Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Finally I get to really show my stuff!
Usually I have to stand outside the fence and watch Little Girl and her friends having fun playing the game where you run and kick the ball, but since no one is around this time, the Big Guy turned me loose on the field.
He tried to race me, but I was so fast, I beat him even when he had a head start!
Monday, May 27, 2013
This weekend, we said goodbye to Grandma Gert. She passed away a week ago, but I've been putting off writing about her here because I feel whatever I write will be inadequate. I just don't think I can do justice in describing a person was so colorful, generous, and lived life on her own terms.
Because of her extensive work with animals (both wild and stray) and as a school crossing guard for fifty years, she was the subject of several newspaper articles, the final one written about her here. To say that she is a legend in our town, would be an understatement. When Lauren goes to junior high school, she'll be able to point to up at the mural in the lobby and say, "That's my great grandma, right next to Abraham Lincoln."
She was the type of person who was unintentionally funny with her unique (and often very negative) outlook on the world and her ability to tell a story with serious, dramatic flair (and a few four letter words). So here's what we learned from this one-of-a-kind woman:
1. A traffic cone is always a thoughtful gift.
2. School buses just don't depart from the parking lot, they leave "like bats outta hell."
3. Beware of restaurants that serve,"salty soup that makes your lips pucker."
4. Cesar Milan may not know it, but "You bitch!" is a very effective way to get your dog to obey.
5. Most people "ain't got a pot to piss in."
6. Always save the ham bone. You can make pea soup from it.
7. Raccoons love to eat Italian take out.
8. A very large hole is required to bury a full grown pot belly pig (Okay, Mark learned that. I just watched him dig.).
9. You can never get too much sun nor be too tan.
10. There's always room for another pet.
In newspaper article from 1990, Grandma's self-awareness shines through as she concludes, "When I die, I'm going to be missed. They're going to say, 'She was a nut, but she was good.'"
We couldn't have said it better ourselves.
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Today Lauren turns eight years old, inching ever so closely to ten. Seven didn't bother me so much, but eight? That's crazy talk.
This year, instead of having a kids party, we decided to have just our immediate family celebrate with us. I got away with this because I agreed instead to a series of sleepovers with various friends. I decided it would be wiser to spread it out rather than have 7 or 8 screaming second grade girls ransacking our home for one night.
Lauren asked for an "under the sea" party. The special guest star on the table is Julie, Lauren's goldfish.
Lauren loved that she got to decorate the dining room with her various stuffed sea creatures. And trust me, she has plenty of them.
We made these cute jellyfish out of paper bowls.
And you got to have fishy snacks!
Lauren was very specific that she wanted figures on her cake. Grandma Bruno got her a cake with figures on it for her third birthday, and it must have made a big impression. I got this at our local grocery store's bakery, and I have to say that they did a fantastic job.
Lauren was so happy when she opened her presents. Lots and lots of smiles to go around!
And here she is getting ready to make her wish. I'm pretty sure that she wished for a mansion because she told us today that when she is a teenager, she and her best friend are going to live together in a mansion and that we'll need to give her a thousand dollars so they can buy one. They don't call them wishes for nothing...