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What a 3 year-old got from the story

Thursday, July 23, 2009



The other day I was in my room and I heard some arguing going on down the hall.
This is nothing new.
I walked to the front room to hear both sides of the story.
I didn't really listen to either of them because I was too tired.
All I said was that they were lucky they don't get spanked like I did when I was little.. And I told them I either got the race car track, a switch, or my mom's slipper. Of course this is always disputed by my siblings. They think my mom was easiest on me.

So, I said to please quit fighting or they could both enjoy being in their rooms all day.
Unbeknownst to me, Blair was seated at the kitchen table and as I walked back down the hall, I heard her say,
"You were little, mom?"

Like Duh

Friday, July 17, 2009

Don't you wish you could sometimes say how it really is?

Maybe you do. Some people try to be direct but they leave you having to mentally translate their words. I guess that is the passive-aggressive personality. I like the direct approach myself, but it has to be done with decorum. And assuming I couldn't do that, I just let things roll off my back.

When I used to work full time for a Human Resources firm, we had a saying among our team, "silii tilat" meaning - 'say it like it is, take it like a trooper.' Luckily, we were all good friends and forgave each other when an idea was presented and it would be shot down because it was dumb, frankly. Instead of saying, "Interesting idea. Maybe we could tweak that a bit. How about this..." Everyone would say, "That's a crappy idea. Next."

It was funny. Even when it was your idea that was nixed.

I was reminded of this direct approach when after moving here, I was at the mall with Reese and Blair.
Blair was just a baby at the time so I was trying to maneuver opening the mall door, scooting Reese in and pushing the stroller through. Noticing my clumsiness, a gentleman ran to the door and held it open for me. Reese's eyes were right on him as we were walking into the store. I was a bit curious because of Reese's repugnant stare. The man held a lit cigarette in his hand waiting for us to go inside. Inhaling smoke, I thanked him. Not for allowing me to inhale the smoke but for holding the door. Just wanted to make that clear.

Just as I was almost through, Reese, still staring, said to the man with a condescending tone,
"Don't you know that smoking is bad for you???" He had that "Like, duuuhh" attitude so prevalent in teen-agers.

I gasped. My 4 year old is taking on the tobacco industry one person at a time. While I think that taking on big tobacco is honorable, there are better ways of going about it, I am sure.

I gently scolded him and apologized to the man who was trying to be chivalrous.
Except for the second hand smoke thing.

The gentleman laughed and looked at another person and said, "Did you hear what that kid said??"

Embarrassed, I tell Reese that he can't go around telling someone how to live his life.

Looking at me with the gravitas of a 40 year old, Reese exclaimed, "Well, somebody has to."

Like duuuhh, mom.

A Princess and an evil wave

Friday, July 10, 2009

On the last leg of our family vacation, we went to Orlando, Florida.
Home of Minnie and Mickey Mouse and outrageously overpriced family fun.
It was fun as long as I didn't look at the bank account.

Jon and I took the little ones to The Magic Kingdom while the older ones went to Epcot and MGM all by themselves. They were only a cell phone call and a monorail ride away, thank goodness.

Blair was so excited to see Princesses and I was excited for her. Reese was eager to hit the rides and to meet Mickey and get his autograph. We were dreading long lines. My kids aren't the most patient. Who am I kidding, neither am I. Luckily, we had a fast pass option on some rides so there was no waiting. Trae man was just along for the stroller ride and his $2.99 pack of 8 french fries.
Did I mention the outrageously overpriced family fun??
He also liked the mild family rides like The Pirates of the Caribbean. We also enjoyed the teacups, Winnie the Pooh, Splash Mountain, Dumbo, Snow White's Scary Adventure, and the Haunted Mansion.
Reese's favorite was Big Thunder Mountain. We each took turns taking him on that and it was a blast hearing him yelp and laugh.
At the end of the evening, we watched the parade. I was excited because we were right up front. Blair's eyes lit up when she saw the princesses and the pure excitement on her face made my eyes mist a little.
That's what we went there for - to make some memories and enjoy our children's youth. I guess recapture some of ours too.

The highlight of the parade for us was when Blair's favorite character, Cinderella (and her prince) came by in her carriage. It stopped right in front of us and Cinderella motioned to Blair, waved and blew a kiss to her. I don't know who got a bigger kick, Jon and me or the kids.
I guess not wanting to be out done, and wanting to put on a good show of course, the witch sauntered over to us. After Snow White also came by and motioned to Blair, the witch came over and had a stare down. She stood right in front of us, arms folded, and without smiling, stared at Blair.
Blair just waved at her and then the witch relented, giving us a slow, evil wave.
The crowd laughed and let out an "ooohhh..."

Just before we left the park, Reese tracked down Mickey and Minnie. He was waiting all night to get their autograph and they did not disappoint.
After all, they don't call it the Magic Kingdom for nothing.

Vamos a la playa

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Hello there.
It's been a long time.
I've been busy. Studying. Working. Playing.
Not necessarily in that order.
But anyway, I'm always thinking about catching up on the blog. I have stuff in the works!

Right now I am enjoying a vacation to Hilton Head and Orlando.
Hilton Head was awesome as usual. It was great to see all of our old friends and relax on those beaches. Sigh - we miss it and yet we enjoy PA too.
It's one of those things where if I could take bits and pieces of the places we've lived and with the people we've met along the way and create my own town, it would be my ideal home.

On HHI, we went out to dinner with some good friends which was great. We hit the beach at another friend's house and played Frisbee, hunted for hermit crabs and all kinds of shells. We sunk our feet into the warm sand and stared out into the water. We watched pelicans swoop down for their fresh fish catch of the day and kept our eyes open for dolphins to show us their jumping ability.
We even canoed at low tide. Magical.
We watched an alligator sun himself on the opposite bank from another friend's backyard. The alligator showed us how nice his teeth were when he opened his mouth r e a l wide. I'm glad we were across the pond for that. I have a strange fear of alligators. It's not strange to me though. I think it's healthy. And smart if I do say so myself.

Now we are at the Magic Kingdom.
Our trip is almost over.
That's not so magical...