Thursday, March 8, 2012


1. zac posen annoys me. i have a "fashion" board on pinterest and i am finding that lately when i need to unwind and destress, staring at haute couture and deciding what i find acceptable to make the cut is a pretty relaxing feeling. and even though most fashion designers seem to be condescending, out of touch, overly-serious, pretentious narcissists, some annoy me more than others.
case in point: zac posen.
even though there are a few things i like. really like. i can't bring myself to "pin" him on my "board". and even though he probably won't admit it... i think it bothers him.  

it's up to you to change my mind, z-man.

2. the other day i read about this sock-bun thing. supposedly it is perfect for the busy mom who doesn't have the time (or desire) to do her hair every day. it sounds like something that has probably been around a long, long...time (although so far no one else i've talked to has heard of it). this is the video i watched. i'm sure there are shorter demos out there, but this is just the one i happened to see.
you basically make a donut out of an old sock, put your messy hair in a high pony tail, and wrap it around the sock - which stays in place all night without anything to hold it in place. (that sort of wow'd me i admit).

so i gave it a try.

this is how my hair looked immediately after taking it down the next morning.
now, just a tiny sidenote...a few hours later i went to the doctor to find out i had the triple play (ie. ear infections, sinus infection and bronchitis) and i never planned on putting these pics on my blog.
so just skim thru them and move on.
move on, i said!
andrew said it looked like a lion's mane.
i am 85% sure he didn't mean that as a compliment.

this is what it looked like after i ran my fingers through it for 30 seconds.
-i also threw on some makeup...despite the pasty appearance-

and there you have it! a lesson in hair by... me?
who saw that coming??
ps. this has been known to be the case in the morning...
the sock-bun may have
changed my life.

3. ian has gotten a perfect behavioral grade in school every day for a month! as a reward, he and the other kids who did the same get to eat lunch in the classroom with their teacher tomorrow. 
not to brag..... but, it's kind of a big deal.
it became a bigger deal when ian informed us he was the ONLY boy in the class to make the cut. LoL. i don't know if that is 100% factual, but i figure he can't be too off about that info. i will find out tomorrow when i visit his class as the "mystery reader".
after doing some thinking about being the only boy to receive this honor, ian informed us he should probably "only hang out with the girls from now on".
(yes, that is a giant eye-roll followed by a sigh).
it would be one thing if he were simply connecting the dots and making a smart observation...
it takes on a different meaning when ian's first day back to school after track out, (before we were even out of the parking lot), he told me the girl he THOUGHT had a crush on him all year did in fact have a crush on him. something we have already established SEVERAL times before. and just for some background, when ian came home a few weeks ago with his class valentines, he showed me a valentine with an arrow thru a heart and let me know that he did indeed know that feeling.
i wanted to yell,
"you should NOT be thinking about girls or talking about girls! focus on school!!!! on academia, you 1st grader, you!!"
but parenting 101: do not act shocked and appalled when your kids confide in you.

even if you are.

seriously though, we are in trouble.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

a lesson in practicality

all but one pair of these were purchased today...
(full disclosure: ian has on a new pair of basketball shoes not in the picture).
and YES, they already have other shoes including church shoes, get muddy shoes, soft slippery toddler shoes, corduroy shoes, etc...
and YES, they possibly have 5 sets of shoes that match each other.
and NO, i do not find that cheesy.
and YES, there were many, MANY other shoes that i desperately wanted, but walked away from.
and YES, i was so strong to do that!! *thank you~
and YES, we are all grateful to have
2 boys instead of 2 girls because
i am just preparing them for every conceivable outfit. and isn't it good to
always be prepared?!
be prepared - just like the boy scouts.

Monday, February 27, 2012

nap threat

last night we stayed out late. the boys didn't get to bed until after 10pm (and these are kids that are in bed and asleep almost every night between 7-8pm). today, i am paying for it. owen has cried 3 times already and it's only 10am. ian had the sassy attitude of a 15 year old on accutane. and so i threatened... the nap. actually, i stated "NAP".
"nap is soooohohoooo happening today for BOTH of you! it is in your future so i don't want to hear any complaining later when the time comes. understood?" i said to ian and owen.
 to which ian replied, "PLEEEEEASE MOM - NOOO! PLEASE just give me ONE more chance to change my attitude! please?!!!" and so i agreed.
since he has been incapable of getting along with owen this morning, i knew a nap would be in his future regardless. i left the room and heard ian begin project angel-face by asking owen if he wanted him to put on "du-du-du-dora".
"hmm...nice start", i thought.
since then, (and without me asking for any of these things), the following have ensued:
- all kitchen counters sprayed and wiped down
- floors swept (as well as a 7 year old boy can sweep anyway)
- dishes put away
- kitchen trash taken out of trashcan and put in outdoor can
- trash bag REPLACED in kitchen trash.... what?!!
- dirty clothes and toys picked up off the boys' bedroom floor
- beds made
- extreme patience and love beamed all over his cranky 3 year old bro.

and project angel-face continues even as i type.

which leads me to this question: how is it POSSIBLE that a human can HATE taking a little nap THIS MUCH?!!!

and this realization: i have underestimated the power of the NAP-THREAT for far too many years.
 never. again.

(photo of the guys taken the other day with ian's leappad)

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

a sunkissed moon

immediately after dinner tonight owen decided to spit out a sip of water so as to get his legs and feet wet so he could say "i need a bath!" (perfectly logical if you're 3). he quickly stripped and ran past ian when ian said,

"OWEN! you STILL have sunshine coming out of your bum?!"

"IAN! " i sort of gasped, fumbling over my words 
about to say 
"where did you even hear that expression?"
but before i could...

a streaker ran past and i saw owen's tiny bum.

complete with the fading lower back tat that daddy thought was hilarious to draw on the other day while owen was wearing his pull-ups.

literally: sunshine coming out of his bum.

 that's how awesome my kids are. sunshine shines from their bums.

can you say the same?

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

hero's work

Dear Memere & Papa,
Thank you SO MUCH for giving the boys stickers at Christmas!
They enjoyed them for an hour or so... until I took them away.
Dear Random Stranger From the Internet Whom I Found After Typing In; 
"how to remove stickers from the kitchen floor",
 Thank you for the weird and gross advice.
Sure enough, after about 2 minutes slathered in mayo -
the stickers came right off with a paper towel and minimal fingernail work.
This? This I call, Hero's Work!
(mostly because i do realize if this is really the highlight of my day, I have fallen a long, loooooong way...)

Another FAV!!