Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Various video of the kids from 3/31

Doritos Capers!

Joey's Tooth Fairy Visit

More Videos of the kids...

From 1/31 (3:58)

Rough-housing Video 1

Rough Housing Video 2 (48 sec)

Dribbling the basketball (1:58)

From 1/29 - The kids racing in the house (2:32)

Texas Lightening

I can never sleep when there is a good lightening storm. I have to grab my video cam and take video!

This was taken through a window that had rain drops on it. No sound (there was no thunder). The lights on the display are houses with lights...

In Texas there is a ton of lightening but no thunder. It's pretty cool.

There is less shaking on the video as you go down to the later videos.

Video 1: Texas Lightening (1:49)

Here is video 2: (3:51)

Here is video 3: (4:04)

Texas lightening 4 - (1:41)

Texas Lightening 5 (4:04)

Texas Lightening 6 (4:01)

Monday, March 30, 2009

Joey lost his first tooth!!

If you see in the videos above, Joey lost his first tooth!

He had a loose tooth for awhile and we didn't think much of it. He would wiggle it but nothing more.

One day we had dinner, steak and corn. After Joey was done eating dinner we asked him to take care of his plate like he normally does.

As he's walking past Joe, Joe yells, 'OMG Joey - you LOST YOUR TOOTH!'

Joe is jumping out of his seat. Joey is like, what? I did?

Joey has no clue where his tooth is.

Joe takes him plate and is frantically rummaging through it looking for a tooth. Low and behold, it's under the biscuit on his plate. He must have had it come out when he bit into his corn!

We showed him his tooth and he was so concerned he took it and put it back in his mouth.

We had to explain to him that the baby teeth fall out permanently and make room for the bigger teeth that are coming behind it. We also had to explain the tooth fairy.

The tooth fairy brought him $10 for loosing his first tooth (which the teeth after may only be worth a dollar or two!). I took video above of him getting his money from the tooth fairy for the first time. It's really cute.

Joey and the gap in his smile. Mom - notice the lovely sweater?! :) (My mom made it!)

Another smile.

Joey and his lost tooth.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Park photos


This was the cool tree Joey was climbing up for these photos.


Park Photos

Tree photos of Joey.

Joe actually climbed up the tree for this photo. I was afraid he wouldn't be able to get down, but he did.

Joey and Joe.


Park Photos...

The kids have been really good so we decided to take them to our HOA park. They loved getting out and around. We love going to parks because it's free (well our tax dollars pay for it, so you might as well use them!)

Justin hardly look at the camera. Here is a good one of him. Crazy hair too!

Joey, my lovely subject :)

Joey, head shot.

Awww, hugs.

Jackson's birthday Party

Joey was invited to a birthday party for a boy in his class named Jackson. It was at Lil' Gym in McKinney. It was really cool. The kids loved it as they could jump, run, swing and hang around all over the gym. They had fun things to do like these big parachutes and other things. Joey had a blast.

Joey hanging. He loved it.

Joey on the bars.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Daddy's Birthday

Joe turned 31 on the 25th so he picked out a german chocolate cake. I made it on his birthday and we used the german chocolate frosting on it.

I put it in a springform pan and cooked it. When I first took it out it seemed like the outside had cooked but the inside had not, so I put it in for a few more minutes.

Next time I pulled it out, checked it and then went ahead and let it cool for a bit.

I came back and hour later and the middle of the cake fell. What the heck?!

So after I frosted it Joe told me the cake was the saddest thing he'd ever seen! Everyone did admit it was super good though. It was quite a laugh. To add to the 'wacky' cake, we had a number 3 candle, and did not have a number 1 candle, so we just used a regular candle (that was half the size) and lit that to make it 3 and a 1. Yes, it was a sad, sad cake :)

Joe and his cake.

Justin enjoying the cake.


Joe smiling for the camera. Happy birthday!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Justin playing T-ball

Justin is really a natural at sports. He loves them and he does them well.

Justin is a bit jealous that his older brother gets to play t-ball every week on a team.

Justin also knows that Daddy loves baseball and will drop everything to play with him.

On this day Justin just grabbed the ball, bat and tee, dragged it outside and decided to bat a few balls.

Justin getting ready to hit.

Justin hitting the ball.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

What is going on with us...

This will be a bit of here and there and everywhere but you get the point!

This morning I wake up early because I went to bed at 10pm. I get on the computer to update my blog and notice the boys are still not up. They slept until 8:30. That was so nice!

Yesterday we dropped the boys off at the SS Noah drop in daycare so we could do some grocery shopping in peace and they could have fun playing.

Joe and I had a really peaceful shopping trip and the store wasn't even crowded. We found a lot of awesome deals and stocked up on a lot of stuff for our pantry like canned fruit and veggies.

After the shopping trip we went home to put away the cold groceries and then decided to go out on a lunch date. I talked Joe into going to a Thai restaurant. He talked me into agreeing to not go to any more fast food restarants this month. I agreed.

The place we went to was this really small restaurant near Justin school. The food was marvelous. We both got drunken noodles and it was soo soo yummy. It was so nice to have a relaxing Saturday with Joe. Every Saturday this year has been quite busy and full of errands. It was nice to have one to just kick around and relax.

Friday evening before we went grocery shopping to store #1 I wanted to tape a show on tv. I hunted all over for the remote control and it was no where to be found and Joey was the last one with it.

When we got home from shopping we all searched again and could not find it. This made Joe really ticked off because it's March Madness (basketball) and he could not watch it in digital quality on his big tv because the remote for the cable box was no where to be found. Even if we turned on the cable box manually it was on station 13 and his digital chanel was in the 3000 range!

Finally that night before I went to bed I checked one more time in the closet, on the floor and decided to stick my hand INTO the couch and I felt something hard. THE REMOTE!! I walked so I could see Joe, waved the remote and he practically smiled ear to ear. He was so happy I found it. He was sure it was lost forever! I was just glad to have found it!

Thursday this week it was 71 and I actually was sitting in my office saying to myself, 'Jeez, that breeze is COLD'. Has my blood thinned or what?!

About two weeks ago we'd have one really nice day in the 70s or 80s and then the rest were in the 60s or 50s. The weekend was always the worst and normally in the 40s!

Finally this week every since day has been in the 70s. It has been sooo sooo nice here in Texas. The trees have been flowering for about 2 weeks now. The bushes are getting ready to flower. The trees are starting to get their leaves. I love spring!!

Thursday this week we made steak, rice and broccoli for dinner. Justin ignored the steak and rice but ate an entire bag of broccoli. I can not believe how much that boy LOVES broccoli!!

Joe has taught Justin to answer the ? "Who is the greatest band in the world?" and Justin yells "Metallica!!" It's really funny hearing that coming from a 2 year old.

Joey started T-ball practice last week. This week was week 2. He's really enjoying it.

This week was also spring break. Joey had no preschool. I kept Justin home every day this week except Thursday. Monday and Tuesday Justin had a cold so that's why I kept him home. Wednesday we had a park lunch date planned so he stayed home with me and went to that and entertained Joey.

Thursday he went to daycare. Friday he stayed home with me and I noticed he had big blisters on his behind. Another trip to the doctor and they said he had a staff infection on his behind and gave me medicine to put on it to get rid of the bumps.

This week I met Vicki, which is Ethan's mom. Ethan and Joey go to the same school. Monday this week I did a lunch date with the boys are McDonalds. After we got there to play Joey ran off with his friend Ethan, who also happened to be playing there. After we were getting ready to leave I found Ethan's mom and told her I would love to do a playdate with the boys.

We set one up for the next day since we had already planned to do a lunch date at the park in Frisco. We tried to meet there but since it was Spring break there were about 100 kids in that park. We decided it was a bit too crowded and went back to a park in her neighborhood (which is nearby where we live too!).

The kids enjoyed the park and we also had lunch. Afterwards Joey begged to go to Ethan's house and so we did for a little bit. Vicki and I got along really well. She has two boys as well. Ethan is a month younger than Joey. Holden is a month older than Justin.

Friday this week we got together again with a lunch playdate at our house. That was nice too as we were able to talk a bit and let the boys just run around and play in the house. They also went outside and played a bit.

We didn't do anything exciting for St. Patrick's day. We never do, I guess.

Jason and Caroline will be visiting us for 5 days with their daughter Sabrina and arriving on April 1st. I can't wait!!!!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Having a picnic!

I woke up one morning and the boys had a blanket in the front hallway, and said they were, "Having a picnic mom!"

They had gotten into the fruity pebbles, had two bowls and were eating them and giggling.

They were having such a fun time that I just had to take photos of them. They were so proud of themselves.

There was such a mess afterwards that I gave Joey the dust buster and he cleaned up all the remaining cereal pieces from the ground! Silly boys!

The boys self made picnic!

The kids were so happy with themselves!

Justin with a fruity pebble stuck to his cheek.

I'm sitting on the ground and all of a sudden Joey goes into this pose. What the heck?! Notice the fruity pebble stuck to his ankle. HAHA! He didn't get this flexibility from Joe or I!

Texas finally gets some rain...

Texas was under a severe drought and it was so nice to finally get some rain. It rained for about 3 days straight and then we almost had too much rain! Go figure.

Joe enjoying sleeping in.

The golf course after a lot of rain.

Looking west from our yard.

Joey actually took this photo of Alex!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Taking down the fish tank...

Well, it was time to give up the fish for awhile.

After the big pacu's died around Christmas time, our 'fish hobby' just hasn't been the same.

I had just cleaned out the filter and put it back together. We think that the filter finally was on it's last legs because I tried everything for two days to fix the canister filter but it kept making a knocking noise in the motor and would fail to run.

Joe and I decided that instead of spending another $150 for a canister filter, we would just put up the tank and give it a rest for awhile.

I freecycled all the fish and snails. Two different people came and took them. I was happy to give the fish another happy home.

Then we unloaded all the water from the tank and dried it out.

The stand is in the attic. The tank is in the upstairs attic adjacent to the kids rooms.

The boys cried when we told them we were getting rid of the fish. I told Joey one morning before school to say 'goodbye' to the fish as they would not be there when he got home.

We got to the laundry room to get ready to go into the garage and he just broke down and started to cry. I asked him what was wrong and he said, 'But mom, I LOVE the fish. I don't want to get rid of them!'.

I didn't even realize the kids loved the fish that much. We told them that even though we were getting rid of the fish tank, it wasn't forever. Just for awhile.

Joey playing in the fish water. Yeah, I guess it's kinda gross but he got a shower right after. It made him really happy to play in all that water. Silly boy.

Joey in the fish tank before we took all the water out.

Don't miss these two other posts that I just posted but they got buried due to the dates below:
Pizza Making
Crazy Hair Day

Monday, March 9, 2009

What Joey says about mommy....

What your child says about you.
Cut and paste these questions and ask your kids their answers. Write exactly what they say.

I did this for Joey who's 5. I asked him some questions about me and daddy.

1. What is something mom always says to you?
Mom: I don't know. I love you.
Dad: I love you - He always says that when he leaves.

2. What makes mom happy?
Picking up toys
Daddy: When Joey cleans up.

3. What makes mom sad?
Not picking up....
Daddy: When we don't pick up toys

4. How does your mom make you laugh?
I don't know

5. What was your mom like as a child?
I don't know

6. How old is your mom?
Daddy is 30.

7. How tall is your mom?
I don't know

8. What is her favorite thing to do?

9. What does your mom do when you're not around?
Daddy: Go to work.

10. If your mom becomes famous, what will it be for?
Painting Stuff

11. What is your mom really good at?
Doing work. (What kind of work?) - Reading
Dad: Dad is good at building toys (those toys - those really fast things)....

12. What is your mom not very good at?
Daddy is not good at building bricks.

13. What does your mom do for her job?
Working and Reading

14. What is your mom's favorite food?
That's tricky. Bacon
Daddy's is Chicken Parmesan.

15. What makes you proud of your mom?
Cleaning up the toys.

16. If your mom were a character from a book, who would she be?
That's tricky.
WordGirl (it's a supergirl on PBS)
Dad: An elephant

17. What do you and your mom do together?
Reading books, Cooking
Dad: Watching tv or playing Mario

18. How are you and your mom the same?
Doing work.

19. How are you and your mom different?
I don't know - just growing up.

20. How do you know your mom loves you?
Give hugs

21. Where is your mom's favorite place to go?

I mean Texas because it's warm.

Dad's favorite place to go is 'Work'.

By the way - the sweater above my wonderful mother made him in a WEEK. Joey outgrew all of his other sweaters and was sad he did not have another so my mom knit this one for him and he wore it in 80 degree heat he loved it so much!

Oh and I found this funny story that moms of little boys will really appreciate: Penis Germs

Saturday, March 7, 2009

More fun with mom's shoes...

The ENTIRE month of February someone was sick (except Joe who managed to stay healthy among everything that came through our house).

Justin - Croup
Me - Flu
Joey - Stomach Flu
Justin - Strep AND Stomach flu at the same time
Joey - Strep
Me - Stomach Flu

Fun times. That was our entire month of February. I am not sure there was one day someone wasn't sick.

We welcomed March with open arms.

Because we were so sick in February, I didn't really take many photos.

Lately, now that everyone is feeling so much better, we've been trying to get a TON of stuff done. We are spring cleaning, painting, doing home improvements and trying to make the yard look nice now that it's warmed up a bit.

Today was a prime example of a busy day.

We took Joe's car to the dealership to get maintenance done on it. He wants to have the car a long time and figured he might as well have it maintenanced now that he has 70,000 miles on it and wants to keep it a long time.

Then we went to the dry cleaners.

Then we had to pick up a few things at Walmart.

Then all the boys needed haircuts. Joey and Justin both have pictures at school next week!

Then we came home and worked outside. We pulled a million weeds. We chopped off a few branches from a tree out front.

We all took naps.

Justin has been in the habit of coming downstairs when he is done with his nap and waking Joey up from his nap (yes, we can still ask Joey to take a nap and he usually will).

So... after that we picked up the car.

We then came home. Joe changed the oil in the lawn mower. He mowed the grass. He weed-whacked.

We found out all of the outdoor electrical outlets aren't working. Nice....

Then I used the neighbors weed blower to blow all of the leaves and weeds and junk out of our yard. Our yard looks a million times better now.

Then we made pizzas.

Then it was bath time and then play time.

Then bed time.

Just tonight Joey has been hoarse - like he's losing his voice. I hope he's not getting sick again!

Photos from 3/1

Joey in mommy's shoes.

Justin in mommy's high heels.

Joey in mom's sandals.

Justin trying to wear dad's shoes but it wasn't a good ideas as he nearly feel on his face trying to walk in them. They were 'too heavy'.