Yum! I enjoyed it with some friends at a dinner party in Omaha. Yummy foods and drinks and a rousing game of Apples to Apples. It was zanny! Woke up bright and early to come back to Lincoln to clean house in preparation for my niece's 10th birthday party. It was hard to stay chipper with the on and off rain, but somehow it cleared up in time. We played pin the kiss on the Jonas Brother, broke a pinata and ate delicious cupcakes made by my pal Amanda. Seriously, if you have an event you need delicious treats for, check her out.
The rest of this week was spent partially at work and with family-my sister, my cousin and their kids were in town, so we had fun catching up. It was a long work week though, and am glad to see the weekend is practically here. I have plans to finally catch up on True Blood, finish Good Omens by Neil Gaiman, and visit with some friends in town. Good times!
Erich picked the kids up on Friday and we got the HyVee Chinese Family Deal, it was a heck of a deal. Four entrees, two pints of rice, 4 crab rangoons and 4 eggrolls all for $13! Thats sheer robbery I tell ya, and their chinese isn't half bad. Erich had a bbq with some friends that night, so I played games with Hailey and Ethan--a monopoly based game I bought that centers around pirates and has activities to earn booty, very fun but a little complicated and was missing pieces! I also got my full of Teen Disney. I couldn't tell you the difference between Selena Gomez or Demi Lovato, but they are both cute in their respective shows. Especially the one in Wizards of Waverly Place, but I also like that show because it has vampires and wizards, hells yeah! Cole had stayed up until about 5am the night before, so he fell asleep around 7 and woke up when Erich got home around 1030, so of course he was wired all night again. Ah, to be 16 again...Oh wait, no, nononononono.
Saturday we had big plans--The Farmers Market to get some cupcakes from Amanda, and some veggies. Once we got there I realized Erich's mom had given me a ton of cucumbers and beans, I had bought taters and tomatoes at the store, my mom has peppers coming out of her ears, and a nice neighbor gave us a bag of sweet corn, so I actually didn't need veggies. Oh well, the market is fun regardless. We had lots of delicious treats instead. Then we got home, and headed to the park with our picnic lunch, tennis rackets, and dog in tow.
Let me preface the rest of the story with this little tidbit about Abbey: she loves loves loves tennis balls. After reading the Dog Whisperers website, I am convinced she is obsessed with them. OK, cue story... We decided after lunch to teach the kids to play tennis, but we got there and realized they had taken the net down from the court. So, we figured we can take turns hitting the balls around, doing some basic skill stuff. I figured since it was fenced in, I would take Abbey off her leash and let her chase the rogue balls. She went nuts, and was exhausted after chasing them for at least 30 minutes. Everyone is pooped and sunburnt-oops- so we decide to walk back home. Abbey is really lagging at this point, which I chalk up to the fact that she was going crazy with the balls. Then I notice that she isn't even carrying her ball anymore--her staple for most outings. So, I decide to pick her up and carry her home. Erich and the boys were ahead of me and Hailey, so he waited back and took Abbey. It was here in the handoff we realized that she had worn the skin off the pads of her feet to the point that they were shredded. It was so bad. No wonder the poor dog couldn't walk. We tried some neosporin on them, but she licked it off. So I went with a high dose of doggie aspirin and she was pretty sleepy the rest of the weekend. She is doing way better now, but I keep finding dried pieces of dog skin all over, it's nasty.
That night my mom came over for dinner, and we had a pretty low key of watching TV and putting together Legos. Sunday we ran some errands, got some $5 Footlongs, and vegged. Erich and I tried to do some cleaning but it was really pointless since the kids were still there. (I've been cleaning ever since here and there). It was a good time, but by that second day I think Erich was done being fun Uncle Erich and turned into crankypants McGee ;) I think everyone had actually. Erich made the comment that if we can handle three kids, a baby will be a breeze. Yeah, except these kids sleep through the night...then again, a baby doesn't immediately tease their sister or be a sullen teen or get offended at everything...