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We visited my parents this weekend. I haven't really written about them in awhile, I know -- it's easier to report on a crisis than to write entry after entry about a parent's slow decline. But I'll skip ahead to the conclusion of a lot of stuff from this year: My parents are getting ready to sell their house and move into some kind of senior/convalescent/assisted care home. And now I'll gloss over THAT and skip ahead to the bright side of things, which is that my mother's attempts to purge their house of as much clutter and stuff as possible mean that I came home with a HUGE BAG of hideously embarrassing artifacts from my childhood and adolescence to share with you guys. 

There was also an ex-boyfriend sighting and if you're the type who likes to keep a mental score when it comes to these things, let me assure you that I TOTALLY WIN, OH MY GOD.

Bright side! We shall look at the bright side! 

But before I start firing up the scanner so y'all can make fun of my hair and I dunno, I think there's some poetry or some stories about unicorns in there too, please allow me to poke loving fun at my freak children one more time.

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Noah (pictured above as part of his Portraits In Irony, I'm Not Tired series), has decided that his name is now Noah Yoda. And that Noah should always be spelled N-W-A-H, and he is going to sign your Father's Day card that way, even though he hasn't quite mastered the W so his signature looks something like this: N /\/\/\//\/\/\/AH. But dammit, he is going to spell his name semi-phonetically from now on and there's nothing you can do about it, except curse yourself and your nagging mom-voice and your remnant of Philly twang that probably created this NoWAH mess in the first place.

Also, he will only pose for photos wearing a hat. He is willing to use a very loose definition of a "hat", however.

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So. There is that.

And now Ezra, who is officially 20 months going on 17 years old. 

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That's the tubing from my dad's oxygen machine. And the "I know I'm not supposed to touch this" side-eye.

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And now the "people are saying 'no' to me" scowl of WTF.

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OoooooohSNAP YOU GUYS.

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But I'm stillsocuteright?

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Moving on from the tubing, he's now surveying the room for choking hazards or things to start fires with.

(By the way, his hair only looks like that because he smeared macaroni and cheese in it. I mean, obviously.)

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MINIATURE CARS AND DISTRACTED ADULTS! NOM NOM NOM NOM

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Uh-oh. I've been spotted.

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My mom -- along with my baby blankets and junior high class portraits and all of my grandmother's Depression Glass -- passed along the advice to poke some airholes in a box and keep Ezra in there until he's 25. I asked her if maybe Gladware would work too. 

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(Oh yes, this portrait's a keeper.)

Comments

Dawn Diff

You had me at Depression glass...swoon! And, box full of air holes for Ezra? Brilliant. Lastly, as I type this Carbon Leaf is playing on my radio via WTMD in Towson, MD...weren't you a big fan of theirs?

Melissa C

I love it - so funny! What a perfect way to start my Monday. Thank you!

Alison C

That 3rd one of Ezra needs to be on your Christmas cards this year!

beanery

I'm so glad my son isn't the only one who has decided he no longer wants to go by his given name. He demands he be called Wubbzy, which of course, means my name is Widget. Fun times.

Life of a Doctor's Wife

What a sweet family you have! And oh my Ezra's expressions are priceless!

So glad you all got to spend some time together. Thinking about your parents and wishing them good health.

Kathy at Wellness Roadtrip

I like the look on your dad's face in the last pic. Trying to figure out if the oxygen tube is still in tack. Cute pics...can't wait for the unicorn stories.

Amy M.

Sorry about your parents' mover, but adorable kidlets! Love the 'people are saying no to me scowl' - my 2yo has the same one!

ElizabethZ

I don't think NoWWWWah, could be any cuter in that pic w/ your dad, with his house hat on if he tried. SO adorable. What a great shot of the two of them together.

Cheryl S.

It's so difficult to watch our parents get old. But, at least they realize they need some help and are willing to move so they can get it!

And, "Portraits In Irony, I'm Not Tired series" made me laugh out loud at my desk. My coworkers already think I'm nuts,though, so it's OK.

I can totally relate. My (almost 5 y/o) daughter's eyes will be 3/4 closed and she's saying "Im NOT tired!"

Ris

I LOVE it when I run into exes/mean girls from high school/that teacher I didn't like and I'm obviously winning. Yes, it's superficial and stupid but I'm still winning!

Tracy

I'm bad at spotting family resemblance, but it seems to me that I see a lot of your dad in your face, and in Ezra's. God, what a cute kid. Those expressions kill me.

Jackie

OMG, your narration of Erza stuffing the car into his mouth...hilarious!!

Natalie

Wait!! I work in a museum and a lot ALOT of my volunteers and the visitors who come in for tours are in assisted living homes/situations and they LOVE it! Seriously it isn't really the 'end' rather for so many of the people who volunteer for me it was a new lease on life. Don't let this scare or worry you! There are so many activities and things for them to get involved with at assisted living homes and the chance to make new friends, this could really be a great thing for them!

Beeeee

Dying over the "MINIATURE CARS AND DISTRACTED ADULTS! NOM NOM NOM NOM" My son is the EXACT same child...

Lisa

Ezra's cute little head of hair grew back quickly after his hair cut.

Lisa

Ezra's cute little head of hair grew back quickly after his hair cut.

Radish

I sooo needed that laugh from Ezra today. Thank you!

Karen

I adore your mom. Best parenting advice EVER.

Brooke

I think you need to start a series called "Ezra Mondays."

Because those babyfaces were just what I needed today. (particularly the om-nom-nom-small-cars face.) Better than coffee.

LPC

Your children are just so cute.

Judy

The assisted living is probably not as traumatic to your parents as to you, in fact they may be looking forward to it. I think it's harder to watch your parents get older than it is for them to actually do it. I know my kids hate seeing me age, but it bothers me not at all, because I've lived a full life, and some of the perks of being older are so great - not only the Golden Corral discount, but the fact that you can get by with being an obnoxious witch and it gets chalked up as "crotchity old lady". Ha.

Anyway, adorable pictures. I think if I ever got close enough to Ezra, I might have to nom nom nom him for awhile, he is just precious. Noah too, of course.

sheilah

I love the Ezra-stink-eye shot. That is so totally funny!

Parsing Nonsense

Ha! I love ex-boyfriend sightings. Especially when they're working a lame job, or they've gained a billion pounds, or they're weird looking.

I do not, however, care for ex-boyfriend sightings when they've grown up all handsome-like and are earning oodles of money and they have perfect teeth. AND they apologize to you for being so awful to you in high school. Jerks.

maria

these pictures are soo funny!! Love Noah's expression and pride as he wears the house/ hat !! SSOO funny! Looks like you all had a great time ..I know what you mean about our parenst getting old... I wish they'd take away his driver's license already.The stress is killing us..

mrs. q.

That last photo series is friggin' hilarious. Almost as good as the Mighty Ez snorting cars is your dad trying to straighten out and perfect that tubing, just like Dad's do.

Stay strong with the packing and sorting of the artifacts. Selling a family home can be heartbreaking and soul-warming at the same time.

mrs. q.

That last photo series is friggin' hilarious. Almost as good as the Mighty Ez snorting cars is your dad trying to straighten out and perfect that tubing, just like Dad's do.

Stay strong with the packing and sorting of the artifacts. Selling a family home can be heartbreaking and soul-warming at the same time.

Broad

Without knowing how your pop's actually doing, I gotta say he's looking pretty good, so I hope that means he's doing as well as he looks.

As for the ex-sighting, was he fat and gross or just manning the fryer at McDonald's?

Broad

Also, Ez' hair looks awesome with macaroni in it. And no, I'm NOT kidding!

tracey

Ezra is freaking hilarious. Love his expressions.

katie

My parents have the same sofa. I hope they find a spot for it somewhere! Blue and white check sofas with dusty rose flowers will be hip again someday.

katie

My parents have the same sofa. I hope they find a spot for it somewhere! Blue and white check sofas with dusty rose flowers will be hip again someday.

katie

My parents have the same sofa. I hope they find a spot for it somewhere! Blue and white check sofas with dusty rose flowers will be hip again someday.

Dayna

On the other side of the coin are the in-laws who refuse assisted living suggestions. Seriously, dude... count your blessings that your parents are rational humans.

Also, cute kiddos!

Helen

Those last three photos reminded me so strongly of this:

http://www.myartprints.com/kunst/raffael_eigntl_rafaello_santi/cherubini.jpg

beta dad

Is Nwah Yoda's "hat" by any chance a replica of the Governor's Palace in Williamsburg?

Kate


OOh, your boys are sooo cute, and we totally dig their clothes, especially Noah's Star Wars T, and Ezra's natty line in Sesame St. shirts.

My daughter's learning the English alphabet from old Sesame St DVDs and LOVES it but we can't get the Ts here (any ideas for online stockists who ship internationally anyone??). The French do have a version called 5 Rue Sesame, but sadly it lacks the charm of the US version (no Big Bird! No Oscar! Can you imagine?)

From Belgium

My daughter has the exact same "what do you mean 'NO', you crazy woman" expression.

Christine

When did Noah's limbs get so long? (Sorry, I mean Nwah's.)

Kate

I am in stitches! Nwah and sneaky car eating, tube pulling Ezra are hilarious and the series of pictures you took are classic. Can't wait to see the "archives".

Kate

I am in stitches! Nwah and sneaky car eating, tube pulling Ezra are hilarious and the series of pictures you took are classic. Can't wait to see the "archives".

Katie Kat

I LOVE the look on Ezra's face in that third picture! OH SNAP indeed!

Random

When my former neighbours' son (a boy very much like Noah indeed) was about seven years old, he decided that his name was Yoda. Not Sacha, not even Sacha Yoda, just Yoda. He wouldn't answer to anything else, even at school, even with his friends.
This went on until he was about nine years old (yes, two years). Then he gave it up and, a year later, decided that his name was Liam.
He's eleven and a half now, and hasn't been called Sacha in over a year. Liam seems to be working for him.

Amanda

Your boys are sweet, Amy, and your family is lovely. (Zah's scowl... oh my god. Mine does a version of that and he's only -almost- 8 months old. I hope he's still as cute as Ezra with it when he gets to be that age.) Thank you for sharing with us.

kat

the facial expressions are HYSTERICAL. i am laughing over here!

erin

Ezra's expressions and demeanor remind me so much of my 2nd boy too. Such attitude at such a young age!

a

It's hard work to redistribute all the memories and to watch your parents leave their home for a new and different life. It will be better and worse, if they're anything like my aunt. She went to her assisted living place (where she has her own apartment), and complained that all the people are old...I think she was 78 at the time. But it will be nice to not have to worry that your parents might need help - it will be right there.

Otherwise, your boys are HILARIOUS!

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