Sunday, May 25, 2008

Lexi's Got Sass!

And quite a lot of it too, let me tell you . . . Yep, I've got a sassy little thing. Most of the time it is funny, but it can drive you crazy. Who wants to argue with a two year old? And lose?!! (I must need debate lessons, eh?) Okay, so I don't really lose, I just lose wind and decided that maybe it isn't worth it, or maybe she just needs to be sent to her room, or maybe I just need to physically force her to wear clothes. . . something like that. Either way, I hope the teen years aren't too rough . . .

Here are a few of her sassy sessions:

Session # 1

*Carl and Lexi are at McDonalds, about to leave after playing at the playplace.*
Lexi: (climbs into highchair) I hungry. Go order food.
Carl: No, it's time to go home.

Lexi: No, I wait for food. (pats the table)

Session # 2
*A "not tired" Lexi tries to get out of taking a nap.*
Courtnie: What do you need? (opening Lexi's bedroom door)
(as she runs out and knowing Mommy will catch her) No! Don't get me!

Session # 3

*Lexi getting tickled, and suddenly deciding she has had enough.*
Lexi: (laughing) No, don't . . .*giggle* . . . No, don't . . . *he he*

Lexi: (somberly and angrily) No, Don't! (With a very serious, wide-eyed expression)

Session # 4

* Lexi taking a bath but doesn't want it to end*
(Carl pulls the plug)

Lexi: Daaa-dee! Don't pull the plug!

Yep, she's sweet and sassy, and we love her to pieces!

Here is also a picture of my darling and currently unsassy little guy. Isn't he just so cute?

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Ode to Babies


My day old son is plenty scrawny,
His mouth is wide with screams, or yawny,
His ears are larger than he's needing.
His nose is flat, his chin receding.
His skin is very, very red,
He has no hair upon his head,
And yet I'm proud as proud can be
To hear you say he looks like me.
*This poem doesn't apply to my children, however. :) They are always beautiful the minute they are born!*
~ Richard Armour

Cleaning and scrubbing can wait 'till tomorrow.
For babies grow up,
We've learned, to our sorrow.
So quiet down cobwebs, dust go to sleep.
I'm rocking my baby, and babies don't keep.
*This is the very reason my dishes still aren't done.*
~ Anonymous

Children are the anchors that hold a mother to life.


Friday, May 16, 2008

Mothers's Day and More!

Hello all, here is a family pix from Mother's Day. I had avery nice Mother's Day. The kids let us sleep in until 10, and Carl and Lexi got me roses and miniature cupcakes. I also got a big, fat nap and Carl made dinner, did the dishes and tidied up after kids were in bed! It was sooo nice!
We need a new family pix on the right hand column, but this picture isn't good enough. I don't like how I look in it. It's just okay. Maybe I am too picky? It just seems like I used to be photogenic, but since I have had children I have lost it. Oh well, that are more important things in life, right?

This is a really cute picture of my little Kenny in his new outfit from Dwayne and Taunie. I am really thankful for it because I have been looking for a summer hat that fit his little head, and couldn't find anything. Now we have a cute baseball cap and matching outfit! Thanks a bunch, by the way, guys!

I just like this silly picture of Kenny. He looks so cute, fat and grumpy! I think he will be blonde.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Virginia Beach

Ya Gotta Love the Beach!
*We sure do*

I mean, we better, right? After the truly insane trip we took just to spend 1/2 a day there, we better really love the beach.

So, how insane was this trip? Well, 3 adults and 2 small children (both in car seats) went on a 13 hour trip (including stops along the way) in a 2 door and 5 seated car. We were like Sardines in there. The drive out was pretty rough. The drive home was easier since we drove mostly at night. I got claustrophobia 10 min. from home, however, and we had to pull over a couple of times (surprised it didn't happen earlier!).
Was it worth it? I still don't know. Ask me next week . . . No, in all honesty I truly am quite glad we went. You have to take you little ones to the beach at least once!

I know, I know, this is a really unsavory picture of me. But hey, the wind was blowing quite fiercely and the sun was bright. You have to squint under those circumstances!

Here we have Lexi enjoying natures sandbox, the best kind ever! We made sandcastles, which she squashed; dug a hole, which she tripped in and made lots and lots of footprints!

Even though Kenny is far too young to really enjoy the beach, we gave him a little dip. He wasn't too keen on it, though.

We went on a "Get dose birdies!" chase. A necessary part of the whole beach experience.

Lexi and Carl had a jolly good time running along the surf!

And here we have a beautiful beach view.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

What I Love About My Man

"You handsome Devil!"

So, what do I love about Carl? Soooo much! He is very lovable . . . Ha ha! That doesn't quite sound like him, does it? But to me, he is. He has many interesting quirks that I find so charming or endearing, and I intend to name a few of them here today!

One thing he does that is quite odd, but endearing, is say, "Yarg!" LOL . . . Yeah, isn't that strange? Now I bet you are thinking, "What the heck?!?" Well, this is a very important word in his vocabulary. It can be an answer to any question and an intergection. He doesn't have colorful words for when he is frustrated, he just might let out a "Yarg!" And if I ask a question that he doesn't feel like answering, he might let out a, "Yarg!" Gotta love the "Yarg!" saying man.

I love how intelligent he is. He knows so much, and is always impressing me with his knowledge. And yet he isn't prideful because of it. He knows I am his equal, just not when it comes to his area of expertise. (I know a heck of a lot more than he does about teeth and singing!) And he treats me accordingly.

He is very logical and sensible, although sometimes this logical-ness gets in the way of being romantic. Not much, though. : ) But he could splurg on some flowers that aren't the cheapest, just to satisfy my unlogical side, right? Ehh, they'll just die in a few days anyway, right?

He is so confident! When I was a young college student, I used to think (quite stupidly) that I would never marry a guy that is shorter than 6 feet tall. But when I met Carl, I realized that he was much more attractive to me due to his confidence, not his height. And I love his short, stalky self. Confidence is really what matters, guys!

He has a goofy laugh. Quite literally! If anyone has heard his real laugh, they will think he sounds like Disney's Goofy character. When I first heard that laugh of his, I burst out laughing myself. But over a short amount of time, I came to love that laugh. It is the best kind. It makes you laugh too!

He also is great at making goofy faces!
He has an amazing sense of direction. Never gets lost, whereas I am the exact opposite. He takes crazy backroads and knows where to go without a worry. Makes me feel safe and secure!
He loves me, as crazy as that is! And lets me know it.
He thinks I am beautiful, as crazy as that is. Ha ha!

And last but not least, he is a great father. He loves playing with the kids, but he doesn't neglect the unpleasant side of parenting either. He helps Lexi use the potty (as she is potty training) and threatens the removal of her pillow if she won't go to bed. He loves his children dearly, and lets them know. And they do. : )

Friday, May 2, 2008


Hello World!

Here is Lexi saying, "Hi!" to everyone.
Isn't Lexi cute? I caught that one as she was dancing around trying to look at the camera to see the pictures I had taken. She has been quite the little "Dennis the Menace" this afternoon. I think it is due to her lack of a nap. First, I had to convince her that clothing is a good thing, that nudity is not appropriate for all day long. After I wrestled her into some clothes and a diaper, telling her, "See the pretty lambies on your shirt?" (She had pink sheep on her P.J.s) we went outside to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine. I also hung up some clothes to avoid using the clothes dryer as it heats up the place. As we were sitting on the lawn, she thought Kenny might like to have a taste of grass. I kept preventing her from giving him a taste, but she would keep trying, as she gave an impish and somewhat evil laugh! The little munchkin! The pieces of grass started to turn into big clumps, by the way. Eventually I picked her up and had her sit on my lap. So then she decides to pinch me over and over again and laugh when I say, "Ouch! Stop that. Pinching not nice." I eventually conviced her to go bother Daddy. He didn't seem to mind as much. This exact same scenario played out with her scratching and wiping boogies on us too! (She has been having a bad nose due to allergies.) She is such a tease. Now don't think that she is mean. She is just playing a game!
Does this look like the face of a grass eating guy?

Who knows?

But I am quite sure that he didn't get that double chin from a grass diet!

I see another Dennis the Menace in the making! :) And when that happens, I will be outnumbered!

Family Pix

Family Pix