Saturday, March 28, 2009
She walks over to the couch, peers over the back at her Dad and says, "You guys make the lamest dinners."
I try really hard, I do! But it's hard to satisfy a customer who thinks the only dinner that isn't lame is plain pasta with Parmesan cheese. What can I do?
Carter plays basketball for hours in our unfinished basement. His blisters got really bad because he would go down and play in bare feet. I appreciate that he can keep himself busy down there. In fact, you can see my Nordic Track in the background and he will play while I exercise. (Sydney usually rides circles on her tricycle.) Having this blister disease is such a bummer. Obviously I want him to be active, exercise, and get some energy out but sometimes I want to tell him "No more basketball" when his feet look like that.
Basketball is his latest obsession. As you can see, Garth coached his YMCA team this year. The season just ended and I think they both had a lot of fun. The boys made new friends and learned some new skills.
With March Madness upon us, Carter will ask me if he can turn on "some college hoops" in the middle of the day. If I tell him there isn't any on, he'll tell me that's okay, he can just watch some ESPN because they'll talk about college hoops. Wow, he sounds just like someone else in this house!
Monday, March 23, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
All the girls feeling fancy.
In one of the Fancy Nancy books, she and her family go out for parfaits (Nancy says that's fancy for ice cream). I read them that book then we made our own pafaits. They got to choose their ice cream and top it with a number of sugary goodies. Most of them had more fun making than eating their parfaits. After desert, we painted toe nails and the girls danced in the living room til their moms came. It was a lot of fun and girl parties are WAY more mellow than boy parties.
That night, Sydney helped me make pizzas and she opened her presents from us. She was a big fan of her apple capris from Gymboree (clearance for $4). In that picture she is singing "apple bottom jeans, with the fur" Don't ask how she knows that ghetto song. She also got her own Leapster. No more fighting with Carter over his.
Monday, March 16, 2009
Monday, March 9, 2009
Congratulations, we love you guys!
What? You can't see anything but snow? Yeah, me neither. It is dumping snow right now. No more grass, plants or streets as far as I can see. I really thought this was over.
Sunday, March 8, 2009
When she tries a new recipe for dinner (lettuce wraps for a steak & potatoes man) tell her its fabulous and she did a great job. It makes the job worthwhile.
When she invites her parents over for dinner without a meal planned, go ahead and make your amazing BBQ ribs, then set the table, make awesome brownies from scratch, oh then clean it all up. It is the best gift you could give.
When you see a chance to be without kids for a while (even if it was initially for a funeral), take her shopping and to a stellar dinner at Clinks. She'll feel like a princess.
I am a lucky wife!
Friday at 2:30 I looked outside and it was beautiful and sunny so I told the kids we were going out for a walk/bike ride. I had to retrieve the running stroller from the basement, raise bike seats, pump up 7 tires, go back into the house for warmer coats and gloves. Finally we were off just after 3:00. Apparently, Sydney doesn't know how to pedal unless she is going downhill (Garth says she's just lazy). Derek we discovered hates the sun in his face. But Carter did great! As long as I could keep him from going too far ahead of us. By 3:20 we were all back in the house reading books by the fire. It was a nice try and since I am a glutton for punishment, I'm sure we'll do it again soon!