Monday, April 26, 2010

Am I in a Commercial?

As I was watching tv with my hubby, I saw a charming commercial that reminded me of a real-life, horribly ridiculous experience I had a few weeks ago.

Jodie and I were making a without-the-kids-because-we-could trip to Wal-Mart on a normal evening. We got some necessary and, of course, unnecessary items, and took our haul to the check out lane. I was actually surprised how many people were there at 9pm, and, apparently so were the cashiers because there were not enough of them. We ended up in a long line and Jodie started making small talk about the wait with a young woman behind us. She was of indeterminate age, but she had braces and an immature wardrobe. To set the stage fully, I really feel the need to include the entire dialogue with said person.

Teeny-Bopper-Dressed-Braces-Girl: "We NEVER let the lines get this long at the store I work at."
Jodie: "Oh, where do you work?"
TBDBG: "Babies R Us"
J: "That's great." (We were both thinking, no kidding the lines never get this long...Babies R Us is never that busy!)
TBDBG: "What kind of sippy cups do you have there?" (One of the necessary items were sippies for Bryn.)
J: "Um, not sure, just whatever brand they had back there."
(And now I won't bore you with the details of this portion of the conversation. Suffice it to say, TBDBG was very knowledgeable about sippies and the best kind, which Jodie most certainly didn't have and, coincidentally, are only carried at Babies R Us.)
J: "Well, ok, I think I'll try this one out though and see how it works."
TBDBG: So, are you two sisters or something?" (This was just funny and we were both flattered! We told her we weren't.)
TBDBG: (Turning to me) "So do you have kids?"
Me: Yeah, I have two little boys. Do you have any kids? (She was just so knowledgeable about necessary items, it made me wonder how she raised her kids.)
TBDBG: "Oh no, I'm waiting until I'm married. I mean, I've got the guy figured out, but I'm still waiting."
J: "Oh, are you engaged?"
TBDBG: "No, but he gave me a promise ring." (She holds up her hand to show us her ring, which was sweet: yellow gold with a blue stone.)
TBDBG: (dead serious) "He went to Jared!"

I just started laughing! I seriously couldn't help it. I have never heard anyone actually say that! Jodie, with much more control over her emotions, just smiled and said, "Oh...that's great!" It was hilarious.

We could not get through the line fast enough then. As soon as we got out the doors, we busted up laughing! We had to run to the car because we were afraid TBDBG would walk out and hear us more than enjoying a joke at her expense.

Now I have one to check off my list: appear in a commercial.

Well, close enough.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Easter Eggs...and more...are Yummy!

We had a lot of fun dyeing Easter eggs this year. The kiddos loved coloring on the eggs and all the other fun elements, like wrapping rubber bands and adding stickers and mixing colors and everything. Bryce just kept trying (unsuccessfully) to drink the dye...doesn't it look like juice or something? Yuck.
Things took a turn for the worst when Caleb spilled the red dye. Fortunately, it was contained on the deliberately placed table cloth. Plus we had 3 egg dyeing kits (I forgot that I bought some last year!) so I just opened one of the little packets that had a red tablet to refill our red dye. Caleb was thrilled to still have red.

All of a sudden, Bryce is bawling his eyes out. Apparently, though it looks like candy, egg dyeing tablets do NOT taste like candy! He managed to grab the blue tablet and chew it up! His entire mouth was dark blue! And like the cruel mom I am, I withheld giving him a drink until we could get a picture!
He gratefully accepted a glass of water, and back-washed blue every time he took a funny! Grandma gave Bryce an animal cracker to help get rid of the yucky taste. He stopped crying to take a bite and when he took it out of his mouth, he looked at was green...and he said, "Uh-oh!"
In spite of the drama, Caleb's eggs turned out adorable, and he had a blast.
Bryce was eventually happy too, and the blue mostly disappeared out of his mouth by bedtime.
It did take another day and half to get all the dye out of his system...but he seemed none the worse for it! I hope he has now learned his lesson, but I'm not holding my breath. Happy Easter!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

I'm Still Here...

Hey everyone, just a quick post to let all of my loyal readers of my deeply entertaining blog (ha!) know that I haven't died, because of course that's what you would assume since I haven't blogged in months. I've actually got some really fun posts coming up, like "Is Easter egg dye edible?" and "Caleb's favorite birthday present was from an infomercial!"

In the mean time, here is a quick update:

Bryce's favorite things right now are bubbles, meticulously copying Caleb's every move, and naming everything in sight. He has a shoe fetish as well...he wears everything from Caleb's flip flops to Jon-Michael's basketball shoes to my high heels.

Caleb just turned 5 and can't wait to start "real" school. (Because joy school doesn't count.) We continue to be pleasantly overwhelmed with the amount of paper he goes through because he draws every day.

Heather is forever on a quest for the perfect book, although some recent favorites include The Queen's Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner and Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater. She thinks she can grow green things and has been watering dirt on the back patio for over a week in the hope that the seeds there will grow.

Jon-Michael is deliberately punishing himself by playing basketball at 5:30 am a couple days a week, which is good, because his body is really starting to show his age at the recently attained age of 32. (Ha ha!)

As you can tell, we are just full of fun lately, but stay tuned for actual posts in the near future!