Welcome to Mommy (and Daddy) Lingo!
Hi and thanks for visiting this site. As a mother of 3 I've said some pretty odd stuff over these past 10 years and thought it would be fun to write a bunch of them down.
And now, with the encouragement of my brother, I'd like to share some of these unconventional, yet practical, phrases. Enjoy!
Thursday, December 22, 2011
HAPPY (and safe) HOLIDAYS!!
Monday, December 19, 2011
Monday, December 12, 2011
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
I'm not sure if I'm just getting too complacent with my words, too comfortable with weirdness, or just uninspired, but I've noticed that the length between my posts has grown quite a bit recently. I'll try and get back on track soon, but in the meantime, feel free to send some creativity my way! firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Friday, October 28, 2011
Saturday, October 22, 2011
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Thursday, October 6, 2011
Friday, September 30, 2011
Monday, September 26, 2011
"Be smarter than the styrofoam."
"Don't stick the battery in your ear, dude."
"Just don't put the French fry in your ear."
"If you don't stop crying I'm going to tickle you."
"You can't handle the daddy!"
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Friday, September 16, 2011
Friday, September 9, 2011
Sunday, September 4, 2011
Saturday, August 27, 2011
Monday, August 22, 2011
Thursday, August 18, 2011
The first I just mentioned.
The second is that you cannot wipe wet paint off the walls with a towel.
The third is that when you are vacuuming and the vacuum suddenly makes an ear-piercing howl, you cannot keep vacuuming.
And the last (for now) is that you cannot use the same disinfecting wipe to clean the silverwear that you just used to clean the floor.
Now, I understand that these seem a bit restrictive and discouraging but I will gladly show you all the ways you can help out around the house. And little one, please understand that I enjoy your aid immensely and absolutely love having you right by my side as we scrub and wash and spray our way to a cleaner house.
Saturday, August 13, 2011
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Saturday, July 30, 2011
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Saturday, July 23, 2011
Thursday, July 14, 2011
- Don't say you're going to kill me -
- Because people don't like it when you say you're going to kill them -
- I know it's not real, but still - nice games are more fun -
- You can chase me, but maybe you can just bump me with it instead -
- Good idea, let's just play something else -
(I know, it's more fun playing with your brother and sister. Mom's kinda lame. They'll be back soon.)
Sunday, July 10, 2011
Thursday, June 30, 2011
Side note: We're in Michigan, and have been for almost a week, (i've been trying to finish this particular post for three days) and our friends live out away a bit, so the Internet connection is pretty spotty, so posts have been few and far between but...soon we will be heading south through Kentucky and hopefully I can keep up a bit better. I do have other fabulously interesting tidbits to share, so stay tuned and I'll catch up shortly.
Sunday, June 26, 2011
Saturday, June 25, 2011
Rapid City, SD is about 23 miles from Mt. Rushmore, and off the main highway, which makes it a great stopping point for the night. It's part-tourist, part-resident with plenty of places to stay and eat. Hotel prices range from $66+tax to over 100 a night.
Keystone, SD is within a few minutes of the Memorial and is quite active. Lots of shops and activities and hotels boasting low, low prices for rooms. Unless you're a single person and need only one bed, then the $49.95 price will not apply to you. Nevertheless, the increased rate for a two-bed room might be well worth it.
Based on my experience, I would recommend staying in Keystone and paying (what would have cost us) $10 more for a room that is right in the hustle and bustle of town with access to a pool and gift shops and dining, OR, staying in Rapid City (and paying a bit more that $79+tax) where things have more of a local feel and where you can resume your highway journey easily.
Quick synopsis of our day in South Dakota: drive straight to Mt. Rushmore from campsite in Sheridan, WY - $11 a car load and full access to everything. Hike up to memorial, snap some pics, check out the gift shop, look for a place to stay. Outside dining at Mexican restaurant next to 'motel' when storm comes in and hail starts falling like crazy. Move inside, power goes off and we finish our meal in the dark. Walk back to motel, still no power, kids go to bed and hubby and I join the locals on the balcony and watch the lighting. All in all, an adventure as always and our kiddos now take anything that comes their way with such nonchalance that I sometimes wonder if they're even paying attention. But, for those of you who have not traveled much with kids, know this: It gets easier with each trip. Know that things will not be perfect nor easy nor clean, but also remember that the more you do it, the less of a hassle it is (i'm talkin' to you sarah!). So pack your bags and hit the road!
Thursday, June 23, 2011
So, speaking of Missoula, here's some info that might be helpful if you're in these parts: Splash Montana is worth a summer visit. This waterpark is located near the old town, in a residential area. It has 3 big water slides, a long lazy river, and plenty of things for the littler ones to enjoy. Our family of 5 spent under $22 for an all day pass. We had a lot of fun (until we had to get out for a while due to lightening in the area) and I would definitely go back (if Missoula is on the way to wherever we might be headed).
Next stop: Mount Rushmore
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Saturday, June 18, 2011
I'm thinking of adding a few things to the blog, depending on how inspired I feel (also read: depending on how tired I am):
+ Some pics of local quirkiness and cool sights we encounter
+ Some tips for traveling with kids
+ Some tips on what not to do when traveling with kids
If you know of something cool we should see, do, eat, etc. along the way, I'd love to share it - along with your site/blog! Just send me your suggestions and you'll see a post about.
Our first planned stop is Missoula, MT at Splash Montana. We're heading out next week, so I hope to hear from you soon!
Next stop: Mount Rushmore, SD! Anything good to see there???
Friday, June 17, 2011
While I admired my son's enthusiasm, it was clear we couldn't let this go on too much longer or else it just would have turned ugly. So my hubby gently verbally nudged him along while physically encouraging our little guy to get back on his scooter. We were headed back to camp this morning to pack up after a nice stroll by the water. Our first trip of the summer and it was great. This was just the beginning of a summer of travel and the kids just couldn't get enough, so I hope their excitement remains strong once we hit the long road east!
Monday, June 13, 2011
Thursday, June 9, 2011
Monday, June 6, 2011
I then started to explain why I would smell this way when I realized that my daily hygiene regimen includes soap infused with grapefruit, blueberries in my facial cleansing wipes, and peaches in my lotion. Hmm, I guess that's one way to get your daily servings of fruit.
Saturday, June 4, 2011
Thursday, June 2, 2011
It does smell good doesn't it.
Don't look at it, then.
You know the deal, buddy. Open your mouth, it's small.
No, this is a different one. Really.
Good idea, just close your eyes. All your eyes.
But your tongue doesn't have eyes.
No it doesn't. Just your face. Just your eyes are your only eyes.
Those are called 'taste buds,' not eyes.
Yes they do, but they're not. I'll show you on the computer in a second.
Nice. Now let's go find some tongue eyes.
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Excitement is infectious, especially around children, so I'd like for you to pause for a moment and honestly recall the last time you got giddy over something absurd. Anyone brave enough to share?
Saturday, May 28, 2011
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Son: I'm ready to taaalk.
Me: Okay, come in here please.
Me: Why did you have a time out?
Son: For being mean.
Me: No. Why did you have a time out?
Son: Because I didn't listen.
Me: No. What did you do to the couch?
Son: I hit.
Me: You had a time out because you hit the couch?
Me: No. What did you do to the couch?
Son: I yelled.
Me: You had a time out because you yelled at the couch?
Me: No. You had a time out because you wrote on the couch. Now, why did you have a time out?
Son: Oh yeah, because I drew on the couch with a pencil.
(glad we had this talk. you've clearly shown remorse and complete understanding of your actions. i feel confident that your future time outs will be just as useful in teaching you responsibility and allowing you to contemplate your behavior and its consequences. thank you for showing me just how effective this whole process has been. excuse me now, i've got some thinking of my own to do)
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Monday, May 16, 2011
Friday, May 13, 2011
[Uh, what they're doing has nothing to do with getting married and everything to do with getting information (among other things you don't need to be thinking about at your age)]
[Well, he doesn't marry any one of those ladies you see him with; he's just using them (and even though your father is skipping the bulk of the scenes, you've still seen enough to make me worry)]
"Oh, it's just for the movie," replies my husband nonchalantly, without blinking an eye. "Ok," says my son complacently, without taking his eyes off the screen. Thanks guys for reminding me that sometimes it's best to just keep things simple.
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Monday, May 9, 2011
Friday, May 6, 2011
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Monday, May 2, 2011
Friday, April 29, 2011
Now, apparently I'm not alone in the son-not-wearing-pants-around-the-house department because, just the other day, my friend told me of a new rule in their house - "You must wear pants in all common areas." She then recounted what prompted this: She walked into the kitchen the other morning and saw her son sitting at the table, eating his breakfast, in only his underwear. She said he was a bit weary at first, but when she explained that since he's the oldest (11) and has 2 younger sisters he should probably set the tone of wearing clothes while in the company of others. She also assured him that, while in the privacy of his own room, he's free to walk around in just his undies any time he wants. This, evidently, was the clincher.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Monday, April 25, 2011
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Monday, April 18, 2011
Saturday, April 16, 2011
Son: What's his name?
Me: I don't know
Son: What's his name?
Me: Mr. Anderson
Son: No. What's his name?
Me: Mr. Feathers
Son: No. What's his name?
Me: Mr. Butterfly
Son: No! WHAT'S HIS NAME?
Me: Mr. Shh
Son: Oh, okay.
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Monday, April 11, 2011
Friday, April 8, 2011
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Monday, April 4, 2011
I, though, said it to my 4 year old the other day in the van when, for some reason, he decided to call for me, say, "See, look," and pull his jeans down ever so slightly to reveal the top part of his underwear. Not sure exactly why he thought it necessary to that, I simply thanked him and turned around. He seemed satisfied with that and quickly replied, "You're welcome," and turned to look out the window. Not another word was spoken about undies for the rest of the ride.
Friday, April 1, 2011
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Headline: Versatile, easy to clean, and sturdy
I decided to review this cookie sheet because I needed to replace my old, beloved one and like it even better! The size is perfect for cookies, baking potato chips, roasting veggies, and heating up pizzas. And it's thin enough to fit in between the oven racks so I can use more than one pan at a time. One word of caution, though: don't try to slice anything on it because it might (will!) dent rather easily. Other than that, it's sturdy enough to handle some bumping and pressure.
Compact, fast, good for small batches
This is one of the three items I chose to order and review and I got it because our coffee maker with the built-in grinder died not too long ago. As soon as it arrived (which was only a few days after I ordered it!) I tested it out. I grabbed some beans and excitedly - I get excited about things like this - used it. It was so quiet and fast that I wasn't sure if it did a good job, but when I opened the lid I saw that things were exactly how I liked them. I put the grounds in the filter to brew a pot of delicious REAL Colombian coffee (my Colombian mom brought me the good stuff) when I noticed that the filter was maybe halfway filled. I know I like my coffee strong, but I knew this wasn't going to be enough to make the usual 6 cups, so I added some more. Overall, the grinder worked great, it's cute and the best part is that it has a retractable cord! Little things make me happy and this little thing made me happy. If you only need a grinder for a few cups of coffee, this little guy is the one for you.
Compact, cute, solid
When I was asked to review a product from CSN Stores I, once again, couldn't decide on just one thing. So I ended up getting three! We travel quite a bit as a family so we get a lot of use out of our suitcases. This suitcase turned out to be a bit smaller than expected, but it actually fits quite a bit of stuff. I like how it feels secure and zips easily. It feels a bit narrow, but I didn't want to bump up to the next size because I probably don't need to pack too many things anyway! It rolls really smoothly which helps so much because now the kids can use it. Our bigger suitcase just lost a wheel and tips all over the place now, so next time around I'll order the next size up.
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Monday, March 28, 2011
Tee hee hee, giggle giggle. I just couldn't even help myself on this one. I hadn't seen my kids all week and was already giddy so even the slightest thing was going to make me laugh anyway, so when I heard my oldest ask me this question, in all seriousness, I just looked at my hubby and began to giggle. But my son didn't stop there, oh no. He continued to explain how his balls were dirty and they needed to be cleaned and that he was trying but knew that I could get his balls cleaner than he could. My husband gave me an almost disapproving look, but I just kept right on snickering. My son couldn't hear me and no other children were around, so I didn't have any explaining or covering up to do, right? Right. Our honeymoon was fantastic but we were both ready to get back to being mommy and daddy. By the way, my son wanted his balls clean so he could practice juggling, his new favorite thing to do.
Speaking of balls, a reader sent me this little story a bit ago:
"I said this yesterday during my daughter's 1st bday party. We gave her a ball as a bday gift and she loved it so I explained to our guests: 'Oh yeah we picked this gift because everytime she'd go to the neighbors' she'd play with their balls.'
See?! It's not just me!
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Taking a short break here while hubby and I take our long-awaited honeymoon. We never had one 15 years ago so we thought it was about time. Kids are with my mom so I won't have any good quotes to write about, but I will surely get back to 'work' as soon as I see my munchkins again. In the meantime, I'm going to soak up the sun, snorkel with my man, and enjoy a few days with no schedule or plan. But I sure do miss my little ones!
Above is a pic of the first thing we saw in the water as soon as we got here on Monday!!
Monday, March 21, 2011
Friday, March 18, 2011
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Saturday, March 12, 2011
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Sunday, March 6, 2011
Thursday, March 3, 2011
Monday, February 28, 2011
Friday, February 25, 2011
My in-laws made a puzzle out of a 2nd grade picture of my hubby and gave it to us the last time we saw them. My daughter had put it together earlier and it was now time to clean up. I thought I'd pitch in when I saw how diligently she was working so I grabbed the plastic baggy and started picking up the pieces...You can figure out the rest.
Which one of these stories is true? Use your mad investigative skills to untangle the web I have spun. Careful, things may not be as they appear. Good luck.
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Saturday, February 19, 2011
Friday, February 18, 2011
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Monday, February 14, 2011
Oh, Happy Valentine's Day!!
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Sunday, February 6, 2011
Me: So she just left without her underwear?
Daughter: I don't know.
Daughter: Oh, maybe she was wearing mine.
Me: Oh. (naturally.....)
Okay, not a big deal - these girls often switch clothes, dress up, etc. whenever they get together so it's not unusual for random articles of clothing to be left behind. What would be unusual is this:
Hubby: Is that your friend's underwear on the table?
Hubby: So she just left without her underwear?
Me: I don't know.
Me: Oh, maybe she was wearing mine.
Now that would cause some concern for all parties involved, huh?
Thursday, February 3, 2011
Or: "Shoot only family."
Take your pick. These are all things my bro-in-law said to his daughter one day during our DW trip. Each child got to pick out a little something from one of the shops at the park and my niece chose a cool looking toy gun. Or rifle. Not sure...Anyway, she was having lots of fun with it but daddy just wanted to make sure no one got offended. He's really into gun safety. Her twin sister, on the other hand, was happily playing with her princess purse or doll or necklace (can't remember exactly what she chose) and was quite oblivious to the gun show. Now, these two cuties are very shy and rarely talk to someone until they feel super comfortable with that person, so just picture the little shooter, head down and eyes up, a shy smile on her face, walking around quietly 'shooting' whatever she felt needed shooting. I don't think anyone would have minded being shot by her at all.
Monday, January 31, 2011
"Is there a reason you're wearing flip flops in the snow?"
"When is it okay to eat candy for breakfast?"
"How did the cat get in the dishwasher?"
"Did you just lick the dog?"
"Why would you put gum on the cat?!"
"How could the dinosaur be afraid of the dolphin?"
"But...why is it okay to sleep naked?"
"Where did you last have your feet?"
"Aren't you cold without your legs?"
Thanks to all who sent these in! Hilarious. Keep 'em coming...
Thursday, January 27, 2011
So now I pose this to you: What crazy thing have you asked your child/children (nieces, nephews, friends' kids, etc.) lately?
In case you need some guidance, here are a few more of mine:
Did that baby come out of your nose?
Why are you smelling me?
How about you both be chocolate baby?
Did you just put a girl down your shirt?
E-mail me at email@example.com or leave a comment on the Facebook page. I can't wait to get a crazy list going to share with others!
Monday, January 24, 2011
Friday, January 21, 2011
Happy Friday everyone!
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Saturday, January 15, 2011
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Sunday, January 9, 2011
Thursday, January 6, 2011
Take a moment to think about what you've said to your kids today....