Friday, September 30, 2011

Ryker's Broken Phone

Ryker with the phone Robbie broke

There are some days when I really don't like Robert. I guess I should rephrase that. I really don't like what Robert does. He likes to break things even if those things don't belong to him. He knows its wrong but continues to do so. He broke my Nintendo DS after I let him play with it. He broke DH's old lap top even though nothing was wrong with it and he loves to break phones.

Today he broke the play phone I bought for Ryker. So what if it was a cheap toy I found at Goodwill. Ryker got it today. He only played with it for a few hours before Robert decided to break it. It didn't even belong to Robert. And you know what makes me more mad is that Robert isn't sorry for breaking it. Now Ryker is crying trying to put it back together. It isn't fair and I wish Robbie would stop breaking things. He knows better.

Ryker trying to fix it

Thursday, September 29, 2011

X Is For X ray

In the past 5 years I have had about 4 x rays taken. Two of them were dental x rays. (Can you tell I don't go to the dentist as often as I should) The other two were for my back and foot.

Back in 2007, I lifted a child up the wrong way at the childcare I was working at and pulled something in my back. To make matters worse, it was winter time and I slipped on some black ice at my house. After 3 days in pain, I went to my family doctor. He ordered some x rays. The technician forgot to ask me about any piercings and my belly ring ruined the first set of x rays. So I had to get them redone. Luckily they showed nothing and I was prescribed muscle relaxers and pain medicine and sent on my merry way.

The next time I got an x ray taken was the summer of 2008. I was jumping on a trampoline and attempted to do a flip. I landed wrong on my ankle and heard a sickening crack. I couldn't walk. I thought for sure I broke my ankle. I iced it and went to the doctor two days later. Again nothing was broken but no medication this time.

Now when picking up a child, I make sure to lift with my knees and no more back flips on the trampoline.

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Saturday, September 24, 2011

Saturday Centus: Are You Seriously Ordering Another Martini?

"Hi Honey. Sorry I'm late."

"That's ok. I ordered without you."

"What are you drinking?"

"An appletini."

"How many of those did you have?"

"This is my second."

"Hey bartender. Can I get a Miller? So how was your day?"

"Exhausting. I did the laundry, washed the dishes, cleaned the house, listed stuff on EBay. Fought with Ryker to get him to take a nap. Thank god the sitter showed up when she did."

"That rough, huh?"

"Yes. Bartender another please."

"Are you seriously ordering another martini?"

"You got a problem with that?"

"Nope. Guess I'm the designated driver then? Hey bartender. Change that to a coke please."

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Thursday, September 22, 2011

W Is For Words...

Ryker's words to be exact. I've been a little concerned with Ryker's lack of vocabulary. For the most part, he understands what you tell him such as go get your ball. But he doesn't say much. The doctor said if I still had some concerns, she would refer him to The Birth to Three program. Robbie was involved with this program in S.C. so I am familiar with it. I said I would wait and see how much he is talking when he turns two. This is just my list of words Ryker can say. He says a lot of unrecognizable words but here are the ones I understand:

* mama
* dada
* hi
* bye bye
* get out (usually directed at the dog)
* bob bob (this is spongebob)
* yucky
* no
* done
* my mom
* thank you
* yum
* empty
* doggie
* my jews (my juice)
* eeeeee (eat)
* dirty
* up
* sit (sounds like shit though)

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Sunday, September 18, 2011


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Saturday, September 17, 2011

Saturday Centus: In The Autumn

(sung to the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star)

Pumpkins Pumpkins on the vine
Telling you it's autumn time
When they are orange Don't you know
Jack o lanterns here we go
Pumpkins Pumpkins say goodbye
In the Autumn pumpkin pie

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Friday, September 16, 2011

Bed Rail For Ryker

In my last blog, it was suggested by a reader to try a bed rail to keep Ryker in bed. (Sorry I forgot who you are) Today I found one at the thrift store.

It is in very nice shape. Unfortunately, it was meant for a twin or bigger and does not fit Ryker's day bed.

I thought I would just make do but Ryker proved me otherwise. He climbs over the rail which is still dangerous. So down it went and now I am selling it on Craigs List. They retail for over $40 and on Amazon, they were out of stock. It would be nice if I could sell this fast but that is never my luck. In the meantime, I have been sitting in Ryker's room until he falls asleep. I can't wait until this stage is over. Who doesn't like to sleep?????

Thursday, September 15, 2011

V Is For Very Long Day

Recently Ryker has been climbing out of his crib. I was hoping he would be able to stay in it until he was at least two but that was not the case. In order for him not to get hurt, DH converted his crib to a day bed.

The first day, Ryker did not take a nap until 3:00 Normally his naptime is 1:00-3:00. He slept until almost 5. As a result he did not go to sleep that night until 11. His bedtime is normally 8:30 He shares a room with Robbie and would not stay in his bed. I must have put him back in that bed 15 times. I finally gave up and rocked him to sleep.

Yesterday was day 2 of the big boy bed and no nap at all. He was so overtired, every little thing set him off. I tried laying him down at 7 with no luck. By 8:30 he had fallen asleep on the floor of his bedroom and when Robbie went to bed, he woke Ryker up. I tried nursing Ryker and rocking him and he went to sleep at 10 p.m.

Today we had an appointment and I woke him up at 7:30 Talk about a grouch! Around 10 a.m. he was getting fussy so I nursed him and he fell asleep. Right now it is 12:30 and I hear him playing in his room. I'm not sure how tonight is going to be. Anyone with suggestions on how to keep him in his bed?

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Saturday, September 10, 2011

Saturday Centus: Mother May I

"Mom. Can I go to the mall?"

"You can if you are able," I replied. I swear when will my child learn the difference between can and may? It seems I have to repeat it often.

"Did you just roll your eyes?"

"No." Long pause. "Mother, May I go to the mall"?

"You better go ask your dad."

"Hey dad," I heard William talking to his father in the other room. "Can I go to the mall?"

I rolled my eyes. Apparently,  proper grammer is not high on the list for a 16 year old boy but going to the mall is.

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

U Is For Unimaginable

The following story is based on an actual event that took place in Tigerton, WI in 1981.

The first time I saw a dead body, I was nine years old. We were visiting my mother's aunt in Tigerton. She was residing in a nursing home and enjoyed having visitors even if we were naughty. We were all outside enjoying the warm summer evening. Crickets were chirping and the smell of lilacs lingered in the air. The street lamps were beginning to turn on. My sister and I were in the back yard chasing a kitten, when we heard brakes screeching and then a loud thump. We ran around the corner of the building and saw a car stopped in the roadway. Everything was silent. Then there was screaming. People were running down the hill toward the road including my mother. Naturally we followed, although our great aunt told us not to. We could hear the piercing sounds of sirens wailing. What I saw haunted my dreams and will stay with me forever.

Love Lives On. Three small words inscribed on a tombstone of a mother and daughter I only met through death. She was 19. Her daughter 2.

When we got to the road, I saw a man throwing up in the ditch. He was sobbing. He chose to drink and drive and his actions ended the lives of two young people. Her body was laying in the road, covered in a sheet. Blood was seeping out from under her. I never saw the baby. Just a black Mary Jane shoe laying on the sidewalk.

I don't remember much more of that night. We drove home in silence and I don't recall my family talking about the accident after that. In fact, I never knew the victims names until I started to do some research for this blog. Tigerton is a small town and in that year there was only one fatal accident: 3 persons involved: 2 of them fatalities and 1 drunk driver. This was the accident I witnessed. I was also able to find a list of people buried in the cemetery and found the victims names, ages and what was written on their tombstone. Love Lives On. Three small words to remind you of a family's loss and how one person's decision can affect the lives of so many people.

Please don't drink and drive...

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Saturday, September 3, 2011

Saturday Centus: What Kind Of A Pizza Is This?

DH walked through the door carrying a pizza box. "Did you know you could order pizza through the drive through?" he asked.

I replied "No. Where did you go?"

"Fazolis and we got free bread sticks."

"How long did that take? It must have been awhile."

"Nope. Only about 10 minutes."

"That's fast."

I opened the pizza box. "What kind of pizza is this?"  I saw huge pepperoni slices, sausage, sauce and cheese. It smelled delicious.

"This is better than Angelos"

"Yeah and it only cost half as much"

"Too bad they don't deliver."

Hubby was too busy chewing to respond.

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Thursday, September 1, 2011

T Is For Twins

I am a twin. We are not identical but sometimes relatives confuse us. Growing up, we were referred to as "the twins" or "Dave and etta's girls" We never had our own identity.  Birthday parties and birthday cakes were shared. We shared toys. We shared a bedroom. We even shared an older sister.

Sarah is on the right I am on the left

It is great being a twin. You always had someone to play with. You never started a new school alone. And you had an extra wardrobe even though when we were little, my mom dressed us alike.

snazzy jumpsuits from the 80's

I am the older twin by 30 minutes. Had we waited another day, we could have been April Fools Day babies but we were impatient and arrived early. You know who else is a twin? My mom but unfortunately her twin died shortly after we were born. I don't have any pictures of my mom and her twin but here is a more recent picture of "Dave and etta's girls".

Sarah on right I am on left

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