Archive for April, 2009

Carter Says

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

Carter has found his voice and has a rather lot to say these days! 

Below are a few of our favorites.

Not day  = not today (And it’s said with a sad tone and a long face.)
   EXAMPLE:  Me go storytime with Mommy but not day…  🙁

Even more = any more
   EXAMPLE:
      ME:  Carter did you bite Allison?
      CARTER:  Not even more.

 Last ear = yesterday or any day prior to today
   EXAMPLE:  Me do dat last ear!

I know! I know! =  I know! I know!  (But it’s really cute when he says it!)
   EXAMPLE:
      DADDY:  What restaurant should we go to?
      CARTER:  I know!  I know!  We go rest-raunt with out fire.
      (That’s in support of his sister who is scared of fire and doesn’t like 
      restaurants where you can see them cooking with it!)

Allison Wonders Where Old Balloons Go

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

Last night we had dinner at Red Robin (…Yum!) and Allison and Carter each got a balloon on the way out.  Their reward for being good.  So, on the way home, Allison started wondering…

ALLISON:  How do balloons fly away if they are in the house?
ME:  They can’t fly away if they are in the house.  Balloons can only fly away if they are outside.
ALLISON:  Then where do balloons go when they are in the house?

Uh-oh.  Now we’ve been caught by the inquiring mind of a little girl…

ME (giggling slightly):  Well, when the balloons get old or when you make too much noise with them and Mommy and Daddy get tired of the noise, after you and Carter go to bed we throw them in the garbage.
ALLISON (after a minute):  I don’t want you to throw this one in the garbage.

I assured her that she could play with it all day the next day and then we’ll see…

That little brain never stops thinking and it’s getting harder for us parents to get away with anything!

Mom

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

What a wonderful honor and privilege it is to be called, “Mom.” 

When I was pregnant with Allison I dreamed about being called, “Mommy.” 
When she was an infant I looked forward to the first time she would speak my name… “Mama!”  
And my heart smiled the first time she called me “Mom.” 
Then I was surprised when she called me “Mother” for two days straight before returning to “Mom.”
Now, I am thinking that I would really appreciate the name “Mom” more if she didn’t use it to start every sentence… all day long… every day.

“Mom… did we eat lunch, yet?”
“Mom… did you see that?”
“Mom… what are you talking about?”
“Mom… look at this.”
“Mom… if you do this or that, then you would…blah, blah, blah…”

“Mom…  Mom…  Mom…  Mom…  Mom…  Mom…  Mom…  Mom…  Mom…  Mom…  Mom…  Mom…  Mom…  Mom…  Mom…  Mom…  Mom…  Mom…  Mom…  Mom…  Mom…  Mom…  Mom…  Mom…  Mom…  Mom…  Mom…  Mom…  Mom…  Mom…  Mom…  Mom…  Mom…  Mom…  Mom…  Mom…  Mom…  Mom…  Mom…  Mom…  Mom…  Mom…  Mom…  Mom…  Mom…  Mom…  Mom…  Mom…  Mom…  Mom…  Mom…  Mom…  Mom…  Mom…  Mom…  Mom…  Mom…  Mom…  Mom…  Mom…  Mom…  Mom…  Mom…  Mom…  Mom…  Mom…  Mom…  Mom…  Mom…”

Our Garden

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

We’ve been working on a vegetable garden here at the Maruschak home!  We started about a month ago, but took a long break due to everyone in the house getting sick (yes, again…).  But, we are all healthy again and have finally finished the garden.  Now we just have to wait and see if we can keep everything alive until it bears fruit…or…vegatable!

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Carter Likes Ketchup… A Lot

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

CARTER:  French fries for mine ketchup!

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And a bonus picture of Allison eating ketchup with her french fries…

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Carter’s Pants Revisited

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

For those of you who missed the Carter’s Pants posts from several months ago, those referred to him taking his pants off… and taking his diaper off, too.  These days, at the old age of almost two-and-a-half, Carter has started putting his pants on.  All by himself!

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Yes, the pants are both backwards and very twisted!
But he did it “by mine self.” 

And that was one of the cutest things I saw all day.

Butterfly Garden -by Allison

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

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Grumpy Little Guy

Monday, April 13th, 2009

OK, the magical spell that made Carter so cute this morning has worn off.  He’s just finished a one hour long whining and crying fit that started with fighting with his sister in the swimming pool… 

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We enter the scene just as Carter is released from timeout for semi-good behaviour and told to come to the table for dinner.  He is whining enough to convince any grandparent that he has been severely tortured…

CARTER:  I want snuuuugggggggllllle!!!!!!
DADDY:  You need a snuggle?  Come here.  We’ll have a little snuggle before dinner.

Daddy kneels down on the floor and Carter goes to him for a snuggle-hug.

DADDY:  Are you having a bad day?
CARTER:  No!
DADDY:  Are you tired?
CARTER:  No!
DADDY:  Are you feeling sick?
CARTER:  No!
DADDY:  Did you get up on the wrong side of the bed?
CARTER:  No!
DADDY:  Can you say “no”?
CARTER:  Uh-uh.

There is a pause in which I giggle at this all too familiar exchange between Daddy and Carter.

CARTER:  I want to go hoooome!
DADDY:  You want to go home?  OK…We’re here!
CARTER:  Uh-huh.

I totally cracked up.  Carter seemed contented for the moment and the dinner proceeded without incident.  In fact, smiles from the grumpy guy were forthcoming within moments of climbing into his dinner chair.

All Boy

Monday, April 13th, 2009

Carter and I took the car for a carwash after dropping Allison at preschool this morning.  It’s a local drive-through wash that they have converted from self-service to full-service.  So, two guys are there to put your money in the machine, direct you as you drive into the car wash, then they dry it and clean the interior for you.  All this for $10.  But it did take quite a while for them to finish our car.  So…Carter found ways to amuse himself:

  • He drove his matchbox car on the curb.
  • He stuck his hand in all the holes on the vending machines.
  • He stood on a rock to put tip money in the tip bucket.
  • He balanced on rocks and then walked from one to another.
  • He walked up and down a small hill to a drainage ditch about 15 times.
  • He tried to lift a big rock.
  • He succeeded in lifting a smaller rock and squatted down to peer under it for a while.
  • He brought me some boy treasuresincluding a piece of styrofoam, a dirty Lego, and a bottle cap.
  • He drove his cars on the sidewalk.
  • He drove his cars on the rocks – bump, bump, bump.
  • And he never let me get out of his sight…

He was very, very good and I smiled at how he entertained himself with exploring and doing all the things you think of when you think of little boys!  My precious son.

Technical Difficulties

Monday, April 13th, 2009

I have heard that maruschak.net is taking a long time to load…  I think it is because of the numerous pictures in the Pioneer Days Parade post, below.  Maybe if I post enough new things that one will fall off the front page and everything will load faster!

Also, we got a new camera – 10.3 mega pixels!  So that mean better quality pictures 🙂 but slower loading :-(.