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Thursday, June 17, 2010

My Favorite Weekend of the Year!

Mrs. Nurse Boy here.

About a week and a half ago, our family spent the entire weekend outside enjoying my favorite festivities of the year. I look forward to this weekend each and every year. This weekend signals the true beginning of summer to me. It is full of parades, rides, games, running into old friends, kettle korn, music, sun, fun, and this year.... orange pop. But, I am getting ahead of myself.

This weekend is known to most of the locals as Old Shawnee Days. To me, it is the one and only true sign that summer has begun once again.

It all starts with the parade. And, who doesn't love a good parade?! Oh, wait... that would be my husband. But, he always plays along and forces a smile and a handshake to all of the politicians that find some lame reason to waltz their way into our day of family fun.

The kids LOVE collecting candy and stickers... even from the politicians. (Yeah, I have trained my children to take candy from strangers... don't judge.)

Just look at that face! Something tells me she knows that summer has officially begun.

Dimples has attended this parade since he was a baby. (Of course, he will always be MY baby, but let's keep that between us, K?)

I always find proof during this weekend that some men NEVER grow up!

Classy, I know.

Nurse Boy now wants one of these. I don't think all 5 of us will fit on this so I am sticking to the plan to purchase a mini van. Sorry, Nurse Boy. Try again during your mid life crisis, K?

After the parade, we took in some "Funky Mama." We ran into Sweet Pea's friend and they had a blast dancing.

I can't wait to share these pictures with the girls when they hit their teen years! They are so cute together.

I love that my boys aren't too cool to join in... yet.

Next, it was time for some "CRAZY" fun.

Sweet Pea HAD to have "Pinkalicious" hair, of course.

Dimples entered the Whipped Pie and Bubble Blowing Contest.

He didn't win, but I think he had fun.

Of course, it is "Monkey See, Monkey Do" around here. Nurse Boy just couldn't be left out and entered the contest as well. He didn't place either. Unfortunately, I think it hurt his ego more than he will ever admit. Ha!
My friends, it was here that my day went horribly bad. It was here that my weekend was ruined. It was here that I developed a hatred for orange pop that I never even knew was possible.
You see, this was the time of the day that Nurse Boy decided to treat each of the boys to their very own bottle of orange pop. I had suggested water, but I am simply no fun at all. Or, so I am told. Each boy took a swig and shoved their bottles into my purse as they headed off to ride a few rides. Since I prefer my rides less "portable" and more permanent, I hit the craft boothes. While leisurely looking at all of the crafts and wondering why God didn't bless me with any crafty skills, I started to feel something dripping onto my foot.

Suddenly, I realized that my purse and all of it's contents were swimming in orange pop. After scooping out my checkbook and wallet, I made a discovery that made me scream louder than the fire-eating man who was currently performing on stage.

And that, my friends, was the day my camera died. May it rest in peace. I had a simple point-n-shoot that my in-laws had purchased for me about 3 and 1/2 years ago. I had it with me at all times. Basically, it was attached to my right hand.
That night I informed Nurse Boy that I needed a camera ASAP. That was when he, very politely, explained to me that a camera is a "luxury."
Those, my friends, were fighting words! I began to fear for our marriage. OK, so I am being a bit dramatic. But, seriously, who in the world tells a mom that a camera is a luxury?!
I am happy to report that he has come to his senses and we are on a mission to find a point-n- shoot that may or may not be waterproof.
So, what do you think??? Is a camera a necessity or a luxury??

Oh, and my children are NEVER allowed to drink orange pop again. Ever.


Michelle said...

Oh no! He did not say that! :) Cameras are an absolute must have. I think a camera should be given to new moms in the hospital or maybe even at the first dr.'s visit. LOL!

Glad he came to his senses. And your weekend looks like it was a blast. DOWN WITH ORANGE POP!

Kmama said...

Oh, no way is it a luxury. In fact, I believe a very nice DSLR is a necessity. LOL

Sorry about that.

Looks like you at least had some fun in the beginning!!

Pam @ Kassie's Beach said...

NECESSITY!!!! Absolutely!!!

I agree...this is deserving of a DSLR! Orange pop indeed! That man is the one who decided to buy the kids the vulgar stuff in the first place. He's in the dog house for sure!!!

Yay for the rest of the fun weekend. Looks like a blast.

He & Me + 3 said...

GASP. I think I just sucked in my computer screen. A camera is totally a necessity. I don't know what i would do without my cameras. I have three and a back up. It is a total necessity. good luck with the search.
I would totally loan you one if we lived closer. Darn.

Mr. and Mrs. Nurse Boy said...

A camera is such a luxury. Are your lives really enriched now that you go to see the guy on the toilet scooter? I did't think so. By the way, the Mrs. wrote her post yesterday and today she already has her precious "necessity" so don't feel too sorry for her. I got to hear how she "needed" this $125.00 camera and how she needs the $200.00 one for her birthday. Did I mention that I have been in grad school for 2 years now and need a lap top, but that is a "luxury" and can't get that. Your know to make it easier to make a better life for ourselves. But I digress...

Mr. NB

Sir Nottaguy-Imadad said...

Did those pops not have lids? I let out an audible gasp when I realized where the story was going.

BTW, Mr. NB, we will keep you in our prayers that your banishment to the dog house isn't too lenghty.

Brandi said...

Um, you can tell Mr. NB all I heard was blah, blah, blah MRS. NURSE BOY GOT A NEW CAMERA and then blah, blah, blah and something about a laptop. :D

Cameras are definitely a necesity! How else are you going to remind your kids that they had all this F.U.N. when they were growing up? It's exactly why I took pics when we went to Disney. Lil' Bub will never remember, as he was only 4, and unless we hit the lotto, we won't be going again anytime soon.

Congrats on the new camera!

Oh, and this post reminded me... didn't Mr. NB wear a funny t-shirt to a parade of some sort last year? It made me laugh while I was reading this post and I don't even remember what the shirt said.

Jewel said...

Oh my yes, a camera is definitely a necessity! Especially for grandmas, not to mention mothers, for heaven's sake!
I feel overwhelmingly compelled to take little Jaylon's picture if he so much as twitches an eyelid! LOL (okay, it has gotten a bit ridiculous but, hey....he's only going to be little ONCE!)
Thank you so much for your sacrifice, Mr. NB, in getting your wife a new camera! The peace that this purchase will provide you in the coming days has no pricetag. (Trust me on this one.)
I'll be praying that you somehow are able to get a laptop. I really will. I would think that there would be a program out there somewhere that would provide a grad student with a free laptop for school. I'm serious! Have you looked into this?

Mummy McTavish said...

Oh, Mr NB, it's a good thing you let her have a new camera... Because otherwise whenever you said "oh, remember that time when we..." and she would say "no, sweetie, I don't because you wouldn't let me buy a camera to take photos to remember it"... I don't think you want that, do you?

Mrs NB, I cried tears of orange pop for your camera. I'm glad you are hooked up again.