August 1, 2001
The boys had a wonderful time at Nana and Papa's, and came home with all kinds of goodies. Here they're showing off their new Hot Wheels hats! While we did enjoy the break from parenting, we sure did miss them and are glad to have them back home.
August 2, 2001
Grandma came over today so Mommy could get some of her work done. They had a lot of fun helping Mommy by shredding some old documents, and also played on their mini trampoline.
August 3, 2001
Earlier this year the boys (including Mark) formed the "Puddle Splashers Club". All three of them are charter members; they call themselves Splushers. The only way to become a member is to splush with a splusher. Wanna splush?
After two days of rain, compliments of Tropical Storm Berry, we got desperate. Today they restated their vows to splash in puddles wherever they may be.
Our poor Boudreaux was diagnosed with hip dysplasia last week. However, last night he came home from a visit with the neighbors and couldn't walk at all. He went back to the vet today and he has torn his cruciate ligament in his knee. He'll have surgery to repair it on Tuesday.
August 4, 2001
We went and watched Daddy play softball this afternoon, and after three days of rain, the field was a mess! Nothing like red, runny, gooey mud to make two boys' day! Afterwards, we went to Pretzels, who sponsors Mark's softball team, and played with their arcade games.
August 5, 2001
Today was a big work day. We had about a half a day without rain, so we got caught up on all of our outdoor chores. We heard the ice cream truck coming this afternoon. The first picture is of the kids waiting for him to come, and then they're enjoying the rewards for their patience.
August 6, 2001
What a fun-filled day! The boys, Clara and Susan all went to Ms. Becca's house to play with Carter, Nathan and Andrew. We had lunch, played a while, and then made sugar cookies. There were children, children, EVERYWHERE!
August 7, 2001
Medical update: Boudreaux had his knee surgery today and did quite well. They took a hip x-ray while he was under anesthesia and he does have hip dysplasia - on the other side! He'll be coming home tomorrow, and we'll start a very long recovery. I think Trouble will be glad to see him back home.
Patrick also got a visit to the doctor this morning and he has yet another ear infection. Same as always - no symptoms, but whiny as ever! Thank God it's something we can fix, or we might all have ended up in the loony bin!
August 8, 2001
What a day we've had! (Warning - I went picture-happy today!) Grandma came over and we celebrated her birthday - Happy Birthday Grandma!!! We made her birthday cards and had a brownie cake.
Then I went and brought Boudreaux home from the vet after his surgery yesterday. He's so pitiful! He's getting around okay, all things considered, but seems to be having trouble settling down to rest. He had a rough ride home (he wouldn't lay down, so he made the whole trip standing up), but as soon as he got home, the tail started wagging!
But our biggest news happened after dinner. Alex learned to swim today!!! His big hurdle was getting comfortable with going under water. He figured that part out, and then he just "got it!"
August 9, 2001
Ms. Becca and her boys spent the day with us today and we all enjoyed some good old fashioned summer fun - getting wet! Poor Carter was overwhelmed with the water going everywhere, and kept saying, quite pitifully, "I'm too small" when we tried to convince him to join in.
Today is Papa's birthday. Happy Birthday Papa! We wish we could celebrate with you!
August 11, 2001
What an evening we all had! Mark and I went out on a real date to celebrate our anniversary. We went to a phenomenal steak place and then to Sak Theater, which does improv comedy.
Meanwhile, the boys had their first sleepover (okay, semi-sleepover) with Jacob and Clara. They made their own Oreo ice cream and romped in the play tent and had popcorn while watching a movie before bed. In the pictures, they are eating popcorn without their hands, "like a pig." We carried them home asleep when we got home (hence the "semi" sleepover). What wonderful friends Mary and Travis are!
August 12, 2001
Sorry, no pictures from today. But we do want to wish Aunt Stacie a Happy Birthday!!!
August 13, 2001
Today was our official last day of summer vacation, so we went out to Downtown Disney with Grandma for some fun. We had lunch at the Rainforest Cafe with elephants and monkeys and lizards and occasional rain storms! And of course, we had to hit the Lego Land, and then there was water play!
Even though we celebrated our anniversary on Saturday, today was the real day - 13 years!
August 14, 2001
Today was a big day for the boys - their first day back at school! Patrick surprised us all and did wonderfully! His teacher is his former Sunday School teacher, and we're all used to seeing Patrick crying. But he jumped right in and never stopped. I actually had to pry him away from his project at the end of the day. Alex had a little bit of first-day jitters, but still had a good day, too. He and three other boys from his class last year all became terrific friends, and they are together again this year (they are all in Alex's picture today), so that helped immensely.
But Mommy is doing . . . .
T h E H a P p Y D a N c E ! ! !
August 15, 2001
August 16, 2001
Mark and I were in stitches tonight during dinner. Our kids are not what you'd call good eaters, so most nights we end up playing a little game where we pick an animal and the kids will eat like that animal. These pictures are the kids eating like a butterfly, and Alex is also eating like a fish.
Cute Patch story: He's very, very into doing things himself these days ("I do it self!!!!") Yesterday he insisted on dressing himself. Usually he does okay, but this time he had his underwear on inside out AND backwards, and his shorts were also on backwards. The shorts had a pull string waist, and the string had gotten pulled out during the day, so it was hanging down behind him like a tail.
August 17, 2001
Patrick and I went to Ms. Becca's house to play with Carter and Nathan while Alex was at school today. She sure has fun toys!
We went out to Bubbaloo's Bodacious Barbecue tonight for dinner with Karen and Kori, our next-door neighbors. We ate out on the porch, and there was a one-man band singing. He invited the kids to come up and dance (since they were dancing at the table already). They were all too happy to oblige!
Today ends the first week of school, and they're both doing great! Alex's jitters are all gone, and Patrick keeps asking when he gets to go back.
On a bad note, Patch is back to waking at night 5 and 6 times. I wonder what we're in store for this time.
August 18, 2001
Alex is giving Mark a driving lesson. Jeff Gordon, look out. You can see from the flag behind them that the wind was blowing but there is no air-conditioning in those carts. Mark was cited with a moving violation because his bald spot blinded the other drivers.
Patch is driving Susan (this time it was just driving, normally he is driving her crazy). He is wearing his "Ankees" hat and his HotWheels sunglasses.
Mark has a new hobby. These go-carts are addictive. The dark black you see on the track is slick so you slide as you go around the corner causing some "inexperienced" drivers to fishtail and crash. Mark exited unscathed and victorious (there really were other racers on the track but Mark was sooooo far ahead of them).
August 19, 2001
We had a big work day around the house today, and then all the neighborhood kids went crazy on the Slip and Slides.
August 20, 2001
We met Grandma today for lunch at Chic Fil A.
August 21, 2001
The boys both had school today. Patrick had a pretty bad day. When he had skipped both his morning snack and his lunch, his teacher took him to see Alex. What a great move! Patch went right back to his room and ate his lunch. And my head is still big from when Alex's teacher told me today how smart he is (like we all didn't know that already!).
This evening Alex was comparing horses to donkeys. That prompted Alex to try to carry Patch on his back like a donkey would!
August 22, 2001
Ms. Becca and her boys came over to play this afternoon. We all had a field day playing with the Legos and destroying the playroom! Boudreaux took it upon himself to watch over Andrew while he napped in Patrick's room. Then it was time for my shaggy boys to get haircuts.
August 23, 2001
We finally got an afternoon of rain without lightening so the kids could go out "splushing."
August 24, 2001
Whew! What a day! Today I had FIVE kids all day long! Well, okay, Alex did have school until 2:00, and Mom came over in the afternoon to help, so it really wasn't that bad. Today was my usual day to watch Clara, and then I watched Carter and Nathan since Becca is out of town. What an adventure!
August 25, 2001
So THIS is why we had children!
August 26, 2001
The kids have really been enjoying a video we have on Yoga for kids. It shows them how to get into different animal poses. It's really neat to watch them roar like lions and hiss like a snake. Here Alex is doing the dog pose. They're also learning how to do headstands. The last picture has nothing to do with Yoga at all. The boys are trying to pick up Mark's legs so they can do the "wheelbarrow" with him!
August 27, 2001
The kids and I went to Lake Eola in downtown Orlando today to play on the playground and feed the birds and swans.
August 29, 2001
I'm sorry there were no pictures from yesterday, but I've made up for it today!
Mom, Patch and I spent the morning shopping while Alex was at school. We got all of the little last-minute extras we'll need for our trip up to Lake George. We're all getting soooooo excited! Patch had a blast riding on the escalator, and would hold his foot up for the last half of the ride anticipating when he would have to step off.
The three boys have been shooting hoops in the back yard after dinner, since it's still way too hot for any outdoor play during the day. Besides, it's much more fun after Daddy's home from work.
August 30, 2001
Today the boys' school got a visit from "Healthy Herb." He is a guy who dresses up in an outfit of fruits and vegetables and is very silly while talking about healthy eating. The boys thought he was hilarious and talked about him all the way home, although Patch's teacher said that at one point Healthy Herb got quite loud and Patch freaked out ("Jumped out of my lap and tried to run away before I knew what was happening."). They got a coloring page of Health Herb and here Alex is coloring it in.
At the boys' bedtime, the dogs will usually camp out where they can watch the kids. Here, Boudreaux is on sentry duty in front of Patrick's door.
August 31, 2001
Mark introduced Patrick to Monster Truck Madness on the computer today. Alex was really quite good at it by the time he was this age. While Patrick thoroughly enjoyed driving through everything in sight, we're not quite ready to give him the keys to the car!