Friday, June 30, 2006


Apparently the Little Man recognizes the sound of soccer being played on the television -- Poor thing... exposed to so much World Cup action! :) Upon waking from his morning nap, he perks up his ears and turns to me to say, "Soc-errrr". Ah, how cute!!! (The Germany/Argentina game was able to be heard down the hall)

Today, fortunately or unfortunately, our early morning wakening allowed Mommy some uninterrupted world cup viewing today. Two naps perfectly timed during both matches scheduled for today. Since there were other things to do, I wasn't able to watch both games in their entirety, but it was fun nonetheless.

Something that was NOT so fun, which I am almost embarrassed to share -- Mommy was outwitted by the Little Man today. After lunch, we mutually decided (as if any decision with a 20 mo old is mutual) to take a walk. Since his shoes were in the car, I ran out to grab them so we could stick to our plan. As soon as I walked out the front door, I heard the door shut and the deadbolt lock. I did not have my keys with me and apparently the Little Man is only able to "lock" the door and has not yet learned to "unlock" it. Luckily, and I mean luckily, I had my cell phone in my pocket (not sure why) and I was able to call Daddy at work and make him come home ASAP. After about 10 min of freedom and singing with mommy through the window, the Little Man decided that it wasn't so fun playing with Mommy through the glass. He started to tell me to 'help', 'open', and 'mommy, in'. :( So sad. Daddy arrived as the tears were just pouring from his beautiful eyes. Thank you Daddy!!!!!

So, we headed out to Home Depot, instead of taking our walk, to get a copy of our house key made to hide in our yard. Just in case!

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Ahhh... Sleep at last

Well, after several days of household chores, I finally was able to join the Little Man in slumberville. Our house is officially on the market and our list of things 'to do' has dwindled to a mere 3 items -- clean the pool, fix the posts on porch, and powerwash the siding on the front of the house. I guess there is actually 4 -- keep house clean. That last one is the doozy. I am not sure how other people do it, but I think selling a house with a toddler is not such a good idea. How in the world do you keep the house picked up every single day??? I will let you know when I figure it out! So, today's naptime was a nice change of pace. A much needed rest for the weary.

On a side note, the Little Man, who we now refer to as the Little Terror, has decided that he is two years old already. He is only 20 months (well, in 2 days), but he has decided to bring on the much dreaded 'terrible twos'. He really is a good little guy, but wow! he is really trying our patience. He can turn that terrible crying fit off and on like a light switch. And, he gets into things that he isn't supposed to (power cords, telephones, computers) repeatedly so that we are wondering if perhaps we should have his hearing checked. He really must not have heard us say "No phones" the previous 143 times that day... well, after he calls 911 for the 3rd time, maybe we'll try more drastic measures.

I hope that he is getting all this out of his system early so that when he is officially 2 years old, and there is a newborn in the house, he will be a perfect angel!!! Oh, maybe I haven't woken up from my slumber...?

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Bribery -- good stuff

So, usually if the little man doesn't want to leave to run errands, I often use bribery to make our exit a less dramatic affair. On most occasions, our errands include a stop to see Lily (the little man's playmate) so it is easy. However, I have to listen to "ee-ee" the whole car ride. 'ee-ee' = Lily, by the way. For example, "Let's go run some errands and see Lily!" Followed by "ee-ee, ee-ee, ee-ee...." until we reach Lily's house.

The other great love in the Little Man's life is the lawnmower. This is a powerful word in our house. You can even get a child to eat a much dreaded green bean (gagging the whole way) by just the mention of the word lawnmower.

This morning, as Lily was out of town, and we had errands to run, I was out of luck in the bribery department. Our errands included Home Depot, however... I was in LUCK! Guess what they have at home depot -- LAWNMOWERS!!! So, here is how our morning went... "Do you want to go run errands with Mommy?" "No." Oops, coulda seen that one coming. OK, try again. "Let's go run errands in Mommy's car!" "No." Okay, third time is a charm, right??? "Hey, Little Man, let's go to target and home depot." "Lawnmower?" For goodness sake, the child remembered that Home Depot has lawnmowers!!! So, the whole ride to home depot was... "lawnmower, wheelbarrow, plants, paint, lights..." He just rattled off everything he could remember from the aisles. What a smart little guy! He makes us so proud!!! And, maybe he will be more handy than his parents given such early exposure??? We can only hope!

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Hurry up and wait....

Right now we are hurrying up to wait... We have decided to put our house on the market -- which we are informed is very 'cold'. Apparently that means, we'll be lucky if someone buys our house before summer is through. So, we are in the midst of packing up 'clutter', making minor repairs (that we have now prioritized), and cleaning cleaning cleaning! All this and then we will have to keep it like this and just wait for someone to come in and say, WOW! So, if you know anyone interested......

The past few naptimes have been sooooo busy, I haven't had a second to write. I was amazed to find out it had been 10 days since I last posted. Time flies even when you aren't having fun, I guess. My job for today is to finish packing boxes of clutter. Amazingly, we already have 14 boxes full. Thank goodness we got a larger storage unit!

Oh, and if there is any World Cup Soccer on, my progress might be hindered some. :)

Saturday, June 10, 2006

The Snowball Effect

No, we don't have frigid temps in June... actually the weather is quite pleasant -- mid 70s, dry with a good breeze. The snowball effect I am referring to is what we are discovering when we make one simple decision, and a billion or more decisions have just presented themselves. Our 'simple' decision was to put our house on the market. So, after setting up appointments with realtors for next week, I realized, we need to make many many many more decisions in the near future...

1. What do we do with all our stuff (clutter, toys, miscellaneous junk that makes our house look messy)?
2. What are our priorities in terms of finishing projects??? Do we replace the siding or paint? Do we reseed the lawn or just leave it? Do we powerwash the pool deck alone or repaint it too? Do we finish up our landscaping plans, or leave it as is (which isn't bad)? Do we unbabyproof so people can see our house and get into cabinets? Do we get our thermostat checked out since it appears to be registering our house temp incorrectly?
3. Where will we live if our house sells before we find a job in CA?
4. How can we keep our house in tip-top condiditon to show it to prospective buyers when we have a 19 mo old???
5. Should i start calling OBs and Pediatricians in CA or just wait, and if i wait, is that too long?
6. Do i schedule my c-section like my OB recommended for delivery in NOVEMBER???

We are not really 'decision-making' people, but I fear we will soon be very very good at it!

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Beautiful Days

It has been 2 beautiful days, and at last on a weeked we are home. Naptime is upon us, and for sake of completing (or at least putting a dent in) the list, I have given up on weeding and will do planting, painting, and re-caulking. Fun times. Let's cross our fingers for a long nap!

Saturday, June 03, 2006

House jobs

How is it that no matter how much you do, you have twice as much left? I'll admit, this past 2 weeks have not been very productive (in a house-chore sense), but for good reason. My mom, now affectionately referred to as "g-g" (that is a hard "G" sound).

As a sidenote, not related to house jobs, let me tell you how "g-g" got her name. When Grandma came into town, she was known to the Little Man as "ma-ma"... so seeing as how she was here for 2 weeks, we had to change that... it was WAY to confusing for mommy (also referred to as "ma-ma".) So, we practiced the "g" sound preceeding 'grandma'... by the end of 2 weeks, he dropped the '-randma' part and stuck with the 'g-g' sound.

Back to house jobs, which will now have to be short (luckily since it really isn't that exciting) since the Little Man is now stirring. Having no productive naptimes in the past 2 weeks has produced a monumental list of the chores to be done around the house... which have been divided among mommy and daddy. It rained the past 2 days, so weeding was much easier than usual in our clay dirt/grass mixture in our front yard. So, after weeding, opening the pool, doing dishes, vacuuming, and showering, my time has run out and I'll have to wait until next naptime. Daddy, on the other hand, is going strong. When he gets back from Lowe's, we might be able to enjoy some of our day! :)