Thursday, February 12, 2009


Today must "Oholendt boys against mom" day. I mean all three. It started this morning when I left Hayden and Ben in the kitchen while I went to put on clothes. I left Hayden to right his name on two more Valentine cards. Maybe giving him a sharpie was not the thing to do, but I did it. I was coming out of the closet with jeans, shirt and shoes in hand when I hear "Mom, Hayden dotted on me" Ben came into the bathroom with blue sharpie dots on his cheek. So needless to say, the few minutes I was going to use to put on a little makeup went to scrubbing the marker off Ben. So here we go to school with no makeup and un fixed hair. Okay, fast forward several hours. Brian is going to meet me at school during his lunch to attend one boys Valentine's party while I go to the other. I have 30 minutes before I need to be there so I am putting on make up ( i know I should have done it when I got home but have you seen my laundry???) and fixing my hair. Make up on and phone rings "I am leaving for the school now. Ready to meet me there?" Not really but since he is taking his lunch hour to do this, I bring him lunch so at least he eats. So I go back to school at least with make up this time. One day I will be able to do both and everyone at school will be amazed!!!

Unexplained male DNA

Okay, I have found several more things in the last few days to blame on my husband and his DNA. I want to know why do men think if you take your shirt and pants off you will be cooler? I just fan myself and try not to complain. Ben comes down last night from upstairs in the playroom without his pants on. I asked why he took them off and he says "just because" Hayden comes down right behind him without a shirt on and he says he was hot. Ben would have just been in a diaper if he could get his shirt off by himself and I was surprised that Hayden still HAD his pants on. When Ben can talk Hayden into helping him, he is just diaper boy without a shirt or pants. They say they are playing Tarzan. I know it has been warm for a few days but come on... we need clothes. I am the only one in my family who understands that concept.

Another, what possesses a child to take a nap under his bed?? Last week I went to check on Ben at nap time and found this...

What is he doing? Why did he sleep under there? I asked that question when he got up and this is what I got "Just because" That seems to be the standard Ben answer lately so I guess i will go with it.

Hayden is the entertainer of the family. He will dance and make up songs just out of no where. When he was little, he was always getting stuck in things. Once he put the potty seat on his head and got it stuck. ( there is the male DNA again, lets see what this looks like as a hat) No we had not started using it yet, I had bought it to show him what we were going to start doing. He got it stuck and I was not sure I was going to get it off. He loves to wear Brian's cowboy hat or hat that looks like Indiana Jones and pretend. He has such an imagination it kills me. I guess that is a male DNA thing too.

One day I hope to report the nice things my children do so stay tuned and hopefully it won't be before they start college.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Ice is not always nice

Just like everyone else in Jonesboro, the ice storm was not exactly what we expected. We had power until Tuesday at 7:00pm. We have a gas log fireplace so we camped out in the living room. The boys thought that it was neat, but mom on the other hand.... Wednesday we made the best day we could. The boys played, we took good naps and then found out the the pharmacy Brian works at had power so we heaed there. He has Wednesday off so we did not have to do anything, just visit. We went to get some food and then went home to darkness again. By Thursday AM, I had had enough. I packed the boys up and went to my parents house in Ward (between Beebe and Cabot) They had power, heat and a nice warm shower!! I felt like I was coming home from college because i took our laundry not knowing when we might get power back. Brian worked Thursday and when he got home we had power!!!! I was so excited. The boys and I came back Friday afternoon to a warm home, lights, warm water and the feeling of home. You don't realize what you have until you don't have it anymore. I am more greatful now for the things we take for granted everyday. My boys thought it was fun but watching TV was not an option. They have made up for it in the last 2 days though.

I know there are still some people without power and I pray for them every night. I pray that the crews get things back and that they are safe doing it.

The boys will always remember this and we so excited to be able to flip a switch and the lights come on. I will remember it too so that I don't take my life and the things I have for granted.