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.