Sunday, March 26, 2006


After nine months of waiting (well, really only 5-6 months of actual "wait" time) Kathryn now officially has two teeth! I was really beginning to think I needed to look into dentures...

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Irish Twins

Originally I had heard (from a much less reliable source) that Irish twins were siblings born within two years of each other. Well, sorry to let you guys down. No Irish twins here :o)! Thought this was interesting anyway...

[Q] From Swami Murugananda: “I recently heard the expression, Irish twins. What does it mean and would you cast some light as to its origin?”
[A] What it means is easy enough to explain. It refers to siblings born in the same calendar year, or otherwise less than twelve months apart. It’s clearly a deeply derogatory comment about the stereotypical fecundity (and lack of contraception) of Irish Catholic families. It’s probably twentieth-century, but I can find little evidence that would help to tie it down (it may be relevant that it isn’t listed in the 1984 edition of Eric Partridge’s Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English). So far as I can tell from the places I’ve found it, all online, it’s primarily an American expression; it’s also known in Britain, but it doesn’t often find its way into print, no doubt because it is considered offensive.

So, which is harder to handle: biological twins, Irish twins, or siblings born within 15 months of each other?

Saturday, March 18, 2006

A Clean House!!!

Many, many thanks to my wonderful Mother-In-Law who came a couple of days ago and cleaned my nasty house for me. She felt sorry for me and offered to come and help out for a day, and boy I bet she was sorry she did! I really put her to work! For the first time in... well, I won't say how long... all three of my bathrooms are clean! They are never all clean at once! In addition to company on Sunday night and Thursday night, two of my nephews spent the night last night, so for the most part, everything is a mess again, but I do have the joy of knowing that at some point this week, my house was clean. And that is (was) a good feeling :o).

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Because I'm the Mom, that's why!

Today for an afternoon snack, I had cookies and milk, and Kathryn had leftover cooked carrots from last night's dinner. I love being the Mom and getting to make decisions like that! If it's any consolation, at least she was able to keep her snack down... Ahhh, the joys of pregnancy!

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

New Stuff...

Why is it that babies are so skeptical of anything you try to put in their mouths, but yet they will pick up anything from anywhere and put it in their mouth without even looking at it first????? I mean, come on! She won't eat a marshmallow without fully examining it, but she'll eat wads of thread, dirt, flowers, and Cheerios that have been shaken out of the tablecloth onto the patio who knows how long ago!
She is starting to test her balance more and more each day. Today she let go for 19 seconds! That's our record so far! It looks like walking won't be in our too distant future! She's taking over the "big girl" role a little too early for Mom. I told her she still had six months, so just to chill out, but she just looked at me like I was crazy... (Actually, never mind, I am crazy!)
Brad and I ordered a dining room table and chairs that should be in any time now, and I can't wait!!! Yes, after 3 1/2 years of marriage, we are finally getting a table and chairs! We have been using a Goodwill table and the chairs from our card table. I just called the furniture store and they said it would be in within the next couple of days!! The bad news is, that will probably mean I will have to sweet talk Brad into canceling his tee time to go pick it up on Saturday... Hopefully, pictures will soon follow.

Thursday, March 02, 2006


I'm always just a little homesick when my Mom and Dad leave. They surprised Brad and me (and mostly Kathryn) and came for the day. Yes, only my Mom and Dad would drive 6 hours for one day, but I'm not complaining! I've learned to appreciate whatever amount of time I can get! And let me say, we made the most of it! As soon as I heard they were coming I started my list of chores! I would show pictures, but since I forgot to take "before" pictures, the "after" pictures would not be near as impressive. Dad cleaned out our outside storage while Mom and I worked on reorganizing the office, and cleaning out some miscellaneous drawers. It is absolutely amazing what you can get done in just one day with a little help staying focused!
It was such a beautiful day today, that Kathryn and I got to spend some time outside. She got to taste a lot of new things: thyme, a piece of a broken terra cotta pot, dried geranium, rock, and dirt to name a few. Mostly she didn't like them, but the thyme I had a very difficult time getting out of her mouth! She can't wait until this summer when she can go to Grandma and Grandpa's and play out at the country and splash in the creek with Pheobe!!!