Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Knowing full-well that today was supposed to be in the nineties, I braced myself for grumbling when I suggested story hour at the park today. To my surprise, I was greeted with excited cheers and enthusiasm. So, we packed up our lunch, got dressed up in our play clothes, and headed out at 10:45. We were at the park until almost 2:00, and left only because I knew I had to lay Meagan down for a nap.
But that was not the end... Once Meagan was down for the count, the boys - get this - asked to go back outside and play. On the hottest day we've had for weeks! So, I set up the snake sprinkler, and they had a blast. We took a snack break for ice cream bars, and then swapped the sprinkler for the slip-n-slide. When Meagan woke up, she joined in. Finally, at 4:30, I turned off the water and forced them to go in. I was afraid they were going to get overheated, or that I was going to melt...whichever came first. But, FINALLY, a day of normal kid activities, full of fun and energy and make-believe and imagination. I guess the trick was to trick them into forgetting how much they didn't want to be outside.
Saturday, July 28, 2007
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Other than that, the kids drove each other, and therefore me, crazy today. It was a day of random accidents and lots of screaming and fighting. Sebastian and Meagan both took a nap today, though, which alleviated some of it. Still, by the end of the evening, they were all back to getting hurt by tripping over thin air, so I stuck them in bed right at 8:00 and put a movie in for them to watch. Hoping for a better night of sleep tonight and a less stressful day tomorrow.
Monday, July 23, 2007
So more than once this afternoon I sat in my living room with eyes full of tears, at one point I was bordering on bawling... And after reading the whole story, all seven books, and thinking on it now for a few hours, I am completely amazed at her ability to weave so many details together. Just to see the ultimate weight of seemingly menial decisions that characters make throughout the stories, all coming down to the end events. I'm very impressed with her writing abilities, to say the least. She is an amazing story teller. And I find myself, just a little, wishing to believe that Ron, Harry, Hermione, the Weasley's and the others really exist somewhere...much the same way I felt after reading the Lord of the Rings. Let's just say, I'm already considering reading it again.
Sunday, July 22, 2007
So, I've already started reading, OF COURSE! I have put it down for meals, bedtimes, and a few play times. But I took full advantage of nap times both yesterday and today! And guess what I'm doing when they go to bed? I'd say right now I'm about a third of the way through the book.
But can I just say that my husband is FIRED! He turned to the back of the book and started reading it OUT LOUD to me. Enough that I know the names of a few people that make it all the way to the end...that I wish I didn't know, but what's done is done. I must say that for one or two of the names I was relieved...I'll leave it at that because I know some of you are reading it too, and I don't want it to be spoiled for you like my darling husband spoiled it for me. (wink).
Anyway, off to DQ for ice cream treats and then kids in the tub and then a family movie and then bed, and then MORE READING! I just can't put it down for long! It's not the first time in my life that I've been accused of being a book worm, and I'm sure it won't be the last!
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Friday, July 13, 2007
Here's the first one. Back in March, the fire department visited their Motor Development class. They got to sit in the fire truck, spray the hose, and all that good stuff.
Layout #2 - from Meagan's birthday party. I used Karen Lewis's new kit - Cupcake Cafe. Journaling: Meagan, what kind of cake do you want this year? "Choo choo" you reply. Are you sure you don't want something else? 'Choo choo' you answer with certainty. Choo choo it is then - Lady to be exact - the pretty magical purple engine. Grandma made a big cake for everyone else, but you got your own special cake.
Layout #3 is also from Meagan's birthday party. Isaac and Sebastian played t-ball with Daddy and Shane (and Tina I think). I love these pictures of Isaac. He's such a fun little guy - he sure loves his helmet! Journaling: you took full advantage of having both daddy and shane around for meagan's party. you got out the tee and your glove and started up a game of t-ball. but let's face it. it's just not t-ball if you're not wearing your helmet.
I thought it was a great movie - very entertaining. However, compared to the book, it seemed like they played Harry Potter Legos...they took all the story pieces apart, and put them back together in whatever order they wanted, leaving some of the pieces laying on the floor. It seemed like the general story line was the same...at least they accomplished the same general end and all...but they had things in a strange order. Did you think? And while I didn't mind most of their changes, there were a few that bugged me - like blaming Cho (who knows why that bothers me?). But, like you said, if you take the movie alone, separate from the book, it was quite entertaining. I will definitely go see it again before it's out of theaters.
We saw it in IMAX 3D. The IMAX part was sweet! But I really didn't care for the 3D. It hurt my eyes....but I can't even look in my kids' view finders very well, so I don't know why I didn't expect it to bug me. Oh well. It was worth it to see it that big, and with such a clear picture and awesome sound!
Only 1 more week until the book!
By 7:30 we were up and getting dressed and packed. After breakfast at McD's, we headed to the Point! Since we were staying at a Cedar Point hotel, we got into the park an hour early, so Grandma & Grandpa took the kids, and Lucas and I headed to the Maverick....awesome ride!
It was a hot day, but thankfully their air-conditioned boat was nearby. We headed to the AC for lunch, and for breaks every now and then. The kids had a great time, though. Sebastian and Isaac rode their first roller coaster - The Woodstock Express. Sebastian LOVED it, and headed straight for the Jr. Gemini. Isaac was a little less enthusiastic, and sat out the second ride. When Sebastian got off the Jr. Gemini, he asked if he could ride one that went upside down. !!!! Sorry, kiddo, you're about 6 inches too short for that still. Maybe in a few years.
It was a long day. We left around 9:00 at night and headed to other Grandma and Grandpas. This year Grandma was brave enough to take on all three kids for their week-long vacation. So, Lucas and I left Sunday morning (and headed back to Cedar Point for a day of big people rides), and the kids began their summer vacation with Grandma and Grandpa. They've done lots of swimming and playing. They went to the zoo yesterday, and to a museum a few days ago. We are heading down either tonight or tomorrow morning to pick them up. I miss them!!! Can't wait to see them!
In the mean time, Lucas and I did some work around the house, cleaning and painting the walls while no little fingers were around to smear the paint. We also got Meagan's wallpaper replaced from where she tore her boarder off the wall during nap time one day. And even with all that, we've had some time for 2 movie dates - Transformers and Harry Potter (I bet you can guess who picked which movie LOL). But, our quiet time has come to an end. Vacation is over, and soon life will be back to normal. Can't wait!
Tuesday, July 3, 2007
Sunday, July 1, 2007
Tonight was a scrapping night for me. I'm still trying to get caught up on layouts for my designers...June was a bad scrapping month for me. Oh well, I can only do what I can. But I was able to get one done at least tonight. I actually had to do it twice because I had it almost finished and my computer ran out of RAM (?????) and crashed on me. So quite a bit of my progress was lost. Oh well, I like the second version better, so I guess it worked out okay anyhow.
Journaling: We never seem to know where we'll find you anymore. Wherever it is, it's usually somewhere other than your bed... our bed, the upstairs hallway, the living room floor, the top of the stairs... this particular night, you were in the middle of the kitchen floor. You must have snuck down to watch Daddy play on the computer. Sleep where you fall, huh Baby Girl? Well, wherever you land, sleep tight.