Slightly Controlled

We are one step above “barely controlled chaos” this week. Holding steady at “slightly controlled.”

I know, I know! It has been a a week of photo-blogging, so in order to squelch the complaining, I am attempting to actually write a little something. You, people! I offer up pictures of adorable, little girls and yet you are never happy. 🙂

Anyhow, let’s see. It is Thursday (Thursday! We made it to Thursday!), and thankfully we have had some great lunch/playdates with old friends that we hadn’t seen in a long time. Both yesterday and today, and they more than made up for the not-so-fun things that happened this week. Like, say…locking ourselves out of the house and getting a speeding ticket.

Other great stuff that has happened. J’s project is live! Yahoo!! You can go see it in all of it’s glory, it really does look great. It has made for one incredibly long week for J. since they are basically sitting around waiting for something to happen, so they can fix it.

It also meant that he got to shave the beard yesterday! Hallelujah! Although now, he looks kind of funny. (Not ha-ha funny, I guess we had just become accustomed to his manly facial hair.) So he’s thinking he needs to work on something in between “babyface” and “grizzly Adams.” I agree. I think he looked great here. My m-i-l and I think he looked a little like Tim McGraw in that pic, sans the cowboy hat (and a little cuter, too!).

So J. is still around, we are still waiting to get to spend more than a quick hour or two with him at a time, but at least we can see the light at the end of the tunnel. His hard work has paid off and we are very proud of him.

Em’s last day of summer school is tomorrow. It is incredible to write that. It seems like we just dropped her off on her first day. And it is also remarkable the change in her. Some good, some bad – mostly good, though. The stuff that comes out of that girl’s mouth – it is so funny. A few conversations just from the past couple of weeks…


(We are in Pei Wei, this Asian restaurant, one of our favorite places to eat. I am trying to herd the girls to the bathroom to go potty before we leave.)

E: Mama, you have to creep like this. (And she is walking kind of on her tiptoes, like she is sneaking into a room.)
M: Uh, ok. Why are we “creeping.”
E: Because! We are secret Asians, Mama.
M: Um, (Gulp. Peek around to see how many “Asian” people are listening to this exchange? And a little cautiously ask…) what is a “secret Asian,” Em?
E: You know those kind of people, Mom? The kind that try to find things? We are secret Asians trying to find the bathroom!
(Ah, then it comes to me…)
M: You mean secret agents?
E: Yeah, Mom! Like the Backyardigans. Secret Asians!

The Backyardigans are indeed very multicultural, who knew they were all Secret Asians, though?


(In the car, after the great “lock-out” of the week. We do have spare keys…long story. Anyhow they were not available when we needed them and I walked out the door, after having to go back in after BEAR, and my keys were left lying on the coffee table.)

E: Hey, Mom! Remember when you had to puuu-sh out the screen and then push me through the kitchen window, I had to jump off the counters and run around to unlock the door?
M: Um, like 5 minutes ago, before we were late for school?
E: Yeah. Ha. That was fun! If you ever leave your keys inside, I can do it again. It was fun!
M: Yes. Very. Fun.


(Finally, after the cop pulled me over. Hard to believe, I know, but I was indeed speeding. Late to drop Em off for preschool. I did deserve a ticket and didn’t even try to talk my way out of this one. But it was only the second speeding ticket of my life, the last one was a good 10-11 years ago. I know, I said it was hard to believe and I also know that I am pretty lucky.)

E: Mom! That police officer is on a motorcycle!
M: Yes, he is.
E: Why did he turn his lights and his woo-woop sound on?
M: Because he wanted Mommy to pull over. I was speeding. Going too fast.
E: Why did he take your credit card?
M: It was my license, Em. He is going to give Mommy a ticket.
E: Hey! We have tickets! Remember when we went to see that…mmm…what was it called, Mama? The movie with the polar bear?
M: Yes. It was Arctic Tale. We did have a ticket for that. But this is a different kind of ticket. This is a ticket where Mommy has to pay money (probably a lot!) because she wasn’t following the rules.
E: Maybe he can just give you a timeout, Mommy. Just tell him you are sorry and you won’t be speeding no more. It’ll be ok.
M: Yeah. Speeding tickets are kind of like timeouts for grown-ups, Em. It will be ok.

Such beautiful, sweet innocence. If only a timeout could work on all of our life problems.


11 Responses to “Slightly Controlled”

  1. 1 Elisa August 16, 2007 at 3:26 pm

    falling off the chair laughing!!!

    Secret asians – timeouts for speeding tickets (you should have relayed that conversation to him to see what he’d do!!) – remember when (5 minute ago).

    Those are CLASSIC kid conversations! You’ll be so glad you wrote them down. I know I’ve had lots of those and always thought I’d remember them – how could I not – they were the funniest things I’d heard to date. Of course, that was before having to cram the brain full of teenager schedules and band lessons on top of bills and housework…..As I digress, the moral of the story is WRITE IT DOWN SOMEWHERE!!! You’ll be so glad you did and so will the kids.

    The added benefit of all of this will be that when the teacher asks them for info from their childhoods – you’ve got it!!! Melissa took a child growth and development class – they wanted all sorts of info – practically minute by minute description of labor to her most recent BM. Okay – totally exaggerating but wasn’t it funny?

    Oh, and I love the motherly tone she uses to keep telling you, “It’ll be okay!” What a sweetheart!

  2. 2 michelle August 16, 2007 at 6:27 pm

    I have never laughed so loud. I know it was a bit of a tough week,,,,,,,,,,,,but I have tears down my face! Carrie……you and Emm have such a fantastic relationship – we only wish tickets would be replaced by a time out on the curb!

    : )

  3. 3 carrievoris August 16, 2007 at 8:07 pm

    she is a pretty spectacular kid – even on the worst of days, i’m so blessed to have her! maybe that is why the whole week I was kind of like, “yeah, ya know, whatever.” it helps to have non-stop entertainment like her around!

  4. 4 Becky August 16, 2007 at 9:44 pm

    Truly some of the best “out of the mouth of babes” comments I’ve heard. I really enjoyed the secret Asians. 🙂

    Thankfully, I’ve never had a ticket so I’ve been able to avoid the “time out” route. 😀

    Enjoy your upcoming weekend.

  5. 5 msscatter August 17, 2007 at 4:11 am

    I agree, I like the in-between look J had going there.

    I have yet to (knock on wood) receive any kind of ticket. I was pulled over once for having a tail-light out but I think it’s because it was so late and I was cutting through Leslie to take Krista home after a Smokey Robinson concert. Yes, Smokey Robinson, we were getting wild there!

    Emma cracks me up but kids are awesome that way.

  6. 6 Matthew August 17, 2007 at 4:29 am

    Heh, heh… Secret Asians. Heh, heh…

  7. 7 DJ August 17, 2007 at 8:45 am

    Very funny stories.

    I will still never forget the story from Alexis when you got pulled over taking Michelle to her finals. At least you had connections here and got out of it. 😉

  8. 8 Colleen August 17, 2007 at 10:54 am

    Secret Asians! hahaha heeheehee

  9. 9 Laura McIntyre August 17, 2007 at 12:30 pm

    LOL Sounds like a fun kid – i love the secret asian one

  10. 10 Christina August 17, 2007 at 6:28 pm

    First of all, who’s complaining about cute kid picturess? Not me!! :o)

    Second, holy cow is that girl a riot. Secret Asians!? I love it! I like her idea of timeouts in place of tickets, too. I hope you told the cop her idea!

  11. 11 Kim August 18, 2007 at 7:48 pm

    Secret….Secret Asians.. Ah that song will be running through my head all night.
    If it makes you feel any better, Brian got a ticket this week too. His was for parking on the street during rush hour. He was in Wrigelyville and found “free” street parking, but only until 4. He was sure the game would be finished by then. Why not? Hmmm.. this is sounding like a good blog posting.

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