April's Life Adventures

Experiences in my life that hopefully always lead to happiness. My joys, my sorrows, my kids, my world.

Thursday, June 29, 2006

California Here We Come!

Sultry Husband wrote a play that is being produced in Northern California. We head out this afternoon to start the long and arduous drive to get there. I had a friend ask me if I was excited for our trip, and I answered YES! and NO WAY! Why would I not be excited? Well you see, we have these two young girls who are also driving in the car with us. I am fearing the "Are we there yet?" questions and the ever present "I have to go potty!" right as we pass a rest stop sign. This will be the longest trip that we have ever taken with them.

I do have hope that it can be fun however. My amazing Brother does this type of trip all the time. When there is an important family function, he is always there, with his family... never mentioning how long the drive was. His kids don't seem to mind at all! I on the other hand, feel like a martyr for taking the girls with us so that M can see Daddy's play.

Lots of snacks, lots of toys, lots of prizes along the way... this shall prove an interesting challenge on my sanity. Wish us luck! We are off to see the play!

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Wednesday, June 21, 2006

The Burrito Queen

My adorable three-year-old daughter L has decided that she has a favorite food at last. It is the old standby of a burrito. I make them on a semi-regular basis, because SH loves them as well.

At first, L did not like it when I made this dish. However, as she witnessed her Daddy wolfing them down, she actually tried one. She has not stopped eating them since.

When I make them for Dinner, I try to make a few more than I think we will eat. This is due to the fact that she demands one for both Breakfast and Lunch! When she gets up before I do, she runs to the fridge and then brings the package of tortillas to me saying "I want a beeto". If I refuse, saying that they are not a breakfast food, there is trauma. Lots and lots of trauma.

I tried an experiment this week. I let her have a "Beeto" whenever she wants. I am afraid that I have created a monster. For you see, I must run to the store today, because she has consumed the last one, and I am out of ingredients to make more. I fear the trauma that will come at breakfast tomorrow if a "Beeto" is not waiting for her in the fridge.

Posted by April_Mommy :: 8:02 AM :: 7 comments

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Friday, June 16, 2006

Pirate Name

I stole this idea from Julia... a fun quiz for sure!!! Now get to work you land lubbers!

My pirate name is:

Captain Anne Flint

Even though there's no legal rank on a pirate ship, everyone recognizes you're the one in charge. Like the rock flint, you're hard and sharp. But, also like flint, you're easily chipped, and sparky. Arr!

Get your own pirate name from fidius.org.

Posted by April_Mommy :: 8:40 AM :: 10 comments

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Thursday, June 15, 2006

The worth of a broken water toy

Here in the desert, it is very hot. The kids really wanted to play in a sprinkler the other day, so we dug one out of a box for them. It was a giant beach ball that had water squirting out of three areas. Somehow, in the past year, the insides of it had come apart and the water then filled the ball instead of squirting out of one of the holes.

Phnarph had a great time with it, he would bark at it, then run up and drink from the "fountain"...
Later, L thought that this game of his looked like great fun, so she decided to join in...
It was a fun evening, and I just wanted to share the pictues...

Posted by April_Mommy :: 10:16 AM :: 4 comments

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Monday, June 12, 2006

A Fairy Tale

As you all know, my husband is a story teller. He writes books, plays, screenplays, short stories, etc. From the time that my children were very small, he has been "telling" them stories. Creating tales of excitement from the most interesting creatures. Ready Made bed time stories.

This morning, L told her first story. Remember that she is three years old, so this is a bit of a milestone. It also took her about fifteen minutes to get through it...

"Once upon a time," L began.

"That's a great beginning L!" Daddy encouraged

"There was a princess."

At this point M interrupted with "L she needs to be a unicorn."

"M this is L's story, she can have whatever characters in it she wants." I tried to tell M that I really wanted to hear this L's way...

"The princess unicorn had a crown and a pretty dress."

"Are there any bad guys in this story L? I like bad guys." Daddy tried to encourage her to find some sort of conflict.

"The bad guys don't live in the castle. They live in the tunnel. And another princess unicorn who had a pretty dress was trying to get into the castle. So she knocked and knocked and then the door opened. The End."

Short, sweet, and totally adorable. We all clapped at the end, and she walked off feeling very proud of herself. I wonder how long it will take her to tell us story number two. I can't wait.

Posted by April_Mommy :: 9:45 AM :: 9 comments

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Saturday, June 10, 2006

The Name Game

I am not usually one for Meme's, especially after more than just a few people have done it... However, this one just seemed fun and I decided to join the band wagon after all... Thanks for starting this Karen :-)
Oh, and half of my answers had me laughing my head off, so feel free to make fun... My personal favorite was the Star wars name...

1. YOUR MOVIE STAR NAME: (grandfather/grandmother on your father’s side, your favorite candy):

Elva Chocolate

2. YOUR "FLY GIRL/GUY" NAME: (first initial of first name followed by "izzle", first two or three letters of your [middle] name followed by "dizzle"):

Aizzle hardizzle

3. YOUR DETECTIVE NAME: (favorite color, favorite animal):

Lavender Horse

4. YOUR STAR WARS NAME: (first 3 letters of your name- last 3 letters of mother’s maiden name, first 3 letters of your [former] pet’s name repeated twice):

Apr-ite duk duk

5. SUPERHERO NAME: ("The", your favorite color, the automobile you drive):

The Lavender Cavalier

I don't think I would have joined this if I couldn't laugh at myself. This is is just to comical to not pass on.

Posted by April_Mommy :: 7:21 PM :: 5 comments

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Friday, June 09, 2006

The Sneeze

Daddy sat down on the couch to snuggle with L as she watched a PBS show. She snuggled down into his arm and they both enjoyed themselves... That is when Daddy sneezed.

L looked up at him and asked "Daddy, did you sneeze?"

"Yes L, I sneezed."

"I'm gonna make you all better."

At which point L ran off to the refrigerator and brought back a bag of baby carrots. Apparently she knows that sneezes mean that you are sick, and carrots have medicinal purposes. I love to see the mind of a child at work.

Posted by April_Mommy :: 12:17 PM :: 4 comments

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Thursday, June 08, 2006

Ice Cream Yearnings

I can be quite sentimental and silly at times. I am the first to admit that. However, I had an experience the other day that is almost difficult to explain. We found a fabulous mom and pop ice cream shop in the neighboring town. It takes about 15 minutes to drive there, so it is quite accessible. They make their own ice cream, I believe.

Anyway, we took the kids for an ice cream cone the other night. M chose chocolate (of course) and L chose "Pink"! Basically strawberry, but she went into the shop saying, "I want Pink"! As they gobbled up every drop of delicious ice cream, I noticed a distinct difference between them.

M ate her treat in a very fast, very messy manner that displayed no restraint or care for her appearance... She had chocolate ice cream all over her face and even a bit in her hair by the time she was done. L on the other hand, ate hers quite methodically and insisted on staying clean. In fact, she asked us to hold her cone at least half a dozen times, so she could clean her hands with a napkin. This ode to cleanliness only pertains to her hands however, as her face and hair also were decorated by the end. The main difference between them? M ate her ice cream cone in 10 minutes, while it took L at least twice that long to finish.

The strange part of the evening was when SH and I were laughing at the difference in the girls, I about started to cry. I want another one! I thought that the hormones only start making you wacky after you get pregnant?!

Posted by April_Mommy :: 7:25 AM :: 7 comments

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Friday, June 02, 2006

If you can't stand the Heat, get out of the Car!

I had a friend in our town say that it feels like a pilgrimage to go into Walmart. We live an hour and a half from the closest one, so it is quite an ordeal to get low prices. I used to go about once a week, now it has fallen to once a month.

Food prices in our town are ridiculous. I can't stand spending $3 for a gallon of milk, when I know that if I had just gone to Walmart, I could have gotten it for $2.25. So, yesterday being payday and all the little one and I jumped into the car and drove down the highway. I left M home with Daddy, he can work from home and she is the one that can be entertained.

Anyway, the one flaw with my plan was that the Air Conditioning has not worked in my car for about a year. We have not had the funds to have it looked at, so we have just made due with no cool air. Yesterday however, the temperatures were over 100 degrees and my daughter and I definitely started feeling the effects. Even with the windows down, it was not a happy time.

I bought a cheap squirt bottle and some water. While driving, I drenched both of us over and over again to help us through the drive. Each time I looked back at the little one, her face was bright red and she looked miserable, so I sprayed her again. I stopped once and got some ice out of the cooler (its how I get the meat, milk, cheese, and any other fridge products home), and threw some ice down her back... I felt terrible!

When we finally pulled into our driveway again, we ran into the nice air conditioned house and just lay down under the vents. I don't plan to go to Walmart for quite some time, but we will be saving our pennies to fix the AC!

*EDIT* We took the car into a shop and had them look at the AC. They charged it up and put some dye into it so they can find out where the leak is. When it stops working, we are supposed to bring it back in. So far, it has been a week, and the AC works perfectly! What's up with that?

Posted by April_Mommy :: 9:51 AM :: 6 comments

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