Finding calm in the chaos

Finding calm in the chaos

Friday, April 29, 2011

those talented Kaufman boys


Jeff's guitar teacher was holding a concert at local coffeehouse and invited Jeff to sing. Jeff invited Joe to accompany him on the dobro. It was a little late, so we left Andie behind with super sitter Mary Kate, but Sam and I got to watch the performance.

Sam, in typical Sam fashion, bounced between the laps of his dad, grandma, and uncles, while we waited for Jeff & Joe to go on. At one point, Marty asked (into the mic, in front of the audience), "I take it this is the next generation of Kaufman?" (We have to get some guitar lessons going for this kid).

This video is a bit long, but the performance is worth it. I couldn't stop smiling. Jeff is amazing! And my husband is not so bad himself. :) Doesn't Joe just have the best looking forearms? I could watch him play the dobro all day.

stuff my kid says

The start of a new column? Who knows....

On the drive to daycare today, we passed a man in a cowboy hat, taking out his garbage.

Sam: Look! Him's a cowboy! Me be a cowboy when I'm older.

Me: That sounds fun.

Sam: Me work in jungle when I'm older.

Me: Oh?

Sam: Yeah! Look at monkeys and snakes! Big, HUGE snakes!

Me: Really?

Sam: Yeah! Wanna come with me?

Me: Yes, I do. I want to go wherever you go, love.

When did he get such an imagination? And sentences? I can't believe he's going to be three in a few weeks.

Monday, April 25, 2011

and that's the news from Casa Kaufman

It's been a chaotic few weeks at Casa Kaufman:

  • My job has been ever-more challenging. I will spare you the details in this public forum, but you know how a stressful job affects...well, everything. Sigh.

  • Andie's ear infection FINALLY cleared up. Yea!

  • But, she's still NOT sleeping through the night. Boo.

  • Sam has informed me that he only goes pee in the potty, not poop. That's been a big, fat bummer.

  • We had a marathon weekend of packing, cleaning, fixing our house last week...and officially closed last Friday. Whoo hoo! We are no longer homeowners. I feel like a carefree teenager...other than the two children who keep climbing all over me as I try to type this.

  • We had a wonderful Easter celebration this weekend. I'll get some pictures posted soon. Just wanted you all to know that we are not dead.

And that's the news from Casa Kaufman, where the dad prays for sleep, the mom prays for potty-training, and the children are above-average.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

moving day

Joe & I leave tomorrow for Idaho Falls. Why? Because we've sold our house, that's why! (Quick, knock on wood. It hasn't closed just yet. Knock on wood, now.) We are headed for a whirlwind trip to pack up all of our worldly belongings and load them up in a trailer and moving van, never to return to Idaho Falls again...except for maybe the occasional visit. I'm anxious to have my Bed back...and to say good-bye to our little house. If anyone in Idaho Falls thinks packing boxes and loading trucks is a good time, come on over. We'll feed you pizza and beer. (Enticing, I know).

Sunday, April 10, 2011

weekly wisdom: cheap date

Joe & I are all about cheap date-nights-in. Pre-kids, we would think nothing of going to the movies, out to dinner, or catching a local concert once or twice a week.

Now, the calculus goes something like this: "Ok, movie tickets are $9 apiece. Popcorn $8. Baby-sitter $20. Hhhmm...that's the cost of a new pair of shoes. Let's just stay in."

Of course, once in awhile, we beg Lala or Grandma to watch the kids so we can venture out into the real world. (Thanks, you guys. Date night-out are a luxury we often just dreamed about in Idaho Falls). But, for the most part, we've continued our habit of staying in.

Last Saturday, we were doing some last minute grocery shopping and found our local Safeway was having a sale on Washington wines. We snagged a bottle of a 2007 Ste. Michelle cabernet and some fancy cheese and fresh fruit. After the kiddos were in bed, we made a delicious cheese & fruit platter and cozied up to the counter with Lala and Dan for some conversation over wine and cheese. (Dan's watching his cholesterol, so we got some low calorie Laughing Cow cheese for him).And, we had such a good time visiting, we didn't have time to watch the movie we rented, so Joe & I had ANOTHER date-night-in the following night. (We folded all the laundry we own while we watched a movie; it wasn't as fun as the wine night).

Friday, April 08, 2011

Uncle Jeff

Last Friday, Uncle Jeff came over. The rest of the fam had gone to a fish fry and Jeff, being allergic to seafood, decided to come over to our house for dinner instead. (We were having 4-H bean enchiladas for our Lenten Friday Feast). Of course, Uncle Jeff brought his guitar. You probably already know that our bedtime ritual includes a nightly concert with Dad on the baritone ukelele and Mom belting out the vocals and tickling the audience. Andie has decided the concerts are much more fun if she sits in her brother's crib, so she screams until I pick her up and put her in there. When Sam realized that Uncle Jeff was going to be playing a BIG guitar, he was so excited, he climbed INTO his crib. (Well, almost...he can't quite get in and out and we prefer it that way). It was a PAR-TAY.

With food. "This my cheesy roll-up," says Sam with his rolled up Big Blankie. (???).

And water in sippies. And crazed, screaming fans.
It was so much fun that, the following night, Sam repeatedly interrupted his parents' nightly concert with requests for "my Jeff and his BIG guitar."

Uncle Jeff, you set the bar too high. You'll have to come back again. Your fans miss you.

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Runner's Log: Two Miles

Last week, Joe emailed me a flier about a local fun run with a 2 mile or 5 mile option. I let it sit in my inbox for awhile and then called Lala at work the day before the run, "Hey, Mom. Let's do a 2 mile fun run tomorrow." Lala, fitness queen that she is, was all in. She even offered to push my heavy daughter in the jogging stroller so I could run faster. I hard could 2 miles be? Well, 2 miles is not too bad. We ran/walked it and did fairly well, in spite of the blowing cold wind. (Andie was snug as a bug in her Trek). We finished in 24:46. I won't name names, but someone kept wanting to walk instead of running, saying, "Oh, Juni, you go on without me. My lungs are burning." I lovingly told Lala, "No. We're in this together. Come on." After the third or fourth time of this loving encouragement, I began to add, "But, you are totally buying me pancakes after this is all done." At the end of the race, Andie was so over being in the stroller and wanted her share of the post-race bananas and water. She was super excited to walk across the finish line with her arms over her head...and then promptly got a faceful of road rash when she faceplanted. Another banana cheered her up, though. We had such a great time, we're doing this again in a few weeks...but FIVE miles next time!

Monday, April 04, 2011

bath time


We already knew Sam liked to bathe babies, but he's now better at giving instructions. And, the baby-being-bathed is happier, too.