Monday, May 30, 2011

Pee-Pee Hot

With all the rain and the pool finally ready to get in on this fine Memorial Day.  We started off the day with a Parade, then a great lunch with ribs, corn on the cob, chips, guacamole, watermelon, wine, bomb pop cocktails, etc.  Then it was time to finally test out this new pool, 14' x 42" oasis of happiness.

After we finally get our suits on and all sunscreened up, we start to get in.  The Boy decides he wants to be first, but does not get beyond the first step of the ladder, so I tell him to get down and I proceed to go in the pool.  Thankfully it was very warm out as the water was very cold, but no stopping us now, just get in and enjoy.  After the initial minute it felt pretty good.  The Boy was next and was yelping but kept exclaiming, "Awesome!"  The Girl was next and she was not sure what to think. She loves the water but it was cold.  we kept trying different floats for her but she was too undecided.  Then my AGW sat her in a float with her legs over the side and the Girl was happy.  The pool was nice as there was plenty of room for all four us as with our previous 10' pool it got crowded quick.

After about an hour in the pool it was break time.  I needed a snack and the Girl had to use the potty.  We were all chattering our teeth from the cold water but it felt good.  The Girl goes to the potty with my AGW and I hear "Pee-pee Hot! Pee-pee Hot!"

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The End is Near

I can't believe school is almost out for the summer and the Boy will be done with Kindergarten.  It seems all to soon for this too happen.  He has been doing great in school and gets to spend a lot of time with all his friends, although he has been excited to be out of school. I am not as excited for him to be out of school but it shall be an interesting summer.

We decided to get a bigger pool, we had a 10' x 30" pool the last two years but he has outgrown it and you put the Boy, the Girl and me in there and it is crowded.  With the luck of a sale we have moved up to a 14' x 42" pool.  This should at least last my incredible growing bean stalks about 6 months.  They are excited as it finally got setup this week and with any luck from the weather we will be in this weekend to celebrate memorial day and the unofficial beginning of summer.  In the least I will definitely have crop circles in my yard this year.  This will  be nice as I won't have to lay down to be int he water any more.  Although I would have rather dug a huge hole and made it an in-ground pool with some beach sand but for $200 I couldn't ask for too much more.

The Boy's kindergarten picnic was this week and was a blast for the kids.  They basically got to run free and play all sorts of games for a couple of hours while we got to socialize somewhat with the adults.  The funny part is my AGW learned that the Girl is quite the celebrity at school and she doesn't even go there yet.  All the kids knew her even all the older siblings in the upper grades.  The Girl has more friends than she knows.  They know her and my son but I am known as "The Boy's Dad".

With Kindergarten coming to an end I am starting to feel it necessary to take summer classes because I don't know if I will be able to keep up with the 1st grade homework.  At least next year the Girl starts preschool and I will be able to get a week's worth of stuff done in two hours as I won't have to be at the beckon call of a 3 year old.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Big Girl Room

Here are a couple of pictures from the big girl room for the Girl:

Monday, May 16, 2011

When Your Kid Learns Your Email Address

The Boy uses a computer.  Mostly it used for Thomas & Friends, PBS Kids, Nick Jr., etc.  Although he is venturing more and more, just kids stuff but is starting to learn email.

He has emailed me challenges from Disney games and sites.  I have yet to get back to him on some but he is fascinated by email.  I am setting a simple way for him to send email to his grandparents and my AGW.  In the meantime he has ventured into the world of Legos online. So now I won't just be stepping on real life legos I am sure I will be finding virtual ones all over the computer.

Since he is learning my email address he is sending me wish lists of lego things he wants.  The issue arises that he thinks when he sends me this wish list it is ordered and on its way.  MY AGW explained to him that is not how it worked, but if it did I would be busy sending myself wish lists and waiting on the doorstep for them to arrive.

My guess it is time to find the right child protections for the web so he does not venture where he should not.  For instance I am waiting for him to learn how to search and search for "balls".  I am not sure what he will get and I don't think I want to know.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Birthday Princess Pictures

A few pictures of the birthday for the Girl.  The room has a couple of finishing touches to go that can't be done until the girl is not at home, as we are awaiting for the fairies to magically fly in.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

The Princess (Diva) is 3!

The Girl had her third birthday this weekend.  It was a crazy weekend with a lot going on.  I had to coach all day Saturday and then come home and paint her big girl room, so from 7:45 am to about 8:00ish pm I was on the go.  After I went out to get more paint it was time to start birthday present assembly.  My AGW found this play kitchen on line for $30 at, in the store it was $45 and they offered to ship it to the store for free.  Reading the reviews it said it takes 2-3 hours to assemble but I was ready and had my power screwdriver ready as well.  The funny part to me is they actually shipped it from across the country to the store when they had several in stock.  It didn't matter to me it saved $15.  I took the stuff out of the box and was thinking this was going to  be a nightmare to put together.

I go the instructions out and started to get to work.  I messed up the first step as I didn't follow along closely  but at least I twas the first step and not one in the middle where I would have to take the darn thing all apart.  Fixed my mistake and started rolling with it.  I was moving a steady pace trying to make sure I do it right, all in all it took 2 1/2 hours, so not too bad and it was pretty nice, especially for $30.  IT was 11:30 pm and I needed to "chillax" as my AGW said and stretch out my legs after sitting on the floor the whole time.  I finally get to bed at midnight or slightly after.  Get up at 7:00 am to eat  and get ready for painting, electrical work and putting together the big girl bed all before her nap time at noon.  At some point I felt like I was on the old show "Trading Spaces" and kept waiting for Paige Davis to tell me I have 5 minutes left.  Amazingly enough I got it all done and the paint was dry for her to take her nap which was  not a real nap as the Girl was too excited with her new big girl room.  Then it was time to eat lunch, shower and get ready for the party.

The Diva was not happy waking up from her nap and took a while to relax for her party.  Once she did it was on.  She opened presents as that helped her wake up and be social, then we ate and then she blew out her candle.  She did very well.  After all that and the grandparents departed it was back to work to get the valances up.  Not a tough job but it becomes more difficult when you are very tired.  Needless to say the girl is very happy to have a big girl room, had a great birthday and now is turning on the full Diva mode.

(Pictures will follow of the awesome cake my Mom made and the room as soon as it is done, a little later this week.)