When free isn’t such a good deal

September 18, 2009 at 2:55 pm (Grrr!, Kids)

Don't we look happy?!

Don't we look happy?!

The only channel I let my kids watch at home is PBS Kids. I like that the shows are only on for a limited amount of time, and when they’re over the kids have no problem turning off the tv(for some reason they are not too eager to watch Sit and Be Fit!). I also like that there are no commercials and no violence. There’s also very little adult content, with the exception of Sesame Street, which I think tries a little too hard to be hip.

We waited in line for those BK crowns!

We waited in line for those BK crowns!

Right before school started, PBS sponsored a Back to School day at the Children’s Museum. It included free admission to the museum, crafts for the kids, plus a goody bag. I thought this might be a fun little Saturday adventure for us. Not so much. First off, you had to complete a kind of scavenger hunt to get the goody bag, so my kids didn’t see much o the museum because I was obsessed with filling out their cards (I promise I won’t take over their science fair projects, but we were in a time crunch!). Once we finished all of the cards, we didn’t even want to stay around because there were just way too many people. Also, the crafts and activities offered weren’t really set up for a billion people to participate. We didn’t even get any popcorn because I just couldn’t wait in the line. I think that I have to remind myself that I don’t really like people, so I need to stay away from crowded events. 

Don't worry, Ben was there too!

Don't worry, Ben was there too!

I think most times we would be better off paying the price of admission and having a little space to ourselves. I won’t even tell you about last Saturday’s sneak preview of a certain children’s movie. Suffice it to say that Doug was not a happy camper when there was a line, too many tickets, and not enough seats! Although, next week PBS is sponsoring a free screening of the new National Parks documentary at Mission San Jose. There will even be lots of fun activities for the kids…

Just like Disney World

Just like Disney World

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Neutral Territory

September 17, 2009 at 8:48 am (Road Trips)

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We decided to take a little road trip up to Dallas over the Labor Day week-end. We thought it was important for Afton to experience a little thing we like to call BYU Fooball! This was much more successful than Samuel’s introduction to college football last year!

Afton wasn't so excited by the big finish!
Afton wasn’t so excited by the big finish!

I have to say, everything about this year’s trip was better than last year’s trip (except that we didn’t get to see Mike and Ingrid this year!).  The game was on a Saturday so there was no rush hour traffic, we got to see Greg (and I think it was a worthwhile trip for him!), we got to see the new Cowboys Stadium, we got to celebrate Granny’s birthday, and we got to stay an extra day because of the holiday.

Doug and his brother Daniel
Doug and his brother Daniel

Apparently because this game was in Dallas it was considered neutral territory. I’m not quite sure on the exact math, but I don’t think being outnumbered almost ten to one is really “neutral.”  Although, the blue shirts were easy to spot in the sea of red!

Alec surrounded by Sooners
Alec surrounded by Sooners

Outside the new stadium
Outside the new stadium

The stadium was crazy. We were in the highest section, but you could still see everything really well, which might have had something to do with the largest hanging hd screen in the universe. How big was it, you ask? Let me put it this way, there is a cheerleader from Oklahoma who is seriously wishing that she had done a better job shaving under her arms that morning!

The screen takes up half the stadium!
The screen takes up half the stadium!
up close and personal
up close and personal

I’m sure it would have been a great day no matter the outcome of the game, but the fact that BYU beat Oklahoma just made it all the more sweet. It’s nice to be the underdog some times. Although, I think Greg probably lost about a year of his life wit all the screaming and stress! I also have to give kudos to the Oklahoma fans. They couldn’t have been nicer after the game. Lots of people congratulated us, and one sweet old lady came by to tell us that her daddy told her, “Never bet against theMormons!”

Greg about to have a heart attack!
Greg about to have a heart attack!

Doug’s parents watched our older kids, which was especially nice considering that it was granny’s birthday. Doug’s sister Amy had a little lunch gathering before the game which gave our kids a chance to play with their Dallas cousins. Our kids also had a great time back in Richardson playing with some of the Memphis cousins. It was a packed week-end, but it was definitely worth it!

Granny multi-tasking with Afton and Hieu
Granny multi-tasking with Afton and Hieu
Hieu loving Afton
Hieu loving Afton

 

Samuel and Khai

Samuel and Khai

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Twofer

September 15, 2009 at 2:07 pm (Kids)

A two dollar day!

A two dollar day!

I took the boys to the dentist a couple of weeks ago, and Dr. Bob  mentioned that Samuel’s two bottom front teeth were loose. He was a little surprised that Samuel hadn’t mentioned it because they were very loose.

Flash forward a couple of weeks, and Samuel mentions that his tooth hurts while he’s eating his cereal. Being the ultra-sensitive mother that I am, I told him to chew with his back teeth! As he’s getting ready to board the bus, Doug notices that his tooth is actually missing. We don’t know exactly when this happened, but the toooth has not ever been found. I was prepared for drama about what the tooth fairy would do for missing teeth. How do you prove that you actually “lost” the tooth? 

Well, no worries, because when Samuel got off the bus that afternoon he had his secod tooth in a plastic bag. That’s right, two teeth in one day! Samuel was very worried that the tooth fairy wouldn’t find him at granny’s house, but he calmed down after we sent her an e-mail!

This is just one more thing forcing me to accept that he’s growing up. Making me even sadder was looking at his new big teeth that are coming in fast and furious. I had visual proof of what the dentist tells me every time we visit:

“Boy is the orthodontist going to love you!”

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Helping Hands: Part IV

September 14, 2009 at 10:54 am (Family, Lists, Makes me Smile, Miracles)

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(Hopefully) Last, but not least, and in honor of my dad’s birthday, the final installment of the Helping Hands series. This entry has taken me the longest to put together mostly because my dad was here for a month. If you know my dad, you know that it wasn’t a month spent relaxing!

I have compiled a condensed version of some of my father’s activities while he was here. There is no stopping my father. When he first arrived I was worried about his shoulder injury, but apparently, he would let nothing stop him! It’s almost embarrassing how little I did while he was here. 

I was a little worried about having my dad here for a whole month, but it was great. It really took the stress off of the final weeks of the pregnancy. My dad pretty much ran the house, including teaching the kids how to swat flies! The day after my dad left, Samuel came out looking for his clothes, because for a month my dad laid out the kids’ outfits every morning! he also made sure that the boys were bathed which is something that I don’t take too seriously!

So, here is an idea of what to expect when Bill Frank comes to stay:

2 – vacuum cleaners

1 – mop

1 – ceiling fan

20 – trips to Sonic

100 – Buddy Bucks received

1 – trip across town in 100 degree heat, with two toddlers, to find sheet metal

1 – car detailed in preparation for sale

3 – meals of grilled steak

4 – evenings babysitting so Doug and I could go on dates

1 – citizenship swearing in ceremony attended

1 – shelf installed in master bath

3 – light sabers purchased (plus one for Jason Hunt)

1 – complete day watching three boys so I could deliver my baby in peace!

1 – new iron (plus much, much ironing!)

1 – office chair (apparently doing work while sitting on a kiddie chair isn’t cool!)

1 – alarm clock

5 – people flown in from Seattle

1 – grandma flown in from Halifax

1 – yard tended to for large item trash day, plus a hedge trimmer

– Countless groceries and cans of Fresca

– Hanging of pictures and curtain rods

– Driving Doug to work and therapy almost every day

I am noticing  a trend toward cleaning supplies. I’m wondering if dad is trying to tell me something?! Every time I try o finish the list, I come up with something else, so know that this list is incomplete. He took my boys on errands every day, and he sacrificed a month of time with his wife. Thankfully, grandma also got to come out when Christina was here.

I know at the end we were wearing on my dad, but I hope he knows how much we appreciated everything he did for and with us while he was here.

Happy Birthday Dad!

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