Thursday, December 13, 2007

Oh Baby!

Yes! The ticker at the top of this page reads true! For those who have not heard it is offically official. We are expanding our family by yet another and we are very excited! Baby Bumble has a strong heart beat that we were able to both see and hear today!! There were some nerves involved and the Toyota that slammed into us on I-15 on the way to the ultra sound seemed like a bad omen but alack and alas all is well and Baby Bumble will make his/her triumphant appearance in July!

Merry Christmas to us!

On the B Side: I am grateful for the opportunity we have to welcome another little one into our family!

Monday, December 10, 2007

The Craziest Thing I Have Ever Seen

G.I. Jane. We'll call her G.I. Jane.

There are several reasons that I could not bring myself to document last night with a photograph.

1. I could not risk humiliating my child who knew she chose poorly.
2. I did not want to risk entertaining or encouraging her behavior.
3. This only happens to other people! Certainly I am not a negligent parent!

The kids had been tucked in their beds for over an hour. I tired of reprimanding them so Mark came upstairs. All I heard was, 'Are you kidding me?'. Images of clothes pulled from the dresser and strewn throughout the room danced thru my head and mostly I was just hoping he would quietly handle whatever the dilema was. I was not so lucky and certainly glad I did not miss out on the situation!

Green. Our youngest daughter had colored her body green. Every inch of exposed skin that she could manae was carefully camoflauged. She must have worked hard being the perfectionist that she is and given the quality of her work.

She hiked her jammie pants and sleeves up as high as they would go. She got her face and her neck the best she could without being able to see them herself. She had her sister complete her back and from the soles of her feet to her knees were red smiley faces completely engorged in a solid blanket of green. From her elbows to her finger tips and from the top of her rib cage to the top of her pull up. Green.

She spared no parts and managed to meticulously color in between all of her fingers and toes. The belly button was not forgotten and she seemd most proud of that. Her face and neck displayed the least amount of damage but given some additional time I'm sure she would have found a way to complete and perfect the task. Green.

Mark drew the bath and as she stepped in the water instantly hued a brilliant shade of jeweled green! It was hard not to laugh and easy not to raise our voices. I'm sure the sting of disappointment made a powerful impact. We scrubbed and scrubbed and then drained the tub and filled it back up for a clean rinse.

She was a strange cross bewteen an obsessive/excessive tattoo junkee straight out of the city and an amazon woman raised deep within the jungle not displying any signs of civilty! It was startling to see her which again begs the photo image as I'm certain my words do the scene no justice.

She is a funny one who still bears the marks of last night's deeds the next day!

On the B Side: I am grateful that Ellie is her own little person! It's not easy being green! xoxo