Thursday, April 30, 2009

10 Things

10 things I know to be true:

1. Life is better with kids
2. Love takes on another meaning when you have kids
3. Belly laughs are the best
4. Wet fish lip kisses make me smile
5. Baking with my boys takes twice as long, but is twice the fun
6. Watching kids discover new things makes me feel like a kid again
7. There is no such thing as "quiet time" in my house
8. Grandparents rock
9. Dandelions look fabulous is crystal vases
10. The dishes can wait until tomorrow

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Bowling Balling

Nathan's first field trip was yesterday. They got to go "bowling balling" as he calls it. I tagged along as a chaperon and had such a blast. Nathan and 3 of his friends were my responsibility. I didn't loose anyone and no one got hurt...mission accomplished.
After getting everyone laced up in their snazzy neon bowling shoes off we went to launch a 6 pound ball down a slippery lane. Nathan was the first one to figure out why we said "don't go past this line" pointing to the line at the beginning of the lane. He took a few steps past the like and busted his butt. "Wow, that is slippery! You weren't joking!"
All of the kids had their own technique of getting the ball down the lane. One would walk up to the line and gently push the ball. It would slowly roll and barely tap the pins hard enough to fall over. Another one of the girls would toss it like a basketball and it would bounce a time or two. Nathan tried a few different ways and finally decided that if he would stand sideways and throw it he could knock down the same three pins every time. And the other boy in our group would run and scream then launch the ball like a rocket down the lane. I laughed so hard I cried.
We all had such a great time bowling balling the afternoon away.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

My Futures So Bright...

Like my new shades? I'm rockin' the latest Power Rangers line and my lil' bro is chillin' with Mickey Mouse.
Mommy really hooked us up this year. Last year I had to squint all summer long while we cruised the hood. Neighborhood that is.
Well peeps, it's my bedtime and I need to go wash behind my ears before we read our bedtime story.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Over 30

I'm now considered "over 30." I don't like that. Turning 30 did not bother me at all, but now that I'm over 30 it is starting to sting.
I'm 31...ouch. See it hurts a little, like taking off a band-aid.
Even though this birthday hurt a tiny bit it was still a good day. I made the most yummy oatmeal cookie pancakes that I slathered in butter and drowned with maple syrup. Brian gave me a beautiful bouquet of flowers every shade of pink. The boys sang Happy Birthday all day long which was really cute. I got calls from friends and family wishing me well. And my parents treated me to a steak dinner and strawberry shortcake for dessert.
It took the edge off.
Tomorrow I will be 31 years old plus 1 day. I'm going to wake up early, run off the pancakes, steak and strawberry shortcake, smell my flowers and kiss my kids. Life goes on but I think next year I'm going to turn the clock back and turn 30 again.

Thursday, April 16, 2009


Patience is a virtue.
So I've been told.
Mine has been tested this week. Tested beyond it's limits.
Deep breath.
My oh my.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Back home again

We are back home from Vegas. Actually we have been for the past few days but we are finally back to our regular scheduled programming. We are unpacked, laundry somewhat caught up, Brian is back to work and Nathan is back to school, I'm back to being "just a mommy" and not a jet setting diva and Brandon is back in my arms.
We had such a great time in Las Vegas. Nathan loved all of the glitz and glamour that goes with Vegas. He was amazed that you could see everything from flamingos to pyramids in one town. Plus as an added bonus family that he doesn't get to see that often was there. He was one happy little man.
We went out there for Brian's step-brother's wedding. It was so beautiful. Nathan thought that Jen looked like a princess and couldn't wait to give her a hug. And once he got his hug he didn't let go. I think he has a little crush on his new aunt. It was a great wedding and a very fun weekend.
It's nice be home though. It was extremely hard being away from Brandon. I don't think that is going to happen again for quite awhile. I only cried once but I had to call at least three times a day just to hear his voice. My mom and dad had a lot of fun watching him but he wore them out. Once Brandon wakes up he doesn't stop moving until he goes to bed that night! He is a handful to say the least. So even if I did want to get away without him, I don't know if I would have my same babysitters! It may take them a full year to recoup.

Thursday, April 9, 2009


Nathan and I will be leaving tonight to meet up with Brian and some of the Harvey clan in Las Vegas. Brian's step brother is getting married to a wonderful young lady tomorrow. I love weddings, especially Vegas weddings.
We decided to take Nathan along with us for this trip. All the lights and crazy hotel themes are perfect for him. He is so excited he just can't stand it anymore. Plus this is his first time on an airplane. Double the fun!
Brandon is going to stay back here and hang with Nana and Papaw for the weekend. (Thanks mom and dad!) He doesn't sit still for more than 3 minutes at a time so a 4 hour plane ride is out of the question. I've never left Brandon with anyone for more than a few hours before so this is going to be interesting. I know he'll be just fine, Nana and Papaw's house is like Vegas in it's own right to him. I'm the one who is going to have the problem. My stomach has been doing flip-flops this past week just thinking about it.
We get back on Sunday and I'll let you know how everything went.
Have a wonderful Easter!

Friday, April 3, 2009

Play dough

Kids and play dough go really well together, for the most part. My boys squeal with excitement when we pull the colorful containers out to make everything from pizza to worms, and sometimes worm pizza. Last night we had a pretty hefty thunderstorm and to keep their minds off the thunder and lightening I got out the trusty old play dough. They played through the storm and then some.
This morning my kitchen floor looked like rainbow confetti, even though I swept up the mess last night. I enlisted Brandon to help me pick up the little pieces, which turned out to be a bad idea. Brandon decided to make little play dough balls and stick them in his ears.
Play dough balls in the ears.
Call the doctor.
After the nurse stopped giggling, she told me to come in. So off to the doctors office we went.
Turns out the play dough fell out before we got there so all is well. I'm going to put the play dough up for awhile though.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Happy April

April is here! I love April. The flowers really start blooming, trees sprout their leaves and I get to turn another year older. The only day in April I don't like is April 1st, fools day. Appropriately named for me I believe. I'm gullible to the core. I like to think of it as more trusting than naive, but heck, who am I kidding? If you tell me something I'll believe you. My BS sensor isn't as highly tuned like my dads but I did inherit his since of trust. Trust someone until they give you a reason not to. That has bit me in the butt a few times, though.
Anyway...April. This month is packed with excitement for us. We have birthday cards to send out, Easter eggs to color, flowers to smell, a Vegas trip to pack for and wrap up Nathan's Spring Break.
So much fun, so little time!