Saturday, July 4, 2009

We got our Kicks....On RT. 66

In celebration of the United States of America's birthday we took a historic drive down rt. 66! Our Aidan, who is the future president of the United States, loves anything "American!" If he sees red, white, and blue together, he freaks! He loves this country and he loves the idea of making it better even more. He is wise beyond his years and is dedicated to 'the good ole' days' and what will be better. Our girls love to go out on 'dates' and Liam, well he just loves to be with me (yeah I had to write that, I am soaking it up while I can). Now me, I am the one who loves to find stuff to do and plan surprises, and my husband, well he loves to humor me. Ironically, he loves America too (can you believe it, an Airman that loves the U.S., HA!) So all of that said we had a fabulous day on our trip. We ate dinner at a 50's diner called POPs that has the largest Soda Pop bottle in the world in front of it. It is 66 feet tall (on rt. 66, ah ha!)

At Pops you can get soda of any flavor (no kidding there are some grosse ones like kitty piddle) and you can order a great American artery clogging cheeseburger and fries. However, this Rt. 66 American Icon is not only filled with unhealthy favorites from the past, they also have more modern healthful choices like Turkey burgers, salads, and for soda not only do they have Jones Soda (which is our families favorite) they have gluten free, fair trade, natural root soda's! We even got to see several Pennsylvanian Soda's, like the famous Kutstown Root beer! There were hundreds of flavors, brands, and concoctions. All with that bubbly fizz...And guess what my friends, you can order sodas from Pops and they will ship it world-wide!! Can you believe it??? I am so000 going to do this for a few upcoming birthday's, and yes, Pops will be shipping to Japan in about a year! Oh and even greater news, they do offer a military discount!

I highly recommend this place to anyone, it is incredibly fun! The atmosphere is clean, the people are friendly, did I say it was fun??? They really did love our kids, and for a restaurant to love a family with five little children, well that says A LOT!!!! Oh, and not to mention it is absolutely beautiful! I love the 50's and like Aidan, I an affinity for things of the past. Especially things from that past that have been lovingly redesigned, keeping what is vintage but topping it off with a crisp and clean-modern twist.

These are two of the "funny bottles" One is "Moxy, Original Elixir" and the other is "Looks like orange tastes like Grape"

So which of the fabulous soda's made it in Brendan and I's "carry-home-for-date-nights-box" Here they are in all their glory! I picked the Blue Frostie one for the love of my best friend and sister, I picked the Maine Sarsaparilla for both Tremain and the fact that I have always wanted to go to Maine, the Caribbean cream was for my lovely Jamaican husband :p and the other special one was the watermelon one because that is one of my favorite flavors so it has to be good in a soda pop right?

Just like it is fun to say, Soda Pop! For those of you wondering, I did manage to get in, and out of Pops without a drop of Cherry Coke, that is right it has been four days and counting since my last cherry coke! ah hem, and I can hear the crowd clapping *chuckles*

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Retreat Bound

On July 11 and 12 my husband and I get to go to a marriage retreat in Guthrie Oklahoma. I know absolutely nothing about this historical town. However, we are heading there overnight, together, in a hotel, with no children, for TWO days.

Our little ones will be with are darling Nanny, babysitter, friend. She will be here and at her home for the two days. She is fabulous with our children and we have back up in case any of them should try to 'pull the wool over her eyes'. Not that my children would ever try to get away with anything....ahem, yeah. So the kids will get a fun weekend and we will have some much needed alone time.

I am excited to have time with Bren, all to myself. I am excited to sleep without waking up to the many tears. However, I know me very well and I know that the anxiety that I have today will only build. I know that it is nice to think about the night without the children as "full of restful slumber", but thoughts are not always reality. I am just hoping that I will be able to fall asleep without worry (or the thought of my baby or little ones crying for me) and that I will be able to stay asleep (without waking up to 'check Avagrace' or feed Liam, or make sure Breya's blankets haven't come off again, or that Violet is still in her bed, or that Aidan hasn't fallen in between the bed and the wall again...and the list goes on).

I do know that I will cherish the time with Bren. I do know that the person that I am trusting my babies with is an amazing girl who really does love each and every one of my children. I do know that I will try earnestly to not talk and worry about my chilly's too much because I also know that this time together is a wonderful blessing. I also know that this is going to be a lot of fun for me and I really can't wait. I am actually planning on bringing UNO or some other fun game that we never play anymore. However, despite of all the excitement, anticipation, and pep talks, I do know that I am the mother of five amazing children, whom I haven't spent the night away from, other than while in labor and recovering. So worry is inevitable and prayers will be greatly appreciated! :)

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Busyness is next to Godliness....

No I don't truly believe that. A peaceful place is the best place to be. However, sometimes busyness is peaceful. Like right now I am gearing up for the next year of RE for the Tinker chapel. We have our four hour plus meeting tonight all about the calendars, budgets, agenda's etc. I have been pouring over curriculum, planning events, teachers meetings, and crafts. It is so pleasing to be doing this and I pray that it will reach so many more kids than I plan for.

Brendan and I are also at a planning/nesting phase in our marriage and family right now. Last night we hosted our first marriage study that will meet each Tuesday night. We are testing the waters as peer marriage group hosts and we had a blast. God used that time for much good. In fact I cannot wait until next Tuesday!

We are also switching out our pantry as we change our diet for our health. This involves going gluten and dairy free, and largely meat free too. BIG CHANGES!

Bren and I are also planning out our school year. We are preparing the curriculum we will use and the themes. We are ecstatic about homeschooling and cannot wait to get things into motion!

Lastly, I am preparing for Brendan's 4 days in a hotel with all 5 kids and no mama. So that I can be like a tornado and blow through this house. Cleaning, selling, donating, and SIMPLIFYING our life! This I am most excited about...I can't wait to set the date!

When I was little the big thing was spring cleaning....but now it seems like my life is centered around summer planning. A chance to rethink the previous year and the way you did things, and to then revamp it, in hopes of making the next year that much better!