March 26 09

Isabella is loving all the traipsing strangers potential buyers who have been coming in and out of our house lately (side note: LOTS of visitors; no offers yet). unlike me – i run for cover and try to pretend that i’m not in the house, ho hum, lalal i’m hiding while there are scary russians picking apart my home – she gets all giddy and introduces each room to them with an arbitrary fact, “this is my room! my pajamas are in my top drawer!” yesterday when i asked her about the people who came that day she said:

“they were very shy”

“oh really?”

“yes. i think it’s because they were shy-nese”

that’s my girl. unintentionally funny. just like her mama.


(Isabella wears a dress that her daddy bought for her from H&M)

also, unintentionally funny? Paula Abdul. Paula bringing out some coloring books for Simon and then when Seacrest says, “what else do you have under the table?” and Paula proudly answers that it’s “under her skirt” i really don’t know how i kept my dinner down. i hope that Miss Moose wasn’t watching, because her retch-fest might have returned.

also, unintentionally funny? forcing my son to assist me get my thong (the underpants, not the flip flop) out of my dog’s mouth. it was a two person job. i don’t know which of us was more embarrassed. i’m thinking Josh.

speaking of my wonderful son who all of a sudden is like this little smartypants who we are told has been put into reading AND math enrichment at school. WHAT? now, i’m going to say something and you all are going to look up from your screens and be all, “wow, ali really is a shitty mother” but please, reserve your judgements. thanks. especially if you are my favorite troll of the week, Betsy, the bunny owner from Toronto who made me feel like total shit this week. So, basically, i didn’t know that my son was smart.

i mean, every mother thinks her children are perfect. i once went to visit a friend and her brand-new baby and she said to me, completely and totally without a shred of irony, “i know every mother thinks her child is the most beautiful child in the world, but i’m SURE that Ilan really is the most beautiful baby to ever exist.” and she was serious. she really thought she was being objective about it. but, really, you CANNOT be completely objective when it’s your child, right? so, the same way i was kind of blown away when Emily’s play director said, “you DO know that she has a beautiful voice, right?” i was kind of blown away when Josh’s teacher said, “you DO know that Josh is an exceptional child, right?”

but, alas, here’s the rub. the actual reason i brought all of this up.

my son does his homework every.single.night but never turns it in.

smart, you say? the only thing dumber than NOT doing your homework is actually going to all the trouble to spend the hours (and i mean hours) to, you know, actually do it but never hand it in.

is this a boy thing? Miss Emily is so proud of her homework and can’t wait to show all her work to her teachers. she’s a total browner and NEEDS the positive feedback. the girl lives for the feedback. i mean, this is the “WATCH ME MOMMY! MOMMY! MOMMY, MOM, MAMA, MAMA! ARE YOU WATCHING?!?!” girl. maybe Josh just doesn’t need it? Maybe he just knows he’s already awesome?


  1. My super creative, totally adorable, very special son finishes his homework and doesn’t turn it in either. Then when I see his late assignments lists online and tell him follow-through is all part of the process, he looks at me like I’m the crazy one. Like it’s no big deal.

    Of course, he’s going pro in the NBA by junior year, so that’s what he’s banking on. Yeah…

    Comment by foradifferentkindofgirl (fadkog) on March 26, 2009
  2. hahaha!….why should josh show his homework when he KNOWS he did it?

    Comment by LAVENDULA on March 26, 2009
  3. haha I think sometimes with guys it is a perception thing. Like it isn’t cool to be smart, ya know? I dated a guy in high school who got a 1530 on his SAT without even TRYING and yet he was skating by with Cs. Why? Because he didn’t want to be known as one of the “smart” kids so he just did enough to not get bitched by his parents and tried not to let the cat out of the bag.

    Comment by Lyndsey on March 26, 2009
  4. Oh Bella, you are so my favorite Martell kid.

    Isn’t that the sign of the super smart people? Like they forget the common sense stuff? Like turning IN the homework? It just doesn’t challenge him enough to turn it in?

    I don’t get it either. I mean, maybe he forgets, but seeing others turning their homework in, wouldn’t that remind you that “oh right! I need to turn mine in too!”

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    Comment by Kristabella on March 26, 2009
  5. Its not a boy thing. I use to do that too. I didn’t have the confidence to turn it in because I was always afraid I would be wrong.

    Comment by WickedStepMom on March 26, 2009
  6. Here’s my take on the whole smart thing; homework is awful that you get docked so much for not turning it in.

    Honestly, I LOATHED homework in school and hated turning it in. Even if I did it.

    I think my grades in school were actually much better than people thought they were because I scored off the charts (as in above average) during things like standardised testing and was only a FEW points away from getting into a sophomore grade English class in college through testing.

    So I think his smarts show in other ways – but not turning in homework is not an indicator. You can’t blame yourself for not knowing if he doesn’t turn in his homework.

    And that dress is amasing.

    Comment by Mari on March 26, 2009
  7. That dress is adorable! And I never turned in my homework either…but I remember that it was in protest because I thought it was dumb.

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    Comment by Lynette on March 26, 2009
  8. Isabella = I wish I had a daughter πŸ™‚

    My boy doesn’t hand his in either. I figure he is just forgetting…

    Comment by Chantal on March 26, 2009
  9. I hate to admit it, but when I was between about 3-6th grade I didn’t turn my homework in either. Did it, correctly too, but didn’t turn it in. Can’t tell you why either. Looking back on it it’s ridiculous.

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    Comment by Dianna on March 26, 2009
  10. What is it with boys and doing their homework and not turning it in? My brothers did that too!

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    Comment by Sensibly Sassy on March 26, 2009
  11. I used to do that too. I’d get the homework in, but forget to turn it in, or leave it at home, etc. I finally started turning stuff in on time once I got to junior high.

    Maybe its time to show that repeatedly not turning in homework has consequences. That’s what helped me.

    Comment by tutugirl1345 on March 26, 2009
  12. yes yes wonderful children but I must ask: what team jersey is Josh wearing?

    Comment by katie ~ motherbumper on March 26, 2009
  13. IS it a boy thing? Is this what I have to look forward to?

    I love your kids. Unintentionally funny and totally awesome.

    Comment by mamatulip on March 26, 2009
  14. Josh is pure awesomeness. Just like his parents and sisters.

    Betsy can suck it.


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    Comment by Angella on March 26, 2009
  15. I love Josh’s hair – he’s realy taken the Luke Skywalker look to heart. Super cute.

    shy-neese – omh I spit up my coffee.

    Whenever I make a statement like my daughter/son is the cutest/smartest/coolest thing ever – I ALWAYS qualify it with but of course I’m her Mom.

    Your kids are pretty cool, but then You are pretty cool too.

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    Comment by monstergirlee on March 26, 2009
  16. These kids were bred from awesomeness. What the hell did you expect Ali?? πŸ˜‰

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    Comment by Miss on March 26, 2009
  17. Ok, I *love* that Josh already has a Falcons jersey! That boy is ready for Atlanta!

    Maybe he needs a UGA one to add to his collection, too? (Go Dawgs!) πŸ˜‰

    And yeah, I was bad about turning stuff in, too. And happened to be in the GATE classes (gifted and talented education)…

    Comment by Darcey on March 26, 2009
  18. Cool drum set… and he’s smart to boot. You’ve got your hands full, Ali!

    Kudos on the boy for at least doing his homework… I’m pulling my hair out all the time trying to get the kid to sit…and the problem he says is it’s all boring and hubs tells him how smart he is. I think it’s a boy thing.

    Comment by Karen MEG on March 26, 2009
  19. Welcome my sister to the world of the gifted slacker boy. It is a terrible, horrid, wretched evil place, filled with tears and grinding teeth that only gets worse in middle school. My son~15~is just now coming out of it in his freshman year. The good thing is that he is the cutest boy ever~still~and it has gotten him out of many scrapes~including the doing-but-not-turning phase. When they have brilliant careers adn are paying our nursing hoe bills, all will be forgotten πŸ™‚

    Comment by LibraryGirl on March 26, 2009
  20. You shouldn’t feel bad! I didn’t know my daughter had any real talent until I saw her perform Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz in high school. I knew she could sing, I knew she could dance, but I didn’t know if she could act. And she wanted to major in Theatre in college! Then I saw the dress rehearsal. Inside of 5 minutes, she was no longer Gina. She was this little girl from Kansas who could talk to Scarecrow and Tin Man! She was phenominal! She won a best actress award in competition and I have the video to prove it! πŸ™‚

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    Comment by Joanie on March 26, 2009
  21. Oops! Sent by mistake! I wanted to add that your kids are smart and funny and talented! Sometimes we are too close to them to see it.

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    Comment by Joanie on March 26, 2009
  22. I love people who are completely clueless the awesomeness of their own talents. And also hate them a little. But mostly love them.

    Comment by MonsteRawr on March 26, 2009
  23. shy-nese?! hysterical! πŸ™‚

    commiserations on the thong incident. yikes!

    Comment by Nenette on March 26, 2009
  24. I like that you included her bunny ownership.

    Comment by slynnro on March 26, 2009
  25. Okay, seriously? Each one of your kids is funnier than the next. And I am laughing my ass off at the thought of Josh spending all that time on homework and never turning it in. Is this what I have to look forward to?

    Comment by metalia on March 27, 2009
  26. Great post.

    Those pictures are beautiful

    Comment by Review 2 Bonus on March 27, 2009
  27. Silly Boy… turn in your homework!

    By the way, I have the most brilliant baby on the planet. πŸ˜‰

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    Comment by The Football Wife on March 27, 2009
  28. Well, I must say that Bella was “shy-nese” when I met her–hopefully we can have a more insightful conversation about whale sharks and horny frogs when next I meet her =)

    Comment by Camels & Chocolate on March 27, 2009
  29. He’s a rebel. Rebels don’t need to prove nothing to nobody. Apparently.

    Comment by Moose on March 28, 2009
  30. He’s a rebel the probably plays a means set of drums. Am i right?

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    Comment by gorillabuns on March 29, 2009
  31. Sadly my “gifted” child does the same thing. He’s in high school now and has gotten a little better now that he know’s his college career depends on it. Great post!

    Comment by Cult Diva on March 30, 2009
  32. What was WITH that Paula Abdul comment anyways?? Totally creeped me out.

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    Comment by No Mother Earth on March 31, 2009

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