Monday, July 25, 2011

Baby Showers, A Movie, And A Story About Being Pulled Over For All The Wrong Reasons. . .

I had a very busy weekend filled with a lot of different activities and seeing a lot of family and friends.  I'll try to keep this recap to the point and let the pictures do the talking.  But I do have a story to share. . .

Saturday I attended a baby shower for Kerri.  Kerri is due on Aug 27th and the gender will be a surprise.  Kerri and her family moved into the house next door to me when she was 6 and I babysat for her and her siblings for many years.  Kerri is now living in Bermuda but home for the summer to have the baby.  I was so happy to see her and celebrate with her.  She looks great!
After the baby shower I was driving to my hometown to pick up my nieces to take them to their very first movie at the theatre.  I was driving along and talking to my mom on the phone to tell her about the shower.  I was on a main road and was not driving fast.  I see a police officer pull out behind me and he puts his lights on.  I tell my mom I'm being pulled over and will call her over.  I sit waiting for him and I'm thinking what the heck am I being pulled over for???  This thought passes through my head - he thinks I'm a teenager talking on my phone while driving (in MA there is a law against junior operators talking on their phones).  He asked me for my license and registration in a really mean jerky voice.  I asked him why he pulled me over and he says, "Speeding."  Then he goes on to say, "And you were talking on your cell phone and flipping your hair."  Flipping my hair?  WTF?  "That is two violations."  Last time I checked it wasn't again the law to "flip my hair" haha!  He walk away and comes back a minute later and lectures me on speeding.  I asked him how fast I was going and he said "In excess of 25 mph."  Right you can't actually tell me b/c you didn't have radar on! And who the heck knew that this little section of the road was only 25 mph! He then proceeds to lecture me on talking on my cell phone and "flipping my hair."  He says, "If your hand got caught in your hair you wouldn't be able to react quickly to a car or person in the road."  Seriously?  Is this guy for real?  Translation - I pulled you over b/c I thought you were a teenager and then when I saw you are actually 34 I feel like an ass and need to come up w/ something.  Dude you could have come up w/ something better than flipping my hair.   Thankfully he didn't give me a ticket. 

Got on my way again and of course called my mom back to tell her the whole story.  Picked up my nieces for their surprise and off we went.  Peyton is 3 1/2 and Ella is almost 2 1/2.  Neither of them has been to a movie at the theatre so they had no idea what to expect.  Peyton kept asking me questions and I was trying to describe it to her on the drive.  Not easy!

They were so good!  They both seemed to really like the movie.  Peyton sat through the whole thing while eating lots of popcorn and m&m's.  Ella sat in my lap (she was a little unhappy that the seat kept trying to fold up while she was in it!)  Winnie the Pooh is such a cute movie.  I liked it b/c it is short at 1 hr 13 min and there are no scary parts.  That was essential for these two!  When we were walking out Peyton said, "Jodi I had fun.  I like movies."  It was pretty cute.  When we walked in the door they both told their mom and dad all about it and I was impressed w/ how much of the movie Peyton understood.  Smarty pants!!

When we were driving into the parking lot this was the conversation w/ Peyton:
Peyton: "Jodi look.  What are those?"  (referring to the picture below)
Jodi: "They look like towers but I'm not sure what is in them."
Peyton: "Maybe a prince and a princess."
Jodi: "Maybe. . . "
Oh I just love the innocence and imagination of children!  So sweet.  Put a smile on my face for the rest of the afternoon.

On Sunday I had baby shower #2 of the weekend, well baby "sprinkle" actually.  Since Kendall is having baby #2 her sister-in-law and mother-in-law hosted a sprinkle for her.  Kendall is due Sept 2nd w/ a baby boy and already has an adorable daughter, Riley (who has been featured on my blog before).  We enjoyed a lovely lunch, presents and delicious cupcakes!  It was a bit cooler than it has been in Mass so we even enjoyed some time outside.  It was such a nice afternoon.  I got the baby the most adorable outfit (if I do say so myself) and I can't wait to see him in his new Irish Scally cap!  I also gave her "picky stickys" and she was really excited.  We have never discussed but they are one of my fave baby gifts to give and she had seen them but wasn't sure where to get them!  So I get brownie points w/ that one which equals extra baby holding time when baby boy gets here!  Haha!
After the shower I rushed off to get to a wake for my cousins' (Chad and Katelyn) grandmother.  She was a lovely woman who will be missed by many.  I'm thankful she is now comfortable and hope she is at peace.  Fortunately she was able to spend 5 months w/ baby Laney before she went to heaven.
Gladys Koster, a longtime Woburn resident, passed away in Rockport Wednesday evening, July 20th, just a day after her eighty-fourth birthday. She was the beloved wife of the late John G. Koster, who died in 1996.

Born and raised in Revere, Gladys was the daughter of the late William and Leona (Damren) Peterson. Following their marriage, she and her husband John made their home in Woburn, where they devoted themselves to raising their five children.

The family enjoyed summers at Hampton Beach for over forty-five years. Gladys loved the beach and year-round sunshine, and she and John spent many winters in Boynton Beach, Florida.

An active member of the Legion Auxiliary Posts in Woburn and Boynton Beach, she also participated on the Women's Pool Team, where she sported her own pool cue and gloves. A friendly, independent woman, Gladys loved making memories with family and friends.

Surviving are five children: Karen E. Coffey and her husband Jack of Medford, John M. Koster and his wife Joan of Woburn, Kathy M. Cullinane and her husband Dan of Medford, Gary R. Koster of Woburn, and Nancy A. and her husband Bill of Wakefield, her sister, Erma Fleming of Oregon, and her special friend, Dick Harrison. She was also the cherished grandmother of 14 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.

Donations may be made in Mrs. Koster's memory to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701, or to Hospice of the North Shore & Greater Boston, 75 Sylvan Steet, Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923.

After a short stop at the wake I babysat Laney so that Chad and Meghan could be there the whole time (my aunt watched her while I went).  Laney was very well behaved.  She is "talking" and "singing" up a storm now and seemed to like looking at herself in the mirror.  Too cute.  I also got to feed her rice cereal and she did great (only her 3rd time eating it). 

So very busy but good weekend.  I got to see my entire family and many friends which always makes for a good time.

What did you do this weekend?


  1. How dare you flip your hair in your own car! I mean-- do you know the danger that could cause?? OMG-- police officers can be so stupid sometimes. Lol. Glad you didn't get a ticket!! :)

  2. This is an incredible time for you guys. I hope you are enjoying it to the fullest.
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  3. Those are some incredible onesies. The babies are such a blessing.
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