Saturday, April 30, 2011

No Longer A Redhead

I've been getting the occasional white hair here and there. I've never colored my hair before, but I knew the time would come that I could no longer pull out every white hair. Well, the time finally came. But not for me though...

We've had Rocko for a little over 2 years. We've given him a few baths a year, but he's never been to a groomer. He's a golden retriever and his coat is always so pretty and red. But he was getting too burly. His fur was overgrown. The hair behind his ears was matted. He needed some major TLC. So he went to the dog groomer this morning. She suggested shaving him down as his fur was really matted in places. We used to shave Forest every summer as it was so hot in Phoenix. It takes a little getting used to on a retriever, but it's cooler for them and it helps maintain their coat. What I didn't realize was that Rocko is blond underneath all that red.

He still loves fetching a ball though.

He looks like a pup now without all that fur.

The kids went with me to pick him up and they walked right by him without even recognizing him. He looks like he lost 10 pounds.

He is silky and smooth and smells so good. Now, we'll let his coat grow out all summer and it will be thick and ready for the cold in the Fall. So, he'll be a blond for the summer and a redhead during the winter months. Although, I doubt he really cares about all that.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Wolverine

Ben has an imagination unlike anything I've ever seen in a kid. He wanted to watch Wolverine and asked for knives for his hands. Since I wasn't about to give him steak knives, I figured butter knives are pretty much safe. He's watched the movie twice already and thinks the knives are the best thing ever.





Maybe he'll work at Universal Island of Adventure someday as Wolverine. Hey, at least he could score us some Express Passes for free.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Yee Haw

Emily had a spring music concert at her school last night. Well, it wasn't at her school. They held it at the middle school as there was just too much turnout last time. This time it was K, 1 and 2 grades in one night. Each had their own theme. First grade was cowboy.

That's Emily's music teacher in the front left. He's new this year and lots of fun. He's like Jack Black in School of Rock. He plays his guitar and gets into it. Look at him with a guitar and harmonica and this was just for "She'll Be Coming Round The Mountain". He's awesome and the kids really respond to him. The second grade sang The Doors and The Kinks. Fourth grade is doing The Beatles. So much fun.

Look at the turnout for 1st grade. That's almost 60 kids and there are only about 95 in all 4 classes. This wasn't required, but the kids all want to be there and sing their hearts out.

With so few classes for anything to do with the arts in school, I'm thrilled that this teacher has extra activities for the kids to be involved in. Emily loved it and sang so well. Gone are the days at her Mom's tea when she was so shy she barely moved her lips. I'm so proud of her and the confident little lady that she is becoming.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Mom's Tea

Mom's Tea is one of my favorite days of the year at preschool. The kids get to bring their Mom's and it's a fun morning. It really feels like just yesterday that I was at Mom's Tea for Emily. When I read that post, I was shocked that I was pregnant. Time is passing much too quickly.

Today was Ben's turn for Mom's tea. I told him it was our date and he was so excited. He even woke me up this morning so sweetly and told me that he couldn't wait for our date. David worked from home to watch Noah. Ben and I got all ready to go. We dressed up a little and he immediately told me how beautiful I was when I walked out. That Ben is a charmer.

He played out front with his friends before it started.

He made me a lovely pot with a flower and a bumblebee. The teachers really go all out making sure it is a nice morning for us moms.

They sang a few songs. This was the best part. Ben was totally into it and probably the most animated kid up there. He's a performer.

It was a nice time with just Ben and I. He was a perfect gentlemen.

Easter

I'm a few days late, but better than never.

Our Easter was pretty low key. We normally head down to Phoenix and spend time with family, but since we just arrived home from vacation the night before, we figured we should take it easy.

The kids woke me up at 6:58. I imagine they were waiting in the living room with David who told them they could wake me up at 7:00. They went through their Easter baskets.

And went on an egg hunt.

He wasn't into collecting eggs, just throwing them.

The kids colored eggs with Granny.



While the ham cooked, these two guys hung out.

I think I know where Noah gets his mannerisms. Like father, like son.

It was a relaxing peaceful Easter which was much needed after our trip.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Last Days in Orlando

Our last full day in Orlando was one of our best yet. We went to Wet and Wild, a waterpark, in the morning. David's sister's family joined us. David and Alisa used to work there when they were teenagers and during summers in between college. Their boss still works there and they got to see him and catch up a little.

After some rest back at our condo, we got ready and went to a surprise retirement party for David's Mom. She is retiring this week. Gwynne works with a great group of women and they hosted quite a party. Gwynne was very surprised.

The kids got to go swimming in the pool.



And these two boys were up to no good.

Look at him, he's totally guilty of mischief.

We had an amazing dinner and yummy cake.

Then it was time for presents and stories. My father in law described Gwynne perfectly as humble and wise. She is very humble and often under values herself and how much she has meant to the school district where she works. Her boss, Betsy, told us all about the day they met Gwynne and how important she has been to them and all the children she has helped.

We laughed...

and laughed...

and laughed at all the stories.

And I think we all shed a few tears too. It was a beautiful night honoring a beautiful woman and all that she has accomplished. I'm thrilled that we were able to be there to share this special night.

It was the perfect ending to a perfect week.
And having our plane arrive 40 minutes early and our luggage waiting for us at baggage claim was the cherry on top of the sundae. We all can't wait to go back to Orlando. Well, my hair is begging me to never return to that humidity again, but I'll have to put it in it's place. A bun.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Orlando Day 6

Today was a low key day. It was very nice and much needed after the whirlwind of theme parks since we got here.

We had a nice breakfast at Mimi's Cafe with Grammie. Coffee + buttermilk muffin = happy Mommy.

We went to a few stores and to Ikea. Then, we went by Grammie's for a little bit until Noah started melting down. We came back to our condo and he took a nap while David and the kids went to the pool. I did laundry, dishes and cleaned up. Some things don't change even when you are on vacation.

David's sister and her family arrived this afternoon from North Carolina. So, we all met at a Brazilian Steakhouse for dinner. Here are Ben and Grampie looking handsome.

The cousins are getting acquainted after not seeing each other for 6 months.

Rachel loves Emily, she kept hugging her. It's so cute.

This steakhouse is a buffet and the servers come around with skewers of meat and give you whatever you'd like. Filet mignon, pork spareribs, bacon wrapped chicken and this was the garlic sirloin. So, so, so good.

And all this kid had was rice.

We went back to Grammie and Grampie's house and the 5 grandkids started ransacking their home.

Ben had to go to the restroom and after about 10 minutes I went to check on him. This was how I found him. He's on the sink getting the soap because he couldn't reach. Pants are on the ground. He's serious about his handwashing. And he put the toilet seat down. He's good.

These two boy cousins are technically 2 months apart. Greg has a few inches on Noah already and Greg's the "little" cousin. I tried to get a picture of them together, but getting two 1 year olds to hold still and look at the camera is impossible.

Well, the back of Greg's head is handsome too.

More good times to come tomorrow when we all head to Wet and Wild.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Orlando Day 4 & 5

I didn't take any pictures on day 4. It's a little hard at a water park. I don't want to be so preoccupied with pictures that I can't enjoy the moment.

We went to Aquatica which is Sea World's water park. We had a blast. The kids played hard and we had so much fun. They had a lazy river, but no tube are allowed. It has great rapids and you just float down it in a life vest if you choose. So much fun. We must have done that 6 times. We did some of the bigger slides, but we are realizing on this trip that somewhere along the years, Emily has turned into a big chicken. She didn't want to do anything too scary. Ben is up for anything. And Noah, well Noah falls asleep. I don't know what it is about water parks, but he did the same thing last year when we had season passes to Wet and Wild in Phoenix. He hears the water and feels the waves and the kid is asleep. He has narcosleepy (as Pam and I call it) when he gets around water.

David or I would hold Noah who was crashed out and the kids would go have fun with whoever was free. It was an awesome time. David's parents came over that evening too. It's so nice to do a little something fun with the kids everyday and visit the grandparents at night.

The sunsets here are so pretty. I find it so weird that you can actually look at the sun. Every night when it gets close to setting, it's just an orange ball and you can look at it for a few seconds. This is our view out our balcony window.

On to Day 5.... Is it day 5 already? Today we went to Universal Studios. I was slightly worried after the disaster at their sister park Island of Adventure, but it was no where near as crowded. Island of Adventure added the Harry Potter attraction last year and attract it is doing. We were happy to go to the quieter park today.

We went on lots of rides and the kids got to do several of them twice because of the baby swap. Our longest wait was 30 minutes which is way closer to our speed. There was also this fun ball house that the kids just loved.

Did I say kids? I meant David.

Oh yes, the kids liked it too.



We also watched a Barney show which Noah was mesmerized with. Emily and Ben liked it too, but Emily is starting to act too cool to like Barney. We caught her singing though when she didn't think we were watching.

A quick photo with Curious George. Again, Emily was too cool to get in the picture. She is almost 7 after all.

When we go to the park, Noah is so chilled out. He wants David to hold him all the time and he barely shows any expression. He just observes. The second we get home, he comes alive. He was thrilled to be coloring on the floor.

At least he's easily entertained.

We met David's Mom tonight for dinner and ice cream and took an evening dip in the pool. Such a nice day.