~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Kids~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Crazy things we never thought we would hear...

The kids were all ready for bed and we were nudging them in that direction. We heard a very quiet 4 year old voice coming from the other room...

Evelyn: Ummmm I have pee running down my back.
Todd: How is pee running down your back?
Evelyn: Well, I peed in my goodnite......and I was upside down.

Really.   She really did say that.    I just tried my best not to laugh!

So Todd helped her clean up while explaining to her (again) that she can't pee in her goodnite on purpose. It's for accidents and is especially not for peeing upside down. 

Have a blessed day! ~Tammy

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Hey Good Lookin' Watcha Got Cookin'?

I am not an animal type of person. They are cute and all but I'm not really into being drooled on, climbed on, covered in who-knows-what, smelling who-knows-what.  I've got kids to worry about. Come to think of it, I get enough drool, climbing and smells from the kids. I don't need a pet.  Of course the kids would love to have one. So we got fish!  :)

We have had them a few months and the kids have enjoyed them quite a bit. They are often found peeking into the tank to see what their fish is doing. (They each got two.)  I honestly don't know how they know which fish are theirs, but they do.  Recently, we have had a few deaths. After testing the water and getting a new pump we had yet a third fish die. We took him in and the nice man said that we had a bully in our tank!  One of the other fish was attacking them and that is why they had died.  He described how to tell which fish is your bully and the kids knew immediately which one it was. I was fairly impressed with their knowledge of the scaly little friends.

So we went home and Todd took the accused out of the tank and put him in isolation. We were going to keep him out for a day and see if the mood got better in the neighborhood. Now as much as they are enjoying the fish the kids really want a dog. They have been told that if they can show responsibility with their current pets then maybe we can work up to a dog. Ellie was concerned about the bully fish staying warm all through the night since there was no heater in his small container so she took the initiative to check his water one last time before going to bed.

She checked the temperature and added some water. The fish jumped out!  She grabbed him and put him back in.

Ellie:  Mom, something's wrong with Finn McFishle.
Me:  What's he doing?
Ellie:  He jumped out of the water and when I put him back in he started acting funny. He looks like he is choking.
Me:  Was the water hot?
Ellie: (Confidently) Yes. It's supposed to be above 80*. (looks at thermometer) It's between and 80* and 90* now.
Me:  Todd!
Todd:  Ellie the temp is supposed to be at or below 80*. (looks at thermometer which is steadily rising as we speak) It's at 100* right now. I think you cooked the fish.

Poor Ellie burst into tears. She had cooked Finn McFishle. She was devastated.

After she calmed down we talked about listening skills and checking with mom or dad before doing anything out of the ordinary for a pet.  Ellie said she was thankful that we didn't get mad at her. It was at this time I told her that I had done the exact same thing to a goldfish I won at the carnival.

The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

Have a blessed day! ~Tammy

Ramblings of a perfectionist...

I bet when some of you read the title you thought I had a guest writing today's post. LOL  By the looks of my house, van or anything else I am in charge or organizing, it certainly doesn't scream "Perfectionist lives here!"   But that is exactly what I am. So much so that I put off doing things if I can't do them perfectly.

Todd has been asking me to update the blog and I just haven't found the time to get things caught up like I wanted. I have SO many things I want to write about!  Many stories to tell and several that would require a series of blog posts. It is all perfectly laid out...in my mind. :-)

So today I decided to suck it up and just make a post. I am going to get posts done as often as I can. They may not be in any certain order and...um...that's okay. At least I think so anyway. ;-)

Have a blessed day! ~Tammy