Hola! Sunburnt and crispy, ready for a sleep... we found a TABLE!!! And 4 CHAIRS!!!! IN THE SHADE
I gotta say, I felt kind of like Nancy Drew, winning out the case against the meanies - even better than college graduation (excpet for the really amazing da**a). Even on a monday, that place is pretty packed. It was SO great meeting Laura and Sheri (who really IS Sheri - I kind of thought in the back of my head that her dh would call her Az hee hee. All the kids were wonderful...everyone acted their age, so the 7yos were shooting ahead to the next adventure and the 2yo was jumping in puddles about 450 people behind, and the dh's were pushing strollers, herding a toddler, watching the fort, and generally extremely well behaved. Larry did truly hate the park, but was a good sport. Poor Laura didn't get to go on the ride of choice - I think if you'da gotten wet on that ONE ride it would've made your day. Next time we're going to have to plan it for when the kids are not quite so mama-dependent (in fact, perhaps just the moms will meet up for rides! :LOL It was the dh's (in general) who weren't into the rides at ALL) and we'll split into teams or something...tag team with all the toddlers...ought to be hysterical! And maybe not mid-summer, eh? It sure was hot... (where's that sweaty smilie?). I enjoyed it so much, just getting to hang out and nip with sheri, chatilicious with Laura (who is a friendly yakker in real life
), and getting to meet the families. Mr. C. is wonderful, so friendly and full of hugs and adventure. Little Miss Kaitlyn is SO sweet - directed and TWO but very sweet. Beca really loved playing with her in the water. I never did get to go on even one ride (huh?!) BUT I played a game and won this GIANT Bert (from sesame street), which was kind of cool. Dh was impressed because it was a shooting game (I'm actually not a bad shot). Beca wanted to play SO badly, but she'd already played a golf game and won a monkey. Dh played and lost :LOL (since he's the golfer in the family).Hmmmm - I think that's about it for here...
Annie that sounds suspicious, but then again, the #'s of people getting auto-immune problems has really soared in the past 40 years. There's a camp that feel that it's partly attributable to vaccinations. Even kids who didn't get any, their moms did and it changes the dna structure (or actually the RNA structure) of some of the marrow cells that create blood and, more primitively, the undifferentiated tissue of embryos... does that make sense? Anyway, it's possible it's envt'l, but not traceable, or traceable but not attributable, so don't have high hopes of figuring it all out...although it WOULD be awesome to have some answers for Kobe's mystery illnesses (and evidently yours and theirs, too). Is H. still at home???
Karen - sorry about the day...I think you're bang on. Dad's journey has JUST begun. He did start with an awesome attitude, but I'm sure HE was in some shock about it all, too. Now things are settling into place, his reality is becoming tiresome and frustrating...poor daddy
I think it'll be great for him and your mom to have the troops in place for a short while. I think you should try to coordinate w/other family members so you don't all converge simultaneously but can overlap some to pass on info etc... Maximize everyone's time, kind of thing.
Jessi and Jeni- we've had some miserable ec days here too. Sucky to the max. Get him on the pot after big fussy huggy event with singing and dancing and he... won't pee. Put him back on the changing table with some more huggies and singing (about a hose from his nose to his toes blah blah blah) and he pees. Or poops. Or both. sigh. The wall of the dining room is going to need to be seriously painted
Ooooh - got another postcard from Hawaii (Big Isl.) and one from Mass (North Shore) - Nice boats, Az! Thanks mamas!
Jeni - my legs are wobbly too. I ended up carrying sleeping ori back to the car in the sling, 'cause he nursed for a while, then I kind of tucked him into the sling (and it really WAS hot, poor us) and trudged the 1/2 mile to the parking lot (Jeeze) and THEN realized my tit was TOTALLY hanging out the side of the sling. I PULLED AN ANNIE
: As I've mentioned before, I don't mind sharing my boobs, it's the belly that makes me want to
Have a great afternoon/night mamas. Too tired for more typing here...
So fun... andy
Ok, I'll try to get pics up sometime tomorrow. The camera is currently still in the car. I hope Az made it home ok!