Friday, April 18, 2008

crazy busy week... tragedy & contentment found

Part 1 - "No more fish"

Our good friends (the Perry's) offered to give Paige one of their fish since they just had babies. I was away when they picked it up but when I got home that night I asked Jason about the fish & he said it was fine and he put it in her tank.... oh no! I never cleaned it out after the last fish died. I ran in her room and said "Oh crap!" Paige sat straight up in bed and started crying. She said she didn't want any more fish. They die too much. I asked Jason to get the fish out of her room before she saw it in the morning - he grabbed the whole tank & threw it away. He said, "No more fish." The picture above is James impersonation of a dead fish. It makes me laugh every time I see it. No more fish.

Part 2 - "the Haircut"
It seems like most moms have horror stories of their kids & scissors. My little sister Megan had a mullet for quite a few years because she wouldn't leave her hair alone and recently my friend Abbey had to give her 3 year old a pixie cut to salvage the damage that Olivia had done. I thought I got off easy with Paige. She had gone almost 6 years not cutting her own hair... until Wednesday morning I was coming out her hair for school and noticed a chunk missing dead center in the front. I asked her if she wanted her hair like Olivia's & she started crying and saying she was sorry and would never do it again. I told her I didn't care how she wanted her hair short/long/curly/straight - whatever... She is not licensed to cut her own hair & we would go see our cousin Sara who was a professional to do her hair however she wants it.

Sara suggested we cut bangs. I agreed it was the only thing that would cover her crazy mess-up. When Sara started cutting bangs Paige saw a few chunks fall and started crying, thinking she was getting a pixie cut. Sara assured her and reminded her of all her cute cousins with bangs and that quieted her down. When she actually saw herself she was happy and kept smiling at her cute self. She looks like a completely different girl, don't you think?

Part 3 - Happy James Day
James day is Friday. We go to the park with all his friends and play for a long while then we usually go out to lunch and spend some "mommy & me time" then head home in time for Paige to get out of school. This Friday was super busy because I was determined to buy a few new things (now that everything is getting too tight) - Anyway, he was such a sport and as an added bonus we got to stop by the hospital and visit Jason. A nurse met us out front & lead us through the labyrinth to get to Jason. The entire way he talked her ear off. James didn't recognize Jason with his mask & head covering on. But when he saw it was his dad he ran right up to him.

My two handsome men...

Part 4 - "Me Time"

So Saturday was "me time". I completely neglected my house, husband & kids (as much as they would let me) and spent the day sewing, and spending $ at Joann's. Which I swear I will not do until the stack of fabric sitting in my kitchen is gone! (I know you are rolling your eyes - knock it off) Anyway, the result was after 2 DVD's of Dallas season 8, countless chips & salsa, coke, and ice cream. I finished 2 matching sundresses. One for my darling daughter & one for Olivia, my friend Abbey's darling daughter. It was so fun & worth the neglect. I love sewing. It relaxes me & is always exciting to create something new.

Part 5 - "Our New Addition(s)"
So while I spent my day sewing - our house was quite quiet. Jason decided to take Paige to find her replacement for the fish. Jason called saying she had her heart set on a guinea pig - but the cages are so huge - she would have to switch rooms with us (not happening). So after many a quiet hour she returns with one small brown & white rat (left) named "Sunny"... after a few hours of just Sunny-time. They both decided she needed a friend and went to buy rat #2 (right) "Snow White" who is technically James' rat. I hate to admit it - but I really like them. I thought they would creep me out or be disgusting... but they are really cute and I like putting Sunny in the crook of my arm & walking around with her. Jason is like a kid in a candy shop. He had rats growing up & is excited to have them again (at least they are not ferrets - stink, stank, stunk).


Amy said...

As for fish, after spending lots of money on tanks and fish paraphenalia and having them all die, I refuse to buy any more. Hair? Bridget got her hair caught in a brush curling iron once, panicked, and cut her hair off at the scalp. It took a "long" time to catch up with the remaining hair. She learned her lesson though! Cute kids. How long till the third again?

The McMillans said...

wow, what a week for you. I hope everyone is happy about the mice. They are cute.

James is so funny, and Paige's haircut is so cute. I am glad you were able to sew and relax, mom's need that.

disneyking said...

great post. I love Paige's new haircut and it looks like you guys are having a great Spring so far.
Congrats. on the new pets. I know they'll have a great life with your family.
Love the pictures and let us know if you ever come up to Utah sometime soon. It would be fun to see you and the family again!!!

Abbey said...

That picture of Paige in the door almost looks like some kind of glamour shot she does look really cute with her hair that is funny "No I don't want my hair like Olivia's" I can't say that I blame her. Thanks again for making that beautiful dress for Olivia.

amy said...

Please tell me those cute little rats don't grow into huge ugly rats. You are a better person than me. And Paige looks adorable with those bangs.

Miss you!

The AZ McMillans said...

Paige totally looks like a Disney princess with those bangs!

I'm so glad you got some time to yourself to sew. It's hard to do it in chunks of time, so when you get in the groove it's so nice to just get it done. The dresses look great!

The Blakes said...

Love the dress! You're brave to get rats...that's where I draw the line.

Andersen Family said...

Hi Maren
It's so fun to see your family. I love the rats. I had a lot growing up. You will love them!! I wish derek would let me have one. Check out my blog. Its
Your family is so fun. Keli