Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Rocket Rage.....................

I bought this rocket for the kids the other day- let's just say it was so stinckin' hard for me to figure out how to put it together that I felt like a complete loser in front of my children. I am an engineer's daughter after all! I guess his smarts in that area skipped a generation! The kids hide out in this rocket for hours playing "Infinity And Beyond!!!" I just love buying a gift for the kids that really is a gift for me- what a selfish mommy.......

Livia & Tate

Monday, January 28, 2008

Sunday, January 27, 2008

a morning surprise!

Look what I woke up to this morning!- My sweet smelly husband surprised me and came home early!!!!!! He drove all night to get to me- I am so happy right now to have him home even if he has not showered for a while! He had a great time on this hunt. I love a happy husband (even though he looks grumpy in this pic)

Saturday, January 26, 2008

A Frickin Elephant

My Grandma sent this to me and I had to share:

A Frickin Elephant
> Jake is 5 and is learning to read.
> He points at a picture in a zoo book and says,
> Look, Mama! Its a frickin Elephant!
> Deep breath...
> What did you call it?
> Its a frickin Elephant, Mama!
> It says so on the picture!
> and so it does...
> A-F-R-I-C-A-N Elephant
> Hooked on phonics strikes again!

Friday, January 25, 2008


A serious child full of life with eyes so deep in mystery and surprise- a child full of thoughts- full of compassion and love -who was sent to be with me from above. My daughter- my sweet- I love you so- I love being the observer of how you grow. You teach me each day the right way to be- simply giving your love and by how you hold onto me. Thank you my child for the gift you have given- I am blessed- my heart has risen.

Going through some boxes today I found this poem that I had written when Livia was a baby. I was so in love with this baby girl. I know I am not a poet but I wanted it to be in my journal of our life so I can remember the sweet feelings of motherhood. I find it so interesting that I knew her so well when she was so little- my thoughts from that time are still true to who she is today.

snow again!

Love: that it makes everything look so clean- how excited my kids get to play in it- how cozy it feels inside by the fire- how it always makes me want to bake!
Hate: Having to drive on Milton in it- Having to shovel my own driveway because husband is gone- getting the feeling of cabin fever!

Sorry for all the posts today- I just had some catching up to do!

P.S. I hate you................................

O.k. so the title to this post might sound harsh- but I am bitter today............Wendy and I went to see the movie "P.S. I love you" last night and I bawled like a baby for the entire duration! I know that one of my gifts is having a sensitive heart but sometimes I hate feeling things so deeply. The movie's sadness was not helped by the fact that my husband is out of the country and I miss him so badly I am sleeping in his t-shirts at night. I have not spoke to Chad with the exception of one brief phone call last night. He just makes things better in my world when he is home. He makes me laugh and everyone knows I love to laugh. The movie was basically about losing a soul mate and it haunted me all night- when I woke up this morning my eyes were so swollen- the nice thing about swollen eyes is that you don't have the lines and wrinkles that magically appeared the day I turned 30. So I guess I will just go put on some makeup and enjoy my fresh young look for the day. Good things come from bad at least I feel pretty today...............

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Had to share this one.........

For those of you who view this blog that are not member's of the Rhoton bunch I just had to share a post from my sister in law's blog for you to enjoy. Tess's blog is one of the most entertaining blogs- I love how she writes. This entry was way too funny not to share with more readers- I don't know if you all are aware of the show "Dirty Jobs" on the Discovery Channel- It is basically a Show where they do a half hour documentary on some of the dirtiest jobs in the world. This post is So True!!!!
Tess's Post:

I have had this idea in mind for awhile and soon to follow this post there will be a photo journal to match (hopefully. I can't really be counted on to follow through so I will try, but you may not want me too anyway.) One of Taylor's favorite shows is Dirty Jobs. I am repeatedly surprised that being a mother is not on their top ten list. Here are some things I have had to clean-up lately off the top of my head.

Dirty Jobs

1. Clean-up rice soup puke from the kitchen floor. (Clean up puky child as well.)
2. Clean-up roast/green bean dinner puke from the bathroom floor. (Don't think I'll crave any of those things soon)
3. Wipe a million poop smeared bottoms. (Because according to Avery we don't wipe our own until we are 4!)
4. Clean poop out of a million pairs of panties. (Oops, didn't make it in time.)
5. Changed a blown out, exploded up the back & front poopy diaper or two or three. (And managed to keep little hands out of it a few of the times.)
6. Clean nasty streaked and smeared toilets.
7. Of course plunged a few toilets or two as well.
8. Rescued several cherished toys from the porcelain throne. (did I mention it was after the act)
9. Wash walls along sides of toilet for sprayed particles, by little boy visitors. (gotta love play dates)
Okay enough with the puke and poop I know all of us mothers have a million of these stories.

10. Scrub boogers (yes disgusting and dried up) off of wall by kids beds, stair wall, couch, random spottings, and the back of Taylor's Clothes (Thanks Avery). I am sure I am missing a few locations. This is not an easy task either, it is like separating paint from the dry wall and it might be easier with a chisel and a hammer instead of a soapy rag. At least I know they aren't eating it. However, they have been threatened if I ever find another smeared booger they had better hide.
11. Wash a million booger smeared sheets and pillowcases.
12. Pick and wipe a million noses (come on, we all have picked a nose or two.)
13. Spot cleaned a million chocolate milk, spaghetti, macaroni and cheese etc, spilled on shirts and pants.
14. Cleaned-up after a million messy high chair meals.
15. Clipped a million dirty fingernails.
16. Combed through hair with dried up food in it (poor Taylor)
17. Cleaned a million wax infested ears.
18. Lathered a million rashy bottoms.
19. Finger swiped baby for choking hazards routinely.
20. Helped wiggle loose teeth (this one is the worst for me)
21. Wiped dirty hand prints from every glass surface and walls.

Okay so you get the idea. Could there be a dirtier job. If anyone ever wonders about becoming a mother they had better be capable of handling all of this and more because this is the easy part. Can you even imagine what the photo journal would look like? I can! I have mastered the art of thinking of something nice while doing something nasty.

"I am just a kid..........."

Today I am a little under the weather with a cold that is just draining me. I have been making too many demands on Livia- "Liv, would you please go get a diaper- can you please take these and put them in the sink- would you mind running upstairs and getting mom's slippers?" Finally Livia looked at me with her adorable little face and said sweetly- "I am just a kid......" I guess I was stressing her out with all of my needs. Why can't I be Just a kid today?

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Sebastian You STINK!

So we finally got a pet for the kids. Chad and I are not animal lovers (with the exception of the ones hanging on our walls) so every time our children ask for a pet we quickly distract them with candy or a silly song. Livia has been so adamant on wanting a pet of her own that my mom suggested we get a hermit crab. Chad and I bought it on our last date night and surprised the kiddos when we got home. They are in love with this stinky crab that Livia has named Sebastian like the crab in The Little Mermaid. They love to wait for him to come out of his shell- which he rarely does. It really is the perfect pet- with the exception of its stench...............

Too Funny................

You know you were an 80's kid if...
1. You've ever ended a sentence with the word SIKE.
2. You can sing the rap to the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and can do the Carl ton
3. You know that 'WOAH' comes from Joey on Blossom
4. If you ever watched 'Fraggle Rock'
5. It was actually worth getting up early on a Saturday to watch cartoons.
6. You wore a ponytail on the side of your head.
7. You got super-excited when it was Oregon Trail day in computer class at school.
8. You made your mom buy one of those clips that would hold your shirt in a knot on the side.
9. You played the game 'MASH'(Mansion, Apartment, Shelter, House)
10. You wore stonewashed Jordache jean jackets and were proud of it.
11. You know the profound meaning of ' WAX ON , WAX OFF'
12. You wanted to be a Goonie.
13. You ever wore fluorescent clothing. (some of us...head-to-toe)
14. You can remember what Michael Jackson looked like before his nose fell off and his cheeks shifted.
15. You have ever pondered why Smurfette was the only female smurf.
16. You took lunch boxes to school...and traded Garbage Pailkids in the schoolyard.
17. You remember the CRAZE, then the BANNING of slap bracelets.
18. You still get the urge to say 'NOT' after every sentence.
19. You thought your childhood friends would never leave because you exchanged handmade friendship bracelets.
21. You ever owned a pair of Jelly-Shoes.
22. After you saw Pee-Wee's Big Adventure you kept saying 'I know you are, but what am I?'
23. You remember 'I've fallen and I can't get up'
24. You remember going to the skating rink before there were inline skates.
25. You have ever played with a Skip-It.
26. You remember boom boxes and walking around with one on your shoulder like you were all that.
27. You remember watching both Gremlins movies.
28. You thought Doogie Howser/Samantha Micelli was hot.
29. You remember Alf, the lil furry brown alien from Melmac.
30. You remember New Kids on the Block when they were cool...and don't even flinch when people refer to them as 'NKOTB'
31. You knew all the characters names and their life stories on 'Saved By The Bell,' The ORIGINAL class.
32. You know all the words to Bon Jovi - SHOT THROUGH THE HEART.
33. You just sang those words to yourself.
34. You still sing 'We are the World'
35. You tight rolled your jeans.
36. You owned a bannana clip.
37. You remember 'Where's the Beef?'
38. You used to (and probably still do)
say 'What you talkin' 'bout Willis?'
39. You're still singing shot through the heart in your head, aren't you!

Yet another funny entry stolen from Tiffany's blog......... I hope you really don't mind that I steal from you!

from day to day.................................

Honestly nothing super over the top interesting has happened lately which is why I have not been posting. Chad is doing great with being a real estate agent and we love our new lifestyle! It is just great having a husband around to help with the daily grind of rearing children. We take turns doing breakfast with the kids in the morning and today Chad took the kiddos to see a movie. His old job took him away from us so much- I always felt like he was missing out on the children and their funny personalities. I also enjoy being able to go to my primary meetings and grocery shopping without having to take the kids with me. It is like we are a team helping each other out. Chad leaves for Mexico tomorrow for a hunt with his brothers so I am sure that some exciting posts are on the way (everything happens when Chad is gone- "Murphy's Law")

Friday, January 11, 2008

worst wife ever!!!!!

so I officially have made the worst wife ever list! I totally forgot that today was my sweet husbands birthday!! I can't believe it! we had a normal morning running errands and I even was being a brat because I wanted Chad to buy me a new coat (all on his birthday remember) we went to grab a bite to eat and I realized he seemed a little sad- Then it hit me- His birthday is today and I completely let it slip my mind. I did not have anything special planned!!!! Chad, I hope you forgive me (I am sure letting you go havelina hunting tomorrow with your buddies will help) and please remember how special you are to me! Chad is one of the most compassionate friends I have ever known. He is the best dad- and loves to be with his kids. I am so glad to have such a man of integrity as my husband- happy 31st birthday my sweet! I love you so much!