Thursday, October 30, 2008

This, That and and I'm Not Looking For That Tooth

Since I gave y'all the writing update the other day, I thought I'd give you a regular life update today.

Saturday was my eleventh anniversary, but me and my wife have been together for more than fifteen years as we dated for a long time before tying the knot. I truly could not have found a better match had I scoured the globe for fifty years.

For our anniversary we went out to eat. The food was lousy, but the company and was great and the Shiner Bock was cold so I'll overlook the fact my two fried quail had more grease and oil in them than JiffyLube. Trust me when I say it take a lot of grease to make me and my arteries cry uncle.

Afterwards, we went to a movie. Save any smart-aleck comments about how unromantic and dull dinner and a movie is. We were both so tired and run down we simply wanted a nice easy going night. We had both read Sue Monk Kidd's novel The Secret Life of Bees so that is the movie we chose.

The movie was very well done and is a solid adaptation of a great book, but the half dozen teenage girls that sat directly behind us were a distraction. They kicked out chairs made idiotic comments at nearly every scene, but both Jennifer and I noted that they cried and sniffed along with most of the moviegoers when Lily, portrayed by Dakota Fanning was talking about her mother.

The movie was very well cast and all the actors did a great job of being true to their written form of the characters. Or so I thought.

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Also in yet another great lost tooth tragedy my youngest Z, lost his first tooth on Saturday but he swallowed it while munching on a popcorn ball. His great fear -- the tooth would somehow bite the inside of his stomach.

Eventually we convinced him his intestines were safe and sound from the rebel mandible so he recruited his older brother to help write a note for the winged collector of lost Chiclets, better known as the tooth fairy. The next day he promptly blew his wad of cash in plastic Army men at the dollar store.

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My oldest son turns 8 tomorrow on Halloween day. I can't believe how fast he is growing and maturing. The scary things is he already eats as much as I do and his hands are within half an inch of being as big as mine.

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The flag football team won their first game last Saturday when the other teams was so stricken with fear that they did not bother to show up. So instead we had a father/son scrimmage and the kids played three times harder than they ever had. They whipped the dads by the score of 20-13. Sadly that momentum did not carry over to Sunday when we lost 26-6. The last game is this Saturday morning. Maybe the boys will be all hopped up on Halloween sugar that they will run like Forrest Gump on crack. But then again the other teams should be riding the same candy corn high so no telling what will happen.

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Thanks to everyone that has donated to the literacy projects on my DonorsChoose widget to the right. Tomorrow is the last day so if you are in a position to help please consider donating sometime in the next 36 hours or so.

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I have some more thoughts to share that occurred to me while watching The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown the other night, but those will have to wait as I've rambled on long enough for now. Maybe I'll get to those warped notions in a post tomorrow.

33 comments:

Janna Qualman said...

My oldest lost her first tooth on Sunday! We did nab it for the waiting envelope, but my youngest's concern was that the Tooth Fairy's visit in the night would leave her with missing teeth. Such fun! :D

Hilary said...

That's a cute story about the tooth. When my younger son lost his tooth, he held it in his hand while taking a look at his smile's brand new gap in the bathroom mirror - then promptly dropped the tooth down the sink drain. It was his first! I found it in the U-shaped pipe. Better than searching for it after traveling through your son's pipes though. ;)

Happy anniversary.. and happy birthday to your 8 year old.

Kristen Painter said...

lol - I love that he thought the tooth might bite him! Classic.

Happy Anniversary! Dinner and movie sounds just fine to me. Too bad the food wasn't better and the audience quieter.

Bina said...

That is so funny that your son is afraid of his tooth biting his tummy, but I completely understand!

And dinner and a movie sounds like a perfect date to me. That's what my husband and I usually do, but it is so freaking irratating to have those teenagers behind or in front of you acting like .... TEENAGERS!!!! Geez.

Melissa Marsh said...

Nothing wrong with a simple night out of a dinner and a movie. It's rare enough that hubby and I get a night to ourselves, so even a dinner and a movie would be perfect!

Happy anniversary!

Monnik said...

I want to see the Secret Life of Bees too. Might have to go this weekend.

Poor little guy - thought his tooth would bite him!

Happy Anniversary to you and Jennifer, and Happy Birthday to your oldest son.

Merry Monteleone said...

His great fear -- the tooth would somehow bite the inside of his stomach.


Bwa-ha-ha-ha...

Happy Anniversary to you both!!!

Angie Ledbetter said...

congrats on so many years of "wedded bliss." The Secret Life of Bees is my next read.

Vodka Mom said...

Happy Anniversary! We are going on 20!! But- we were high school sweethearts, broke up, and got back together 8 years later.

Love to tooth story. adorable.

Chick said...

Happy Anniversary!

I read the book too...loved it...that's why I don't want to see the movie...how can it be as good?

Cloudia said...

Worried about biting himself from the inside! I had to smile...
Dinner and a movie with your best friend sounds pretty great to me.
Congratualtions and thanks for sharing your joy with us all.
Aloha from Waikiki-

Phats said...

First off congrats on your anniversary!! To you and your wife

He swallowed his tooth? ha that's funny, and cute at the same time. Almost makes me want to have kids.

Have a good weekend Travis

PastelGuy said...

First - thanks for visiting my blog. It'll get more interesting, promise! I have a great story to tell about what happened at school today, and I'm sure there will be more tomorrow what with the Halloween madness, but they will have to wait as I can barely keep my eyes open.

Second - I'd be interested to hear what tales you and J. have conjured up about the tooth fairy, and how she would still know to come visit even though the tooth is in the wrong place, etc. Just wait until you're scrabbling around because she forgot to come! We now have to put out notes to remind ourselves to make delivery...

Third - I can't remember the last time the two of us caught dinner and a movie. A year ago we saw Wicked and had dinner... Happy Anniversary!

the walking man said...

Where do I send my about to be removed teeth? I want dollar store army men too.

Ello said...

I love that your son thought his tooth would bite him on the inside! That is too cute and funny! I have been saving all my kids teeth, but I have no idea why. Seriously, why am I keeping them all?

lots of things to celebrate in the Erwin household! Happy anniversary and happy birthday!

And I'm sorry I can't participate in your literacy fund right now what a wonderful thing - by the way. I am a bit tapped out with other donations I have made and am a bit tight these days. Sigh. But I would if I could.

Travis' wife said...

Happy Birthday to my halloween baby!! Our big 8 year old Boogs.

Melanie Avila said...

Happy Anniversary! That sounds like a great night to me, and I love hearing about the missing tooth and football games.

Charles Gramlich said...

how cool that your son was born on Halloween. Congrats on the good things that have been happening. Forget the bad ones.

Andrea Frazer said...

Ah, I can't wait to see the movie. What a beautiful book it was. Congrats on the teeth and the anniversary!

Miladysa said...

Happy Anniversary to you both, Happy Birthday to your son and congratulations on the win!

Wishing you a wonderful weekend.

Marla said...

Wow! So much going on in this post. Congrats on the anniversary. Joe and I will be celebrating our 15th this next year. We have been together 19 years. Crazy.


That is too funny that Z swallowed his tooth.

Barbara Martin said...

Too bad about the anniversary dinner, but perhaps a good movie makes up for it.

Toothfairies are the best. Very cute story about your son swallowing his. I suspect the 25 cents for a tooth from when I was younger has inflated.

Skiingred said...

Happy Anniversary! I think when both have very fun busy lives with kids, dinner and a movie is a great escape!

Hope you had a good Halloween!

Mary said...

There is nothing boring and unromantic about dinner and a movie. IMO, that's one the best combinations. Happy anniversary!

And I love the story about your son’s tooth! :)

lyzzydee said...

Poor little guy and his missing tooth, its horrble when they lose them, a few years ago in France I was in the pool when I knelt on what felt like a stone I picked up a baby tooth!!!
Your anniversary sounded like any other happily married knacked couples anniversary!!!
I have missed blog hopping while away, looking forward to catching up with everyones adventures!!

MaNiC MoMMy™ said...

Sounds like a great way to spend the anniversary and what a nice hubby--going to a movie that is more geared to the chick-flick side!

And I tell you, whoever invented the thing how kids teeth fall out really sucks. That is not a fun parenting phase!!

When Tukey's first came out, it came out in a bite of hamburger that I threw out before we relized his tooth was in there (he said something plastic was in his hamburger). Then we realized it was his FIRST tooth, so yes, I dug it out of the McD trash can.

Cute that your little guy thought his tooth would bite his tummy!

Barrie said...

Oh, how nice to have a catch-up post on your life. Happy Eleventh!

Sizzle said...

I'm glad to hear the movie was a good adaptation of the book. I enjoyed the book.

DrillerAA said...

Sorry about that OU/Nebraska game. I know that was painful for you to watch. There are better days ahead for the Huskers and the series will be fun again, just not last night.
Still....BOOMER Sooner!!!

Oh yeah, how about them Red Raiders!

Lana Gramlich said...

Congrats on the anniversary & the football win & congrats to the lil' pirate on the tooth loss & financial gain. As for the eldest boy...Time flies. MAN does it fly!

jerseygirl89 said...

Happy anniversary - I think dinner and a movie is one of those classics that is always cool. I love the tooth and flag football stories. You don't have video of the father/son scrimmage, do you?

SUV Mama said...

Happy Anniversary!
And I'll echo your advice- a real Dad would have retrieved that tooth. :)

Rocketstar said...

Congrats man, "biting inside of stomach", lol.