Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Catch Up (Not Ketchup or even Catsup)

It’s been way too long since I have posted. And I don’t even know why… I am always busy, but I guess it’s easier to just read other blogs sometimes than to sit down and be creative and interesting when it comes to my mundane life…

Let’s see… since last we met…

I probably really stopped writing about what is going on around here when the heat wave hit. It was hard to even sit on the couch and stare at the wall. We had 8 long days of heat and 3 of them were insane. It was 92 degrees downstairs in our house. Did I ever mention that we decided to go for the house with no air conditioner as opposed to the big apartment WITH an air conditioner? Now I believe I made the right choice, but during the heat wave I was ready to pack up and move. I took a thermometer up to Noah’s room and checked it mid-day. It was actually 98 degrees in his room. So I had to let him nap down in the living room, because making him go to his room was like leaving your kids in the back of your car with the windows rolled up while you go shopping for three or four hours. “But officer, I left him a glass of water! With Ice Cubes!!” To keep the babies from jumping up and down on him while he sprawled on the living room floor, I had to baby-gate them in the kitchen with me for three hours each day.

Then, umm… Oh yeah, while we were suffering in the heat, my hometown in Ohio was inundated with water. 80 percent of the town was covered over, and even Wolf Blitzer was talking about it. My parents were thrilled to discover that they were living on the highest 20 percent of the land there in Findlay, Ohio. I wrote to my friend Cathy, and her parents’ house was just drowned. They are now living with her brother until insurance can come up with repairs to make it livable again. The basement of the theater I grew up working in was filled to the ceiling. They lost everything that was down there, which is the audience reception area for intermission, the dressing rooms, the bathrooms, a nice kitchen, electronic equipment, and I am guessing a lot of photos of old shows that were on the walls. Sad…

Hmmm… Noah started kindergarten. I blogged about that already.

Another thing that happened lately is that my Godmother, a wonderful, sweet and beautiful woman, unexpectedly passed away. I don’t really feel like writing about it except to say that I will miss her.

On the home front again, Luka injured himself in many different ways… two small holes in his tongue from falling and biting it, a scrape and bruise up his spine from falling on the tiled step, the ever-present unicorn bump in the center of his forehead from bending over and banging his head on the hard floor every time someone (hello, Ethan) takes his toy away. And the bloody nose, which deserves its on blog post. Stay tuned.

Note to self: Add Category called Luka Injures Himself Again.

We, umm… had a family photoshoot because the whole family (sans Mama) needs passports if we ever hope to buy Mexican tchotchkes again. Hence, the mugshots at left.

Oh! I also met the mother of one of the other kindergarteners at the community pool, and after chatting with her a few times out front of the school before end-of-day, I asked if she would like to start a carpool, and she said YES!! (And the heavens opened up and the angels sang!!)

See, this is important because Michael used to drop Noah off AND pick him up after work when he went to Montessori, but now he gets off school at 2pm and comes home to nap. The problem is that when he needs to be picked up is usually when the babies are sound asleep, both in their little beds. And you know what they say, Never Wake a Sleeping Baby! That goes doubly so for twins. So I have started training them to nap a little earlier, but on Thursdays, Noah gets off 2 hours earlier! An hour into the babies’ three hour nap!!

So, Joyce, my new friend, who works 3 days a week until just before 2pm, suggested that she pick the boys up 3 days a week, including the short day, and I only have to do it twice! Her son, Cooper is a full year older than Noah and in the kindergarten class right next door. She also has another son, maybe a year older than the twins. So we are helping each other’s young’ens get a little more afternoon nappage. I also like that Noah will be making a friend (and Cooper seems like the sweetest little guy ever!) and Joyce seems pretty cool, too.

I finished the book I was reading, The Memory Keeper’s Daughter, and will now go on to read the last two Harry Potters. (Please, all of you who assume everyone who wanted to must have read the last book by now and you can start talking about it… please… DON’T!!)

So, I guess that’s a wrap. Needed to get you all caught up so I can write more of those way-too-long posts about one single topic again soon. Ciao.


Melissa Markham said...

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. I agree that showing them how to do it the best they can is important and I do give instruction, but I generally don't go right behind them to correct them. What I will do is make a mental note and the next time they draw the chore, I give them a little more instruction on the front end.

My mom was a cleaning fool. Cleanliness is great, but not the most important thing!

Shama-Lama Mama said...

Hey, if anyone reading this is wondering what Melissa is responding to, its from a "blog carnival" about Children's Chores and Allowance. Lots of people posted to their own blogs about what they do in their own homes, complete with charts, and photos and diagrams! Ha!

I have been having fun reading and storing up ideas for my own home. Check out the links to all the articles here if you are interested:

Mom said...

Thanks for the updates. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the pictures. Sure wish I had one of my beautiful daughter though!! Did I mention I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the pictures. Your mention of you godmother did cause me to tear up. It is still hard to realize that she is gone. Oh yeah, I LOOOOVVVEEE the pictures! :-)

Shama-Lama Mama said...

Ummm, did I mention they were PASSPORT pictures?

For use in, umm, PASSPORTS!!??

Maybe I should go into work as a passport photographer. I am really good at photoshopping out snot and drool stains on shirts, now!

Mom said...

Passport or not, did I fail to mention that I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the pictures? And where is your passport picture or don't you plan on going to Mexico next time we come????

Mom said...

Oh yeah, I foregot to mention, I LOVE the pictures :-) :-) :-) I think I'm a little punchy from sitting in the garage all day tending to my garage sale.

Shama-Lama Mama said...

Ahh... MY passport hasn't expired yet. So I don't have to do it yet. The kids don't have any yet, and they will be good for 10 years, so I worked to get good pictures I wouldn't mind still looking at when the twins are ten!

Noah's will be good until just before he learns to drive!!!

tonya said...

How wonderful that you found a carpool buddy! I wish I could do that for S., but so far no one lives close enough to us for it to work (that, and her school day starts later than the earlier grades). Good thing I like the school so much and that it's the perfect match for her (15-20 mins each way is kind of a drag).

I also LOVE the pix... good job momma!

Willowtree said...

Strange as it may seem, last time I was in the States, I spent 6 weeks in Findlay.