I know it's been a while since I had a nice newsy blog post so here I go. Warning this is going to be a long one, so congratulations in advance if you make it to the end ;)
Friday was just a relaxing evening. I wasn't feeling very well, so I took a nice hot bath and read the book I have been *trying* to read for the last two months with little success. I was having a discussion with a friend about books, so it prompted me to pick up the copy of "Eat, Pray, Love" that I still have on loan from Carrie. I have a deep admiration for reading, but it is one of the few pleasures that I can't commit to these days. I am not a patient reader. If I love a book, I will forego sleep and "crack out" as Mark calls it until I finish it. This is the reason audiobooks have worked out so well for me. I can multitask. I can clean, fold laundry or even listen while I am driving. Needless to say, books are one of my favorite guilty pleasures. There really is nothing like relaxing in a hot bath, enjoying the fragrant bubbles and the crisp feel of a paperback page turner.
Saturday, Ethan and I went to Target to do some returns from the holidays. We took a look at some toys while we were there. Ethan picked out a Star Wars Light Saber as one of his birthday gifts. Not my first choice, but we had a mom and her college age son chuckling as we discussed what not to do with the light saber. We discussed exactly how, where and when it was appropriate to play with it. I'm sure they must have been reminder of when he was a small boy asking for a similar toy. After Ethan made his promises not to hit the kitty, sister, brother, parents and any other animate or inanimate object in the house, we tossed it in the cart. Nothing like a light saber-wielding four year old! I'm sure he'll forget all those promises made. This saga to be continued.... Saturday evening, we watched the Chargers game, or rather listened to and watched the stats online, since our cable box is still out. With all the holidays and festivities, I haven't had a chance to return the box and get a new one. We aren't that big on TV around here, so I can go weeks with out really missing it (and have since it's been broken for about three weeks). I have tried reseting it twice with no luck.
Wow, the Charger game was a real nail bitter!! The game went in to OT, tied at 17 all. Chargers picked up the win 23-17. Woohoo!! I was invited to go out with some friends to celebrate the underdog's victory at the local pub, but preferred the company of my snugly sweetheart. We *tried* to watch "The Good Shepherd" with Matt Damon, but Mark fell asleep as usual. He tried so hard to stay awake this time too!! Mark can rarely make it through watching a movie with me without falling asleep. He says he just gets bored when he isn't doing something else at the same time. I completely understand this because I can rarely sit still long enough to watch a movie with out doing something else like folding laundry or doing dishes, or picking up. He's always telling me to sit still. I can usually make it through one movie with out falling asleep though ;)
Sunday, I took Ethan to Toys R Us to return a video game and also checked out some video game options for a bday present. We also decided on "grab bags" for his bday party at school. This is the concept we came up with:
It's a container with lego blocks, Lego Fruit snacks and Nilla Cakesters (some of Ethan's favs), and it will also have a juice box and a napkin inside. I thought it was fitting since we plan to go to Legoland in lieu of having a birthday party with friends over. We do, however, plan to have a family party on Friday evening (Ethan's actual birthday). We are going to have breakfast for dinner. Ethan's absolute favorite meal of the day is breakfast, so I plan to prepare a breakfast buffet of biscuits and gravy, pancakes, bacon, sausage, eggs and hash browns. Then top it off with a Game Boy cake. Ethan's choice of cake theme this year. I don't want to get too ambitious, since we have other things going on this week also. It will probably be a round cake with a life size Game Boy made of rice crispy and fondant on top. I was thinking of putting the #4 on the screen.
Sunday afternoon, we took the kids to Chuck E. Cheese. We had a lot of fun. It was great to go, since we hadn't been in so long. It was a really nice way to close out the vacation too. Mark has the pics, so I will have to post them to flickr later. I've been waiting for two days to get the pics, so I' just going to post with out them.
Javi was away in AZ at a family reunion with his dad. He had a great time while he was away. He got to meet some of his family on his Nana's side.
Last week I took some pics of the new arrangement of our family room that I never posted. We decided to move the playroom in to the family room and make a little play nook in the corner.
I moved my office back in to where the playroom used to be and made it in to the study. We plan to put my mom's small dinning set in her also, but for now we are enjoying having the extra space so Kaylee can test drive her walker. As you can see in the pic, we also have a kids desk set up for the kids to share.
Hope everyone had a great weekend!