Friday, April 17, 2015

Five on Friday: One More Spring Birthday Boy to Celebrate

The last of the boys' spring birthdays was this week with my E turning 9 on Tuesday. Here are some of my favorite E-moments from over the years:

1. Him (age 4.5): Mommy, did you play sports in high school?
Me: No, but I was in shows.
Him: Oh, you weren't too sportable?
Me (suppressing laughter): No, not too sportable.
Him: Well I am very sportific.

2. (Age 5) He likes to approach doors that he knows open automatically and extend his arms and declare "FORCE OF THE POWER!" to make them open by his magic.

3. (Age 6)  "Some people at school say I'm a girl if I wear nail polish." 
Thus beginning (another) discussion on this topic, which concluded with him saying: "Yeah! And what if people said that only boys could clean house? That's not true! And what if people said only girls could...fix a roof? That's not true!"

(same discussion, age 8: "If anyone at school says anything about my nail polish, Ill just say, "no offense but that's just how I rock my style" )

4. (First lost tooth on last day of kindergarten) Before bed he said to me, "I know the tooth fairy is not real. It's just a person in a costume."
"But E . . . we lock the door at night when we're sleeping, how could that person get in?"
"We lock the door?"
His jaw dropped, literally. "Don't lock the door!!!!"

5. (Age 6) Second (!!!) phone call from a girl.  I told my oldest to go eavesdrop and see what they were talking about. She returned and said, "I went over there and he was saying, "your DOG says HI??" After five minutes he got off the phone so I asked, "So what did she want, just to chit chat?"
He answered, "We talked about the Super Bowl mostly."

Friday, April 10, 2015

Five on Friday: Highlights of Spring Break (pic heavy)

1. Had some old friends over--it had been way too long. The weather was a little damp and chilly so it was a perfect time for a campfire. Naturally we decided to roast peeps on it--I'd say they were delicious but the kids devoured them before I could get a taste.

2. A crocus! Finally! We had a cold start to last spring too and never had any. I am terrible at picking favorites of anything but crocuses just might be my favorite flowers because they mean all the other flowers will be here soon.

3.  I helped my hoarder son clean his room and he found this package. What is it? Looks like catfood. Label says do not eat and do not feed to animals.

4. My 4 year old asked me to write this sign for her room. I'm not sure what a "store napping" is but I'm a big fan.

5. And of course, most importantly, an amazing week of groundbreaking social justice theatre with the Meta Theatre Company. Two sold out performances of the "Vagina Monologues" as well as a staged reading of a collaborative piece we wrote in conjunction with a group of women incarcerated at the local prison. I'm so proud to be involved in this type of community action.
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Friday, April 3, 2015

Five on Friday: Things Other People's Kids Say. About Me.

Some of my favorites:

1. One of my good friend's sons, when whining about the fact that everyone else at school brings junk food every day, said: "It's not fair. Nobody else makes their kids eat healthy foods! Only you and . . . and . . . and . . . Gina!"

2. Same kid also said, "Gina and her family are rich. They always have parties." 
(That's how I like to measure richness too, time spent with friends.)

3. The child who gets off the bus here every Friday with 4-6 other kids was annoyed that her mother and I wanted to go out without children and complained, "Gigi always makes it so there's never any kids!"

4. Friend's daughter: "So she just lets her kids do whatever they want to their own hair? Weird."

5. Neighbor: "Gina's rule for birthday parties is that they can invite the same number of kids as the age they are turning."
Neighbor's child: "Well that's not fair! Because Z only gets to invite 7 and she's going to get to invite, like, 40 something!"

Friday, March 27, 2015

Five on Friday: Signs, Signs, Everywhere A Sign . . .

I have no written "Five on Friday" list this week. I feel like the picture lists are a cop-out but then I look at the number of views and it turns out people like pictures! No reading required! But since a picture's worth a thousand words, I guess you can count this as reading five thousand words today! Go you!

There seem to be a lot of literal and figurative signs in my life lately. Here are five of them:

1. The Vagina Monologues! Here's the poster for the show I'll be performing in. I've been dutifully hanging posters and postcards with this image on it all around town:

2. This was a sign to me that maybe a cookie-ice cream sandwich wasn't the greatest choice for a birthday dessert since the frozen cookie was impossible to stick candles in (or maybe this is a sign that my husband is really clever since he figured out how to get the candles in like this!)

3. Here's a sign that my younger son learned a lesson from his older brother: "Don't try to forge a name you can't spell." (E tried to sign my name on a school paper last year and misspelled my last name.)

4. I always say my youngest is like a cartoon character or sitcom kid, she acts in a way real kids don't really act. This is how she looked walking into her preschool class today, looking an awful lot like a character in a kids' picture book we read recently. I took it as a sign that she might actually be a cartoon.

5. And, lastly, the best sign yet. My oldest daughter made this awesome sign for my mismatched sock box. I love it so much but now I constantly have the Beatles song stuck in my head. It's worth it.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Five on Friday: Another Week, Another Birthday Boy

Our favorite Clueless Smarty Pants, the Absent Minded Professor is becoming a teenager! (Yikes) Here are some of my favorite quotes from him over the years:

1. Me: "WHY did you throw a rock at your friend????" Him (age 3 or 4): "I was AIMING for my SISTER"

2. (age 8) "It makes me feel kind of insignificant that so far my life savings equals about fifty two dollars."

3. (age 9) "My Sunday morning routine is to go out for the comics, cross the street, look in the mailbox, remember the mailman doesn't put the paper in the mailbox, cross back again and pick the paper up from the driveway so I can come in and read the comics. It's comforting to have routines."

4. (age 10) "I thought of what a really cool job would be...Universe Narrator."

 5. (age 11, after getting the book "Nerd Haiku" and deciding to write his own)

Built a light saber
Powered by the Dark Crystal
Sued by Jim and George

Happy 13th, G. Can't wait to hear what you say this year to crack us up.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Five on Friday: Adorable Quotes from My Adorable Birthday Boy

First of all, let me tell you a little about this kid and how in love with him I am. Not only is he physically beautiful, he is also the sweetest soul. He's always looking out for his friends and consistently the first one to offer help to adults or kids. For his upcoming seventh birthday party, he thought he might want a theme of either sports . . . or baby animals. I keep telling him he’s so cute I’m going to eat his face. (I know. It’s weird. I can’t help it.)

Now when he’s saying something cute and I’m staring at him he can TELL that I’ve turned into Sylvester Cat and he’s Tweety Bird and my overactive imagination has turned him into a delectable little roast chicken on the bird swing and he shouts, “Mom!! Stop!”

In honor of his birthday, here are some of the cutest things he’s ever said for today’s Five on Friday. If he really doesn't want me to threaten to eat his face, he needs to try harder than this:

1. (Age 3) We saw a group of Black and White teenagers walking down the road and he said "Look at those brothers!" I said, "They might not be brothers" and he replied, "Well they look like brothers to me."

2. (Age 4) "Mommy, who my boyfriend?" "I don't know, who's your boyfriend?" "You."

3. (Age 5) He picked up a little brown skinned Fisher Price person and said, "This guy looks like me." He hadn't really ever made any references to race differences on his own before so this piqued my interest and I asked, "Oh yeah? How does he look like you?" He answered, "Big smile."

4. (Age 6) "Everybody's my best friend. I don't have a best friend."

5. (Last night) "Am I done? Mommy said three more bites." Daddy O: "I think you could probably take another three bites." He gave a little double snap and finger guns and said, "Mommy's older than you" and walked away.

Self Portrait: Brushing his teeth with a shirt on that says "I'M COOL."


Friday, March 6, 2015

Five on Friday: Grown Ups Say the Darndest Things

Things I've actually said to my kids in the past month or so:

1. You haven’t washed your hands since getting off the bus and you want to touch cheese? I don't think so.

2. If  your sister has a dead gerbil, I don't want to know anything about it.

3.  Did you just crazy face me? I’ll come out to the bus stop and moon you if you want to have a reason to crazy face me.

4.  Well let that be a life lesson for you: sometimes if you bite someone they’re not going to want to be your shower buddy anymore.

5. Since none of you actually speaks Korean, I’m going to ban any arguing over what the real words are to "Gangnam Style."

Friday, February 27, 2015

Five on Friday: I Got Nothing (Pic Heavy)

I am always jotting down ideas for Five on Friday lists. Currently I have several different lists with two, three or four items on them--not going to work. So instead I share some recent snapshots of my life:

1. I like looking at the paw prints on my slippery runs through the park:

2. Homemade birthday gift for our fun and snarky next door neighbor:

3. Recently participated with my two older kids and some friends in "Feed the Need" which is an event at a local church where volunteers get to package thousands of meals for the  "Feed My Starving Children" organization ( We'll definitely be doing it again.

4. I just love this card my 8 year old son made for another neighbor's birthday. 

5. Vagina Monologues rehearsals are underway! (For more pictures or info: or