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The Nat Pack: The super fashionable, super mod, super hip family consisting of Nat, Pete, Jakob, Brock, Troy, and Ivy. Like The Rat Pack, only younger, cuter, and not as rich or famous.

Thursday, February 26, 2009


First of all, I just have to say that I love the phrase "Constant Vigilance!" Mad-Eye Moody says it in the Harry Potter books, when he's showing them the Unforgivable Curses. If only he had had a megaphone to say it with. It reminds me of that movie, "The Bachelor", with Chris O'Donnell in it, where his grandpa carried a megaphone around and would say stuff in it.

*krrk* PROCREATE! *krrk*

So, yeah. This week has been a little hard. On Tuesday everyone was grumpy, but not all at once. So one child would be happy, then the next would be crying or what have you. And then there are the messes. *sigh*

I don't know how many times I've seen Ivy sport the Goth look:

I know Jakob keeps his markers picked up. But somehow she finds one, and kablam! Marker mouth. Tuesday after her nap I got her out of the crib, and she had spit up on her blanket and sheet. The reason: she had been munching on pencil shavings.

Last night I was made aware of this little ditty:

It's a Darth Vader laptop, but notice anything missing? Um, yeah, ALL the keys got pulled off. I don't know who, or when, but suddenly they were flying through the air. I had to put them all back on. (By the way, do you know how hard it is to figure out where the keys go without looking at a keyboard? I wonder who came up with the keyboard, and why they didn't just do it alphabetically.)

Then there was this lovely thing. Now, it's not like I'm off, like, primping for the prom or something when all this happens. This one I was downstairs paying some bills:

Apparently Troy wanted to make something. And he must have wanted it REALLY garlic-y, because the entire bottle of minced garlic was poured everywhere. He had also gotten the hand mixer out, complete with the beaters. Oh, and the day before, he had put an Etch-a-Sketch and a paper in the microwave. Thank heavens he didn't turn it on!

Troy also did this one:

My children are so presumptuous. This was Wednesday, when Troy got out the sherbet and started eating it. Hey, he was willing to share-he also got out three bowls and three spoons, most likely for his brothers and himself, though straight out of the carton was good enough for him. (I'm getting awful flash-forwards of my kids in college.)

Oh, and on Tuesday Jakob took a picture over to Ila that he drew, and Brock went with him, and they completely made themselves at home at Arin's house. I was down doing laundry and heard the door open and shut, but just assumed they went out to play. Presumptuous children.

So apparently, I need to learn a lesson in "CONSTANT VIGILANCE", because my doing crazy things like the bills or the laundry only gets me in trouble. I guess I should be staring them down, watching their every move. Or maybe I should install hidden cameras everywhere that feed to a device that I keep with me at all times. Oooh, then I could also install a megaphone system, too.



Karlenn said...

See, this is why you need a teeny-weeny pillbox house like me - there is nowhere for them to hide!! I can see them from every area of the teeny weeny house! This is so funny! And it sucks. I was hoping Troy was out of his mischievous phase. And yes, I just had to look up how to spell "mischievous."

Rachel said...

This sounds familiar!

Becky said...

Girl I admire your patience. I would have tied them all to a chair until they fell asleep and I saw the sweet angels faces. That would remind me why I had them LOL. You are AMAZING!!! Lots of love to you!!

Aprillium said...

I admire you lady! My children would be gone without a trace... and people would be wondering what happened to them (I would have given them to grandma for safe-keeping until I could be trusted not to KILL them).

At least the week is almost over .....riiiiiight?

suzy Q. said...

Wow...your kids are quite inventive, aren't they? Good luck with everything! Hopefully they will phase out of it!!

amanda said...

"Primping for the prom"- that's funny.

I also have kids who like to get into everything. Whenever I tell people about it, I feel like I have to explain that I really do watch my kids...

Mandy said...

Its this the absolute truth!

Mindy H. said...

It sounds to me like you are already pretty darn vigilant. You always seem to swoop in before any permante damage is done. Give yourself a gold star and ten "great mom points". You've earned them!

Jodi said...

I have said it before, and I will say it again, YOU SHOULD WRITE A BOOK! You are a so funny and you can tell stories better than anyone I know.

The Bachelor was totally my favorite "what again and again" movie.

Blaire said...

Some kind of camera system might be fun. Then we could watch the mess in progress. It could also cut down on the time it takes to figure out who dunnit - you could show them the proof so there'd be no denying it :)

Kristine said...

Oh I totally made the mistake of wondering what moms with more than kid are doing when their kids get into trouble or make crazy messes! Once I had my "other" I got a huge eye opener! I can't imagine adding more to the brood quite yet. You're a great mom! I love your stories!

breymom said...

You have a way nicer personality than me and a more humorous side! It makes me feel so much better to read you go through the same things my Mom tells me I need Nanny 911

Mike said...

KRRK!That reminds me of my grandpa!KRRK