Isabella is a total water baby. Every time I go to take a bath she has to take one with me as well as all of her "waterproof" animals. In fact, the other day she was watching a movie so I thought I could take a bath by myself. As soon as she heard the water running she ran to get her animals, threw them in, and jumped in with her clothes still on. I said "Bella what are you doing?" She said "I taking a bath with my animals, and elephant and monkey, and giraffe, and mommy, and paints, and colors." I said I know but why didn't you take off your clothes and she just smiled. Sorry I didn't get a picture of that!
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Posted by Bellamarin at 1:43 PM
Monday, July 28, 2008
We literally ran home to Daytona yesterday because Heather was craving Booth's Bowery wings and we love the place so we tagged along. We thought we could also visit my mom for an early birthday. When we got to Booth's they were dead and we were hungry so we thought this will be great. The food was good but we waited at least an hour for it. It was just plain ridiculous. It seems as if everywhere we go these days is like this. My parents said that they have gone way downhill and I believe them now. Its a shame because it was one of those places that were different in that area at (least for us) and now I am afraid we will not be going back. Our server never even updated us on what was going on which we never really found out as I think they had three other tables to serve besides us( I know I should be more sympathetic). On a positive note the kids had a blast playing video games. They did a car racing game and Bella kept crashing and would not let me help her straighten out. They were both yelling at the screens...hilarious. These pics of them shooting are priceless.
Posted by Bellamarin at 8:34 AM
Friday, July 25, 2008
Wow, Ethan is 3 years old. When I think about that it kind of makes me sad. I remember Heather calling to tell us he was here. I was still 7 months pregnant with Bella and so excited to meet him. 2005 was a great year for us for these two reasons. Ethan and Bella's births. Ethan's Nana and Papa threw a party at their house and cooked out. Ethan is very interested in superheroes so that was mostly the theme but when Heather let him pick out his cake he chose Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Ethan is a free spirit if you didin't notice as he loves to be naked or very close to it. The whole day up until we went to the party, Bella kept saying "its Ethan's birthday we gonna have cake, and balloons, and hats, and presents!" It was hilarious although she surprised me by not trying to open all of his presents for him. She did try to claim one of his toys for herself though. They both played with his Batcave(at least I think that's what it was) Everyone seemed surprised that she wanted to play with "boy" toys but that's Bella. When we went to the store I gave her a choice of three books: Little Mommy, Mariposa Barbie, or Thomas the Train. You guessed it, she chose Thomas the Train. I guess I should stop pushing the girl stuff on her...
Posted by Bellamarin at 4:52 PM
Thursday, July 24, 2008
We went to Port Orange this past weekend to visit my buddy Jon Jon from California. Jon and I have been friends since senior prom when we went with our friends. A very eventful evening indeed. Anyway Jon has this glorious life in CA and blesses us with his presence once or twice a year so I just had to go see him. Last year when he came with his GF Serena, Bella was in love. This time not so much. As you can see by the pictures she wasn't very happy. To be fair she hadn't napped all day and fell asleep right after she arrived. Once she woke up she warmed up a bit but still wanted nothing to do with pictures. It was a great visit and we hope to get to CA to see Jon on his turf.
Posted by Bellamarin at 10:02 AM
Friday, July 18, 2008
Ahh, another year older! These birthdays these days seem to come fast and furious and again we ponder where the time has gone. Mike celebrated his 34th yesterday and Ethan will be 3 next week and Bella will be 3 in a few months. It is not necessary to discuss my age. While Mike was at work Bella and I bake him a spice cake(his choice although I think he wanted pumpkin) Bella and I had a playdate at O2B kids with our new MOPS group(Mothers of Preschoolers) so we made the cake before we left and put it on the cooling rack until we got back. Ok so anyone who knows me knows that I do not cook very often but I do love to bake. Generally I do a good job but I can never seem to ice a cake without getting crumbs all over the icing. I spoke to several people about this including people I don't know and got lots of advice but the best one being just let it cool completely before icing. SO thats what I did. When we came back from O2B I was ready to ice and turned over the cake onto the platter. A whole big chunk of the cake fell off with it. The same with the second layer. SO I did my best to patch it together and used tons of icing but to no avail. There was just a huge hole in the back of the cake. I tried to take pics of it from the right angle and Mike was very understanding but it was so frustrating! Now I know to not put warm cake on a rack to cool. Oh well it tasted good and I used cream cheese frosting(that's my favorite part anyway). MIke wanted to go to this place called Clarks fish camp for dinner to get some good seafood(presumably because I hate it and we never go to seafood restaurants...bad wife bad wife) His parents, brother, Rob, Danny Heather Ethan John and Kathy all joined us. This place is just crazy because I have never seem so many stuffed (previously alive) animals in my life. They had lions,coyotes,birds of all kinds, snakes,bears, tigers, baby giraffes. OK I don't know why they were stuffed although I am hoping it was not for the sake of this restaurant but it was like a huge zoo only they were all dead. The kids thought it was great and they also had a deck outside you could go see LIVE turtles and baby alligators. We go to place cuz the food is great although I came home with some nasty heartburn last night. We came home and had cake and the kids got their second wind and started a laughing crazy fit. Ethan asked Bella to come run with him and she said "I'm too busy" so he tried again. "Come run with me Bella" Bella- "No Ethan I will watch you, I'm too busy" (all the while with her hands way up high on her hips). I am not sure where she gets this stuff.
Posted by Bellamarin at 5:14 PM
Monday, July 7, 2008
Mike had a three day weekend so we thought we would go home to Port Orange for the Holiday. What didn't occur to us until we got there was the races were going on. I mean really we grew up there how could we not remember? Anyway we kept out distance from Daytona for that reason. On the fourth we just hung out with my mom and had a cookout with my sister Adrian. The picture here is the only one I could get of Bella's face and her cousin Jayce . Towards the end of the day (Mike had been gone golfing most of the day) we had dinner and ended up staying in for the evening. Bella wanted to go to the beach but we just didn't want to fight the crowds. We are terrible parents aren't we? Well Grandma Pru put her to bed and the neighborhood was just getting started with their own fireworks. They were setting them off until after midnight and Pru said Bella kept asking her to stop the fireworks.
Posted by Bellamarin at 4:28 PM
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
This is not family focused but I want to talk about a few great books I have read lately. Yes I have Bella back on a sleep schedule so I have found some time at night to read. It helps that there is nothing on TV right now.
Posted by Bellamarin at 12:47 PM
We have been fortunate enough to be able to see a few movies this summer with Sydney babysitting and a few good kid flicks out there. Also our movie theatre is having a weekday special where you can get in for $5 and then get a drink and refillable popcorn for $5. SOLD!
Posted by Bellamarin at 12:36 PM
Bella has developed a huge interest in Jigsaw puzzles. We got one from Target (Cars,she picked it out and carried it through the whole store, and if she set it down she would go back and find it again) and a few from the Dollar Tree. At first she would get frustrated but she asks us to help her and we do a few pieces and she does the rest. Now she will put them out one by one and do the whole thing herself. We are still working on somewhat successfully in getting her to clean them up.
Posted by Bellamarin at 9:27 AM