Thursday, June 24, 2010

Happy Birthday Dear Daddy

Almost exactly one year ago, the man of my dreams and his three little birds
and yesterday the Hubs turned the big 4-5!

And what a day it was:

Wake up! Today we leave for vacation...
Pack up kids, clean house, make snacks, feed baby, water plants, feed fish, get lunch...
Confirm flight (oh, i'm sure it's fine)
We're off to the big city and then off to an even bigger city- yippee!!
It's 110 degrees in the big city. How do people actually survive?
Ah, nice cool air-conditioned airport. I love you.
Excuse me, m'am? Are you all flying to Chicago?
Why Yes!
I'm sorry all flights have been cancelled.
Jaws drop
Come again?
Bad storms in the windy city
Well, when can we leave?
Let's take a look... oh, how does Friday afternoon sound?
The hubs begins using profanities like I've never seen, not like him and highly embarrassing. He is the most serene man on earth 'till you get him in 100+ degree weather or an airport.
Baby exits the airport. Friendly stranger returns her.
Hubs gives me the look of death
Schlep everyone back to the car
Cancel hotel and car reservations
OK, let's just all relax and go and have a nice dinner before we make the journey back home
We're here! Yay! I'll get the baby
GASP.... there is poop ALL OVER MY ARM and it's melting in the heat
Well, at least we have extra clothes right? Change baby. Give sponge bath with hot wipes.
Food and cold beverage here we come!
Beverage in the lap, down the leg, pooling in the chair
Amazing waiters... Tommy Bahama's is the BEST
Survive dinner. Hey, let's let the kiddies play at the fountains!
Daddy, I have to go potty
Uh, just go in the water honey... it's ok. (really?? they need specific directions at all times. tell to leave his pants on and just go!)
My darling little boy pulls down his pants and publicly urinates all over poshy Kierland Commons.
Lots of looks of disgust... a few chuckles.
Time to go
11pm- home sweet home.

Happy Birthday Honey! I promise to make it up to you on your 46th.
We love you!!!!

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Friday, June 11, 2010

We're Outta Here!

The day has finally come.  We are leaving behind this monster of a house and downsizing to a darling little single-level home.  And I absolutely love it.  We have learned so many lessons these past few years.
Here are a few...
Less is More
Big houses really are just more to to clean
The greatest joy in life is just being together
Stairs and babies do not mix
Steep driveways and bikes do not mix
Me and mopping acres of flooring do not mix
It is time to simplify
Time to be grateful
Time to give
Time to purge and realize we still have SO much
Time to save and be conservative in our spending
Time to teach our children these lessons
When the going gets tough, the tough get going!
The Madskaggs are one tough bunch
In the past 8 years we have moved 7 times, had 3 babies, changed careers, lost loved ones, had numerous ER visits, faced financial ruin and wondered if we could hold it all together.  There are days I've wanted to run away from it all, but we stayed.
What doesn't kill us, makes us stronger
Today we are stronger and happier than ever
We are so thankful for our dear friends and family and all of their wisdom!

Big move ahead... can't wait to enjoy the new digs.