Sunday, September 30, 2012

A lazy weekend.

This weekend was cold and rainy. We just stayed home and were bums all weekend. I know I really enjoyed not having to rush around.

Friday, September 28, 2012

I hate murphy's law!

Today I took the boys to the library for story time. Ethan didn't want to go to story time. We got there just as they were starting. The only seating that was left was on the floor. Ethan wasn't happy that we didn't get seats. He didn't want to sing the songs. Preston didn't want to listen to the stories. I told the kids that if they didn't straighten up we would leave with out getting books.

Once I told the kids we were leaving Ethan started throwing a temper tantrum. Seriously? That isn't going to get any books.

When we were leaving there was the longest train that I've ever seen was going right across main street. I thought the train was never going to end. Needless to say once the train did end traffic was thick. I figured once we got to Preston and Main street traffic would be back to normal. Nope! There was an accident that blocked the whole intersection. UGH!!! I just want to get the kids home feed them lunch and put them down for naps.

Seriously it took over an hour to get home!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

The tail of two Ethans

This morning started off with me sitting on our patio drinking coffee and reading a great book while the  boys played in the sand box or rode their bikes. I paused for a moment and thanked God for how blessed my life is.

Then we came in for our morning snacks. I don't know where my well behave boys went. The boys who came back in from outside were wild children. I was so ready for nap time. Today was defiantly mommy needed you guys to take a nap more than the kids might need it. Preston actually went to sleep fairly quickly but Ethan was still messing around. Eventually I thought he had fallen asleep so I went to the kitchen to get some lunch for me. I just sat down when I heard Ethan running around again. Okay it sounded like he went to the restroom. I'll let it slide. Then I heard Preston crying. Oh that little toot, went and woke up Preston thinking that would make nap time be over. Uh nope. I don't care if you sleep just lay down and try to get a little rest because I need to eat and get my self in check.

The afternoon was worst than the morning. Preston just wanted to play by himself and Ethan wouldn't leave him a lone. That lead to a lot of fighting and crying. My mom showed up to go shopping. Thank goodness, normally the boys will behave like humans when other people are around but not today. This is going to be a fun shopping trip. We just pulled into the mall parking lot when Josh called and said he was about to leave work. Oh he job is right around the corner! Wait, he can take the kids back home and my mom and I can shop.

It was heaven actually getting to go to the mall with out kids. However the sale wasn't as impressive as I was hoping. I did get a couple of shirts for Josh and a few things for the kitchen. That was about it.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

I found a preschool program!

Ethan and Preston can both attend. The only downside is the class meets once a month. *sigh* The first Monday of the month the Discovery Sci-tech Center has a preschool program for kids 3-5. It is a two hour program the first 45 minutes they rotate between four stations. In October they are going to make slime, build a marshmallow catapult, make a wand with led lights, and story time. Then the next hour they get to play in the museum.

Of course, that means we had to go to the sce-tech center to sign up. Okay I could have done it over the phone but what fun is that? Besides they had story time about germs this week. The kids get to make their own germs. Not to mention there weren't any field trips planned today. And they have a new exhibit.

The boys making germs.

The boys getting to shot something and not getting in trouble,

Don't I look like I'm learning something?

Look mom, I'm building carbon atoms.

Wow little bro you did a great job.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

I need to get my head examined!

Last night I was going to coupon at Tom Thumb but I still don't have all of my coupons organized yet. They are much better but I still have work to do. It took me forever to find the right coupons. It was after midnight when I was finally done. Forget it I'll just man up and take the kids in the morning. I had also gotten an email reminder from Groupon that I had a bounce house groupon that is about to expire. I told the kids this morning that if they were great at the grocery store I would take them to a new to us bounce house place. Well I didn't get all my morning chores done till after nine. Jump Mania only had their preschool open bounce from 10:00 till noon. Well crap I don't have time shop, unload, and get to the bounce place before the open jump is going to be half over.
 
Then I don't know what ever made me think that it was a good idea to go to the bounce house place first. Eat lunch then go to the grocery store while the kids are normally laying down for their naps. At the time that sounded like the best plan ever.

When we arrived, I doubled checked the calendar because there was only one car in the parking lot. Um, are they opened?? I figured we could check the door. Thank goodness it opened. There was a grandmother and her grandson, one employee, and the husband and wife that own the place. Okay I can deal with this size crowd. There were six bounce houses for everyone and they also have a toddler area that included another bounce house. In total there were seven bounce house. The toddler area also had several things for the kids to play with.

I don't know why people think I'm part monkey?

Look mom I'm in the lead!

Okay mom you promise to get me down off the Velcro wall??

Mom I'm trying to look cool here and you are cramping my style.

Air hockey is AWESOME! So much better than a silly bounce house.

Ethan what am I doing again?
After lunch I loaded the kids up and took them to the grocery store. Preston was grabbing everything that he could and put it into the basket when I wasn't looking. I had to move him to a different seat so he couldn't reach the shelves anymore. Ethan was having fun with his leap pad. Until it was time to check out. Ethan wouldn't stay in the car part of the cart. Then Preston started trying to climb out of the cart. Oh that is why I normally do my grocery shopping in the middle of the night when the kids are sleep. I was also mentally cursing myself for keeping the kids up past their nap time. Just when I thought I was going to have a meltdown in the middle of the parking lot my phone rings. It was Korri! To ask when I would be home because she was going to bring me a piece of cheesecake from the Cheesecake factory and our friend that ran away and joined the circus. Yep that is right one of our friends from when we lived in Florida, now works for the Cirque Du Soleil's show KooZa. The show just came into Dallas. After I got home, the kids to bed, and the groceries put away. Korri and Amber came over. It was great visiting. I can't wait getting to spend more time with her over the next month.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Who am I, Where am I??? Can I go back to sleep?

I don't know why but I woke up feeling like I was hung over. Which really sucks because I didn't drink. I just couldn't get my act together today. Thank goodness the boys were mildly behaved and let me sip coffee all day. Yep we had a PJ day with educational videos or PBS on. I'm going to win educator of the year with my preschool home school lessons for the day.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

I wonder who I act like when I'm stressed?

My friend, who had the baby shower a few weeks ago, came home yesterday with her brand new baby boy. Today my mom and I got together to make dinner to take over. Her mom and my friend made dinner when I came home with Ethan. I remember how wonderful it was not having to worry about dinner.

We figured that it would be good to keep things simple. We did a salad, a casserole that my mom has made a million times, and tapioca pudding that she has also made a million times. I found a recipe on Betty Crocker's website that made my mouth water. Cheddar Bacon Ranch Crack bread.

We figured we would make a second casserole to feed us. We did a Wal-Mart run to get everything that we needed. They didn't have the bread that I needed. Then it was off to Tom-Thumb for the bread. Got back to my parent's home and we made everything to take over to my friend's house. Then we realized that we wanted to make the bread for us and we didn't have all of the ingredients for our casserole. Then we did a quick trip to Brookshires.

My mom was completely stressed from going to three different grocery stores and cooking. There was a point on the way over to my friend's house that I thought her head was going to explode.

Once we got there and she held the baby, my mom calmed down.

Note to self: NEVER, NEVER. NEVER have my mom cook unless it is a holiday or someone's birthday.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Plano Balloon Festival

I was thinking today. I never went to a balloon festival before I had kids. I'm not really sure why we even started going. The kids love going. This is the first time we actually had the kids go in the bounce houses. The only way I was able to get them out was by getting them snow cones. By the time we got over to where Josh and my dad set up, balloons were already taking off.

Boing, boing, boing

Is it my turn yet??

Balloons!

These young kids don't know how good they got it now days.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

All about the Mommy Group!

This morning, we headed out to the playground to meet up with the mom's group. All the kids Ethan's age seem to be in some sort of preschool. I think the other mom's at the playground suck air when I comment that I'm doing preschool at home. The mom's at today's meet up I don't really know. There are a couple of new moms and moms that only participate when their older kids are in school. It was great meeting everyone. Ethan would not leave Preston alone. Ethan had a death grip on Preston's shirt. I put Ethan in time out so Preston could play. Ethan returned to the death grip. Seriously? Then they ran off. Okay we were done and heading home. That was less then thirty minutes after we arrived to the play date.

After Josh arrived home, I was off for another meet up with the mom's group. It was time for some patio therapy! The moms that showed up tonight were the ones that I'm used to being around. It was great just to relax.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Back to class.

Cirque Fit class for Ethan started back today.

Me: Preston are you excited that you are going to have daddy all to yourself tonight.

Preston: YES!!

Ethan: I want a night with daddy.

Me: Ethan, we are going to Cirque class alone.

Ethan: Isn't my girlfriend going to be there?

Me: Yes, your girlfriend is going to be there.

Ethan: Yep, I'm going to the big kids class and Preston can't go.

ME: Are you excited?

Ethan: Yes. But I want to stay home with dad.

Me: Aren't you excited about going to Cirque class alone?

Ethan: Isn't my girlfriend going to be there?

I think the cycle lasted on and off all day. Even in the car on the way to the class. We got about five blocks from the house and Ethan started saying how much he missed Preston and dad. Really just before we left he was telling Preston how excited he was going to class without him. Okay. When I pulled up to the class there was only one vehicle in the parking lot. Um, where is everyone? Does class really start this week? I double checked the website. It says class is on. I guess we can try the door. It was unlocked. Okay, that is a good sign. Apparently, the class was only for Ethan and his girlfriend this week. I guess we will meet the other kids and mom's next week.

On the way home Josh asked if I could pick up a snorkel he had reserved at Dick's Sporting good. Okay. Why does he need a snorkel? We aren't going on any scuba trips that I know of. Turns out there is a snorkel to help with your breathing while you are working on your swimming form. Josh's coach calls it the dorkel. Apparently the only color any of the stores had was pink.
Yes, ladies he is taken!

 Josh was like a little kid on Christmas morning. He couldn't wait to play with his new toy. Even sending out texts and watching with the thing on. If he wasn't getting picked on, I think he would of kept it on all night.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Ethan's check up

Today was all about Ethan's five year check up. I can't believe that it has been five years!! I can't really remember what life was like day to day without kids.

Any rate, turns out Ethan is average and we couldn't be more excited! Ethan has been puttering at the bottom of the height and weight chart. This year he jumped up to the normal range.

Height: 42 inches (45%)
Weight: 40 lbs 16oz (50%)
BP 84/ 52
BMI 15.9 (55%)
Vision: Passed
Hearing: Passed

The nurse did a double check when she was filling out his chart and confirmed Ethan grew four inches last year.


Monday, September 17, 2012

My house is fixed!!!

Today was a repeat of last week when it was full of repair men. At least this week it everything is really getting fixed. My fridge now has running water and the ice machine is working. The ice and water has never worked. It is weird hearing the ice dropping and the water running in the fridge.

As soon as the fridge guy left the foundation people showed up. We were inside while they were leveling the house. It was a weird feeling having the house move under us. Now the doors that have never shut can close. The doors that used to be a work out to open work like normal doors now. After the kids went to bed Josh and I just walked around the house opening and closing doors.

What I'm most excited about is the ability to slam doors. Okay that isn't the most excited thing but do you know how frustrating it is when you are already upset. Make a big dramatic exit and want to release some frustration by slamming a door and it doesn't close?? 

Now we have to replace the door knobs on the kids bedrooms. The previous owner used to rent rooms out and the bedrooms have key locks that we don't have keys to. Since the doors never latched or didn't close it wasn't a big deal. Now we would have to call a locksmith to get the kids out.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Family Fun Day

Today we visited my parents. Preston was excited to play with the Iron Man truck that his Nana bought last week. Every day last week Preston asked if he could go see Nana and Papa because he wanted to play with the truck.

The day was cloudy and rainy, the type of day that I would love to just stay in bed with a good book and let the world go on without me. My whole family was fairly lethargic. Ethan just wanted to lay on the couch and watch TV. My mom wasn't feeling all that great. She just wanted to sit a round today. For my mom to just want to sit around you know that she isn't feeling well.

Once we got home Josh helped me with my coupons. I was feeling so bad about trashing all of these expired coupons then I remembered the Krazy Coupon Lady has a page dedicated to sending your expired coupons to military families. Awesome!  Not only do I not have to trash all of  these coupons but I also get to help military families. Win!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Didn't do a lot but man I'm tired.

Yesterday I got a call saying asking if I would be home today so the foundation people could finish up. Sweet. I did a little happy dance. Josh had to leave at 7:30 to meet up with his training group and the foundation people said they would arrive between 7:30 and 8:00. I guess I need to roll out of bed. At 8:30 there is knock on the door. I was so excited my foundation will be fixed! Yea!! Nope turns out the foreman for the group is having car trouble and can't make it. Well Pooh. Thank goodness the boys seemed sleepy too. We ended up just laying on the couch in a big heap till Josh got home.

What Josh came home to.
It was time to start moving because Ethan's best friend had his birthday party. We were asked to bring the bounce house. I figured it would be easiest to set it up just before everyone arrives. The only problem is the part is in the middle of the kids naps. Towards the end of the party the kids were just done. The boys feel asleep on the way home but woke up as soon as we unbuckled them.


Friday, September 14, 2012

This morning Josh headed out at 5:30am. Where is Josh going?? I figured that he was going for training but he didn't mention anything about training for his triathlon. I tired to fall back asleep but it just didn't happen. Turns out he forgot to let me know this weeks schedule included a thirty minute swim and a thirty minute run. He did the swim this morning and is going to do the run this evening. He was jumping in the shower, I was trying to go back to sleep. Preston woke up. Fine I'm up.

I just wasn't moving that quick this morning. Thank goodness, Ethan wanted to do mommy school on the computer. Preston wasn't moving that quick this morning either. He was just laying on the couch being a TV zombie. That was how the boys were when Josh left. Korri arrived and I had the kids do a little science project for mommy school. I had a try with baking soda on it. Then the boys selected a food color and I added it to some white vinegar. Off they went making mini volcanoes. Every once in a while they would ask for more colors. I also gave them some water and apple juice for them to see if everything thing made the baking soda bubble. They quickly realized the water and apple juice was boring and didn't touch it anymore. They had a great time and were sharing all the colors.

After naps, Ethan wanted to be on the computer again and Preston just wanted to lay around. When Josh got home the kids were in the exact same position they were in when he left. No seriously we did things today.

I cried a little.

As part of getting on the band wagon, I'm starting to really coupon again. The past several months I would just check Terri's coupon tracker for the items I was going to buy. I have stacks and stacks of coupons that have expired. It is time to trash hundreds of coupons I was surprised how sad it was, I felt like I was actually trashing money. I know it isn't.


Then Josh and I were having a budget meeting. We signed up for Mint.com and were looking at uncategorized expenses and noticed several entries that said HW AHA. What??? Then there were a couple of other charges that looked strange to me. My card number was stolen a couple of months ago. I immediately flipped out. Josh asked me to give him my phone. I was in complete freak out mode I couldn't find it. Then I tried giving Josh the house phone. In my head he was going to call the debit card customer service people. No he wanted my phone to use the bank app to check the account. I wasn't thinking straight otherwise, I would have pointed out that he had a computer on his lap and he could just go to the website. Instead I grabbed the phone out of his hand and tried to dial my cell number, after about the tenth attempt I was finally able to get my fingers to hit the right number. I didn't hear anything. I know that I just had my phone because just before Ethan went to bed he was playing games on the phone. I'm running around the house while Josh is calmly playing around on the computer.

Me: What are you doing??? You need my phone and I can't find it. I'm near hyperventilating!!!!
Josh: If you are talking you are breathing.
Me: Fine I might be breathing at that precise second but it might not last for much longer.

Josh then pointed pointed out that one of the charges was for the refrigerator repairman. Oh, that is right. The other strange charge was for Preston's new blanket. Oh that is right I did get that at a stor I don't normally shop at. As for the HW AHA charge, it was American Heart Association Heart Walk in Dallas. Oh that was me too.

Okay so my card information wasn't stolen. I'm starting to see straight again. My phone is still missing. Oh thank you Josh for pointing out that it is in my purse. Yep I'm the one that you want if there is a medical emergency. I stay so calm and collected.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Up and running.

Our modem has been dying for about a year. It was getting to the point it was down more than our internet was up. Our internet is bundled with our home phone and cable. Josh called to see if we could get a new modem and was able to get $50 knocked off our monthly bill. Sweet. Granted $50 isn't going to rock out budget but it is at least going in the right direction. Every little bit helps, right? That is $600 a year.

Sorry, I distracted myself. Also in the phone call, Josh found out our internet provider has a store near-ish to us. He was able to swap out the modem for a new one. Josh got everything set up while I was making sure the boys werent sneaking out of bed to get toys. I know the modem speed is suppose to be the same but it just seems so much faster. I think the main reason is because it doesn't die ever time I try to go to a new webpage.

 I know you didn't want to hear about my internet speed. I know you want to see pictures of the boys. Today during mommy school, we played a new game. Preston was a letter detective and Ethan was a word detective. I had the kids drawing pictures for Josh. While they were coloring I hid a few of our letter cards and sight word cards around the living room. I figured the kids would loose interest fairly quickly because they were not really interested in doing mommy school so far today. They loved being detectives. Quickly found all of the cards. They wanted to play again. Okay this time I put out the full set of alphabet cards and all 36 sight words. I made the mistake of putting a letter card on the wall tracks. Preston was lost to the wall track the rest of the morning. Ethan found all of his cards and what cards Preston hadn't picked up yet. Then Ethan wanted to do level three. Seriously kid? okay. Level three was us sitting on the couch and having Ethan match up cards that have the same first letter. Then we found rhyming words. I'm excited that Ethan is excited about reading. I guess that is why we have been doing so many reading exercises during mommy school. 
I'm looking for you.

Look mom what I found!

This is my grabber. It helps me find the words.

I've found a new level to this  game. Tracing the letters with my drum stick.

Getting back on the band wagon!

At church, the pastor had a message about money. We have been talking about getting back on a budget and back on the Dave Ramsey and Gail Vaz-Oxlade. They both believe in being debt free. We are basically debt free aside from a couple of student loans. We have gotten really lax about our budget. We are just taking a little time to get back on a budget. We are wanting to be able to donate to more charities especially around Christmas time.

Since we are getting our money organized again. I think it is a good time get the house organized too. Now it is time to start flying again with Fly Lady. Watch out world!! Who knows I might become super mom or fall flat on my face tomorrow morning. Most likely falling flat on my butt then some how managing to then fall on my face.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Not much going on.

Today we did mommy school. I don't have a curriculum right now. I think I have found one that is going to be challenging for Ethan but Preston can also participate in. I'm using several different types of workbooks. In the past I haven't focused on handwriting. I've also have some lessons for the curriculum that I used last year. Not to mention ABCmouse.com. Today's big game was I laid out alphabet cards and made the letter sounds, Preston had to give me the correct letter. For Ethan we had several sight reading flash cards that I laid out.

Tonight Josh had a board's member meeting tonight. I had a million questions when Josh got home. He looked at me and asked if I wanted to be on the board. No, I just want to know what neighbors are deadbeats. Seriously why would you hire a lawyer instead of paying you Home Owners Association (HOA) dues? Isn't the lawyer going to cost more? Just saying? It isn't like you can get out of paying the HOA dues.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

A boring day, but the boys are happy.

Last night before bed Ethan asked if he could go to church in the morning. Okay you win. This morning we got up and headed to church. Ethan was so excited when we got there. I think we are going to start attending again.

Then it was off to my parent's home. The boys were sad that the water had cooled off to much for us to go swimming. After naps,we took the boys shopping. Ethan ended some new shoes and Preston needs wants a new blanket. (in case you missed it check out the bedtime drama from the other night). Our fist stop was at Target. They had Ethan's shoes but Preston didn't like any of their blankets. We then headed to Ross. Preston was saying yes to every blanket we showed him. I handed him a pink one just to see if he was really paying attention or not. Preston started to put into the cart then said, "Moooom, this is for girls, not me." Okay so he really was looking. When we first started looking he only wanted to look at blue blankets. He had five blue blankets in the cart. Then my mom found a really soft striped blanket. That was it. The stripped blanket won.

After dinner we took the boys outside to play with one of toys Ethan got yesterday for his birthday. (My mom picked out the toys and showed it to him) it is a messy toy so I figured we could play with it at her house. Oh we also have huge holes in our yard because of the foundation repair that is going on.
watch out evil tree!

I told you. Feel my wrath.

Evil tree it is time to meet spider-man Preston.

Daddy I need help

I think this tree has learned it lesson.



Checking out my new blanket's super hero cape abilities. Test passed.
I figured when we got home and his old blankie was waiting for him that he would still want it. Nope he tossed the old one on the floor and said that he wanted his new blanket.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Happy Birthday Ethan!

I can't believe how different my life is five years later. I was terrified that this little bitty baby would brake in my arms. I'm a bad mommy and don't have any pictures on this computer of Ethan the day that he was born.

Any rate, this morning Ethan woke up first. Ethan hardly every wakes up before Preston. This morning we were able to have some special one on one time and had Ethan open his presents with out his brother interfering. Ethan was so excited about getting to go to the museum that he wanted to get dressed as soon as he got out of bed. We were able to stop him long enough to open presents.

Look mom, it is what I've always wanted!


What is this? Oh it is what I've always wanted!

Something to shoot people with, it is what I've always wanted.

Hello down there.
 Josh just started training for a triathlon this week. After the presents were opened Josh was out the door to train with his group. Once he returned we headed out to the Dallas Museum of Art. Of course we were running late meeting Josh's dad and Bobby.
Gee I don't know where Ethan got the idea to write on the wall.

Legos rule!

Dad great job watching me, good thing I'm not standing on something. Oh wait??!!

Look mom, I'm a bird.


Art is serious work.

Friday, September 7, 2012

I had big plans!

Today for mommy school I was going to phone it in and head to the library for story time and to checkout some new books and movies. The boys had no interest in going to the library. Really? They love the library. Okay. I have no idea what we are going to do for mommy school. The boys decided to play with their matchbox. First they wanted to count how many they had. Then they wanted to group them. I sat back and just let the boys do their thing.

Once Josh arrived home from work. He asked if we had any plans this evening. I told him no. Once again I was wrong. The boys actually picked up their toys in record time. We were able to take the boys out for a bike ride. Ethan and Josh just took off. Preston was struggling a little and ended up just walking his bike. Then the kids decided they wanted to play tennis. We headed over to the tennis courts and that lasted about five seconds. Then the boys wanted to play in the playground. You know since we haven't really been out of the house this week the boys needed to run off some energy.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

I think they are going to be artist.

Maybe taking Ethan to the Dallas Museum of Art isn't the best idea for his birthday.  Wait, let me back up a little. Because of the party we moved several of the kids toys that were in the living room into the boys bedrooms. Right now they love playing in their rooms. It wasn't a shock that when I was talking to my mom the boys disappeared in their rooms. Then my mom senses started going off. Ethan came running up to me with a marker in his hand. Ugh. Then I came face to face with the boys art work. On the walls and furniture. Apparently the markers were in Preston's closet and they "decorated" Ethan's room in less than ten minutes.
 



The boys had a very, very long time out.
 

Then it was time for mommy's school to start. I'm not using a curriculum right now so every day I'm just winging it. I was so upset about the walls that I just gave them some workbooks to do for the time being.
Thank goodness for washable markers and I was able to clean up the mess relatively easily. The rest of the day was more lessons and the kids trying to sneak back into their rooms.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Bring on the repair men!

Today the refrigerator repair guy was suppose to arrive between 8:00am and noon. Noon comes and goes and no body shows up. UGH. Finally about one the guy calls to let me know that he is running late. Really?? I couldn't tell. I would have been nice to know earlier in the day. I guess it wouldn't have mattered because Josh had the van, so it wasn't like I could go anywhere if I wanted to.

Of course, right after the fridge guy leaves, the door bell rings. The foundation people were back to start pouring concrete. This process was not a quite one, the boys weren't falling asleep for their naps. They were just getting more and more whinny and cranky. Finally about four o'clock. The foundation people were done and the boys finally were able to get a small nap in.

I HATE commercials

My kids are huge suckers for anything they see. Today, Ethan saw a commercial for abcmouse.com which is a website that you have to pay to use for three to six year olds. I pulled up ABCya.com which is a free site that goes from kindergarten to sixth grade. Ethan was like this isn't the abc website that I want, I want the one with the mouse. Really kid?? You can't read but you can tell this isn't the ABC website that you want? Fine I'll check out the website that he really wanted. Right now they are doing a month free so I figured I would let him have a month. While I was going through the set up process they offered a year for sixty dollars. I figure both kids for a year okay I'll pay for it. Stupid commercial.

Drama at bedtime

Preston realized that his blankie has a whole in it. First he wanted me to fix it. I don't have any blue thread right now. That couldn't happen. Then he wanted a new blanket. I pulled out several but none of them were the right shade of blue or the right texture. Really??? We have another blanket that is the exact same texture but it is white. I think I have him convinced that he can sleep with the holey blanket tonight and he will either get a new blanket or I'll try to repair it tomorrow.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Happy Dance Time.

This morning I was still feeling worn out from the weekend. The plan for the day was to attend First Tuesday kids event at the Dallas Museum of Art. I just wasn't up for it and my house was still a disaster from the party on Sunday. The boys seemed happy playing with the new toys that Ethan got for his birthday. I was working on putting the house back into one piece when my phone rang. It was Premier Foundation Repair. Back in June I had called several foundation people and decided to go with Premier. I didn't get around to calling and letting them know that I wanted them to fix our house till last week. This morning they called to say there was a crew on the way. Yea! I don't have to worry about my house caving in on itself. Okay the house isn't about to cave in, but it does need repair. Added bonus is that having the foundation repaired is the "landscaping" we have is being removed. I use landscaping very loosely because it is a few ugly bushes and some type of monkey grass. Now we can make the house have some nice curb appeal.

When my sister and mom arrived so that I could take my sister to the airport, Ethan realized that we weren't going to the museum. He was so sad but handled it like a big boy. On his actual birthday we are going to spend the day at the museum. I love that Ethan loves going to the art museum. Then again he does love doing art projects.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Happy Labor Day!

This morning Josh and I woke up sore. Every muscle in my body ached. I didn't realize putting on a kids party was such a work out. I'm very thankful that we don't have anywhere that we have to rush to today. The boys just wanted all of the toys opened and put together. Then we headed over to my parent's home to go swimming.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

The party is here!

With the boys over at my parents home, Josh and I were able to get set up for the party without a million distractions. This morning we had to go to Lowe's for some whiskey barrels for the walk the plank game. While we were there we found a bathroom vanity and mirror on clearance. We picked those up too for a future remodel project that will be starting in a couple of months.

Ahoy matey!


Pirate booty

More pirate booty!

I don't think this one made it home with his treasure.

My dad testing out the cannon ball toss. (okay black water balloons they tossed at the fence)

Ship cake pops. (Thank you Jen, Tam, and mom for making these)

Pirate cake.

The pirates in training walking the plank

Pirate brew (or lemonade with dry ice in it)

Ethan blowing out the candles

My older sister and younger brother showing how mature they are by stilling the swords from the kids to attack each other.

My sister attacking my unarmed mom.

Digging for treasure.

Ethan was so excited that it was finally time for his party. He wanted to start playing the games before the kids arrived. We only invited a couple of people with kids. Of course, the regular birthday group showed up as well. Ethan had a wonderful time playing with his friends and getting presents.