All Play and A Little Work

by Stefani on 6-August-2009

Hey y'all! Sorry for the disappearing act. I've been diligently working to finish up the book AND…. well… 

also playing hooky a bit. 


The boys and I got some free tickets to Six Flags (big huge thanks to my awesome, amazing sister-in-law!), so we hopped in the car and spent Tuesday actin' a fool with some friends. It was hotter than seven kinds of hell but oh so fun. I haven't done the whole theme park thing in ages!

In typical fashion, my oldest methodically tested each roller coaster (not the huge ones) exactly one time before declaring that no, he'd not ride THAT ever again. My middle son just be-bopped along happy to do anything and everything at once. My youngest, the adrenaline junky, insisted that we ride each and every ride a zillion times. He'd be white as a sheet while the ride was going. Then, just as soon as it stopped, he'd grin and yell "That was AWESOME! Let's go again!"


It cracks me up how true they each are to their personalities, to themselves. My mom and dad gave them some "walking around" money to take to the park. (What would we do without all the generous folks in our lives? – Not much, I think.) 

The oldest spent exactly what he intended to spend and then came home to research stock prices. For real.

The middle man hardly spent a thing so that he could use it for the Lego set that he's been after. After much cajoling from his brother ("Dude… don't you want to be able to buy a house and a car someday?"), he reluctantly put a (very) LITTLE of it into his piggy bank. 

The youngest blew it all on the first thing that caught his fancy – a rifle in the Wild West village. (His oldest brother had a total conniption over this, as you can imagine)

Anyhow, we had a great time. We ate our weight in funnel cakes and fries, drank 18 gallons of water and came home soaked and tired. 

Ferris Wheel

Then we spent all day yesterday in our pajamas, under the ceiling fan, trying to piece ourselves back together. 

Good stuff. 

In other news, my part of the book is about done. The technical grand wizard (thank you Grandfather!)w will soon take over, and if the stars align just right, we'll have it up in the shop tomorrow!!! Thank you so much to those of you who have been eagerly asking after it. I really can't tell you how much I appreciate both your patience and your enthusiasm. I'd take you all to Six Flags if I could… or you know, buy you a gun, or some stock, or whatever it is that floats your boat 🙂

Happy Thursday!

Leslie August 6, 2009 at 10:08 am


Isn’t it funny how they all have their own spending styles??

We’re trying to figure out the allowance thing with our older one, but I’ve come to the comclusion that you just can’t teach them how to manage money… they’re going to do what they’re going to do!!

Annika August 6, 2009 at 10:14 am

That sounds like so much fun I can hardly stand it!

Natalie August 6, 2009 at 10:31 am

Two days well spent. Very nice.

DebbieR August 6, 2009 at 10:37 am

Sounds like great fun, just this past weekend we went to a mini version of this. It was my son’s very first ride on a ferris wheel, but once up at the top he suddenly froze, turned wite as a sheet and held on to mama for dear life. What a hoot, it felt nice to be needed again. I say that part with a sorta heavy heart becasue he is only 3, gawww it happens way to early, when they don’t think they need you anymore. I wasn’t expecting that for years to come. Ugh He also rode on the train his absolute favorite and also a dolphin on the double decker merry go round. It was a great STAYcation in Kemah. We had a lot of fun.

We are very excited to here about the possible release of the book tomorrow. Waiting with bated breath. Yay!

Tara Thayer August 6, 2009 at 10:47 am

oh, this is so fabulous. that first picture…but all of it. And don’t you think these personality traits were there when they were born?
and…I am so definitely working in “hotter than seven kinds of hell” into a conversation today.

Lia August 6, 2009 at 12:06 pm

I love that it’s your grandfather that’s the technical wizard. Most grandfathers don’t even understand text messages, let alone how to run an online shop. Too cute.

We spent the whole day and night at Schlitterbahn yesterday, which is, quite frankly, the only kind of amusement park I think I could handle in this heat.

Rebecca August 6, 2009 at 1:45 pm

sounds like a wonderful day… I always enjoy seeing the different character traits and how they play out in all areas of my kids’ lives!

Elissa August 7, 2009 at 5:08 am

don’t even know them and i just love those boys!

Butzeballchen August 7, 2009 at 8:48 am

Looks like so much fun! It’s so amazing that 3 people that came from the same “test control group” could be so unique!

Laura August 7, 2009 at 10:31 am

We spent last Friday at the six flags up here in Chicagoland.

Teri August 8, 2009 at 4:21 pm

Sounds like the grandest time!I am so glad that the boys stayed true to themselves.

Lisa Clarke August 9, 2009 at 8:32 pm

I love that first photo – it makes me feel like I am there!

Kelly August 11, 2009 at 5:41 pm

great pics there lady – and some seriously good fun 🙂

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