Wednesday, March 17, 2010

The Skinny on the Story

Sorry to leave you hanging like a bad episode of 90210 where you don't know if Donna "goes all the way" or not. I appreciate those of you who played along the other day trying to decipher what our "normal" Spring Break day was like. But for those who want to know the real story, here goes:

I don't know about you, but at our house, if we don't have to be anywhere by 8:30, then it's practically impossible to get anywhere by 11:00. And then you might as well eat lunch before you leave. So we brought out the gourmet goods: PB & J. My dad always mixed the 2 together before he spread them on the bread, so of course, that is the "right" way to do it. Anybody else in that camp?

{He also calls it "glop glop" for some reason, but that doesn't seem as appealing, so let's just forget I mentioned it.}

Henry thinks this is the "right" way to eat the sammy:
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Jason had taken our dog Luke to the groomer that morning, so we ventured out to the "Free Zoo" a.k.a. PetSmart to pick him up after lunch. While we were there, we tweeted at some birds
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pointed at some furry rats on wheels {some people call them hamsters, I guess}
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and then finally picked up Luke. {yes, Anonymous commenter, he is a Bishon Frise, but he is not full bred. He's also part poodle.}

Here's the truth: we're looking for a new home for Luke. As much as it pains me, we are not the right family for him right now. He needs to be walked, loved, fed on a regular schedule and not ridden like a horse. Those things would probably make him NOT snap at our children. As things are right now, he snaps at them and will potty on their toys. It's safe to say they have a hate/ hate relationship.

We have him listed through an agency, but we haven't found the right home for him, yet. This is a hard situation either way, but we really feel that we are doing the best thing for him and for us- even though it makes me feel horribleThe dogs were our furry children before we had children. Leia loves the kids; Luke notsomuch.
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Where was I?
Oh, the good part! This check was from consigning the kids clothes at Kids Kloset! Can I get a whoop whoop? I took in 100 items and only had 8 returned, so I'm pretty proud of that!
Do you consign your children's clothes?
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While we were waiting at the bank drive through line, the boys came up with the most ridiculous game to play- pratically snapping each other with a ball yo-yo thing. And they could not have been happier.
Is this a boy thing? They loved it and laughed hardest of all when one of them got snapped. "Owwwww! Hahahaha!"
Boys are weird.
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Then, across the street from the bank I saw this!
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You have no idea how hard it was for me not to go in there- what with my love of cheap food AND a sale! But we had Luke in the car, it was near nap time and I didn't have my coupons.

There. I said.
Hello, my name is Hillary and I'm a coupon addict.
It started as a social thing; a quick high. But now it's gone to a new level.
And I'm sure I'll get back to "normal" soon, but I'm in the zone right now.
So we headed back home.

While his little brother napped, Ollie took advantage of some time to put together a few puzzles without someone trying to steal all the pieces.
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Then, the ultimate reward for helping put up the dishes: Thomas Stickers!
What I wouldn't give if this lasted into teenage-dom. I'm sure he'll want cold hard cash some time very soon.
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That night we built a cave and found some wild and wooly bear hunters lurking around.
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Then daddy finally made it home around 7:45! The boys were so glad to have someone to tackle and I was thrilled not to be the tackle-ee {at least the attempted tackle-ee}.
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Does anybody else's Spring "Break" look similar to this?
I do love to sleep in, but somehow I still need more sleep from all our "relaxation".


Bobbi Janay @When did I go from a kid to a grown up? said...

I am so sorry to hear about Luke. Also woot to the monies.

Rachel @ CrazyTown said...

Yes my spring break will be similar (when it starts March 31st and we get 2 weeks). I try not to plan for anything first thing in the morning since Isabel sleeps til 9:30, which I'm jealous of as the other 2 get up at the butt crack of dawn even though we have blacked out their rooms. And grandma will be here most of the last week they are out so at least someone else to entertain them, and me.

I do not consign my kids clothes, yet. My bff gets all our hand me downs and as her's outgrow she puts the up. Once they decide if they are having a 3rd or not then we'll proceed with selling all the clothes or just what they won't use. Our first sale with all that should be interesting.

I'm sorry too about your dog but I understand. When we moved from Florida to Tennessee we had to find homes for 1 dog and 2 cats. We didn't have a house yet and didn't know how long we'd be living with his brother, it wound up being 2 months. We found great homes for them and I know they are happy but I still feel bad and miss them.

the jewells said...

Thanks to my wonderful parents, we're headed to Destin for Spring Break, but about the pbj....My mother always mixed them together. It's the ONLY way to eat them! In second grade, a classmate of mine called them pudding sandwiches. We still call them that today. I've introduced my hubby to that method and he's hooked as well! In fact, I have to make his for him. He can't seem to get it right. ???? How hard can it be?

Stephanie B said...

You GO GIRL on that consignment check!! I made $30, but I only sold 18 items. I'm definitely getting my act together for the fall!

Plus, I heard that the 30% off sale at the grocery store isn't that good yet. Give a week or so....

Carrie said...

Don't worry about going into Southern Family Markets. I just went in there earlier this week thinking I might get a good deal on meat and produce. No such luck. It's all marked at the highest price imaginable and then marked 10% off. I still get a better deal at Publix.

As for mixing the peanut butter and jelly together - I have never heard of such a thing, but this makes so much sense! That way the jelly won't just slide off the peanut butter out of the sandwich. This is brilliant! I know...little things amaze me...

Eve said...

Hey Hillary,
My parents always mixed the PB&J, too!!! I didn't know anyone else did this, but it's the way Genna prefers it, too.
Congrats on the $ from consignment...mine was $290 and I was thrilled!!! I had some bigger things, though; an exersaucer, bouncer, etc. Still got a good number of clothes back, but I'll just put them back in next spring.

Shelly @ Life on the Wild Side said...

Wow, oh wow! That's a lot of money! Congrats, girl!

Anna said...

My mom always mixed the pb&j together for us and I still do! It's the best!!

Matt, Carrie, Lucy and Molly Allen said...

congrats on the consignment ck! awesome...maybe one day i'll get around to consigning for the pbj, i am a fan of the sandswich myself and a friend of mine used to mix it together in college and for some reason, it grossed me out?! i am sure it tastes the same, though! but that same friend also mixes tuna and PB, and that's just gross. plus, lucy doesn't like pbj (what is wrong with her?!) so we don't make them much in our house.

Mr. and Mrs. Nurse Boy said...

We had to get rid of a dog for the very same reason. It was one of the hardest things to do, but it was the right decision for the kids. I hope your aren't feeling too guilty.

Daddies make the BEST tackle buddies. Moms? Notsomuch.

Mrs. NB

Allison said...

Wow, that was one busy day!

Sorry to hear about the dog situation, but I completely understand. We have 2 dogs too, and they don't get nearly the love and attention that they need. I hope that you find the right home for him soon.

Anonymous said...

your dogs' names are luke and leia?? that's AWESOME! your spring break sounds much like mine, only without the dog and the very nice fat check from kids kloset. and the coupon addiction.

can't wait to see everybody next week...i'm all spring breaked out.

Staci said...

Well, my spring break doesn't look exactly like that being that I'm single with no kids! Ha! But it will involve lots of visits with the nieces & nephews :)

Roo and Wren's Mama said...

I laughed out loud at the thing about not being able to get out of the house til 11, unless you HAVE to be out early. I can totally relate. And of course, it is always a good idea to eat lunch first. Sometimes I try and try to get out to do errands, and barely make it out with my girls before 4pm.
And yay for you and the consignment cash! I need to find a consignment store around here...

Lori said...

$400!!! I've never heard of such a haul! Way to go!

Mary @ Giving Up On Perfect said...

Well, I don't know if I have anything to agree with you on. First of all, mixing the PB and J together sounds gross to me, with or without the glop glop name. And second, wahhhhh! No spring break at our house.

Oh, who am I kidding? Of COURSE I have something in common with you and your post. We'd like to find a new home for one of our fur babies (cat), too. Two cats has just become too much.

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