Archive for the ‘TK’ Category


April 18, 2009

Many Faces of a 4YROLD

My baby is almost 5. Sigh.

TK: Mom can I have a Salt Egg?

Mom: A what??

TK: You know. When you put it in the microwave and you put salt on it?

Mom: Ohhhh, Riaaaght, a SALT egg.

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Look Mom I Spelled Apple!

April 8, 2009

My 4yrold Jumps into Math and Reading

I received an email several weeks ago from Erin representing They wondered if I’d like to have a look at the newly launched 3D interactive world?
(Jumpstart…? as in the makers of the Math Blaster learning games…)

Let me think…

I didn’t realize they had created an online version of their games!

All my kids used JumpStart games starting at the age of 18months! I’m serious, they make a Toddler JumpStart, and yes it attempts to teach colors and shapes… But honestly the best thing about that game, is that it taught my toddlers to USE a COMPUTER MOUSE!

I already love JumpStart, in fact we owned a whole stack of their CDs. From pre-school to 2nd grade to science. But. Once we upgraded to a new operating system…all those CDs were unusable! Now with the online game no worries about obsolete CDs. There is a free area of the site and for $7.99/month (sheesh, how much LESS than preschool is THAT?) you can become a member and unlock the whole Adventureland.

I basically pounced all over Erin and convinced her to sell me her soul let me run a different kind of bloggy campaign. I kept telling her, my kid LOVES the site! I’d love to share with my readers more than just a one night stand of a review and throw some free giveaways at them… (and believe it or not… she agreed!?)

Here are some kid quotes:

TK: “I love my ‘Jumpster‘!” (What he called his Jumpee character)
Sassy: “Ooooo this looks cool!” (When she realized there was a Painting Place)
First morning after using
TK literally just waking up: “Can I play with my ‘Jumpster’? Oh. Can I have breakfast first and then can I play with my ‘Jumpster’?”

TK: “Mom don’t let her use MY ‘Jumpster’!?”

TK: “Dad! I made a Jumpster! And it has green hair! …and it’s wearing a sweater… and it has green eyes…!” Then: “Baby Snakes can take care of themselves—” (that last part was apropos of nothing.)

Mom: “What’s the best part of the game?”
TK: “I got a DESK!”
Sassy: “The Waterslide!”

And this was all in one breath:
TK: “Oh! You can talk to them—See! I’m at the ZippyMart! All sorts of stuff see?
I’ve got 12 ‘diamonds’. Oh! I need to take my dog a bath! (in a squeee voice) Looks like a cat, but it’s really a dog. Now I’m gonna go play some games—oh—there’s a faster way—(clicks map)—See! I’m at the Math Arcade!”

The thing is, there is so much going on visually and playfully that at some point he totally has no idea how much he’s learning. Colors, Counting, Letters, Phonics….

Take a look at this video I took of him. See how effortless subtraction is for a FOUR YEAR OLD, and bonus if you can tell what the word is he spells at the end…and the color of his socks!

What a perfect time to get my kid involved in a fun interactive learning game. He can’t help but enjoy himself, learning is so fun, he doesn’t even know he’s doing it!

I contacted a couple other bloggers (Angie and Jenna) and I asked them if they’d like to get involved with For a 3 week GoodNCrazy Campaign.

What does that mean? Stay tuned… Each of us will be blogging once a week for 3 weeks about our children’s experience with
At the end don’t worry we will be ‘throwing’ some JumpStart product at you. But the thing is… we’d really like for you to INTERACT with the company. And the giveaways will come with a twist..

I’m serious about the interacting. Erin is in the marketing department with Jumpstart. She is happy to answer any questions you might have about the website. I’ll forward her your comment and she’ll contact you directly. (Let me know if you don’t want her to email.)


If you’d rather, go ahead and tweet her directly @JumpStart_Erin. She’ll be more than happy to respond. I promise she’s more than just a logo behind the username.

And I’m totally impressed with the Jumpstart Blog.

Great tips and ideas from crafts with your kids (See this butterfly spring craft.)
Ideas to get your kids involved in Spring Cleaning.
And solving behavioral issues like Taming Tantrums.


Hint: interacting with the company and the website.. WILL be part of the giveaways!

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A Kiss is Worth a Thousand…

March 25, 2009
I could leave this wordless. I really could.

Nahhh. I can’t.

I tried. Sorry.

My little boy has pretty much always hated kisses. Can you tell?? He wiped my kisses off.
And Hugs? Yeah, those too. Hated.
I could talk him into a ‘boy’ hug. Where I would grab his shoulders and get close (but not too close) and basically sqeeze him while growling at him.. He LOVED those kind of hugs.

But in the last two weeks? WTHeck?

Who stole my little boy?

He kisses the sisters and knows everyone will laugh. And he’s taken to asking me to bend down for a secret… and then sneaking in a sloppy, slurpy KISS instead! I of course pretend not to like it and then have to chase him down for some serious tickle torture… which he REALLY hates….

He’s growing up… will he still want to sneak in a secret kiss?
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Ya Gotta Love Em.

March 17, 2009

You know what drives me crazy?

When a kid—(mine of course) walks up to me while I’m eating a cookie and says: “I’m HUNGRY…” It’s the dot dot dot that gets me. You’re hungry? And….? WHAT!?

You want a turkey sandwich? A banana split? Some MacNCheese? Am I supposed to guess?

Lately TK (4yrold) does it non-stop. We’re driving in the car. He spies from like 4 miles away the Golden Arches (let’s not say the name.) And he blurts from the backseat. I’m HUNGRY! Huh? What? You just ate? Do you want a granola bar? How can you be hungry? He points out the window—I look—”Oh.” I think…and we drive on.

Would it kill him to just say hey mom, I see some crackers in your bag, can I have a few? Instead of the, “I’m HUNGRY (dot dot dot.)”

Ahhhhh GoodNCrazy KIDS. What about your kids, drives you crazy?

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Grandma is Right…

January 21, 2009

I’m starting to get it.

This is TK at 3.

This is TK recently.


This is what he made at preschool last week.

I know. How cool is that? He can now read 3 and 4 letter words, his favorite thing to do is 100-count dot to dots, and he is bummed when he comes home from ‘school’ and he doesn’t have ‘homework’ to do. So we make it up!

Grandma is Right…. they do grow up fast. Especially when it’s your youngest. And as much as I LOVE having a few hours 4 days a week while he’s at school.. What will I do next year when he has all day Kindergarten?

Holy cow I remembered to post for wordful wednesday, yay Angie!

Plumbers Union

July 24, 2008
Can you guess what we are up to these days?

If Dad is working, so am I.

“Oh, someday I’ll be able to do THAT.”

(Note the swimsuit–A must for plumber apparel)

And Ta-Da. Our new powder room faucet. You want to see the old one? Sorry. It was awful. Brass. The whole house is that way. Brass and Glass. Built in the 90s, but with 80s style… Ahhh. This is so much better.

Overheard, I’ve been saving them up.

April 28, 2008

Recently TK was ill. Stomach flu ill. You KNOW what I mean? First it was a 24 hour kinda thing, and then 3 days later (after a very traumatic Dentist appointment) it came back. And this time it was armed and deadly. –And Dad was out of town, and I had the stupidity to allow 3yrold to SLEEP. IN. MY. BED!!!

After a potty episode,

TK: “After I went stinky on the potty–I have to call Grandpa now!”
(I can only think he is remembering that after the big 11 Frankenstein eyebrow stitches, we made a big deal out of calling the grandparents? And this felt like reason enough to him?)

TK has started ‘making’ his own hot chocolate! Eeek! Two days ago was the first time he brought the ‘drink’ in to me for help, because he couldn’t work the microwave. I was terrified when I realized what was in the cup (a little water and a WHOLE LOTTA hot chocolate mix), and wondering how long he had been working unsupervised in the kitchen! The mess wasn’t that bad, and with a face as happy as this over making something on his own, who could be mad?

TK: “Mom, when I’m strong, you can’t see my stomach…because it’s all scrambled up!”

TK in Costco was jumping over every crack. When we got to the bathroom it had a tiled floor (LOTS of cracks), and I asked him what he was going to do? His reply:
“These lines won’t fire me up!”
(Whew, I was worried there for a minute)

TK: “I’m allergic to tooth floss.”
After getting his teeth cleaned, later in the car talking to his sisters about the goodies in their dental ‘party bags’. The girls thought it was hilarious.

And one more.
TK: “If I take my head off–I will see my brain!”
(That might be cool to a 3 year old, but sooo not a good image for me?)

And some three year old art. He’s nearly 4 so this seems priceless, since he is changing SOOOO fast.

TK: “Look mom it’s a MONSTER! It has LINES!”

TK: “This one is a princess, see it has pink?”

(well of course, if there is pink anywhere on the paper, it must be a GIRL thing right?)

And a 7yrold one.
She had a dance competition Saturday. (I was not thrilled–this is sooo not my thing). After it was over…(they took second! well, there were only two teams in her category, but I didn’t have the heart to tell her they came in last)…we went to get Frostys at Wendys (her choice), and while driving home she said,

7yrold: “It was kind of weird. Before our dance, my teacher said a prayer.”
Mom: “Well, that is a little weird, but probably everyone was Christian?”
7yrold after a thoughtful pause: “Yeah…They all LOOKED Christian to me.”

I nearly drove off the road! (What exactly does a Christian look like I wonder?–This is sad for me because we USED to live in diversity; racial, socio-economic, and yes RELIGIOUS! We now live in white bread suburbia.)


April 16, 2008

I have one from the 7yrold for a change…

After a fight between sisters, 7yrold got sent to her room. Later a note was found in her older sister’s room. Here’s what the note read (so I guess it isn’t technically overheard?):

Dear (sister),
I love you more than you think I do. I’m sorry I hit you.

(Awww, they can still be sweet even though they are stinky.)

And 4 TK overheards:

TK (after climbing in bed with us early in the morning): I had a nightmare.
Dad: Really? I’m sorry, what was it about?
TK: I was in the garage, and I was standing on the crack, and the garage door came down and sliced me!
(ooh, THAT is a bad dream!)

TK: I am too tired. I feel like a freak!
(A what? Where did you get that? You don’t know what that means…?)

TK: Listen mom. I snipped.
(This one took me a minute to figure out? You snipped? You are a snipe? Oh, I see, you think you are snapping, as in–your fingers, doh!)

TK (on the way to his preschool): Mom, don’t be too long getting groceries today, okay?

Mom furiously thinking: (what? where did that come from? We are on our way to school aren’t we?)
Then he clarified
TK: If you are late picking me up, then that doesn’t make any SENSE!
(Well of course!, he assumes if I’m late picking him up from school it’s because the check out lady at Albertson’s was too slow with the grandma-and-her-check-book-in front of me, right? I agree that doesn’t make any sense.)

Gentle as a Freight Train

April 14, 2008

This is the day after.
Friday night TK split open his eyebrow. He did it at the neighbor’s house, while a babysitter was there, of course. The poor teenage girl. She was a trooper, she had it all cleaned up and a baggie full of ice on it, by the time she brought him over to us. Plus TK was all calmed down and didn’t seem to be hurting at all? She really got the worst of it, the blood and the crying. I took one look at it and knew we were headed in for stitches. He wailed when he realized we were going to the Dr. ‘Noooooo, I don’t want to go to the Dr.!’
Why, I said, and he replied/whined, ‘I don’t waaaant a SHOT’!
A big ‘ole shot, and 11, (ELEVEN!) stitches, and another shot later… (because the first one wasn’t enough for the edges). Here is my little Frankenstein.
These first two pictures were taken the day after. I think I’m happy to report that it did not dawn on me to grab the camera for shots of the actual trauma. I did take a cell phone shot in the waiting room during some relative calm. (But I can’t figure out how to download the pictures from the phone)
How’s this for a sad shot? We’re back from church. This is the second day after the trauma and in order to go outside he MUST have a hat on (Doctor’s orders). But we don’t have a boy hat. Only this girly hat. And although in this shot he seems annoyed about the hat…he isn’t. He is annoyed with me taking another picture. He doesn’t mind the hat at all! I promise we are going to Target–I know, I only made one week–for a hat for him, it’s an emergency, I swear!
Here’s a close up today. I was trying to document the green and orange bruising. Notice just how jaggeddy the scar is going to be. Ahhh, my little boy.

Overheard 2

March 31, 2008

TK: Dad, where’s my cup?
Dad: What cup?
TK: The one so I can do magic! (you have to imagine this in a ‘duh’ voice)

Later that morning TK was stirring his ‘magic rocks’ in the cup and telling everyone that he was making a ‘magic’ potion. (The funny thing is that he believes he’s making something truly magic!)

Another one.

TK to friend: Hey I’m sick (he wasn’t), I’m going to lay down on the couch. (to watch a movie)
Friend: Yeah, I’m sick too. (he wasn’t)
TK: Then you can come up here and cuddle with me.
Friend: Okay! (and he did, got right under the blanket with TK)

Now, this was two (nearly) 4 year old boys, what’s more precious than that?


One more.

We were teasing TK about his birthday. It went something like this:

Mom: Hey buddy should we have a party for your birthday?
Dad: Yeah, but then we won’t have any presents, okay?
TK: (After a pause) Awww! I want presents.
Mom: Well….okay a few maybe.
TK: I don’t waaaant a feewww!
Mom: Oh? How many do you want? (wrong question mom)
TK: (lickety split no hesitation) A MILLION AND ONE!

Even the sisters laughed at that.

Here’s part two of the bags I worked on over the weekend. I added thin interfacing to this one (it’s for my other sister’s birthday).

Hey, since I’m all into bags these days…go check out the
zosephine diaper bag you can win it on I especially like the tiny pocket under the flap but on the outside…hmm I wonder if I could figure out how to make a pocket like that?