Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Happy Birthday, John!

We went out to dinner tonight to celebrate John's birthday. In the car on the way home, the following conversation occurred:

John: Did you have a good dinner?

JJ: Yeah, Dad. Now I want to go to the store.

John: No, buddy. I don't think so.

JJ: Yes, Dad. Let's go to Dollar Tree.

Marly: JJ, Daddy doesn't like shopping like you and I do.

JJ: I know... Daddy can wait in the car!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

A Perfect Example

I think I've mentioned a few times before that I am lazy. What I may not have told you is that, in addition to being lazy, I am also a wicked procrastinator. And lately, I have had a lot of stuff going on. Allow me to explain how these issues, when combined, can lead to embarrassment... for a family obviously more easy to embarrass than ours:

JJ's teacher asked him on Monday to bring in a picture of his family by today. I knew we would have to have one taken quickly, as we've had lots of pictures taken, but none of us together as a family smiling at the camera since he was a year old. (John was out of work for a long time, and portraits are expensive!)

As with practically anything that I don't write down lately, I immediately forgot about it... until last night at about 10:30. JJ was fast asleep by that time, and I'm not stupid enough to believe that a two-year-old would even give a smile a second thought if roused from sleep at that hour. So, I wrote "Picture" on a few sticky notes and posted them all over the house to remind me to snap a picture of all three of us together this morning. Fast-forward to this morning...

As per usual, I got up a little later than I should have. After a quick shower, I got JJ up and threw him in the tub. As JJ was splashing around, John got himself ready to go to work a lot faster than I expected. Suddenly, John had to leave, and JJ wasn't ready to get out of the tub. I still needed a picture, so I grabbed my laptop (MacBook... built-in camera) and this is what I sent my son to daycare with:


'Cause yeah, a sepia tint will pretty that right up!

Yes, I am leaning on the toilet, JJ is naked (and looking rather emaciated - I swear, we feed that kid all the time!), and again, I'm just waiting for CPS to knock on our door...

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

I'm concerned about his self-esteem.

After a long day of playing, JJ ran to me and asked me to take his shoes off...

Marly: You can do it, buddy.

JJ: Mom, I can't do it.

Marly: You didn't even try. Give it a shot. I think you can do it.

He then sat down on the floor in front of me and took his shoes off...

JJ: Mom, I did it!

Marly: See, if you try, you'll find out you can do lots of things. Good job!

JJ: I'm super, Mom! I'm super JJ! I'm super, super, super JJ! Super, super, super JJ!