Tuesday, July 31, 2007

I have a rule

I have a personal rule that states "no pictures will be uploaded from said digital camera until all previous uploaded pictures have been named and filed appropriately".

So, although I'd LOVE to share pictures from our Anniversary trip, and from the water park today, and from our walk tonight, I can't. I have about 50 more pictures to name in one folder and about 100 more to name in another. Then I have to copy them all to our website for storage. Sometimes I wonder what I am doing taking all these pictures all the time! Will Jaina and Jayce actually care that they have 214,000 pictures of them at age 2? Will I ever get around to scrapbooking all of them?

Now, today is our real anniversary, so I can honestly post an old picture of Brian and me and not technically break my rule :P



This is Brian and me around September or November of 2001. We met on July 27th, the day before my best friend from High School's wedding :) I remember telling her about him when she asked if I was dating anyone.



And three years ago today, we were on white sandy beaches in the West Indies. I would love to be there again right now! But I'll settle for spending our 5 year anniversary there :) Excuse my vale... it was windy.

Saturday, July 28, 2007

And we are off!

Our anniversary (3 years!) is coming up this Tuesday, so Brian and I are headed to our first getaway sans kids since we've been married! I can't tell you how excited I am! 24 hours without the kids! Sleeping through the night! Sleeping late tomorrow morning!!!

See you on the other side!

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Monkeying Around Today

So, for the better part of a year, we've heard how cool this new indoor play place is that opened up in the next town over. I kept meaning to take the kids, but there just never seems to be a good day to drive 60 miles round trip, you know? Besides, the rumor mill is flowing about a possible location being built in our town. And I'm the first one to admit that I am lazy and don't like to drive long distances. So, I figured we'd just wait to go.

But then this place gets put on the MOMS Club calendar as an activity. Well, if everyone else is going to be there, then I guess I'll drag my lazy bum over there, too.

We left at 9:08 AM this morning and didn't pull into the parking lot until 9:50 AM. Granted, some of the time was spent going too far down the main road to get to this place, but either way you look at it, the distance sucked.

Jaina's first reaction? "I thought it was a bouncy thing outside, mommy, " she whines openly. "Outside?" I ask. "You've got to be frickin' crazy! Its like 90 degrees outside!" Well, turns out its like 80 degrees inside, so we are not that much better off.

Stupid me decides not to bring the stroller because I wasn't sure I'd be able to keep up with it. Bad, bad, move. There was a line to check in as soon as we walked through the door. And forms to fill out. Forms? Yes, forms. Liability forms. Information forms. Bracelets to put on. Admission fees to pay. All with a two year old kicking and screaming in my arms. *sigh* I should have known and seen it coming.

Jayce hates two things: New places and Crowds. And I had just walked through the door to both. He freaked out. And there was nothing I could do since I was by myself and Jaina really wanted to go. I managed to put him down and hold him against the counter trapped between my legs long enough for me to fill those stupid forms out. He kept trying to run to the exit. The exit with the automatic door, for goodness sakes. Why create an exit that is simple for toddlers to escape running into the parking lot from? I mean, come on!

So, we finally make it inside. Jayce does this: for a good 30 minutes. He just stood in the middle and looked. Every once in a while, he'd let out a cry of displeasure. Or have a worried look. He definitely was not happy. I felt horrible keeping him there against his will, but I had just driven 30+ miles and paid $7 (1/2 price day, thank god!) to get us in here and dammit, we were going to stay!



Jaina, on the other hand, had a blast :) Only one other mom from MOMS Club came with her two year old daughter, so Jaina was on her own to make some friends. It took her all of 5 seconds to find someone to run around with.








She jumped on every jumpy-thing. She bounced on every bounce-a-round. She slid down every slide and obstacled through every obstacle course. But honestly... she has fun even if we just go to a local park, so did she really have $7 worth of fun? Actually, $10 if you count the two icees the kids had.







Ahhh... ICEEs. They really do the trick. There is nothing like an Icee to make Jayce his happy self again.










After we were done with our Icee's, Jayce wandered over to somebody's grandpa and raised up his arms and said, "Hold you?" This sweet man was taken aback a bit, but then reached down to pick Jayce up, all while turning to me to silently ask if it was okay. Jayce snuggled this stranger like he knew him all his life. Then he got down to have more icee. Then went back to "grandpa". Then more icee. Then back to his friend. Finally, the grandpa's real grandchildren came back and looked at Jayce and said, "Who's he?" So I pulled Jayce away and tried to distract him with something else.

The best part of the entire time there was the free internet access and computers they had in the "parents station". I was able to log on to APU and post my morning check-in there :) I wish Jayce had let me stay on the computer longer... I could have had a real good time!

Anyway, it wasn't a horrible waste, but it wasn't the best activity/play place we've ever been. Oh well. You live, you learn. (then you get luvs).

Good Night... I mean, Good Morning!




Jayce just put himself to bed.

He grabbed his favorite book, "This Little Piggy". He turned to the page where the little pig stayed in bed. Then he laid down and covered himself with the new blanket that Gray made him. Then he asked for a sip of juice. And proceeded to tell me "Nite-nite". And now, 10 minutes later, he's still in bed, but not asleep.

I doubt he'll go to sleep anytime soon considering its only 7:52 AM and he's only been up for the day for an hour. In fact, he's already changed his diaper, gotten dressed, eaten two pancakes, and Beep Beeped horn with Daddy and Jaina. Why on earth he thinks its time for bed is beyond me!

Monday, July 23, 2007

Woo hoo! Some park pictures!

We went to one of our favorite parks this morning and the weather was gorgeous. Honestly, we couldn't have asked for a better day. The pictures are pretty self-explanatory, so no need for captions. Just enjoy looking at my beautiful kids! :)










Saturday, July 21, 2007

Taking a break from Mommy for a minute


I know this blog is typically for the kids and our adventures and I don't talk much about anything else non-kid related, but I just have to take a minute and post about my wonderful experience last night.

My wonderful friend Cass, whom I've known since my days as a Buffalo's server and bartender, had an extra ticket to see 311 in Charlotte, NC. Now, who is 311, you might ask? If you really are curious, you can read anything you ever wanted to know about them on Wikipedia (I really love that site!) 311 on Wikipedia But I think it suffices to say that they are a musically talented group of people that impacted my life heavily in the late 1990's while in High School and beginning of college.

Its amazing how music brings people together and can define or represent your beliefs. Going to see them play live yesterday brought me back 12 years in the past and inspired me to reconnect with some old friends.

And on a side note, my age is starting to show! Going to a live concert sounds awesome until you have to struggle to find sitters, worry about bedtimes without mommy being home, still have a child that doesn't sleep consistently through the night, and children that like to wake up at 6:30 AM.

And boy are my ears ringing! Now I understand why my mother wanted me to wear earplugs when I went to concerts as a teenager.

I'm wondering if Jaina will want to go with me to concerts when she gets older? I was 6 years old when I saw Elton John for the first time :)

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Maybe there's hope after all...

Jayce, at the ripe old age of 26.5 months old, is finally saying more than just one word at a time. I have to admit, I was kinda getting worried about him.

And what are these new found words? Why, of course they are phrases he hears multiple times a day from us:

sit down
get down
Alli up?
turn around
buckle please
no, sir!
gonna get you
no nite-nite
more wiggles?
Wiggles Christmas!
come on!
let's go!
good job
mean mommy (jaina taught him that!)

He is such a mess :) And the singing hasn't stopped. If anything, he's learned even more words to even more songs. And now he's even putting hand motions in with his singing. Justin Timberlake, move over!


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And no, your speakers aren't broken... there is no sound due to my camera.

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Our Mornings Around Here

Honestly, these pictures look much more heart-wrenching than it is in real life. If you are the mother of a two year old, you'll know that sometimes the simplest thing in the world is the End of the World to your child. Thank goodness they get more rational the older they get!

It has been a long standing tradition, ever since Jaina was a toddler, to walk Daddy out to his car in the morning before he leaves for work and "Beep" the horn. Therefore its called, "Beep Beep Horn" by the kids.

For the past two years, I've been the one to carry Jayce out to the car so he can participate in this ritual.

But that is no longer acceptable. Jayce has finally realized that Daddy is the link to being able to push the garage door button, beep the car horn, push buttons on the mobile phone, and watch the garage door go back down when its all over. Mommy means nothing in all this. Its all about DADDY.

Its kind of sweet and endearing... watching a father and his two children spend some quality time together before rushing off to a 12 hour day at work. Its kind of endearing... until you realize that Jayce has NO patience.

As soon as he sees Brian come out of the bedroom dressed in his work attire, Jayce drops whatever he was doing and runs to him saying, "Hold you? HOLD YOU? HOLD YOU??" and immediately starts crying if Brian doesn't pick him up fast enough. The problem is.... Brian still has stuff to do before he leaves for work! He has a lunch to make, a workout bag to pack, cellphone/nametag/car keys to get, and shoes to put on.

But Jayce will have none of that, thank you very much. Don't we understand that he will wait for nothing and no one?

So, I give you our mornings in pictures:

A brief kiss before having to put him down to make lunch:



The World Is Ending!!!


Don't make lunch, Daddy... please don't!



Aren't you ready YET???



Hurry, Daddy!!!


Ready?



At last... its time to go!


And finally, all is well in the world:

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Ah Ha! The Mystery of the broken camera is solved!

Okay, well, not solved exactly because I still don't know why it does this, but at least I found a temporary solution. I'll just have to go put my camera in the freezer or leave it out to bake in the hot sun anytime my kids do something cute enough to record.

Here's some more random video. Jaina this time :)


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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Bienvenidos a la Planta de Asturias

So...

We have all hardwood floors in everywhere but the bedrooms, and no area rugs to cover them. And if you have ever purchased an area rug, you'll know that those things don't come cheap.

But luckily, Brian works for one of the largest privately owned textile companies in the south. All he has to do is go down to the Milliken Store, flash his ID and he automatically gets a discount on anything they have in stock there.

Or, better yet, you can call up an old buddy you know at a rug plant in Georgia and ask them if they have any discontinued or minutely flawed rugs.

I think Brian's exact words were something to the effect of "I don't care if it has the words FREE written all over it, I just don't want to have to pay for it".


A few weeks later and FedEx pulls up at our door. I am super excited as I glance at the rolled up hunter green rug with cream trim.

I am curious to see what design it has on it. I was hoping for one of those kids' themed rugs since it was to go in our playroom, aka dining room.

Imagine my surprise when I unroll it to find this:


Of course, Brian thinks its hilarious and wants to know if we can get another one for the living room. Oh my!

This is what Jaina thought of the rug:


Monday, July 09, 2007

Look Ma! No Booster!



Brian took the booster seat out to the back deck to clean off on Saturday. It kinda got left out there, then it rained. But soon we realized on Sunday morning that Jayce didn't even need the darn thing! He just climbed right on up in his chair and could reach his pancakes just fine.

Then here's the other amazing thing...

Our kind neighbors (I guess they are our former neighbors now, *sniff*) lent us their old wooden toddler bed that their girls used after cribs. We put it in Jayce's room as soon as we moved. Its mainly served as a place to change his diaper on or to sit in time-out on. I knew he'd want to sleep in it when he was ready.

Well, he's ready!

And the crazy thing is... he doesn't even try to get out of bed during nap or at night. Um, yeah... this is my wild two year old that won't hold my hand, sit still, or stay near me if he has a chance to run. Little stinker :)



His other accomplishments include brushing his teeth at the sink (we used to just give him a toothbrush to walk around with and chew on) and sitting on the potty seat.

Now, he has yet to actually pee in the potty, mind you. But he loves to sit. I figure eventually he'll actually time sitting with going and then he'll be super excited about it. Right now its just enough for him to want to sit, tell me the letters on the potty seat, and flush the toilet. Then usually 5 minutes later, he pees in the bathtub!

The potty picture has been modified to protect the privacy of my little un-modest two year old :)

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Happy 4th of July!

I was really hoping we'd be in Atlanta hanging out with the family, but it just didn't work out that the Florida crew could come up this time. Maybe in August?

Brian had the day off of work, so we took off to the Westside and crashed a neighborhood pool. Well, technically, we were guests of Dodi's, so it wasn't really crashing. But I can't help feeling guilty every time we use that pool!







We had briefly thought about taking the kids on a picnic lunch after swimming, but it was getting very hot and I didn't have enough energy to chase Jayce around, so we went to McD's for lunch. We haven't been going lately so it was quite a treat!




Boy were we ready for naps! Actually, only Jayce and Jaina ended up sleeping. Brian went to a BBQ that a co-worker was having and I just vegged on the couch with a book.

I had to actually wake the kids up at 4:30 so we could go to F.T. and Nancy's house. It is a longstanding tradition that Brian go and blow things up at their house. This year it was rotten vegetables from F.T's garden. Jaina was quite amused!








Jaina was sad to discover that Britney and Tiffany weren't coming, but she had fun anyway in their pool and yard. I found solace in the hammock and tried to ignore Jayce's cries as best I could.



No... he wasn't needing comfort or solace. He was mad, mad, MAD that we wouldn't let him go in and and out and in and out and in and out of the house. He just LOVED watching that sliding glass back door work. Yet he wasn't strong enough to make it work himself. He would stand at the door crying "Outside! Outside!" no matter if he was inside or outside. Once you reached to open the door for him, he turned off the whining, frantically waved his arms in excitement, and rushed through the door. As soon as it was closed again, he would cry "Outside, outside, outside??" like a broken record. Let's just say the game got very old very fast and he stood by that door almost the entire 4 hours we were there. Stubborn?? Naw... not Jayce!



You must be thinking, "What's with the feet pictures?" Well, that's one of Jaina's favorite photography subjects. I just wish Mommy's toenails had been freshly painted before hand!




I ended up taking Jayce home around 8 pm and leaving Brian and Jaina at the party. By that time, Jayce had had enough and I had had enough of him! I gave him a bath, put PJ's on him, cooked him some chicken nuggets, and let him watch a Thomas DVD. When it got dark, I put him back in the car so we could return to see fireworks.

This is the first year that Jaina LOVED fireworks. Last year it rained, and the year before she made me stay in the house with her. This time she got a chair and sat in the driveway. However, she did refuse to hold a sparkler, no matter how much it looked like a fairy wand.

Jayce was scared, of course. He didn't freak out, but he was very uncomfortable with the noise. He finally asked to go to the car, so that's what we did. He liked the pretty colors from the safety of his carseat :)







Oh, and if you didn't see enough pictures, (yeah, right!) there is a web album, too.

4th of July