Friday, May 28, 2010

My Favorite Girl Child Turns Four

Only one more year until she's off to school forever....we better start soaking this time up.
Here are some highlights from the last year.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Setting the Record Straight

A certain someone in our house is going to be four years old in the not so distant future.  We are working on chores.  Not consistently mind you, but if she asks to help me clean, I will quick as lightning be back with a brand new sock, Pledge, and a glass of ice cold something (for me of course).

See that cubby on the left?  That's for firewood.  It's empty since we are trying to encourage Mother Nature to bring on Summertime.  Which, I am sad to say, isn't working very well.

And then, this happened:

Em discovered the wood box on her latest rounds of dusting the mantle and has declared that this is her new bedroom. 
When she's not eating popcorn and watching movies from the wood box, you will likely find her sleeping in her room.
But, you'll be hard pressed to find her in her bed.

(I actually had the panicked someone has kidnapped my child feeling the other morning)

You'll need to look under the bed
Yep, under the bed.  Both of them.  Why, because they are practicing for when they can have bunk beds.

This is me, setting the record straight.  Twenty years from now, when Em is in therapy for having the worst childhood EVER......someone will need to remind the girl that she CHOSE to sleep in the wood box and under the bed, all on her own.

What's in a Name? (UPDATED with pic)

(Editor's Note: Do you know how hard it is to take a good pic holding the camera in one hand and a squirming kitty in the other?)

Monday, May 24, 2010

Finally, The Disneyland Post

Disneyland Recap:
* 4 day park hopper passes
* The cousins and favorite Auntie came with us one day (RJ is Emma's new BFF)
* Burrito LOVED Dumbo (of of the only rides that had more than a 5 minute wait time)
* We rode the train around Disneyland twice because Em fell asleep the first time and missed the dinosaurs
* Em rode the Matterhorn - she called the abominable snowman a 'hairy beast' (I laughed - because that's somebody else's nickname in this family)
* I got to watch the scuba divers work on setting up the light and magic show for California Adventure from atop the Ferris Wheel
* We got our picture taken with Mickey Mouse!  (Usually, I say HECK NO to standing in line waiting for characters.....we timed it just right and were one of the first people in line)
* Space Mountain is STILL my favorite, even though I had to ride it by myself.
* The Tiki Room was visited
* Everyone loved Pirates (The boy especially)
* A Pickle was eaten
* Captain EO was watched for the first time (Burrito, Em, The Boy) and remembered from childhood (me)

Here's a few pictures, I guess I'm still slide show retarded....they are a little blurry.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Reason #7 Why Uncle Daniel is a keeper

You can always count on him to send thank you notes like this:

His sense of humor is exactly like mine.  I guess you'd have to have a sense of humor like that to put up with my sister, Jacko, all the time.  Just kidding sister.  You know I love you!!

If you missed the graduation video the kids made on FB, here it is:

Called Home

My little brother is replacing my parents kitchen floor this week.
I know, right?!
Suck up!
Actually, I think he's just paying his thanks-for-taking-care-of-me-all-those-years tithing to the parents all in one week.
So when the phone call came that he could really use some help because it's Thursday and he needs to have to job done by Saturday night, that I-better-be-a-good-kid-too guilty feeling won out.
I picked the kids up from daycare and the three of us headed out to Fallon.

There was KFC (my dad's predictable like that)

A LOT of dusting and vacuuming (Em and Burrito each declared they need their very own upholstery vacuum for Christmas now)

Walls were scrubbed

A lot of critiquing was done over my lack of elbow grease cleaning power in the stove/oven area, and a few "Not good enoughs, keep cleaning" comments were made.  Did I mention William's Type A personality.

And in between rinsing rags out and scrubbing walls we talked about family and all the mementos that line the kitchen walls.  There are ceramics my Memere (my mother's mother) made in the 70s lining the tops of the cupboards above the refrigerator.  I declared they are mine.  When my mother dies of course.  And then we laughed because I am, after all where Emma gets that statement from.  And every baked bean pot I dusted and put back above the cupboards was declared "The One" that will hold Hal's ashes when he dies.  How many bean pots does one man need?! Honestly. 

Hours later, I packed my sleeping babies back into the car, took my dirty, tired, simple green smelling self home to take a shower and sleep.

And I am thankful that I was called home.  Thankful for being able to help and for learning some new family history.

Monday, May 17, 2010

90 minutes in Heaven

I'm feeling a little bit itchy.
The problem is, it seems to be an unearthly, supernatural itch.
How does one go about scratching that?
I mean, really?
It started I think because Rachel, my most very favorite hair girl ever, has been working at a new shop in Reno.  And that new shop shares a parking lot with a psychic.  More than once, I've caught myself sneaking peeks out the salon window at that psychic's front door. 
Do people really go in there?
Wouldn't it be fun to just walk in, plop myself down on the chair and bare my palms to the world for reading?
But, I'm a chicken.
And what would that cost?
And what I secretly would be wanting to know is how does one become a psychic?  Maybe that is the one thing that I'd be a natural at?  Seeing as how I haven't quite figured that out yet. Oh - and I'd want to know the story of my life, naturally.

So, what's a girl to do?  Start some homework.  Not psychic homework per se but maybe a little supernatural studying.
I've seen every episode of Dead Like Me.
You haven't (gasp), better queue those up on Netflix.  You will enjoy them, I promise.
I thoroughly enjoyed The Five People You Meet in Heaven and One More Day (both by Mitch Albom), although neither of those are real life.
I am fascinated by Akaine Kramarik and her artwork and Stephanie Nielson who was in a plane crash and given a choice on living or passing on.
And did you know that I have a cousin who drowned when she was 4 but is alive today?

I just finished 90 Minutes in Heaven by Don Piper.  It is the true story of Don Piper who was in a car accident and was declared dead by the EMTs at the scene.  Since other people were also injured on scene and legally his body couldn't be moved until the coroner came and declared him dead,  he was left unattended by medical personnel at the scene of the accident.  A minister who happened to be stuck in the traffic backed up by the accident asked if he could sit with the man even though he was dead and pray over him.  As he did, Don came back to life.  The book details the physical and emotional trauma that accompanied his return to life and his recovery.  Among other injuries, Don lost 4 inches of the femur bone, which is arguably one of the strongest bones in the human body.  Lost, as in a big chunk was missing, not to be found anywhere at the scene of the accident.  Most of the book details the process of how the doctors grew the bone back, but also how the accident changed his life.  It is proof that things happen for a reason, even the bad things in life.

I guess when I picked this book I thought it would more about those 90 minutes in heaven and less about the time after he came back to life here on Earth.  It was a good read, slow in places, but good.

But, I'm still a little bit itchy.

Any suggestions?

Ready or NOT

I might have to quit hanging out with my favorite blue hairs on Saturday (AKA the knitting club).  Crazy things happen around my house whilst I am gone.
Or, is it that the boy is TRYING to get fired from watching his own children. I'm not sure what happened during nap time this past Saturday, but there wasn't very much sleeping going on.  And lets just say that there is quite a bit of photographic evidence that may be used against Burrito later in life.

But, the real reason for this post.  This is what I came home to:

As his mother, I am both proud of his accomplishment (he is after all, 2 yrs old) and terrified (he is after all ONLY 2 yrs old)

Sunday, May 9, 2010


Mother's Day in Review:
*Ran 5 miles on a new path, I think I'm in love with it.  Sharing the trail with cottontails and peacocks, the smell of sagebrush in the air, and NO cars.
*There were flowers of the coffee filter, color spot, and carnation varieties.
*The kids gave me the perfume (DKNY Fresh Blossoms) I've been begging for - I love it!
*Blueberry waffles for breakfast AND ribs for lunch - it doesn't get much better than that.
*Preschool tea party, complete with girly dresses, curly hair and a chocolate fountain.
 (And I think my mother's inability to take a good picture is rubbing off on me.  In my defense it was really bright out that day)

*I got to spend the evening with my mama.  As my children grow I have so much more appreciation for her.
Her patience
Her nurturing
Her generosity
Her love.
And she had FIVE little ones to look after.

Just don't ever ask her how to spell something.  Because she'll tell you to look it up in the dictionary.  Which would be do-able, IF you KNEW how to spell it.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

No Fear

This is my No Fear Child

Perhaps that is why she's already got two broken arms under her belt.  Last weekend, we spent some time with the SoCal Woolseys which also included some motorcycle racing.

That's Ben and Evan competing in the same heat (or whatever they call individual races these days).  Emma was uncontrollably excited from the second we got to the races.  She was sad she didn't get an arm band bracelet (because she was free, and lets face it....she's stick skinny, it would have never fit her).  She absolutely HAD to sit in the bleachers and watch every race even if no one we knew was competing in it.  She waved.  She cried when we walked down to the pits because she was missing the race.  She genuinely asked how is it that motorcycles fly when they get to the top of the hill. 

She asked her daddy for a pink motorcycle.

She took notes while Ben prepped his bike:
She spent the afternoon hanging out with Ben in his room and when she'd soaked up enough cousin time, she re-emerged with a special request.

Posters, with pretty girls in swim suits, perched upon motorcyles for her own room.  Preferably Blondes.

I kid you not.
I don't think Burrito would object to that either.

Chats through the rearview mirror Vol I

As the kids get older I find myself forgetting the funny little way they say things or the wild, imaginative stories that come out of their mouths.  So these are for me, to remember, and maybe you will find them funny too.
Emma: Mom, can I have your pencil sharpener when you die?
Me: You mean the one I've had since I was 8 that gets pencil shavings everywhere?
E: Yeah.
M: Okay, but what if Bobby wants it?
E: No, I asked for it first. He's gonna need to find his own pencil sharpener.


Scene: Lowe's little kid craft area

Me: Sorry I messed up your project Emma. I can't get the nails out but we can take it home and I'll fix it there.
Em (with arm around my shoulders): Its okay mom. I won't feed you to the goblins, today.
Me: Today?! As in that's strike one?

Scene: Early Morning Car Ride to Daycare
Em: Can I have a piece of your toast mom?
Me: Sure
Em: Can you NOT tell Aunt Lala that I'm eating this so I can have breakfast again at her house?
Me: Giggling quietly, in my best Hobbit voice But what about second breakfast?

Same ride - different kid (this one is really only funny if you know that I (And my daddy) put butter on everything, and I mean everything:
Burrito: Mom, Did you put butter on this toast?
Me: Yes
Burrito: Why?
Me: Because its delicious
Burrito: Oh, Okay. (said in my Oh, Okay way - intonations and everything, but wait, maybe that means he was mocking me)
Em: Mom, after this goldfish dies.  Can I get a new one?
Me: Sure
Em: I think I will name him 'Heaven'.

to be continued....

Monday, May 3, 2010

Proof that Girls ARE better than boys

To the tune of anything you can do I can do better

How many Woolsey boys does it take to wash a motorcycle?

Three, apparently.

But, how many Woolsey Girls does it take?

We really ARE that good. 
I'm back from vacation.  It was a looong week.  Good mostly, but hard to have the kids off their routine so much.  Let's just say that naps may or may not have occurred most days.  With the emphasis on NOT.  Which creates wild children, which creates a teeny-bit grouchy mother.  We had a good time, got some sun, had some good laughs. 
I'm still sorting through pictures.
I'm sure you'll see some here.


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