Friday, May 28, 2010

Hairy and Scary

This is one of the greatest, if not THE greatest art project I have ever seen.
Avery even added some armpit hair to commemorate his own new growth.
Dirt and I seriously argued about who was going to get to keep this beauty. Dirt won by convincing the artist that the masterpiece would get more recognition in his office than in a place of honor in our home.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

All Smiles

Today we made the annual pilgrimage to the local fun spot mecca: Canobie Lake Park

Good times.

Real good times.

Lots of smiles.

And basically the kids are almost on auto-pilot. We just troll around behind them and take an occasional headcount. The amusement park parental duties are so minimal now we really only go on the rides we want to. Which means that I only went on the wooden roller coaster (which I regretted) and the tea cups (which I really regretted). Other than that, the kids found riding partners or looped grandma into going on the rides with them. Even Beckett was low key - in fact, I'm pretty sure he spend the day in a poopy diaper...which lost most of it's pungent aroma after the first hour.

It just gets better every year.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

For the Grandmas

'cause Grandmas love pictures of grandkids.
they actually like printed photographs better

but they'll settle for this

cause let's face it...
...they'll take a grandkid fix any way they can get it.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

The Three

I took some pictures of the kids this morning.
It only cost me 2 McFlurries and 12 Gogos.

I might've gotten ripped off.

Just kidding. They were compliant.

Just reminded me that I need to dig out my camera's manual again and figure a few things out.
I'll do that in my spare time.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

T Shirts

Dirt gets frustrated with me when I say that I wish I were more creative. He thinks I am creative...and I guess to some extent he's right. I'm more creative than he is; I think about things differently and I have a lot of weird ideas. I don't know if I'm creative or just strange, or if there is even a discernable difference. I think I'm just not creative enough. Or maybe what I mean to say is that I wish I were more talented with regard to getting the ideas in my head onto paper. I don't know.
Where I've struggled lately is in coming up with some additional t-shirt designs for the Lobsters stuff. I need help.

This is what we have for a girl's t-shirt. (Wendy insisted on pink...not sure why - I think she thinks that girls wear pink or something). This quote is my SVP's favorite quote and he uses it around our organization. It fits there, but when I heard it, I knew it needed to be on a t-shirt, raising money for poverty.

I like this one, but I don't know if I'd wear it. Would you?

Avery came up with this one. He's going to wear it.

Ho hum.

If you have any graphic design skillz, please help me. The more I look at these designs the more I hate them. And where I'm really stumped is coming up with a design that Dirt would wear. Dirt is definitely a t-shirt wearer - but he won't wear anything with stuff all over it - it needs to be a small message on the chest - like a little man riding on a horse with a polo stick.

Friday, May 07, 2010

Special Visitor

On Thursday Avery had some big news to share with us: a special visitor was coming to his class. It was top secret and apparently very exciting.
Before bed, Avery came downstairs dressed in pants, a button down shirt, tie, and sweater vest (as you see below). (You should know that he has recently begun dressing for school the night before - so yeah, he sleeps in the clothes he's going to wear the next day - it's an exercise in efficiency - don't judge).
The point is, he was looking particularly dapper. When we commented on how nice he looked, he mentioned the special visitor.
Since the visitor was suppose to be a secret, he couldn't divulge any additional details until his sisters were in bed. The suspense filled the air all evening, as we waiting for bedtime to get the full story:
A new student was coming to his class and the teacher asked for a responsible and respectful young man to pair up with the new student and show him around the school. All the boys in the class raised their hands for this important assignment.
The teacher decided to have the kids vote on who should play this ambassador role. All the kids put there heads down and each boy's name was called, the teacher counted raised hands (secret ballot) and after the last boy's name was called, the votes were tallied, and the announcement was made.

Avery was elected.
He was so honored, and completely excited by this. I told him that I couldn't be more proud of him. His friends had noticed that he was respectful and responsible and had elected him. We prayed together, that the day would go well, that his new friend would not be nervous, and that Avery would be a comfort to him.
As I exited his room that night, he said, "Mom..." I turned around and looked back at him. He continued, "Since all the boys were nominated, and you couldn't vote if you were nominated..that means that all the girls voted".
"Then that's even better".

Sunday, May 02, 2010

Vacation Day 3

Our last day in Washington was spent at the Air and Space Museum...

...which rocked.

As awesome as all the exhibits were, one of our favorite parts of the museum was a 3D IMAX movie about Space. Dirt and I were cracking up watching Amaya try to touch the stars that were coming at her.
Space is just incredible, so just makes me marvel at how BIG and awesome our God is.

The kids were rockin' their new DC shirts! Such tourists!

It was amazing to be so close to so many famous space crafts and airplanes. I couldn't help but think of my sweet son Biruk, who dreams of becoming an astronomer. I wished he were there with us so he could marvel at the planets with us. I thought about him so much of the day.
The best part of the museum was the flight simulator rides. Dirt and Avery went on one that tossed them up-side-down and every which way, while the girls and I took a less dramatic ride.

By mid-afternoon, it was time to end our DC adventure and head back to Philadelphia. Three days was just enough time to explore a piece of Washington. The kids were museumed out, and if I'm honest, we were too.
Dirt put it best when he said, "it's best to leave a little bit before you're really ready, rather than after - it'll make you want to go back". I agree.

Saturday, May 01, 2010

Vacation - Day 2

Our second day in Washington was definitely the best day

It started with breakfast at the hotel, where the kids ate for free and our waitress was Ethiopian (I was thrilled to be able to show off my mad Amharic skillz (translation = the one word I know) by saying "Ameseganallo" - which means "Thank you").

Then off to the Museum of Natural History...which was really cool except every stinkin' exhibit was somehow tied to the evolution lie...zillions of years ago this gift shop began from a piece of chewing gum on the sidewalk, the spark from a caveman's cigarette ignited it and over time, it evolved into a full gift shop with overpriced t-shirts and dinosaur toys. Amazing.

Dirt got to hold a giant grasshopper. The kids and I were um..not interested in holding it.

Then off for some sightseeing! The Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial!

Avery and I were quick to mention to the others that Washington is not actually buried under the monument...we learned this while doing his book report a few months ago. Boo-ya!

The weather was fantastical! It was really the perfect day to be outside walking around DC!

This is how we roll

Everything about this picture is who they are.
It was such a great day! Dirt and I almost escaped having to go into the pool again. Almost. Altough we were all wiped out, the kids still had their sights set on ending the day with a dip in the hotel pool. We drew the line at a 2nd round of Marco Polo. (Dirt and I dominated on Day 1).