Aug 31, 2007
Aug 30, 2007
Aug 25, 2007
My Dad's version of the story goes that he went to change Gabe's poopy diaper and the kid was wiggling all over the place. Then he reached into the wipes to find someone had used the last one without refilling. Shame Shame. So what is a Grampa to do but take the kid outside and hose him down! According to Pop Pop, Gabe "loved it" We thought if he loved it so much, we should recreate it to capture pics for posterity's sake.
Two of Nicole's girls, Avery and Hayden, were there, and Laine loved spending time with her cousins.
Some highlights of the trip were eating lot's of Mexican food, swimming, enjoying a nice evening with the family watching the lovely movie Elizabethtown (Not! -do not be tempted to EVER see this movie), and Hayden's 2nd birthday party at the Adventure Fun Park. There was pizza, games, slick-track rides, my Dad and I getting puked on...
So there I was, innocently playing the children's arcade game to win the kids a lot of tickets, when I feel wetness, wetness, wetness, all over the back of my legs. Sick. Somebody (Hayden) had too much fruit punch or rootbeer and threw up all over my dad and I, though as you can see, my Dad caught the brunt of it. It was a total freakshow, and I still haven't been able to get it all out of my beautiful "Chanel" purse! Nasty. By the way, notice I look like the world's tallest midget next to my Dad.
The kids and I are ready to hit the pool - love it....
Gabe is not so sure about the Mexican food he just ate
Gaengy attempting to get all of the kids to settle down and smile for a nice photo at Hay's party: Avery, Laine, Gabe, Hayden
Laine and I are ready for our ride, at least I am, Laine is looking not so sure... (though she should be, I broke her in at Lagoon this summer. Much to Ben's chagrin I took her on every ride she was tall enough for, even the Tidal Wave! She was shaking!)
Laine still looking not sure about the ride, Hayden doesn't look that pumped either,
are these kids crazy or what?!
Katie and I hitting the pool again, looking good!
Aug 23, 2007
Does anyone out there feel like their 3 year old is not only smarter, but more responsible than them? Ben and I just don't know where this girl came from. We are both yellow's to the core, which is a lot of fun, but it is sad that you practically have to have the locksmith on speed dial, etc...
Anyway, she is so, so smart. And clean, and efficient, and organized. She CAN'T go to bed without her room being immaculately clean. What is that about? (No complaints!, just didn't expect that from my progeny!) The other night we went to the grocery store as a family and she got to use one of the small kiddie carts. So she shopped for the groceries, loaded them up to be paid for, carted them to the car, unpacked them out of the car with Dad, then opened the fridge and started putting them away!
We were driving in the car with my sis Katie on the way home from Gaengy and Pop Pop's (my parents, the Gildea's). Gabe had been asleep but woke up and Katie said "Wakie, Wakie" and I said "Eggs and Bacie" and then Laine pipped in: "Baby's nakie!" as, Gabe was only in his diaper by that point. Anyway, it was hilarious!
She is also so helpful! The other day Gabe climbed up me and scratched me all over. Laine disappeared for a minute and then came back with nail clippers! The things she thinks of on her own! Sometimes I seriously feel like I am the child and she is the mother (like when she locked me in my room yesterday and then came back and asked if I was ready to be nice perhaps?) We love our little Laine!
Aug 18, 2007
Us in the world's largest beach chair
Laine loving her ride on T-Rex
The kids and I ready to hit the beach
Ben and the kids at the hotel pool at the Breakers Resort, Myrtle Beach
Ben and classmates (top left):
Steven Rodriguez, John Holtz, Mike Wendt, Lex Anniston, Natalie Ngyuen, Jacus DeBeer
Ferdinand Halim, Jenny Mclean, Kristine Singley, Ben Howard Riley III, Patrick Painter
The fam outside Cameron Indoor Stadium, where Ben's graduation was held
All tuckered out...
Aug 16, 2007
Gabe was not too excited about the carousel
Aug 12, 2007
Aug 11, 2007
Anyway, after that I only had a day to pack before heading out to CA to see my family. Katie and I took a road trip with the kids, 12 hours in the car... yikes. Actually, Laine was an absolute angel and has been sooo pleasant and happy to this day, very surprising. Gabe has not felt good and been cranky off and on. They are both having so much fun with their cousins though. Nicole's two younger girls, Avery and Hayden, are here at my parent's because her son Jax is in the hospital.
Anyway, I brought my camera with every intention of posting some pics, however not only did I forget to bring the memory card, but it also ran out of battery after about 2 seconds. Katie has a camera but no cord, and my parent's camera is out of battery for the moment. What a bunch of kordos. We will charge up that battery and get some swimming and other fun pics up tomorrow! (Yes, I know I said that last post, and you will probably hear it a lot, despite it being untrue most of the time...)