Sunday, August 21, 2011

Mi Familia Part Two

It's nearly the end of summer, which means in-law season is winding down.

My Mom left yesterday and I miss her already. She spent three weeks spoiling everyone, especially the kids. (Yeah, they got their fish tank. And no, my son is not putting all his woo-woos in the potty. But there has been a much improvement. Guess that's why they got goldfish and a Cory catfish instead of a Clown fish and a Blue Tang fish.

We did all the usual grandma stuff like reading, crafts, etc. But this time, we took the kids out a lot more. We visited The MOOseum, The Florida Gulfarium where the kids got to see dolphins (their favorite) again, and Chuck E. Cheese's. It's amazing how quickly my kids grasped the concept of equality when it was time to distribute tokens. You should have seen my two and three-year olds arguing over who had more coins.

Somewhere in between there, we had my daughter's two-year old birthday party with a Dora theme of course. I was really happy it was so successful. A lot of her school and other friends came, and I got some super tips on decorating and food online. Who knew there were so many Moms online blogging about birthday parties?!? This year, I decided to make her birthday cake and surprised myself. I found a picture of one I liked, and went to town with icing and food coloring. Yay me! I really have to thank my Mom for coralling the kids so that I could cook and bake and decorate. Wish I could fly her in right before all our parties. lol!

The model:

My masterpiece sans #2 candle:

The DH and I take advantage of my Mom visiting to have a little getaway for the two of us. This year, because of time and budget constraints, we were limited to a one-night stay in a nearby city, but had a lovely time nontheless.

Now she's gone and I have to get back in to the swing of things again. If all goes according to plan, my Dad will be here in a couple of months. Yay! I can defer cooking and ironing again to get some real work done like organizing the garage and having a much needed yard sale. Bugger.