Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Sarah's Party Prep

I hibernated in the house Monday, clearing out the mess left from our garage sale.  Then I hibernated some more on Tuesday to start getting things ready for Sarah's 1st birthday party.

I finished the invitations (we only sent out about 10).  Granny, I thought you'd like to see what they look like even if you guys can't make the trip down here.

I made Sarah a party hat (which she'll rip off in 3 seconds flat) and a tissue paper number one to display.

Soon, I'll work on cupcake favor boxes, a Happy Birthday banner, hanging pom pons, and a tutu for Sarah.

 I'd also like to practice icing cupcakes to look like roses.  I want to copy these from Kara's Cupcakes...

Monday, July 26, 2010

How To Clear the Clutter

Have a garage sale!

Mom, Kristin, my friend Beth, and I had a garage sale this past weekend.  It had been a long time in coming.  Our shed in the backyard was full of plastic storage bins and black garbage bags full of things that were too good to go straight to goodwill, but had done their duty in our house.

Mom ran the sale on her own on Friday morning, because the kids and I had VBS to finish up (at a different church).  Kristin, Beth, and I joined her for Satuday morning's sale.

All in all, we made almost $400.  But the most rewarding part is that we have money in our pockets and more space in our houses!  Mom came with her car loaded down, but returned home with only 3 boxes and a small television.  Kristin returned home with 3 more boxes than she started with, but all of that will be donated to her refugees.  I took 3 bins back to the shed.  I'll try to sell those the next go around.

My favorite part of the weekend was Saturday night.  Jadie watched the kiddos while Mom, Kristin, and I played BINGO and enjoyed a late, quiet dinner at Pei Wei.  What a relaxing few hours!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Fun Friday

Today was a good day.  Although we invited several of our friends to join us in driving to Temple, no one was available.  That's alright, we went anyway!

Before embarking on our trip to Whistle Stop Park, we noticed a garage sale down the street.  I helped Caleb take $1.50 in quarters from his piggy bank in case he saw anything he couldn't live without.  As you'll understand soon, his definition of "can't live without" is pretty lax.  I loaded Sarah in the stroller and Caleb and I walked on over.

He immediately picked out a toy for Sarah, a turtle pull toy circa 1987.  I pulled this image from the internet; ours does not have the original string.  Instead it has a cotton string that was attached by the previous owners.  Cute toy and a good buy at $0.25.

Next, he spotted a bundle of ice cube trays (may 8 of them) tied together with yarn.  He picked them up and gave me a look that said, "Please?"  I told him that we had several ice cube trays in the cabinet and we didn't need anymore.  He insisted that he wanted to buy them to play his sandbox.  Sure, why not?  He spent $0.50 on those ice cube trays and they went into the sandbox as soon as we got home.

He continued to wander around the garage sale, trying to find something else he had to have.  It seemed as though he just wanted to spend his money, so I encouraged him to save it until another time.  He put his last 3 quarters in his pocket and told the ladies thank you for his purchases.

Around 9:30 am, we started for Temple.  I was dragging because I hadn't had my coffee so I pulled into Starbucks, but quickly decided to tough it out because the drive thru had about 10 cars in the line.  I stopped at Shipley's for some water, donut holes, and a sausage kolache.  We finally arrived at Whistle Stop around 10:10 am.

Caleb quickly found a group of about 4 boys to play with.  They were climbing up the outside of the twisty slide.  Thankfully, Caleb knew better than to try that one!  He started a short-lived game of tag and then tried to get me involved in following him through the maze of woodwork.  I had a good time, but it was tough to climb the rope net while holding Sarah.

I finally settled Sarah into a baby swing while Caleb elicited help from a grandmother to push him on the tire swing.  A few minutes later, Caleb was begging to be stopped because he was getting dizzy.  The grandmother and I had a good laugh as we watched Caleb struggling to regain his bearings.  When he was finally able to walk in a straight line, he joined me in the swing next to Sarah.  It was a special swing with a back, made for disabled children.  It makes for fun to adults too!  I really enjoyed swinging with Caleb. It was a sweet, quiet moment.  Those are few and far between.

The swing was something similar to this:

After the park, we joined Jadie for lunch at Chick-fil-A before driving back home for nap time.  What a wonderful day!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

I Want to Make This!

Quotes of the Day

After he wiped my kiss off of his face...
Caleb: "Do you have on lipstick?"
Me: "No."
Caleb: "Gimme another kiss!"

Getting ALL the words mixed up...
Caleb: "Who put the ram in the shoo bop shoo bop?  Who was that man who got my baby out of my tummy?"
Song by who knows who (I've googled it and come up with several options):
"Who put the bomp in the bomp buh bomp buh bomp
Who put the ram in the rama lama ding dong
Who put the bop in the bop shoo bop shoo bop
Who put the dip in hte dip dee dip dee dip
Who was that man, I'd like to shake his hand
He made my baby fall in love with me."

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

What We Read: July 14-15

Can you say Clifford overload?
He actually opted for 10 Clifford books over 8 books and 2 movies.  Obsession!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Quote of the Day

Caleb:  "Thank you, mommy, for my new socks.  They make me run fast.  Thank you.  Thank you."

Note:  I have not bought Caleb new socks in over 6 months.  This conversation came right after we had a conversation about Jadie keeping the kids this evening so I can go to Zumba.  During this conversation he thanked me profusely for letting Daddy keep them tonight.  Easy to please today!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Sara Music Video (just to torture the sister)

A little information about the song.  Always interesting to know.  Taken from wikipedia.

"Sara" is a #1 hit song by the band Starship. It was sung by Mickey Thomas, of the newly renamed band Starship, from their first albumKnee Deep in the Hoopla. The song hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on March 15, 1986 staying at that position for one week. It was the band's second #1 hit after the song "We Built This City" hit the mark a few months earlier in 1985. It also became the band's first number-one song on the adult contemporary chart, where it remained for three weeks. Although written by Peter and Ina Wolf, the song was named for Thomas's wife at the time, Sara (née Kendrick).
The music video for "Sara" prominently features actor Rebecca De Mornay and Thomas in a storyline about a relationship ending, with frequent flashbacks to what is presumably Thomas's character's childhood and the tornado that wrecked his home.

Friday, July 9, 2010

What a Day!

Thanks to Miss Mary Mac, we've had quite a fun whirlwind of a day today!

We were planning to stay home most of the day wearing our pajamas, with the possibility of a trip to the library, but...we got a phone call this morning asking if we wanted to go to the zoo.  Sure, why not?

We hadn't been to the Cameron Park Zoo in quite a while.  When we got to the gate to pay, I realized that the prices had gone up to $9 for me and $6 for Caleb...$15 for a couple of hours at the zoo.  I opted to purchase the Family Pass instead for $60.  More than I intended to spend today, but as long as we visit the zoo more than 4 times before next July, it will be worth it.

By the way, the zoo has some pretty amazing animal tattoos in the gift shop.  caleb picked out a ferocious looking alligator.
So, the zoo got us pretty sweaty pretty fast.  Or should I say the hot, humid weather got us sweaty pretty fast.  We only visited the tigers, orangutans, gibbons, and the komodo dragon today.  And, of course, the playground.  After only about 45 minutes of walking around in the heavy humidity Mary Mac and I started brainstorming our trip to Chick-fil-A for some free lunch.

Mary Mac and I rushed home, dressed ourselves in all white (and Caleb in brown).  Then, we cut out black splotches and taped them all over ourselves.  I know you may be thinking you'd never do something so silly, but hey...I have to admit that I enjoy being silly from time to time :-)

Here is our finished product. And yes, all 4 of us ate for free.  Chick-fil-A does a Cow Appreciation Day once a year, in July.  All you have to do to receive a free combo meal is to dress up like a cow and come in to the restaurant.  So worth a free meal!

By the way, that awesome green pipe cleaner is Adam's grass.  He loves to get into character.  And his udders are made from one of Mary Mac's toe separators from her pedicure supplies!  She totally outdid me in the creativity department!

P.S. Here's a shout out to fellow blogger Stephanie...I'm so glad I ran into you at Chick-fil-A!  You should sooooooo dress up next year!  Just wear all white to work and tape some spots on when you get to Chick-fil-A.  Totally doable!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

What We Read: July 8

We read all of these in one day!

And...Little Rabbit's Easter Surprise

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Quote of the Day

Jadie: "My Ca-lubby has a first name..."
Caleb: "It's C-A-L-E-B!"

Monday, July 5, 2010

New Crawling Technique

Sarah is crawling hands and feet all the time!  Silly little girl!

**Original Post**
So, Sarah's crawling on her hands and feet when she's on the tile floor.  That's right, I said hands and feet not hands and knees!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Today's Highlights

1.  Jadie and Caleb made various paper airplanes this morning.

2.  Caleb holding his head as close to the window as we're driving down the highway (to make his hair blow).

3.  We were spontaneously invited to a Robot Party! (Thanks Mary Mac)

4.  Sarah's crazy smile!