Archive for February, 2009

After taking E and B to the airport today, we stopped at Black Eyed Pea for some lunch. It was so yummy! Then we came home and I wanted to do some things around the house so Z and hubby went to the park. Z drove his Jeep to the park and brought his new kite he got for his birthday with him. They played for hours until the battery ran out on the Jeep. No worries because they were at a park with a great play structure. So after a while I had to go pick them up in the truck and haul the Jeep back home. After they got home, Z and his Dad played out front for a while then they announced they were heading to another park. Off they went on foot this time. I was beginning to worry about them when it started to get dark so I drove to pick them up. No need to because they were already headed home.

Needless to say Z was starving and tired when they got back. So after dinner it was shower and bedtime. When hubby was reading Z stories and putting him to bed, he was telling Z about what was in store for tomorrow and how they were going to have some more fun. Then I heard this sweet little tired voice say “how could we possibly have more fun than we did today.” I am guessing it was a good day!

No pictures were taken for this post. SORRY!

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We had another hermit crab die. This little guy was named Cody. We got him this past summer and he was never the same once the first one died. We thought by getting a few other crabs it would perk him up a bit, but it didn’t. We are not sure if Cody was sick or stressed out but he came out of his shell for the last couple days of his life. Of course we immediately put him in an isolation tank but he wasn’t strong enough to pull through. We buried him today before taking E and B to the airport. We will miss you Cody the crab.

We will miss you Cody.
We will miss you Cody.

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Sad to see them go back to Arizona

Posted: February 27, 2009 in Relatives

Today was the day that E and B had to go back home. We sure are going to miss them! Z and his grandparents spent the morning playing 4 differnt games with him. Z just loves to play games and good thing E and B do too. Then we were able to get a few pictures before it was time to head to the airport. Please come back to see us soon!

Playing Finders Keepers.

Playing Finders Keepers.

Hug time!

Hug time!

More hug time!

More hug time!

Playing checkers.

Playing checkers.

Family picture. Thank you to Grandpa E for the hat!

Family picture. Thank you to Grandpa E for the hat!

Saying goodbye at the airport.

Saying goodbye at the airport.

PRICELESS!!!!!!!!!

PRICELESS!!!!!!!!!

Making jewerly at the park

Posted: February 27, 2009 in Playgroup, Relatives

Feb 26, was a beautiful day! After lunch, Grandma B and I took Z to the bookstore then to Lakeshore Learning. They guys went to Walmart for some guy stuff 🙂 After shopping B and I took Z to the park for our regular playgroup event. It was so much fun. My friend D brought macaroni noodles for the kids to make their own necklaces. Then the kids played on the play structure. Since it was a bit warm outside, I called hubby and asked him to bring us some water. He did just that and brought my Dad with him. All my friends made my Dad and Stepmom feel so welcome and they enjoyed getting to watch Z play with a bunch of his friends. What a great way to spend an afternoon!

After the park, we went to Z-Tejas with a few friends and had some wonderful dinner. Sorry E and B for yours being spicy. It is Texas you know 🙂

Some friends at the park.

Some friends at the park.

Z and M being bad guys.

Z and M being bad guys.

Making a necklace and yelling for his friend A.

Making a necklace and yelling for his friend A.

Trying out the monkey bars.

Trying out the monkey bars.

Friends playing on the bridge.

Friends playing on the bridge.

Z and S played a lot and this was such a sweet picture of them!

Z and S played a lot and this was such a sweet picture of them!

This is how B shows Z she likes him.

This is how B shows Z she likes him.

E and B at dinner.

E and B at dinner.

YEAH! It is finally here!!! On Feb. 25 Z turned a big 5 years old!

We had such a great day. Z’s Grandma B and Grandpa E came to visit us from Arizona to spend his big day with him.

  • We started out the morning making a beautiful book that Z took to school to show his friends of his birthday party.
  • We made mini pancakes for breakfast and they were yummy! 
  • I took Z to school and brought in cupcakes for all the kids to help Z celebrate his day. They celebrated his day at 1pm so we could all share in the fun. The kids got to eat their cupcakes outside and then got to run around before getting picked up by their parents.
  • After school, we went to McDonald’s so the adults could eat lunch and Z was able to get a chicken nugget snack. We ate some more cupcakes for dessert.
  • Then we headed to Kiddie Acres for some fun in the sun! It was Grandma B and Grandpa E’s first time there and Z had fun showing them around.
  • Next we went to Toys R Us for a birthday crown and balloon. Of course Z picked out a game – Mouse Trap. He couldn’t wait to play it when we got home.
  • Then we headed home for some surprise gifts from Mom, Dad, Grandma B and Grandpa E, and Aunt Kathy. After Z opened all the gifts, we spent the evening playing with some of his new things.
  • Next it was shower and then some XBOX games before bed.

What a busy day! Z said it was perfect and it sure was!

Classmates singing Happy Birthday to Z!

Classmates singing Happy Birthday to Z!

Z got his favorite colored cupcake. There as a lot of icing!

Z got his favorite colored cupcake. There as a lot of icing!

This is D and B giving the birthday boy a big hug!

This is D and B giving the birthday boy a big hug!

Mom and Z on the train at Kiddie Acres.

Mom and Z on the train at Kiddie Acres.

Merry Go Round with Grandpa E.

Merry Go Round with Grandpa E.

This is me, hubby, Z, and my Dad and Stepmom. That would be Zs Grandma B and Grandpa E.

This is me, hubby, Z, and my Dad and Stepmom. That would be Zs Grandma B and Grandpa E.

What a great picture taken at Kiddie Acres.

What a great picture taken at Kiddie Acres.

Toys R Us!

Toys R Us!

What a sweet picture of Z reading his birthday card from Grandparents.

What a sweet picture of Z reading his birthday card from Grandparents.

Z what so thrilled to get the same thing his friend R has. Gator Golf.

Z what so thrilled to get the same thing his friend R has. Gator Golf.

Daddy and Z showing off a design made with the gift from Aunt K.

Daddy and Z showing off a design made with the gift from Aunt K.

E and B being silly!

E and B being silly!

Who is that????

Who is that????

We have officially taken off the training wheels on Z’s bike. He is thrilled with the idea of being a big boy and riding his bike without training wheels but is scared to practice. Since Grandma B and Grandpa E were here visiting he thought he would try it to show off. Well, this time Daddy was able to let go for a split second. Z did not know at the time that Daddy let go, but once I showed him the pictures you could see him processing it all. So keep your fingers crossed we can get him going on his own.

You go Z! Picture taken on 2-24-09.

You go Z! Picture taken on 2-24-09.

Ok, Z officially turns 5 on February 25 but we had his party on the 21st. I rented the community center in our neighborhood and invited all the kids from playgroup and a few kids from Z’s school. We had 35 kids come and about 25 adults – maybe more. My dear freinds D, M and her hubby R, and my mother in law, C,  helped me set up the center. Hubby worked on setting up the computerized robot. Thanks everyone for all your help!

I had the perfect craft planned for the kids – building their own robots from boxes and toilet paper rolls I had wrapped and prepared for them in grocery sacks. There was tons of stuff to glue on the robots and tons of glue and tape. It was so fun to see all the cool creations the kids andparents came up with. It was funny that the engineering dads were the ones really getting into the craft 🙂 My friend C helped Z assemble his robot as I was taking pictures and inviting late comers to build robots. Hubby was working the computerized robot and music.

Hubby had built 3 robots total; 2 were for decoration and one super fantastic interacting robot. It had a camera on it and a monitor in the belly where the kids could watch themselves on tv. There was super fun music playing really loud out of the robot and it even talked to the kids in a silly voice. He tried to get it to print out pictures for the kids but that function was not working properly. Oh well, they loved it the way it was and didn’t know any different. Those kids loved dancing and acting silly in front of the robot. Talk about fun times!

I also had a blow up bouncer there and a few games as well. These items were outside and the kids seemed to enjoy them all too.

We played pin the button on the robot. My nephew drew the robot for me and I think he did a great job! Thanks K! The kids loved this game. And some of them even asked to go again. Each kid was given a bracelet for playing.

Of course we had cake and ice cream. I had purchased 2 huge cakes and I am glad I did….they were a big hit. I also made some yummy punch that my dear friend T would make when I lived in Oregon. I think everyone liked it but apparently they would have liked it even better had I added vodka to it 🙂

Next came presents. At this age kids love to watch the birthday kid open their present so each kid waited ever so patiently. I had the kids sit in a circle around Z and he had such a great time opening all the wonderful things his friends brought for him. And Z was such a gentleman and thanked each guest for the gift before opening another one.

Last but not least was the over filled pinata. My nephew and niece helped me with this robot pinata. Thanks K and C. That pinata was stuffed to the top with candy and a huge bag of confetti. Hubby rebuilt the pinata to make it have a string for each kid to pull. They loved that! There was a shower of candy/confetti. I think they may have had more fun playing with the confetti than collecting the candy. Don’t get me wrong….all the candy was gone!

When the party was over all my friends and their husbands helped us clean up everything. I was so amazed at all the help! I didn’t even ask for it. Thank you everyone for all your help with the party. It was a huge success!

After the party was over we went to dinner with D and her family. Z picked the Olive Garden. I was given the best gift at dinner when Z gave me a big hig and kisses and said “thank you for the best birthday party ever!” I just melted! What a sweet little boy! And your welcome my dear! Daddy and I love you very much!

Cake and punch area.

Cake and punch area.

Polka Dot Robot.

Polka Dot Robot.

Pin the button on the robot game and the 80s Robot.

Pin the button on the robot game and the 80s Robot.

Computerized robot.

Computerized robot.

People gathered to make robots of their own.

People gathered to make robots of their own.

C helping Z with his robot.

C helping Z with his robot.

Z getting funky and watching himself on the screen.

Z getting funky and watching himself on the screen.

Playing in front of the robot.

Playing in front of the robot.

Cake time. Mom had to hold the lighter with both hand because her shake is so bad.

Cake time. Mom had to hold the lighter with both hand because her shake is so bad.

Blowing out candles on the chocolate cake.

Blowing out candles on the chocolate cake.

Blowing out candles on the white cake.

Blowing out candles on the white cake.

Not pleased that he did not get the first piece of cake. Sorry sweetheart! I really am!

Not pleased that he did not get the first piece of cake. Sorry sweetheart! I really am!

Presents and more presents.....

Presents and more presents.....

Look Dad this looks cool!

Look Dad this looks cool!

I just love opening presents! Thanks to all my friends!

I just love opening presents! Thanks to all my friends!

Get the candy!!!! Then play with the confetti!!!

Get the candy!!!! Then play with the confetti!!!

There was lots of candy and confetti!

There was lots of candy and confetti!

A view after pinata time.

A view after pinata time.This is the robot Z made. Great job!

On Feb 15, Z and hubby went on a walk around the greenbelt behind our house. Z really loves it back there and this time he brought his camera. I think it was mainly to take more pictures of the rotting deer back there. Don’t worry, I wont post those pictures 🙂

Don't touch the cactus.

Don't touch the cactus.

Turkey vulture feather near the rotting deer.

Turkey vulture feather near the rotting deer.

Walking around.

Walking around.

Standing on a rock.

Standing on a rock.

Back at home playing store.

Back at home playing store.

What can I get for you today?

What can I get for you today?

Today, Feb 16 is my mother’s birthday. She passed away April 27, 1989 which is 10 days after my birthday.  This picture was taken at her wedding almost a year before her death. My Granny has also since passed away. Today is also my Grandfather’s brithday (my mom’s father) however he has also passed on.

I miss you all very much!

Me, Grandma A, Granny, and my mom

Me, Grandma A, Granny, and my mom

Well today was Valentine’s Day and we had a very busy day! Before today, Hubby and I decided not to exchange gifts this year but Z wanted to buy a few things. So he picked out some candy for me and himself. Yes, he picked out one of his own Valentine presents. Anyway, Z got up first thing and made the cutest picture for hubby and me. He surprised us in bed with it and couldn’t stop yelling “HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!” Then hubby and Z got up (they let me sleep a little longer) and made some pink heart shapped pancakes with chocolate chips in them, they were yummy! Next, Z got to open his gifts. We got him a dvd that he wanted and he picked himself out a candy dog. Then it was my turn to open stuff. I got the cutest little statue and a dozen roses in candy. Then hubby got me some silly dice….we will stop there. We all exchanged cards as well.

We had a birthday party to attend for our friend, C at Extreme Fun. As usual, the kids had a blast! No kid leaves that place with dry hair. They are always so sweaty when they leave….that is how we judge how fun the day was. 🙂 Next we went to lunch with our friends D, J and A. It was so good we can’t wait to go back there! Lastly we went to this place where they have indoor rock wall climbing. J had taken A there the night before and she loved it so we all had to go again today. A jumped right in and started to climb. She did so well and almost rang the bell at the top of the wall. Z on the other-hand, was a bit nervous about climbing a wall because falling hurts. It took us some time to convince him otherwise but once he warmed up to the idea he had a blast too! He also got very close to the bell as well but I think he had more fun repelling down the wall than the actual climbing.   After climbing we let the kids play some games before we parted ways for home.  

We had such a great day and Z is begging us already to go back rock climbing. Who knows….maybe I will try it too.

Yummy pink chocolate heart pancakes made with love by Z and his Dad!

Yummy pink chocolate heart pancakes made with love by Z and his Dad!

Reading his card from us.

Reading his card from us.

YEAH! I wanted this movie!

YEAH! I wanted this movie!

Who cares if he picked it out himself. Look at that smile! He loves it!

Who cares if he picked it out himself. Look at that smile! He loves it!

Ok, I had to share this picture. Z played dress up before heading to the bday party.

Ok, I had to share this picture. Z played dress up before heading to the bday party.

Z just loves the foam pit at Extreme Fun!!!!

Z just loves the foam pit at Extreme Fun!!!!

Building a wall......

Building a wall......

Cake time....duh!

Cake time....duh!

Going down a slide with D.

Going down a slide with D.

Making sure the harness is on right.

Making sure the harness is on right.

That is my boy!

That is my boy!

Climbing higher and higher each time.

Climbing higher and higher each time.

Repelling down is so fun!

Repelling down is so fun!

Driving game with Dad.

Driving game with Dad.

Horse racing.

Horse racing.

This day was 2 thumbs up!

This day was 2 thumbs up!