Sunday, August 31, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Sunday, August 17, 2008
This might show my age but I remember Jiffy Pop being the best, most delicious popcorn around! It was such a treat when my Mom would buy it and we couldn't wait to make it. Putting it on the burner of the stove and shaking it around until the popping stopped and the foil was stretched and filled with wonderfully, buttery tasting popcorn. Yum! It was the best! So when Adam brought some home from a Young Adult camping trip the kids could not wait to make some because they had never had it before. Sorry only microwave popcorn in this house. Now mind you I was upstairs when, with their Dad showing them how to do it, made up a batch of it. I have got to tell you though that when I came downstairs the family room and kitchen were filled with smoke which indicated to me that the popcorn was not going to be that good. I believe it was overdone, there is definitely a technique to Jiffy Pop. So the boys excitedly opened up the foil and tried a few pieces of the dark yellow popcorn and pretty much gagged! Matthew stated that "it was nasty" and Zack said that "it was like eating a cigarette!" Yuck! I think that they will take their microwave popcorn anyday!
Just to set the record straight though I did make up some tonight and mine turned out much better, it was at least edible but it still was not the great tasting stuff I remember from my childhood. It was such a let down. I think that they have come a long way with popcorn!!
Friday, August 15, 2008
Today the neighbor kids came over and picked up Matthew and Zack to bike and Ripstick around the neighborhood. Now mind you we own two Ripsticks; one is Zack's and the other one is Adams. Matthew does not have one and there is a reason. But as I watch the boys go I notice that Matthew leaves on a Ripstick, which concerns me a little because he has only ridden one on flat ground not going down hills and our neighborhood is hilly. He does have a helmet on, which is good and I just yell out "Be safe! Remember we have our trip coming up. Don't do anything stupid, like get yourself hurt!" I have a strange paranioa about when we have a great vacation planned, I am always worried that someone will get injured and somehow it will ruin our fun trip. So two weeks before a trip it is pretty much like walking on egg shells around the house because heaven forbid if you get hurt Mom will be so mad! Oh yeah and by the way you better not get sick either!
Anyways so Matthew and Zack head off with their friends. Not more than 10 minutes later Zack comes running in and tells me that Matthew got hurt. Well of course at first I don't believe him because I did warn him not to get injured but sure enough here is what comes walking through the door-
OK at least he is walking and in this picture he is smiling....that is a good thing! Oh is it bad that I grabbed the camera before wiping him up. Oh well! I do believe his smile though was actually forced though because he was in pain. He apparently was flying down the hill on the Ripstick and did not know how to slow down so he thought if he put his foot down he would be able to stop but unfortunately the Ripstick stopped but he kept going and let his face and hands on the road stop him. Ouch!! He smacked his head pretty hard also but thank goodness he wore a helmet! After some investigating and cleaning his wounds which he had scrapes on his face, hands, shoulder and knees, I also noticed that it had torn up his shirt in the front and a huge hole in the back. He really skidded bad! Luckily it wasn't worse but the poor guy looks like he has been in a fight but at least it won't stop us from going on the cruise! Poor Matthew!!!
It is also lucky that he had his school pictures taken yesterday. Actually though he probably thinks that it would have looked cool to look like this in the picture. Boys!
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
I have a horrible confession to make. In past summers I have never taken my kids to the beach more than 3 times but this summer I made it a goal to make it to the beach more times than what I can count on one hand. Don't I have such high goals!?! But I have surpassed my goal and we really were able to enjoy the beach many times this summer and best of all enjoy it with our friends. It has been wonderful and I am sad to see summer come to an end. Even if I had nothing else planned for the week I at least had Tuesdays (Beach Day) to look forward to. Thanks to all the friends that have made Beach Tuesday the best day of the week! I wanted to add some pictures to remind me of the good times; boogie boarding, playing in the sand, and enjoying others company. Good times...good times!
Matthew and Trevor flying a Winnie the Pooh kite. How sweet!!
Zacks typical "pondering man" pose-
The little ones enjoying themselves
Zack and Branden always with the "thumbs up" sign-
Matthew looking for the perfect wave
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Sunday, August 3, 2008
Here he is with Brandon Harris who played Baloo-
Here he is with Tracy Labrum who played Mary Poppins-
Friday, August 1, 2008
Growing up I really missed out on the fun of having cousins that I was close to. I had cousins (not many) but none of them were very close to us and it wasn't because my parents didn't try. We would go visit them but they never made the effort to visit us or get too close to us so we really missed out on that cousin friendships. I am so happy that my parents have made every effort to make sure that we are all close as siblings and that our kids are really close and my boys have the best cousins. I love it! Their cousins range from my oldest nephew who I believe is 33 down to the youngest who is 8 and there are alot in between. They now have 13 second cousins (and growing) that they have fun with. And I am just talking about my side of the family so they have more from Adam's side. I am so happy that they get to experience these great times with their cousins and to nourish those relationships that mean so much.
We just had two of their cousins stay with us for a week while their Mom was at Girls Camp and we had such a good time. It was fun to have a girl in the house and yes she did bring her Barbies because she knows Aunt Pam loves playing with Barbies...especially Barbie hairdresser. We had a great time swimming, bowling, backyard campout on the trampoline, ripsticking, video game marathons, playing games, etc. I love that my boys love their cousins!!