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Toothless Wonder

Posted on Oct 22, 2009 in Uncategorized |

Toothless Grin

Toothless Grin

The tooth fairy has made an appearance twice in the past week. My Thing 1 lost his two front teeth, proudly earning the right to stick his tongue through the gaping hole in his mouth.

He looks adorable and older and excited. Every time he smiles, I smile more and hurt just a bit. I can remember how hard getting those teeth were for him, rubbing baby Ambesol on his sore red gums. I remember how excited he was to crunch his dry Cheerios and how much he loved the sounds of the crunching between his brand new teeth.

He’s getting to be so real, such a tangible human. So much less a baby boy. This is a good thing. This is a good thing, I keep telling myself.

My sister-in-law, an ever-wise woman with one foot in the spiritual world and another grounded firmly in Atlanta, tells me that as children lose their baby teeth, they lose their angel-hood. They become more of the earth and less of the magical place they came from. They begin to grow their own spiritual roots and rely less on the ones they came into. I don’t want him to be more earthly, I want him the angel he is to me.

He doesn’t like his tooth being taken away by the tooth fairy. He wrote her a letter and respectfully asked for (a) money and (b) to leave his tooth with him as he just didn’t want to give away away a part of himself just quite yet. Maybe he’s not quite ready to give up that baby boy life either.

But alas, we put the shiny coin in his special tooth fairy pillow his grandmother made him and wakes up the next day, more toothless grins, coin in one hand and his tooth in the other.

And then he takes his tooth and hands it to me and tells me to hang onto it for him; keep it safe for him.

Will do, angel. Will do.

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Posted on Oct 9, 2009 in Family and Friends, Holidays |

It was one of those days I couldn’t resist. The kids hadn’t seen Little Thing in a nearly two months, I missed my friend.

As I took Thing 1 back to school after the doctor’s appointment, I instead told the admin at school  to send my daughter to the office. “Will Thing 2 from Mrs. G’s class please report to the office with her belongings?” I thought my Thing would be so freaked out, but instead she was dancing out of her class with her schoolmates yelling after her to have a good time “Playing Hooky!!!” Danm, I got nabbed.

So Hooky we played. We rode every ride, played every game and ran around like children should have the privilege to do. And it felt good. It felt so good to be a mom that let’s her kids play hooky every once in a long while to remind them and me what it’s like to be free and young.

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My Day in 140

Posted on Sep 16, 2009 in Uncategorized |

It’s that point of the night where you realize you haven’t done the one thing you have committed to doing beyond the stuff you’re supposed to do.

So here was my day today in 140 character bits (and no, this ain’t cheating):

  1. Bunko night. God no, I’m not playing!

  2. Just got locked out of my house and barefoot.

  3. Son thinks senator from SC should get yelow carded.

  4. Me: “Son you’re at the tail end of this flu.” Son: Well it’s a really long tail, then. Like a 500-mile dinosaur tail.”
  5. I failed. No flu test. The County is running out of tests.
  6. I dream of sleepful nights, tooth-brushed kids, clean laundry and a small butt. That’s not too much to ask, is it?
  7. Why is it so hard to get my kid tested for the flu?
  8. FOX NEWS ALERT: Bones found on Garrido property by investigators, no indication bones are human or animal.
  9. RT@GabrielCarrejo RT@shoemoney Kanye West just interrupted Patrick Swayzes funeral to let everyone know Michael Jacksons funeral was better.
  10. Fifth visit to the pediatrician in two weeks
  11. Man boobs alert!!!!! Sound the siren!!!!!
  12. “This sushi is better than the best pot of mac’n’cheese,” says son to sushi chef. Indeed, I really liked Cha Cha sushi.
  13. Son re: lady with tree in neck on CNN: “Well she won the ‘I Should Have Died Instantly But I Didn’t’ contest!”
  14. Son is acting out all Ben 10 aliens while in the toilet in Target. Amusing all potty goers.
  15. She knows that I love food more than I love her. Well, it’s a tossup anyway
  16. There’s monthing better than slipper bread with @lepainquotidien. Nothing, I say.
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The Best Six Years in History

Posted on Jul 17, 2009 in Family and Friends, Thing 1, Thing 2 |



At 8:36 p.m. and 8:37 p.m. respectively, 6 years ago tonight, my son and daughter were born. I went from being me to being Mommy and forever, my life suddenly had meaning.

This picture was taken moments ago, the second, moments ago six years ago.

Dear God and all my angels, thank you for blessing me with the greatest joy anyone could ever know.

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Open House at School

Posted on May 26, 2009 in Family and Friends |

Open House at School, originally uploaded by Thing Family.

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Thing 1 and the Tickle Monster

Posted on Feb 13, 2009 in Family and Friends, Thing 1 |

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