April 10 07

(you truly have to watch this video three separate times to watch each child individually. hilarious. they all loved dancing to happy feet!)

i’m happy to report that “team martell” kicked “team ali’s parents” arse this past week. even if my stepdad is the mayor. we think we found the trick to keeping our sanity while visiting the house of emotional disconnect. because we knew that neither one of my parents was going to help us with the kids…

(they were too busy sleeping in and taking naps in the middle of the day. my mom actually said to us on day 2 “you’ll never believe what happened! i never take naps in the middle of the day…and i just took my first one in 20 years”….and then she preceeded to take her second, third, fourth and fifth.)

(sure…and Jim never has a second cup of coffee at home. and i’m sure Joey’s never been in a Turkish prison either. or watches movies about gladiators. but that’s neither here nor there.)

…the secret was in the shift work. husband would take the early shift – 5-6:30am – and i’d take the 6:30-7am shift. occasionally we each took a second, hour-long or 30-minute second shift. in previous trips, when the kids wouldn’t sleep (yes, this isn’t a new phenomenon for us) we’d both get up, tired as hell, and snip and snap at each other. neither one of us wanted to let the other one sleep. so, we both had to stay up, which, looking back, was so fucking stupid of us. but, when you are that tired….you begin to resent anyone getting any more sleep than you. like your mother. or your stepfather. or your college-aged brother who slept until noon. noon. i can’t remember the last time i did that.

this time we were good to each other. i watched Isabella so he could try on some clothing at Express. He watched her so i could try on and buy this in black:

and two polo shirts (light green and yellow) and now i still have $280 to spend at jcrew.

i watched the kids so he could shower and he watched ‘em so i could.

he bathed the kids and i dressed them.

he fed them. i cleaned them up.

he yined and i yanged.

shift work.

so….i guess it seems that i blog and he nominates.

my ever-loving husband nominated me for three of these:

isn’t he the best??

so…what are you waiting for…go and vote!!! :)


  1. i voted for you already today, though hottest??


    Comment by Sparky Duck on April 10, 2007
  2. ooh, i am totally voting for you, you hot mama. vote for me too? :)


    Comment by lara on April 10, 2007
  3. Cute video, aw sweet hubster


    Comment by Anne on April 10, 2007
  4. Is it me or is Bella one slippery floor away from Axel Rose in the Sweet Child O’ Mine video?

    Shift parenting is the only way we survive visiting my parents as well. Totally.


    Comment by SciFi Dad on April 10, 2007
  5. That video was the cutest! Bella made me laugh, but Josh has the moves! LOL.
    OK, you and your hubby have that tag-team thing down pat. He’s a good guy. I’m going over to vote for you, you lucky thing.


    Comment by bella on April 10, 2007
  6. Your posts about your parents make me want to hug mine. I don’t have kids, but my mom keeps my niece 3 days a week while my sister works. Makes me want to move to their city if/when I have babies.

    Like the skirt! Very cute.

    I’m off to vote…


    Comment by Sadie on April 10, 2007
  7. Okay, I voted. :)


    Comment by Tamsen on April 10, 2007
  8. Hottest Mommy Blogger? You get my vote, that’s for sure. ;)


    Comment by mamatulip on April 10, 2007
  9. Like your new profile pic!

    The video is too cute, I love to watch kids dance. They have not a care in the world.

    Shift work is definitely the way to go!


    Comment by Multi-tasking Mommy on April 10, 2007
  10. Wow…if you offered my husband a million dollars (American!) to nominate me, he wouldn’t have the slightest idea how to do it!


    Comment by Di on April 10, 2007
  11. Your children all have a heartsong of their own! That is too cute for words. And your husband is a good, good man.


    Comment by Jana on April 10, 2007
  12. Omigosh, I totally watched that video 3 times so that I could see each one of them!!! They were all hilarious — but there’s something REALLY funny about a 19-month-old dancing….

    I’ll vote for you!!!! Go Gav!


    Comment by Haley-O on April 10, 2007
  13. LOVE the new photo of you, by the way! Perfect!


    Comment by Haley-O on April 10, 2007
  14. hey Ali, great new pic.that video was so cute.what a nice guy you have.i am always exhausted when we get home from vacations.and i would vote but do not have a clue how to.


    Comment by LAVENDULA on April 11, 2007
  15. Awww! You nominated me!!! I’m soooo touched. Thanks Al!


    Comment by haley-o on April 11, 2007
  16. Done!


    Comment by LaLa on April 11, 2007
  17. babe you deserve everything you get in terms of awards. but I have this weird thing (that cannot be purelled or sanitized see above post…)

    I vote for no one. anytime. (even if I think they deserve it). Well I vote in the elections for crying out loud, just not blogger stuff.

    sigh. yes I AM crazy.


    Comment by crazymumma on April 11, 2007
  18. GO TEAM MARTELL! We do the teamwork thing when we visit my in-laws, because they don’t help either. But we started a weekend shift here on Saturday’s and it rocks!! One of us gets to sleep in and the other gets up w/the kid. Then the person who gets up gets to take a nap later in the day. Works soooo nicely!


    Comment by Fenicle on April 11, 2007
  19. Loving the video!

    Nice teamwork, girl! :)


    Comment by Stacie on April 12, 2007

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