January 31, 2013

Jersey Boys

Ok, I know I am WAY behind with this post but I didn't want to leave it out!

A while back, my mom and her friend went to see Jersey Boys in Memphis.  I don't remember why I didn't go but I didn't.  They had such a great time that Mom said if they ever came back, she wanted me to go.

See Mom and I like going to see musicals.  For my birthday, she gave me tickets to a show.  I think for her birthday, we did the same.  I know we've done it a few times!  It's harder to get to these shows now that my kids are here.  Before kids (BK, when a lot was easier), we would go to every show in that company!  My brother and sis in law too.  Now it's a lot harder to plan for a sitter, etc.

On our way to a flea market back in October, I got an email saying that Jersey Boys was going to be in Memphis and New Orleans in Dec. and Jan.  I just happened to be with my mom and her friend!  It was decided at that moment, we would be going, we just had to figure out the dates.

When you have a shift working husband and a kid in school, it makes for some interesting scheduling!  Once we figured it out, tickets were bought for opening night and hotel booked in Memphis.  It was a few weeks before Christmas so we were able to do some last minute Christmas shopping along the way as well.

We rode the trolley around once we checked into our hotel.  It was raining so we didn't do too much.
We had a fabulous dinner at a swanky restaurant just down the street from the Orpheum. They show old movies on the back wall!

Then, it was showtime.   This was my first time in the Orpheum.  Oh my word!  It was beautiful.  These pictures do not do it justice!

 I remember sitting down beside my mom and an older lady and her husband.  She said, "Is this your first time to see Jersey Boys?  You are too young to be here. Are you going to know any of the songs?"  I told her she would be surprised.  My mom has taught me well in the art of oldies but goodies!

WHAT AN AWESOME SHOW!  I know my mom and her friend smiled through the entire show but I think I did too!  I recommend that everyone go see this show at some point in your life!  Even if you aren't a big fan of this genre or time period.  It's a good story but it's a bit racy.  Yes, there is cussing and drinking and smoking, etc. but it was well worth it!

Plus, it was a nice little girls getaway and the hubby did just fine with our girls!

Now Mom, when are we going to Vegas or NYC to see it again??????

January 30, 2013

Photo Wednesday

Over the past couple of weekends, I've been going through old photos since I'm all nostalgic about the kid turning 6. 

I found these gems in one of the boxes of photos.

 It's the hubby with his 2nd love (I came before the dog and she came before kids).   She's the crazy dog I bought him for his 21st birthday.  We had her until this summer.  11 years.  She was always loyal but not so friendly to outsiders.

She was a great dog to our kids.  So protective of them, and us.

She had epilepsy and in the end, cancer.  Doggie cancer.  Who knew it could get the canines too?

I'm thankful we had her for so long.  And thankful for great animal healthcare!  Thanks bro!

There will never be another like her!

January 29, 2013

Sock Hop

Saturday, our ladies group at church hosted a 'Sock Hop' for the Preschool through 5th grade kids.  Admission was a pack of adult socks to be given to a local shelter.

My sis in law did a great job.  I really think she missed her calling in life as a party planner.  I was the bad person who didn't do much to help with this event.  We basically showed up and then left when my oldest had had enough.  You know those moments right?  When the meltdown is inevitable.  (All she wanted was to hula hoop just ONE more time, you know, big world problems cause meltdowns!)  I will say it was nice to just show up to an event every once and a while and not have to plan a thing.  I'm such a planner though and usually I know things are going to happen if I work on it.  But this time, I knew they were in good hands.  And yes, I did ask if they needed any help.  I performed the duties asked of me.  At least I think I did!

 My awesome mom made these poodle skirts, basically at the last minute.  She rocks!
 We were transformed to the days of old!

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this picture.  They really look like they are in a 50's diner or something.  And the way the younger 2 are looking at each other?  SWOON!!!!  Makes me smile!

Everybody had a great time.  Somebody mentioned to me that Big Sister would have done well in the 50's.  She loved some limbo and hula hooping.  She even skipped out on ice cream for the bubble gum contest.  She was made for that one.

 They bunny hopped.  They had coke floats.  They did the limbo.  They had a bubble blowing contest.  They had a hula hooping contest.  

Thanks to the B.E.L.L.E.S for hosting yet another fun event!

January 26, 2013

17 Years

The hubby and I started dating on Jan. 26, 1996.  Yeah.  We are old.

We have been together ever since (minus a short break up in college).

17 years.  WOW.  We've been married for 10.5.

Man, what all we have experienced in the last 17 years.  Some good.  Some not so good.

Although our life is not always sunshine and roses, I think I'll keep him.

January 24, 2013

6 Year Old Stats

Well, I apparently lied to the kiddo!  We went Tuesday for her 6 year old check up.  I figured they would be doing lab work but thought we were done with shots for quiet a few more years.

I was wrong.

She needed the 2nd part of her Hep A shot.  Ooops.  Well, she got a little hysterical and we didn't get it.  Call me weak, call me not the parent, whatever.  We don't have to have it right now.  Dr. F told her she was big enough to not have to use a booster seat anymore but I'm going to keep her in it until she decides to get the shot.  Call me crazy, call me mean, I don't care.

 This is what we do to pass time.  We were there for 2 hours.  And we were hungry.  We rationed a granola bar from my purse.  And by rationing I mean she ate most of it.

Her 6 year old stats are like this:

Weight - 64 pounds  (She is SOLID)  95th percentile

Height - 48.3 inches, which puts her just above the 95th percentile, close to 97%  (4 feet tall Y'ALL!)  Even the nurse made a comment on how tall she is!

Eye site - 20/20

That's about it.  We don't get as many stats as they get older.  She is doing great academically and socially.  She is where she needs to be with everything.

She's good and perfect in every way (James 1:17).  Except that she likes to talk.  Oh well, one day it will be her biggest asset (remember she wants to be a missionary, on most days anyway).

January 23, 2013

Ciao Baby!

We only have 1 guy at our office and he turned 50 Monday.  He's going with some other friends to Italy in May to celebrate them all turning 50.  I'm so jealous!

We do birthdays pretty big around here.  Especially if it's a BIG one.

We decided to surprise him on Friday with an Italian-themed birthday celebration!  We even sang (butchered) Happy Birthday in Italian.  No, there is no video!!!!

We googled Italian dishes and got creative!  It was FUN!!!

 This is my friend Stacey.  The mustaches were her idea for party favors!  She also got some stick on ones that my kid is obsessed with!  Remember the 100th day post?  Yeah.  OBSESSED.


Yeah, I had the task of making cupcakes since I brought the leftover rainbow ones.  They were red, white and green like the flag.  Stacey's daughter colored these flags to go on top.  Plus, I had leftover icing!

 Yes, this is homemade bread.  It was so good and gone in about 5 minutes.

 These looked good but did not taste as good.

We cooked up some pizza and lasagna and Alfredo for lunch.  We had a great time.  And were all stuffed for about 6 hours.

Happy birthday John.  Or shall I say, "Tanti Auguri!"

And thanks to Elizabeth for the great ideas for birthday presents!  I got him Rick Steeves Guide to Italy!  And How to Speak Italian in 20 Words or Less.

January 22, 2013

Rainbows Away!

WARNING: Long post with lots of pictures!
My kiddo is ALL about planning parties these days.  So when it came time to plan her 6th birthday party, she was all over it!  She even knew down to what she wanted the cake to look like and say!

She told me she wanted a rainbow party.  Complete with a cake that said, "Rainbows away.  Happy Birthday!"

I didn't know this in the beginning but about a week or 2 before her party, I realized she had been talking about rainbows in Sunday School.  I'm still not sure what the rainbows away part comes in but it works for her.

We went to Kroger to order the cake.  They have a computer screen set up and they can design it while you watch and make sure it's what you want.  Then they basically print it out on edible sheets and place on the cake.  But it worked for us. She LOVED getting to see it on the screen and tell them EXACTLY what she wanted.

I found a recipe for some rainbow cupcakes that I wanted to try.  I tried to convince her to just do the cupcakes but she was not having it.  She wanted BOTH.  That's what I get.

Sexy isn't it?
Hubby made the first batch.  I made the 2nd batch.  It was a process.  They were cute though.  And tasty!  A lady at my work offered to make the icing after I completely ruined some!

I called his 'hippy cupcakes!'

We had her party at the local skating rink.  She donates all her birthday presents to Batson Children's Hospital so we go a little all out for the party.  IT was fun.

 Birthday girl!

She also wanted her fingernails painted like a rainbow.  So what do you do?  Oblige for the birthday girl.  And yes, she milked it ALLLL day.

Her treat bags looked like rainbows and they were filled with colorful candy like Starburst, Skittles, suckers, etc.  Parents, you are welcome.

I printed up the tags at work.

Before her party, she requested donuts for breakfast (who doesn't?).  We also gave her a few gifts (PJ's and a talking Doc McStuffins that already doesn't work anymore).

All in all, I think this girl had a GREAT birthday.  She got not 1 but 2 birthday pencils at school.  Her Nana came to eat lunch with her.  AND, they announced over the intercom that it was her birthday!  I know they do this for all, but for my kindergartener, it was HUGE.

I can't believe she's 6.  She has her 6 year check up today and she is not the least bit scared or worried.  I think because she knows there are no shots involved.  The last 3 times she's been to the Dr, she's gotten a shot.  I just realized that. Wow.  She got her 5 year old shots, a penicillin shot when she had strep, and a flu shot.  I guess it's good we've only been to the Dr. 3 times this year, for her anyway!

I can't wait to see what year 6 holds for us!