Monday, November 22, 2010

A hodgepodge of a post.

Ah...mastitis...we meet again.
Is is not enough the I freely disown the ladies for 1 + year to give life to my children?
Is it not enough that my dresser drawer is packed with bra sizes all up & down the board thanks to my ever-changing size due to pregnancy, nursing, then post-nursing weirdness, then back to normal?
And is it not enough that normal, really never is normal. 
Well then.  Bring on the plugged ducts & infection.
Kind of how I'm feeling right about now:

Au revoir, Uncle Austy.
We had a good run.
4 years of a good run, in fact.
I'm not entirely sure what it was that eventually made him leave.
The rats that decided to move into the garage?
Tatty getting put into the Bishopric, thus leaving Aust to be my wing-man during Sacrament meeting with the kids?
The fact that sometimes the dishes come out of the dishwasher not perfectly clean...& I'm too tired to care.
Maybe it's because Tat chases him around the house blaming him & asking him where his lost key is?
Could it be the creepy messages I leave him on the shower walls with Avy's bath crayons?
You know, things like, "Good Morning, Nakey!"
Or perhaps he really believes me when I tell him I cook with breast milk instead of cow's milk to save moola?

But alas, Austy claims it was just time to get his own bachelor pad.

We've had some good times.

First ever family photo shoot!
I have some seriously talented friends.  I want a cool talent/hobby too. 
But until then, I must recruit my gifted compadres to help me out.
My awesome friend Meghan took these up at Stanford.
They turned out perfect...just as I'd hoped.
(pics to be posted soon)
here's the link:

Preschool Thanksgiving Feast
Who knew the Pilgrims & Native Americans (as they call them in preschool), feasted on bagels & Pilgrim Reese's pb-cup hats?

Dear Savvy Shopper is back in action!
After a mandatory hiatus from the sleep gods, I think I am back.
I've missed scouring the web & sharing deals.
It's a part of who I am.
It feels good to be back.

Buddy's 1st Birthday!
Had a lazy morning.
Spent the afternoon at the park.

I made a cake.
Avy added her own personal touch.

We sang & ate some goodness.

Opened some presents.

Buster's Race Car Party!
Avy's a party planner.  She plans way in advance.  Since Buddy was about 5 months old, she has requested we throw him a Race Car party for his big numero uno.
So we did.

The only bummer was that it poured rain, so the festivities were all held inside.
Here's what we did:
Race Car Oil Box Bowling

Roads on the floor

Race Car Cake
(which by the way I totally forgot to bust out until the after party!)

Little Race Car Bear Creations

Look how clever the wee-ones are...they put lights on their bear cars!  Genius!

Cars Art Station

Cars Puzzle Station

& the Ever Popular & Entertaining...drum roll please...
Uncle Austy, the Race Car Driver.
Strike that, he named himself "Uncle Haus" for the day...
he thought that sounded like a good race car driver name.

He led the tots in a rousing rendition of Red Light Green Light & a few car songs.

He handed out Racing Certificates to all the kiddos:

He stuck Gold Cups on everyone...signed by "Haus":

In sum, it's been yet another fun & busy week around these parts. 
Go ahead & join me in wishing
Austy cozy housewarming wishes to the bachelor pad,
Linc a Happy 1st Race Car Birthday,
 Avy Happy Thanksgiving to the Pilgrims & Native Americans,
Tat good luck with finding his lost key.
& best wishes for Hayley's mastitis to leave & never return.


Jenny and Jake said...

I love the road on the floor, a very clever idea. But I have to say the cow picture left me wishing for something else. Anything else. Gross!

Matt and Jessie said...

I had no idea Tyler got put in the Bishopric. Not surprised in any way shape or form though! That is neat! Can't believe that Austin said goodbye! I hope that everyone will survive! Love Lincoln's party! You seriously are over the top and I love it!!

Hope you guys have a wonderful turkey day!! Love ya!!

The Mostess said...

We all know the REAL reason Uncle Austy is hitting the road--his girlfriend, Cinnamon. Don't let him tell you otherwise. I just hope this doesn't lead to a life of internet crime, what with illegal downloads and all.

He's probably leaving to avoid your weird friend Kaari, since she always ruffles his hair and talks about her boobs with you.

Love the new portraits! There are so many adorable ones of Avy and Buddy. Your hair looks faboosh. And Tat's sweater is so becoming.

Loved the race car party. Hey--your party was so fun you didn't even need cake to make it fun. That's how good it was.

Happy bday Buddy!!

Matt and Jessie said...

Your family pictures turned out AWESOME! The only trouble now is picking which ones you want! Good luck with that.

Stephanie said...

Mastitis is a beast. I hope you get some good drugs and knock it out, pronto. Let me know if you want me to come pick up the kiddies!

Cute party! So sad we had to miss. My kids love red light green light, and the cute race track on the floor is ingenious. I bet your kids are still playing with it, because if it were me, that would probably stay there until the next birthday party. :)

Kevin and Kristina said...

What an awesome party. Lincoln is such a lucky little guy. I also think your family pictures turned out beautifully! I hope you recover from the mastitis asap. I hate that and am already dreading it. Just from reading your post I can understand why you got it though- what a crazy few weeks! You are super woman!

Kristine Gray said...

Sorry about the sisters. Hopefully everything will clear up soon.
What will you do with all that extra room now that Austin has hit the road?
Adorable party idea for a little boy.