The Great Outdoors

How we spent our afternoon:

 First we played fetch with Ingle.

Then we ate some bark.

Then we played with a gigantic ball that the backyard neighbor kids had bounced over our fence.

A full afternoon of The Great Outdoors! I think this was MB’s Perfect Day. [Good thing she is very simply amused.]


Almost Famous

One of these days, I’m going to reach Nemo status. But today is not that day.

Let me explain.
There is a picture a lot like this one on the front of Mary Bullock’s wipes box.

Out of all of these fish, Mary Bullock never fails to point out Nemo. And we’ve only watched about ten minutes of that movie, maybe twice, and several months ago. But still, she is never confused on this point.

Ask her to point out in a picture who is Mommy and who is Daddy, though, and she’s just as likely to point to the dog as to point to one of us. Just when we think SHE’S GOT IT SHE’S GOT IT, she points to me in a picture and says DAD-DY! Thanks. I thought I shaved my face this morning.

Today she brought this book over to me pointing at the man on the cover.
DAD-DY!! She says.

I actually think he might be flattered, not unlike the time my friend Leigh’s little girl said I looked like Jennifer Aniston. [Who am I to correct such an observation?]

So then, I just had to ask: Mary Bullock, which one is Mommy?

I’m the exotic one in the back, if you wondered.  I didn’t like the look on that redhead’s face anyways.

Why I Love Being a Twin

This is Jen. [This was pre-pregnancy for both of us, where our hair just happens to be super shiny. Total coincidence, my choosing this picture.]

This is an actual phone conversation from this weekend:

Jen: Hey, what’s up, did you call?
Suz: Yes, I did. Lee says he doesn’t know what a duflatche is.
Jen: You mean like a thingamajig?
Suz: Yes.
Jen: Well, I don’t know how common of a word that is, but I know what you’re talking about.
Suz: SEE? SEE, LEE??????? I told you so.
Jen: Alright see ya.
Suz: Bye.

See? Having a twin means there’s always someone out there who knows just what you mean.

Small comforts

Finding something to celebrate today has been a challenge. MB has a (NOTHER!) cold, which kept her up all night coughing, and kept me up all night listening to her cough and then rocking her in the nursery so she could sleep and not cough. On top of this, I’ve pulled something in my upper back, (cue lecture from Lee on lifting MB out of the crib with my back and not my legs) which is making me feel full-blown geriatric today.

So today I’m thankful that:

1. I get to stay home with my sick babe-a-labe and stay in pajamas till noon.  And I have a husband who is willing to work hard in order for me to stay in said pajamas till noon.

2. It’s just a cold. Every day I read something that reminds me that even when MB wakes up with a face crusted over with her own snot, these are small matters.

3. I have a heating pad in the closet that is just calling my name.

[And also: thank the Sweet Lord for Starburst Jelly Beans. Amen.]
[And the new issue of Southern Living that just arrived through the mail slot.]

Family Rules

Remember my New Year’s Resolutions? One of them was to read a little every day. MAJOR FAIL. I’ve done just about everything else, I swear. But I have a lot of trouble picking up an actual book and reading during the day. Blogs? Check. Magazines? Check. Carolyn Hax? Check.

One of the problems is that I learn so much from reading blogs, and I don’t even have to drag MB to the bookstore to find new material. Case in point: A few weeks ago, Hillary started a blog carnival on Fridays. A few hours and approximately three clicks later, I was contemplating the idea of Family Rules via Building Our Nest.

Someone posted these family rules in her comments section [I have no idea who Gregg Harris is. But if this is yours, THANKS!]:

The 21 Rules of this House
by Gregg Harris

1. We obey God.
2. We love, honor, and pray for one another.
3. We tell the truth.
4. We consider one another’s interests ahead of our own.
5. We speak quietly and respectfully with one another.
6. We do not hurt one another with unkind words or deeds.
7. When someone needs correction, we correct him in love.
8. When someone is sorry, we forgive him.
9. When someone is sad, we comfort him.
10. When someone is happy, we rejoice with him.
11. When we have something nice to share, we share it.
12. When we have work to do, we do it without complaining.
13. We take good care of everything that God has given us.
14. We do not create unnecessary work for others.
15. When we open something, we close it.
16. When we take something out, we put it away.
17. When we turn something on, we turn it off.
18. When we make a mess, we clean it up.
19. When we do not know what to do, we ask.
20. When we go out, we act just as if we were in this house.
21. When we disobey or forget any of the 21 Rules of This House, we accept the discipline and instruction of The Lord. 

I like these. Pretty simple, I think. MB is a little too young for rules [except NO PLAYING IN THE DOG’S WATER BOWL, which she routinely ignores] but I can think of at least two people who sometimes act like big babies who could benefit from rules such as these. 

What do you think?