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Vicki came to visit this weekend. She arrived late Thursday night and our busy weekend started the very next morning:
We dropped the girls off at preschool and unknowingly cheated fate by leaving our purses and cameras sitting right out in plain sight on the seat of our unlocked van while, a few feet away, a theft was occurring in another similarly (and temporarily) unoccupied van. Geeeeesh! I'm so sorry happened at all but I'm wiping beads of sweat off my brow and thanking my lucky stars that it didn't happen to us because, quite frankly, we just got lucky. Now we get to benefit from a very hard lesson of a friend without having to actually call a single credit card company. It doesn't seem fair that we're off the hook and she's shouldering 100% of the burden. For certain, we'll have our van locked up tight from now on! No exceptions!
We killed two very fun (childless) hours at Toys-R-Us before picking up the kids at school. Then we took them to a local park/farm where they played with the chickens and the grumpy geese until it was time for nap. After nap, Michael came over and Andrew came home from work early and we all loaded into the van for the quick trip to the babysitter (AKA "Movie Night"), where we dropped off our super enthusiastic little girls. Then the adults went to a very nice dinner. Michael is 20 now and I can vividly remember what he looked like in his Batman PJ's so it is bittersweet when I look across the table and see him sitting at an "adult" gathering. But I'm incredibly proud too because he's such an interesting person and I'm proud to have contributed something towards the man he's become.
After dinner, we came home and tucked the girls into bed then watched an episode of Gilmore Girls (from Netflix) then slogged off to bed.
As usual, we woke up the girls up at 7:15 AM but this day they both ran straight to Aunt Vicki's room to make sure she was up too! (Sorry, Aunt Vicki!) Then we bathed and showered and dressed and played in the face paint then headed to breakfast at Holders where we enjoyed chocolate pancakes and a full side order of bacon in honor of our friends Rose and Marie (who love bacon nearly as much as we do) who are having a birthday party tomorrow. Then we drove to Gilroy Gardens to show Aunt Vicki all our favorite stuff: The Tubs-O-Fun and Goldfish Ride, the Carousel and Rainbow Garden Round Boat Ride, the Timber Twister roller coaster (our first time on this!) and the Sky Trail Monorail. We even made it to the 1:30 Singing Vegetable Show and various Autumn themed attractions involving pumpkins, scarecrows and and large stalks of corn before it was time to leave! If time would have permitted, we'd have also shown her the train and the firetruck and race car rides and Claudia's Garden and South County Back roads and a bunch of other stuff. Oh well, there's always next time!
When we came home, we saw that there was an open house on our street so we shamelessly ripped off our shoes and went snooping (nosy neighbors like me are exactly why I would NEVER want to have an open house if I was selling). But, to our defense, we were actually quite interested in this particular house because it happened to be the exact same house as ours (plus or minus a few improvements). As it turned out, it was a "short sale" and the bank's representative said there were several more in our neighborhood (yikes!). The house was listed for sale at 20% less than we paid for ours just two years ago. It'll be interesting to see what it finally sells for.
Once home, the girls happily headed off to nap and Vicki and I worked on her new blog
(that I hounded her into creating) while Andrew went to Barnes and Nobel to kill some time. We set up Vicki's blog on www.blogger.com
(it's free) and even designed a fun header/banner! She's clever so she won't have any problem keeping it up and she has a REALLY exciting life so she'll have no trouble finding interesting things to blog about!
After nap, we changed into nice clothes and, at 7:30 PM, we were all sitting on row 20 at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts
watching "My Dream
". It was a really good show but not quite as professional as the $60 per person ticket might have led us to believe. The performance was good but the hosting agency decided to put on a really cheesy award just after intermission. It was very self-serving and lasted much too long. Most of the program was top-notch but someone decided to fill some of the time with Karaoke quality performances of Elvis and Linda Ronstadt tunes. It was painful!
We wouldn't see it again but we have no regrets that we saw it once. And we won't really recommend it to anyone else because of the cheesy aspects and the high ticket price. We were originally scheduled to attend the 1:30 show but they cancelled it so we had to switch to the 7:30 show and it conflicted with our girls' bed time. The kids had fun but it was after 10:00 PM when we returned home and they were pretty cranky. And so were the adults!
We had a pretty comfortable morning snuggling in bed and watching Curious George on PBS. Then we donned some comfortable clothes (that we could BOUNCE in!), slapped on some more cute face paint and headed to Marie Calendars for their super yummy Sunday Brunch Buffet. With biscuits and gravy still heavy in our belly, we drove straight to Rose and Marie's
birthday party at Pump It Up
. Oh my gosh, what fun that was! Even for the adults! We got to see many of our best China Adoption Community friends and meet some fun new people too. It seemed like an amazingly easy way to do a birthday party! The next day, my girls were begging to go back there so I'm totally sold. We'll use them for their 5th birthday party for sure!
We came home for naps then Daddy showed up with Indian food from our favorite Indian restaurant (Rangoli). There's a review for this place that actually says that the Tikka Masala is so good that you should bring home the left-over sauce (even if the chicken is all gone) for no reason other than to smear it on your chest! We laughed when we read that then we realized that it was true! No, we've not smeared it on our chest but, yes, it's THAT good!
We over-ate then played with the girls then put them to bed and watched another episode of Gilmore Girls on Netflix before diving into bed and falling into coma-like sleep. Jumping around in those bounce thingies at Pump It Up sure can suck the energy right out of you! It was the perfect end to the perfect day!
Andrew headed to work early (6:00 AM) and everyone else slept until 7:15 AM (the usual). It was a holiday (Columbus Day) so, sadly, preschool is closed while most others (including Daddy) still have to work. We did our usual morning snuggle while watching Curious George then showered and dressed and headed out to breakfast. Today, the gourmet breakfast choice was Carl's Jr (mostly because they have a really cool playground!) but the playground was sopping wet so we threw our food into a paper sack and went to a local park instead. Three hours later, playtime was over and it was time to take Aunt Vicki to the airport. Maddy begged all the way there to go home with Aunt Vicki. Gwen begged for a skeleton key from Aunt Vicki but didn't want to go home with her to retrieve it. We'll have to explain Gwen's obsession with keys in a later post.
After hugs and kisses curbside at the departure area of the airport, we said our good-byes and tearfully headed for home where we soothed our sad soul by munching Crunchy Cheetos and watching Shrek 3 on DVD. At 3:00, it was nap time so Mommy tucked the girls into their bed then sat at her computer to try to put the events of the weekend into some kind of order and post them on the blog.
So there you have it! Our action packed weekend! Gosh, it was SO MUCH FUN! The only complaint is that it was much too short!