Fun at the zoo

Henry is out on his 3 week break from school right now. He is in a Montessori school that is on a year-round schedule. That means they go 9 weeks and have a 3 week break. Then they have 5 or 6 weeks for “summer break”. It’s nice, but I gotta tell you…when you are used to school, 3 weeks is a LONG time with him all day. He’s so bored when he’s not at school and he just really thrives on learning and being with other kids.

He went to the camp at the school last week. We figured that would only make the break really be 2 weeks…and a handful of his classmates were going to be there. He absolutely loved it. They got to play outside a LOT and got to do extra crafts and just have fun.
This Monday, we went to the Atlanta zoo with Mason and his mom Leslie. Mason is in Henry’s class. The boys were so excited. Leslie and I were talking about the fact that they had talked about it ALL weekend. Henry even asked me to print out maps of the zoo for him to take and give one to Mason! 
Here are a few pictures of the boys at the zoo! Enjoy!



Fathers be good to your daughters

The relationship between men and women is one that starts very early. From the relationship with their dad (or father-figure) and grandad and uncles, to relationships with “boys” and men that will probably eventually lead to marriage and a family, a girl learns how she should be treated.

Saturday night, we held a Father/Daughter Spring Dance to benefit the Children’s Hospital at the Medical Center. It was coordinated by Amy H, Wendy B and myself. The Austin Theater in Downtown Fort Valley was the location. It was a magical evening.

We ended up having 30 couples (a few dads brought 2 daughters) and everyone was dressed beautifully…in their finest dresses and attire. When the couple arrived, the girls were able to get glitter lipgloss and cheeks before their picture was taken. It’s was very prom-like! The pictures ended up being wonderful! Then it was into the theater for dancing. Food was available and we had a DJ with lights & everything!

We had a limbo contest and a Macarena contest (for the men). The girls – and the men – had a wonderful time!

And at the end of the evening, the girls got to take home 2 pictures and a carnation. They were exhausted but you could tell they had such a great time.

Here are a few pictures for your enjoyment! Oh, and about $1400 was raised to donate to the Children’s Hospital!










WeightWatchers : Day 1

Well, I’m not starving yet! I guess that’s a good thing.

I decided on Thursday that I was going to start Weight Watchers. I thought about South Beach, but I don’t care much for meat, so that option limits me a lot. I need my carbs or I will starve to death :)

So my first official day is today. I hope to lose 15lbs. I’ve got some “souvenir” pounds from having 2 babies that I really would like to say goodbye to for good. It will really help that I already go to the gym 2-3 times a week so I will earn extra points for that!

I’m counting points and watching what I eat and drinking lots of water. I like that I don’t have to necessarily give up anything, I just have to be accountable for it and acknowledge it. So if I get 22 points A DAY and I want a piece of cake that’s 17 points, I better not eat much else that day!

Anyway, wish me luck. We’ll see how it goes!

The Big Reveal

First of all, Happy Birthday Mama! I think it’s safe to say that this was THE BEST ONE EVER!!!

For as long as I can remember, all Mama has wanted in this world is a British racing green Jaguar. For her 40th (and 50th) Birthdays she has received models as gifts…kinda as a joke, but kinda for real. Because nobody ever thought she would really get one.

Over the last 2 weeks or so, my dad, sister and I have been diligently searching for “the car” for her to celebrate her 60th birthday (which was Sunday). We finally found one, in Jacksonville where my sister & her family live. They did most of the leg-work and drove the car, negotiated, etc with the dealership. My sister said they were great to work with and really went above and beyond the call of duty (especially for a used vehicle).

Sunday morning, my Dad and Jason drove to the GA/FL line to meet my sister and get the car. It’s beautiful. It’s a 2000 Jaguar S-type. In my opinion, one of the sexiest cars made. And of course, British racing green.

Here’s my dad pulling into my driveway with the vehicle. He was REALLY proud of this. He worked hard to be able to pull this surprise off.

Sunday night was the “BIG REVEAL” for my mom. She had NO IDEA what was going on. All week, my dad has been harassing her about “being old” and being depressed because she was so old and just putting ideas in her head. She knew she was coming to my house for something and needed to look cute, but had no clue what she was in for!
I had invited people to a 101st Birthday Party – 41 for Jason and 60 for Mama. I had about 20 people over and had them show up at 5. Knowing my mom & dad were going to be there at 5:30. They had Henry and called as they were leaving. We all went to the garage where this was:

As they pulled into the driveway, I pulled the car out of the garage. I was so nervous, though, I thought I might throw up! My mother was absolutely speechless. And that’s saying a lot because my mom talks A LOT! She did cry a little but was mainly just shocked. It was so exciting. Everybody yelled Happy Birthday and clapped for her and it was really just neat.
She made the comment that she had taken it off her list about 5 years ago because she knew she would never get one.
Here she is in it…

So then we headed in the house for burgers and hot dogs that Jason had grilled. It was a beautiful night for it outside, too. I think a great time was had by all!

Mama…don’t be expecting anything for at least another decade…I guess now you need to put something else on that list!

A Hot Wheels Birthday!

A Hot Wheels Birthday!

Jason’s 41st Birthday was on Friday. Earlier in the week, Henry told me that he needed to get his Daddy a cake to celebrate his birthday. So I told him we could go to Publix and order a cake. That we could look through a big book and pick out just what he (Henry) wanted.

A Hot Wheels “spin-out” cake is what he chose. I’m guessing it was more for Henry than it was for his Daddy, but I went along with it and he was so proud. So Friday we went to pick it up and he was so excited. When Jason got home that afternoon we had it ready and were able to have a little party. The cake was good…actually it was 12 cupcakes put together and decorated like a cake! Pretty neat idea if you ask me.

 

Jason cracked up when he saw the cake! Henry promptly confiscated the car and dug his fingers into the “fire” and the cake was destroyed! But the pride in his eyes knowing that HE picked it out just for his Daddy.
And I gave Jason a Martini set. He said not to get him anything big, so I got him this Teeny Weeny Martini Set from Barnes & Noble
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