Monday, February 16, 2009


So, Thing 1 has been biting her fingernails, a habit that no one else in our family has. So I got the idea to promise her a manicure (and pedicure, because they're fun and relaxing) if she'd let them grow longer. It TOTALLY worked!

Mark took her to the store where whe picked out 2 colors for her nails--1 for her fingernails and 1 for her toenails. She stopped biting them and let them grow longer. And we went all out with the spa experience in our living room for both Thing 1 and Thing 2 . . .

Notice the tray of goodies -- cookies, cookie dough, lemonade, and root beer, per their request! A real treat since we don't usually do food in the living room.

The fun stuff for pampering their feet

We turned up relaxing music from our clinic and I really enjoyed doing this for the kids. I don't know what it is, but I thought it was relaxing, bonding, and fun.

Thing 2 was mostly excited about root beer but enjoyed the experience very much

Thing 1's cute piggies

Thing 1's cute fingernails

Thing 2's clean feet and nicely manicured toes

And this may seem scripted, but only because Thing 2 really said a bunch of cute stuff and we weren't filming when he said it, so we turned on the camera to see if we could get it on tape and we got most of it:

Some quotes of his from this suprisingly enjoyable spa experience show how he alternated between relaxed kid and wild boy energy:

"This is the best time of my life!"

*BURP!* "Oh, that was a Shrek burp!"

"This is so relaxing."

"I think I got Root Beer in my nose!"

"I like my feet shiny."

The next night, I heard them TOTALLY messing around and laughing in their room. It was getting late and so I went up to tell them to settle down and get to sleep. However, when I heard what they were doing, I grabbed the camera instead. I snuck upstairs and filmed for as long as I could without getting caught. I got SUCH a hilarious video of Thing 2 impersonating all 4 of the American Idol judges. His Randy impression was my favorite (Yo, yo, yo! Dude. Dawg!) The video is hysterical and often shakes from me laughing really hard while trying not to let them hear me. SO, so funny.


Thing 2 caught me and his first words were, "What the . . . ????" followed by "Noooooooooo! Mommy, PLEASE don't put that on your blog. PLEASE don't put that on your blog!!" I'm not sure if it's because he was in his underwear or because he was doing Paula Abdul impersonations, but either way after his sincere pleadings, I'm not posting it. But MAN are you missing out. It is SO SO funny.


D'Arcy said...

It can be one of those things you post later, as he has a girlfriend and is in college and THEN he'll really not want you to show it to anyone, though I think it sounds utterly adorable!

What a great idea!!! You guys are pretty awesome parents. I don't remember mine ever doing that for me, but they did stuff in their own way!

Jill O said...

That is a FABULOUS idea! Do you think all three of my boys would be into that? I had my first "real" pedicure last month and it was heaven. I am addicted and think I need to go back ASAP even though it is February and nobody is going to be seeing my toes.
And I totally agree with D'Arcy, save that puppy and break it out for his girlfriend. She will love it!

emily said...

now i'm dying to see it. darn it!

oh man, did you watch amazing race last night? i laughed so hard i cried when those people were falling down the hill with the cheese. then i had to show it to my parents this morning when they came over and we all laughed again--and i cried, again. hi-larious.

Swawaeve said...

That is so cool. Thing 2 is adorable (I'd love to see the video).

J Fo said...

I think that I would be willing to pay to see that video. So, if Thing 2 is ever in need of some cash... ;)

I love the idea of the pedicure...getting it, that is. I HATE touching feet. yuck. I guess it would be different with my own kids, but I'm not sure.

p.s. I just watched Amazing Race, (tivo!)and I too was crying over the cheese rolling down the hill and the people doing the most awkward things to make it down. Good stuff. I'm rooting for Mike and Mel because I LOVE "School of Rock." If you haven't seen that movie, you should. You'll understand Greg a little better.

(Sorry, I didn't mean to make this all about the race, but I'm totally in to it so far!)

April (Thorup) Oaks said...

Just the story of the AI impersonations is good for me. Too funny! I'm glad you got to see that!

Pedicures are my favorite!

Peter said...

Boy, if you guys do something, you certainly do it right. Looks like it was a ton of fun. And I'm really going to need to remember your nail-biting intervention strategy; very clever.

And keep posting videos, especially of the kids. They change so quickly and I haven't seen them in years. It's the best opportunity I've got right now to get to "know" them (even if it's not a two-way street at the moment).

Anonymous said...

Stacy, you are the coolest mom!

Boquinha said...

Thanks, D'Arcy. I can hardly wait for you to be here in person!

And Jill, you're joining us, too, right? Hilarious! I got a pedicure as a gift from my coworkers when I was pregnant with Kate. I put off going because I didn't really know what it was. When it was about to expire, I didn't want to waste it, so I called and asked if I could get a manicure instead (I thought all they'd do was paint my toenails--I had no idea!). When they told me the price difference, I wondered what in the world they were going to do to my feet! It was WONDERFUL! Omigosh, WOW.

Emily, I know. I've had so many email requests to see it. SO funny. YES! Amazing Race was AWESOME!! I love tasks like that--that hill looked awfully slippery and steep, yikes!

Sierra, so funny!

Um, Jessica, I could totally see Thing 2 taking you up on that. :P And we LOVE Tivo. Oh, Mike and Mel? He also wrote AWESOME episodes of Freaks and Geeks--you have GOT to see that show. I KNOW you guys will love it. Why does "School of Rock" help us understand Greg better? I'm so glad you're watching the race!!

April, SO funny.

Peter, THANK YOU for commenting!! SUCH a pleasure to hear from you! And thanks for the nice compliments. We've got to get together and have fun . . .

Kelly, you are so kind. Thanks.