about a dream

Monday, September 1, 2014

The rest of Labor Day weekend

Yesterday we started the day by taking the dogs up to the top of the hill and cheering on the runners doing the Harborfest Half Marathon. One of my friends and fellow teachers was running, and the girls had even made her signs. Aw!

Aren't they just adorable!

 The signs say "go Lauren" (Maggie's "g" is backwards, don't say anything! She doesn't take constructive criticism very well!). They both picture a bunch of people running, and Nina's says "Lauren in the Lead." Nina is an excellent cheerleader.

And a savvy, retro dresser!
Maggie is NOT such a good cheerleader. The first people that ran by, we clapped for. Great. Then the next group, Maggie shouted, "YOU'RE NOT WINNING!"

Embarrassing! It's a small town, you know?

So I told her to say something nicer than that, which she forgot about by the time the next group of runners came by. So again she shouted, "YOU'RE NOT WINNING!" until finally she got the message and told the next group, "I LIKE YOUR SHOES!"


THEN, we kept checking to see if the next runner was Lauren, and one time she goes, "No, that's not Lauren, that's an elderly woman." Eventually the jogger starts by us and she turns and says "Oh, that's not an elderly woman, that's an elderly man."

So embarrassing!!

Finally, she just stuck with "Good job!" Relief. Then Lauren came by and we high-tailed it home. It's a wonder I'm not more gray.

But gosh darn it, we're such a cute group!!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Labor Day weekend

Busy weekend! We left the house at noon on Saturday to drop linens, blankets, and towels that the thrift store didn't want to sell off at the animal shelter. We've been doing that particular job for months now, but yesterday was the first time that we managed to drop stuff off during the hours that the shelter is open to the public. So we got to walk a dog! Meet Eve:

She and Nina hit it right off.
Isn't she so pretty? She's a bulldog, American we think. Note the cute spots and up tail!

She was so sweet! Very shy, and so easy to walk. Not constantly pulling and tugging like Marley!

After that, it was lunch at Five Guys, back-to-school shopping at Target, and a trip to the zoo. Ok, ok, Petco. We watched the birds and mice for the longest time, it was so much fun.

Then it was over to the bowling alley for Joseph's surprise 30th birthday party! So much fun!! We ate and ate and ate, and bowled and bowled and bowled. In the end, Dad and Erik tied for first, then came mom, Nick, me, and Maggie and Nina (I can't remember the order at the end there). I only did so well because I had the lane guards up. Bowling gutter ball after gutter ball is just no fun.

We left the camera in the car, so here's a photo of us heading home:

Happy, sleepy campers!!

Friday, August 29, 2014

The summer days, they're a-dwindlin'

Oh, the sadness is descending on our house. On Monday and Tuesday I had to work! What is this work? I am not sure I remember?...

Mom had to go to work at 1-ish, so I made sure to leave enough to keep the kids occupied and out of Nick's hair until I got home at 3:30. To that effect, I made them a scavenger hunt and a treasure hunt!

One of the items on the scavenger hunt was to photograph a bird. I figured, that'll keep the girls pretty busy, they'll have to be patient, look for some birds, try to get a picture. Genius, right?

Here's what I got:

What's that on her shirt? Leaves? Attached with tape??

This one has a yellow cup on her face...
 They're birds. Har har children.

That's ok though, Nina made up for it by making pancakes. All by herself! She was all, "I want some pancakes," and I was all, "well I'm too busy to make any, and they're too much work, so no." And she was all, "Fine, I'll make them myself."

And she did!! She googled "fluffy pancake recipe" ("fluffy"!), followed all the instructions, and presented us all with this amazing, golden stack of pancakes!!

Those pancakes had some serious fluff.
Then Maggie got buried in some stuffies...

Where is she? Oh yeah, there she is!
Then she exploded out. The fun!

Note that Nina's still wearing her apron in this photo.
So, overall Monday and Tuesday were a success. Then we were in Brunswick to get 2 of Maggie's cavities filled on Wednesday, bummed around the house and went swimming with our friends on Thursday, and back at school for me today. Thankfully, Nina made dinner (fondue), so I got a chance to relax! She's such an amazing cook! I can't emphasize enough how excited I am that she has such a helpful hobby. Nine is turning out to be the best age yet!!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Nina's Birthday Party

Well, it was a week late, but today we finally celebrated Nina's 9th birthday with an American Girl Doll, spa birthday. What a success!

Nina and I spent all morning getting ready. Here's the Happy Birthday Banner above the presents table (complete with shimmery tablecloth).

No spa is complete without some hand-picked wildflowers...

I picked those myself. They really added that special touch...
Their sitter, Sophia, came by early, and helped us set up the nail polish station.

She did amazing manicures with glitter. Glitter! That's what you get when your sitter is valedictorian!

We also did aloe vera facials and a tea foot soak.

Maggie with cucumbers on her eyes. Aww!
 Actually, all of this was a plan for me to get some spa treatment!

Ahhh! It worked!!
 Look at all those nail polish choices...

One friend, Grace, is staying for a sleepover. She's never done a sleepover before, and her parents are skeptical, but we'll see!

We were eating dinner, and Grace was telling us a story about diarrhea, but trying to avoid saying the word. "Why is it such a gross word," she asked. "There should be a better one."

"How about 'loose stools?'" Maggie said enthusiastically, arms swung out. "That's better!"

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Peabody Pond

Heath sent some pics!

First, the trampaloon, which was even better this year thanks to the addition of a waterslide. I, bravely, was the first to try it.

All the grace of a beluga whale...
 It wasn't wet enough to really "slide" down, and the picture above does not do my lack of grace justice. Heath remedied the situation by spraying the slide with non-stick cooking spray, which rubbed off of our bodies all over the rest of the trampaloon, providing us all with hours of slippery hilarity.

We survived and made it back to the dock:

Lovely scenery!
There's now also a lovey pontoon boat, which we played on but didn't take out.

More trampaloon. Even Nick got out there!

Heath and Nick look ridiculous, but Maggie looks adorable!
 Nina, practicing her float. Could her arms and legs get any longer??
Or whiter? Next summer I might have to lay off the sunscreen...
 Me and the girls, back at the trampaloon. Nina is about to go down the slide. The tube/life vest combo is to eliminate any chance that she could go underwater. It worked!

It was a great day. Heath will be back there over Christmas break, and the girls want to check the place out in the winter. So I guess we'll be back this year. And next year, we'll definitely plan to spend two nights. One just wasn't enough!

Monday, August 18, 2014

A garden update!

I know how everyone just LOVES my garden updates!

This one is about my flowers, which were pretty successful. Look!

Above are the cosmos, which have finally bloomed. Lovely!

Morning glory in a wrought iron basket on the exterior of the house

And finally:

I harvested some of my potatoes today! They're small, as usual, but they're mine and I love them!! They're going in the chowder tonight.

Bad news is that Maggie caught the virus. She woke up Saturday night/Sunday morning just burning up and with a sore throat. She felt miserable yesterday, but is turning the corner today. Poor little pumpkin!!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Happy Birthday Nina!!

Yesterday, it looked like Nina was going to have an utterly awful birthday.

This is the saddest almost-birthday girl ever
 She ran a fever of 103 all day and couldn't keep anything down. She mostly slept, which was good, and then finally kept a dose of Tylenol down at 8:45. An hour later she woke up sweaty, fever broken, and HUNGRY. Yay! She's not 100% today, but much, much better.

Interestingly, most of her presents were really for Kit and Marisol. Like, new bunk beds, with coordinating bedding!

See the "K" on Kit's pillow and the "M" on Marisol's?
Yesterday she opened up her Easy Bake oven. During her 3 minutes of feeling halfway decent, we baked a couple of cakes in them. But at least it cheered her up a little!

She also got a gift in the mail from the Hermans: new PJs! Maggie held them up after she opened them and exclaimed, "New pajamas Nina! For when you're huge!"

It was hilarious! They do look huge, but they fit perfectly. She's really growing up!!

Today we had cake and Nina opened up a few more presents--an alarm clock from Grandma and Grandpa and this new outfit for Marisol:

The shoes even have little taps on them!
She's so excited by her Amazon gift certificate from Oma and Opa that I think it's going to take her weeks to decide what to get! Amazon does put the whole world at one's fingertips though, it's a lot to pick from.

I can't believe she's 9. Unreal. Nine!! Where did my little snug-muffin go??