Sunday, August 31, 2008
The boys and I got to spend the last Saturday of summer vacation at urgent care, where Benjamin got treated for an infection instead of frolicking at the beach, park, or any other place that doesn't require a hospital gown.
The kids were good sports though and we're off in a little bit to pick Daddy up! But where will we go if we can't go for guacamole?
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Friday, August 29, 2008
In other news, only two days until Daddy returns! Thank goodness for the Internet, web cams, and "all you can eat" international calling plans! What a difference from 2001 when Mike first started doing international business trips! Now we can talk to Daddy on the computer and see him while we hear his voice. The future of my childhood is now here! The only bad thing is the time difference, Michael is 15 hours ahead of us. Ben thinks his dad is in the future, which is incredibly cool to a five year old. I think it's hard getting up early in the morning so I can talk to my hubby before he goes to bed at night. He got to go to a fancy grand opening gala for a big show in Macau and we had to buy him a suit (which was an adventure all of it's own). I made Mike promise to take a photo of himself to send me. He's such a handsome fella. Fortunately I own a fancy dress that matches that tie, so we'll have to find something fancy to do wearing our dressy duds.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Without fail, the boys hear the sound of running water and they come running! Tonight it was about dusk and rapidly cooling off when I walked outside and picked up the hose. And out they came, wanting a turn watering the grass. I said, "Say please!" and when they did, I sprayed them down, fully dressed, much to their unexpected delight!
Then it became a game. They ran up and down the sidewalk yelling "Please!" and "Thank you!" at the top of their lungs while I aimed at them like the carnival game at the fair. Hopefully the neighbors think that my kids are just exceptionally polite. I did give them a nice warm bath when they were finally shivering, turning blue, and had audible chattering of teeth (but still begging for more!). As you can see, the street got watered quite nicely. The lawn, not so much. Tomorrow is another day!
Let's have a look, shall we? Here is Benjamin's masterpiece:
This was from a stack of coloring pages that come with the Blendy Blasta Activity Kit. There are several pages that have things like pirates, cars, and such, but Ben chose the one with the princess. And put her in a green and black dress. Why? Says Ben: Because you are a princess Mommy and you always wear black and your favorite color is green! Ah! I see! She is totally my kind of princess then! Now notice the little ninja dude ready to whack her in the knees. Why? Says Ben: He's not kicking her, Mommy, he's protecting her from the monsters. Oh! Well that makes sense then!
And now for Nathan's masterpiece:
Slightly disturbing at first glance, huh? There's the beautiful rainbow deer, getting blown up by a hunter, right? Not so says Nathan: That hunter is scared of the giant deer and he should be! Look! The bullets are bouncing right off! See how happy the deer is? Uh, yeah, okay. And what is that little warning sign in the lower right corner? Nathan explains: That is a bear that the people are running away from. They should know better. There was a big sign there warning them to stay away! Smart kid! So maybe I should put signs up in the house that say "No hitting your brother!" or "Put your socks in the hamper" if I want to see better results with these things?
Monday, August 25, 2008
Saturday, August 23, 2008
A little mouse, rustling in the underbrush.
A rabbit that appeared to be late for something.
And two monkeys!
Of course, once the monkeys arrived all other wildlife disappeared. Except for the rabbit, who pretty much always just sits there and makes me happy.
Friday, August 22, 2008
Fireworks from our hotel room balcony
Bunk beds in the hotel room. Ben is really asleep, he passed out right before the fireworks while Daddy read Star Wars to them. Nathan is faking it.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
But we are sad, too, because we remember how much it meant to have our loved ones around us the day Michael and I vowed to stay together for life, and we are sad that they won't have that as they start their married life. And it's tough too because as a parent you just want every good thing for your kids... even the already grown up ones that join you later in life. But this is a lesson I am learning with my littlest ones... what might be a perfectly good thing for you, isn't necessarily what is best for them. And it is really important not to confuse the two.
Parenting. It is not for wimps.
Wedding photos to come later...
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Let me just tell you right now that I do NOT miss having a baby! For all those moms who say but wouldn't you just love to have another little one (if you could)? I can say with all certainty, no thank you! This was an amazing trip because we got to experience everything with our kids, together as a family, and we didn't have to use the "child switch" option (crazy name, huh?) where one parent waits with the toddler while the other rides alone, and then they switch so the other parent can ride alone while the first one waits with the ever increasingly cranky toddler who is tired of hanging out in the Indiana Jones caverns and wants to get more of that Carousel action.
We took an embarrassingly large amount of photos so check back in the next couple of days for some of the fun ones...
Monday, August 18, 2008
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Friday, August 15, 2008
my two boys are snoring!
All day it's been grey and cloudy and humid. I've commented more than once that it reminded me of Hong Kong and that it looked (and felt) like rain. Glad to know that it happened! Mike and I are enjoying the thunder and lightning even if the boys are snoozing right through it.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Sunday, August 10, 2008
I'm just happy to see my kids on stage performing at all. There are so few opportunities for kids to do that these days unless you pay a ton of cash to get your kids in the local children's theater performance group.
Here's Ben, who went first (my kids are the only blondes in the photos):
He had the hand movements down with military precision and never even cracked a smile. It was serious business to him! He could have taught everyone else to do it.
Then there was Nathan:
First of all, he towers above the other second graders. Parents in the rows behind us began to murmur about his height as soon as he took the stage. He's always been tall for his age starting the moment of birth, but I think now he's really aware of it and has taken to slouching whenever he can. Nathan never smiled once and looked like he wanted to be anywhere but there... but he did fully participate in "singing" the song in sign language.
Funny kids. I always tear up 100% of the time when they are on stage doing anything. Surely I'm not the only parent who does this, but I've not met anyone else who shares my reaction. I guess it just makes me incredibly happy. And like I said earlier, they won't be growing up to be performers, so I gotta take it when I can get it!
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Front row l to r: Shayne, Emily, Riley, Daniel, Darla. Back row l to r: Marian, Ron, Cassi, Eric, Zach, and me.
For this show I am relishing my role as producer. It's a big hat as we are presenting it as a dinner theater so there are more than the usual loose ends to keep track of, plus a bigger budget than ever before. We have four show dates at the end of September, which is getting closer and closer! But honestly it's a blast and I love how you can work intimately with a group of people for a few months and then a few months later it's a whole different group. My kids love it because some of the cast members have kids their age and they get to hang out and play together.
Monday, August 4, 2008
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