Thursday, May 28, 2009

Field Day, Survivor Style

My kids go to such a great school. The PE department put on this field day last week. They did such a great job, the kids had tons of fun and the parents even got into some of the events.

The key to the success of this field day was; team work oriented challenges, a couple were water events, snacks and loud music. Sounds like a good time to me.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009


The other day, the girls were taught to do a few yoga poses. It was the cutest thing ever.

Monday, May 25, 2009

What's for lunch?

Depends on how well behaved your kids are.

Time Out Lunch

Monday, May 18, 2009

Potty Talk

So, I was in the rest room at the grocery store, waiting for Freya to get done.

A mom comes in and sits her 3 year old down in the stall next to us. Her daughter proceeds to go poop. Her mom looks at her with furrowed brows (I know this because we are both standing out side of the stalls looking into our respective daughter's stalls) and says, "Are you pooping? We don't usually poop in public potties, Honey."

That got me to thinking about the "potty rules" we all use or don't use. Is this something else I need to teach my kids? Are there really unwritten rules we must follow when using a public restroom? I know there are a few I follow, how about you?

Here are a few that you may want to pass on to your toilet-in-training tots:

1. Always leave an empty stall between stalls-in-use if at all possible. Those thin partitions are not enough privacy.

2. Don't talk to your friend while using the toilet. Unless you can do two, that's 2 things, at once. If you must talk don't expect a reply, not everyone likes to talk while on the pot.

3. Check to see if you have paper before you unzip and sit. Chances are the stall next to you is empty and if it's not, you may not get a reply. See rules 1 and 2 above.

4. Squat, squat, squat.

5. Use your foot to flush, everyone else does.

6. Do not poop.

7. If you must poop, wait until someone else flushes.

8. If you can't wait until someone else flushes, flush your toilet at the precise moment when needed. It takes timing and practice but you can do it. A loud cough can work well in times of dire need.

9. Finish zipping and tucking in the stall. The only exception to this rule is if there is a line of more than 3 people. If there is a line, come out while pulling up, every other lady out there will thank you.

10. Finally, the most important rule, just make sure it gets into the toilet. That is all that really matters. Sheesh.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Swim, Bike, Run, it's a lot of fun!

A few weeks ago, Jonah competed in his first Triathlon.

The kids got real race bibs, had their numbers written in permanent marker on their legs and arms, wore swim caps. Oh and parents could not help during the transitions. It was the real deal!

It was so cute to see all these kids having a blast but also being so serious. They started the race off by sliding down a huge twisty slide, swimming in a warm pool, then did their bike and run segments.

Jonah was so pumped up after the race that he said, "next time, I am going to save my money for a road bike and train real hard!"

He definitely wants to do it again.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Barton Springs

Sunday we headed over to Barton Springs.

We love to swim here, it's really big (over an eight of a mile long) has fish and plants to look at and a relaxing atmosphere. The pool is spring fed so it is pretty chilly, about 68 degrees. Once you commit and get in, it's not so bad.

I love to go swimming there, such a great long swim uninterrupted by the turning that you have to do in regular pools.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Soccer Saturday

The weekends are usually spent watching someone play soccer or waiting for a game to start. But we have so much fun watching and playing it's one of our favorite past times.

Here is Jonah getting pushed around, it's serious business......he has a really strong kick and definitely enjoys playing offense.

And Chloe has become such a great defender this season. She is really good at keeping the ball out of the goal!

The games are always ended with a long parent tunnel. I think this is probably why half the girls play. TUNNEL!

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Secret Garden

This is the garden that Jonah and I made last year. It is kind of tucked away a bit under a tree and it feels kind of hidden in parts when you're back there picking the spinach.

Last year, I was pretty down because it didn't do so well. This year, it's a totally different story!

Freya is the harvester of all things green and leafy. She has been eating the strawberries one by one. I can't wait to see her face when the sunflowers actually flower. The leaves are pretty impressive as it is but just wait a few months.

I am hoping that the weeds slow down cause I am having a hard time keeping up with them.

Sunday, May 03, 2009

Chloe is eight (8)!

I opted on a home party, thinking this would be a bit more relaxed. I don't know why I think this, it never is.

However, it's fun and the kids always enjoy the pool. No need to hire an entertainer but maybe I'll hire a lifeguard so I can relax a little more. Raita always has fun on the grill.

I really wanted to put the giant pineapple on the front door so that guests had to crawl through the door. But then I decided that parents might not find it as humorous and entertaining as I.

The cake was a hit, Freya asked to eat his butt. Big surprise there.