Wednesday, July 20, 2011

WSWW And A Few Other Ramblings

It's another installment of What She Wore Wednesday...Diva was getting creative with her pose this morning.
Dress: Gap
Sandals: Carter's
Diva and I had our haircut this past Saturday. You can't see it in the picture, but she had some feather's put in her hair. Very Big Deal! There is a red one and a pink one. There was a blue one but it fell out already.
Mr. Mayer and I had date night the other night. We went to the Brady Tavern~all I can say is YUM-O! It may be our new favorite place to go. Mr. Mayer had the burger and I had the fish and chips. I intended to only eat half my dinner. It was so good I cleaned my plate. Then we had bread pudding for dessert. I love bread pudding. The bread pudding at Brady Tavern is wonderful. We each had a couple of drinks and munched on bacon popcorn while we waited for our dinner. Sounds gross, tastes heavenly. I recommend anyone that goes give it a try! When we came home I went upstairs to check on Diva and give her a kiss goodnight. She is a little tornado when it comes to sleeping. This is how I found her...
Nice huh?
I don't typically paint my finger nails. It never lasts because I am tough on my hands and I don't like chips. I've had my nails shellaced (sp?) a few times. I like that alright, but after about a week I am tired of the color. I have seen the polish stickers you can put on your nails at the store. I have thought about it for a while so last time I went I bought a package to try. I just applied them.
What do you think? I'm not sure how long it will last. Seems like it comes off pretty easily. I'm willing to try though.

Monday, July 18, 2011

I Started Drinking After the Poop

What did I start drinking you ask? A delicious iced coffee....
Mr. Mayer and I have developed an unhealthy addiction to Starbucks iced coffee. With all the change we were dropping at Starbucks we decided that we could probably make ourselves an iced coffee that was just as delicious. True story. We did it. With a little help from her. No joke, her suggestion of Eagle Brand Milk in it is the
I mean really, it's iced coffee. Hard to screw up. However you like your combination. Mr. Mayer and I have been enjoying it. And saving some money. Sorry Starbucks :)


The dudes have not been sleeping. At all. They scream and cry their way through nap time. If they do doze off they are up within an hour. At night they have been waking up every couple of hours crying. This has gone on for a week. I'm going crazy. I don't know what the problem is.
Last night they went to sleep and slept all night. Or, if they woke up they didn't let me know about it. I was very excited this morning. I heard them, well, Shrek, chit chatting around 7:15 this morning so I make their bottles and go in.
As I am walking down the hall I am greeted by the strong smell of poo. Not unusual as both boys are both typically poopy first thing in the morning. It was usual that I could smell it in the hallway.
Now~ before I go any further let me preface this next part by saying I hate poop. I would rather clean up vomit than poop. Mr. Mayer and I make a good pair because he would rather clean up vomit. It works for us.
The players:
The offender

The cheerleader
Mr. Mayer had come home just before I went in to get the dudes up.
*It's been blazing hot here so I have been dressing Shrek and Donkey in just t-shirts to go to sleep. I used to dress them in onsies but the t-shirts were just easy and I have an abundance of them. *
I open the door and true to tradition both boys are standing up in their cribs grinning at me. The smell is pretty strong. It's dark in the room so I walk over to open the curtains. As soon as I open the curtains I see the carnage that is in Shrek's crib.
OMG!!! &*%$#@! everywhere!
Shrek is grinning at me with his pacifier in his mouth~covered in poop. The pacifier, his face, his t-shirt, sheets, railing...everywhere.
Donkey is standing in his crib laughing, big belly laughs.
I freak...I start yelling for Mr. Mayer. I find him and tell him I need some help. Mr. Mayer walks in and starts laughing (Mr. Mayer will probably put a different spin on this in his blog).
No more t-shirts for Shrek.
I grab Shrek and start cleaning him up. It smells bad. It's everywhere. Mr. Mayer starts cleaning the crib. Diva wanders in to see what's going.
Kiki (niece, babysitter, entertainment, baby wrestler, etc.) is staying with us this week. She wakes up and wanders in and starts laughing as well. She takes Donkey into the other room and gives him a bottle.
I clean the poop out of Shrek's mouth. Confiscate his pacifier. Strip him. I try to just give him a sponge bath, but instead he ended up getting a full fledged bubble bath before it was all said and done.
Pacifiers are boiled. Well.
Mr. Mayer strips his bed. Not only did the top sheet and mattress pad have to be stripped but the second layer of sheet had to be stripped as well. He wiped off the crib. I get some cleaner and a rag and clean the crib off to disinfect it from the poop.
I am completely grossed out from all this poop. Mr. Mayer and Kiki are still laughing. Shrek is in a very good mood and shrieking.
I feel like I need a shower.
Lesson from this experience~ always put baby in a onsie.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

WhAt ShE wOrE wEdNeSdAy

Wednesday Wednesday Wednesday...already
I forgot to take a picture of Diva before she left this morning so I took some when I picked her up from daycare. She was being quiet the ham.
Halter Top: Not real sure
Skirt: Children's Place
Sunglasses: Again~not real sure
Shoes: Target
She thought she needed a picture with her brother's as well. They are wearing shorts and t-shirts~very dirty ones. They wore their day hard today.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Lake Party

My friends and I are all turning 30 this year or in the past year I guess I should say. It's a pretty big landmark in my book. Mainly because 30 used to be sooooo oooolllllddddd to me. Not so much.
Even Aunt Bets just turned 30 this past week. To commemorate the landmark event we started planning a day at Grand Lake weeks ago. Friends were invited, in laws were begged asked to use their fantastic lake house, boat was cleaned up. The plan for Mr. Mayer and I were to take our entire brood with us. We didn't want to ask anyone to keep 10 month old twins. They are a handful to say the least. As we started making plans Nana Karen and Papa Brad (Aunt Bets' parents) were insistent that they were going to come keep all the kids. WHAT?! Seriously, they were excited about this. We offered to pack them up and take them to their house, but they thought it would be better to come to ours. No joke, they are keeping our kids and coming to our house so we didn't have to pack everything. To say Mr. Mayer and I were excited about this would be a colossal understatement. 
The day arrived and off we went. Diva knew we were going to the lake for a "time out." Diva did not know that Aunt Bets or anyone else was going with us. If I can help it she never will.
We kissed kids goodbye, asked Nana Karen and Papa Brad if they were sure about this. We thought they were crazy
We get there late Friday evening so we just hang out and settle in. Saturday morning we all get up and head to the boat. 
There has been a Blue Green Algae issue the past few weeks. Over the 4th Holiday there were strong warnings to have no contact with the water. That strong warning had been eased up and the levels were testing at normal, so I was willing to take my chances. Most everyone else was to. 
There are 10 of us and we load onto the boat. Mr. Mayer is a little panicked because he had never had that many people on his boat. It worked out fine. 
We find our little swimming hole, scope it out for algae (none to be seen =)) and drop anchor. I grab my floaty and jump in clumsily climb into the water. I remain there the rest of the day blissed out with the warm water and sunshine. It was a perfect day. 

Eventually other boats came and tied up with us and we made some new friends. Everyone had a good time. 
The day came to an end and we headed back to the house for some showers and dinner. Everyone was so worn out that we were all in bed by 10:30~ wild party animals.
The next day everyone had to head back home to their own separate corners of the world. And we had to head back to our zoo. The break was nice, but I missed my kids. Papa Brad had given instructions not to call, so I had texted a few times. He didn't give any instruction about that. Everyone was having a good time on the home front.
When we get home Nana Karen and Papa Brad looked a little worn out. They had made us dinner though, spaghetti and meatballs. I told them to be careful, if they keep doing things like that this might become a recurring gig. They both laughed at me. I was serious. 

*I took very few pictures. I have a couple of other pictures but out of fear of death without permission I will not post those. Others took pictures and those will be surfacing soon. Check out for other blog posts about our fantastic weekend. 

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

WhAt ShE wOrE wEdNeSdAy

Happy Wednesday everyone! Diva was a little grumpy this morning. This is all she would give me this morning.
Shorts: Target
Tank: Gap (the front has a sun on it and says Gap)

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Germy 4th of July's no secret that we spend our free time on the lake. We have a boat, we have a house to stay in and we really like it. Last summer I couldn't go out on the boat. I was about to burst with Shrek and Donkey and could barely walk. My doctor banned me from boating. This summer I was super excited to get to swim and go boating. Memorial Day is too cold to swim in the water and Mr. Mayer had to get the boat de-winterized and cleaned up. We didn't really have an opportunity between Memorial Day and 4th of July so I was super excited for the 4th to arrive. A day or two before our getaway the big Blue Green Algae disaster struck. Swimming and any contact with the water in the lake was discouraged. I started reading on the CDC and Mayo Clinic websites and they stated that the algae could kill a child quickly and cause all sorts of health problems. thanks. Crap. I might be willing to risk some gastrointestinal problems in myself, but I couldn't let Diva or her cousin near the water. I couldn't risk that. So, land bound we were. We still managed to have a good time. Diva and her cousin were very busy little girls and very tired by the time we all headed home yesterday. We took our blow up pool so the kids (Shrek and Donkey included) could splash around. Nana and Papa even found a sprinkler we could turn on for the girls that they could run through.
Granted, Diva and Iz were confused why we were at the lake and they couldn't go near the water. We told the girls that there were some really bad germs in the water that could make them sick. They seemed satisfied with that answer. Though everyday they asked if the germs were still in the water. We distracted them with fireworks and other activities. Diva was very excited to "not be scared" anymore. This child has always been terrified of loud noises. Fireworks send her into a complete tailspin. However, for the first time in 4 years Mr. Mayer, Diva and I were able to sit on the dock and watch fireworks as Diva exclaimed "I'm not scared anymore!"
Mr. Mayer loves fireworks...we took the girls and let them buy some fireworks and sparklers. I'm not sure if the Dad's or the girls had a better time.
Here are a few pictures of our weekend...
Donkey wasn't crazy about the water at first.

Those silly girls loved to run through the smoke bombs.

Shrek and Donkey watching their sister and Daddy play with fireworks.

What should we do next?

The girls got to throw their own smoke bombs. VERY.EXCITING.

They decorated Nana and Papa's driveway with sidewalk paint. Papa was glad it washed off.

They were having as much fun as the girls.

I think I should probably have Mr. Mayer teach me how to do those cool photo collages I've been seeing around.