Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Deep Thoughts with Alexander James

I wish those of you who don't know Xander could know him.  And I wish those of you that do know him could see the side we see at home.  He is such a funny guy - without trying to be.  He asks some really deep questions sometimes.  And sometimes he's just silly.  He is so creative and such a thinker.

This week he was eating lunch with me while the twins were napping.  I could see him thinking and then he whispered to himself, "That's brilliant!"  He looked at me and said he now had a job.  He was going to sell pictures.  He then got out his paper and crayons and made 10 pictures.  Then the best part - he asked if he could use a basket and I said yes and asked why.  He said it was to collect all his money.

Then he sat in the front yard with his drawings and empty basket yelling "Pictures for sale!  Pictures for sale!  Each one two dollars!"  It didn't matter if no one was walking by or if a class of 7-year-olds on a field trip was walking by (yep - that happened).  It looked like it was going to rain, so to save his art (and his voice), I convinced him to come inside after about 25 minutes of this.  Not long after that, his wonderful preschool teacher stopped by and bought one of his pieces.  (It happened to be a depiction of many people in prison yelling "Help me.")  And later a friend of his stopped by to get one.  Her sister wanted one too, but they only had $2.00, so he said, "Well for you, just one dollar each."  What a guy.

Here's a video of the entrepreneur in our yard.


So hilarious.  And here are some recent deep thoughts.  Enjoy.

(After some ridiculous cuts by the Carolina Panthers, including our beloved Steve Smith, during which I pouted for a few days)
Xander:  Mommy, you shouldn't be sad.  After the big Super Bowl game, the guys can go play on different teams if they want.
Me:  Yeah, I know, but I really liked some of those players and I wanted them to stay on our team.
Xander, slapping me on the back:  Welp!  That's just how it goes!

Me, talking to my husband:  Hey, do you follow Jess on Instagram. . .
Xander, cutting in before my husband could respond:  I don't!  I don't even know what Instagram is!!

Xander:  Can I sit in the front seat?
Me:  No bub.  It's against the law.
Xander:  But I want everyone driving around to see me looking awesome!  I don't want to look awesome just for myself!

(Xander's preschool begins at 8:30am.  One morning he slept and slept and finally AT 8:30 I went to wake him.  He was not happy.)
Me:  Come on, son.  You have to get dressed.
Xander:  What?!  Why??  It's not time for school!
Me:  Yes it is, sweetie.  Let's go.
Xander:  I'm not going!  I don't like it!
Me:  You love school.
Xander:  Not school - this!  I can't just wake up and - BAM - go somewhere.  I haven't even had any time to myself!!!!

(Singing along to the Avengers, whose theme song says, "I was standing on my own/But now I'm not alone")
"I was standing in the hall!  But now I'm not no more!!!!"

(As I was putting him to bed)
Xander:  Do we have 4 waffles?
Me:  I think so. . .
Xander:  What WHAT??!!!  I'm making breakfast tomorrow!

(Looking at quarters)
Me:  Do you know who that man is?
Xander:  A president!
Me:  Yep!  Do you know his name?
Xander:  Rock Handsome!

Xander:  Hey, guess what I'm gonna be when I grow up!
Me (thinking):  Um....
Xander:  RICH!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Instagrams - a bit late

We have been outside almost every day (except rain early on) this week.  AND I LOVE IT.  I'm going to go ahead and let you know - I'm not one of those "Don't complain about cold and then complain about heat" people.  I'll probably be complaining about the 90-degree days in mid-July.  But not yet.  Right now pink skin and slathering on sunscreen are quite all right.  Love it.

In fact, I was so tired Friday from all the playing that I just didn't get around to posting.  I started this post Saturday afternoon during the twins' nap, but then Xander built an obstacle course for me outside, so it had to wait.  Then last night our dryer died, so I had to finish laundry at the neighbor's house (thank goodness for neighbors that are friends), and by the time the kids were in bed and laundry was (mostly) put away, I just didn't want to open my computer.  Perils of being a non-techie. 

But alas - it is now Sunday afternoon and my oldest is at a family birthday celebration (where we will be also when the twins wake up) and my husband is at the grocery store, so I thought it was time to finish this.  Without further ado, here are the Instagrams from this week.

We go and visit my grandparents fairly often.  Here Paxton and his Granny (his great granny really, but just "Granny,") are checking out the garden.

The other day the weather was exceptionally perfect, so after dinner we went BACK outside to play some more.  Since Lucas was home from work, he decided to teach Xander a few tricks.  I think he's still working on this one.

Oh, these two.  I'm in my room putting away laundry and getting ready and they were in there playing.  Then I start hearing "Mommy!  MOMMY!  MAAAHH-MEEEEEE!"  And I walk in my bathroom and find this - they shut themselves in my shower.  (Naturally I take a picture before helping.)  See Piper's little fist?  She's knocking so I'll open the door.

My dad is a barber, and this is the recently-renovated barber shop where he works.  Well, one wall of it anyway.  I thought Piper looked pretty cool here.

And this is why we were at the barber shop - big boy hair!  Paxton had his first haircut.  It didn't go super smoothly, but my dad got the job done.  He's such a little man now.

Last weekend I put the twins down for nap and almost immediately Paxton started crying hard.  I looked on the monitor and saw he dropped his blankie, so I asked Xander to run up and give it back to him.  Then Xander did this.  So sweet.

Pretty girl

Xander had Pirate Day at preschool.  He refused to smile for this picture and instead kept saying "Arrrrrrr."

Warm weather!

Paxton officially likes the trampoline now - especially when he tackles his big brother.

Have a great week! 

Friday, April 4, 2014

Insta Friday

So, guess what?  My keys got locked in my van again.  On Thursday again.  Luckily this time, my kids were not in there.  Lucas moved my van on Wednesday evening and locked it when he got out.  Because that's what normal people do.  But me?  I leave my keys in the car so I'll know where they are.  So - he locked my keys in my car.  Unfortunately I did not realize this until me and the kids were standing in the rain on Thursday morning, trying to get into the van so we could take Xander to school.  Instead, my mom came and got him on her "break" from work (I'm not sure if she gets an actual break or just leaves whenever I need her to) and took him there, then a good friend brought him home.  We spent the rest of the day at home because we had no choice, but we had no big plans anyway.  Still - I think it's time to get a third key for the van.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Have you heard of GrooveBook? (Not an ad. For real.)

This is going to seem really weird, especially if you read blogs often.  Because a lot of times "mom blogs" have these posts where they're trying to sound all breezy and spontaneous, but it is VERY clearly just an advertisement for a product that they have been paid to do.  This is not that - for real.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Product Review - Colgate® Optic White™ Toothbrush + Built-In Whitening Pen

I got another VoxBox from Influenster!  I seriously love getting these things.  (But - as you know - I'll be honest about it.  Free stuff doesn't make me lie.)  This one was the Optic White VoxBox and included some Colgate Optic White toothpaste and the Colgate Optic White Toothbrush + Built-In Whitening Pen.  Whew.  That's a mouthful.  Ha.  Pun not intended.

Monday, March 24, 2014


Weekends are fun.  Weekends with friends, family, cook-outs, trampolines, perfect weather, and surprise visits from super heroes are fantastic.  I had one of those this past weekend.