Monday, February 4, 2008

How Did Pioneer Women Do It?

Grace has an obsession with lip gloss.

She eats it.

I imagine sparkly-brown cappaccino flavored goo oozing down her throat. Yuck. Whatever terrible consequences await Grace's digestive system, the worst part of her fixation goes to the owner of the lip gloss. Thank you, Grace goober. I have pasted slobber all over my lips more than once.

Today I had planned to get a lot of office work done for Brad. I didn't. This is mostly because Grace is not a self-entertainer. One planned hour of computer work usually turns into an entirely unproductive full day. I sit down and Claire cries to be fed (or changed, or held, or burped) and angry Grace pulls on my arm pleading, "Come here, please, come here, mom, watch me throw pecans at the wall!" (or "watch me climb my closet shelves," or "watch me sit on Claire's head!"). Imagine two hours of that. It resulted in three barely-begun business documents.

Eventually I initiated a game that gave me thirty minutes of the children entertaining each other:

Just enough time to get one of those office things checked off my list. Then I joined in.

And to think that I had "bake bread" and "make granola" on my to-do list too.


  1. Is that Claire in the stroller? Oh my goodness! She looks like a play baby, she's so adorable!!! I can't believe how big your kids are getting. I want to play with you guys!!! (insert pouty face) I have the same problems with Mike when I try and get things done at home...

  2. i want to come live with you....:( then i remind myself that the men in carlsbad are old and married. But seriously, your babies are adorable and clarie is getting so fat! i love it!! I'm never gonna recognize her when i see you guys again. And you're not a bad mom for letting Grace do that.

  3. Elise..That lip gloss makes me laugh. Hayleigh loved it at that age and still does...But I am lucky..I don't wear it but Grandma does.

  4. I can't believe how big your kids are!! It sounds like you guys have a lot of fun at your house! I wish I was little still and had all day to play and be silly with a sister. How great! But the lip gloss part... yuck!!

  5. Nor is Cora a self-entertainer. Don't be too hard on yourself. It's very hard and moms everywhere are agreeing with you! I cannot believe how Claire is not at all fitting in that stroller. Is she getting huge or is that just a play baby stroller? Probably both, haha!

  6. why don't you pack up grace and claire and come to my house for playgroup... i know it's raining and the whole northeast is flooding but we'll have hot chocolate and let the kids dump red wine vinegar and olive oil all over the floor...

    [ps - we're taking the job in small town nevada... thanks for giving me nerve... ]

  7. Elise,

    The pioneer women did not have lip gloss or office documents. That's how.

    What a cute little chubby baby. She looks like Bethelle at that age. Don't you love the rolls. Debbie Johns says they have "snap on" hands.

  8. After many blah attempts, I have finally found my favorite granola recipe. Are you happy with yours?