Saturday, August 16, 2008

What I Learned this Week

I am pretty sure I have reached maximum brain capacity- for every thing I learn, I lose some other tidbit I used to know. Unfortunately, I keep learning new things. Here is a list of what I have learned this week:

  1. Don’t use your good scrapbooking scissors to cut fake flowers off their stem. You might do OK with individual cuts, but you will get impatient and try to cut the thick middle stem and then you will be replacing your good scrapbooking scissors.
  2. Swim diapers were not meant to be worn all day. If you put them on in the morning and then don’t change them for . . . a while . . . they will be really, really, REALLY nasty.

  3. Never leave table (even for a minute) when a curious 4 year old and spagetti are involved. (you'll have to enlarge the picture to get the full effect)

  4. If you have a child who recently became castless (why was there a cast? Check here), you might want to give that limb an extra bit of sunscreen. Otherwise your child will look funny with only one arm out of all his limbs bright red.

  5. If you have a balcony above some bushes, you might want to periodically peer over the edge. Especially if you have an almost 4 and 2 year old who like to drop things. That may be the only way you will see what has been dropped. This is very useful if you have been trying to find a sheet you know you washed but can’t seem to find to fold and put away. Or a favorite toy. Or a laundry basket. Or an empty jar of nuts, black rubber ring (old weather stripping?), or a couple of towels.
  6. Tangier outlets have a ton of printable coupons online. If you are buying new school clothes for up to 6 kids, you might want to check it out. We’re talking Old Navy, Reebock, Rue 21, Rockport, Eddie Bauer, percent off any one item anywhere in the mall, etc.
  7. On an unrelated note, 11 year old girls will think they have died and gone to heaven if you take them into Rue 21.
  8. On another unrelated note, don’t let your husband take calls while driving to an outlet mall. One will probably be from work and might mention there are already 5 hour waits and he might have to turn the 3 hour shopping trip into a 1 hour trip because, believe it or not, ED doctors (at least mine) abhor anything over a one hour wait and want to go in early to help out.

  9. On yet another unrelated note, if you are used to 6 kids- and have taken them clothes shopping before by yourself- you and your husband will be able to get 2 outfits per child, new school shoes for all of them, and new dress shoes for husband in a one hour span (that includes dressing rooms with multiple items to try on and choose from). The only thing that has to be cut out is potty breaks (sorry Kirsti).

  10. If you buy a PS3 and don’t set it up, because you don’t need another video game system (see here why we own the unwanted PS3- oh wait, I never posted that story. There is no where to check it out, you'll just have to wait) and then give in 2.5 months later at the insistence of your husband, your 10 year old boy will try to spend every waking (and sleeping) moment trying to play said PS3.

The only question left is what knowledge have I lost by learning these things? I’ll would tell you, but I can’t. You see, I’ve forgotten them.


  1. Oh my goodness! I am still laughing about the spaghetti.
    Related to swim diapers, but not exactly, pull up potty training pants do not stay up when they get really full. Just ask all the people my son kept flashing at the hardware store because his pull up was so full it kept slipping down his legs and taking his pants down too.
    Very impressed that you shopped for 6 kids in 1 hour. Very impressed indeed!

  2. Because my husband is also a workaholic we had to go school shopping after he got home from work (at 7:00) and before the stores close (9:00 or 10:00) There is no way we could have sorted through all the clearance racks in one hour!

  3. Man, I wish we had a Rue 21 out here, I used to love that store. That spaghetti picture is disgusting!!

    I feel very similarly, every time I learn a new Wiggles song or memorize an episode of Dora I know something useful has been lost from my brain.

  4. What until you are old and there is not much left there. I lest I think that I know what I am talking about. I don't know what you are talking about Andrea I loved the spagetti picture. I have it like that even all over the sealing and on top the the child's head. Lucky for you all I can't tell you who because I guess that is one of the missing items. Pay back Charlotte. You and Brenda use to drop little people out the attic window to watch them fall into the bushes. I didn't know until all the little people were gone.

  5. Just be thankful it was dry spaghetti. I was imagining red sauce everywhere. Glad you found the outlets. And coupons!

  6. Cool to know about the coupons! You know I love them...I"m proud! I can't wait to hear the PS-3 story.

  7. That spaghetti picture is one that could easily be passed around the web and on forwarded emails! Love it! Knowing your kids, you probably have a very gifted, developing chef on your hands and he was just testing to see whether the pasta was done! Thank goodness for tile floors. It's much harder to get sauce out of carpet.

  8. You make me laugh. And I'm right there with you on forgetting stuff. My real knowledge has been replaced by things like how to make 100 different meals with hot dogs or how to make my kids smell good without bathing them.

  9. Man- this is some funny stuff- I'm going to have to take some time and catch up! Love the spaghetti picture!