*1* Grown Ups was very funny but it was the type of movie that I needed to see late at night to think it was hilarious. Good thing we went to a late night movie!
*2* Why does it have to take so long to build a pool?! It is hot, hot, hot! I'm pretty sure it's not going to be ready for Noelle's birthday next month which makes me a little sad but I know that we are beyond blessed to be able to put this pool in right now. Counting down the days!
*3* I need a week just to catch up on life. I have so many things on my 'to do' list and I feel like I have no time to accomplish anything. Oh well, at least I'm caught up on laundry!!
*4* I'm on the fence about adding storage cubbies to Noelle's room. It would be a no-brainer except for the price tag :( Here's to hoping for a 10% off coupon in my email this week...I've been hoping for it for a while now, though...not looking promising!
*5* Pediatric cancer sucks. No sugar coating there. Praying constantly for all of the kids out there who have faced or are facing the monster.
*6* God bless the creator of JuJuBees :) Not only did I not run yesterday, I ate an entire box of those yummy things! Sooooo good!
20 And God said, "Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the sky." 21 So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living and moving thing with which the water teems, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 22 God blessed them and said, "Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth." 23 And there was evening, and there was morning—the fifth day.
The kids' Sunday School crafts were too cute not to write about!
Another milestone was reached this morning!
Noelle did her first Sunday School craft ever!! Up until this point, she's been in the "baby class" as Noah has termed it. She's graduated to the two year old class which means more structure and the beginning of journey in her faith. I was so emotional when I saw what she had crafted!
She was so proud to show it off :)
This fake smile will never get old...
We are so incredibly blessed to be a part of such an amazing church whose children's program is simply the best! Noah has already learned so much about Christianity in his four years of attendance. We are so excited that Noelle is at an age to participate now too!
On a sad and related note, please pray for this little girl, Ava Hunter:
Ava is the granddaughter of our senior pastor. She had surgery this morning for a suspected brain tumor. Here is an update from our church's website:
Ava Hunter (Dr. and Mrs. Hunter’s granddaughter) is out of surgery and in recovery. The surgery is completed for now, but we don’t know the results. Please pray for complete recovery from the trauma of surgery, that bleeding in the brain will be minimal and that there would be no infection.
It was the first night that we've left the kids with anyone but our moms!
Grams and Nana left for Alaska yesterday and won't be back for ten long days :(
The last time I saw a movie in the theater was when I was pregnant with Noah five years ago. I'm just not a movie-goer. I don't like to sit still for long periods of time and I'm not a huge fan of crowds. I'm also a bit scarred from a trip to the movies when I was a kid. There was a bomb scare and I remember vividly being scared to death to go back into the movie when the police cleared everyone to return. My family all went back so I was forced to go with them. Totally traumatic!
Anyway, it figures that the first time that I'm even remotely interested in going to a movie falls on the second day of the grandmas' vacation! I know they'll be back while this movie is still in the theater but when I saw this:
I just knew I had to find someone to watch the kids!
These are five of the funniest people on the planet in my opinion! Adam Sandler is my favorite but all five of them make me laugh hysterically.
It just so happened that Aunt Nikki was home for a few days this weekend. Noelle is just starting to come around to Aunt "Ne-Ne" so we thought we'd ask her if she would mind watching the kids. Aunt Ne-Ne acted like it was the greatest thing she'd ever been asked to do...that's just Aunt Ne-Ne and one of the reasons we love her!
See? Noelle is SMILING while being held by someone other that her favorite five!
So, we set out on a date night! One small problem though...so did the rest of Central Florida. I guess that's what we get for trying to go to the movie theater in the heart of the tourism capital of the world on a Saturday night when one of the biggest movies of Disney's history was just released. It appeared that those who were turned down for Toy Story 3 decided to go see Grown Ups instead! We both decided that we would never make it to church in the morning if we attempted the 10:45 p.m. showing.
It's all good, though! This was a good alternative for us :)
Aunt Ne-Ne volunteered to let us try again tomorrow! We're going to attempt this again but might buy the tickets ahead of time so we don't have a repeat of tonight :) Although, I really enjoyed my Twistee Treat so it wouldn't be the worst thing in the world.
Not really! I was forced to take piano lessons as a child and can still play a few sheets of music but the whole being forced to do it part ruined it for me. My mom has been trying to convince me to take the piano that we all learned to play on but I think I'm too scarred! I wish I had learned to play the flute as a child, though!
2. What is your pet peeve while driving?
Ugh, I can't stand when I see someone throw a cigarette out of their window. It's bad enough that you're polluting the air that my babies are breathing, but it's polluting the earth that God has given us. Off my soapbox...
3. Would you rather have a housekeeper or unlimited spa services?
A housekeeper, hands down! I don't have time to go the spa so that wouldn't be beneficial to me but to have a full-time housekeeper would be a dream come true.
4. Is there a song that you hear that will take you back to the moment, like a junior high or high school dance?
Bon Jovi - Never Say Goodbye: I used to listen to it over and over when I was making the move from NY to FL as a teenager. I have it on my iPod and whenever it comes on I instantly think back to those last few days on Long Island. That was a TOUGH move! Also, any Billy Joel songs evoke the same emotions!
5. What song best represents your life right now?
I'm much too tired to think about this one. I'll have to pass!
We were in Pottery Barn Kids last weekend (one of my all-time favorite stores!) and Noah found these adorable rocket ice pop molds. I just could not resist them! They reminded me of the tupperware ones that my mom used to have when I was a kid. We LOVED freezing different drinks in those things but they were annoying because the "stick" would always wobble around and they made a mess. I'm not explaining it very well but, trust me, they were annoying!
(I just googled them and Bed Bath & Beyond sells them for about half the price!)
I'm always looking for fun stuff for Noah to do indoors while Noelle naps and this was the perfect solution for an afternoon. He can turn something as simple as pouring a drink into a rocket mold into an hour of fun! He was doing "experiments" by mixing different drinks and measuring them too. Everything is an experiment to Noah ;) His Grams is a biology professor and has already instilled a love of science in him. I am NOT a lover of science so it's great for him that he has her to teach him! Totally a math girl...
I let Noah decide what drink(s) we were going to use:
He went with grapefruit juice for Mommy (I could LIVE on Simply Grapefruit!), Cran-Pomegranate and Iced Tea for Daddy and all of his juice boxes for himself and Sycee. I just love how he's always thinking about everyone else. His Pre-K teacher told me he's like that with his classmates, too - LOVE IT!
It was a giant mess letting him doing it himself but that's part of the fun. I'm not a lover of messes but sometimes you just need to get over these things!
It took a few hours for these to freeze which is an eternity when you're four years old! It probably would have been a better idea to make them at night so the wait isn't so bad!
It was worth the wait though as he thoroughly enjoyed his first one :)
This smile will forever melt my heart!
Overall...a perfect afternoon activity and an even better treat because I can control the amount of sugar in the treat :) I LOVE Honest Kids juices as they're pretty much water but disguised as juice so it's an easy way to get the kids to drink more water. They're a little on the pricey side when you can get kids' juice boxes super cheap but they're worth it to me and I recently found them at Costco so I finally feel like they're a good deal!
Yesterday, we paid a visit to Dr. Y for Noah's 5 year old shots.
Bad mom...I should know this but I don't...I think these are the first shots he's had since he was two. I was honest with him that it would hurt and he did pretty well, all things considered. He's the type of kid that will go with the flow as long as you communicate honestly with him and set expectations up front. I'll never forget being in the E.R. with him and the staff wanting to restrain him in a straight jacket (okay...they called it a papoose but let's call it what it really was!) and I kept telling them just to explain what was going on and he'd let them do whatever needed to be done. He was three at the time and they were shocked that he was so calm once he understood what was going on.
So, we got our 5 year old shots a little bit early so we can register for kindergarten. The 'assessment' day is next month so I need to go in and register him soon. Can this really be already here?
Here is his best sad face :(
Such a fake look! He was really ecstatic after the shots because Grams promised him something for each shot. He had three so that meant a trip to Target to get spoiled rotten. He is so predictable...I just knew he was coming home with one of the new Toy Story 3 Lego sets.
Glad that's over and he won't need any scheduled shots until seventh grade - woohoo!
I'm just happy to know that he's protected from some of the totally scary diseases that are starting to make a come back!
Well, we didn't intend for Father's Day to have any sort of theme but it went down with one!
We had a really yummy dinner at Kobe, which is a hibachi restaurant near us. Our favorite hibachi restaurant is Benihana but Kobe is a close second! We call Kobe the McDonald's version of Benihana! They have the best noodles there that you can't get at Beni so we alternate.
We lucked out and got the "master" chef! He was so much fun with the kids. The first thing he had Noah do was stand up and hold his knife up for a pictures. Noah thought that was unreal!
He did all of the usual tricks but he was awesome because of his interaction with the kids!
I gave up trying to get them all to look at the camera at the same time. This is a tough stage for me! This is the best shot I got:
Rob with his mom who often played the role of both parents so this was her day too, in my opinion!
Noelle was pretty entertained throughout dinner. It helped that the chef was playing the echo game with her every time she said "mama" which happened to be about 3,865 times. She thought that was just the funniest thing ever.
Who knew a lemon could be so entertaining. I dare say she's getting easier to take out to dinner. I laugh now to think that Rob and I thought our days eating out were over once we had two kids. You figure it out. It helps that we almost always have a grandma or two in tote. On Father's Day, we were lucky to have both Nana and Grams. God forbid my mom, Noelle and I look at the camera at the same time :)
And, would dinner really be complete without Noah opening the umbrella at the table? I know it's totally inappropriate and not something I should look like I'm endorsing by taking a picture but it's moments like these that are funny to have for posterity. We did reprimand him ;)
Nana (Rob's mom) continued our Japanese-themed Father's Day by presenting Rob with this gift:
Rob is soooooo hard to buy for but this is just perfect! He'll get to go have a cooking "lesson" at Beni and then he'll cook us dinner another night. I absolutely can't wait for this. We've been going to Beni since we began dating 12 years ago and have always talked about how we need to learn to cook like they do! We used to go there A LOT before kids and they know us pretty well so it will be so much fun for Rob. Way to go, Nana - you picked the perfect gift! How nice that we all get to benefit from it too, haha!
One more sweet shot of Daddy's Girl to wrap up Father's Day :)
*1* How clever of the manufacturer who thought to add children's characters to the tops of juice bottles. My kids squealed in delight when I brought home apple juice with Superman, Clifford and Toy Story 3 characters on top. And I got ripped off but did so willingly because I knew they would be so excited.
*2* I finally figured out what Noelle had been saying repeatedly over the last two days. Actually, Noah told me so I can't really take credit for it. She kept saying "I love dedus" or at least that's what I thought she was saying. I asked her what "dedus" was with Noah in earshot and he said (in a 'seriously? you couldn't figure that out' sort of tone) "Mama, she's saying 'I love Jesus'! I taught her that.". Melt my heart a million times over.
*3* I still hate running but love the way I feel when I'm done and I'm building up my endurance which needs to be done. Click here to see why I need to build that endurance up :)
*4* Toy Story 3. Is it pathetic that I'm excited to see it? It's on the 'to do' list this week or weekend!
*5* Father's Day was a blast! My kids are so blessed to have their Daddy. I think he enjoyed hearing their recorded message card more than they enjoyed recording it 5,742 times which says a lot. Now I get why my Mother's Day card only had Noah's voice in it ;) I must have had more patience than Rob (which is a joke if you know us)!
Noah and Noelle...you are truly blessed! Mere words aren't enough to explain how awesome of a father you two have. So, we'll let some pictures do the talking! Happy Father's Day, Rob...I knew from the moment I met you that you were the father I wanted for my children. You have lived up to my (somewhat unrealistic) expectations and continue to amaze me each day as I watch you father our children. How lucky we are to have you!