Thursday, August 28, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
These are a few of my simple pleasures in life
- My husband...I love that he feels as if he is the half that makes me whole.
- My kids...I love their laughter and silliness.
- My home
- Reading blogs
- Brain Age on my DS
- Good music
- Healthy diet
- Going to bed at a decent time (fail tonight)
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
Remember way back in elementary school when you had to do a report on James Garfield, the 20th President of the United States and you told the class all about how he was shot after only four months in office? You also remember that he recovered after a week, but doctor's continued to probe at the healed wound causing complications and resulting in his death almost three months later? Okay, we all knew that about Garfield, but you also remember that James Garfield could write with both hands at one time and in different languages.!!! Why do you remember that? Maybe for you it wasn't James Garfield, but somewhere in your past education, you picked-up some little bit of useless information that you've never forgotten.
What funny trivial fact do you remember that you probably should have forgotten a long time ago?
In our family, we call this Suessless information, and my fact for you today is...the colors red and yellow increase your appetite, which is why the majority of fast food restaurant signs are those colors.
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Sunday, August 24, 2008
We raised the funds for Bug's laptop, and then we got a slamming deal because someone misposted the price at Best Buy...Yay.
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
The Monster started Kindergarten. My baby has grown up. He's not a baby anymore.
Yesterday, we went to school to "meet the teachers" before starting today. We were pleasantly surprised to find out that the Monster was going to have the same teacher that PB had. This teacher had moved up to a higher grade after PB went through Kindergarten, and just moved back this year. We really liked this teacher, so I'm happy to have her for the Monster. However, we realized the depth of his fear of starting school as we began getting out of the car. He wouldn't undo his seat belt, and I had to pick him up and carry him out of the car and into the school (yes, I know he's 5 1/2 and I still carry him every once in a while. He's my babbbeee. I can't help it.) Once he explored with daddy and got a little comfortable, he didn't want to leave. We finally convinced him to move along to PB's class. Several times throughout the rest of the day, we discussed the fear, and that it was fine to be afraid.
Daddy took him to the Youth Center this morning, where he enjoyed playing with his friends and getting to use a big boy cup and a knife for lunch (not sharp, perfectly safe, I swear.) Daddy and I went and picked him up and took him to school (he's in afteroon K). We arrived a bit early, so we stood outside with the other kids outside the breezeway into the school. The door to the other side was opened to allow the beautiful breeze to enter, and a dragonfly had made it's way into the breezeway. The kids would all stand and look at it, daring each other to touch "it." Since it was on the other side of the glass, they weren't really touching it, just the glass near it, but it would move a bit, and they would all jump and shriek. All the parents watching started out chuckling, and before you know it we were laughing along with them. They were taking such delight in scaring themselves. One of the janitors finally came by and rescued it, setting it free out the open door on the other side. Then they all were looking for it to come flying over the building.
The door was finally opened and we were allowed to walk him into his room. He sat down, took off his backpack, and commenced to drawing. Another little boy had noticed that they had the same backpack, which was really funny, as the Monster has had that one for years now. We tried to find him a new backpack, but couldn't find any that we liked.
While DDS took some pictures, I looked around at the other kids in the classroom. There were the ones that were sobbing, clutching their parents. There were the kids sitting there, looking bewildered and confused. But the majority of the kids sat there and colored, chatted, looked curious about this new experience. We left them to begin, and I saw several tears on some mommies cheeks. There were none for me though. I'm very excited and happy that he has finally started school. Maybe because he's been in daycare since he was an infant, maybe it's just because I really enjoy him at this age. I don't want him to rush to grow up, but I also don't really need him to be a baby all his life (although he'll always be "the Baby"...lol)
After school, his sister and him travelled to the Youth Center and enjoyed their afternoon snack and activities. When I came to pick them up, he was hanging out on the playground, but he came running when he saw me. PB was hanging out with all her friends in the "big kids" room. Both were pleased with their days, and are looking forward to going again tomorrow. The Monster passed out as soon as we put him to bed, 30 minutes earlier than we usually require. I'm thinking the newness wore him out. And I'm okay with that.
I hope this is a good year for the kids. It's a big year for both of them, and they will weather their father leaving and being gone for the majority of it. But this school is equipped to handle the issues that may arise, and they are surrounded by other kids dealing with the same situation. I know they will be fine, but there will be some struggles.
Tomorrow, Bug begins her sophomore year at the High School. Although there are parts of the teenage years I could do without, I'm really looking forward to seeing what this year brings her as well. She's joined the marching band, thespians and choir. More opportunites will come her way this year, and I hope that she is able to embrace them. I'm sure I'll be blogging about her day tomorrow.
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
What is one thing you would like to ask your readers? Come up with a question to pose to your visitors and throw it out there on Monday. As we’re all visiting each other’s Fun Monday posts we should answer the various questions we come across.
Show&Tell me about a bird, I’m easily made happy.
Wow, that sounds so (deceptively) simple. A question for you? What do I want my
What is your favorite memory about kindergarten (or your first year of school)? This is in honor of my baby boy, My Monster, starting Kindergarten this week.
I remember two things...my teacher had long red hair, and everyone wanted her as their teacher. And we had these blow up letters to teach us the alphabet, and they were characters. I still remember that B was Mr. Buttons.
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Sunday, August 17, 2008
Saturday, August 16, 2008
I've watched her swim her heart out, true. But the part that made such an impact on me is her sportsmanship. She acts like a mentor to the other swimmers. During one of the heats yesterday, a competitor had an issue with her swimsuit. Dara asked them to hold the heat for a minute to allow this swimmer to fix/change what need to be done on her suit. While waiting, she chatted with the other competitor explaining why and trying to keep them calm as well. As soon as she finishes the race, she's hugging the winners and congratulating them. On the medal podium, there are tears and smiles.
There are quite a few Olympians this year that are considered "older" than normal for the Olympics. I think this speaks volumes of our world today. More and more, we are finding that age really doesn't matter. We can be whatever we want, whenever we want. I'm not saying that achieving these goals will be easy, or that we won't want to quit at some point. But we can achieve it. Anything. All we have to do is get up and start.
What are you going to achieve?
Friday, August 15, 2008
Last night I began painting the kids bathroom. I managed to get everything done except a second coat on the trim. Tonight I finished that, painted some water for the duckies to float on, and realized I need a new shower curtain and a new cabinet above the toilet. Sometime tomorrow I'll have to hunt for that. I'm very happy with the results, but I can't wait until we have it all put together.
Hubby and I went out for a date night tonight. We went to a little Italian restaurant and we were the only ones there. I was very surprised, as they are normally busy. I'm thinking the somewhat late hour (it was almost 9) account for this, and I have to say it was very nice.
Now hubby is sacked out on the couch, and I am about to send us both to bed. We go get PB tomorrow, and tomorrow night all of our kidlins will be back under our roof. I've enjoyed the "vacation" from mothering, but I'm ready for them to come home.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
The next day, I opened my email, and to my surprise, I won. I couldn't believe it. Both of my girls and my husband have DS's, and I sometimes grab time with them, but now I have my own. I'm so excited. And I've been eyeing Brain Age 2 since it came out. And yesterday I came home to a box on my porch. I opened it up, put it on to charge, and just before bed I played it for the first time. I love it. There's a training mode that is music, and it's so much fun. Of course, I have a really bad Brain Age, but that's going to change soon.
I love video and computer games. I have since I was a young child playing Atari. I can waste hours playing games online. Now I can waste hours other places, too!
What video games do you like?
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
While I hate corporate plugs as much as the next person, I had heard about the "Olympic Soundtrack." Tonight, while watching the Olympics on TV, I saw a commercial about it, so I went in search of the site. AT & T has created this soundtrack, and it appears to only be available as download from ITunes or on your AT & T phone. The songs aren't too bad, and it's a nice variety of types of music. The interviews are amusing, and reading/watching the different artists answer what Olympic sport they would excel at made me giggle out loud a few times.
DDS and I attended our first Band parent meeting tonight. I can not believe I'm a band parent. And the scary part is, I could possibly be involved in this organization for the next 13 years. Yes, I'm serious, 13 years. I know. Yep, that's a lot of time. I might get a year off in three years, and then again in 8 years. That's one of the (few) down sides of having your kids so far apart.
Monday, August 11, 2008
This is a difficult task for me, because the majority of my favorite pictures are of my family. And seeing how I have a no faces clause on my blog at this time, it narrows down my possibilities greatly.
Show me your favourite photograph and tell me why it's your favourite.It can be one you've taken yourself or one someone else has taken, a snapshot or a more professional image. Is there a story behind it? Do you love it for the memories it gives or just because it's pleasing to the eye? Show me and tell me!
This is a picture from vacation this year. It's PB and Monster exploring on the beach. I love the colors, and how small they appear. Mostly, I love how they interact together. This will have to be my favorite for this task.
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Sunday, August 10, 2008
Since he is leaving in less than 2 months, and Bug just returned home, we're trying to take advantage of the time we have before school starts. So, while I was driving down and delivering PB, DDS loaded up the jeep with all the crap we need to go to the beach. Seriously, small armys don't need this much stuff, but we've try going without some of it, and it just doesn't work. There's the sand toys, the boogie boards, the chairs, the umbrella, the cooler, the tackle box and fishing poles, the Monster's life vest, towels, dry clothes to ride home in, sunscreen...I'm sure I'm forgetting something. Luckily, we have a rack for the back of the jeep. This helps with space.
We headed home, stopping for dinner and managing to avoid the traffic. Now I'm tired and heading off to bed.
Saturday, August 09, 2008
What are you doing to inspire creativity in your kids? Have you successfully engaged your child in activities that don’t involve a plug, remote, or console? Would you like to?BlogHer has joined with Creativity for Kids (www.creativityforkids.com) to explore the question and are mining the Parenting Blog community for inspiring ways that you have weaned your kids from TV, the computer, video games, and encouraged them to play—and create—in an unwired, offline world.
All three know exactly where all the supplies are, and they know they can go and create anytime they feel the need. When we are home for the day, I limit the screen time, and the rest of the time they are required to go outside, play games, craft, or otherwise entertain themselves.
Thursday, August 07, 2008
Sign ups are going on now for the newest swap in the Color Me Happy Swaparooni over on Flickr. This is a great group of women, and the swaps are always interesting. It's a good way to meet new people in the blogosphere that you might not normally hear about, and to learn more about these people than you might otherwise be able to. And shopping for someone is fun, especially knowing something is going to come your way that is just as cool.
Read all the rules before you sign up. You won't be sorry you joined!
Wednesday, August 06, 2008
Tuesday, August 05, 2008
Monday, August 04, 2008
I hope someone had a Fun Monday somewhere.
Sunday, August 03, 2008
Monster put up his token protest, but was passed out cold within 10 minutes. PB, she turned sneaky. I stood in her doorway, wondering what was going on under the covers that were steadily moving around her head. I cleared my throat, and received the big eye, cheese eating smile stare from under the covers. I walked over to see what she was doing...Playing her Nintendo DS under the covers. I take the the game away, and tell her to go to sleep. I go back to check on her 30 minutes later, and she's hurridly throwing paper and markers out of her bed. I point out that she isn't getting out of bed until she sleeps, so if she wants to spend her time doing other things, she'll miss out on the funner stuff later. She was passed out cold 5 minutes later. They both slept until almost 5:00, so I'm thinking that the naps were very needed.
Then I turned even meaner, and we straightened their rooms. I know. Seriously.
Today is PJ day. A little more straightening, and then some sewing. Should be nice.
Saturday, August 02, 2008
In addition to the free ice cream (which is soooo yummy. Did I mention fresh cream and peaches make it? I did? Oh.) they also have a little petting zoo and a DJ. There's a store there as well, and you can buy all sorts of fresh produce, local honey, etc. For a small fee ($1 a person, to a maximum of $5 per family) you can ride on trailer behind a tractor touring the farm/orchard, learning about the crops. We do this every year. Yes, it's pretty much the same speech, and we've had the same "guide" for the last three years. But it's fun to see what changes they've made each year. And during the ride, you get to stop in the orchard and pick your own peach. That alone is worth the price of the ride. Everyone searches the trees for the perfect peach...and they are soooo yummy.
After wandering through the store, we came home with some ice cream for daddy (we had to buy it, but that's okay. Have I mentioned it's really yummy? I have? Sorry.), fresh blueberries, corn on the cob and some Honey.
Did you know that honey purchased from local beekeepers helps allergy sufferers? Since the bees are only exposed to local pollen, eating the honey helos build your tolerance to those pollens. This helps to reduce your reactions to these pollens. It costs a little more, but I look at it as prevention as much as an ingredient. And really, it just tastes better.
We've come home, had a litle lunch, and now I will force my kidlins to nap. I know, I'm mean that way.