Wednesday, October 20, 2010

worth it

the morning we were supposed to leave for california, i got a flat tire.  it was 6:45 in the morning and i had two very excited kids in the car ready to go pick up their cousins (jack opted out of this trip, as he really didn't want to miss school.  that's right, jack didn't want to miss school).  we had to wait for triple a to come put the spare on, then go to discount tire and wait for them to repair the tire and then we were off again to christine's house.  once at christine's, we started loading up the car and put a car seat covered in ants into the back seat.  we resolved that problem and were finally on our way at 10:30.  oh, and finn fell out of the car and landed on his head while we were at christine's, too.  good, good times.  the car ride there was hilarious, as expected with potty breaks, snack needs, ruby brushing her teeth with the world's tiniest toothbrush, dropping pencils, needing books, singing along to mary poppins, etc.  i owe christine big-time for taking on the role of kid wrangler.  while at the beach, we had a frightening experience with an amazon spider and, of course, another ridiculous ride home with 4 kids under 5 and 2 moms.  
and, yet, all things considered, it was totally worth it.  i'll take all the madness in exchange for the ocean, sand, fresh air and cloudy skies.  and my kids will forever have the very best memories of being at the beach with their cousins.  i just need to remind myself to laugh at the crazy and enjoy all the rest.

thursday night christine and i stayed up after the kids were in bed and ate hippo cookies (we didn't have to share them with any little moochers), drank wine, watched project runway and sewed.  try not to be too jealous of us...  anyway, despite my sewing machine deciding to die on me, i made these hilarious pants for mr. finn (which pete told me are "so P.R.), sewed up a nifty little wallet and started a christmas present that i am quite excited about.  so, our trip was fun and productive... but mainly just fun.

yes, its always worth it.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

its more fun at the beach

last week, on somewhat of a whim, christine and i decided to pack up the kids and head to the beach.
our first day actually at the beach ruby kept saying, "mom, its more fun at the beach."
ruby, i have to agree.

we came across the loveliest statues on our walk...

while we were sitting in the sand, enjoying having the beach all to ourselves, a woman walked by who we had seen earlier in the day on our walk downtown.  she shouted to us, "i think you are having the ideal day!"  
i think she was right.

and, in case you were wondering, here is what happens to my kids when you say "hippo cookies"...

could life be any better than eating hippo cookies in your jammies with cousins late in the evening under the bright lights of dad's donuts?
i think not.

Friday, October 8, 2010

oh, happy.

we finally got our new computer up and running and nicely set up in our front room instead of the hot, stuffy little closet we used to use as a computer room.  it makes me very happy every time i walk out and see it - not just having a new computer, but the entire new set-up makes me smile.  and it is kind of crazy how much faster this new (to us) mac is.  it almost makes me sick to think how long it used to take me to do things that now take me a fraction of the time.  now when i sit at the computer there are lovely pictures above it, the mountain out my window and crazy kids all around me.  good stuff.