Monday, August 30, 2004

Saturday, August 07, 2004


"Mom! I want to go to Family Swim at the Y"!
I tried very hard to talk the kids into "Family watch a movie on the couch night" or "Family Nap Time" since I was very tired from simulating the triathlon this morning. But no doing, off we headed to the pool. I'm not sure you have that much choice when the kids come to dinner in a swim cap and goggles. Posted by Hello

Friday, August 06, 2004

MSNBC - Dutch lawmakers mull banning toe licking

MSNBC - Dutch lawmakers mull banning toe licking
Last week Nell Anne, Andrea and I had our second golf outing. These are huge events for Andrea, because as a new nursing mom she doesn't get out much. I work with her husband, Chris, so the next morning he had to come tell me how his evening, entitled, "Daddy goes it alone, the sequel " went. As a parting comment, he mentioned that the baby still hates going to bed without the boob (that's a quote). I told him, "Yea. Chuck hates that too."

Thursday, August 05, 2004

“Most of the stress that people feel doesn’t come from having too much to do. It comes from not keeping agreements they’ve made with themselves.”-David Allen

Monday, August 02, 2004

How do you work that out?

When I tucked in Samantha this evening I sang Sweet and Shiny eyes to her… I have sang this song to my kids for years, questionable since it is a song about drinking salty margaritas in a bar, but they like it. I told her I could play it for her in the morning since we owned the record (Bonnie Raitt’s “Homeplate”).

“What’s a record?” she asked. I had to clarify for her that we actually had the CD – but found it interesting that my daughter doesn’t know what a record is. Can you imagine a generation to which a vinyl recording has no context?

Anyway – the rest of the conversation is worth sharing too -

Sam: “Sweet and Shiny Eyes. My bottom itches.”
Mom: “I hate that.”
Sam: “How do you work that out?”
Mom: “Scratch it. Now go to sleep.”
Sam: “But if I touch my bottom I will have to wash my hands.”

Samantha has made stalling an art form.

One of our best investments this summer was a backyard pool from Costco. It provides hours of entertainment - even when it is only 67ยบ and the kids are still dressed in clothes. Posted by Hello

Magda is finally learning that fetching the ball doesn't just mean chasing the ball. Posted by Hello

Sunday, August 01, 2004

Be good

Chuck's mom just came down to bring him the Sunday paper. When she was getting ready to go the kids decided they really wanted to go home with her for a bit. I hugged my daughter, said I would come get her shortly and then asked her if she was going to be good for Grandma.

"I don't know... " she said.

"YES. YOU DO," I replied not entirely sure if she was kidding.

Right after she left, the mother of her close friend Ryland called asked if she could come pick up Samantha at Joyce's and have her come play for a couple hours. I called Samantha at Grandma's and spoke to her and asked that she "Please be good."

"Maybe," Sam said.

Although I know she thinks she is funny, she's probably also trying to tell me to stop nagging her about being good.