Friday, March 31, 2006
Thursday, March 30, 2006
Indy wasn't home much today. After breakfast he went to play with the neighbor kids and was gone for almost two hours. What a nice break for me!
While he was gone, his handsome brother came by to visit. We played some video games and generally hung out.
Later still, after Indy had come home and had a nap, the "less fortunate" boy I mentioned in a previous post came by to get away from his troop of sisters who have joined him in staying with his aunt and uncle. There are now 5 kids there. 4 girls and Brandon. Brandon has decided that he likes it at our house, and we enjoy having him. He is polite and tidy. We let him play video games and we feed him and hopefully we are a good influence on him. Indiana likes him a lot, and will drag out his play video game controller and sit along side Brandon "playing" games. Saturday we are taking him along to the zoo with us. He has never been there, even though it is less than an hours drive away. I have heard that he will be leaving after Spring Break is over and going to live with his grandmother. We hope that he, and his sisters, will do well there and get the love and attention they deserve. He has only been in our life for a short time, but he has enriched our daily lives with his presence and will be missed.
Wednesday, March 29, 2006
- This woman does not know how much I paid for Indy's shoes, for all she knew they could have been a gift.
- This woman was wearing Nike shoes on her own selfish feet.
- The woman in question was spending 5 dollars on a cup of coffee for herself. 5 cups of coffee would have bought her kid a sturdy, well made pair of Nike shoes (I got them on sale for twenty five bucks).
- should I stop and get a burger?
- I purchase things for my children instead of for myself. I like my stuff and don't need more. They don't need more either, but it makes me feel good to give it to them.
- how rude do you have to be to say something snotty when the stranger you are being nasty about is still in ear shot?
- I wonder what kind of kids she is raising, seeing as she has no manners of her own to teach to them.
- It isn't his shoes that were expensive! It's this danged Eddie Bauer Stroller that cost a fortune!
- Am I going to have frown lines like hers, in a few more years, when I am her age?
- What is it with the controversy over his shoes anyways, it isn't like she knows us and thinks I am frivolously wasting my husbands paychecks. As long as he doesn't think I am wasting his money buying things for the handsome sons then she can BITE ME, the jealous, rude, petty B****.
So, this is like the Tuesday Ten, which is like the Thursday thirteen, except it's notTuesday, and there are only ten things. I do not participate in the Thursday Thirteen, but I do enjoy reading other peoples lists. There is no "Tuesday Ten" I was just trying to be clever. Man that lady ticked me off!
Tuesday, March 28, 2006
The proof of Nike's stunning success shines through in the example of my sons, who both had their first Nike's before their first hair cuts. The shoes are wonderfully well made, support his growing feet perfectly, and well, they look cute! C'mon, admit it, you recognize that swoosh.
Sunday, March 26, 2006
She is a wonderfully entertaining and interesting woman, who's blog is well worth the visit. I feel richer for having shared some of her life experiences thru her blog. Enjoy her Cactus garden, walk through her neighborhood in the Hollywood hills, visit the Costwolds, and meet some of her wonderfully entertaining friends!
Saturday, March 25, 2006
Indiana has several hats. He has a darling "snow boarders" hat. A cute little devil hat, complete with horns and tail. He has this great Old Navy ball cap. He has worn this one for ages now. It seems to be getting a little snug. I am going to miss it when we hand it down to another little boy. It is my favorite.
I love Indiana's wardrobe. I am constantly upgrading and updating as he grows out of things so rapidly. I find things that I just love and we lose them too soon. It isn't the growing up that hurts me; its the growing out of some fabulous clothes!
Friday, March 24, 2006
We are finally getting chances to head outside and enjoy Oregon. This is such a beautiful place to live, and Indiana is just the right age to explore it all with his infinite delight. Sure, we don't move fast, and sometimes we fall down and need mom to pick us up and give us a cuddle, but what a JOY to be out in the gentle breeze and fresh smells and dirt and, oh There is so much to discover!
Thursday, March 23, 2006
Then we posed for a picture...
And when mommy said Hooray, we clapped!
It is so nice to just have outside time. It stopped raining and was just nice and overcast. I love these gently warm mellow days, and I think Indiana does too!
Monday, March 20, 2006
One of his new favorite things is playing on the sofa. I place the big accent pillows on the floor and he scrambles all over the couch, diving off and doing his best to climb back on without my help (which he cant quite manage yet).
Luckily I found an inexpensive upholstery cleaner that works well on our new fabric. It amazes me how much icky stuff Indy can get on our couch. I wonder what I couldn't see on our old dark blue davenport. On second thought, maybe I don't want to know!
Sunday, March 19, 2006
here's the story: Today the sad tale of a new neighbor boy came to my attention. It seems that he has come to stay with his aunt and uncle with almost nothing, just two pairs of pants, two shirts, one pair of undies, one pair of socks and part of a pair of shoes. That's all. Nothing else. The boy is slightly smaller than my Duck, so I called him up, thinking perhaps he had some things he had grown out of. I talked to Duck's dad, and just about an hour later there was a knock at my door and Duck standing there with two bags full of his clothes to share with a kid he never even met. I am very proud of Dakota for understanding about those less fortunate than him and being willing to help.
here's the kicker though: I took those bags of clothes to my neighbor for her to give to the boy. She had the boy come out and see his "new" clothes before I left. You could tell he was somewhat uncomfortable, I thought maybe he was embarrassed to be getting things from a stranger, so I told him "hey, you can check that stuff out later if you would rather, its just clothes, no big deal". He looked up at me with tears in his eyes and said "Clothes are a big deal when you don't have any. Thank you." I was seriously humbled. This boy of ten or eleven showed me, in that moment, how good my life really is. Both of my sons have fathers who love them and are able to provide them nice things to wear, toys to play with, enough food to eat. I take for granted my closet and two dressers full of clothes. I think nothing of having a rack of movies I don't watch. It seems normal to me to be able to get up and graze in our kitchen full of food.
I will try to remember this lesson, all of us should.
Friday, March 17, 2006
Thursday, March 16, 2006
This picture, the bubbles are real.
Indy is a fiend for bubbles.
We have been buying bubble machines. So far, we've been pretty unlucky. If they work at all they are messy, and usually they just plain don't work. We were luckiest with a cute little cow that blew bubbles out its mouth, except the bubble canister leaked. We replaced that with a dragon. It didn't work at all. We bought a cheap wal-mart bubble gun. Yikes. Most recently we purchased this orange ray gun looking one. Sometimes it works. When it does, Indy will drop whatever he is doing to play with the bubbles. SO, if you know of a particularly good bubble maker (besides the obvious wand and blow bit) I would be thrilled to have recommendations!
Wednesday, March 15, 2006
Many of you know that my Indy's daddy is seriously into Star Wars "stuff". He has posters and action figures, tins and trading cards. Last week we purchased the voice changing mask complete with cape and light saber.
We couldn't resist trying it on Indiana, who looked adorable. We really thought he was sweet, until he started whacking at us with his light saber. hmmmm.
Tuesday, March 14, 2006
I am fortunate that I married a man who understands my mood swings. He may not know what to do all the time, and he may wish he could make everything better, but that's all part of it. He understands that sometimes the best way to handle me is to not. I get on with things in my own time. I have a few friends I can count on to be, like Chris, supportive in the best way they can, even if that means leaving me be a while. (thanks Jimmie, sometimes, you remind me why)
Sometimes, I put the clear plastic debris holder from the vacuum into the dishwasher. I am just that way.
So, anyways, hopefully I will be a little more attentive to updating Indy's blog, and visiting my blog friends as well. Thank you all for your patience.
Friday, March 10, 2006
Indy has been busily learning new things and exploring his world. He is running all over the house, dragging toys and blankets along behind him. He enjoys gazing out of the picture window, and fiddling with the shades. Nothing is immune from his exploration and sense of wonder. He is helping me to see beauty in new places that I had forgotten to look.
Thursday, March 09, 2006
So, here we are, in the beginning of a warm beautiful spring. It has been snowing crazy, big, fat flakes for a couple of days now. Indiana had the pleasure of going out into it for the first time in his life. He didn't seem very impressed. He was just happy to be out of doors!
The weather is weird and wacky, but we are going to get out and enjoy it. I don't know how much snow you can see in this photo, but trust me, it was snowing!
Wednesday, March 08, 2006
- What is that awful SMELL?!?
- Can someone wipe this kid off?
- Is that YOUR toy?
- Please, for the love of God, go to sleep already!
Ah, being a mom is so great!
Tuesday, March 07, 2006
We have been so busy getting settled and having the neighborhood party, and the spouse is still working nights. I just am not keeping up very well. Perhaps this weekend I will get a chance to sit down and actually write a good post with some fun pictures. Until then, I will do my best to keep ya'll informed.
Sunday, March 05, 2006
I am glad that at this age he doesn't understand everything I say to him. When he got his grubby little paws on my unopened Abbey Road album, I cheerfully threatened him with child abuse and added that trashing mama's Beatles collection would cause alcoholism. Did he really WANT mommy to drink? I hope he never does hypnotic regression therapy when he gets older.
Disclaimer: I would never abuse my children and although I socially drink, I am not an alcoholic, I just run my mouth lot. I do not mean to make light of either topic, and no offense is inteded.
Saturday, March 04, 2006
Thursday, March 02, 2006
I don't drive. There is not accessible, useful public transportation in our town. The spouse must sleep (he works the graveyard shift). I called my best friend. Today is her husbands birthday. She said his party is going on, or she would love to see another of Duck's games. I called the relatives too late to bum a ride. We have one taxi service in town, they don't do car seats. I asked.
So, I sit here, feeling like an awful parent. The last game of the year is next Monday. It is in another town, late enough at night that I will be searching for a ride to that game, starting now.
I hope ya win, Duck. Good Luck. Play hard. I love you.