Monday, March 31, 2008
When people arrived, I had them: 1) Fill out an envelope with their name/address for the thank you cards so Deanna didn't have to address all of them. I had Deanna pull one at random later and the winner got a Bath and Body Works gift set. 2) Write their favorite boy name on a stick with their initials. We drew one out later and the winner got to pick a prize. 3) Write a little bit of advice on raising boys or on how boys are different from girls (this baby is #3 but the first boy. You probably can't see, but in the abc frame is a sonogram pic of him).
Despite our best approximations, we ended up with WAY too much food...which is actually ok, because now I don't have to cook all week. Thanks Costco, for all the awesome produce, muffins, and croissants. The before and after shots of the buffet....For everyone who requested the salad recipes, I'll be posting them later when I get them typed up.
Deanna got lots of great gifts---tiny man clothes and shoes in abundance. If you look at the coffee table--you'll see my grass grew! I stressed a couple a weeks ago when planting this that it would grow in time, but it did not let me down. Thanks Mother Nature, for the few 80 degree days and humidity--this is the one time I actually appreciated it. I used liter paint cans from Lowe's then attached a fat brown ribbon near the top and a skinny blue and white polka dot ribbon in the middle of the brown.
We "played" a game while she opened the gifts (idea courtesy of Andrea F.). I set a timer for two and a half minutes, and whomever's gift she was opening when it went off got to pick a prize from the prize table. This went over really well--it kept everyone's attention and they liked not having to do anything cheesy to win. Andrea created some of the giveaways, which everyone thought were awesome (of course). Other prize items: cute journals, lotions and soaps from B & B Works, compact mirror, notepad, and a cute painted plaque.
This was my favorite picture from the day. Deanna's mom, Deanna, and her Granny rubbing her big, round, ready to burst belly.
When everyone left, I told them to take a favor from the pail by the door--M&M's in a round metal tin. Not everyone obeyed because last night I had to eat 12 tins worth of candy while watching Dexter (a good, but incredibly creepy show edited for TV from Showtime about a Forensics policeman that is also a serial killer. Oh, but don't worry, he only kills bad people. So that makes it OK.)
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Monday, March 24, 2008
Another wacky finding: tons of Japanese tourists. Huh? If I had to list the top 10 coolest places I'd want to visit in the United States, I'm quite sure San Antonio (no offense S.A.) would NOT be on the list. Unless they are HUGE fans of this guy http://www.peewee.com/ and just had to go ask about the Alamo's basement.
Since we've been trying to use our video camera more, we didn't actually take a bunch of pics there, but this was by far the best part of the whole day spent there.
The boys were and are still very sleep deprived from our little vacation. Because every hotel was sold out within 30 miles of San Antonio, we ended up in a "King Suite" instead of the normal two room places we try to get. Let's just say--nothing sweet about it. Basically we were all pretty much in the same room. We hid the boys' pack n' plays behind this half-wall divider in the "sitting area" and tried to keep everyone else muffled on the other side of the room. Needless to say, no one got their necessary or usual amount of sleep. But they decided to be nice and fall asleep at about 2 in the afternoon, probably in the hopes that one day we'd still be willing to pay for college...or just feed them dinner that night. They were pretty raunchy.
The second best part: Jeremy convinced the kids to ride this big water ride called the Journey to Atlantis---equivalent of Six Flags' Splash Mountain, or an intense Log Ride. Anyway, Alex backed out about three times at the point where you load onto the boat, but finally summoned the courage and said, "I just HAVE to do it!" (This could have possibly been because Maddie was like, yeah, sure-- I'll ride it. Big whoop. And what seven year old boy can be outdone by his four year old sister? Not Alex.
The main drop is VERY steep and we just had to buy the ridiculously overpriced picture afterwards because it just told the whole story perfectly. You probably can't see it very well, but Maddie looks like she's a terrified corpse, and Alex has a death grip on Jeremy while trying to bury himself in his armpit. I don't think they really enjoyed the ride as much as being able to tell everyone they went on it. Since we've been back I keep finding them sitting, just staring at the photo in awe of their bravery.
Aidan discovered cotton candy. He's a fan. Can't you just feel the stickiness? It was worth it--he was quite literally glued into silence during two shows. Avery licked it once, then refused it every time Aidan tried to shove it in his mouth. Must be for those of us with a more distinguished palette.
There was also a bunch of this---there's a reason they call those things "Crackberries". Jeremy had a big motion due to be filed that day and he was editing and stressing over it amongst all the joys of navigating the crazies thru the crowds, dealing with tantrums, and trying to read the dumb pictorial map. More than once it was in danger of being thrown in a puddle of penguin pee. See! I do exist. My kids are going to look back at all our pictures and think I took separate vacations---which is not a bad idea. But I actually made it into one shot with Avery. I couldn't bring myself to think about how many diseases we were all exposed to from the boys dragging their "B"s around everywhere. I can't believe I actually allowed it that close to my face. If I'm dead when this posts, you'll know why.
On the way back home, we managed to visit a big cavern tourist attraction. The kids panned for gems and then couldn't understand why we wouldn't let them take the 70 minute tour of the cave...during which we would have to carry their brothers --who could have easily been, at this point, confused with demon spawn--on slick walkways through the dark.
After quick car naps for the boys, we managed to burn a couple of very methodically planned out hours in San Marcos at the most gigantic outlet mall you've ever seen. I could've spent the whole day in the Pottery Barn/Williams Sonoma outlet alone. But surprisingly the rest of my family does not value finding the perfect lampshade. (FYI--if you live by a Children's Place outlet, I picked up a bunch of cute tights, gloves, stocking hats, socks and other odds and ends for 50 cents each. Might be worth a trip. See # 2 at right.).
We eventually made it home in one piece and as we pulled into the neighborhood, Avery screamed "YAAAY!" and started clapping. And the next morning when we tried to load him up in the car for church, he had flashbacks and screamed "NO, NO, NO!" That's what my bum was thinking too.
Monday, March 17, 2008
"It smells like BONNET in here!" ("bonnet"=vomit)
Thursday, March 13, 2008
in the success of our miraculous trip. No crying, no fighting, and minimal effort to entertain them.
Sunday, March 9, 2008
It's funny that he phrased it like that, but I'm sure Jeremy got a bit nervous regarding what subject matter was going to be brought up if "privacy" was needed for the explanation. Alex has been bugging us lately about wanting another brother or sister and how that comes about, about what "bad things" could possibly be on the internet, and exactly what are all the curse words out there.
So when Jeremy asked him what his question was, he said, "Dad, what are taxes?" Ahh. He threw Dad an easy one. He saves the dicey questions for me, I guess.
And after that explanation, he said (with very funny phrasing again), "I would really like to arrange a time when I could shoot a real gun."
What?! Taxes and firearms? He must be watching CNN secretly or something.
Thursday, March 6, 2008
But today has actually been kind of a nice rainy day. After loading Alex on the bus and dropping Maddie at preschool, the boys and I went to run some errands. Of course the rain started while we were in the store and I got drenched loading up the boys in the downpour. So we made a quick run thru Sonic (to get a life-time's portion of Diet Coke--for me, not them), came home and changed into sweats. I managed to polish of the last of my Thin Mints (dang those Girl Scouts), flick on the fireplace (yeah, it's a fake one) and enjoy some good music while cleaning up around the house. I made an impulse purchase of some "ruby" lipgloss while out today--red's not usually my choice in lipwear, but I figured it was worth the risk for the buck fifty I paid for it on sale. A little brightness on a dreary day never hurts.
Rave: Good Music
I pretty much always have music playing around the house. Different types for different times, activities, or what moods I'm trying to get the kids in. Lately, I've been enjoying some of my standards: Jason Mraz, KT Tunstall and The Weepies. Pretty much anything by them is good, and it's mellow enough to have on without making the kids wild and crazy. I recently found and have also been enjoying Jaymay's "Autumn Fallin'", which is good mellow stuff too.
For wild and crazy dancemania, or for good cleaning tunes, we turn on Maroon 5, old school rap like MC Hammer or KrisKross (I shouldn't be admitting to this, should I?), or this Latin music Jeremy and his sister downloaded. The kids have no idea what they're hearing or singing, but there's always a good fast beat. Check out Orishas on iTunes if you're curious.
My nice mellow day has just ended. Avery is refusing to nap, and in doing so, woke up Aidan. At least I still have the lip gloss, right?
Monday, March 3, 2008
After the concert we went to check out a casino. But if you've ever been to Las Vegas, the casinos of Shreveport can be described only as...hmmm...pathetic. However, I did play some slot machines (as promised) with no luck. But I probably did gain lung cancer from all the second hand smoke I inhaled in the few minutes I was there.