Monday, June 30, 2008

What a great day yesterday...

Yesterday, the boys and I headed out to my parents to hang out and play in the pool. I really wish I had brought my camera. For the first time since having three children, I actually swam in a pool at the same time as all of them and not a single one was holding on to me.

Tim is a full-fledged fish... he was practicing spin jumps and dives off the deck and progressively practiced swimming further and further across the pool without stopping. He even started trying to swim under water! He was amazing.

Sammy is still building his confidence and so we had him try using swimmies, but at first I pushed him too hard. I kept trying to get him to practice swimming and he clung to me. But then, I told him, we were done, no more teaching and that he could just have fun and he went over to the side of the pool and practiced by himself... letting go and counting how long he could do it... once he reached 18 I told him that was like swimming halfway across the pool and off he went. He never looked back he was all over the pool by himself, swimming or just floating.

And Max... my little shark :) I bought a bathing suit that has the floaties inside and also handed him the barbell... he practiced for a few minutes and then realized with both combined, he could swim all over the pool by himself.. He kept yelling, "I'm doing it myself! I'm doing it myself!" Of course I followed him around the pool, but he loved it!

Of course, by the end of the day they were exhausted... but as usual, Tim fell asleep in the car and the other two were awake the whole way home!

Saturday, June 28, 2008

3 haircuts, a birthday gift, and a birthday party...

That pretty much sums up our day. Rich was running a race this morning, so I took the boys to get haircuts and then we picked up a birthday gift for Josh. We headed home where the boys terrorized each other and then we headed to the birthday party, where Timmy got annoyed that 3 year olds don't understand nor follow the rules of games such as duck, duck , goose... (every kid got up to run when someone said goose), or read light green light, no one actually listened. No, Timmy isn't competitive or anything!

Tomorrow, we are headed to my parents to hang out and swim... it should be fun as long as the weather holds out!

Monday, June 23, 2008

My football player...

Watch out, Joe!

Weekend Recap...

So another weekend has flown by...

Friday night I went to have a drink with my next door neighbor. We both sort of needed to just get out for a little while.

Saturday we spent the morning bathing the children and trying to keep them clean before going to get their pictures taken at Sears. Of course, this time, Max was the well-behaved one while Sam had a hard time listening and doing what the photographer asked. Afterwards, we went home and they dropped me off so I could go for a run and they went to pick up Rich's bike at the Bike shop. Then we just played outside, had dinner and chilled.

Sunday we went to cheer daddy on at his bike race. The boys love being the loudest people at a race. In fact, another guy that Rich knows was cheering him on and Rich never heard him because of our children :) After that they dropped me off to have lunch with my sister and my best friend from high school.

We had a ton of fun reminiscing and hearing about all the plans for her wedding. It was nice to just hang out for a little while on a weekend. Of course it was short-lived though because Sammy had a birthday party to go to. Rich had to wrangle Tim and Max while we were there and we were both pretty much exhausted by the time we put them to bed :)

Only 2 weeks until vacation! We should have a ton of fun at Tamworth this year, the boys are really looking forward to it!

btw... Timmy picked up all of his football equipment recently, so we had him try it all on. I'll upload the picture soon!

Friday, June 20, 2008

Thoughts about My Dad... since I neglected to send a card...

So quickly, some thoughts about my dad...

There is no one that I am more gullible with... I will really pretty much believe anything that he says... "upside down H", and "ten Q" (stupid math problems).

There is no one more patient than my dad... he was the kind of dad that was so patient, but when he exploded, you were better off far, far, away...

My dad is not openly affectionate... it is sort of the way he was raised, that's how my Grand-dad was, but I do remember 3 specific times of hugging my dad... once was when my high school basketball team lost in the tournament, and the other was at my grandparents' funerals.

My dad (and I) have both inherited the crying gene from my Nana... I am a sap.. but so is he, when he watches my boys playing in Tamworth in the same place that he played as a boy, he tears up... it is so endearing to me!

There is no one else that I would go to for financial advice and no one else that I know that is truly reasonable about any situation.

Things I remember about my dad...

* racing to the green "pole" (cable box) outside our house
* Him spinning us around in tubes in the pool with my Grampy
* Him shutting off the music in the car while I was singing just to see if I would keep singing.
* And watching him play with my boys... especially in Tamworth.
* Him making me cry while dancing at my wedding

My dad is such a good person inside, that I am so proud of him and what I have inherited from him (and my mom).

Sorry, I didn't send the card out sooner, Dad! I do love you a ton!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Late on Father's Day...

A few days late...

BTW, Dad, I have a card, it's just still sitting here... But I love you tons and couldn't have asked for a better dad!

But here is a cute picture from Father's Day morning...

The boys thought that learning how to make Daddy coffee was awesome. They also loved bringing him breakfast (doughnuts and bagels) in bed. They then climbed in bed with him to eat their doughnuts and informed me that... Sunday was actually, Father's and Sons, mom is a servant day.

Yeah, I let them believe that for about 30 seconds before I burst their bubbles.

Friday, June 13, 2008

some Max stories...

1) Don't let young children watch the movie, Zathura!!! This is a Jumanji type movie, but in one part, the older boy "gets" a robot. He then commands the robot, "Get me a juicebox, beeyotch!" Well out of nowhere at Timmy's baseball practice yesterday, this is what came out of Max's mouth. The boys didn't know what it meant, but when I told them, they were understood why I was upset!

2) Max went into the bathroom the other day while Rich was in the shower. When Rich got out, Max was still there and with a very incredulous look on his face asked Rich, "YOU have a penis????" To which Rich answered, "yes, all boys have a penis." Max then says, "Mommy has... ... ... not a penis"

Yes, right now he is all about his male anatomy!

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Kindergarten recognition

So, here is a quick montage from recognition. Sammy was absolutely adorable. He reads so well that he was chosen as one of the readers. I video'd it, but I am having trouble getting it uploaded.

I'm going to skip the weekend update since it was basically hot, we went to the kids baseball games, and ran in the sprinkler :)

But here are the pics!

sorry for lacking...

Coming soon will be an update on the weekend and Sammy's kindergarten graduation. (yes I have tears in my eyes just typing that... I can't believe how quickly they are growing up!)

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Daddy drove where?

This morning in the car Max was asking me to play catch. I told him that I couldn't play while driving, it wasn't safe. He then began to tell me how the boys were playing baseball in the car once and Daddy drove up on the wall.

I was in shock for a minute, thinking Rich never told me about a time where the boys distracted him to the point that he drove off the road towards a wall... I was thinking maybe a curb... but why didn't he tell me about this.

Well, Max kept saying that Daddy drove up on the wall... until I realized that what he was actually trying to say was that the boys were playing ball and "it drove Daddy up a wall"! I started laughing and then later something kept banging in the car and I said that it was driving me crazy... Max asked if I was driving on the wall.

Too cute!

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

True conversations...

... heard in my house in the past 24 hours...

Scene: Last night, Sam lying on the floor with all black on... me painting bones on him to create an x-ray costume

Sam says: "Mom I learned 2 new swear words today! Ryan taught me one... a-s-s."

Me: "Sam, I don't want to hear it."

Sam: "Mom, that's ass!! Timmy taught me the other one!"

Timmy: "Yeah, if you take shut and change the u to an i..."

Sammy: "Mom, that's shit!"

Mom: "I don't want to hear those words from you again!"

Now, all the while he is telling me this, he has this big grin on, like he's been let into some secret club!

Next Scene: This morning as Max is sitting on the potty...

Mom: "Max, what happened to your toes?"

Max: "I wanted them to be pretty like Cady's!"

Mom: "When did you do this?"

Max: "In my bed!"

Apparently, this is what he id doing when he won't go to sleep at night!

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Weekend Recap...

This was a fairly quiet weekend despite a couple of parties :)

Saturday, me and the boys got up early to head to Timmy's 8 am baseball game. It was a good game until the thunder and rain rolled in. Rich also left to go do a 6 hour mountain bike ride.

After the game we hit target and then came home to play before shopping, hanging out with my parents and then going to the 2 parties that we had Saturday night. The first party was a graduation party for my cousin, Julie. And the second was a get together with a bunch of people that I work with. These get-togethers are always a TON of fun. However, we didn't even put the boys in the car until about 10:15. Where Tim and Sam quickly fell asleep, while Max stayed up and talked to me until we got home!!!

Today, I helped the boys clean their rooms... I mean REALLY clean their rooms... I made Tim crawl under his bed to get everything out! I also bought Tim and Sam new comforters and sheets so that they were using Nemo and Bob the Builder (They're too old for that!!) So we washed those and put them on the bed.

After lunch, the boys went to Sammy's game while I got my nails done. I had actually hoped that they would move fast enough for me to get to the game, but I got someone who must have been new to doing nails because she took forever! I was sad :(

Then we went grocery shopping, made dinner and went to the local ice cream shop after dinner. Now we are ready for another week of school!! Only 2 more left.