Monday, September 25, 2006

Radio Gold

Here are a few photos from the past week:

G and Mommy went to the park last week and fed the ducks:

Next, this is the WORST you will EVER see P, taken at the hospital at her sleep study - she was so taped up that her hair poked out wherever it could, her glasses were a tight fit, and she couldn't move her face enough to smile. It's so bad that we just had to post it:

Here is one of the most awesome shirts ever, from Aunt Laura:

And finally, here is what G wore today, which Daddy calls his "Billy Joe" shirt, after the lead singer of Green Day:

We watched the series premiere of Heroes today, and without having read a single review (so we don't know if anyone else likes it), we very highly recommend it. By the end of the show, we found that we actually cared about these characters. Six Degrees also was very good, and we are looking forward to Ugly Betty. Check them out!

In other news, we heard the best radio EVER tonight. The DJ knew that he was going to switch over the the Monday Night Football halftime performance feed in 3 1/2 minutes, so he didn't want to risk cueing up a song that didn't line up perfectly. His solution? To read from the script of The Goonies. The "wishing well" scene. All the parts. Now that's radio gold.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Happy Birthday, Vera!!!

We want to wish a very happy birthday to our titka Bipa, who is celebrating an anniversary of her 30th birthday (we know which one, but we're not telling!).

For those of you who don't know Vera, she has three arms and wears red goggles, as you can see in the photo.

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Go Bucs!*

Last weekend, we went to Sesame Street Live. It was a fantastic show as far as we were concerned (except balloons were $8 each - we did not get one), but G wasn't interested after about 30 seconds, if that. We skipped out and walked around CNN center and had lunch at Pappi's. At least he got to frolic with the Muppets...

Full of good eats, we drove to Hoover, Alabama to a) see Tony and b) watch the nation's #1 football team in action. It was so much fun on both counts, and the long drive was definitely worth it.

On Saturday, we went to Selena's birthday party, where we learned that Chip is a great gymnast.

We spent most of Sunday at Piedmont Park, and on Labor Day, we can't remember what we did other than grill, so it must have been good.

G is being extremely well-behaved this week, and we are very proud of him. Today, he even had a major breakthrough on the eating front. He ate pasta salad and sat at the table with us throughout our entire dinner! You can bet he got the royal treatment after that! Hopefully he is encouraged to eat more often.

We had a busy day today - two parks and a playdate. We're not sure whether it's okay to post photos of Chip's friends, so here is one of him in a football helmet that he put on to swing a baseball bat. Safety first!

And finally, here's one for the grand- and great-grandparents. Get your printers ready!

*Let's make it abundantly clear that Bucs refers to Hoover Buccaneers, not anything related in any way, shape, or form to that school. Go Blue!

Thursday, September 7, 2006

We Miss Wo-Wo!

Thank you, Laura, for the great surprise and for staying with us this week. It was so much fun, and we can't wait to see you again! Here are a couple of photos:

Happy Birthday, Bun!

Happy Birthday to the one G asks when Mommy and Daddy say no! We are so glad that you are here with us!

Monday, September 4, 2006

Are There Crocodiles In Heaven?

Just a little update to celebrate a great adventurer and educator. Crikey, we'll miss Steve Irwin!

Dave and Busters Makes It Better

The most colossal disaster in the history of waiting tables occurred yesterday. But first things first. Jack and Jen decided to drive down to Georgia on Saturday morning, so we were so excited to see them. But then, Laura surprised P by flying down here for a super awesome surprise of the year. Woohoo!

Anyway, we all went to Dave and Buster's for some good food and fun games. Well, the games were fun, but here are just some of the things that went wrong at the dinner table:

  • We waited about an hour and a half for a table and eventually had to settle for two tables next to each other (which was great - sarcasm there - considering we were gathering from all over the country to see each other)
  • There was another long wait before we got our drinks and could finally order
  • Our appetizer of chips and dip didn't have enough chips, and we had to ask several times and wait long after the dip was cold to get more
  • P was never offered a water refill, and the ice eventually melted and refilled the cup
  • Dad didn't have a soup spoon until after his soup was cold
  • We didn't have silverware or napkins until after our main course arrived
  • P ordered a side salad but got fries
  • M ordered a plain burger but got a cheese burger with a toothpick that had been dropped into the cheese and solidified there
  • P asked repeatedly for malt vinegar, and even though one of the waiters accidentally said "malt liquor," he brought the right thing
  • Almost four hours after putting our name in for a table, during which G's bedtime had come and gone, by the way, Laura still didn't have her dinner! We asked three different waiters and two managers before they finally brought it out, but it still wasn't to-go like we'd asked, so they had to take it back and box it up for us
  • P lost the appetite for her dinner (it wasn't very warm when it came out), and the boxes they brought out for it were too small - we ended up with three boxes for one small meal.
  • ...and we're not sure what else was wrong at the other table!

When the manager asked the magic question, "What can I do to make this better?" P didn't miss a beat: "Everything free and cocktails would be a good start." They ended up comping two appetizers, two dinners, assorted beverages, two of their most top-shelf drink (the Million Dollar Margarita), a couple gin and tonics, a house specialty T&T with a souvenir glass, a strawberry margarita, and at least one other cocktail. Yep, we were okay with that. Here are a couple of photos commemorating the occasion:

Saturday, September 2, 2006

Tumble, Jump, and Go Blue!

We got to go to a place called Tumblebus last week, and G had a great time, although he prefers doing his own thing to organized classes. We think that's great, because we already know he's an independent thinker, so we never try to make him do what everyone else is doing. He's the one in the orange "Ukrainian Power" shirt going for the rings:

Later last week, we all went to The Jump Off:

Chip doesn't like to run in a straight line, as you can see in the following video. Little did we know that they were closing, until the inflatable on my right collapsed.

Today marks the beginning of the second season of the year (in case you don't know, the other two are "baseball" and "everything else"), and a yearly holiday in our household. It's the start of Michigan Football!!! Here's looking forward to an undefeated year: