Monthly Archives: April 2008

Playing in the Grass

Playing in the Grass after dinner

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Mary Kate



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Random Things About Me

I was honored to be tagged by Jersey Girl89 of My Dirty Little Secret for this meme because I think she is pretty cool.

(By the way, the pictures in this post are from Omar and my current project -random info #3.)

The rules:

a. Link to the person who tagged you.
b. Post the rules on your blog.
c. Write six random things about yourself.
d. Tag six random people at the end of your post by linking to their blogs.
e. Let each person know they have been tagged by leaving a comment at their blog.
f. Let your tagger know when your entry is up.



I am not sure how fascinating my responses are but here are six bits of random information about me:

  1. This is my third attempt at writing this post. I spent 20-30 minutes yesterday morning writing this and I have a clear memory of clicking “publish” when I completed the post but can’t seem to find the completed version anywhere. I guess it disappeared into the ether.  Last night, I rewrote the post but I clicked “refresh” at an inopportune moment and ended up reverting back to an earlier draft.  ARGH!!!! So here I am again- one last time!
  2. At some point in my life, I have lived in a suburban, rural or urban area. I lived in Passaic County until I was about 13 and currently live in a suburban area (I have 4+ malls to choose from within a 10 mile radius of my house). In Middle School, my family moved to a town in Maine with a population of <2,500 (It had two traffic lights, one that blinked on Sundays and I had to drive 45 miles to the nearest mall.) I then attended College in Westchester County and lived in Stuyvesant Town and East Harlem (I didn’t need a mall because I could get anything my heart desired in a 10 block radius of my house).
  3. Omar and I are in the process of putting together a swing set for Becca. We are at the point in the project when I can not envision it ever being completed. I am also worried that it might be too big for our small yard and I am not 100% sure that our relationship will survive this particular project.
  4. I was a clown in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade and have the Clown College certificate to prove it.
  5. I also walked in the St. Patrick’s Day parade a few times with my dad. I am sure if I looked though a few boxes I could unearth one of the sashes that I wore.  I guess I have a thing about parades.
  6. I have a strange irrational fear of being accosted by a Mud Monster thanks to watching this movie with a babysitter when I was 10.  I remember watching in shock and horror as the Mud Monster jumped from around the corner and his hand continued to move after it was severed (The severed hand is the left picture in the the bottom row.  Somehow it doesn’t look quite as scary here).  For years after watching this movie, I hesitated before walking around any corner and hated turning off the light at night.


Choosing who to tag is tough. I enjoy memes but I am not sure that everyone does. I decided to tag a few of the blogs who I enjoy reading. So even if they don’t complete the meme, they are definitely worth checking out:

Amy of Adventures in Being

Jen of Amazing Trips

Danielle of New Mommy Rant

K8Spade of Rockin the Suburbs

Michele S of Three + One = Four Times the Fun

WWA at Woman With a Hatchet




I am excited to see the amazing and interesting random information that they share!


Mary Kate



Filed under fun, Random Thoughts, Take a Moment


Unlocking Her RoomOne of Becca’s favorite activities is to grab my keys and walk around the house “unlocking” things. It is just a reminder that she does not miss a trick!

Unlocking the Living Room

I have a feeling that I better keep track of my keys and make sure that my little locksmith doesn’t place them somewhere for safe keeping.

“If I could just figure out which key, I know I could get out of here. I just know it!”

What has your son or daughter noticed that surprises you?

Mary Kate


Filed under Toddler

Scraping Becca’s Leg

Do you see the black kid’s tray on this stroller? The easiest way to get Becca into the stroller is to swing the tray open, place Becca in the seat, buckle her in and then swing the tray closed and listen for the click. Since Becca has been walking, I have done this dozens of times without any problem until today.

This morning in the hub bub of preparing for the park and strapping Becca in, I managed to scrape her leg with the plastic tray. It made me sad to see the little tag of skin and then to see Becca’s face crumple into tears.

Mommy Did That!

Fortunately, I don’t believe it will do any permanent damage but it definitely put a damper on our morning.  On a happier note, Becca is currently  walking around the living room with the phone to her ear saying, “hello!”, “hello!” and laughing and chattering to herself.  Since misery loves company, I would love to hear others’ experiences with this.
Mary Kate


Filed under Toddler, Walk of Shame

My Beautiful Mommy – New Reading

A new children’s book has just been released intended to explain plastic surgery to young ones.

When I first saw this, I thought “surely this is a joke“. But nope. Our society has truly become so backwards in our values that not only are we damaging ourselves, but ensuring that our dysfunction is passed down to the next generation. What’s next? “My Anorexic Mommy”?



Filed under Mom Issue, Random Thoughts

Play-Doh Fun


Play-doh= $2.49

30 minutes of quiet playtime= PRICELESS!!!

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Mary Kate


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Clean Teeth!

Thanks to all of your suggestions on “Looking for Toothbrush Help Walk of Shame,” Becca’s teeth are clean and shiny!  After reading the responses to my post, I realized that I was allowing Becca to treat her toothbrush as a toy and it was time for me to change our routine a little.

I began by going out and buying two new toothbrushes– one for each bathroom.  I then started a new routine.  Instead of handing the toothbrush to her and allowing her to wander around the house with it (which isn’t the safest habit), Becca stands on a stool in front of the bathroom sink.  We then brush our teeth together.  This gives me an opportunity to model my great brushing technique 🙂 and it helps me to monitor how long she is brushing.   

When I am done, I quickly run my toothbrush under running water and help Becca to do the same.  At this point, I put both toothbrushes away (which sometimes requires me to peel Becca’s finger off of hers one by one).  If Becca starts crying, I pick her up and divert her with a new activity (which works about 90% of the time so far).  After doing this for about a week or so, Becca has begun to give me back her toothbrush when she sees that I am finishing up.    Now I just need to work on her actually brushing her teeth rather than just chewing on her toothbrush!

So thanks everyone!


Mary Kate


Filed under Take a Moment, Teething, Toddler