Wednesday, September 30, 2009

The novelty has worn off

Last week I emerged from my bedroom to find that breakfast had already been made--by Amber Shea! It was just cereal, but she put the milk in, too, and didn't spill anything as she carried each bowl from the counter to the table. She said, "Mommy, I made breakfast for you. I can make breakfast from now on so you don't have to."

She went on to say, "Can I make dinner tonight?" Well of course! And she made PB&Js that night. She made Southwest Salad the next night (with lettuce, black beans, corn & tortilla chips). It was delicious! Really.

Monday she made breakfast again--Cheerios with bananas she sliced and added. Yummy. This morning she made breakfast again. It was only jelly on bread, but it was breakfast, and it was on the table by the time I was dressed. She didn't know how to use the toaster oven, but I'll be showing her that next.

So last week she said she wanted to make dinner for us again this week. I suggested burritos and the plan was for her to make them tonight. At 5:00 this evening I said, "Amber, you should start making dinner now." She was really into whatever she was playing with and replied, "Can you make it?" I said, "But you wanted to make dinner tonight." She said, "How about I tell you what I want in the burritos. I want beans, corn and shredded cheddar cheese. You can make them, mom, but at least I told you the ingredients."

After recovering from my laughter, I convinced her to follow through with her dinner plans. I set out all of the ingredients for her and stepped aside. Amber laid out the tortillas and filled each one so fast I thought the beans were going to fly. The cheese actually did end up in more places than the tortillas. She barely rolled up each burrito before she was back to the living room and her play time. I had to call her back to the kitchen to clean up her mess and put away the step stool.

The burritos were delicious. But I think the cooking novelty has worn off. For now. It will return. I'll make sure of that. I was really enjoying my time away from the kitchen.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Amber's Song

Amber makes up songs almost daily. Below is the one she was singing in the bathtub today. I think it was so cute because she heard what she said and changed her tune (pun intended).

I'm flying high up in the sky

Then I fall and then I die

When I say I died, I didn't really die

I just got hurt.....

...and on the song went.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Small Town High School Football

Tonight was the first home game for Nordhoff, our city's only public high school. Eric and the girls and I went to the game and we had a great time! The couple in front of us were saints because Autumn must have kicked each of them at least 100 times, as she played musical chairs. First she sat next to Eric, then she sat next to me, then she stood on the bleachers, then she sat on my lap, then Eric's lap, then she tried to lay down, then she started the whole process all over again. The couple kept telling us that they didn't mind, and finally they said, "Stop worrying. We have 12 grandkids. We've had much worse happen to us."

During the game, Amber kept asking me questions about football. Those of you who know me well are probably laughing right now. I know nothing about football. First Amber asked about the players on the sidelines and told me that they must get bored just standing there the whole game. I told her that some of them get to play.

"See those guys on the field right now. They're the offensive people or group or team or something. When the other team has the ball, then the defensive people or group or whatever you call them go out on the field to play."

She asked me what the white lines on the field were for and I told her that I think there are five yards in between each line (am I right?)

Every time I said that "we had the ball" or that "we scored," Amber would say, "Mommy, WE don't have the ball, THEY do, pointing to the players on the field." I tried to explain that "we" means our team, not us personally, and "they" means the opposing team. I know I got that one right.

The funniest thing that happened was when Amber asked why we were so anxious when the other team had scored and was now down by only two points. I explained to her, loudly I might add, that "they were going for a 3-point conversion." I was so proud of myself for knowing that, until the kind man in front of me said, "Actually, it's a 2-point conversion."

Autumn also asked me questions all night, but most of them were about the our opponents, the Pirates. She kept asking where the Pirates were. I kept telling her that they were the guys with the white and orange uniforms on the field. Then it dawned on me why she was so confused, so I said, "The Pirates are football players, not pirates like what mommy dressed up for on Halloween." She was still confused, so I said, "The pirates are wearing white, with orange helmets. They aren't wearing eye patches and carrying swords." I don't know if she ever really understood.

It was a very fun evening, and we won: 14 to 12. Yay!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Hard Day

Amber is a helper in the toddler room on Wednesday mornings during the women's Bible study I attend. She reads to the little ones and helps the teachers give out the snacks. She loves younger kids. Today as we drove home in the car, I asked her about her morning.

Amber let out a big sigh and said, "It was a hard day today. We had three spills at the snack table. It was very noisy when I read my book. Suzie hit another kid. And we had to put away the balls because Johnny threw one at his brother."

* Names were changed to protect the innocent.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Kid Funnies

My daughters have been saying some cute things lately. I thought I should write them down before I forget.

I was talking with Amber about the seasons and temperatures in Phoenix, where I grew up. I told her that it was sometimes warm in the winter, hot in the fall and hot in the spring. Without skipping a beat, she said, "And in the summer it is HOT, HOT, HOT!"

I was lying on the couch one day with a headache and Amber was repeating the same phrase over and over, something about her dolls. I said, "Amber, would you please stop saying that." She asked why and I told her that it was annoying to repeat something over and over. Then she said, "It's annoying to repeat things. It's annoying to repeat things. It's annoying to repeat things. It's annoying to repeat things." I really don't think she was doing it on purpose or to be funny; she was just zoning out. But I had to start laughing at that point!

We had house guests last week, a family of six. As we got ready for church last Sunday, Autumn came into the bathroom and asked me, "Can the other mommy fix my hair this morning?"

The girls and I were playing "Mother May I?" and Amber was the "mother." She decided to be funny and said, "Autumn, take 3 steps back." Autumn returned the humor when she turned around and took 3 backward steps, toward Amber. I laughed, but Amber didn't think it was very funny!

Monday, September 7, 2009


I was commenting on my friend, Becky's, blog and I got this error:

You are posting comments too quickly. Slow down.

It's a little weird to receive criticism from an inanimate object .

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

My Man

Yeah, my man is a stud!