Monday, December 28, 2009

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Secret Ingredient

Joe: What are the ingredients in peanut butter?
Me: For the kind we buy? Peanuts and salt.
Joe: That sounds quick to make, we should try to make some.
Me: We did one time but it came out really dry. It didn't really work.
Joe: Oh... Maybe there's a secret ingredient.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Note to self... Must check on Matthew sooner when I hear him saying "whack whack whack"

Me: These aren't for breaking.
Matthew (in Italian accent): Whyyyyyyy? I baking. I wanza bake it.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Tuesday, December 8, 2009


Matthew: Why cookies away Mom? Why? Iwanzomemore.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

rite of nasal passage

In the five years that we've had kids, we've managed to avoid a visit to the ER. Matthew broke our streak today, when he put a dried black bean out of reach up his nose. It took suction to get it out. The doctor put it in this handy keepsake specimen cup.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Fall Walk 10/2009

Places Where Danny is No Longer Safe

1. Under the baby gym, where Matthew likes to literally smother him with love:

2. In the bumbo seat, where last week, I put him in, walked away, and when I came back, he was on the floor:

3. In the bouncyseat, where today, I found him stuck, dangling off the side with the top of his head touching the ground:

Friday, October 23, 2009

He knows and insult when he hears one

Dad to Matthew: You look like a hobo.
Matthew: NO! Not oboe!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Attachment Brothering

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Danny Laughs

Channeling Daddy

When Chris got home from work on Monday, he picked Matthew up and Matthew put both his hands around Chris' face and petted him, whispering "Hi Daddy... Hi Daddy... Hi Daddy" A few days later, Matthew came out of the bedroom wearing Chris' shirt, "Gook! Daddy!" Then he closed his eyes and petted his own face. I think he was imagining himself reunited with Chris.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Danny's Summer

Mattie's Summer

NY Oct 2009

That Does Sound Bun...

"Mommie, ta deer. Won doe deer. Dat bun?" = Mommie, I saw some deer. Those deer were running. Isn't that fun?

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Kindergarten Drop Off

Me: Can I have a kiss goodbye?
Joe: **kiss**
Matthew(arms outstretched, lips puckered): BYE DOE!!!
Joe looks down at Matthew, who's face is covered with a mixture of peanut butter and snot.
Joe: NO WAY.
Me: Just give him a kiss on the head
Joe: **kiss**
Matthew: Bye Doe.
Joe: Bye Mattie.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

pancakes with syrup

Mom, picking up Mattie's fork: Woah, that's a sticky fork.

Mattie: Gicky bork?

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Matthew Speak

Va Va Voo = I Love You.
Gekgus Mime Mom-mom = Breakfast time Mama
Gook! Two ningers mom, basberries = Look! I have two raspberries in my fingers
Kay juss met = Okay, just a minute

Sunday, September 13, 2009

The Burner Was Left On

Shooing the kids away from the gas grill...
Mom: "You guys, step inside so you don't breath it in."
Joe: "What is it? Is it sleeping gas? Cause if it's not sleeping gas, I want to check it out."

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Danny Rolled Over

Joseph, Daniel and Schoolbus

Woman to Matthew: "what's your name?"
Matthew: "Goolbus."

Joe Dug a Hole at Kindergarten Today

Re: School

"I'm so excited to go to school today. Sometimes when I'm so excited, my stomach tickles me."

Thursday, August 13, 2009


List of necessary equipment:
1. Running shoes
2. Stroller
3. Snack for 2
4. Bjorn
5. Water for 3
6. Plastic bags
7. Dog leash
8. Joe's bike
9. Joe's helmet (note: will take 15 minutes to find.)
10. Pacifier
11. Baby blanket
12. Sunshade
13. Cell phone
14. Car keys (still in ignition from last night.)

Series of events:
1. Run
2. Pick up dog poop
3. Run
4. Pick up dog poop
5. Run
6. Stop for snack, throw away dog poop
7. Run
8. Stop to look at deer
9. Run
10. Stop to nurse hungry baby
10a. Clean spit-up
11. Run
12. Stop to put crying baby in bjorn
13. Walk
14. Stop at water fountain
15. Walk
16. Stop to put sleeping baby back in stroller and release toddler from stroller
17. Walk
18. Stop to fight with toddler about getting back in stroller
19. Run
20. Arrive at car: unpack stroller, get dog in car, buckle toddler, buckle baby, put stroller in trunk, put bike on bike rack, distribute water.
21. Drive home

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

note to self...

word to remember: HuNORmous, as in "that hawk is hu-normous"

Monday, August 3, 2009

Moe=No Doe=Jo Bop=Stop

Joe: Mattie, get off, I have to go.

Mattie (on toilet): moe.

Joe: Mattie! I really have to go!

Mattie: Moe Doe!


Mattie: BOP DOE!

Joe walks away. There's 30 seconds of quite.

Mattie, hopping down from toilet: Ur turn Doe.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Friday, July 24, 2009

Letter to Nana and Grampa (transcribed by me)

Nana and Grampa,
How are you? It's very uncomplicated, I'm missing Minneapolis. And I really miss you. I feel sad that I'm really missing my friends. I'm cutting this letter in half for Nico and you.

Joe Borger.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

More of The Boys

Family Photo Summer 2009

Strawberry and Pea Pickin'

Danny's early smiling

Mattie with his Baby

Danny and Mattie

Brotherly Love (except for real this time)

This morning I had to abandon Danny on the floor so I could race to the bathroom to comfort Joe, who had just slipped and had fallen on the slippery floor. I could hear Danny crying in the living room and then I heard Mattie, "Uh oh. Kine" (Uh oh, Crying) Then Danny stopped crying and when I got back to the living room, as you can see above, Mattie had put a toy down for Danny to look at and covered him up with his blankie. So sweet.

The Boys

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Brotherly Love

Joe: Don't let Matthew get near these cars. He could put them in his mouth and choke on them... And that would hurt them.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Recent Happy Quotes from Joe

1. "They have good birds here"
2. "I like living in the countryside"

Recent Sad Quotes from Joe

1. "I feel sad for no reason"
2. "I miss everything I know"
3. "You are the only cat I have here" (to the neighbor's cat, Skittles.)
4. "Those kids are RUDE" (they really were.)

Friday, June 19, 2009

Bike Ride

Monday, June 8, 2009

Last Week's Injury Count

Last week has been particularly rough for Matthew as evidenced by the following...
1. Bilateral knee skins, TWICE
2. Face scrape from falling on gravel
3. Fingers smashed between two metal chairs
4. Bee sting to right hand, TWICE

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Dexter-Ann Arbor Run

Swinging in Michigan

Oldschool Phonebooth Pics

Joe's first written sentence...

Translation: Trapped in exorbit.... What?
(Superman is trapped in some sort of orbit and this is apparently surprising to him.)

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Bedtime after a long day of Graduatin'

It's Official

So, I missed the actual moment when they put the hood thingy on because
Matthew was sitting in my lap, but at least you can hear them announce it.

Dr Borger (for real this time)

Here are the proud kiddos of the new Chris Borger, MD.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Matthew's Vocabulary


Boe=Any dog

Familiar with the following animal sounds...


Tuesday, March 31, 2009


Joe: This snow is getting on my mustache!!

Monday, March 30, 2009

Matthew's First Sentence

Matthew: (going upstairs) Dada. Dada?
Me: No, Dada went to work. He went bye bye.
Matthew: Dada.
Me: Dada's not here, but you have Mama!

(here it is... first sentence...)

Matthew: Nooo, mo Dada.

Translation: You suck, Mom. I want more Dada.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009


Joe: I know you guys get frustrated when I cry when I have to leave Asa's house, so I'm not going to cry about Asa when we move to Michigan.

Thursday, March 12, 2009


Joe: I don't think I want to wear superheroish clothes anymore, I just want to wear big boy clothes.


Mom: How was Chrissie's?
Joe: Good. We had a pork fight.
Mom: What?
Dad: What do you mean?
Joe: Everyone was throwing porks at each other.
Dad: I don't believe you.
Joe: It's true!
Dad: I don't believe that Chrissie would let you throw pork at each other.
Mom: What do you mean porks?
Joe: You know, those wine bottle-plugger-things.
Joe: Yeah, I mean corks.
Dad: Now do you see why I didn't believe you?

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Goodbye feet, see you in May

You can just barely see them.


Joe: Mom, do you know what I sometimes feel like doing? Squeezing Matthew's head because it is so soft. So I just squeeze my muscles.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Lollipop Dance

Boing! Boing! Boing! Boing!

Danger Baby

Big Brother

Man: Joe, are you excited to have another baby in your family?
Joe: Yeah, 'cause our other baby is getting old.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Crabby Pants

Joe: "I don't want the things that I don't like to be near me."

Thursday, February 19, 2009


We were getting ready for a funeral and I knew Joe was going to need a warning that he wasn't going to be able to wear a costume...
Me: Joe, you aren't going to be able to wear a costume to this.
Joe: Why?
Me: Because you have to wear fancy clothes to things like this.
Joe: But I DO look fancy.

And it was true, he did look very fancy in his leggings with underpants over and a cape safety-pinned on, just not the kind of fancy we were going for.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009


Joe (from the bathroom): Mom, what does S-E-N-A-H spell?
Me: That doesn't spell anything.
Joe: Well, it's written on my underwear.

Monday, February 9, 2009


We have 10 minutes to leave the house and be on time to work/daycare... and all Joe's "superheroish clothes" are dirty...
Mom: Joe, can you just wear regular clothes today?
Joe (eyes welling up with tears): Mom, it's really important to me that when I go to Chrissie's I AM a superhero.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Conversation with Chrissie

Chrissie sometimes takes the kids to a food shelf at a local church and last time they peeked their heads in and looked around at the pews etc...

Joe: I've never been in a church before except one time when I went to a funeral. I was really quiet at the funeral and so I got an airplane as a prize.
Chrissie: Wow!
Joe: Well, it was just a toy airplane.