A Little Bit of This and That

I was in the kitchen making dinner when Hayden comes running into the room screaming, “MOM! MOM! MOM!” I stopped what I was doing and gave him my full attention.

“What is it, Hayden? What’s wrong?”

He paused for a moment to catch his breath and then said, “Mom, when it is warm about again, can we PHULEEASE go swimming?”

I was really kind of dumbfounded by his question especially since at the moment he asked the question the wind whipped snow up at the window. “Um, sure.” I answered.

“Ok, cool. Thanks, mom.” And he ran out of the room.

Weird. My kids are totally weird.


Jake is the only one of the little kids that can open doors. So it makes sense that when Quinn and Claire go into a room, the close the door and ultimately get themselves stuck in a room. I don’t understand this because as soon as the door closes, they bang on it to be opened again.

Jake has taken this to be his call to action. When he hears banging on the door, he will stop what he is doing, stand up and say, “I coming guys! I will save you!”

Then he runs to whatever room they are stuck in and opens the door (aka saves the day).


I was in the Costco parking lot, loading all my groceries into the back of the van when I noticed that my hand was wet.  I looked around the chart but I didn’t see a puddle. I sniffed my hand but it didn’t smell like anything. So then I did something that really is almost too gross to write. I licked the wet spot in my hand.

Seriously, what in the world was I thinking?

I had no idea what this wet substance was on my hand so I stuck my tongue out and put it in my mouth. It could have been dog pee or any number of things that are not suitable for tasting or going in one’s mouth. Thank goodness it was  orange juice.

What am I two years old? Seriously, what is wrong with me?


How many people can say they have eaten a piece of pizza as big as their head?

Well, Claire can.

And actually, I think this piece might be bigger than her head.

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  1. Random, and funny! Do all your kids have big blue eyes or just Claire? I don’t think I’ve ever taken the time to notice … And what about you and Jeff?

    I’m just interested because my husband and I have green/brown eyes, we have a little girl with predictably dark brown eyes, and two boys with surprise deep dark blue eyes.

    • All our kids have blue eye, although Claire’s are the most brilliant. The boys are dark blue eyes.
      And yes, Jeff and I do both have blue eyes but Jeff’s brother has really dark brown eyes. I thought it would have been cool if one of the kids had brown eyes but that didn’t happen.

  2. Hayden is not crazy, my kids do that all the time. Even the older ones.

    So cute that Jake is the new super hero in the house. Do you think he’ll teach them how to open doors or that he doesn’t what to give up his super hero position?

    I’ve smelled mysterious substances but never tasted them. Glad it wasn’t pee.

    That is a big piece of pizza but she looks so cute eating it.

  3. I just love Jake the superhero! Ag and Hayden just wants some summer. Poor kid. Send him over for the weekend and we’ll go swimming.

  4. Love it! With the licking the hand thing I believe it is 1 of 2 things. Either 1 – you are a bit brainwashed by your 2 year olds you are now doing what they do or 2 – you are a ICU nurse knowing that nothing you lick off your hand, no matter how gross and disgusting, is likely to kill you! :-)
    .-= Diana´s last blog ..Leave It To My Little Sis…. =-.

  5. ps – I LOVE your new look! Fantastic job!
    .-= Diana´s last blog ..Leave It To My Little Sis…. =-.

  6. You licked it? You couldn’t sniff it? LOL Oh Jen. Gross. LOL

    And I love that he’s the hero. Tristan can open some doors some of the time. And sliding closet doors some of the time, too. I have to be the hero.
    .-= S Club Mama´s last blog .. =-.

  7. I can also eat a piece of pizza bigger than my head. Claire and I would make a good pair.
    .-= Susan´s last blog ..It’s time =-.

  8. I love catching up on your random stuff. :) That picture is hilarious! haha!
    .-= Kelly Deneen´s last blog ..Photostory Friday: 365, Week 6 =-.

  9. Lol! I can’t believe you licked it!!! Too funny.
    And at least you don’t have to rescue the kids when they are stuck in the room.. love it when the siblings take care of each other.
    .-= Emmy´s last blog ..New Look, Prizes and Awards =-.

  10. You know, Claire is just insanely adorable!
    And does Jake wear his superhero cape when saving them? 😉
    .-= Emily´s last blog ..A best friend… =-.

  11. I’m new, i just found you via Twitter, so glad I did this was a funny funny post. i can’t believe you licked your hand! Well actually i kind of can…

  12. Oh gawd you licked it?!!?? Too funny!
    .-= Cranky Sarah´s last blog ..My attempt at smokey eyes =-.

  13. You and your family are so entertaining:-)

  14. did Claire actually eat that entire piece of pizza! whoa!

    Oh…and if we ever meet in person…remind me not to shake your hand…lol!
    .-= Barbara Manatee´s last blog ..downloading =-.

  15. I love the new look…now, if I could only take the wrinkles out of my face the way you did with your blog…

  16. i LOVE that my oldest 2 run to open doors for mason when he gets trapped in a room.

    if only i could train them to heat up a bottle and rock him back to sleep in the middle of the night. now THAT would be awesome.
    .-= stephanie´s last blog ..hip, hip hooray! its time for a giveaway! =-.

  17. OMGOSH! I am seriously laughing about you licking your hand! I actually had to just read it to Russ so he doesn’t think I’m nuts laughing at my laptop. Of course, when i told him, : This is my friend, jen, that I am meeting next week… he now thinks you are nuts and so am I. LOL
    (I hope we laugh til my sides hurt in baltimore!)

    ps You should sign in on Friday Fragments for this post.
    .-= debi9kids´s last blog ..Sometimes We All Just Need a Laugh =-.

    • Stop it. You are making me all nervous to meet you. I don’t know if I can be funny in person. But what the hell, here’s hoping my whit is quick and yes, we do laugh all weekend long. :)

  18. I would have licked it too. LOL And I think it because of the people we live with.

    Love LOVE that picture! CUTE.
    .-= Lourie´s last blog ..Random Friday =-.

  19. Thanks for the chuckle~ love your blog!

  20. I love this post, it is all those little disjointed things that make life entertaining. That piece of pizza is huge and Claire’s eyes are gorgeous. Dropping by from Mama Kat’s.
    .-= Lizgizzy´s last blog ..Weekly Writer’s Workshop =-.

  21. This was just so amusing and cute! Your kids will never let you run out of blog material. And DO NOT LICK UNKNOWN SUBSTANCES OFF YOUR HAND!

    Gosh … I would love a piece of pizza bigger than my head right now!
    .-= Jenners´s last blog ..My (Mercifully Brief) Stand-Up Comedy Career =-.

  22. holy shit where do you even get a slice of pizza that big?
    .-= Joy´s last blog ..Drake =-.

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