Friday, January 20, 2012

Two Amazing Books You MUST Read!

I just finished an amazing book and realized that I left off my Favorite Books of 2011 list an amazing book that I read last year!  Seriously, loved the book and it was right up there with The Hunger Games trilogy and The Help!  I can't believe I forgot!

1.  The book I forgot (and seriously can't believe I did!):
So AMAZING!!  A high school girl commits suicide (hang with me) and it goes into detail about how people affect your life and how you affect theirs!  I laughed, cried, and it truly changed the way I live my life and hopefully can carry the message on to my own children!  I read it in one day (maybe that's why I forgot, I read it so fast!!).  Go, Read it NOW!!

2.  Now, the book I finished and LOVED (very surprisingly)...
Shocker that I LOVED this because the first book
was truthfully the hardest book I've ever voluntarily had to read.  It was so hard to keep track of all the characters and events and each characters history ...but I stuck with it and enjoyed the book once I figured out everything...so at the very end!  Eric and I went to the movie though and I really enjoyed it, a lot more then the book (which NEVER happens!!)
So...I went to the library and checked out the 2nd book and once again, very hard to keep track of the characters and events...but LOVED IT!!  Can't really give a summary because it won't make sense, but trust me, really excellent book!  Very exciting and thrilling, and kept trying to figure out what was going to happen, awesome book!  Now I have to wait for the last one at the library, bummer!

Pass on any good book you've read recently!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

What NOT to say to your children

We went to the wonderful world of IKEA a few weeks ago and amongst the wonderfulness of the store, we actually found something really practical...a light for Jack's bunk bed!  Awesome!  So, we get home, Eric and Jack work hard at assembling our find, get it connected onto the top bunk, and turn it on to read books before bed time.  Except, Eric told Jack not to fall asleep with the light on because it may overheat and catch on fire.  Especially if his pillow is nearby and then Jack will catch on fire too.  DEAD. SERIOUS.  Now Jack refuses to use the light, sleeps on the opposite side of the bed, pretty much as close to the wall as possible.  Now, Mr. Insurance was just trying to warn his son of what might happen. I remember when the fire fighters came to school every year and freaked everyone out about not having an evacuation plan, meeting spot, and you go home convinced your house will indeed catch on fire.  Once, I had a bag packed of all of my "valuables" for a good month (when I really needed my Barbie dress up clothes).  So, now the practical light just sits there, unused for who knows how long.

Molly's feet were really dirty the other day, maybe because she never wears shoes or socks and just her slippers or bare feet.  So, I told her she needed a bath that night to clean her feet.  Next thing I know, she's licking her feet.  Really?

One child, who shall not be named, has a habit of eating boogers, quite possibly the grossest thing to do EVER.  So, we told child that if they keep doing that, kids will make fun of them and really, it's gross and could make you sick.  Well, child ate some boogers and proudly announced to me that no one made fun of him/her and he/she wasn't sick!  They should have just added, "In your face Mom!"

Lessons learned:  Try to plug fire safety without making child petrified and kids are gross.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

You're a Boy...Did you hear me? I called you a BOY!

Where to begin...today is all about Molly and her Mollyisms, there have been a ton lately!

*My maiden name is a form of fruit and my kids think it's hilarious when I tell them my maiden name. I'm also explaining constantly about women changing their names when they get married.  So, one morning, Molly is eating blackberries and looks at me saying, "When I get married, I'll be Molly Blackberry because I love blackberries!"

*Poor Will is really confused right now...Molly shortens every word, as in her nap mat is her nap, her piggy bank is her pig, her blanket is her blank, etc.  She expects all of us to understand, especially Will.  She also likes to call food something that it isn't, like cheese is gum, milk is juice, and Cheerios are M&M's...poor Will expects M&M's, not Cheerios!  She also calls him Preston or Eric when the play house.  

*Molly loves her baby dolls and is always the mommy or Ms. Kathy (our favorite Kindermusik gal!), Jack is the Daddy or Joe across the street (our WT neighbor), and usually Will is the dog.  Well, now Will is Molly's kid and he's usually Will or Preston or Eric (usually Jack is Eric because Jack is the Dad, but only when he's not Joe).  Molly is Will's mommy and now, I'm the Grandma and Eric's Papa.  All day long, I am called Grandma, Molly expects Will to call her Mommy and me Grandma.  When he was throwing food at lunch today, I told her to control her kid.  She looks at me and goes, "I am controlling my kid, GRANDMA!"  And yes, she yelled at me and in the sweetest voice, turns to Will and goes, "Honey, eat your food and I'll give you a cookie."

*She told Eric she had a baby in her tummy.

*Will wanted milk this morning and she asked him if he wanted milk from the refrigerator or mommy milk.  He looked at her like she was crazy!

*She's trying to potty train him and every time she goes, she almost forces him into the bathroom with her.  I have to give her a few bonus points for sparking his interest in potty training and not backing down, but give the kid a break!  Maybe she's thinking that since she was potty trained by his age, she feels as though he's a slacker...not sure why she is so insistent!

*Molly was mad at me the other day, not sure why, and yelled, "I called you a boy.  Did you hear me?  I called. YOU. A. BOY!  You boy!  You're a BOY!"  I walked away and she's yelling, "BOY!  BOY!!  BOY!!"

*Her birthday party plans change daily and she is super upset when I can't keep up with the ever changing plans...currently it's Dora (again) and a pretend sleepover with her friends at our house!

*She constantly just screams at the top of her lungs (no exclamation point here)

*Molly calls everyone Sweetie or Honey (when she's not calling us Grandma, Papa, Eric, Preston, or My Kid), I wasn't sure where she got it from.  Apparently from me because I call them Sweetie or Honey all the time!  It's really cute!

*She is insistent on making her own toast each morning and actually does a great job at it!  She is starting to want to help in the kitchen all the time too, and we actually have a lot of fun!  I need to find us matching aprons, maybe for her birthday!

*She is a lifelong finger/thumb sucker (we have a sonogram pictures of her with her left pointer finger and thumb in her mouth) and we're working on her to stop...not sure how, but we're talking about it and I mentioned the Blanket Fairy coming (because whenever she has her blanket, the finger/thumb goes into her mouth).  She really wants to get her fingernails painted, but not until she stops her "habit!"  I went to get a manicure the other day and she loves it!  So, she tells me she only wants 8 fingers painted, not all 10.  Guess which fingers she doesn't want painted?

We truly love our little girl and life would be so boring without her!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

We're sickies

Happy 2012!  Ya!  We have been so CRAZY busy with....wait for it...the sickies.  No exciting adventures for us, unless you count going to the doctor's office 4 times in one week and adventure.  Or the constant trips to Target for food, returning Christmas presents and picking up prescriptions from the  Pharmacy 4 times in a week an adventure.  It's been a very long 4, yes FOUR weeks for the Brew Crew.  It started with a stomach bug (Jack needs new carpet due to the fact he threw up going down his bunk bed ladder and was afraid if he moved again he would throw up more...I found him in the fetal position at about 1 in the morning and who knows how long he had been laying like that), leading to colds, which turned into RSV(yep, all three had and all three needed three breathing treatments a day...oh, and the medicine for the nebulizer made them hyper), and finally croup and upper respiratory infections.  And yes, all three kids had the fun sickies.  Awesome.  So, I'll have some cute posts about they funny things my kids have said over the past few weeks, and the exciting adventures in our house about how we have been driving each other crazy!  For now, I'm going to bleach and Lysol everything (for like the THOUSANDTH time), wash my hands for the millionth time (surprisingly, I stayed healthy this whole time...not sure how that worked out), and look on Pinterest about how to make my own hand sanitizer.  Oh, and pray that tomorrow I can go to the gym and get a good nights sleep, maybe even 8 hours!  Seriously, it feels as though I have a newborn except I didn't get that time to prepare for the sleepless nights (pregnancy bathroom trips in the middle of the night, sleepless nights from baby hiccups, kicks, and dancing in the belly), just BAM, up two or three times a night with various children for various reasons (oh, mix in some diarrhea at all hours of the day from one child)...or just wake up and can't go back to sleep because I'm expecting someone to wake up (and they usually did once I feel back asleep).  Oh well!  Stay healthy!  More to come soon!