As a kid, I remember going
through the motions of the fire drill at
The biggest thrill for me was getting a
chance to go outside and socialize when I
know otherwise we'd be inside doing school
work, so for me at least, the fire drill had
nothing to do with being prepared in the
event of a disaster.
But now, however, I feel
differently. Fire drills aren't fun.
They're about survival. I run through
a list of "fire drills" on a daily basis -
what if someone chokes, what if someone
escapes from the house, and the most
fearsome dreaded one of all - what if
someone undresses, poops on the floor, and
plays in it. I think I'm prepared.
I think I'll have everything under
control. Every event in the sequence
is played out over and over until I'm
comfortable that when it happens (and
it will), things will run as smoothly as
Then, the dreaded moment
happened a few days ago! Far from
choreographed, it was more like the episode
from I Love Lucy where Lucy goes into
labor. We had people running to and
fro screaming for hot water and towels.
Madness! Max had disrobed, pooped and
had it smeared all over his body.
Awful stuff. It was a complete family
effort and I'm SO grateful Loren was around.
He and Kelli got Max bathed.
Angus helped them by running for wipes.
I cleaned up the carpet while fending off the
girls who looked as though they were ready
to play in it like it was play-doh. Wow!
That's the first and unfortunately not the last
time we'll be dealing with that.
One-piece outfits are a must right now!
We made Christmas cookies
yesterday - even our 2-year-old trio helped.
Loren was a bit skeptical as to what sort of
help they would provide in the
cookie-decorating department. I told
him "Don't worry. I'm prepared for the
mess. It's not about the cookies,
remember? It's about the memories."
moment! Halfway through the
decorating, Max dumped the little silver
balls (remember the ones that used to be
safe for decorating cookies?) we were using
on the cookies ALL over the floor.
Little candy b.b.'s everywhere. Messy
sprinkles, colored icing, cookie crumbs and
silver balls everywhere! Took me far
longer to clean up than to decorate the
cookies. But, it's all about the
Angus is getting ready
to start flag football in January.
That should be pretty exciting for him.
The little ones are
talking up a storm. I was
discussing shopping with Nadia today and
she said, "Yeah. Shopping's nice."
While shopping, we fed
them jelly bones (jelly beans) to keep
them happy. (Nadia's
interpretation of the word) Love their
Angus asked me today if
he could have a bra. During the
conversation, I told him he had nothing
to fill it. He said he could fill
his bra with a Buzz Lightyear.
Angus invented a new
song called "Spill Some Blood on the
Floor" and says it's a new Christmas
Kevin finished his
semester with (he thinks) pretty much
Kelli has been driving
me everywhere lately and is such a great
driver. I'm so relaxed with her at
the wheel - really.
Kristi and Paul just
found a house to rent out in California
and are moving in after Christmas and
little Camryn's on the verge of crawling
already. How can that be?!
Constructive play - creating a train from the bins.
Destructive play - using them as a means to get on the counter.
Checking out the Christmas tree.
My granddaughter at 5 months. What a sweet girl!
12/4/06 - Stop, Drop and Roll
11/29/06 - Thanksgiving 2006
from 11/17/06 - Angus's brithday, etc.
from 11/10/06 - Christmas Photo