Thursday, July 24, 2014

The Choreboard

"I think having us do chores is child abuse."

"I think it builds character."


My girls would snicker when they heard about their Oleander cousins having to do chores. Pick up their toys? Nope, not them! Brush their hair? Abby wouldn't have won the "Messiest Hair" award at camp if she did that! Take a bath? Nahhhhh.

But the threat was always there. Lolita had been offering to get me a choreboard ever since Abby came to live with us last year. There was just never a good time. When she came to us, there was adjusting to be done. Then the holidays came. Then winter camp. Then the Bahamas. When we got home from vacation, it was barely 2 weeks before we found Birdy. Then her adoption. Then summer camp. There is a lot of stuff that happens when you have a family!

Now that camp is over, we have no plan on getting any new kids any time soon, and we can settle down... Well, guess what my sis sent me to get?

DUN DUN DUNNNNN.... THE CHOREBOARD!

Quick Snap - The Choreboard


So now they have to pick up their toys, make their beds, brush their hair and teeth, and take a bath every week. I don't think asking them to take a bath once a week is too much, do you? *laughs*

I can't wait to see how they try to get out of this. Because, c'mon. They're my girls. Of course they're gonna try!!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Back to almost normal!

No pretty, edited pics today! Woo! I'm so lazy. LOL

Anyway... MY BABIES ARE HOME!!!

Quick Snap - They're Home!!!!!


The girls got home late Sunday night and I was sooooo glad to see them. They had lots to tell me, all the little things that never make it to plurk, but they were also both super exhausted and needed to go to bed since it was late. I was just relieved to have them home! While they slept, I kept working on the up-upstairs of our house and added a craft area to the family room.

Quick Snap - My new craft area


You know, as much as I am hating gacha these days, The Arcade will always be a fave because seriously, I have done SO much decorating using Arcade items in the past week. That's where you can get all the little knick knacks and decor items that really make a home.

Last night, both the girls were still tired so I went to hang out with my sister and the rest of the family. They had camp souvenirs to give me, including music/dance things to put on!

Quick Snap - Dancing with the Oleander girls


Then it was an all out fight for my sis to try to catch her dirty little kids so she could get them in the tub! Oh my gosh, Payton is FAST even with all the mud caked on her! *laughs* At one point, she snatched Riley from Lolita's head [because where else do you do the running man but on top of your mom's head?] and just ran! Eventually, Lolita got Riley and Raven to take their baths, but Payton managed to skip out on one again because her internet died. I have a feeling Lolita and Takeo are going to have to work together on this one!

Takeo was working last night on a camp video! Even though I didn't make it to camp, I made it in the video, so that's pretty cool. :) It's long, but if you're interested in camp stuff, you can see it. If you've never been to camp, take a look. You might want to sign up for the next one!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Almost Home

It's the last day of camp and my family comes home tonight! I'm resting out on the beach so I won't be tired by the time they make it home!

Almost Home


They really have had a great time and I am so happy for them, but God. I have missed them all so much. I was hoping to walk with them at the RFL thing yesterday, but it was a long RL day and by the time I got settled down, I was exhausted and needed to go to bed. Here is a picture I'm stealing from my sister of the family at the rememberance.

Relay For Life Remembrance



Since I stole one pic, hey, let me steal more for you all to see! *laughs* Here's a picture of all of us [minus Daddy Z, who got lost at Disney or something] at the family dance on Wednesday.

Oleander-Zanzibar Family


Lolita, Takeo, Abby, and Payton skateboarding across a bridge. Um...is that even safe??

Day Six CHK Summer Camp 2014


Abby found a zombie in a cabinet. Why my child is wandering around in a tutu carrying a shotgun and a huge knife at camp, I don't even know.

Zombie under the cabinet


Birdy got captured by pirates and her cabinmates had to come get her out. Although, I think if she tried, she could have just walked out. She's little and those bars are wide!

captured by pirates!



The girls at Friendship Night.

Friendship Night



I'm reallyreallyreally hoping that by next camp, I'll have a computer that works well enough so that I can go, too. It's hard being left behind, y'all! Especially since Aldwyn was out of town and so I only got to talk to him on 2 nights this week. Maybe I need to find myself godparents to bother when everyone else is busy. *laughs* Or maybe not.

More RL stuff to do now and then comes the wait for my family to finally come home!!!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Waiting For The Dance

Tonight is Parents' Night at camp! Woo!! I'm so excited to see my little ones. They have kept me up to date on their camp activities [which have included being stuck outside in the ground at tuck in time and killing zombies], but I miss them so much! Hopefully Aldwyn will be able to come, too. He got himself dressed last night just in case he's able to run in during the dance. I managed to get him to NOT wear his Bob Marley board shorts. We can't embarrass the girls TOO much.

I'm all dressed and ready to go, but while I was deciding what makeup to wear, I decided to just do a pic of myself. I'm actually not naked. My dress is strapless. *laughs*

Oh, hey there.


I'll try to get some pics from tonight's dance, but I can't promise anything. I'm going to have to have my settings wayyyyy down so that I don't crash so any picture I get is probably going to be all sad and ugly anyway.

Time to let the computer rest for a bit and then wait until the dance!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

My Little Loves

So after much waiting and hugs and I love yous and kisses, my girls set off for summer camp on Saturday. They are having a great time! I'm stealing Abby's picture from tonight because I forgot to take one of myself tonight. *laughs*

Birdy and Abby- Sunset Day2



I'm happy that they're having a good time and meeting more friends. It's given me some time to finish decorating the area of our up-upstairs [our house has 3 floors] that I wanted to make into a play area for the girls. I think it's super cute up there now. It gave me an excuse to use some of the Arcade stuff that Aldwyn has fought to get for me, too. :) I've been working on our bedroom, since that has been an empty-ish mess for a while, and tomorrow I'll probably put our bathroom together.

But I will say that I miss the girls a lot. I knew that I would, but I didn't realize just how empty our home is without them. Even if we're not doing anything [and let's face it, we're usually not], there's always the sound of their giggles and a question to be answered or snuggle needed. It was bad enough when Abby went to winter camp, but now that we've got 2 girls running around, it's twice as quiet. I think it's even worse on me this time because Aldwyn has been super busy and has been unable to entertain me. I knew ahead of time that he wouldn't be around a lot during camp week because of RL travels, but ugh! I definitely need to make more friends in SL. Well, friends who understand the family community and who aren't just all about being naked all of the time. I already have seen some of my friends' boobs more than I've seen my own in the past month! *snickers* I know that being naked and "sexy" is a big part of SL, and was even a big part of my SL for a while, but it's not any more and that seems to have cost me some friends. Which is fine because I sure don't want to bring down anyone's good time or anything like that, not at all! But there has GOT to be some people who just want to chat and dance around and be silly with their clothes on, right?

Anyway, enough whining. :)

Two more sleeps and then I get to see the girls at the Parents' Night dance! Woo!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Camp Day!!

Guess what day it is?? It's CAMP DAY!!!! The girls are all packed up and ready to go. They're only going to be gone for a week so I told them to only bring the essentials.

I think they covered it.

All packed up! It's CAMP DAY!


I'm really excited for them to go. Not because I want them gone!! But camp gives them time to be kids, meet others, make new friends and memories, and this is their first official "big" thing they will do together as sisters! They're not in the same cabin but that is for the best, I think. They'll get the fun of going together and doing things together, but they will also do things with their cabinmates and not just be clinging to each other the entire time. It's really the best of both worlds. Birdy has her cousins Sophie and Tess in her cabin, and Abby is really excited about her cabinmates! All of the Oleanders will be there, too, so I know they will be well taken care of. They are going to have so so so much fun and I'm so happy for them.

However, I am going to miss my little ones!! I guess Aldwyn and I will take this time to walk around the house half dressed. *snickers* Actually, I have plans on finishing up the up-upstairs family room and play area, and maybe finally finish decorating our bedroom and bathroom.

Time to get ready for them to start calling cabins!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Camp Letters!

The girls finally got their camp acceptance letters! They've been waiting and waiting, but Bluebonnet IS off the beaten path and sometimes our mail is a little bit slow. Abby and Birdy couldn't WAIT to get their letters, but when you're only 6 and 8, sometimes you just really really can't reach the mailbox!

Getting A Little Help

Almost there


Luckily for them [and for us!], we made it home to help them out before anything got too crazy. :)

Camp Letters


I guess it's official - They're really going to camp!

Now comes the hard part. Packing!! If you remember, Abby had a lot of suitcases for winter camp, and we both had a LOT of luggage when we went to the Bahamas, so I can only IMAGINE how much they're going to pack for camp!

I guess we better get started!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

I fell heavy into your arms

We're in full camp mode around the Zanzibar household these days. The girls have been busy busy making their bunks and going to cabin meetings and most of the family [minus Aldwyn and myself] are working on their costumes and dances for the talent show.

Unfortunately, RL has kept Aldwyn and me busy so we haven't gotten to spend as much time with the girls as we'd like to before camp, and he won't be, and I may not even be, here to see them off on Saturday! Worst. Parents. EVER. I'm still not super sure on if I'll be here or not, so it's a definite "play it by ear" type of situation.

And if we've had almost no time with the girls, we've had even less time with each other, so it was nice to just be together after the girls went to bed.

I fell heavy into your arms


Pre-camp pictures coming soon!! Letters and packing and bunk pics! The girls are very excited, and I'm happy for them. But I'm also super exhausted from a long busy day, so it's bedtime for me.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

I could do with another helping of hashbrowns.

Before I go any further, let me ask you all to take a look at fundraiser page for Ulaa. If you can possibly help her with a few dollars, it would be appreciated. All the money goes to her and her son's airfare, lodging, transportation, and food. She doesn't know how long she'll need to be out there, so who knows what financial issues she'll have while out there. We donate freely to RFL and other charities during the year and we don't know where the money is going. At least with Ulaa, it's completely legit. If you're unable to pay through the site, there is also a donation kiosk set up at her store where you can toss in some $Lindens. Every tiny bit helps! Thank you!!


Last weekend was camp registration day! We kid around and say it's like The Hunger Games, but really, is IS serious business! We had 8 kids to get into camp this year, and not all of them could be online at the sign up times, so we were all trying to get to the location to sign up!

Preparing for registration


And yes. That is my husband in the Speedy Gonzales avatar. He thought it would help him zip through.

It did not. *laughs*

Thankfully, we had friends who had a LOT better luck than we had in getting to the sign up locations. We all tried and tried and tried. I swear, this was my screen for at least 30 minutes.

Welp. That's attractive.


But with the help of our friends and family, we managed to get all of our kids into camp! Camp letters are starting to arrive, so soon I'll have pics of the girls getting their letters! And bunk making starts soon! Today they find out what cabin they are in. Keep your fingers crossed that my girls get in the same cabin, please!!

After all the excitement of registration, the rest of the week was quiet. The best time for me was one evening when we got to sit around on Abby's build platform and be on skype while I told them all a story.

I tell the best stories


Of course, the story was crazy and really not for kids, but they enjoyed it anyway. :)

I already had breakfast today, but I think I'm about to be a hobbit and have 2nd breakfast because I've been distracted through this whole post, as small as it is, with how my stomach is rumbling again.

Friday, June 20, 2014

I Hope You Dance

It was just me and my Abby tonight. Aldwyn had some RL work to do, and Birdy's internet was down. It hasn't been just Abby and me at night in a while, so we just danced along the shoreline for a bit before she had to go to bed.

I Hope You Dance


She is participating in a gacha event coming up soon, so she showed me what she's been working on. I'm so proud of her for getting back to her store! Even if it's just a small event here and there, at least she's doing things that I know she loves to do.

Camp registration [aka The Hunger Games] is this Sunday. Last night, Abby was showing and telling Birdy about bunks. I can't wait to see how they do their bunks this time. I loved watching Abby and Raven make their bunks for winter camp! Soon we'll be doing camp acceptance letter pics again, and I'll be shopping for some camp items for my girls, and then crying when they leave me! But I'm just really happy that Lolita and Takeo will be counselors again, and Bella [Riley's big] will be a co-director, and of course Payton and maybe Raven will be going, so my girls will have family there. And lots of friends!

Early night for me tonight. I have this really nice massage recliner at home, the kind that does the deep kneading up your back with the rolling ball things, and I used it the other night because I have some stress knots in my shoulder blades. But I think I overdid it and stayed on it for far too long [easy to do because it feels so so nice and the recliner itself is ridiculously comfortable!] and holy cow. My upper back has been so freaking sore! I guess when the chair turns off, you should probably get up, not just restart it. *laughs* So I thik it's time for some Advil and bed. ♥

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

You & I

So four years ago today, Aldwyn and I decided "Hey. Why don't we give dating a try?"

FOUR. YEARS. Y'ALL.

The fact that he hasn't developed a drinking problem yet or gone out for cigarettes and not come home is kind of testament to how awesome and patient he really is. *laughs*

Tonight the girls went to bed early, so we had a chance to just sit and talk. The topics of our conversations have changed over the past four years, but at the heart of it all, this is what makes us who we are. Two people who love to talk to each other. ♥

You and I



Wednesday, June 11, 2014

I love these nuts!

I have a parcel available on Bluebonnet! It's a small parcel, 2944sqm and 673 prims, and is a corner lot. It is NOT pre-decorated, you get to do all of that. :) We're a fairly quiet, family friendly sim. If you're interested, send me an IM in world, or if you have me on plurk, you can private plurk me there and I'll give more details!


I just realized the title of this could be totally dirty. IT'S NOT. We're having family movie night and watching The Nut Job. My family is a bit nutty, so... it's fitting. :-D

I love these nuts!


You'd think with it being summer, we'd have a lot more time to spend together, but it's been the opposite since we all pretty much have been doing more RL things for now. So being able to get together tonight is super nice. :)

They opened up registration for summer camp counselors already and I'm kind of bummed that I can't do it. I was hoping to have a new computer by now but it hasn't been possible. I run slow and sluggish and being around that many kids daily, I'd be crashing left and right. So I'll just have to stay behind and send my kiddos off to camp. This will be Brianna's first time ever, and I know Abby is excited to have her sister go with her. I'm crossing my fingers that they get into the same cabin, but cabin assignments are totally random. Well, except for the boys since there aren't as many of them and they all get in the same cabin. Still, I hope they do get in the same cabin! It'll be easier on me if I can get them both all the same color stuff. *laughs*

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Now how about I'd be the last voice you hear tonight?

From Yesterday: I have a parcel available on Bluebonnet! It's a small parcel, 2944sqm and 673 prims, and is a corner lot. It is NOT pre-decorated, you get to do all of that. :) We're a fairly quiet, family friendly sim. If you're interested, send me an IM in world, or if you have me on plurk, you can private plurk me there and I'll give more details!




The girls went to bed early tonight, so Aldwyn and I just hung out on the deck tonight. I was unboxing bikinis and then I stumbled onto some old dance HUDs, so he had to put up with me dancing around for the night.

Now how about I'd be the last voice you hear tonight?


It makes me laugh when people say, "I wanted to IM you but I figured you guys would be doing stuff together." Yeah, um. Most nights? We're on skype while he's fixing stuff on other computers while I dance around like a jerk trying on different clothes and singing. That's how we do! *laughs*

But almost every night, we're each other's last goodnight. Even if that goodnight is while I'm dancing like a jerk in a bikini and huge floppy hat.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Parcel open, and hey, we got a deck!

To start off: I have a parcel available on Bluebonnet! It's a small parcel, 2944sqm and 673 prims, and is a corner lot. It is NOT pre-decorated, you get to do all of that. :) We're a fairly quiet, family friendly sim. If you're interested, send me an IM in world, or if you have me on plurk, you can private plurk me there and I'll give more details!

So I've been wanting to do something with our backyard. We have the little garden that I have the gnomes and fairies in, but I really wanted a pool and a deck thing. But good grief. Some people in SL are charging ridiculous amounts for a pool area! You'd think we were buying a real pool! Sorry, but $2500L for a big prim with a water prim in it is not happening.

When The Arcade started, Abby really wanted the pool from The Loft. It's a simple thing, just an above ground round pool. When she got it, she gave it to me. It's sat out in our backyard for a few days and I kept thinking that I wanted to use it, but I didn't want to just stick it in the yard. I looked at tons of pictures and searched all over and then suddenly tonight I got inspiration after looking at the hot tub set Trompe Loeil has out at FaMESHed.

So I built with regular ol' prims and I textured with some old wood floor textures and I yelled when SL would undo my work and I'd do it again and I laughed as my girls almost drowned themselves twice in the ocean and I set out items from different sets and then it was done. It's not perfect, but it's pretty much just what I wanted.

Our new backyard deck


To celebrate our new deck, we had dinner outside. Birdy got grounded for saying dinner is a once a month event, and Abby got grounded for reasons, and Aldwyn got grounded not liking pickles, but it was a pretty good time to just hang out together as a family and talk about our day. And they all get grounded pretty much daily, so I'm starting to think they're not taking me seriously.

Dinner time on the deck


After our little ones headed off to bed, Aldwyn and I decided to break in the new hot tub and hang out for a while longer.

A hot tub soak before bed


I definitely see us enjoying our new deck this summer! I have to do a little landscaping and decorating around it still, but I'm pretty darn pleased with myself.