Thursday, May 21, 2015

Q&A Part 3

Once again I thought that I had done a Q & A MUCH more recently than I actually have.  The first one was in May 2014 and the second one was on January 21, 2015.  

So, let's get these questions answered!

Q. I had written a post about putting up all of our Christmas stuff and Cathy asked if I get a new snow globe every year.
A.  Yes.  I do.  I started doing it in 2008 but then I was mad that I didn't have one for the year that Spencer was born (2007) because I display them next to our family Christmas card picture for the same year.  So just this past year (2014) I bought two of them and I'm going to have to somehow cover the 2014 with a 2007 or display it backwards (I bought one that you can do that) and add a 2007.  I have spent approximately 1 billion hours worrying about the lack of a 2007 globe and approximately 2 billion hours searching the internet to buy a 2007 globe.

Q. Jeannette asked how I organize/store my kids art.

A. Right now Elliott just has a cardboard box in the closet where I put stuff.  Since he hasn't started preschool yet he's not an art project creating machine yet.

For Spencer I have a big box that I keep in the hallway.  I got it when he was 3.  EVERYTHING goes in there (art and school work) and then once a year I go through and purge stuff and keep other stuff.  It is very spur of the moment what stays and what goes.  Then I have a big box that looks like this in his closet.
There are hanging file folders in there and each folder is for one year.  He has 3 years of preschool and 1 year of kindergarten so far.  It's apparent already that every year will have less and less art and more and more school work.  

Q. Jeannette asked if my pantry was still organized several weeks after I organized it.   She asked that in February.

A.  At the time- yes, it was still perfect.  Now, in May, my answer is "pretty much".  It gets a little messy, but I try to re-organize at least once a month.  The new system is still working really well.

Q. I wrote a post about our Super Bowl Sunday.  Jeannette asked if Elliott was wearing pink Mickey ears from Disneyland.

A.  Why yes, yes he is.  This is the story: When I was pregnant with Spencer my sister in law Kendra went to Disneyland.  She wanted to buy "the baby" something, but we didn't know if the baby was a he or she yet  so she bought both pink and blue and we still have both of them.  I meant to send the pink ones to Florida to give Bella, but I'm pretty sure I didn't. 

Q. Valerie asked if it would be like a wormhole into another portal if she moved out to AZ and we went shopping together .

A.  Yes.  It would be.  And you should do it. Soon.

Q. Jeannette asked "do you ever get the feeling that we "used up" all of the genuine smiles our children had to offer by taking 100,000 pictures of them already?

A.  Yes.  I do.  And my mother reminds me of this exact sentiment whenever I have a hard time taking a picture of them. 

Q. Sherry asked how long it took for Spencer's front teeth to come in.

A.  It was a long time for them to come all the way in, but he was never just totally toothless.  You could see the adult teeth from the time the baby teeth fell out, but those adult teeth are so big it seemed to take forever for the whole tooth to come down.  Maybe like 5 months. 

Q.  Jeannette asked a triple question.  Did it annoy me that Spencer's teeth were pulled right before we had spring pictures taken? How did I get an IKEA ice cream in a cup instead of a cone?  How did I get swirl ice cream at IKEA?

A. It did not annoy me. Since they weren't his front teeth it wasn't so incredibly noticeable. I just asked for a bowl and they did it.  I don't know.  They just have swirl.   Maybe you should start a letter writing campaign.

Q.  Jeannette asked if Spencer and I had a discussion about pretending like we were posing for a mug shot before taking this picture.

A. No, it was because every time we smiled the edges of the mustaches would lift up.  Spencer didn't like how it felt so he said we should do one without smiling.  We do look very angry though. 

Q. Jeannette asked if it bothered me that everyone is not in the same positions in this comparison shot. 

A.  Yes.  Greatly. Now we shall not speak of it again. 

Q.  Jeannette asked if people dipped the bacon in the guac or ate the bacon straight up.

A.  Straight up.  But we did put strips on a plate first.  We're not animals.  

Q.  Jeannette asked if we bought or rented our 20, 25 and 30 pound weights. 

A.  Neither!  When Maryellen and John moved into an apartment and put a bunch of their stuff in storage they gave them to us.  We do feel obligated to give them back once they move into a house though. 

Q.  Sherry asked where Michael's cousin lives in North Carolina?

A.  I am not positive on what city, but I think they live really close to where you live now.  I'll have to check on that and start planning a NC trip immediately.

Q. Sherry asked if I was just joking about pirates sitting at the bar when Laura and I went out to dinner. 

A.  Oh no.  No, no, no.  There were actually 2 men wearing pirate clothes sitting at the bar drinking beer.  No explanation was given nor did we feel we needed one.  They were just, pirates. 

Q.  Sherry wanted to know where we got all of these clothes.

A. The boys clothes are from Carter's, but I bought them in January so I don't know if you could still find them.  My shirt is from Ross so good luck ever tracking it down.  I saw an 11 year old wearing it at Spencer's school about a month ago and then I questioned every single one of my current fashion choices. 

Q. Valerie asked what one does when one has steroid atrophy.

A. I have researched it and the short answer is "I don't know".  You're supposed to stop using the steroids and after months and years your skin will thicken again.  BUT, if he stops using the steroid creams then his eczema goes out of control.  So, catch 22.  We have an appointment in a few weeks to discuss all of this with the dermatologist.  I'll let you know after we do. 

Q.  Jeannette wondered if it was weird that she likes to see pictures of my kids sleeping. 

A. No.  All sleeping kids are precious.  Now if you saw and liked pictures of me sleeping, that would be unacceptable and totally weird. 

Q. Another double question from Jeannette.  Why did we have so many chocolate bunnies?  And what about chalkboard paint above the mantle?

A.  Holy cow- because they came from 4 different sources- parents, grandparents, Easter Bunny, other relatives.  Next year maybe the parents and the Easter Bunny will refrain.   And, hell no.  I hate chalkboard paint on anything but an actual chalkboard.  I cringe and throw up in my mouth a little when I see any of the following covered in chalkboard paint: appliances, doors, walls.  Seriously, it's so dusty and gross and just plain awful.  NO, NO, NO!

Q. Sherry asked, in reference to my rant about my OB being an incompetent jerk, if I should have had my cervix stitched to prevent pre-term labor.

A.  No, not necessarily.  But I met all of the qualifications for getting the shots that prevent pre-term labor.  My insurance provider recommended that I get them and I specifically asked my doctor if I could have them.  His answer, "well, your first baby wasn't THAT early.  It's really not that big of a deal."  Even after I started having contractions at pre-28 weeks and was hospitalized in California he didn't think we needed to do anything differently.  No more frequent monitoring or more frequent appointments or anything.   In hind site I should have insisted and kept working for something/anything to happen because I went into full on labor at 33 weeks.  And now I hate that man and secretly hope that he lost his job because of me.   He is no longer with the practice that he co-started and co-owned and that happened not long after Elliott was born.   And my new OB/GYN knows about the situation and alluded to something, but didn't tell me all of the details.

Q.  Megan asked a double question.  Why was her present (the little statue) banished to the closet?  And why was I being so brazen as to leave nail polish on the floor for a 3 year old to get into to do their own nails.

A. NO, NO, NO!  Not banished!  All of my favorite things are in the closet.  It's where I put "MY" stuff.  I love the statue in there because it's where I have all my special stuff so I can see it every day.  And, my nail polish has been in that container on the floor since before Spencer was born.  So far there has been just one  incident when Spencer was 2.  He spilled a whole bottle in the closet in our rental house.   Elliott has never even tried to take the lid off of the box.  And he knows exactly what's in there.  It must be the difference between boys and girls.

Q.  Sherry asked if I was correcting her name for "water closet" by calling it "toilet room".

A.  Ha ha. No, not at all.  I just think toilet room is accurate, albeit gross. 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

A slower week

Last week was so slow that I didn't even take a single picture on Tuesday.  Monday was the splash pad and bike riding that I already posted about, so we'll start our memory journey on Wednesday. 

We started the day at physical therapy.  Ms. Emily was out sick so Elliott worked with the "real" PT, Ms. Laura.  He is doing really well and I'm seeing actual progress at home.

She was doing some stretching exercises with him to get him to lift his toes up more.

I had a doctor's appointment that afternoon where I got cut up and stitched back together by my plastic surgeon. I  really didn't want to go home in between PT and my appointment so first we made a trip to Target.  There was a sad looking young man sitting outside with a sign that said he was homeless and had no family.  Elliott and I bought him some bananas, granola bars, peanuts and vitamin water and gave him that and a little cash as we left.  He started crying when I gave him the bag.  Then I felt equal parts bad and good about it for the rest of the day.

After Target we went to the mall and walked around for a bit and then I took Elliott to Mimi's Cafe for lunch.

Nothing memorable happened on Thursday, but on Friday the resource teacher (Angela) at my school and I wore the same shirt to work.  We had actually joked about it two weeks ago because we were supposed to have four meetings together on Friday.  We were kidding when we said that it would show we were a real team.  Then we never talked about it again so we laughed, heartily, when we saw each other that morning.  Unfortunately three of the four meetings were cancelled so we were only able to show our team unity in one meeting.
A big storm rolled in on Friday afternoon and I got to enjoy sitting in my office listening to it rain.  The news said that it had rained in Phoenix on that date (May 15th) only three other times in recorded history.

Michael took the kids to Tucson for the weekend when Spencer was done with school on Friday to give me the opportunity to tackle a big project: staining the kitchen island.  I'm going to do an entire post about this eventually, so I won't go into too much detail, but this was after the first coat on Friday.  Ginger should have gone to Tucson too.  She kept stepping on the drop cloth and rubbing her butt against the corners.  

I had the doors and windows open while I worked because it was so lovely outside and at about 8:00 pm I had to close them because it was too cold.  In Arizona!  In May!
On Saturday morning I gave myself a facial with a baking soda, honey and cinnamon mask.  Pinterest told me to do it.  And who am I to argue with pinterest?  It smelled so good I was tempted to eat some of it.
While I was doing that I realized it was the 16th so I called Michael and laughed and told him he was fully responsible for getting Elliott's 3 years 5 month picture.


Monica picked me up at 12:30 and we went to lunch.  Our salads were just so beautiful we did a photo shoot with them.  And we sat outside on the patio.  In Arizona!  In May!

After lunch we went shopping at this new home decorating store called At Home.  I had no clue it existed.  Have you heard of it?  You should go.  It's like a Costco sized Kirkland's.

There were 1,812 things I wanted to buy but the only thing I did buy was this little painting to go in the bathroom.

It reminded me of this painting that we already have in the bathroom. 
After we were done shopping Monica dropped me off and I did the second coat of stain while she went to pick up her husband.  Then I played the role of the third wheel and we all went out to dinner.  Where we sat outside.  In Arizona!  In May!

We both look like we have scoliosis in this picture.  I don't know what we were doing.

And then we saw this pig on our way back to the car.

Sunday was also not memorable, except for when I went to Target and ran into Maryellen there.  But I don't employ a full time photographer, so I have no proof it really happened.

Sunday, May 17, 2015


Last Monday I took Elliott with me to Old Navy.  I had $10 in Old Navy cash to spend and Monday was the first day I could use it.  As a reward for putting up with my shopping I took him over to the splash pad at the mall.  It was the first splash pad trip of the year.  The first of what is sure to be many.

Michael came home from work sick that afternoon and went straight to bed, so the kids played outside while I made dinner. While they were playing Elliott climbed on his trike and actually rode it.  Well, rode it as well as he could on our backyard patio.  After dinner we went out on the street so he could really practice pedaling and steering. 

He was very pleased with himself.

And I was very proud, so I took approximately 1 million pictures.

And one of Spencer.  He was too fast for me to keep up.

We rode for a solid hour before it was time to go inside and get ready for bed.
I was thinking that Elliott was older than Spencer was when Spencer learned to ride a trike, but when I looked back at the pictures Spencer was three days short of being exactly 3 and a half, and Elliott was 5 days short of being 3 years- 5 months.  So, they differed by a month, but Elliott actually did the trike thing sooner.  

And now, just for fun, HERE is the link for the blog post I wrote about Spencer learning to ride his trike and some pictures of Spencer riding the first time.  If you go to the post there is also a link in that post about Spencer turning 18 months old.  So it really is a blog post Inception.

And finally, some comparisons of my two trike riders.