Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Anyway, his attitude was spiraling out of control. (That sounds dramatic.... but it sorta was.) So, I had to do something BIG, something that will really strike a cord with him, something to make him understand that disrespectful behavior does NOT go unpunished in our house. The only thing I could think of was to ground him to his room. Yup, it is not a proud mommy moment to have to ground your three year old. It was only for two hours and I sat in there with him, staring blankly at the wall and trying to be completely unemotional as he raged, screamed and cried for a solid hour and a half. Are we going to be getting therapy bills in 20 years for the cruelty we subjected him to? I am just keeping my fingers crossed that it actually worked. Maybe, tomorrow will be a better day. It has to! Right???
I finally uploaded our bowling pics... thought I would attach them below!!
Friday, December 26, 2008
We spent Christmas Eve at Me'Me and PaPa's (my in laws.) It was a nice evening of dinner, present opening and Church service.
Santa brought a couple of big trucks for Chase and a ride on toy for Dylan. But, a couple of hours later, there was a ring at the door bell. He forgot to leave a couple presents, so he came back!!! It was sooooo exciting. Okay, well, I thought it was exciting. Chase was a little shy, but he actually did better than I thought he would. He has adamantly refused ANY contact with Santa for the last 3 years (or at least since he has been old enough to voice his own opinions. ) I suppose he can't complain when he is bearing gifts - right???
Dylan wasn't much interested in Santa.
A true Christmas miracle happened! My parent's flew from North Idaho, in the middle of the snow storm, into Denver and then onto Chicago and actually MADE IT. After all the media coverage of travel woes and cancelled or delayed flights, I wasn't optimistic that we would be spending Christmas together. But, they did it. Their luggage didn't. It got here only three hours later. Really, I am still a little shocked that they are here. It was a great day and we all shared a nice dinner...together!
Auntie Beth and Joe.
Finally, the third and final round of presents were opened. Phew.... what a busy, busy holiday. Chase and Dylan were both totally tuckered out from all the excitement. My parents are visiting this week. It is so nice for the boys to have Grandma and Grandpa here to play with... well, to entertain at least!! I hope everyone else had a great holiday.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
We did our fun Gift exchange after dinner. I am sure all the men in the restaurant (seriously, we were the only girls) loved that soon after we opened our gifts lots of good smelly lotion smells were wafting from our table.
I have to admit that although it was a good game, I sortof gave up on the Bears and went shopping after dinner. They kicked me out of the mall at 10PM and then out of Target at 11PM. But the good news is - I AM DONE!!!! Well, done shopping... still lots to do with the damn wrapping :) I was shocked when I woke up this morning and found out that those Bears somehow pulled it off and WON!!! Wow, I guess I missed an exciting game.
My friend Melissa's husband actually went to the game... he is probably still frozen in a solid block of ice ; ) Here is her post: http://enjoyalllifehastooffer.blogspot.com/2008/12/i-love-football.html
Monday, December 22, 2008
It has been frigid here the last couple days. Last night I felt compelled to go and tuck in the boys and add another layer of blankets ... just in case. I was in Chase's room when an urgent tickle rose up my throat and I had to race out before the cough escaped. Phew... barely made it out of there. Next one. I tip-toed into Dylan's room and succeeded in delicately placing a blankie over him. I had to stifle a laugh - he sleeps with his butt straight up in the air. It is seriously the cutest thing. Meowww... ughhh... how did Bogie get in here? I herded him out of the room before waking Dylan and patted myself on the back as I quietly closed the door. Mission completed!!! Then CRASH. I accidentally kicked a large plastic toy and banged it against the wall. Freeze... listen.......
I don't know how on earth that didn't wake up all the boys (including Dave) who were still slumbering away. Why do I bother sneaking around when they obviously can sleep through just about anything???
Chase and I started an interesting tradition for Christmas this year. I took him to the Dollar Store and let HIM pick out gifts for everyone. He took his shopping VERY seriously and insisted on picking out the gifts all by himself. I CAN'T wait to see everyone's face when they open their super COOL dollar store gift. He even helped me wrap them and picked out the gift tags for each gift. Family: Hone up your acting skills so you can pretend it is the best gift you have ever, ever received - K?
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
Do you see my little helper hanging the ornaments for me? Just kidding..... he is actually trying to take them all off!
I got some fabulous cards yesterday in the mail. The one above gets The Cutest Card of the Year Award! My friend Melissa MADE it. They are SOWN together... seriously, can you get any craftier??? You pull the tag out, and there is a photo of her, and her husband, and precious doggy, Tanner! I am so impressed.
Alright! I think that is it for my random photos of the last couple days.
Hope everyone survived the giant snow storm!!!
PS. I added some of my favorite obnoxious Christmas songs. My sis said she never heard Dominic the Donkey. That is tragic!!! So, I had to share ;) And of course, the Hippo song has been a family favorite for years. Don't get my mom started singing it - she doesn't STOP - HA!!
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
We loved hanging out by the pool and taking lots of walks along the path in Ka'anapali Beach. It was the most beautiful little walkway. Lots of people, even some twice our age, shamed us as they jogged by. Seriously, who exercises on vacation??? (Auntie!!)
I think Dave would have spent every day at the pool if he could have! By day three though, I was ready to go exploring. We took the infamous "Road to Hana!" It was quite a drive, with the sharpest, curviest roads up through the mountains. Thank god neither of us are prone to car sickness! There are lots of places to stop and see water falls (see the one behind us over there) and watch as the waves crash over the lava rocks. It was a long day, but one of the most beautiful rides I have ever been on!! I am not sure how, but I convinced Dave that we should take a helicopter ride. It was AWESOME! We went up to see the volcano Haleakala. Then we cruised over the coast line near the town of Hana. Then we went into the mountains. It was amazing!!!
Our last day, we went over to Honolulu and toured the Pearl Harbor Memorial.
We are sooooo happy to be home. I know, I know.... I realize it is a whopping 8 degrees here in frigid Chicago... but, well... there is no place like home. After about 35 hours of traveling yesterday, it was such a relief to walk in the door (WITHOUT OUR LUGGAGE) and see our little guys that we missed so much! We did have a GREAT time... how could you not? Maui is the most beautiful place I have ever been. It was beyond words..... BUT, It was harder than I thought it would be to be away from my little guys. I felt like a row boat without my oars.... I just didn't know what to do with myself. I longingly looked at EVERY single little kid that crossed our path and thought... Why didn't we bring OUR kids with us??? Then I looked at the mom who chased behind and realized how grateful I was for the time away, a much needed break.... but, I still missed them like crazy. We were both suffering from lots of guilt by the end of our trip. Thank goodness they were in very capable hands while we were gone. We can't thank Grandma Jackie and Aunt Donna, Uncle Art and Auntie Beth for watching the little guys in our absence. What a gift they have given us!!!
Anyway, I included a few of the 600 photos that I took on our vacation. I would elaborate more but Dylan is napping, and I am in desperate NEED of a shower. When did I even last shower??? Maybe our luggage will arrive shortly???? Here's to hoping!!
I wanted to add a couple things before I forget.
We got our luggage shortly after I posted this - YES!
One big miraculous thing happened on vacation. Dave ate FISH!!! And LOVED it!
The first night, I ordered Mahi Mahi and he ordered a steak (typical for us.) After tasting his and then tentatively tasting mine, he realized the error of his ways. Fish is AWESOME in Hawaii. Steaks are just so-so..... we do live in Chicago, the steak capital of the world. So, it is hard to compete with the Midwest in the meat department. But, lets just say that Hawaii rules in the fish department. Throughout the week we both ordered some of the best fish dishes we have ever tasted. Yummmmmm :)
And, I forgot to add that after making our LONG trip to the little town of Hana, we were taking photos and ran into a very nice couple from North Carolina. It didn't take Dave long to figure out that we were chatting with.... Tony Eury Jr. (For the Non-Nascar fans out there: He is Dale Earnhart Jr's Crew Chief and cousin.) That just made Dave's whole day. He was beyond excited. Tony was really cool and chatted with us for about 20 minutes.