Friday, June 24, 2016

Summer. It's pretty great.

I am so tan I look like a California Raisin (there's a dated reference if ever there was one), and I use sunscreen every time I go to the pool.  I am starting to take it personally--like I have too much area to cover for sunscreen to help me.  I definitely need more than a shot glass, that's for sure.

 Cooper had his first tee ball game, and even though it didn't start until 15 minutes before the little kids' bedtime (fuck you, summer activities.  some of us put our kids to bed super early so we can watch bad TV and drink vodka lemonade slushies), we all went to watch, even though we knew that would probably end badly.
 Dorothy just sat in dirt and threw it.
 He was a good batter
 All she wanted to do was run into the park.
 Eventually, she just threw herself in a volleyball court.  I had to take her home when she started eating the sand.
I worked in my office on Tuesday and then woke up in a panic on Wednesday morning because I couldn't find my computer.  I ended up driving a half an hour downtown to look in my office and see if it was there (it was!) and we detoured by the lake for some cute pictures.
 Little hams.
 Nobody fell off the dock?
 She had to sit in ALL the big chairs, not just one
 Things started to deteriorate.
 Harry was really excited about the heart-shaped rock he found at the pool.
 Ben and I had a lovely date night on Wednesday and then veered into the Toys R Us parking lot on the way home to buy everyone a surprise.  Which of course they fought over.
 This little cutie spent the day with us. It was fun to make little toddler meals again.


 And of course, my favorite place:
 Beatrix took a surprise dump in Dorothy's room today, but she got her own plate of breakfast anyway because pancakes are her favorite.
 We had a family Big Brother viewing this morning.  I love that show!
Ah, summer.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

At the office! Doing work! Like a person with a job!

 We had a family party for Harry's birthday this weekend, and last week, Dorothy and I dropped Jack at baseball practice (LATE because I SUCK) and made a mad dash to Costco to grab supplies for it and more pool towels because I can always use more pool towels. As you can see from the above photo, we grabbed and ran.  Good thing I had Dorothy to take notes in my Moleskine or we would have forgotten important things like the 2 dozen eggs we needed to break (I mean, clearly we only bought them to destroy them or else why would we throw them in the cart all crazy?)

I am not really a helicopter mom, but for some reason, dropping Jack off at a junior high 15 minutes from our house and running 15 minutes to Costco and back (plus madcap shopping time) made me all freaked out.  I was so worried he wouldn't be there when we got back (LATE because I SUCK).  But, of course he was, and in further evidence of my total suckitude, I got the pick up time wrong and he still had 20 minutes left to play.

It has been cool at night and in the morning here, but my little walking buddy decided about 15 minutes in that her footie pajamas were too warm.  I mean.  Duh.
 They are total twins.
 All I do is go to the pool and take selfies in various retro looking bathing suits.  I am super retro tan, too.
 The kids pretty much just eat garbage.  So.  Pretty proud of that.
 FARMERS' MARKET!  I bought nary a vegetable, but I did get snap dragons, hot and spicy cheese bread, and a magic coffee.  TOTAL WIN.
 Cooper whined until he got a snack (a chocolate croissant), then whined because he wanted a different snack, then whined because his legs were tired.  HE WAS SO FUN).
 Legs too tired to stand up for a picture:
 TACOS for lunch.  This was a surprisingly easy and delicious large-crowd lunch-- we had different types of shells, lots of cheese and veggie topping, guac, salsas, etc. and make chicken and beef in crockpots.  Total win.  99% of the time when our families come over we grill out, os we wanted to be slightly different.
 Even Henry liked it!
 Once again we celebrated Harry being 10, and I am still in disbelief.
 This cake with a double batch of this icing was AMAZING and wonderful and I wanted to make out with it.
 Later we went out for Father's Day

 And then Ben slept in on Sunday while my completely hungover self got up to get Jack out the door to go fishing with my dad and brother and haul everyone else to baseball at 8.  Blurgh.
 We hit the pool for family float day, and I was pretty excited about using my big swan.

 But then the whistle blew for adult swim, and the kids acted like that had never happened before and threw a bunch of tantrums and Ben and I had a bitchy fight with each other, and we all went home before jack and ben and Henry and Desiree could join us, quickly ruining everyone's morning.  We gathered our stuff up quickly, and I tried to flounce to the car trailed by screaming children, but it is really hard to flounce with a giant swan, and I got stuck in the door of the locker room which would have been funny, but I was just so angry.

We finished the day at a lovely barbecue filled with dripping, happy kids and delicious fajitas.





 And then yesterday I had to deal with this mountain of laundry, which I gotta say was totally flabbergasting because we did laundry all weekend.  WHAT THE HELL?
 The kids and I saw Finding Dory with friends and all loved it (Harry less than the rest of us-- but it was the first movie that mesmerized Dorothy, so that was relaxing)

 LOL
 Cooper!!  Can go off the board and swim in the 12-foot!  It's amazing!
I am off to buy a baseball cap and take a walk around the lake before going home and changing my clothes (along with taking my first shower in a couple of days--erm.) for Cooper's FIRST OFFICIAL TEE BALL GAME.  Adorable pictures to come.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Summer vacation and Baby Harry turns 10 (TEN!!)

Last Friday was the first day of summer break, and I woke up to see this in my not-quite-all-the-way-painted kitchen:
 Ben had some work to do, so the kids and I made a summer bucket list:
 In case you are wondering, Cooper still wants an alligator even though we told him about the Disney tragedy-- because last time we went to WDW, we stayed at that very resort and the kids played on that very beach in that very water!
 After we made our banner, the kids wanted to paint, so I set them up in the back yard because I am nobody's fool.
 Cooper painted the grass, his paper, and the dog.
 And those weren't even finger paints!
 Jack ended up walking through his, which is when I knew he couldn't come inside without hosing off.
 So naturally, I set the sprinkler up in the front yard because the back is/was/is too full of dog crap.  WE ARE DREAM NEIGHBORS.
 It took awhile, but Jack came out clean
 I kept dropping the banner on myself when I tried to hang it up and getting glitter paint all over myself, so it totally looked like I had nipple stigmata, which is definitely a front-yard look.  I was also wearing hot pink heart-print PJ pants.
 No idea what he was doing but it was intense, obvi.
 I also have like 6 slow-mo videos of this:
 WATER SLIDE
 The pool was PACKED on Friday afternoon.  I swear if it is ever that busy again, I am walking out and joining the next closest pool and tennis club.
 I got to take Jack to baseball on Saturday when it was 92 and steamy, so we grabbed a shake right after the game.  I was SO MAD when I realized that both teams officially forfeited because we didn't have enough players so the whole sweaty mess didn't count anyway.
 moar pool
 My brother took Harry fishing for his birthday on Sunday, and Harry loved it.  Also, note that he extends his pinky like a fancy fisherperson.
 Ben and I had a random date night Sunday night, which was nice because he worked 15 hours on Monday which really really sucked for me.
 Swim lessons started!
 And the after lessons, we went home and fought for a couple of hours and then I realized I maybe wouldn't want to kill everyone if we just went back to the pool.
 This worked so well that we left when the pool closed for evening swim lessons to go home and eat dinner and then we came back again and stayed until bed time.
 I was so refreshed that I baked Harry's birthday cake with Harry and Jack while watching The Princess Bride.  And now I have a great formula for SAHM Mondays.
 I got slightly rammy with the frosting and I ran out of room writing birthday, but damn did it taste awesome.
 HARRY IS 10?!  That seems so old to me.  I think he had a nice day, although he regretted his decision to have a big party.  Next year, he just wants a sleepover with friends on his actual birthday.

He loved his presents-- most of which he shopped for himself on the Internet and sent me a link to a full shopping cart.  Which?  SO HANDY.
 Breakfast cake is always a hit.
 He looks so OLD here!
And!  This is his fifth birthday in our house, which is bananas because I always feel like this is our new house.

Here he is turning 6.

Here he is turning 7.

Here he is turning 8.

Here he is turning 9.



After breakfast, we had even more swimming lessons.
 Then we packed some stuff and headed to the lake for a lunch picnic.  Jack tried to teach Dorothy how to skip rocks.
 They took a sweet little walk.
 The lake was gorgeous.
 No one fell in the fire pit.
 Ben made perfect s'mores.

 And I even got a picture of everyone mostly.
 Then, to top it all off, Cooper had his eagerly anticipated first night of tee ball with Ben as his coach.
 And today, he realized he can ride the water slide all by himself!  A huge milestone if ever there was one!
 Sometimes we get cold at the pool.