Jul 10, 2010

Oh Blah Dee, Oh Blah Dah

Life goes on.
So this week we celebrated 4th of July, our 8th wedding anniversary, bought a new SUV (to us), and went to Disneyland. Busy week!
Tessa has decided that all of a sudden this week she was going to turn into a fussy baby every evening full of colic. So that's been super fun. Nope. I've found that laying her on her tummy works a whole lot better than any other way. She's spent her time the last few days conked out on the prayer quilt that was made for her from my in-law's church. Usually with a spit up rag under her mouth to catch all that spit up (no disrespect to the prayer quilt). The rag quickly made an appearance after this picture was shot.On the fourth, we did small fireworks and made smores in my parent's backyard. My two sisters were there along with Krista's fiance, so it was pretty fun. Ainsley got into throwing the poppers and making them bang. She didn't watch out for feet though so you had to give her a wide radius.Hunter loved the sparklers although he was a little spooked by them too.And then we roasted smores in their firepit which turned out quite messy, gooey, and tasty.I am obviously struggling. I ended up with mallow all over my chin which made for the family's amusement.My sisters and I always get silly and have too much fun together. Usually our times together degenerate into things like this. I am showing off my stellar socks I borrowed off of Krista. It was freezing and all I brought were sandals. All I could find were these hot pink socks. She offered to let me keep them. I declined for some reason.....Katie has a poker. Things could get dangerous....So the 6th was our eighth wedding anniversary and we spend it driving. Romantic for sure. We found this Ford Expedition on Craig's list and drove four and a half hours down to the middle of LA to look at it. Yes, with the kids. It was a great deal (we have been looking for one of these everywhere for over a month now) and so we bought it. Not quite the swagger wagon but it will now pull our boat better than our Jeep and it has a third row seat for the kids should we ever need to take more than just our family with us. And yes, it is jacked up in the picture below because it needed new shocks on the front (that being the only thing we could find wrong with it). And that's, according to Tone, an easy fix. And what man doesn't buy a new used car and then spend the next free day working on it to make it better? Obviously.Since we were literally only 15 minutes from Disneyland we decided to stay the night and go to Disneyland the next day. That's right a blitz trip to Disneyland with three kids. One of them a newborn. Happy Anniversary to us! Don't cringe. It was such a blast actually. The double stroller I have can actually fit all three, and with all our bags on it, it looked like the hobo wagon. The look of wonder on their faces the whole day was priceless. We hit every ride they could do in the park pretty much and the Small World ride three times because they loved it so much (the song is still ringing in my head). We left the park after the fireworks ended at 10pm. We didn't get on the road to go back home until after 11pm and so we didn't get home until 4am. Both of us had to drive since we had the new vehicle and it was a challenge to stay awake. Can you say singing at the top of my lungs? Whew! It's taken me a couple days to recover that's for sure!Why are they dressed so strange you ask? Well, I thought we might hit Disneyland since I didn't want to drive 4 hours down and 4 hours back on the same day on our anniversary with many small children (the thought brings an involuntary shudder), so I brought Ainsley's Belle costume. Not wanting to be left out, Hunter brought his Darth Vader mask and wore black because obviously one can't be Darth Vader if you are wearing, say, red. The only problem is his one set of black pants are very high water. I'm still not sure how these escaped the thrift store pile I sorted last month. But since I am very used to my children looking strange in public, this hardly phased me. Hunter picks out the darndest things to wear. Of course Hunter had to see the Star Wars show there twice.

And so what is my darling dear doing right now? Being a man. Obviously. Putting new shocks on the Expedition. It's very manly when one has black grease smeared up to the elbows and down the cheek. I know better than to bug him though during projects like this no matter how manly he might appear. I had to quietly take this shot from the side. Being a Christian man, he doesn't swear, but the tone of voice he has on projects like this make me think twice about saying a word, or forbid, a stream of chatter.
So I left him alone, and went in to write this blog post...perhaps next week won't be so busy. We'll see...we seem to live at this pace.

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