Monday, June 30, 2008

Sassy Pants did Locks of Love yesterday!

but I blogged about it on the *other* blog...

you drive a what???

An Expedition. I know, I know! There are half truths floating around out there about women driving big SUV's....but I'm not one of *them*...I promise you!!! *I* can park mine tyvm!

A lot of people ask my why I dont drive a mini van- they're so much economical (really? I dunno...they're kinda...umm...well not, and if you have a "lot" of kids (which aparently 4 is a lot??) you *need* one. ::blink:: Huh??

So I was reading fixitmommy's blog today about her new minivan and decided to blog about how we ended up with our Expedition.

2 months before #4 (Scooty Pants) was due, hubs decided we needed to upgrade from our 5 seatbelt Scion xB. Because really, you can't have 4 carseats in an xB. (trust me! We bearly fit 3 accross the back seat!)

We hit all the dealerships here in town. Looked at every mini van and small SUV on every lot. We were unimpressed. I think a lot of it was emotional. It was not going to be easy to say goodbye to my bad lowered xB with its limo tint windows, custom fuzzy interior (thanks hubs!), custom stereo including dash speaker pods and sub enclosure hubs had painstakingly hand crafted himself, rims, OEM tail lights.... it portrayed the image of the *hot* mom...I pulled up at school in that thing (after being the proud owner of a beat up 4 door Ford Escort for a long while) and I went from "is that Sassy and Bossy's mom or nanny?? Is she legal yet?" to "Sassy and Bossy's mom is HOT!" (ok then eventually to "Sassy and Bossy's mom is getting really she smuggling a basketball under her shirt???") If you can't tell....I'm the very youngest mom at the twins school. By a lot. And when I say a lot, I mean some of these parents are the same age as *my* parents.

We had a hard time finding anything we wanted to swap our bad xB for. Because the heck do you upgrade from that... being "cool" to being...that mom driving a mini van...

I tried. I really tried. I test drove every mini van on seemingly every lot in so cal and I couldnt find one that I lurved! My most major setback was trying to climb around between all the seats to buckle in 4 carseats. Plus so many of them I couldnt get a decent sized stroller AND a costco haul in the back without booting one of the kids out and folding down a seat. FAIL! Ugh, it was a PAIN! I was almost sold on an 03 odyssey and Hubs decided he had to "think about it"...when we came back to look at it again to help our decision along, it was gone. Eh- I didnt really want to pimp out an odyssey anyway...did I??? (The correct answer btw is NO! Only POSERS pimp out minivans!) Plus, how the heck do you decipher your white odyssey from every other white odyssey in the parking lot at Target?! Aparently, if you're a poser, you paint flames on it and put rims on it. PASS!

Then one day hubs and I were watching Rob and Big on MTV. Rob's Tahoe was *hot*. Black on black on black....I liked that. No I wanted that. No....I needed that. much is it for black aftermarket tail lights anyway? So we got on and found my Expedition. It was black with black tail lights and charcol wheels. And*hot*. Long story short, that very day we traded our sad little xB in and brought home my hot expedition.

How's the gas milage you ask? Esp with the current price of gas? Dont ask. I'll say this much...there's a reason we havent gone anywhere most of the summer aside from the occasional playdate and trip to the grocery store...
But its HOT. (superficial! I know!)

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

my new *favorite* ice cream!

Why is it my new favorite??

1) Ben and Jerry's (REAL ice cream, people! Hello!)

2) contains my favorite parts of ice cream
you know...
-vanilla ice cream (check!)
-carmel (check!)
-chocolate covered waffle cone (double check!)
I told Hubs last night as we were devouring it from the carton
"It tastes like HEAVEN- on a spoon!"
and you know what- it really does!!
Dont ask me where to find it...I think Hubs picked it up at Target!

Monday, June 23, 2008

sidewalk chalk sunday

Nothing quite says summertime like the smell of sidewalk chalk and grass...
here are some photos I took of the kids having some fun in the cool of the late afternoon yesterday!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Fun Summer Activity! **Glaciers**

My kids *favorite* thing to do in the summer is make and melt "glaciers".

What the heck is a glacier?! Its plastic animals frozen in ice. Here's how to make some of your own:
take an empty, clean plastic container
put plastic critters in it (these are walmart 88c critters)
cover the critters in water
place in freezer overnight

remove glacier from plastic container
(I usually run it under warm water to losen it)

I give my kids turkey basters and some water to pour over their glaciers, but you can use pretty much anything! We usually do this outside too- easier to make a mess. Its 104 outside right now so Clowny Pants is doing his glacier on the kitchen counter today.

have fun!

We've gotten really creative with our glaciers...we put just about any plastic toy in them (you can even use the abundance of happy meal toys I'm sure you have in your toy bin!) and you can use pretty much any plastic container too! Our favorite is the mega glacier...its an ice cream bucket!! (not pictured)

What do do with fruit and limited counter space?

my home grown tangerines fit in this vase perfectly! And my favorite part- it doesnt take up much room and its cute too!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Bad Influence!

Look at what Scooty Pants is teaching the toys to do while he's sleeping!
I came into the family room last night to discover
Learning Puppy scaling the entertainment center!
Naughty puppy!
Time out for you!!

lets talk about cereal....

How come no matter what channel your child is watching, they see a cereal commercial and ask for that cereal?

Everything but the healthy stuff that is.

Today my 3 big kids have asked for:
-Lucky Charms
-Golden Grahams
-Cinnamon Toast Crunch
-Frosted Flakes
-Fruit Loops

...maybe we watch too much TV....
but what else is there to do in 103 degree heat with 3 sunburned kids?? Hmm...not much.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

I have offically seen it all...

Stolen from a "best of craig's list" ad...

caption reads:
Space Ship for Sale $3500.00 or best offer

This space ship is in excellent condition! Only 300 million Intergalactic miles, 4 passenger, no meteor dents, possibly needs reactor seals and recharged flux capacitor, 1 owner. Still have the original owners manual. Does have a wobble issue at Mach 12 but clears once it hits 15 not sure what that is but I lose the GPS screen for about a minute or so. Complete with bubble glass windows! Never crashed! For sale $3500 OBO. Clear title in hand, cash sale only, no trades and I won't take payments. Once it leaves the earth, I know you are not coming back so why would I??? DUH! It needs some TLC like an alignment and new landing sensors. Stored in a secure warehouse in Phx. Must sell City of Phx pressuring me, they say it's an eye sore?? It's on my front lawn and it's burnt the grass last year when it was running, I have the re entry burners turned up to kill the termites and scorpions when landing.

(one has to wonder what kind of person owns a space ship...)

Wednesday, June 11, 2008