Monday, June 30, 2008
Tim was off all weekend and we were on the go the whole time. We went to the Shenandoah Club seafood night with Tom and Kirsten which was so yummy and fun. They had a young baby sitter so we were home fairly early but that was fine since Morrigan and Eion had swim lessons in the morning. While I took the kids there, Tim painted Eion's room. He has his new big boy bed and we are in the process of redecorating. Nothing too elaborate as I a) don't have much skill in the decorating department and b) was unwilling to pay Randall to redo a three year old's room. Mostly, I opened a Pottery Barn Kids catalog and said "Yes, I will take it!" When we finished, Eion looked at it and started crying "I want my old room back! I want the animals!" (we were rolling with a jungle theme before) Too late buddy! [Pictures once I get a few more things done.]
Saturday night we played couples poker. Tim, the big winner. Me, the big ATM. But fun! Certainly enough fun that I was a bit green going over Windy Gap Mountain the next morning as we trekked to the lake to spend the day with Karen and Damon and their crew. We had a great lazy Sunday complete with fishing,
swimming and shell collecting,
and a cook out. Best yet, Eion learned about relieving himself on the grass. And our neighbors thought the nudity was bad!
But now we are gearing up for a LONG two weeks. I have already warned the children they will be visiting the gym lots and seeing Daddy little. But my approval rating is up today as one of our afternoon activities included making milkshakes. The only question is how far will ice cream get me.
Thursday, June 26, 2008
After two glasses of wine, I was seriously considering the ethics of placing my son in day care for the summer in spite of the fact that I have a 2-4 hour a week job.
Luckily for E, he improved significantly today and will escape, for the time being, Honeytree daycare.
Maggie woke up in a great mood as today was her playdate with Emily. Of course, all excitement was lost when we, as car pool family of the day, dropped Morrigan, Aidan, Evan, and Andrew off at camp. (And yes, that would be a total of SIX kids in my car this morning. God bless the Suburban.) Maggie & Eion were crying inconsolably since they couldn't go too. With the promise of McDonald's, they managed to rally.
After lunch we set out to the pool with Maggie's friend Emily in tow and the rest of the day went relatively smoothly. She was so happy to have a friend along making me think I really need to work harder to get the gal more playdates. After Morrigan got out of camp the three of them played happily up until we left. And Morrigan, for the first time ever, jumped up the diving board.
Timmy is working tonight so I am hanging with the kids until they go to bed at which time I can watch No Country For Old Men which Netflix was kind enough to deliver today. After, I will provide y'all a review in a new feature here at LUTBT: Reviews of Movies You Have Already Seen or About Which You Don't Care. Can you handle the anticipation?
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Anyhoo, as I knew Morrigan would be in clothes and a swimsuit at various times during the day and can't be counted on to reapply sunscreen, I thought it best to apply with no clothes on so I didn't miss any spots. Then Morrigan, child who is naked a fair bit just hanging around the house, who loves to bathe with her sister and brother or shower with me for that matter, started complaining endlessly about how she had no privacy and she was concerned that her siblings would see her. Right....
But after shipping her off, Maggie, E and I went to the gym and the grocery store, had lunch at home, and watched some Wimbledon. It was pretty relaxing. There tends to be so much less fighting when there are only two of them. Then we went to the pool for a few hours before Morrigan was done at 3:30. Kirsten was sweet/brave and tried to coax my non swimmers into learning a few things. Eion had fallen asleep in the car on the way there and Maggie always freaks out about getting her face wet so they were challenging to say the least. But she said she had seen worse!
Speaking of Kirsten, I have to briefly act as her cheerleader since I don't think she is doing an adequate job on her own. Someone asked her today if she was on swim team. Her answer, "Yes, I am." What she modestly failed to mention is that in the three swim meets they have held so far, she has broken every record in her bracket! Some by 8 seconds, which swimmers tell me is a huge deal. As I am the world's slowest swimmer, I just have to bask in her glory since there is no chance in hell I will EVER hold a Club record. Go Kirsten!!!
While I was very happy at the pool as there were many friendly faces with whom to chat, my kids were ready to go. So we left after Morrigan got out of camp and naturally, Eion fell asleep on the way home. He crashed on the sofa for a hour and a half. When he woke up, he was as pleasant as you might expect. And then while I was showering he crapped his pants. Not at the top of my list that one.
But tomorrow is another day AND I only have the double team for most of it AND Ziggy the Clown is at the pool for Wacky Wednesday! It will be so good.
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Eion was crying when I dropped him off but rebounded quickly and the teacher said he did great. He was happy enough when I picked him up - until he realized he had to get out of the water and started crying again. There is little I love more than activities that can be book-ended with tears.
Morrigan can swim some and has been practicing at the Club so I knew she would be ok. The lessons were her idea anyway. As we were walking into the gym the other day, they had a whiteboard up advertising the lessons. Morrigan stopped, read it and said, "Hmm, that's interesting." To which I replied, "Morrigan, would you like to take swim lessons?" "That's a great idea Mom!" Yes, yes, I am full of great ideas.
That night we had Karen, Damon, Kirsten and Tom over for a kids inclusive dinner which was lovely chaos. The kids played well with minimal discord:
There was lots of ice cream, lots of wine, and spirited political banter. (no pun intended) We let the kids stay up too late and were all a bit ragged this morning. Our pool plans were sidelined by a rain and thunderstorm so we all loaded up to see Kung Fu Panda. Eion (barely) made it all the way through and the girls loved it. Although I really wasn't expecting much, it was a cute little movie. Very watchable.
Maggie & E fell asleep in the family room around 6:30. Once I can convince Morrigan her day is over, I am going to bed ridiculously early!
Friday, June 20, 2008
Not one to normally frequent such sites (really, I swear) in my anger I sought out a discussion board to find spoilers [see this is where the Queen of the Nerds comes in. Before I was just possibly lacking taste.] So I am reading a string of theories posted by people who have chosen avatars that are various cylons, spaceships, and lonely 35 year old virgins and I come across a post that reads "We are the Borg. The final Cylon is irrelevant. Prepare to be assimilated. Resistance is futile." And to my shame, I cracked up. Whether I like it or not, these are my people. I accept my position as Her Royal Highness, Queen of the Nerds.
Bright side being the gals and I played Uno, popped popcorn and watched Raiders of the Lost Ark. They recommended we do this more often. If things don't improve here, they may get their wish.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
given that my boy E is actively trying to regress in the whole potty training thing.
[Warning: graphic potty details to follow.] We have totally mastered #1. So that's good. But he went from sometimes #2 in the potty with some accidents to just crapping his pants every night. Hmmm...this is not working for me. But I have a read on his "tell" as he goes off to hide or tries to send me out of the room when he is about to do the deed. We locked down Monday and Tuesday and I refused to let him out of the house (with the exception of the gym - please, I need my sanity here) until he embraced the potty for all necessary bodily functions. I told him that if he went #2 in the potty that we could then go to the pool and have ice cream. (Actually I promised the boy just about everything short of a damn pony.) But finally yesterday afternoon, he did and so we were able to leave the house. And I let him have two popsicles just to reinforce that the world is his oyster if he can just quit sh*tting his pants.
The days on lockdown went by faster than you would think. Of course we were all entertained by Tim cleaning every carpet in the house. We rented one of those steam cleaners and he went to town. Seems to be a trend with Tim and any high powered tool. And clearly to our benefit as the carpets look great! But to all my married male readers out there, I have to tell you the cleaning of the carpets made him VERY attractive. Try it at home!
I'm off to pick Morrigan up from a sleepover birthday party and load them up to go to the gym. Tim is working so we're planning on going to "Wacky Wednesday" tonight at the pool. Games, pizza, and Ziggy the Clown - on stilts! I will be easy to spot as I have the world's most jacked up sunburn. I apparently did a terrible job putting on sunscreen yesterday (on myself at least - the kids are fine.) The front of one leg, part of one shoulder, and half my chest are bright red. So the question is today do I cover my whole body or leave the opposing body parts unprotected to try and even the whole thing out?
Saturday, June 14, 2008
And while I was glad we did not have the traditional goody bags - really, who needs a stash of candy after you just had cake - I am not entirely sure things worked out for the better. Now in addition to three ring floaties I am forced to keep in my car (2 pink, 1 green),
we have added 3 dolphins. I tried with no success to leave them at the pool. I am running out of room in the back of my car and I drive a Suburban for god's sake!
Today we went to Mill Mountain Zoo for Lennon's birthday party. We managed to sustain two injuries before setting foot in the zoo proper: Eion banging his head at the gym and Maggie wiping out in the parking lot. The walk from the car to the entrance was LONG as she felt compelled to intermittently check to see if her scraped knee was getting worse.
But we made it and the kids had a great time. We rode the train several times.
They also had zoo employees out with animals the kids could look at up close including a baby alligator and several turtles. The girls loved them, Eion not so much. He screamed in terror "Put away! Put away!"
They all ate as if I don't ever feed them at home including motoring through 2 cupcakes each. Seeing that my children seemed especially hungry, Karen tried to send me home with a half dozen more. I fought her off. More sugar? No thanks!
I was glad that this party also shunned the goody bag. They are always (even the ones I have passed out) full of crap the kids don't need and sugar. I am totally getting on this bandwagon. No more goody bags. Fight the power!
Thursday, June 12, 2008
But we survived and lived to enjoy a trip to the pool. My plans to decrease our country club bill by ordering less food are being actively sabotaged by my scavenger children. I tell them they can't have any food and if they are so hungry we should leave. They respond by making the rounds and eating other people's left overs. I feel the time is coming soon when I will be outright shamed in to purchasing snacks.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Anyhoo, Tyler was looking out the window down on our yard. [For you flat landers, I will provide a visual:
This was taken from our driveway looking up at Tyler & Jen's.] When he saw, as is the case more days than not as any LUTBT reader knows, Eion busting about naked. He called Jen over to see and asked, "Do you think they know he is outside naked climbing in the trunk of the car? Should we call them?" [Playing in the car is the boy's other pastime, the first being nudity.]
It appears that in the end they decided we had the situation in hand as we didn't hear about this until days later. I am continually thankful we don't have too many neighbors!
They finally started, late, and Maggie's class sang a little song which was very cute. They received their certificates (no perfect attendance for us - trip to Disney!) and then invited the parents to come to the classrooms. Again, I knew it was a bad idea. But Eion desperately wanted to see his sister. I did get a nice photo op of Maggie and her teacher but then it was time to leave. And then came the tears. Maggie sat quietly on the carpet in her place and had huge tears running down her face because she wanted to leave. Eion was crying and screaming because he wanted to stay.
To recap, the ceremony intended to make Maggie feel special ended with her in tears, her brother screaming and me arriving at the gym and hour and a half later than normal. It was awesome.
Monday, June 09, 2008
Saturday night Tim had to work but on the bright side, I had two parties to attend! I went to friends Molly & Webb's Belmont Stakes party which was a great opportunity to get out my huge peach hat!
Great hats all the way around. I wish I had taken more pictures but was too busy talking.
After that, I was off to supper club at Ann & Hans' house. They have freely admitted that their AC is not the best. Unfortunately, it was very apparent. But the company and conversation was great and as always, so was the food.
Sunday we took the whole crew to the pool. My earlier prediction that the summer was going to be easier is holding so far. The kids mainly entertain themselves and seem to be accepting the new rule that we don't get food every time we are at the pool pretty well. And as an added bonus, Eion is still doing great with the potty training. We aren't accident free (for sure we still rock swim diapers at the pool) but once again, there was an "incident" at the pool (Monday) and we weren't the perpetrators. Life remains grand!
Thursday, June 05, 2008
Evidence that my life is at this very second, about as good as it gets:
1) Tim was amazingly helpful in cleaning the deck and house to get ready for my Bunko group [we don't actually play Bunko anymore but Girls' Night Out Group is just too cumbersome.] to come over. After he cleaned the deck, planted flowers and made outside look great, he came in and said, "I just need two minutes to shower and then I will take the kids out of the house." And he did it!
2) In spite of the fact that there was a fracking tornado a mile away the night before, the weather held and it was a beautiful night on the deck.
3) When I woke up this morning, I felt WAY better than I should have. Those raspberry Absolut and diet 7-Ups were going down too easy and yet I felt like a champ all day! I haven't had the post game to see if Jen and Jennie fared as well...
4) My son came up to me today, said he needed to use the potty and made, in his own words, "a huge boomer." That would be ZERO accidents today!
5) The main pool at RCC had to be closed today due to a poo incident and it wasn't because of my kids!
6) And even after that wonderful conversation with the underwriter, I was approved for the "super preferred" rate for my life insurance.
Perhaps I just have the bar set too low but I am feeling fine.
Monday, June 02, 2008
I am sure there will be many accidents in the coming weeks but we are on the right path and I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. And now that it is over, there were a few bright points to the weekend. I got to watch copious amounts French Open tennis. After my enthusiastic cheering for one French player (in French naturally) I get to enjoy E running through the house yelling "Allez Monfils! Bien jouez!"
And the fashion. As we weren't going anywhere, there was little restriction on clothing so we had getups like this:
Eion spent most of the weekend in flip flops, underwear and a pajama top. Sharp!
To thank the girls for being so patient over the weekend and Eion for a job well done, we went to Maggie Moo's for ice cream which created more laundry as they all were covered in blue but what's one more load?