Sometimes Tart

Wine Rack

This may appear to be a ladder. But it’s actually a wine rack. It used to be filled with wine. But now I have a toddler. I drank the wine. Yesterday.

Antique Crazy, Mildly Amusing

The Mole That Got My Goat

Summer 2006. The year my mother lost it. She was never the same again. This is what I imagine that Sean will tell people about me when he is grown man. When he comes to see me, he will be alone, without his children, because I will be one of those crazy old people who frighten small children. He will find me sitting in a rocking chair clutching a shovel, wearing a far off expression and angrily muttering something about !#@$% moles and rocking so hard that I scoot the chair clear across the room. 2006…

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Antique Daddy

A Boy Is Like A Box Of Chocolates

Scene: Saturday morning in the kitchen. AD: I’m going to take Sean to the park. Wanna go? AM: No thanks. I think I’ll stay here and get some things done (code for blog). AD: Come on, go with us. AM: No thanks. I have Sean all day, all week. I think I’ll let you enjoy some one-on-one Sean time. AD: I love Sean time. AM: (perturbed) I love Sean time too, but I have him all day long all week. (silence) AM: I love chocolate too, but a pound is more filling than an ounce you…

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Makes Me Sigh

Curious George Bugs

As I was getting Sean ready for bed the other night, I asked him to pick out some books to read before bedtime. Usually Antique Daddy is in charge of bedtime, but when I take a turn, I realize what a blessing it is to get to hold my freshly bathed sweet smelling boy. The warmth of his being resting against my chest as I read to him, his long legs dangling awkwardly. I know this season will pass too soon. Neither of us are ready to admit that he has nearly outgrown my lap. Sean…

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Parenting Gone Awry

From The List of Things I Ponder

How is it that it can take 24 minutes to dress a toddler, but only 24 seconds for him to get completely naked? I guess it could just be a GUY thing. Actually it only takes about 4 minutes to dress a toddler. The other twenty minutes are spent bribing, threatening, cajoling, and negotiating while he does an impression of a boy made of Jello. This comes up because the other day I had Sean completely dressed and ready for school. I ran back to my bedroom to grab something (and I mean I literally ran)…

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Makes Me Sigh

The Dinner Party

Antique Daddy and I belong to a supper club with three other couples. We meet every other month alternating between someone’s home and a restaurant. We’ve been doing this for the past year and it has done the elder Antique’s a world of good to get out and mingle with people who don’t routinely wipe butts other than their own. Since our friends are old our age, their children are grown and out of the house, so we look forward to going to their homes where there are nice things like plates that break and cups…

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Hospitality & Manners, Use Your Words

Magic Words

Manners are a big thing at the House of Antique. I happen to think that good manners and a well written thank you note can take you a long way in life. Consequently, I have made a considerable effort toward teaching Sean the basics and he is pretty good about saying “please” and “thank you”. Just this morning as I handed him his sippy cup of milk he said, “Thank ya’ Mommy” like a little cowboy and my heart swelled with pride. And then I pulled his tiny index finger out of his nose and he…

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Mildly Amusing, Photography & Photoshop

Laundry

My friend Shannon, over at Rocks In My Dryer, asks her readers what are some of the more interesting things they have found in their laundry. Well, there’s the corn. And then, there’s this: Photo temporarily unavailable.

Makes Me Sigh, Wivian

Gammaw’s Kisses

Last week when we were at my parent’s house, my position in Sean’s universe slipped significantly. Anything Mommy could do, Grandma could do better. I had heretofore been the chief boo boo kisser. I’m skilled in this particular area of medicine. I’m experienced, I’ve studied it, I’ve perfected it. So when he bumped his knee and started crying, I reflexively called to him, “Come here Sweetie, Mommy will kiss it.” He stopped crying and looked at me. And then he looked at my mother and then back at me. “No thank you,” he said not able…

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Parenting Gone Awry

Cheap Thrills

One thing I love about the stage we are in right now with Sean is that it doesn’t take a whole lot to thrill him.  He has a lot of imagination and loves to pretend.  I know that this time is golden and that one of these days he will be begging for expensive mind-numbing toys like Play Stations and X-Boxes (whatever those are) and being the cheapskate that I am, I’m not really looking forward to that. Right now, if you ask Sean what he wants to do he will shout with enthusiasm “PetCo!”  We…

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