Sunday, December 14, 2008

89 and still having fun!

On December 13th we had the honor of celebrating Michael's Grandmother's birthday. She is a feisty 89! My mother-in-law, Corleen, even came down from MN to join the party. The girls were in awe that anyone could get to be that old. Cristina was curious to know if Great-Nani would have her party at Chuck-E-Cheese. Obviously Cristina wanted to go and thought that Great-Nani would just love to take her! We were all thrilled when we saw a large cookie bouquet arrive on her doorstep. The cookies are HUGE and we can't wait to dig into them!

We bravely headed out to Coral Ridge Mall to visit Santa. Unfortunately it really was not the place to go for a relaxing afternoon. Since Christmas is less than two weeks away it was very crowded. Great-Nani was amused at watching the girls with Santa. Since we didn't learn from the over-crowded experience by Santa we ventured off to Target. As if that wasn't bad enough we went to the Toy section! After about 15 minutes of fighting through the crowds (with Grandma in a wheelchair) we decided to leave. Plus the Apples to Apples was sold out so it was a wasted trip.

After surviving the chaos at the mall we all went to Red Lobster for dinner. The girls really wanted to go to a Mexican restaurant. They wanted to see Great-Nani wear a big sombrero and sing in Spanish too her. Yet, they were happy with Red Lobster too because they always get to pet a lobster. They even put a coaster in the lobster's claw and crack up if he snaps at it. They have now been dubbed professional lobster handlers since neither one of them is afraid.

The really enjoyed eating crab legs! It is one of the few times they finish their entire meal with no coaxing from us. They enjoy their meal so much that it always makes me wish I had ordered the crab legs too. I think they would be great on a commercial for Red Lobster. Victoria had us laughing really hard when she used her crab claw as a fork! She was very animated and even gave the claw a voice. She was a bit upset when I finally made her crack it open to get the great crab meat out.

All in all we had a great time. We consider it an honor to be able to celebrate with Great-Nani. We look forward to many more years with her.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Roughing it

I'm not much of a camper. Ok, who am I kidding? I'm not a camper at all! I like the outdoors for about an hour, or however long it takes to roast a few marshmallows. I could do that EVERY weekend! Mmmmm I am a bit particular on how I like them so it takes quite a while. Oh, but it is worth it!! (Now I really want some!)

I'm sure my girls would love to go camping sometime. In order to give them a slight feel for what it would be like to rough it we camp out in the living room instead. Typically that is what we do on Friday nights. We eat supper in the living room, they each get to pick out a movie, later on in the evening we have popcorn. Lately the girls have created a tent using sheets and blankets and whatever else they can find to hang off of the chairs. Sometimes this can be a lengthy process and Daddy has to lend a hand!

Here we are getting cozy for the movie. In case you are curious I didn't sleep in the tent. I lasted about 10 min. Mainly because....well just because! It didn't matter because the girls loved it. They always look forward to FamilyFunNight and that is all that truly matters!