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Thursday, April 26, 2007


My kids are going to visit Grammy and Papa for 10 LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONG DAYS. I am so excited. I am going to miss them. To make up for the slight feelings of guilt that are accompanying this send-off, I have been trying to be an ultra-good mommy this week.

This entailed taking my children to the playground A LOT. So much, in fact, that despite the wearing of my rather large-brimmed sun hat

and 30 SPF sunscreen, my freckles have started to pop out on my face, and there are flip-flop tan lines on the tops of my feet. Usually I don't have these sun symptoms until June (the month this photo was taken last year). THAT'S how great I have been. I hate the sun. I am even willing to compromise my preferral vision (by wearing this hat), to avoid it.

So yesterday was a LONG day of 2 different playgrounds and all of this good-mommy-junk. When I got home around 5, I needed to catch up on some work (ok, let's face it, it was all about the Contest that Never Ends). I told Pukey that I needed to remain uninterrupted for a few minutes. Of course, she can never follow this rule and after several attempts, and receiving several "TALK TO THE HAND"-type gestures, she gave up.

A few silent minutes past.


Then she came back in. I gestured. She sighed and left, and then this:


I do not respond

"Mom, Emergency!"

I do not respond.

"Mom, Poopy is sticking the scissors in her macaroni and cheese and then sticking the scissors in her mouth. Emergency."

I finally responded with this thought: "I meant to remove those scissors from her reach." I also thanked Poopy for always being informative when she signals EMERGENCY or ALERT (sister is on the windowsill about to fall through a screen, 3 stories to her death, sister is pooping in the tub, sister is using scissors as a fork!) What would I do without Pukey? Seriously. I will miss them. But probably not until day 5 1/2.


  • oh come on, you'll miss them the first ummm... day... or night.. or sometime soon.... you just won't miss them enough to want them back 24/7 until day 5 1/2 :)

    I've only done 2 days at time so far... someday....

    Good good-mommy activies. I'll have to train my daughters in the "emergency" and "alert" use!
    posted by Blogger Lucy at 4/26/2007 08:06:00 PM  

  • I've been looking for a sun hat like yours, where did you find it? My mom has skin cancer from too many days out in the sun, (probably with me when I was young) and I am determined that I'll do better about covering up. Even if it means no summer tan.
    posted by Anonymous Jessie at 4/26/2007 08:24:00 PM  

  • Laughing my butt off over here. I've got to teach Simon "emergancy" - that would have saved Sophie from coloring her lips with blue marker earlier today. And no...it's not washing off...

    Have a great time over the next 10 days...
    posted by Blogger chloe at 4/26/2007 09:14:00 PM  

  • Hat: JCrew

    CHloe, Emergency was said very dryly in this instance, but really ALERT Is what gets me....b/c I have no idea where she even learned that word.

    ALERT ALERT Poopy pooped in the tub! (which by the way she did NOT a few days ago, b/c she TOLD ME she had to go---1st week of potty training is going well!)
    posted by Blogger Kage at 4/27/2007 03:38:00 AM  

  • Are your parents willing to maybe take another three kids? They're really cute redheads???

    10 days alone... I'm positively drooling with envy.
    posted by Blogger tracy m at 4/27/2007 08:36:00 AM  

  • Seriously, it must have been one bad day of emergencies for the Tales girls yesterday! First dining with scissors, then marker lipstick (which at least can't cause serious bodily harm) and mine - sewing pins in the mouth. EMERGENCY!!! And I wasn't even in the other room blogging!
    posted by Blogger TftCarrie at 4/27/2007 12:15:00 PM  

  • Did anyone notice I don't know how to spell periphreal?
    posted by Blogger Kage at 4/27/2007 03:45:00 PM  

  • Kage,

    That would be peripheral my friend.
    posted by Anonymous HK at 4/27/2007 09:28:00 PM  

  • See, I still can't get it right!
    posted by Blogger Kage at 4/28/2007 07:34:00 AM  

  • My kids use the baby moniter like a walkie-talkie. They'll say stuff like "Patch has a poopy diaper. I repeat, Patch has a poopy diaper. Over." Too funny.

    Enjoy your vacation. You've earned it.
    posted by Blogger jlk at 4/28/2007 01:39:00 PM  

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