Monday, April 26, 2010

A Surprise Saturday Family Night

For the past month I continued to see the Disney On Ice: 100 years of Magic on TV commercials. Ernest and Robert love every show on the Disney channel. More Robert now that Ernest. Ernest is getting older and is growing to like Disney XD now, but he still enjoys Mickey Mouse Club, Special Agent Oso and Handy Mandy. Robert is completely and totally into Mickey Mouse.

Anyhow, Ernest and I decided that it would be a great to take the boys and make it a surprise. I think I was more excited about our family night than Ernest was, but so glad we did it. Last time I went to an On Ice event I took Cordell to see the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. They were big back then and he too was in awe of them. Especially Raphael. That was his favorite one. So with that in mind we bought tickets and planned our family night this past Saturday.

Ernest was very curious about his surprise to the very moment that it started. Robert on the other hand was just happy that he was going on a road trip. We had to drive to Pensacola, FL which is only an hour away from Mobile. However, once we got there we didn't have a lot of time to eat at Golden Corral so we had to rush. It was a little funny because the boys were both asleep, yet like clock work Ernest woke up the minute I mentioned where we were. Robert on the other hand was a big challenge when it came to waking up. I had to start feeding him in order to wake him up. And even then it took a cup of juice to get him smiling and talking. Basically, juice is my little boy's cup of coffee. I know sad, right? It was adorable though.

The Pensacola Civic Center wasn't packed like I thought it would be, but parking spaces were not easy. What amazed us was how we walked past Disney On Ice with Mickey Mouse decorated booths and signs, yet neither of them noticed. On any normal day they would recognize Mickey a mile away and get all excited. Not this time. I think they were just curious about what their surprise was.

Now, it is hard for me to explain to you the reaction my little boys had the minute they heard Mickey's voice and saw him come out on the ice. We weren't in our seats yet. Ernest just looked and smiled, but Robert? Well, he had a look of pure astonishment on his face. Even after we did sit down his eyes didn't move until Donald, Mickey Mouse and the rest of the gang left. It was a look for Ernest and I to remember that is for sure.

I personally enjoyed it along with Robert. They did scenes from Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, Finding Nemo, Toy Story, Pinocchio, Mulan, The Incredibles, and The Lion King. They included It's a Small World and an introduction of a few Prince/Princess. I say a few because they left out The Princess and the Frog and Sleepy Beauty. Two they should of had. Both of my Ernests' got just a tad bored through the show, but it was still a lot of fun.

The boys even got a few souvenirs. I bought them each a toy and a mug of their choice. Of course all Robert wanted was Mickey Mouse. Little Ernest got Buzz Light Year toy and a Mr. Incredible mug. It was worth the large amount of money I spent just to see them both very happy and enjoying their special night.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

I Plan to "Pay It Forward"!

I just found out tonight by receiving an invite on Facebook to join an event called "Pay it Forward Day" that this event takes place next Thursday, April 29, 2010. Pay it Forward is based upon a fictional book written by Catherine Ryan Hyde, which was also turned into an excellent movie with Helen Hunt and Kevin Spacey

The first time I heard about Pay it Forward I was listening to the Michael Baisden Show on the radio like I do every weekday from 2pm - 6pm. Last year every Wednesday Michael Baisden and George Willborn would have people call into the show, give a story about how they would like them to help Pay it Forward. Every single week they had people calling in about how they needed bills paid or how someone they knew needed help with something. However, they rarely paid it forward because everyone was calling in regarding selfish acts. I because curious about the movie that he kept discussing and every time it came on HBO or Cinemax I would be in bed. That is until one day just around the holidays the show was on during a time I was working from home, so I took the time to watch it. Let me just say if you haven't seen the movie, you must. By the end I was in complete tears and emotional to the point that my 4 year old came and gave me hug saying, "Mommy it's ok." 

Friday, April 23, 2010

My view of NFL Draft 2010

Well, I can't believe it's almost midnight and I am here posting to my blog. I think it's because of my extreme excitement over tonight's NFL Draft 2010. I have been waiting for this night since the Super Bowl. Waiting with extreme anticipation to see who the 49ers would pick in the first around. Well, who they will pick period.

At first the draft was pretty predictable. Sam Bradford from Oklahoma was the #1 draft pick going to the Rams. Ndamukong Suh was #2 going to the Lions, Gerald McCoy #3 for the Buccaneers, Trent Williams #4 for the Redskins, and Eric Berry #5 for Chiefs. It was actually the Raiders that simply changed the game by picking Rolando McClain for the #8 pick in the draft. Let's just say Giants fans were not happy, but at least the Raider did something right for a change. Last year no one could believe that they gave up Crabtree. And although his holdout pissed us 49ers fans off, we are glad they made that screw up so far. Oh and by the way Rolando is a Alabama Crimson Tide...ROLL TIDE!!!!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Easter 2010

The Poties family really doesn't make the Easter holiday a big thing. We go to church and gather over madea's house for some good food. Well, today was no exception.

At church they usually have Sunrise service about 6am, breakfast, the Easter program and then official church. Me and my gentlemen missed everything except regular Easter service, but it was still great. Our Pastor, as always, preached an excellent sermon and the church choir was just on fire. My mother-in-law was singing her butt off in the choir by the way. Then it was ended by the Praise Team who always do such a beautiful job.

Every year for the past couple of years with the new addition of children we have tried to make Easter fun for the children. Not only do they all run around driving us nuts, but we tend to take lots of pictures of them in the Easter outfits and later on let them have a small Easter Egg Hunt. Last year we had real eggs and let's just say the children really had no clue what they were doing and it ended up being a mess. This year was a lot better to be honest. We had candy filled eggs mostly for them and a few real eggs. It was simply fun just watching them run around trying to get the eggs first.

It was a very good Easter day for us. There is nothing like the holidays with family. Laughing and talking. Just having a good time. The best way I can some up this day? We arrived home and I asked Little Ernest why he was so grumpy. My 4 y/o said to me "I am not grumpy mommy. Why should I be grumpy? Your my family. Robert's my family. Daddy's my family. Cordell's my family. Everyone is my family. I don't have a reason to be grumpy with all of you as my family." And no I am not exaggerating...he actually said this. Almost brought tears to my eyes.