Sunday, August 31, 2008

And so...

She's been in school just under a month and seems to love it. EVERY day for lunch she has a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and chocolate milk, so we are going to start sending her lunch on Tuesday. We'll see if she eats any more than just a sandwich and drink now. Any ideas what else I can send? I'm thinking apples, grapes, cantaloupe, banana, chips, some sort of dessert (obviously not all of that fruit in one day!). I don't know if she'd eat veggies, but I may try it.
Jack is still lost without her most of the morning. He goes from room to room calling, "Sis? Sis?" It's sad to hear him. He and I have started Kindermusik classes. They are proving to be a challenge since he does have to stop moving all over the place for about 45 minutes. He got in big (baby) trouble the other day and it ended with his lip out, tears welled up in his eyes and him not making eye contact with me. I felt badly that he was upset, but he needs to know his actions have consequences. It begins.
All in all we are all happy and healthy and going strong.
More later...

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Aug. 11, 2008

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First day of school!

We have now had 10 days to adjust to full day school, new friends, new schedules, new rules, new teachers, new building and the same old lunch, again, of peanut butter and jelly and chocolate milk. (When you ask her about lunch, she sighs, puts the emphasis on again, then tells us. It's pretty funny.) She has made some friends and sits with the same ones everyday at lunch. Her class is now at 29 students, with more to come possibly, but there is an aid in there too, so hopefully they can maintain some control. She is enjoying herself, but homework starts this week, and later dance class and Daisy scouts. We will see how this whole thing goes.
Oh. And I volunteered to be the PTA secretary. Do you see where it says sucker on my forehead?

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Thursday, August 14, 2008

Vacation Installments 2-7

So, the jellyfish ruined everyday on the beach, but we frolicked in the pool, Lauren learned to not only go all of the way under water, but to jump in without holding the side of the pool and to doggie paddle from one end of the pool to the other. Although Jack liked the pool for a while, his favorite spot to play was in the shower normally used to get sand off of you before you leave the beach. Oh well. To each their own.
We ate at lots of places that were wonderful with great food and view to match. The best meal we had was at Pompano Joe's ( Both the food and service was outstanding and the view was fabulous. We also enjoy Whale's Tail At Seascape. Also good food and service, but the view was the best. Jack had a little diaper issue here and there was no changing table, so that sucked, but we handled it. When John and I went out for our "date night" we found some seashells which was amazing, because this part of FL is not known for shells, but then we ate at The Donut Hole Bakery Cafe and it was AWESOME! Great food, HUGE portions and very personable staff.
We got to shop at Publix ( and I love Publix. Great store brands and good prices. We got Cuban sandwiches from there and they were so cheap but great value.
Yes, I know I sound like a review site, but so much good food on one trip is almost unheard of.
On Friday, John and Chuck went deep sea fishing on a charter boat and had a ball. They each caught a big King Mackrel fish and would definitely go again.
We took a dolphin cruise and I won't go again. The water was too rough for me and Jack vomitted too, so that's enough for me.
Jack cut a tooth while we were there. Lower left 2 yr. molar.
Glad to be home...

Friday, August 01, 2008

Our vacation: Installment 1

We arrived last Saturday and the condo was very nice. We unloaded our truck, went to the beach and that is when Jack decided sand is EVIL EVIL EVIL and surely going to eat his feet. Thus, running (as well as you can run in very soft sand and being just shy of 20 mo. old) toward the stairs was the only plausible option for him. We noticed no one in the water and wondered why, then John spotted the jellyfish. They would be our nemesis the entire trip.
We explained to Lauren about the different colored flags on the beach and what they meant and that we were waiting for a green flag. It never came. Purple flag means aquatic life which can be jellyfish, stingrays or other dangerous fish. Everyday with the purple flag and varying degrees of yellow and red warning of medium to large waves.
That night, we ate at Joe's Crab Shack. It was good food, good atmosphere and the best part as far as I am concerned was the playground for the kids to use while we waited for our table. The kids got new tie-dyed shirts and that was it for day one.

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