Thursday, July 31, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
I've had a bit of a summer break from traveling. Break over. Sitting in the Atlanta airport now getting ready to fly home. That 3:45 a.m. alarm is going to take some getting used to again. I've come to like Atlanta pretty well. I used to spend most of my time here well away from downtown. Lately, I'm mostly downtown. Shorter train rides. No need for cars. A bunch of good restaurants you can walk to. Stuff like that. Since my last trip, I got an i-Pod. I've been wearing it walking around in the city, on the train, in the airport. You can really get into your own little world with these things. I think I accidentally danced a couple of times. If you're not careful, a funky beat can get dropped and tempt you to pimp walk in public. I know I bopped my head on the train. I wonder if I looked cool? Probably not. I got some looks like , "Check that white boy in his suit head boppin'" With the music going and sunglasses on, you can actually feel pretty alone on a train with hundreds of people.
Finally, only in Atlanta:
Went to a pretty fancy restaurant last night. The kind with a big name chef (I didn't recognize it, but they assured me that he is top notch, famous . .. blah, blah, blah). There was a $110 group drink on the menu. Their most famous specialty: Beef ribs with homemade salt and vinegar chips!! I had bass and shrimp dumplings.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Monday, July 28, 2008
Did she hit him in the candlestick?
There was a part for a nerd and right away they thought of you.
No, there is no rat in the refrigerator.
Mom, I'm so proud of all you do for me.
Can you spell Chrysanthemum?
You got lots of white hairs sticking up in the middle of your head.
What you think?
I am a grown up, I already went to college once. I am not doing it again!
No, she's YOUR daughter!
Why is she only my daughter when she's irritating you?
I hate this stinky chinese food!
You're pulled over there like a magnet.
Somebody smack that kid.
I saw you looking at that lifeguard.
Mom, I flossed...see!
Hmmm...did you brush?
Um, no.....but I did floss.
Oh....was that sandwich yours?
Saturday, July 26, 2008
VBS begins tomorrow night and all the church is flutter.
Most of the workers and staff were there for 8+ hours yesterday getting things decorated, rehearsing and planning. I am very excited but still have a bit to do. I need to find a yellow shirt (I am leader of the lightning bugs and their team is yellow) and I need to hit a thrift store to find Nick a "nerd" outfit. He has a major part in each nights skits and he is so excited. Our theme is God's Big Backyard, so all the rooms and sanctuary are set up with fences, picnic tables, lawn chairs, baby pools, tents, grills, etc. Pretty cute. I will make sure to take pictures when I get back up there.
Yesterday, in our umpteenth hour working, I went for a chic-fil-a run for the workers. I came back and spread out all the food and condiments I have bought. They were amazed by the white sauce. Huh? No one had ever had chic-fil-a white sauce? It's awesome! You have to ask for it, cause it isn't out with the other condiments. And for some reason, not all cities have it offered. But, here in Chesapeake it is.. and we looooove it. Next time you go...ask for it and see for yourself.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
My husband fell yesterday.
No...not doing something manly and strenuous.
Watering the plants.
He fell OFF the porch (backwards) ....while watering the plants.
He has a scrapped elbow, twisted shoulder and bruised pride to show for it.
Monday, July 21, 2008
Friday, July 18, 2008
The waves were really big at the beach last night.
We had fun watching Ben trying to stand firm, trying to not fall down.
Nine times out of ten he was swept away.
It never deterred him.
Next wave he was up again, thumbs up, calling "watch me momma!".
Nick had a great idea this week. He brought a shovel with him.
Not a cute plastic one either. A real shovel.
He dug a hole so deep. The kids really enjoyed playing in it.
The only problem was when the tide came up and some of the holes were covered by water.
This cool teenage boy went strutting by and tripped in one of the covered holes.
We took sunchips and water bottles for snacks.
I think next week it is time to grill again. Boneless chicken would be yummy!
We could make sandwiches or kabobs.
Kaden collected moon jellies on a long walk with Katy and Kristian spent most of the evening in the hole Nick dug.
I think she wanted to be far away from the water, since her last visit was cut short by a jellyfish sting.
We usually set up camp not too far from the fishing pier. Last night as we were packing up we noticed a bunch of commotion up there. Crowds of people gathered around some guy who hauled up a.....SHARK!
Yikes....it was a little one, but a shark nonetheless.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Free southern style chicken sandwich at McDonalds all day today.
All you have to do is buy a medium drink.
Or you can buy their large tea, which is $1.00 and your good to go.
I took Ben and Kristian for lunch on our way to run errands.
I'm sure we will hit it again on the way to the beach tonight.
Oh pish posh about how unhealthy it is for them.
It's free people!
I'll stuff 'em full of salad and apples tomorrow.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Just came in from the pool with Ben.
Yes, at 12:44am.
I went upstairs around 10:00pm and I'm sure the family thought I was going to bed. When I came down in my bathing suit and walked right out the back door (without saying a word) they were in shock. It took about 60 seconds for the boys to come bounding out the door after me.
The whole family (the 5 of us and mom) ended up going out and we sat around talking and enjoying the pleasant night weather.
Everyone else went in around midnight.
After that, Ben and I had a back flip, handstand and dead man float contest.
We have a pool light that makes it unscary to be swimming about that late.
But when I turned it off I would NOT get back in.
Why is that?
I was just in the same water.
From shallow to deep, all along the bottom.
But when I couldn't see the bottom it was just too scary.
I wish I had done it.
Ben would have been so impressed with his brave mommy.
The two of us just stood there, looking in like there was a shark in there waiting to chomp us.
Next time I'm leaping in.
*Panic at the thought of doing a thing is a challenge to do it.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
You did not just call my ipod a radio, did ya?
I have turned into and old, black man.
I got earwax in my hair when I scratched my head.
Watcha jeez-loo-weezin' about it?
Ahhhhh, Wendy Peffercorn....
In the middle of the night he kept yellin'..."CHEEZITS!"
I think it's performance enhancing drugs.
I got something for that. Go get the cream in the round container on the bathroom shelf.
For my butt?
Would you rather have comfort or fit?
Don't erase it okay? I'm not...I pushed delete not erase.
Coming up next on Jon and Kate plus 8.
Coming up next on Leroy and KiKi plus 3.
Nick, you better enjoy time with your wife before you have kids, cause after that you never get to see her again.
Monday, July 14, 2008
Happy Birthday to baby Maya who was one year old yesterday and grandaddy Dyer who is 91 today. We took him out to a seafood buffet for his birthday and boy was it awesome. Maya had a party at her daddy's. She got lots of fun stuff, or should I say sister Kaden got lots of fun stuff.
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Ben went to his first conditioning session early Saturday morning.
I was tired just watching him.
Races, exercises, stadium stair runs, parachute sprints, etc.
He was so tired, but pushed through and loved it.
He asked if we could take him up there in between practices to get his endurance built up.
Saturday, July 12, 2008
This weeks trip to the beach was fun.
The only downside was the drive to the beach, where we mistakenly sat Kai and Kaden next to each other. It was torture listening to him screaming and whining over everything she was doing to him (poking, sticking out tongue, spitting, pinching, etc.).
Next time we are definitely taking separate cars.
It wasn't as windy as last week, which is good since sand grinding into your corneas isn't a pleasant thing.
The kids went for a walk with Nanny Jackie, played fetch with a strangers dog, saw a giant jellyfish washed up on shore, got pinched by a sand fiddler and watched the surfers.
Friday, July 11, 2008
My snuggle buddy is home from camp.
He had a great time and even made new friends.
I asked if he got a girlfriend...he said..."uhhh..no". "But, I did give this one girl my bracelet".
He also told me all the girls said he was the sweetest boy there.
That makes a momma proud.
He took a digital camera with him this week. Extra batteries and a memory card. He was excited to take lots of pictures and I was excited to see camp through his eyes.
No pictures. Not even one.
He said he forgot about the camera in his bag till the van ride home.
One of his favorite activities was paintball. He took old jeans and a sweatshirt to wear for the activity (hoping to save his body from multiple bruises). He said his team won the tournament....only to be trounced by the camp counselors in a final game. He laughed about being shot in the back of the head by his own team mate who freaked out in battle.
Sounds like a blast.
I wonder if Chris and the rest of the family would like to book a paintball game time.
Talk about an ultimate family bonding session.
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
Tuesday, July 08, 2008
Watch it wiggle, see it jiggle. Cool and smoothy, Jello brand gelatin. Of all desserts you'll love the one that tastes so light and makes such fun. Make Jello gelatin and make some fun.
You can just hear the commercial in your head, huh?
I love it.
You love it.
Who doesn't love it?
Orange is my favorite.
On a sunny day, in a cup, topped with cool whip.
The only time I don't love it is when I sit in it....
on my couch.....
while wearing my white pants.
I've got four words for you.
HUBBY HOME ALONE BABYSITTING
You get the picture.
Monday, July 07, 2008
Friday, July 04, 2008
Thursday, July 03, 2008
We are heading to the beach tonight for a cookout.
Twelve of us are going, so it should be lots of fun.
chips (four flavors)...check
cooler full of drinks...check
a leash for Kaden...check
sunglasses and face concealing hat so no one can place me with the crazy people...check
Wednesday, July 02, 2008
Tuesday, July 01, 2008
If I don't get through the rings challenge on Spongebob I will die!
I don't like you.
I wish he would stop breathing...it is getting on my nerves.
I can't go, I have a bubble in my tummy.
Gross, why do you call it a bubble? It sure doesn't smell like a bubble.
You look like you could take someone out.
It's midnight, me and the kids are going to Denny's.
I can't believe we finally have friends.
We are not normal.
Can Nick move to nanny's and let Kai live with us?
When is Lauren moving out, cause I need my own room?
Pretty soon it is going to be a hot mess around here 24hrs a day.
I am a sheep.