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A Killer Party

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First, it’s not hard for us to get 100 people together.  Christmas Eve dinner is 30-40 people, and that’s just immediate family!  Where would I take 100 of my closest friends, and what would we do?  Let’s see…

I would have to pick a place that everybody could drive.  Not everybody can afford airfare.  So, at first I thought Cleveland.  Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, some bar hopping in The Flats, some nice dinners…but what about the kids?  Not everybody could get sitters for the weekend (including myself!)  So, then I thought it would be cool to have 100 people go to Williamsburg.  We could take the kids to Busch Gardens.  And Colonial Williamsburg.  The grown ups AND the kids could have fun.  The Hampton Inn & Suites in Williamsburg has an indoor pool AND an outdoor pool.  The kids can swim, the adults can relax.  And we’d be with 100 people that we like.

I’m gonna put it out there to the universe….that’s what I’d love.  OR, you can all enter and invite me for the weekend if you win!  Where would you go?  Let me know…’cuz I’ll need to know what to pack.  Oh, and if it’s a kid-free weekend, I’ll start recruiting babysitters early!

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Well, just a quickie post here.  We came back from our Disney vacation yesterday.  We also headed to my folks for a few days after Disney World.  We all had fun.  There were a couple days of adjustment, though.  We just aren’t used to all being together for that much time.  After Tony and I decided that we would let the other one be ‘right’ every once in a while, everything started going much more smoothly.  For today, just some pics…more words next time :)

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Happy Mom

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I love it when everything goes the way I want.  Not that everything is perfect, but we rolled pretty well this holiday weekend.  Day two of spring break involved a trip to the outlet mall.  New clothes, shoes and sunglasses for the chicks. (And 40 percent off at Old Navy!  Yay!).  Then, we stopped for some lunch.  Granted, it wasn’t exactly the lunch that I would have chosen.  It was Burger King.  With an indoor play area.  But hey, it worked.

Next?  Hair cuts for the girls.  Then we were off to neighborhood happy hour.  Beer and snacks for me, and lots of kids, swings and a trampoline for the kids.  We had a great time, and we didn’t leave until midnight.  I must say, I have a great bunch of neighbors.  The only thing missing on Friday were mani/pedis ;)

Saturday I got to see my brother and his family, and enjoy the AWESOME EASTER BREAD that my Dad makes.  He ships it up to us from Florida.  Yummy.  I thought for sure that the girls would be sooooo tired that they would have fallen asleep by 8:00.  notsomuch.  I think the bath (that I couldn’t skip, because they were absolutely filthy) woke them up.  Easter involved another egg hunt (in which both of my kids won prizes – THANK GOD!) and dinner with family.  Beautiful weather all weekend.

Today they spent the day at my sister-in-law’s while I went to work.  Another beautiful day.

I’ll end the update with a couple of things that Chloe said.  Last night she asked me if, when you go into the hospital to get your baby taken out, do they give you a tattoo?  I explained that no, that’s not how it works.  When she asked for more info, I told her that, WHEN I WAS A GROWN UP, I paid a tattoo artist to give me a tattoo.  She told me that she wants a star tattoo.  Then I told her how much it hurts.

She’s weighing all the facts.

At my sister-in-law’s today, while Chloe was inside and my SIL was outside, she opened the door and asked “Aunt Missy, is skin meat?”


And I’ll leave you with that.

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Hello, Spring Break

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Well, today was the first day of Spring Break.  Six days off.  In a row.

I’m actually looking forward to it.  (Keep in mind, however, that today IS day one).  We have a bunch of stuff planned.  Today we went to the park with a bunch of friends.  There is a huge hill at the back of this park.  Perfect for “King of the Hill.”  My kids haven’t quite figured out that game yet, but they did figure out how to roll down the hill.  Right into the mud.  They came home filthy, but happy.  Nothing like an afternoon bath after a morning at the park!

Our plans include dying eggs with the extended family, trip to the outlet mall tomorrow, haircuts, some time with my brother and his family, Easter Egg hunt, Easter dinner, and school conferences.  The weather is FANTASTIC!!!!!!  The temperature inside my car today read 77 degrees.

Aaaahhhhh, now THAT feels better.  The girls have been getting along FAIRLY well.  I mean, they are still sisters.  They have their moments.  But they’ve really been depending on each other, protecting each other, and entertaining each other.  They are starting to act older, and I’m OK with that.  In fact, we went to see “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” on Monday.  They were SO well behaved.  I mean, the chair still swallows Chloe a bit.  And she doesn’t like the booster seat.  So she ended up on a lap for most of the time.  But they were good.  Quiet.  Attentive.  Awesome.

And the movie?  Loved it.

So, I hope you enjoy YOUR time with your kids.  Let’s hope they all get along.  And don’t trash the house TOO much.

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Big Rat

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I’m finally doing it. I’m (we’re) taking the kids to Disney World.

I have this small part of me that really feels like a kid when I go to Disney. But that’s not really the hook for me. I REALLY love seeing peoples’ faces when they experience Disney for the first time. I’ve only been there four or five times, but the last couple of times I went were awesome.

:::again, imagine the wavy lines taking you back in time:::

Tony and I had just gotten back together after being apart for a year. In that year, I had started making a decent (well, decent for my age) amount of money and had moved into my own apartment. Tony had moved to West Virginia. And we were doing the whole ‘long distance’ thing until the school year was over at the end of April. In December, I decided we were going to Disney World. I didn’t have much cash, especially seeing that I had just moved out on my own. But I did have some. I purchased some two-bit package from AAA. I was getting the airfare, tickets, and a room at a past-its-prime motel about a half an hour away.

The trip was great. We had fun just being together. The look on Tony’s face when he a) got on a plane for the first time and 2) walked on Main Street in the Magic Kingdom was awesome. We got to spend an entire week together, and I was thrilled to show him all this stuff for the first time. (But the most memorable thing of the whole trip was the beam falling down from the ceiling in our motel room. And the fact that the water in the pool was only 70 degrees and Tony INSISTED that if he was in Florida, he was going to go swimming.)

::::OK, wavy lines again. Back to the present::::

So, it’s not like I have some crazy obsession with Disney. I don’t. But I am UBER excited to see my kids experience this place for the first time. They have absolutely no idea. And you know, they’re not really into princesses, or Mickey Mouse, or anything Disney. They DO like Toy Story. And I’ve talked up the Tower of Terror enough, so now they’re excited about that. But even though they’re not so into Disney, I know it will blow them away.

Not to mention, it will be awesome for the four of us to be together for eight days. (We’re going to drive over to Cape Coral and visit with my folks for a few days before we come home.) I think the fact that we won’t exactly be RELAXING will be good, too. You see, Tony has a little bit of a problem leaving the restaurant. He is constantly thinking about what is going on, and worrying if everything is OK. I figure, if we’re in Florida, he can’t really do anything. And if we’re running around from park to park and swimming and such, he may not HAVE TIME to think about the restaurant.

That’s my evil plan, anyway. Let’s hope it works.

Well, I guess everybody is basically caught up to speed. I did start smoking again in December (I lasted an entire month without smoking). I WILL quit again. Soon. I have been very good about going to the gym, and I’ve actually lost about seven pounds. And I’m working on setting up some e-commerce websites. More to come on that. And I’m sure I’ll have another story about something that one of the kids said. Just give them a few days :)

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