Wednesday, August 19, 2015

The Best Part

One of the best things about James and Audrey’s daddy working at the same school they go to is that he is privy to some insider information about them that probably not all parents are privileged with. For example, Jon was walking down the hall one day last week and ran into (okay he didn’t actually run into him in a physical form but passed him in the hall) the music teacher/band director. The Music Man said “Hey I’ve got a funny story for you about James.” Imagine that, a funny story about our boy :)

On the first day of music for this school year, the Music Man asked if any of the kids did any thing exciting this summer?! James was the first to raise his hand (shocker I know) and proceeded to tell the Music Man “Yeah!! We went to our grandparents for a whole week this summer!” The Music Man said “Oh that sounds like a lot of fun James! How wonderful!” James replied with “Yeah it was. And the best part was that our parents weren’t even there.”

As Jon was telling me this, those words stung for about 3.5 seconds and then we both started laughing and I said “Yep he is right. That was THE BEST PART.” Muhahahahahaha!!!!!

Friday, August 7, 2015

2+1 is 80

Olivia loves to tell James and Audrey that she is smarter than them. Here are my favorites:

Olivia: Audrey I so am smarter than you
James: Yeah well whats 2+1?
Olivia: 80!!!!

Olivia: I so am smarter than you Audrey!
Audrey: Oh yeah well how many legs does a spider have?
Olivia: 8!!!
Audrey: Nope! They have 6!!!

Hahahahaha oh Audrey I guess she is smarter than you this time!!!

Thursday, August 6, 2015

The One Where She turned Four

Olivia turned 4 years old on June 22. While I did not write her a birthday letter and blog about her birthday on her birthday this year, rest assured we partied in style and its sure to be a birthday she won’t forget! Having boy/girl twins its hard to throw parties because they have to be gender neutral. Well I guess they don’t HAVE to be but I hate dislike birthday parties enough with out having to throw two different ones on the same day or even the same week. Twice a year is really pushing it for me :)

So, I’ve never been able to have a really girlie kinda party and this year I thought it would be super duper cool to do a fancy tea party for my baby girl. She LOVES to play tea party, we play it often and when I mentioned it to her she was thrilled! So I stalked Pinterest for a few days pinning any and everything that caught my eye and took ideas (big or small) from several different pictures and threw the best stinking tea party 7th Ave has ever seen :)

 I made this cake and I didn’t threaten to cancel all birthdays for the rest of our lives while
in the process either. It was the easiest time I’ve ever had making a cake and it only took 8 years
to achieve this goal!! You may remember the twins 5th birthday that included the Barbie cake
and the Angry Birds cake and my admittance of seeing myself as cake baker extrodinare when
in reality, I’m so not :) 

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Zip on the lam

Pretty positive every one who reads my blog is friends with me either on Facebook, Instagram or perhaps both. So, I will spare you the great depths of details that that this story could delve into and start out by saying, Y’all remember the hermit crab James got last Summer? The one he lovingly named Stubborn because he kept trying to escape his little cage? Yes, ok, I’m sure y’all do.

Now, fast forward a few months after that and their daddy lucked up on some stuff that the BOE was discarding (we are such dumpster divers. not literally but figuratively, ya know?!) and wouldn’t you know among some of the stuff he went through was a larger cage. After Stubborn settled into his larger home he quit trying to escape :)

Now rewind to our summer this year. Audrey decided she wanted a hermit crab, too, so she and James learned to fold clothes and folded about 1,00 loads of laundry for me (all while watching The Brady Bunch!) and earned enough money to buy themselves two hermit crabs each! Woo.hoo.

Wait, rewind again. James got into this horrible habit of leaving the top off of Stubborn’s cage to which I assume was only because he was too lazy to put it back on when he got done feeding or watering or taking him out for a stroll. And it was a habit that I strongly reprimanded him for time and time again but he just refused for whatever reason to head my warnings. You see where this is going, don’t you? Yeah.

Now we are caught up to present day hermit crab shenanigans. Our kids are weird because they like to PLAY with their hermit crabs. Like get them out and watch them crawl around together on the floor. It’s sad really. But not sad enough for us to cave on the “no cats, no dogs” rule :) I digress. On Sunday afternoon whilest I was relaxing on the couch I noticed my two eldest children looking under furniture and pillows and what not. When I asked what they were looking for James says, “Well I really don’t wanna tell you.” He eventually did and at first I thought they were just pulling a joke on me because it was just so unbelievably wild. He says “Well this morning while I was getting cereal out of the pantry I happened to look down and I saw Zip under the cabinet. But I DIDN’T PICK HIM UP RIGHT THEN and when I went back just now to get him he was gone.”

WHAT DO YOU MEAN YOU SAW THE CRAB IN THE KITCHEN AND DIDN’T PICK HIM UP???? See? See why I thought they were tricking me? It’s ludicrous, isn’t it? Insanity I tell ya.
I mean #1 how in the ever living world did a hermit crab get down stairs in the first place and secondly why would that boy choose to keep walking after seeing his CRAB in the kitchen? As you can see, it still boggles my mind. We searched high and low for that stupid dumb crab to no avail. We finally accepted the fact that Zip had found a deep dark whole to crawl into and stay to die. James learned a few very valuable lessons on Sunday, bless his heart.

Yesterday, after the kids got home from school, I was in the kitchen (can you believe it) and Audrey starts screaming “I FOUND ZIP!!! I FOUND ZIP!!!” I couldn’t believe it but she sure had. That stupid dumb crab was at the bottom of the stairs. Apparently he decided that there was nothing for him downstairs and was trying to get back to his home. Can you guess where the lid is to that cage now?