Monday, April 29, 2013

Beards and Fireworks

Ahoy there mateys! I have no idea why, but for some strange reason I have been thinking all day about starting my post this way. My mind works in mysterious ways; I mean that introduction might make sense if I was on a boat somewhere, but alas, I am on dry land. Moving on...

I had a fun-filled weekend and hope you did as well. On Friday night, Erika and I went to see "Stuart Little" at the Playhouse. It was the last play and last weekend in fact of Fantasy's 52nd season. It was quite a good season if I do say so myself and the 53rd season looks like it will be a lot of fun as well. It just so happens that the lead character is the nephew of my cousin and his wife and Colby was hilarious in the role. Believe it or not, I don't think I have ever read "Stuart Little" and now I want to so I can compare the book to the play. The play only lasted about an hour and a half, letting us out around 8:30. Panoply was having fireworks at 9:00 and we had originally planned on watching those, but since we are old and didn't want to just wait around for 30 minutes, Erika went ahead and dropped me off and headed on home. Close to 9:00 I thought I heard the fireworks (I can usually hear fireworks in the city at my house) but then it began lightening so I don't know if it was thunder or fireworks. It's anyone's guess. 

On Saturday morning I got a haircut and then hit Publix for my weekly grocery trip where I was overjoyed to find that they actually had Tyson Chicken Fries in stock. I should have included these on my favorites list this past Friday. I can't remember when I first bought some, probably a year-ish ago, maybe sooner, I lose track of time. Anyway, these Chicken Fries are part of the Tyson Anytizers product line and are pretty darn delicious even if they aren't 100% nutritious. Apparently everyone in the city of Huntsville loves these because they can only be found once in a blue moon; but, I put them on my list every week just in case they happen to be sitting on the frozen foods aisle. I was starting to get worried because I was on my last bag and there were not very many in that bag. So, when I looked over into the frozen foods case and saw them, I quickly grabbed two bags and may or may not have let out a little squeal of delight. 

I spent the rest of the morning cleaning house and then took a nap before Sydney's arrival. Sydney was dropped off around 4:00 p.m. as we had some big plans for the evening. We met my cousin Alexandra and her daughter Indigo at Lowe Mill for the 2nd Annual Dixieland Beard and Mustache Coalition's Beard Competition. Hey, what else are you going to do on a Saturday night? It was actually a whole lot of fun. It was a family friendly event so there were lots of kids there as well as lots of beards. The competition has apparently expanded since last year as they had a division for children and women - obviously these would be fabricated beards. We saw kids with crocheted beards and beards made of feather and one lady had a beard made of rainbow Twizzlers. Sydney had her picture made with the rainbow beard lady and she also got a new shirt just for the occasion - it had a mustache on it (here we go with the mustache craze again) - and she looked super cute. 

Sydney with the lady with the Rainbow Twizzler beard. 
I think the lady has her eyes closed because her eye looks kind of weird.

We left the beard competition about 8:00 p.m. without actually watching any of the competition. I think they had the ladies' competition before we left, but we didn't make it inside to watch and I was hungry and had promised Sydney we would go watch the Panoply fireworks. So, we left, got s quick bite to eat and then headed downtown to watch the fireworks, which were quite good. 

On the way home from downtown (maybe a five minute drive) Sydney said she was going to close her eyes but not go to sleep; so, I kept talking to her so she would stay awake. She still needed a bath after all. We made it home with her awake and she took a bath and then lay down in the chair and declared she was hungry and wanted an apple. Before I could even get that apple cut up she was asleep and thankfully slept through the night as we had a lot of thunderstorms through the night. 

Sunday we went to church and then went out to eat with Alexandra, Josh and Indigo as well as a bunch of people from our Sunday school class. Sydney ate a good lunch and then when we got home declared she wanted some cereal. Y'all, I had no idea kids ate this much - all the time! I do not remember eating all the time like that. I will have to confer with my parents on this topic because it has me curious. Brittany picked up Sydney around 2:00 and that concluded our weekend activities. The rest of the day was spent doing a whole lot of nothing, other than leaving the house to go to evening church service. 

Side note - Did anyone else have a problem with their PBS Station on Sunday night? I started watching Call the Midwife and the reception was terrible and the sound was off and the picture kept stopping. I've set it to record on Tuesday at 2:00 a.m. and hoping that showing is a lot better because Sunday night's was so bad I couldn't watch. 


Melissa said...

Oh my word....yes, kids do eat all the time. No joke. I feel like a full time waitress in our household. I wish that I could sometimes just close the kitchen. And, Megan (6) is finally getting to where she can kind of get her own snacks. Hunter (4) not so much. Their current obsession is Popsicles.

Jackie said...

Yes, they eat ALL the time. I would have started a separate savings account in high school for my future children's stomachs if I had known the amount of money that I would be spending on food. Just wait until she hits a growth spurt. Troy turns into a human garbage disposal when he is going through one. I DREAD the teenage years because I have seen how much Dalton consumes. I will have to take a loan out at the bank.