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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

January seems like so longs ago!

Here's the stuff that was good enough to remember

... or more accurately, the stuff I was able to write down before I forgot.

Best kid-isms of Januray

Has anyone else's Furby personality turned into a rude British man? It is strange coming from a pink polka dot fuzzball. It started at a squeaky little girly thing that called itself Coco. Today it woke up hungry and then started shaking and yelling "CHANGE CHANGE CHANGE" Then there was strobe action in the eyes and it Belched LOUDLY! Bam, we now have a hot pink Monty Python Furby.

Logan just handed me this from his new LEGO set. Walter White Lego with dynamite

Kendal-ism with a cold:
Fucked me up=woked me up

I may have accidentally given Kendal chewable Benedryl instead of chewable Tylenol. DOH! They are both pink and in the bubble packets.. She's pretty stoned right now.

Logan just told me that whispering doesn't have any color. He may also be under the influence.

We are doing shots over here! Of Tamaflu, Theraflu, and Prescription cough meds. Party time up in here. *hic*

Logan freaks out like when forced to take medicine. Spitting, hitting psycho child. He's had a cough for 3 weeks that keeps everyone up at night. Finally got stuff from the Dr to help and NOPE, won't touch the stuff. GAAAAH

Today in the fight to get Kendal eating fruit: she is enjoying some gummies.. which are really dried pineapple. (this breakthrough was very short lived)

Logan read a sentence that involved the phrase "Cretaceous period of the Mesozoic era' and mispronounced the word "Era". He also can't wait to get back to school so he can learn more math tomorrow. So. Weird.

Kids were missing Michigan so we are using our Snow in a Can from grandma and grandpa

Kendal: I want you to take me a bath. 
Me: You mean you want me to give you a bath? 
Kendal: Yeah, like yesterday.
Guess I should get on that then...

Waffle safety.
It's important.

Logan: Mom, if me and you were married and we were watching a sunset, about to make out...
Me: Wait, WHAT!? 
Logan: Mom, I said IF WE WERE MARRIED!! So its ok.
Me: Um.. right, that would make this story ok. Go on.
Logan: Anyway, we'd be about to kiss on a cliff or something by the ocean and a dolphin would probably jump up and splash us and Ruin EVERYTHING. Just like in the cartoons. Pretty funny, huh? 
Me: *speechless with the giggles*
Logan: I KNEW it wasn't just funny in my head!

I LOVE when Kendal comes out of her room to tell me she dropped her sippy cup on the floor. She has to get off her bunk, step OVER said cup to come out and tell me. in her mind its easier for us to stop what we are doing to walk up stairs, past her, pick it up, and hand it to her, then put her back in back in bed. Go the F#@$ to sleep.

The start of project Lego organization

Overheard in line at Jo-Ann Fabric: 
Little girl: mommy, I'm going to use the paper you are buying to make a beautiful story about JESUS for you. 
Mommy: that would be great, thank you! (Grandma's swooning)
Little girl: and when you read it, maybe you'll remember not to yell so much.
Everyone around started cracking up, mom turned bright red, little girl was oblivious, reached out to grab a piece of chocolate, and bit through the wrapper. Mom now CAN'T yell at her. I thanked her on the way out for the entertainment and her awesome kids.

Hero Academy Picnic

Logan: I'm the most creative kid in history
Except for Albert Einstien, Ben Franklin.. and those other guys. 
I am the most creative 7yr old in recent history.
(He taped a spoon to his punching bag and is using it as a catapult)

Kendal: I farted.
Loopy: stop that
Kendal: but I have to. I'm a laaady. Ladies fart.

Me: Um...
Logan: Ok, I know you suck at math but this will help you. I'm going to teach you!
Me: I think dad loves fractions...
Monday math pop quiz averted.

Logan: What are you typing
Me: A message to Grandpa 
Kendal: MY grandpa? 
Me: Yes.
Kendal: Heh Heh Heh. He has white hairs

Logan pealed an orange and thought it looked like a tree. Sometimes he's artsy

Watching back to the future.
Doc Brown: We are headed to Oct 21, 2015
Logan: Wait, That is NEXT YEAR!! Flying cars are next year!? HIGH FIVE!!!
Me: Cool, huh?
Logan: And I finally get to wear TWO TIES!
Me: Two ties?

Logan: Yeah, there was one guy in there that did it. And Doc has a CLEAR tie. And we have to walk around with our pants and pockets inside out to prove that you have no money if you go to the store. I wonder where they are starting to build the future stuff. Probably California.

Told Logan to wear layers because it is chilly out... I should have been more specific. Those are work out pants, dress pants, tank top, hawaiian shirt and flannel. Sigh

The lack of humidity and excessive static are taking their toll on Kendal's hair. She's electric!

Logan said he learned how to edit sentences and stories last week at school and he LOVES this new skill. Who here is surprised his new favorite thing is being TOLD to correct people.

Kids earned a day at the park. A whole week of no meltdowns, complaints at dinner, good school days, chores all done and speaking nicely to others. Woo Hoo!!

Good news: I remembered to bring Logan to Karate today
Bad news: Karate was at 4:45, not 6:00. Because today is Thursday, not Wednesday.

Loopy's watch band broke so Kendal made matching watch bracelets for stitch, herself, and dad. My crafty girl!

My kids invented a game called "car crash" where they stand at opposite ends of the house and run at each other at full speed. No good can come of this.

How we do January in Florida

Kendal with straight hair... probably time for a haircut.

Logan got his first love note today. The content was questionable, but he's excited that he has an official girlfriend. He also told me he is growing a beard and one step closer to being a man... while wearing a hooded dino towel. 

Baby D's big arrival

You know you've spent a week at my parents house if you do laundry and then want to take a bath but you have to stop and think if you'd have to "push the button" so the hot water doesn't run out.

My friend Karry's daughter Melanie went into pre-term labor at 32 weeks. After a few days of trying to stop the inevitable she texted me at 3am to come RIGHT now cause baby wasn't waiting anymore. Karry lives an hour away and had just gone home for some much needed rest. 

So like the good Hospital Buddy that I am I jumped in the car and went to play birth coach for a while. We had a great time.. once the meds kicked in! 

I went home around 8am after Karry and Rob showed up. Less than an hour later Baby David made his grand entrance. I wasn't aloud to be in the room for the birth anyway. Because of the high risks involved he was delivered in the OR. 

Born at barely 33 weeks 
5lbs 3oz!! Healthy little man

Gettin' my baby snuggle! 

I spent the next few weeks stopping in at the hospital and Ronald McDonald House as much as possible to keep Mel company and get my baby snuggles. He's so soft and sweet and perfect. I miss him! 

Little dude...

Help a brotha out

Loopy got a random wrong number text about a person who "hopefully won't be drug tested before they get ont he boat". We let them know it was the wrong number but suggested lots and lots of water then pop a B12 two hours before the test so the pee isn't too clear and wished them good luck.  Hope it works out for them 


About once a year my friend high school friend, Wendy, comes to own. Last year we went flying with her boyfriend and buddy Scott the Pilot. You can read about that fiasco in THIS BLOG Post. 

This time we just met up for Sushi and then hung out with Arthur for the night. Good times. I love when people come visit! 

Shenanigan Night

From time to time I get a chance to hang out with THIS chick. We usually end up in strange places doing things that 2 moms with 5 kids between us don't normally do. We don't discuss details. I think its all legal though... 

She suggested the dog track to start out our evening. This turned out to pretty lame, but we made the best of it. 

This is the part where the dogs run for about 30 seconds.

This is the way more interesting part where the handlers chase the dogs to the finish line.

We left there and ended up down on Seabreeze if that give you any idea what kinds of shenanigans were had this evening.

Throw Back Thursday

 My friend Jason (his nickname was Stumpy if you are following along) and he posted them on a Throwback day. This must have been around 2001 or so.
Me, April, and Melissa (We call her Ozzy)

Moving right along.... 


I was going to skip the last few months and just pick up where we are now. Then I had a dream the other night that all social networking was destroyed and then I realized I would have no documentation of all the funny shit my kids said for several months. *gasp* 
So I'll just keep doin' what I do for my own amusement. (and yours) I KNOW I missed events and people that we saw over the holidays, but really, cut me a break. It's May. 


All packed in and ready to roll.
Hi Clowny and Elephant!!

We decided to take a family road trip to MI for Christmas and make a few stops along the way. We had a fabulous time and I am forever grateful that my kids are amazing travelers. As long as we keep moving. If we stay in one place they get cranky then want to go home. 

Loopy is a rather analytical guy who needs a plan and strict record keeping. Here he is with is 'pre-flight checklist'. Sometimes if I don't laugh I'll just get pissy. We sat in the car completely loaded and ready to roll while he checked and rechecked the schedule. For like 20 minutes.

I was playing Bubble Popper Blast... Until it started talking shit so I started reading my nook instead. I've said it before and I'll say it again. my phone is an ass hole.

Kentucky Bound!

Our first stop for the night was in Kentucky. We booked a room with the intention of staying two nights because it had an indoor water park. Then I got sick and we had to change things up. This required a complete revamping of checklist, but it worked out really well. The kids LOVED it. 

Our room was the one way down in the lower left corner. So when the bucket dumps it pooled outside our door. That was super loud and made me jump every time.

Fun for all ages.

Got the kids out of the pool.. 
Logan: I'm a wet Logan ball!
Kendal: I'm a wet Kendal ball!
Me: honey, come get your wet balls off the floor!

It was awesome until the Logan ball started smacking Loopys leg... then it got gross.

Eventually Kendal settled in for the night. All the comforts of home. She LOVES hotels

Ft. Wanye

Next stop was Ft Wayne, In. Where apparently, for the first time in recent memory, I failed to take pictures. My older brother and his family live there. Lydia is all of 3 days older than Kendal and nearly a foot taller. (no joke) Ethan is 2 and is EXACTLY like his daddy. They look alike, act alike, laugh alike. And it makes me super happy. It was rowdy and fun and the kids crashed hard. Yay for that. 


First thing we did when we got to our hometown was jump in the car with my sister and brother in law because Baguette deFrance was calling to us. Best. Sammich. EVER

Here's proof my my coffee addiction in clearly hereditary. This is the pantry at my parents house. COFFEE EVERYWHERE. And those espresso candies are amazing. I must find some locally.

Next stop was midnight coffee with some people I miss terribly!! They made me drive and it snowed about 10 inches when we were there. I couldn't see the road all the way home. Yeah. I forgot how to drive in snow. Damnit. That was terrifying but worth it.

This is our other home base.  

Christmas Eve

There was playing in the snow. It was cold. Like REALLY REALLLLY COLD. 

Logan likes to shovel. 
My snot was frozen


A major award!

With the help of a few friends we thought it would be fun to get my dad a full size leg lamp for Christmas. It was a couple years in the making. This is the first time in a few years that all the siblings were all home at once to really enjoy it. 
Congrats again dad!!

This was the moment he realized what was going on.... 

Then it dawned on mom what was going on. (the pics are terrible cause my phone is an asshole.)

Thanks again to Dustin and his family for all the delivery work and to Kimi for custom making a Fragile Box, I'll have to find a picture of it and edit it in later. It was AMAZING. Best Christmas decoration at the Styf house yet!

Pillow fights and present opening.

Kendal and Uncle Bubba
Logan with Uncle Bubba

Kristen, Ethan, and Lydia
Logan with is 2 front teeth from Aunt Niki


We went to Loopy's side of the family for Christmas dinner and MORE presents. 

Loopy had the flu. This was not fun for anyone.

Out of the box for less than an hour and my kids taught the Furby to lift a leg to fart and dance to Pants on the ground. Awesome.

Logan's Loot

Survivors Club; Michigan Chapter

One of the highlights of our trip. Especially for Loopy, was meeting up with the Mich Chapter of Survivors Club. We span decades and states. Tell em how you feel kids!!

There was a Nuclear Meltdown buffalo wing eating competition. Cheryl kicked everyone's ass in this game. Ballge's lips got a little swollen and Joe couldn't talk for a while. 


Then it was story time. Oh how I LOVE stories about the crazy stuff everyone dealt with over the years working at the Bad Place. 

Best. Story teller. Ever.

Brad and Patti. We love her

Ballge and his sweet Fiance
Ballge with his eyes open!!

Not the Phillips 66
JOE!! We missed our Joe so much. 

Yeah, I'd say that was one of the best parts of our trip. Most amazing support group there ever was.

Random stuff we did in MI

Karaoke at the Getaway

My younger brother is a karaoke DJ at a local bar. That is always a fun experience! 
Me and my baby brother

Jon and Nikki

Other Karaoke people

More playing in the snow

Visiting with more friends and family

 Benedicts and Mr. Wilson!

Dinner and ice cream 
with Annabelle 

 My Gramps!
And his new beard trimmer.
It's multi-use!

Kendal got sick while we were there too,
that was miserable. 

Family Portraits

As a sort of apology to my mother for the leg lamp (lets look at that masterpiece again, shall we? Its like electric sex, glowing in the window! Bask in it's glory) 

Anyway, we got my mom a family portrait package from Rick Stone who happens to live right next door.


Pick a favorite. Maybe someday I'll get around to ordering prints. Although Loopy had the flu in these and Kendal was starting to crash fast.

One last sunset before we go

There is NOTHING like Lake Michigan sunsets. 

The trek home

Logan HAD to see the famous lighthouse.
It was too cold to stay out and enjoy it for long.
We had planned to sleep in Chattanooga and then visit Ruby Falls. But Kendal kept getting sicker and sicker. We had to rearrange the 'return flight' checklist and head straight home. But not before finding a tunnel and telling Logan that yes, its the Chattanooga tunnel. We drove through it 6 times.

Yes, son. That is THE
Chattanooga tunnel
Sick girl

Clowny was hanging in her window all the way home. He would sort of sway/ turn to look out the window at passing cars. I am pretty sure we caused a couple accidents on the way back. Oops. 

Kendal: lets go home.

Me: We are on the way.

Kendal: Well lets keep moving!

One more stop, I swear!

While we were en route, it turns out that our friends Pete and Tara had a baby! So we stopped in Atlanta for about 20mins so I could get baby snuggles. The sicklings waited out in the hall. 


Finally home!!

Aaaand at the Dr. office. A damn cool doctors office! This time we got the Egyptian room! Kendal tested positive for Flu, Logan wasn't down with the nose swab.

Logan joke of the day:
Q: What did the egyptian king say when he was lonely?
A: I want my mummy!

Loopy opening a Sarcophagus
filled with medical supplies
Kendal self medicating with
cookies and yogurt juice

Happy New Year!