Saturday, April 27, 2013

Perfect Camping Weather

Bennett was invited to her first birthday party sleepover on Friday night, so we asked Preston what he would like to do.  Without even thinking about it, he answered "let's go camping!"  I loved the idea, but was hesitant to go too far because this was B's first sleepover, and I wasn't sure if she would make it.  So I pitched the idea of camping in the backyard.

Preston didn't like the idea at all, and claimed that wasn't camping.  Secretly, I totally agreed with the kid, but it is nice to be close to flushable toilets and wireless internet. I asked him why he wasn't happy, and he said "because we can't have a fire, and I want s'mores."  Well, that was an easy fix!  I just explained that we would make a fire in the chiminea and roast marshmallows there.  He instantly changed his tune and was super excited!

resting in the tent
All week he talked about camping in the backyard, so when he came home from school on Friday...he was ready!  I asked him to help me set up the tent, and he was a great little helper.  He was amazed at how it just popped up.  After it was up, he got out his baseball stuff and practiced hitting balls for an hour, with occasional "rests" in the tent.

When dinner approached, we walked Bennett over to Caroline Crigger's house for the big spa themed birthday party. After she was settled, we got on our bikes and road into Edgewood for a little Mexican. After we got home, Steve started a fire and Pres and I got all of the s'mores stuff ready. We roasted some marshmallows, and then settled into our chairs and listened to some music. It was a beautiful evening, and we were having a blast together.
Steve showing P the technique to roasting
Perfect marshmallows!
Yummy S'More!!
I love this boy!

Then all of a sudden, Bennett and Caroline Tanner walked into the yard.  We asked if everything was okay, and B proceeded to tell us that she had a stomach ache.  She said she didn't want to bail on the party yet, but unfortunately, I didn't know what to tell her to do.  So we snapped a quick picture of the girls and they headed back.  Not 30 minutes later, Jeremy carried Bennett home after she threw up!  Steve went over to collect her belongings and I tried to assess the situation.  She said she felt a little better, and asked to sleep in the tent with Preston.

We grabbed her sleeping bag, and all tried to get settled in there.  But within 15 minutes she was complaining about the relay for life PA system at Homewood Park, and asked to go back inside. Steve happily agreed to take her in, as he isn't much for camping anyway. Preston quickly fell asleep, and I wasn't far behind (it was hard to fight it when I was exhausted, the temperature was perfect and the crickets were chirping).

Raising the roof...dancing
My two boys

Pres passed out around 9:15
Unfortunately, I awoke about an hour and a half later to Preston having a major coughing attack.  He was coughing in his sleep, but I could tell his breathing was labored and he couldn't quite get a breath.  After listening to him cough for 15 minutes, I pulled the plug and carried him inside.  He went to the bathroom, drank some water and asked to go back outside.  I insisted that he sleep inside, and he was pretty bummed.  I told a slight fib and told him he made it almost all night, but the sun wasn't quite up yet.  So he reluctantly agreed to sleep in his bed for the remainder of the night.

However, we couldn't be as lucky with Bennett, as she was throwing up.  While we were sleeping in the tent, she threw up a couple times, took a shower and brushed her teeth.  Unfortunately it continued all night, with her getting up at least once an hour.  She had a rough night (and me too since I slept with her once we came inside).

Thankfully Christie brought over some zofran (anti-nausea medicine) this morning.  I have my fingers crossed, but so far she is holding down some water.  We are worried about her getting dehydrated since she couldn't keep anything down all night, but maybe this will do the trick.  Pres and Steve are off at t-ball, and Bennett and I are lounging in our PJs.  So much for going to another crawfish boil today....looks like we will be relaxing at home.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Nothing Wrong with a Little Spoiling

While Steve and I were able to sneak away last weekend, the kids stayed back with my folks.  They had a busy weekend, but Nene and Poppy had everything under control!  Their first day was supposed to include Girl Scouts for Bennett and soccer for Preston, but both were cancelled due to "inclement weather."  In fact, all of the local schools were let out of school two hours early in anticipation of the storm.  Thankfully though the rain and wind weren't too bad, and the kids just had more fun time with their

Once Bennett got home, they all went to the park to burn off some energy.  Then dinner, dessertS (yes that is plural, because my parents think spoiling them is just fine).  Friday, Bennett went off to school like normal, and they escorted Preston on his year-end field trip to the Homewood Park.  There they played on the playground, got tattoos, and had a picnic lunch.  That night they all went out for Mexican food!

Saturday was a busy day with three baseball games: Henley, Preston and Christian's!  Then they took the four oldest grandchildren out to dinner at Johnny Rockets! Afterward they went back to Brian and Shannon's house to play.  Evidently they had a ball together!

Sunday morning ended up being more of a lazy day in preparation for our return.  They just played dress up around the house and watched TV.  Of course their responsibilities didn't end with just caring for Pres and Bennett....our four-legged son needed some love and attention too.  Spencer did great since he just adores my parents, especially my father.  They took short walks, went outside often and had lots of treats!

As always, it is so nice to go out of town and know that our children are well taken care of and loved.  We don't have to worry at all and can really enjoy ourselves!  Thanks to my folks for taking on the responsibility this time!


Sunday, April 14, 2013

Kenny Chesney is Officially Marked off Our Bucket List!

Drinks and dinner at Cosmos before concert
This past weekend, Steve and I snuck out of town for a long weekend.  We were long overdue for a little couple time, and since our anniversary is coming up, we treated ourselves.  We headed south to Orange Beach to see Kenny Chesney in concert, and then stayed through the weekend for a little r and r.  Thankfully, my parents had nothing going on so they came down to hang out with the kids for the weekend.

Thursday was supposed to be bad weather, so we hit the road earlier than planned so it wouldn't interfere with our trip.  We were worried that the concert was going to get cancelled since it was being held at the Wharf Amphitheater (outside), but thankfully the storms that blew through Alabama weren't nearly as bad as everyone thought.  It just rained, and once it moved left a clear blue sky.

They did end up delaying the concert an hour, but that worked perfectly for us.  We just lingered at dinner, and then headed over.  It was a great little venue, and our seats were AWESOME!  We didn't have anyone in front of us, and could see over everyone in the first section.  We danced, sang along and just had a blast!   After the show, we headed over to the infamous Florabama!  I had never been before, and have heard so many stories about this place.  Sadly, I was disappointed.  It is a HUGE place with concrete floors, unfinished wood walls with graffiti and women's bras hanging all over.  Now don't get me wrong, I love dive bars, but this is the epitome of the word.  It is the type of place where people puke and they just pull out the hose and wash it away. 

Anyway, we danced a little, had one more cocktail, and then called it a night at 2:30 AM!  We awoke late morning on Friday to sunny skies.  We were both hungry though, so we headed out for a bite to eat before hitting the beach.  After several hours in the sun, we took a short nap and got ready for dinner.  A friend had recommended a small restaurant in Perdido Key, and boy were we pleased.  Fisherman's Corner was fantastic!  The only bad thing was that everything we ordered was so spicy, so much so that I couldn't stop sweating and had blotchy spots all over my face to prove it!  I hadn't had that happen in awhile, but it was worth it. 

Saturday was another beautiful day, so we decided to take a walk on the beach.  It was supposed to be more for exercise, but we saw so many shells, that we couldn't resist collecting some for the kids.  We found several really cool ones and a handful of sand dollars.  When our cups were full, we turned back around to hit a couple stores and grab lunch.  By 2pm we were ready to hit the beach.  We stayed out for several hours, and then came back in to get ready for dinner.  We decided to try Cobalt for our last night.  It was a huge place with a ton of outdoor seating, though we elected to eat inside.  We succeeded with our fifth and final meal including seafood.  That was all we had the whole trip, and it was delicious!  We sampled Mahi, Mahi, Red Fish, Oysters, Shrimp, Creole Linguine with shrimp and crawfish, fish tacos and it was all fabulous! 

After our bellys were full, we came back to the hotel for an early night.  We wanted to hit the road at a decent time so Steve could watch the closing day of the Masters from the comfort of our own home.  What a wonderful little getaway!