like olden times," we mamas joke.  It was kind of a bizarre flashback for me, since the little ones were still in school.

Day 6:  Lowe's birdfeeder workshop!  If you haven't heard about these, both Lowe's and Home Depot offer free children's workshops, and we love them.  I used to help the Nugget hold the hammer and now he can unwrap the kit and assemble on his own.  Tater and Spork got their turn at Ag Days in the afternoon while Daddy and the Nugget did Snap Circuits at home.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Easter Baskets 2016

 Belated basket post!  Everyone got yo-yos and some favorite candies.  I did a combination of fun stuff plus things they "needed" to have, like umbrellas and sensory items.

 Spork (4yo) Basket
-Playmobil skate park set - bought secondhand
-Butterfly net - Target Dollar Spot
-Cricket guiro
-Tangle fidget
-Leo the Late Bloomer

Nugget (8yo) Basket
-Chess set
-Playmobil camper van - bought secondhand
-Spirograph set - Target clearance
-Polygonzo fidget
-Annie dvd
-The Mouse and the Motorcycle

Tater (4yo) Basket
-Butterfly net
-Plan Toys nursery set - bought on sale at
-Plan Toys pullback mouse - an older model being clearanced
-Chewy necklace
-Turtle bathtoy
-Stamper set from IKEA
-Little White Rabbit

Easter 2016

Grammy and Grandpa came to help out this week while Daddy was on a work trip.  We were so happy they were able to stay for Easter, and Uncle J, Aunt K, Cabbage, and Bean came too! 

I convinced the boys to put on their new hats by calling them "thinking caps".

Getting into the baskets.  Big bro was a little too sleepy to cooperate with photo ops but rallied for chocolate breakfast.
 Waiting for the Easter Buffet on campus

 Tater matched the daffodils today.

Grammy and Grandpa got all the grandkids together for Easter.
 Backyard egg hunt

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

McPillow and the Big Lizard

One of the great joys in life for a 4yo (i.e. things you let them do when you have to make a phone call) is washing windows with soapy water and a squeegee.

Tater: Lambie is sad, because she dropped her popsicle.
Me: Oh, should we get her a new one?
T: Yes!  McPillow, do you have any popsicles?
McPillow: (in Tater's lowest voice) Yes, you can have one now.  You can have the other one AFTER you ride the elevator.
I should add that Tater has never before addressed the pillow and came up with his name and voice on the spot, improv gal that she is.

Conversations with Grandparents:
T: Grandpa, why do you have a beard?  Why do you have a mustache?!
Wake up, Grandpa!  Wake up again!

Grammy was forced to read a children's medical encyclopedia that Tater picked out from the library.  Tater is obsessed with blood and gore and was especially fascinated by the snake bite.
T: Why is his hand bleedin'?!
G: He was bitten by that snake.
T: Will he need a bandaid?
G: No, he probably needs to go see the doctor.
T:  What kind of doctor?

On the Subject of Blizzards
T: Why are we getting Spork now?
M: Preschool is closing, because a blizzard is coming.  A blizzard is a snow storm, and they want all the children and teachers to get home safely before the storm starts.
T:  Will it be loud?
M:  I'm not sure.  Maybe the wind will be loud?
(hours later)
T:  This blizzard is not loud.  It is not scary.  When will it get scary?  I want it to be scary!

Spork: Daddy, Daddy! We had to leave school early, because there a big lizard coming!

Such a great photo of Spork contemplating life's problems.  And big lizards.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Valentine's Day 2016

We wanted to continue our tradition of a new book and a filled mailbox, but it feels like I've found every valentine's book that isn't sappy or annoying, so Spork and Tater's books aren't really on a theme, just ones I knew they would love.

The kids were a bit confused this year - I think in the past they knew the gifts were from us, but for some reason they were hoping they were from a fairy.

Spork: Daniel Goes to the Playground, Doc McStuffins blind bag (it was Stuffy!), rubber stamp (split a 2pk from the Dollar Spot), glitter glue (I split a 4pk from the Dollar Spot), candy (a push pop for old time's sake, and I split up a pack of Reese's hearts)

The Nugget: The Red Hat, a 300 piece airshow puzzle, glitter glue, glow ring, gum, candy.

Tater: Little Humans, glitter glue, washi tape (on clearance), rubber stamp, candy

Friday, February 12, 2016

Funnies from Tater Tot, age 4

T: Now you are at the dentist, and I am the dentist. Open your mouth, please.  Oh, you have skin growing on your teeth, but I will fix it.  Ok, and it's fixed.
(And now I have a new plot for dental-related nightmares, thanks so much!)

T: Nice job getting home! Good job, Chicken!
D: Why Chicken?
T: Because you did an awesome job!

T: Every time I pee, my head grows bigger.
M: Really?
T: I know, I can't even believe it.

T: Why is there a potta-potty?
M: The porta-potty is for the construction workers.
T: I don't like potta-potties. They are a-scusting! They have poop inside, and they don't flush! Those construction workers are pooping in there. They just keep pooping and pooping...
(Tater throws her hands up dramatically over her face at the idea of an overflowing potta-potty.)