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May 23, 2005

Good weekend here

Good weekend here, fairly relaxing. Highlight was a Sunday morning kid outing. Josie and several of the other moms in her regular Moms group fiendishly finagled a deal whereby they all went to brunch sans husbands and sans kids, while the dads took the kids to the park for a few hours. Two of the dads were out of town, so we were outnumbered, 6 to 4. Plus one of the other couples, Tom and Kathy, has already had kid #2, so there were actually six toddlers, one infant and four dads. Sounds like the setup for a pretty bad sitcom, doesn't it?

It actually went quite well. We set up in the middle of the meadow part of the park and let the kids have free rein. As long as no one wandered more than 30 yards or so away, all was well. They had a blast and so did we, the moms included.

Posted by Greg at 9:54 PM | Comments (0)

May 18, 2005

Most alarming

For those who didn't know, Josie spent the last weekend away on a mini-weekend getaway, so I was solo with Meredith on Fri, Sat and Sun. All went well and M and I made great progress in activities like putting on socks and taking off socks and putting on socks and taking off socks and putting on socks and taking off socks and putting on socks and taking off socks. And we did lots of other stuff too, but the sock-related activities were pretty consuming.

On Saturday night, I was bushed and went to sleep at the (for me) early hour of about 11:30 for a long night of slumber. Imagine my surprise when a crashing, screeching noise woke me up in the middle of the night. It seems that our precious daughter has taken to fiddling around with our alarm clocks and in this case she had pushed the right buttons on Josie's clock so that the alarm was enabled. And since the alarm was set to go off at its default time of 12am, I got an unexpected wake-up call right at midnight. Nice.

Josie's clock is not exactly state-of-the-art. It looks like it's circa the Carter administration and it long ago ceased to tune into any actual radio stations. But when it is on, it doesn't sound like a nice quiet white-noise static. It sounds more like it's picking up about 15 stations at once PLUS some static. Highly annoying at any time of the day, but that much worse when you're asleep.

Plus Meredith managed to not only enable the alarm and turn it to the wake-by-radio option, she also managed to turn the volume up to the max. Needless to say, I was doing some serious flailing around in the dark, trying to figure out what the hell was happening and what I could do to stop it. I finally figured it out and got the alarm turned off. Whew.

End of story, you say? Not so fast. At roughly -- no, not roughly -- at exactly 4:30am I was treated to an encore presentation, courtesy of alarm #2. Just the morning before we had to get up at 4:30 to get Josie to the airport in time for her early flight. Now, this fancy-schmancy alarm clock has two, count 'em, two separate alarms and M had outdone herself by managing to enable both of the alarms, not just the one. That's my little overachiever. So I basically re-enacted the scene from just a few hours earlier, complete with the flailing, cursing, et al.

And then, of course, M set off her normal 'alarm' by waking up right at 6 as usual. Just another peaceful evening at Casa Phelps. Needless to say, we're trying to make it a habit to double-check the alarms before we crash at night. And I suggest you all write your lawmakers to encourage them to pass legislation requiring clockmakers to make 5pm the default time for alarm clocks, not 12am. I think that will make the world a better place.

Posted by Greg at 10:08 PM | Comments (0)

May 10, 2005


OK, so Meredith's speech is coming along pretty well. She can 'say' a lot nowadays. What you'd expect, mainly, like Momma, Dada, ball, car, etc., even an attempt at her own name ("Mehr-dee"). But her favorite word bar none is "Ah-shah-shah". What does that mean? The beauty of the word is that it means so much. It's almost always used in conjunction with a vigorously pointed finger and usually means something along the lines of "Look at what I'm pointing at/say the name of what I'm pointing at/acknowledge whatever I'm pointing at or I will continue saying 'ah-shah-shah' over and over until you do".

We hear "ah-shah-shah" a lot.

Posted by Greg at 2:21 PM | Comments (0)

May 2, 2005


Josie's MasterCard-like moment after a long day of standing on her feet after volunteering at the BBG's Cherry Blossom festival....

a cheap plastic tub of lovely hot water......$3.29
some frou-frou bubble bath for foot-soaking.....$11.99
watching Meredith deliberately drop Mommy's cell phone in the water.....priceless*

*or $229 bucks if you count the replacement cost.

UPDATE: the phone survived after all. It just needed about 24 hours to dry off.
Posted some new pictures a few days ago. Click on this sample or click on the "Pictures" link above. Includes some pics from our trip to Texas, plus Granddad's recent trip to NYC.


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