Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Holly Jolly Hodge Podge Happenings

Well it is time for the Hodge Podge and I am glad to be actually participating this time.  The last two I have saved and started and then never finished or published.  Life is busy but I enjoy this so I made sure to get done today :)  Thanks Joyce for taking the time and effort to put this together - it is greatly appreciated!!
If you have not already joined in after reading my answers head over to Joyce's great blog, 
From This Side of the Pond and join in.  She is a much more reliable blogger as well :)

1.  Share your traditions surrounding the Christmas stocking. 

Hmm... we don't really have big traditions about our Stocking... we open them when we first wake up and that is about it.  I am interested to hear all of yours.

2.  How many hours of sleep do you average at night?  Is it enough?

Well I don't do sleep great.  I have a hard time shutting off my mind and I am a night person so that works against me.  I get anywhere from 4 to 7 hours.  I have kids that still get up at night sometimes so if I go to bed late and then they are up I am really struggling the next morning.   No it is not enough and I have been working on improving that because it is so important.

3.  If you had to give up one thing for the remainder of this year what would it be?

Cleaning the bathrooms?  No that is just what I want to give  I think I would give up tv.

4.  The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (or Wills and Kate as I like to call them) have announced they're expecting a baby. Do you follow news of the Royals? 

Well I have always been interested but especially living in England you follow it.  I am very excited for them and I hope that she feels better soon and they are given space to enjoy this experience.

5.  For me,  the sound of childhood is__________________.

Jets flying.

6.  Fruit cake-yay or boo? What's your favorite dessert made with fruit?

Boo.  Fruit pizza is probably my favorite dessert made with fruit.

7. What is one thing you want to accomplish before 2012 comes to an end?

I would like to get my Christmas cards out this year as compared to last year.  Lofty goal I know.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

I hope that the magic of the Season gets everyone excited and that Christmas can be enjoyed with peace and joy for each of you.   That you don't get stuck in the hustle and bustle and chaos that it can contain.

Oh and if you have an extra 30 seconds my last post has two humorous pictures brought to you by my wacky kids.

Mom vs Dinosaur

Has it really been over a months since I posted?  Wow.... I wish I had a great story or excuse as to why that it.  I don't.  We have been busy & life has been quiet in a sense.  Much going on yet not a lot to talk about.  I am working on that - we need to liven things up around here :)

Some things we have been up to:

We had Halloween and I think I took zero pictures... way to go mom.  We had a Halloween Bash with a few friends over to eat a rushed dinner & then we went out to the chaos of trick or treating.  It was freezing so we made record time.... I was sorely disappointed in the lack of chocolate items in G's Halloween bag.  Sadly for him he cannot eat chocolate so I am usually extremely blessed with his spare treats.  Not this year.  We gave out over 500 pieces of candy.
For dinner I made a new chili recipe that had sweet potatoes... it was unusual but good.  I made a second pot of vegan chili... it was suppose to be the same minus the meat... for some reason it was not... it was terrible.  Apologies again Kelly and family.  Luckily they had brought something they could eat since I failed.
We also had great friends over who stayed here and handed out candy so we could go out as a family to trick or treat.  Thank you to Becky and Eric (not their real names but the names Mr. B likes to call them)

November is a blur.  We had Thanksgiving.  I ended up cooking a tiny 8lb turkey because it was all that would fit in our oven... there was barely enough meat to feed us 5.  Sorely disappointed and made my long for a giant American oven.  Maybe next year we will invest in a fryer.  Luckily for us the base had several other Thanksgiving potlucks, etc so we were able to have about three turkey meals prior to our sad one.

In other news my son drew this picture:

Here is the conversation that followed that:  (between my 6yr old who drew it and my three year old)

B:  Is that mom?
D: No it is a dinosaur...
B:  Well it sure looks like mom

My husband could barely contain himself long enough to get out of the room before he collapsed in laughter. Punks every single last one of them.

We put up our tree and then remembered we had accidentally stored 90% of our ornaments prior to moving. So we have two gallon bags full of bulbs that we put up, a set of 6 star wars ornaments and 6 mickey mouse ones... no topper.  It is a little sad but okay.  I have big plans as soon as all the stuff goes on sale.  Also the kids keep rearranging the ornaments although they are not allowed so we end up with this:

We frequent the library here a lot.  We kids always find the best books that I am so proud to check out.  Like this:

Yes those are buttons on the right so you can have sound effects as well as the amazing text.

Dying in testosterone land here so I often check out story books about Princess's and make the boys read those also.  Yep.

Just in case it is another month before I blog I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and may you find joy and peace in the season... not chaos and crazy :)

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Hodge Podge Happenings

So life has been nuts and if I don't have time to at least get my Hodge Podge post up then I have to much going on in my life :)  So here is to simpler times and doing less and maybe if I say it enough times it will happen - judging by my entire family not likely.

1.  So, do you like beer? 

No.  Once upon a time long long ago I did but I no longer drink.

2.  What's your least favorite repetitive task? 

Cleaning bathrooms.  If you are new to reading my blog no worries I am sure I will rant about it soon - in my defense I have three boys to clean up after... I think that entitles me to a few rants every now and then.

3.  When was the last time you rode a bus?  Where was it headed? 

The last time I rode a bus was to swimming lessons with my son's class at school.

4.  What song from your childhood or from your own children's childhood could make a parent's nerves stand on end? 

I think there is one something about a song that never ends which is annoying but what really irritates me these days are my kids running around screaming Braundo commercials that they saw on you tube...

5.  The US Presidential election cycle is drawing to a close (can I get an AMEN??), and the third and final debate was held last night...what was the last thing you 'debated about'?

Hmmm....well I don't know that we 'debated it' but conversations were held about where to hold my son's upcoming birthday party.

6.  Can a person make too much money?  How much is too much?

Is there something like too much money?  It seems like we and the world always need more.  Seriously though yes, I think that a lot of celebrities and athletes make way to much and often have little to show for it.  I know lots of people donate to charity and all which is great but if you have ever watched an episode of Cribs on MTV you know that someone has too much $$ and time on his hands after you see a few of those houses.  How many gold plated sinks do you need?  How about a few normal high end sinks and buy groceries for some peeps?  Just sayin

7.  Pop-soda-coke-something else...what's it called where you live?

Joyce could probably answer this questions better than me as she speaks fluid England Speak :)  Where I grew up though we always said drink or you might say, "hey want to go get a coke?" but you might get chocolate milk or ice tea.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

I am full of random thoughts today.  I am slightly overwhelmed at attempting to do this B Day party when I seriously just did a blow out Mario party for my other son about a week ago.  Two B Days in October is sometimes rough.
My niece is in the hospital delivering my new great niece tonight and I cannot wait to see pictures and really wish I could be there in person.
After two years of working on a medical problem of my son's with a variety of Dr.'s I feel like we are finally making some progress.  Prayers are being answered and I am beyond grateful and feel very blessed.
Lastly, it is super foggy again today and I would rather curl up on my couch and read and/or sleep all day but out into it I go.  This is not one of my favorite things about being here.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Hot glue = no more pockets for children in my house!

So, last night as I was moving the 100th load of laundry out of the dryer (well it felt like the 100th but was probably more like the 15th...) there was a sock that did not come tumbling out when I pulled everything else out and it was stuck.  For about 2 seconds I was puzzled over what would make a sock stick in the dryer, until I noticed the bubble gum wrapper sticking up out of the lint filter. Upon further investigation discovered the melted gum in the back of the dryer.  The brand new dryer.
I find stuff allllllll the time in the washer and dryer from the boys.  Legos, rocks, more rocks, more Legos, crayons. It makes me crazy and I constantly request they do not use their pockets and that they empty them prior to taking off their pants and putting them into the dirty laundry.  Still  I do check their pockets but apparently not thoroughly enough.
 So I have decided that little boys pants should not have pockets at all in them.  I will be hot gluing my kids shut today... yes hot glue because they have a lot of pants and i don't have time or ambition to sew all those.
Seriously why should they have pockets?  They do not have wallets to carry... they don't put toys in their pockets they either carry them, throw them in a backpack or most commonly trick their mothers into schlepping them around.  Boys are gross and pick up gross things... I say down with pockets until they are doing their own laundry.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Finally back at Hodge Podge

I am so happy to be back to posting and happy to be participating in Hodge Podge again!  Thank you Joyce for easing me back into blogging again with great questions :)  Check her out over at:

1. The Wednesday Hodgepodge this week falls on John Chapman's birth date.  He's more famously known as Johnny Appleseed...what's your favorite variety of apple? 

I really like Grapples. (Apples that taste slightly like grapes)  You can check it out more here

2.   When did you last say 'ick'? 

Yesterday when I cleaned my kids bathroom - no dry heaving this time though so I was happy about that.

3.   Do you think there's a generation gap?  Explain. 

This question requires too much thought right now :)  I didn't use to think there was but as I get older and see teenagers I think there must be.

4.  What's on your computer screen saver?  Do you leave it alone or change it often? 

A family picture and I like to change it periodically.  I am to lazy and busy to do it often but I like change.

5.  If you had the attention of the entire world for two minutes, what would you say? 

I would say stop, be grateful and be kind.

6.  Four fashion trends to try this fall are-brocade/jacquard (fancy printed fabrics), peplum, lace, and printed pants...which of these four would you be most likely to wear? 

Well I did purchase a peplum dress which I really like & I think out of the others I would most go for lace.  I just don't know if I can pull of the printed pants.

7.  What can make your bad day better?

A hug from my kids and chocolate.

8.  Insert your own random thought here. 

Well, it has been ages since I posted on my blog, let alone to the Hodge Podge.  August was an insanity filled month and September has been a little nuts also.  I really am hoping that life has slowed down and that we are finally getting back into routine around these parts and yay for finally having internet so I can rejoin you!!!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Hodge Podge & Moving Madness

Well I am taking a QUICK break from packing to join in on the great Hodge Podge questions.  Please stop by Joyce's blog after reading and commenting here to find other great blogs and join in!  

1. I'm joining my daughter1 in the 101 in 1001 challenge. Essentially you create a list of 101 things you hope to do or accomplish in the next 1001 days. What's one thing you'd put on your list?

Publish an e-book

2. How many remote controls do you have in your house? What's one item in your home you wish could be operated by remote control?

Four remotes & I wish I could oven turning on by remote.

3. What does having it all mean to you? Is it attainable?

I don't know if truly having it all is attainable because there is never enough time, or money, etc.  BUT, depending on your personal definition of having it all you might.   I have a home, food, a car and an amazing family who is all pretty healthy.  My husband has a secure job and we live in an amazing place.  I think we pretty much do have it all.

4. What's your favorite movie soundtrack?

There are numerous amazing soundtracks & I love music.  Not sure if I can narrow it to one.  Growing up we use to listen to The Jazz Singer all the time so I really like that.  Jurassic Park has some amazing music on and it and I like some of the Twilight music as well.

5. Describe the best view you've seen from a rooftop.

When we lived in Japan our first apartment had a rooptop area that we could go and watch the sunrise and sunset.  It was amazing to sit there and look out over the Ocean etc.    No idea where on the computer those picture are and I don't have time to look as I am suppose to be packing my heart out.  Sorry!

6. What's your least favorite thing about summer?

Mosquitos and snakes.

7. Our weekly Hodgepodge falls on the first day of August. In ten words or less sum up your July.

Wet, funny, chaotic, laughter, tears, new.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

Found out last night that we are moving in 7 days and the only thing packed up so far is my husband's dresser and nightstand.  So the next few days might be a bit frantic. We are doing it all ourselves in the midst of summer camp, the dog's surgery (which we travel 3 hours each way for starting at 4am) and all the other things life has to throw at you.  I know this is the best thing for my family but I am not excited about it and feeling a bit panicky.  So, if you are a prayer, pray that I don't lose my schmidt in the next three weeks.   
For something lighter here is a hilarious picture of my husband and dog swinging at the park.  Yes my dog loves to swing.  Who knew?  I am so glad I had my camera so I could capture this because it will make me laugh for forever :)

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Music Monday published on Tuesday

So because I am lazy but still want to post more than I do I decided to do Music Monday.  Super original right?  I also LOVE music so there is that :)  My tastes are super super varied.  I listen to just about all of it.  Country, pop, classical, rock, and even some rap.

I stumbled upon this song and I really love it and play it over and over.  My kids want to listen to Alvin & the Chipmunks but there are only so many times I can hear that before I want to throw it out the window.  It almost took flight last week.  So I have been declaring large portions of time these days
as "mommy music time".

I love the song because it is just upbeat and happy.  I smile every time I hear it.  I also love the lyrics.

Make You Smile by Catherine Papworth

We know nobody's perfect
We all gotta work at it
No one can see you, show us the real you
Oh and I just want to see you smile,
So hang with me awhile and soon you'll be laughing out loud
Stand up child because better things are coming your way
Sing it out loud no matter what they all say

Those are part of the lyrics.  I like it because I am really trying to teach my kids right now some of those very things.  No one is perfect and we are all trying to do better.  Stand up, be yourself no matter what.  I think being confident in being you is one of the key things a child needs to learn, feel and do.  I am in my thirties and I still work at being comfortable in my own skins sometimes or in new situation.  I struggle and I don't want them to do it so if a song can help that is fabulous.

Here are two links to the song.  It is much better if you can hear it rather than just read about it but I had a hard time finding a really good link so here is two.  One is a live recording. 

 If you have a song that you are loving right now leave the title and artist in the comments so I can check it out.  Hope your week brings you lots of smiles!  

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Back to our regularly scheduled whining... I mean venting

So when summer rolled around I was ready to do nothing for a week or two because I was exhausted from the end of the year running.  We did that well.
I then read several great blogs about summer schedules and thought it was genius... we don't do well here left to our own devices at times. 
 So I made a plan, at least in my head & we did not do it in June.  I blame this partly on my husband's business trip (I am very good at rationalizing my lazy & poor behavior/parenting).
For July I had big plans.  Well it is now the 26th and well we have not done so well this month either.  The boys are playing a lot and well together more times than expected which is great.  But, we have not tried a new recipe each week with them helping me cook nor done an art day each week or the other things we had planned.  But I still have time people and I will make some of this stuff happen even if it kills us all :)

In other failure news here is this tidbit.  Last night at about 11:30 when I was checking my email and getting ready to blog (the hubs was super excited about that by the way) I said, " I need to pick when I am doing book club ... I could do it this day before school starts but then we have only been in the new house like a week so I probably won't be ready or I could do it the week school starts but will that be okay with people?" And Bill said, "What?"  So I explained it all again and he was looking at me like I was insane so I said, "What?  What do you think?"  He said well I would go with the second since the first one is my birthday.  Then he walked/stalked away... and I was yelling, " I would have remembered soon ya know"
In my defense it was late, I was tired and had only had 2 cokes that day.  In his defense he has every right to be super irritated because he always wants to go to bed early and I never do, I often forget important dates like our anniversary, his birthday and lastly I am not great at birthdays.  I would be irritated too.  In fact if he mistakenly was thinking of planning something on my birthday I would probably flip out...he just looked at me like I was nuts.  Because I am.

So honey when/if you read this I am sorry that you are married to such a flaky night owl.  Much love!

Big plans for August people ... BIG plans :)

Oh and since I am so good at making plans and sticking to them I am going to do a list of 101 things in 1001 days.  I discovered the idea via Joyce who found it via her daughter Shannon.  Who wants to join in and see if we can accomplish something?  Or 101 things :)

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Olympic Hodge Podge

I am super excited for the Olympics to start.  I love watching the opening and closing ceremonies and seeing the athletes do amazing things.  Wasn't it amazing what Michael Phelps did?  I think we all become a bit entranced by various aspects of it.   I look forward to sharing parts of it with my kids this year who are getting older and starting to be interested in sports & things besides Nick Jr.   If you are new & are unfamiliar with the drill, read my answers, leave me a comment, then head over to Joyce's great blog where you can link in or find other great blogs to check out.  

1. The Summer Olympics officially begin this Friday...will you be watching? If you could see just one event in person which one would you pick?

Just one huh?  Well.....I think Gymnastics because I use to do gymnastics and I am fascinated by the strength they have & how they flip around.  We have a friend who got tickets for synchronized swimming and is not super excited but I think that would also be pretty cool.

2. Do lazy days make you feel rested or unproductive?

Well I am lazy so many days are lazy  But, I really only like planned lazy days and it being an actual lazy day where you get to read all day or have a movie marathon.  If you can't do that and really enjoy it and unwind that I feel unproductive.

3. July 25 is 'officially' Threading the Needle day...can you sew? On a scale of 1-10 with 1 being not at all and 10 being Betsy Ross-like, how would you rate your skill with a needle and thread?

I can sew barely.  I can do straight lines well :)  I wish I had really stuck with sewing lessons as a child and I am working on picking it back up.  I would rate my skill as a 4.

4. Threading the Needle can also mean to walk a fine line between two things or issues (think awkward social situation). When was the last time you had to 'thread the needle', figuratively speaking?

Well, the one that sticks out the most in my mind is the following tale.  I was getting ready to go to a work dinner with my husband & when I was getting dressed he said, "that ribbon belt makes your dress weird" but I wore it anyway.  Then after the dinner his boss, (who had been gone for a few months in his defense) said, "So when is this happening" and pointed to my stomach.  I had no idea what he was talking about initially.  He said, "oh come on you know these things do have a time limit" and I still was clueless.  So I was looking really confused and I said, "what Sir?"  and he said,  "the baby".  I replied, "he is three months old"  In the meantime my good friend who had quickly caught on had walked away laughing hysterically while I stood there with no idea what was happening.  The guy once he realized what had happened was more embarrassed then me I think and apologized and left very quickly.  In the moment I was just embarrassed that I still looked so pregnant which I had not realized I guess in that dress & now it is just something to laugh about.

5. Kidney, pinto, black, or navy-your favorite bean?

Black beans.

6. Have you ever hosted a garage sale? Was it more success or bust?

Yes I have.  I have had success and bust ones.  I think if you can do it with another person it can be good because then you have a variety of items and help.  Plus it just depends on location & weather.  I think the best ones I have been to have been community sales where there are a lot of people.

7. What makes you roll your eyes?

Currently my husband who is giving me lip about finishing this at 11:30pm rather than go to bed. 

8. Random Thought....

I am losing the battle of the soda war again.  My husband and I were talking last night about if we just don't buy it then we don't drink it.  He said he would not buy anymore and I looked at him like he was crazy I am sure.  I was thinking I don't think you want me off my meds like that when we are getting ready to move.  Yes I refer to soda as my meds, my kids refer to it as "mommy juice".
  So today of course I was out so I went and bought more and found myself thinking well when we move I will quit.  Then I think well once we get all unpacked and settled I will quit and then after that I am sure I will find another excuse and another deadline.  It is just so hard to stop drinking it and I don't want to be that person who gives in and just keeps doing it.  Sigh.  We shall see.  Soda won the battle today but it will not win the war :)

Outside every time

So I have not been posting because I have not been inside so much as outside at places like this:
{picture not the greatest but I snapped it really quick on my phone the other night}

Because the weather is beautiful right now
 It is warm, it is sunny, it is not raining & so we have to be outside every second that we can because in a blink it will be gone.  My house was even hot the other night. Hot!   I could not believe it was so hot we all had a hard time going to sleep.  Opening the windows, turning on the fans early in the evening to cool the house down is a new concept around here & I am loving every second of it.  
So, until the weather turns I again I will be an infrequent visitor because as a wise woman I know said something like, "I will pick  real life and being outside every time".  
That is not an exact quote from Natalie because I could not find the post where she said that but I remember the gist of it being burned into my brain when I read it.  Because she was so right and I had not been doing that.  I had not been seizing those moments with my kids like I should have... but I am now.  

*If I find the post I will link it here.  You shoudl go check out her blog though because she is an amazing photographer and incredible person.  I keep trying to lure her here to England but so far no such luck :)  Natalie if you read this you need to come !!!!!!

    • TODAY
    • HIGH67°
    • LOW56°
    • CLOUDY
    • HIGH73°
    • LOW57°
    • FRIDAY
    • HIGH68°
    • LOW50°

See that!  Amazing :)  And no 67 & 68 is not hot in most places but here it is :)  And it has been over 70 a few days.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Olympic Hodge Podge

1. The Summer Olympics begin next week and London is playing host. If you had the chance to go in person which (non-Olympic) London site would you most like to visit?

Well we have been to London but I would like to go back and walk around more and see many things.  I would really like to see the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace & I would like to check out the museums.

2. What is something in your life right now that feels like an Olympic event?

Getting all three of my kids & myself ready quickly and then out the door to be on time to anything.  Or I could really say getting them to do anything lately.  Getting them to pick up without whining, getting them to play nicely together, I think I would also add taking care of our dog.

3. What's your favorite supper to prepare and serve when it's too hot to cook?

Cereal?  Okay if you want me to actually put some effort into it I would probably make for the grownups chef salad and for the kids I would grill hot dogs, have a veggie tray & some fruit.

4. July 18th is National Get Out of the Doghouse Day...when was the last time you were 'in the doghouse'?

I am sure I have never been in the doghouse :)  And if I had ever been there I would plead the 5th.

5. What television advertisement do you find particularly irritating or inappropriate? You may not answer with 'all of them'. I know some of you were thinking about it.

I find the game Doggy Doo game disgusting and I despise when the commercial comes on because my kids crack up & want to get it.  It will never happen.  I told them if they want to pick up dog poop we have a backyard full of it go for it.  Here is a link if you are not sure what I am talking about and curious.

6. Share one piece of interesting news from the year you were born.

Apple Computers was formed that year.

7. What's the best part of your average day?

Bedtime.  No in all seriousness I love after breakfast, when I get to sit and cuddle up with my boys and read.  Everyone is happy in the morning generally.  4pm until dinner hour is probably my least favorite part because everyone is hungry, whiny, cranky and tired - myself included.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

I have been watching Downton Abbey and I find myself wanting to scream at the tv... just marry Mathew for heavens sake!  And I really want to take Mary & Edith and knock their heads together and yell, "grow up already!"  Love the show.  Anyone else watching it?

Now hop on over to Joyce's fab blog From This Side of the Pond to play along and/or to read other people's fun answers.

It's Okay Tuesday

It's Okay that it is raining.... again....

It's Okay that I don't have enough hangers to hang my kids clothes so I am going to buy more, rather than do the work of cleaning out their closets.

It's Okay that my new iPhone does not seem to have coverage at the house we are soon moving to.

It's Okay that I had to say for the 100th time, "do not hit your brother in the nuts with a light saber"

It's Okay that my children thought it was opposite day and disregarded most of my instructions this afternoon.  And by most I mean all.

It's Okay that we are so unaccustomed to sun here that on Sunday when it was a mere 60 something I was actually hot at one point.

It's Okay that after like an hour of actual light on my face it was slightly sunburned & it looks like I  have the complexion of a vampire.

It's Okay that when I watch Downton Abbey I just want to grab Edith & Mary's heads and crack them together and yell "grow up both of you".

It's Okay that even with all the "venting" I do I realize that my life is pretty sweet.  I have an amazing husband, fabulous friends & family, gorgeous kids who love me even if they act like howler monkeys.

It's Okay that you are now leaving my blog because my rant is over :)  Hop on over to 
Airing My Dirty Laundry, One Dirty Sock at a Time and visit the funny blog that started this & if you have a need to rant join in.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Hey look mom it's .....

So we were out and about on a walk the other night, enjoying one of the rare breaks from the rain and my little one (or as I like to call him as of late "The Instigator") yelled out, "Mom look it is Jesus's Castle"
Yep buddy it is.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Lego Creator you are on my list

So I have a list and you do not want to make "the list".  It is not a good thing.  Previously on my list was the creator of bunk beds.  Yes bunk beds are great if you don't have a lot of space but changing the sheets of the top bunk is not easy or fun & it makes me mutter swear words in Serbian which means I am really really frustrated.

Now added to the list, the person who invented Legos.  I have a love/loathe relationship with Legos as I am sure most mothers do.  We are happy that our kids love to play with them and the creativity they foster as they dream up countless ways to build and rebuild with them.  Then there are the times that you get to clean them all up because they "forgot" or when you step on one that was missed in the middle of the night, or when you are carrying a huge laundry basket, etc.  Not fun.  Those things are annoying for sure but what brought about my loathing you ask?

See this empty bucket?  It normally contains hundreds of Legos.  The tiny ones.

Legos such as these:

Well one day while  my son got sick..... in the Lego bucket.  Imagine my joy that he got so worked up throwing a tantrum that he yakked into the Lego bucket & now I get to clean it.
So sadly I have experience in cleaning Legos but that is a whole other story.  (Previously also they were the huge Duplo blocks which are MUCH easier to clean) so I knew what steps to take.

1) Fill tub up part way with water and soap.
2) Dump Legos In and swish around.
3) Wipe out bucket and let dry.
4) Swish Legos around again, try not puke yourself as chunks float by.
5) Lay out towels in master bedroom floor.
6) Get colander and bowl.
7) Load colander with Legos, rinse off under faucet, drain and carry colander in bowl to towels and dump Legos on towels.
8) Repeat a thousand times.
9) When all Legos have finally been removed from tub, drain and clean.
10) Place fan to blow on Legos to speed drying time.
11) Re-arrange Legos periodically to ensure complete drying.
12) When finally dry 24hrs or so later... pick all Legos back up and replace bucket.
13) While you are doing things take many calming breaths so you can still with your still upset child & other two kids who all of a sudden are quite needy and insane dog who all of a sudden is VERY interested in the bathtub.
14) Try not to curse your husband who is away on business.
15) Apply several coats of lotion to now destroyed raisin hands.

Repeat process one week later when there is another freak Lego incident.  I don't want to talk about that one at all other than to say it BEST not happen again.

*If you have to clean the big Legos it is easier because you dump them into the tub with soap and water, pull the drain after they soak for a bit and then rinse them off with the shower nozzle, them transfer them to a towel, much faster and easier than the colander method needed for tiny Legos.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Hodge Podge Ramblings

Well it is time for the weekly Hodge Podge brought to us by the lovely Joyce at 
From This Side of the Pond.  I am grateful at the material she provides week after week to get my brain going in a new direction.  Hop on over to her blog & join in if you have not already done so and I hope to see you back here soon!

1. How often do you check the weather? How do you check the weather?

Well I think usually I just look out the window in the mornings & see what it looks like and go from there.  Here in England though, the weather is a bit fickle so it may look sunny and by the time you get dressed, downstairs and ready to walk out the door the rain has started.  You quickly learn a few things: 1) dress in layers, 2) be ready for anything & 3) if you are waiting for great weather to go do something you might never leave your house.
Having said all that, we have been having buckets of rain.  (Supposedly more rain than they have had in like a 100 yrs in June - yay)  So I have been checking the weather on yahoo each day to see if it says anything besides rain for days on end.  The sun is currently out and the ground is dry which is amazing so I am going to run quickly through this so I can drag the kids out for a walk.  

2. Since this is Volume 84 of the Wednesday Hodgepodge, and since I got married in 1984, and since I'm attending a wedding this weekend, it only seems right to post something related here.

"Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance. If the dispositions of the parties are ever so well known to each other or ever so similar beforehand, it does not advance their felicity in the least. They always continue to grow sufficiently unlike afterwards to have their share of vexation; and it is better to know as little as possible of the defects of the person with whom you are to pass your life." Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

Agree or Disagree? Why?

I think I disagree.  I don't think happiness is a matter of chance.  I think so much of happiness comes from what you make.  You can't choose what happens all the time in your life but you can choose how you respond.  I try to choose to be happy no matter what & when I am living that way (which is not always easy) then I am happier, therefore everyone around me is as well.

I also don't agree with, " it is better to know as little as possible of the defects of the person with whom you are to pass your life."   
I think that yes there are going to be things about the other person maybe you didn't know or things that annoy you that if you love the person enough you just deal with.  But, better to know as much as you can and have important conversations about things prior to becoming super involved or married.   Some things people can overcome and some things you just can't.  Better to know beforehand.

3. Do you like to dance? Have you ever taken dance lessons?

I do love to dance.  The boys & I put on music all the time and dance around the living room.  I think I am pretty good but the reality is probably more like Elaine from Seinfield.  I am sure I took some type of dance classes when I was really small but where I grew up there where not a lot of options.  

4. Fresh from the oven peach pie or homemade peach ice cream. Pick one.

Peach pie.  Yummo!!

5. Should people accept unfairness and learn to make the best of it?

Maybe my answer is based on the fact that my three year old is constantly whining, "that's not fair" like he knows what he is talking about when in most cases he does not.
I think people need to learn the difference maybe between unfair and unjust.  Life sadly is not fair & you do have to make the best of it.   Sometimes though something happens that is unjust and you do need to take a stand.  One thing I notice with my boys is they think they all need the same thing.  If one gets invited to a party they all want to go, if one goes with their Dad to the store & gets a treat they all want one.  Well, it is okay for your brother to go to a party by himself.  Sometimes you will by yourself.  You chose not to go with your Dad and so maybe you can go next time and get a treat.  I try to teach them you don't need all the same things & that is okay.  It does not make it "unfair" just different.  I also want them to learn the difference between them whining about something that seems unfair or something that truly is not fair and is possibly unjust.

6. The top five all time summer blockbuster movies (released between May and August and grossing at least 100 million dollars) are Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Star Wars (the original), Ghostbusters, and E.T. Which one's your favorite?

Ghostbusters.  I think it is my sense of humor but some of the lines just crack me up.  Plus I remember it the best.  

7. If given the chance, would you like to visit the moon?

Not sure on that one.  I would love to say that I would be super adventurous and go but I think I would sit back and wait for a few thousand people to check out first and then go :)  Maybe :)  Of course if my husband wanted to go he might talk me into it like he did that ridiculous ride on top of the Stratosphere in Vegas.    That was a mistake I will not repeat.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

Well I have started the new blog & my goal is to post 5 times a week.  If you followed my other blog I hope you will hop over here & start to follow this one because Rudd Family Circus is about to go private.  It will become a place where our family back home will go to look at pictures of our kids not read my crazy thoughts.  I nearly went with my husband's suggestions of "Krista's Crazy Koolaide - Drink It" which I really liked but opted for Mindless Ramblings instead.  I often feel like I am rambling on here but I am okay with that.  If I am writing I am happy even if it makes no sense to anyone but me at times :)

Happy week and do come back again :)

So it begins ...

So I wanted to start a new blog for several reasons:

1) for some reason my other blog is messed up & when you post no matter how you set the text it does it own thing sometimes and it really really drives me crazy

2) I wanted to keep some of our family things separate from the other fun things I participate in like Hodge Podge or It's Okay Tuesday or just my rants.... I want my other blog to be for my kids to look back on and see their story...not mine.  Plus some family reads that & I imagine they are primarily interested in what we are up to travel wise and our children.   Not me and my crazy :)

3) I get bored & so I thought why not start a whole other one.  The two I don't blog on now are just not enough.  (Read that last line with a heavy dose of sarcasm in your voice)

4) I probably have more reasons but it is currently not raining so I want to hurry and post this post and one other and then we are running outside before the rain starts again.  Which it will.

Thanks for coming by & I hope that you will become a regular visitor.