December 10, 2010
It’s been so long since I’ve updated my blog that I almost forgot my Xanga password! These days, thanks to the boys and Facebook, I rarely feel the urge to blog, and I’ve seriously considered just deleting my Xanga account (or at least stopping altogether, even if I keep the page up). But, in the end, there are some things that are too wordy to share on Facebook, and more importantly, blogging friends whom I miss. So, here I am with a long-overdue update, mostly about the funny things Jack says (“Jackisms”) and some pictures (all of which are also on Facebook).
OK, the Jackisms. Some of you know from personal experience that Jack talks from the moment he wakes up to the moment he falls asleep at night. He loves to provide a running commentary, and some of the things he says are hilarious. I’d hate to forget them all, so I’m going to document some of my favorites.
Johnny: Hey, Jack, I got some chili cheese fries!
Jack: Oooh! [Eats some. Pause.] Hey! These aren’t chili cheese fries! They’re warm fries!
Jack: [Looking at a picture of me from when I was pregnant with Jack] Look, your belly is big!
Me: Yeah, do you know why?
Jack: Yes, that’s because I was inside your belly! [Lots of giggles]
Me: That’s right! I was pregnant.
Jack: [Pats my stomach] And now you’re not pregnant, so your belly’s not big anymore! [Pause, then puts his hand on my chest.] But wait, you’re still pregnant here! You have a baby inside your chest!
Nice lady at Trader Joe’s to Jack: Here’s a sample of sparkling blueberry juice for you!
Jack: Blueberry juice?! Can I have it?
Jack: [Takes a sip, then spits it out and screams] Oh, no! What’s happening in my mouth?! This is SPICY! I don’t like it!
[While watching a video of a mother bird feeding her baby birds]
Jack: Awww, the mommy bird is so nice. She’s feeding her babies!
Me: Yeah! Does it remind you of anything?
Jack: Yes! [Turns around on my lap to look at me sweetly]
Me: What? [Thinking that Jack's about to say something really nice about me]
Jack: It reminds me that our bird feeder is empty! We need to put food in it!
Finally (well, not finally, but the last one I remember), last night, as Jack snuggled on the couch with Susy while Johnny and I attended a holiday party:
Jack: [Patting Susy's chest] What’s that?
Susy: It’s a breast.
Jack: Huh? [Side note: He has seen me topless plenty of times, and I have told him that women have breasts!]
Susy: All women have them. Your mommy has them, too.
Jack: No she doesn’t! [Ahh, the blows that a three-year-old can deliver to your self-esteem!]
I’ll share more as he comes up with them. Now, for those pictures!
In terms of general updates, the biggest news is that Johnny left Mattel in late November to go to Spin Master, a competitor toy company located in West LA. He was recruited to be a Senior Marketing Manager there, and while it was definitely a difficult decision to leave the Mattel job (which he loved, and which was great for him), he’s very excited about toys he’s managing at Spin Master. I’m very proud of him — in just 2.5 years since graduating with his MBA, Johnny’s really made a lot of strides in his career.
On the home front, the boys keep me on my toes. I love being with them. Even when they’re being a handful, I’m glad I’m the one dealing with it, instead of some paid stranger. (At least I have motivation not to harm them! They can be quite frustrating when they want to be! LOL. But, most of the time, they are well-behaved.) I’ve really enjoyed watching Jack and Derek’s relationship blossom — it’s amazing to see. They share (most of the time), and they’re beginning to really play together. I’m still tutoring three evenings a week. I did have a fourth night, but that student recently took his SATs, so we’re done. I think I’ll keep it at three evenings a week for now — as much as I enjoy both mommying and tutoring, it’s tiring to go from 12 hours with the kids to two or more hours of tutoring.
That’s about it for now … I’ll try to post more often!