Wednesday, February 25, 2009

The Suleman

In honor of the mother of the octuplets, Denny's is offering a new breakfast meal called the Suleman: You get eight eggs, no sausage, and the guy next to you has to pay the bill.

Come on now, that's funny.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Swim Lessons

Georgia had her first official swim lesson last night and performed splendidly! She was excited, but nervous, and kept telling me that she would NOT go in the pool without her vest. However, when the time came, she and 5 other vestless kids went into the pool without hesitation. They have a very small, warm pool and the kids all sat along the edge while the instructor did different things with them (slowly getting them comfortable with the water) like floating them on their backs and having them kick with a kickboard. Georgia put her head under the water FOUR times! She struggled with it (we've kept her head out of the water for almost five years now thanks to three sets of ear tubes), but did it anyway. I think in a few more months she'll be swimming vestless without a problem. That will definitely take a load off me this summer!

As an added bonus to last night's success, the mother of one of the other kids in the class is a really cool lady I met through a close friend of mine. Now I have a cool mom to chat with on Monday evenings for the next couple of weeks!

We also recently purchsed Madagascar 2 and have been watching it on our numerous road trips. Georgia's favorite scene is when the big, studly hippo Moto-Moto is singing about his female hippo preferences (in a super deep, Barry White voice). "I like em big, I like em CHUNKY!!" Georgia loves to traipse around the house singing it and Hughie even chimes in on the "chunky" part. It cracks me up every time! Speaking of chunky, can we get Lindsey Lohan to eat a burger, please? Thanks.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

I Like it Dirty

Last night I got the kids in bed and nestled down in the couch to watch American Idol. Given the fact that I absolutely hate commercials (and there were SO MANY), I started flipping through the guide and see that 'Dirty Dancing' is on. Dirty Dancing is one of those movies that I HAVE to watch to the end, no matter what, and then dance around the living room(whilst dreaming of taking ballroom dancing classes with my husband - yeah right). It was especially heart warming to watch a young and vibrant Patrick Swayze do his thing. He's very Hugh Jackman-like in that he's HOT, he can dance, he can sing and he's been faithfully married to the same non-Hollywood woman forever. Kudos to you, Patrick, for be an amazing person.

Despite the almost painful amount of cheese involved in the movie, it truly is one of my all time favorites and I'm not afraid to admit it.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Georgia loves her thumb.

It's not a secret that my kids are orally fixated - Georgia with the thumb and Hughie and his beloved binkie. According to their dentist, it's genetic. If mom or dad was a hard-core sucker, chances are the kids will be too. I believe that I sucked my thumb until I was about 10. Even dipping my thumb in chicken poop did not dissuade my devotion! Georgia found her thumb at 2 months old and has been sucking it faithfully ever since. I have to admit that with her colic, I was grateful for anything that would comfort her. I still think one of the reasons she's been such a good sleeper is that thumb. Still, I know she needs to give it up at some point. Last night as I was scratching Georgia's back before bed, she was complaining that her thumb hurt. It was red and raw from sucking and the cold, dry air. After inspecting her thumb, I looked at her and said, "Maybe it's time to stop sucking your thumb?" Georgia's reply? "I'm sucking it FOREVER."

Sports Nut

I've never seen anything quite like Hughie's obsession with sports. We don't really encourage it, per se, so it fascinates me. He could be in a room with a 1000 toys and would instantly hone in on the basketball in the corner. We went to the store Five Below this week (everything is $5 or less) and I told both kids they could have whatever they wanted. As we wandered the aisles Hughie made a bee line for a basketball touch light. I tried to explain that it wasn't a toy and took him, kicking and screaming, to the sports section. He started running from bin to bin pulling out baseball bats, basketballs, footballs and finally a lacrosse stick. I got him a basketball, baseball bat (SOFT) and the lacrosse stick, and has not put that stick down in three days. He holds it left-handed (we're working on that), but otherwise he's getting the hang of it. He catches, throws and scoops the ball with the stick. Chris is going to get him in with F&M's lacrosse coach for some pointers. We need Uncle Peter up here, stat.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

The newest addition to our (extended) family . . .

Prepare yourself for the cuteness that is Grandma's new (not yet named) puppy. Georgia suggested "Gizmo" after watching Gremlins this weekend.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

New visors and snow fun

Hughie will NOT take off his visor without a fight. Thanks Aunt Jen!

Here are some snow pics taken today. Apparently last night's storm was an odd one and accumulations ranged from nothing to a foot all around the county. We had about 8 inches! Hughie looked like a butterball in his snowsuit and Cam and Emily made an igloo.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Josh is engaged!

Josh is madly in love with a lovely girl from Brazil named Patricia (Pah TRI see ah). He recently went on a trip to visit her in Brazil and they got engaged. It's about time we get some Latin blood in this family! Congrats, Josh. Here is a pic from their vacation: