Wednesday, December 17, 2008
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Monday, December 15, 2008
We saw an underwater pirate show and after the show they invited the kids up to the "stage" to pose for pictures. The boys were excited to get up there and check things out, Brenna wasn't interested at all.
We saw giant turtle and the boys gave him Turtle High Five.
We went to shark video show. It was only few minutes long but you watched it standing on a platform that moved with the show. The show was like you were in a shark cage underwater. It was interesting but the movements were freaky.
The kids got to pick a little pumpkin from a pumpkin patch outside the frog bog. The frog bog was full of all kinds of frogs. I loved seeing the neon colored dart frogs to bad they are poisonous as they sure are cute.
After the frog bog we went to go see the otters and lorikeets but the stroller wasn't allowed in the lorikeet area so Jason took Brenna around and me and the boys went in. The otters were sleeping so not much to see and boy did they smell bad so we hurried over to the lorikeet area. You could buy a little cup of nectar for $1 to feed them but I had left my purse with Jason so we couldn't buy any. While we were watching the birds we found a cup that someone left and Landon really wanted a bird to stand on him so we tried to get one to come to him. I got one on my hand then it walked on Landon but then quickly came back to my hand and went up my arm on to my shoulder. Since he was on my shoulder I kept feeding him and then two more joined him and I became the the bird lady. The boys thought it was hilarious that the birds liked me. We were all laughing until one of the birds peed on my back then it wasn't so much fun for me. I got them off of me and we went out to meet Jason and Brenna. Jason laughed at me and the boys were so excited that they drug Jason back in to the exhibit so he could see the birds. Then Brenna wanted to go in so we left the stroller and headed back. Brenna was feeding one of the birds and it either nibbled her finger or got on her and freaked her out and she hollered and made the bird fly off towards a guy and his daughter behind Brenna, it scared the guy who was squatting behind his daughter and he fell backwards and the boys were laughing again. Here is a picture of our little friend.
After the fun of Lorikeet adventure we head on to a tunnel where they would be doing underwater pumpking carving. Liam really liked this and didn't want to leave until they finished the pumpkin carving. It takes a long time to carve a pumpkin underwater but did you know that when you are done the fish that live in the area are thrilled as they like to snack on pumpkin. Who would have thought that fish would like pumpkin. When were finally able to convince Liam to move on we happened on to the end of the underwater pirate show. The diver "pirates" are great. They really make a fuss with the kids watching. Landon found one and they played patty cake through the glass.
Then they helped direct him to attack the other pirate that was with him.
The boys thought that was just great. On to our last big stop. The shark petting area. Liam was in heaven. Landon and Brenna aren't quite calm enough to entice the sharks close enough to pet but Liam was incredibly patient and gently with the sharks.
Liam enjoyed the shark area so much he insisted on staying there while the other kids went to see the penguins near by. He eventually relented and joined the others at the penguins but kept asking to go back and pet the sharks. I guess he gets that from me. When Jason and I went to Florida last year I spent a very long time at the aquarium we visited's stingray petting tank. We were there so long that the volunteer that was there when we got to the tank left and came back for another rotation at the ray tank. After the penguins and the sharks we reached the end of our aquarium experience and we headed out with three happy and tired kiddos.
From the aquarium we went to check out the world of Ikea. That is one amazing store. We let the older boys go play in the kids only supervised indoor playground while Brenna, Jason and I checked out the rest of the store. Man is that one neat store. If we would have had room in the van and more money in our account we would have brought home all kinds of great things for the house and kids. We managed to get just a few little things and this high chair for the Wubba.
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After taking in the whole Ikea store we checked out, gathered the boys, and it was time to head for home. We had a blast and I am so glad we all got to go on at least one day get away this year.
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Pac Man Fever took over our house for Halloween this year. The kids looked adorable in their outfits and Jason and I had a good time making them. It was fun to work on them with him. Usually I am sewing or crafting by myself but this time he helped make them the costumes. He cut out the ghosts and their eyes and I sewed them all together. Pac Man was a definitely a join effort. Jason created the frame and foundation and I worked on sewing the cover on and creating his mouth, which included a pouch so that people could "feed" pac man Liam's treats. Liam loved this part, but his favorite part was when the mouth was full we would empty it in to his bag. We came to calling it Pac Man puke, and Liam loved to say I think Pac Man needs to puke.
Here is Pinky
and last but not least Clyde
Blinky is orange and Clyde is red but they both kind of turned out orangey red in their pictures, unfortunately. Mom and Bill came over to see the kids in their costumes and walked around with us for awhile. When we got back to our house after just one loop they were done with trick or treating and ready to pass out candy instead of collecting. Mom wanted a family picture of us with the kids so this is the best we could do. So I will leave you with our family picture and some random photos of the kids trick or treating.
and posing by the rock (it's in someone's yard but they love it)
Friday, October 31, 2008
Of course we have Pac Man and the ghost for Liam
Then Lexi wanted a princess
Landon said he wanted a racecar until I found Leo from the Little Einstein and then he was thrilled with Leo
Finally Brenna is all about the happy face lately so I found this Happy for her
We got a little pumpkin for Wubba but it is too little to really carve in to something. I am going to try and get his picture in his costume with his little pumpkin.
Monday, October 27, 2008
and one more
When she first walked in I thought she was bleeding but it turns out she just lost the battle with the burgundy sharpie. And in this case there was a second loser,
My kitchen table, luckily sharpie does wash off tile but not so much the painted wood areas. Just in case you need to know, baby wipes do a pretty good job of removing sharpie from 2 year old's eyelids, chin and nose. There is definitely not a lot of dull moments with 5 kids in the house.
The Boy Wonder started 2nd Grade
Alexis entered the big world of Kindergarten and K+ allowing her to go all day.
Then Landon went to 4's Preschool and has the same teachers Liam and Lexi had.
Then Little Ms. Brenna started attending the 2's class
with a backpack almost as big as she is. She was so excited going to school, ran in and hugged the teachers and started playing and all was good until I said "Have fun and I will see you in a little bit" then the gig was up and she wanted no part of me leaving her there. But I sucked it up and headed out and she did fine and had a great time.
Here is how Kindergarten and 2nd grade ended for the oldest two.
I can't decide if they are happy to be home or are excited about their first day but they sure were happy getting off the bus.
Thursday we headed a little south and visited our friends, Shelley, Taylor and Logan. They live out in the country too so it was another day to be outside. The kids had a great time playing on the swingsets and running around the yard. Taylor had a fancy scooter called a Power Wing Scooter. Alexis was amazing on it. Instead of having to push off the ground with your feet you just shake your booty and it goes. She was zipping up and down the driveway and sidewalk. The only part that freaked me out was that instead of using the brake she would jump off, scared me every time she did it. Shelley got out the power wheel truck and the other kids had a blast driving that around and giving the little ones a ride. Here are some pictures from our day. Unfortunately I didn't get any that turned out well of Lexi on the power wing
The last road trip to be discussed in a future blog because I want to include a bunch of pictures since I can't figure out how to post a slide show.
Monday, October 20, 2008
For Lexi's hair I wanted to try and braid pipe cleaners in to her hair so we could bend it in to funny patterns but her hair was to fine and kept slipping off the pipe cleaners so I improvised and came up with this creation.
They were excited to go to school and show off their crazy hair. A few days after crazy hair day I was in the school picking up the Box Tops for Education contest entries I am running and saw Lexi's teacher. She said Lexi loved her crazy hair but when it came time to do listening centers she didn't know what to do because the headphones wouldn't sit right with her crazy hair.
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
When I was a young girl of 12-14 and the joy of middle school was upon me I made friends with a group of kids that meant the world to me. We all had our own issues in life and came together when we all really needed each other. We formed a little group we called "Our Gang" like the old TV series. We got shirts and we each took a character. There was Spanky, Darla, Buckwheat, Alfala and me Jomie. We had a great time running the grounds of our apartment complex. Spanky was my boyfriend and Buckwheat was my best friend. Darla and Alfala played supporting roles but were still important to me. We would ride the bus to mall to watch the movie Lost Boys over and over. We visit the local ice cream store and eat frozen floaties in a cone. I have distinctive memories of events with both of my boys. Buckwheat I remember walking up to him at school and patting him on the back and he winced. It turned out, his dad, I believe, had hit with a belt and he had welts on his back. That was a reality slap for my young self. Buckwheat was a sweetheart what would make his father do that to him. What was I suppose to do about? Do you tell like your gut said or honor him and not say anything? I went with the honor him but have always wondered if it was the wrong choice. Buckwheat when I met him was the definition of preppy, he wore dress shirts and ties and carried a briefcase to school, but you could see the twinkle of fun in his eye when you looked at him. In one of my conversations with Buckwheat I learned that he had never had a birthday party, that was unimaginable to me and I told my mom we had to fix that. We held a party for him, nothing fancy but it was all for him. I think it may have been a soccer theme and we had a poster hanging in the kitchen of soccer player. Then there was Spanky. My first big memory of Spanky was of him literally smashing in to me. We were at a haunted trail in our apartment complex and Spanky came running out of the trail and right in to my arms. My young heart was touched by him and he became my first love. Spanky's mom would often ask me to babysit his little sister while she went out. I remember spending time with him and talking to him. He became very special to me. I recall one time his father came to visit and said something to him that upset him, I think it was about him be a little chunky. I think I was there when it was said but not in the room, because I remember him coming in the room and trying so hard to look like it didn't upset him and that he wasn't about to cry. I am not sure if I was babysitting that night or what but I for some reason remember holding him and trying to make it better for him. Spanky and Buckwheat were always there for me as well. I remember feeling like I didn't fit in with my family, that I was so different from my Mom and my sister but when I was with my my gang it felt like the world was right. I learned so much from my boys and thought they would be with me forever.
Unfortunately forever wasn't in the cards. When I was 14 and a freshmen in high school my mom thought we should move 2 hours away. It broke my heart to leave my boys. I saw them occasionally for visits but as life happens we drifted apart. I remember the last time I saw Spanky, I had brought a new friend with me to visit him and we were sitting in his room, I can still see him there. Had I realized that it would be the last time I would see him I would have done things differently and said stuff I wanted him to know. Buckwheat I did better about keeping in touch with. He didn't move until I did. I talked to him and wrote to him. The summer before my senior year he came down and stayed with a friend of mine. It was great to have him back in my life. He wasn't the preppy kid any more but he was still my buckwheat and my heart was happy to have him back. He even went with me for my senior portraits and was in 3 of mine with me. He went back home before school started and I worried about him and missed him. The night I graduated high school I walked off the stage and he was standing there. I couldn't believe it. I had to hug him and hurry back to my seat. After the ceremony we went back to the hotel we were staying at with my dad. We hung out and talked. Then he left. I remember trying to convince him to stay for my graduation party the next night but he didn't. Again if I had known that would be the last time I would see him, what would I have said differently? That night Jason officially gave me my engagement ring and 2 months later we were married and moved to Hawaii. One time in Hawaii I was able to track him down and found out he was in the National Guard. I called the National Guard and tracked him down and found out he was on drill and when he would be back. I called and actually talked to him the day he got back but he couldn't really talk and that was the last I talked to him.
Until a few weeks ago I got an instant message from a girl I have kept in contact with and she said she found Buckwheat on Facebook. So I immediately went and looked for him and there he was. I have looked for him on line ever so often over the years with out any luck. I couldn't believe I had finally found a way to contact him. I sent him a message and he lives just a couple of hours away with his wife and son. I am trying to figure out a way to get to see him. But it has been wonderful chatting with him via messages and a couple of times on the phone.
While chatting with my friend that found Buckwheat I mentioned I thought I saw Spanky on LinkedIn but sent a message and never heard back. She went and sent him a message and heard back from him so I gave it a try and got an email back from him as well. He lives in northern Indiana with his wife, twin daughters and an infant son. The funny thing is he lives near my sister in law who we visit usually twice a year.
So after almost 20 years I have my boys back in my life. It is great to hear from them and see how they are doing. To see what they remember from our time as "Our Gang", it's funny what they remember from what I remember. I am glad they are happy and have wonderful families. I hope to some day get to lay my eyes upon them again and give them a hug. Until then I am happy knowing they are Ok and that I can send them an email when I want to say "Hi"
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Then to add to the fun of the week it is also the start of the soccer season and for what ever reason we thought it would be a good idea to let the 3 oldest all play. So we now have soccer practice 3 nights a week. The Baby has visitation on one of those nights so we will have to do the divide and conquer and each of us take an event. Then on Saturdays they all will play at varying times we are lucky that not very many of the games are at the same time but lots of them are one right after each other of course at different field locations. Some how we will make it work, we usually are able to.
Saturday, July 5, 2008
After the drama of the morning we decided we would go ahead and head out for some late lunch and trip to the park. We headed out, went through McDonalds drive thru as we knew that should make them happy. Got the park and told everyone to stay in their seats and finish eating, that once every one was done we would go to the park. I guess Alexis took that to mean everyone but her needs to stay in their seat because with in minutes she is up and roaming around the car. Oh the joy of not listening has begun again. Once convinced back to her seat so that everyone could finish Landon had to start touching and bothering people. Are we crazy to think this adventure is going to work. Finally everyone finishes eating, including the baby who had been screaming for his bottle as soon as we drove out the parking lot of McDonalds. We opened the doors and freed the beasts from the vehicle.
The park was really nice and had lots of fun things for the kids to do and they surprisingly managed to play nicely with no fighting or whining. Sweet relief. We finally got a picture of all 5 of the kids together on one of the playground pieces.
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Then we took the beasties on a walk around the park. We came across a little bridge over a creek and they had a blast watching the water run under the bridge.
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We watched some guys playing frisbee golf. I had heard of it but didn't realize how serious it was. Jason told me that they have different frisbees like regular golfers have different clubs. It was fun to see as I had never seen anyone actually playing.
Then we headed back to the playground area and decided to let them have at it in the sprinkler park. Brenna was hesitant, she would play with the little sprinklers around the edge and on one post. Landon was a lunatic he went running screaming into the water and I would just catch a glimpse of him as he went shooting by. Lexi doesn't like to be wet as she will soon be followed by cold so she sat out for awhile and then finally decided she would go play and off she went. Liam liked it but he liked using the water canons to try and shoot us or other people more than he wanted to get himself soaked.
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After fun was had by all in the sprinkler park we headed for home. Surprisingly everyone stayed awake for the ride home, I thought for sure we would loose a couple to the land of nod. We hung out at home waiting for darkness to come and fireworks to begin.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
So it all is in the perspective.
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
The winner of the night has to be my Liam. Jason was baking something chocolately and Liam smelled it and said "I smell something." Hubby in his infinite funnyness said "oh excuse me and fanned his butt". Liam replied "your farts can't smell like that". "Depends on what I ate", refuted Jason. They go around and around for awhile then all of a sudden Liam sticks his nose down by J's butt and sniffs and said "that don't smell good definitely not chocolate". J and I both almost peed our pants laughing at our little butt sniffer. Jason's final comment " And I was counting on him to support us in our old age, guess that's out"
Oh what fun a night can be with boys, both big and little
Friday, May 30, 2008
For viewing pleasures here are some pics of the process. You might even be able to notice that there was so much concrete in the wheelbarrow that it flattened the tire. Click here to see all the photos Concrete Nightmare
I am not able to get the slideshow to load to the blog so here are a couple of pictures
Monday, May 19, 2008
The boys had a great time. It turns out it was Armed Forces day so they got to check some military vehicles. Landon said he got to fly the helicopter way up in the sky but something makes me think that they didn't let the three year old pilot the helicopter. They sat and watched the race right behind the Wii Fit racecar which just thrilled Liam to know end. They had ice cream, corn dogs and pretzels and great fun.
Here are some pictures from their adventure.
Some ice cream is always nice
All the fun and excitement wore Landon right out. Daddy said he didn't make it off of the track before he crashed out.
I am glad the boys got to have fun together. I think Jas had as much fun showing the boys everything as they had seeing it.