Archive for July, 2007

How can a cute, clever, generally well-behaved six-year-old aggravate and irritate two grown adults so thoroughly and so quickly?

Big Brother has a made-up word that describes this perfectly: empermizhing. It basically means aggravating and exasperating. As in “Mom, you’re so empermizhing.” (Yes, he made that word up completely on his own.)

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You may remember that last Friday, the kids and I spent the day at a city water park with Btwinny and Bets.

Today, Big Brother and I spent the entire day at our own local water park. We literally opened and closed the park – arrived at 11:10 and left at 7:50. We had an absolute blast! Must have gone down the two big water slides at least 40 times, and did several stints in the wave pool. And I “suggested” a tour down the lazy river several times to give him a  few minutes to chill out.

The only bad thing was that we both got sunburned, despite slathering ourselves with waterproof SPF 50 sunblock at least three times. (BB’s sunburn is very mild, but mine is worse. I’ll be hurting tomorrow, I think.)

What I want to know is this: If this water park is on the south side of town, and BB and I LOVE swimming, why on earth didn’t I know about the park until just five days ago??

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows cover imageI finished Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows on Wednesday. In the end, I was completely unable to pace myself as I had desired – I found myself in the middle of the big battle (that’s not a spoiler, you know there has to be a big battle) at 11:30, with 100 pages to go. Of course I stayed up past 12:30 to finish, despite having to get up at 5:30 a.m. I haven’t discussed it here (or in person) because I was waiting for Tim to finish it, which he did last night.

****WARNING! YOU MAY NOT WANT TO PROCEED IF YOU’RE STILL READING THE BOOK*** (I’m not discussing plot specifics, but you may not even want to read general comments.)

What a great book! I thought it was a really satisfying end to the series. I was surprised at some of the language – lots of damns, and even Mrs. Weasley calls someone a bitch at one point – but it was truly fitting with the age of the characters. I will note that I correctly predicted that Harry did not die, and that he prevailed over Voldemort after an extreme battle.

I thought the epilogue was satisfying, if perhaps a bit trite. I wouldn’t have minded a little more detail. Apparently J.K. Rowling originally wrote a much longer epilogue, which she discusses here. It’s worth a look!

Have you finished the book yet? Still reading, or plan to sometime? Have no interest whatsoever in Harry Potter? Share your thoughts with BookMama!

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Career Meme

The Gal Herself has tagged me for a career meme.

Here is how to play:
If you had the opportunity to do a 1-year internship in a company or field completely unrelated to your current career or specialty, what would be your top 5 choices?

(FYI, I personally am going on the assumption that my actual skills, talents, and knowledge are irrelevant in this game.)

1. Broadway star! I was always a little jealous that my cousins got to be in the musicals that the little theater in my grandparents’ town put on. So I’d like to take it one step further and be a Broadway star! Sound of Music, Les Miz., etc. would be fine, thank you very much.

2. Primary school teacher.  I used to think I’d make a good teacher. Not I’m not so sure – but it would be fun to find out!

3. Landscaper. I wouldn’t want to do this on a permanent basis, but it might be fun for a year. I enjoyed our landscaping project last month. Plus everyone thinks I’m an incapable wuss when it comes to physical labor – it would be nice to prove them wrong. (I’m not so much an incapable wuss as I am just lazy.)

4. Chef. No, I’m not a particularly good cook. (I do manage to keep the family fed and the kids healthy without eating out much, though.) Would love to know what I was capable of if given the opportunity to learn.

5. Children’s librarian. OK, this one is somewhat related to my current employer as well as past jobs, but I’ve always wanted to be a children’s librarian and I KNOW I would be a good one.

 I’m not going to tag anyone in particular, but please feel free to participate, either in the comments section here or in your own blog.

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I took the kids to Lansing today to visit Bets – Btwinny and JD were there too, visiting for the weekend. Sounds like a nice, relaxing day, right? Nice – yes! Relaxing? Not so much!

  • Fought with Little Sister to get her into the tub this morning, then gave her a two-minute standing bath while she yelled and tried to climb out of the tub the whole time.
  • Fought with Big Brother to get him OUT of the tub, and dressed.
  • Had to pack three bags worth of stuff for us to take.
  • Had to give the kids lunch right after we got to Bets’.
  • Re-installed JD’s borrowed car seat. Had lots of trouble and it took me a while, making everyone grumpy about the delay.
  • Took the kids to the local water park. Had a blast, but I still had to keep track of two kids – one of whom wanted to play in the deeper water, one of whom didn’t want to go past her waist.
  • Dealt with BB when he got really grumpy when we had to leave the water park.
  • Had to keep LS and JD from fighting too much – they’re 1.5 and 2.5 and aren’t particularly great at sharing.
  • Dinner.
  • Had to deal with extremely fussy LS right before we left. (Of course, that’s how I knew it was time to leave.)
  • Listened to LS yell “Mommy Daddy MommyDaddy juice juicejuicejuice” half the way home. Of course, then BB started fussing that he was thirsty too.

Had a great time – and both kids were really well-behaved – but MAN am I tired!!

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As a companion to last week’s Thursday Thirteen, here are 13 things I LOVE about having kids.

1. Playing checkers with Big Brother.

2. Watching them snuggle up in the rocking chair together, reading books.

3. Hearing Little Sister ask for BB the second she gets up in the morning.

4. Kisses and hugs.

5. Reading to Big Brother.

6. Having Big Brother read to me!

7. Seeing BB push LS on the swing.

8. Checking the “garden” (three tomato plants, plus the neighbors cucumbers that grow through the fence) with BB.

9. Reading to LS while I read to her at bedtime.

10. Holding LS after she falls asleep on my shoulder at bedtime.

11. Teaching them new things.

12. Hearing them laugh.

13. Making them laugh!

I can’t stop ….

14. Sewing/scrapbooking/cooking with BB at his request.

15. Taking them to COSI or the Hands-On Museum.

16. Seeing them run to me for a giant hug and kiss when I pick them up at the end of the day.

17. Going grocery shopping with them (really!).

18. Teaching LS new words.

OK … now I’ll stop ….

Get the Thursday Thirteen code here!

The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others comments. It’s easy, and fun! Be sure to update your Thirteen with links that are left for you, as well! Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!

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If you have young kids – say, six or younger – and are tired of the standard kids’ music, you’ve GOT to check these out. We love them at our house.

NO! by They Might Be Giants

Here Come the ABCs by They Might Be Giants (includes the theme from Higglytown Heroes)

Mother Goose Rocks – There are five volumes of this, and they really DO rock.

John Lithgow’s kids’ CDs – a little more traditional, but still LOTS of fun.

Anybody heard any of these? What do you think? Or what kids’ music do YOU like?

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Still making my way through Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. I’m trying to pace myself so that I can soak in all the details and don’t finish it too quickly. Maybe 50-75 pages per night.

Anybody else still reading?

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One of the best things about summer in my neighborhood is The Corn Stand. (Yes, that’s what it’s called, The Corn Stand.) The corn stand is about a quarter mile from my house, and the corn they sell is picked fresh each morning. And the field they pick it from is right across from the end of my street. (We’re the sixth house on the street, so it’s super close.) I’m a huge fan of corn on the cob anyway – I could eat three ears a day when it’s good – and it just thrills me to eat corn from a field that I can see from my yard.

Yesterday, my folks came for the usual weekend lunch visit. Dad asked what where having and when I replied that I’d planned hamburgers on the grill, he went to the corn stand and returned with 15 ears of corn. Mmm-mmm, it was the best corn we’ve had so far this year. Can’t wait to have some more this weekend. (Unfortunately, corn on the cob just takes too darn long to cook on weeknights.)

Oh, and the kids agree. You should see Little sister attack a (half) ear of corn and then ask for more. Big Brother’s a little slower, but that’s because he’s missing his two front teeth. All things considered, though, he does pretty well.

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As you no doubt know (if you read my blog with any regularity), I’ve been seriously looking forward to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows for ages. The book is out and, thanks to Big Brother’s good fortune (he won a copy at the library), Tim and I each have a copy to read.

The problem? No time to read!!! We both got a pretty decent start yesterday – I’m on about page 225 – but I haven’t had a single minute to read today. It was my turn to get up early with the kids – no time to read there – then we had to get ready for my parents’ weekly visit, then the visit itself. Just when we thought we were getting rid of them it was about time for them to head home, we got a call from our Florida cousins who were camping in the area – they wanted to know if they could stop by for a visit. They’re visiting their folks in Toledo for a couple weeks and we thought we’d missed the chance to see them, so of course we said yes. But that meant no reading this afternoon. Then it was time for dinner and bedtime. Now we have laundry to fold, and I have to make BB’s lunch. (Of course he wants the “little pizzas” that I make for him.)

With any luck, I’ll be reading in an hour, for a couple of hours ….

I’ve been looking forward to it all bloomin’ day!!!

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