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What would you do for a Klondike bar?

I laughed at how obsessed Scott was getting over my iPod. I had to practically pry it from his hands. Well, I've been sucked in now too. It's actually pretty dang cool. He had already loaded it with about 200 songs, and I've spent some time loading in extras. It's handy to play it in my car and not have to mess with all of the CDs. Now I just need to get a case so it doesn't get banged up in my purse. I also need a bigger purse since I like to keep my digital camera with me, and now this :)

I'm at a bit of a loss on how to keep the kids occupied over the next week. It's so much easier during the warm/hot months, because you can go outside and play. When it's cold, you are somewhat limited in your activities. Today, we're going to go to the grocery store, and maybe to Target. They are already limited in what they can do around the house, outside of playing with toys, because of a new rule Scott and I put in place. They can only watch a show, play a video game, or play with their remote controlled cars if they go to the potty and haven't had any accidents. It works pretty well with Michael, but our stubborn Matthew doesn't seem to care. He really would spend his life with no show, no games, whatever as long as it meant not going to the potty. I know that they won't spend the rest of their lives having accidents, but DEAR GOD!!! They are almost four and I'm tired of cleaning up that. It's hard when I hear parents talking about their child being completely trained by 2 1/2 (or earlier) when my boys have been so stubborn. Oh well, I love them anyway!!!!

Oh - my brother wrote me email the other day, and it always feel funny to hear him address me as 'sis' and say he loves me. To give the back story, we share a father, but he's like 20 years older than me. When I was 5, our dad passed away. He didn't care for my mom, so he left and told the family that when I was 18 he would get in touch with me. HE DID!!! I went to visit him, and we've talked occasionally ever since. But there is this distance. He was not there for 13 years. We don't have a history together, so he doesn't FEEL like a brother even though I know he is. I love him, but I yearn for the true brother/sister relationship that I missed being raised as an only child. I wish he were closer so I could see him more often. He's never met my boys.

I guess the holidays really do make you melancholy. *sigh*