Saturday, January 29, 2011


Let me take you through what it takes to get Sleeping Beauty outside to play with her big sister:

The girls are fully clothed and lack only their shoes.

The King of the Crazies and I say, "Hey girls!  It's the nicest day this week outside.  Go out and leave us alone play!"

Cinderella puts on play shoes and is out the door at lightening fast speed.

Sleeping Beauty, on the other hand takes 20 minutes to make it outside.  She has to try on five different pairs of shoes - four of them being sandals - and then she proceeds to have a hilarious dialog with her mirror image father.

After fighting through what is a very serious fashion dilemma to our three year old daughter, she settles on a pair.  And they are not the ones she was already wearing earlier in the day.  That would be too easy.  She has since removed her socks (remember the sandals?!) and while she can put on and take off her shoes with ease she cannot put on socks.  She can only remove them.  The problem here is that she will not allow her father to help her.  It is like I am invisible.  For once.   Prayers are answered!  ;o) 

It goes something like this:

King of the Crazies (K.C.): Let me put on your socks.

Sleeping Beauty (S.B.): I gone do.  (This is how she and her big sister, in the past, have been known to say that they are in fact going to do something themselves.  Come heck or high water.)

K.C.: Just let me help...


This in some variation is repeated many times for my husband and Sleeping Beauty replies each and every time with, "I gone do!"  No variation necessary, apparently. 

This goes on for 15 minutes.  I promise you it does.  It seems more like 30.

She even promises not to say "I gone do" anymore.

Seconds later she is shouting it back into her father's face.  "I GONE DO!"  I try my best to control the laughter for it is like watching one argue with their very own reflection.

He even goes on to say that he will NOT put her socks on.  No, no, no will not do it.  Will die before he will do it.  You get the picture.

I am losing it and start laughing so hard I am crying.  He starts putting her socks on her feet while saying, "I'm not gone do."

Once the socks are finally on the chosen pair of shoes must be found for there is only one shoes beside them now.  We are fifteen minutes into this mess.  And I'm serious y'all, my husband had both shoes in his hands minutes ago, before the sock fiasco.

It takes five more minutes to find the rogue shoe and once she does she puts them on herself all while saying, "See?!  I gone do," and she is out - just 20 minutes behind her big sister.

A few minutes later, through the open windows we hear her yelling to her sister, "I gone do!!!"


Friday, January 28, 2011

25 Years

To quote the President at the time, Ronald Reagan:  The crew of the space shuttle Challenger honored us by the manner in which they lived their lives. We will never forget them, nor the last time we saw them, this morning, as they prepared for their journey and waved goodbye and "slipped the surly bonds of earth" to "touch the face of God."

I still see this image in my head:

Photo Credit ABC News

January 28, 1986.

I can remember that day like it was just last week.  I had hoped and dreamed about one day going into Space and my dreams died right along with the crew on the Challenger. 73 seconds was all it took.  They were gone, buried in Space.   It was the first tragedy I had ever witnessed in my young life and one I will never forget.  We lived in Italy at the time and the news was obviously in Italian.  I understood completely what had happened as I watched the launch from the floor of our living room, right in front of the TV set.  My heart was broken for the school teacher who got the chance of a lifetime and lost her life.  I still love Space, stars and all that goes along with it but that day a part of my childhood innocence was lost.  I realized fully for the first time in my life that bad things happen to good people.  

I am remembering these families today.

The crew of Space Shuttle mission STS-51-L pose for their official portrait on November 15, 1985. In the back row from left to right: Ellison S. Onizuka, Sharon Christa McAuliffe (the teacher), Greg Jarvis, and Judy Resnik. In the front row from left to right: Michael J. Smith, Dick Scobee, and Ron McNair. 

The photo is S85-44253 from the Johnson Space Center

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Castle CrAzInEsS!

Sleeping Beauty packed up some of her money, unbeknownst to me at the time, and we set out for some shopping a couple of weeks ago.  We came upon a Disney Princess Castle.  It was marked down to $20.  She bought it.  And she shared it with her sister:
But some CrAzY scenes were set up:
Evil abounds (both incarnations of the evil one from "Sleeping Beauty.")
And Sebastian is in the bed!
Um, Cinderella (the doll), been into the "cough syrup?!"
 The Snow White on the apple was not lost on me...
And neither was the prince laying on the ground after falling to his demise.

Lazy dwarves ...

 So precise
 Cinderella set a Zhu Zhu Pet dog on our Roomba vacuum.
 Um, Cinderella?!
Must be rest time for Sleeping Beauty (the doll) and Snow White...
 Sleeping Beauty was saying, "Mirror, mirror on the wall....."

 Poor bunny rabbit.  A spell was cast on him I suppose.
 Still so funny to me...
 Sleeping Beauty's shirt says, "Pink is the new black."
 She lost it...

 And now Snow White is under the table...And Cinderella (the doll) seems to have given up on life.  ?!  ;)

Monday, January 24, 2011

September Sayings

Some notes I jotted down from September:

King of the Crazies to Cinderella: Get in here, Sleeping Beauty. 
Cinderella to her daddy: I'm Cinderella. Dude, learn your peeps!

Sleeping Beauty loves taking a bath  - while she sings her heart out. 

Hmmmm. Anyone want to pay for TWO room make overs? ;) 

Cinderella needs a twin bed - the full takes up too much room and she is "over" Dora. 

Sleeping Beauty likes Dora but I was informed Sleepy Beauty is more her speed and the "paper doll dress" nursery is so not. ?!?!?! 

And also, the beast is still in her crib. MUHAHAHAHA

Sleeping Beauty talking about Princess Furry Pants: "Her breath is SNEAKY." 

That would be stinky. 

I know we are doing at least something right. And it is the most important. One of Sleeping Beauty's Bible School teachers told me "She sings with her whole heart." :) 

She does.

Sometimes I have to laugh or I'd end up crying. One night Cinderella was  sitting on the couch going over sight words... and... Sleeping Beauty just came barreling through the room naked screaming "Naked Sleeping Beauuuuty." :o/

One night I was in the kitchen talking to the dogs (ours and my mom and dad's who was a house guest at the time) and asking if they were still hungry. Then I hear Sleeping Beauty in the living room, "Yes." :oP