To make your life easier, and because I am so super nice, here's a little more background info on the key players that show up on the blog here.
ME: I'm Leslie. I'm a stay at home Mom to three little kids, two boys and a girl. I love being a Mom, but it is really hard work and I have found that to be more than a little uncomfortable for me from time to time. I wouldn't trade it for the world, but I do honestly express how rough this stuff is.
Back in the old days I worked for an insurance education company, managing people that planned educational seminars. It was as glamarous as it sounds, and I worked really hard, but no one ever once peed on me and I showered each and every day. Life of luxury for sure.
I grew up in Indiana and romanticize the idea of being able to move there again and basically recreate my childhood for my children. I also have huge fantasies about being able to have my parents as part of our daily life, that sounds pretty amazing.
My likes include going out to eat, old people, John Steinbeck novels, running, a good love story, dresses, good grammar, dogs, rap music, pretending I can dance to rap music, bread, Starbucks chai tea lattes, cooking dinner while drinking wine and listening to music rather than kids, and E News...because it doesn't get much more important than that.
I dislike, rude people, coffee, mussels, cats, dirty sheets, having zero plans, whining (unless I am doing it,) waking up really early, long car rides, watching ballet, watching the news, public speaking, unmade beds, and martinis....but I really want to like them because they seem so cool.
If you just can't get enough of me, and let's be honest, who wouldn't want more of me, well here is a post about some random things about me.
ALEX: My amazing, attractive and supportive husband. We've been married for almost 9 years and can't imagine taking this wonderful and horrible ride called parenting with anyone else. He works for a homebuilding company and works almost as hard as I do.
I find him pretty awesome, but apparently he is most attractive to gay men and women over 50. Not sure what is going on, but these two groups of people just adore him. He's a wonderful father and I'm grateful for him. Really grateful for him.
His likes movies, working in the yard (not to be judged by the appearance of our yard,) having no plans, news programs on PBS, beer, grilling, John Irving novels, music of all kinds, his guitar, sleeping in late, wrestling with the boys, anything that can be purchased at Costco, ice cream, organizing things., his label maker, sound systems and 5'4'' brunettes with three kids named Leslie.
He dislikes laziness, whining (even if it's coming from me,) talking on the phone, random background noises like the vibration of a can in a car cup holder - seriously drives him nuts, exercising, jeans that cost more than $30, and Monday mornings.
AIDEN: My oldest, particular, funny, almost six year old boy. He likes things to be just so. He is fascinated to learn anything and asks every night if he gets to go to school the next day because he really doesn't get excited to stay home with me.
He loves bossing around his little brother, vanilla ice cream or treats of any kind, Batman, books, being right, making his own peanut butter and honey sandwhich, legos, gum, any variety of weapon, finding fire ants, pillow fights, having books read to him, jumping on furniture and proper grammar.
He dislikes being disciplined in any manner, chocolate milk, new situations, not winning, messes, turning off the tv, splinters, his brother's singing, ending playdates, losing, and days that Daddy has to go to work.
COLE: My middle, creative, hilarious, loving, cuddly, almost four year old boy. He is usually in his own world which is frustrating and entertaining. He can play by himself for hours and would be happy if he could eat snacks and play with his baby sister all day.
He likes Batman and Robin, chocolate milk, playing with action figures, riding his new bike, Spiderman, climbing in his sister's crib, fireman underpants, playing police, silly voices, writing on anything but paper, booster seats, sandboxes, climbing trees, and being tickled.
He dislikes, public toilets that flush by themselves, long sleeves, being called a baby, using the toilet, bedtime, having to share, time out, naps, his brother telling him what to do, and blueberries.
STELLA: My youngest, sweet, smiling, snuggly 13 month old baby girl. She has the most pleasant disposition that I have expericenced in a baby. She plays and laughs and smiles when anyone speaks to her, especially if she is being told "no."
She likes her bottle, pacifiers, toys that play music, anything that rolls, stuffing leaves in her mouth, being held, sleeping with a blanket over her face, her big brothers, outlets, anything she can move that is larger than she is - like doors, baths, pulling any hair she can grab and attention of any kind.
She dislikes having her diaper changed, tipping over, having a toy taken out of her hands, getting her face wiped, spinach, cold formula, nail trimming, other babies crying, and Daddy not immediately devoting all his attention to her.
Thanks for reading all that. You must be in love with all of us now!