Monday, December 29, 2008

I know I shouldn’t complain. After all, it’s been 2 years and 2+ months since I wrote this. But three nights ago the inevitable happened. Parental nighmare, realized.

Fortunately, 1) Sweet Pea is not very quiet when she’s bumping down the hallway in the dark. And 2) we haven’t lost the ability to move quickly and assume a “Wha? Nothing’s going on here” air. Ok. Well. Maybe it was just dark and she was sleepy. Whatever the reason, we have avoided having to fabricate any awkward tales of mommy and daddy wrestling in the night. Thank GOD. Because she was sure to start asking 84,000 questions about that in the grocery store, or in line for the bank. Or worse, in front of my mother. (Although, I suppose that doesn’t matter now since she is probably reading this and wishing for a Men In Black-esque brain wipe. Sorry Mom.)

I tried for 45 minutes to get Sweet Pea back into her own bed. But she wasn’t having any of it. I told her she had to sleep in her room because she would get too hot in our room. So she changed into shorts and a tank top and appeared in the doorway. I told her daddy was sick, so she kicked daddy out of his bed and made him sleep in her room. I told her she wouldn’t get a button in her “big girl who sleeps all night in her own bed” button jar. She told me she didn’t give a flying rip about that and then she fell soundly and peacefully asleep on my pillow.

Le sigh. Will may have to sleep in his crib until high school.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Merry Christmas! Happy New Year! Happy Kawanza! Happy Hanukkah! Merry, merry, merry, merry!

I hope everyone is having as wonderful a week as we are. Lots of friends and family. Tons of good food. Kids who had their expectations exceeded and then some, twinkly lights, softly falling snow...It's pretty much Miracle on 34th Street around here. Woo!

We took a brazillion pictures of course. Those will be forthcoming. (I say that a lot...)

But in the meantime I had to share some very exciting news...My ABC book that I made for Sweet Pea, and posted a few pages from, is being featured on the Shutterfly Gallery site!!! I'm inordinately excited about that. Makes me feel all kinds of crafty famous or something.

She loves the book too. That might have been my favorite Christmas present. (reading it to her and having her tell me how much she liked it)

Ok...off to wrangle children. They are home for a week, and after that maybe I'll be a blogger again.

Enjoy your holidays!
~Clover

Monday, December 15, 2008

There has been chaos. There has been illness. There has not been much sleep. I'm hanging in and making a list of all the things I need to blog about. Specifically a photo essay of gratitude and a rant about people who honk at you when you are turning right at a red light. Until then..Christmas music. And I don't wanna hear NUTHIN about the Hanson track. Me likey.

~Clover

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Dear Santa,

Please can I have a scooter for Christmas? A pink one with flowers. But not too big. I'm 4. I also want a play hair salon. I can play with my cousin.

I have a brother and I am good with my brother. I have been a good girl this year.

My Grandma has toys and stuff. Sometimes I like to visit her.

I'm watching Little Bear.

I'm going to make you cookies. Do you like sprinkles? Stars, or pink?

Have a great Christmas at your home. Santa Claus is coming to every house. That's you Saint Nick!

Merry Christmas!

Love,
Sweet Pea

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

I don't know how to explain what's going on in my life. It seems like I should have all this time to do things like catch up on emails, post to my blog, play around with the pictures from our vacation...make some of the loooong list of Christmas gifts on my to do list. But as it turns out, I haven't peed without an audience in 2 weeks, and because I can't seem to make it to the grocery store we're eating things like cheerios and powdered milk for dinner. (Ok. Not really. But we might have to tomorrow night.)

Strange.

And here it is 11:57 p.m. and I am torn between posting a few Mexico pix and going to bed. Because I KNOW that there will be a child needing my attention in a matter of minutes. That's been our pattern. Everyone is just off. (Will is sick, and Sweet Pea is reacting to all the extra attention he's getting a little, shall we say, negatively. I'm not going to say I'm at my wits end, but. Um. Hey! Girl weekend is coming up in March! Wicked is coming to Portland and I'm going if I have to hitch a ride on a cattle car. Woohoo!!)

Ok. Without further adieu (i.e. interruption by my bad attitude). Some Mexico pix:

He spent a lot of time running away from me while I was trying to change his diaper. So I spent a lot of time taking adorable nekkid pictures. Adorable!


We had an iguana family living in the tree outside our window. We were pretty fascinated by the iguanas, as evidenced by the 34 pictures we took of them. I'm not kidding.


They like to clearly label the edibles at the grocery store so the Gringo tourists will know what to buy.


Ok, but for reals...the grocery store was so awesome I can't even do it justice here. I think for me that was a trip highlight. Except for the one time when we were in an aisle that either contained a lot of kool aid, or cleaning products. And I couldn't tell which. THEY WEREN'T CLEARLY LABELED. Is it FUD, or is it KEMIKALS? How am I supposed to know?

This part was nice:





The kids were delightful, and bonus...kept each other totally entertained. I am totally on board with communal living now.


The husbands were delightful, and bonus...kept each other totally entertained...oh, wait...


These were taken after the Mommies had their spa trip. Don't we look blissed out? BEST EVER MASSAGE at a place in Old Town called Metamorphosis. AWESOME. Somewhere on another camera there is a picture of me sitting on a couch all squishy like jello, post massage. There is a lovely seniorita at my hands giving me a mani, and another at my feet doing the pedi. That might be my happy place, that couch.



On the boat ride to Las Calitas. I'll take that villa on the cliff, please and thanks.






Las Calitas, another happy place. The kids had a blast here. Swimming, snorkeling, hiking, playing with the crabs in the rocks. And the food was fabulous. Actually, the food was fabulous everywhere we went. But particularly good while my feet were stuck in the sand on a secluded beach.






Yep. That's a Monkey. Cute little bugger.




Dinner at La Palapa.



Yum!

Puerto Vallarta is rather known for their amazing food. We didn't have a single bad meal. And there was great wine everywhere we went too. Mr. G was pretty excited about the $20 bottles of good vino. Mucho Gusta!

Hey, look who's back!


Funky art on the Malecon and a package of Mexican Oreos. This might be Sweet Pea's happy place.





There are a bunch more iguana pix, but I'll spare you.

Oh. So the speeding ambulance story. It's nothing major really. Will fell off the bed and hit his head on the tile floor. Big goose egg. Much crying. He fell so sound asleep from 1) the crying, and 2) the fact that it was naptime, and then we couldn't really judge if he was just tired or maybe had a concussion. So the hotel doc wanted an x-ray. And, get this...the ambulance ride was free. A cab would have cost us $30. So away we went. Sirens, lights and all. It was terrifying actually. Much scarier than the injury. Our entire hospital trip, including 2 x-rays only cost $170.00. Can you believe that? The hospital was really nice too. We were in the ER here last weekend - because Will got a bad case of pink eye while we were in the mountains, and there is no place else to go on a Saturday afternoon in rural Idaho except the ER - I bet that little visit costs my insurance company $800 or more. Crazy!

The trip was so wonderful though. GO TO PUERTO VALLARTA. It's so lovely. Get a massage from Angie at Metamorphosis. Eat at Sea Fare in the Marina. Walk the Malecon. Take a boat to Los Arcos national park. Take a thousand pictures of an iguana. Drink things with pinapple slices in them. Eat. Eat. Eat. And take me with you. It's way more fun with a lot of people you love to hang out with.

~Clover