UGH! Sometimes I just feel like...
konking their two heads together like coconuts :evil: I am so so so terribly tired. The zoo was fun. Yes, it was fun. But it was also utterly exhausting. Why is it that when we're about to leave the house, everyone's fully dressed, done with the potty, the place is clean... and... THEY DUMP OUT THEIR FRIGGING TOYS?! ARRRRRRRRRGH. There is NO way I'm going to leave a mess before we leave, and it is becoming too hard to resist slapping their thighs with the palm of my hand. I've been trying VERY hard to control myself, and finally learned the trick: "The longer you take to clean up, the shorter we'll have to play at the park/with Tamlyn/ at the zoo!" WORKS! It hasn't prevented them from tipping their trains out of the bins, but golly it does speed up the clean up time.
Tonight was pretty hot in our house. Not only temperature-wise, but I was getting angry with the boys as it was. Mika was laid out on our bed, and why oh WHY is it that C and L can't stay away from ME?! They just had to follow me into my room, bring their easter eggs and dramatize their Magical School Bus video, "Busasaurus" OVER AND OVER AND OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN. "OHhhhhhhhhhhh NOoooooooo!!!!" "That's a pteradon! that's a pteradon!" "Hey, Arnold, what do you have?" *sigh* It's so cute, and yet sooooo LOUD! They brought out every hello kitty stuffed animal Mika owns; they dragged out a blanket and pillow (she's cold, mommy!). Yep, they're definately loving; they're just a little over brotherly, and the stimulation was too much. I took her to be with Daddy in the living room, but the boys did not follow her, and decided to stick with lucky old me.
And then. tonight just before bed, they took their sweet ol' time cleaning up. WHY do they do things at such a slow speed, gingerly picking up each train only to stop the clean up progress. GRRRRRRRRRRRRrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. I hate how mean I sound, but hell, I'm tired and grouchy. I tell them that if they don't clean up by the time I count to 3, those trains are OUTTA here, gone, bye bye, not gonna play w/ them anymore. That gets their attention. And they were such good boys, how could I stay angry.
So, where was I :lol: Oh, yes. Today was a nice day. Before we embarked on our zoo adventure, I called my big sister and noticed that Lucas has created a verb out of the word "timber."
Can you guess what timber means by the context?
MY TIMBERED THE TOYS!! MY TIMBERED THE BLOCKS!! MY TIMBERED THE TRAINS AND MAKE MESSY-MESSY!!!
timber (v). knock over. destroy. Commonly used by little boys infatuated with blocks.
Lucas also pooped in the potty tonight. :kaos16:
Lucas also slept with us in our bed the past 2 nights- it seems like he needs a warm body to cuddle up to, and Cobi zonked out on the couch with Daddy, so Lucas was left buddy-less :( It's sweet when he's in our bed, I love to cuddle up to him. I told DH when he came into bed, "Take him to his own bed" (half asleep)... Dh said, "Well, it looks like you WANT him here with your arms covering him and all."
They're only little once, right? We will always welcome them in to cuddle :)
So the zoo. Yes. Ummm, it was really nice and sunny. They added misters (mist-ers, cool water - i hope it's water) near the francois monkeys, which was really nice. THey should put them all over the freakin' zoo, it's so hot everywhere! We got to see both Sumatran tigers, the orangutan Rusty was climbing on the chain link fence, and the 2 lionesses and the lion were in full view. As were the rhino, ostrich, giraffes, and zebras in the savannah area. A baby goat almost followed us out of the petting zoo, the hippos were in the water, but their two heads were so close together, they reminded me of Cobi and Lucas when they sleep together :warmfuzzy: Near the water bucks, there is a running stream, and C and L said, "I see a fish! I see a fish! I see a FROG!" :O I told Lucas:
You did NOT see a frog.
Yes! Yes! I see a frog!
:O It was a frog. Gross. A wild frog. Ewwww. ribbit. In the herpatorium (sp?) there are frogs galore, but for some reason, a live frog in the real world in FRONT of the glass. Yuck, not in a ZOO! Can't it do some major damage to the rest of the animals?
The neatest part of the day was when we were sitting on a bench eating snacks. Cobi offered a package of cheese to Justin (my cousin's son)... justin took the bag... but when I walked away, I heard Cobi ask Justin in a sweet, polite voice:
WOW was that my son?? I guess I never hear him offering anything to me; it's always "I WANT CHEESE! I LIKE CHEESE!" (I don't know the whole "I like cheese" bit; I wonder if they get it from me asking if they "would like" something?? It just sounds SO pidgin, and like my grandma!) Or, if he wants to give me something, he'll just shove it in my face (like a blueberry) or say, "here, mommy!"
Would you like a cheese, Justin?
Oh, gosh, it's past my bed time.
What else did I want to say...
Mika. Sweeeeeet Mika. She's got the cheeks and mouth that Lucas had when he was an infant... but for some reason looks like Cobi when she's sleeping. She was alert for a long strech of time while we were at the zoo. Lots of fun. What a beautiful baby ;) As are her brothers.
WHAT?! It's Friday already?!?!?!
Man, where does the week GO!
First, I should start by saying that yesterday, we went to the park down the street with Tamlyn. I'm happy to note that Cobi and Lucas are getting better at sticking up for themselves. Tamlyn kept pulling Lucas's hat off him, and he was getting upset over it, fighting back for it. Well, not fighting, but protesting enough so that she wouldn't take what's his. She loves him, he loves her, it's all good. I mean, they ARE cousins!!!
It was an O-K day all in all; I had a lot to look forward to- dinner with girlfriends! Yay! Hooray for me for getting out of the house :D We met at a sushi place that my parents started taking me to when I was in intermediate school. The 'master' has trained his 2 sons (who are younger than me) to take over, it seems- the sushi bar wasn't fully stocked, and the master wasn't there- I only saw one of the sons. I know the wife was there, for sure. Hmm, I wonder if everything's ok. The food was great; the conversation and compay even better! We talked and ate and chatted for about 2 hours, which was about our limit for staying away from home. Mika tagged along and was a good baby :) :sleepygirl:
Anyway!!! Today was AWESOME! We met the twins club at a botanical garden here. It was just such a perfect day. OK, so I was 30 minutes late, but oh, well. They waited for me, I felt so horrible. But the day was so so so so SO much fun! We fed the ducks (who were quite aggressive!) and got to play with other twins. They are all so adorable! And I do realize that Cobi and Lucas play much much better with other twins. Total lightbulb moment :idea: The other twins, despite giving their moms a hard time, are SO good at sharing and understanding the concept of 'turn'. I'm so happy Cobi and Lucas had the opportunity to play with other kids like them! WHY have I stayed away from the group for so long!!! :( And one of the ladies I've become close to is MOVING! And I don't mean moving to another side of the island... she's moving to SWEDEN! *sigh*
It was also great to be able to give Cobi and Lucas my undivided attention. No baby to feed ... no diapers to change. As much as I want to spend every waking hour of mine fawning over my daughter, my sons need me as well.
As we were leaving, we picked up some really neat red beans that fell off trees. Brought them home, and I read some informational paper that said there is NO picking of flowers, fruit, or seeds! OOPS. Oh, well. They're really pretty. I hope to start a seed collection for the boys, from various places and parks we visit. They can do whatever they want with them, except for sticking them up their noses or teasing Mika with them.
Speaking of which... For the past 2 nights, Mika's been skipping her 2 am feeding!!! She's been sleeping STRAIGHT from 8 pm to 5 am- and she only feeds at 5 because I'm SO full with milk that I feel like I'm going to explode!
I'd like to end with a few funnies:
While we were at the park, two of the moms were chatting, and the kids were getting pretty antsy, so I started giving piggy-back rides. One of the twins, 3 years old, REFUSED to get off me, and I tried telling her my back was sore. "The horsey needs a break, honey," I said.
Her response? "NO! The horse isn't broken!!!"
Another one-- the other night, Lucas was showering with me and suddenly, the water turns cold (because someone upstairs flushed the toilet or something.) Lucas starts crying, "I'm COLD! MY COLD!" repeat, repeat, and of course he's sucking in air. I"m holding him, because unlike his claims, it AIN'T cold to me, but I try to keep him warm... and without any warning,
*BOOOOOOOOOOOOOP!* RIGHT in my hands. :bootyface:
He says to me, "My make BOOP in mommy's hand. My WAAAAAAAARM" :angel4:
Here're some pictures of today:
NOte, the mommy duck with her little baby ducks?? :duckie:
Ducks being aggressive.
Our sunflower facing the wrong direction!!!
Oooooooooh! I hate slugs!!!
:evil: :evil: :evil: The slug ate our sunflower in the making :( It's Cobi and Lucas's first experience witnessing the world of garden pests. Cobi said, "The slug ate my sunflower. I want to grow MORE sunflowers." We have a whole set waiting to sprout, which we planted on Saturday, hopefully they'll come out and I can lay out slug pellets (Forgot today). Good thing great-grandma spotted the slug party going on near their chili flowers- she spread hella lotta salt over there LOL. Then I collected them in a plastic bag. Hopefully they'll dry out.
So, we watered our plants this morning with our dirty laundry water... I wish there were a way to irrigate it straight from our laundry sink to the garden! It's such a pain to carry buckets of water. At least the water's being recycled and the boys are learning something there!
After we were done in the garden, Lucas was running around w/o clothes on...
so I told him, "we better put our shirt on! Or else the bugs are going to get you!!! They think you're YUMMY!"
Lucas: NO! I'm not a food! I'm a boy! I'm a big boy!!!
ROFL. They say the cutest things!
So, anyway... my parents left for Las Vegas this morning; after that, they'll go to LA to be with Aunty Joni for 2 weeks. TWO weeks! How am I going to manage this house without them! Someone send me some good housekeeping vibes, PLEASE!!!!!