Saturday, June 30, 2007
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Sunday, June 24, 2007
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
- At least $300 per child for the snack bar.
- Oil free sunscreen for Mom.
- Tear free sunscreen for child #4.
- Spray on sunscreen for child #3.
- Roll on sunscreen for child #2.
- Neon purple sunscreen for child #1.
- A few token "healthy" snacks to supplement garbage purchased at the snack bar.
- Wipes--for cleaning up snacks and the "droppings" which will be left on the lawn by child #4. (He will pull down his swimsuit and GO...right while you are helping #2 get a towel after swimteam!)
- Jumbo sized bottle of hand sanitizer.
- Water wings, floating rings, diving sticks, flippers, goggles, snorkels, torpedos, sailboats, watering cans, and squirty fish...bring extras for the "friends" who will want to "share"!
- Extra set of car keys, since you will lock your original set in the car.
- A pair of very dark sunglasses...so you won't have to make eye contact...it's going to be a long afternoon!
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Monday, June 18, 2007
Sunday, June 17, 2007
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
- two potty accidents
- 45 minutes of car fighting as we took the "scenic route" to our picnic spot
- several dirty looks from the sporting goods store people as the twins tried to scale the miniature model of a blow-up pool slide
- four quarters' worth of Chiclets gum
- one run-in with Brad's boss (!) at the check-out aisle...complete with all four kids in full-spaz mode and me, holding a HUGE box of sanitary supplies
- one naked three-year-old on a bike in the cul-de-sac
- $2.75 worth of flavored water from the neighbor's lemonade stand
- one summer thunderstorm
- six "time-outs"
My husband's quote of the week..."Yeah, I think summer is really going to fly by this year!"
Sunday, June 10, 2007
Friday, June 8, 2007
(Photos by Aunt Min...the only one allowed to snap me from behind!)
So, we were so excited to go feed the ducks...one of the twins' favorite activities. But someone must have put all the birds on a low-carb diet, because they were so aggressive that all of us ran screaming back to the car!
Tuesday, June 5, 2007
Sunday, June 3, 2007
Saturday, June 2, 2007
Grandpa H. always made the best homemade jam. I am hoping I inherited the talent! This week we picked 15 pounds of strawberries and today I did my first real canning. It was a whole family affair: Em and the twinks picked, Shakey crushed, I stirred and Brad did the processing! Now we just need some homemade bread...
Friday, June 1, 2007
When I was a poor newlywed, Min would come for a long weekend. Brad and I would let her pick out her favorite movie ("Big Business" anyone?!) and feed her junk food. When I was a new teacher, Min would come help me set up my classroom every summer. At this point, she was a smart alecky teenager and would go through my pantry making fun of my food. She also mocked my grocery store and the Strawberry Days festival in my new hometown. Her favorite phrase when we'd go clothes shopping: "That's really cute...for you." (Translation: "I would only buy that if I were old, fat and poor...like you.") Min was a know-it-all, but I loved her anyway. She could make me laugh so hard I needed Depends.
Then I moved cross-country and the kids came along. Min was desperately needed! She came for a week every summer. My kids loved her energy and I loved her company during those intense toddler years. One summer, when my oldest two were both in particularly horrible developmental stages, I cried until Brad changed her ticket so she could stay another eight days! Another summer, I kept extending her visit until my mother called and told me to "set her free"...her boyfriend was going to propose the night she got home!
"NOOOOOO!" I could not let this happen. What would happen to our cozy sleepover arrangement once she got a husband? I tried to talk her out of marital bliss. Fortunately, Min got married anyway and her husband is THE BEST. I love him for many reasons, but mostly because he still lets her fly cross-country ever year to give me a week of sanity.
Min is coming for some heat, humidity and hectic-living this week...and I cannot wait. Of course, now you would not recognize her as that smart-mouthed know-it-all. She is the most poised, polished & poetic 20-something I know. In fact, she almost intimidates me. Go read her blog or visit her on-line shop...see what I mean?
I mean, where did the little sis who made me SlimFast and popcorn for dinner learn to bake, decorate and entertain crowds on a shoestring? How did the girl who mocked me all through water aerobics and Jane Fonda find time to train for a 5K run? Will the glamorous blonde with her cool friends, hip clothes and great taste still want to sing "Rainbow Connection" and giggle all night long under the covers?
Yes, she will...and that's why I am counting the hours til her plane comes in.