Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Telephone Chatter

It doesn't matter who calls, Tori must talk to them. She will follow you around, pleading to talk, until she gets to talk. Luckily, Huts and I don't spend a lot of time on the phone. Usually I have to call one of the grandmas or Aunt Annie after I get off the phone with someone Tori cannot talk to so Tori can talk to them. She just loves talking to Grandma Marie or Bickie or My Annie. She can't wait to see her grandmas soon.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Too Much

We had a busy weekend. It started on Friday night when I pulled weeds, while Huts mowed the lawn and the kids played. It was extremely hot out, so as soon as I was done, Ollie and Tori came in and got a bath. Saturday morning, we went to the farmer's market, where Ollie got a mini cherry pie and Tori got a blueberry muffin. Ollie managed to eat his pie without a fork. After that, Tori went swimming, while Ollie and I played in the park outside. We got hot quick and stole some money from Dad's wallet for some lemonade. Ollie drank all 32 ounces. After that, we went downtown where the kids played for half an hour around a statue. We grabbed lunch and went to paint pottery. That was quite the affair. Ollie painted a dragon and a castle box, while Tori painted a cat. We pick up their creations this Saturday. They should be quite the masterpieces. Tori got very creative with her cat. We spent the rest of the day at home. When Sunday rolled around, we took the kids to Sommer Park for Pioneer Days. Everything went ok until the end. The two were hot and exhausted and got crabby at the vintage baseball game. Huts ended up carrying Tori to the car, while Ollie and I traipsed behind. They drank their juice in the car and got a bath as soon as we got home to cool off. Tori missed her nap and went to bed at 8:30. Ollie followed right after. Whew! We pushed them over the edge with all of the fun!

Sunday, July 27, 2008

New Babysitter

Last night we took the kids to a potential babysitter for Ollie while school is in session. Her name is Jessica and she has two young sons. Ollie played with the older one, while Tori played with the 1-year-old. It was nice to see that she could be nice to a younger toddler. She played with him and they were quite the pair. Now, if only she will be that way with Eli. We're expecting jealousy and regression, but maybe not. Maybe she'll be the big sister after all.

Tomorrow she finally gets to paint pottery. She has been begging me for weeks to go paint. After she eats lunch tomorrow, we are going over. Ollie has decided to paint something too. This should be interesting. I can't wait to see what they pick out and how well they paint it. Old clothes for sure.

Saturday, July 19, 2008


Ever since watching a show about a mom taking her kids to paint pottery, Tori has been on me like a dog. I found a pottery shop in town that allows you to paint your own pottery, and Tori and I are going soon. She is totally into it. Ollie told me no and then said he tricked me and wants to go. We'll see if he bails out. I guess I better get with and do this before the third one comes and I am too busy making bottles and cleaning up spit-up.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Busy Weekend Ahead

Tonight, the kids are going to a backyard BBQ with Annie. Fun on the trampoline and pool for five hours. Meanwhile, Huts and I are going to a movie. Saturday morning, Tori is going to swim class with her dad, while I take Ollie to the park. Huts has plans to finish cutting up the tree and installing more mulch in the play area. Tori will be his little helper, and Ollie just might make his way out there. Who knows what Sunday will bring?

Thursday, July 17, 2008

So Much To Do, So Little Time

Three weeks until Eli is scheduled to arrive, and Huts and I have all of these plans to do things with the kids. We want to take them to ball games, the orchard, the pottery shop and so forth. We know we better hop to it now because we're gonna be real tired later. Move, move, move! Maybe we'll even get to the water park after Eli comes and before Ollie starts school.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008


Tori has started going to the potty more frequently. I bought her some more underwear in preparation for potty training in August. She gets eight weeks at home with me, so hopefully, I will get the job done. Huts and I are looking forward to having just one in diapers.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Happy As A Clam

After watching Ollie go to camp all week and crying her eyes out, Tori finally made it to Friday. She and Ollie played with Rosa that night while we went out to dinner with friends. They loved Rosa and went with Huts to take her home. Tori asked Rosa if she would come back some time and we told her yes. The good times continued on Saturday with time with Annie (bye. Mom and Dad) and time with her new friend Teresa. The one blue spot occurred on Sunday when Matthew came over and he and Ollie excluded Tori from their play. Once Matthew went home, Ollie decided that it was ok to play with Tori, which made her happy. She had such a long weekend that she slept this morning in the car.

Saturday, July 12, 2008


Tonight Huts and I are spending time with friends, and Rosa is babysitting. Ollie is not interested in the slightest, but Tori is. She can't wait to see who this Rosa is and what she has in store for her. Unlike Ollie, she plans to give Rosa a chance and show her all of her lovely dollies and toys. Tomorrow night, Annie is taking them to a friend's house to bounce on the trampoline. Ollie says he is not going to go high, but I bet he does. He has been doing tricks all week on the furniture. Tori will bounce as high as she can. She is quite the daredevil.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Sad, Sad

Tori is still sad and whiny over the fact that big brother is at camp. She desperately wants to go. August 23, Ollie's first day of school, is going to be a big pain in the patootie with her. She is going to pout all day long about having to stay home with Mom and Eli. Wish me luck! On a happier note, she returns to swim class this weekend.

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Boo Hoo

Ollie left for camp this morning crying, while Tori went to Sharon's crying because she didn't get to go to camp. She kept asking her dad where Ollie was and was quite tearful. Just imagine the scene in August when Tori, Eli and I walk Ollie to the corner to catch the bus and he gets on it and Tori doesn't. She is gonna cry her eyes out, which is probably gonna make Eli cry. I can't wait to carry her home while pushing a wailing stroller. So much for me thinking that I could take them on a long walk after Ollie caught the bus.

On another note, Tori came home from the park yesterday announcing that Grandma was not at our house. I have no idea where that came from. She has talked to both grandmas recently, and even said that my mom told her she was coming up, which my mom did not. Maybe she thought yesterday was the day. I don't know. She looked around for a few minutes, told me that Grandma wasn't there and then ran off to play.. Grandmas, if you're reading this, Tori cannot wait to see you.

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Yes Girl

Unlike her brother, Tori wants to do everything. She is excited about the plans for the weekend, even the movie which she will no doubt have trouble sitting through. She wants to go to camp like Ollie--we're prepared for a fit next week. She wants to go to school like Ollie--we're prepared for a fit on that one too. She wants to keep swimming and do tumbling in the fall. She is going to be one of those teenagers who can't stay put.