Sunday, August 24, 2008

38 Candles

"I can't believe they freaking forgot my birthday!"

I love the movie 16 Candles and I can't resist watching it on TV even though I have seen it so many times, I can probably recite the entire thing. I think my love for it is because I feel like my birthday is often forgotten. People get all wrapped up in late summer, retting ready for school, that they forget my birthday. Birthday parties never have as many kids and sometimes it's too hot for an outdoor party.

At least a few times a year, Alvin has to have me clarify the actual day, for some reason he thinks it is the 24th. At 2:00 yesterday, I had to tell him it was my Birthday. He felt terrible and honestly, he didn't even know what day of the week it was (gets that way when he is working a lot). To his credit, he bought me a gift last week in Portland. But who tells the kids to wish me a happy birthday?

By 4:00, it was obvious that I was forgotten (again) and I decided to make my own birthday cake, using the new kitchen aid mixer Alvin got me. I found a recipe, that made my mouth water, for a flourless chocolate cake and I decided that I would take it next door and share. I would have made Martha Stewart proud as I premeasured the 4 ingredients, but I dropped one of the 8 eggs I needed, and I only had 8. I asked Finn to get me some from the chicken coop and he took forever getting them. Of course, when he returned, his brothers woke up and I had to make the cake with them pulling at my legs. Finn got called back over to my parents, and I sat down to read to the twins. After 40 minutes of baking, I got up to see how it was doing, and it looked great, then I looked over at the mixer and saw the sugar that was supposed to be added when the egg whites were whipped. Guess I got distracted, but it just made my day worse. Decided that I wouldn't be sharing after all.

At 6:10, my mom called and had finally remember, so she offered an invitations for dinner out. Since the boys were already eating and I don't like to take them out, I allowed them to get take out Thai and eat at our house. My mom bathed the boys and picked up the toys and my dad did the dishes...and we did eat the cake, with ice cream, but it was still bitter (and there is 3/4 of it left).

Since this is the beginning of our family birthday season, I will have time to perfect the cake, and I have a great mixer to use! Our anniversay is in 2 weeks, the twins birthday (and Jacobs) is on September 17th and Alvin's birthday is October 5th.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Baby Jack

Forgot to add this:
Kate's baby was born on Monday August 11th. I've seen pictures, but don't have any to share, yet. He's a cutie with a lot of his dad's looks. Talk to Kate regularly, and she is doing very well...makes me a little jealous that I was dingy 2 weeks after my second pregnancy. Can't wait to meet the little guy, although it could be a while.

Visitors, Vacation, Twilight & lost teeth

Been a while since I have written on here, but I have good excuses.
First Alvin returned home and the next day his brother and his family came for a visit. Seemed like we were busy busy busy. We "vacationed" close to home with them: seeing the sights in Seattle, going to local beaches and visiting Victoria Canada (we left the twins at home with Mimi). It was fun being a tourist for a while. We had an enjoyable visit and Finn really enjoyed having "new" cousins around.

The day they left, we left too. We drove to Central Oregon to my Aunt and Uncles cabin for some lake time. For our own space, we camped in front of the cabin. Alvin has an old tent he inherited from his step dad that slept all 5 of us (2 pack & plays, twin and queen air mattresses). The day we arrived it was 110 degrees, and we opted to pitch our tent instead of heading to the lake. The second day it was only 102 degrees and we spent a few hours at the lake and spent nap time in the car for the AC. We went back to the lake for some boat time and we all loved the boat. Paxton and Quincy were terrified at first, but once we moved, they were thrilled. We even got all 5 of us on an inflatable for a ride that ended too soon...THUNDERSTORM! Headed back, had dinner and watched the lightning. A few hours later, headed out to find the forest fire started nearby because of the lightning (we wanted to make sure it was on the other side of the lake so we could sleep). Alvin and I both woke several times that night, feeling like we were in a bowling alley. Monday, it was still stormy so we stayed indoors and ran a few errand to keep ourselves occupied. (I started reading Twilight...comments on that later). Tuesday, I drove Alvin into Portland and returned back to the lake, so we could have more fun in the sun. I had intended to go home Tuesday, but accepted the invitation to stay on, because I had so much help. Tuesday night it was stormy again, and the wind kept howling...Alvin's absence and coyotes presence made sleep difficult. Wednesday the weather still wasn't nice and I spent more time reading Twilight. Wednesday night it was still windy and at 11:30, half of our tent collapsed and after righting it, I wasn't able to sleep for the remainder of the night. I made the decision to go home early because I was so tired, of course, after we left, the weather finally cleared up. With out Alvin there, the boys didn't let me get too far away from them, and I couldn't recover (read Nap) in the tent or in the well populated cabin, so we left. We had a great time and Alvin says we will go again next year (after we check the weather forcast). Finn loved having more "new" cousins and was angry that I made us leave early.

If you are considering camping with toddlers, let me share with you a suggestion...give them a cheap flashlight at bedtime. My boys enthusiastically climbed into bed to play with their flashlights and fell asleep with them on.

We returned home and slept fantastically in our own quiet beds! I finished reading Twilight last night and can now set about unpacking. One might say I was a little engrossed in it. There was no need for me to worry about being scared...after all it was a book written for teenage girls. It was an easy enjoyable read and I am trying to track down the others in the series so I don't have to wait for my holds at the library.

I donated blood yesterday (nothing to do with the vampire book) and when we returned home, Finn helped himself to a chocolate milk box. Like we all do, he used his teeth to open it (he prefers not to use the straw). Oops. "Mom, do I have a bloody gum?' I looked and he was missing a tooth. I was not prepared for this: he's only 5. I quietly panicked and set out looking for the tooth. It seems to be broken, but it looks okay in his mouth (and his dentist was closed for vacation), so I quickly told him what I knew about the tooth fairy. I thought I would have the time his first tooth was loose to decide what to tell him, and since he didn't ask a lot of questions we left it to the basics: tooth fairy takes your tooth from under the pillow and leaves money. If you have any idea what the tooth fairy does with these teeth, please leave a comment. As we got him ready for bed, he remembered his tooth pillow, that my babysitter (she used to babysit me) gave to him when he was born (I had forgotten about it). We took the picture of him with it for her. He was so excited this morning when he came out of his room with his "gold dollar" the tooth fairy left him. I understand that I got off pretty cheap here, but his dad promises to give him gold dollars when he does something great, so this was a real hit. He told everyone he saw today. Alvin and I still can't believe he is old enough to be loosing teeth.

Friday, August 8, 2008

catch up!

Alvin comes home tomorrow...I can't believe it's been a month. I had intended to do all these projects around the house after I got the house clean and that never happened, so the projects never got done. It was enough work to keep up the laundry, dishes and feeding the kids, that special projects weren't really a priority. And all the time I thought I'd be putting stuff on here...HA, I found that if I wrote when I had time, it would all be negative so I just didn't (and Alvin only looked at my blog once).
I would have to say that the third week was the best during my husbands absence. I knew we were more than halfway through and Finn went to space camp every morning! We also drove out to the Dungeness Spit, where we met my family and had an enjoyable afternoon playing by the ocean. In celebration of my mom's birthday, the grandkids and most of the family went to the public pool: it was nice for me because there were enough adults to help with the twins. Finn went off the high dive and scared me! I didn't know he was a strong enough swimmer to make it back to the side in the deep end, but he did, several times.

This week was a little harder (I wonder if Finn being away for a few hours made it easier), probably anticipation of Alvin's return and stress because I should have gotten the house clean (would be a total shock for Alvin and because we have company coming). We had another beach day, this time at Point No Point and a few play dates at our house.

Yesterday, I left all the kids with my sister and shopped all day. It was so nice not to have to buckle car seats and drag unwilling shoppers through the stores. Finn got new school clothes and I got all the things I needed (namely hit a store an hour away for some marinade I can't find anywhere else).

No, I haven't read Twilight yet. I was really worried about being scared and now that I know I won't be, I have too many things to get done (and another book, I really want to read is in at the library...oh, I might not be too social for my company).
I must fo tidy up...hoping to at least get vacuuming done.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Vampires and werewolfs?

So, on our beach outing last week, we got to talkin gabout books. I admit it, I read novels: and even better if they are light and trashy. Okay, I have never purchased one from the grocery store, I usually check them out from the library and I guess most qualify as chick-lit. Just recently, I have felt okay admitting this to people, just not when my sister is around. My life is just too chaotic and when I read, I want to be entertained, by something not close to the life I am leading.

Well, Brooke asked me if I had read Twilight. No I haven't and she said it was fabulous. And then, she bought it for me! Okay, I googled it and seem to find out that it's about vampires and werewolves and I am honestly too scared to start reading it. I have this visid imagaination and have nightmares after any scary movie. Apparently, this book is about to be released as a movie, has many sequels and teenage girls are reading it... but no one says anything about it being scary. Have you read it? Can you please clue me in. Once I get the okay, I am going to dig in and read, which means putting off cooking, cleaning and sometimes sleep.