We had a nice day with our sweet little girl. I made a birthday crown for her in the attempt to start a new family tradition. I thought it would be fun to have a new one with each birthday. I made it based off of a tutorial on the "Skip to my Lou" blog but realized I seriously need some sewing lessons. It was supposed to have a "6" sewn on the front but I didn't want to mess it up anymore than I already had. Instead, we glued hearts on the front to hide the botched sewing. She looked great coming but not so great going as you could see all the stitch lines!! :)
When Doug got home from his trip to Atlanta for Alaina's graduation (Yeah, Lainey!!), we went out to eat at Claim Jumpers (Anna's selection) and then home for a little present action. She had been waiting for the presents since she got up that morning. She got a ton of fun gifts from Granny and PawPaw, Mommy, Daddy, Lauren, Jacob, Auntie Jan and Uncle Mike, and Grandma Ruth.
I really think it's going to be one of those days.
We've been up since about 2:30 this morning. That's really not so bad considering we planned to be up at 3:00. Doug just left for the airport and his flight to Atlanta. He'll be attending Alaina's graduation this evening in Peachtree City. We're so happy for her. I just wish we all could have gone.
As for those of us still here in CA, we have a "fun" day ahead of us as well. Lauren is coming down with what Anna had. This always happens on a Friday. There's nothing quite like a visit to urgent care over the weekend. Anna is responsible for her class snack today, a special one since it's to celebrate her birthday. Her homework for the month (which we haven't finished yet) is due today. Jacob woke everyone up, smiled a lot, sucked on his toes, and then went back to sleep. As for me, I'm supposed to sit in our new and empty house (which we still don't have the key for) while waiting for AT&T to install phone/DSL lines. I don't know if sit is the proper word since I'll have the kids with me. So, probably not much sitting going on. Of course, AT&T was very helpful and told us they would be at the house sometime between 8:00 this morning and 8:00 this evening. I'm hoping they'll narrow things down for me today when I call again. I'd really like to get Lauren into the clinic this morning which requires a call at 7:00 and AT&T won't talk to me until 8:00. So, I'm just waiting to see what happens. In the meantime, I've baked 3 pans of brownies for Anna's class, packed the truck for a day in an empty house, made a few paper flowers, and am cutting out some paper birds for Anna's party on Sunday. I finally settled on a theme and it's all about birds!
In other news, I'm pretty excited about my delivery from FedEx yesterday. For Christmas, my step-mom told me she just wanted a print-out of my blog. I decided to take it a step further and turn it into a book. I finally got around to doing just that two weeks ago. I guess there's nothing like Christmas in June! :) Anyway, Blurb offers a "slurping" option and draws directly from your blog to populate a book for you. Of course, you need to go back in and make it look the way you want it to look. I was really hoping I would be pleased with the quality as I started thinking this would be a great replacement for the family photo album. Two summers ago, I spent Doug's entire deployment putting together 15 years worth of photos into chronological order in albums. I never got around to journaling anything in them and always meant to go back and do it. With this book it already has a post for most daily happenings. As I didn't start blogging until April of last year, I went back and added "faux posts" for the important events I missed. I also really love how compact and light the book is....our album for 2007 must weigh 15 pounds and should really be separated into 2 albums. It's also very affordable! I've spent hundreds of dollars having pictures printed to put into our albums. I always have too many printed and then have 8 billion left over photos that we just stick in a drawer. Blurb offers several options. I chose their most expensive which was the hardcover image wrap with premium paper. With tax and shipping, it was only $75 and I don't have a box full of photos to contend with. Overall, I was very pleased with Blurb, the quality of the book, and the speed of their printing and shipping. I've already "slurped" this year's worth of posts into their software and am going to try and keep it updated through the year. Doug took the book with him on his flight today but here are a few shots I snapped yesterday evening.
Anyway, since everyone was a bit better today, after I picked Anna up from school, we ran to the party store. The girls asked if they could get a toy. I asked them if they had any money. Anna said she had $2 at home. Lauren responded, "I have 4." "Four dollars?", I asked. "No", she said, "4 pennies." I told them they could each get something for $1 or less. As soon as we walked in the door, Lauren called to me and said she had found what she wanted. I walked back to take a look but fortunately "Flaming Tiki Heads" cost a lot more than $1. I finally got them back on track and we managed to leave with a few party hats and two baseballs. Now to get the cake ordered.... Here's a parting shot of our son "Stay out of his face."
Lauren ran up to me and said, "Mommy, I counted to eleventeen!"
Anna informed me that God must have given Jacob a smiley bone since he smiles so much.
Watching the Memorial Day concert, Anna said, "Hey, there's the Statue of Delivery!"
Doug has been buying different vitamins for the girls. The last batch he came home with was a jar of Flintstone multivitamins. The girls are always anxious to see "who" they got. This morning, Anna picked hers up and said, "Oh, I got Bob again." Bob, Fred, same difference.
Lauren told me she was the cops and she was going to "re-lest" me.
According to Anna, 1+1=One for each.
We were playing outside and Lauren kept saying, "Mommy, I'm spoiled. I am spoiled!" Again, spoiled, boiling, same difference.
We went out for lunch at Utopia Grill last week, next to Ruby Tuesday's. Anna read the Ruby Tuesday's sign and said, "Mommy, Daddy, I want to go to Rubby Tuesday's instead." We stuck with Utopia Grill though and while Doug was ordering for us, the girls perused the different drink choices. Anna read the options for Lauren. They came back to the table and Lauren informed me she wanted a "Month Dew" while Anna would be having a "Dr. Pepper Diet". We finally got our sandwiches and mine and Doug's came with the long toothpicks that hold the sandwich together. The girls wanted to play with them. Anna kept trying to get Lauren's so she would have two. Lauren offered it but then kept taking it back. Anna finally decided she'd had enough and said, "Fine, Miss Snippy Pants, just keep it!!"
I've been putting Jake's feet together and touching his belly with them. Every time I do it, I say, "Namaste". I overheard Anna the other day while doing the same moves but instead she said, "Nama-steak!"
I noticed the girls seemed extra tired the other morning when we got up. Before too long, Anna told me, "Mommy, we watched an entire episode of Little Bill last night." I knew they hadn't watched it before we went to bed. So, I asked her when she had watched it. She told me they had both gotten out of bed (I tucked them in 3 times that night) after I went to sleep and watched it in the playroom. I was shocked and asked, "So, what time did you finally go to bed?" She responded, "I don't know. I don't know how to tell time yet!"
Sweet Jacob was ready to go and wondering what was taking so stinkin' long. Then it appeared the girls must have grown overnight and so the straps needed to be adjusted. Between you and me I don't believe they sprouted. I think it could have something to with all the stroller rides that the puppies and dolls have been taking in the past week. Finally, ready to go.
Then I felt like I was encased in concrete. It has been a while you know. We jogged a little and walked a little. It was a beautiful day but already getting super hot. I wasn't sad that there were a lot of stops along the way.
We had to stop for flowers which according to Anna were painted by fairies.
We had to stop at the dog park to watch the doggies play. I was finally getting into it and jogging a bit more but after Lauren screamed and cried for 2.5 blocks for us to turn around for a snail she had seen we decided to stop for a park break and of course, snails.
After the party, we dropped the girls off at home with the baby sitter and headed to the game. We didn't realize it was a family event but Anna and Lauren weren't disappointed to be left behind. They love our new babysitter and so they didn't even stop to say goodbye as we headed out the door.
I have to say that I'm super impressed with the company that Doug is now working for. When he first began work, they sent a basket of chocolates and cheeses to me, as well as a shirt and laptop case to him. On his birthday he received a handwritten card from the owner. Last night, the company rented out the "Homerun Terrace" at Raley Field. It was so much fun. We had our own little patio with food and drinks. Everytime a vendor came by, the owner or his daughter grabbed them and would walk down the row of lawn chairs asking if anybody needed anything. They were so friendly and genuine. I asked Doug if he could just work there forever or if he could get them to hire me!! (On a side note: I've gone back to shooting ocassionally with our little point-and-shoot as it's so much easier to carry around in the diaper bag.)This isn't the greatest picture of Jacob but I loved his little outfit. It was boiling hot and I took the overalls off of him. This is the only shot of him wearing it.Now this is the way to watch a baseball game. I don't ever want to go back to the bleachers!! Here's a shot from last weekend. Our friend Simone is moving to D.C. and Trish organized a going-away luncheon at Crush 29 in Roseville. The food and company were both fantastic. If you haven't been to Crush 29 yet, I recommend it. (Again, thanks to Trish for the shot.)
Speaking of videos, when I signed on to check my e-mail this morning I came across this little gem on Yahoo!. It was too funny not to share. Californians beware!