Thursday, June 23, 2011

Summer Fun!

We've had lots of Girl Power so far this summer... and it's been AWESOME!!! Here is Phoebe with 2 of her BFFs all dressed up and ready to party!! I took this pic and laughed about how funny it will be to show them it in 10yrs when they are getting dressed for their proms.

Then I realized that might not be much fun... wow. In 10yrs, my baby is going to a junior in high school. She might be a cheerleader, or a drama queen, or President of her class. She of course, is NOT going to boy crazy... right?!?! See, of course NOT!! lol

After a few hours of playing dress-up, coloring, building blocks, cooking in their kitchen... I decided I needed a break :)

I packed up my car with 5 booster seats and headed to the movies! The lady at the concessions stand totally rocked and instead of giving me one big bucket of popcorn, I was able to get 3 bags for the price of a large. That way, we were paired up with a "popcorn buddy". No fights, no whining, no spilled giant bucket of popcorn.

We saw Kung Fu Panda 2. It was cute.

Alyssa was bummed for about a half a minute because she'd already seen it, but she was excited to see it with her friends this time.

Later that night, the other mommy's came over and hubby whipped up some drinks and we tried to watch Knocked Up. I couldn't believe Carolyn had never seen it!! Well, she still hasn't seen it, because the kiddos were kiddos and it was thundering... get it? Yup... knocked up is not a kids movie. Especially the uncut version!

The fun resumed Monday at the Buttonwood Park Zoo with Phoebe's friends and the Toe Jam Puppet Band! If you've never seen or heard of these guys, check it out. They rock!! The kids love their music. They are hilarious!

It's an hour show, every Monday at the zoo 10:30am and 12:30pm, that costs $5 per family plus zoo admission if you don't have the membership. We packed a lunch and had a blast.

Tuesday was the first official Tuesday Pool Day!! Had and Brae came over for the day and we packed up the car and headed over to see our friends. It was a great day. I was able to hang out with the grown ups while the kids splashed around for hours! I actually had to drag them out for a bit to force food into their little bellies... lol

Here are some of the best shots...

There was the general splashing in the pool.

Then there were the brave few who were willing to try to conquer the diving board! With a little hesitation...

Then, they took the jump!!

All in all, it was an amazing day!  
Yesterday, I was able to whip up the rest of the Peanut Butter, Chocolate Chip, Bacon cookies I had prepped Monday. I had my dad over for dinner and laughed and talked and had fun. This was all after catching up a friend during the afternoon and helping her put together some stuff for the very soon to be baby boy :) So happy for them!

Today, Phoebe requested blueberry scones for breakfast and thankfully, while roaming Luzo's yesterday, I grabbed a can of them for a buck! Score... here you go, hunny. I'm loving this summer stuff!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Summer Has Begun... The Planning Stage :)

Summer has officially begun and we survived our first full day playdate. Actually, the mom's decided that the playdate wasn't really over after the movies and met up in Claire's for a little shopping with the girls. My kiddos ended up with 11 more headbands... mostly for dress-up, but some are really cute. How could I resist? They were 10 for $10!!

We came home, ate, and the mommies all headed to the meeting at the school, for the Suessical Jr musical production they will be doing next fall. Tryouts were this past week and although Phoebe didn't really practice very much, her best friend kicked some serious butt and scored the understudy role of one of the leads... YAY, Hadleigh!!

Anyway, after hanging out there chatting, we decided that maybe a drink would be nice. So I headed to liquor store, stocked the bar and had hubby mix us some drinks. OK, so we were all done after one drink and then they couldn't leave, because in order to safely drive the kids home, there needed to be a little rest period. hehe

Well, it's now 9am the next morning and I think that one of the kids FINALLY woke up!! They never ever EVER sleep this late. Especially, on a day that I can sleep late too. But the dog decided that I still couldn't sleep and woke me up at 8am. Oh well.

We've been working on our Summer List like Meg and Laura and I think we have a pretty good start at this point. Not sure if we will be able to complete it all, but I can hope :)

The Summer List 2011
  1. Blueberry Picking
  2. Spend a night in a hotel
  3. Visit the Boston Science Museum
  4. Make a Lemonade Stand
  5. Library Trips
  6. Go Camping - we are staying in a tent (a HUGE tent!) for an entire week this summer :)
  7. Teach the kiddos how to ride their bikes
  8. Water Balloon Fight
  9. Watch the New Bedford Bay Sox play - I have to be medical coverage for a few games, but I want to bring the kids to at least one other one
  10. Hike some trails
  11. Go the the Freetown Water Park
  12. Make ice cream
  13. Go to a Drive-In Movie - with the kids!!
  14. Fishing
  15. Watch Fireworks
  16. Have a Bake Sale
  17. Play Mini Golf
  18. Go to Storytime
  19. Go to a Fair
  20. Have a Tea Party
  21. Have a picnic at the beach/park
  22. FINALLY - Get a Family Portrait!!! We've never had one :(
That's it for now. I'm excited. I know it doesn't seem that thrilling, but for me, it's huge!! I took the summer off to be with my family and I want to make the most of it. I can NOT wait!!

Bring it on Summer!!

Addition of Potentially Weekly Events:
  1. Pool Tuesday!
  2. Treat Tuesday - yes, Phoebe saw this on Meg's list and wouldn't drop it... lmao 
  3. Pool at Aunt Sue's Fridays :)
  4. Slumber Party in the Sunroom

Friday, June 17, 2011

Summer Has Begun!

So yesterday was the last day of school for the girls and hubby... my last day was Wednesday "officially". I will be doing work throughout the summer per diem and stuff that I have lingering at the school.

Today I offered to watch 2 of the girls best friends and then it occurred to me that another one of their friends doesn't get to come over very often and took advantage of taking her, as well. Ummm... yeah, that makes for 5 little girls. I thought we could go to the playground or the park, or even the beach. It would be awesome! BUT we do live in New England so, of course, it's raining.

They've played with the kitchen stuff.

They've played legos.

They've played baby dolls.

They've eaten breakfast and lunch.

They've dressed up in EVERYTHING!! I took a picture and I will be keeping it forever... well, at least until they are 16yrs old and getting ready for a high school prom. Very scary thought... that's only 10yrs away!!

Now, we are getting ready to go to the movies.

I will be bringing 5 girls 4-7yrs old to the movies ALONE! I am hoping that they are going to cooperate and get along. I am hoping that I will be able to watch the movie. I am really hoping that no one needs to go to the bathroom!! lmao

Wish me luck - ok :)

I love these kiddos! I love that I have such amazing friends and they have such amazing kids. I love that I have people to discuss my frustrations and concerns about my girls, who truly understand and don't judge.

Oh well, gotta go get dressed for the movies. I would be lying if I said I wasn't nervous, but hey I've been a chaperone on more field trips than I can count... this can't be much different, right? Good thing I have their teachers' number... hehe

Sunday, June 12, 2011

All Better

Phew... sorry about the last post. I wasn't in the best of moods.

I don't know how people like to go out and "Get wasted!!" I never liked that feeling. Well, ok, I liked that feeling in undergrad after I injured my shoulder. Then again, I think just about any other feeling was better than that initial pain. Actually, come to think of it, maybe it's just shoulder pain in general that I have issues with.

Anyway, I'm off the meds and mostly better. Today I even managed to put on a pair of jeans (without a belt) and SIT DOWN!! woohoo!!

This weekend has been insane. We had birthday parties, a retirement party, a baptism, AND a baby shower. I'm tired just thinking about it all. The cool part was that I was able to wear a couple of dresses, show off some new shoes, and spend a lot of time with wonderful people.

I still have a few more weeks before I can really workout, but until then, I will continue to do some low impact stuff around the house. I can't lift more than 20lbs, but tomorrow I think I will be doing a toning workout for my arms and shoulders. I figure as long as I stabilize with a chair or a bench to take the stress off my core for the most part, I can't do any damage. I just have to start making positive changes.

I have a couple more days of work before I am done for the summer. I have to admit, I'm excited... but nervous. Missing 9 paychecks seems a little scary right now, but I'm sure we'll manage. We always do... somehow.

Going to go settle on the couch with my hubby now. Haven't seen much of him this weekend and although last night was fun getting out with him, I pretty came home and crashed instantly following the retirement party. I'm such a pathetic thing this week... lol. Oh well, everyone keeps telling me I have to take care of myself.

Gonna go do that :) Good night!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Man, oh man...

So, I'm officially "recovering" from surgery. Gallbladder is gone!

The stupid part is that the area that is killing me the most, wasn't even touched!! I am having pretty severe pain in my shoulder. Now, the nurse told me yesterday, not to be surprised if I have pain in my shoulder. She said that the increased pressure on my diaphragm can cause referred pain to the shoulder. No problem, right? Well, it is a problem! I don't like pain in my shoulder :(

I can handle the pain in my abdomen... you know, where the freaking surgery took place!

I can't deal with the stabbing pain in my shoulder for no apparent reason. It doesn't hurt when I move it and not hurt if I'm just sitting there, like an injury pain should feel. NO! It just decides to hurt whenever the hell it wants to!

Oh, I'm also not a very good medicine taker. I never take medicine. I may occasionally take 600 mg of ibuprofen for a headache or an allergy tablet when my eyes feel like they are going to fall out of my head, but I don't take anything regularly. I can't even remember to take a multi-vitamin, so I gave them up.

But the doctor gave me the hard stuff. A narcotic painkiller. Doesn't that sound bad?? I started taking 1/2 a pill yesterday twice. Then 1 full tablet at bedtime... just in case. Today my shoulder started to hurt a LOT so I took 2. NOT good!!! Now, I have some pain in my shoulder AND I feel drugged. How do people like this feeling?!?

Oh well, going to take a cold shower, drink some coffee, eat something, and pray to God that this wears off soon! My baby girl graduates from Preschool 3 tonight and I would really like to enjoy it :)

Was going to write a post about her growing up, etc, but to be honest... not focused enough to look through pics and stuff. Check it out tomorrow though :) Should even have video!

Wish me luck... and check out the status of the 99/100 Summer 2011 Run Challenge