Wednesday, May 26, 2010

18th Anniversary Weekend

On Monday we celebrated our 18th wedding anniversary. The day ended a very busy, but very fun weekend.

Saturday was the annual Silverpop family party. The last few years were at the Atlanta Zoo, but this year we did something totally different: Malibu Grand Prix. As our CEO said during his 30 second speech during lunch, the day was for the families, and the company was thanking them for putting up with the job. Pretty cool thing to do, especially in this economy.

The park was for our use only from 9 until 12 and it was great not having lines or rude people to deal with. Courtney is tall enough to drive a go-kart so she was excited. Christopher is tall enough to ride, so he and I must have been in 6 sessions. There was also a bouncy so he stayed busy!

I managed to break one of the go-karts during our first session. I was going around the sharp left turns sideways and Christopher was loving it! One time though we bounced sideways and the clutch let go. We had to be pushed back to the start.

Tired little guy:

On Sunday I took the kids to the pool while Deb got ready for our 'date'. I had bought tickets to see Avenue Q but didn't tell her where we were going or what we'd be doing. Only that she had to be ready to leave at 3:30.

We first went to an early dinner at a good Italian restaurant (Scalini's for the locals) and I still hadn't told her what we were doing. When we got to the theater she was surprised and still couldn't figure out what the show was about. Her only clues were the t-shirts they were selling "The Internet is for Porn" and "It sucks to be me".

We arrived a little early, so we had a drink and 'people watched'. Yes, there is a very interest crowd at musicals. From parents with tweener kids, other couples on dates, to a 'blue hair gang' just about every demographic you could think of were there.

The show is hysterical, think Muppets with adult problems and adult adventures. I particularly liked the 'bad bears' that kept encouraging the other characters to do stupid adult things like Long Island Ice Teas!

I almost cried I was laughing so hard at this song:

After the show we got some dessert and went home.

I took Monday, our actual anniversary off, so we went to breakfast with Christopher and he and I played at a park while Deb went to the Dentist. I know, not sure why she picked that day for her appointment!

In the afternoon we took all 3 kids to see Shrek in 3D Imax. Damn that was expensive. Christopher would not wear the glasses and got upset when I would, so I kept taking them off, waiting until he looked at the screen then putting the back on. I think the movie was okay. The 3D scenes I did see were pretty good.

The kids also finished school last Friday, so we're settling into our Summer routine. Except I still get up at 5:50 to go to work!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Busy Spring

This was one of the busiest springs in a long time. Between Softball, Girl Scouts and general kids stuff we were socked.

Courtney's team again had the best team in her park, but this year wasn't as lopsided as previous. Every team except one had a chance to beat every other. And the one the didn't had their pitcher break her leg in the third or fourth game, otherwise they would have been competitive as well.

Courtney had a lot of good hits and one great one. Against one of the tougher teams she hit a ball in the air over the right-center fielder's head and scored a home run!

Unfortunately they came in fourth in the end of year tournament, but they played hard the whole time.

This year I wasn't "dugout dude" since the girls are old enough to manage themselves. So Deb and I split going to the games. It was strange not being the dugout for the first time in probably 3 years.

We did a lot of projects this spring, but the biggest was expanding the swingset. This is the set we bought for Meghan when she was 3, so it was getting a little worn. And filthy. Also Christopher keeps running to his Godmother's house since she has a climbing wall on her swingset.

So I replaced a few boards and expanded it a little.




Yes I have some staining still to do.

No I don't know who gave a 4 year old a 3 lb BFH.