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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Cheerios Overboard

Nathan snatched the Cheerios box off of the table.  They had fun playing and eating for a long time! :-)Fall 2010 001Fall 2010 002Fall 2010 006Fall 2010 004

He Dropped His Pants!

I had just gotten the two ready for bed.

Then, after trashing the diapers, I returned to find this.Fall 2010 018

Logan, where are your pants?Fall 2010 020

You silly boy!   Sweet dreams, you two!Fall 2010 022

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Breaking All the Rules

Because of the boys’ routine, if I have to make appointments to be somewhere, I usually make them for 2:00.  They had an appointment to get their hair cut today.  We ran out the door at 1:45, drove into rain, then I remembered that their appointment wasn’t until 4:00.  Okay, that’s great because we were going to be late to the appointment if it had been at 2:00.  Since we were already on the road, I decided to head into town to pick up a few things.  Yes, it was raining and I’m down to a cheapo single stroller, but I was determined. 
We went to Best Buy to find a wall mount for the TV in the playroom.  The cheapest one I could find was $70.  Nope.  Walked out empty-handed.  Actually, I was not empty handed, since I was carrying Logan and pushing Nathan in the stroller. 
Next, we went to Bed Bath & Beyond.  I had a little time to kill and I thought I might find some curtains for the playroom.  This is where the rule-breaking started.  BB&B is pretty cramped.  It was near impossible to push the cart (where I put Nathan) and push a stroller (Logan).  I gave up.  I folded up the stroller and put it and Logan in the cart.  Oh, and I never buckled Nathan.  I didn’t end up buying anything there, either.Fall 2010 008 I have been trying to get to Ulta for over a week.  By this time it was pouring.  Didn’t stop me.  I didn’t use a stroller this time.  I made Nathan walk and I carried Logan.  Not a good idea since Nathan wanted to break away to explore.  I was after just one item located at the very front of the store.  I made the purchase very quickly, carried both babies out to the car (while both checkers watched in shock), then headed to Taco Cabana to reward my efforts.  I do that a lot: reward my efforts.  More than I should.  The leftover Halloween candy stash has been getting smaller.
My phone has been doing a weird thing with the screen lock/unlock button.  I decided to go by Verizon to get it fixed real quick.  This is where my rule-breaking gets bad.  I parked in a handicapped spot (yes, there was another one available for actual handicapped people), left the kids in the car, and ran into the store.  I had the Verizon guy stand at the door with me so I could be as close as possible to, and see, the car.  I feel pretty guilty about that one.  I’m “that mom” that left her kids in the car.  (Okay, Todd wants me to add that I was just 10 feet away from the car.):-/
After all of that, it was time get gas and head to the boys’ hair appointment.  The boys sat in the chair by themselves.  They did absolutely great.  No fussing.  It’s like they’re old pros at getting their hair cut.Fall 2010 013
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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

I K E A And the Case of the Missing Stroller

I have been going crazy tripping over baby toys day in and day out.  I hate the feeling that my house is never actually clean because of the mess of toys.  I always feel like I’m tripping over a toy, baby, gate, or dog.  So I finally decided that we need a playroom more than we need our guestroom.  I found a storage system that I thought would work well in the playroom at IKEA.  It’s the Trofast system.  So, we changed out car seats and rode with Mamaw in her Suburban to IKEA.  Fall 2010 1091

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Wow!  IKEA is an experience!  It’s like being herded through a museum!  The place is huge.  It put me into major sensory overload.  I tried to stay focused on just finding the Trofast system, although taking everything else in was fun, too.  We found what I needed, learned that we needed to write what we wanted down, then learned how to pick up our items in the self-serve warehouse.  

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After we got through checkout with our loot, we found out that we could not take the cart into the parking lot.  So, I took the kids to the car while Mamaw waited with our cart at the loading dock.  I hurried about to get the kids loaded and the air going, since it was hot, then went to the dock.  The loader guy did a haphazard job of loading, so I jumped in the back to fix the mess.  All the while, I never realized that the trunk was missing one vital item: the stroller!  wasabi

Yes, I forgot to load the stroller into the suburban when I loaded the kids in the parking lot!  On top of that, I didn’t even realize it was missing until the next day!  I was so distracted by a completely new shopping experience, being in a hurry, getting everything/everyone loaded, and changing out car seats that I made a big mistake and lost my stroller.  I called IKEA the next day and they did not have it.  Mom even called and she got the same answer.  So, someone is playing “finders keepers” with my Combi Twin Sport in Wasabi green.  I feel so stupid!

I did a lot of research before I bought my beloved stroller because I knew I needed something that would last, and was also affordable.  I didn’t want to buy a piece of junk that I would have to turn around and replace.  Well, I have ordered a new one (and Wasabi green is no longer available.  I’m getting Indigo instead).  So much for not wanting to end up buying two strollers. :-( Let’s just hope I won’t need to buy a third!

Last picture taken of the boys in their stroller at Ikea.Fall 2010 1096

As for the playroom: it is in progress.  I bought paint and hope to paint this weekend.  I still want to buy curtains or a valance and maybe a few things for the walls.  I hope it turns out okay, but, hey, it’s a playroom.  It’s going to be a mess!  Pictures when it’s done.

So far this week, I have lost a stroller (I consider it stolen, though.  Taking something that doesn’t belong to you, even if the item is unattended, is stealing!  I automatically assumed someone would turn it in.  I think people are honest.), been stung by a bee, and spilled a can of paint on our driveway (more to come on that).