Monday, June 04, 2007


It's been one of those week-ends that once it's done, you feel like you did way too much in the amount of time you actually had. At the same time, you wish you had an extra day because there was still more you had to do.

Friday I bought MORE flowers (it's like cocaine to me or something). I spied myself this nice decorative arch at a great price, and which weighed a ton. Foolishly I tried to stand it against the cart and when it went to clunk Karis in the head, I intervened with my hand and got a good smack. Instant bruise and a lot of pain. It still hurts like heck!! Better my hand than her head though. I also bought herbs because Maria told me too! I bought some oregano, thyme and rosemary. We'll see if I don't kill it in the first week. That evening, we went to the Cerebral Palsy fundraiser at our local amusement park. Proceeds went to research. Through the school, all the families of a disabled child got in free (even though we have season passes anyways). We still decided to take the girls. They had a blast!! We did rides, we ate really bad pizza and we had ice cream. By the time we shut it down, it was 9:00 pm and the kids were 2 and 1/2 hours past bedtime. Jenna kept saying she wanted to sleep in the van (no dice kid), and when we got home at 9:30 they were definitely ready to hit the sheets. Didn't hear a peep out of them! They had a lot a fun though - so for one night, we thought it was okay to let them stay up. It was amazing to see the range of disabled families there. At one point we were in line with a family (in front of us) with a son with autism, and behind us a family with two autistic children. I will readily admit - it's sad to see so many children afflicted with this disorder. However, it is nice to see all these families just living their lives. It looked like everyone was having a great time.

Saturday back to the dreaded play scape assembly. Actually the problem isn't assembly - it's tying down the cables. You dig too far and it's just muddy mush and nothing for the anchor to hook on. This poses a problem of sorts, because no anchor, and the kids could flip over (highly unlikely but why take the chance?). I had also bought a new kiddie pool for the girls, since our old one bit it. Once I got it home, I tried to fill it and because of our very uneven backyard (it slopes down) the water wouldn't stay in. Worst $14.00 investment I ever made!! Thank goodness our neighbors got a new pool (and they have a flatter yard) and invited us over to come swim! Bonus! Jarrett told me emphatically to go, then he could work on the play scape without the girls harassing him. So I went next door, sat on a lounger all day pretty much, and worked on my tan. The girls were having so much fun! And then we got a freak thunderstorm and ran inside the house LOL. But at least Jarrett bought 15 minute setting concrete to anchor the ties down. He had it set with 10 minutes to spare. That evening, I watched "Music & Lyrics" with Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore. I had to laugh at the intro - how 80's was that?

Sunday I slept in to glorious 10:30. Me and my hubby have a pact. He sleeps in on Saturdays... and me on Sundays. Works great!! So I woke up, hubby took us all out to lunch. Then we went outside and he attached the cables to the anchors (don't worry we are actually done with that thing now!). I planted the rest of my flowers and the girls picked dandelions and threw them in my topsoil bag (nice). Again flash thunderstorm. I swear, it gets to be high 20's and then you get rain from hell to mark the evening. At least the flowers and grass benefited. Me - I went to "Pirates of the Caribbean" with my friend Alana. Who would pass up seeing Johnny up close? Not me thanks! Someone should've told me it was 3 hours long though! I wouldn't have drank a bottle of water.

So this week it's either scorching out, or raining, and then we'll see a dip in temperatures. My parents are planning on coming later on this week. It's the twins' birthday next Tuesday (note to self: buy some presents for them). Hopefully dad and Jarrett get most of the deck done while he's here. This summer is already turning out to be nuts, and it's not even technically summer yet! So... who wants to come mow my grass? I'll make you a nice sandwich for lunch! Any takers?


Em said...

These are great photos! That's the way to enjoy the warm days...a swimsuit and a cool hat!

Tuesday Girl said...

Those flower bathings suits are too cute! Where did you get them?

tulipmom said...

Wow, sounds like you guys had a full weekend. Your girls (and their suits ... Gymboree?)are adorable.

I don't know how families with 2 kids with disabilities do it (see my post today).

Hubby and I also take turns sleeping in on the weekends.

Elle said...

Tuesday, yes I bought them at Gymboree (great guess Tulip!) LOL. I'm addicted to that place - it's horrible!

Catwoman said...

How fun (and exhausting!)

And the girls look so cute in their suits!

Our 4 Munchkins...6 pigtales & a buzzcut! said...

Sounds and looks like you had a great weekend..And I too an addicted to Gymboree..I am an avid Ebay shopper to find stuff there.

Slick said...

A nice sandwich?

Please, I only accept Mastercard or Visa.

Sounds like you had a great weekend Elle!

By the way, awesome pictures :)

Our 4 Munchkins...6 pigtales & a buzzcut! said...

Thanks Elle for your wonderful words about my last is very discouraging right now, and man Oh man do I ever have a hard time not beating myself up about this.
Thanks again

Burg said...

Yikees! You need at least two days of sleeping in after that!

Anonymous said...

I'll take Karis' hat and a lemonade, please!

Maria said...

I read your post and had two thoughts:

1) You have more energy than that bunny.

2) Those girls are so lucky.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a full weekend with a couple great ways to relax thrown in. I can't remember the last movie I saw in the theatre (The Incredibles, maybe) or slept in past 7:30. Oh, and I would mow your lawn, but I don't even mow my own. I'm not allowed on the precious Dixie Chopper - which is fine by me. :o)

Slackermommy said...

Gotta love baby pools! I'm gonna watch Music and Lyrics tonight. I'm excited about getting my 80's fix!

Mom not Mum said...

LOL Somehow you must have missed my post about our theater here having an intermission with that movie - so tack on another 15 minutes- however in your case that would have worked.... given the bottle of water and all.

We have family friends who some 30 odd years ago had a dd with down syndrome and not only did they rise to that challenge they took in a foster child with downs as well to be her companion.

pickel said...

My DH and I have the same pact but it switches according to schedules. I think that I take more advantage of the sleeping than he does. Oh well. :)

Have not been to a movie since the last Harry Potter so I am craving the next one. Isn't that sad?

Love the Gwen I started hearing on the site. Went to the concert last weekend in Indy..Incredible!

Which little one is your Autie? The sweetheart?