Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Good News! I've Been Released!

AWOL? Yes, and I was being held captive by the little guys you see here! Zach, age 3 ½, and his baby brother Sam, age 2 months, captured me and kept me in an undisclosed location for the past week. Don’t I look stressed, tortured and miserable?

My release was negotiated by the government of Grandmastan, ransom paid by the not-for-profit organization MWBCHSIAOU, also known as My-Wife-Better-Come-Home-Soon-I’m-Almost-Out-of-Underwear. I believe that my very own husband, the Center of the Universe had a role in my release.

He was thinking of sending a former president to negotiate with my captors, but Clinton and Carter have recently achieved similar rescues, and he knew that if Dubya was sent out, I’d go underground forever.

Anyhoo, I had a blast, and I’ll be blogging about some of our escapades! The photo here shows me with the boys at Train Town, a very cute little amusement park with a 25-minute train ride in Sonoma, CA. It’s about an hour and a half from their home in Sacramento. Well worth the drive, especially if your 3-year old is obsessed with trains, as Zachary is.

Of course, he’s also very unhappy about loud sounds, so there are a lot of photos of Zachary with his hands covering his ears. This would not be so surprising if Zach were not prone to making loud noises himself. He is often heard singing at the top of his lungs, be it “I’m Bringing Home a Baby Bumblebee”, the alphabet song, or, God help us, “The Theme From Ben Ten”. Not familiar with it? Neither were we, except that Zach’s dad had heard some of his peers talking about it at a recent toddler birthday party. Seems it’s a show aimed at 7-8 year olds, and some of Zachary’s friends have brothers in that age group.

We asked Zach how he knew about Ben Ten. “Chase sings it.” Yep, Chase has older brothers. Check.

So Grandma went online to find out what the real words to the song are. What Zach was singing was hilarious, but also kinda like your drunken roommate trying to sing karaoke to a song she never quite learned.

Let’s just say, Zach got “superpowers”, “no ordinary kid” and “Ben Ten” right. The rest was insanely distorted. As in, “Scotty had a (blah-blah) and he licked it when he did,” which should have been, “It started when an alien device did what it did.”

When his daddy tried to tell Zachary what the real words are, Zach was unconvinced. Wait—did I say unconvinced. No, Zach was angry, in the manner of a 3-year old, insistent that his daddy was wrong and Chase was right. Whatever. Daddy may be Zachary’s total hero, but when it comes to superheroes, Chase has the street cred.

Coming up later this week:  Grandma takes Zach to the circus (much more ear-covering), and a play date with Zachary's betrothed, the lovely Miss J, as the two play on the slip 'n' slide, much to the delight of Miss J's adorable little sister, Miss M.  Hilarity ensued, as always.

Thanks for a great visit, fam!  --oops, did I neglect to mention that these boys have parents?  Bygones.


  1. Yes, you look totally in despair in that picture. It must've been just a horrible experience. ;)

    My kids love trains too. We've made a couple trips to the train attractions not too far from our house. I think for the little one's birthday coming up we'll shell out for an actual train ride.

  2. They are so cute and you look great, too. Hope to see you one of these days!

  3. They are adorable! I'm glad you enjoyed yourself.

  4. So cute! Glad you had a great visit and that CoTU survived.

  5. How fun!
    And look postively tortured.

  6. You look glowing, that's what. Zach, too. What a great visit you had. That is one great train--Augie loves trains, too, and would love it.