Category Archives: Toddlerhood

Currently… 7/25/13

Mason is currently

reviewing what he did at Grandmas. After spending Friday afternoon thru Monday morning with Grandma B, he likes to go over things that happened there – what shows he watched, what they played, where they went, and what he wants to do again.

wishing that we could go to the beach. His one trip to the beach made a huge impression on him and he is constantly asking to go back.


eating graham crackers. These have been a favorite snack as of lately. He’s also convinced that the only things he can eat for supper are the meat in his spaghetti, hot dogs, and chicken nuggets. Ohhh, toddlerhood!

carrying the cat. Our cat likes to run out the deck door if given the opportunity and he’s NOT suppose to be outside. The other day SuperDad sent Mason to fetch him and Mason was so super proud that he was strong enough to carry the huuuge (9 pound nearly 15 year old) cat into the house all by himself.

running non-stop, usually pushing his bubble mower, which sadly does not blow any bubbles these days.

Mason’s Mom is currently

reviewing all sorts of “Blogging 101” pages in hopes to jump start her blogging mojo (and audience) once again.

wishing that summer wasn’t disappearing so quickly. It’s almost August. Next thing you know, snow will be here again. Excuse me while I sit here and sob at that thought.

eating not as good as she should be. A week of stress eating followed by two weekends of festival eating and the healthy eating / no out of the box snacking / not all junk all the time habits are dying off quickly.

carrying a long to do list and zero motivation to do it. How come it’s so much easier to find more things that need to be done than it is to actually get them done?

colornumberrunning out of time to complete two more 5ks. I’ve given up on the whole running thing, but walking is still great exercise and I had hoped to participate in a local competition where prizes are given to people who complete at least four 5ks this summer. I’ve done two and had planned to do the third next weekend but now I have to work.

What are YOU up to? Link up with Randalin and Lindsey


Reading Time Tuesday

The time has finally come – Mason is in LOVE with a lot of the same books/characters that I loved as a kid.

We just can’t read enough

Little Critter


Curious George



around here these days.

Some of my earliest memories involve going to the library and checking out the Curious George books and the accompanying cassette tape with them. And I’m pretty sure Clifford helped get me started on my HUGE love of dogs, especially big dogs! Mason will probably never know what a cassette tape is, but he sure knows who George, Clifford, and Little Critter are.

Totally loving this!

What books are your kids enjoying these days? Have you been able to enjoy any childhood favorites yet?

My Mother’s Words Come Back to Haunt Me

When I was younger and being particularly bratty, my mom would say something along the lines of “I can’t wait until you have kids and they act like this! Then you’ll see!” and all I would do was roll my eyes.

The scene would usually be something like this – we lived in the sticks (still do!) and my mom would drive an hour to take me on an awesome shopping trip. We’d spend the whole day going from store to store, buying most anything I asked for, eating where I wanted to eat, and having the whole trip be mainly about me me me. Then, we’d get in the car to go home and a magical switch would flip and I’d become a nasty eye-rolly pre-teen who would do nothing but snap at my mom, or possibly worse, just grunt in response to her attempts at conversation. And then she’d pull out the “We’ve had such a nice day! Why do you have to act like this and ruin it?” Which would make me angry and the whole situation worse. Then the “I just can’t wait until you have kids of your own. You’ll see then!” would come out, which made ZERO sense to my young self and drove me NUTS.

Fast forward 20 years and I sure understand that now! Lately, it seems like the MORE fun I have with Mason and the bigger and the funner (yes, it’s a word, go with me on this) his day is, the more absolutely out-of-his-mind naughty at the end of the day he is. Saturday we spent several hours at the lake and I’ve never seen him smile more. It was pure magic. Two hours after we got home, we were BOTH doing nothing but yelling and crying. Sunday we spent the day at a fair and later that night I was tempted to lock him in his room until bedtime as one never ending time-out. (Don’t worry, I didn’t)

I caught myself saying/thinking “Mason, we’ve had SUCH a fun day today. Remember how fun it was? Why do you have to act like this and ruin such a nice day?” And instantly, all the memories of the smiles and laughs earlier in the day were tainted by the awful end of the day – the whining, the crying, the total 180 in attitude….

And at that moment, I fully understood just what my mom meant all those years ago.

Don’t worry, I fully understand that Mason’s bad end of the day behavior is 70% pure exhaustion and 30% threenager. That doesn’t meant it doesn’t suck after a fun day though!

And Mom… I hope you’re happy now. LOL

So how about you, have you ever had your parents’ words come back to haunt you?

The Awkward Father’s Day Project

So for several days before Father’s Day, I tried desperately to get Mason to answer questions to one of those “Father’s Day” surveys in hopes of making SuperDad a nice “crafty” (by my standards anyway) Father’s Day present. You know the survey – the one where you ask your toddler how old Daddy is, what he likes to do, what his favorite color and passtime is, etc etc.

Only, every single thing I asked Mason, he would either answer “I don’t know” or “(Cook) chicken nuggets”

“Mason, how old is daddy?”
“I don’t know”
“Mason, how tall is daddy?”
“I don’t know”
“Mason, what is Daddy’s favorite food?”
“Chicken nuggets!”
“What does Daddy like to do?”
“Cook chicken nuggets”
“What is Daddy’s favorite thing to do with you?”
“Cook chicken nuggets”
And on and on.

Well, as some of you may know, Mason and I started going to church a few weeks ago. I was delighted when Mason came out of Sunday School last weekend bearing a nice homemade card. My excitement grew when I opened it up, and there was our elusive survey with answers OTHER than “I don’t know” and “Chicken nuggets”

But then I kept reading….

20130616_185944Did you see it? Hint: It’s after “He has white and black eyes.”

I’m not quite sure this was the positive first impression we were hoping to make. Yikes.


On a side note, while embarrassing and humorous, it’s also a bit strange because Mason doesn’t know the word beer. We rarely have it in our house, he’s never heard us say it (we say things like “This is for Daddy only”) and on Tuesday, he SAW a beer and said “Daddy, is that your your soda pop??” The only thing we can figure is that he said BEARS (as in teddy grahams) and they had no clue what he meant so they assumed beers. Either way… AWKWARD!

Have your kids every done anything similar that embarrassed you?

Mason’s Summer Bucket List

Even though temps were in the 40s today, I guess it’s officially summer so it’s time for…

Mason’s Summer Bucket List

  • Camp in a tent (backyard counts)
  • Go swimming at the outdoor pool at least 4 times
  • Go fishing
  • Learn to like corn on the cob (a girl can hope?)
  • Go see Thomas the Train in Duluth
  • Learn to pedal his tricycle
  • Run a foot race
  • Go to Irvine Park
  • Eat an ice cream cone
  • Conquer bedtime in undies
  • Find big rocks to climb
  • Have at least 6 play dates
  • Get his face painted
  • Make popsicles
  • Draw with chalk outside
  • Go out of state
  • Play at the new splash pad weekly once it opens
  • Play with his cousin Chloe
  • See a movie at the drive in movie theatre
  • Wear his raincoat and boots and play in the rain
  • Go to a petting zoo
  • Make a friend at church
  • Go down a waterslide
  • Go for lots of bike rides
  • Play in a lake/river
  • Get a new furry brother/sister
  • Watch the fireworks (without terror this year)
  • Play in a pool in the yard
  • “Paint” outside with water
  • Go to at least three parades
  • Play in a sprinker
  • Go on a picnic
  • Go to the fair
  • Dance at an outdoor concert
  • See his Uncle Russ & Aunt Jen
  • Try three new parks/playgrounds

What’s on your summer bucket list?

Random Updates

The weather this weekend was not very impressive. 60 degrees and windy today with the threat of rain allll day. Instagram kept me in a constant state of jealousy over everyone’s outdoor barbeques, trips to the pool, and swimsuits on the beach pictures. Oh Wisconsin, what a crappy Spring you’ve given us.

Mason is FINALLY starting to call Grandma B “Grandma B” instead of calling her his black grandma. As you can imagine, the phrase “black grandma” always gets some funny looks considering we’re all pale skinned blondes around here. LOL But for the longest time, Mason called both grandmas by the colors they were wearing last and after a while, Grandma J became his “pink grandma” and Grandma B became his “black grandma” (despite neither of them wearing lots of pink or black) My mom successfully got Mason to call her “Grandma D” two months ago but despite millions of corrections, Grandma B stayed his Black Grandma. We’re finally getting there.

Last week, I took a weeklong hiatus from Facebook. I found that, unlike the other social media outlets I frequent (aka Twitter and Instagram), I was checking it a zillion times a day but never really interacting with anyone. Other than maybe one status update a week and liking a picture here and there, I don’t really interact with anyone on it, yet I was “checking in” on my phone or hitting refresh on my computer a zillion times a night. Totally a waste of time for what I was getting out of it. So I deactivated my account and instead spent time reading, interacting with my family, and being more active on Instagram. Totally worthwhile. It also got me re-excited about Instagram and taking more pictures, so that was an added bonus.

Mason and I started going to church a few weeks ago. I had been debating about this for a long time and while I haven’t been to church myself regularly since junior high, it was important to me that Mason get brought up in a “church family” so he could make educated decisions for himself. I’m totally impressed with the sermons I’ve heard so far (including the ones I’ve listened to online) and their kids program seems pretty fabulous. Mason asks if he can go see his “new friends” so that’s a plus!

I have a day date planned next week with my BFF and I’m super excited. It’s been way too long since we’ve gotten together.

I was suppose to run my first 5k this Saturday but instead I’ll be working so my dog can have a play date on the 22nd. I’m way more excited about a doggy sleepover than I should but, but I’m okay with that. It also helps with the fact that I’m stuck on Week 4 of Couch to 5k and I am starting to think that I’m never going to be able to run two five minute segments in one workout ever. Which is definitely an issue when I want to run an entire 5k, not a 2k. I’m doing a Color Run on the 8th, so yeah… I have a problem. At least that’s just a fun run and not timed or anything!

There are swim lessons I want to sign up for in July but they start at 5 pm. I’ve said it a million times but I really wish there would be more “working mom friendly” things available schedule wise. Or maybe all the other moms work 8-4:30 and getting there by 5 isn’t an issue? *sigh* (I work til 5:15….)

I really wish I could figure out a better commenting system for the blog. I HATE Disqus entirely because there is no spot for commenters to leave their URL. I’ve commented Disqus about this issue and they say they expect people to sign up for an account if they want to share their URL. Seriously?! And the plain old WordPress comments are kind of ugly and don’t offer threaded commenting. Ugh, six of one, half a dozen of the other!

Mason has gotten to have several playdates with his cousin Blake and even asked if Blake could spend the night. How cute is that?! I’m so happy that he has at least one relative he’ll grow up close to. It’s also nice that he comes home from said play dates totally exhausted and bedtime is a breeze. Anyone want to come over for a playdate? LOL

Mason & Blake

How about you guys? What randomness has been going on with you? Anything new?

Currently… 5/16/13

Mason is currently

hoping that when he wakes up he can get a sucker for pooping in the potty and look at the picture of the fire in the newspaper like I promised him. On that note, how do I break my child of the whole “rewards for using the potty” thing? Oops

reading a Mickey Mouse book with buttons and make sounds and gears that really turn. I picked it up at a garage sale and it became an instant favorite

wearing shorts and a John Deere shirt. He was so proud of his new John Deere shirt that he had to tell each kid at daycare this morning about it.

making his monster trucks crash and help each other out of the imaginary mud over and over again

planning his next trip to Grandmas. It involves wearing his boots and riding his tractor. And he mentions it frequently.

Mason’s Mom is currently…
hoping that I can stay on track for Couch to 5k this time. I attempted running outside yesterday for the first time basically ever and it went pretty well. I’ve got three weeks until my first 5k and all I can say is Thank GOD it’s an un-timed fun run. LOL

reading All You Could Ask For by Mike Greenberg. I love “all these people are tied together by some random thing” plots.

wearing my scrubs and a hoodie. SuperDad hates it that I don’t always change out of my scrubs when I get home (I do if they’re dirty!) but they’re so freaking comfortable and he’s at work right now, so scrubs it is!

making calendars and charts and planning out our new schedules as SuperDad switches to dayshift in July for the first time in over twelve years. Daycare transport, my bookstore job, and “who will watch the dog during a thunderstorm” are front players in my obsessive planning and I’m also trying to finalize plans for all of our usual music festivals of the summer. It’s all coming up fast!


How about you? What are you up to this week?

Currently… 4/25/13

Mason is currently…

watching the weather out the glass patio door. We’ve recently gotten a bunch of snow again after it was 3/4 melted. So he went from being excited about helping me pick up dog poop so he could play in the yard to begging to help Daddy shovel the deck… AGAIN. Every day, it’s a different view out the window around here.

Looking for his red tractor. He conned Grandma into buying it for him when he went to the store with her and then promptly left it at her house. He’s been talking about it and randomly searching the house for it ever since.

Growing by hopefully not a lot before fall. His whole summer wardrobe is 2T (he just started fitting into 2T/24 months in the past couple of months) so if he has a big growth spurt, he’s gonna be going naked. LOL

Riding on the hope it will soon be summer so he can ride his bike, his trike, and his truck.

Reading all sorts of books. I’ve been really lax about reading with Mason except for right before bedtime, so it’s my new goal to read at least five books a day with him, NOT including our bedtime reading. It’s going well. Current favorites are “Digger Man” and “Little Critter” books.

WeeMason’s Mom is currently…

eating in moderation. I’ve found it impossible to cut cookies and processed foods (I live off microwave meals for lunch) out of my diet, but I’m a heck of a lot better about not sitting down and polishing off 2/3 a quart of ice cream now. And only now eat only one or two cookies instead of seven or eight.

drinking more water but not less pop. I hate hate hate diet pop, tea, and any warm drink, but I can’t bring myself to give up my beloved Mountain Dew. *sigh* On the bright side, I drink less than one can a day.

wishing that there were more hours in the day. I think I say this every time. Ohhh, the things I would do!

loving the fact that spring is MAYBE finally here in Wisconsin. Currently the weather forecast is predicting 67 on Saturday and 71 on Sunday. Today was the first day our area has hit FIFTY this year. And oh, did I mention we got seven inches of snow on Tuesday?? I’m SO ready for spring. Those weather guessers better be right!!

reading sporadically right now. I have so many books I WANT to be reading (7 at home and 4 waiting at the library) and lately I’m finding (err, making) no time at all to read. It makes no sense since I’m genuinely excited about reading these books.

What are you up to, blog friends?


Currently… 4/14/13

Mason is currently….

entertaining the idea of summer coming. Nearly on a daily basis he lists off all the stuff he can’t wait to do – push his bubble mower, ride his bike, drive his truck. Unfortunately for him we still have nothing but snow in our forecast. Stupid weather.

holding onto Mickey Mouse. His friends Cole and Sarah got him this awesome Mickey Mouse and he LOVES it! He’s also fond of holding his blue blankie, which he calls his “blank” and say it’s superior to all other blankets because “It is very comfy”

Building pictures on his doodle screen that I picked up at the consignment sale. He likes to draw flowers and make us draw pots for them, something he did with Grandma D the other day and now thinks is the best thing ever.

Smiling when people are willing to give him horsey-back rides or make his Rhody Horse jump “way up high”

Frowning when we expect him to eat dinner at the supper table instead of in front of the TV. I have created a monster….

Mason’s Mom is

entertaining the idea that my bedroom is eating things. Last week my heart rate monitor transmitter disappeared and now I just realized I’m missing some notes off my dresser too. Aargh.

reading not nearly enough lately. I have about 10 books checked out from the library right now that I really DO want to read and I haven’t opened a book more than twice in the past two weeks.

wearing workout clothes. Just finished my C25K run for today and discovered that sleeveless/tank top style tops are the way to go

smiling because SuperDad and I get to enjoy the afternoon together toddler free and I’ve already gotten a bunch of stuff done. Procrastinate much?

frowning because it’s SNOWING AGAIN. Northern Wisconsin, I hate you. I. WANT. SPRING.


An Interview with Mason: 3 Years Old

What’s your name? – “Mason”
How old are you? – “Three”
What’s your favorite color – “BLACK!”
Do you have any brothers or sisters? – “Noooooooooo!”
What’s your favorite toy? – “My semi and that thing” (another new toy he got for his birthday)
What’s your favorite TV show? – “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse!”
What’s your favorite movie? – “Ummmmm, ummmmmmm, uhhhhhhhhhhhh robots!” (Wall-E, which he’s seen exactly twice LOL)
What’s your favorite thing to do outside? – “Bat!” (He got a tball set from Auntie Sarah for his birthday and he’s VERY upset that we haven’t gotten to play with it yet. Could have something to do with the fact that there is 3 feet of snow on the ground and it’s 10º out. Stupid weather)
What’s your favorite game to play at Grandma’s? “Upstairs and downstairs with all my toys”
No, what’s your favorite toy to play with there? – “My tractor!”
What do you want for your birthday? – “Balloons and cake!”
What does mommy do for work – “Sit in her car”
What does daddy do for work – “Goes to his workshop”
What’s your favorite song? – “Wheels on the bus go round and round”
What’s your favorite meal – “Fruckfest!” (aka breakfast)
What’s your favorite food to eat at breakfast? “Syrup!!” (News to me, he usually says eggs)
What’s your favorite food to have for supper? “Pizza!!”
Who’s your best friend? – “Tucker and Chloe!” (daycare kids, this is a new answer)
Who is your favorite person? – “You and Daddy” (Yay!!!)
What’s your favorite animal? – “Monkey!!” (This is new, he usually says a doggy)
What do you want to be when you grow up? – “Ummm, uhhhh, ummm, I dunno, what do I want to be?”

I’ve found I have to catch him in just the right mood or otherwise he stops answering after just a few questions, but I sure hope to do this at least every 6 months (maybe every three?) just to see how he grows and changes. It’s fun to see what goes on in his little mind. And I have to say it again – can you believe that I have a THREE year old?!!? I can’t!