Monday, April 28, 2008


I had to race over to the computer as I disguise my laughter with ah and amazement. This is a bit detailed but so worth sharing. Caleb is in the bathroom and has been there for awhile, so I was quite concerned Josh heard me asking him "detailed" questions about his bathroom visit thus far as I walked by Josh he informed me "you know that is called condensation", my reply was "huh?" Josh repeats "What Caleb has it is called condensation"....ahhh the poorly disguised look of amazement that Josh would know such a word is questioned with, "mom why are you laughing?" hee hee don't' worry I will go tell him the truth....

Another funny word mix up:
As we were driving home from church yesterday Abby was singing in the van "how-a-will, how-a-will, how-a-will, how-a-will-ya, Crazy the Lord! Crazy the Lord, how-a-will-ya, Crazy the Lord, How-a-will-ya, Crazy the Lord, how-a-will-ya, Craaaaazy the Lord.

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Monday, March 31, 2008

Bad Blogger

Again it has been over a month, WOW time just zooms by doesn't it. We have had a very eventful last few weeks. We ventured to Disneyland over spring break with the Douglas Clan. We enjoyed 5 full days at Disneyland, Sea World as well as Lego Land. I was as usual impressed with all the amazing rides, shows and entertainment at Disneyland and California Adventure. Sea World was a big disappointment to all of us. We really enjoyed the Shamu Show but other then that there wasn't much to see. It was over crowded and very disorganized. Lego Land was fun but it was no comparison to Disneyland. I don't think there was ride we did not do. The three kids have very different personalities and different tolerance levels for rides. Abby repetition was necessary, the first time on almost every ride was fear of course when she went on the ride the second or third time it was filled with cheers and laughter. The ride she surprised us most with was the Matterhorn. This little three year old loved this ride screaming with excitement with hands raised the entire ride. Caleb was relatively fearless with some limitations. He DID NOT like to get WET! Therefore Splash Mountain and the grizzly river raft were not favorites. He did each one once, and that was all he would tolerate. Initially he informed us that rides with falling, and going upside down were not fun and he would not go on anything like this. Very understandable for a 5 year old but by the final day Caleb conquered California Screamin ( the roller coaster with the loop-de-loo (sp)) and the terrifying Tower of Terror (the elevator gone wrong that drops I don't know how many stories I was scared!) Josh is easy to describe FEARLESS! There was nothing he wouldn't try. The only one I saw him show some caution or reaction to was Indiana Jones. While you are in line they show a little movie which tells you NOT to look in the eyes of the idol, the first few times Josh went on this ride he saw NOTHING, in fear of making eye contact with the idol he kept his head down the entire ride. After me explaining to him it is just a story and realizing nothing happened to me after the third time I went on this ride, he finally looked around and saw all of the cool things.
Our vacation was extremely fun and extremely exhausting my advice to anyone planning a vacation here is make sure to book some R&R time in there.
I will post pictures soon!!!

Monday, February 11, 2008

Are you Smarter than a 5th Grader?

Caleb and I just had a game of "Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?" This was one of Josh's Christmas presents this year and while we were celebrating with my family all the adults brought out this game to play together and discovered that in fact not many of us are smarter than a 5th grader. Luckily we were partnered up and my partner is definitely smarter than a 5th grader...Yeah for Ryan!
Ok so me and Caleb were playing and I went through the questions and left out all of the American Geography and History questions and some I thought he would have no clue on, we had fun. He was annoyed though that I knew most of the answers. So as we were cleaning up he came over to me and said Mom you need to ask me this question I totally know the answer and I didn't even read it. (Note: in the game you have a special viewfinder you use to read the questions and answers) So Caleb brought me the card and I put it in the viewfinder as I started to read it I could not contain myself.
Here is the question:
"After the civil war was ended, the process of bringing the Confederate states back into the union was called what?"
Now you need to picture Caleb grinning from ear to ear as I read the question just trying to hold back his answer until I finish.
His answer: "Resurrection" his says proudly and with confidence.
The answer on the card: Reconstruction
I don't know whether to be disappointed that my 5 year old is trying to cheat, or to be overjoyed that when trying to figure out the word reconstruction the first word he associates it with is resurrection????

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Happy New Year!

We are back to routine here at the Douglas household! Our days of sleeping in and hanging around in our pajama's came to a screeching halt Monday morning. We have been playing many board games and of course a ton of Wii. I am now suffering from what is called "wii arm" hey don't mock it, I will take any of you on, in some Mario/Sonic is tough!

Monday brought not only an early morning but a very restless sleep. On Sunday night when we went to bed I was complaining that it seemed really warm, but didn't think much of it. I kept waking up periodically kicking the covers off as it was so HOT! Finally at 4am Josh came in and said "Mommy I am so warm" now someone else agrees and it isn't just me so I crawled out of bed opened our bedroom door and the heat hit me like a blazing fire. I continued to walk downstairs to attempt to figure out what was going on. I reached the thermostat and to my SHOCK the temperature of our house was 77 degrees Celsius and rising. Although my brain was telling me that can't be right my body was telling uh ya it feels like it is. Right now I am sitting comfortably and the thermostat is at 62 to give you an idea of how stinkin HOT it was!!! Anyhow I tried to turn it off and the furnace kept going the thermostat was not responding, meanwhile I could hear this odd sound someone breathing very heavy...I realize OH the dog. The poor thing is in his kennel where I can only begin to imagine how hot it was in there being so confined, I crack open some windows offer him some water and continue on my mission to solve the case of the malfunctioning Furnace. By this time it was about 4:15am I was really tired so my mission although just beginning needed to conclude because in roughly 3 hours our back to school panic was going to begin whether I was rested or NOT! I thumped down the basement stairs and hit the magic button (the switch on our wall that every time my sister is here she thinks is a light switch and chooses that moment in her life to be the best "flick off" person around which normally has us waking up with icicles under our noses) and waited to here the hum of the furnace stop. THANK THE LORD it did. I thumped back up to bed opened some more windows and lay there waiting for the exhaustion to overtake me. Funny it didn't the wires in my brain began to overheat and all I could think about was man I really should have those carbon monoxide detectors in our house, what if something like this is what sends out the poisons that kill everyone in their sleep. I now lay there contemplating if I have opened enough windows and realize I have the sole responsibility for survival of my family (remember the wires are going crazy in my head). At this point it is 4:30 am and everyone but Abby is in our bed sounds asleep. So now I am thinking OH NO Abby is the only one possibly overheating, is she ok? Of course I get up and check on her make sure she is ok and she is. I crawl back into bed but can't cool off I hook up a fan have it blowing on high, before I settle right in I check on Abby one more time (darn wires in womens brains we need a switch so we too can "flick off"). I return to our bed settle in feeling I have conquered the attack of the furnace with all family members safe and accounted for my eyes begin to drift my mind shuts off and Ryan awakes to say "It is freezing in here".

Needless to say Ryan took the boys to school Monday morning!