Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Memorial Day Runaway Cincy, Day 1

On Saturday, after Gymnastics and lunch, and a bit of a poopalooza, we hit the road to visit our college friends who live in Cincinnati for the weekend! 

Here's my Top 10 pics from Saturday. 

10.  Jacob was out cold 20 minutes into our journey. 
I love how Gymnastics wears him out.  He thinks he doesn't always need naps, but he does. 

9.  We found a thunderstorm.  We chased it for a while, right behind, as evident by the smoldering street, but then we caught up with it in Cincy, and passed it.  Then it hit us again when we got to our friends Joe and Kate's house. 

8.  They know what's up.   Joe had found this beer, well, tea beer at Jungle Jim's and stocked up because I said I like sweet things.  This was Refreshing after driving on a hot summer day.  Perfect!
And I love sampling Local Fare! 

7.  Lucie's big brother and sister are both on Dance Teams.  She is joining up this fall.  But while the Daddies were out picking up dinner, she gave Kate and I our very own dance recital performance.  

Here's a sample.  
This is the stuff I miss having boys.  My sister and I did performances All The Time. 
Lu slayed me with her mad skills, and she was enchanting.  I loved it.  Amelie tapped barefoot for us too, but I didn't tape any of that.  I think God knows that if I had daughters, they'd be dancing and having tutu drawers, because I just love it all so.  So he sends me boys. 
The closest I get to a Performance is Star Wars: Crazy Wars, episodes created every summer.

6.  Remember that one time, all 6 children sat in one place and ate their dinner so sweetly? 
They ate so sweetly, that we grownups got to actually sit down and talk!
We ordered from a chipotle style mom and pop mexican place called FUEGO!  Eric got the hottest sauce they had, it made him cry, he loved it.  The little hispanic gal behind the counter had been genuinely worried about his health.  Everyone ate.  And Eric was just fine! 

5.  The girls generously offered the bunkbed in their room to the boys.  But the boys wanted to camp out with Jack in his room.  So it ended up being just Jacob on the top bunk.  To keep him company, I took the bottom bunk. He loved the princess canopy, and the kitty and dance art work on the walls.  

4. Flower power nightlights!  We are not used to flower decor like in little girl rooms.  We loved it! 
This green flower made Jacob very happy.  He wanted to leave it on all night long! 

3.  We were being watched.  
Something new for Jacob.  Their cat Gandalf, who was super shy around us, kept sneaking in to check us out while we tried to go to sleep.  
I've forgotten what it's like to live with cats.  I didn't realize how much I missed them. 

2.  Somebody's watching me. 

1.  This child was disinclined to sleep in the new room.  Mr. Peek-a-pook-aHe loved being on the top bunk, and all the decorations that are totally different from things we have.  This first night, he didn't settle down until almost midnight.  If I hadn't been so tired, it would've been really fun and funny.  
As it is, 3 days later, now it's funny.  

Friday, May 25, 2018

Last Day of School

Family Movie Night

School's out for the summer!  

I had planned an Oily bonfire for my team, but  at the last minute no one showed.  
That was ok, I cracked out this new (to me) treat.  I love these shandies. 

And because it was just us, terribly hot outside, and  it being an Ozone Action Day, we opted to move the party indoors, and with no shows, we opted for family movie night indoors instead. 

To end the school year, I had purchased them the Greatest Showman soundtrack and movie. 
So after Daddy did haircuts in the backyard, we popped in the new (to them) movie. 
Chris's friend Z was over for some of it too.  They were all so sweet watching this Circus movie, it brought a moment of calm to the Circus within.  Kind of Awesome.  

Even though it wasn't the bonfire with roasted marshmallows we had planned, it was a great start to Summer Break!

Summer Begins

Each summer, we create a Wish List, a list of things we want to do.  
Last summer, we knocked out a significant majority. 

This year, we are also adding a Responsibility chart.  
They have to knock out these jobs before being allowed to play all day. 

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Spring Break List

We crossed off the first item on our Spring Break list tonight. 
We're staying home for Spring Break, and it was a crazy busy weekend.  Part of that is our faults.  And that's ok, but it meant that they didn't really have dibs on much of anything we did until this evening.  So it was time for them to choose from their List.  We had discussed things we wanted to do earlier in the week, so we'll see which ones we cross off.   Tonight, the first was...

The boys wanted to have an "Epic Mario Kart Battle". 

We normally don't allow them to play video games on Sunday night, or on any school night really.  
But on the weekends when they are allowed, they have to stop at dinner time.  It tends to suck them in, and they forget things, and get snappish at bedtime.  That was true tonight too.  Jacob forfeited the rest of his race, when he got mad and threw his controller.  Then he cried because we wouldn't give it back.   But the rest of us had a good time playing.  I still stink.  That's ok, it's not the most important for me to be good at the game, I just get a kick out of the kids saying, "Rainbow Road is my downfall." and Jacob saying stuff like, "I want to do Rainbow Smash!"  What's Rainbow Smash?  It's my downfall.  Who am I kidding?!  They are all my downfall. 
I came in 12th twice, and tied Jacob.  He is convinced that coming in 12th place (out of 12) really means he wins.   Well, I guess we all won a bit when we finished by laughing.   

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Time to blog and scrap and do things that I've been putting off.  

The Boys wish you a very Happy St. Patrick's Day! 

They can be pretty sweet when they want. 

Yesterday was a Crazy Day!  
The littles had Gymnastics in the morning, and Jacob had a birthday party for a school friend at noon. 

While I took Jacob to meet Moana at a Birthday Party for his school friend.  
While we were there, the big boys went to a Piano Theory class. 

We learned during the afternoon that our friends the Webers were in town for a Dance Competition, in which 2 of their kids participate.  So we basically hunted them down just to be able to see them.  
We tried to catch Jack dancing, but they were too fast for us, so we just hooked up at the hotel.  After some debate we opted to get pizza and bring it back.  So did half the city, the Keystone Sheraton was Crazy! 

We chose to have a floor Pizza Picnic in the hallway with all the ballrooms, because nothing was going on in that hall. 
We brought the crazy.  

Initially, there was shyness between the kids.  It was our kids and their kids kind of separated.  
But then we started telling them what all their favorite things, they all love Hamilton, and Star Wars, and Legos.  Suddenly, they had things to talk about.  

And they are crazy... just like our kids.  
They ran rampant in that hallway for the better part of 2 hours, and they had a great time.  
We got to chat with our friends, and get to know their kids a bit.  
And it was Awesome.  

They even let me take a few photos. 

They had to do a crazy one first. 

Then they posed sweetly for me.  
Remember when there were only one for each of us? 

Then we had to repeat the awesomesauce photos.  
It's very hard to get 6 kids to keep still.  
They are kind of Awesome. 

And here we are.  Chris took this, and 3 others and all are a little blurry, oh well.
We've been friends since before we all started dating.  Joe was Eric's roomie in college.  And when Joe had a bit more hair, it was red, and he was one of Eric's Groomsmen.  It was kind of Perfect timing to see him this weekend, since it's been 20 years since he stood up for us.  It had been almost 4 years since we'd gotten to see them.  It's been a rough year so far for the Weber family, but they have kept their smiles and humor, and they could continue to use Prayer. It just did so much good for us to find them. It reminded me of old times to sit and laugh with them, and worth every bit of the insanity of chasing them down, driving all over town, and being gone all day.  
They made my day.  

Monday, February 5, 2018

Apparently we are Eagles Fans

As we age, we just don't Party like we used to.  
We used to go to a friend's house, and do the Super Bowl Up!   
Then our kids got older, and we realized it's a School Night.  
Then we realized we actually hate having to wear clothes outside the house past dark.  
Seriously, it's a Lot Of Love for someone that leads me to not be in my jammies at 8 pm.  

So, we've taken to watching the Super Bowl at home.  
We don't traditionally make a bunch of fancy food, we ordered pizza once, but it took like 3 hours to arrive.  This year, I didn't think we cared much about the Super Bowl.  It ended up being the Eagles against the Patriots.  we ordered a Pizza Kit off a friend's son, with a build your own pizza, breadsticks, and cookie dough.  Super Easy!  I'd totally be doing that again.  The only thing we missed most of the first quarter because the TV antenna was being super fritzy.   But after a half an  hour of Eric messing with the Plex channel he created, I gave up, and tried the NBCSports App.  Boom, there it was.  Now, every commercial break, it would fritz out on me for a second, so we only saw about half the cool commercials.  But as it turns out, that was ok.  
It turns out my Kids like football games.  Way to go Opa.  
Sam instantly began rooting for the Eagles, because they wear Green. Of course.
That wasn't surprising at all.  I was rooting against Patriots.  Chris began to root for them too. He asked me why we hate the Patriots.  At first I just said, They Cheat.  But then as the game progressed, they kept giving us reasons to dislike they way they play. All new reasons. 
By halftime, the boys were calling the Eagles, WE.  That's fine, I can be an Eagles fan for a night.  
Usually I root for Colts first, Peyton second (or Eli since Peyton retired).  Everybody else. Meh. 
But yes, I root against Patriots.  They like to push the limits, and not really in a good way. How often when they play did you hear last night, "Well, that's not Technically Illegal"?  I think that's a sign.  
They are like kids.  Actually, a lot like kids.  Tom Brady has Temper Tantrums, and Cries when he doesn't get his way either.  Yes, a lot like the kids.  Frankly, I was impressed by how the Eagles handled themselves at the game, and after.  I love how they Praise God first.  

Chris had to join Justin Timberlake when he started dancing to "Can't Stop the Feeling". 

Are asleep? 
Jacob didn't make it to Halftime.  
He felt a little warm to me, and was curling up, putting his hands under my legs, because I am the "Warmest". 
This morning he woke up with a Fever.