Sunday, March 30, 2008

Proof that life just keeps getting better and better

In January, the Mongolds traveled to Pennsylvania to see Grandma and Pop Pop and the aunts and uncles! No snow was predicted for that particular week. Having lived in PA for most of my childhood...there was one thing that I remembered. No matter if the weather man said snow or "no" snow....it usually snowed! So despite the predictions, I packed up the boots and gloves and hats etc. etc. And sure enough - the day before we were slated to come back home - YEP - SNOW! My kids thought it was the best day ever! Kyle ran around with his snowball telling everyone that it was the BEST SNOWBALL EVER! Here is a photo reminder of that moment:

Well once again - we made the 10 hour drive back up to PA over spring break (and I'll blog all about that later) and ...once again...no forecast for snow. But I packed our gear... and it came! I think my parents are wanting me to leave my "gear" at home from now on...seems to be the key to a winter wonderland. And believe me...by March...they are SICK of the winter wonderland!


But...not us! We went to bed on Thursday night and it was cold and there was no snow in the forecast. When Will woke up in the morning...he ran to my room screaming...mommy - it's Christmas....there snowballs EVERYWHERE! And sure enough...I ran to the window and it was more than we could have asked for. 8 inches of beautiful white snow! In the trees, on the cars....could not even see the road!


Well as you can imagine...by 7:30AM...my crew was dressed and ready to go! The sled had been left out by the garage - outside - from our January trip and so luckily...I remembered the general whereabouts of it and started digging! It's ORANGE...we found it!


For hours we all played. It was so deep that Will had trouble walking! Here are a few photos of the fun:





But the best moment of all was when Dear Kyle realized that life just keeps getting better and better. January might have had the "best" snowballs ever...(in the word of Kyle as he carried them around for an hour, proclaiming that he had for certain made the very best snowball that had ever existed). This time....he grabbed what truly could be the largest snowball that it would have been possible for Kyle to carry....and with the biggest smile I have ever seen, said, "Mom...This snowball is the biggest ever...even better than last time...Mom (long pause), SNOW ROCKS!"


See Kyle...just when you think life can't get any better...a bigger and better snowball comes along! Amazing how life is not that much different at 4 than it is at 37. Just a bit more simple!! Happy Spring everyone! And for my parents....I do hope that was the last winter wonderland you have to see this year! But thank you for loving it one last time!! :)



Sunday, March 2, 2008

Thanks Tiny!

Ben came home on Friday afternoon with a big blue bag. Not our own blue bag? Inside...was "Tiny". A stuffed Gorilla. It was our job to show tiny around "our lives" and then document it for school on Monday morning. Big deal....Ben was adamant that Tiny had to go cool places!

And so it was.....Two people with fevers....one throwing up....two others with runny noses and coughs...and a daddy who worked late most every day this week ....showing Tiny the time of his life! And in the end...I want to thank Tiny for forcing this sick family to get up...off the couch...suck it up...and live a little this weekend! And this is the letter that Tiny wrote to Ben's Class at school!

Wow – what a cool weekend I had with Ben M. We got off the bus at Ben’s house and he immediately showed me his room. We got to play with his hermit crabs (Max – T and Crabby) and we let them walk all over the table!

When Ben’s brother Will got up from his nap, we all played Geo Tracks together! They were such good sharers and I got to be the fastest car!

Later that night, I watched a movie with all three Mongold boys, Mom and Dad, and their good friend Kevin who lives up the street. I had already seen Shrek The third at Miss. Baggett’s house, but I didn’t tell anyone! It was good the second time around too.







Ben and Kyle and Daddy Mongold took me to T-ball practice on Saturday. I stayed in the car because the field was muddy and they didn’t want to have to give me a bath! I watched them practice from the Jeep – they had fun! Wish I could have joined them, but I understand how dangerous a muddy field can be for a stuffed animal like me!

On Sunday, the Mongold Family took a trip to the Norfolk Naval Base to show me all the sights.

Ben’s daddy is an engineer on a Fast Attack Submarine - we got to go down the hatch and see everything on board! torpedo tubes, periscopes, and all kind of other neat stuff. I may want to be a Nuclear Engineer when I grow up. Ben thinks he may want to be that too!


While at the naval base I got to ride on a freight loader, see other huge ships, and play on the docks with Ben and Kyle. They were good friends to me!







On the way home we stopped off at the mall to buy a lawnmower!
The play area was cool and we met some nice friends. And they got me my own Happy Meal! I love chicken nuggets even more than bananas! Who would have thunk it?!?!

…One last stop at the post office. Ben teased me and said he was going to mail me back to the jungle….crazy kid! I knew he was only kidding!


We were sure beat by the time we got back to Ben’s house. After a Taco dinner and some quiet TV time we read a book together and drifted off to sleep. Ben said he is really going to miss me when I go. Ben’s mom is on a mission to adopt another Tiny just like me so that Ben won’t be so sad!! J

I had a fun weekend with the Mongolds and can’t wait to meet my next family!!