Monday, October 26, 2009

The round-about conversation

Dinner conversation with our hockey playng 6 year old the other night.

Son: Girls really like hockey players.
Me: Really, what makes you think that?
Son: I don't know. . . .
Son: I really like the penguins at the zoo, why didn't we visit the penguins last time we were in Portland.
Me: I'm so sorry, we didn't have time.
Son: Do you like penguins?
Me: Yes, but I find the penguin exhibit at the zoo really smelly.
Son: Hockey players are really smelly too.
Que husband and myself laughing hysterically.

If you've ever been in the players locker room area as a hockey game is finishing up, you have no doubt experienced "the smell." I guess even 6 year old boys notice it!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Monkey Man

So, I have a variety of "pet names" for the baby all having to do with monkeys, because he's a monkey! I often call him "monkey man." This morning we were at Radio Shack. They were having trouble with their computer system, so we were standing around waiting, waiting, waiting. My two year old started to wander off just as the cashier thought he was finally ready. So, without any thought of who was around me, I said "come here monkey man." Well, apparently an older gentleman thought I was talking to him. I was so embarrassed. I immediately pointed out that I was talking to my two year old who was now by my side. We both smiled with relief at the misunderstanding. But, oh boy, perhaps "monkey man" is a pet name for my two year old that shouldn't be used in public.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Spiderman Wars

Well, we are having quite a dillema in our home with our two year old. He has some Spiderman summer clothes that he loves. He is now refusing to wear anything else. I tried dressing him in warmer Spiderman clothes even, but he wouldn't have it. He is a strong, wiggly little bugger. I spent 20 minutes getting him to put on pants instead of shorts. After much crying, and struggling, I finally got those on him. He was not happy, crying and screaming. I tried to talk him into a sweatshirt or coat, but at this point was so worn out--ugh!!! So, wearing a tank top and sweat pants (hey, at least I got the pants on him), I carried him to the car so we could get big brother to school. How do you convince a two year old he needs to wear warmer clothes???? I brought his sweatshirt with us, he even commented "I'm cold." But, still REFUSED to wear his sweatshirt. What to do???? I'm at a loss!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Cub Scout Badge Magic

After reading my friend's blog about the pain and suffering she endured to sew on the cub scout badges, I was in great fear! I mean, if my amazing friend with all she does and all she accomplishes had trouble, how in the world could I ever hope to get those dang badges attached to my son's uniform--no way, no how! So, when ordering my boy's cub scout shirt from, I was surprised to find. . .Badge Magic Patch Adhesives. It's on its way. I'll let you know if it works! Here's hoping. . .

Friday, October 2, 2009

Hockey, Birthday and Sukkot--oh my!

Here it is 1:25 AM and I still am wide awake. Too much caffeine today I guess.

We started off our day at the hockey rink where my littlest one actually took apart his trains (he carries 4 with him wherever he goes, along with blue elephant and a fake cell phone) and gave two of the trains to a little girl to play with by his side. They used the bleachers for tracks and played together for pretty much the whole hour to my surprise--except when the fire alarm went off and everyone had to vacate the building of course.

After hockey, it was off to a friend's birthday party--he turned three today. This little friend comes to our house from time to time as his Mom and I trade baby-sitting. Our two year old has his own little nerf hockey set so he can be just like big brother. Well, his friend LOVES this hockey set and went home the other day saying "hockey, hockey, hockey." So, of course, we had to get him his own. His parents loved it too--whew!!!

Then home for the baby (and Mommy) to have a nap. Big mistake!

Then it was off to Synagogue for Sukkot. They actually had Sukkot Under the Stars with Sushi and Saki (and pizza). The perfect melding of cultures that perfectly represents our family. Of course, only kosher ingredients were used. This was followed by a camp fire and roasting marshmallows under the stars.

What a busy and memorable day. So, why can't I sleep!?! Caffeine and afternoon nap, not such a good mix afterall!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Cub Scout shooting badge

Ok, so my oldest joined cub scouts and even though he has so much on his plate as it is, he just LOVES it. I think promises of BB guns, fishing and camping have a lot to do with that. Last weekend, he went to the Cub Scouts Day Camp and sure enough, they had BB guns for all to try. He learned about safety and wore special goggles and learned to shoot, earning a badge for his efforts. My husband is loving this and thinks its fantastic. As a Mom, I cannot help but wonder if a 6 year old shooting BB guns is really such a great thing. But, I'm just going to suck it up and let the boys enjoy these "special" activities together. I guess its time to buy the official cub scout uniform.