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Another Meme

I got tagged for this meme by my friend over at Diaper Diaries. Here are the rules.:Link to the person that tagged you and post the rules on your blog. Share 5 random and/or weird facts about yourself on your blog or share the 5 top places on your “want to see or want to see again” list or share 5 things you never pictured being in your future when your were 25 years old. Tag a minimum of 5, maximum of 10 random people at the end of your post and include links to their blogs. Let each person know that they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog. The tagees have a choice of which they want to do.

5 places I’d like to visit or go back to…

1. Hawaii. I went there 3 years ago, but had two children in tow. I promised next time I’d go sans children.

2. The Philippines. I lived there when I was 4 and 5. I’d like to go back and see how its changed over the last 25 years.

3. Spain. I’d like to put my Spanish to good use.

4. Greek Isles. I’d like to spend a couple of days in Athens and then take a cruise around the Greek isles.

5. Australia/ New Zealand. I’ve never been to either. My dad lived in NZ as a kid, and my sister lived there a couple years ago. I’ve heard they are both amazing. I just wish I could be time warped there. A 24 hour plane trip doesn’t sound too exciting. I guess I’ll just have to go first class.

I’m tagging Here’s the Diehl, and Hotomom. Play along if you’d like!

January 31, 2008 at 7:44 pm Leave a comment

Too Much TV

Its not uncommon knowledge that my kids watch way too much TV. It really scares my when they quote commercials etc. Its also not uncommon knowledge that marshmallows are baby crack to Piper Ann.

I decided a few months ago that we were no longer buying cereal with marshmallows in it. I’m trying to eliminate the “don’t just pick the marshmallows out and beg for more cereal” fight.

Ricardo went to Sam’s to pick up a few things and come home with the mega cereal triple pack. One of the cereals of course is Lucky Charms (they used to call it “yucky charms” before they could say,”L” the right way. You can say that again. I hate the way it feels against your teeth when you bite into those chalky marshmallows.) .

So, Piper Ann has been begging me all week to open that box of cereal. “Mommy, can I have Marshmallow Power?” I told her we needed to finish the box we had open before we could open it, and then wondered where the heck she got “Marshmallow power” from.Yesterday, she ate 3 bowls of cereal to try and finish it. After she finished each one, she would ask, “can I have marshmallow power now? Finally I said, “Piper Ann, you have to eat 3 more bowls of Cheerios, before you can have ‘Marshmallow Power.'” She gave up.

I’m guessing she needs “marshmallow power” to fuel her tantrums, although they are getting a lot better. Oliver has just taken over. Welcome to the terrible two’s.

January 31, 2008 at 2:31 pm 3 comments

Fun Quizzes

How St. Louis are you?

How Michigan are you?

What accent do you have?

What American accent do you have?

Your Result: The Inland North

You may think you speak “Standard English straight out of the dictionary” but when you step away from the Great Lakes you get asked annoying questions like “Are you from Wisconsin?” or “Are you from Chicago?” Chances are you call carbonated drinks “pop.”

The Midland
The Northeast
The South
The West
North Central
What American accent do you have?
Quiz Created on GoToQuiz

I grew up in Chicago and spent some time in Minnesota and Michigan.

What accent do you have?

January 29, 2008 at 3:09 pm 4 comments

Free Haircut

Its that time again. I’m giving away one free haircut at Tangles n Curls at the corner of Dougherty Ferry and Big Bend in Valley Park (st. Louis) with me, Olivia.
I will draw the winner of this contest on Monday February 4.

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January 28, 2008 at 8:11 pm 9 comments


The 3inunder3 house has been overtaken by the flu. I got it first. Luckily it was yesterday, so Ricardo was home to take care of the kids. Last night Nathan was up at least 4 times with diarrhea, so I decided to keep him home from school. Thank goodness I did. One whiff of my tea this morning put him over the edge and he projectile vomited all over the hallway and bathroom. He didn’t like the idea of throwing up in the toilet, so he just stood in one spot and did it all over himself. Poor guy. He’s spending the day in my bed watching TV.
After I cleaned up that mess, I stripped all the bed linens I will be washing them in hot. Of all the people in our family, I definitely do not want Piper Ann to get this. She has an aversion to pooping in the toilet as it is.

January 28, 2008 at 5:25 pm 2 comments

What to Do?

For the third or fourth day in a row, Nathan has asked me to have another baby. He says he wants another kid in the house, so he doesn’t have to be by himself when the other kids nap. Hmmm. I tried to explain to him that if we had another baby he/she would sleep way more than the other kids do, and I would have less time to spend with him. This answer is not satisfying to him. He persists.

I think the question is coming up, because a boy in his class has a new baby sister.  This question is probably going to present itself for the next 7 to 10 years as he’s in elementary school. Moms with 10 year olds have babies. Even moms of 14 year olds have babies. Its just that we had our babies before he could even understand what mommy having babies is all about.

So, here’s the question… Should Ricardo rush back to the Urologist and have his vasectomy reversed? I think we should have a family meeting soon. I’d hate for my child with siblings to be the only one in his class who doesn’t remember mommy being pregnant.

(That previous paragraph is completely a joke. Anyone who knows me probably just gasped for air when they read that. I’m completely content with my trio and that’s what we’re sticking with.)

January 25, 2008 at 9:49 pm 3 comments


I got tagged by adventure mom, so here I go…

  1. How long have you been a Mom?
    4 years and 9 mos
  2. How many children call you Mommy?
    3, but does Ricardo count? He whine’s, “mommy,” when he wants something.
  3. Girl? Boy? or both?:
    Boy, Girl, Boy
  4. Did you know what you were having?
    Not with Nathan. It was so anti climactic that I just figured I would find out with the rest.
  5. How old were you when you became a Mom?
    23 when I got pregnant, 24 when I gave birth
  6. How long were you in labor?
    Nathan-went in the night before to start induction. They started the pitocin at 8 am and he was born at 8:45pm, so almost 13 hours.

Piper Ann-I started heavy contractions with her at 5 pm and she was born a little after 10 am, so 17 hours. Holy crap, I never realize that it was that long before. Her delivery was so easy that it didn’t seem like that long.

Oliver- I went in to be induced at 7:30pm, but they just started pitocin instead. He was born at 5:30 am, so 10 hours.

7. What’s your favorite thing about being a mom?

That whole unconditional love thing.

8. What’s your least favorite thing about being a mom?

Don’t get to take lavish vacations. Oh wait, we didn’t do that before kids.

9. Do you want more kids?

I wouldn’t want to give birth to anymore kids, but we’re done.

10. When will you have more?

See 9

11. Have your kids ever peed on you?

The boys maybe once or twice. Oliver always pees on Nathan in the tub.

12. Have you ever been thrown up on?

More like spit up

13. Are your kids named after anyone?

Nathan’s middle name is Ricardo’s first name. No, its not Ricardo. I just really liked Piper Ann’s name. Her middle name is my grandma’s name. Oliver’s middle name is after me.

14. How did you come up with the names?

Nathan’s name means unwaivering protector in Scotland. I’m Scottish, so it fit. See number 13 for Piper Ann. Oliver’s name I really wanted to be Oliver, but we settled for the first name I like for Nathan that Ricardo didn’t want to use. I also wanted his name to be Jonas. I’m a big Weezer fan. Who wouldn’t want a song to call their own.

15. When it comes to discipline, who’s the bad guy?

Me usually.

16. What’s the longest you’ve been away from the kids?

About4 days, 7 days total.

17. What’s your bedtime routine?

Bath every other night. Brush teeth. Piper Ann gets medicine. Each kid gets a song and a prayer. Nathan’s favorite bedtime song is the Oscar Meyer song. We think weiners are funny here.

18. Are your toes painted?

Not very well.

19. What was the last movie you saw in the theater?

40 Year Old Virgin. Ya, its been a long time.

20. What won’t you give up for motherhood?

Low rise jeans and a cute haircut.

21. What did you give up for motherhood?

Everything else.

22. What’s the biggest mom perk?

An excuse for my beer belly…they drive me to drink.

23. Do you sneak snacks from the kids?

No, but McDonalds is another story. I hover until their done. Then I scarf.

24. What do you do when the kids nap?

Clean, check email, sew, nap

25. Where are the kids now?

Who? j/k, Their upstairs doing god knows what. All I can hear is a door continuously slamming. I’m just waiting for the cry.

26. Where is your favorite place to buy maternity clothes?

Thankfully I don’t have to do that anymore! Probably Target or Old Navy. My favorite place for non maternity is probably H&M.

27. If you could do it over, what would you change?


Everyone I know has been tagged except for hotomom. Play along if you’d like.

January 24, 2008 at 3:57 pm 1 comment

Beat Winter Blahs

rice1.jpgrice2.jpgrice3.jpg This is not a new concept, but its the first time (I just had to run upstairs because They’re dumping it all over the floor) I’ve done it at home.  I went to the store today and bought a bunch of beans and rice and dumped it in this storage container. I think I’m going to put a blanket under it, because there might be a lesser chance of the mixture getting scattered all over the floor. I’m hoping this will bring hours of play rather than hours of begging me to watch TV. We’ll see.

January 23, 2008 at 7:33 pm 4 comments


Here is a picture to give you a visual of my previous post.

January 23, 2008 at 2:23 am Leave a comment


Sorry its been so long, since I’ve posted. My life has been crazy for the last couple of weeks. I just don’t have anything really interesting to blog about (what a shock, right!)

Can you believe it about Heath Ledger? I haven’t really seen any of his movies except Brokeback Mountain. I didn’t really know what all the hype was about. I know there were elicit homosexual sex scenes that caused all the chatter, but other than that it was kind of boring. I just feel bad for the ones he left behind.

I had the experience of visiting my brother in jail this weekend. My 16 year old sister and I went. I didn’t realize how hard it was until we were saying good bye.

When they announced that visiting times had started, we took an elevator up to the floor we were assigned. When we got off it was a claustrophobic’s nightmare. The ceilings were only like 7 feet high and the halls were only 6 feet wide. There were the bays like you see in movies, and a phone. We waited a few minutes and then he appeared in the 4×4 room that he was locked into. If I was him, I would tell people never to come visit. There would be no way in “you know where,” that I would let them lock me in that room.

Anyway, we got to talk for 40 minutes. He told me about all of the soul searching he’s doing. How he’s going to straighten out his life, etc. Of course all of us broke down and cried, but the hardest thing was when they announced visitation was over. I had to hug him goodbye, by placing my hand on the window. (I’m crying just writing about it). It really hit me hard that I would see my brother almost weekly for 6 mos, but never be able to hug him, or just pat him on the back. When we joked, he had to refrain from smiling, because his lips were so chapped, cracked and scabbed. Luckily I put money in his account, so he could order some chapstick from the commissary. He would get it the next day.

Please keep him in your prayers that he stays safe.

Ricardo  just informed me that this is not good blog material. Unfortunately I don’t care, and its what’s on my mind. Sorry to bore you with familial drama.

January 23, 2008 at 2:16 am 3 comments

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