Beware The Toy Eater

OK- it isn't the toy eater, but it IS the flying spaghetti monster...

OK- it isn't the toy eater, but it IS the flying spaghetti monster...

I recently got a copy of “Falling Up” by Shel Silverstein.  Princess loves the silly poems and illustrations.  One night DMP read her a poem called “The Toy Eater”. It goes a little somethin’ like this:

You don’t have to pick up your toys, okay?
You can leave ’em right there on the floor,
So tonight when the terrible Toy-Eatin’ Tookle
Comes tiptoein’ in through the crack in the door,
He’ll crunch all your soldiers, he’ll munch on your trucks,
He’ll chew your poor puppets to shreds,
He’ll swallow your Big Wheel and slurp up your paints
And bite off your dear dollies’ heads.
Then he’ll wipe off his lips with the sails of your ship,
And making a burpity noise,
He’ll slither away—but hey, that’s okay,
You don’t have to pick up your toys.

Ever since, she has been VERY concerned with keeping her toys picked up. It is funny because it is to the point that we have expanded the legend to explain that he won’t come unless we call him. Otherwise, I’d never get her out of the door in the morning!

September 22, 2008. Tags: , . Uncategorized. 2 comments.

Abortion Rant

So after John McCain announced Sara Palin as his VP choice, I read a few op-ed pieces about her pregnant, teenage daughter and her “pro-life” stance.  Both articles I read talked about how, if McCain and Palin have their way and overturn Roe v. Wade, pregnant teenagers will have no “choice” but to have babies. One article specifically stated several stats about how teenage mothers are more likely to live in poverty, be less educated, more likely to divorce, be more likely to need government aid and on and on.


Both articles were critical that by removing the “choice” to have a baby or abort it, McCain would be dooming young, teenage women to lives of poverty and misery.  One article in particular argued that kids are having sex 8-10 yrs earlier than pre-legal abortion times so we need to keep abortion legal so people have a choice in what to do about their “mistakes”. 


As I read both of these articles (and similar op-ed pieces) I kept waiting for a mention of adoption as a “choice”.  None, nada, zero, zip.  No mention of it at all (which, I guess to mention it would kinda hurt the whole “dooming young women to lives of misery” argument).  Now, both of my readers know that my adorable niece and nephew joined our family through adoption.  We wouldn’t trade them for the world and I’m grateful for their birth mom’s who were brave enough to recognize that their child could have a family that wanted them and needed them.  I think that adoption is a very viable option for dealing with an unwanted pregnancy.  Yes, you have to go through the pregnancy and birth, which isn’t a picnic, but that is a consequence that you should have to deal with.


They also obviously never mentioned, you know, using birth control or abstaining. I find it frustrating that people treat abortion as another form of birth control. It is irresponsible – especially in an era where any young woman can go to planned parenthood and get birth control.

September 19, 2008. Tags: , . Uncategorized. 2 comments.


Princess and her best friend got in trouble in Primary on Sunday. I’m so glad that I’m in the Primary presidency because even though I sit in the back and am in and out, the other members have no problem dealing with my kid 🙂  So, for your enjoyment, I will replay the conversation that got Princess and Best Friend in trouble (courtesy of the Primary President).

Best Friend: “Princess, be reverent”

Princess: “I am, YOU be reverent”

Best Friend: (Lifting up her dress) “I have the sparkliest panties in Primary”

Princess: (also lifting up her dress) “No, I have the sparkliest panties!”

At this point, the president jumped in.

Princess-ism number two happened today on the way to the babysitter.  Princess REALLY wants something called “Peek a Boo”.  She talks about them all the time and for the longest time, I couldn’t figure out what they were. When we asked her for details, she said “It is a polly pocket that lives in your earring”.  Yesterday, I was watching Diego and finally saw the commercial she gets so excited about and discovered they are these:

They are small dolls with real hair that have a necklace they fit into.  I saw some at the store and I was trying to get an idea of what kind she wants.  She told me she wants all of them.  I said that I didn’t think that would be possible and she said, very excitedly:

“But Mom, the girl on the TV said I can collect them all!”.

September 5, 2008. Uncategorized. 4 comments.