Saturday, March 28, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Now it is my turn!
The first five people to respond to this post will get something made by me! My choice. For you.
This offer does have some restrictions and limitations:
1. I make no guarantees that you will like what I make!
2. What I create will be just for you.
3. It'll be done this year.
4. You will have no clue what it's going to be. It may be a story. It may be poetry or maybe even some creation I haven't even invented yet (but heaven knows it will most likely be totally fabulous and creative... :). I may draw or paint something (no, I really won't do that). I may bake you something and mail it to you. Who knows? Not you, that's for sure!The catch? Oh, the catch is that you must repost this on your blog and offer the same to the first 5 people who do the same on your blog. The first 5 people to do so and leave a comment telling me they did win a FAB-U-LOUS homemade gift by me!
* *Oh, and be sure to post a picture of what you win when you get it!* *
Saturday, March 21, 2009
First, we played hot potato. Under each layer of aluminum foil was a paper with something on it like make a crazy face. Run around the circle. Sing your favorite song (which by the way got us the entire First Noel in a beautiful 6 year old voice.) We passed it around until the music stopped and whoever held it, opened a layer. Very fun!
We also made our own pizzas, and while we waited for them to cook, got out the marshmallows and toothpicks. Who can make the tallest STANDING tower?
Here are the lightsabors we made. They were really handy for the pinata, as we didn't need to keep switching the baseball bat.
These were easy to make. We cut pool noodles in thirds with a razor blade. (Previous to the party. We don't usually introduce razors to a bunch of rowdy boys.) Ryan then cut PVC pipe about 6 inches longer than the cut noodle, and inserted them in the hole. When the kids were here, we used colored duct tape for the handles and on the tips for grip. Then I supplied lots of stickers. This worked well even for the 2 girls, because pink light sabors with glittery heart stickers are awesome.
FUN FUN FUN party!
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
She is way too little to walk. She looks like a little midget. hehehe. She's been working on it for a while now, but finally has caught on. Today consisted of almost ALL walking and not much crawling. Wow! Did I mention she claps for herself every time she falls? So Cute!
I really was planning on swimming, really I was. Alexa and I got ready and met the other kids outside the gate. When I stepped my foot in the water I instantly changed my mind. Ainsley and my nephew, Jake were really the only ones who got in. The rest of us swarmed at the oversized step, letting Alexa enjoy the ice water with our feet. I did the polar bear plunge once at girls camp and wasn't feeling I ever needed to do it again.
We were ready to go back in after 20 minutes, because let's face it. Freezing cold water isn't that fun. Brandon all of a sudden got the devil in him and dumped a bucket full of water right over me and the baby. "AHHHHHHHHHHH," we both screamed and after the initial shock wore off, I tossed Brandon in the pool. Head first.
Just so you know, this is our own pool. We have owned it for 3 years, and swam in it hundreds of times. Brandon has had years of professional swimming instruction and is usually a fish. But this time, he forgot how to swim. Whoops.
I knelt by the pool, baby in arms, yelling, "SWIM! SWIM!" But, he began to SINK, SINK, arms flailing. I started to get a little worried at this point. I put my arm out for him to grab, but he didn't get the hint. So I did what I had to, placed the baby on the deck (praying she wouldn't crawl in) and jumped in to save my boy. That I was drowning.
And the story is not over, folks. Unless you are easily grossed out. Because swallowing all that water caused the blue snow cone he earlier consumed at the zoo make his appearance ALL OVER the deck. Yum. I guess I deserved it.
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Ainsley and Ryan before the baptism
Ainsley and me
Ainsley and her friends
Monday, March 09, 2009
Brandon started playing tee ball again this week. His team was supposed to be called the "Lug Nuts" but that sounded too much like the Love Nuts (hardly appropriate for a 5-year old tee ball team.) The team is named after the Batavia (NY) minor league team. The name is a great name...or it was until Brandon decided to practice what he learned at kindergarten earlier that day...the great art of rhyming words.
Saturday, March 07, 2009
So after speaking with the teacher, and nothing changing, we pulled him.
Great choice! He is LOVING his new class. Fun, nice Mrs. Fierro made him feel welcome and he was shocked by all the bright colors and the treehouse in the room. Wow! Also, he can wear whatever shoes he wants, and shorts (no uniforms.) Whoa. Amazing. The only tricky part is he is now in school all day long. Long for him, but INCREDIBLY JOYOUS for me.