Something happened to my Xmas card spreadsheet and it printed out labels for the old copy vs the updated one. So I almost sent out a Christmas card Jamie’s great aunt who passed away this summer. That would have been awkward.

We recently started time outs with Elliot. The 1-2-3 Magic discipline book we follow says not to start until kids are two but Elliot has been pushing the boundaries lately so we decided to put our feet down. The first time I counted her and said “Elliot, that’s ONE!”, she looked at me and said “That’s two, that’s FREE. Time Out!”. Girlfriend isn’t stupid.

I threatened to send my dad to time out on Sunday when he was bonking the kids in the head with a (soft) ball. After telling him to stop, he told me it was fine and did it again so I counted him. Graham got stone faced and his jaw dropped at the thought of Grandpa going to time out. Elliot promptly picked up a ball and bonked Graham in the head. Monkey see, monkey do.

We saw a hula hoop contest the other day and the kids were mesmerized so I used their Xmas gift cards and got them each a hula hoop of their own. Then we Skyped my SIL and let the kids spin around and fall down over and over again on camera.

We’ve been using Skype more and more and now the kids actually have friends their age to call. We called them the other day and Graham and Elliot and two of their friends were yelling back and forth on camera. When I was little, I was lucky if my parents let me talk on the phone and if I wanted to communicate with someone long distance, my ass had to mail them a letter. Kids these days have it so easy.

The local zoo had a New Year’s Eve party where they “counted down to midnight” at noon. We thought it was a fun idea but it turns out that everyone and their mother and their cousin and their strollers were there. We were packed in like sardines and couldn’t get out of there fast enough after the ball dropped. I get claustrophobic and angry in crowds so it’s a wonder nobody got hurt.

Speaking of hurt, my mouth corners have been broken for over a month. I’m pretty close to super gluing them together just so they can heal. I just yawned and ripped the fuckers open again.

We took the kids out this week and it was the first outing since we went dye-free. In case you’re wondering, Jason’s Deli has several organic kid’s meal options and even gives the kids a dye-free/organic lollipop for dessert. Graham was so excited to be at a restaurant that he kept yelling “OH, A REFARANT!!! IT’S A SPECIAL TWEAT!!!”. It was almost too cute to be annoying.

The kids got new scooters and are loving riding them in the driveway. Well, except that Elliot just runs alongside of hers and thinks she’s riding it. Either way, she’s happy so I’m happy. Nobody said she was the sharpest tool in the shed but she’s damn cute so it’s ok.

Scoot on over to Keely’s place if you’re looking for some real random action!



  1. Mad Woman

    Hahahah! My jaw would have dropped if you’d sent him to time out too!!

  2. Sprite's Keeper

    Scooters? How cool are they?! We frequent Jason’s Deli for lunch whenever we can afford it, but I feel guilty for partaking in their salad bar hummus. (Which is damn good with the wheat crackers. Yum!) (What? Too close to HASAY?)

  3. Cara

    Oh…Jason’s Deli. We haven’t been there in so long, you know, since we live in the damn boonies.

    And seriously? A spreadsheet for Christmas cards? Girlfriend…you send too many cards.

  4. Captain Dumbass

    What? We can send parents to time out? I’m all over that.

  5. Cat

    I could have used the 123 magic with my mom over the holidays. Never too soon to start with the parenting books, apparently.

  6. Andrea

    I love visiting your blog. I know I’ll always find some good story. Grandpa in time out would have been priceless. You know, we make them stand in a corner. Sounds really mean right?

    Who knows….it works.

    Happy. R. T. T.

  7. Elle

    At this point it’s usually the dog that gets sent to time out. Ow! on the mouth corners. Sounds painful and annoying. I’m jealous that you guys can use scooters in December. We have to get around by dog sled.

  8. Heather

    I tend to feel the same way in crowds, either because of the sheer mass of people means there are extra idiots around or maybe its just the mass of people around that turn normal people into idiots, either way I end up getting annoyed at someone.

    Love the time out for adults…my in laws would be in a constant time out.

    I think your daughter just chooses not to conform to what society says she should do with her scooter, its sort of an “in your face” kind of thing to run alongside it rather than on it. 🙂

  9. Michele

    We love Skype. My mom has it now but of course this is the same woman who thinks her cell phone doesn’t have voice mail so who am I kidding she’ll never figure out how to use it.

  10. mrsbear

    My mom would be on time-out indefinitely.

    We avoid any kind of event advertised to the public because it means, you know, there will be public there. Me and hordes of people just don’t mix. Panic attacks, lots of elbows and idiots. Not thanks. I give you props for staying till countdown.

    Love the scooters. Elliot knows exactly what she’s doing. She’s getting it to move forward, isn’t she?

  11. Stacy (the Random Cool Chick)

    I almost did the same thing with my Christmas card database/spreadsheet. So I just didn’t send any at all. Maybe next year. 😉

    That’s too funny you almost sent your dad to a Time Out. I’ve threatened to do the same with hubby when he’s getting Princess Nagger all worked up, especially at bedtime.

    I really should sign up for Skype – I’m resisting since I’m not a phone person, so I imagine I’d be even less a video phone person.

    I’m the same way about being wedged like a sardine in mass crowds – I tend to get claustrophobic and cranky, too.

    OUCH on the broken mouth corners!

    LOVE the scooters – Princess Nagger has a Barbie one that she got from a friend when she was 2 or 3 – she’d sit on her butt on it and ride it around the house. She still does it that way sometimes even now! 🙂

  12. Jenni

    We do 1-2-3 Magic w/Oscar and it works pretty well, although I don’t know if it’s the system that works well or just the fact that he’s getting real, consistent discipline.

    Holy shit, letters? Do you remember pen pals? I had a few of those.

    There’s a Jason’s Deli near my house, so I’m going to have the check them out.

  13. Erin@TheLocalsLoveIt

    Scooters are a big hit at our house too. Timeouts not so much.

    I don’t do well in a crowd either. People annoy me.

  14. Shelly

    Spreadsheets for Christmas Cards? I can only dream of being that organized.

    Time outs are good for everyone. I wish someone would give me one.

    We haven’t used Skype with Family yet. In fact, I keep the Skype secret to myself…Shhh

  15. Mama Badger

    What is this Jason’s Deli? I’m sure we don’t have anything that tasty or healthy up here…

    I came home to find PB in time out one day. Apparently he had been naughty…

  16. angie

    granddaughter is 16 months and she is allready sat on time out she does not like it but she sits still for her minute so good luck on discipline the earlier they are taught the better

  17. Anjanette aka. MommaYoung

    That was so funny, elders are always trying to tells how to “oh its ok” overriding our authority.. I’ll have to time them out next time, LOL.

    Wow, Your the first person I have met that said they get the same way in crowds. Drives my hubby nuts. But seriously I could hurt some one.

    Those are some very cute pics.

  18. 1stopmom

    I have been meaning to try Skype out. I have an account but have not used it. Great idea for something new to try in 2010. I love hula hoops. I can not do it in real life but I am pretty good on the Wii.

  19. Julie From Momspective

    You are SO MUCH better than me. I don’t even have Christmas cards, let alone a spreadsheet.

  20. Karen @ If I Could Escape

    My wee one has the same scooter! Love it! Happy RTT!

  21. jaime

    i have the best intentions with xmas cards. but the past 2 years, i’ve completely forgotten to mail them out

  22. Keely

    I wasn’t even organized enough to send E-cards for Christmas this year.

    Do we want to know how you broke your mouth corners…?

  23. piecemeal people

    Wow. Dye-free? That sounds like it would be…difficult. I’m curious and kind of want to ask you why you decided to do it, but I also don’t want to ask because then I can’t pretend I don’t know what’s wrong with kids eating dye and then I’ll have guilt (plus one more thing to worry about).

  24. bex

    i missed your announcement of being dye free. that sounds really hard. really really hard. do you make your own ketchup?

  25. Ginny Marie

    I can’t believe I missed your random thoughts yesterday! Oops! I’m also jealous that you can actually go play outside. We’re expecting 6-9 inches of snow tomorrow. (I know in the summer, though, it’s too hot for you to enjoy the great outdoors!) Have fun with the new scooters!

  26. Kara

    This is going to sound totally disgusting but use Lanolin nipple balm for the corners of your mouth. It works!!!

  27. Sandie

    The counting thing reminds me of a story a friend once told me. She started counting to her son…one, two. He looked at her and said, “3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10!” She had to leave the room to keep laughing.

    I don’t do well in crowds either. I hate the way people act in them, forgetting that they are not the only people in the world. It makes me angry just thinking about it!

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