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March 1, 2002
It was a perfect day for kite flying!
March 2, 2002
What a big day we had - It was opening day at
the ball park!
Alex's t-ball team had their very first game today. They
were all so excited - one kid slept in his new uniform! Alex made
absolutely certain we didn't sleep too late and miss his game. :-)
I took an obnoxious amount of pictures, but somehow managed to
pare them down to just a few.
Before the first game they had team pictures.
Alex pretty much had that grin on his face all day!
They don't keep score or track of wins/losses. For
opening day, they just made sure that every player on each team got to hit the
Opening Day is a very big deal, and there was all kinds of
entertainment, including, or course, the "big bouncy thing!"
In the afternoon, the boys helped Mark change the oil in the
And to end our insane day, the boys picked out a book:
"Everyone Poops." They had an absolute field day
"reading" it to each other.
March 5, 2002
I'm sorry I haven't posted in a few days. I've had a
nasty cold that has turned into bronchitis. I went and got a bushel basket
of medicine from the doctor today, so hopefully things will be improving soon.
I have an enormous milestone to report - actually, I think
it's two milestones. Yesterday Alex was being goofy and laughing with his
mouth open wide - and there, plain as day, were the corners of two new molars
way in the back - his 6-year molars! My baby is getting his permanent
teeth! AND, tonight when he was brushing his teeth, he said his front
teeth hurt. Upon further investigation we discovered he has THREE loose
teeth! Pretty soon he'll be whistling Dixie!
March 6, 2002
Wow. I didn't think it was possible to feel worse than I
did yesterday, but I do. Thank God Mom could come again today and take
care of the kids, because I've spent all day in bed. After Mom left, the
neighbors watched the kids outside until Mark got home. I did manage to
haul myself outside for a picture of our little racers.
March 7, 2002
I actually felt a little better this morning, and even
ventured out of the house for an eye doctor appointment. However, by the
afternoon, I had developed the worst headache of my life. I think the kids
could tell something was really wrong this time, because they were little angels
and took care of themselves all afternoon. By 4:00 I couldn't stand it any
more, so I called the doctor and he agreed to see me on his dinner break.
We never found out what caused the headache and nausea, but he gave me two more
shots (I got one on Tuesday already - I'm a pin cushion!) and sent me home to
Alex made this ant headband at school today. Apparently
he wore it all day!
March 8, 2002
Today was the official first day of Spring Break. God,
give me strength to get through next week!
Praise the Lord - my headache appears to be in
remission! And I'm feeling a little upswing in the breathing department as
well. I'm still completely wiped out, but at least there's a light at the
end of the tunnel.
March 9, 2002
Okay all you Northerners - Eat your heart out! We had
our first water day of the year!
And on a personal note - I'm still moving very slowly, but
actually made it through the day without a nap. Life is good!
A couple of cute stories:
#1: Alex's Siamese fighting fish, Baxter, hasn't really
been himself for the last couple of weeks - laying on the bottom and not
interested in eating. So we asked the lady at the pet store about it, and
she mentioned that he's about at the end of his life span. So Mark and I
have talked to Alex about it, and he's seemed okay with the whole thing.
Well, today he wanted to do some drawing. He asked me to draw a picture of
Baxter that he could color. I did, and he colored it in just like
Baxter. Then he asked me how to spell "Bye." So he wrote
"Bye" on it, and cut it out and said he wanted to keep it so he'll
always remember Baxter. (Keep in mind, the fish hasn't even died
yet!) He was never upset or quiet or anything - just something he wanted
#2: Patch came up to me today and handed me his bankie,
and he said, "Here's my bankie, Mommy, to help your cold."
March 10, 2002
We had a wonderful visit with KC, Stacy and Preston
today. Alex and Patch taught Preston how to do Monster Truck
Madness. Just look at that racing face!
March 11, 2002
It's a gorgeous day today, so we decided to set up the tent
and camp out in the back yard. We had a fire in the chiminea and roasted
marshmallows, and as I type this, the three boys are all asleep out there.
They were so excited that at 6:15 tonight when we were setting up the tent, they
were both standing there with their bankies and stuffed animals, all ready to go
to bed! You never saw two kids so eager to cooperate with the bedtime
routine. We came back in the house after marshmallows to do meds and milk
and teeth and all that. The minute we walked in the door, Patch starting
in with "I'm ready for my milk" - and he still had an hour to go
before his normal bedtime. Teeth? I don't think the toothbrushes
actually touched any teeth, they went so fast!
March 12, 2002
The boys and I went to Lego Land at Downtown Disney
today. They were so cute walking hand-in-hand!
March 13, 2002
We had a wonderful visit with Karen and her boys, Justin and
Tyler, today at Wekiwa Springs State Park. They just moved back to town
last week after living in Brooksville for a couple of years. We're so
excited that they're back in town!
March 14, 2002
We're definitely staying busy during Spring Break! Today
Mom and I took the kids to the Science Center.
March 15, 2002
We did all kinds of St. Patrick's Day stuff today.
Patrick is so excited that "his" day is almost here! Alex has
finally gotten mature enough to realize he shouldn't be jealous that there isn't
a St. Alex's Day.
Troy and Christy (Alex's Godparents) and their daughter, Lexie
(Mark's Goddaughter) were in town today so we joined them for dinner near the
airport and had a wonderful visit. Too bad I forgot to bring my camera,
because the three kids were all very cute. The boys and I also went to a
spot where a lot of people park to watch the planes land. There were a few
planes that looked like they were going to land right on top of us! The
kids thought it was great!
So here's an example of the conversations I sometimes have
with my little Einstein:
Alex: Mom, how far up is space?
Mom: I'm not sure.
Alex: But we're already in space, so how can we
Mom: We're not in space, honey. We're on the
Alex: But if the earth is in space, and we're on
the earth, then
we're in space. So why do they say someone goes into
I swear I don't stand a chance!
March 15, 2002
Mark and I have been playing around with our new (ish) video
camera and have a clip of Alex's first tee ball hit. He had his first real
game today, but my pictures all turned out to be of chain link fence (gotta work
on that next time!). This picture is from opening day two weeks ago.
Click on the picture to see the video from that game.
March 18, 2002
We've had a pretty big day. This morning we planted our
veggie garden, and then took Alex to get his teeth cleaned. We saw a
different hygienist this time, and she was absolutely wonderful with the
kids. She confirmed his three loose upper teeth, and also pointed out a
loose lower tooth I hadn't noticed! He had x-rays this time, and she gave
him an extra copy of his front teeth that showed the permanent teeth above the
baby teeth for him to take to school to share. They're both in love with
"Mr. Thirsty" (the straw that sucks the water out of your mouth) and
have been grinning for everyone all day.
She made it all such a positive experience that she even got
Patch in the chair and he got his first teeth cleaning! And would you
believe, I didn't bring my camera! (sob, sob)
March 19, 2002
The kids had a big day at school today. Both classes had
an Easter egg hunt, and Patrick's class also celebrated the last supper by
having a special lunch. Since I couldn't be at two places at once, I
didn't get any pictures of Patrick's egg hunt, but I did make it afterwards to
his lunch. It may seem like these events happened a little early, but the
school doesn't have parties during Holy Week.
March 20, 2002
Alex had a science experiment to do for school today. He
had to make a contraption to protect an egg from breaking when dropped. He
came up with his very own idea to put it in between two plastic plant pots and
cushion it with grass, and then wrap straws around it for added
cushioning. We'll see how it holds up tomorrow!
March 22, 2002
We had to upgrade our operating system in order to
accommodate my office's new system, and in the process I've temporarily (I
hope!) lost the ability to upload my pictures from my camera. I'm still
snapping away like a mad woman, and hopefully in the next day or two I'll be
able to share more pictures. In the meantime, I do have some cute things
#1: The other day we were out front with all of the
neighbors like usual, when I told my kids that it was time to go in.
Patrick said, very politely, "I'd rather not," just like a little
#2: Yesterday I was watching Alex's friend, Andrew.
I was busy in the kitchen making all of the fixin's for tacos while they were
at the table eating their snack. They were discussing tacos, and Andrew
said he loves Taco Bell tacos. He asked Alex if he liked Taco Bell
tacos, and Alex replied, "Yes, but not as much as my mom's."
(What a kid!)
#3: The egg didn't break!
Patrick got to play with Kori today while Alex was at
school. They were sharing and taking turns and playing so nicely together
that we didn't realize that Patrick was actually driving the Jeep. This
picture was taken moments before Patrick drove the Jeep right into the back
bumper of Greg's truck, wedging the front part of the Jeep under the bumper with
Kori's arm stuck between the Jeep and the truck! She turned out to be
okay, but what a scary moment - especially for poor Kori! And we learned
that Patch does not yet share Alex's driving abilities!
March 23, 2002
Our neighbor, Mary, had a 1970's party to celebrate her 30th
birthday. Everybody dressed in 1970's attire and her house was completely
decked out with 1970's paraphernalia, complete with a disco ball spinning from
the ceiling, a fog machine and 1970's album covers hanging on the walls. I
need to get some pictures from some other people before I can put together
something of interest, since my judgment was a little impaired
and my pictures were of the "You had to be there" variety. But
here's a taste!
Okay - here are the party pictures. We have such
wonderful neighbors, and I'm so excited to finally have pictures of them, even
if they don't exactly look like themselves!
Our host and hostess, Mary and Travis (also Jacob and Clara's parents)
Mark, Sonja and Dave
Beth and James (Kate (our babysitter), Jennifer, Alex and Abbie's parents)
Rob and Elizabeth (Ben and Jordan's parents)
Greg and Karon (Kori's parents)
Me, Beth and Karon
The fog machine made these tough to see, but the first one is the only
picture of Mark and me together, and the second one is - well, just too good to
March 24, 2002
We had a really nice visit with Nana and Papa today. They were
passing through town on their way home from visiting Mike down in West Palm
Beach, and delivered a baseball quilt Nana made for Patrick's bed. He went
to be so easily tonight with this "new bed from Nana!"
Mark has been working out at the Home and Garden Show as the
Volunteer Coordinator since Wednesday so we haven't seen much of him. The
kids and I went down to the show today to see where Daddy's been and check
things out. We rode a shuttle bus from the parking lot. It was
Patrick's first ride on a bus. I thought it was Alex's first, too, but he
was quick to point out that he was an old veteran at this, having ridden a
shuttle bus to a football game once.
On the way home, a Billy Joel song came on the radio.
It's called "Movin' Out" and it's about how sometimes the sacrifices
to move up in the world are too great. ("It seems like such a waste of
time, If that's what it's all about, If that's movin' up, then I'm movin'
out.) Alex asked what the song was about, so I explained it a
little. I went on to explain to him that when I was pregnant with him, we
had to make a choice of whether I should stay home with him or keep working, and
why we chose for me to stay home. And then a year ago we had to make a
similar choice with Daddy's job. He made more money before, but he didn't
get to see us as much and wasn't very happy with what he was doing. So we
decided we could do without some things in order for him to do what he does
now. Alex thought for a minute, and said, "So I guess the two most
important things are food and being happy." It's amazing
what a child's few simple words can do for your perspective.
March 25, 2002
We had a nice quiet day around the house today. Mark got
a ton of beautiful plants from the Home and Garden Show (they're donated by
local businesses, so the volunteers get to take them home at the end of the
show) so I was outside arranging them. The dogs were looking so nice just
hanging out in the yard enjoying the scenery.
March 26, 2002
Alex had an excellent suggestion at dinner tonight - roasting
marshmallows for s'mores for dessert!
March 27, 2002
Alex came up to me today and said, "Mommy, come and see
the labyrinth I just made." The kid actually used the word
"labyrinth" correctly in everyday conversation!
March 30, 2002
March 31, 2002
We had our "Annual Erskine Easter Picnic and Water
Balloon Fight" today. It was absolutely wonderful!
Travis and Greg are trying to relive their childhood! You can't see it
here, but Greg is on Kori's Barbi bike - now that's an image to behold!
Taking a little break (No, we didn't let him actually drive like