10 on tuesday

1. Four things I've learned in the first week of potty training the Tornado.
The tiny Dora the Explorer underwear: acceptable
The soft, comfy Dora potty seat: acceptable
The princess potty chair that 'plays a royal tune as a reward' that we had to buy because the comfy Dora potty seat suddenly became unacceptable: acceptable
The M&M's used for bribing: more than acceptable

Completing the transaction: well, we're coming up dry.

2. Oh riiiiight. I learned one more thing. The gatekeeper of the M&M's better be in full combat-ready protective gear. Because you will be mowed to the ground.

3. Drew suggested I purchase the InStyler. (Funny, I don't remember mentioning anything was wrong with my hairstyle).

4. The day after the InStyler incident, I was complaining that everyone always throws their junk all over my desk in the kitchen, causing me to miss some important paperwork I was supposed to fill out. And no, my being a scatterbrain has nothing to do with the oversight. Collin says "mom, you really need to get the Wonder File." (Infomercials, anyone)?

5. I've receive many emails asking if we have great natural light in our house. In a word, no. That's why most of the pictures I take inside are in our kitchen. Definitely not by choice; rather by necessity. Here's a pullback so you can see where I usually position Livia. See how she's facing the light?

Are you hyperventilating? No? It's just me?

(I learned that trick at Paper Heart Camera).

Seriously, my blood pressure is still rising. Four tornados, can you imagine?

6. The hubs and I are having our first standoff in the ten years we've been together. He's been complaining that he never has any clean black socks to wear, so he informed me that he was going to keep buying black socks until I washed the ones in the sock box. (In my defense, his socks are not allowed to be washed with the rest of our laundry, so it's only natural that I forget from time to time.

I'm not sure who the winner is here:

7. Oh. Look back at the picture above. Do you notice anything in the background? Yep, standoff #2. We've both walked past that Christmas tree for two weeks and no one will take it downstairs.

8. Whenever Livia gets in trouble, she yells "RUN!! RUUUUUUN!!!!!!" Wow, that fight or flight thing kicks in early, huh?

9. Last time we discussed the fact that we were having problems of hygenic proportion. (Livia refusing to take off her Elmo jammies). Now were are having problems of dermatological proportion. She panics when she gets out of the tub and finds her fingers all shriveled up from the water. She cries "wrinkles!!! No yike it!!!"
I get it. I don't yike wrinkles either.

10. From the basement I hear:
(3 kids giggling)
Livia: "my bad!"

Alrighty...those are current events around our house for the week. What's the latest with you? :-)

Have a great week! ♥


Sonja said...

LOL! I love your posts! They're one of my favorite ones to read, when I see them come through my inbox! I'm glad to hear the potty training is going semi-well! :-) Livia is absolutely adorable! Would you mind if I came over for a little while to babysit??? ;-)

Still Smiling!

Ashley Sisk said...

ROFL - this might seriously be the best story telling episode of 10 ON Tuesday ever. They just keep getting better. You're so witty. I only think I'm that clever.

Mom to 9 Blessings! said...

I'm with Ashley - ROFL! You are very funny :-)

These photos are precious!!! I'm definitely heading over to learn that trick and let me just say for the record four Naomi or Noah's would do me in! and FAST!

Hugs and love!

Our Beaten Path said...

This was hilarious!! Very entertaining!

Sweet Giggles Photography said...

Your life sounds so entertaining! :)

Mandy said...

This was such a fun post!!! I want to try that trick from Paper Heart Camera. So cool.

Jeska said...

Haha I love this post. I'm sure so many people can relate to things like this!

Mom of M&Ms said...

SO I am down on the floor rolling with everyone else who commented before me.. and the four tornados.. I think I almost wet myself... You should have warned me...

Missing you!

Mom of M&Ms said...

Oh I forgot.. you do not have to worry about infomercials ( although my latest post features one) My darlings always recommend th anti wrinkle creams they see for me.. like "Hey Mom.. maybe you should try THAT!" seriously????

A Pretty Life in the Suburbs said...

Love your photos! My husband and I had the same stand-off, but with white socks!!

SarahinSC said...

Ha! You make me laugh! I'm heading to the Paper Mama to check out how to do that lotsa Livias shot. Have a great week!

grandmabish said...

Holy cow!!! I LOVE your blog...your photos are all beautiful! I also like your sense of humor... I'll be looking in on you.

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad I found your blog. You are hilarious and a reminder that we've all been in the trenches. Love the shots... and infomercials... they kill me! My daughter told me the other day "Mom did you know a kiss begins with Kay" {a jewelery store commercial}... oy.

kitten said...

I always love reading your 10 on Tuesday!

Casey Martinez said...

I have to agree that your sense of humor makes for quite an enjoyable experience when stopping by your blog! Livia is a riot! She is definitely the princess as is my little one. lol. Love the cloning picture so I think I will have to try that now! WIsh me luck;0

Kari said...

Love this post. She sure seems like a handful...and love the trick photo. I'm gonna try that soon. XOXO

Carrie said...

HAHAHA... this is so funny! I love the picture of her with her underwear on her head! And the black socks incident definitely reminds me of a situation with my hubby!

Jennifer @ Studio JRU said...

OK... your current events are fantastic! What a fun home you have. Love the photo trick... so neat. Good luck in the standoff! :)

elizabeth said...

your allowing us to peek inside your life is so relaxing for me!!! Thank you so much - it brings a smile to my face after being stuck behind a bar all night.
Here's to hoping you plan a trip to florida this year!!!

Michelle said...

Oh, my goodness - I just love reading your posts and seeing your pics - so full of fun and life!! :)

And, yep, I could imagine 4 Tiny Tornados - I have 13 nieces/nephews age 4 and younger, (and 3 more between 4-11)and let me tell you, when they're all at Grandma's and most haven't had a nap - you better have an industrial sized bottle of tylenol around! lol!!

Sheri said...

LOL too cute! Hey, I'd take the infomercials. I swear last night my hubby kissed our "baby" (who by the way is 8) and he (the baby) asked Mike "Are you gay?"

THAT'S what happens when you have teens in the house. They teach the little ones some whoppers. (I'm pleading the fifth as to whether or not I laughed)

Brooke said...

My husband just gave me the weird eye because I was laughing so hard at this post! Tears. Seriously. FUNNY. Stuff. The sock drawer - I love it. I don't even want to know why his socks can't be washed with everyone else's stuff. The Tornado running - I was ROLLING. Loved this post, obviously :D

Z said...

Oh my goodness I laughed pretty hard at your words in regards to the picture of 4 tornadoes.

Your posts are so entertaining, especially when they are about your 3 beautiful children :)

Z said...

By the way, I have the same issue with my hubs in regards to his white socks. lol

happy me said...

1. Livia is so cute that I can hardly bear it!
2. I WANT a WonderFile! (No. Really. I do.).
3. I'm relieved to hear I'm not the only wife that doesn't let husband's dress socks mingle with any other laundry. Thank You!!!!!!!!
4. The "Run! Ruuuuunnnn!" & "Thwack; my bad"? Please see #1.


Anonymous said...

Fantastic photos, as always! I always enjoy these humorous glimpses into your life! :-) I have to ask, though, why your husbands socks can't be washed with the rest of the laundry? Is that by his choice or yours?

Darcy said...

ok I am so loving that Nerds shirt in the first pick :-)

Sara Ancich said...

Inspired by yours... my blog has been redone. Thanks for the coffee shop tip. Rita was incredibly patient and all together FABULOUS!

Kristi said...

Ok. I'll admit it. #5 did make me panic a little. Having 3 toddlers myself {Corbin started walking!} it's a special kind of panic. Thanks for making me giggle : )

PS I don't yike wrinkles either Liv.

Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh. These are hilarious!! The lighting in your kitchen looks great! Our lighting is horrible in our house. I love the picture of 4 Tiny Tornados. Good Luck with the potty training. Dustyn has been potty training for a year still to no avail. It is horrible. Hopefully you will have success.

Audrey @ TheDailyWyatt.blogspot.com said...

Karli Karli Karli... as always what a great grrrrrreat post. good luck on the potty training... ITS A BLAST (I say that with a sarcastic tone.) Wyatt has horrible days and then ammmmmmmmmazing days (like today.) oh how I hate washing underwear... bedding and more underwear. I just hate laundry. (the last load is still sitting there for a week now unfolded.) I still need/want to try the "paper mama" trick. and I would love to have a room filled with that much light. seriously.

Clare B said...

I'm always amazed how you manage to find the humour in things that would drive me crazy... our latest stand-off is the actual washing. Hasn't been done in over a week. I'm on my last pair of undies so I think I'm about to concede defeat.

Caseybumpinalong said...

What a fun post! Great pictures, and wow, you have one beautiful house!

Naomi said...

So hilarious! And the potty training...ugh....don't get me started! Good luck! Thanks for putting a smile on my face! :)

Diana said...

Your kids are just too adorable!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful photos,blog and kids!!!
I love your blog because it is educational, thank you for sharing your knowledge with us.
Kisses, Zondra Art

Ashley said...

Haha 4 tornados! Her wrinkly fingers are so cute. Is it bad that I love sad face pictures? Why can't the socks go in with the wash? :)

Adeena said...

XD That was hysterical to read!! :D

I see Dora panties in my future. ;)

Your boys *still* kill me. :D

I only have good lighting in my kitchen, too. But, it's not as pretty as yours. ;)

The sock drawer made me laugh out loud, because that's the SAME war my parents have been having for years!!!

How is Livia big enough to say "my bad"??

Skye said...

Great post. I do like the photo with the 4 tornados!

Stacey said...

I've missed your 10 on Tuesdays. Have you missed my replies? ;-)

1. Oh potty training. Good for you. I really need to get started with Eli but haven't because I'm still having reoccurring nightmares from training Evie. I'm not kidding. It scarred me for life. But I do have some time slotted in Feb to give it a go. Start praying now.
2. Love that photo of Drew. And you say you're not any good at portrait photography. (Picture me rolling my eyes.)
3. About the WonderFile. I don't know how useful that would be for someone like myself. I picture stuffing it with all kinds of stuff, leaving me still unorganized. I guess it would be neatly unorganized, so maybe that's something?
4. This is your first standoff?? Ha. My hubby and I have those quite frequently. The lastest? Our junk drawer that I stuff with papers that he needs to look at and I don't know what to do with. He keeps telling me to clean out the drawer so he can find his tape measurer or favorite pen or something. I keep telling him to go through those papers. The drawer is so full the papers are falling through the bottom into the cupboard with the tupperware. Tupperware...that's a whole other story of standoffs and disorganization....
5. Evie used to have the same reaction to wrinkly digits. If only my wrinkles would disappear like those.
and 6. Whenever I see photos of your kitchen table it's spotless. How on earth do you do that??

Have a great week, friend!

Misty Exnicios said...

I am still laughing at your post!!! Our lives have some similarities...I too have a feisty baby girl (almost 3) who has picked up entirely too much from her 2 older brothers! I often think how different she would be as a first-born because she is something!

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

I have to laugh at your adventures in potty training..... I was in your shoes not that long ago. I thought Sarah was going to be wearing diapers to Kindergarten....Seriously, it was that bad!!!

I loved your 10 on Tuesday.....your children are so cute I can barely stand it.....and it seems like there is never a dull moment in your house:)

Hope you have a great week~



PS. We have the same bedroom furniture

Liz said...

love it. so cute. I want to babysit her.

Tiffany said...

When your done potty training come help me train my just now 2 yr old because I absolutely dread it haha. your post always make me giggle or amaze me :-) yay.

Katherine said...

Aww what a great post! So sweet :) Gorgeous photos to match!

K xx

Tracy said...

OK, while your comment once again pasted a huge smile on my face, I think you are CRAZY cause these shots are AWESOME!!! I mean SERIOUSLY!! I can't wait to try that trick with my crew. The 1st shot is clear, crisp, bright, perfect colors... gorgeous!!

Anna said...

ROFL--love Livi's little antics--that that first picture is SO incredibly cute...hope the pottying goes well!! :)

Love Letters To China said...

Oh how I wish it was that simple to potty train my little one. M&M's and a new potty chair sound wonderful. After many, many failed attempts....I've resorted to buying Superhero undies and tell him "You cannot possibly pee on Ironman's head!".

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!


Natalie said...

WOW! Tiny tornado IS a tornado! She's the cutest tornado I've ever seen though!

Secondly your house is gorgeous. Beautiful! Exquisite. I really love the kitchen :)

Thirdly you MUST do some selfies because I don't even really know WHAT your hair looks like besides in your profile picture on blogger...and you're 'beautimous' there. Have a great weeked!

ElissaM said...

hilarious! Your kids crack me up. What great pictures to tell your stories:-)