Archive for February, 2009

Scholastic Mommy Blogger Award!

February 27, 2009

I don’t blog often.  I just barely started this.  In fact, I think the only people who read this blog are my family (thanks Mom!) and Kelly (thanks Kelly!).  Imagine my surprise this morning when I received an email from the editor in chief (hi Mr. Nick!) of Scholastic.  I didn’t even know what to do-I thought it was spam (sorry Mr. Nick).  

So in case you don’t understand what an honor this is, I was nominated for the Mommy Blogger award with about 500 other contestants.  The editors picked their favorite ten blogs and are letting the readers vote for the favorite five to be published in Scholastic Parents magazine. 
I am so flattered and thankful for the nomination and that people are interested in the fun our family has!  I had started this blog to be a journal for my kids so they can remember the cute things they do.  I can’t wait to share more stories, come back and visit!!! 

And if you don’t vote I’ll send Rush over to your house to pull all the books off the shelves!!! 

"What are those?"

February 26, 2009

Yesterday Anna I took the three little ones and went to run a few errands. Aunt Anna came with us, and of course as soon as we got out of the car Storie Bean said “Pick me up!!! Pick me up!” So Anna was carrying her into the store when Bean pointed to her chest and said, “What are these?” I thought we were going to die laughing and then Anna shot me a look like, “Say something! She’s your kid!” So I smiled, and before I could respond Bean asked, “Where’d you get them?” We started laughing harder (but to ourselves so she wouldn’t be sad…) and I finally was able to get out, “Some people buy them.” Anna followed up with, “Yeah, you can buy them.” Bean looked at her chest again thoughtfully, “They’re too big for me.”

Oh kids say the darndest things.

Lemonade Stand

February 24, 2009

How could you not stop by this stand and get some lemonade from these four little girls?  You can’t!  They’re too cute.  We decided that it was finally time to dejunk the garage this Saturday, and while we were cleaning we had quite a few people stop and start “shopping around” what they thought was a garage sale.  Guess we had a lot of crap.
So the girls thought they’d do a lemonade stand, it’s the traditional activity when Mom and Dad are cleaning the garage or having a sale.  It’s perfect for two reasons: 

1.  It kept them occupied and 
2.  It kept them occupied.
Paige and Emma busied themselves getting the tables and chairs, Aunt Anna made the lemonade and I made the sign.  Soon they were out to make their first dollar.  It was so funny to watch them interact with their guests.  All in a five minute period, this is what was going on:
Emma looked like an air traffic controller waving cars in to park so they could get lemonade
Paige was doing a butt swinging dance and then pointing to the sign 
Avery was waving like Miss Texas
And Storie was licking all the straws (and putting them back) and drinking all the lemonade.
As the show went on, Storie became even more helpful-adding straws (the licked ones) to drinks, taking a sip and announcing, “Is good!!”  
I know what business I’m going into next, lemonade stands.  They made $26!!! 

Mardi Gras Parade

February 19, 2009

Last Saturday I thought we’d enjoy the Mardi Gras Parade in Galveston-even if it there was an 80% chance of rain.  So I grabbed Anna (who thought it’d be smart to bring Miller) and we headed to Galveston!  Tucker, Paul and Jeff stayed home.  Boy, they missed out.  Look how much fun Miller was having!

He loved the car ride…..
and sitting on Emma! 

The parade itself was super exciting!  We had a really good spot up front that we’d staked out before the parade started.  Of course, once it started a large group of young teenage girls decided that getting beads for themselves was more important that the little kids they were shoving out of the way.  Every time a float came by they ran in front of us!! We were SO mad!  They even took beads out of Avery’s hands and ripped a cup out of Emma’s.  It was crazy.  Fortunately there were enough beads to go around… and everyone else noticed them acting like that … so we came home with more than we needed.  But still-how rude!

I was proud that our family saluted the flag!  Aren’t they my little patriots!

How’d we get the rain to stop?  I bought 7 umbrellas from the dollar store.  That’s how.  You come prepared and it takes the fun away from Mother Nature.  It rained the whole way home though-and all morning before the parade started.

Miller went nuts playing in the sand!  He loved it!  Good thing Shadow stayed at home or he would have thought it was the worlds best litter box.
“Hey Mister! Throw me some beads!” This wasn’t even all the loot they scored!  They kept giving me the beads to hold so they could get more.  Thank you Mardi Gras!  
So maybe it wasn’t such a bad idea to bring Miller.  He helped hold the necklaces, AND he was a huge hit!  Everyone wanted to pet him.  He was a mini celebrity out there.  The collar probably helped! 
Well-the parade was a success!! The kids fell asleep on the way home and Emma was very excited to hang out with the wet dog!
Paige had to help poor Rush hold his bottle up.  He would start to fall asleep and then knock it out of his mouth.. which would then wake him up… then he’d start to fall asleep.. etc…etc… 
So there ya have it!  The best way to spend a rainy Saturday afternoon!  Not cuddled up with a blanket and a book, but a two hour drive in the rain with a wet dog!