Wednesday, September 30, 2009

The Waiting Game

I have a tiny supply of tricks to pull out when the kids are bored when we're out waiting ... at the dr's office, at a restaurant, in the car. One staple is The Letter Game, which is kind of like a simplified version of Scattergories. (Name something you can wear that starts with S), and so on. Our go-to restaurant game is Five Things. Pull five objects from around the table together. Have a kid look at it for a few minutes, close eyes, take one away, guess what's missing. Super easy and it can last a good ten minutes with variations (take away two things! have Dad be the guesser! and so on.)

Our recent trip to the Statue of Liberty involved some waiting. Lots and lots and lots of waiting. About 4 hours, to be exact. The kids did great overall, but we definitely had some tense moments. When we reached the statue and realized it was going to be ANOTHER wait to get in the museum, it was time to pull out the Silly Face game. Requirements: a camera and children who like to show off. I snapped a pic of each kid making a silly face, we reviewed the evidence and voted on which face was funnier. Apparently, my children find the tongue to be a critical component of physical comedy.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Emotional Me

Okay, so I have a big soft spot for lots of children's movies. I bawl like a baby when Big Bird sings about "One Little Star" and during the last line of Charlotte's Web ("Charlotte was both." - oh, please, hand me a tissue) and when those stupid Muppets sing that stupid goodbye song while Taking Manhattan.

I put on a bunch of kid-friendly music this morning for Clark and I to listen to while cleaning. I don't know what it is about this particular CD, but hello! heartstrings! tugging! Almost every song had me weeping. (Except the Boys II Men song ... skip right past that one.) 

All I Really Need (bawl!)
Beautiful Boy (weep!)
Before You Grow (OMFG, sob, sob, sob!)
and it goes on and on ... Happy Adoption Day, Family Tree, On Children, The Babysitter's Here ... truly, if you have children and feel the need to have a good cry, put on this CD and go for it.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009


My favorite part is the moms in the background shielding children from the crazy girl with a stick.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Sesame Part 2

The kids and I made another trip to where the air is sweet (not really) last Sunday while Jeff enlisted help from our friends to move furniture back around the house.

Snuggling up after the lazy river.

Ralph's World rocking the house. The kids were not too impressed, but I threw my VS cotton bikinis on stage. Just kidding - but I really enjoyed the show. I don't get to see live bands all that much anymore!

Karate poses - photo by Dora.

Theo took pics all the way back to the parking lot. This is my favorite.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Will Power: A One-Act Play

Me: Hmmm. I have five minutes and nothing to do while waiting for the laundry to dry. Clark is playing downstairs. Hey! Is that a Snickers bar in the freezer?

Body: Don't do it. You'll regret it.

Me: You always say that!

Body: Because you always do.

Me: Not this time! I need this Snickers bar! I've earned it! Do you know what a tough day I've had?

Body: But you don't eat junk food anymore remember? We're all done with that?

Me: Screw you! I want it I want it I want it!

(Five minutes later)

Me: Dude, I totally regret that. Why did you let me eat that?

Body: I told you so.

(the end.)