It's been a full couple of weeks...we're getting ready to send Lauren off to Preschool, we've made numerous trips to our favorite beach to squeeze in every last bit of summer fun we possibly can, I celebrated my 29th birthday again, we have 2 more creepy ass library rental puppets - who may or may not be possessed - (despite my desperate attempts to kabosh said puppet rentals), and I've started watching Dark Shadows on Netflix - the creepy old prime time soap opera from the 60's. I LOVE it...it's right up my ally!
So most exciting of all - my little girl is starting preschool, which means that back to school clothes shopping is in full swing. She's like a little preteen already...at 4! She picks out clothes, then we head into the dressing room where she tries things on - mixes and matches - twirls around to see what kind of lift she gets with the little frills at the bottom of a dress, and then of course...tries on her tiara to make sure everything comes together. She literally has 7 tiaras she wears daily on a color coordinated rotating basis. We have to bring several tiaras clothes shopping with us so she can get a feel for the outfit. We were at Target the other day trying on clothes - mind you - we have 15 articles of clothing and could only bring 6 into the dressing room - and of course we have Benjamin (3) with us. Ben doesn't quite understand this whole clothes shopping thing, and assumes he should be trying things on too...so needless to say it's a big fiasco in the dressing room. Tiaras are flying, dresses being tried on and yanked off... Lauren twirling around with her little tween attitude, Ben yelling, "Mama are these boy clothes?" as he tries to get hot pink pants on over his shorts. Ben then gets bored and starts to climb underneath the dressing room door - the pink pants stuck half on one leg - while Lauren declares "I want them all, Mama!" Yes, a happy chaos :)
Meanwhile, the babies are abuzz about Lauren's new adventures into preschool. Ben is quite excited for her, but I think they're going to really miss each other. I had dropped Ben off one day at Brian's mom's house while I took Lauren out shopping...and as soon as we pulled out of the driveway, Lauren said she already missed Ben and asked if we could call him on the phone. It's so precious. However, they also have little petty ridiculous fights now, too. For example, Ben just came in to inform me that Lauren "won't stop looking at him." I go in the kitchen to find Lauren with a little evil smile on her face and ask her what's going on. She shrugs her shoulders as if to say "I have no idea"...then stares at Ben while he gets worked up into a frenzy. Now every few minutes I have to yell into the kitchen "Lauren, stop looking at your brother.." Now I feel really bad about what my sister & I probably put my mother through :)
On the birthday front, I turned 29 on Tuesday. Yep. I was 29 last year. I'll be 29 next year. Just ask the babies - they'll tell you. It was a wonderful birthday - in fact one of my best "29's" yet! Lasagna, cake, pedicures and new flip flops.. and after the kids went to bed, Magic Mike with the volume muted. Life is good :)
Finally, I'm totally obsessed with the old Dark Shadows soap opera from the 60's. I found it on Netflix and can't get enough of it. I'm a huge fan of anything scary, creepy, Halloween-ie, vampire, who-dun-it, murder mystery, etc. Halloween is in fact, my favorite day of the year and I just love the month of October and all the scary movies, fall weather & house decorating that goes along with it. So I guess it should come as no surprise that when I was little, my very first imaginary friend was Count Dracula. Yes, he would pick me up in his Dracula mobile and we'd go out to dinner, which was actually a tea party in my room with various stuffed animals and cabbage patch kids. In my little imagination, he was quite nice - just a misunderstood vampire with a really cool cape. A big lug who enjoyed tea parties and listening to my storytime read along records with me. My imaginary friend was the Prince of Darkness...what all of this says about me, I don't quite know...but I'm sure Freud would have a field day with that one.
...And on that note, Happy End Of Summer :) Hope you all had a fun, relaxing summer filled with lots of family, laughter & of course wine! Happy School days to all those sending their little ones off to school in Sept. Let the fall festivities begin...and of course don't forget your color coordinated tiara!