Tuesday, March 31, 2009

1st day of "day care"

"Chloe and her college student"

Her first day was actually last Wednesday. I'm a little behind. Apparently, caterpillars trump all. 

Sooo, I finally got a spot for Chloe in this Mom's day out program every Wednesday at a local church and boy are we excited. I was as nervous and reluctant as any garden variety mom would be. NOT! I snapped a few photos and ran laughing maniacally towards the door. No, I'm kidding [rolling eyes]. I'm not completely evil. However, I did skip to the car a little. I might have even whistled too. Lets just say, I was happy to have a few hours to myself.  

What's even better, Chloe was happy too. They said she spent most of the 3 hours wiping down toys, tables, chairs, children and basically anything that got in her way with a diaper wipe she somehow snatched out of a diaper bag which I find ADORABLE. Who doesn't find OCD tendencies cute? So the good news is she had fun and didn't really miss me. Except, well, I mean, I'm sure she missed me just a little, right? Just sayin'.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

becoming butterfly


"Eric"
"Carle"

Please allow me to introduce the newest members of our family, Eric & Carle (get it? heh heh heh hur). We adopted these two little guys today at the Kidspace museum and they're getting ready to go through some major changes. In case my blog wasn't exciting enough, I'm going to put a daily photo of the two of them on the right sidebar to allow you to track their progress. It doesn't get much more exciting than this. I'm actually pretty excited and probably even more excited than Jake. Do you think I could say excited again? I bet you're excited to find out how exciting it is to say excited.
Anyway, when they finally decide to turn into a chrysalis, we should have butterflies in about 7-11 days. This is what they will look like.

"Painted Lady Butterfly"
Here are a few more photos from today.

"Eric & Carle's new digs (complete with a brand new sports car)"

"Addie & Jake face off"

"Junior Archaeologist"



Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Slow as Christmas


and I'm not talking about mental capabilities... Well, not really. I'm speaking of the manner of which Jacob tends to move whenever time is of the essence. It's like, he's on warp speed most of the time but when we're in a hurry or late, he sssssslllllllllloooooooooooooooooowwwwssssssss dooooooooooooooown. Sometimes he just stalls, and other times he'll even act as if he doesn't hear me. I'll go, "Jake, please come here and wash your hands.... Jake....... JAAAAKE. Hello? HEELLLOOOO JACOB. PLEASE WASH YOUR HANDS. No, don't comb your hair. WASH YOUR HANDS. Please honey, GET OVER HERE AND WASH YOUR ^&%$$%$ HANDS!".

When eating breakfast (or any meal), it usually takes the best part of an hour because he just dawdles. Mostly, he sings. It's like he thinks it cabaret and he's the star of the show. While Chloe might be thoroughly entertained, I find it hard to not to pull out every hair on my head. So, I end up using that time slathering him with sunscreen, getting his shoes on and pleading with him to finish his breakfast. I've tried threatening, shoveling food in his mouth, bribing with cookies and being the epitome of nonchalance, but nothing makes a difference... He just doesn't get the sense of urgency in any way. And I guess, why would he. He has no concept of deadlines or appointments. He just takes his time to smell the roses. EVERY SINGLE ROSE.

There might be a simple explanation on why males move so slowly when pushed, hear me out. I was talking to someone recently who said that boys brains just work differently. And while this wasn't exactly news to me, the reason did surprise me. She said boys brains lack certain connections that woman's brains have. Something about their left and right brain hemispheres not being distributed as evenly and therefore certain connections between the sides just don't exist so it takes them longer to process that someone is yelling at them to hurry up. It's like they have some sort of genetic disposition that causes them to move through time and space at a snails pace. At least I know that there is a legitimate explanation and the males in my life really aren't ignoring me. At least, that's what I keep telling myself. So, while I quietly go bonkers inside my head, my boys just keep happily and obliviously smelling roses. I guess, maybe, I should too.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

banana poopy

I was given a good piece of advice from one of Jake's preschool teachers when I was ready to give up one week in and put Jake back in diapers. She simply said, there's no turning back. Once you start, never accept defeat. Thankfully, we heeded her advice and THANKFULLY Jake has made some wonderful progress. He's coming home in the same clothes he wore to preschool the majority of the time and amazingly the poops are moving closer and closer to the potty. We've even had a few in the potty and he likes to give those ones names based on what they remind him of like banana poopy, ball poopy and REALLY BIG poopy (TMI?). But for some reason, he has a thing for leaving them right next to the potty. Like hey, I know you've already had a hard day so let me just leave a little something here for you to clean up later because I just know how much you LOVE cleaning up crap. And remember, there's more where that came from!

We've gone through 4 charts, 2 boxes of matchbox cars (he now owns a large fleet of cars and trucks), and one jumbo bag of M&Ms. We're now wondering when to wean Jake off of the rewards. We're just nervous that if we wait any longer, he'll have a life filled with craving M&Ms every time he pees. And there is always an issue after he brushes his teeth but also just peed and is insisting on that M&M. I've tried convincing him that toothpaste was his reward but he just isn't buying it.

Monday, March 16, 2009

May the Force Be With You


Young Jedi Jake take refuge in his underground imperial cave/fort on planet Huluhulu and receives a important message from Yoda (via hologram)



Princess Chloe must defend her Jedi brother at all cost from the kitchen dwelling flashing camera creature trying to invade their underground cave/fort.


She risks it all and grabs her trusty lightsaber and saves the day. 


 


Quite strong with young Princess Chloe, the force is.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Oh, and Happy Birthday Chloe


Chloe Year One from Jeannine Emmett on Vimeo.

If you are having trouble watching the video here, you can go here to watch it.

Dearest Chloe,

I'm so amazed and more and more in love with you everyday. Today is sort of bittersweet as I watch you leave your infancy and step into toddlerhood... quite literally. You took your first steps just a few days ago and I can see already there is nothing stopping you. You already love life with everything in you and I'm looking forward to all the years that I get to watch you grow up and become the amazing and beautiful person that you will someday be. Just make sure to always brush your teeth and floss, love your brother even when he's mean to you, play in mud puddles, play hard to get, be strong, smile, love, trust, be compassionate, be passionate, climb trees, climb mountains, don't jump off a bridge just because everyone else does, know real beauty is on the inside, wish upon stars, believe in magic, know God loves you, dance in the rain, sing whenever the mood hits, watch sunrises and sunsets, take bubble baths, and always be true to yourself... Just please take your time. This last year flew by too fast. And always remember, you will always be my baby.

All my love,

MMMa mmma


Tuesday, March 10, 2009

that damn cake...

That silly, runny, melty chocolate Catastrophe (w/ a capital C). For some reason, I always have problems when it comes to the cakes. Cookies, on the other hand, no problem. And muffins, shmuffins. Cakes just hate me... all of them. I think this one in particular was possessed. It had it out for me and was not going to let anything but failure and tears prevail.

This all started due to a certain guilt for not throwing Chloe a proper 1st birthday party and I decided my only redemption would be a homemade cake.... and not just one cake, ooooh NOOO, TWO CAKES. One nice little pink cake just for Chloe to systematically decimate, and one man size chocolate cake for the rest of us to decimate. I was convinced that if I didn't make her a homemade cake, she'd hate me for the rest of her days.

So I went out earlier this week on a mission. I planned and planned, what colors, what design, what size and invested a small fortune in a cake decorating kit. The kind with far more cake paraphernalia than even Martha Stewart would ever need. It was to be pink, pale rosy pink & with butterflies and flowers.

So today, by the time I finally got around to baking, I was already a little out of my mind. I had been running around all morning, getting the rest of the ingredients that I needed and finally got the kids down for their naps. For both cakes, I decided to go with box mix because I'm not totally crazy, yet crazy enough to think that changing a box recipe to make it taste more homemade was completely sane. By the time the big cakes came out of the oven and had cooled for a few minutes, it looked as if someone had let the air out of them. Okay, no biggy... I'll just put the sunken ends on the inside of the cake. Now we just need to frost which will cover that little mishap up nicely. Easy right? HA HAA HAAAAA HAAA. urg.

At least Chloe's looked good and I mean looked in the loosest sense of the word. First, I mixed up the frosting for the big cakes and I decided, hey, why not add a little coffee to the chocolate frosting... I've seen that done before on one of those Food Network shows and it just so happened that we had some leftover coffee from this morning. However, for some reason it didn't dawn on me that doing this might change the consistency of the frosting to pudding. And it did. I thought, hey, no problem, it'll set after a while....


one hour later...

It was sad, oozing, lopsided and sliding off to the left. No matter how much I kept scraping up the frosting that was puddling at the bottom back up and shoving the top cake back on center, it kept sliding and oozing. The cake was not going to get the better of me! Only, it kind of was. It laughed at me as I tried in vain to make it obey. Sadly, the cake had won.

As I started to realize my failure and was weeping and cursing and ready to punch the effen cake, my mom came in from the other room and asked, "what's happening here, can I help you?". Um, yes, there is a gun in the garage and.... She decided the only thing to do was to run out to pick up some Duncan Hines frosting. I always hate admitting it when she's right. She spent the next hour talking me down from a ledge, scraped off the sad frosting and re-frosting with the store bought stuff.

Behold, it held. That poster in the background speaks volumes.


And finally (smirk), Chloe's cake was another story. While it wasn't runny, it was hotter than hot pink. Not quite what I was going for.


The final result... ok I went a bit nuts. Um, no, I'm not back on the meds. Why do you ask?

All I can say is, I've got a really snazzy cake decorating kit if anyone wants to buy it.

Monday, March 2, 2009

the food that you eat may cause brain damage...

... especially if you're poor. This crazy headline hit the news recently and just in case I'm not the last person to hear this, read on.
Apparently, many of the foods containing high fructose corn syrup, a sweetener found in many of the foods that we eat everyday, contain mercury. Enough of it, in fact, that if consumed on a regular basis could cause problems. They have found this neurotoxin in everything from bread, oatmeal, yogurt, salad dressing to even baby formula.

"Mercury is toxic in all its forms," said IATP's David Wallinga, M.D., and a co-author in both studies. "Given how much high fructose corn syrup is consumed by children, it could be a significant additional source of mercury never before considered. We are calling for immediate changes by industry and the FDA to help stop this avoidable mercury contamination of the food supply."

These findings come from two studies, one of which is published in the journal Environmental Health and the other is by the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP). According to the IATP, the average American consumes 12 teaspoons of HFCS a day and teenagers eating about 80% more than that. The Environmental Health study found mercury in 50% of the food containing HFCS that they tested. The source of the metal appears to be caustic soda and hydrochloric acid, which manufacturers of corn syrup use to help convert corn kernels into the food additive. There are a handful of plants out there that still manufacture HFCS in this way. Let's just hope that Obama closes down those plants.

One has to wonder now if this also has anything to do with the rising autism rates. What's even worse is that the FDA has known about this since 2005 and they are just now making this public knowledge.

Here is a table showing the amounts of Mercury in commercial products, many of which I have fed to Jake.

Product Name

Total mercury detected (ppt)

Laboratory detection limit (ppt)

Quaker Oatmeal to Go

350

80

Jack Daniel’s Barbecue Sauce (Heinz)

300

100

Hershey's Chocolate Syrup

257

50

Kraft Original Barbecue Sauce

200

100

Nutri‐Grain Strawberry Cereal Bars

180

80

Manwich Bold Sloppy Joe

150

80

Market Pantry Grape Jelly

130

80

Smucker’s Strawberry Jelly

100

80

Pop‐Tarts Frosted Blueberry

100

80

Hunt's Tomato Ketchup

87

50

Wish‐Bone Western Sweet & Smooth

72

50

Coca‐Cola Classic

62

50

Yoplait Strawberry Yogurt

60

20

Minute Maid Berry Punch

40

30

Yoo‐hoo Chocolate Drink

30

20

Nesquik Chocolate Milk

30

20

Kemps Fat Free Chocolate Milk

30

20

Hy‐Top Syrup

ND

50

Hawaiian Punch Fruit Juicy Red

ND

50

NOS High Performance Energy Drink

ND

50

A & W Root Beet

ND

30

Dr. Pepper

ND

30

Wyler's Italian Ices

ND

30

Market Pantry Ice Pops

ND

30

Kool‐Aid Bursts Tropical Punch

ND

30

Kool‐Aid Cherry Jammers

ND

30

Sunny‐D

ND

30

Snapple Peach Iced Tea

ND

30

Powerade Orange

ND

30

Lipton Green Tea

ND

30

Zoo Juice Orange

ND

30

Tropicana Twister Cherry Berry Blast

ND

30

Fanta Orange

ND

30

Pepsi

ND

30

7‐Up

ND

30

Hi‐C Wild Cherry

ND

30

Jell‐O Strawberry

ND

100

Market Pantry Applesauce

ND

100

Mott's Applesauce

ND

100

Campbell's Tomato Soup

ND

100

Aunt Jemima Original Syrup

ND

100

Hershey's Caramel Syrup

ND

100

Hershey's Strawberry Syrup

ND

100

Market Pantry Thousand Island

ND

100

Smucker’s Strawberry Syrup

ND

100

Heinz Hotdog Relish

ND

100

Market Pantry Cranberry Sauce

ND

100

Market Pantry Tomato Soup

ND

100

Ocean Spray Cranberry Sauce

ND

100

Mrs. Butterworth Original Syrup

ND

100

Heinz Tomato Ketchup

ND

100

Wish‐Bone Thousand Island Dressing

ND

100

Welch's Grape Jelly

ND

100

Nesquik Strawberry Milk

ND

20

Land O’ Lakes Chocolate Milk

ND

20