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Thursday, November 24, 2011

I No Like Dead Turkey

As we were preparing to fill our plates with Thanksgiving deliciousness, I overheard a little conversation...

Ayla (pointing at the turkey in her big sister voice) : "This is a dead turkey. It tastes really good."

Jackson : "I no like dead turkey!!"

PETA would be proud, if only for the words spoken, because we promptly ate dead delicious turkey.

I am most thankful for my weirdo kids and their weird words.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Bring on the Bubbly

 As we all start our travels (or bar hopping!) for the Holiday weekend, I thought I would share a delicious, exciting find at our Western NY grocery store. 

 Before you gag at the thought of eggnog flavored soda water - just let me state my case! The seasonal flavors are just that - seasonal and temporary - and worth trying at least once. The cinnamon flavor was pretty tasty and when mixed with a little whiskey and ice, it became pretty dang tasty.

 Have a Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

STOP! Did Jackson Wee-Wee?

 I wasn't sure this post needed a title with the picture of this home-made stop sign (courtesy of Gregory's master mind)... really, all we need to do is STOP and make sure Jackson wee wee'd. That is the secret to success.

 We have been sharing this computer with Jackson much more than usual. I have been lucky enough to get some Etsy sales and some commissioned sewing work from friends, and well, the computer games keep Jackson very happy. We spend a lot of afternoons sitting next to each other while he plays matching games and I annoy him with the sound of the sewing machine.

The only problem is that he often zones out and has a potty accident. (Which is very frustrating because he's been pretty much awesome for months now!) It's that mind-numbing effect of technology. So the new rule is that he must use the bathroom before logging onto PBS Kids.

 And in related news, Elliot had a bit of an episode in the tub the other night. All babies do it at one point or another... and the upside is that I finally sanitized and bleached all of the bath toys. But tonight, Ayla freaked out and yelled that Elliot had pooped again and there was a frantic emergency evacuation of the bathtub.

 Only it wasn't excrement... just a brown Jawa Star Wars toy. It could happen to anyone, right?

Monday, November 14, 2011

Gimme some fries with that Shake!

All of the parents were talking about "watch week" like it was the world premiere of the Michael Jackson Cirque du Soleil show... okay, maybe I am the only one thinking of MJ.... let's just say we were excited.

We couldn't wait to get in that little dance studio and find out what our kids have been learning for the last two months.

Hopefully this video shows just how much shaking and grooving is going on in Bowmansville NY on Saturday mornings. The only footage missing is when Elliot got out on the dance floor and had more spunk than most of the 3 year olds! That boy has rhythm.

I can now check one item off of my life goals... to witness my kids tap dancing. All we need now are some top hats, sequins and jazz hands!

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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Penn State Morality: Fail.

 It has been awhile since I have written an angry, outraged blog. There are many happy things going on in the world right now (my cousin just had a sweet baby girl, for example). However, humanity never disappoints to behave terribly and make me question what is wrong with our values!

  Yes, I am going to spout my opinion about this Penn State molestation cover-up garbage. If Joe Paterno, Graham Spanier and others did ignore or cover-up evidence of child molestation ... and I do realize that this still has to be processed in a court of law... then they deserved to be fired. At the very least fired.

 Why do so many people value effing FOOTBALL (and sports in general) above common morality? WHY? It is beyond absurd. Men who play sports and men who coach sports do NOT get a pass on behaving like normal human beings. It is not okay to value an institution over a person (or persons since this psycho Sandusky had 15 years of opportunities to abuse kids!).

 I went to Penn State. I know that students there will find a reason to riot, if not just to exercise their stupidity and desire to move in large groups like cattle. How these things get started and how they get so out of control is beyond me. I am going to believe that their displays are misguided emotions. This is shocking news to us all: we know that this kind of evil exists in the world and it is awful to find out that someone who had our respect could be so callous. So instead of being angry at the right source (the administration, Joe Paterno, Jerry Sandusky), students and many adults who should know better, are angry that these men are being punished. But haven't we figured out by now that power/success/image in the world of sports doesn't equal sainthood?

 The excuses that are made for sports "icons" really are too much. If it were YOUR kid, YOUR family, I hope you wouldn't be making excuses for the abuser. And that's the biggest part of the problem! It shouldn't have to be someone you love or care about - we should care because a human being was hurt. Duh! Child molesters will find a way to be with kids... we need to constantly remind ourselves to be suspicious. Hasn't anyone watched Oprah in the last decade?

 To very deductive: anyone that knew about the abuse and didn't act is just as complicit as the person abusing those boys. No more passes for these grown men that should have known better! This is a very disturbing trend in our media and American culture. Tiger Woods "had women throwing themselves at him... it was only a matter of time." Big Ben gets excused because "his personal life has nothing do to with football". And now, just because an old man has been a coach for a bazillion years, he is allowed to shirk responsibility for letting a child molester get to kids!

 I hope people get over themselves and their short-sighted reactions. Pretty much everything else on earth is more important than a football game. You know, even convicting child molesters. Seriously.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

It's Not Easy Being a Muppet

So calm. So determined. Elliot doesn't think twice about chomping on a Honkers' nose and then throwing him to his death down the stairs. How could I have let this happen?

I would normally object to such blatant Muppet abuse... but then wouldn't he just turn on me instead? God save the Muppets (and glow worm too.)
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