What a weekend!!! Whew! Thursday Olivia was sent home from school vomiting. She vomited twice and was otherwise perfectly fine. I was nervous because her birthday party was scheduled for Saturday. She didn't go to school on Friday, but was back to her normal self. Party was on!! Saturday morning we all get up. I had a lot of things to do before the party at 12:30. The kids were sitting at the table and Mr. Mayer had just sat their breakfast down when Owen threw up. Everywhere. Gross. Well....dang it. Mr. Mayer and I decided that there was no way we could let Owen go to the party. Mr. Mayer would stay home with him and I would take the other two with me. I took Olivia and Carter with me that morning while I ran my errands. We came home so Olivia could get dressed and I could fix her hair. That kid has crazy hair. Then we were off again. One of the hardest things I have ever done was leave the house with Owen crying because he couldn't go with us. The party was a success! She had a gymnastics party and the facility had it down to a fine art. Everything was organized and well oiled. The kids had a fantastic time. Carter was in heaven. He had a great time playing and running with the big kids. We opened her gifts at home so that her Dad could participate (and it saves time). Olivia got all sorts of games, crafts and doll/doll accessories. She was thrilled. She got the game Candy Land as a gift. There was no card on it. Drawback to opening gifts at home~I have no idea who gave her that game. It stresses me a little since I don't know who to send the thank you card to. Arg!! Sunday was a lazy day. It was Superbowl Sunday. We had zero plans. Olivia requested Sub sandwiches for dinner. Wow! Easy! That afternoon we spent the afternoon playing Candy Land and Headbanz with Olivia. She loved it. She is already asking to play again next weekend. That evening we turned the football game on. Owen and Carter kept saying "football!" and "Go Pokes!" Poor guys were so confused. I decided it would be fun to have a picnic with our sandwiches at dinner. So I spread some blankets on the floor, made some sandwiches and called the kids in. They seemed to enjoy themselves. The boys didn't eat their sandwiches, they did eat their weight in pickles. I guess something is better than nothing. Later we put the kids to bed and I watched the Beyonce half time show. I loved it. And I loved her leotard. Seriously. If I looked like Beyonce I would probably wear a leotard every single day~with no pants. Mr. Mayer says he would be fine with that.
When I am in the mood for comfort food my mind immediately goes to Spaghetti and Meatballs. It has been my favorite for as long as I can remember. My version of the dish consists of jarred sauce and ground beef or frozen meatballs because I didn't know how to make meatballs. Enter Nana Karen. When I was pregnant with Shrek and Donkey there wasn't much I could do the further along I got. Nana Karen would come over about once a week and make dinner and help me with whatever. She was a God send. It was an enormous help. One of the things she would make was Spaghetti and Meatballs. Wow! She made homemade sauce and from scratch meatballs. Every time I eat this dish I am in heaven. Nana Karen is an old school cook. She doesn't measure anything and makes everything from memory. A few weeks ago she found a pasta maker that her and I have been playing with and making homemade pasta. If you have never had homemade pasta it is divine! She came over today to make some pasta. While s