Saturday, December 7, 2013

20 Questions for Maizie on Her Birthday

Happy Birthday!
Pure Joy

Breakfast Cake

Today Maizie turns eight. I can’t believe I have a kid that old, even though technically I’m old enough to have one in college. I decided to ask her 20 Questions (man were the other two mad about this). Here are her answers…

How old are you?    8

What did you get for your birthday?   Monster High Create a Monster and Yahtzee Flash
Just what she wanted
What is your favorite color?   pink

What is your favorite TV show?   Sam and Cat

What is your favorite toy?   Monster High (anything with a Monster High logo on it)

What do you want to be when you grow up?   A singer

What sport do you play?  Karate
In her gi ready for action
What are you good at?   Writing

What’s your favorite food?   Tasty meatballs in the gravy and lasagna

What food do you hate?   Mayonnaise, oatmeal, jelly

What is your favorite outfit?   Leotards

What is your favorite song?   Monster High theme song

What is your favorite flavor ice cream?   Mint chocolate chip

Who is the best in your family?   Everyone

What is your pet’s name?   Alabama Worley (Bama or Bam for short)

What makes you happy?   Stella

What makes you mad?   Stella

What is your favorite thing to do in school?   Learn

Who is your teacher?   Mrs. Scanlon

Where do you want to go on vacation?   Swimming
She'll swim, as long as it's a pool
Happy Birthday Maizie! I say some of the answers she gave didn’t surprise me at all, while others came out of left field. 

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Dolls and Jewelry, What More Could One Want?

Now is the time of year that you look over your Christmas list and see who you need to buy for. If you have a little girl on your list, I've got the gift for you. Our Generation Me & You Jewellery Kit is perfect for that doll lover on your list.

Stella and Maizie were given the opportunity to try out the Our Generation Me & You Jewellery Kit and they were thrilled.

What is it? It is a craft kit that coordinates with Our Generation dolls  (sold exclusively at Target) and little girls. The kit makes bracelets for girls and for the dolls as well.

Stella love dolls and jewelry, she almost exploded with joy when this came into the house and Maizie wasn’t going to let this opportunity pass her by.  They begged and pleaded to get started.

The kit comes with three bracelets for the girls and two for the dolls. There are five ribbons to make the bracelets and four sets of string to embellish them. What more could a girl want?

The hardest decision was which ribbon to use on which bracelet. Once the decisions were made, we started. It took a few tries to get the hang of it, but once we did, it only took a few minutes to complete the bracelet.

The girls couldn’t wait to get them onto the dolls (and themselves).

Stella wore her bracelets to school every day.

*Disclosure-I was given a Our Generation doll and the Me & You Jewellery Kit to facilitate this post, but as always the opinions are all my own.

Monday, November 18, 2013

The 9 Most Lost Items in My House

There are items in my house that no matter how hard I try to keep track of, they ALWAYS get lost. I put them in the same spot, but the 30 (sometimes 40) sticky fingers that live here besides me, do not put them back where they belong.

Now if you know me, cool your jets for a second.  I am by far not an organized person, but there are a few items I keep in specific spots because I KNOW THEY GET LOST; and those are the things that keep disappearing.

Brushes/Combs  These SHOULD be in the drawer in the bathroom. If you open that drawer all you will find are bobby pins. The girls have their own brushes with sparkly initials on them, we can only find one. The other three brushes, not sure. I went and bought myself a new brush that I keep in my room, away from everyone. I buy ten packs of combs and right now the only one I have found is one that a child (not the dog) has chewed.

Tools  Don’t look for a tool you fight need in the Kraus House; you won’t find it anytime soon. We had a tool box at one point in our life; I’m not quite sure what happened to that. Now if there is a project planned that might require a tool, a search party is sent out to find the necessary tools before such project begins.

Tape Measure  This falls in line with the tools. This also goes for my sewing tape measure, one should be in the sewing machine table and one should be in my sewing box, they should not be upstairs under a bed or be used as jump ropes.
Tape and sound for now
Shoes  The girls are not as bad at this and Young Thaddeus, he is the main offender of this travesty. It has gotten to the point where he needs to pay me to find his shoes, especially when it is 30 seconds before we are walking out the door.  It is not uncommon for one shoe to be downstairs and the other to be upstairs. He's a boy, I'm told they're supposed to do that.
We haven't seen the left one in a couple of weeks
Pens/Pencils  I should say pencils that work. The quality of pencils is shit. I have said this for years and any teacher will tell you the same thing. I have a super snazzy pencil sharpener so I know it’s not that. It seems the pencils all disappear or break as soon as it’s time to do homework. My pens all mysteriously vanish when I am trying to take a message or write a list, even though there is a giant cup to hold several of them.
Only three of those pencil work
Socks  It is amazing how socks disappear in this house. I keep single socks separate. I started doing it so I could find the match, then I kept doing it to see how many didn’t have a mate. One day Stella and I counted 48 socks that didn’t have a match. What the Hell happened to them? As I walk through the house at night I pick up lonely, rogue socks but I put them in the hamper. They all eventually get washed, why aren’t they getting reunited? It’s driving me insane!!!

Nail Clippers/Nail File  Whenever I need them, I can’t find them. I keep the nail clippers in the giant pencil cup. In order to see the clippers, someone needs to go deep. I have a strong suspicion on who pilfs the clippers, but what happens to my nail file? No one is lounging around filing their nails.

Hair Elastics  I buy these by the gross. When I find them, I hoard them. Stella always wants a ponytail or braids…then stop losing all the elastics! I noticed that several of the Barbies were rocking some ponytails, once and elastic is in there, it’s not coming out.

Broom/Dust Pan  Sounds strange that these things would go missing, but they do quite often. I go to get the broom and poof, it’s gone. Then I wander around looking in all the corners it could be stashed in until I find it. All is well until I’m done and go to get the dust pan and guess what, that’s gone too. Luckily it’s usually in the vicinity of where the broom was found (most of the time).

So these are the things that get lost in my house most often. What disappears in your house?

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Out of the Mouth of Stella

Kid’s say some dandy things. Stella seems to say them all the time. If I were to write them all it would look like a capital case transcript, so I’ll stick with some recent gems.
The mouth of the house
Teddy has been on a candy binge since Thursday night. It's finally gone and I think he's going through detox (it's been 3 minutes since his last fix and he's getting the shakes). He came in and asked for graham crackers. I told him to eat an apple. He asked why. Stella said, "You don't want to be the sad fat kid."

A Bob's Furniture commercial came on for a marble topped bar.
Stella: Is that a bar?
Me: Yes.
Stella: I need that for my room.
Me: (exasperated) What?
Stella: I can put all my candy in it.

Stella and I were in line at Walmart today and she pointed to one of the "scandal mags" and said, "Oh my God, look at the size of her fanny! That is one plump rump." (She was pointing at Kim Kardashian's Instagram pic)
Fast forward 6 hours...
I was folding laundry and she picked up a pair of my underwear and put it on over clothes. She then proceeded to go on and on about my ginormous underwear and fanny.
I told her the bigger the fanny, the bigger the brain. She then said, "Well that girl on the magazine must be really, really smart."

Walking to school, practicing smiles for picture day. Teddy showed his smile.
Stella: (to Teddy) You look like you're pooping.
Teddy: (to Stella) You're the one who showed me how to smile.
Stella: I didn't show you that.
Teddy: I don't have any teeth, I don't want the holes to show.
Stella: The holes would look much better than that.

Breakfast conversation...
Teddy: What's the T word?
Me: What word? (Trying to look at what he's reading)
Stella: Tit
Me: (Trying not to fall apart) That's not what it says. Where did you hear that word?
Stella: I made it up! Is it a bad word?
Me: It's not a nice word and you shouldn't say it, especially at school.
Stella: OK...tit, tit, tit!

Things like these fly out of Stella’s mouth all the time. For up to the minute Stella-isms follow The Kraus House Mom on Facebook.

For more laughs check out The Mommyhood Chronicles.