Saturday, June 30, 2012

Tweet! Tweet! June 2012

I'm not sure if Twitter is going to keep all my tweets forever and ever. Because they are often little snippets about my very glamorous and exciting daily life (and aren't good enough stories to make a blog post) with my family, I will preserve them on this blog monthly.


just introduced my girls to Charming Charlie. I'm in trouble. Jun 30, 2012

can someone tell me why my home grown Roma tomatoes look like this? #garden #veg http://t.co/VzMEOGCh Jun 29, 2012

My @HEB has freshly juiced Veggies in unpasteurized bottles. Words cannot describe how happy this makes me. Green Juice + Carrot Juice = ❤ Jun 28, 2012

RT @MarinkaNYC: My condolences to everyone who preferred the Eat Shit and Die health care model for America. Jun 28, 2012

RT @Mike_FTW: Don’t be TOO sad, Republicans. You still have your wars on women, immigrants and religious freedom. Those are going well. Jun 28, 2012

RT @HuffPostGreen: Do my eyes deceive me? A captain's view of dolphin health in the Gulf? http://t.co/cO6whgfE Jun 28, 2012

Brooke (5) is reading on her own! Jun 24, 2012

Even after all the rain, Lake Medina is still empty. Still beautiful. Jun 24, 2012

Yea for parents! Also, RED?! @RevApparel: Did you order a #Versalette? Curious about how (and when!) they're shipping http://t.co/MoxxrwNd" Jun 24, 2012

Brooke (5) just learned what a Wedgie is from a movie, but she keeps calling it a Veggie. This just makes her big sister roll her eyes. Jun 22, 2012

Took a bootcamp class this morning for the first time. I'm the Valedictorian of Bootcamp rookies. Jun 19, 2012

RT @HuffPostGreen: What's killed over 120 dolphins off the Texas coast? http://t.co/v5eErl4C Jun 14, 2012

I just bought a Comfy Sack! http://t.co/GvjeQ70E Jun 07, 2012

Just posted a photo @ Flying L Resort Waterpark http://t.co/X7D2fT7Q Jun 02, 2012

lake house evenings with @ZakwithaK....love. Jun 02, 2012

There's little that offends me more than telling me my kid has a sunburn or nice tan. I work hard to keep them vampire pale! Jun 01, 2012

RT @thatkristen: So Kidz Bop is basically bad radio hits sung by kids? If that's not torture then I don't know what is. Jun 01, 2012

These are my kind of women! I need a cherry versalette for ACL! @RevApparel--> one piece/20 ways: http://t.co/WSx14uGc via @feelgoodstyle Jun 01, 2012

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

White Hiney

Scene: Girls in the bathtub

Maddie:  MOM! Something is wrong with Brooke's butt!  Come look!

I walk into the bathroom to see both Maddie and Brooke examining her bare butt.

Me: What's wrong?

Maddie: LOOK at it! Her butt is all white, but her legs are BROWN.  There are lines on her skin. What is the matter with her?

Coppertone's ad: before and today (notice the extra white kid today)

I think I deserve a parenting medal of honor for the simple fact that Madison and Brooke have no idea what a tan line is, or even how much my generation worked to get them.  That medal of honor should be quickly taken away for the simple fact that my second daughter has a serious tan line prominently featuring a white butt and brown legs. 

 I never use anything less than SPF 60--usually 80-100 SPF--on my kids when they're in bathing suits (with a swim shirt!), and they wear 15-30 SPF just to go to summer camp or school (sometimes more if they're going on an outdoor field trip).  My obsession with sunscreen drives Zak crazy and causes many of eye rolls from family and friends.  It's one of the few things that I feel like I can control when it comes to their health, and it's a non-negotiable in our house. You MUST wear it.

 I can't make them eat 3-5 daily servings of green veggies, but I sure as hell can spray/rub them down with lotion threatening not going to the beach/pool/river/lake if they don't cooperate. 

 Brooke's skin tone is just naturally darker than Maddie's and Brooke easily tans (much like my dad and brother) despite my best effort to keep her pale as a princess.

Me: Maddie, nothing is wrong with her butt.  That's a tan line.  Her bathing suit covers her butt, so it stays white, but her legs are exposed to the sun.  When you go out in the sun without sunscreen, your skin turns red.  Your sister's skin turns brown.  Then, freckles start to show up.  I make you wear sunscreen so your skin doesn't change colors.  When your normal skin color gets red or darker, it is your body's way of telling you that you've been in the sun too long.  

Brooke: (very upset) WHAT!?  THEN WHY DON'T YOU PUT MORE SUNSCREEN ON ME! 

It's always the mama's fault. :(



Sunday, June 24, 2012

water fun



From my HTC Amaze 4G on T-Mobile. The first nationwide 4G network

monkeys



From my HTC Amaze 4G on T-Mobile. The first nationwide 4G network

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

South Padre Island, TX

We went to the beach!  I really dislike most things that involve copious amounts of sand and sun, so beach going can be a slight problem for me.  But, I get over it because I love to BE THERE and watch my kids play for hours and do things like this:

Do you see Brooke's smile?  She literally had the face ALL DAY LONG. At one point, I had to tell her, "CLOSE YER MOUTH" in fear she'd choke on the waves crashing into her face.  She listened ONLY after she swallowed a gallon of salt water and puked.   A genius, a HAPPY genius, that one. 



We also got to spend time with Zak's Grandma Lawanda, who just moved from Houston to SPI.  She thinks she's there visiting, so we just play along.  She's seems so happy, and while she didn't recognize me, I think she knew Zak was her grandson (or maybe her son?).  She said, "I've never had this many little girls in my house before.  My boys may have been rowdy, but these girls are loud!"
Amen, sister.



Lawanda lives on a canal off the bay with her youngest son, Zak's Uncle Scott.  Any home that has a water view is good for the soul!  This is Scott's boat (you can barely see Scott in the upper left).  The girls loved being on a boat! 


On the left is Scott's son, Zak's Cousin Jesse.  Jesse also lives down there with his super sweet wife, Natalie.


(four generations...counting the one in Natalie's belly!)

On Father's Day, the girls went fishing (on another boat) with Zak and their Grandpa.  Here is Ole Cappy Captain and his mateys:


Both girls caught a fish.  Maddie is proudly posing with her 6 incher:


Brooke, on the other hand, was not so pleased with her 12 inch fish, and didn't want to get near it.  Apparently, Brooke's fish was dripping blood, which on top of the "EW! A FISH!" factor really grossed her out.  Experiences like that are what makes people turn into vegetarians, Terry! 


After they threw their fish back in, the girls jumped off the boat and played in the water.

More beach pictures....

I require SPF 100 gazillion, shade, hat and sunglasses, or I will freckle and melt.

This is Zak's little brother, Uncle Marcus!  
 
 Maddie and Brooke love them some Uncle Marcus!  When I met Zak, Marcus was FIVE.  He's 24 now!

My father-in-law, Terry, and my mother-in-law, Mary, are lifetime beach livers and ocean lovers.  I think there's this magnetic pull for people to live near the ocean, and they got a double dose:


Aunt TEEEERRRRRAAAA! 

Zak's sister, Terra, wanted to teach the girls to surf, but they wanted to boogie board instead.  I think they'll be ready to surf next year.   All the women in this family surf, so they better get on it soon!
 


Rock on with your awesome self, Brooke!



Terry made this swing for the girls and they love it so much. When we were first driving up to their house, Maddie said, "look for the house with the swing, and we'll know it's the right house."

P.S. Most of these pics were taken by The Grandmarazzi Mary (which is why I'm in them!).  Thanks to Mary and Terry for hosting us for the weekend. We had a BLAST.  See you soon!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

sister love

This looks a lot sweeter than it was in real life.

Friday, June 15, 2012

matching pedicures

These matching toes are about to be on a sandy beach.

The pink, yellow, orange, green, and blue color scheme was Madison's idea.

From my HTC Amaze 4G on T-Mobile. The first nationwide 4G network

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Shipping Pallet Headboard--upcycled! DIY

My college roommate, Dina, has a blog and is an "interior inspire-ator" for many of her readers.  She's done some very colorful things to her current and former house (and living room), and is far more crafty that I am, so you should go take a look.

I'm not nearly as creative with my house as Dina.  I think she'd call my style stale and boring for sure!
However, I did do something crafty....I upcycled an old shipping pallet and made a headboard out of it.




 We inherited these old shipping pallets when we bought the lake house (along with tons of other junk).  They've been sitting outside for years and years, and are aged from the sun and heat.  They were buried under leaves and I'm sure housed many-a-critter too.  This is what they look liked before I rescued them and provided them with a warm bed to cozy up to:


 I washed them, got as much dirt off as I could, and set them out to dry:


 There were some very rough parts, so I sanded those down a bit. I didn't want to lose the color and character of some of the boards, but I also didn't want to get injured in my sleep by splinters or rusty nails:


The lake house is very...um, rustic, so I wanted to keep to that theme.   I coated the pallets with a clear polyurethane.  I did try a whitewashed look (on the back) and really, really disliked it, so I stuck with clear:

 It sorta looks like I just put an old shipping pallet behind my bed, doesn't it?


The two pallets connected are about 6 inches too long for the queen size bed (and the queen size bed is 2 feet too skinny for me and Zak).   Should we ever have better tools than a hammer, screw driver, and tape measure at the lake house, I might saw the extra bit off one day.   Then again, we really don't like to do any work at all at when we're at the lake, so I doubt that will ever happen.

My next project is to paint the kitchen table and chairs at the lake house an off white color.  Wendy, is that okay with you?  (Zak tells me that set is actually yours!)

Then again....I don't really like to do any work.......Dina, why don't you just come down and help me? And by help me, I mean, do it for me. K? Thanks!

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

1st grade video

I love to put together these short Animoto videos to remember a specific event or point in time for my girls.  I try to select a song that either fits the video, reminds me something in the video, or lyrics that speak to me.  It's also always hard to pick the "right" photos because so many of them have already been posted on the blog, and I always want to include friends and family too.

My trend so far has been an annual video on Brooke's birthday and an end of school year video for Madison.  I've done some other random videos about the girls, trips we've taken, the lake, etc...and post them here.

The video below contains pictures from Madison's first grade year.  This year she celebrated many "firsts"...1st grade, getting her ears pierced, riding on a fire truck, hockey game, flower girl, roller coaster, and ice skating to just name a few.

One of the best things about being a parent is that we get to witness all the "firsts" and celebrate each one like it was our own.  

Happy FIRSTS, big girl!




 (for you old peeps, click the square button on the bottom right hand corner of the video to biggify and watch full screen)

Peace out, Boo-ya, I Love you!


Saturday, June 02, 2012

Flying L Water Park


Madison may or may not be trying to drown her sister.  It's a shady "game." You make the call.
--Amanda
Sent from my cell phone

Friday, June 01, 2012

Memorial Day weekend

I don't have many pictures of the kids from this past Memorial Day weekend, and I'm not sure why, but am guessing it's because we spent so much time at the pool (or doing nothing and just playing):




Thursday-Zak and I went to see Bob Schneider at a little bar downtown.  It was technically not Memorial Day weekend, and we paid the price the next day when we woke up at 6:00 to take the kids to school and go to work!  Bob is dreamy.....



Friday--Maddie had her end of year school party, and I surprised her at school with lunch and being the "helper mom" at the party.   She was so happy, she cried.  Seriously, someone needs to give that girl some more attention!  We also made this crafty little card for her teacher and put it in an ornamental pepper plant.  I thought it to be especially appropriate considering Maddie is in Dual Language.  Ole!


Saturday-- I putzed around in the garden, and documented my massive Roma tomato plants.



The picture on the left was taken on 4/8 and the photo on the right was taken on 5/28.  The plants were grown from SEED (woot! Go me!) and are nearly 5 feet tall, have flowered, have little green baby roma's on them.  They were going so crazy, that I had to re-cage them recently.  Wild little suckers!  Let's hope they make it to my belly before the heat or bugs get them.

Clearly, I'm an idiot with a green thumb and planted them way too close together. In this same tiny "salsa" garden, I have basil, various peppers, rosemary, mint, onions, other randoms that I don't recall and have no idea what they are yet,  and cilantro.  All of this is crammed next to the big 'ole rose bush that I've been trying to kill with a hacksaw for years.  It just keeps coming back, happier than ever with tons of little pink roses. It gives too much shade and crowds my veggies and herbs. She's the bully of the garden.

Saturday night, we went to over to hang out with some friends, and had waayy too much to drink.

Sunday--The plan was to go to the lake, but since we weren't feeling so hot, we decided to take the girls to see The Avengers (even though it is PG-13).  I could feel the dirty looks from other parents, but other than the fact that it was SO DAMN LOUD, the girls weren't scared (much).  The previews before the movie started were way worse than The Avengers.  We all loved it, and my fav is Iron Man.  He's just so darn witty.  Maddie liked Iron Man too because "he had good jokes," and Brooke liked Captain America (for obvious reasons!).  After the movie, and a bucketfull belly of popcorn, we went out for frozen yogurt to top off our healthy lunch.

Monday--I fixed the dryer.

Years and years of yoga and Pilates lessons finally paid off after I wedged my body in that 12 inch spot, sat bent knee straddle, stretched behind the washer, hovered to fix the detached dryer vent thingamagig.

Apparently birds were having a party in there and knocked it loose.  I had to do the 'ole ram a bent up hanger down the tube to clear the debris and re-attach it.  "Thank God for tiny flexible people," said Zak who kept also saying, "I can just pull these out to give you more space."  I just like to show off with my washer/dryer repair skilz!