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14 February 2008 @ 08:22 am
Cute Kid Story  

 So I've been running around like a madwoman lately, completely overwhelmed with getting things ready for the new house.  I try to get everything done while the kiddos are at school, but sometimes they have to tag along.

Let me preface by saying that it was really windy yesterday.  Really windy.  50 mph gusts.  We live on the high plains, and there's like, nothing to stop the wind.  (Like say, a mountain.  Or the odd tree here and there.)  Anyhow, I was hurrying Aaron along, and he was having trouble getting the door to the car open, because the wind was blowing against it.

Me.  Come on, come on, come on, child!  You're slower than molasses at Christmastime! (aren't my colloquialisms charming?)

Aaron.  Okay!  Places to see, people to do!

Me.  (corrects quickly)  SEE.  People to see.  Places to go.

Aaron.  I thought you saw places.  And did the people.

Me.  (under breath) Depends on who you are.  And who they are.  (To Aaron) Trust me on this one, kid.  Places to GO.  People to SEE.

Aaron.  (completely disinterested)  Okay.
And I'm completely with

jo_anne_stormon not spending a bazillion dollars on a sitter and dinner in a crowded restaurant for Valentine's day.  Give me take-out on the couch with a movie ANYDAY.

That is, if I survive Aaron's school Valentines party.  The Nazi room mother called me and I was instructed to bring fruit and juice, which is fine, but then she gave me step by step instructions on how to serve the friut, which included an email telling me to WASH THE FRUIT FIRST.  (Seriously.  Lady, this is not my first rodeo.  But still, I thought I'd leave the pesticides where they are.  Build up the kiddos' immune systems.)  She strongly recommended apples, grapes, pineapple, strawberries, and oranges (HA!  I used tangerines!  I'm a REBEL!)  The instructions also said to put the fruit on SKEWERS.  *cough*  Am I the only mother on the f-list that thinks giving a roomful of 5 & 6 year-olds skewers is a BAD IDEA?  Heck, I stabbed myself 20 times getting them ready.


But they are ever so pretty, aren't they?  I just hope it isn't the Valentine's Day Massacre in Mrs. Andrews' class today.

We've been keeping the in-law's dog, Maggie, this week.

Katie, who looks as if she lost her best friend, and Maggie.  Sorry for the creepy dog red-eyes.  Weird.  They really aren't possessed.

Maggie is actually Katie's daughter.  We used to have two labs, Kate, and then Max, a yellow lab.  They had several litters of puppies, and Maggie was the only chocolate of the bunch.  Max is no longer with us, because he bit Ethan on the head and face, causing my son to have 46 stitches, and an emergency room visit.  But that is a horrific child story for another day.  We like having Maggie here.  She's an absolute doll.

Happy Valentine's Day f-list!
I am:: Kitchen
I feel:: cheerfulcheerful
I hear:: Tony Bennet Duets
Elle Blessingway: Weasley Fred Valentineelle_blessing on February 14th, 2008 03:58 pm (UTC)
*snickers* at the cute kid story :D

And srsly? micro managing much? >.<

*loves your Katie*

Happy Valentines Day!!
Carrie Leighcarrie_leigh on February 14th, 2008 09:26 pm (UTC)
I heart ELLE! Thanks for the music!
autumnrhythm30: BSG Kara Prettyautumnrhythm30 on February 14th, 2008 04:47 pm (UTC)

Your children are awesome.

Seriously. I would have ignored that and not given the children weapons. But that is because my brother stabs everyone with things like that. those red knives they put cherries on for fruity drinks. ::nods:: oh yeah. He thinks those are fun.

And cute dogs!!!
Carrie Leigh: bad examplecarrie_leigh on February 14th, 2008 09:33 pm (UTC)
Those ARE fun. But I find them fun for completely different reasons than your brother.

Possible beacuse there's a Mai Tai on the other end of them...
autumnrhythm30: Lost Jack 2 laughsautumnrhythm30 on February 14th, 2008 10:59 pm (UTC)
omg. Mai Tais? I have found a fellow admirer of those drinks.

My family used to frequent this chinese restaurant mainly for that drink. The food was crap, but their recipe for that drink was AMAZING. So, one night my dad and brother managed to buy the recipe for $20. We have never gone back.

Seriously, though. Best drink EVER.(besides a boysenberry margarita)
ScarlettRayne2: Ravenclaw tact for sarcasmscarlettrayne2 on February 14th, 2008 06:56 pm (UTC)
*giggles* Such a cute story. Your kids are so cute.

I definitely would not give kid skewers. But then I'm not a mother, just a kid so what do I know? :D

Happy V-day!
Carrie Leigh: daffy robincarrie_leigh on February 14th, 2008 09:36 pm (UTC)

You're evidently smarter than the mother that told me to do all of that!
(Anonymous) on February 14th, 2008 07:59 pm (UTC)
SKEWERS for 5 year olds? Seriously!!
Was it as bad as I can imagine??
Carrie Leigh: cliffs of insanitycarrie_leigh on February 14th, 2008 09:37 pm (UTC)
Re: SKEWERS for 5 year olds? Seriously!!
Surprisingly, no. Only one child had to have the skewer forcibly removed from his hand, and it wasn't A.J.

I maintain that kid parties are a special hell, though.
I'm just me: Taylorairmidm on February 14th, 2008 08:23 pm (UTC)
Oh my, how many injuries were there? Seriously! You don't give kids that age weapons. I did snicker a bit at the 'Valentine's Day massacre' comment.

(under breath) Depends on who you are. And who they are. I laughed loudly. It's good to know that I'm not the only one who thinks/says stuff like that. Aaron is jut too adorable!

The dogs are adorable, I may have to look into getting one later in the year.

Happy V-Day to you too!

Carrie Leigh: a rainbow diescarrie_leigh on February 14th, 2008 09:40 pm (UTC)
Even after Max, I say Labs are the best. They're a pain til they're about two, with the digging and chewing, but they're very smart, and a home protection security system all by themselves!
I'm just me: anusteairmidm on February 14th, 2008 10:58 pm (UTC)
I love Labs, we had and English Lab for five years. I was forced to give him away (to my best friend in West Virginia who owns his dad and brother) because I pick alpha dogs and my husband would butt heads with poor Rebbie.I think I'll call her and see if she's got any puppies- since the whole 'hubby fighting with dog for dominance' issue will be resolved in a couple of months. ;)

Either that or I'll get a Husky - since I had one for all of two months before I came home from Wal-Mart to find that Asher had been given away...

Hope your V-Day is grand and that there were no skewer related injuries.
Mandy_Caliga: kissiesmandy_caliga on February 17th, 2008 05:45 am (UTC)
Ooooooooooh, icon.

*steals it stealthily*
dragonsangel68: Draco giggling by So_Severusdragonsangel68 on February 14th, 2008 09:49 pm (UTC)
Places to see, people to do! You know no matter how hard you drum the right saying into his head it'll revert to this anyway when he's running around after the girlies ;)

I just love Nazi room mothers! They always get something wrong *smirk* Skewers and children in the same sentence make me shudder. I do hope there wasn't any blood spilled today.

Maggie is adorable :)
Embellishedembe11ished on February 15th, 2008 12:05 am (UTC)
One of my colleagues and I went to a nearby university today to do some workshops at a math event they were holding. Her main comment on the timing was that she was thrilled because it meant she had a valid excuse to skip her kids's Valentine's Day parties. Maybe you should find something like that for next year...assuming the class survives the skewers, that is!