Sunday, December 25, 2011

One more request for the elves...

All Nile asked Santa for for Christmas was a Nintendo DS.  Cousin Dru helped him tear through all of the packages Santa had left on Christmas morning.  With every package he grabbed she would say, "Oh, that's too small for a DS." "Or that's way too big for a DS."  And finally she said, "Nile, I really don't think you are getting a DS.  Santa must have forgot."
It took Nile a while to accept it.  He searched the living room - thinking maybe it was left in Adeline's pile by mistake.  When he finally gave up, he walked over to me with his sad brown eyes and said, "I don't understand.  Do you think Santa forgot?"  I said, "I'm sure Santa just thinks that you are too little for a DS this year.  I'm sure if you ask again next year you will get one.  I think I remember a rule that you have to be 6 to get a DS from Santa."
But that wasn't a good enough explanation.
"Mom, you need to call those elves.  They aren't busy now - I'm sure they are taking a break.  They are really smart and fast. They can make ANYTHING. If we tell them that Santa forgot to have them make a DS this year I'm sure they will get right on it and have it sent to me this week."

Poor kid.  I guess Santa will have Nile's order in early for next year.  And I'm sure Nile won't let him forget again.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Good time's never been so good...

I thought we were ALL having a great time at our Saturday Morning Neil Diamond Dance Party, but apparently my singing is ruining the vibe.  Adeline can get away with shaking her booty in a nasty, stinky diaper...but I belt out "Hands, touchin' hands.  Reachin' out, touchin' me, touchin' you...." And I get thrown out by the bouncer.  (Neil's "Sweet ADELINE has been Nile's favorite song since his sister was born.  I hope he never discovers the real lyrics.)
So we were at Sam's Club tonight to pick up a couple of things and Nile found the nice young girl handing out mini corn dog samples. After 2 trips to her "station" I told him that that was enough. I said they only want each person to take one. And he responded, "well then I need to get a 'disguys'"!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Tweet Tweet

Nile didn't waste time telling me what he learned in preschool today.  He struggled to hold his hand in a fist while he slowly extended (although never quite straightened) his middle finger.  
"Mom, do you know what this means? Cause it's really bad."
Nile...what does that mean?
"It means that you are really mad.  It means that you are SO mad that you are even mad at God and Jesus and Jesus' mother Mary. AND 'the Sarge'."
Long story short, it didn't take him long before I did something to make him SO mad. (I had to put eye drops in his eyes.  His (and my) least favorite thing in the whole world.)  And he learned fast to never extend a finger again.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

lesson learned

Nile's lesson of the day: If you play in a hay maze forever and ever DON'T take a bath as soon as you get home.  Cause it HURTS REALLY BAD! (Poor kid is covered in scratches.  He's already learning that sometimes the most fun things are also the most regrettable. It's just he beginning.)

Monday, October 24, 2011

Our kids have been spoiled by loving friends an family - they have toys everywhere. But they have insisted on playing with a can of soup (Adeline's fav) and a large drill bit (Nile's fav) for the last 2 days. Until just a few minutes ago, when Adeline dropped the can of soup on Nile's foot. They can seriously turn anything into a fight and crying match. They are grounded from soup cans.  

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Go Hawks!

One of Nile's favorite 5th Birthday presents


Nile's new interest is God, Jesus and priests. Their origin, history, roles, relationship between each other, etc. Sometimes the conversations we have leave Aaron and I very impressed...even enlightened (like how does Jesus see everyone if he only has 2 eyes? And Jesus smiles and is happy when kids are nice to other kids. And Jesus is Father Merlin's boss - he tells him what to say at church). But most of the time they end with Nile telling us we are wrong and don't know what we are talking about (like Jesus is the reason elevators open and go up and down on their own. And Jesus uses 'the force' when people are naughty) I think were gonna have to call in some backup. This is getting to be more than we can handle. 

Thursday, October 13, 2011

UnHappy Birthday

Nile says Thanks to everyone for the Happy Birthday messages. But he wants you all to know that some of his day was a very bad Birthday. Like when he finally got to have a Happy Meal - he was grounded from them for about 3 years - and the toy was sposed to be a Transformer, but they were out of them so he got a "lame miscellaneous" toy instead. And he even asked them to check again but they were still out. And then when we got home he dropped the little tiny lightsaber (that came with his really cool lego yoda watch that's sposed to be for bigger kids and now he knows why) and it fell under the deck. and it's gone forever. so he isn't five anymore. he's four again and he is cold from looking for the lightsaber. And his sister only laughs at what she thinks is funny - she never laughs at him. So now he is going to lay on the couch and watch Megamind and try to have a good night. 

Monday, October 3, 2011

fashion police

Nile just received compliments from Walmart employees for telling a barely dressed customer she was "almost naked".(after totally checking her out - front and back.) Apparently she's a regular and the employees have been told not to say anything. I think she looks cold -its 72 degrees out! 

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

the weatherman

Nile: "Mom, I heard that when it's raining it means that Jesus is crying."
So, of course I think, "Awww, my sweet little boy is back".
But before I could even give him a smile, he finishes "So I'm sure that when it is snowing God is puking." 

Daddy's Little Helper

It felt so good to finally get our porch repainted! Aaron thought he'd do a little re caulking and then touch it up. Nile helped. Guess what we are re-redoing this weekend.  

Friday, September 16, 2011

At "The Castle" toy store. Nile was just explaining, 'Ya know, Adeline, I was playin with these train sets since before you were even born yet."

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

For those wondering what Nile has been up to lately: 1. He's going to college in Mexico - he doesn't care if he has to learn spanish. 2. Don't ask him how preschool is going - it's way too cool for you to understand. 3. He wants to be queen Amidala (from Star Wars) for Halloween - it would be the best costume ever, no one would EVER guess it was a boy.  

Saturday, September 3, 2011


Nile: "but she is touching my leg!" Aaron: "She can touch you all she wants. Do not touch her back. We do not care about justice. We want quiet." Ahhh! Roadtrips are not like they used to be.  

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

We are ALL getting soooo excited for Nile's first Iowa Hawkeye Football game! And a ride on the Hawkeye Express, of course! So what if he is most concerned about whether or not there will be cotton candy... This is something Aaron and I have looked forward to for a loooong time.  

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

probably not going to be the teacher's pet

Well, we may be recovering from the awful preschool teachers' home visit - Nile was an animal! It was painfully embarrassing.  While tucking him in tonight he told me that he can't wait to show his teachers respect tomorrow (his first day). I said great, how r u gonna do that? He said 'I'm gonna listen to them and tell them that they aren't lame. Cause I told them they were lame last night but I was just being naughty.' What an angel.  

Sunday, July 31, 2011

the little sweetheart purposely poked holes in his brand new short-sleeved gray polo shirt today. cause he doesn't like it and he never wants to have to wear it again. even to church. i've said a few extra prayers today - and i'm still furious.  

Saturday, July 23, 2011

My handsome boys...and Adeline using the opportunity to get away

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

"Mom, General Greivous just told Obi Wan Kenobi to 'Back away!" and I didn't hear a 'PLEASE'!" Maybe George Lucas needs to work on a revised Star Wars series with manners.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

 O.K. I have had to google answers to Nile's questions 3 times today. He will not accept my own answers. 1. What is "humid"? Why does it feel so icky. 2. Why aren't worms insects. 3. Why do boys have testicles if they don't make pee.  

Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy 4th of July!

What an awesome 235th Birthday Party! Nile said it best today, "Wow. America is really old. But the people here are still cool."  

Friday, June 24, 2011

Awww! Our perfect, sweet children just had their first fight in the car. Adeline keeps touching Nile with her he punched her in the leg. Precious, precious moments.  

Monday, June 20, 2011

So, my son is named after a Heisman Trophy winning football player. And I have spent the last two days trying to tell him that they don't make chartreuse baseball pants. I thought he was just playing around until he threw a fit when we were at the store today and I was putting grey pants up to him to see if they would fit. He. Wants. Chartreuse. Or. Nothing. Else. Proud parent moment #453.  

Sunday, June 12, 2011

I went through McD's to get a coffee yesterday afternoon-I had a nasty headache.When I got up to the 1st window the young girl stuck her head out and in a very annoyed, high-pitched, sing-songy voice said,"One dollar and seven cents PLEASE!" Nile yelled from the back"Does she have a puppet on her hand?"I replied, "No, why would you say that?" "Well, people only talk like that when they have a puppet on their hand."  

Thursday, June 9, 2011


So we were at Sam's Club tonight to pick up a couple of things and Nile found the nice young girl handing out mini corn dog samples. After 2 trips to her "station" I told him that that was enough. I said they only want each person to take one. And he responded, "well then I need to get a 'disguys'"  

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Growing up...too fast.

Nile saw the very cute dance recital pics of our friends' daughter on Facebook.  He asked to see them. I scrolled through and he studied them for a while. Then he asked me to "write something to her". I said, OK what? And he said "tell her that I go poop in the toilet and wipe my own butt EVERYDAY!" So, gritting my teeth, I asked why would you want her to know something like that? And he said, VERY seriously, "cause I want her to know I'm a big boy now!!!" He tried to type the message after I told him it wasn't a good idea, but gave up cause "there are just too many letters. I can't do it all by myself." Thank God.  Almost too embarrassing to share.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

he loves a parade

We were watching the Morningside Days Parade.  Nile befriended perfect strangers within minutes. 
Anyone is more interesting and fun to hang out with than mom.  About half way through the parade the East High Band marched by.  They were loud enough that Nile inched his way back to me.  But, at the end of the line was about 50 scantily dressed, well made-up cheerleaders.  His fears subsided and he subconsciously drifted back out to the curb.
So I asked him what his favorite part of the parade was.  "Owl of the pretty girls."  Of course.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Joining the pros

We were driving home from Joann's (the daycare provider) house and I was telling Nile that tonight was his first T-ball game.  He said, "I know mom, this is for real." And I said, yes it is. I think it's gonna be fun.  And he replied, "No, mom. I'm gonna be IN the game.  This is REAL.  It's not pretend anymore.  I'm IN the game."  He's big time more backyard nonsense.

Friday, May 13, 2011

what is normal?

A sweet college girl watched Nile and Adeline today because JoJo took the day off.  It sounds like it went O.K... everyone was in one piece by the end of the day.  But for some reason, Nile kept telling the sitter, "This is what normal people do."  All. Day. Long.  What does that mean?  And what was he doing?

Thursday, May 12, 2011

like mother like son

Nile says we need to get out of Sioux City cause there is no Quik Trip. We need to "move somewhere where there's a store with a Q and a T" so he can get "a donut and a blue drink". I officially love my son.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

the gift of giving

I bought a card for a wonderful friend that was turning 30.  Nile absolutely adores her, so when he found out I was going out for dinner with her for her birthday he had a lot of questions.  Of course, he wanted to go along.  But when I told him we were going to a boring fancy restaurant he decided to stay home.  However, he was appauled when he found out that I didn't get her a present.  Just a card! So he talked me into going to Walmart to pick out a present that would be PERFECT for her.  During the ride there I asked what he had in mind.  He said, "I know she likes doctors (she works for Hospice - where Nile says he will work some day), so lets get her a doctor present."  I had no idea what he had in mind.  Long story short, we left Walmart with an electric Spiderman toothbrush and Cars band-aids.  And a StarWars (singing) card.  But he made sure that there were a few of each item left in stock so that he could get them for his birthday.  Thank God she is so wonderful.  I think she loved them as much as he loved picking them out!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

the tooth fairy

Cousin Dru lost a tooth over the weekend and Nile was most likely the cause (innocent til proven guilty, right?) Now he is obsessed with loosing teeth and the tooth fairy thing. "Mom, Google to tell me how many teeth I'm gonna lose."(He knew I wouldn't know the answer-it's 20).So now (nightly) we pretend he has lost a tooth and I'm the tooth fairy. I put a cell phone under his pillow last night, and it wasn't good enough. Hopefully this is a quick phase.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

the sun is still shining!

I just spent 15 minutes explaining to Nile why I am not crazy for putting him to bed in the "daytime". I even threw in a few tidbits about Alaska and Russia having sunlight all day. And then, of course, I had to run downstairs to Google if my answer was right. Cause I know he will be questioning me all summer.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

lessons learned

So I'm not going get the mom of the week award. When I walked in the house (after working late) Nile informed me:
1. I didn't pick him up from JoJo's so his dad had to.
2. Mrs. Hartnett didn't approve of the fruit snacks I sent with him to preschool - they just aren't a good choice for a snack (after he BEGGED for them!)
3. You are NOT sposed to rinse your mouth after you brush your teeth."You've been telling me wrong AWL ALAWNG"!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

a lesson about plurals

Nile came down the stairs and asked "Mom, what do you get when you put an 'S' in toilet?" And I said "toilets?". He said "Yep! So I just put an 'S' in our toilet so we will get lots and lots of toilets!!!" I'm headed up there to investigate.  I'm a little scared of what I may find.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

creating guilt may be the best form of discipline

Nile had been acting out since Aaron came home from work. He had 3 timeouts within about 1/2 hour, and they obviously were not working. I just happened to be cutting up an onion when Nile came into the kitchen. He saw the tears in my eyes and started tearing up himself. He is so sorry he was naughty and will NEVER be naughty again. And I've gotten 100 kisses. Whatever works, right? Guess I should make dinner more often.

call off the search party

BREAKING NEWS: After a weekend long search, Nile miraculously "found" his glasses in the waaaay back of the cupboard under the bathroom sink. When I asked him why they were back there he said "cause that's the only place you didn't look!"

Sunday, March 13, 2011

after a day of "reflection"

Nile made an announcement this evening as my parents were leaving.  He told us that Sunday isn't his least favorite day anymore. He (very seriously) said, pushing his glasses up on his nose,
"I don't mind going to church anymore.  Cause I realize that some kids don't get to go to church.  They want to go but can't.  But they know that I really need it more, so I get to go.  So now I like Sundays."
Hmmmm....he did get into trouble a lot today (including getting taken out of church by dad for coloring on the pew) maybe he did use all of his "time outs" to reflect on his mistakes...or maybe he is just kissing up...we will see what happens next Sunday.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

a whole new world

We picked up Nile's first pair of glasses yesterday afternoon. I was still having a hard time believing that his eyesight was so poor, but apparently he has never had peripheral vision in his right eye.  He wore them on the ride home, and I watched him through the rear view mirror.  At first his head darted back and forth from window to window. But eventually he sat on the edge of his booster seat, as far as his seat belt would let him, and just stared out of the side window.  He said, "Mom! The trees look like gum drops.  And you look like an old man!"  And as we took the downtown exit off the interstate he said, "Is this Kansas City?"  I finally said, "Nile, what's wrong? Can't you see out of your glasses?"  He said, "Aw, mom, I'm just jokin' ya.  These glasses work really good!" He asked what every single building was.  And became really excited when he saw the big "castle" - an old school converted into apartments that looks like a castle.  We had driven by that enormous castle hundreds of times. And the eye doctor was right, we have no problem keeping them on his face - he's having fun re-discovering his world.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Jesus and Yoda

Adeline had her first baby sitter tonight (besides grandmas, grandpas and daycare). The sitter was PERFECT! Mature, provided her own transportation, has a drivers license, doesn't need a ride home...anyway...
Sounds like Adeline was a good girl.
Most of the report at the end of the night was about Nile. Maybe I need to create a warning label.  I truly never know what is going to come out of that child's mouth.  The warning label would have to be very, very long - and I'm sure I'll have to add to it quite often. It would definitely include clarification about his {imaginary} brother, Joe. And he did explain to her how Jesus has "the force", like Yoda, of course. I just hope she will come back!!!

Monday, February 21, 2011

managing finances

Just one of my many conversations with Nile tonight:
Nile: Mom, how do you get money?
Me: I work.
Nile:  I know you work, but how do you get the money after you are done working?
Me: I get a pay check every two weeks.  And that goes into the bank.  And the bank gives me money for the pay check.
Nile: Who gives you the pay check?
Nile: No, who is the person who gives you the paycheck?
Me: Well, I guess Dr. Peacock.
Nile: Well, you need to tell Dr. Peacock not to give you a check next time.  He can just take the money to Toys R Us and buy me some Leapster games.  Cause I know you won't.

Thursday, February 17, 2011


Soon after we found out that we were having a baby girl, Nile started talking about his "brother" Joey.  Aaron and I pretty much ignored him.  And didn't even think to tell anyone else about it.
Nile went to visit my sister and her family in the October after Adeline was born.  I got a random phone call from my parents.  Nile had just told them about Joey. 
Dad:  "You never told us that Nile had a brother."
Me: "I know, I guess it never came up.  We try to ignore it."
Dad: "Well, we're driving in the car and Nile just told all of us that he had a brother named Joey, but he died.  He took too many vitamins and then got in an elevator and pushed zero. And he died."
Me: "Wow. I haven't heard that one yet."
Nile always described Joey the same.  He was older than him, about 11.  He had "yellow" hair and blue eyes and wore a blue shirt.
And he was always very detailed with his stories and information about Joey.
So I started investigating how he would have come up with the story about Joey's death.  I realized that his preschool had just had someone come from the poison control center and talked to the kids about poison around the house.  And I suspected that vitamins was one of them.
I thought that would be the end of Joey, but, of course it wasn't.
Aaron's grandmother, Georgetta passed away on November 1st.  It was a very sad time for all of us, and it was Nile's first experience with death.  We took both kids to the funeral.  I decided to change Adeline right before the funeral began.  I came out of the restroom to see Nile standing by the casket.  A woman was on her knees with both hands on Nile's shoulders.  I could tell she was very upset.  So I went over to them as fast as I could.  The woman looked up at me, very compassionately, and said, "I never knew that you had lost a son.  I am so sorry!".  I had to explain that Joey was Nile's imaginary brother, and apologize. She barely believed ME.
Preschool conferences were scheduled at the same time.  The sign up sheet said they would take about 10 minutes.  Nile's, of course, lasted over a half hour.  The teacher had an extra sheet on the top of Nile's folder with a list of questions.  She asked about Nile's brother Joey right away.  She told me that he was very convincing with his stories, and it made the teachers very curious.  We talked about how Nile never seemed upset about Joey and we didn't think it was effecting him in a negative way, so we decided to let it go.
Over the months, Joey has come back to life.  He had gone to heaven and Jesus fixed him and made him all better.  So he's back.   He went to high school, where he decided he wanted to be called Joe.  So don't ever call him Joey...he gets upset.  He has a brother named Biley.  Joe and Biley do a lot of things that Nile isn't allowed to do.  And now Joe is finished with college and is a doctor.  He helps people get better and makes them so they don't die.  And Jesus helps him do his job.
I really try to keep our discussions about Joe short.  And I have explained to Nile that it's okay for him to tell stories, but he has to make sure that other people know that they aren't real.  But I have to admit that I am curious about what Joe will do next. (And so is everyone else that has been introduced to Joe!)

pentagons and houses

I took Nile to his first eye exam today.  He stands too close to the T.V.  I know all kids do it, but he does it too often.  I just felt I had to take him in. And it's a good thing I did.  The optometrist held up a big white piece of cardboard that had lines of hearts, circles, squares and houses.  When he pointed to each, Nile said what they were.  Until he pointed to the house.  Nile said "pentagon".  The optometrist said, no it's a house.  And, of course, Nile replied, "Actually it looks more like a pentagon."  The optometrist turned around to look at me.  And I just shrugged my shoulders in agreement.  Long story short, Nile has severe astigmatism, especially in his right eye.  It was painful to watch him try to see the shapes.  He told me tonight he was excited to get glasses cause he has never been able to see very well.  Guess he didn't realize it until today.  Poor kid didn't need another reason to get beat up in kindergarten.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

a little espanol lesson

Nile had fun this afternoon at the mall play area. After about 5 minutes he looked at me and yelled, "They're not talkin my language!" He was the only english-speaking kid. But don't worry - he made everyone translate everything they said - including some grown-ups. Judging by the looks they gave him I don't think they thought hey was "muy" cute.  And then for the rest of the evening he'd talk to me in his own made up version of Spanish, "Hey, mom, 'Ese uno troces seiste'. OK, what did I just say?" and "What does 'certeso' mean?"
...And, of course,  "Latte means coffee. Would you like a latte, mama?".

Monday, January 31, 2011

time flies

Nile woke up from a long nap this evening. It was dark and he was confused.  He wanted to know when I was making breakfast and who was bringing him to JoJo's (the sitter).  It took about an hour to explain to him that it was still Monday.
When he finally understood he said, "Monday doesn't stay Monday very long.  Days go really fast.  I wish I had more daytime. Except for in church.  Then time goes really slow."

donation smonation

We went out for lunch today. It was a pretty big deal.  The restaurant had a video game that Nile really wanted to play, but, of course mom and dad forgot to bring their money.  Then Nile remembered he might have a dollar in his pocket.  So he reached as deep as he could and then said, very disappointed, "Oh, yeah. I put my dollar in the basket at church.  I'm not gonna do that next time."

Sunday, January 30, 2011

lookin' out for dad

"Daddy, I'd love to give you a hug.  But you would just squeeze my boogers out of my nose, and I know you don't want them on your shirt."

strength and conditioning

"I like to carry Adeline's diaper bag.  Do you know why? It makes my arms hurt.  And do you know what happens when my arms hurt? They get stronger."

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

so very patriotic

I was so proud to hear Nile sing part of "America" and say some of the Pledge of Allegiance. But the pride became confusion when he became very excited and said he can't wait til next week "cause we're gonna learn the 'holding of the swords'!" Now I have taken a lot of cold medicine...but I just can't figure that one out. Is he making this up? Help please...

Sunday, January 23, 2011

peaceful Sunday mornings

"Nile, you are making it very hard for me to put my mind in a state of grace before church." - Aaron
It is pretty ironic that getting ready for church on Sunday mornings is so stressful.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

welcome to the real world, kid.

Nile discovered one of the great mysteries and annoyances of life tonight...when you find the toilet paper roll is empty - and it's too late. Needless to say, Aaron and I got a good talking to. ‎"Use a tissue instead? What you MEAN, use a tissue? That's not right!" We were forced to promise it will never happen again.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

"look mom! it's an 'isoslees' triangle!"

I took a second look, and he was right.  Aaron had made pathways in the snow for us and the dog.  I have to admit I googled different types of triangles to make sure I remembered their names correctly.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

the story of his life

Nile was watching a slideshow of Adeline's craniosynostosis story today.  He asked me what it was and I told him.  He replied, "I want you to make a picture story for me.  But mine will have light sabers and thomas and footballs and stuff.  It will be pretty short."

Wednesday, January 5, 2011


Out of all of the new toys Nile had to choose from for his first "show and tell" at preschool after Christmas, he chose his magic wand.  He said he wanted to make Elle (a super-cute classmate of his, that he really likes) disappear.  When we got home that afternoon and took the wand from his backpack I asked him how it went. He held the wand in both hands and looked at it, pretty discouraged, saying "I waved my magic wand and said magic words, but she was still there.  It just doesn't work...Yet!"