Monday, June 29, 2009
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Despite my failure to reach my goal...the rest of us had a lot of fun at the pool. We swam, I tanned, Uncle Brian and Daddy threw the kids all over the pool, and we lunched on PB and Honey sandwiches.
Matt and Brian made plans with a neighbor to go see the new Transformers movie so I was on my own with the kids tonight. After the boys left, we cleaned up, had a snack, read some books and then I let L & T watch Alice and Wonderland in my bed. I came to check on them 15 minutes after the movie started and this is what I found.
Saturday, June 27, 2009
or Is He?
Remember, he did graduate from OSU.
(sorry Brian, although it's getting old, I just had to get another Jab in)
I guess we'll just call him a good reader.
On Friday we spent some time with our friend Lea.
They were watching a "favorite show" but they all knew the rule:
We Only Eat Snacks in the Kitchen
and isn't this the Most polite, Most adorable snack eating crew you've ever seen?!
Thursday, June 25, 2009
(Blankie and Cat Baby are not pictured but played a huge roll in keeping the kids quiet.)
Tyler sat on my lap for most of the movie for the movie but for the last 30 minutes he sat by himself. The two did wonderful. They were quiet, they whispered and they watched the Entire Movie. I snuck some snacks in so that helped too, I suppose.
The rest of the day was spent playing with Uncle Brian. He's so good with them and they absolutely love him. Despite the Oregon State t-shirt & degree...he still somehow learned to read.
Later in the afternoon we had a new baby-sitter come over to watch the kids. We saw Olivia and her mom (a Bunko friend) at the neighborhood swimming pool and Olivia expressed how much she would love to baby-sit. Who am I to squash any baby-sitters dreams?! We had Olivia come over about 30 minutes early to hang out with the kids while we were still there. They instantly connected and Tyler was taking her by the hand to show her this and that and anything he could think of to keep her attention. She's a natural and we'll be seeing much more of her.
Finally we made it to our movie. We saw "The Hangover." This was pretty funny but from what I heard about it I thought it would have been better/funnier/more disturbing. It reminded me of the movie "Very Bad Things" and that's a hard movie to compete with. That's my ultimate definition of a disturbing Vegas bachelor party movie. =)
***the kids' thoughts on Olivia***
they loved her. She took them outside to play tag, they watched Lauren's dance DVD together and they had 2 medium scoops of ice-cream each as a snack. She asked great questions before we left and when we returned the house was picked up and the dishes were in the sink....she's The Perfect Baby-sitter. If any reading this are local and looking for a sitter I highly recommend this very mature almost (in 2 weeks) 13 year old!!
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Sunday, June 21, 2009
In honor of Father’s Day I thought I’d do something very special for Matt.
(aka the BEST Father and Husband in the whole wide world)
1. Let him sleep in? No way…. I’m tired too!
2. Cook him breakfast? half way... (As you may know I don’t ever cook breakfast. (seriously) I pour cereal and milk. But!! I did fry him an egg and toasted and buttered an English muffin while he cooked some Apple Chardonnay Chicken Sausages in the George Foreman.)
3. Show him how much his children love him by asking them some questions about their Daddy? All the way…
By Lauren (5) and Tyler (3)
1. What is something Daddy always says to you?
Lauren: “pickle head”
Tyler: “thank you”
2. What makes Daddy happy?
Lauren: “muffins, cake and pie”
Tyler: “Mommy” (ahhhh)
3. What makes Daddy sad?
Lauren: “when he gets covered in cake”
4. How does Daddy make you laugh?
Lauren: “blowing air on my tummy”
Tyler: “he laughs at me”
5. What did Daddy do when he was a little boy?
Tyler: “he played”
6. How old is Daddy?
7. How tall is your Daddy?
Lauren: “36 tall”
Tyler: “this big” [he points his finger to the ceiling]
8. What is his favorite thing to watch on TV?
Lauren: “race car building shows”
Tyler: “Race cars” (he’s referring to Cars with Lightening McQueen)
9. What does Daddy do when you're not around?
Tyler: “goes to work”
10. What is Daddy really good at?
Lauren: “making a brand new motorcycle”
Tyler: “he’s good at my bedroom”
11. What is Daddy not very good at?
Lauren: “playing airplane because he always says it’s broken”
Tyler: “not very good at my light”
12. What does Daddy do for his job?
Lauren: “he drives to work”
Tyler: “I think fixing”
13. What is Daddy's favorite food?
Lauren: “ice cream with chocolate syrup”
Tyler: “quesadillas, it’s more yummier than bananas”
14. What do you like best about Daddy?
Lauren: “playing with him all day and all night”
Tyler: “I like my bed”
15. What do you and Daddy do together?
Lauren: “He helps me make my pretend picnic. He always makes a pony cake.”
Tyler: “we play all day long”
16. How are you and Daddy the same?
Lauren: “when Daddy has girl clothes on”
Tyler: “I think we’re the same”
17. How are you and Daddy different?
Lauren: “when Daddy’s a boy and I’m a girl”
Tyler: “hmm… I think we’re different”
18. How do you know Daddy loves you?
Lauren: “he plays with me”
Tyler: “he just likes me the best”
19. Where is Daddy's favorite place to go?
Lauren: “his friend’s house”
Tyler: “to the store”
20. What is Daddy’s favorite store?
Lauren: “one that has gas for his race car”
Tyler: “a marshmallow store”
As you can tell by the answers we have a Super Special Daddy who is very much loved by his two kids.
Happy Father's Day!!
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Yesterday evening we invited Dave, Susan, Ian (3) and Eric (8 months?) over for a grill-out. We also had Lea over while her mom enjoyed a girl's night out.
The boys grilled some steaks and I made Pasta Salad with Goat Cheese and Arugula from the June issue of Everyday Food magazine. The pasta salad was okay in my opinion but Susan's Fruit Salad was much better.
The adults and a sleepy, but refusing to go to sleep Eric, had a lot of time to talk and hang-out because the 4 kids (Lauren, Tyler, Ian & Lea) played and entertained themselves the entire evening.
Friday, June 19, 2009
Last week we took a trip to Montgomery, Alabama. Matt attended a TAPPI Conference and the kids and I VaCaTiOnEd!! Montgomery, is the capital city of Alabama and is a city of so much history. (i.e. The first capital of the Confederate States of America, the location of the Montgomery bus boycott (y'all ever heard of Rosa Parks?) and the finish line of the Selma to Montgomery marches.)) All that being said, upon driving around the downtown area, it was sad to see that it has hit some hard times. Restaurants were closed, parks and other attractions have been left unattended and unchecked. Of course, the suburbs of Montgomery offered the normal Red Robin type restaurants and fancy Outdoor Malls. I did find myself a dress from Ann Taylor Loft but I didn't find the "Montgomery, AL experience" I so hoped to find.
Below are some shots of Montgomery.
and so does Lauren...
Wednesday was Emma's birthday party. Emma and Lauren went to Pre-school together at PTC First Baptist. She was so happy to see Emma again and absolutely had a great time...