I was looking through a folder of old photos on my computer earlier and stumbled across an old video of the Little Professor at age 3 reciting the 23rd Psalm. While he’s reciting, Mummy gets a call on the phone and the Professor keeps escalating his volume and intensity in an effort to keep her attention.
I love the look on the Princess’s face… it’s one part amusement and one part absolute admiration for her big brother.
It’s funny to look back and see them so little. They have both grown so much since then!
Over the weekend the Little Professor went to birthday party at a friend’s house. They had a unique form of entertainment for the kids, Joe’s Craz-zy Critters. Joe and his brother Devin came in and entertained and educated the kids for over an hour with all sorts of exotic creatures.
There were huge snakes, lizards, spiders and scorpions as well as a very large bunny, a chinchilla & a pig! It was a very fun and informative party and the kids loved it.
The Professor found all of the creatures fascinating, though he was not really interested in holding any of them. I can’t really blame him, at least when it comes to the scorpion and tarantula, though I would have liked to check out the monitor lizard!
As it turned out, the big hit of the party was “Rosie” the pig. The kids thought she was great, they fed her Multi-grain Cheerios and yelled when she squeeled.
After the animal entertainment was over, the kids sang happy birthday, had some cupcakes and then headed on home with loot bags in hand. All in all, it was a great time.
Having children is always an adventure, you get introduced to all sorts of characters along the way! In the past year or so Disney released a new show, Doc McStuffins. It’s about a young girl who is a doctor to all of her toys.
The Mighty Princess has really enjoyed the show and watches it whenever she gets a chance. So this past Christmas Mummy and I got her a cute little doctors set, so she can take care of all of her own toys too. However, it seems she also enjoys dressing her little brother up as a doctor as well. As I was making them some breakfast over the weekend, I was introduced to Doc McMonkey!
Not only does he look the part, but apparently he (with some assistance from his big sister, I’m sure) had been patching up an Orca that had a couple of “boo boos”.
With the imagination on these kids, you just never know who you’re going to meet!
This year the kids and I built a Gingerbread house. I was pretty impressed with all the decorating ideas they came up with! The Princess stacked a few tootsie rolls together for a chimney, and the Professor used a bunch of swedish fish as paving stones for a walkway in front of the house. There were squares of Hershey chocolate bars as doors and windows, twizzlers for trim along the roof and even a couple of lollipops with mini M & M’s attached as apple trees out front.
It really was a lot of fun & the kids had a blast. Even the Milk Monkey was there, his biggest contributions were getting to eat small pieces of twizzlers, and adding a lot of “ohhh”s and “wow”s, but he loved it too.
This past weekend, we let the kids break it apart and start eating!
It was a little bit sad to see their creation turn into an after dinner treat, but they really enjoyed it. The Milk Monkey kept looking at us with an “I can’t believe you’re letting us do this!” look. It was very cute!
Somehow I think this will become a new Christmas tradition for us!
The Milk Monkey has been heading off to the backup daycare a lot this month. As I mentioned in another post, my employer provides 20 days of backup daycare, and we had quite a few left for the little guy at the end of this year so we’ve been using them up to give Mummy a bit more quiet time to take care of some other projects she’s got going on.
He really likes getting out and going to see his “friends” at the daycare, and he prefers to walk and hold my hand as we head through the building. He always waves and says “Hi” to every person we pass – it’s like he’s the little mayor of daycare town.
But, even the mayor needs downtime, and apparently when our little guy is kicking back at home, he likes to do it dino style.
We’ve had this little dinosaur costume since the Professor was a little guy and the Milk Monkey just loves it. Every now and then as we’re getting him dressed, he’ll spot it hanging in his closet and starting pointing at it while saying “Me, Me, Me”. Of course, we usually go for it, especially if it’s just a quiet day at home for him. Though he did accompany me to the supermarket while wearing it once. It’s very cute to see the little dinosaur stomping around the house, dancing to “the Wiggles” and giving the occasional little “roar”.
We ran into a bit of a technical issue this weekend. With the Professor playing an online learning game, and the princess watching a show on the TV, suddenly it all came to a stop. With a few exclamations of “Awww” and “Hey!” Mummy and I were alerted to the problem.
Unfortunately, it was more than just a little glitch. As it turns out the Verizon box in our basement was unable to connect to the parent company anymore which left us without any Internet, Phone or Television. The TV we could live without just fine, and it was inconvenient not to have the internet but we were more concerned about not having a phone. While Mummy does have a cell phone, we really prefer to have a landline active just in case there is an emergency and someone needs to call 911. When calling from a landline, the 911 service knows exactly where the call is coming in from.
At any rate, we contacted Verizon and had some difficulty with the technicians on the phone. In fact, it was a customer service nightmare. They were telling us they couldn’t get anyone out for 2 days, and we really weren’t willing to accept that for the reasons mentioned above. One of the supervisors was extremely rude and abrasive and we were determined to discontinue our service if Verizon did not deal with the situation appropriately. So, the following morning, we called the customer service department again and mentioned our concerns, we also mentioned the discussion we had with the rude supervisor and our intention of cancelling our service if the issues were not resolved quickly and I have to say Verizon actually stepped up and did what they could to make it right.
A technician showed up later that day and worked on the problem for the afternoon. As it turns out, he was not able to fix it that day, but did set up a follow up appointment for the next morning. So, the final result was that service was eventually restored and we felt a lot better about having stayed with the company. The technician that came to the house was a very hardworking, nice person that was determined to get the system up and running again. He even left his direct phone number with us so we could follow up with him just in case there were any further problems!
It’s great to have all of our services back, we can watch our favorite shows and use the internet to post to the blog, but most importantly we have the phone back in case of emergency!
He is learning to express himself in various ways, he says “Meeeee” when he wants something, while alternately pointing and opening and closing his hands. He sings along with his favorite songs from The Wiggles, or Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood – and of courses dances along. But, I have to say, one of the cutest things he does is give “smoochies”.
At nighttime as we’re getting him ready for bed, I’ll tell him “Ok little guy, go give Mummy Smoochies!” And he goes running over with his lips pursed & hums out a big “Mmmmmmm” and gives a big ole kiss on the lips. It’s the perfect way to say goodnight!
One night last week I was stumbling around the internet on Stumbleupon, and found a method for starting fires I had never heard of. The Upside Down Fire Method. It turned everything I had known about starting a fire upside down – literally!
I had been taught that to get a fire going, you needed to build a small fire out of paper & kindling, and then add in larger & larger pieces of wood until you had a really good blaze going. As it turns out, there is a much more efficient method.
You start out by building a base of large logs – making sure there is no space between them. From there, keep building higher using consecutively smaller pieces. Again, with each layer, try to keep the wood touching as you go. Finally set some paper on the top with some small kindling or some of those fire starter sticks.
Light the paper and watch it burn! As the small kindling catches, it drops embers onto the layer below, igniting that layer as well – and so on down the line. Which is why it’s important not to have any gaps between the wood, so the embers rest on the wood, smoldering and igniting the next layer. Once you’ve got the top layer lit, it just keeps burning it’s way downward and you don’t even have to mess with or poke around with the fire at all.
It also burns very hot & very cleanly, with minimal smoke. The paper and kindling burning on top preps the chimney flue allowing the smoke to flow easily up and out. There’s no backdraft of smoke into the house, which is great!
I’ll be trying this method out on our next camping trip.
Mummy really enjoys watching those home design shows on HGTV. One of her favorites is “Sarah’s House” featuring the designs of Sarah Richardson. Each season Sarah takes an old home and completely renovates it and makes it into a fully upgraded, beautiful home. So, I guess I have her to thank (at least in part) for this weekend’s extended trip to Home Depot!
Granted, we have been hunting for a new dishwasher for a while, and we had plans to go this weekend and pick one out – but once Mummy realized we had a few extra dollars to spend in order to fulfill a special coupon deal we had, her affinity for Sarah’s home improvements came out and suddenly we were shopping to finish off renovating our kitchen.
When we bought our house, almost 5 years ago now, the kitchen was a disaster! We’ve put a lot of work into it since then and slowly it has been becoming a kitchen we can be proud of. It does still have some finishing touches to be done, and that’s largely what we spent our time and money on at Home Depot.
In addition, we actually did find a dishwasher! We’ve arranged for delivery and should have it next weekend. We’re looking forward to being able to stop washing so many dishes by hand!
Our new dishwasher!
I’ll be the first to admit that doing the work of home improvement is not my favorite thing to do, but I have to say that it’s a pretty good feeling once a project is complete and you can really see how much a little work has improved things. Mummy and I have a bit more work to finish off our kitchen, but before long, it will be an incredible room – miles away from where it started.
And then… on to the rest of the house!
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