Tuesday, October 30, 2007
"OK Alex, this is a really serious problem. REALLY, REALLY SERIOUS."
I guess that's what I sound like to Noah. It's always a little frightening to hear.
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Alex is obsessed with baby dolls, purses, jewelry, shoes, and clothes! I can't get Noah to wear any clothes and Alex wants to wear all her clothes. I know what you're thinking...that this is a "learned" behavior. But seriously, I don't own any jewelry besides my wedding ring, I have one purse, I wish I had a better wardrobe, and the shoe obsession...well, that comes from her daddy : )
"Mom, did you know there's nothing better than a letter?"
He got this from one of his PBS shows - he also learned how to spell "box" and I keep finding the word spelled on our fridge with his letter magnets - who said tv is bad for kids?
"Mommy, boys like dogs and girls like gum."
Alex sings all day long but she has started mixing up all of her songs. The other day she kept climbing up on her kitchen stool and jumping off. This is what she would say each time
"Ashes, Ashes - 1, 2, 3 - Blastoff!"
Some of her other frequent combinations are
"Jesus wants me for a sunbeam - Now I know my A, B, C's"
"Twinkle, Twinkle little star - Do as I'm doing"
"The wheels on the bus go round and round - Ring around the rosies"
We had a "Halloween Sugar Cookie Decorating" playgroup this week - the kids loved it! Noah loaded his cookies with so much candy that they were pretty difficult to eat (and a little too sugary for me). Alex, of course, insisted on being a big girl and sitting at the table with the other kids. She was only interested in the cookies until she realized there was candy. The dining room was covered with crumbs, candy, frosting, and sprinkles but it was well worth it. Happy Halloween!
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Alex was too little to go in the play area, so she stayed with us. It was her naptime, so you can imagine how much fun she was. We had a great time anyways : )
Paul kept teasing me about spending over 4 hours in the car with our 2 kids just to buy a set of finger puppets, 6 plastic bowls, cups, and plates for the kids, and a new lamp for our dresser.
The other downside: it throws me off! I don't know how else to word it. One of the side effects of being a medical wife is that you develop a certain amount of independence - you have to, it's a survival mechanism. You get used to doing things a certain way, being the one in control, in charge, calling the shots. And suddenly someone else is there trying to do the same thing - who does this guy think he is? Oh yeah, my husband! Paul likes to tease me that I like it better when he's working 80-hour weeks (which I don't). I simply remind him how he's always telling me to be more independent - guess you got your wish honey!
I'm just teasing (mostly)! We love having you around - you're the best husband and father!
Me: Hey Noah, what's going on?
Noah (with a big sigh and a roll of his eyes): Come on Mom, I will show you the problem.
Friday, October 19, 2007
Thursday, October 18, 2007
I was hoping to get some pictures of the kids playing at the lake but Alex crashed on our way there. I have LOVED my BOB Stroller. It always cracks me up that everyone asks if Noah and Alex are twins...Did you even look at them?!? The other assumption people make is that I'm the nanny, not the mommy...Just cuz I'm about 10 years younger than most of the mothers in Cleveland. The weather here is getting wetter and colder and all too soon I will be trading in my picturesque jogs around Shaker Lake for jogs on my treadmill with a blank white wall 12 inches from my face. That is so not appealing right now.
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Cow Milking Demo: Alex touched the cow but Noah was too afraid to try and milk it (look at his face)!
Goats, and sheep, and pigs, oh my!
Noah is keeping his distance from this miniature horse after he watched it snap at Alex's hand (which she put right up to his mouth)!
I decided I'd better help her so she didn't get her arm bitten off - she's a little too fearless sometimes.
Monday, October 15, 2007
So...Alex I love your hands and everything they tell me about you
Friday, October 12, 2007
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
University of New Mexico
University of Minnesota
University of Wisconsin
and Mayo Clinic (Scottsdale, AZ)
Once all of Paul's interviews are scheduled we'll have to take bets...where will we be going for residency?!? I can't wait to find out!
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
Monday, October 08, 2007
Saturday, October 06, 2007
There was a little girl,
Who had a little curl,
Right in the middle of her forehead.
When she was good,
She was very good indeed,
But when she was bad she was horrid.
Today Noah handed me a big blob of every color of play-doh we own all mixed together and said, "Mommy I made a craft for you! It's very interesting."
Every time I help Noah with something these days he responds with, "Thanks mom, I really appreciate it!"
Noah was sad last night that his daddy was on call and wouldn't be coming home until the next day. I was explaining that doctors have to stay at the hospital overnight sometimes to take care of the sick people. Noah then asked, "And daddys are doctors?"
I taught the preschool kids about the 5 Senses on thursday. That night we had french toast for dinner (I know, I'm a gourmet chef). Noah was putting powdered sugar on his tongue and said, "Look Dad, I'm using my 5 senses to taste sugar!" At least I know the lessons are sinking in...sort of : )
I took the kids to the library the other night (Paul has had to work almost every night this week) and the kids were so good - especially Noah. He was so funny, cheerful, polite, and especially sweet and patient with Alex. I kept praising him and when we left I said, "Noah thanks for being so good tonight, I had so much fun with you!" Noah gave me a big smile and said, "It wasn't a naughty day mommy!" Maybe I should just start asking him first thing in the morning if today is going to be a naughty day or a nice day...at least that way I'd be prepared!
After dinner last night I let the kids have a treat, the Mike & Ikes their grandma sent them. Alex was sitting in her high chair and pretty soon I hear, "Dis is yuty - hea mom!" (translation: this is yucky - here mom) She had sucked all the coating off the Mike & Ike and didn't like the chewy center. She did this with every single piece: Sucked on it, chewed the center into a gummy sticky wad, then held it out to me repeating her new phrase "This is yucky - here mom!" She couldn't just leave them on her tray...I had to come and get each used up piece of candy or she would just keep repeating herself over and over and over again! It was pretty funny - she still surprises me sometimes with how much she can say
Thursday, October 04, 2007
Note: Apparently a "good morning" to Noah is grey cloudy skies. That's what happens when all you know is Cleveland.
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
"Have it!" (translation: give it to me now or I will TOTALLY freak out)
"Mmmm...Like it!" (you cannot eat in front of this girl unless you plan to share whatever it is you have)
Monday, October 01, 2007
Ok, so I missed the first line of the song but I'm so excited that I got this on video! Alex LOVES to sing, she sings all day long (just never for the camera). Her repertoire includes: Itsy-Bitsy Spider, Wheels on the Bus, Popcorn Popping, Old McDonald, and her all-time favorite Twinkle Little Star.