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Tuesday, November 17, 2009


Whoa and Wow are Alden's new words of the week. He says Whoa when he almost falls or something does fall. Wow is saved for amazing feats of prowess like when he smears lovely snot all over mommy's face. I was telling Wally about the snot from Alden and said, "I had snot all over me." Rhianwen piped up, "Oh, well, you are supposed to blow your nose."

A "wow" moment. Notice Aldi has finally taken to his paci after 15 months of hating it. Now, it's almost become his security object. He's getting his molars, and I feel sorry for him, so I'm letting him have it for now.

"S-code." (It's cold...another new phrase from Alden).

With all the rain from Ida and snot from Alden, we were stuck at home for days. I decided to try to make our own Wampanoag costumes using boys' t-shirts, tea and cinnamon as the dye, and beads on the tassels. They came out great, and Rhianwen and Alden love them! They are so easy to wear too, and even look good when we go out in public. They also look good for either a boy or girl. You can see more pics on our renovation blog. We used these during our Thanksgiving program at the nursing home, and they were a big hit. Now, of course, daddy had to out-do mommy again (I'm just trying to give him a hard time :)), and when he saw those clothes and necklaces, he decided to bring in a couple of trees to make a tee-pee. Alden had a blast trying to pull it down.

Alden is a pro at falling asleep before nap on Saturdays. Here he is on the rocking horse snoozing away during the Clemson game. What a fan.

Today was a hard day. A lot of fussing in the morning from both of them, we got out to the airport to play in the sand and see planes take off, but then all Alden wanted to do was stomp all the other kids' sand-creations (understandable, yes...acceptable, no), then I managed to dry 2 crayons with a load of clothes while Alden decorated our couch with pen and a green highlighter. SIGH. It's a hard week anyway, but today was the clincher. I feel like sometimes I've lost my own identity in all of this mothering stuff.


  1. That picture of sleeping Alden is so funny. We have one like that of Noah asleep in his exersaucer. Love your idea for the t-shirts too. I may have to try that sometime. Anna has become quite the decorator with crayons and markers as well. She's colored all over the tile in the kitchen and one day colored on the sheets on our bed, and she also colored on her face with marker. Luckily, everything she used was washable, but the crayon didn't come out of our sheets too good. Must be something about the second child. They seem to get into more mischief than the first.

  2. Note: morals of the story:(1) mom's are to always check pockets and shake things before putting in machine.(2) markers, crayons etc should always be kept out of reach unless one is in eye contact ;-)
    (3) kids are not real human beings (4)all homes should have one bare room that is totally kid safe--ie a prison cell (5) all sand play areas should have a swing to confine sand crashers (6) mom's occasionally need a break from kid fun.

  3. (7) greased lightening took the ink of the clothes that I had decorated in a dryer accident.

  4. Wow, that does sound like a hard day. The fussy days are just the worst for me. Just a couple minutes of it sucks all the life out of me. So sorry - here's hoping and praying for fun days on the horizon!

    I adore the photo of "s-code." That is my kind of outfit. And your shirts sound awesome! Can I come play in your tee-pee?


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