Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Chocolate Syrup Anyone?

The other morning my kids woke up and I set them up in front of the TV with a cup of dry cereal and went back to bed, (yes, I know, I win for mother of the year). Being pregnant I am extra tired I don't care if it's an excuse. So I go back to bed. I wake up a little while later and the house is eerily quiet. Any mom knows quiet is NOT a good thing. Quiet means there is trouble. So I drag my tired body out of bed to see what my little angels could possibly be doing. I walk silently into the kitchen and that's when I see it.

My children have worked together like a team, they are getting along fabulously, they were quite ingenious really. They have taken 2 plastic bowls, poured cereal into each, moved the stool around to the counter where the chocolate syrup (that I bought for the 1st time the day before) is still sitting. Carter has opened the brand new syrup bottle (he tells me he used a sharp knife to cut the plastic, but he didn't cut himself he proudly states) and proceeded to dump almost the entire contents into these 2 small bowls of cereal. Not only that, but now they are eating these lovely bowls of chocolate filled cereal with spoons that they took out of the drawer.

The looks they give me are priceless. They are mixed with fear (mom will be mad) independence (look what we did all by ourselves) and sheer happiness (chocolate in the morning, doesn't get much better than that). I can't help but laugh as I scold them for eating chocolate in the morning. I pour out their delicious concoction and tell them that I am proud that they worked together. I will take what I can get.

Friday, January 26, 2007

Catch Up

So here I am, finally writing again. There have been a lot of changes in the last few months, but before I delve into that I thought I'd catch you all up on the last few months. After we returned from Scandinavia we decided we needed a nice, relaxing vacation. So we did what we've done for the last 3 years, we went to San Diego. I mean what's more relaxing than a 9-10 hour car ride with 2 young children? Did I mention our tire blew out on us on the 5? What could be more entertaining than standing along a dangerous highway with your husband under the car and your children trying to stay cool in the 100 degree weather under dried brush with used toilet paper all around? The kids are sweating and wanting to touch "stuff" and I'm trying my best to make a game out of it. "Let's see who can squat the longest in the shade" or what's better than a game of I Spy when there's dirt and weeds all around. Now truly, this is my idea of fun!

The trip was a success though. We made it relatively unscathed and stayed with my best friend Amy and her family. They have a beautiful house and our kids are the same age so it was great. We hung out, had some nice meals, and even went to Sea World which was fabulous. The kids were able to see Shamu, eat cotton candy, and Carter even went on his first real roller coaster. It was dark, so I don't think he realized how big and tall the ride really was.
After a few days with our friends we went to Paradise Point and met up with Bill's parents and his sister, Debby, and her family. We had a lot of fun hanging out at the pool, riding bikes, playing on the beach, and so much more. Carter and his cousin Alex have a great time playing together. So even though our trip started out a little rough, in the end (before the LONG drive home) it really was a relaxing, enjoyable vacation.