Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Yesterday I introduced Samuel to the joys of Abba. He likes Mama Mia (but that's probably due to the movie previews), Does Your Mother Know, and Waterloo. (Of course, Waterloo is my favorite, so that could have been a factor there.) It dawned on me that some parents (good parents, I can hear you say) use summer break to teach their kids a language, or a new skill, or something useful, like mummification techniques of the ancient egyptians. Me? I teach my kids movie trivia and music from the 70s and 80s. (Mostly the 80s, but Abba is very necessary.)
I'm out. The kids have dentist appointments this morning. The fun never ends around here.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
We are all fine. Sally was at the park with her BFF and she called me to check on me (she's type A, that's for sure) and Stuart called next to say that his entire floor (he's on the fifth, I think) was shaking and he was going to go to lunch. No damage at the house - just a few things knocked off of shelves. I'm pretty sure the dog slept through the whole thing. If there are aftershocks, I'll keep you posted on our status.
Me: "Any good dreams?"
Him: "Yep - a million and a googlen."
Me: "Wow! It's a wonder you wanted to wake up!"
Him: "Yeah. I was hungry."
Me: "Oh. So tell me one of the dreams."
Him: "Well, there was this alligator, and he was going to get us, but a monkey came and landed on his head and bit him."
Me: "A monkey bit the alligator?"
Him: "Yeah. Then a woodpecker came and pecked his head."
Me: "And this is a good dream?"
Him: "Yeah. It was funny."
(PS~See that first picture? I'm standing on top of a very large rock (more like a hill) that we had to climb over and I slid down the side - probably only three feet, but it felt like six, and landed on the rocky beach. Barefoot. And I was carrying a bag with a blanket inside and a bag with four pairs of shoes inside. This kind of stuff is not included in the stay-at-home-mom job description.)
Monday, July 28, 2008
Here's posing with the matching shirts:
Here's playing in my parent's back yard:
Here's crafts with melty beads:
Here's falling asleep in the fort in the middle of the living room:
Yep. Lots of fun. I'm pretty sure there were happy meals (note the toy Samuel is sleeping with) and donuts and, if I know my dad, lots of ice cream. Kinda makes you wish you were a kid again, huh?
Saturday, July 26, 2008
*HSM is High School Musical - if you didn't know that, be thankful.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
I had the brainchild of an idea to have a girls weekend with my sister in Vegas before the kid pickup. Then we figured out that since Vegas has the largest airport by my parent's house, they could bring the kids to us. In Vegas. We all thought this was a great idea and my sister made some airline reservations. Sadly (or not), the airline changed her tickets at the last minute, so we started our weekend on Friday instead of Saturday. We had a ball. We joined three frequent players clubs (for the freebies), we played some slots (the penny ones), we played bingo (she won!), we got pedicures, we saw a show (Mystere at Treasure Island), we slept in until 9:00, and we even found time to lay by the pool and people watch. (Our favorite game was "How Drunk Are They?" and "How Drunk Were They Last Night?" Scale of 1 to 10. Super fun game. Best played by the coffee shop around 10:00 am.) All in all, a fantastic time.
The parents and the kids came on Sunday, and we spent the afternoon by the pool. The Flamingo has great pools for kids - three of the pools are connected by water slides, which my kids loved. We tired out the kids, took them to dinner, and put them to bed. Monday we all went home. So fun.
And today is the traditional travel detox day. I've unpacked all the luggage, cleaned out the car (and vaccumed it - it was a mess), started the laundry, and cleaned the pool. I still have to download my pictures, clean out my purse, respond to Sherry's fun blog game, and figure out if any of my library books are overdue. Oh - while the kids were gone, I joined another library. Lovely. Now I'm a member of three. (!!!) (MrsFish, my newest library has the book you recommended, Winter's Tale. When the weather turns colder, I'm going to finally get to read it!) Also Stuart and I were able to go out on a real dinner date, which was very fun.
I'm running out of days of summer. I still haven't taken the kids to the beach. Maybe tomorrow . . . .
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Friend #1: "Polo!"
Friend #2: "Polo!"
Friend #3: "Solo!"
Me: (never one to leave a teachable moment alone) "No no, it's P-Polo, not S-Solo. Marco Polo."
Samuel: (laughing to himself) "That was so funny. She said 'Psycho'!"
Tuesday, July 08, 2008
Today Sally is at a friend's house and Samuel is playing in his room, so it's quiet in the house. A rare thing around here. I'm going to go enjoy it.
(By the way - I'm teaching myself crochet. Can you believe it? Me neither.)
Monday, July 07, 2008
Thursday, July 03, 2008
And now I've got the virus. It's so strange - I'll feel ok, then all of a sudden it feels like I've run into a wall. My head hurts, my back hurts, my stomach hurts, and I just want to lay on the couch and rest. Then, about an hour or two later, I feel better. But I know it will be back.
Stuart is not feeling well, either. (If you are local, don't come over! We don't want to share these germs!) It looks like we'll be quarantined for the weekend.
Wednesday, July 02, 2008
The Crafty Crow - this is a great site with lots of ideas for interesting children's crafts. Fun, and pretty easy. Stuff my five year old can do. (Totally want to do that red, white, and blue drink.)
greetingarts - found this site from a link from Crafty Crow because I had to check out the darling post-it notebooks. I love post-its (almost as much as I love Q-tips) and these are charming!
Sally's still sick on and off - she thinks she's getting well, but I know better. The new rule: you aren't better until you are symptom-free for 24 hours. We shall see.
Tuesday, July 01, 2008
Next up is the first cucumber:
Last year we had tons of cucumbers, so this year I only did one plant. I should have done two. This little guy is being overrun by the zucchinis. Stuart is planning on making more pickles this summer.
Next, green beans.
They are hard to photograph.
And finally, a visitor.
We get lots of lizards around here. They don't bother me at all.