Friday, June 20, 2008

Overheard in the Car Today...

Sam (tired, cranky and whiney): Mommy, I'm thirsty! I want some water!

I hand him a bottle of water.

Sam: No! Not that water, it's all wet!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

We're at Grandmother and Grampas House!

Hello from Michigan!

I'm with the boys at my parent's house for our annual trip. We're here for only two weeks this year so we've been busy doing nothing and then some.

The first day we were here, the water in the pool was so inviting, Josh had to jump in with his clothes on!

So good I had to jump in with my clothes on!

We've also had ice cream....

Blue Moon

Been to the zoo...

Polar Bears - Artic Ring of Life

And Grandmother and Grampa also bought the kids their first ever pets. Two goldfish named "Goldie" and "Goldie 3"

Don't touch our fish!

Why Goldie 3 you ask? Well the boys were trying to decide what to name their fish and Josh suggested "Goldie" for his and "Fishy" for Sam. And since Sam has to do the same thing as Josh, he also wanted his named "Goldie" (of course). So I suggested "Goldie 1 and Goldie 2." Sam replied, "No, mine is Goldie 3 because I'm 3." So, that's the story behind the names...

And today we went fishing! We fished from the dock and the boat for fun. We caught lots of sunnies... and then we went to the trout pond and caught lunch (I even contributed by catching my first fish in well over 20 years).


It was so delicous! I'm sorry I didn't get a picture like I did last year... but it was every bit as good!

We are having a great time and can't believe our first week is almost over. Next week three of my sister's four girls are coming and it's sure to be a zoo with five kids (ages 7 1/2, 7, 5, 3 1/2 and 14 months) and only three adults (ages not disclosed).

I have a feeling it will be fun, but lots of tired people in the house come bed times!

More pictures from our trip are here.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Thursday Play (again...)

We found the most amazing play place today. It's owned by someone in my neighborhood and we finally found some time to go play there.

I think it's the kids new favorite place. I may have to sign them up for classes!

I can't even begin to describe what it was like. There were foam pits with rope swings and slides....
woo hoo!!!!

In-floor trampolines, and all sorts of soft play climbing structures...


More soft play...


Josh on the rope swing (you can see the 2 trampolines in the background)


This place was fantastic!


More photos here.

And the best part is, it is cheaper than the other jumpy places as well. It was very well supervised and staffed. We were there for Open Play, but they do have camps and drop off play and "Kids Night Out" too.

We were there for 2 hours and the kids wanted to stay longer! It did wear them out and we are now having some "quiet time" this afternoon.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008


Wow... Where has the time gone! I can't believe it's been a whole week since I posted... and that was just to redirect you elsewhere!

My in-laws were here for three weeks and they left on Saturday. Last week we had lots of fun keeping busy and trying not to think about them going home.

We all had a great time and there were lot of tears shed by all when they got on the plane to go back home.


My mother-in-law celebrated her 77th birthday last week while they were here and she wanted to take the kids to Chuck E. Cheeses (brave woman!). Sam kept asking when the birthday party would start!

It was actually a good thing to do with the kids. We got there in the morning, they played, we had lunch and left just as things started getting crazy.


We discovered a family of House Finches that have taken up residence in one of our hanging baskets. It's been really fun to watch the little birds. We decided to not water the plant they are living in -- the plant has seen better days, but it's easier to see the birds now. They're so cute! I haven't taken any pictures because I'm afraid of scaring the mom and dad away for good.

I was afraid they'd abandoned the babies this week. I could see the little birds poking their heads up waiting for food, but no sign of mom or dad. Then yesterday, they were in and out all day feeding the little chicks. And as I type this, I can see mom tending to the little ones.

I thought my kids ate a lot -- those birds eat all day long!


Josh had a really, really good final school report. Pretty much the 1st grade equivalent of "All A's" -- we were really proud of him and the comments his teacher made.

He really wanted the new Lego Indiana Jones PlayStation2 game so we got it for him. It's lots of fun! A great game. I think it's more fun than the StarWars versions. More puzzles and less fighting (although it does have it's share of fighting).

So we went out to buy it last week and Sam could not say "Indiana Jones" at all. He kept calling it "In-Banana Jones." So, the boys have been in front of the PS2 playing In-Banana Jones for a week.


And now, the boys and I are getting ready to go visit my mom and dad for two weeks... so this week has been a bit hectic as well! We have a few mom's group outings this week and we're trying to spend time with Daddy since we won't see him for two weeks.

That's about it. Now you're up to date... Hopefully, I won't be as neglectful next week!

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

How Mom Got Her Vacation

I wrote a post for Shine! Parenting and it was chosen to be on the Shine! front page.

If you go today, and scroll all the way down to the bottom, under "Parenting" there is a line that says "A Mom's Guide to Getting a Real Vacation" -- it's small, it's hidden, but it's featured on the front page!
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