Monday, March 21, 2011

Spring is Here

Happy first day of Spring! It has been a very rainy week and I am so happy the sun is back today. I'm also looking forward to more spring weather to come. We are having Payton's birthday party in a couple of weeks. We are hoping for a backyard party so we need some sunny weather to dry out our water logged lawn.

My Aunt, who is known as Grandma Peggy to the girls, gave them some cute little Easter Eggs shaped pots with seeds. They really enjoyed waiting for the little Sunflower and Zinnia plants to sprout. The plants are about 3 inches tall now, so it's time to transfer them to bigger pots. Thanks Grandma Peggy for the fun spring project!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Our Trip to Adventure Playgound and a Few Random Thoughts

I think we have all managed to get over the horrible cold, or whatever it was, that brought the whole family down. I think mine turned into a sinus infection, but I didn't want to take antibiotics because the last two times that I've been prescribed an antibiotic, I've had a horrible reaction. Now I can never take those two again and in my crazy thinking, I figure I should save some antibiotic for future use if I ever have some life threatening illness. By life threatening, I'm thinking MRSA or something flesh eating, of course.

During the second week of my cold I did go to the gym a couple times and do light workouts because I was going to go insane if I had to spend one more day on the couch! Well, yesterday, since I was feeling almost 100% again, I decided to really go for it. By the end of the day, my ass and my legs were already feeling it. I'm definitely sore today, but I guess that's good.

I been meaning to blog about Adventure Playground forever. We went shortly before the virus took us down and it's too unusual not to share the pictures of it. It's a playground built completely out of donated, scrap wood and other stuff and it is built by random parents and volunteers. The other funny thing is that the kids can grab a hammer and nails, a saw, or some paint and add on whatever the want to the structures. It's absolutely crazy, not very safe, but still pretty cool. The playground is open only on the weekend and for $10 you can drop your kid off for 3 hours. I don't think I would ever do this because it sounds like a severed limb waiting to happen, but it was definitely fun with close parental supervision.

There were three old boats for the kids to climb on. There was also a sign that said "No Tools on Boats."

No problem. Nail a piece of wood anywhere you want!

One of the best things about this park is the location. It was a gorgeous day on the Bay. This was the view from the playground and you can walk a few feet down to a little beach.

These ground squirrels were everywhere on the beach and Ella was loving them. She really wanted to pick one up or feed them. Can you say bubonic plague? I have to say they were pretty darn cute!

Checking out a crab leg we found.

Beautiful day. Lots of fun with the family. I'm so glad we live in a climate where we can be outdoors year round and it looks like this!

Monday, March 7, 2011

We've Been Sick, Sick, Sick!

The months of February, and now March, have not been good to our family in the health department. Seriously, it seems like we get over one bug that cycles through the whole family, only to start the whole process over again.

I've had a horrible cold for a week now and have been feeling guilty about doing nothing but sitting around and letting the kids watch way too much TV and computer. Just when I think I'm turning the corner, two night ago, Ella wakes up with a fever and Payton wakes up after throwing up in her bed. Yesterday was spent holding Ella all day. She had a fever and was obviously feeling yucky between doses of tylenol and motrin. Her eyes were really watering all day and she kept breaking my heart, asking me for tissues to dry her tears. Poor baby!

Amazingly, Payton seemed fine all day. I checked on her shortly after she went to bed, only to find her sound asleep in he own throw up again! Obviously, I had to wake her up, strip her and the bed, and get her in the bath. She was completely covered in vomit and totally out of it. She slept fine the rest of the night and seemed perky and healthy this morning. Go figure. Seriously though, being a mother is a dirty job. Vomit is one thing I really hate cleaning up!

I don't know what to think about all the germs we have floating around here. All I know is that I'm ready for all of us to be healthy and for summer to be here! One highlight of the week was the Disney on Ice show we saw on Wednesday night. Even though Jason and I were feeling horrible, the kids were so excited and they loved it! After the drive home, I was carrying Payton up to her bed. She woke up a little and whispered, "Mom I'm so happy we went to Disney on Ice," then went right back to sleep. It was so sweet and definitely made it all worth it.