Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Brandon had a SUPER FUN birthday party last week. After many mind changes, we finally decided on a spy party. Now, after Ainsley's Harry Potter extravaganza, I was a little gunshy about the big party. Kinda pooped out!! I tried everything. Bowling? Chucky Cheese? Peter Piper Pizza? Movies? NO. He wanted a fun party at home like Ainsley. Then came the guilt trip from my honey. She always gets the big party. He deserves a little attention. OKOK I get it.
So our intvites were letters to all secret agents in manilla envelopes with Top Secret stamped on the top. They all included a secret password that needed to be used to enter the secret agent training course (the party.) The code was in code and we included a decoder sheet they were to bring to the party.
They were all issued ID cards upon arrival and sent outside to spy training. Ryan had them do a fast obstacle course all around the yard. If they passed, they were issued their spy gear. Sunglasses (to protect their identities), flashlights and loaded water guns (for protection.)
They then were given the first clue. (All the clues were in the top secret stamped manilla folders.) The caught on and ran to my friend Sara's house. She had bombs that needed to be difues. There were a bunch of balloons blown up, all with papers in them. One had the next secret password. After popping them all and finding it, the figured out the code an ran to Mona's house.
Mona had a bunch of lottery cards I made. They scratched off to reveal their fate. One had a secret code. They figured it out and went on.
Ashlee's house had the fortune cookies. They all split them open and found the next code. (You all knew you could microwave fortuen cookies to soften them and insert new fortunes, right?)
Next they ran back home. They had to make it through the laser maze Ryan created and finally completed the mission by SAVING the pinata. Homemade by me and Ainsley of course.
We had a GREAT time and I was glad we did it. He deserves it!

B-day for B-dog

Brando Commando
Whatever you call him, Happy Happy Birthday to my cute, sweet boy.
Brandon turned 7 on Thursday. We celebrated by going to In N Out and coming home for cake.
Brandon is loving anything Star Wars or Lego these days. So to venture out, Ryan bought him all kids of fishing equipment for his birthday. New rod, reel, etc. He was so excited. On Saturday morn, Ryan took him to the Riparian Preserve to put it to some use. They were out and back in less than an hour, no fish caught. Apparently his patience level is low when he's not trapped on Grandpa's boat.
I sure love having this guy around. He is sensitive, loving and kind. He hates to be alone and is super sweet to Alexa and Ainsley. Happy 7 Big Guy!!

Monday, March 15, 2010

This little freak

What kind of mom calls her kids a freak? That would be me!! There is no other word to describe her after last night.
Ainsley was up all night long.
#1 "I'm hearing voices in my head. It's a lady. She's screaming and won't stop"
#2 (I hear talking in her room and go back in) She is staring at the mirror over her bed screaming at her reflection. "Go away! I told you not to come back here. GO AWAY!"
#3 She's walking up and down the halls. I came out of bed once again to see what is was this time. "He FORGOT! Brandon FORGOT! He was supposed to meet me here after spring break. But do you see him? NO! He forgot!"
#4 I'm not really sure. Ryan took care of this one.
#5 "HELP! She's back! The lady screaming in my mind. She's like a poison and she won't leave!"
OK, is that enough? It was certainly enough for me. I hopped in bed with her and spent the rest of the night there. Of course her room is next to the garage and I could hear the ktty meowing all night (the lady screaming?) and I never slept.
In case you haven't guessed it, that sweet daughter of mine had a fever. She notoriously hallucinates and has crazy crazy dreams when she has even a tiny temperature.
Anyone else have problems like this or am I alone?