Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Today was a good day Tater! That's from Ron White a comedian I like. Anyway, me and the boys had a good day. We all got along for the most part ,for us that's good. Ian even took out the recycle with out arguing with me (that's like a 10 for him). I recorded Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book, and I really like that and I thought the boys would. And Ian did but Lee...well he just continued to talk through the darn movie! Frank takes enjoyment in that cause I talk through movies and I can't believe how annoying he is, and Frank relishes it. He's mean! Ian and Lee even voluntarily went outside for a bit today (SO not my children) I have to BEAT them outside and then ponder whether I should lock the front door to keep them outside. IF I do lock the door I only last for a minute, unless I'm sweeping then I keep it locked. That's just for my sanity and their safety.
Tomorrow Ian starts Karate so I'm really excited about this. I'm really hoping this will tucker the little fella out and offer him another outlet in which to get his frustrations out. A channel if you will for his anger. Plus I'm hoping it will also teach him a little more self control. He's really excited too which is good. I do hope he likes it and I'm hoping it won't backfire on Frank and I. Meaning Ian doing some moves on his brothers..I can see it as a possibility. But I am more excited about Karate than I get about Ian doing basketball...I wonder why?
And on an edgier note...I ate my first slice of pizza WITH cheese on it tonight! Can I get a WOOT! WOOT! It's been since January since I've had pizza with cheese and it was yummy! I even had half of another slice that's how cocky I got. We'll see in the next few days how well Eli's system will take that. I've been slowly adding dairy into my diet, but not anything to get all excited about, I'm still not brave enough to drink that nice cold glass of milk that I have been craving quite yet. I did have mashed potatos with real butter the other day and cheese on my tacos, that kind of a thing. But I don't have dairy everyday and it's still extremely moderated I don't want to push a good thing.
So that was my major excitement for the day I hope you all had a good Tuesday! Take care! I hope to have pictures of Ian at Karate tomorrow!
Monday, March 30, 2009
Other than that fiasco, we ALL had a great time! We went today and I know we could spend all summer and then some there exploring every nook and cranny there and then some! They have some play areas there which of course the boys discovered with their Grandpa and of course that was the first thing Ian and Lee wanted to go for. But we did, get some of the wigglies out. Then we went lunch where it was truly a red letter day for my kids cause my friend, Ms. Liz bought all the kids a push up Popsicle! BOY HOWDY! We should go to the zoo every day! Not to mention on top of it all it was some kind of special day at the zoo, I never did figure it out, but they were giving cupcakes out to everyone that wanted one. So they all had cupcakes. It actually worked out well, they needed a snack..saved us a buck!
We saw lots of animals and walked A LOT! I think the all around favorite with the kids was the South Pacific exhibit which included some pretty big sharks, not sure if they were Great White (I'm thinking not) but they were pretty big all the same. I think my favorite was the Beluga Whale and the Walruses and the sea otters. They just come right up to the window...the Walrus swims right up to the window and slides up on it..very funny to watch. One Sea Otter was hysterical (see this is where pictures would be nice, right?), this otter had a big read ball on his stomach just laying in the water sleeping. It was funny. The Polar Bears were pretty cool too, they were feeding them so we got to see that. They were diving in the water getting their food. Those are some pretty awesome animals.
So I think after seeing that aquarium I want to take my boys to the Seattle Aquarium...I want to go too. I love it there, but what I need to do is plan it on a hot day and go to the Aquarium, be somewhere cool. Well put that on my list of things to do this summer...I have a list going...in my head. I'm thinking that's not a good idea I should write it down, there is no trusting my brain these days. Alrighty, I'm going to take off!
Sunday, March 29, 2009
I don't know what was going on with the family today, but holy cow! Because of the snow I didn't want the kids outside dragging mud and dirt into my house. Along with making my floors all wet. So what happens, some of the adults had the kids go outside...THANK YOU! I now have dirty floors. *shaking head* On top of that when they were inside, they as in the kids, they wrestled with their Grandpa and Uncles and their cousins...in the MIDDLE of my living room!! HELLO!?! I have a teeny tiny house! Not a lot of room let alone trying to talk to someone!! As you can tell I'm annoyed and still working on letting it go!
And one of the reasons I wanted them to not wrestle and be loud in my house is cause Eli is so DANG sensitive to his environment that if they kept doing this it was going to affect him and me (lets be honest it's about me). But no one listened to me and so it continued. The kids romped on my floor, climbed all over my furniture, took beds apart...I just can't go on it's making me mad. Anyway, I'm not paying the price for that and Eli is NOT a happy camper. It's going to be a LONG night!
And we have a big day tomorrow we are going to the Zoo and I'm excited. This will be Dru's first time to a Zoo, and I can't wait. It will be Lee and Ian's third time to a zoo. Their first time to the Point Defiance Zoo was with their Grandpa Jolly! And they were so funny cause all they wanted to do was play on the toys there while Grandpa wanted too look at the Polar Bears and other animals. I think they all managed to comprise but it did throw Grandpa for a loop though.
Okay well Eli didn't last long with his toys so off I go! I think I'm kinda glad I didn't eat this cake...can you imagine the colors of the rainbow after all was said inside my body and it did what it needed to do? You know..poop! Shiver! Anyway. Take care! He's now screaming at me.
Saturday, March 28, 2009
I have a friend that is moving her family back to Chicago for many reasons. I know why she's moving but it stinks all the same. So they were packing their moving truck today and will be heading out tomorrow at some point. The truck they had wasn't big enough for all their stuff...so they might have to get another trailer. So while they were doing that I was watching her little boy who is 5 months older than Dru. They are good buds and play very nicely together, it's so nice to see your children have their own friends. I miss them VERY much, I'm pretty sure I'm repeating myself but it is what it is.
Ian went bowling today and from what I hear they ALL had a lot of fun. Ian's friends came and they all went in Frank's truck while the other dad's followed in their vehicles. Why they didn't travel together I don't know, I didn't ask. Nor do I have pictures cause Frank refused to take them...long story. Anyway, so the boys all get their own lane and the other dad's take off and bowl in their own lane, except Frank. He was with all the kids. So they are bowling and Ian's friends didn't hit one pin and Lee was the first to hit a pin. Ian scored a 31 for his game and Lee didn't do too bad either coming in at a modest 18. If it wasn't such a long wait for lanes with bumpers they would have done that but after waiting for 45 minutes, they just went for it. I am proud of Ian, he made a big point of making sure his brother Lee was included with him and his friends. Sometimes he's got his moments. Of course after Ian opened his gifts from his friends, after they got home, Lee LOST it in a big way...guess it was all too much. Eventually he calmed down, thank goodness.
Well now onto these lovely photos I've got here. I heard a rumor somewhere that it was Spring. I think it's a viscous rumor and it should be put to rest. It may have been the first day of Spring on the 20Th, but it sure isn't acting like it. So today it started smowing (this is how Dru says it, isn't that cute?)today. It had been trying off and on all day, like chunky rain. And then out of no where it got cold quick and started snowing HUGE flakes, like silver dollar size! This weather is nuts! I WANT to plant my garden but do you think it's been the right weather? NO! It's either raining a deluge or it's snowing...neither of which are conducive to planting a garden.
Well that was a tangent. This is out my front yard right after it started snowing.
It started building up fast on my car. Big flakes!
After a few hours...this is Wrong!
Friday, March 27, 2009
Isn't Dru like the cutest kid? I say this a lot and I know I repeat myself a LOT! But dang it I'm right!Dru sat VERY still and listened to what the firefighter had to tell the kids, he wouldn't go near the firefighter though.The firefighter was putting on ALL his gear and the kids were looking at it. Lee is in the orange shirt.It almost looks like he's doing lunges, but to be honest I can't remember what he's doing but I think it's something to do with his uniformThe Three Musketeers, Will is in green, Austin is in blue (in front of Will) and then of course there is our guy Lee. He LOVES preschool.Lee and Dru got to sit in the firetruck! Ooober exciting!And not to be outdone Sparky joined in the fun. He's the cutest of all. Don't you think? And he liked the hat so much he wore it in his exersaucer, maybe he'll grow up to be a firefighter one day and look this cute too!
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Okay so the second one I'm sorry to say is not set up with out craining your head. But enjoy all the same. And yes I'm biased :)
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
This is newborn Frank, Ian is the spitting image of him and Ian's baby picture is pretty much the same just 20+ older. He's so darn cute!
Frank is NOT a morning person by nature, but because we have kids he is by necessity. He, as do I, prefer to sleep in. We often reminisce about how we used to sleep in until noon, get up and eat, and if we felt so inclined, go back to bed. Aaaahh those were the days...but I know he wouldn't change what he's got now for NOTHING!
He's a handsome fella in my book! And he does many things he'd rather not and LOTS of things cut into his sports watching time, but more often than not he's good about not letting that affect what we are doing as a family. Don't get me wrong, he's still watching sports and sometimes he's watching it while we have family get togethers, but we've come to an understanding...if he can have it on to check on now and again he's good, which is fine with me (most of the time). If I had to guess, I'd go out on a limb and say that Christmas is Frank's favorite holiday. This guy I have to reign in EVERY year present wise. He just wants to get and get and get for his kids and I have to keep telling him we don't need that many gifts for EVERY kid, we have 4. He doesn't get where I'm coming from most of the time and well neither do I really. We do go round and round with Christmas a majority of the season, but in the end it gets done and everyone has a good holiday.
Monday, March 23, 2009
But here they are:
- Go to bed earlier (this is the one Eli's blowing out of the water) so I'll revise it and say go to bed when he falls asleep for the night and not staying up until 1am. I just can't function or get things done staying up that late.
- Eat better...been doing alright but definitely eating more portions than I should. Need to get back on track
- Get a better exercise schedule going...and with Eli getting bigger and okay staying with Frank it will be MUCH easier for me to go
Well that's what I've come up with so far, I'm sure I'll be adding more when I accomplish those things I've already listed. The bed time one will unfortunately cut into my time on the computer talking to my friend Nikki but I think we might survive and it won't be forever...I promise Nikki! ...you know that song is now running through my head...you know the one...I will survive...(sadly that's the only line coming to my mind.) But you know the one...cause we are good like that, finishing each others thoughts like that.
Dru and Eli...as you can see Dru still doesn't look on top of his game but he sure wasn't gonna be left behind on this momentous event for our house. He does love hats though...I think he'd tried on several right before we left and settled on the Seahawk one...Goofy kid! Eli wouldn't look at me, I was trying to get his attention and he wouldn't...he was intent with that fan he could see.
Frank and Ian. Ian was beside himself with excitement. He got off the school bus and already had it figured out what he was gonna eat. He was going to order pizza and a chocolate milkshake and he couldn't wait for the ice cream the waitresses bring you for your birthday. We met Frank at the restaurant and Ian called his dad to make sure his dad let the workers there know it was his birthday so they would sing to him and he would get his ice cream. He LOVED it when they sang to him, while the rest of us out there want to duck under the table when they come.
Sunday, March 22, 2009
So we finally get up and Frank and the boys have been up for several hours and Frank is lagging and has a headache he's not been able to get rid of. So I run a quick errand, in hopes of relieving his headache, I go to Starbucks and get him a triple shot peppermint mocha. It did the trick for awhile. Shortly after I got back Eli needed another nap and so off we went for another 2 hours...today was a good day tater!!
The other reason we decided to stay home was that Dru was acting funny and neither of us could figure out why. Well, after awhile we got wise and took his temperature...a 101' fever will make you feel out of sorts. Don't know why he's got a fever but it sure took the wind out of his sails that's for sure.
So, the boys got to watch their new movies from their Aunt and Uncle got them and they were in 7Th heaven ALL day! They LOVED their new movies. Frank and I watched our movie which was Miracle at St. Anna's. When this movie first came to the theaters I thought I heard it was either based off a true event, true story, or even true people. But we never did see anything that said that before or after the movie. So now I don't know if I heard right or not. Oh well, it was a long movie and it was okay. I figured the movie out before it got over...I NEVER do that! I'm stumped to the end or longer.
For those of you who don't know we are taking part in Lent this year and I chose to have my boys start participating in it. So for them I told them (I know but they are still young and learning the concept, so I chose for them) they were giving up candy and as many sweets as possible (Ian's birthday is during Lent, I couldn't ask a 7 year old to give up his birthday cake for Lent). So, Ian and Lee and I were talking at the dinner table today about Lent and how we thought it was going, and of course they asked me how many more days it was until Easter. That question is being asked a lot right now. I was asking the boys how they thought Lent was going this year and what they thought about giving up candy for Lent and if it was hard what they were doing. Of course they said it was hard and they were VERY ready for it to be over...so I counted and there are 21 days left. We kept talking and they were really getting into what they would give up next year. Ian made me laugh, only my kid would take it one step further. He was throwing different things out there, just being silly. And he finally stops and looks at me and says 'Mom I got IT! I'm going to give up school for Lent next year!' He is such a goofball. Then he tells me that he's going to give up laughing and I just said 'you can't do it Ian.' So I test Ian and say 'Ian start right now,don't laugh!"...and the boy just busted out laughing and couldn't stop. Ian has such a contagious laugh and when he really gets going he's a hoot to listen too, you can't help but laugh with him.
Today was a good day for our family. It really does seem like sometimes that they are few and far between. And with Frank working so much lately, which is fine, it was nice to just sit and be as a family, even if we all weren't in the same room with each other. I feel at peace right now and just blessed. I hope everyone had a good weekend also.
Here is a picture I took two years ago at my grandparents garden. This flower just mesmerizes me. It is beautiful and I have no idea what kind of flower it is.
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Here is Oma again, putting Eli to sleep again...I don't think she'd had him very long and she had already put him to sleep. I asked if she would come and stay the night but she just laughed at me and said no. I don't know why though.
And on a side note...my mother made this quilt for my brother and his wife for their wedding gift. I absolutely LOVE this quilt, it is by far the coolest one yet I think. And I've seen quite a few of them in my life. She did a great job...those hearts are actually woven fabric, she wove it herself! My two bits of help was to put the red binding on the edge of the quilt and it sure turned out really nice. This day was a long time in coming and I know we all had a good time overall today. And my title comes from my lovely sister in law who is struggling with brain cells not working like they use to before getting pregnant. For the big dinner I asked them to bring some beverages and bread for dinner. So she promptly tells me well she can only have crystal light and milk. And it just made me laugh. Plus it's kinda silly...crystal light??? I told her to not worry about the milk that I had that, but that maybe she could bring Sparkling Cider too. So they did and it was yummy! But her comment has continually made laugh off and on since then.