Our Little Boogers

Sharing our lives: two kids, two full-time jobs, one old house, and plenty of love and laughter. And baseball.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Germs Make Me Sick!

The little guy spiked a really high fever last night (103 under his arm!!!) and we thought we were going to have to head into the ER because his breathing was so labored. It was awful, but he's doing better now-- thank goodness. The baby is sick again, after recovering from her recent cold. Tonight we will try to sleep, and tomorrow we will hose everything down with Lysol.
This block, for example, will be disinfected.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013


Sometimes the little guy doesn't want to get in his carseat. Usually we can get him to race his sister, but the other night that didn't work.
I won!
Instead, I told him I was going to keep taking his picture until he sat down. It worked! Thank goodness for digital cameras, though, because that would've been a huge waste of film.

Monday, August 26, 2013


The little dude is absolutely ridiculous. We just put our activity center up for sale on Craigslist because the baby doesn't ever want to play in it. I think we gave up too soon.
What the heck?!? I don't even. He played in it happily (pretending he was driving) for a good half hour. Fortunately, he was able to get himself out of it, too. 

Sunday, August 25, 2013


I finally got a picture of the baby's tooth. She's quite secretive about the whole thing, but it's really there-- see?
The little guy took this self-portrait today. He has some teeth, too!

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Our Little Coal Miner?

The baby has a bad cold, so she's been napping most of the day. The little dude, on the other hand, is a giant ball of energy. He looked like a (clean) coal miner this morning in this stylish ensemble.

Thursday, August 22, 2013


Eric had another softball game tonight, but since this one was at 6:30 we got the little guy dinner at McD's on the way to the field. He insisted on sitting all by himself while he ate his dinner.
Then he played catch by himself. I'm really glad that he enjoys playing alone. I think it's a nice break for him, actually, after a full day of school.
So, the toy in his happy meal was a smurf. He let the baby play with it for a bit (very sweet of him).
Then he threw it around for a while. Despite my telling him several times to not throw things at the field, he threw the smurf at the fence. Look at what happened!
I left him hanging there (about five feet off the ground) for a while, but we remembered to get him down before heading home.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Role Models

The little guy looks up to his daddy-- it is soooo cute. Eric had a softball game last night, and the little dude dressed up in his softball outfit, too. He brought his new glove and three baseballs to play with during the game, and I think the highlight of his life was getting to sit in the dugout with the team. Here are my two guys walking to the field together.
The baby has a slightly different role model right now-- Beau!
Does that photo look familiar?

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Kitchen Helper

The little guy helped me assemble some kebabs last night. I have this really nice baby food cookbook with baby-friendly recipes for the whole family, so all four of us had these for dinner.
While we were putting the veggies on the skewers, the little guy asked me to make him a little apron for his 4th birthday. I told him I'd be happy to.
He's been cooking at school the past couple of weeks, which has made him even more help at home! ("You have vegetable oil? Miss Amy has vegetable oil too!") I love cooking with this guy.

Monday, August 19, 2013


The little guy is really curious about where things are, so we've been spending some time looking at maps, both online and on paper. Eric was watching baseball and the boy and I were looking at where our extended family lives. The baby was playing quietly at my feet. Ha! We should've been paying more attention!
Please note that it was hot enough for the baby to be in just a diaper, and the little guy is wearing long sleeves and a sweater vest.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

A Punny Story

Eric and I agreed that we don't read to the baby as much as we read to the little guy when he was a baby, so we're making an effort to rectify that by reading to them together! We've also added some bedtime books to the baby's nightly routine. So far so good!
Last week, Eric and I were telling the little guy about this one time that he smelled terrible (it's a long and sort of pointless story). Eric said "It was foul, and I don't mean birds!" I laughed, so the little guy tried to get in on the joke. He said "It was foul, and I don't mean newspapers!" I laughed harder. He kept substituting random words in for birds (since he TOTALLY didn't understand the foul-fowl pun). I was weeping with laughter... I still don't know why I think it's so funny, but I do.

  • It was foul, and I don't mean roof!
  • It was foul, and I don't mean tomatoes!
  • It was foul, and I don't mean cars!
  • It was foul, and I don't mean sunshine!
  • It was foul, and I don't mean books!
We've been keeping this going now for about a week. I hope he keeps it going forever. He cracks me up.

Friday, August 16, 2013

You've got mail!!

After picking the kiddos up from day care we decided to go out and grab a bite to eat at Zaxby's, Emily's favorite place. She's been on the "no dairy" wagon for a while so Zaxby's was off limits. Apparently they dredge their chicken in a buttermilk batter before frying it. No wonder it's so good.

Anyway, we came home to a package from the UPS man on our porch. Inside were some goodies for the kids from Nana and Pops:

A new glove, bat, and two balls for the boy and a cute little outfit for the girl.
He had to go outside immediately so he could play. This time Mommy threw him some pitches,
while I held the baby.
It was a very fun evening. Thanks Nana and Pops!

Thursday, August 15, 2013


After the firetruck parade, the little guy got out his scooter and added a light (a maraca) and a ladder (a broom) to it. He's been wheeling all over the house... and he's kind of a menace.
The baby likes the broom, too. She is also a menace.
Eric and I went out tonight leaving the kids home with a sitter. The little guy asked if she would play trains with him, and we said sure. He was asking about all kinds of stuff, so I told him "The sitter is going to have to play with the baby, too, FYI." He said "FYI?" and cracked up! I guess I'm already embarrassing and out of touch. I thought I was hip to the lingo these days. Oh well.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Even More Baseball!

So, Eric is watching two baseball games at the same time right now... one on the iPad and one on the TV. I might go sew some more.

The little guy is still really into baseball, too. Sometimes we coat ourselves in bug spray and head to the park with the bat, ball, and batter's helmet.
The baby is standing up all the time now, and she's starting to cruise along the furniture. I'm definitely not ready for that. She's already nine months old! Where has the time gone?

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

A Story in Three Parts

I. The little guy built a zamboni out of legos. His hockey obsession continues unabated.
Anyway, the baby is drawn to his toys like a moth to flame. She put down the squirt gun she was chewing on and high-tailed it over to see what all the fuss was about.
II. The little dude grabbed his zamboni, whirled around, yelled "NOOOOOO!!!!" and then started playing with it again.
III. Guess who can't take a hint and can crawl?
In the end, I moved the baby away and the little guy put his toy on the couch. It was safe there (for now).

Monday, August 12, 2013

Pinto Beans!

I made these pinto beans for dinner on Sunday, but with Jiffy corn muffins instead of homemade cornbread. The beans were delicious, cheap, and easy! Anyway, the baby loved them. She was a hot mess, but a happy hot mess.
The boy, on the other hand, ate about four beans. Win some, lose some.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Best. Parade. Ever.

We went to the annual fire truck parade this weekend. (What can I say? I love parades.) It was entirely, completely, 100-percent fire trucks. I think the parade crowd had the highest concentration of three- to five-year-old boys I've ever seen outside of a preschool . The little guy had a blast.
The baby wasn't nearly as impressed as the little guy, but she wasn't bothered by the sirens. That was a relief.
After the parade, we dropped by the big firefighter convention just to look. I don't know why the little guy is making that face every time we take his picture. It looks terrible!
Even Sir Walter himself got in on the firefighting action...
After all the excitement, we went out for some BBQ. The baby seems to be tolerating me eating dairy, so I got to have coleslaw on my sandwich. DELICIOUS!!!!

Thursday, August 8, 2013


Eric made dinner tonight, which let me hang out with the kiddos. They both had a great time playing. The baby chewed on a train. She has a tooth now, too!
And the boy played in his kitchen. He has an awesome super-hero cape that he uses as an apron. It's a pretty cool apron, too. I guess Superman has to cook some time.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Is it hockey season?

While Emily was out of the country this week I tried my best to keep the kids alive, and succeeded. Phew! Saturday morning my boy wanted to watch baseball (I love it!) but it was too early so none of the games had started. So then he wanted to watch hockey, but that was over months ago. I checked our NHL channel on the Roku just in case there were still some highlights from the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Luckily there were so we watched game 6 where (spoiler alert..sorta) the Blackhawks beat the Bruins to win. Here are some shots of the game (it's relevant, I promise). Photos from sbnation.com
Stanley Cup logo under the ice
Presentation of the Stanley Cup
After we watched the highlights which included the above presentation the kiddo ran upstair to get his socks skates and hit his pucks around our downstairs. After a few "goals" his lifted his arms and cheered, "We won!" 

Then he ran off and came back with a bath mat and put it down on his "ice". I managed to snap a picture.
"Hey bud, why did you get the bath mat?"
"I had to put a rug on the ice!"
"I had to put the rug down on the ice because I won!"
"I won so now I get the bottle from under the ice!"
"The bottle from under the ice? What are you talking ab.... Ahhhhhh."

Don't tell anyone from Canada my son called the Stanley Cup a bottle.

The sweet girl doesn't know anything about hockey yet, but she does love to stand. Here she is supposed to be going to sleep while mommy reads her brother a book.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Miss Determined

The baby was not about to let a little thing like her daddy keep her away from her brother's magnadoodle:
When she got over to it, all she really wanted to do was eat the magnet. At least she left the little guy alone, right?

Monday, August 5, 2013

Walk Away

I've taken about a gazillion pictures of Eric and the kids walking away. My parents have a cute picture of my brother and me walking away from them when we were little, and I've just always liked that angle. Anyway, Eric had the camera on our walk the other evening...

Sunday, August 4, 2013

More Playground!

Here's another photo from our last trip to the playground. I don't know what the weight limit is on these bouncy things, so I'm always a little nervous when we all pile on them.
They are a lot of fun, though, so it's worth the risk.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Stylin' n' Profilin'

The little guy has been taking a backpack full of accessories to school. I'm not even kidding-- he's bringing a couple of changes of shoe as well as an assortment of things from around the house. Then he gets all snazzed up for the drive home. Here he is today:
The slinky is there to keep the armband out of the baseball dirt if he falls over, in case you were wondering. Not only is it the latest trend, it's functional!

He also picked out the baby's outfit for the day-- a tutu and a superhero tee. She's pretty fabulous!