Tuesday, August 31, 2010

School and stuffs

My sister (and then my mom) watched the girls this afternoon/evening so I could take Rayce shopping for school.

We tagged along with Jason, Hannah, and Jason's mom.

Rayce got maybe 6 long sleeve shirts, 3 t-shirts (only because they were SuperMan and Phinaeus and Ferb shirts :o), a new backpack (How to Train Your Dragon), a lunchbox for his snacks, and his actual supplies.

His supply list was slightly ridiculous. I'm not sure what the teacher is gonna do with 20 or so packages of dry erase markers, or 300 Ziplock Slider gallon size storage bags, or 500 quart size Ziplock slider bags. But every kid is supposed to bring in a pack of dry erase markers, a package of each ziplock (yes, it had the brand name requested) slider gallon and quart size bags, a large package of 5 oz paper cups (not styrofoam... which I think is kinda crazy since the kids bring their own snack and drink... what are they gonna use that many cups for?? A hundred cups in a pack times 20 kids, and they don't supply drinks?? I digress.), a box of tissues, a large tub of unscented wipes, a roll of paper towels, markers, crayons, 4 glue sticks, 2 bottles of glue, a pair of Fiskars scissors, 3 notebooks, 2 folders, a pencil box... and nothing is supposed to be labeled (except backpack, lunchbox, and pencil case) because the class shares everything. (BTW, what does he need a pencil box for if none of his supplies are 'his' and the whole class shares everything, anyway?!). I digress. I bought it all anyway. I don't know how the heck he's gonna get it all to school the first day! His backpack is full and he has a plastic grocery bag stuffed full, too, and the paper towels and wipes aren't even in there yet. I think I may just send him with the real supplies the first day, then stuff a thing or two in his bag every day until it's all sent in. I still haven't received his bus info yet, either, about bus stop and pickup/drop off times. Grr.

Charlize is on the waiting list for JC UPK. I hope she gets in within the first few months. She really is doing well learning her letters and letter sounds here at home, but it would be really great for her to get into a real school environment, for the socialization and to learn how to behave in a group.

I ordered my free photobook last night from Picaboo. I can't wait to get it. It's awesome.

Tomorrow is gonna be crazy, babysitting Jake, Jonathan, Jeremiah, Melissa, in addition to my own three. Yikes :-/

I'm tired.

I've been going to bed early, been passed out way before eleven every night for the last several nights.

So with that, I'm headed to bed.

G'night :o)

Monday, August 30, 2010


We're home.

Got home about 1am Sunday morning.

Yesterday was lazy. And busy.

Busy being lazy.

And then busy being busy.

Still haven't put anything away or unpacked.

Today, watching Jason's munchkins while he's at school.

Tomorrow too.

Then watching just Jake Wednesday and Thursday.

And Melissa Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.

Gotta get some things done. Unpacking and laundry and mopping and clean the ferret cage.

We got hermit crabs at the beach. Five. One died on the way home, it lost it's big claw. The kids love them, they're neat to look at and verrry low maintenance.

I'm tan.


My pillows still smell like the ocean air.

Just a little.

Enough for now, I've got things to do.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Last day

I'm excited to be going home, ready to get back to real life, but dreading it all at the same time.

Vacation has been amazing.

Stressful, but amazing.

I'm so glad the boys got to come with us, but it was tonsss of work, and I think our next vacation will probably involve only three kiddos.

I involve them in everything I can possibly involve them in, but it's not always possible (or smart, anyway) to handle 5 kids so young and so close in age!!

I don't think I could ever get sick of the beach.

The sand... didn't bother me, one bit.

The hot, humid, salty air... I adore it, as long as it involves the beach.

The sun... it makes me wonderful, usually (not so much these last few days, unfortunately!).

But, our lives are waiting for us back home.

I miss my sweetie.

I'm sure the boys miss their mother and baby sister.

I've gotta get Rayce ready for first grade.

So, with great joy and great sadness, we packed everything up tonight.

Our bags and baskets and bins are lined up in the hallway.

And tomorrow morning, we check out and head back home and hope that we get a chance to take another amazing vacation like this one again, sooner rather than later.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Six hundred and one

Posts, that is.

This is post number 601.


Anyway, just another quick update and picture post.

We tried to stay inside as late as possible today to avoid exposing me to any more sun than neccessary. We only made it till about 2pm.

I used the hypoallergenic, oxybenzone and PABA free sunscreen.

To no avail...

Those are tiny blisters all over my ear.

And broken capillaries in my legs.

Ughhhh. We've got no choice but to avoid the sun completely tomorrow, on our last day. We will probably go out after sunset. I don't know what we're going to do for the day, we'll go nuts if we don't do something.

I did little photo shoots with Liliya, Holden, and tried to with Charlize tonight. Charlize wasn't really feelin it, I'll try again tomorrow evening when I do Dante and Rayce.

So I'll leave you with some pics from the day (well, from this evening, I didn't take any at all earlier!).

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Vacation, take 3

We've been having a wonderful time :o)

Today, we  went on a fishing tour. It was awesome, the kids had a blast.

Each of them caught at least a couple fish. Charlize caught at least half a dozen, two at once at one point!!

I've come down with a monstrous rash, which has happened before when I've spent a lot of time outside. It's called 'photoallergic eruption', and it happens when my skin reacts to a conbination of sunscreen and sunlight. I'm also just generally sensitive to sunlight, and part of the rash is just from the sun. It sucks. It's terrible. It itches and prickles like crazy and the benadryl I've been taking has left me barely functioning for part of the day. I bought a tube of hypoallergenic sunscreen for $15 and I'm hoping it helps. I can't be outside for hours on end without sunscreen, and I can't keep getting this rash.

Aunt Lori leaves tomorrow and then we've got just tomorrow and Friday left, we leave Saturday morning.

I want to fix each of the kids up nice and do a photoshoot with them, one at a time.

This is our first real family vacation, we will always remember it :o)

my 'photoallergic eruption' rash that has left me completely miserable for 24 hours now

Annnnd, the dolphins we saw this morning :o)