Monday, July 28, 2008

What's for dinner?

Two nights ago...

Me: "John, What do you want for dinner tonight?"
John: "Applesauce"
Me: "Okay, you can have that, but what else would you like?"
John: "Doughnuts"
Me: "Sorry John, we are not having doughnuts for dinner. Would you like chicken?"
John: "Doughnuts"
Me: "John, chicken or a sandwich?"
John: "Doughnuts"
Me: "Seriously John, chicken or a sandwich. You need something to go with your applesauce."
John: "Doughnuts"


Ashley: "Andrew, would you like to drink water or milk?" (No sugary drinks after 5:00 PM is a new rule in an attempt to get the boys to sleep through the night; we feel like it is reasonable to expect them to sleep through the night at 2.5 years old, but what do we know?)
Andrew: "Apple juice"
Ashley: "That is not one of the choices. Water or Milk."
Andrew: "I wanna water, milk, no apple juice."
Ashley: "Son, chose water or milk."
Andrew: "Apple juice"
Ashley: "Andrew do you want water?"
Andrew: "Apple juice"

Ashley: (with a smile/sigh) "Okay buddy, you are going to get milk."

While I am not exactly sure why we give them choices, I also hope that they are always brave enough to be decisive and persistent all the time...not only when it applies to dinner.

Our Little Singer

Both John and Andrew like to sing, but Andy especially LOVES music. When a good song comes on the radio, he pumps his little fist in the backseat and sways back and forth to the music. Not long ago, he could be heard singing Alicia Keyes "No one"...the chorus at least.

Lately his repertoire has grown to include "The Itsy Bitsy Spider", "Jesus Loves Me", "Ring Around the Rosey", and his favorite "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star". His version is priceless. His dad and I put him up to singing whenever we think we can get away with it and what comes out of his mouth is music to our ears...

"Tinkle Tinkle Lila Saaar
Howa wonna whashoo arrrrr.
Uppa buva sky so high
Like a diamon in the sigh
Tinkle tinkle Lila Saar
Howa wonna whashoo arrr."

Been a while...

So much has been going on with us in the past three weeks that I barely know where to begin. Since I have last posted we have had a sick baby, two sick parents, a trip to the beach, a busted open head, a new job, and a lot of laughs! Wyatt, who is now weighing in at a whopping 19.4 pounds has bronchitis and an ear infection. He is on antibiotics and breathing treatments. Both Ashley and I have fought some kind of crud ourselves, but we are all on the mend.

We had a chance to go to the beach with our friends Shannon and Betsy Lockaby and their kids. It was very nice; we did not stay for long, but the kids truly enjoyed going to the beach and the pool. We were hoping that they were taking notes on behavior from Brenna and Aiden, but no such luck.

When we got back from our trip, I started a new job as the Program Manager for TechCentral onsite at BCBS of SC. It is a great position and I just hope that I am able to do a good job at work and at home. It's full time and the last thing I want is for the boys to suffer in any way from the added time away from me and Ashley. So far, so good though.

Hopefully I will start posting with more regularity again. The boys do so many things that keep us smiling.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Conversations at our house...

Right now our boys are all in the perfect stage of talking (Andrew and John forming their 4 and 5 word sentences) and making sounds (Wyatt cooing and gurgling). If I could tape record their every syllable and misused pronoun, I am convinced that I could make money selling it to moms and grandmothers everywhere. It is possible that I am slightly biased...maybe.

Since raising three young kids takes four hands (Ashley and I are both in the game at all times) all we can do is listen and watch while they grow up in front of our eyes.

Last night while making Wyatt a bowl of rice cereal, Andrew came over to see if I needed a "helper".

Andy: Mommy, I do'd it.
Me: No Andrew, let Mommy make Wyatt's cereal this time. ( I knew not to mention "rice" as that is currently his favorite foods and borderline obsession).
Andy: Mommy, I shake-a bottle.
Me: Actually honey, this is a bowl of cereal for him to eat (as I add water which is Andrew's other true love at the moment).
Andy: Fydo eata wadoo?
Me: Yes, baby, Wyatt is eating water.

This is funnier if you know how often "wadoo" is the topic of conversation at our house; they love to pour water, spray water, drink water from bottles, water plants, dunk their heads in water, splash water, say goodbye to water as it goes down the drain, etc.

And as I type a little water comes down my cheeks.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008


I was an English major, although you would never guess that by reading my posts. My parents spent a lot of money for me to take poetry, Linguistics, Shakespeare's tragedies, Adolescent Lit (I am dead serious), etc...
Four years of English classes and now my writing is littered with grammatical errors. I leave entire words out of sentences and I do not even notice until much later, because I do not take the time to proof read. Now I write like I talk; I tell myself that it does not matter if it is perfect because I am just doing this so I won't forget how cute my boys are, but it is a little embarrassing if I am being honest.
I chose English as a major as kind of the path of least resistance. I like reading though...when I have time. When I was sitting in Keen Butterworth's Southern Lit class talking about Zora Neale Hurston or William Faulkner, I never dreamed that in ten years I would be reading a lot more Dr. Seuss than anything else!
We MIGHT have another English major in the family. Andrew loves to read. He goes to bed every night reading and wants me to read to him immediately when he wakes up in the morning!
What I really love is that he renames all of his books.
Some of his favorites include: "Carl's Christmas" ,"Stinky Face", "Cars", "Kittens", "What's Wrong Little Pookie" and "Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You?"

Andrew refers to these books as: "Doggie Night Night", "Child", "Cars", "Kitty Kak Drinka Milk", "Pookie Eyes Wet", and "Bah-rown"

It is so precious to watch him listening intently while either Ashley or I read to him over and over and over and over. He knows all the upcoming sounds and repeats the last word of each sentence. He never seems to tire of these 6 books. John likes to hear the books as well, particularly "Cars", and will interject the next word in the story just when you think he is not listening.

So much for classics, I would much rather read about Mater and Lighting McQueen ("Light the Queen" is what John says)!!

This English major knows that book titles are supposed to be underlined, but guess what, quotes were faster.