Apr 4, 2011

A Day Out, A Night Out


In the midst of organizing, the kids loved playing in the tubs.
Colin is never without his drool.


This lasted about 10 seconds!


Lillian and Mikey have a new baby sister who apparently likes to be awake all night, so to give Jessica a break as well as give all the kids a chance to play together, we had some visitors for a awhile last week. They are old enough to really entertain each other, so that's great for me : ) It was really fun listening to them play "Simon Says." Here's what I would hear.
"Simon says....run to the kitchen!!"
Everyone runs to the kitchen.
"Simon didn't saaaaaay!"
"Yes he did."
"No he didn't"
Repeat all.



He loves to hold legs.


Always with a wet shirt : )


This was his new facial expression for a couple of days.


Giddy-up, Daddy! I'm glad that's a Daddy's job.


This picture is sideways, but I've been cleaning everything out as I've mentioned. And going through the craft stuff, I had to make a painful but necessary decision. These are all cross-stitches I've begun over the last 10 years. Now if I make one for someone else, I always finish it. But these were all projects for me. And there is a consistency here- each one is about 1/4 done before I start another one. I didn't realize it until I had them all out together. So my decision is that they will never be finished. In fact a couple of these are definitely out of fashion and don't match our house anymore. However, I did keep just one if I got the urge to make those fun little x's again. But I won't be searching the aisles for more, especially when I rarely have time to work on quilting, which I really love right now.



Last Friday night, I got to go out with friends!! We met for dinner at Mimi's which was very delicious, and all rode together to Grand Prairie to go to a one woman show called "Mother Load." We then went out for dessert and chatted until the yawns made us call it quits.


In the theater- Kelly, April, Kim, Me, Melissa. This is technically the make-up of our book club.
I honestly think you cannot find a better group of women than this. Everyone is a devoted wife and mom. Everyone has a distinct personality. And most importantly, there is total respect between us all- no one ever, ever speaks with anything but love toward each other, whether that person is present or not. There's never jealousy about who hung out with who. Everyone is given the benefit of the doubt in every situation. Sure, everyone has quirks, but those are celebrated. Also, if someone has a new baby, everyone else organizes meal help, showers, etc. People in this group have gone out of their way to do me a favor, driven 45 min. to drop something off. Interested in a particular topic? Someone might e-mail you a link or a flyer. Their generosity is endless. We know each other's wishes, hopes, and troubles. Everyone in this group really listens. And no one is afraid to announce on a regular basis how important this group is to them. Each time we meet, I love them even more! : )


The stage set was pretty funny. A very messy living room. Throughout her 90 minute show, she gradually picked up the room as she talked. Then at the end, she dumped it all back out even worse than before- made us laugh and cringe at the same time : ) I laughed so much during this play and even had a single tear at the end.


If you are interested in Amy Wilson's book, it's basically making sense of motherhood in a comical way, and recognizing the pressures, both realistic and not realistic that are put on us every day. It's called When Did I Get Like This? The Screamer, the Worrier, the Dinosaur-Chicken-Nugget Buyer & Other Mothers I Swore I'd Never Be.
(long title)
Her blog is also really funny! Mother Load: The Blog


On Saturday we had a rare section of time all together, so we took the kids to Grapevine Botanical Gardens. It's basically like a free, really well-cared for park!


We found a little creek, and with a lot of convincing, each girl climbed down the embankment to get close up.





Near the section called "Compost Corral" where they exhibited different ways to compost. Not so exciting, but it was interesting.






Getting sneaky over there.










Chloe really, really wanted to help clean the bathtub and who am I to turn her down?


For the last few years, I've seen a type of coffee table I really like. But every time I've looked them up, they are way out of our price range and the kids needed the floor space anyway. Lately we've been moving their little table and chairs set all around (more to do) and they could really use a bigger space to play without scattering the floor with everything they own. I also really wanted some storage in the den without buying a new tv cabinet. So I searched through literally hundreds of Craig's List ads the other day and ran across this! I knew it wouldn't match our stuff, but I've just had it in my head for so long, I figured we could always paint it later. So for $60 from our "Household" budget, it was ours! It's been great so far.


Not a movie star, but a star in his right in the classical music world. The famous conductor, Leonard Slatkin happened to be in town last weekend and was snagged to rehearse the Lone Star Wind Orchestra accompanied by an interview afterward. He really made the group sound wonderful, and it was really interesting to see which things he chose to rehearse, how he worded something or directed it to improve it, etc. It was a great experience. In the meantime, our upcoming concert should be a lot of fun! We're playing a couple of standards (Holst's 2nd Suite and Reed's Armenian Dances, a piece that sounds like it stepped out of the Batman movies, a really neat modern piece that steals from ancient music, one called "Eviler Elves" and a couple of famous tunes with one of the world renowned euphonium player, Brian Bowmen, who was Dax's professor years ago. If you would like to come, it's Sunday, April 17 at 2:30 at the Eisemann Center in Richardson. Tickets are from $10-$40. BUT! If that's not doable, then for the first time ever, you can watch the concert live!!!
Tune in a few minutes before the downbeat at www.banddirector.com.

Our conductor does a short interview here about the concert!

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