Monday, April 11, 2011

Eddie's Birthday Week


I think Eddie had a fabulous birthday week!  At least I hope he did!! =)

It started on Tuesday at St. Elizabeth's Pre-School!  Ms. Anne-Marie & Ms. Monica made him feel special for his birthday celebration!  We wore a crown and a pin that said birthday boy!  I made rice crispy cupcakes that had M&Ms on them for their birthday snack!

Then we come to Wednesday, his actual birthday.  He got to pick his meals for the day and it started with cinnamon rolls for breakfast.  After breakfast, we all got dressed and headed to Unique Men's Salon (http://www.uniquemenssalon.com/common/template/emenu.jsp?href=index.jsp) so that Eddie, Liam and Ed could have a hair cut.  Truc treated Eddie to the warm towel on his face as an addition to his hair washing!  He gets treated very well for a little guy getting his hair cut!  After that, we headed over to Gattiland for lunch (http://www.gattiland-rr.com/).  Since we "liked" GattiLand on Facebook, mine and Ed's buffets were free.  My mom joined us....we paid for her buffet and got Eddie's for free since it was kids eat free day!  What a deal....3 adults & 2 kids eating for the price of one buffet!  AND the manager brought Eddie a key with $5 on it to play games for his birthday!!  What fun!  For dinner, we had the Muffoletto's over for Hot Diggity Dogs (Eddie's choice for dinner).  He opened presents from family in NY....thanks to Aunt Lisa, Uncle Jeff, Taylor, Mckenna, Nolan and Brody for the Star Wars sandwich cutters because Eddie has not eaten a peanut butter sandwich in ages and now has eaten 2....shaped like the Millennium Falcon & TIE fighter (http://www.starwars.com/vault/collecting/sandwichcutters/index.html)!  He got to talk to lots of family who called to wish him a happy birthday!  Boy that boy loves to talk on the phone!  What a fun filled day he had.


Next birthday celebration was on Friday for the Round Rock Express baseball game (http://roundrock.express.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t102).  His name was on the board for the game.  Our tickets were free (another story about the open house) and the ticket manager brought Eddie a baseball cap and shirt for his birthday!  He was so excited.  It was Friday Fireworks, but we did not stay for the fireworks.  About the 8th inning, Eddie said he was tired and wanted to go home.  Can you imagine?  He always fights us to go to bed, but he was telling us that he was tired.

That brings us to Saturday...his birthday party!!  What excitement....
It started with the bouncy house (http://www.inflatablefunparty.com/ very cool company and I was able to negotiate some with them....like them on FB to try to win a free rental) being delivered to my sister's house close to 1 PM (they actually knocked on our door a little after 12:30 and I directed them to my sister's...they had her address down, but came to billing address...ack!).  We arrived and started setting everything up...not much, but a few decorations, chairs and cupcakes.  We had so many friends come...friends from Hutto, Eddie's pre-school classmates, mom's group, church, family....there were a ton of kids bouncing around...probably more than should have been, but they had a blast!!!  Eddie split his lip open again (had done it at school a couple of weeks ago).  Poor guy, his little lip is all puffy and looks so bad.  There were 2 other kids that were a little hurt, but all went away happy.
They played for about an hour, then we had cupcakes & ice cream, then presents!  That was crazy!  I was trying to help Eddie open presents and the kids kept getting closer....I got to feeling claustrophobic!  Eddie got so many wonderful things from wonderful friends!  I think right now his favorite is his The King car and his trailer from his friend Kevin!  He played with it a lot today!  He got so many cars that all fit into the new car case that his Nana and Grandpa gave him for a gift!


After the party, we had family over for dinner...JJ had been smoking brisket all day and we finally got to eat it for dinner.  Then he got a special present from Aunt Barb, Aunt Patty and GG.....his first bike!  A Cars/Lightning McQueen bike!!  He was so excited to get it...now he has to learn to ride it!  I think we are going to have a fun summer, out trying to ride his bike, while Liam tries to ride his tricycle....in the mornings, of course...then I think the afternoons will be spent watering the yard with the fund sprinklers the Tynes' family gave Eddie....3 different things that will be a blast!  I think that is how we will water this summer!  I'm sure we are going to have a huge water bill, but the lawn will be green and the boys will be happy!  We are going to have to invest in some great sun screen too!

This little boy had a great birthday week and I want to thank everyone who helped to make it a success!  Thank you for helping me make is 4th birthday fantastic!  Now what do we do for next year???  I'm thinking low key next year!  I'm thinking even years will be big and odd years low key??!!  So, to start planning for Liam's 2nd!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Diva Dash

Wow!  What a day yesterday was!

I started the morning heading to the Travis County Expo Center to find parking.  Got there a little early, planning on it so that I could find parking and get the bus right when they were supposed to start at 7 AM.  I wanted to get my packet early, stretch a little and walk around.  Wow!  No signs when I got there.  A few cars sitting around, but no one really knew what was going on (talked to a couple of ladies).  We parked and waited for a bit.  2 buses showed up and started driving all around the parking lot...finally came over to where we were and we got aboard.  Then, once on the bus, the driver asked if we were a certain person....he was looking for the organizer so that he knew what to do.  ACK!!!  Was this going to be the theme of the day???  Someone said, "is this the first obstacle...trying to get to the race?"  Hahaha!

Got to Walter Long Park on a wonderful morning.  It was nice and cool!  A great morning for a walk/run!!  I got to the starting line a little before 8:30, ready for what????  I really was a little scared not knowing what to expect.  From the website, I was expecting mud....lots of water...was expecting that I would need to change or use a towel for the ride home.  It really wasn't bad at all!!  I almost wish I had taken my phone out of the ziploc bag and taken pictures of the obstacles....but I didn't want to slow down.  Let's see...the obstacles...first a rope that you had to walk across...it had rope for your hands to use to balance and get across, large balls that you had to push through, maze that you had to crouch down to get through, a rope wall that you had to crawl up and over, tires you had to run through and finally large round floats that you had to jump from one to the other to get all the way around (only got my foot wet, even though I thought I would fall in).  

I have only run on pavement and treadmill, so this was a challenge.  I was not prepared for the trail....rocky, uneven surface!  Then the hills....OMG....I didn't even think about starting to train going up and down hills!

So, the results....I did all of this, including the obstacles (had to stand in line for one of them), in under 1 hour!!  If it were just the 5K....I think it would have been much faster!  I was really scared for this day, but came out feeling fantastic!  It was so much fun!  I am so glad there was no mud, though!  I LOVED it!

The only complaints were that there seemed to be no organization for the buses and parking and NOT enough water/drinks along the course!  There was only one after about 2 miles....I was a bit thirsty!  There were only 3 buses running, so many were walking, I think I heard, almost 2 miles to the park....that is before the 5K.  Wow!!

I got on the bus and headed back to parking...saw Kendra, Christy & Nicole...they were waiting in line for the bus....so, I loaded them up in the van and drove them over before heading home.

I was going to blog about Eddie's birthday party too....but I am tired and going to finish cleaning up the living room.  I will try to blog and load some pictures from the party tomorrow.  (I think Eddie had fun!)


Sunday, April 3, 2011

Busy Week

Well, one busy week means one tired mommy.  I went to boot camp Monday morning, Wednesday evening & Friday morning....a little sore, but it was a fantastic work out!!  Then I walked/ran on Tuesday, took Thursday off and tried Zumba for wii yesterday....that was crazy how much exercise that was!  I did not think that something on the video game would work me so much, but it did!  Not sure if I did all of the steps correctly, but I kept moving!  Then at bathtime, Liam my my little Zumba guy!  He was jumping around pretending to Zumba!  It was sooooo cute!

We had a great playgroup at church on Wednesday after we picked up pizza from Yaghi's in Pflugerville!  Eddie had MDO on Tuesday & Thursday....While Eddie was at school on Thursday, I took Liam to a play group...he did not do well for a while.  He's going through a bit of a phase where he clings for a while (unless brother is there).  Friday was pretty busy too!  I was up early to work out, then took Eddie to Soccer, came home for a bit, then we went over to Kevin's house for a play date (one of Eddie's friends from MDO).  Eddie and Liam had so much fun playing with Kevin and then his brother Ben, when he got home from school.  I enjoyed talking to Wendi!  It was a nice time.  Then we went home for a little while to relax before cousin Brad's birthday celebration!!  Fun time with family!  It's always fun to get together with the whole gang....we will be doing a lot of that this month as there are several April birthdays that we will be celebrating!

It seems like the week got away from me!  Very little done around the house.  I should be doing that right now & what am I doing instead....writing here!  As soon as I get off of here, I am going to sit with paper and pen and make a plan for this week.  If I thought this week was busy, next week is going to be even more!

Wednesday will be a crazy day!  Eddie turns 4!!  I can't believe that it has been 4 years!  I'll have to post some baby pictures on Wednesday and thoughts on having a 4-year-old!

That's all for now!  Hope everyone has had a fantastic weekend and have a fabulous week!!!