Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Things I've Been Meaning To Tell You

Brace yourselves. This is one of those "everything-but-the kitchen-sink" posts. I'm not usually a big fan, but sometimes life is about breaking the rules. For instance, right now I am eating a chocolate cupcake, at 8:54 p.m. Oprah and Tony Fuller would like me to believe that this is a cardinal sin, but I'm sorry, as much as I love Panera, their meals never fill me up. And just an fyi, this cupcake is not my bedtime snack. This is dessert. The bedtime snack will probably commence around 10:30.

So, have we ever discussed the other-wordly sleeping habits of my firstborn? Some 10 months ago he took to sleeping on his floor in a sleeping bag, with a fan pointed directly at his head. We thought it was just a phase, and he was happy as a clam there, so why not? Nearly a year later, we have "transitioned" him into an actual bed. I was tired of explaining why his bed consisted of a raggedy old sleeping bag and a fleece blanket decorated in airplanes. I always sensed that people didn't fully believe me when I told them it was his idea.

Last month we were visiting my parents in Ohio. He always sleeps in my old bedroom, in what he likes to call the "monster truck bed". (Because it's so high off the ground, not because it has flames painted on its sides.) We tucked him in and went about our business. A few hours later, we went up to bed and found this:

Apparently, the bed was just a little too soft and his face was more than 18 inches from his face - unacceptable!

That's him, in a heap, on the floor. He stretched the fan in the hallway as far as it would go and plopped down beside it. You'll see the evacuated bed in the background. You'll see a perplexed and amused mommy in the foreground.

Fast forward several weeks, and we find this:

How on earth???

In other news, my favorite boy under the age of 31 picked me a flower. That just never gets old.

My friend Jill gave me a recipe for Bruschetta Pizza. Holy Yum. (Top a Boboli crust with cooked meat and cheese (I used rotisserie chicken.) Cover with chopped tomatoes, minced garlic, lots of shredded basil (all tossed with a little olive oil and red wine vinegar) and bake until heated through.

I just found this photo in my file yesterday and had never seen it before. I wish I knew what I was laughing about. It definitely wasn't the 95 degree heat that day. I like pictures where I look happy. I wish I could drive around in a vintage truck painted the perfect shade of aqua.

Stay with me - we're in the home stretch.

This custom illustrated portrait appeared on the wall well over two months ago, beneath our other photos. It's still there. For some reason, I really like it and can't bear to take it down.

I think it's supposed to be Silas. Maybe "inEDLP" is code for Silas. Is it just me, or does Silas bear a strong resemblance to a character from "Arthur"?

Congratulations! You made it through all of my randoms. Your reward is a 5-day vacation from me. We're headed to Eastern PA tomorrow afternoon. 11 hours in the car.

Rest up, because I'm sure to have lots to share when I return.


  1. I love that you kept that home-made portrait on the wall! Rachey (horse pic artist---creator of your masterpiece) has little mini horse pics taped with masking tape (such a nice accessory) on every piece of molding in the Blair abode. sigh. I'll leave it in honor of your post.

    Have a fabulous time on your trip!
    p.s. I slept in an army-issue sleeping bag on my floor from age 8-9...not sure why, but I turned out okay (or so I think).

  2. I was thinking Arthur too before I even saw what you wrote. :)
    And in Calvin's defense, I've always always been a fan sleeper. Not 18 inches from my face, but it always has to be on. Now all my kids sleep in a "wind tunnel" (fans and white noise machines). No one in my house can sleep when it's quiet.
    And lastly....Foiler will be pleased that he made a "name mention debut" here. I'll be sure to tell him in the morning.

  3. Well you were all over the board today...but somehow, I liked it :) Gonna miss ya while you're gone - have fun!!!

    :) T

  4. mmmmm that pizza looks fab. those weird sleeping positions don't change with age. sassinator is 10 and she still sleeps like a wild boar! ;) have a wonderful time on your trip and i can't wait to hear/read all about it. :D

  5. You crack me up! Hope you have an amazing trip!

  6. That flower was so sweet. And the pizza looks so delicious.

  7. Its totally "Buster"! ha! Bless his heart.

    If it makes you feel any better, our 3 yr old nephew sleeps in a spare room of my in-laws gorg' home with nothing in it but an air mattress and a set of old golf clubs. He has an adorable room with a comfy bed. Prefers the "golf room." Whatcanyado???

    Yall have fun!

  8. Your posts always make me smile!!

    Have a great trip!!

  9. You are so lucky to be blessed with a great metabolism to be able to eat a chocolate cupcake and have a bedtime snack. Yet stay so thin! Lucky girl. Your son cracked me up with the fan thing. I'am also a sleeping with a fan addict preferably not blowing in my face though. Have a super trip and hurry back. Traci

  10. You're too funny. How can you eat all that and be thin? Youth! It's Youth! Oh, that pizza looks marvelous...Thanks, Mumzie :)

  11. love the kids sleeping habits, too funny. kids are great like that. I have a sister who used to sleep half off the bed, with one foot on the ground. Now she sleeps normal. Lol. Have fun on your trip!!

  12. Okay. Here are my random comments.
    I think it's terrible that you make your kids sleep like that.
    Your hubby is a keeper and that awesome vase makes that flower even prettier.
    I would happily ride around in that aqua truck with you.
    5 days is too many and when the heck are you gonna come see me anyway?

  13. Those sleeping positions are hilarious. Our youngest is our wild sleeper. She lays in bed every which way, but the "normal" way, and having her in bed with us is impossible. She kicks, punches, pulls and steals blankets, uses us as pillows... the list goes on. But it does make for funny stories...

  14. I think you should do away with the beds and build a "nest" on the floor out of blankets...my Andrew loves his "nests"!
    Have a great trip!
    And your nose looks terrific! Glad you are breathing well...

  15. Fun post!!! I really like the glass that you have the flower in. Where did you find that?

    Have a safe and wonderful trip!

  16. Kids do the craziest things!! I think I must make that pizza. I still have tomatoes coming out my ears:)

  17. A fan 18 inches from his face! I would have a sore throat everyday. And the picture of Ruby - hilarious.

    Pizza looks divine.

    The drawing of Silas looks so much like Arthur. How cute! He has some mad drawing and writing skills. Great job Calvin!

  18. Your post made me smile...kids are so silly sometimes...but at least he is sleeping!! Have a wonderful time on your vacation!

  19. I love how the kids are sleeping!!!!

    The pizza looks heavenly. I'm going to have to try it!

  20. 11 hours...how um, fun. ;) Hope the kids will stay in their beds. :)

  21. you are right, a little boy picking you a flower does not EVER get old!:)

    hey, i'm thinking you need to get yourself a spit & teach calvin how to make rotissere chicken for ya in the backyard! boys do love fire mom! was that pizza as good as it looks?

    have a fun trip!

  22. This was a FABULOUS post!! Any time a cupcake and pizza are in a story, what's not to love?! :)

  23. That pizza looks divine and so do those dang kids! I could eat them right up too!