Chris decided last Wednesday that he wanted to go to Florida.  So we booked tickets and left on Saturday! 

Cash got new headphones for the plane and loved them (until it was actually time to use them on the flight).image

Our little dude was so excited to fly in an airplane!  (Chris looks like he was just excited about his Cheetos)image

Since Cash loves making forts…why not just make one on the plane??  He packed and wheeled around his own carry on- so cute!image

I must have talked about the pool too much because the first thing Cash wanted to do was go swimming- we landed in FL at 10pm and that’s all he wanted to do but we convinced him to wait until morning!  Good thing we brought Chris, because the water was COLD!  No thanks.

We were staying just 45 minutes from the MN Twins’ Spring Training stadium so we were lucky enough to take in a game.  So much fun!  The weather was perfect and it was a good way to see how many innings Cash would last before taking him to Target Field!  image


The highlight of the game for Cash was spotting TC the mascot right away.  We spent most of the game trying to figure out where he was.  Finally, Cash’s dream came true and he got to meet his “friend” and get “two five fives and knuckles!”. 

Before leaving the stadium, Cash had to try out his pitching arm.  Apparently, he can throw 31 miles an hour.  I think there may have been a glitch in the radar.
I think he has a future…
Cash found a personal size palm tree…image

And practiced being a monkey…image

The only bad thing about our trip were these little lizards.  Ew.  They were fast and surprised us all the time.  Cash really hated them!image

And then it was time to come back to real life….image


1 week until surgery

Amazing how nervous I’m getting! 

Things that I’m most nervous about right now include:

*the roommate situation. I’ve never had to share a hospital room before, and I’m worried that my roommate will be in there for something involving smelly poop or something. I was going to bring headphones to listen to Pandora or something, but my right ear is going to be out of commission for a while.

*the hair/shower situation. For some reason, the thought never crossed my mind that I wouldn’t be able to shower immediately after surgery. Reports vary on how long I have to wait. Hopefully I can wash my hair before my mom goes home. I’m really regretting chopping it off right now, it’s not long enough for a ponytail.

*the chewing situation. I like to eat. I won’t be able to chew for a while. I like soup, but not THAT much. What if I waste away? OK, I probably won’t waste away….

Mixed in there are fears about complications, pathology and pain.

On the positive side, I don’t have to cook, clean or get up with the kids for a week or so!

Wish me luck, this is going to be a busy week of cleaning, packing, grocery shopping, girl’s night out while I can still chew, and fun spring break activities!


Breakfast Battle Update

We are slowly working our way through breakfast recipes! So far, we’ve only tried 3, and unfortunately we’ll probably have to take a break soon until I recover from surgery.
We tried a new recipe this morning! Stacy’s mini quiches stole the crown from former favorite, Jaimee’s banana roll ups. Ross thinks he prefers them as an after school snack.
Stay tuned,  we’ll keep trying and choose a winner soonish….

Early Easter

We celebrated early Easter with Jeff’s family this weekend. The 2 littles and I headed up north on Thursday and spent a few days with my parents. Jeff and Ross headed up on Friday, and we all met up at his parent’s house on Saturday.

Rex spent most of the weekend napping with Grandpa.He perked up at supper time.The early Easter bunny brought Ruby a Dora hair set. She was rocking some piggy tails.

After supper (to which I contributed a $13 dessert that looked like poop thanks to outrageously priced Oreos in Karlstad) we headed out to see the cows.

Apparently “Say cheese” translates to “act weird” in Ross and Ruby language.Ruby made a new friend.It’s weird that she is afraid of cats, but a calf is ok?

I attempted to photograph the miracle of birth, but this cow was not cooperating.These guys found it fascinating.

Ruby got cold and decided she needed to sit in the tractor.Which made these guys think it was time for lunch.

Then it was time to scrape the poo off our boots and head home.

Far North Friday

The littles and I made an amazing 320 mile car trip yesterday, with only 1 stop!  Thank goodness for diapers and Diego! We’re hanging out with my parents today and heading to the in-law’s for early Easter tomorrow.  Then, back home on Sunday- that’s a lot of seat time!

Rex blessed me with a 4 hour solid block of sleep last night.  Amazing!  Unfortunately, we are battling thrush for about the 990000th time in 6 months.

I just learned that I won’t be able to wash my hair for at least 3 days after my surgery, and I’m grossed out just thinking about it already.

Time for Five Question Friday! Head over to Mama M’s blog Five Crooked Halos to read the other entries!

1. If you were free to just hop in the car and drive, where would you go? Or, if you could hop a plane and go anywhere, where? 
I can guarantee that I would not hop in my car and drive anywhere right now…. 6 hours yesterday did it for me. I would love to hop on a plane to Mexico right now.  Or, Vegas.  I’m not too picky.  Pretty much anywhere.
We can’t all be as lucky as this woman….
Yes, that is my favorite Auntie Jan, who won a trip to St Martin from Hoda and Kathy Lee. For real.

2. What’s your most recently read favorite book?
Well, I know it’s all about The Hunger Games right now, but I read that a few months ago.  Right now I’m engrossed in the 50 Shade of Grey series.  They are the smuttiest smut smut books I have ever read, but the story is pretty darn good. They make me blush.

3. What’s your favorite Spring Break memory?
We didn’t have Spring Break growing up. We took a bus trip to Florida one year for band over what could be considered spring break.  That was fun. Otherwise, I’d have to choose our trip to Mexico as my favorite Spring Break trip.

4. What do you put in your child’s Easter basket? Or, for those w/o kids, what was put in your childhood basket?
I’m not so good with the Easter baskets.  My parents are so good, that I pretty much leave it up to them.  When we woke up Easter morning, there were always candy eggs all over the whole house to find, as well as Easter baskets. Mom still makes baskets for my kids, so I don’t really worry about doing it.

5. Do you get a summer haircut?
Well, I used to have really short hair.  Then I started seeing my wonder-hairdresser, and grew it out to the longest it had ever been for Sister’s wedding.  And I begged and begged to cut it. So, she did. I guess I have my sassy summer cut in the middle of spring.  Unfortunately, it is too short to put in a ponytail right now, and it’s going to be unwashed for a few days.  Once again, that creeps me out. So, I might grow it a little more this summer. What do you think, Jessi?
Anyways, I hope everyone has a fun weekend! We are heading to a fish fry tonight, then I have to make dessert for early Easter- I traded duties with my favorite niece 😉

Park time!

We took advantage of the beautiful weather yesterday with a quick trip to the park.  Ruby asks every day if we can go to Ross’s school, so that’s where we headed.  Rex hung out in the Beco while Ross, Ruby and Cash played and played.

Ruby loves to swing….



The slide was more of Cash’s speed….

Ross spun so fast on the tire swing that he lost a shoe…..

Then it was time for the monkey bars for our little monkeys.

Then they played tag.  

By this time, the sky was getting dark, the wind had picked up, and both mommies were tired.
One last trip down the slide for Ruby, after Cash assured her that he would catch her at the bottom. 

And then it was time to go home for supper.

In a funk Friday….

Happy Friday.  I’m kinda in a funk.  I just don’t feel the best (think I caught Sister’s cold) and I’m tired. Rex has actually been sleeping better, but I lie awake at night and worry about my surgery before falling asleep. When I finally fall asleep, Jeff wakes me up with his snoring. Whine.

Tomorrow, I have a 4 hour beginning photography class. I’m really looking forward to learning how to use my camera. I’m slightly OCD about my preparations for it, including ordering an extra battery and memory card.  What if?

Don’t forget that tomorrow is the last day to enter our Breakfast Battle!

Time for Five Question Fridays, hosted by Mama M at Five Crooked Halos.

1. Will you run to the store or to pick up a kid looking a mess?
Before the birth of my 3rd child, I had a firm “no sweatpants in public” policy.  Now? I sometimes look homeless in public.  Today, I was going to do some spring clothes shopping when I actually caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror and decided I was not fit for public viewing.  I went to the $1 store and then home.
2. Do you finish a book if it’s boring or you don’t like it?
I usually slog through to the end, hoping for a great ending or something.  I find it nearly impossible to abandon a book, no matter how bad it is.
3. Beach or mountain vacations?
Well, I’ve never been on a mountain vacation, unless the Black Hills count as mountains?  I didn’t like driving up and down the mountain. I’m a beach girl.  Big time.
4. What thing/event says “winter will end and spring is right around the corner” to you? When the snow melts enough to see the leaves that we didn’t rake up last fall…. then I know it’s spring! As much as I hate it, the time change helps with the springy feeling.
5. Would you prefer couples or family vacation?
Here are pictures from our last few vacations…..


Notice a common theme? Yes, we took our children with us.  I am desperate for a couples only vacation. DESPERATE.
Have a great weekend, and don’t drink too much green beer tomorrow!