The science fair project was finally completed and turned in. Clayton told me he couldn't even smile when I took this picture. We were all done at this point. Ha.
Andrew made this for me at school. I thought it was really sweet and he was very proud of it.
This is our house every morning. Jack is outside before the sun comes up playing some kind of ball, riding a bike, running around. All before school. He loves being outside. Sweet boy.
On Friday we spent the day together as a family. We went to Taqueria La Guadalupana for some delicious/authentic Mexican food. When we walked in Jack whispered, "Mom, there are only Hispanic people here." You know the food is going to be good when this happens.
After lunch and a quick stop to the Peanut Shop we headed to church for a date night/children's valentine party. Here's my friend Stephanie setting up the photo booth. I call it dedication if you get on the floor to work on something, right?
The kids had a blast! Once the families arrived they took a picture in the photo booth and then the adults were given a road trip sheet and they left. The kiddos all stayed for dinner and then we had them divided in to groups where they played bingo, minute to win it games, the left/right game...basically anything I found on Pinterest that looked like fun. We then played in the gym. I told the parents if they were late picking up their children I would give the child an espresso. No one was late. Grin.
Here's our family photo booth session. Too funny!
The morning of Valentine's Mimi sent the boys a package with Reese's hearts, Sweethearts and an invitation to come to her house next weekend. They were elated. I told them later the Reese's hearts were for me, not them. I don't think they believed me. What?!? I know that's what Mimi meant to say!
After ballgames that morning Fred and I headed to Overton Park for a little lunch at a new restaurant called Local On the Square. It was divine. In fact, it was so delish we did not even get a picture of ourselves...only the food. You are looking at Crispy Brussels with cream fresh and Lobster Mac and Cheese. We then split a burger. It was some of the best food I've had in a while. If you find yourself in Memphis I would highly recommend the Overton Park area. It is just a fun place to walk around, find good restaurants and do Hot Yoga. Just kidding on the Hot Yoga part. Well, I mean, it's down there, but I did not participate. Maybe another day.
The other part of our date was going to Costco, Sam's and Mattress Firm to find a new mattress. We finally selected one at Costco and I found bedding that I liked/purchased. The bedding was actually on clearance and I've had my eye on it for several weeks. So...double bonus. Back to the mattress...we were going to order it online, but realized it would take 2-4 weeks to get it in and it was going to be $100 more. SO, we were going to ask a friend, but Fred thought since it was Valentine's day we shouldn't ask anyone. So that's what we did. I put the new bedding on the old mattress. Then, my friend called and said they really didn't mind going to get it for us. SO, Fred headed to Costco. In the meantime I stripped the old mattress of all the new bedding, moved the mattress and box springs to the guest room and vacuumed under the bed. While the vacuum was on (I'm not kidding) I heard my phone. It was Fred. Costco closed at 6 pm...it was 6:30 pm. Guess who slept in the guest room last night?!?
I am happy to report that we finally go the new mattress today AND put the new bedding on it. Yahoo! I am counting down the hours until bedtime.
Middle schoolers are so fun! This week Clayton got up and told me he had had a nightmare. I asked him what happened in his dream. He told me someone called me (his mom) an ugly word and he beat that person up. Fast forward to driving to school. I had these Valentine glasses in the car and I told Clayton I would give him $5 if he would wear them to school. He is very literal and did not get that I was messing with him. He looked at me very seriously and said, "Mom, we can't wear glasses that are not prescription to school." He still did not get it. I said several other things to him like they'll never know (please know these were heart shaped glasses with rhinestones and pink lenses.), just tell them you have to wear them, etc. All this time he is protesting he never gets that I'm kidding. Finally I just give up and it's time for him to get out of the car. As he's leaving I say out the door, "Thanks for defending my honor last night in your dream!" He turns with a mortified look on his face, one that I will never forget, and just said an exasperated, "Mom." I will always remember that look. It was classic middle school. Man, I love these guys!