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The Papen Family Cock

Breaking News: the rooster is still alive.  I’m not sure I’m happy about it, but he’s still alive and kicking. Jeffrey posted a comment on yesterday’s blog in order to point out that we really should be referring to Mr. Rooster as the “Papen Family Cock.”  Yeah. That’s my husband.

Apparently, that rooster makes his appearance everywhere…I mean, seriously, what do YOU see in this cloud???

Here……let me crop it a bit…..

SEE!?!?! He's freaking EVERYWHERE!

Actually….what DO you see in this picture?  I’d love to hear………

Aside from seeing the “family cock” everywhere, my life was – surprisingly -completely untouched by the arrival of Mr. Rooster. We still woke up, made coffee, made breakfast, fed all the animals, picked up Victor and Lorena, turned the horses out, and got ready for the rest of the day.

Ellie was beyond excited to be heading to her friend “Ena’s house” (Siena from SwimBabes), and just about came unglued when we arrived. Her squeals of delight were enough to send me out to buy a Bose Noise Cancelling Headset.

I’m not generally a “playdate” or “mommy-and-me” type mom.  That being said, I’m really enjoying getting to know another mom who lives relatively close, and shares so many of the same values, experiences, quirks, dislikes and interests.  The fact that the girls like each other is just an added bonus.  Of course, Ellie had a total meltdown toward the end of our time there, and had to have some time away from the toys, but all in all, I think it went fairly smoothly.

This age can be so tough…here I am with all these years of “experience” with toddlers…and I once again feel like I have no idea what the heck I’m doing.  I had forgotten the feeling of helplessness that comes when faced with a little person who has a strong opinion and who’s completely unwilling and pretty much incapable of seeing things in any other light than her own.  Teaching a child how to self-calm is a crash course in self-calming for myself.  Of course, logic would say that finding patience would be easier with each child, but unfortunately, I just haven’t found that to be true.  Whatever the case may be, I’m pressing on, and doing what has worked in the past – even if I don’t see results immediately!

Ok, EG – you’re presenting quite the challenge to your mamacita!!!!!

I think that maybe the only advantage that I have from all my experience with other kids this age, is that I know that they grow out of it. Eventually, with consistency, they figure it all out…and turn into a person who knows how to compromise, knows how to listen, knows how to communicate, and knows that sometimes it’s best just to do what Mommy (or Nanny) says! I can’t wait for that! Hurry up, Ellie, hurry up!

Other than all that, I managed to make a Target run (they’ve got the greatest boyfriend style v-neck t-shirts for $8), stir up some spaghetti sauce, weed the vegetable garden, walk the dogs (who were going absolutely crazy after spending the last three days locked inside from the rain), pack for my trip to LA, and dream up a scheme to take over the world (that I think will actually work!).

Here are the photos from the day:

The front yard - I think it was still sprinkling!

ridiculous

Don't know what these are. They look like Viburnum, but have red berries in the fall

Leaves, flowers and berries in the background

chives

Something about this bark called to me

Sage

I have to put these ugly red cups around the lilies that are coming up...Jax runs like a mad woman through the flower beds and has broken 3 already! With these, she goes AROUND rather than on top!

Charlene, this flower amazes me. It changes every day!

The peonies will be here in time for Mother's Day! WOW!!!! I CAN'T WAIT!!! They're my all-time favorite flowers!

Cress

amazing sky

The driveway

She ate that entire bowl.....the BIG one!

This one reminds me of her 2nd cousin, Nora (my first cousin.....but she's only a year older than EG. Go, BUDDY!)

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One Comments to “The Papen Family Cock”

  1. Michelle Freeman

    no comment about the rooster. you said it all! you live in paradise and once again, thanks for sharing the beautiful photos that you do. EG is hilarious.. I love that first pic of her and the spaghetti face.

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