Yeah...It's been a while. The weekend of the 17th we went to G-vegas for the weekend for Avery's 3rd birthday! That was a ton of fun. Skylar enjoyed riding the pony and eating yummy cupcakes...not to mention digging in the sandbox and swinging on Avery's awesome new swingset! And Avery looked so adorable in her cowgirl birthday attire!! We had a fantastic time with the Darden family and even got to visit their church.....Avery and Skylar had lots of fun playing together and I must say, the two of them sure have minds of their own! They were too cute!! So....Skylar got over the sinus infection....we think....and I say "think"....because she didn't finish her antibiotic because we came down with a nasty tummy bug last week.....on the 19th.... Needless to say....nothing was staying down and medicine was no exception.....So my time was occupied with....ummm...let's just say..."being sick".....and taking care of Skylar and then Randy........of course Randy tried to help with her, but ya know how the kiddies are when they are sick...most of the time....they want mommy.....at least mine does......Skylar and I had it Mon-Wed and then Randy was unfortunate enough to get it Wednesday night. Let me just tell you that was quite unpleasant but we all got through it and managed to be healthy by the weekend. Thank God for that! Because we sure did have a packed weekend with visiting grandparents, great-grandparents, and spending time on the lake with friends. We made our rounds as best we could despite gas hikes!! Now, we do drive an SUV and it sure makes you think about the best routes to take to save $$ on gas but get to all the places you need to go....Strategy....lol....strategic planning is in full swing now more than ever before. Gas prices are horrible, yes, and maybe we'll all be forced to go hybrid at some point........but it sure does make you more conscious of how much you/we normally waste running up and down the road without making plans ahead of time.....or making a conservative effort to save time and money where you can.....silver lining??? is there one?? Well if others are doing what we are doing....making the most of the routes you take.....planning to get where you need to go and finding the fastest way to get there.....I'm hoping we're at least cutting down on pollution and helping out the environment a little. Anyhow....let's hope and pray it comes down soon or we'll all need to start biking!! ....which of course wouldn't be such a bad thing in some instances ;-) So this past weekend we were on the lake....with Nana Jan, Papa Joe, Uncle Stewart, the White family and the Crocker family. We also got to visit with Julie, Fred & baby Ava, and Dah came to eat bbq with us Sunday evening as well! We couldn't have asked for better weather. What a beautiful weekend! The kids enjoyed the short boat rides....to the "beach"....the sand...and Blaine and Shelby even went swimming a bunch! A wee bit too cold for me though!! Skylar liked to make Randy stand in the water and hold her in his arms, .....the water temp was fine...once you went numb...lol..kidding..wasn't all that bad....if your from Alaska ;-) I'm pretty sure the song "Redneck Yacht Club"- by Craig Morgan is permanently engrained in my head.....Blaine frequently requested it, and since we had it on the cd...he knew just where to find it! So it was pretty much dance party on the boat for the kids when they were taking a break from the sand and water...Skylar also decided she wanted to catch some fish...so she went "fishing" with the anchor rope....she was quite excited about the big fishies she caught....the kid has an amazing imagination....lol..so that occupied her for quite sometime...I did learn this weekend, that even at 2 years old, my child is a shoe snob. I bought her some frocks...aka fake crocs ...to match her blue bathing suit....she put them on for all of 5 minutes......sat down, took them off and said..."NOT those crocs mommy!!"....For a bit, I had no idea why she didn't want them on...(she's not fond of going barefoot in the sand....so I knew she needed shoes on).....but she quickly took me over to her real crocs...which mind you are purple...sat down and said "These Crocs Mommy!!".."I want these." And she proceeded to put them on herself. Who'd have thought???!! I'm just guessing maybe they are softer or something...who knows...Speaking of sand...most kids like to play in the sand right?? Mine does....somewhat...but how do you play in the sand and not get your hands dirty?? I'm pretty sure that's not possible....unless you dig with a really big shovel and do nothing else....Apparently Skylar thinks otherwise. Everytime she went to fill her bucket with sand, she'd look up..."mommy!! my hands dirty!! wash my hands please!!"....and so we'd have to wash off her hands...I finally gave up and explained to her that if she wanted to play in the sand....her hands would stay sandy....she opted to come on the boat and color.. :-) for a while anyhow............So.... all in all, a great holiday weekend. We remembered the troops in prayer.....gave thanks for our blessings.....and enjoyed being with our friends and family. Now please excuse me while I go decontaminate the rest of the house from everyone being sick, deplete the lake water level from all the laundry I need to do, take the dog out in the rain.....under an umbrella because he doesn't like the rain of course...., start dinner..., and get "things"ready for Skylar to go to H-town while Randy & I participate in the Kiesel-Thorne wedding activities starting on Friday! We can't wait to see our Sharoni get hitched!!
Until I sit down again....I bid you good evening and well wishes for a sunny rest of the week! :-)