Tuesday, June 26, 2012

More randonmess...from home of course!

I finally made it to the neighborhood pool last week.  Hallelujah!  Spent much of my time negotiating with Hadley, who let's just say is not the strongest swimmer, to please put on her arm swimmies while she is swimming in the middle of the pool.  This conversation caused quite a sob fest.  She can touch the bottom of the pool but the water comes right up to her neck and doesn't take much to splash her in the face and cause major panic.  After much crying, we finally agreed that she can go into the middle of the pool with her boogie board so if she becomes tired she can hop on and rest a bit.  It's not like Hadley's not being completely hawk-like supervised by me; y'all know how crazy I am about drowning and all!  She is just seeking a bit more freedom (because she's FIVE) and I'm trying to accommodate.

Hermie was clinging to life support last week but alas, I saved his little crab soul.  I noticed that the poor crab wasn't moving much.  "Oh great, another dead pet," is what I thought as our track record isn't proving too good at this point.  So after doing a little google research, I got down to business.  I dumped out all of those stupid colored pebbles and scrubbed out his cage.  Put in about 2 inches of sand instead, which I must say the little guy freaking LOVES.  Lectured Delaney on how frequently he needs to be bathed and how much play time/exercise time he needs every day.  Also put the fear of God into her with the sponge business because as I said before, the darn sponge has to stay wet.  All the time.  We scratched using the food they gave us back at the store and have been feeding him popcorn which evidently he can't get enough of.  After a few days he's completely bounced back into the land of the living and if he could, I know he would smile at me.

The girls had VBS all of last week which was nice for me.  I actually was able to get a little house cleaning done.  Cuz in the summer time, this house is a serious pit.  Both girls love VBS and thoroughly enjoyed getting to see friends from preschool days.  Delaney is now on "God patrol" and is making sure no one in this house takes His name in vain.  I uttered "Oh God!" the other day and was immediately rewarded with Delaney in my face, wagging her finger at me and informing me how unhappy that makes God.  Point taken.  I'm going to have to get more creative with my words.

Delaney is at Equestrian Camp this week which she is super thrilled about.  I told Doug that we are going to have to sit down and come up with a new budget to hopefully include horseback riding lessons.  This girl has LOVED horses since she was 20 months old.  This is her second summer participating in Equestrian camp and the girl can't stop talking about how much FUN she is having.  She was up, dressed, and had her bed made all by 7 a.m.  "What time do we leave?"  "Calm down and eat breakfast dear...horse camp doesn't start for 2 hours."  I do admire her dedication and enthusiasm. 

Is it just me or is anyone else completely excited about the summer Olympics?  Doug and I watched the preliminaries last night for track & field, pole vaulting, swimming, and the high jump.  My favorite thing of course is the gymnastics competitions.  I have loved watching it since I was a kid with aspirations of my own to be a famous gymnast.  Remember that movie American Anthem?  Ha!  That was me all the way...

Daniel, Delaney & MacKenzie (preschool peeps)


One of my good friends, Eveline, invited us over to play on Friday & Hadley couldn't resist snuggling up to both of her girls (twins) Ava & Bella.  This kid would make one heck of a big sister (hint, hint, Doug!).

Delaney & Alaska (this Guinea pig can swim like a mofo). 

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

We never give up...

Meet Hermie....Delaney's newest pet, the hermit crab (duh).  You know you can't take these kids anywhere without acquiring a new pet of some sort.  It seems we've tried them all...kittens, African dwarf frogs, parakeets, but alas we have never had a hermit crab and they were all cute looking in the store with their brightly painted shells.  Delaney forked over her $12.95 for said crab while I was grilling the poor salesclerk on the life of a hermit crab and how in the ham sandwich am I supposed to keep this thing alive.  And yes, while it is technically Delaney's crab, you know I will be the one to make sure this little guy doesn't go off to crab heaven before he's "supposed" to.  Basically, make sure the darn sponge in his cage never dries out or that spells out t-r-o-u-b-l-e for little Hermie.  We've even given him a few baths which he obviously loves as it's the only time I ever really get to see the crab out of his shell.  Hee, hee.  Anyhoo, I admit it, I think he's kinda cute.  He is also clearly a boy crab as he's sporting his Spiderman shell.  Delaney, being the older responsible child that she is, went ahead and purchased his next shell, because according to the salesclerk he'll need a bigger shell when he outgrows this shell.  Hmmm.  So, Delaney picked out a pale pink shell with a flower painted on it.  "Don't you think this could be upsetting for a boy crab to have to wear pink?"  She ignored me as the salesclerk continued to ring up her purchases.  Maybe when the switch happens we'll rename him to Hermetta or something along those lines. 

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Au revior Hilton Head....

I.am.already.missing.the.beach.so.MUCH.  There's something to be said for dressing down into basically your underwear, or about as close as you'll get to underwear, and baking in the sunshine all the live long day.  It's so relaxing.  It's so peaceful.  Well, if you have kids it's about as peaceful as it's gonna get.  I cannot count the times Doug or myself had to go raising to the water's edge to YELL at Delaney or Hadley or both to get their tails closer to shore.  Hadley we usually didn't have this problem with but Delaney kept pushing her luck.  Kinda like when I tell her not to leave the backyard because there could be a stranger lurking nearby and she tells me that it's cool because she's taken TaeKwonDo and she'll kick the shit out of them and I sigh and tell her that her TaeKwonDo is not gonna save her from a 30 year old man who outweighs her by 100-150 pounds at the very least. 

While we were away we snuck off one afternoon to see Madagascar 3.  By far the best one yet!  I mean, those peguins, who are my favorite of all 3 movies, are just too darn cute.  Their shenanigans are freaking hilarious and their driving skills are top notch.  Hadley, who has a hard time sitting still for the previews and the feature, hardly moved a muscle.  The kid was glued, hooked and laughing out loud the whole time.  But I have to say, if either of my girls sings the Afro Circus song one more time...it ain't gonna be pretty.

Doug & I enjoyed several movie nights after the girls retired for the night.  Doug recently purchased a Roku which streams movies, tv shows, etc. via the internet through his Amazon account (I sincerely hope I didn't just butcher that).  While I am no movie critic, I thought I would share nonetheless.

1) Safe House...I give this movie a B.  I didn't know if Ryan Reynolds would be able to pull off such a serious role but he did & I was able to think of him as his character and not funny guy from Waiting.  It also had Denzel, who was looking fabulous, and I thought together they had good screen chemistry.  All in all, it was good, kept me intrigued and babbling to Doug nonstop who I'm pretty sure wanted to gag me.

2) The Grey...I give this movie an A.  Very good story.  Good characters.  There were parts that were so uncomfortable I had to cover my eyes.  This movie proved once again that Liam Neeson is a bad ass & I wouldn't want to pick a fight with him.  Plus he's kinda hot (Doug says that I think everyone is hot and that's just not true.  Liam has foreign hotness so it's different).

3)  Gone...I give this movie a C.  It had such promise as the story starts out good and the acting is good.  Amanda Seyfried was really good in her role & she kept me going to the end.  The problem though is that the ending SUCKS.  I really hate a movie that is good all the way through and the ending just blows it.  Jeez!

4) Machine Gun Preacher....I give this movie a B.  Of course the main reason I wanted to see this is because it has Gerard Butler in it & in case you don't know....he is my #1 man on my top 5 list (if you don't know what I'm talking about, go watch old episodes of Friends).  The overall story line was really good & inspiring.  It's a bit long, as it ran a little over 2 hours.  The story is good, so long as you make it past the beginning when they paint a not very nice picture of Gerard's character.

The ride home yesterday left much to be desired.  We were cruising along just fine, making pretty good time, when we hit traffic about 30 minutes outside of Atlanta.  Which of course we're used to since we live here and all but when you're trying to get home from being gone for a week and you have two crazy kids in the back seat, one of which kept asking every 5 minutes if we were almost home yet, things started unraveling quick.  To top it off I was doing the driving so the mister could take a quick siesta.  Hadley asked for my iPod, a piece of gum, our estimated eta about 23 times,  could I upload this song to the iPod (whatever was currently playing on the radio), chatted about how she was looking forward to going home to see Buddy, etc., etc., etc.  Doug, whom I thought was out for the count, finally sat up and said, "Hadley, please be quiet."  Jeez.  I also met my nemesis while driving.  Some douche from Alaska driving a Honda Fit, which Doug muttered was probably running on batteries, cut me off multiple times but one time almost made me smack into his backside.  I didn't, cuz I've got quick Ninja skills when it comes to driving, but I bared down on my horn and I fantasized in my mind that the girls weren't with us so I could show this jerk my very favorite number.  It became a game between us (Alaska & I).  One minute he's going like 95 and then the next minute he's going 65. I was not sad to see him disappear in my rear view mirror.  To top it all off, Delaney decided to demonstrate some "farting" noises that some of the boys in her class used to make.  Well you know what happened next.  Pretty soon there were 3 people simultaneously trying to outdo each other with their skills.  And I can't help it...I laughed so hard at one point I had tears pricking my eyes.  Delaney was actually singing Jingle Bells and inserting farts into places where there should be words.  I'm not sure why I get tickled by stuff like this because it's pretty low down and gross but for the life of me, I could not help myself.  And obviously, neither could Doug.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Randomness from Hilton Head Island...

We have completely blown through 4 bottles of sunscreen spray & only been on the beach a total of 4 days...which leaves you wondering how long have we been basking in the sun at the beach on said 4 days?  A LOT.  Cuz if there is anything the Alexanders love...it's the beach. 

Doug took a picture of me with the girls today while I was sporting one of my favorite bathing suits.  It's a Ralph Lauren tankini set with a lime green top & hot pink bottoms that I've owned since Hadley was born (yes, I need a new suit).  While I was looking through all the pics taken thus far on our trip I came to said picture & noticed a fair amount of cleavage showing (thanks to Ralph & his padding).  "Do I look indecent in the suit I wore to the beach today?"  Doug gave me a look.  "You and your bathing suits!"  To be fair, I do have very high standards as to who should wear what type of bathing suit.  And the winner for which I bitch the most about is the bikini a.k.a. two-piece.  Ladies....some things are just plain better covered up.  I wish I could still feel confident enough to wear a bikini but alas, that ship has sailed and I know that unless I have a tummy tuck and remove the excess skin that is still hanging out post-two-kids, I will not be wearing another bikini in this life time.

The girls have been sharing a room together for the first time ever.  The room has two little twin sized beds & a private bathroom.  The girls were so excited & had no problem rubbing it in our faces that our bathroom was outside of our room.  Whatever girls....we have a TV in our room & you don't!  Ha!  But seriously, those two could never share a room.  I can tell as this trip has worn on that some people are not as rested as they should be.  According to Doug, who was up today at 6:30 a.m., both girls were up in their room and wide-ass-awake.  Clearly, the excitement is too much.

Parents who show up to the beach, with their small children in tow, without sand toys, should be reported to DFACS.  No shit, this dorky family showed up yesterday morning while we were building a sand fort with the girls.  The teenage boy in this family was LOUDLY complaining about seaweed washing up with the waves and how the whole family should steer clear of the water.  There were probably about 5-6 adults in this family, 2 teenagers, 3 kids around Delaney's age, and one little girl who was probably between 3-4.  NO FREAKING SAND TOYS.  Which was brought to my attention after they had been there for about 30 minutes and Doug scampered off with the girls to the water.  Our sand toys were lying near our chairs, all vulnerable and unplayed with.  One of the moms of this dorky family came over and asked if they could borrow a pail & shovel.  Let me just say, it takes a big set of balls to come to the beach and ask if you can borrow my kids' brand new shovels & pails.  One of which was a birthday present for Hadley from one of her besties (thanks Lily).  Of course, I said yes as her sweet little girl was standing next to her and I didn't have the heart to say no.  It's not her fault her parents are idiots and obviously thoughtless.  But seriously people, if you can afford to go on vacation, swing by the Dollar Tree & pick up sand toys.  Cheap and cheerful investment.

Delaney has been fearless in the water this trip around which is really not that much different from the last trip we took to the beach.  She defies us every chance she gets and goes farther and farther away from the shore than I or her father care for.  She has taken to boogie-boarding and can be found along with all the other big kids/teenagers.  While I am so proud of her, as she is proving to be a much stronger swimmer than I ever was at her age, I am made all the more aware of how fast she is growing and how time is flying by more quickly than I care for.  Her hair is bleached blond from the sun & her tan makes her look like she is glowing.  And while she is spreading her wings a bit more than I care for some days, she makes me happier than I can say.

Hadley, who was super leery of the ocean at first, has really turned a corner.  She has developed her own love of the beach.  While she may not swim quite as much as big sister, she loves everything about the beach.  The shells most of all.  I have had such an enjoyable time, holding her small hand in mine, and scouring the beach for any and all shells we can find.  Whole ones are real treasures but we've managed to find a few that are super beautiful because of their strange color or super soft as the beach has sanded them down.  She too has tried her hand in boogie-boarding and while she is not quite as successful as some of the bigger kids, she is good for a beginner and does not give up which is inspiring.  I told Doug as we watched the girls play together in the water the other day, that the baby in every family truly does have this little gleam in his or her eye that distinguishes them as the baby.  I don't know how it is I can look at a child and tell, but it's there and it's absolute.  I see it in every little thing that Hadley does and it truly warms my heart.  Watching her on the beach, all bronzed from the sun as she is the one person in our family who never sunburns, her squealing in the water and splashing her sister, she is innocence and childishness at its very best.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Our summer thus far in pictures...

Okay people...I am short on words this week due to the fact that: a) I just got back from a 4 hour stint at the lake where I am left deliriously tired from all the abundant sunshine. b) We are leaving in 3 days to head off to Hilton Head Island, so I need to be organizing, packing, doing laundry, checking off lists, etc. in order to be ready for said trip.  So..in this spirit of all this, I have little to say but much to show.

Delaney & I had a one-on-one date at Sparkles Roller Skating Rink on Sunday.  Had a really good time & was super impressed with her mad skating skills.  Also impressed that I've still got it all these years later...

Found these sweet girls snuggled up in Hadley's bed, Delaney reading aloud.