Category: Events

Snug As A Bug In A Rug

Yesterday was a pretty eventful day–meaning we got everything that we needed to do, done.

I woke up migraine-free, thank goodness. First thing we did was go to the storage unit to get the bed frame, headboard and twin bed box spring for Eenan’s bed. Mom isn’t using them and said we could use them for Eenan whenever we wanted. Since we took down Eenan and Jaylen’s bulky bunk bed about two months ago, we had Eenan’s mattress on the floor, so we decided it was about time we set up the bed.

After getting the bed stuff, we drove over to Aunt Nora’s to pick up John’s car so he can practice driving while he’s here. It’ll be much easier to get used to turns and the expressway where we live. Darn car wouldn’t turn on for a good 15 minutes until Mario messed around with something under the hood and then it roared to life. I drove home with John and Jaylen while Mario followed with Eenan in the van. When we got home he lectured me about how I was going 15 over the speed limit . Phooey.

Mario had a few things to do at work, so while he was gone I started on lunch. Beef tacos with the works, yum ! He got back and we started working on the bed. It looked really nice!

The kids had swimming lessons at 6 again, so we went. Mario got to catch up a little with Michael. Eenan did really well. Session 1 ends on June 9. We’re thinking of taking him back to Session 2–I think Eenan will definetly learn to swim if we take him to all the sessions. Jaylen wasn’t really doing what Michael was telling him to do, so Michael just played along and let Jaylen have fun. We’re not sure if we should take him back for the next Session or not, but I’ll ask Michael or Jorge if they think he’d do better. I’d feel bad leaving him at home with Mary while Eenan’s out having fun . I think we may take him back anyway. It’s only $15 for each of them. It’ll probably be the only thing they get to do this summer anyway, what with Mario working the hours he does and all .

After the kids’ lessons, we went to Wal-Mart to pick out a bed set for Eenan’s new bed. I really wanted to get Eenan this but we decided to check Wal-Mart first (since it’s much closer than Target), and if he didn’t like anything there then we’d go to Target. He picked out the Star Wars comforter and sheet set, which are really cute. Mario liked it so much he wanted one for our bed . Here’s what Eenan’s bed looked like when we were done:

Needless to say, he got a restful night’s sleep. He didn’t wake up once!

I really would have liked to have the shams for Eenan’s bed, too, but I didn’t see any at all.

We’ll be getting Jaylen’s little toddler bed a new set, too. We haven’t gotten him one in a while. I just dislike that they hardly have anything nice for toddler beds . He’s leaning towards the Spongebob Toddler Set. I just don’t like that the sheets are white!

All we got him was a new crib sheet, which is blue. We were getting him a microfiber Batman Pillow, but since we were using the self-checkout and the darn pillow didn’t have a barcode (just our luck!), we had to leave it behind. He woke up in the middle of the night and screamed, “My pillow! Where’s my pillow?!” Poor little guy; I felt so bad!

Gonna tidy up now and hopefully get a chance to surf the ‘net a bit more today. I have more laundry to do today. I don’t know what’s going on! Never have I had to wash so many times during a week .


Bitch Slap of the Century

I hadn’t looked out the windows when I woke up, which was at 8:10am, but while I was making breakfast, which was at 9am, I noticed it was eerily dark out. Sure enough, thunder started rolling and rain started pouring down. Shortly after, the darn electricity went out, but only for a few seconds. Still, it was enough to knock the satellite out and the kids were terrified and bored (that is why I didn’t want Dish Network!). I put a DVD on for them (The Land Before Time, Invasion of the Tinysauruses) and I sat there, eating breakfast, bored. So, I turned the computer on and crossed my fingers that the power wouldn’t go out again. I hope it’s over now and I hope Mario got to work safely, too.

The boys’ lessons went well last night, for the most part. Eenan’s doing wonderfully; he can float on his back, is learning to kick while holding on to the wall, and is learning to pass himself around the pool–even the deep sides–so he can gain strength on his arms. Jaylen, on the other hand, was driving his coaches crazy LOL. The same coach that taught him on Monday, Jorge, was teaching him last night. Michael, Mario’s friend, wanted Jorge to teach both Eenan and Jaylen, since Eenan’s coach had another class with about 4 older kids. Jaylen wasn’t having it though. Jorge was teaching them to grip the wall and kick, and Jaylen wanted to be out “swimming” on the deep side and kept trying to get away. He refused to blow bubbles and kick, so Michael ended up taking Jaylen instead, and worked with him a little. Hopefully today will be a better day though. They’re sleeping very well at night since they’re so tired from all the swimming LOL.

I made hotdogs last night, since Mario had said he wanted some the night before. I’m not too fond of hotdogs, but had actually been craving one, so I had one. I don’t know if it was the hotdog or the sun that did it to me but I ended up getting really nauseous and then got a migraine. I felt horrible. I still had to wash dishes before I went to bed, so I recruited John to help me rinse. He complained the whole first half of the time we were washing dishes, then started making jokes. I kept laughing, which made my head pound even more, which made me get into a bad mood. Then, he did one of the things that bugs me to no end–he splashed water on my face. Something in me snapped. I gasp, turn to him and lay a smack on his face–soapy water and all. I kind of stood there with my mouth open like, “What the hell am I doing??”, and seeing the shocked expression on his soap-suddy face made me crack up laughing. It was kind of like when a Pimp smacks his “hos” with a baby-powder-smothered hand? Yeah, like that . He said I smacked him so fast he didn’t have a chance to react. We both laughed the whole time after that, and he kept saying, “Don’t Hulk out one me” LOL.

Later, when we were done with the dishes he asks, “Have you ever just smacked Mario like that for splashing water in your face?” I reply, “Yeah, but on the arm. He knows I hate that and does it anyway. But I’ve never smacked him on the face!!” We’ll be talking about this for weeks to come LOL.


Yesterday Evening: First Swimming Lesson

It feels like a Sunday. Which means the whole rest of the week’s going to feel like a different day, which is totally going to throw me off. But anyway.

I was at my wit’s end about an hour before we left to the boys’ swimming classes yesterday evening. They’d been fighting all afternoon and totally made a mess of the bedroom and refused to clean it up. When they finally did, I had maybe 10 minutes to get them in their trunks, pack up towels, sunscreen, my camera (!), their flip flops, extra undies and shorts, and a plastic bag for wet clothes.

We got there 15 minutes early to register them. It was a bit…awkward for a second for me since one of the swimming coaches is an ex-boyfriend. He was Mario’s friend, the one I met at the mall and started dating a few weeks after that. I broke it off with him before he broke my heart (he was “confused” over who to be with; his ex or me). Then, about a month later, Mario and I started dating . Anyway, it was always strange being around him before when we’d run into him in places, because he always had this strange, uncomfortable look on his face when I was around. It wasn’t too bad last night though. He made a comment about how he heard “Jaylen” in French meant “Mario”. How freaking awesome would it be if I named him “Mario” in another language without even knowing it?? I need to do some research.

While we waited for the coaches to get in the pool and get situated, we lathered the boys up in sun screen. I was growing more and more nervous by the second. I knew they’d be fine, but pools have that effect on me . I’m just glad the boys are getting lessons since I can’t swim.

There were hardly any kids there for lessons, so each of the kids got a coach to themselves. They taught Eenan to hold his breath, go underwater, and then come up for air. They taught Jaylen the same thing and then tried teaching him to blow bubbles, but he was too busy trying to “swim” that he only blew bubbles a few times. They both did very well. Eenan was taught how to float on his back. The coach took him around the pool, even the deep end and would hold him, let him float on his own, then held him again. Jaylen had a blast kicking and splashing all around the pool. His coach kept calling him, “JR” though, so I think that’s why he may have not been listening LOL. When it was time to go, Jaylen’s coach asks, “How old is he?”

“Three”, I say.

He wipes water from his face and says, “Wow. He’s got A LOT of energy! He probably won’t learn how to swim this session, but next session, definetly. He’s ready.”

They wanted to go to the park, but man it was hot out there! The park’s old, so all the swings and merry-go-round are metal, and they would have burned themselves. Mary got them Happy Meals on the way home and we promised we’d take their sneakers today and take them to the park for a while. I just hope it’s not so hot, but I watched the news last night and they said it was getting into the 100’s. Great. .

I hope they have fun again tonight . Jaylen was so beat he fell asleep at around 9:30pm and didn’t wake up till 8am this morning! Eenan said, “It hurts when I bend”, when he woke up LOL.

When Mario got home we ate dinner and he made us some banana milkshakes and I made the vanilla ice cream covered brownie like the one he made me last week. We stayed up watching TV till midnight and then went to bed. I hate staying up so late but it’s the only time we get to spend together . I woke up really tired and still very sleepy again this morning. I want to nap, but then I’ll wake up with a headache, I know it.

Anyway, I shall get back to cleaning and maybe get some coffee brewing to stay awake. I didn’t finish cleaning yesterday. Didn’t think I would LOL–there’s just too much stuff in this tiny place! I don’t know where to put anything!