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Friday, July 13, 2012
The Deli has been wearing underwear for whole days now. It started with Great Aunt Becky sending him boxes full of birthday goodness. There were toys and t-shirts, a slip-n-slide, a Superman book, but more importantly there was underwear! That Aunt Becky knows what a kid wants.
It's all underwear, all the time around here now. Unless it isn't. Del reserves the right to miss a day or two. Or twelve. But for now, the undies are on.
Shorts or pants, however, are optional.
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Mikey: So how long are the rest of the cousins here?
When does everyone leave?
Me: On Sunday, baby.
Mikey: Even Abuela? They ALL leave on Sunday?
Me: Yes, boy. Everyone leaves on Sunday.
Mikey: Oh. Great.
Then we will have to go back to our usual boring life.
Sunday, July 8, 2012
Until they learn to read calendars, my kids are hopelessly confused as to when their birthdays happen. We have them hoodwinked into thinking the day of their birth is whatever day we decide to have a party. Elia used to tell people, "Last year, my birthday was April 2nd, this year it is April 12th, and I don't know when it will be next year." See? Confused.
So the Deli turned 5 on the Fourth of July, even though technically his birthday is July 10th. He doesn't know better, and he's pretty happy with the idea that we all gather to celebrate him with his very own red, white and blue cake. Funny how every year his birthday is a red, white and blue theme...
His birthday was extra special this year because we had so many family members from out of town visiting, from my side and the husband's side. Yes, we still have family here. My two sisters' families have left, much to our sadness - there were lots of teary children saying good by and giving big hugs when the separate departures happened. Now we have one week left with my brother's family and my mom. We are all tired but happy to have so much time together.
Deli had a good birthday, surrounded by loved ones. Now that he's a big five year old, he's planning on learning his letters good, starting to read, putting his shoes on the right feet and maybe, just maybe, wearing underwear. No promises, though.
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
To cram all of summer into two weeks?
Because we have been doing our very best, and are off to a pretty good start.
Yesterday the drive-in (a unique form of happy American torture), today the beach.
We haven't even seen ALL of the cousins yet.
We've eaten popsicles, popsicles, watermelon, corn on the cob, popsicles, ice cream, and popsicles.
We will have lived an entire summer in two weeks. I think come July 15th the only thing left for us to do will be to pack all our summer stuff away and pull out the books for school. Too much summer is bad for you, don't you know. Cramming all of summer into two weeks might just be bordering on really bad for you.
I'm happy, I'm exhausted. Full of joy and appreciation for seeing almost all of my family all in one place.
We are missing the big boys and Uncle Jeff, and missing them quite a bit. We can't complain though, as they have an amazing opportunity. They are at Creation 2012, playing on the indie stage tomorrow! So cool. I know their parents are so proud of them, as are all of we. Even though we miss them, we are happy they are doing something they love and doing it so well. If you can't make it to Creation 2012, then just listen to 3 Shades of Blue here, and of course buy their music!
And now it is off to sleep, followed by cramming in more family and more summer tomorrow.