Thursday, February 26, 2009

It seems like it's been a while since I did my last post. I have been immersed in a very entertaining book series called "Bloody Jack". I just finished my fourth book and need a bit of a breather so I can clean the house. Whenever I am reading a book, most everything else goes untended. There are puzzle pieces and socks lying all over the house and I think the kids need some attention, too. Maggie has been so crabby the last couple days so maybe she is finally getting a tooth. She'll be 11 months old on the 28th and she doesn't have a single tooth. I always like to blame fussiness/meanness on teething.

This past weekend we finished Will's bday festivities with a party with the Muncie crew. Will got a bunch of presents again and our big, old house is nearly bursting. I will have to start a toy rotation so not all the toys are out at once.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

This weekend has been the start of Will's birthday festivities. My family came down from Goshen on Friday afternoon. We ate some pizza and brownies and Will opened his presents. He got a Buzz Lightyear spaceship and figurines, Diego puzzle, Cars sticker book, and Cariboo among other things. Cariboo is kind of fun and fortunately not confusing since I am terrible at playing games. After we opened presents we went to the Holiday Inn where the fam was staying and we went swimming. Will was excited to go swimming but as we were putting his swimming gear on, he chickened out. I originally didn't want to get in (it's February and I am always cold!), but I am glad I did. Ethan and I had a good time. Playing with kids often reminds me that my movements are too utilitarian and joyless. Kids move for the sheer joy of it, unlike adults. The only other time I feel that way is when I am on my bike, although I might not feel that way pulling two kids behind me in the trailer. We will have to see about that. There was some kind of a state wrestling championship that weekend and some of the wrestlers were staying at the Holiday Inn. We got out of the pool just in time because as we were leaving a gaggle of teenage boys and their families piled into the pool area. There is something about the thought of teenage boys swimming that makes me want to skim the pool and pour a couple buckets of chlorine into the water. They are just dirty by their very nature, no matter how many hours they spend in a hot shower.

On Saturday my mom, sister, and Maggie and I went to the Fashion Mall to window shop. Then we went to the Cheesecake Factory for the Kreuters to get their CF fix. Big Mistake. Never go out to a restaurant on Valentine's day weekend. Especially the CF. The line to just put your name on the list was way out the door, even in the middle of the afternoon. But, we finally got in and ate and the kids were really good (Will had Buzz with him). My day was made CONSIDERABLY brighter when we went out to the parking lot and some foolish teenage boy had gotten his big white truck stuck in one of the remaining snow drifts. It looked like the undercarriage of the car was stuck in the highest part of the drift. I'm sure that ruined his Valentine's Day date. If I were his date I would've called for someone to pick me up and never gone out with that fool again. At this point you may wonder if I have something against teenage boys. I don't know about that, but if I do I only have 10 years to get over it before Will arrives at that stage.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

I have been loving this warm weather! I know it's just a teaser and that it will get cold for another couple of months, but I am determined to enjoy it while i can. Yesterday we went on a walk to the post office to drop off some mail. When we started out I had a long sleeve shirt on, a light polar fleece jacket and my heavy winter jacket(it was still only in the 40's). By the time we walked the 7 blocks to the p.o. I had shed my winter jacket. I even got a couple of "hey baby" honks from a couple of grizzled fat men on mopeds(hey, I take compliments when I can get them). I plan on going on another walk in a couple of hours.

Friday, February 6, 2009

We went to the photographer's today and got Will's 3 year pictures and some V-day pictures of Maggie. She is the sweetest little angel in these pictures, but she was being a bit of a stinker while we were there. I couldn't get a smile out of her.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Ahh, our taxes are done. At least I hope. Even though I graduated with a degree in accounting, doesn't mean that I know how to do taxes. That is something that people always mention when I tell them what my degree was. IT IS SIMPLY NOT TRUE! It is also not true that I am very good at math. That was my weakest subject, by far. All I got in college was a head stuffed full of theory. While studying for the CPA exam I crammed my head full of this knowledge, which emptied out as soon as I was done. Tyler can attest to this. He thought I might be helpful in some of his accounting classes, but I was not. I tried to help him with some of his problems, but I simply could not. It was like I am operating on a whole different level now that I stay at home. My mind is occupied with different things, now. And what are we going to do with our tax return? It's all going into the gutters. Of our house, I mean. Our house desperately needs new gutters.