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Fun Days-Catching Up September 3, 2012

Filed under: Family,Fun and Games,On the Road — themamabeth @ 2:22 pm

I started this post two  three weeks ago. We’ve been busy!

We don’t have a lot of very busy days. We live in a sleepy little town where not a lot goes on.

Yesterday morning I desperately wanted to get out of the house. I usually like my house very much and am quite content there, but yesterday it felt like the walls were closing in on me. So right after breakfast we packed up and headed out. I toyed with the idea of going to town-about an hour away-but I changed my mind and we went to the park instead. (Full disclosure: I put air in my tires and according to the gauges on my dashboard, they were overinflated. I was too scared to drive on them. Jake ended up fixing it for me later.) We might live in a small town, but there is no shortage of parks. We went to the closest one to our house this time, the one Adeline calls the caterpillar park.

When we got there the park was empty-bonus! But right after I found a good shady spot for the baby and the big kids took off to play, another family showed up. Four kids, two adults, and then I saw him. This guy…looked like the Joker from Batman. Green mohawk, facial tattoos, the whole works. Adeline saw him and asked me about him, and I told her that he was someone’s dada, and she was fine with that and went on her way. He brought his kids over-two little boys and a little girl. I kept an eye on him for a couple of minutes, but it didn’t take long for him to go from the semi-creepy guy to just another dad in the park. I felt bad for judging but he was not someone I recognized from around town and there’s not really any reason for someone who doesn’t live here to be here. I desperately wanted to ask him if his life was impacted by the shootings in Aurora since that guy labeled himself the Joker, but I figured that would be rude. When I told my mom about him, her guess was that he’s a rockstar and was visiting our town to stay incognito.


The same night as our park visit, we met up with some friends down by the town corrals to barbeque and let the kids ride the horses. The kids were so incredibly thrilled. Lucy still talks about it.

Adeline rides!

Neigh! All she talks about now are the neighs.



At the museum.

Then the kids and I took a trip to Phoenix to stay with my mom, and visited the children’s museum and a splash park. We came home sick from that trip, so not much has gone on since we’ve been home.

Sick kids.

The kids and I leave again on Wednesday for another week in Phoenix, this time to stay at my dad’s. Then we have another looong trip scheduled for the end of September into October.


July 4 July 5, 2012

Filed under: Family,Fun and Games — themamabeth @ 12:57 pm

Man, what a day.

We live in a tiny, tiny town, but the 4th of July is a big deal around here. I don’t really know why, but there you go.

This morning started out with a parade-do most places have parades at 8:30 in the morning?  Especially this year with the clouds and cooler than normal temperatures, I think a 10 AM start would have been nice. But anyway, we got up and managed to get all five of us, plus the puppy, out the door and to the main street in time to actually see the whole thing. The whole thing meaning about ten vehicles, and a good deal of those were people who are up in the next election. The puppy did well for her first trip out of the yard. There were a couple of sit down and refuse to walk episodes, and at one point I just stuck her in Lucy’s lap in the stoller, but mostly she did pretty well. The whole thing-leaving, walking to the main street, watching the parade, stopping at the store for breakfast donuts and then walking home-took less than an hour. There’s just something about seeing everyone come out like that though, just to watch this dinky parade, that makes me love this place even more.

We brought the kids home with grand plans for the day-free bowling! Free swimming! But I ended up taking a nap while Jake caught up on his DVRed shows. My nap was cut sadly short though, when Lucy started yelling from her room.  Her nap had turned into her getting into things (oh I miss the crib). She had put on seven of Hazel’s onesies, and then had both of her arms stuck through the sleeve of the eighth. Needless to say, I’m moving Hazel’s clothes to a shelf in the closet after that fun experience.

The real fun was supposed to be this afternoon, a whole festival was set up with food and games and all sorts of excitement. We loaded everyone up again and got one house down when we realized the sky was looking very ominous and then it started thundering. We’re nothing if not flexible though, so we just moved everyone into the car, figuring like most other days, it was just a teaser and everything would blow over. By the time we got to the festival (two minutes) we were watching cloud to ground lightening hit all around us and it started to rain. Pretty much we parked as everyone else was leaving. I feel bad for the organizers, they had to have put so much work into that, only to have it ruined by the weather. Who would guess that the fourth of July in Arizona would be nearly cancelled by rain? Poor Adeline was so disappointed, she had been so looking forward to the Fourth of July party and the cake she was certain they would have. Once we got her home and got some dinner in her, she felt better.

Jake’s brother came over after he got of work to grill and watch fireworks. He’s Adeline’s favorite uncle, so that improved her day vastly. She bounced back and forth between watching her usual evening shows (current favorite: Godzilla-The Original Animated Series, 1978. She calls it Edzillo) and running outside to hang out with the boys. The timing seemed to work out for her to have one of her shows end right as the fireworks were supposed to start, but they were running late and we found out Adeline’s patience runs out at just about exactly 10 minutes. She lost interest in fireworks and came back inside. I was hoping the babies would both sleep through, but no such luck with Lucy. Poor thing was so scared she was shaking. Being outside was unacceptable, but she would watch them from the living room window (seriously-small town FTW).  It took quite some time to convince her to go back to bed. I hope next year it is fun for her. Hazel slept through, the dogs seemed unconcerned, but I haven’t seen one of the cats since the fireworks started. The other cat is doing that big-eyed jump at every sound thing, I hope he can relax before he gives himself an ulcer.


Camping! April 30, 2012

Filed under: Family,Fun and Games,Life Is Good,On the Road — themamabeth @ 11:50 pm

Years and years ago, I went camping. It was absolutely awful; the first night it stormed like crazy. I’m not a fan of storms when I am in a nice solid house, so being in a tent, in the woods, didn’t go over so well. And then after the storm finally stopped and someone came to see if I wanted to spend the rest of the night in their trailer? I was convinced they were actually a murderer that was going to kill me since the storm didn’t. The following day was wet and miserable, and then that night was full of drunk ATV riders who were shooting guns into the air. It was miserable and I swore never, ever again.

Then I went and married a Camping Person. I had managed to avoid it even being an issue the entire time we lived in Phoenix since camping isn’t exactly a convenient hobby down there. Even the first year we lived up here the idea was thrown around and shot down over and over, until he met The Camping People. His friends are campers, frequent and enthusiastic campers. Before this weekend, Adeline had been camping twice, which meant in her three years of life, she had been camping twice as much as I had in my thirty years. So, to even the field a bit, I agreed to go camping for a weekend. Me, Jake, two toddlers, and infant, and a small dog.

We went a day before the rest of them, because I knew that the frenzy of everyone showing up and setting up would make me crazy. The drive down was interesting to say the least, the road stops being paved and then stops being a road. Poor Lucy got carsick about six seconds before I could get t her, and had to make more than half of the drive draped in receiving blankets because I couldn’t get to the extra clothes. She glared at me for a few miles and then fell asleep. As much as it was lost on the kids, the drive really is pretty.


Once we got there, all was forgiven when we let them out to play in the river and get as muddy as their little hearts desired.

We made hotdogs for dinner and even had a little campfire.

The next morning I took the kids for a walk (as much of a walk that you can take two toddlers on when there’s no clear path) and they got to play and play. Everything was going well until…

After everyone else showed up, Lucy kind of lost it a bit. There were lots of loud vehicles that she found terrifying, and then there were the dogs-oh, the dogs. She loved the dogs, but with the excitement of being there, and the fear of the engines she was freaking out.  There was just so, so much going on. The baby wouldn’t settle down, Lucy was constantly taking off, it was loud and hectic. There wasn’t a single second I could relax, mostly from trying to keep Lucy from getting overly friendly with some poor dog. That kid is relentless in her love of dogs, but I am quite sure most of them don’t return her affection. All of them tolerated her though, without even a hint of annoyance. Even the dog we knew was not particularly kid-friendly was fine. But following her around and redirecting her from those dogs was exhausting.  This was probably one of the first times since Hazel was born that I really felt how outnumbered we are by these children.  I couldn’t figure out how any of it was supposed to be fun. That night though, went better. It was warmer and I don’t know if I was just exhausted or more relaxed (riiiight…) but I got some actual sleep, even though the arrangement of me and all the kids plus the dog in the smaller bed repeated itself despite our best efforts.

Sunday morning we were the first ones up (sweet Lucy woke up at 5:30) and Jake agreed we could pack up and go home. We got everything packed up by the time the others woke up. There were less people at this point, since not everyone from the day before stayed overnight. I figured we’d eat and go, but the kids started playing and everything was just calmer and (I’ll admit it) fun. I actually got to sit and talk a little bit, and the kids were having a blast. Jake’s friends have this fantastic lab that Lucy was just head over heels for, and it was so fun watching her run around yelling “doggie!” and I swear she added two new words over the weekend-wait and the dog’s name.  The entire atmosphere was so much calmer, everything was easier and the day actually went by really quickly. Since we had packed up first thing, when we were ready to go, we just left. It wasn’t a bad way to end the trip. I was still very, very happy to be home though.

All in all, it was a good time. Jake’s (I guess I should say our) friends are just Good People. I’m still not declaring myself a Camping Person, but I’m willing to give it a few more tries to see if it grows on me.


The Elf December 3, 2011

Filed under: Fun and Games — themamabeth @ 4:25 pm

This year I broke down and bought an Elf on the Shelf.


We’ve read the story a couple of times, but the concept doesn’t quite click yet. I think Adeline is still just a little too new to the concept of Christmas to really get it yet. I think we’re going to keep up with it though, and then next year it will be really fun.


Our elf’s name is Carol (or it might be Carrot, there’s some argument there) and she is a she. So far, she’s only told Santa not to step on the dog. I’m not really pushing the “report on the behavior” thing.


So far, Carol/Carrot has decorated the Christmas tree and played the xbox.

The tree is decorated!Playing the xbox.



Halloween 2011 November 2, 2011

Filed under: Fun and Games,Life Is Good — themamabeth @ 3:58 am

This is only the second year since we’ve had kids that we’ve done Halloween. Adeline’s first Halloween was also the day we found out we were expecting Lucy, and we went to a friend’s to hang out.

Last year we didn’t do anything, Adeline was too little to care and we lived in a scary part of town, not somewhere that walking around with two little kids after dark was a good idea.

This year, though? We did it. Decorations, a carnival, a pumpkin, trick-or-treating, the works.

Apparently trick-or-treat doesn’t start until late here, so we only went to six houses. Adeline got a kick out of all the kids coming to get candy. I think the whole dressing up part totally went over her head. But she had fun with her butterfly cos-spoon and is still talking about Have-a-bean.


Swimming! May 28, 2009

Filed under: Baby Cakes,Fun and Games — themamabeth @ 7:48 pm
We took Baby Cakes swimming yesterday. It took us longer to get ready to go than it took us to actually swim. I’m pretty sure Jake put over half of the tube of sunscreen on her, and even after being in the pool and having a bath she still smells like Aveeno Baby.
We were only in the water for fifteen minutes or so. It was too windy and there were some ominous looking clouds moving in.

I was pretty sure going into it that she’d hate the whole experience. She doesn’t dig cold water-her baths have to be really warm for her to be happy. But, she had a great time. She kicked and splashed and wasn’t scared. Jake and I both managed to have her face drop into the water just a bit which didn’t phase her in the least. All in all, it was fun and something we’ll be doing again.