Friday, February 29, 2008

Ellieisms (or random funny Ellie stories)

The other day we were looking for the DVD remote, and I asked "Has anyone seen the remote?" Eleanor answered "Yes!" and then said "it was on the sofa, then it was in the kitchen, then it was in the bathroom, and now it's lost."
At the Jacobs Circus someone is always trying to locate something they've misplaced. I've posted before about Eleanor's less than helpful input when we're looking for something. When she did it again the other day, I realized something. When asking Eleanor if she knows where something is, never ask "Have you seen X", rather ask her directly if she know where X is right now. Because if you ask her if she's seen it, the answer is likely "yes," she has seen it, many times, in fact. When she gives a list of all of the places she's seen it, "on the sofa, in the kitchen, in the bathroom, under the bed," and then ends the list with "but now it's lost" she's only answering the question she was asked.

I haven't posted before about Ellie's embarrassing fascination with the names of body parts and with bodily functions, because they're usually too gross to mention, but this one cracked me up.
We were visiting at the house of some friends who were hosting a celebration in honor of their son's 16th birthday. Ellie was seated next to the dad as he was busy putting candles on the cake, and she leaned over to him and said "Hey, listen to this" (pause) "PP and Jam!" and then she just cackled so loud everyone around was laughing with her. Get it, not PB and Jam, but PP and Jam. I don't even know where she got that one.

OK, I have one more that might not translate well, but I'll give it a try. Ellie frequently, when asked to do something, will invent some reason why she can't do it. I've come to expect it, so when I say "Ellie, it's time to clean up this paper mess" I expect her to immediately say "My arms hurt too bad" or something of the sort. The other day she had a bunch of toys all over the living room that she was finished with and I said "Ellie, it's time to pick up this mess." She immediately said "Ummmm" as she was trying to decide what excuse to use, then said "I'm so embarrased." (pause) "And, I have a tummy ache."

Thursday, February 28, 2008

If it's worth doing...it's worth overdoing.

Today, I decided to make cookies. I pulled out our Farm Journal cookie cookbook, and decided to make Oatmeal Raisin cookies. I was reading the recipe as I went along, only skimming over the ingredients to make sure we have everything.
Behold the four egg, 2 cups butter, 4 cups sugar, 6 cups rolled oats mess:



and no, I didn't look at the amount. It said 14 dozen. I guess that is.... 168 cookies. Oops.

I got an F in cookie recipe selection. And in tidyness of food preparation.


Wednesday, February 27, 2008

A Photo Post


Here we have Anna showing off her interesting teeth, and Ellie's foot for good measure.


The February girl, who wanted to be included before her month was up.


This is Sophia's beautiful tribute to Prsilu (Priscilla) the fish, who passed away last week.

February winding down

We were busy last week, so I didn't post anything. It was a cold, cloudy, dreary sort of week so we stayed inside and did a lot of cleaning. I've been working on downsizing our life somewhat and I bagged up lots of stuff to donate, and then spent some time re-organizing what's left. We discovered some old cameras we forgot we had, and it has sparked a newfound interest in photography for Margaret.

We also closed the book on a chapter of our life that has hovered over us since Tony was involved in a minor car accident 3 years ago. He let his foot off of his brakes while waiting at a red light and drifted into the car in front of him. Not so bright, but it wouldn't seem like such a big deal. The woman he hit had a dented bumper but our car didn't have so much as a scratch. We really didn't stress out about it at all and had assumed it was resolved by our insurance until one year ago when a man showed up at our door and handed me (I was 1 week postpartum and holding my newborn baby) a lawsuit for injuries she allegedly sustained in the accident. The lawsuit was asking for $75,000.
We were pretty dumfounded, but our insurance company hired a lawyer who told us that it would likely get settled and that we had plenty of coverage in our policy. To make a long story short, it wasn't settled (she was offered almost as much as she was asking and turned it down) and it went to trial last Tuesday. I'm sorry I wasn't able to be there, it sounds like it was an interesting process and we had a very competent lawyer representing Tony. The trial took two days and after hearing the evidence the jury found for the plaintiff in the amount of $2500. Yes, that's only 2 zeros. So we lost, but really the big loser was the plaintiff. She could have had tens of thousands more, but she wouldn't settle and she (or at least her lawyer) got instead what the jury felt was the right amount. It feels pretty good to have it all behind us finally.

Toward the end of the week we passed around the flu, but we're all pretty well recovered now and getting back to life as usual, which is pretty unusual most of the time. :)

Friday, February 15, 2008

Friday (all day)

Happy Birthday Sophia! (our big 7-year-old girl)


Sophia's Birthday Shrinky Dinks


Twin Pinkys (from The Cute Book)


The Birthday Girl


Birthday Cupcake Picture

Happy Birthday to our friend Chris, too, who sometimes reads this blog and doubtless remembers Sophia's birth since she was there. :)

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Thursday Afternoon

Happy Valentine's Day!


Ellie's Hearts



Margaret's Heart Scone



Anna

Wednesday Evening

The family that dances together, stays together. :)

video

Monday, February 11, 2008

Monday Morning




Rub a dub dub,
Three kids in a tub,
And who do you think they be?
The butcher, the baker,
The candlestick maker.
Turn them out, knaves all three!


Meanwhile, in the other room...

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Happy Birthday, Anna-boo!

Yesterday our littlest JacobsCircus performer had her first birthday. We survived it, although just barely. Our original plan was to have a party at Grandma's house with family and a few friends, so Margaret and I spent the day making cakes and food and ignoring the mess the little girls were making all over the house. This backfired pretty badly when most of the family canceled at the last minute and we had to call everyone and invite them over here, instead. :)

Tony stepped up and did a quick clean-up, though, and Margaret and I served up the food, and our guests came over and we had a really nice evening. We have lots of food leftover, though!

Here's Anna with her birthday cupcake, flavor: pink.


Sophie and Zephyr enjoyed them as well.


Anna followed first birthday tradition and got nice and messy!

Friday, February 1, 2008

Happy Birthday Month!

Anna will be a big one-year-old next week, and Sophia will be turning seven the week after that, so we're getting ready to enjoy some birthday fun and try to get our minds off of sad things and too much snowy coldness. We got 6 inches yesterday but it was too cold to go out and play in it, so we're feeling a bit cooped up.

We heard a rumor that tomorrow is International Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day, but I can't substantiate it. We plan to eat ice cream for breakfast tomorrow just in case. :)

Margaret obtained this book with her Christmas gift card, so we're spending our time making very cute things that we will photograph and post here asap.