"experience is what you get when you didn't get what you wanted." -randy pausch

Friday, March 23, 2012

letters to beth {zoo, peeps, & fence peeing}

hello my sweet friend,
i took my two kids to the zoo today. it was supposed to be 71 and sunny. i even went to three stores to find sunscreen b/c i've been burnt so many times this week. well, it was windy, cold, and there were 50,000 people there. brennan was emotional over everything, especially the carousel and went into my bag at one point to find his hat and gloves. it was hilarious watching him walk around the zoo in shorts and a t-shirt with his winter hat on. max kept running away, and i am certainly in no condition to chase her. it was impossible to not worry about losing her b/c it was so jam packed. i would get stuck in the stroller line of people, and she would take off with her itty bitty little self lickety split. the zoo is also under construction so not only were there massive crowds, but we were all bottle-necked into one way in and one way out. the same way, both ways. not pretty. we didn't even make it to the end b/c i was so over the morning that i finally just bribed them with juice boxes and high tailed it to the car. it was pure joy the entire way home in complete silence. heaven bless the double dvd system that plays two different movies, and the headphones they put on, so i can listen to my own music and not their movies. it was pure bliss. i even handed max a binky just to seal the sweet deal for sure.
did you know they have entirely chocolate covered peeps now? last year i found the dipped on the bottom ones, but this year i found the entirely chocolate covered ones, and it has been the very best of relationships ever since. for marshmallows i have found that peeps are actually a little pricey for my liking. maybe b/c i have to buy the chocolate dipped ones. not worth it without the chocolate if you ask me. easter conspiracy? i think so. nonetheless, i must indulge. my daily dose of reese's eggs must also not be left out, for i love them more than any chocolate dipped/covered peep out there. i would pay $50 for a pb reese's easter egg. i love them that much.
the easter bunny has purchased new sand pails for each of my little chickens, complete with new sidewalk chalk (hot commodity around these parts), coloring books, every style of reese's easter candy you can buy, my little pony and scooby doo readers, and of course the classic easter basket filling. i think i have enough of the easter basket filling to fill every easter basket in the entire state of utah. for ten years. i kept buying more and more, thinking i didn't have any, and then when we cleaned out the basement, and i kept finding more and more, and realized i have lots. it's amazing what you find when you clean out your basement. we also have a year's supply of printer paper, {or 5 years}, which is a great thing to have on hand. i just think it's funny that we have so much of it. the same thing must have happened with it as the easter basket filling.

growing up we always went to "the club" with my parents and grandparents after a good old fashioned easter catholic mass. tights, easter hats, and hard wooden church pews. the brunch at my grandparent's country club is truly my main memory of easter growing up. we took brennan when he was one. click here to see the pics., but haven't been back since. it is one of my all time favorite family holiday traditions/memories of my childhood. that and christmas morning/afternoon. anyway, it's this huge brunch with every breakfast food you could ever imagine, some of which are made right in front of you to your exact specifications by chefs wearing big tall white chef hats. tables full of chocolate covered strawberries, deviled eggs, bowls of freshly whipped cream for your waffles or ice cream sundaes, bagels, fruits, omelets,  candies, prime rib, salads, locks and bagels {which i don't like, but wish i did}, and other desserts. a genuine food lover's affair. then there was the petting zoo outside and the easter egg hunt on the golf course green. i always ripped my tights every year in the hay they laid down on top of the greens. it was inevitable. very stressful to me. my grandma joy would always buy us the see's candy easter bunnies, and grandpa dick would make a money bow tie as an added treat for the bunnies to wear. so lovely to remember those times. this year we will have a one week old baby, or so, so i'm hoping to send sean and the two big kids off to church for the morning and then be able to talk my mom into a feast at her house that afternoon. i don't like ham all that much, but i always feel an obligation to eat it on easter. why is that?

it appears that gibson baby #3 is thinking about making an entrance in the near future. now that we've made it this far, i'm ready to just wait another week for all planning purposes. also i'm really liking my sleep. i really hope that he patiently waits b/c sean has the week off the first week of april already, and my parents are flying in on the 1st for the occasion. whatever he decides to do, i just hope it doesn't involve my water breaking in a public place. the thought of that happening is just absolutely horrifying. not only do you have your bodily fluids all over the place, but you're the pregnant lady {who looks like she peed her pants}, with two kids in the middle of the grocery store, a cart full of food, and a baby coming out. no, no, not for me. i love my little planned inductions, and i just don't know what i would do with myself if i actually WENT into labor on my own. i just have no idea what that would be like. my burning skin belt, as i have fondly named it, has reached an all new level this week. it has distracted me from any other ailments i might have b/c it has become so intense. every night i sit on the couch and in bed with sean's aluminum water bottle full of icy cold water laid across my chest to dull the pain. it helps for about ten minutes, and it is a LOVELY ten minutes. have you ever heard of anyone having this? do you remember me telling you about this with max? my mom said that is the one thing she remembers when she was pregnant with me, but that is the only person i have ever heard of other than myself having it. i wish i was one of those women that didn't have to wear a bra. i'm sure that would help one thing, and hurt another. sean and i still cannot agree on a name. i've been trying to buy him out of his vote with everything and anything i can. he cannot be bought. i'm not giving up just yet, and i've also been reminding him that he only has one vote anyway, where i myself have two. rude? i think not, and i have varicose veins and a burning skin belt to prove it.

i ordered the melaleuca lotion for your boys on wednesday. it should be on its way to me now. i WILL {i hope} get it shipped to you before le bebe hatches. otherwise who knows how long it will be before i get organized enough to get it to you after that. i am also including the pacifier holder animal thing for bear. he will be in binky cuddling heaven, and so will you once he learns to handle it himself. i just give it to my kids around 4 months, and keep handing it to me for a few months until they get it down. i can't wait for you to get all of it. let's see, a 4 month old...both of my kids could sit in one of those excersaucer things right around 4 months, so they would have been holding up their own heads, but they were very much like a bobble head for the first little while. neither of them were crawling at that age. i have late crawlers at my house. it's a BEAUTIFUL thing to have late crawlers. i also started oatmeal cereal around 4 months with them on a spoon. brennan was a champ and didn't waste any time learning to eat it. that may have been why he never looked like he missed a meal too:) max on the other hand took forever to master the spoon feeding cereal thing. it was over a month before she stopped thrusting the cereal out of her mouth with her tongue. i don't think any of the cereal actually made it to her stomach until she was 6 months old. anyway, those are the two main things i remember about my 4 month olds.

you will not believe it, but the magically ups man just delivered your lotion as we speak. i still have stars in my eyes from getting it off of my front porch. and i don't mean stars of love for the ups man. although it is exciting when he comes. i mean i'm seeing actual stars from getting up, walking to the front door, bending over to pick up the box, and walking back to my desk. what a lucky day! and quite the turn around from the annoying zoo this morning.
this is what we did for saint pat's. how did your green dinner go?

sean says my letters to you are too long to read {and too girly for his liking}, but how is one supposed squeeze what would normally be an 8 hour day of cooking in my kitchen with you, full of conversation, eating, and naps, into less than 5 paragraphs??? it's impossible.

i'm getting my hair and toes done tomorrow in anticipation of le bebe's hatching. back to blonde??? i've been toying with idea for a year, but i just can't manage to let go of the dark luscious locks yet. i love the way my eyes pop out with the dark. i think i am missing my blonde hair b/c max's hair is so blonde, and i want to look like twins when she is little. silly? maybe so.

one last humor to leave you with.
brennan is back to peeing outside. he would rather walk outside to the back fence to pee than have to put the toilet seat up in the bathroom and wash his hands. my life is funny b/c he is in it, and i absolutely love him for it. he also strips down to his underwear the minute we get home from anywhere, and i let him stay that way unless we have anywhere else to go. less dirty laundry, more days we can repeat outfits. and yes his underwear is on backwards. he dresses himself now, and sometimes he gets his front and back mixed up. can't wait for swimsuit wearing summer days.

i hope you have the happiest of weekends!


Kindra said...

Charlie will go outside just to pee too! If it makes you feel any better I was dilated to 3 for over two weeks with Charlie before I went into labor with him and the 12 hrs. before Matthew was born I was not dilated, effaced, nothing.So, I am convinced that it really does't mean anything. I hope that little man will wait until the proper time to come :)

Stacy Gilbert said...

i love how brennans underwear are backwards whilst watering your plants :) i feel like im eavesdropping (sp?) on your letters. they are reallly sweet!

Em said...

yep, i'm totally with you on that! with makenzie i was dilated to 3cm and 80% effaced at 37 weeks as well. two weeks later when they went to induce me i was 3.5 cm and 80% effaced. the beauty of having a favorable cervix is that ticket for 39 week induction. LOVE IT!!! with max i wanted to go into labor early and thought i would b/c i was so dilated and effaced, but with this one, i just wanted to be exactly where i am so i could have my induction scheduled. hooray! now stay in there until april 2 little man!!!:)

Sue said...

Great letter, as always. You two are lucky to have each other.


Emmy said...

Lol! Brennan is too funny!! The things kids do. And maybe it is the way she is sitting but Max looks so old in that picture!

Anonymous said...

I think it's cute when boys pee outside