Thursday, April 29, 2010


The weather report the other day suggested we'd have thunderstorms at night. I told Jack that we might have "funder and lighting" tonight. He said he didn't like funder and Leesha doesn't eater (either).

While at Mom and Dads, Mom was reading him "Baby Farm Animals". She asked what a baby goat was called. "A goatlet!"

Materialism hits .... On the way to Target the other day; "Can I have another airplane that won't break?"

While at Target, he chose a new shovel. When we got home, he went out to the back yard and was playing while I unpacked. I found the shovel, and tossed it out in the yard. He turned, saw it and just grinned.

This morning, "Where'd my sunglasses go? (as he looks around for them) "They're up on my head! I left them up there!"

Regarding traffic; "Dere's a full lotta cars. We need to not let 'em bonk us."

Let's see what else we can get blogged before the students come in ......

Maggie is cruising. She will find whatever she can to push around so she's walking around. One favorite is the bin of plastic food and dishes that's in the kitchen. It almost looks like she's grocery shopping.
Maggie has also learned to clap. She's realized this gets attention from the rest of us. Very cute.
Yesterday, she ate peas and carrots that weren't mushed up. Funny how things she hasn't liked in the past are all of a sudden "good eatin'" when she gets to put it in her mouth herself.

Leesha cleaned her room last night when I told her I wouldn't sign the permission slip for the All School Party happening on Friday unless she cleaned her room. This was deemed (and I quote) "Unfair".

Yesterday, I slept in a bit, then took my time getting ready for a walk. The babies and I left the house at about 10:20. When we got back home, I worked in the yard. We now have day-lillies transplanted into the front yard along the street, and also along the south side of the garage (between the house and the garage). I uprooted a hosta and planted pieces around the garden in the back yard.

On Saturday, since Leesha was with Jeremy, and Jeffry was gaming, the babies and I went to the Minneapolis Farmer's Market with friends from Small Group. I bought some seedlings for the garden - salad, strawberry, broccoli, and I think I also got some zucchini and okra. I don't remember what the last one is. Guess we'll see when it grows something.

On Sunday, Jack had a fresh cold, so we opted out of church and instead went to Mills Fleet Farm where we bought stuff to hopefully keep the rabbits out of the garden, and possibly start composting. We'll see how all of that goes.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Tuesday with Grace and Charlie

Jack: (singing) "Happy birthday to you! Happy birthday to you. (now talking) That means ice cream and chocolate!"

Jack (to Grace) "Ouch. Kiss it."

Jack: 'Those are so sweet." "Jack in a box. That's me." "Aahhh! Dere was a jellyfish!"
Jack, on the "M" page of his book ... "Moon" (closes eyes and rests his head on the back of the chair.) "Milk." (pretends to take a drink.) "Motorcycle, vroom!"
Continuing through the book ... "Pie. (to Grace) Do you like pie?"
Grace: "Yeah."
Jack: "Does Charlie?"
Grace: "No."
(a few more pages)
J: "Shark. Sharks bite. Do you like sharks?"
G: "No."
J: "Do you like dolphins?"
G: "Yeah."
J: "Do you like fish?"
no response
J: "Starfish. (fake guffaw)

The other day, Leesha and Brittany were doing "secret handshakes" and showing Jack. They ended with "gross! Woop woop!" and a jump. Jack just tried to do that with Grace.

Grace: "Don't run."

The other day, when Jeffry emptied Jack's potty; "Fanks dad!"

Jack: "That airplane had a ask-i-dent."

Jack: "Mary had a little lamb, little lamb, little lamb. And everywhere the lamby went, the lamb was sure to go." (How true!)

Monday, April 26, 2010

Spring discoveries

As of last Wednesday, the plastic dishes and food have been in the kitchen rather than in the basement.
"Hey Mom, Maggie's cookin' up a stor'." (When Maggie is playing with the food and dishes, I'll say she's cooking up a storm.)

About her breakfast this morning, I'm guessing Maggie was thinking; "Hmmm, pears and bananas taste much better with green beans." (Or maybe it was the other way around. : >))

On the way home from Mom and Dad's....
Mom: Jack, what did you do today at Grandma and Grandpa's? (no response) Did you go to the pond two times?
Jack: Yeah
M: What did you see?
J: Ducks and geese. A mommy goose sitting on eggs waiting them to hatch.
M: What will there be when the eggs hatch?
J: (with a little enthusiasm) Baby geese!
M: Do you know what a baby goose is called?
J: Yeah.
M: What?
J: A duck.
M: A baby goose is called a gosling.

Later, in his daily check-in with our neighbor Perry, I asked him what he saw and what would happen when the eggs hatched and this time he said; goslings.

Later ...
Mom: Jack, what did you eat at Grandma and Grandpa's?
Jack: Rice.
M: You had some rice?
J: Yeah. And I fink she gave me some coconut or somefing.

Just moments after that, he took a tumble on his bike, so I asked if he was okay. He said that he was, then came over to me saying; "No, I'm not okay. I need a kiss. On my han'. (kiss) An' my other han'."

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Another day with Grace and Charlie

Trying to catch some snippets of interactions between the kids when Grace and Charlie come over.

J: Do you want this umbrella?
G: Yes.
J: Is it raining outside?
G: No, it's .... it's ... dark 'side.
J: No it's not. It's lighter.

J: I got a booger.
G: Can I have it?
J: No!

Jack was listing the things on the B page of one his alphabet books. "... Banjo..." Somehow, he then thinks Grace is calling it a guitar. "No, 'snot a guitar. It's a banjo. (pause) Someday we'll find it, the rainbow connection. The lovers, the dreamers and me."

Later, with his "Goodnight Forest Moon"......
"Once upon a time, there was a big guy an' a little guy an' a kangaroo and two monkeys. Once upon a time ...."

J: "Ah! What's this?" as they're playing with the plastic food and toy dishes.
G/C: "F**k." (and although it was a fork, "o and r" were not the letters I heard in the middle. Oops!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Conversation about a phone

Conversation with Leesha:

L: So Mom, are you and Dad going to buy my phone? Konsola wants me to get it this weekend.
M: No, both Dad and I understood that if you were good for a week, that you'd have the privalege of having a phone, but you would have to buy it.
L: But Mom, it's only on sale this week. And it's only $100.
M: If it's only $100, then you buy it.
L: But I don't have the money.
M: Neither do we.
L: If I had a job, I could earn $100 just like that.
M: Okay, so if you made $4 an hour, how long would it take you to make $100?
L: (gets the calculator out and calculates) 25 days.
(then relays the conversation to her friend on the phone and re-calculates ....
It would take me 25 hours a day for 4 days to earn $100.

(Mom exits kitchen hiding a very broad smile and chuckling under her breath.)

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Little Jack Horner

Jack: What's that?
Mom: A plum.
Jack: Can I put my fum in it?

Friday, April 16, 2010


With the nice weather, Jack is thoroughly enjoying time in our backyard. He loves talking to the neighbors, and I think they like it - at least for a little while. Unfortunately, Jack calls her "Antsy" instead of "Nancy".

Just moments ago when he was watching me hang stuff on the line, he mentioned the girl (the neighbors granddaughter) who he'd been talking to recently. I think he said; "She was so proud of me."

Thursday, April 15, 2010


Not much huge news to share ....

Maggie was so upset last night, she accepted milk from a sippy cup! Jack loved his sippy cup and had no issues with it when I got it for him at about 4 mos. Maggie had this attitude of; "Gee, this is great to chew on." So, it was a milestone that she actually drank from it.
She is officially 'cruising' now.

Jack has said "Nufing" a lot - especially when asked what he did to Maggie.
While bouncing around on the living room furniture, he bonked his nose, then asked for a kiss. Since I was in the middle of feeding Maggie, I tried telling him to kiss it. He said; "I can't. I don't have up lips." Then something about me having nice lips, I think.
Not long before, we were talking and I mentioned something being dangerous. Then he went on a tangent about staying away from black leaves because they're dangerous.

Today, I managed to get the floors clean and laundry done (wanted to get both those done last night, but go to talking to Leesha instead) and we went over to a local mall where there is a kids play area to meet a friend and her kids. Nice to have some time with another grown up, even if Jack had two accidents and ended up leaving the mall with only a diaper on (given to us by Jeanelle). Back at home, the babies and I took a nap. When I woke up (almost 2 hours later), Leesha was setting the table and had washed the pile of dishes which included some from last night that I (unbelievably) left unwashed. Now, my energy is gone. But that nap felt great!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Feelings and the backyard

One morning, Jack didn't want to leave his lovey on his bed where I usually ask him to leave it. In explaining that I didn't want to have him wandering around with all day, I said; "We don't run around with our lovies all day." His response; "I not running roun'. I keep my body calm." Well, in that case ....
We had thunder and lightning this morning. As I put Jack in his carseat, he asked; "Is it funder and lighting?"

On Sunday, we went to the early service, then came home to hang out and eat lunch before going over to Half Price Books. Of course, Jack wanted to play outside while we were home. Leesha decided to play outside too. They made a fort of sorts under one of our evergreens. At one point, I went outside to check on them, and here was Jack with one end of a closet door we've had outside waiting to burn, while Leesha had the other end. How cute!

Now that he's able to spend so much time outside, he likes to pee in the yard too. At least a couple of times, I've looked out to find him pulling up his pants. Hope the neighbors don't mind.

A newer phrase; "Aw man!"

The other day; "My feeling hurts."

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