Monday, March 31, 2008
Glen's dad is recovering from his quadruple bipass at home now. He is sore and slow-moving, but generally in good spirits. We are keeping the kids away so as not to reign chaos and germs upon the recovering.
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Sean did NOT like the bubbles from Maggie's bubble blowing machine coming right at him. He immediately started shaking in fear, something I've never seen before. So I wisked him out of the pool, much to Maggie's dismay. Sean started crying when I tried to put him back in the pool. The bubbles were too much for him. He didn't mind watching the fun from a safe distance though.
The water was too cold for him anyway. :)
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Here is Maggie all organized for dying eggs. She didn't want to hear anything about fancy dying techniques. (I was rembering making plaid eggs, or half blue and half yellow with the overlap turning green.) She wanted to do it HER way, which is fine.
Sean was forced to play with pastic eggs while Maggie was dying. He is really into throwing things lately (testing out gravity I think) and I was afraid he would chuck any egg I gave him.
I dropped Maggie at the birthday party at 3pm and asked the mom when I should pick her up. She said 5pm. So Sean and I went out and bought Easter candy and then went home for a nap. I should have set a timer because we were both still out at 5:05, which is when I woke up. So I roused Sean and we picked up Maggie at 5:20. I was worried I would be late, but apparently they had just broken the pinata and hadn't even opened presents yet, so phew. I think Maggie had an ok time at the party. She had fun, but only knew one other girl there and I think she was ready to go home when I picked her up.
And of course, with Sean's late nap, he was still up at 8:30pm. (He is usually tucked in around 7-7:30pm.) Maggie asked me if I was the one who hid the easter eggs so I told her I was. There were some older siblings at the b-day party and I think one spilled the beans because Maggie told me one of the brothers was "grounded" and she didn't know what that meant. Ha ha! I told her not to tell Sean and she liked the idea that it was a secret about mom hiding the eggs and only she knew. I still need to get up early and hide them in the yard though.
Glen spent from 9-3pm picking glass up off the ground in Papago Park. He said it was NOT fun. He filled 7 5-gallon barrels with pure glass, and said there was still more to get. He and some of the other frisbee golfers were helping the City of Tempe put in a new frisbee golf park near our house. Afterwards they played a round, so he didn't get home until dinner time. Tomorrow is his usual frisbee golf day but because its Easter, he is skipping. We decided that after finding all the eggs and sampling the candy tomorrow morning, we would get an "early" kayak in on Tempe Town Lake. Maggie still has raccoon eyes from our trip to Saguaro Lake. Apparently I missed the area right under her eyes, so she got a bit of a sunburn there. The fact that her hat is too small didn't help matters either. Her first sunburn ever! Hope to avoid this by hitting the lake early tomorrow.
Friday, March 21, 2008
Poor Sean was too little for the boat....again! *sigh* Too little to stand in the water. Too little to sit in the sand. Well...I tried, but he kept shoving rocks in his mouth, so he was carried most of the time. He really didn't mind. Even got a nap in...
Here is Maggie testing the water.
Here is Maggie becoming one with the water. I forgot her swimsuit. She didn't seem to mind.
After an hour, Glen was back and Maggie was ready for a ride. Sean was asleep, so Glen went back out with her. By this time there were plenty of moto boats in the middle of the lake and Maggie liked riding the waves. The bay we were in was marked for swimming and "man propelled watercraft" so it was quiet there. Note the patch of yellow on the hill in the background. Those are poppies and bitterbrush.
Ahhh...finally its my turn! I explored an inlet next to the bay. It was very quiet and I counted 5 types of wildflowers in bloom on the shore. The main part of the lake had lots of jet skiers and motor boats. THe noise was a little annoying, but what I didn't like was the smell of gas fumes. Bleh! We will try and arrive a little earlier next time.
All in all it was a great day. Having never been to Saguaro lake, we didn't know what to expect. For instance, you need a pass to park, but you can't buy the passes while in Tonto National Forest, so we had to drive back to a casino to purchase one. We will definately bring swimsuits next time. Maggie could walk quite a ways out in the bay with the water not passing her knees, so it will be a good place for little ones (i.e. Sean) to play in the water. Of course, Maggie prefered to be fully submerged, so she rarely walked, but rather crawled. We will also bring a cooler to keep our drinks cold. It was 85 degrees when we left, and we were hot. It was also 2pm when we left. We plan on leaving closer to noon next time and arriving earlier to avoid the heat and the motor boats.
Tomorrow will be abother busy day. We have dance class in the morning, a birthday party in the afternoon, easter egg dying somewhere inbetween (and the purchase of eggs and dye -- as well as candy, yipes!), and this is going on while Glen is volunteering with the city of Tempe to clean up an area of Papago Park to expand the current 9 hole frisbee golf course into an 18 hole course. Perhaps I should go to bed...
Thursday, March 20, 2008
She bought it with her own money. Her piggy bank stands almost empty now. It the first time she has ever purchased something. She was so excited. Sean didn't like the bubbles much. I think there were too many crashing into him. He liked watching the action from inside behind the window where it was safe. :)
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Took these pictures in the backyard today after we planted some petunias and marigolds. Glen and I have spring break next week. Looking forward to that. We've had the kayak out 3 times in the last 5 days. Total fun. Hoping to try it on a real lake one of these days. We will be hanging out in town this spring break as Glen's dad is having a quadruple bi-pass on Tuesday. Hoping for the best.
Monday, March 17, 2008
Maggie took the picture of me and Sean. She is quite the photographer! I attempted to make corned beef and cabbage for dinner. This morning and threw the corned beef into the crockpot and left it cooking all day, but it didn't get done until around 8 pm. I mis-read the cooking instructions. We ended up going out the JBs for a very unsatisfying dinner. We will eat the corned beef and cabbage tomorrow. At least dinner is already cooked!
Happy Saint Patricks Day.
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Some of the lettuce is ready too so we have been eating a lot of what Maggie calls "Rabbit's Dream". This is a salad with carrots and radishes. We all scarf it up. Tastes better when you grow it yourself. :)
The kayak also got its maiden voyage today. Maggie and I gave it the first spin on Tempe Town Lake, while Glen and Sean sat onshore. Then Glen and Maggie took it out while Sean and I walked around. It was a very windy day and so the water was pretty choppy. Unfortuneately, we didn't get any pics of me and Maggie, but here is one of Glen and Maggie. (It looks like her life jacket is a little on the big side. She is 49.5 pounds and I bought one rated for 50-90 lbs. We may go back and buy the size smaller and let her grow into this one, and then use the smaller one for Sean when he is old enough.)
We are going to take the boat out again tomorrow afternoon (probably). And hopefully try out a nearby lake (one NOT in the middle of the urban jungle) over spring break. Everyone is tired tonight. Glen and I both feel our abs. Maggie and Sean went right to sleep.
Thursday, March 13, 2008
After 8 weeks of ballet class, these girls are ready to show their stuff! This is a video of their warm up dance. If you can't hear the music, they are dancing to "Walk Like an Egyptian"!
They also did a tap dance and a little ballet. But as the recital went on, Maggie got more conscious of people watching her and she started watching the other girls more and dancing less. It was all very cute. I asked her if she wanted to sign up for the next session, but she said she would rather do swim lessons.
Sean had another checkup today. His ears are doing better but the right one is still giving him trouble. He is back on antibiotics for another 5 days. They also did a tympanic scan (or something like that) which involves measuring a sound wave as it bounces off the ear drum. It doesn't hurt and takes less than a second. But what results is a cool wave graph. I asked for a copy to show my students when we study trig functions. Hee hee! He has to go back in a month for another tympanic test to measure the fluid in his ears. Its pretty typical for kids to get this fluid and it takes awhile to go away, so they want to monitor it.
Monday, March 10, 2008
Thursday, March 6, 2008
Speaking of farms, did I mention we signed up for a CSA about a month ago. (Community Supported Agriculture) Desert Roots is a local farm that delivers a big bag of organic veggies to our door every Thursday. I get excited on Thursdays. You never know what will be in the bag. Sweet potatoes, chard, onions, carrots, strawberry spinach, butternut squash, turnips, lettuce of all kinds, easter egg radishes, broccoli, and more. There is always something quirky that I would never have bought (or things they don't sell in the grocery) along with some recipe ideas. Its really making us branch out and try new things. And its been fun! The next best thing to a farmers market. However, this week, amongst lots of great veggies, they delivered cilantro. YUCK! Cilantro tastes like soap. I'm going to have Maggie offer it to our neighbors. Sorry Desert Roots! We are a no cilantro family!
Sunday, March 2, 2008
Sean is still on antibiotics, but he hasn't had a fever since Thursday. He hasn't been as cranky this weekend as in previous days. However, just bringing him into the living room makes him cry and squeal. He is BORED with that! We wanted to be outside this weekend. I think he is ready for a little action after being cooped up for a week. We will see how he does tomorrow. Glen has some lesson plans at the ready incase he needs to stay home with him. Sean has slept well the past two nights also, so hopefully that means his ears aren't bothering him as much.