Friday, July 30, 2010
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
With Jack at summer camp I have spent a few hours each day just with Danny, which I have almost never had before and it has been a joy. One toddler trait I don't like though is where they put all kinds of horrible stuff in their mouth. Today alone I have fished the following out:
- Un-popped popcorn
- A small piece of concrete board (from the bathroom renovation)
- A bit of a Kroger sticker
- A little mat of cat hair
A big storm is a brewing and Craig is currently out with a friend canoeing the Olentangy River. Blast it! If I'm not worrying about the kids I'm worrying about the other half. Such is a wife & mothers life! And that is why I drink wine.
Monday, July 26, 2010
Saturday, July 24, 2010
And here's a little (50-second) video of the slip-n-slide fun in our garden tonight:
Friday, July 23, 2010
Danny has tantrums so bad that they are almost worthy of an award. He is particularly fond of the wet noodle position (see left). It's amazing how different he is to his big brother. Jack has his moments but nothing like the meltdown that Danny can rustle up. If you take something away, or take him somewhere he doesn't want to go, it's KABOOM! He throws himself onto the ground and goes bonkers.
Now, our take on all of this so far has been two-fold: (1) laugh at him or (2) ignore him. Mainly number two. However, we have now got a situation that I'm a bit worried about. This week, in a moment of blind rage, he flung himself backwards so hard that he bashed the back of his head on the floor. Linda is so nervous now that she doesn't even want to take him anywhere there might be a hard surface. It's coming to something isn't it when your child is such a basket-case that you only allow him to play on grass and carpet. But what's the answer? It's not like you can reason with an 18-month old. Maybe I'll make him wear a football helmet? Good idea, no?
Anyway, it's weekend - woo hoo! Craig will be installing a new window in the bathroom and Jack has a play-date with Eva. Other than that, we're having movie night tonight with Jack and I've got "Elizabeth" to watch and my new book to finish (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo). The weather is horrid - 100 degrees and high humidity, so unless we are swimming we'll be hiding inside the house and eating popsicles.
I hope you all have a lovely weekend. Big hugs and kisses go out to my lovely Uncle Stan, who's not so well and in hospital in England. X
Sunday, July 18, 2010
One last thing, on the way from my hotel to the airport in Denver, my driver looked casually to her right when we got to my terminal and said "That's a statue of the God of Death" And there he was, just sat there in the grass. Who in their right mind would put the statue of The God of Death at an airport?
Saturday, July 17, 2010
Friday, July 16, 2010
I really like Denver, the Mile High City. They said I might have trouble breathing with the high altitude but they've obviously never been to Columbus with it's toxic air quality and 98% humidity. Compared to that, this air is like breathing angel's breath. This picture is of is 16th street - pedestrianized and with a free shuttle bus constantly running up and down. It's full of bars and restaurants and shops and buskers. It's very hip and made me feel like partying! Yeah right. It's 10pm and I'm getting ready for bed. I'm getting old.
I had a couple of hours to myself this afty so went to see King Tut. It was good. Maybe I was spoiled by the Titanic exhibit this past spring but I was hoping to see his Sarcophagus and it wasn't part of the exhibit. Some cool stuff though - glad I went.
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Taking Chance got 4.7 stars out of 5, so I knew it was going to be a good movie, but I didn't tell Craig too much ahead of time as he hates dramas. Kevin Bacon stars as a Captain in the Marines that escorts the body of a Private killed in Iraq. He escorts him across the USA and the story is all about that journey and the people he meets along the way. It's based on a true story and of course it's a tear-jerker but it was really interesting to see what happens when a soldier dies and how the forces handle the body until they get home.
By the end of the film I was a wreck and had a face like a squashed tomato. I defy anyone to watch this film and not cry! But it's also a wonderful portrayal of real Americans and it leaves you feeling proud that fallen soldiers are handled with such dignity. I really had no idea how much went into the whole operation.
By the way, Craig loved it and we both gave it 5/5.
Here's the trailer:
Monday, July 12, 2010
I've been secretly chucking stuff away while Jack sleeps or giving it to charity. He has the memory of an elephant though and will ask about some random toy he's not played with for 6 months. "Moma, where's my small ball that turns into a car?". I should respond that after the 10th time of fishing it out of his brothers throat, I threw it away, but I say vaguely 'Mmm, not sure love, wherever you left it" and do a quick retreat.
I did find a nice (though plastic) toy-box on Craig's List but had a bugger of a time actually storing toys in it:
One of my other worries with all this plastic rubbish is the scare about lead in the paint (since Danny chews on everything) and the fact that most plastics contain BPAs. Even baby bottles and cups! So I'm going to try and get rid of some plastic toys and only buy BPA-free cups from now on. I might be over-reacting but when I hear terms like ADHD and cancer my mummy gene kicks in.
Monday, July 05, 2010
I just read two books.
The first was Making Rounds with Oscar, which I wanted to read after losing Frank. I'm still taking those big deep breaths when I think of him and I'll totter down to his spot in the garden and say hello when I'm brave. I saw Craig go down there tonight to do the same as I spied him from the fence and had a little cry ... Anyway, it was a great book and I can say that I didn't learn anything that I didn't already know about cats (the author knew nothing about feline characters) but I learnt a lot about Alzheimer's disease. And holy cow it frightened me. A good book though and 3/5 from me.
Next, I got a book out of the library for Craig but he was too busy so I read I am Ozzy by Ozzy Osbourne. I read two pages and immediately went out and bought a copy for my dad for his birthday, because he likes a laugh too. I just finished mine last night and I loved it.
I was never into Black Sabbath and only really got to know Ozzy through The Osbournes. Craig was into Black Sabbath 25 years ago, so he just looks at me funny and nods when I try and tell him something from the book. Anyway, I'm sure some of you think Ozzy was a waster and an idiot but I'll tell you this. Ozzy Osbourne was born a working class man that made it to a multi-millionaire. He has tons of friends and a family that love him. He's a character, he's funny and loving and, most important in this book, honest as the day is long. I wish there were more people in the world like Ozzy, instead of the plastic, anal people you meet that want to look perfect all the time, while behind closed doors it's a train wreck.
So, I am now trying to catch up on his songs. I always thought I didn't like heavy rock. Thought it was a bunch of 40-year old single men living in their mum's basement screaming into a microphone. Turns out that's "thrash metal". Who knew.
So, here's my favourite Ozzy song "Paranoid" when he was with Black Sabbath.
And I give the book a huge 5 out of 5, with big drunken bells on the end.
Sunday, July 04, 2010
Saturday, July 03, 2010
Thursday, July 01, 2010
We kick-started the birthday festivities by taking Jack to the Zoo on Tuesday night. If you look really close at this picture you can see the two kangaroos in the background at it like rabbits. I'll never tire of childish humour, obviously.
This little fella has come along leaps and bounds. I went into his bedroom this morning and said good morning. He said "Hi!" and then "Finger!" as he showed me one of his digits. Not the rude one, thankfully. He's a gem and I love him to bits, but this post isn't about him.
Back to Jack's birthday festivities: So far we have gone swimming, to the Zoo, and tonight Auntie Gina and Matt came over which is always a big treat for him. Gina is one of those gifted people that can immediately make kids at ease and want to play. We have pictures of them holding him when he was days old, which is a lovely feeling to have about friends.
Jack the Lad. You're going to be FOUR! I still think of you as my toddler, my baby and you're not. You are a little boy that's galloping along towards independence. I don't want to stop it because I want you to be confident and independent but OH, I wish these last two years at least had gone slower.