Thursday, May 22, 2008

My Mowglis

As "Mowgli" is a term I use to refer to my children regularly, I figured it was probably about time I defined it.

Mowgli (pronounced /mow-gli/):

The Official Definition: A fictional character who originally appeared in Rudyard Kipling's short story "In the Rukh" and then went on to become the most prominent and memorable character in his fantasies, The Jungle Book and The Second Jungle Book.

My Definition: A young child who is in a state of wildness. This can be seen in untidy hair, mussed clothing, and/or bare, dirty feet. This state of being is usually seen in younsters at the end of the day or after playing outside.

Example 1:

Note the ill-fitting shirt, bad hair, and wild eyes

Example 2:

In this case, complete lack of clothing and unstyled hair a Mowgli makes

The term actually originated when my (much younger) cousin Tasha was little. When she'd run around my grandma's house playing, looking so wild and free, she reminded us of Mowgli from the Jungle Book. The term just stuck around after that, being used for my sisters' children and eventually mine too. So, if you ever hear me refer to a child as Mowgli or Mowgli-ish, now you know why.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Mom's Day Movie

I know, I know, I already posted once today (this has got to be like a record or something for me). However, my mom-in-law sent me this absolutely hilarious movie that is just oh-so-true (thanks Carole!). If any of you have brothers, you will totally relate. I can sooo wait until my kids are this age...actually can we just skip it all together :P ? Enjoy!

Edward Sneak Peek

This is for all you Twilight fans out there (you know who you are).

While the actor portraying Edward is good-looking, I don't think any mere mortal could live up to the fabulously gorgeous guy I have in my head...sigh.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Sometimes the storm ends with a tornado instead of a rainbow

This last past week around here was crazy busy. One of the things we had going on was a BBQ for some of Spencer's fellow graduate students and a couple of the professors he works closely with. It started out a bit slowly, as we were grilling over charcoal, and that always takes a while to heat up. However, both of the kids proved to be very entertaining for the group with Ezra dancing around to the beat of his own drum and Georgia crawling around bewitching everyone with her giggles and smiles. Right as first of the hamburgers (and veggie burgers for our resident Hindus) were finishing up cooking, a huge rainstorm decided to roll in off Boomer Lake. Within minutes, the place was soaked while we all huddled under our little pavilion with the faulty roof. Ezra didn't like getting wet (as he inevitably had before we could gather under the driest section), so he insisted I wrap him up in our blanket and hold him. Georgia, however, was more than happy sitting in her booster seat, eating green bean and Vienna sausages (making sure to offer one to anyone within sight). I kept on checking her damp arms to see if she was chilly, but she was absolutely content. I know I looked like a horrible mother as she sat there in the cold with Ezra snug as a bug in the blanket, but she honestly didn't seem to care. If anything, she thought the whole situation was humorous. After about a half hour of downpouring, the storm finally blew over. I took a towel from our car and used it to dry off a few picnic tables, and we attempted to resume our BBQ. That worked for about 15 minutes, until one of the other students got a call from a friend informing them that there was some rotation in a wall cloud out south-west of town, with rumor of another storm to follow, so we decided to call it a day. For those of you not familiar with Tornado Alley-speak, a wall cloud is a cloud that tornadoes come down from and rotation is when said cloud is...well...rotating. Basically there was a chance a tornado would be developing; add that to the fact that I wasn't feeling well (turns out I had the flu), I just wasn't up for any mad dashes to some unknown tornado shelter. We figured it'd be a good idea to just call it a day and went home. Sometimes, in good ol' Oklahoma, the rainstorm ends with a tornado instead of a rainbow.

On a lighter note, on Saturday, Aubrey, my best friend, graduated with her bachelors degree. To celebrate, we went out to lunch at Joseppi's with some of her family. The kids were, surprisingly, well-behaved and social. I was a little worried since our lunch landed smack-dab in the middle of when Georgia should've been going down for a nap, but she didn't seem to mind. Give her a lot of attention and a little food, and she's happy as a lark. After lunch, we went to Aubrey's parents house and had fabulous cheesecake and Oreo pie. I can't even tell you how excited I was to get to eat cheesecake after so long of being off dairy. Overall, it was a very fun afternoon.

Aubrey, Georgia, and me waiting for our food at Joseppi's

Ezra cheesin' it for the camera

Georgia and Ezra enjoying their spaghetti (yay! for safe restaurant foods)