Friday, March 18, 2016

7 Quick Takes about Subpar Counting Skills, Why Your Kids Are Like Little Telemarketers, and Celebrating Motherhood's Small Successes

It's 7 Quick Takes Friday!


My week can pretty much be summed up thusly:

It's 7 Quick Takes Friday! How was your week?  {posted @ Unremarkable Files}

For the sake of accuracy, though, instead of sleeping the girl should be lying awake trying to decide if she really has to pee badly enough to begin the process of rolling her behemoth self out of bed.


During a conversation about hand-me-down clothes, my oldest mentioned she liked having lots of siblings.

I asked her why and she said, "Two reasons. First, if one sibling is mad then you just go find another one to play with. And second, I think it's funny when my friends ask how many brothers and sisters I have and when I start to count on my fingers-"

"Wait," I interrupted. "You have to count on your fingers?"

"Yeah, I lost track a few years ago," she shrugged.

I blame Common Core.


Operation Reclaim the Basement continues, with throwing out lots more crap this week.

Phillip spent Saturday down there making this awesome rack to organize the scrap wood in his workshop.

It's 7 Quick Takes Friday! How was your week?  {posted @ Unremarkable Files}
Now that our inventory is stocked and organized, we're ready to operate a shady lumberyard from our basement.

You can't fully understand how exciting this is without a 'before' picture, when it was spewed randomly all over the floor like a Home Depot after an earthquake.


I had the privilege of guest posting for Meredith at Perfection Pending this week. You guys, I love Meredith. She's always insightful and funny, and she's probably way nicer than anyone else who will still talk to me.

Please head over to read my guest post 6 Ways Preschoolers are Just Like Telemarketers, and then check out the rest of her site! You can count it as your weekend reading.


You know how you know when you're a mom? When the highlight of your day is detecting that your 2-year-old is about to throw up and getting him to the bathroom in time for all of it to go in the toilet.

No scrubbing carpets, no changing clothes (mine and his,) no other kids jumping around yelling, "Ewwww, gross!" and accidentally stepping in it... I could go on, but I'll just say it was pretty awesome that there was no clean-up whatsoever.

For the rest of the day I was walking around smiling to myself and sometimes stopping to do this:



Phillip noticed I was shaving my legs in the shower the other day and commented, "I thought women stopped doing that once they got pregnant."

Then he paused and said, "Actually, I thought you guys stop doing that when you get married."

This one is wise in the ways of women.


At the library this picture book caught my eye:

It's 7 Quick Takes Friday! How was your week?  {posted @ Unremarkable Files}

True to the name, the book is just what it sounds like.

It's 7 Quick Takes Friday! How was your week?  {posted @ Unremarkable Files}

I've been saying for years that I should write a book just like this one. I even had a title all picked out: "Honey, Don't Rub Your Cantaloupe on Your Forehead" and Other Things I Thought I'd Never Say.

But this Nathan Ripperger person beat me to it. He even has 5 kids, too, how weird is that?

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Carolyn Astfalk said...

I wish I'd kept a list of Things I Never Thought I'd Say. Usually I just throw them out on Twitter with a hashtag. I remember one: I can't change your diaper while you're aiming a light saber at me. Or something to that effect.

Andrea said...

I have a list too.
Some gems include "please do not lick the dog OR your sister", "Why is there baby powder in the toilet?", "Well, that's what you get for pretending the toilet is a stage", and "WHY is the baby in the closet again?"
There are more, many, many more

Catherine said...

YES to number 5!
Another couple of gems for the collection: "Don't hit your father with that meerkat", "STOP putting peas in your belly button", and "chalk is NOT FOOD."

Ann-Marie Ulczynski said...

I blame common core. Awesome! This posts cracked me up this morning - thanks for sharing.

Sarah said...

I write things down every now and then, but I really should put it all in one place. Yesterday I was on the phone with my mom and I turned around and lo and behold there's my youngest in all her naked glory. I didn't think about it and just blurted, "why are you naked?" I could hear my mom pause and go, "please tell me you're talking to one of the kids," lol.

Anonymous said...

Your daughter counting on her fingers...too cute!

Jenny Evans said...

I kind of hope she was kidding.

Jenny Evans said...

Although I do love Common Core, really and truly. I know lots of people don't, and I totally agree that it is CONFUSING to re-learn this funky new way of doing math.

Moonofsilver said...

I feel like just responding to this comment with an emoji...I am such a millennial.

Lyndsay said...

Common core! Bahaha!
We went to the chiropractor the other day, and he called us a pit crew. That was a first. Then he asked if there were more waiting in the car. Lol
You should totally get a trophy for #5! That is motherhood ninja level right there!
How many weeks pregnant are you now?

Moderate Mum said...

Wait! Why WERE you shaving your legs...

Rachel said...

#2 cracked me up. I'll admit there's been times when I have forgotten the exact number of sisters I have....five...I always remember how many brothers I have because there's only one.
The book in #7 sounds hilarious!

Unknown said...

If I were to write a book like #7, it would definitely include the line, "Don't use your violin to scratch your head!" Who knew I'd ever have to say *that*?

Jenny Evans said...

About a thousand, I think. My calendar says 33 but I think it's a liar.

Jenny Evans said...

Temporary insanity. I think I was wearing a skirt to church that day and realized it was too far past December to claim that my Christmas tree legs looked 'festive.'

jen said...

It's been in the 70's here for the last week and I've been lamenting that this means that I have to start shaving my legs again. Considering that the last time broke my razor (2.5 months of fur), I'm dreading it.

PurpleSlob said...

Jenny, I love reading your blog!!
shrugs "I lost count a few years ago." With a straight face! Bwahahaha

Anabelle Hazard said...

Every single quick take had me laughing. I must read that book and our husbands must get together.

Lyndsay said...

Ack! Not long now! So excited for you!
I'm already counting down to our next one.

Jenny Evans said...

Wait, are you pregnant?? Or is this a future event, date yet to be determined?

Lyndsay said...

Oops sorry. Not pregnant yet. Just anticipating the next one. ;) Our youngest just turned 6 months.

Jenny Evans said...

That's what I thought. It's been done before, though!

AiringMyLaundry said...

I also blame Common Core.

Haha, I need to check out that book. Looks hilarious.

The Lady Okie said...

Nice work on the throw up! That is cause for serious celebration.

Jenny Evans said...

Yes! Hence the dance.