By: Jennifer Murray

Energy Zappers…

In my inbox today was a terrific quote from my dear friend, Suz. I began laughing hysterically. 

"The emotional and physical energy needed to supervise an energy-packed tot can take down the most physically fit mom. If your toddler happens to be a boy, add 50% more energy…" —On Becoming Toddlerwise

So mathematically in our situation add 200% more energy??? So that’s why I’m beat at the end of the day!!!!

Here’s the energy zappers in action:


Henry – This boy LOVES to be right in the action of things


Buying some time, thanks to the genius wrapping paper coloring idea from Mari.



Isaac playing trains on a solid, sturdy, connected track, courtesy of  Elmer’s Wood Glue.


If you have any energy remaining at the end of this post, consider voting for our 4tunate at the Weblog Best Parenting Blog Awards.  We are running a close second thanks to your remarkably grand effort!  Voting ends on Tuesday evening.  Remember you can vote every 24 hours. (Nudge, Nudge. Poke, Poke.)

The 2008 Weblog Awards



16 Responses to “Energy Zappers…”

  1. Following HIM
    January 10, 2009 at 8:13 pm #

    Guess that is why nap time is still a MUST for mom to have too 🙂 Love your little energy zappers though…adorable…and almost 2!

  2. Barbara Manatee
    January 10, 2009 at 8:40 pm #

    I saw Suz’s comment on Facebook today and laughed, too! I can only imagine what some days can be like! My two can be enough, and only one of them is a boy 🙂 Wonder what #3 will be…we’ll find out in a few days when he/she arrives!

  3. Suzanne
    January 10, 2009 at 8:55 pm #

    yep…laughter…a nod of the head with a little snicker (like, “no kiddin”??), and an immediate thought of my DEAR friend, murr! love you so much!!!

    now say it with me: “God will not give you more than you can handle…God will not give you more than you can handle!” 😉 hugs!!!

  4. Hughes & Company
    January 10, 2009 at 9:10 pm #

    Hey, I just voted for your blog! You are only in 2nd place by 67 votes. Come on fellow bloggers…GET OUT THE VOTE!!! 🙂

  5. mrs boo radley
    January 10, 2009 at 10:38 pm #

    Henry! Stop melting my heart with your outrageous smile already!

  6. Lindsay
    January 11, 2009 at 7:48 am #

    Your energy zappers are adorable!! You are only down by 3 votes when I voted! YAY!

  7. Jen Wilson
    January 11, 2009 at 1:10 pm #

    I can only imagine!! I do childcare and have two 1-year-old boys in addition to my own 1-year-old girl. They DO zap energy. Also, I’m reading the same book right now. Love it!

  8. JoJo
    January 11, 2009 at 6:05 pm #

    Only 2 votes in it now! Good luck! I read your blog everyday and I’m voting every 24 hours!

  9. Fulton Quads
    January 11, 2009 at 9:48 pm #

    I could not do it with 4 boys! You are SUPERMOMMA! I love all the ideas you share. I now have to go out & find us some plain wrapping paper! How clever! Take Care & good luck in the polls! You are a winner either way!
    love, Cathy & the quads

  10. The McNulty Family
    January 12, 2009 at 12:00 am #

    Love it Jen! LOVE IT, LOVE YOU, and.. LOVE the pics!!! SUPER WOMAN!!


  11. The Lee's
    January 12, 2009 at 2:09 pm #

    I occassionally read your blog and am wondering how you glued your train track. I have a train track I need to glue but dont know where to begin. thanks for any suggestions.

  12. Christy AKA Trippin' Mama
    January 12, 2009 at 3:26 pm #

    I remember when my three boys were born you sent me a note that said, “Boys are the best!” I already tell people I’m on the triplet fitness plan — lots of weight lifting and constant movement and no time to eat. And ours aren’t even mobile yet! 🙂


  13. Jennifer
    January 12, 2009 at 4:48 pm #

    8 computers 8 different votes 😉 I will vote again tomorrow! I think it would be great if you would win! I’ve been following your blog for a while now, but I don’t know if I ever commented. I just wanted to let you know I voted. You are doing a great job with your boys!

  14. Anonymous
    January 12, 2009 at 4:58 pm #

    do you win something if you win the votes


  15. Lani
    January 13, 2009 at 9:20 am #

    I voted for you! You guys are in the lead:)

  16. Fran R.
    January 14, 2009 at 1:45 pm #

    Congratulations on the award. Your blog is the BEST. We love you. Fran Reese

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