Pirates, room sharing, etc.

Posted by The Wizzle | Posted on Thursday, February 28, 2008 at 6:37 PM


This morning, the kids and I were sitting at the table eating breakfast. Devlin paused with a bite of yogurt mid-air and turned to me solemnly.

"Mom, do you know what pirates like?"

Hmm. I do not, in fact, know much about pirates or any of their special preferences, and until this morning I didn't think my children did either.

"Well, they don't like anything. Just their ship - their pirate ship."

Trying not to laugh, I inquired how he came to be so knowledgeable on the subject. With a sage, indulgent tip of his head, the truth came to light.

"It's because I watch Peter Pan so much".

Now if you all would indulge me once again, I was unable to get a photo of both children looking human at the same time so just mentally splice those two shots together and "cut me some slack", as I have been ordered several times today by my endlessly put-upon 4 year old. That poor child, the indignities he must endure at the hands of his doddering, decrepit mother.

On the up side, the whole room-sharing thing is going remarkably well. Devlin is so exhausted at the end of the day that he is snoring within minutes of bedtime, and nothing Eve says or does seems to bother him at all! Which is excellent, because she spends at least an hour after bedtime chattering to herself and kicking the wall as hard as she thinks she can get away with. Turkey.

We also received a phone call today from AZEIP, the state agency who approved Eve for speech therapy back in December. They finally have a therapist for her, so our first appointment is Wednesday morning! I'm so thrilled, because while I never get tired of hearing "mama" and "dada" and "uh-oh", and those words all thrill me to no end because a month ago she didn't say anything at all, I'd really love to make some more headway in that department. Wish us luck!


Posted by The Wizzle | Posted on Monday, February 25, 2008 at 6:57 PM


Many thanks to my husband, my mother-in-law, and Michelle Hadder (our Monday night babysitter) for tiring Eve out so much that she went to sleep in her trundle bed, in Dev's room, without so much as a peep! Literally, she was asleep inside of a minute.

So that's one way to speed up the room-sharing transition, I guess! :)

I must be crazy

Posted by The Wizzle | Posted on Saturday, February 23, 2008 at 6:22 PM


because today I thought it would be a great idea to move Eve into Devlin's room. Someone is going to be sharing in September, because we have 3 bedrooms. I floated the idea this weekend and Dev was so excited that I figured we'd give it a shot.

His exact words were actually "Oh, I would LOVE to have Evie sleep in my room! Then I wouldn't have to sleep alone anymore, and we could be friends forever!"

So from his perspective, this is nothing but good news. From mine, it's definitely a mixed bag so far.

They started off the night like in the photo, with Evie in her new big-girl trundle bed. She kept getting out, and then she said (in her little silent way) that she wanted to sleep in her crib. Devlin burst into tears and wailed "but I want her to sleep in MY room!" So she's currently in the pack-and-play in there, because her real crib doesn't fit through our doorways without being completely disassembled.

Best case scenario, Devlin will fall asleep quick and Eve will mess around and talk to herself for an hour like she always does.

I am not optimistic. Wish me luck.

Just one of those days

Posted by The Wizzle | Posted on Wednesday, February 20, 2008 at 8:27 PM


You know, one of those days where I'm just very grateful and surprised that we're all alive at the end of it. What, no one else ever has days like that?

Carry on, then.

No, seriously, nothing really *happened* but little Miss Eve had it turned up to 11 today, as the fella says. Luckily I have two children and the bigger one has a very keen sixth sense for when Mama is on the edge. That boy can really turn on the charm, and a well-timed hug from him can definitely buy a few more minutes of sanity!

I'm going to list all the happy things about today so I can read back on this in a few weeks and think today was awesome (because after you're done reading them you're all going to think I'm an ungrateful little wench for complaining at all!)

1) I had an eye exam this morning, without my children, and I actually had enough birthday/Christmas money saved up to order myself some new prescription sunglasses! I didn't think I would have enough yet (remember when you were a kid and the thought of $250 barely being a drop in the bucket was just incomprehensible?) but I did, and I got myself a totally fierce pair, the better to look chic and fabulous all summer long. Bonus points, I did not have to have the dilating drops because...

2) I'm pregnant! They don't do the drops on preggos so I skipped eye makeup for nothing this morning. Ah well. Most of you know this news already, because I get a D- at keeping secrets, but I hadn't announced to the whole Blog World at Large yet - I've been waiting for my first midwife appointment to make sure we could find the heartbeat etc, and...

3) We did! That was yesterday, but I'm counting it for today because I haven't told anyone yet, and because my list is more impressive if I include it. Due September 19th-ish.

4) I took my kids to the park, and while I remembered the camera (yea!) the battery - and the backup - were dead (boo). However, I salvaged the outing by remembering to empty the kids' shoes of sand BEFORE we got into the car.

5) I mended and pressed David's suit pants while he was at class, because he has a big day at work tomorrow and he's kinda freaking out. I also get a D- at ironing my husband's clothes so this is a big accomplishment.

6) I finished making Eve's birthday invitations (don't be surprised if you don't get one - 2 year olds are crazy enough to make even this party-lovin' lady say "heck no" to big fiestas. Immediate family only this time, thanks!) This is especially noteworthy because I had no assistance whatsoever from my family (looking at you, Ang and Clod!) who are talented in this department and I still think they turned out really cute. See 'em up top there? Yes, those are piglets on the front.

7) My dad just sent me what he promises is a most excellent chicken tikka masala recipe and I cannot wait to try it out this weekend. I am of the Hungry Pregnant Lady variety, as opposed to the Barfing Pregnant Lady variety, so actually just writing about this dish so long after dinner has me all hot and bothered again, and wondering if any Indian places do take out...

8) when my husband just walked in the door carrying two Blizzards. Rock my world.

I think that ought to about cover it for today. And you know what? I'm in a good mood now! Just like magic, folks. Just like magic.

I done got tagged

Posted by The Wizzle | Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2008 at 12:01 PM


Just a quickie!

1. Pick up the nearest book (one of at least 123 pages).

2. Open the page to 123.

3. Find the 5th sentence.

4. Post the next 3 sentences.

5. Tag 5 people.

Here's what we've got, courtesy of the Baby Name Wizard:

"Vera is a Slavic name meaning 'faith', and it coincides with the Latin word for 'true'. That's a lot of positive energy, and the name's direct, womanly sound carries this message well. Unfortunately, Americans overindulged in this name a few generations back and there's still a lingering hangover."

Hmm, already got a girl's name picked, but thanks! I could use some help in the boy name department though...

And I tag The Hizzle, my sister, Valerie, Tanya, and Natalie Hall. :) I think most of you guys read this often enough to do the tag before I look like a huge loser that nobody is listening to!

I'm famous! Kinda.

Posted by The Wizzle | Posted on Saturday, February 9, 2008 at 5:00 PM


Well, I know my other blog is too much for some of our more sensitive readers, but still - this is pretty freakin' cool!

Mike Rogan, who many of you already know, is the genius behind the whole thing. This week he was quoted, and our humble publication mentioned by name, in a prominent article in the Wall Street Journal. Yes, THAT Wall Street Journal. The feature was also linked on the lds.org "newsroom".

I think this is pretty sweet, myself. Come over and check us out if you haven't already!

We have language!

Posted by The Wizzle | Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2008 at 6:39 PM


OK, I don't have a very good pic (that hasn't been posted already) but I have to give a shout out to my Piglet anyway. Today, Sunday February 3rd in the Year of our Lord 2008, Eve Dixon said very clearly, repeatedly, and in context, "ball" and "apple"!

For those of you who don't know, these are the only words she has ever said. She's pretty far behind on her speech and we don't know why - she hears fine and she doesn't appear to have any motor problems. She was qualified for state Early Intervention speech therapy but they're short on providers so we don't know if or when she'll be able to participate in that - but for now I am beyond thrilled because she *tried* to talk! On purpose! And she succeeded!

Hopefully this is the start of much bigger and better things to come. I know that girl is going to have a lot to say. So toss her the rock and give her a big hug next time you see her, because she deserves it!