Friday, October 30, 2009

Happy 41st...Surprise!!

I have the honor of having parents who have been married for 41 years...and actually still like each other...maybe even more now then 41 years ago...maybe.

For the last couple of years they have always gone down to Disney to celebrate their anniversary and do all the "grown-up" parts of Disney.

In order to out-do himself this year, my dad arranged for me and my sibblings to fly in and surprise my mom for dinner at the 5-star Victoria & Alberts restaurant in the Grand Floridian hotel/resort on Disney.

We started planning this back in August. Between then and a long time for 4 kids keep a secret from their mom! But somehow we managed!! The 4 of us met up in Disney, and headed on over to the restaurant. We were supposed to beat mom & dad there but that didn't happen.

We pulled off the surprise like nothing I've ever been part of. My mom was speechless...and if you know my mom you know that's HUGE! :O) The main host-guy matre-dee (i have no idea how to spell that)...was in on the whole thing to so he totally gave my mom a line to throw her off and then snuck us in the back!! It was awesome.

We didn't just have dinner with them...we dined at the chef's table in the kitchen and interacted with the chefs all night. It was about 10 course of amazing food...most of which had their own wine pairing....after about 5 courses I was were all of us! The time was priceless. It was an honor to celebrate with my parents!

Horsin' around

Tyler on Zoey

Amber on Zoey

Camryn on "Big-Un"..with Randy

Me on it's been a long time!

Amber determined to help get the horses ready.

Eric on Big-Un...after Zoey bucked him off.

Tyler on Zoey...he's a natural cowboy

Under the trampoline was really the only shade.

Tyler...not sure what he's thinking.

uh...2 horses?

Dad & Tyler on the 4-wheeler...this was Tyler's favorite too!

Thankfully someone else had a camera!!...and shared their pictures!

We had the most fun at this house this summer. It belongs to Amber's sign interpreter from last school year, Melanie. She and her husband, Randy, hosted us all afternoon/evening and we had more fun than we have had in a LONG time. It was a blast!! The pictures don't come close to showing the immense amount of joy and fun that was being had!
horses, dogs, 4-wheelers, bonfire, roasted hotdogs, s'mores, trampoline, beautiful weather. It was all fun. My favorite was learning to drive the 4-wheelers...I had never even ridden one was blast! We can't wait to go back!

Friday, October 2, 2009

1st time obedience

This is a phrase that I always try to remember with my children...and I am frequently reminded of when it's not happening!

I witnessed NONE of this at the McDonald's playground today. I'm not perfect, I'm not trying to pretend I am. Not even close. But...don't you ever watch a mom and think, " you want me to tell you why you're so frustrated? Because your kid is calling the shots!!"

One kid was accused of choking another kid and denied it...but later was in trouble for another act of aggression. When it was brought to his mom's attention by grandma, mom said, "oh no, he wasn't even over there"....uh...yea he was! And this kids younger brother was pushing a baby in the face with his foot. The mom just sat there from a distance yelling "No no...we don't do that with babies". Then once grandpa got up to address the boy the mom did too...but he kept action was taken more than "no no."

Another mom spent 15 minutes chasing a kid around saying, "no, we are going". "no, we are going". "no...yes, jump jump...let's go." She had been IN the playground for 10 minutes trying to get her boy to come down....then followed him around the tables as he walked around. Never once taking control of the situation.

Then I actually heard one mom say, "No...time out right now. I told you once and you didn't listen, so now it's a time out." I though...yea it!

Then I saw the kid kind of dig in her heals...the mom rolled her eyes and let go and went back to her table as the kid kept playing.

When I told Tyler "2 minutes"...then "One minute"...then "get your shoes on, time to go."....I never repeated myself and we were out.

I know this is my own soapbox and I know every situation is different with each parent and kiddo, but good grief!!! Today was a bit overboard on the non-disciplining theatrics.

Please don't take offense to my rant...I'm just ranting...

Wednesday, September 30, 2009


I really need to get a new camera.

Monday, September 28, 2009

The Nite-Nite Fairy

In our house they are called "nite-nites". The crocheted blankets that were given to the kids as babies, hand made by Eric's Aunt Tommie. They have loved those things and sucked their thumbs with those...yes...all three kids...until they are literally falling apart.

The thought of taking them away was heartbreaking at if I'd be taking away their best friend.

Until someone told me about the fairy who could come one night...similar to the tooth fairy...and exchange nite-nite for a gift. And that's what we did.

We have talked about it all summer. Everytime we are in a store the item they want changes. I devised a plan that my Aunt Pat would play the voice of the fairy and so one night a couple of weeks ago we called her.

She knew which child had which color and talked about how brave they are to give it up and asked what they wanted in return. My favorite part was when Tyler asked how big she was...we pretend she's little because she can't carry big-ticket the motorized cars at Toys R Us.

Finally the night before last...on Saturday night...she visited. She sprinkled glitter confetti all over the floor, laid the gifts out to be found. And let me tell you....trying to sneak a nite-nite out of a sleeping kiddos hands is not as easy as sneaking a tooth out from under the pillow!

Amber was the first to come wake me up in the middle of the night because she couldn't find her nite-nite. So when I walked her back into her room she saw what the fairy had left! Her eyes were wide as they could be at 2:30 in the morning. But I told her she had to wait until morning to open them. She was fine with that.

A short time later, Tyler brought me his B.u.z.z. L.i.g.h.t.y.e.a.r giftbag that she had left for him. This was the beginning of the next hour. It was like Christmas at 3:00 in the morning. At one much as I tried to keep them quietly in bed until the morning...they were all up at one point, ooing and aahhing. All the lights were on, they were in each others rooms. They were asking about the sparkles and where they came from. The girls took their unicorn stick horses to bed and I finally gave in and let Tyler get his toy out so he could go back to sleep.

Tyler was the most excited. He would randomly throw his arms around my neck and squeeze tight...then gaze at his toy like he was in love. It was really funny.

And as I type this....recounting the night's festivities...I realize...I should have just woke up early that morning and did it before they woke up...instead of before I went to bed. Oh's done!

And the first night without the nite-nites actually pretty simple. A little sadness from Amber, but they all went to sleep quickly and slept all night.

The Nite-Nite chapter of life has closed.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

It's official!!

We are under contract!! woohoo!! It was such a smooth process, we feel blessed. We... more or everything we asked their riding lawn mower!! We have the inspection on Tuesday and we close on Nov 11th. That will give us 3 weeks in both places in order to move and get cleaned up!

Here is a link if you'd like to see it!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

An offer!!

I was beginning to wonder if what we wanted really existed.

But I know this to be true...He has ALWAYS provided housing for me in His time....which is perfect...every time!

So when I walked into this house yesterday and had "that" feeling of "THIS IS IT!" I was confident!! And even if it doesn't work out...I'm still confident.

We were literally on the phone with the other realtor while still in the house sitting on the couch. It just felt right.

It had everything that we have been looking for! Minus Eric's wrap-around porch. But all the "must-haves" were there.

Our offer is in and they have until tomorrow at noon to let us know. I'm at peace, but I'm excited!! I love this feeling!

If it ends up to be ours, I'll post a link so you can see it...

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Tyler time

So I was getting ready to be productive when I heard an unfamiliar scream from Tyler....I knew it was serious. At first I thought he'd just stubbed his toe until I saw the 2" long gash on the top of his foot. Nice clean slice from the metal bed frame. Probably about 1/8" deep...not horrible, but decent. Definitely one of our more serious wounds.

I just put him on his floor while I go get bandaids and wet cloth. I decided I really needed to use the liquid bandaid to seal it up since it was gaping a bit. I did what I thought was right, and I warned him it would probably sting. Here's a breakdown of the conversation...put into perspective that he was hysterical and i was laying on top of him...practically. (lesson learned...don't warn about more pain coming)

Tyler: "I don't want it to sting mommy!"

Mom: "I know, maybe it won't, I'll blow on it, we'll do it fast."

Tyler: "I don't want it to sting mommy!"

Mom: "Can you practice being brave for me?"

Tyler: "No, I just want someone here with me!!"

Mom: (I hug him tight...) "I'm right here Tyler" (knowing full well he was not talking about me since I was only getting ready to inflict more pain!)

Mom: "Let's pray ok, because Jesus is here too and He'll help you. Dear Jesus, help Tyler's foot be better, help him to brave and the owie to stop hurting. Amen"

Tyler: "No mommy, don't make it sting!"

(we wrestle back and forth with this for a couple of minutes until I have him pinned. Then I administer the first layer of liquid bandaid)

Tyler: *breath* "It's not hurting...IT'S STINGING, IT'S STINGING, I DON'T WANT IT TO STING. I wish God was really here!"

Mom: "He is Tyler, He'll stop...just wait!"

Mom: getting light-headed from blowing!! Then I administer more, and that helps because it doesn't sting the 2nd time. We hold it closed and keep blowing - one more layer. Then we get the butterfly bandaids and the cool big pirate flag bandaid out and he gets to help put those on.

Then we are sitting there, I'm picking up all the meds and bandaid trash and he literally throws his arms around my neck and hugs me so tight. Then he laid in my lap, looked up at me and said, "Thanks for making it all better mom."

Talk about melting a mom's heart!

mom: "You're welcome - God will take care of it from here and make it all better, ok?"

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

It has started for Tyler....

What else can be said? My little boy has started school. Granted, it's only 4 hours a day, 2 days a week...but that lonely car ride home is the saddest thing! It's different than having an empty car after leaving them with Mimi & Grandad or leaving them at Lisa's or leaving them at home and going shopping alone.

This time was weird and lonely and weird. I'm sure I'll settle into a routine and get lots done - but probably not this week...and that's ok.

I miss my friend, Kristie too because her little girl would have been going to the same preschool as Tyler and I would have gotten to see her there....and now she's gone in cold dreary dumb Boston. :O(

Plus it's dreary and rainy here today and that doesn't help...ugh. I need to go to yoga.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Thursday, August 27, 2009