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Over Spring Break

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So last week was spring break for us.  I so needed the vacation and wish we had two weeks off instead of one.  Here are some of the things we did over break…

My family arrived from Seattle Saturday evening.  We helped them get settled.  Everyone was stunned to see how the renters left the house.  The renters removed the french doors on the master bedroom.  The ceiling fan was removed from the living room and placed in the kitchen.  It looked like someone ran a car through the  wall in the garage.  You could tell part of the wall had been replaced (they didn’t finish the repairs).  All the wall socket covers were missing.  The walls in all the bedrooms had huge plaster repairs from holes.  The shower door was missing from the master bath.  The garage door openers were also missing.  My brother made a list of things that he needed to get from the hardware store.  So I offered to keep my nephews for a few days so they could work on the house.

Sunday my mom and I took all the kids to see Monters vs. Aliens.  Since we were next to the mall we went shopping after the movie.  That eveing we ordered in dinner and played with the kids before their bedtime.

Monday my mom, sister-in-law, Kierra, and myself went to Massage Envy to get massages.  If any of you have one in your city I suggest you go.  I plan to sign up for their membership.  It’s $49 a month.  You get a 50 minute massage.  Each additonal massage for the month would cost you $39.  If you miss a month your massage rolls over to the next month.  Anyway, since Kierra is under age we were in the same room.  She loved it!

Tuesday we all went shoping again.  Can you tell shopping is one of my favorite things to do besides eating!?  On the way home I stopped by my brother’s to pick up Rock Band.  We ate dinner and played the Wii well into the night.  I started off playing the drums then I moved on to the guitar.  Finally I tried out the singing part.  Let me tell you, I cannot carry a tune but I got 100% singing Roxanne!

Wednesday my mom left to go back to Seattle to finish out her contract.  Husband and I took the kids to Jillian’s to cosmic bowl.  We had lunch there and then played some games.  The kids did not move from the air hockey table.  I kept suggesting the Fast and the Furious driving game.  Finally I left the the kids under Husband’s watch and Kierra played with me.  By the time we left everyone was worn out.  The kids fell asleep in the car on the way home.

Thursday I let Kierra babysit so I could go to my hair appointment.  Then I went to work at the Salon for awhile.  I needed to replace some of  my dwindling “Spring Break” fund.  When I returned home I watched Nim’s Island with Ian and Imani.

Friday I worked at the salon part of the day.  After work I took the kids to Olive Garden for dinner.

Saturday I worked at the salon again most of the day.  That eveing we had family game night.  We played SingStar on the Playstation 3.  The game comes with two microphones.  Two people can battle or sing a duet.  Then one person can sing solo.  Of course we all decided to battle.  The best part is the game allows you to play back what you just sang.  That was so funny.  The very first song was Hey Ya by Outkast.  Two of my friends sang this song.  They were up dancing around, performing for us not even paying attention the TV screen.  It was hilarious.  Then we moved on to Rock Band.  Husband I and let Ian and Imani stay up well past their bedtime.  It was 2:20 a.m. when the last person left out house. 

Sunday was chill day.  Husband and Ina went to the YMCA for a basketball camp.  The girls and I stayed home.  I was so exhausted form the weeks activities and not looking forward to returning back to work. 

So there it is…my weeks activities.  Now the countdown begins for summer vacation!

Coming Home!

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My brother and his family are moving back from Seattle.  I am so excited.  We have started the countdown.  They will make the three day drive towards the end of the month.  The original plan was for me to fly out and accompany my nephews home on the plane.  However, my brother and sister-in-law thought it would be a great experience to have the boys make the drive with them.

My sister-in-law got the boys a gift to open each morning of their trip.  My nephews are so excited about moving back.  My youngest nephew was just two weeks old when they left for Seattle.  He is two now and doesn’t remember living here.  My oldest nephew (who’s four) is happy to go back to his old house.

He calls me quite a bit to express his joy of moving back.

“Auntie, I’m moving to my old house. You remember the one with the wing (swing) in the back yard?”

“Yes I remember.”

“I’m going to bring Uncle and Kierra a popsicle.”

“LOL…You are?  Do you think the popsicle will make it?”

“Yes, Auntie.  I get to go to a new school with Ian and Imani.”

“I know, I can’t wait to see you.”

“I want to play super powers with Uncle.  He is a mere mortal Auntie.  And I’m going to draw Uncle and Kierra a picture at school.” 

“I’m sure they will like that.  Have you been helping mommy and daddy pack?”

“Yes, and I pack up some of my toys.  I get to get new ones Auntie!”

“Wow! I miss you and can’t wait until you get here.  I love you!”

“Love you too Auntie, bye!”

He is too funny!

The Space Noodle

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I’m back!!!  We had a great time in Seattle.  I have been there three times already and I have yet to see everything on my list.  I was joined by my husband and Kierra, too.   My mom (she is currently working in Seattle), my brother and sister-in-law were all on vacation as well.  This time I was able to see more of the city than before.

Let me just say that I love to eat, therefore food was at the top of my list.  I would not eat at any restaurants that we had at home.  On the first night there we had Thai.  My husband and Kierra liked the taste.  The sweet and sour chicken I had was too spicy for my taste buds.  One morning we all went to Endolyne Joe’s for brunch.   I had biscuits and gravy.  After eating there, I will never have biscuit’s and gravy anywhere else!  For lunch one day we went to Ivar’s.  I had fish and chips.  The fish melted in my mouth!  The seafood is so fresh in Seattle.  My mom cooked a Thanksgiving meal for us one night.  Our last meal out was at the Rain Forest Cafe’.   If you have small children, take them.  The whole restaurant looks like a jungle with interactive animals and all.

The next thing on my list was to go shopping.  Seattle’s South Center Mall is so huge.Then we went downtown to Seattle Center and Pike’s Place MarketPike’s Place is famous for the fish market. The guys sing and throw fish.  It’s really fun to see in person.  The very first Starbuck’s is located there as well.

Further down the street is The Seattle Center.  We walked there.  Did I mention that Seattle is extremely hilly?  My feet hurt so bad.  Anyway…at The Seattle Center there is an outdoor amusement park and the Space Needle.   My husband had out his camera, clicking away when he said something that made me laugh.  He said, “Hey look at the Space Noodle!”  Everyone turned to look at him and we all said at once, “It’s Space Needle.”  He replied, “That’s what I said.”   He continued to say Space Noodle for the rest of the day.  Two days later we went to the beach and there was a clear view of the Space Needle from where we were standing.  My husband had his camera out, again clicking away.  He took a picture of it and walked over to me and said in a proud tone”I got a good shot of the Space Noodle.  (pause)  Hey I finally said it right this time!”  We all looked at each other and burst into laughter.  He looked at us and said, “What, I did say it right!”  More laughter from everyone.  Needless to say that was the joke of the week…The Space Noodle!