Posts from the ‘2 years’ Category

New Poll! Opinions greatly appreciated!

I’ve added a poll to the right side of my blog asking for your thoughts and opinions about adding blog posts written for cash to my daily updates etc. It’s a good opportunity for me to help out my family and help pay the mounting bills for all things new and special that the boys are needing (like more diapers for Emmett John since he’s refusing to wear any of the diapers unless they have Cookie Monster on them!). I just want to make sure it’s the right thing for my blog because it’s become one of my babies as well.

So if you would be so kind as to offer up your opinions; I’d really appreciate it. =)


We have a 1st word!!!!

You read that correctly – Mr. Emmett John has finally said his FIRST WORD at 24 months of age!!!

Doggie! =D

* posted on the fly w/o the use of proper editing tools 😉 *

~ Lizzeann

Salt & Pepper

No, I’m not referring to my hair! Although I am slowly working toward full-fledged salt and pepper hair. I’m referring to Elliott Richard’s new pets.

He is the super proud new owner of two Bearded Dragons named: Salt and Pepper! =)

He started the weekend with a baby Green Iguana named Draco. Rob’s roommate in college had one and he loved it. So when we had to make the sad decision to pass out terrerium/aquarium on to Uncle Brian because Mr. Emmett John was too preoccupied with tossing things in, we also decided to get something small to replace it. Little did I know that Green Iguanas start out small and grow into something could eat a small dog if it were so inclined!!! (Where do we find the tiny lizards you see in movies??? Those things are always poisonous but never that big!) So Draco came home and joined the Cheerio family. Daddy and Elliott Richard had a blast setting up his new home and feeding him and holding him.

Until Daddy got a tad research happy. What started as a joke about how you tell the boys from the girls, turned into an all out, “Honey, this is so cool! Did you know…?” session. This session ended with Rob declaring that Draco needed to go back to the store because Green Iguana bites could get so bad and people have actually lost fingers!

So first thing this morning, despite having had little to no sleep, Daddy and Elliott Richard took Draco back to the store and returned with two Bearded Dragons. The Bearded Dragons were bred in captivity so they are super people friendly and will just cling to your shoulder while you go about your business. And by “your” I of course mean everyone’s shoulder but mine because while I’ve always thought I liked lizards; I was wrong. These things (the Green Iguana too) freak me out and panic me in ways I don’t understand.

Elliott Richard, and the other two for that matter, also think Salt and Pepper are really cool. So I’ll live with my anxiety over them. At least they are slightly better than Draco. Except for the fact that we have two and no way to sex them so there’s a chance we could end up with baby Salt and Peppers at some point in the future. Yippee. Just what we need.


Emmett John currently has a very strong love affair going on with his shoes. Yes, you read that correctly, I said his shoes.

At first, he wore them if he had to but he was clumsy and didn’t like them very much. Then out of nowhere he became absolutely obsessed with his shoes. He wanted to wear them when ever Rob or I had our shoes on or if he saw Gavin or Elliott Richard putting their shoes on. Now, the rest of us could be barefoot (something that doesn’t happen in our house – ever) and Mr. Emmett John would still have his socks and shoes on. He even wears them to sleep in.

Seriously, the other night I fell asleep while getting him asleep. Then at around 1AM he kicked me and I figured enough was enough. He was deep asleep enough that I thought I could remove them without problems.


I was able to get his right shoe and sock and his left shoe off before he woke up in a screaming, arm-flailing rage! He laid there screaming and smacking his feet while he flailed. Once I put his sock and shoes back on him, he passed out as if he’d never been awake.

And let us not forget last night, his two-hour screaming jag all because he wanted his socks and shoes on but couldn’t adequately communicate it to me.

I don’t know if this obsession is an Autism/Aspergers/PDD (Pervasive Developmental Disorder) obsession or if it falls under the category of Sensory Integration Disorder. I can tell you that these Lightning McQueen light-up Wal*Mart shoes aren’t going to last much longer if he keeps loving them as much as he is. (lol)

* posted on the fly w/o the use of proper editing tools 😉 *

~ Lizzeann

Toy Story at 4AM anyone?

Here we are, it’s 4AM and I’m camped out on the couch with Mr. Emmett John, while Rob wrestles with Elliott Richard upstairs.

Elliott Richard has been up since 2-ish with nightmares and unable to sleep. Then Emmett John woke up between Rob and I hopping out of bed to tend to Elliott Richard’s screaming and his actual screaming. When Emmett wouldn’t go back to sleep I brought him downstairs because sometimes the change in scenery and air conditioner will get him back to sleep when nothing else can.

No such luck.

Then the screaming began all over again. Only this time it was Mr. Emmett John. He was inconsolable. I thought he wanted to go upstairs back to bed, which was currently occupied by Rob and Elliott Richard so that wasn’t going to happen. After a while Rob came down and told me to just take him back to bed.

So back up the stairs we went. Straight into the…bathroom!?!?!

Emmett John had remembered where I hid his shoes when I took them off last night for his tubby. And yes, I said I hid them. We have to, otherwise he sleeps in them! (lol)

Now he has his socks and shoes on and all is right with his world. Except he keeps trying to steal my coffee! (lol)

* posted on the fly w/o the use of proper editing tools 😉 *

~ Lizzeann

Brotherly Love

Upon hearing squeals (quickly turning to screams) from Mr. Emmett John, I turned to find the following scene:

{Elliott Richard had Emmett John firmly around the middle.}

Me: Elliott Richard! Let go of your brother! He doesn’t want any lovins right now.

Elliott Richard: But Mom, I just love him so much! {As he throws his arms out until his hands touch behind his back in the “I love you this much!” move.}

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~ Lizzeann

Almost there!

I am done with 3/4 of today’s appointments! Yippee! =)

Now I’m going to rest before I take Elliott Richard to #4 and I’ll update about the day later.

* posted on the fly w/o the use of proper editing tools 😉 *

~ Lizzeann