Friday, May 21, 2010

7 Quick Takes Friday, #64

1. A long weekend away from the girls has taught me (and reminded me of) a few things:

2. When all my attention goes to my children all day, I don't actually end up giving very much quality time to my husband. But when I can spend an entire day paying attention to my husband, I get all googly eyed and mushy around him. Which tends to embarrass him in group settings. I remembered how much I love and enjoy him -- just by himself, not in a collective family sense -- which I didn't think I'd forgotten.

3. I'll sniff and kiss a greasy patch into my toddler's fine hair on my first full day back with her. But since washing her hair clean of chapstick and mama-drool and tears more than once a day is an unsupportable habit, I'll learn to restrain myself to only a few dozen sniffs and/or kisses per day.

4. Grandma will have filled the house with new toys. Mom and Dad will be confused as to what toy is making random noises they've never heard before, as well as to how their house can physically hold any more toys. They will consider forcing Grandma to pick out 20 old toys to be sent home with her.

5. My daughters will know the word 'McDonald's' and be able to use it in a sentence, such as, "Mom, can we have McDonald's for lunch today?" And when the answer (What?? NO!) is given:

6. Mom will have become a boring prude in comparison to the super fun Grandma.

7. Both girls will have learned a new trick: "But Grandma lets me (play with these tiny doll shoes, sleep with Lauren's baby, jump off the couch, wear my Easter dress, etc, etc, ad infinitum.)" And whether or not Grandma actually allowed these things is not really the issue. The issue is, my daughters have learned the fine art of conniving. And now I'm frightened for my sanity.

Have a happy weekend! Don't forget to stop by Conversion Diary for more Quick Takes!


  1. #2 is a good reminder for me to read. It is so easy to put hubby on the back burner sometimes, and so important not to. I am really enjoying reading your blog, you are an amazing writer!

  2. :) It's all so true, Sarah! So glad that you had a chance to reconnect with your husband, it's so important. I've found that either spending time alone w/ him, or no time at all (our recent "vacation") brings those feelings back full force!
    And friend, my kids always need a "deprogramming" after a visit w/ either grandmother! :) They mean well, always, but it takes a bit to get back to normal!

  3. I'm so glad you're back with your girls! And that you got to oogle your husband.

    These takes are so cute!

  4. My best friend used to babysit my cousin. Once time he tried to convince her that his mom let him put his sister's Barbie dolls upside down in a glass of water and put the in the freezer. She wasn't sold.

  5. Haha...I got a good laugh out of reading these...thanks!

  6. You are so right on about the couple time. It really helps!
    SO glad you had fun! Hope you can steer clear of the McD's for awhile! LOL!

  7. When Chris got home from Moldova he told me his taxi driver stopped at a McDonald's before he dropped him off at his hotel. So, at least you can comfort yourself with the knowledge that your girls are part of a worldwide obsession. Right? No? No, I didn't think so either...

  8. So glad you and the hubby got that time away together. Sounds like y'all really enjoyed yourselves!

    And, Grandparents!! My parents spoil Levi rotten. If he wants it he totally gets it with them. They weren't so bad about it when we lived next door, but now that we've moved (yet still see them at least twice a week) they've gotten worse. But, I kind of figure that's what grandparents are for.

  9. Give Grandma all the really loud toys!

  10. Yikes, the "grandma would let me" bit. You're in so much trouble, at least for this week... I'm glad you had such a wonderful time on your little jaunt. You're right about the toys- cull now while they're little!!!! Make a habit of getting rid of something when something new enters the house!

  11. I just cannot tell you how much number two resonates with me. I've been vying and desiring this kind of feeling for him since the baby was born and my attention refocused on caring for his needs and, of course, my oldest's.


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