Saturday, May 29, 2010

the consequences of ones actions, lol

Ahhh yes.. well It seems I've fallen off of my Weekly Wednesday reports. In fact this is Saturday, but let's just pretend ok?

For several months now I've been afforded an occasional freedom. I am allowed, under certain rules, to roam free as long as I behave. Or until I'm caught not behaving. This week I had 2 transgressions. The first was on Thursday about 6:30am. I decided to check out the pine trees across the road. On the neighbors property. Amelia (cat) encouraged me, which should have clued me in. Darn cat can move faster then greased lightning when we are about to get into trouble. Apparently mom was looking out the front window not realizing I had made an escape. She told me... with oddly clenched teeth.. that at first she was merely curious and trying to figure out what new animal was running across the yard. Until she realized the gold and white tail-less animal was me. I was on probation all day.

Now Friday is Dad's day with us.. and he's ... more relaxed with us. Since I was not being monitored I once again listened to Amelia tell me that deer droppings were ok to roll in and that mom wouldn't mind.

Apparently she did.. as you can see in these pics. yes I have paid for my transgression..and can only hope that I've learned my lesson and that I am a reformed dropping roller.


Sunday, May 23, 2010

Just some silly spring time pics

After buying a new battery and new memory card I needed to test my camera. So far none of the weird problems I've had for the last week. Got a couple of pics that are just too cute.. at least to a mom's eye, lol. First one is naptime with Amelia the flying cat. Amelia and I are getting along MUCH better these days. The other are JP with his new $1 water toy. After each pic he had to come over and see how it looked. Took 4 or 5 tries to get the last shot, lol.

Drive in Movie fun - think the adults had more fun then the kids

Sadly I don't have any pictures. I didn't take my camera as it's been acting up. I'm hoping the new card and new battery resolve the issue. I also didn't grab the cell phone as I was too busy making sure JP didn't either go swimming in the puddles or stood in the way of driving vehicles. Thankfully he learned after the first time on that one.

Our original plans were for the group that was going, was to come to our place, eat pizza, and head off for the movies after that. Due to a few unforeseen incidents we ended up loading up the pizza's and going. This drive in does not forbid food, but reminds you that they make a profit from concession stand sales. With 6 kids total I knew we'd be at the concession stand no matter how stuffed the kids were, lol.

The kids and adults all had a great time. The kids ran around the 3 cars and played tag, ate pizza, and just had fun. The adults also had fun watching them...and just relaxing. Although there was this one incident with one person (ah-hem!) generously offering chips to the other friend.. and moving the bag so that it became an acrobatic act, lol. The chips were crab flavored chips and I told her it was worse then alaskan crab fishing, lol.  This drive in also allows adult beverages as long as you do NOT sell (duh) and you do NOT become a problem (also DUH). None of the drivers went near this and those that did did not overdo..but well lets say crab chip fishing was not helped by this, lol. Oh and the other person that put the wine on top of their van? sigh... all I can say is men and their lack of discretion, lol.

The movie finally started to the great enjoyment of the kids seated in the back of our van. Next time the adults ( and teens) have chose to be smart and take chairs, lol. However btwn the 2 vans and the 1 car everyone was fairly comfy. After JP relaxed from running around I went to stand with some of the other adults and that of course was a bad choice as we had to be careful to not get laughing too hard. Oh and we went to see the last Shrek film... but Robin Hood was playing on the other screen and we kept trying to watch the more interesting scenes over there.. sometimes no sound is needed, lol.

one of the BEST kids moments was near the end of Shrek. I'm still laughing over it today. Friend #1 has a son JP's age and he came back over to us coughing. Friend#1 asked if he was ok and why he was coughing, but he didn't explain much and just wandered back to where the kids were btwn the vans. he wasn't coughing hard so none of us thought much about it. I went over to for some reason or another and realized what half the kids had done that resulted in the coughing. We had margarita salt in a paper plate on top of a cooler - the drink mix itself was sealed in the cooler. The kids had been tasting the salt! Thats why they were all coughing/gagging. I went back over to Friends 1,2,3 and told them what was going on while trying not to laugh!! We all got laughing then and so did the kids when we asked why on earth they were tasting what they knew was salt, lol.

Just got a call from one of the friends saying how much fun they all had. We are now planning on June 26th for our next monthly outing.. which will be the drive in again for Toy Story3. yay!

now to make the must have drive -in checklist of things we wish had or had done differently, lol

Thursday, May 20, 2010

and so it begins

Potty Training boot camp that is.

Today is Day 1 of my 4 day weekend. I am armed with 14 pair of undies and an empty washer. Potty seat on the big toilet as well as the smaller potty seat we bought for the van for travel emergencies. So far I am being told No when asking if there's a wetness situation going on.

Oh please let this go somewhat smoothly!

2.5 hours later and 3 pairs of undies. Things are not going well. Potty is now an evil word, when as of yesterday it was a fun place to go and sit and stare.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Friends with benefits

Now, now get your mind out of the gutter...not THAT kind of friend with benefits.

My best friend has a relative who has done very well in her career. As a result they have several homes. One of them is on the New England coastline and they let family use it free of charge often. This weekend we were offered the use of the house while planning a trip to go to a local "Day out with Thomas the Train"

My friend, her sister and hubby and our assorted 6 kids (ages 1.5 - 15yrs) went up Friday night. What a hardship it is to stay in this 'cottage'. 3 floors decorated in perfect 'cottage charm'. Warm, welcoming, inviting and shared without more then a second thought or two with our assorted toddlers. JP and I stayed in a wonderful corner room on the 3rd floor (not my choice and oh are my legs aching, lol). How terrible to have to stay in a home like this and wake up to the cries of shore birds in the morning as you look out the window to the ocean that is one row of homes away. It was really hard to 'rough it' in such 'tough' conditions. Especially since the weather was 'awful' - mid to upper 70's and bright sunshine... sigh the things we suffered thru to save an hour or so of driving up on Saturday morning, lol.

JP had a blast on Saturday when we went to see Thomas at the railyard. He was so excited he was actually shaking at one point. Sad to say it was hard for him to be good the entire time with so much overload, but we did ok in the end. JP's other love is water. He LOVES to play in water which makes me nervous sometimes, but we're very watchful over him. After we went back to the beach house we wallked down to the beach. This is the first that JP's seen anything like the ocean and he was amazed. he loved it! I thought he'd find and bring home tons of rocks but he was having a blast just throwing them back in the water. this beach is actually very rocky with smaller rocks as opposed to sand.. we could all care less and I think JP was trying to clean up the beach.. but he had a blast, lol. Saturday night was a rough moment for JP though. Everyone but my friend and I had gone to bed. We were on the first floor enjoying a glass of wine when we heard crying and little footsteps. JP is used to walking out of his room and around the corner from ours in the middle of the night.. Poor baby was up on the 3rd floor and wanted me. My other friends hubby walked JP down (they were staying in the room across from JP and I) and I went back  up with JP. Poor baby  :(  .

Sunday we all were leaving by mid day and went back to the beach in the morning. JP went back to rock throwing until we figured out the way to make him sit down and take a break.. someone had brought down tortilla chips and that was it. They won out over rocks, lol. We also eventually wandered down to a large rock outcropping with tidal pools. Which of course JP walked right into, lol. Better that then the ocean as he tried to do that on Saturday and he and I had quite the argument over that.

all in all it was a great weekend.. even with the defiant 3yr old that has been present in my life as of late. And while words can describe the weekend.. aren't pics even better? Oh and the dog belongs to none of us.. she just kept coming to the house and to the beach to find us...we think for food, lol