Saturday, March 27, 2010

Is It Half Full?

What do you think? Half empty or half full? It's kind of deceiving because of the length of the swim lane. I am going with half full - especially in light of the stress of the last week. This pool has to be half full!! I am so happy to say we have cleared our last hurdle with this home - the pool. It doesn't seem like it would be a big deal, but it was huge. Getting it finished was like an act of congress. We are beyond delighted to see water in it. So excited was my boy, that after they had been in the hot tub for about half an hour, Blake proceeded to go to the deep end and jump in with absolutely no warning. He just wandered over there and took the leap at the deepest point. He came up screaming, literally, in the freezing cold water and Daddy pulled him to safety. I don't know what I am going to do with that boy. It's like his brain is a half a step behind his body. We just got that cast off, now I suppose the race is on for his next injury. I guess I am safe for now, as I think he will stay out of the deep end of the cold pool for at least a day or two. He's definitely my gray hair child - as in he will be the one to give it to me.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Welcome the the Funny Farm

Not the best background in the world - a half-done pool being worked on, but the children were being simultaneously cute and funny, so I jumped on it with my camera. They were getting ready for their maiden voyage into the hot tub and started dancing for me. I freeze framed their quirky little moves for me to remember when I am old or simply annoyed. They crack me up.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

The Baby

These are for you CooCoo - who is always commenting on the various looks that Olivia gives to the world. Her latest phrase is, "Just call me Baby..." to anyone who asks her what her name is. Baby sure makes the world more colorful.

BTW - GiGi - she is "talking" to you in this picture:)

Friday, March 19, 2010

My Ladies Man

The kiddies were in fine form yesterday afternoon as I played with my camera. They climbed on the counter of my outdoor kitchen and I was trying to snap them all together. Arabella said, "Let's kiss Blakey!" I got some really sweet pics. These are a couple of my favorites. These are the days when he doesn't mind being sandwiched between two bossy girls. My Little Ladies Man just eats up the loves.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Funny Bunnies

My funny bunnies gave a free live show to the men working on tile today for my pool. Arabella did some kind of improv song about bunnies while Blake jumped around making odd noises from the balcony. Olivia was off to the right whining about something to do with her ya-ya (her blanket) with her signature sour look, so I left her out of our happy bunny picture. Plus, she wouldn't put the bunny ears on when asked - typical Livvy - messing with Mommy's money shot. It is my goal to capture all three of them with rabbit ears before Easter Sunday. It's not to much to ask, right?

Sunday, March 14, 2010

The Heart Beep is Back

Blake has always called his heart beat his 'heart beep' although he hasn't really mentioned it in a while. I would have to go back and dig through my blog (I remember writing about it when he first said it), but it has really been a long time. I would have assumed by now that the 'Queen of the Universe' ( a.k.a. Arabella) had corrected his linguistic error. Apparently, she has not gotten to him yet as the heart beep came back to me tonight. I was tucking him into bed and he said, "Mommy, my tummy is beeping." I said, "Your tummy is beeping? Did you swallow a pager?" He rolled his eyes at me and said, "Mom, no! My heart is what beeps, but I can feel it beeping in my tummy." Silly Mommy. When am I ever going to get it straight? I can admit that a large part of me is thrilled that he still has a 'heart beep.' That means he is still my little man.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Giggly Little Girl Scouts

These little girls got their giggle and their cookie on - literally - last weekend as we trekked to the grocery store to round up some cookie sales for their Daisy Troop. Fortunately, for this girly group, the cookies sell themselves as I am certain if they had to explain or describe the cookies that most people could not understand their 'giggle' language. They were quite cute bouncing and dancing around in their cookie attire and us Mommies had some fun time with each other as well. It was a win-win kind of Sunday morning.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

My Babies

I sent this picture to my Mom and she called me and said that their faces look so serene. I hadn't really noticed it, although I suppose that's why I liked it. I took this over the weekend after a long day of play on the tops of bark and rock piles. I think they were maybe just worn out from their activities, but they do look sweet and serene. I want to freeze them in this state. They are getting entirely too big.

Friday, March 5, 2010

HP, Goblet of Fire Anyone??

I have to preface my story tonight with a little back story. Specifically, some vintage Harry Potter circa Goblet of Fire...If you are still with me and have time on your hands, keep reading. This is the one where the other schools come to have their wizard tri-cup something or other. Remember the scene where the other schools are introduced...I think the girls in the blue capes flitted in first with their butterflies. Then the boys, who were called the sons of something that starts with a 'G' come in banging their big poles and blowing fire while doing gymnastics and looking rather menacing...Anyone still with me? Remember the sound of the poles banging on the wood? It was super loud and rhythmic and oddly soothing...Bam, Bam, Bam, bambambambam. This brings me to tonight...
Blake had to have his cast half redone yesterday because he wore a hole in his heel. Apparently, the boot he was given to protect it, magically disappears and hides. We have had several mysterious disappearances this past week that resulting in the patching incident yesterday. They are going to put a new one on him next week, but knowing he would never make it through nearly 3 weeks, they did the half to get us through the weekend. Anyway, it's a cast upon a cast now - patched together to make the loudest sound ever when he walks without his boot.
Tonight all of the kids were in bed. I was getting glass of wine to go to bed and read with and Gary was tinkering with something in the garage. Suddenly I hear what sounds like the Harry Potter big boys coming down my hall above my head...bam, bam, bam...bambambambam. Gary walked into the house and said, "Blake, are you trying to sneak up on us?" We both just started laughing. The dude couldn't be stealthy right now to save his life. Incidentally, he was coming downstairs because the mohawk we made while brushing his teeth was coming out.
And so it goes...another day in the life of Blake's cast. BTW - this picture is where I found him one afternoon as I was bringing some things into the house from the garage...because where else would you look for your 4 year old son when you can't find him? I need a new hobby.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Watch This Mom!

Blake sat leaning up against the arm of the couch the other night and leaned his back over the edge. He then proceeded to flip his legs over the top of his head and land with a perfect tada! I witnessed this from several feet away with my eyes probably the size of saucers. He then turned to me and said, "Watch this Mom! I can still flip off the couch even with a cast on!" I suppose I should not have been surprised after this little stunt that he would be swimming with the thing on. We went to an indoor swimming pool birthday party. His cast is waterproof so I brought him swim trunks thinking he might like to sit on the steps with his friends. I got him dressed, and he literally went straight into the water and started swimming around like he had no cast. I was so nervous the whole time, but he had the biggest grin on his face for the entire 2 hours we were there - really since he has gotten that thing on his foot. It was pretty hilarious to watch and it must have felt so good for him. I suppose nothing can slow down my little wild man. I wonder how many gray hairs I will acquire in the next 3 weeks of this cast...