Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Jack's Spring Break

Dear loved ones,

My sitter has been on Spring Break this week, so aunt EE and the gang took care of me the last few days. This is a look at some of the fun I had.

First, mom crashed my Spring Break. I was so embarrassed. She said it's payback, whatever that is.
She's cool sometimes. She helped me learn how to use scissors.
Then we checked out the local wildlife. I wasn't very impressed.
And we participated in a local ritual.
I hung out with this groovy girl who I adore. I told her I'd wait for her. I think we make a cute couple.
She and I hit the court to play kickball.
I had such a blast.
Put me in coach. I'm ready.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Prepping for EB

We attended the city's Donuts with the Easter Bunny event today. This is as close as we came to the big girl bunny. (Notice the bow on her ear.)
We cut out and colored an Easter egg.
Then we made an Easter bunny bucket.
I admit. I pretty much completed Jack's bucket and he was happy with this arrangement. If I had let Jack to his own whims, who knows what his bucket would have looked like - maybe this? A very artistic bucket by a cute girl we sat next to. We all loved Callie's bucket.
Then we went Easter egg hunting.
Donuts came towards the end but Jack wasn't very impressed. He wanted the rest of his Easter egg stash.
So, guess who finished the donut? Can't say, but jogging was a little rough tonight.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Another Jack Shenanigan

Forgot to mention this in my earlier post. While we were chilling in bed tonight, Jack and I played a game of pretend. I was Mike so I fake snored like a jack hammer. Jack decided he would be mommy. "I, mommy," he said, as he laughed and wiggled like a little snake. He usually saves this silly move when he's hyper. I'm not sure what he was trying to imply. I do admit that I have the driest skin on earth (besides my forehead - darn it), so I tend to apply a lot of lotion at night. And it takes me a while to get comfortable. Maybe that's what he was getting at?

Sticks and stones may break my bones but silly shenanigans will never hurt me unless they come from my 2.5 year-old son.

Oh, ho, ho. (cue the evil laughter) Revenge will be mine when I embarrass him in front of girls someday.

Extended Spa Service

Jack spent a wonderful day with EE and family, so he was plum tuckered out tonight. We spent a good deal of the evening lying on the bed together. He'd get little bursts of energy and then get tired again. During one of his outbursts, I asked him if he wanted a back massage. He did so I gave him one. Then Jack proceeded to give me a massage. He started off with the extended packaged offered to Meaghan this weekend. Back, arms, legs. Each time, Jack said the body part. Then he reached towards my chest. "Boobie, boobie." Oh, my. What a squirt!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Prayers, Wishes and Hopes

We stayed the night at Grandpa and Grandma's house last night so Jack and I slept in the same bed. Before we went to bed, Jack and I talked about all the things he could do with a little brother or sister. It was a pretty lengthly discussion. I suggested things like, "Ride tricycles together. Go to the park together." Jack would often say "Yeah," but sometimes added his own thoughts, like "Play outside together." But my favorite suggestion that he made was "Eat tacos together." I love my big boy!

Fun at Grandma's and Grandpa's

You know what they say happens when you open the barn door.

Meaghan was ready for a siesta and later decided that the popcorn kernels were her eggs.
Pop and my brother installed mom's new wash machine.
They also came home with a new toilet.
Notice the word "flange?" Reminded me of Phoebe's Regina Phalange on "Friends." What the heck are flange bolts?
Meaghan pretending to be evil with a laser frisbee and baby hat bomb.
Great shot of Jack, watching Grandpa haul away the old washer.
Enjoying a cupcake at a parish dinner. Icing first.
Then puppy style!
The parish's 5th & 6th grade class sold books for a March of Dimes fundraiser so we bought several good ones including Dora and Curious George.

Next, I visited Meaghan's salon. First, she fixed my hair.
which I just hated, hee, hee.
Then she rubbed a ton of lotion on my hands. We pretended you could watch movies while you were pampered. She asked me what my favorite thing was to watch. I answered, "The Inside of My Eyelids." She wasn't sure she had that movie, but had "Shark: The First One." I passed. That didn't sound very relaxing. In the end, I settled for a lightning movie.
At the end of the day, Jack decided he needed to pull out the recliner like Grandpa and Grandma. He needed to stretch his legs a bit.


We headed home this weekend. My alma mater high school was hosting a carnival and one of Meaghan's artworks was featured in a silent auction, so, of course, we had to go.
There were several things to do. We played the Book Walk and walked off with a free Dora book. Then tried our hand at some other games.
Watch out for that arm!
We saw some story book friends. Although Jack didn't want to get very close to them, his cousin Garrett thought they were okay.
Without me in this pic, Jack wouldn't be this close to a Little Miss Spider friend.
I thought Jack would go for the face painting, but, I ended up with a ladybug on my face instead. There were no kids in line, so I thought, "Why not?"
One of Jack's favorite activities: running!
Sitting on a comet!
Meaghan had her hair done. Too bad there was an age limit.
Jack learned about fire safety.
Then promptly demonstrated what a 2.5 year old should not do.
Mom walked off with Meaghan's artwork. Meaghan says she will display it in her room. We all had a great time.

Friday, March 26, 2010


This is what my beautiful son wore today. Light maroon sports pants, white t-shirt and red sweater. He insisted on wearing that sweater. He likes the bears in the tractors and truck. I think he looks adorable. I didn't care that his clothes didn't match. I think the sweater made him look like a college professor.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Jack Snaps

I don't know about you but I get tired of all the posed pictures. I mean, where's the spontaneity in 1, 2, 3, cheese? So, tonight, I encouraged Jack to take some casual photos. This is what he captured.
Notice a common theme: the finger. We think he was trying to make a point about something.
Attempting to perfect the cup crotch shot.

Dad's finger.
Dad's hand.
Me, at least you can't see all the way up my nose.
We titled this picture: "On the Outside." Medium:  fingers on canvas.
Perhaps the spices inspired his photography. Mike made spaghetti and Mr. Spicy wanted me to open the spice containers (garlic, etc.), so he could put his finger in them and lick. Doesn't sound very appealing to me but it sure put a smile on his face.