1: My New Coastal Glasses
Finally replaced my glasses that Isaac destroyed, oh, about three months ago. I am completely blind without them, so my eyes have been suffering from constant contact wear. But somehow, pain and suffering aren't even good enough motivators to get me over my chronic procrastination disorder, and I put it off this long. Only me. These online glasses places are all the rage, so I was extremely excited to try it out. I went with Coastal, where your first pair is free! But if you are me, you have a mega-prescription with enormously thick lenses if you go with the free lens product. I super-upgraded and the total pair cost me about $70.
Within the first half hour of owning these beauties, I was called Granddad, Velma, and most annoyingly, Waldo. By my children. Oh well. I thought they were pretty hipster, not Geek, and took the above pic to prove my point. Jean jacket, halter dress (actually it is a maxi skirt, but I am 5'2", and the only way it doesn't have a two foot long train is if I qualify it as a halter dress,) glasses, hipster. Rockin' it.
Totally intellectual. See how I am cradling my face in a bizarre knuckle hold? Hipster.
But upon further examination, the kids noticed that the little metal details on either end are...a multiplication and division sign.
My bad. Not Hipster. Geek. Long live Geeks!
On either side of us here at the Beach House are weekly rentals. Every week has brought a new family to each of them. Last week the greatest people were next door. They helped me wrestle our wily gazebo down in the pouring rain, we celebrated the 4th together, watching all the fireworks and setting off our own, and when they left, they brought us several bags of food! And alcohol! Pictured above! With one of those Bacardi frozen cans that you mix with rum to make daiquiris! Well geez, thanks!
3: Good Dogs
Our Craigslist doggie has been having the hardest time being house-trained. Boo!!! She is three years old and we were told she was house-trained. Not. Well, after trying everything in the book, AnneMarie noticed that the poor thing had blood in her urine, after her heat period had ended (yes, we are getting her spayed, long story.) We took her to the vet, and they have put her on a permanent antibiotic until we can have the operation, and the poor little thing has ceased having accidents. So sad what she must have been suffering.
A couple Christmases ago, Obi's artist parents gave the kids these great art sets, and boy do they get used. Especially now that it is summer, and the kids are still completely friendless after the move.
If you can believe it, Peter actually drew this picture all himself. Really. He calls it, "Peter on Vacation!" I'm telling you, only 16 and this kind of vision, the. sky. is. the. limit.
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