Friday, December 10, 2010

My master plan is in the advanced stages

Oh, so Fall came and went. Summer's over, then there was Fall and now, because there's snow on the ground and Target sends me seven emails a day about free shipping, I know that Christmas is close. The kids are all in school and doing stuff, so it's all a blur to me. But I have these great pictures I want to have so when I have time in my old age to look at and remind myself of what I was always complaining about being so busy with I will remember (because I suspect I might lose my mind sometime in the near future if the present trend of losing the remote is any indication).

Hugh played soccer. He was dedicated (to getting treats at the end) and enjoyed playing (in mud puddles with his friends about 100 yards from the field).

Phoebe started taking ballet with some of her cousins.

They're delicate little flowers who talk me into buying them ice cream after lessons. Let's face it, it doesn't take much to convince me, but I play my role. Oh, I play my role. I have introduced these girls to: Dairy Queen, Dilly Bars, Dipped cones, and Slurpees, and count these collective introductions into their palate and vocabulary as my single greatest accomplishment as an Aunt.

The neighborhood kids like to play at our house. That's a blessing and a curse, isn't it? Inclement weather doesn't slow these guys down. I'm rethinking the Nerf guns I bought for Christmas last year. Definitely rethinking.

Owen played football in the Fall and they kept winning, so I felt bad hoping they wouldn't win so I could stay home and be warm. Those games were cold, but he came home really dirty and tired, which is part of my greater, somewhat evil, plan.

Margaret is focusing on "being awesome" and doing a great job at it. Just recently, she has decided that she is a pink kitty named "Pickles" and meows at us day and night. She still thinks wearing underwear "is gross," but she's fine with sitting in her own filth. Yeah, so, logic's on my side, but it's not much of what I'd call "practical help."

And me? (thanks for asking) I welcome any and all "practical help."

15 comments:

  1. Yep, sounds like life!! Crazy, busy, frustrating, fun and the most amazing thing ever!!

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  2. You know I think of you, right, when I'm feeling overwhelmed by the activities of my three children, only one of whom is involved in any music/sports classes? And I think of you when I want to kill my kids, and there's only three of them, and how does Lisa do it with five? And then I realize that you probably want to kill your kids too, and that makes me feel better. And then I think that you probably eat nachos like me when you're feeling down, and that makes me feel better too. So, you see, you're doing so much good for the world (me). And the fact that those girls were not familiar with any of those frozen novelties is, frankly, a tragedy. My kids get slurpees every time mom needs a 54-oz diet coke (so. . .a lot).

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  3. Amy, I'm so glad you understand my subtext. Or just text. Yes, to all of it. But to clarify, I'm really in more of a chili cheese fries point in my life than nachos, at the moment. But that could all change tomorrow. I just believe motherhood is rolling with the punches and being adaptable.

    And I do think that I've made the world a better place when my niece asks, sheepishly, if we can "go to that place that has that hard coating on the cones that is so delicious." I feel I've made the world a better place.

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  4. I love the butterscotch and cherry dipped ones. I told people here not to call me to come craft or cook, but I will always be available to go eat.

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  5. I just saw Topher last night and it made me miss you even more. He filled me in on the potty training and I am sending all the positive thoughts and prayers I can - since that's all I have to offer. I think you're amazing!

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  6. Love that pic of your nieces. Hilarious.

    Ditto on Slurpees. Not that they are hilarious, but that they are delicious and that every kid should have them often.

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  7. Are those your real eyelashes? Totally unfair.

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  8. Lisa, May I remind you that cobwebs will keep but little kids spoil easily? Or something like that.

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  9. Yes, Kacy, you can. Because we all know you have to choose between the two. You can't have both!

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  10. As behind as I am---I do have these thoughts much after the fact. Our darling 3rd would not train. Until four! I hit the wall and demanded she clean her own messes. Really. She trained a week later. (It was not pretty and we waited until four.) Love the photo.

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  11. These photos are so cute and funny! Lovely blog x

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  12. (Just linked over from cJane...) You are adorable and hilarious and your blog (which I just read in it's entirety while feeding my 7-week-old for two hours straight) is the antidote to the sickly-sweet "Mormon Mommy Blog." Love it!

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  13. I also just linked over from cjane. I have 4 kids under 10 and a husband at sea. You made me laugh so hard, that I cried, which made me sob until I was laughing again. Thank you. I am so glad to know I am not the only one in the universe that lowers the bar to be awesome. After all there is nothing wrong with cereal for dinner if it is everyone's favorite.

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  14. I'm new to your blog. Got linked from cjane (of course;)) I love your attitude, but I have a question about your white cabinets. Did they come like that, or are they painted? I LOVE white cabinets, but have oak ones in my house. If you painted them, could you tell me how, and what to do?

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  15. I too linked from cjane and I am HOOKED! I will be back for more :))))

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