Friday, May 29, 2009

Some of the best conversations happen at bedtime

The other night I put Jack to bed. As I turned to leave, he asked me to snuggle with him for a minute. So I did and about 30 seconds in, he became very chatty.

Jack: Do you like to snuggle?
Me: Sure I do.
Jack: Lots of married people, and people who are boyfriend and girlfriend and live together do some snuggling.
Me: Uh... uh huh.
Jack: How long have you and Daddy been married?
Me: Almost 12 years.
Jack: Wow!
Me: That's a long time, right? July will be 12 years.
Jack: So I bet you and Daddy snuggle on your anniversary?
Me: Um... well... usually more than just on our anniversary. *snicker*
Jack: Uh huh. Where did you meet?
Me: We met in college.
Jack: College? Did you see him and think you wanted to marry him?
Me: Pretty much! Once we actually met, we saw each other pretty much every day after that.
Jack: Did you go see romantic movies?
Me: Sometimes.
Jack: Did you go on a lot of romantic dates?
Me: Not really. We didn't have much money so we pretty much hung out and watched TV or went to the library.
Jack: Did you ever sit on a bench and watch the stars together?
Me: Not that I can remember.
Jack: When I have a girlfriend, I'll take her on romantic dates and we will sit and watch the stars together.
Me: That sounds nice, Jack. That's going to be one lucky girl.

And then I kissed him goodnight.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Love is all around

Jack was feeling particularly "lovey" this morning. From the moment he woke up, until we left for pre-school, he was telling me how much he loved me, Megan and Jay. Not that I complained about that one single bit!

Jack: Mommy, I love you more than anything!
Me: I love you too Jack!
Jack: I'm going to love you even when you look old.
Me: Thanks Jack! It doesn't matter what you look like, it's what is on the inside that counts, right?
Jack: Uh huh.
Me: So even when I look old, I'll still be the same person on the inside. And when you get older, you'll look different but I'll still love you just the same.
Jack: When you get old, you are going to move to a different house, right?
Me: Well, maybe. This house will be too big for me and Daddy once you and Megan grow up and move out.
Jack: When you move to your new house, will you give me your address so I can always find you?
Me: Of course! We would love it if you come to visit! And if you have kids of your own, maybe Daddy and I can babysit them- would you like that?
Jack: Uh huh!

***Then a few minutes later I walked into my bathroom. Jack followed me in there***

Jack: I know where my love bone is.
Me: Uh, what?
Jack: My love bone. I know where it is. It's right here-in my heart.
Me: Aw, that's sweet Jack.
(Jack walked out of the bathroom at this point)
Jay: I have a comment about that.
Me: Really? What?
Jay: The love bone...actually Jack, when you get older, the love bone moves further south.
Me: **giggle**

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Oh, Jack- it's not filled with pee...not really

Yesterday morning Jack waddled into my bedroom at about 4:30 am, naked as a Jay bird, because he wet his bed in the middle of the night and he needed a new place to sleep. I was half asleep as well so I let him crawl in and sleep with us.

After I woke up and showered, I nudged him and told him it was time to get up and get ready. I kind of forgot that he was totally naked so when he hopped out of the bed, I just kind of laughed and shook my head. But there was a little something that caught his eye. He looked down at his uh... "morning wood" and told me and Jay, "Look at how big it is! It's filled with pee- that's why it's so big!" And then he disappeared into the bathroom.

Jay and i just looked at each other and giggled at that one.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

She was put on this earth to humble me.

I swear, sometimes I think Megan was put on this earth just to humble me. If I ever have any doubt that I am funny, great-looking, profound etc. I just have to have a few moments with Megan and she brings me right back to reality. I exaggerate a bit on that point but I suppose anyone with a daughter older than three understands what I mean.

The other day, I was driving Megan and Jack to school and I can't remember how it came up but I was telling them a story about my brother...

Me: So this one time, Uncle Scott and I were at my Grammie's house. It must have been a holiday like Easter because we were dressed up. Uncle Scott saw a ketchup package on the ground and thought it would be a good idea to smash it with his foot. It splattered all over my Grammie's white pants.

Jack: OOoooooohhhhh....

Me: Yup. Grammie was not very happy with that. She was really mad-Come to think of it, I'm not sure I've ever seen her so mad.

Megan: Yeah, well she must have liked you a lot better than Uncle Scott after that, huh?

Me: Not really. She was just mad. Just because you get mad at someone doesn't mean you like them any less.

Then I decided this was an ideal teaching moment. I looked in my rear view mirror and saw Jack looking at me, and Megan peeking out the window.

Me: For instance, when either of you do something wrong to make me or Daddy mad, do you think it means we love you any less?

Jack: No! You always love us.

Me: That's right! We always love you no matter what. So if you ever get in a situation where you are in trouble and you are afraid to tell me or Daddy, you should always remember....

Megan (interrupting me, thick with sarcasm and enormous eye roll): Oh great- another speech. *sigh*

Friday, May 8, 2009

This is why I love my extended family

Email is a major form of communication for my family. Even more now that everyone is so busy, it's really one of the main ways we stay in touch. And they are funny, and supportive and just- well...the best. Example of a recent email communication:

Mother-in-law: OK Girls. Wardrobe help needed. Getting clothes ready for wedding this weekend... Planning to wear one of two black dresses...one is all black, the other has a slight pin stripe in it. Will most likely wear open toed black strap heels. Question: Does anyone wear hose anymore even if the legs are winter white? Jen, I plan to bring both dresses and you can help me choose. If it is OK with you, I will just leave them at your house until we come again for the other wedding. Then I don't have to worry about transporting them back and forth. You really lose practice in dressing up if you only do it once in a blue moon. Interested in your opinions. M

Sister-in-law "B"- Interesting debate on the nylons. I never wear nylons but I think a wedding is different - it is a more formal affair so I don't think it would be inappropriate to wear nylons. I think it depends more on the style of dress and length of skirt, but I do think you can have winter white legs and not wear nylons. It also depends on the shoes. I'm interested in others' opinions. I'm sure there is some website to tell you what would be appropriate. Not seeing the dresses but just based on description, I would think you'd want the solid black. A pinstripe tends to be more daytime formal. Perhaps we need pictures . . . . :)

So, things I have learned about raccoons. 1. They can amazingly flatten their bodies. 2. The squeaky noise they make is quite loud. 3. It does not appear that they come out every day - still being determined but I have evidence of this fact. 4. They don't see too well which is proved by little kids faced pressed against window panes staring at an emerging raccoon. 5. 1 piece of chicken, 2 cat food cans and 4 marshmallows will not attract them into a cage. 6. and my favorite . . . they can really appear to snub their noses if they are not interested in #5.

Jay (my husband): At the risk of being persecuted, I say no nylons with open toed shoes is the fashion rule. Fashion smashion - do what you like. I hate raccoons.

Sister-in-law "Lori": NO NYLONS WITH OPEN TOED SHOES EVER UNDER ANYCIRCUMSTANCES> THAT IS WHYSLINGBACKS WERE INVENTED> I think you could wear either dress but try them on with the nylons and see what looks the best. You can always wear black nylons.

Me: Ditto to the previous comment regarding no nylons with open toe shoes -unless you are over 80 years old...then I am guessing nylons would be better than what is underneath.

Hilarious insights into raccoons. Did you know that frogs can squeal when they are cornered in a window well and you poke at it with a shovel? Just saying...

Sister-in-law "B": Good to know about frogs. I wonder who will squeal louder if they are thrown together in the same room?????