Friday, November 21, 2008


"Mine!" has become a very popular word around our house. I'm pretty sure it will be Riley's first word at the rate her brother and sister use it. This morning I caught Ellie perfecting her attack. Her victim...that pesky little girl she was seeing in the oven glass. She would walk up to the oven with her prized pan, and then yank it back and yell (to her reflection) "MINE!" and walk away triumphant, only to turn back for another round. She did this for a good 15 minutes. That little girl in the oven didn't stand a chance.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

A little nugget of information

For the past week or so I have been trying to work on Austin's fine motor skills. We have been doing a lot of coloring, cutting, and building things. I'm not sure he's behind in any of these areas, but it's not something we do a lot of so, why not? Really, my main goal is to figure out if he is right or left handed. He doesn't favor one over the other. Most meals he grabs the spoon/fork with his right hand, but if the applesauce is on the left side of the plate, he'll switch the spoon to his left hand for easier access. When we finger painted, he used his right hand, but I had the plate of paint on his right side so again, I think it's just a matter of what's easiest. I can't figure it out. When we color, he puts a crayon in both hands. Ellie, ont he other hand, just puts the crayons in her mouth. More than just putting them in her mouth, she literally eats them. I was spending so much time trying to figure out Austin's hand preference that when I looked at Ellie, this is what I saw:

And that "nugget of information" in the title...well, it comes out the same color it goes in.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Top of the mornin' to you!

It's 7am. What are you doing? Just waking up? Maybe you're enjoying your second cup of coffee or getting in the car to make your way to the office. Not the Runcheys. No sirree, at 7am we think it is the perfect time to don our Halloween costumes and tickle the ivories (and update blogs).

At 9am we're scheduled to sing Christmas Carols and run around with 4th of July sparklers.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

A pretty penny

Start saving now little girls, I am raising one fine son and it is going to cost a handsome dowry to take him away from me. He is fairly diligent about putting the seat down (though he might walk out of the bathroom completely naked), he says please and thank you, he wipes the tears off his best friend Mia's face when she is sad, and now....

Last night at about 7:45 pm, after what felt like 10 straight hours of playing cars with him, he said "Mommy, will you play cars with me? You can be these two." Knowing that no matter what I said I would be playing cars in 30 seconds I said "No, I think I am too exhausted to play cars right now." and I collapsed on a pillow. To my surprise he said "Oh, okay, let me just rub your back." And he did! He even told Rob to be quiet because he was busy rubbing my back. Granted it lasted all of 20 seconds, and just as I thought, I was playing cars with him within 30 seconds, but what a catch!

He's only going to get better. For the right price, and in 25 years, he's yours!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Passing the time...

We are trying to come up with fun things we can all do after dinner to pass the time. This fall-back time change has really thrown a wrench into our schedule. When we still had daylight past 5pm, we used to all go outside after dinner for a walk or just to play. Now we finish dinner and by the looks of it outside, we should be getting the kids in bed. Only, we still have 2-3 hours to go (but who's counting...) I think the first week we relied pretty heavily on the TV and both Rob and I came to the same conclusion that more TV wasn't the right answer. Last week I decided after dinner we'd finger paint. Well, Austin and Ellie would finger paint, I'd take care of Riley and Rob would administer the paints. It was a success! A messy success to be more specific.
We stripped the kids down before we started (more than likely we only had to strip Ellie as I'm sure Austin was already down to his skivvies). This was a key move. When all the painting was done Ellie was a disaster. Austin managed to keep the mess to his hands, but also managed to use the table as his "napkin" when he felt there was too much paint on his hands.
The next activity was baths.
Since then we've been retreating to the basement more often. I love that it's unfinished and they can do whatever they please. Which means Rob or I (whichever one isn't holding Riley) can pass the time relaxing instead of thinking about what a mess they are making.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Captain Underpants

We are raising an exhibitionist in this house. We're not sure what we have done to trigger it, but Austin has taken to running around naked. We don't encourage naked. So, at the very least I require underwear but prefer fully clothed.

It started a few weeks ago when Rob went to take him to the bathroom one last time before we called it a night and when he went to grab him Austin had taken off all his clothes in bed and was completely naked. Rob got him back in his PJs but when Austin woke up and crawled into bed with me I was a little shocked that he was completely naked again. This continued for a few nights. Now usually just a shirt and socks comes off.

During the day the story isn't much different. He tries to think of every excuse to take off his clothes. "Oops, looks like my shirt's wet...I better take it off!" This after a small drop of milk landed on it. Today Riley spit up while she was in my lap and I was playing cars with Austin. Although Riley has been known to get some distance with her spit ups, this particular time it pretty much all landed on herself and my leg. But seeing an opportunity, Austin said "Oh, I just got Riley puke on my pants, I better go take them off".

I think that as it continues to get colder my little nudist will prefer the warmth of a cozy sweatshirt. In the meantime, just ask him which way to the beach!

(That's him flexing)

Friday, November 7, 2008

Snow not ready for this!

I woke up feeling a little under the weather. I think whatever Ellie had was passed onto the rest of us to some degree. Today was my turn. I trudged down the stairs to start the day and then I saw the snow. Ugh. The kids spent the morning staring out the window.

I don't mind snow so much, but I was not mentally prepared for it. I was also not prepared for the 80 times that Austin asked "Can we go outside?". I was however prepared with what Ellie could wear!

It says "Love at First Snow". Nothing brightens a day better than the perfect outfit!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Get out the vote for...

As President I will require mandatory naptimes after lunch. I believe in reduced formula and diaper costs. I will work with health insurance to cover wigs, toupees, hair plugs, or your membership fee into the "hairclub for men/women". I'm bald, I know how hard that can be. I have nothing negative to say about my opposing candidates. I believe in running a positive campaign.

I'm Riley Runchey and I approve this message because I think it's time for a cuter president.

(Note: the photoshop expert is my sister, no doubt at 2am when most people are sleeping. She made this as one of Riley's birth announcements, which is why she looks so tiny)

Monday, November 3, 2008

Miserable Ellie

We've had a rough 48 hours in our house. Ellie woke up Sunday morning by throwing up. Yum. She seemed fine the rest of the day, as far as her stomach was concerned. She had completely red cheeks and was fairly whiny, but we just attributed it all to the 4 teeth she is getting (incisors, which are suppose to be the hardest to get). Shortly after going to bed, she threw up again. And again...and again. You get the point. She was up every 15 minutes dry heaving. Therefore, Rob and I were up every 15 minutes.
I have had no trouble keeping her on the couch in quarantine. In fact, she probably didn't move for the first 3 hours. Thank God for PBS Kids! I'll remember this next time they invade the TV with their telethons.
She did make her way off the couch eventually. But only to the nearest pillow.
That just plain exhausted her so I put her in bed and she napped for about 3 hours. She still isn't very interested in food. She has managed to keep down about 6 ounces of gatorade and 8 pretzels and maybe 5 raisins. It's a start. She's a handful when she's healthy, but I'd take the lively Ellie over this sad little lump any day!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Halloween - Part II

The Costumes
Buzz Lightyear and The Ladybug

Incidentally, Buzz Lightyear also comes with sound effects provided by Austin. He constantly yells "To Infinity and Deyond!" (yes, "deyond", not "beyond"). The Ladybug just giggles and screams in glee.
We hosted a small pizza party for a couple other families in the neighborhood that we routinely hang out with. We all have kids around the same age and they usually trick or treat together. I say that like it's a common occurrence. What I meant was, last year was the first time any of them trick or treated and it worked well to all go together. So, that was the plan. Of course, plans don't typically work with small kids so they started together:

After the first house it was every character for himself (or herself).

You can see Buzz eyeing his competition over his shoulder. If Thomas the Train would have gotten any closer, there might have been some laser action.

Pretty soon Austin was trick or treating by himself, having left the rest of the gang in the dust.

Ellie and Riley stayed back with me, the other two moms, and another baby. She was rewarded with Chrissy's (my neighbor and Ellie's favorite person) undivided attention and quite a few treats. So many that I'm not sure she'll even want to go with the rest of them next year knowing what she will get it she stays behind.

Riley tried her best to stay awake for the party but crashed around 7pm.
Dreaming up her costume for next year, no doubt.

Halloween - Part I (The Pumpkin)

We had a busy Halloween morning. The kids were allowed to wear their costumes at Playworks (that's a place affiliated with my gym where they go to play while I work out). Austin, who was Buzz Lightyear informed he was going to shoot the kids with his laser. Therefore, we spent the ride there discussing how to "pretend" to shoot kids with his laser, but that if they don't want to play that game, he needs to leave them alone. I'm not sure any of the conversation registered with him because he was too busy perfecting his laser sound effects. Ellie was a Ladybug and personified the sweetness of such a dainty critter. But, she wasn't fooling me. I knew my feisty little girl was in there somewhere. When I went to pick them up I was proven correct. Austin played well and was no longer Buzz, but a dog (dressed like Buzz) and Ellie was still dressed as a Ladybug but only because she swatted away the teachers and ran from them when they tried to take off her costume (which was extremely hot). Riley was a pumpkin for approximately 3 minutes but spit up all over her shirt.
When we got home, it was time to turn our pumpkin into a jack-o-lantern! Austin and I have been discussing what kind of face we were going to make on it for about a week. He thought that triangles would make the best eyes and that it definitely should have teeth. But, when it came time to prepping the pumpkin he was immediately turned off by the smell.

Therefore, the pumpkin carving was then completely my job. Austin, finding me distracted by the pumpkin, took it upon himself to eat almost a whole bag of animal crackers.

Ellie showed a lot of interest and might have been some help but since sharp objects and toddlers don't mix, she just sat on my lap. She had a good time pretending to carve it once it was finished.

Stay tuned for Part II - Costumes