Monday, December 29, 2008

Wii Fit - Fun (at my expense) for all

I found out a sure fire way to make the girls laugh. Just pull out the Wii Fit....

I got the Wii Fit for Christmas. It was not exactly a surprise, given that I actually purchased it myself. Apparently neither was the Guitar Hero I scored for him on Black Friday, which was, might I add, hidden waaaaaaaay back in the bottom of Einey's closet. But it was, a very much appreciated gift. I first tried it out after they were in bed, Christmas night. Then, we were busy so I skipped it for two days. Know where this is headed? Yeah, it yelled at me. You should come back everyday, yada yada yada.

So back to the kids. I turned it on and waited for it to load. And then the lionesses started stalking for the kill.

"What happened to your Mii?"
"Why is it so fat???!!!"
"Look at your Mii"
"Heehee, it's belly is sticking out"

Kids, you know, that's not very nice, your mom doesn't actually look like that does she.

All eyes gravitate to my middle.

"No, not really"

And then the games started. I started with hula hooping, since I didn't do too bad on that the first night and I knew they'd like it. Of course, I did okay, but there was alot of snickering from the peanut gallery. And when I inevitable missed a hula hoop Moe's mii threw at me - there was no stopping them.

Next was soccer, where they took turns lobbing balls, cleats and panda heads at my head. Seriously, these kids.... Oh and Einey, "I can't wait to play soccer again, I can throw my shoes at people..."

"Mom, does your head hurt from getting hit with the shoes? Do you need boo boo bear?"
"Mom, you should avoid the shoes..."

Then it was onto ski jumping where they laughed their little asses off everytime whenever I missed a jump and ended up rolling down the hill as a giant snowball.

"Hey mom, can you see with that helmet on?"

You mean, can I see standing right here? Um yeah, the mii on tv, doesn't have to see...

Running wasn't bad, and they actually lost interest once they lapped me.

Then the strength training exercises, they tried to mimic, often taking up my space. And yoga, forget about it. I had little hyena's crawling into my space, standing on the balance board and knocking me off of balance. Which in turn, made Jeremy, my personal trainer (what, you didn't name your trainer??? Well neither did I, but they did) tell me I was a bit shaky. Well, yeah, but he wasn't working out with three little beings who insisted on climbing on and knocking over him.

So all in all, while I enjoy my Wii Fit, I think I'll be leaving it alone until when they aren't around. That way, Jeremy doesn' think I'm some kind of unbalanced couch potato....

Saturday, December 27, 2008

We have a winner

We have a winner for the dropps laundry detergent giveaway. I'm just waiting to hear back from them before I post!

The winner was comment number 11, picked using a random number generator.

Blogger Reva Skie said...

I wash for two. I like washing and folding ok, I detest hang up clothes. I avoid it til the piles mound up and spill out of the basket.

Congratulations and thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Happy Birthday, Einey

Happy birthday, Einey. I still can't believe that you are now seven. No longer a baby nor toddler nor little girl. Recently, we gave you your own room and transformed it from the nursery to a room fit for a tween like you. Your growing up fast, as is evidenced by your tastes in clothes, music and playthings. Sometimes we get glimpses of the little girl you were and other times of the big girl you are yet to become. There are days where it seems like you are stuck in the middle, not sure which way to embrace. But overall, you are a fantastic daughter. You are polite, smart and not afraid to stand up for yourself. This year, you made sure no one forgot that you share a birthday with Jesus. And so, tonight after our Christmas dinner, we will dine on birthday cake. Lemon creme if I recall.

Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow

Flake watch 2008
I like snow. Really I do. But I don't like it all at once. As I write this, Sunday morning, it's pretty much been snowing straight since Friday afternoon. We've probably got 10-12 inches (give or take a few because I can never tell) with another 4-8 inches set to fall today, before turning to sleet and freezing rain. Unless of course, the forecast changed, I haven't actually checked this morning.

Anyway, Friday was a snow day. The kids had no school, despite the fact that the flakes didn't start falling until 1:33 pm (exact time I posted on Facebook). The kids literally asked every 2.5 seconds where the snow was. They accused ME of lying to them. "I thought YOU said it was going to snow". "Are you sure we didn't have school, it's not snowing". We had friends come over while waiting for the flakes because both of our sets of kids were going stir crazy with anticipation of the non-existent promised snow. But finally it started. And it hasn't stopped.

And I haven't left my house since. Oh sure, I did go outside to shovel three times already (after all, Husband needed a place to park his car when he got home from work). And we played outside for hours. And we fell dove walked across the yard to our neighbor's houses bearing gifts of fresh baked breads and muffins as Christmas gifts and so the girls could hit them up for GS cookies. And we refilled the bird feeders. But that's it. We have yet to travel out of the roads. The roads, which BTW, are craptastic at best. I've barely seen a town plow on our road (we live on a main road through town) and when I do, they're driving around with their plows up. And judging by the amount of hard slop that wasn't at the edge of my driveway this year, I didn't miss seeing them. Call me crazy, but I think you remove more snow/slush/ick with the plow down.

Anyone want to guess how many times my kids have pee'd in their snowsuits? Two. And anyone want to guess who didn't grab laundry soap Friday before the snow started falling? Yeah me. Speaking of laundry... So yeah, I'm snowed in, in the sense that I could leave if I had to, but then I'd have to take the car and use only 2 car seats and I don't want to unless I have to, and running out of laundry soap, contact solution, mayo, hot cocoa and dog food. We can make it until tomorrow though, when either the kids have school and I can go to the store, or when Husband is only working four hours and will be home before lunch to you know, help.

And I'm about ready to staple a fleece blanket over the playroom doorway. The door, it behind the tree so I cannot isolate that room. The windows, are super duper drafty which means, it's making other areas drafty. Not that they need much help because we need to update our windows. I think this summer we're going to start two rooms at a time because we cannot afford to change all 28 windows at one time. But the playroom - freezing!

So yeah, my muscles ache and I'm cold (my next house is going to have a garage and insulated walls!). But overall, for being snowed in with my girls for the last few days, we're all in pretty good spirits. We're enjoying out hot cocoa (like the one on the left) which is probably why we are almost out and have enjoyed playing outside. Today's agenda is more shoveling, more playing outside and more baking.

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow....

Friday, December 19, 2008

Here's to a cleaner New Year

With Christmas just seven days away and New Years right on it's tail, now is the time to start thinking about your New Year's resolutions. Maybe your going to try and save money, spend less, lose some weight or just be less stressed. Maybe your going to vow to volunteer more and work less. Maybe your going to live greener. Or maybe your going to try and keep your laundry down to a minimum.

If your like me and have multiple little beings running around, you know they wear tons of laundry. And chances are, if your like me, you procrastinate until their laundry baskets are overflowing. Or you go to grab a school uniform only to find out their isn't any clean and you have to pull your cleanest one out of the hamper. ***ahem, not that I know anyone who does that***.

Well, if laundry's in your New Year forecast, then stick around. The lovely ladies at Mom Generations have set up The Giveaway Connection and have given me the opportunity to give something to you, my readers. Wanna know what your playing for?

Two 2-Packs of Scent + Dye Free dropps, which will cover 4 loads of laundry

Dropps is a biodegradable, phosphate-free, chlorine-free and NPE-free laundry detergent, and they can be found at

Here are the rules:
You have from today, December 19th until next week December 26th at midnight EST. Winners will be announced during the day on Saturday, December 27th. You need to leave an email address or link to a valid blog so that I can contact you for shipping information.

That's it.

The task?

You need to answer a few questions (answers can be found on my blog)....

1) I have three daughters, they go by the names Einey, Meenie and Moe. How old are they and when are their birthdays (and yes, since I'm sure you'll say no fair, it could be TWO answers fro Einey depending on when you answer, let's go with her age she will be on her birthday this year).

2) How many pets do we have? Bonus points if you can name their species.

3) Did I ever resolve my issue with the Christmas card from Hell?

4) When did I get my Christmas tree this year?

5) How many times has Moe cut her hair?

6) What did my kids want for Christmas this year?

7) If my kids had an Ipod, what type of music would they want added?

8) What is Moe's favorite drink?

All answers can be found on my blog. You may need to did harder for some. In the event that more than one person gets all the answers correct, I'll randomly draw a name for the winner.

Seems like I didn't think that through very well. Leave me a comment about how much you love doing laundry (because we all LOVE laundry, right ?) and how many people you wash for. And EVERYONE gets a chance to win. All comments left will be eligible to win, I'll pull it randomly from everyone who comments.

Worth playing for? Good then go! There can only be one Survivor winner. Good luck!

Monday, December 15, 2008

All I want for Christmas is....

Baby go pee-pee ~ Moe, age 4
Easy Bake Cupcake Maker and an American Girl Doll ~ Meenie, Age 5
A turtle ~ Einey, age 7*

Unfortunately, Santa has no plans to actually deliver said wants. So we'll probably have some disappointed kids on Christmas morning....

There are 11 days until Christmas and we were pretty well done all our Christmas preparations.

Tree ~up and decorated~ check

Cards ~issue resolved and mailed ~ check
Cookies ~ made ~ check

Holiday Festivities ~ Light Parade ~ check

Snow ~ check

Stockings ~ hung by the chimney with care ~ check

Presents ~ brought and mostly wrapped ~ checked
Letters to Santa mailed ~ check

Visit with Santa ~ Ah shit. Um.. no.

Oh wait, does Santa riding on a firetruck around town count? They didn't get to sit on his lap or tell him what they wanted though. I'm working on trying to get Santa to visit the house, but I think a trip to the mall may be in order. We missed visiting Santa a few weeks ago due to icy weather.

After leaving Santa (we ambushed him in the village because we were late for Einey's game and they had heard him coming and wanted to wait. So we drove down and met him in the village behind us), Moe looked at me and said "That wasn't the real Santa. He didn't talk like Santa". That and they commented on his fire boots....

And Holiday outtakes....

Did you know Menorah is another word for poop? ~ Einey
Um, no, but manure is another word for poop. A Menorah is a Jewish candle holder.
Oh, yeah...

"Heart the Herald angels sing..." ~Meenie
It's Hark.
No it's not.
Yes it is.
No it's not.


* we'll just call her seven, she's close enough!

Sunday, December 07, 2008

What a weekend!

It's been a busy weekend. Our weekend started Friday as the girls did not have school. In true fashion, we invited some friends over for our annual cookie decorating party. We supply the cookies and usually the frosting, and they all bring toppings. This year, I realized too late, that we were out of some ingredients to make frosting and the frosting I had hanging around was old. Very, very old. So I asked a friend who was coming to bring some. No problem. Only, it started to get late, so just as I was sending another friend out to get some, he arrived. The kids, I think, had a blast. And of the 5- 6 dozen cookies I made, we had only a handful left that didn't get decorated. And true to fashion, my younger two girls put frosting on their cookies and then dumped heaping piles of toppings on top. Even Einey was stuffing handfuls of sugar into her mouth.

After that, we had to head over to school for parent teacher conferences. Einey is doing great. Her test schools for her first standardized tests surprised us. Her language skills are just way up there. Her math skills are normal for her age, but it's something we need to work on. Overall, she's doing great in school.

Next came Meenie. She's doing as well as she should be doing. She had some issues adjusting to kindergarten at first and took her teacher a little bit to figure it out. You see, while Meenie is very outgoing, when it comes to new situations, she withdraws. She watches and observes and once she reaches her comfort level, she starts to come out of her shell. Now that she's comfortable, she isn't as nervous in the class anymore. Her biggest issue is speed. She races through things just to be done and move onto the next task. So, we need to work on getting her to slow down.

Moe is doing okay as well. Her evaluation was done in October, right after she turned four, so there were some things she didn't know. In just a few short months, we've watched transformations. She went from hieroglyphics with writing her name, to actually writing her name so you can understand it. It's still rough, but it's getting better. She never wanted to write before and even now, it's hard to get her to pick up a pencil and do her homework.

Saturday, was, by Einey's opinion, the best day ever. We had her seventh birthday party and she didn't stop smiling the whole time. The house, while a bit crowded, didn't feel overwhelming. We had her friends arrive an hour before the entertainment. We did cake and presents, and as she was opening the last presents, the entertainment arrived in the form of a man and his reptiles. So we all went down to the basement, which was a little more crowded then I expected, but not overly. Einey got to be the helper with every reptile and invertebrate he had, holding it first and then bringing them around to her friends. Every time she was asked to reach into a bag to pull something out, she didn't hesitate at all. Seriously, she just reached into bags of snakes to pull them out. Even when she was told, "Our next creature is a carnivore, and do you know what carnivores eat? meat. Yeah your made of meat, so just put your hand out like this" she didn't flinch. We had everything from geckos to an alligator. From the sounds of it and the looks on the girls faces, they had a blast!

And this morning, we woke up to a slight covering of snow. Einey has her first cheer leading game this afternoon (she missed yesterdays game) and then hopefully, if the weather holds out, we'll be able to go to the light parade tonight.

I hope everyone else is having as great of a weekend as we are. I don't remember the last time I've been so relaxed on a weekend so full of activity!


Congratulations to Lauren and Karen who were winners of my blog giveaway.

I posted a review of the party over here.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

On the second day of Christmas... babycakes gave to herself. Today at school was the annual children's craft fair, where the kids could bring in money and buy gifts for their family members. I sent each girl in with money and instructions to try and get something for each member of their immediate family. And if there was any money leftover, they could spend it on themselves. Moe came out and said she got me something, and her sisters something and herself two somethings. When I asked if she got her dad anything, she said she "trogot". These gifts, while different always hold a special meaning because they are something they picked themselves, without any influence from family members.

So I asked her to show me what she got for herself and sh pulled out a hair thing-a-ma-bob and a tea cup, filled with biscotti, tea bags and a honey spoon. She was sooooooo happy and asked if she could open it RIGHT NOW. Once I stopped laughing and I told her it was tea and that it wasn't, in fact, a lollipop in there, she still wanted it open. I convinced her that maybe, just maybe, we could give that to daddy since she "torgot" him. She agreed and I offered up a lollipop at home instead.

When we got home, she watched me pull out a gift for Husband that I picked up from a friend who braved the Black Friday madness (of which I will not name in case he actually reads this). She looked and exclaimed "you got something for daddy!". And then was happy that her daddy wasn't "torgotten".

The winner of my NaBloPoMo posting everyday is C Sierra from Suburn-dwelling Sierra . Congratulation's!


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Monday, December 01, 2008

The first day of Christmas

When did Christmas get extended from Twelve Days to Twenty Five? And if there are twenty five days to Christmas, why has ABC been airing Christmas show for the last two weeks (as their countdown to the twenty five days of Christmas). And on the subject of ABC, why for the love of god, do they start their programming at 8-9 pm? My kids are in bed at 7:30 pm, so it is entirely frustrating to them that I won't let them stay up (no way are they staying up to 10 on school nights watching TV!) and frustrating to me for being the bad guy for telling them to go to bed!

Back to the subject of Christmas....

Yesterday we decorated the tree. For the first time since before kids, we put glass ornaments on it. Within a half hour, Moe broke one. This morning, Einey ran by and broke another one.

Broken ornament total: 2