Monday, April 5, 2010

"I didn't know you were so tricky, Mommy!"

Liam was convinced he was going to trick me on April Fool's Day. He made several valiant attempts, including "Mommy, there's a dinosaur in the living room!" and "You've got something on your shirt"... but the smirk always gave him away. Even if I didn't see his face, I could hear it in his voice.

So I decided that two could play this game. I found a recipe online for a dessert that looks just like baked potatoes. It's a scoop of vanilla ice cream rolled in hot chocolate mix, with a dollup of cool whip (sour cream) and a yellow Starburst candy (butter) on top.

John got Liam out of the house so I could create these, and warned him that he'd need to eat his baked potato if he wanted any dessert.

When they got home, Liam was grumbling about having to eat baked potatoes. I let him pick out which one he wanted, and he picked the very smallest one... still not noticing that it wasn't what he thought. So I asked him to pick up the one he wanted and put it on his dinner plate... this great look on his face came when he touched the very cold "baked potato".

We filled him on the joke, and then suddenly he wanted to switch to the biggest potato...

Tuesday, March 30, 2010


I love when someone tattles on my child, and it's actually good news.

Liam rode in the car with his Uncle Josh the other day, and Josh shared the conversation with me later.

Josh: What's your favorite toy, Liam?
Liam: My sister Sara.
Josh: But she's not a toy. She's your sister.
Liam: (convinced he can argue his way into being correct) But she's my favorite thing to play with. So that counts.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Settling In

As promised, here are pictures of the new place.
We just finished emptying out the big storage container yesterday, and are now in the endless process of sorting and unpacking.

We're claiming one of the three garages as Garage Sale Central, and will be emptying it out one weekend during garage sale season. Anyone need a room full of kids toys? Treasures left here by the previous owner? :)
The kids are sharing a room until we build a third bedroom this spring, but it's going so much better than I'd anticipated (or feared). Other than Sara's nighttime chatter and Liam's sometime early mornings, it's actually going really well.

We've got a big kitchen with nice newer appliances, and windows that actually look directly outside. More importantly, we're just minutes away from family and friends.

And John's finally got his man cave. There's a big shop with a wood stove, where's he's already hooked up his stereo and my old college mini fridge. He can escape the craziness of kids, and not freeze his buns off. :)

We're all happy to be DONE moving, and are now just crossing our fingers that our old house finds new owners soon.