Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Ain't Technology Grand?

Anna Grace: How old were you when you got your first (cell) phone?

Mom: Hmmmm, I was 30.

(Had a car bag phone before that....raise your hand if you remember those!)

Anna Grace: Really? How did you call people before then?

Mom: We used our phone in our house.

Anna Grace: You mean the one that plugs into the wall?

Mom: Yep. If someone was at a store and you needed something, you could not call them. They did not have a phone with them.

Anna Grace: (long mouth, close mouth, then complete silence)

What a foreign concept for our kids who have grown up with technology.


Growing up, I had.......

walkmans instead of i-pods

cassettes instead of CD's

VHS tapes instead of DVD's

desktops (if we were lucky) instead of laptops

VHS instead of DVR

public phones instead of cell phones

bus rides instead of cars

ovens instead of microwaves (for most of my childhood)

regular TV instead of HD

letters instead of email

phone calls instead of texts

And I could go on...and on...and on.

I'm almost afraid, but curious, to see what life will be like once my kids are thirty.

And since the oldest and youngest are thirteen years apart, I'm sure all four thirties will be very different.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Sixteen Dollars

No, no, no, not Sixteen Candles. That came out in the 80's, right? Maybe? I don't feel like googling it so.....go with it.

Sixteen dollars bought us two hours of fun today.

Kinda sorta.

The fun part is debatable....depending on your age.

First up, glow in the dark mini golf. Yep, got to love that. Bright neon, lit up clothing, and shining shoes. A mom's dream.

But hey, when you have two free passes and only have to pay for one game, it's worth the price.

Until you hear....

"Mom, how many times did she hit that ball?"

"Hey, she counted wrong."

"Is it my turn yet?"

"Why does she get to go first again?"

The. Longest. Thirty. Minutes. Of. The. Day.

Or, so I thought.

You see, it was a cloudy, rain looming, no pool kind of day.....and after golf, it was only 11:45. Yikes.

What now?

Mickey D's for lunch and playtime!

We haven't been out for fast food in months.

Seriously. We haven't. So this was a real treat.

Well, except for the night Alex took the girls out to eat while I hung out with friends to celebrate the end of school. (important note.....remember this event!)

But this lunch idea brought the Dreaded Playland into the picture. UGH.

However, I bit the bullet and went to McDonald's for lunch and ate IN the Dreaded Playland.

Side note: (I'm such a good mommy, huh? Even the girls were shocked!)

After a specified amount of food had been consumed, I turned them loose with all the other heathens.

Let me tell you what, there are a lot of "I'm going to do what I want even if you say no, kind of kids out there."

And a bunch of parents who are oblivious to their kids and how obnoxious they truly are in public. Holey Moley. My teacher self was on the rise when I called it quits.

To quote Alex from a month ago (after the aforementioned dinner out):

"I have seen hell. It is playland."

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

A Grammar Lesson.....

You'd think by third grade, a student would understand plurals, right?

One juice box means you get ONE.

One book means you get ONE.

One cookie means you get ONE.

Seems pretty easy, doesn't it?

Well, evidently Anna Grace is grammatically challenged. I cannot get her to understand that when you have nachos, you ask for NACHOS, not nacho.

And y'all, I've been over this with her numerous times.

Tonight, we had tacos. Anna Grace always wants nachos instead which is fine. But I decided to prove my point.

Mom: Anna Grace, what do you want tonight?

AG: A nacho (answered while she was reading and not watching me).

So, she got a nacho.

Abby just giggled the whole time.

Anna Grace sat down to eat and said, "Hey......that's not funny, mom."

So what do you want?

"Nachos, mom. Nachos."

And that's what she got.

Here's hoping she remembers for the next time......

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Photo Session with the Girlies

While I spent the start of summer with pool visits, mini golf, playdates, and neglecting the blog, a friend of mine spent time with the girls doing a photo shoot. The girls had an awesome time playing dress up, having a tea party, and being generally cute. She took so many great pictures that I had a hard time narrowing down what to post.

I almost gave up and said, "never mind".

But as Dave just said, "Having too many good ones to pick from is a plus, isn't it?"

Yep, it is!

I also realized she had created several collages that incorporated some of the best here you go.

Abby captured as the sweet, sweet child she is....

Anna Grace and her angelic side teamed with the "who me?" side....

Sisters being silly!

And sisters being sweet...

Followed up with......

Ah, so sweet!

She is taking Alex's senior pictures in few you think she'll be able to get him to smile??

I hope so.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Little Girls Making Plans....

Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know. It's been almost a month since my last post. I'm still here. And still alive. Shocking, I know. ( comments from you!)

School has ended, summer has begun, and I have reached my lazy stage. You know....getting up, eating breakfast, going to the pool, showering, lunch, read a book, make dinner, read/watch tv, and go to bed.

But today, I overheard the following conversation as I parked my lazy self on the couch with a book and just wanted to share...

Anna Grace: When I am grown up, I'm going to live in Florida so I am near the beach.

Abby: I am going to live in Hawaii.

AG: (gasp!) Then you will die.

Abby: Why?

AG: The tsunamis will come and put you under water. (say what??)

Abby: I'll live up high.

AG: It won't matter. The water will still go very high and get you.

Abby: Okay, then I'll live in Montana. (I started giggling at this point.)

AG: Will you come see me?

Abby: Yes, I will come every Friday and stay until Sunday. Then I will go back to Montana.

AG: Oh good. You know that's a long way from Florida, right?

Abby: (pause) Hmmmm, maybe I'll live in Georgia so we are close together.