Saturday, February 27, 2010

Thurdays Random Thoughts. For Saturday.

In preparation for Nick's glorious return to our lives in less than eight hours...I'm playing on the computer while the kiddos run rampant through my parents house. Or rather, what's left of my parents house. Among the casualties? My mom's poor cat, Anna, who is too terrified to come inside; countless bottles of fancy lotion that Ava slathered all over her body and any surface that stood still long enough (Anna, perhaps?); numerous boxes of Lucky Charms that have been spilled all over the dining room floors; the sheets, the walls, the floors (anything that stood still long enough for Scott to color- Anna, perhaps?); and most recently, a tube of ridiculously overpriced lipstick that I treated myself to as yet another moving-to-Guam-feel-better-present. And honey, if you're reading this, that was my favorite that's gonna have to be replaced.

And really, it's not even the kids' faults. It's mostly mine. Maybe eighty twenty. Eh, maybe seventy thirty. I just can't keep an eye on all three of them at the same time. And I'm pretty picky about choosing battles. Do I REALLY care if Scott eats a box of crayons? Not so much. So how is he supposed to know that he can't eat my lipstick? I mean, they DO sorta look alike. So what am I supposed to do, just make them sit still and quiet on the couch and never do anything ever again? Uh, not gonna happen folks.why is it that once they're mobile, they're always heading away from you?

Hoping to merge these two pics below together with Photoshop so that they look super cute together. Seriously, why can't they just look at the camera together?!?!

Needless to say, I need to get a handle on this stay-at-home-mom thing. No, I never wanted to be a stay-at-home-mom. Ever. Like, never ever ever. But God (and really, the Navy) had other plans. So I'm doing it. And I'll probably be doing it for a long, long time. Like, a really long time. Probably at least until Nick gets back to shore duty, which is three long years away. So I might as well just admit that this is my life for now and move on. I can do it. Right? RIGHT??? What do dorky geeks do when they have to tackle a problem? They read books about it. So that's what I'm doing, and I'm getting a lot of good ideas from this little gem. It's actually pretty funny, if anyone else needs a book to tell them how to do something that a ten year old girl can do on her own...
So now I feel like I have a plan. Pick Nick up from the airport. Crawl into a hole somewhere and read all my EW magazines that he's been saving for me. Take care of baby on flight to Stuart, but otherwise have NO CONTACT with children whatsoever. Lay in Grandpa Kenny's pool listening to iPod while Nick continues to Single Parent all children. Survive the Happiest Place on Earth, even though everyone except Nikki has now bailed on us. (BTW, it's a six bedroom house, so anyone reading this who wants to come to Disney pretty much for free...COME ON DOWN!) Find some sort of Ativan or Valium to survive flight to Guam. Lay in pool at the hotel until we find a cement house to live in. Quickly move in and find van. Say goodbye to Nick and become Single Mother during deployments.
And no, I didn't forget that it was Warren's other day. One day this week. Or last week. It's just that with his NONSTOP crying (which is now over, so Nick won't believe me when he gets here, bc that kid will be all smiles and coos) we didn't really celebrate. We're having a party tomorrow and I'll do some sort of birthday post then, I guess.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Photography Lesson at the Park

Well, when Grandpa Matt left Tuesday for work, he got a ride, so I have a vehicle! Of course, I don't really need one since I'm pretty much housebound, what with all the napping we do, but it's nice to have an option. Warren went down early this morning, so we went to the library for story time when he woke up. Isn't that so stay-at-home-mom of me? I'm so awesome.

Anyway, the big kids were scared of the lady telling the story, so we went out to the regular part of the library so they could do puzzles and I could hold the baby, who cried for forty five minutes straight. Next Thursday, he'll be one. And then I can say that he's been crying for twelve straight months. Ugh.

So after I couldn't take any more of that, we headed outside to the park. It was COLD and I know it's no one's fault and it's stupid to get angry, but I am PISSED off about all this cold weather. I'm sick of it! Just sick to death of it. Tune in next month to hear me complain about the heat in Guam.

So as a going-to-Guam present, Nick and I treated ourselves to a new camera lens. It's a 55-200, which means that I can stand on one side of a football field and take pictures of the players on the other end. So that's cool.

Now, I took one hundred and twenty four pictures this morning at the park. I deleted all but twenty seven of them, and of those twenty seven, these are the only ones that are pretty good. But some of the ones not on here are just cute and fit their personalities, so I gotta keep em, and some of them will look better once I figure out Photoshop. And out of the hundred and twenty four pictures, I pick this one (below)as the best shot of the day. What do you think?
Well, it's better in real life, instead of teeny tiny on my blog.
Background's nice and blurred, face is pretty focused (although it looks like the jacket is MORE focused) and you can definitely tell he's actually swinging, right? Look at his little hair. I tell you what, that kid can grate every single nerve in my body with his NON STOP CRYING, but just looking at that face makes me forget all about it.
Sort of.

And here's my runner up for best. Keep in mind, I was REALLY far away, and I had to use manual focus because the auto couldn't figure out how to deal with the swinging back and forth. I think I'm getting the hang of this ya'll!

And if you're wondering why it's so Warren heavy and Big Kids light- it's because for now, Warren's slower, so I can actually get a shot of him. And he doesn't know yet that it's cool to make a HORRIBLE face when your mom points a camera at you. And the Big Kids have snot all over their faces in all their pictures because I still can't get a handle on their allergies.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Mardi Gras

Well today was Mardi Gras! I always forget that little holiday, since no where I have lived since 2000 even acknowledged it at all. I was secretly hoping Warren would come on Fat Tuesday last year, a day before my section was scheduled. I don't know why, just so that his birth day would be marked by something awesome. Oh well, Ash Wednesday is awesome to some people I guess...
Anyway, ever since the Hurricane, I guess Mardi Gras hasn't been quite as spectacular as it once was. This was our second time being back for it (we went in 2008 as well) and I was still pretty excited! It's just a fun time to camp out and sort of tailgate, that's how I've always looked at it. Of course, I don't drink and I only know about four people in this town anymore...but it was still fun.

But SUPER cold! I mean, seriously! The weather guy said it would be between 45-50, which is pretty nice, but there was some SERIOUS wind out there! Thank God I brought their big coats! I almost left those suckers in Connecticut. The big kids have these kid versions of those Columbia style jackets, with a zip in fleece liner that you can wear alone or inside. So my original plan was to just bring those fleece jackets and leave the big bulky snow part at a Goodwill in Groton. But it was SO FRICKIN COLD the day we left Providence, we had to wear them into the airport, so I was stuck with them.

Again, thank God. We needed those suckers today!That's my guy, on the Missisppi Gulf Coast, wearing a snow coat, fleece liner, gloves, mittens, and a full fleece hat along with the snow hood. Sheesh! Glad I came down from Connecticut for this! Guam is seeming more and more like paradise...

Warren is a champ at standing. As long as he's holding onto something. And his feet are firmly planted. That guy is NEVER gonna walk!c'mon Grandma, hang up on Arika and hold me tighter!

Ava didn't let all those layers get in the way of her unique style...

We see the parade!

And this is what my darling looked like by the end of the afternoon. Because it was so frickin cold, it certainly didn't occur to me that we'd need sunscreen. Even though I've spent a small fortune on fashion magazines that make a point, EVERY winter, of telling you to wear sunscreen, even when it's cold. Sheesh. Note to self: go to BJs and buy gallons of sunscreen. Isn't sunburn worse when you're close to the equator?

And yes, that's a pacifier. It's bedtime. Mind your own. And isn't it strange how it's just burnt on that one side? Hmph.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Brody's Birthday Party

Warning: TONS of pics. And I really do mean TONS.

Well, Brody turned one on Feb 10, so for his little party we headed out to Kangaroo's, which is one of those warehouses full of giant inflatables for the kids to play on. It was SO MUCH FUN! We've been to places like that before, but Nick just always played with the kids and I sat around reading or something, but this time was way better!

Here's the proof: I played too!

But honestly, the big kids were independent enough to mostly do it alone. Ava took off and did her own thing and I honestly didn't see her for ten minutes at a time. Scott was a little more cautious, but still very on-his-own.that's Scott, climbing up that horrible ladder, with Grandpa right behind him!

There was a little toddler area for the babies (how perfect!) and they really got a workout in. We had some tuckered out toddlers when we finally left.birthday boy on the slide

And I even worked my way up one of those hang-on ladders WITH my baby so he could experience an inflatable slide in all its glory.

I had my very own photographer!

Then we headed back to the house for cake and presents!
Where Scott had a lot of fun opening Brody's presents for him...

Happy First Birthday Brody Matthew Zandee!!!

What Have We Been Up to Lately?

Little of this, little of that.

Little rockin' out with Grandpa Matt...

Little bit of playing in the much better than just playing with the stuff in the drawer...

Little working on our Taylor Swift Cover Album...
why does Ava look so rotten?  but seriously, how cute is Scott?!?!

Little practicing standing up (but still totally NOT INTERESTED IN WALKING!)little eating food left on the footrest of the World's Very First Highchair

Little preppin' for the paparazzi...
the camera loves me!!!

Little playing at the Chik-Fil-A (which we SO missed in Connecticut)

Little takin' care of the babies...

Both plastic and alive...

What have YOU been up to?