Friday, October 31, 2008
I actually wanted the CFO to dress up like Princess Leah and I could be Hans to complete the "Star Wars" look but she was not going for it:)
Now we are torn between both of us trick or treating with the kids or staying home for trick or treaters. BTW I really do not like the first year of Halloween in a new home. You never know how much candy to buy.
Proof of our society's decline is that Halloween has become a broad daylight event for many.
I'll bet living in a nudist colony takes all the fun out of Halloween.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
The YMCA has closed circuit TV cameras in the child watch area. I frequently look at the monitor to check out what the kids are doing. The other day I was watching the monitor and saw this girl (around 10 years old or so) bouncing a ball off of Addison's head and not letting her go through a doorway. OK, I know kids can be mean... I watched for a minute and the girl then took Addison's hat and ran off with it. I took off to the childwatch area. I went in and said I am not here to pick up the kids but there is a girl hitting Addison in the head with a ball and she took her hat. They said they had just handled it. Of course the kids saw me and were not too pleased when I left the childwatch area without them. So I went back to the monitor only to see the same BRAT (the language was very different in my head) knock Addison's hat off again. Off to the showers I went to get ready to leave.
When I picked them up after showering the BRAT was at the counter "helping" check the kids out. I got down on her level and said "I saw you knock her hat off." She said "I might have bumped into her." To which I said "No, I saw everything on the cameras. You knocked her hat off and also hit her in the head with the ball. No one likes bullies." No more comments from the BRAT. She walked off looking back at me with a look I have seen before.... from employees when you bust them lying and you call them on the carpet.
What will I say if I see the BRAT again you ask? Not sure.... what I am VERY temped to say is "Remember both God and I will be watching but only God has Grace:)"
Carl Sagan (1934 - 1996)
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Just as I turned William goes down in the puddle of water, glitter and glass shards. I, while sock footed, stepped in and scooped him up. Not sure what you should do in these cases but I pulled his PJ bottoms off and rinsed him under the faucet to get the glass off. Of course the other 2/3rds of our Triplets came running. To which I said "Stop, go back in the living room." To my amazement they did. Luckily William escaped with only two minor nicks on the bottom of his feet.
So for the next 45 minutes I worked on cleaning up glass. To add insult to injury I had to try and get up all the glitter. Glitter and I don't get along:) So after about 1/2 a roll of paper towels that I would wet down and wipe the floor with, scanning the floor with the flash light and running Roomba I felt safe.
Just another day with toddlers:)
George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950)
Monday, October 27, 2008
My Brother-in-law and his family visited for the weekend. Nothing like having twins and triplets all under two in the same house for the weekend:) Everyone had a great time. We went to Aldridge Gardens for a pumpkin festival. There was a band, face painting, scarecrows, a plant sale and of course pumpkins! There were a few crying spats, a few tense moments with some geese but we got some great pictures.
The BEST quote so far.......
Be Fearful When Others Are Greedy and Greedy When Others Are Fearful
Friday, October 24, 2008
So now we have some decisions to make. Do we embrace this and change the cribs to toddler beds? Do we put him in "baby supermax" with a crib tent? Do we just "teach" him not to get out of his crib? Next thing I know my insurance rates will be going up because of teenage drivers:)
So much of what we call management consists in making it difficult for people to work.
Peter Drucker (1909 - 2005)
Thursday, October 23, 2008
1. Now that Fall is here the CFO's weekly laundry output seems to have an inverse relationship to the the Stock Market. In short... I have A LOT of laundry to do:) Normally that is no big deal but being as she is a woman, most if not all of her clothes would be ruined by the dryer. Not sure what it is about women's clothes but the dryer seems to make her clothes shrink to Smurf sizes. So yesterday I did a couple of loads and I ran out of doors to hang clothes on. I mean I even used the towel rods in the guest bathroom. I know, I know, a drying rack! But that would make too much sense. Remember, I am a man:)
2. Jackson can open doors. So I must now lock the ones I don't want him to open. Like the exterior doors and the one to the basement. Next he will learn to unlock them so I will have to figure out something for that:)
CFO - she corrected the previous one:)
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
She found the perfect spot for the tree in the front yard. Guess what? It was such a perfect spot that when she was digging she found the stump of a tree that had been in that perfect spot:) It was a small stump so she dug around it. That is when I got to get out one of my power tools and use it for a purpose for which it was not intended... EVERY GUY'S DREAM! I used my reciprocating saw to cut the stump up into pieces. No, I do not have a chainsaw. But I did give some serious thought to pitching the idea to the CFO. But with our Dave Ramsey budget in effect there was little hope for a new power tool:(
People need trouble -- a little frustration to sharpen the spirit on, toughen it. Artists do; I don't mean you need to live in a rat hole or gutter, but you have to learn fortitude, endurance. Only vegetables are happy.
Monday, October 20, 2008
I believe in the forgiveness of sin and the redemption of ignorance.
Adlai E. Stevenson Jr. (1900 - 1965)
Friday, October 17, 2008
Aha, you think he pulled his diaper down... But he was in a jumper with the crotch buttoned. And yes, his manhood was pointing down in the diaper:) Oh well, it is better than the time he pulled off the dirty diaper and then screamed at it:)
I do not want people to be agreeable, as it saves me the trouble of liking them. Jane Austen (1775 - 1817)
Thursday, October 16, 2008
One thing this crazy economy (or the lack there of) and the stock not-so-market is reinforcing is that time with the kids is #1 and pays off in spades!
The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you're still a rat.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
The Backyardigans song "Please and Thank You" is stuck in my head. If you don't know it I found a video of kids performing the song on Utube. As we got rid of cable we watch videos when we watch TV so I am stuck with the same episodes for a while.
The only function of economic forecasting is to make astrology look respectable.
John Kenneth Galbraith (1908 - 2006)
Monday, October 13, 2008
The whole financial structure of Wall Street seems to rise or fall on the mere fact that the Federal Reserve Bank raises or lowers the amount of interest. Any business that can't survive a one percent change must be skating on thin ice.Why even the poor farmer took a raise of another ten percent just to get a loan from the bank, and nobody from the government paid any attention. But you let Wall Street have a nightmare and the whole country has to help to get them back into bed again.
Will Rogers, August 12, 1929
Friday, October 10, 2008
Here are the two most frequent senarios...
1. I usually cook waffles, french toast or blueberry pancakes for breakfast but I always make more than I need and freeze the rest. That way I can just pop some in the toaster when I need them. So when the toaster "dings" when it is done the Triplets yell "Waffle!"
2. Another one of their favorites and a staple at the lunch/dinner table is mac and cheese. Of course I have doctored it up with one of The Sneaky Chef's pures and added chopped spinach:) I just reheat some in the microwave when they need it. So when the microwave beeps the Triplets all yell "cheese!"Now I need to start having fun with this... I am trying to get them to sing "The phone, the phone is ringing" ala the Wonder Pets whenever they hear a phone ring....
I'm a model you know what I mean
Richard Feynman (1918 - 1988)
Thursday, October 9, 2008
"Men show their character in nothing more clearly than by what they find laughable."
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
1. If I eat with them all I hear is "bite please, bite please, bite please"
2. If I wait to eat when they take a nap, they don't and I don't.
3. If I wait and eat what is left this is what I get......
I know that you believe that you understood what you think I said, but I am not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.
Robert McCloskey, State Department spokesman (attributed)
Monday, October 6, 2008
Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion. I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning up to do afterward.
Friday, October 3, 2008
I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who overcomes his enemies.
Aristotle (384 BC - 322 BC), In Stobaeus, Florilegium