Saturday, December 24, 2011
In an extremely rare, desperate moment, I took the boys to McDonald's Playland. Yeah, I know. I have maybe once, taken a child, on purpose, to McDonald's Playland. Clearly, I was desperate. We spent two hours, yes, TWO, playing at McDonalds and eating bad for you food. It was a blast. I sat distracted by my phone and they got some exercise. I might do it again. Shh, don't tell anyone. I don't want to tarnish my reputation.
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Day 73 Life Lesson: In today's lesson, we learn that just because you open a giant chocolate Santa that you got from school, doesn't mean you need to eat the whole thing nor SHOULD you eat the whole thing, mainly because it freaks out the digestive system.
Monday, December 12, 2011
Cooper: (whispering excitedly and tapping my shoulder) Mom, Mr. Paulsen says the lunar eclipse starts at 5:30.
Me: (sleepily) No Coop, I googled it before I went to bed and it starts at 5:30 Pacific time which means 6:30 Central time. You can go back to bed for an hour.
Cooper: (wide awake) I'll just watch out the window to make sure.
Cooper: Mom, I can't see the moon any more the houses are in the way.
Me: Sorry Coop.
Cooper: Mom, let's go. It's probably starting and we are going to miss it.
Me: (frustrated) It's 4 degrees out and we are going to drive around and it will be below the bluff and we won't be able to see anything.
Cooper: (PERSISTENTLY) Mr. Paulsen says we WILL be able to see it.
Me: (under my breath) Then maybe you should call Mr. Paulsen to take you.
Me: FINE, let's go.
And go we did. Off to McDonalds for a mocha and a hot chocolate and 2 breakfast sandwiches. Then up the hill to the flat land. We drove back and forth and talked about lunar eclipses and solar eclipses and other important things in life. Oh, how I hated getting up so early and going out in the freeeeeeezing cold. But, oh, how I love that my son made me go. It was a morning I will always remember.
Friday, December 9, 2011
Day 65 Life Lesson: Ice cream is a treat even when it's below zero outside.
Thursday, December 8, 2011
It's really not a most wonderful time of the year without helping Gramsie make cookies. The boys delight in not only creating their masterpieces but eating them, as well. There are many jobs but the most favorite is taste tester. We only had one casualty. Cooper grabbed a hot pan. Ouch! It left a pretty nice imprint but he'll be okay.
Day 63 Life Lesson: Too many cooks make the cookies really yummy.
I am a recovering thrower. I am really good at throwing things away. Sometimes too good. So I have transformed myself into a donater because believe it or not people do have a need for other people's crap. It's tough to be a throwing addict when a dumpster has been in your driveway for 3 weeks. I mean that thing has been enabling me in a major way. I get an immense rush from throwing things in it.
Day 62 Life Lesson: Just throw it.
Monday, December 5, 2011
December 21st is a big day if you struggle with the lack of light during the day which is just about everyone in the Midwest, right? The winter solstice. Woohoo. The light at the end of the tunnel or at least it feels like it. By this time of the winter I normally have a deep groove embedded in the couch. I can be found with my nose smashed against my light box. I can be found on my knees, begging God to fix my brain. Not this year or at least not today. And I will take all the good days I can and thank God for them.
"A Silent Night for Peef" was the first book on the pile of Christmas books this year. It is an annual favorite written and illustrated by Minnesotans. Before I can start the boys run and get their Peefs and then listen intently while "peefing" annoyingly through the whole story. This autographed copy was a gift from the Devine Ones. We are so grateful for this special gift that we get to enjoy every year. Thanks, friends.
Get well soon, E.G.. Ky misses your mommy.
Day 61 Life Lesson: "It's knowing who you are, and being where you ought to be, and doing what you ought to do... and you gave that to me."
I had a super fun time celebrating Kyle's birthday with him at school. Gramsie read Rumble in the Jungle to his class to start off the fun. And to all of the parents who think they have to celebrate with sugar and processed crap, I am here to report first-hand that kids do not need junk food when celebrating a birthday. My mom and I brought bananas, pretzels, cheese and apples and the kids ate like they lived in a third world country.
Sunday, December 4, 2011
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Day 59 Life Lesson: Time flies... except when you are untangling Christmas lights.
Monday, November 21, 2011
Kyle attended his last swimming lesson for this session. He passed and is moving on to Level 3. Woohoo! Way to go, Ky! He is turning into quite a fish.
The For Sale sign got plopped into the ground this morning. So weird. Cameron is wondering why our pictures aren't on the sign instead of our realtor's picture. Let's look at the realtor Magic 8 ball, shall we? What is the worst possible time to put your house on the market? Yeah, it's today. Hey, you can't win the lottery if you don't play, right?
Day 54 Life Lesson: A sign is just a sign until it's in your yard.
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Thursday, November 10, 2011
In the meantime life goes on after the big birthday weekend. Cooper is studying "matter" at school and created a rap with some of his spelling words for the week.
Day 45 Life Lesson: Matter matters and so do you.
Monday, November 7, 2011
Friday, November 4, 2011
Kyle's conference day. Eeks. To my surprise, he is doing quite well, both academically and behaviorally. Wow, good for him. I must admit I asked Mrs. G. if he might be cheating. Not so. Apparently, he is both smart and well-behaved. I think his teacher might have a lot to do with his success. They make a good team.
We flew from Goodview to Jefferson for pizza and a fun night of sorts. There were math and language arts activities shared by PIP students from WSU. PIP stands for Progress in something or something in Progress. It was actually really fun. I enjoy conversing with teachers-to-be from my alma mater.
Cam and I got a haircut today. It was an interesting little adventure.
I got some extra sunshine in my day. A mid-afternoon walk around the lake with Snaps. The fresh air and conversation were good for my spirit. Thanks Snaps! I appreciate you.
Day 41 Life Lesson: See the best... in all three sons.
Okay, I did yell later about a missing coat. I knew where it was but Kyle didn't. This is a mom thing, right? I told him where it was but he insisted it wasn't there so I yelled really loud and made a mean face. It's not really a nice way to start the day - for anyone. On the way to the bus stop we didn't talk about it but I gave him a big side squeeze and told him I loved him. I'll try not to yell tomorrow.
Day 40 Life Lesson: Yelling hurts the ears and the heart.
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
The boys had some cash to spend so off we went to Target. In this picture they are deciding which roll of tape they want to buy. Yeah, that's right, TAPE. It's their favorite toy. Cam is carrying his favorite "murse", his man purse.
Day 39 Life Lesson: You can't pretend the day away.
Thursday, October 27, 2011
21 pens/pencils and one chapstick. This is what I found downstairs. My three sons are constantly on me to borrow my pens. Why, you ask? Because they can't find their pens. The writing utensils go to office supply purgatory, I guess. Actually, the pens just walk away. Yeah, that's it. They walk away.
Day 36 Life Lesson: Some day you'll have lots of pens but they won't be nearly as much fun to snuggle with and hug.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Cam and I went to a parent ed. class at the Y today. It is so great to have the anti-separator son be over that issue. He went into a room with a mom and child he didn't know and didn't bat an eye when I left. It really feels like a super duper huge accomplishment for him. Way to go, Cam!
Tomorrow Cam gets his speech evaluated - again. We'll see if he qualifies for some services this time.
I am being anti-Halloween. I think I am in denial over the whole day. Or should I say whole weeks. It's really ridiculous. I have to sneak ads into the garbage so the boys won't see all the activities that are going on. I wish we could just skip it. They might not notice. Yeah, they would notice. Anyway, I am not spending any money on candy or outfits so I hope they can figure out a costume by looking in their closet. They'll get over it. Eventually.
Day 35 Life Lesson: The worst day of fishing is still better than any day doing laundry (or anything else for that matter.)
Tuesday is one of our more relaxed afternoons. We only have one activity to get to and it's later so we can focus on homework and then have a little down time before we hit the road.
The Cotter Show Choir is doing its annual green collection fundraiser so we decided it was a good time to get rid of the ancient energy hog in our basement otherwise known as a freezer. It was quite a task getting it up the stairs. May not have had to be so difficult if my husband had engaged the use of a little used tool called a TAPE MEASURE! Why do guys do this? So after going up and down the stairs twice, damaging the walls and stair rail and enlisting the help of our very neighborly neighbor, it is finally at rest in the driveway. I will say once again, it did not need to be this difficult. That's all I am going to say about that. For now.
Day 34 Life Lesson: Measure twice, move once.
Sunday, October 23, 2011
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Cardinals win Game 1 - Woohoo! We are rooting hard along with our St. Louis friends for our second favorite team. Go Cards!
Jodi sent an email at 11:30 tonight that she is on her way to the hospital. Double Woohoo!
Day 32 Life Lesson: Food CAN make you feel better.
Day 31: "She was incredible with a feather duster" has never been seen on a tombstone.
Smile when a customer comes to your window.
Speak so you can be heard and understood.
Don't ever use the word "suck" with young children. Ever. Unless it's a class on straws or vacuum cleaners.
Learn that it's not about you. I know that's hard but it's true. Parents don't come to their child's football game to watch you kick and throw. Yeah, it's true.
I could go on and on but I just get more irritated.
Day 30 Life Lesson: Perception is everything.
Friday, October 14, 2011
Cooper is in the GATE program. They are reading Three Cups of Tea. I signed off on this that I was okay with it. And then today I started looking at the book. The true story of a man's quest to build schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan. The book is about one man's encounter with the taliban, machine guns, hostages, hashish, etc., all while trying to build schools. That's just what I have seen thumbing through the pages. There is profanity in the book and murder and robbery. This is a true story. Don't get me wrong, it's an amazing story and I am anxious to read it. But it doesn't feel appropriate for 4th graders.
So, here is where I eat my shoe or foot or whatever. While I was typing this entry I did some research on this book because I just couldn't believe that the teacher would read this with the students. WELLLLLLLL, I remembered that Cooper said his cover looked different and in researching it I realized he was reading the young reader's edition. The YOUNG READER's edition. Ooops.
This is one of those times where my brain prevailed over my emotions. I was so ready to get on that teacher like pigs on mud. Phew...
Day 29 Life Lesson: Take a deep breath, do your homework, and then take another deep breath and then act.
Thursday, October 13, 2011
The afternoons are filled with activities. It seems we spend a lot of time in the van. It's not that fun. Maybe if we drove around in a motorhome or say, a porsche, that would be fun.
This week it was parent observation week at Valencia, the dance studio where Cam and Coop take a class. Coop is in Tap and Jazz 2. He is learning a lot and having a really good time. Cam is in Tap and Jazz for Kids. Corey took some hilarious video of Cam in class. He gets so excited he can't keep his feet still.
We visited with Cooper's teacher this evening at the annual parent/teacher conference. The STEM program has challenged Cooper and made him more responsible. Cooper has won over Mr. Paulsen in that way Cooper does with most adults. Hopefully, they will continue to have a positive relationship.
This week's Life Lesson: Practice makes permanent.
Monday, October 10, 2011
Thursday, October 6, 2011
ECFE. One of the lights along the way. Cam is enjoying his time at ECFE playing, learning, making new friends. I am enjoying my time in the presence of funny, smart, and real women.
Day 21 Life Lesson: Be yourself, no one else can.
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Mondays after school are busy. Flag Football, karate, piano lesson and once a month, a PTA meeting. Tonight's meeting was a dream come true - free meal for the family. And not just any meal, Rocco's Pizza. It was really yummy.