Category Archives: Family fun

A Castle for my Princess

I hired a few architecture students from the university to make a “Frozen” castle for my lil’ Elsa yesterday.  I was expecting them to do it while she was at school, but school was cancelled so they had to do it quietly while Starling played inside.

When she saw it this morning she was just thrilled.  I let her stay home from school today to play in her castle.  It was just darling the way she sang “Let It Go” over and over again. She asked for gloves which could make ice, but those we couldn’t get, LOL!

1:24:16 castle

You couldn’t wipe the smile off of her face!

Boys!

Yesterday I had planned to take a little time to myself for some spa treatments, then shop for a few decorations for our house for the holidays.  Unfortunately I had forgotten that Röbert had made plans with Stefan for a hiking trip up in the mountains so I was stuck at home with the littles.  We tried the spa, but the very rude front desk lady told me it was not her job to babysit my unruly kids.  I wasn’t asking anyone to babysit, I just thought she could entertain them a bit while they waited and maybe get them something to eat.  And they are delightful, not unruly.  The nerve!

When we tried to go shopping though they, and by they I mean Merlin, might have been a bit unruly. I was looking at pens with which to sign my Christmas cards.  I need something special this year because I plan to learn beautiful calligraphy next week, so I was concentrating quite hard when I heard Starling giggle.  What a sweet sound.  When I turned around she went pale and said, “Merlin did it!”

Of course he did! Disgusting!

Of course he did! Disgusting! But maybe he can help me with my calligraphy on the cards.

He denied derawing a pooping dinosaur, but I reminded him of the rude Easter egg that had ruined an earlier holiday this year and he broke down in tears.  Good!  He should feel bad.

We went to the other part of the store to buy twinkly lights and felt houses and you will not even believe what I saw him doing!

Oh no he didn't!

Oh no he didn’t!

I caught him red handed, but he said that he was trying to take it down so Starling wouldn’t get in trouble.  Starling?  I think we all know who has a track record with this kind of behavior.

So the whole family had to go home.  I stopped to buy cupcakes for the other two to thank them for their nice behavior and Merlin spent the rest of the day in his room.  He apologized this morning, but I think I am going to have to ground him from all of his extracurricular activities until he can learn not to act in such a shameful manner.

Summer’s End

Only two more days until Starling and Merlin are back at school.  Thank goodness I have no kindergarteners this year, what with all of that staggered half-day start nonsense.  Throw them right into the proverbial pond and see who floats, is what I say.  I am hoping that Cari and I can at least do something about that this year.  Or before Hummus starts anyway.

The kids wanted a last day at the beach, so I was happy to bring them.  Hummus is still a bit banged up, but really seemed to believe in the healing power of salt water on his wounds.  He cried a lil’, but he will be fine in the end.  Röbby had to stay home to do the yard work and install a few light fixtures.  He just loves doing around the house.

After some PB&J’s for lunch, Hummus fell into another one of the epic naps he has been taking for the last few days.  I was able to get a sweet picture of Starling, Merlin and me without old bumbly-legs and his unsavory looking wounds.

I think it is fine to leave two big kids like this alone for just a second while I run over to the outlets.

I think it is fine to leave two big kids like this alone for just a second while I run over to the outlets.

We came home with three happy kids and 2 new purses, a wristlet and cashmere wrap sweater.  Another great family outing with Lah Lee and her lil’ darlings.

I wonder if I could get away with dropping them off to “help” their teachers for just an hour or two tomorrow?  It is worth a try!

 

A Lil’ Last Minute Fun

I managed to get each of the children into a last minute mini-camp through the gym today.  Starling is doing one that involves swimming and bouncy castles and Merlin is doing a sciencey one (of course, so predictable).  For some reason the gym doesn’t even offer one for two year olds so I signed Hummus up for one for 9-12 year olds.  I told the teenager at drop off that he was mute and that we prefer the term “little person” but she didn’t seem to care anyway.

He is such a great little athlete, and there is nothing he enjoys more than climbing.  I was able to catch a quick picture of him scrambling up the rock face behind the gym before I headed into the city for a lil’ emergency shopping.

My lil' bighorn sheep

My lil’ bighorn sheep

I think they are going to do something a bit more challenging this afternoon.  I am sure it will turn out fine.

 

A Beachy Surprise

This morning, as he was leaving for an agitility show with Beefy, Röbert mentioned that Ty had called the other day and offered to take Merlin hiking with him today.  What a relief!  Merlin has been talking about some sort of invention he wanted to work on and I am pretty sure he expected me to take him to the hobby shop for a few items this morning.  My worst nightmare.  I ran out while the kids were still asleep, and grabbed some bread and preserves and butter so i could have a lil’ breakfast snack ready for Ty when he arrived.  Men!  He ate it right up!  Merlin was thrilled, I was thrilled and Ty looked pretty pleased to see his lil’ buddy again too.  They were heading over to pick up the twins and the chubby girl with glasses too.  Poor Ty.

Merlin completely forgot about the stupid invention when he heard about Ty's plans. Thank goodness!

Merlin completely forgot about the stupid invention when he heard about Ty’s plans. Thank goodness!

Since we wouldn’t be stuck with Merlin all day, I decided to take the other two to the beach with me.  They both seemed a lil’ congested on the way over, so I put the teensiest bit of benadryl in their water bottles to help them out.  They sure were tired out from all our fun yesterday I guess.  They both slept the day away.  They lay in the lil’ beach tent and I was able to surf and paddleboard and read my magazines.  What a glorious day!

The water is perfect and so is my tan. Come on in!

The water is perfect and so is my tan. Come on in!

I rushed home and made a homemade looking dinner for everyone.  Röbby asked Hummus and Starling what they had done all day and they had no idea.  LOL!  We went to the beach, sillies!

Just for fun, I enetered Hummus in a “cutest kid” contest yesterday.  If you want to vote for him, here is a link.  I think he is the cutest kid in the universe, of course.

http://www.thecutekid.com/photo-contests/20150815/cute-kid-photos-1439670288

A Lil’ Adventure

This morning Röbert was up bright and early because he had planned a lil’ adventure for us.  I was so looking forward to it; a day long hike with the children up to a gorgeous waterfall for a picnic, then hike back down the mountain.  You know me, that is right up my alley!  Unfortunately I woke up with a terrible my grain and had to stay home in bed.  What a pity!

The bed is so comfy and cute, it is a shame to waste it on a my grain!

The bed is so comfy and cute, it is a shame to waste it on a my grain!

Luckily for me, the my grain disappeared quickly, so I went into town to get a lay of the land.  I had to walk into town, because Röbby had the car, and it is really hot here.  I hate perspiring!

The town is cute but smallish; just a general store, a bait store (really, is that a thing?) and a kind of shabby chic restaurant called The Cozy Nook.  Isn’t that sweet?  I wandered into the Nook (that’s what the locals call it!) and had a cup of coffee with a group of gentlemen who meet there for breakfast every morning.  They were so sweet and welcoming!

I bought the paper and was going to walk back up to the house when one of the men I had just met stopped and offered me a ride.  Air conditioning?  Yes, please!  I was telling my new friend, Jeremy, how I sometimes think it would be better if we didn’t have to wear clothing at all and he asked if I would be interested in a little excursion to a naturalists’ club he belongs to.  For those of you who don’t know, or are too inhibited to understand how the world works, a naturalists’ club is a nudist club where no one wears clothes at all but everyone doesn’t care that you don’t wear clothes. I always strut around the gym dressing room naked, so I knew it wouldn’t bother me.  It sounded wonderful, and Röbby and the kids would still be gone for hours.

I wasn’t even nervous when we got there.  After all, my body is pretty hot, what with all of the working out that I do.  I quickly stepped out of my darling little tunic and shorts and raised my head with pride and started to cry.  I just couldn’t stop crying.  The other nudists were all hideous with fat asses and jangly bits and untrimmed parts and general disregard for the sensibilities of the people who might be viewing them.

It was very upsetting.

I took a quick selfie, because I am very brave and bared my toned body to the world.

I took a quick selfie, because I am very brave and bared my toned body to the world.

I cried so hard that Jeremy took me right home.  No more nudity unless it is in an exclusive resort filled with beautiful people.  And I mean beautiful on the outside.  Inner beauty doesn’t count.

I hope Röbert comes back with something tasty for dinner!

Trip Planning

I have to confess that I had not been looking forward to having Merlin home this week, and I even tried to find a camp that would take him for the rest of the summer.  It is not that I don’t just adore that kid, but he is very chatty, constantly going on and on about who knows what, and I am so busy this week, getting ready for our vacation next week.  Incredibly enough, Merlin has been a complete delight since he got home though, entertaining his siblings for hours so that I can get everything done.

He taught Starling some silly game he learned at camp and they have been out back laughing away all morning.  Look at how much fun Starling is having!

He taught Starling some silly game he learned at camp and they have been out back laughing away all morning. Look at how much fun Starling is having!

I have been trying to plan for all of our photo ops during the trip, because everyone knows that if you don’t take lots of pictures, it doesn’t count.  Röbby still hasn’t given me the exact deets on where we are going.  He says he wants to surprise me.  Urgh, i hate surprises.  He did say that picture of the ramshackle cabin was a joke, and he did do a lovely job with the overnight trip to the lake, so I guess I will trust him.  LOL.