Entry 1: The characters.
Meet my kids.
Cobi-pan man. Age: 2 years, 10 months. Likes: Anpan man, eating, dinosaurs, and trains. Traits- destructive, extremely silly, sometimes whiney. Very good at small motor skills (drawing, manipulating blocks)
Luca-pan man. Cobi's twin brother. Age: 2 years 10 months. Likes: Anpan man, running around, his grandparents, and trains. And Blues Clues. Traits: equally silly, destructive, extremely observant of his surroundings. Curious about people, what they're doing, and how they're feeling.
Mika-panna. Age: 3 months. Disposition: Happy. Likes: anyone who holds her, the mobile, the ceiling fan. Do I need to mention she's the sweetest baby in the world?
And then there's me. Anpan Mom. Talents: Able to load the mini-van in under 5 minutes, including applying sunscreen and keeping velcroed shoes ON; swivels jogging strollers through zoo and aquarium crowds; bakes a mean blueberry scone, along with a number of yummy cookies. Tries hardest: to keep the kids away from candies and sugary junk food, avoid the television, and get the Anpan kids to stand up for themselves.
Occasional guest appearance by:
DH-man. Breadwinner, usually home at 330 pm, during the twins' "destructo-saurus" periods. *sigh* Hobbies: his beloved first born, his car; baseball; finding a new job.
So, we start this entry at Mother's Day. What a perfect day
We dropped off the boys at the ILs' house yesterday... came home, had some wine and curry for dinner... DH went to his car club meeting, leaving me and Mika to find some entertainment for ourselves... in the form of... the SHOPPING MALL.
Actually, a few nights before I was going to buy some stuff online, but DH said to just go shopping at the real store so I wouldn't have to pay for shipping. Fair enough. We end up at Ann Taylor (I had eyed out some shirts online), and to make a long story short, here's what happened:
I need new t-shirts. Desperately. My current ones are kind of tiny, with monkeys with big mouths on them (anyone heard of Paul Frank?) They show off every flab mark I have around my underarm area. Anyway, I start shopping online, DH tells me to just go shopping, so's I don't have to pay for shipping. Before he leaves for his car club meeting, he says, "Have fun! Don't spend too much!"
So's I have an evening to myself, and decide to make a Girl's night out of it... pack up Mika and my mom, we go to the mall... hit Ann Taylor, pick out a few shirts (in Ms and Ls, just in case) and then, the shorts/pants rack. I figure, I was always a sz 6/8, I'll pick out a 10, too, just in case the 8s are tight.
Get in the dressing room (after 30 minutes of browsing). Try on 1 pr of jeans, thinking it was the 8. TOO TIGHT, figure I'll try on the 10's, they MUST fit, right? THEY WERE THE 10s!!!! So I try on the rest of the t-shirts, they look pretty cute, ask the dressing room attendant what she thinks of it (does it accentuate my massive 36 C boobs LOL or does it look too tight? of course she has to make the sale, but I take her to be sincere)... and then decide to pick up even MORE t-shirts... take another look at the 10s, and figure, I'll lose this pouch, the handle bars, the thighs, if I keep walking/jogging/yoga-ing. In a year or so, right, after this cow gig is over.
So I check out. And the total is $3 short of a "special offer"- spend $75 and get a $25 gift card! WHAT THE HELL, I tell the cashier, I'm picking something else up!
Lady behind me says, "Oh! Me too! Thanks for reminding me!" She leaves the counter with her $60 pants, in search of something around $15.
Add a $30 black shell to my tab. Shoulda just gone for the panty hose.
So, now we're about $100 poorer, but I'm richer 4 shirts and 1 pr of pants that squeeze the breath out of me
BTW I just spotted a polka dot blouse I'm in love with at the agnes b online store!
This morning, we woke up, had our usual Sunday breakfast of Anpan and Melonpan (MIL shops for us at the Panya on Saturdays w/ the boys, it's a routine now), and coffee... went for a walk... came home, did some paperwork, had lunch, read, then met the boys, ILs and my parents at the park. What a perfect day.
So, what'd the Anpan kids do today that was spectacular. I don't know. They're just so sweet. I captured it on video (made it a POINT today to do some filming, as we're so bad at it!) and got Cobi and Lucas eating some pizza, talking about washing their hands in their water cups, kicking a soccer ball with DH, running around, chasing said soccer ball, and fawning over little sister.
Mika has hay fever. I just know it is... because _I_ get it, too. Poor kid. She's got the running nose, watery eyes, sneezing. And yet she manages to smile through the whole thing. Awwwwww, the kid just warms my heart! Looks like one of her eyes will be developing a clog or something soon. I have to keep watch on it.
BTW my mother's day gift today- 3 turtle picture frames made of koa wood. I've been wanting them for the longest time. Actually, I wanted 5, but DH said the larger 2 weren't in stock. Here's a link: http://www.islandcollections.com/koawoodphotoframes.html
The funny thing is, these frames are made by a fellow twin club mom's husband. His stuff is stunning. I love koa anything. Wish we could get some koa furniture, but I'm not getting anything pricey while the boys are so destructive.
It's time to head for la-la-lan-do. I'm tired.