Friday, December 19, 2008

12 Days of Christmas

Someone has selected our family to do the 12 Days of Christmas for. Our kids have been loving this. They are eager each night to see what new treat or surprise will be left for them. Jared refuses to go to bed until we have had the long awaited "Knock and run". All day we talk about how generous these people are that are sharing joy with us. Mia told me today, "I really wish we knew who our Secret Santa was." I asked her why and she said, "Then we could give something to them."

I was pleased with her response and feel like maybe she will turn out OK in this world where everyone is just so self-centered.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Homemade Lacing Cards

I am sure you have seen these or something like them before. I decided that it would be fun for my kids if I made some with their photos.

The first thing you need to do is select your photos. I printed mine at Costco. I tried some that I had printed at home but the Mod Podge made the ink run - even after it had dried for a week.

You can use either cardboard or chipboard. Since I had some boxes on hand, I used cardboard. Trace around your photo.


Cut along your lines so the cardboard is the same size as your picture.

I like to use a foam brush that you can get on sale at Michael's at 10/$1.00. Brush the Mod Podge on in even strokes. I try to keep a continuous line from one edge to the next. When it dries, you will see these lines. It will dry clear.

I put 4 layers of Mod Podge, letting it dry completely after each application. I then sanded the edges, rounded some and left others pointed, really that is your choice. I also put a layer of Mod Podge on the back just to seal it. After I finished sanding, I put another layer of Mod Podge around the edges, again, just to seal it.

When you are finished, take your hole punch, I used a "Crop-A-Dile" and punch holes evenly around the edge of the picture. Use colorful shoestrings and start lacing.

I think these would be really cute with a patterned scrapbooking paper mod podged on the back.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Potty Train?

Ellis has become proficient at taking off his diaper. When Gordon started this, we potty trained him. Ellis just seems so little - maybe it is because he is my baby and maybe it is because he is little still. I am just not sure that he is ready to potty train.

He asks to go potty and I let him sit on the toilet. Sometimes he goes and sometimes he doesn't. I do think he will be getting some underwear for Christmas though...

I have been changing diapers for 7 1/2 years straight. I will not be sad to say goodbye to diapers .

Time to dance.

Grandma got run over by a Mia? Mia was a reindeer in her Christmas Concert last night. I had (read made) her take a nap yesterday after school and she had enough energy to dance all night. She was excited to wear makeup.







When I tried to take pictures of her in her costume, she did not want to cooperate. So this is the best we have.



I did get a nice photo of her during the finale, which I am happy about.



I was impressed with how organized the whole thing was. They hire babysitters to stay with the girls in a separate room so they are safe and entertained during the program (which was 2 hours long). When I went to pick her up, I just had a happy, hungry little girl who had a lot of fun and was ready to go again.

video

Mia is the one on the far right, back row.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Thanksgiving

We hosted Thanksgiving lunch at our house this year. It was so much fun and my family was all so eager to help. I did a trial run on the turkey and stuffing last Saturday and boy, am I glad I did. There were a few things I learned to make the whole waiting process flow better.

I started by soaking the turkey in a brine over night. It was so moist and I was pleased with it. It was such a beautiful golden brown color when I removed it from the oven, honestly, I couldn't have been happier with the color of it.

Seth read some instructions on how to carve the turkey and he did an excellent job...he even carved a little bit of his finger just for fun.


Gordon and Ellis got to discover the joy of olives, which they called peas for a reason I don't understand.



My parents were able to stop in and pick up my grandma and that was such a treat. I only hope that when I am her age I can be just as perfect with my wrinkled skin and white hair. I think she is just so beautiful.


We tried to take some pictures of all of the great-grandchildren with Grandma, but someone wasn't cooperating...


We were all able to fit on the first floor of our house and every one was able to sit up to a table. It was just so much fun for me to see everyone and catch up on their busy lives. We definitely should do this more than once a year.

Black Friday

I got up at 3:00 this morning to hit the sales. Kohls opened at 4:00 and I wanted to get a few hot items. While I was standing in line I started talking to the lady behind me. I asked her what she was going to get and she told me that she didn't know, she was only there because she had to get up to feed her baby and she couldn't go back to sleep. We talked for a bit longer and she asked what I was there for. Part of me didn't want to tell her because I didn't want to her to grab what I wanted, but I told her. She said, "Oh yeah. I am interested in those too."

When the time to open the doors finally arrived, we all made our dash to the gifts we wanted to get. I looked up and there was this lady with two of the cameras I had hoped to get coming toward me. She told me, "There were a lot of people grabbing these, so I took two to make sure you got one. I was so surprised. I told her thank you and went away with a happy heart.

The man two people in front of me had found out that the "more mature" woman next to him wanted to get a digital camcorder. He went inside the store and started running. He grabbed a camcorder for her and came back just to give it to her. Then he went and did his shopping.

I was so impressed at the way these two strangers wanted to help others. They really got out of the "me, me, me" concept and were looking for ways to enrich the lives of those around them. I have never gotten up early and stood in line on black Friday, but if it is like this and can renew my faith in humanity, I might have to go again.

Santa Claus

I already decided that if my kids ever asked me if Santa was real, I would tell them the truth. Tonight I had this conversation with Jared:

Jared: "Mommy. If I ask you something, will you tell me the honest truth?"
Me: "Yes."
Jared: "Is Santa Claus really real?"
Me: "No. He isn't. Your dad and I give you those presents because we love you so much and want you to be happy and know that you are loved. We shouldn't go around telling other people that Santa isn't real, not even Mia, because it is a tradition people like to have and they like to believe in Santa Claus."

Jared digested this for a while and said, "Why do people want to pretend there is a Santa Claus?"
Me: "People just like to believe that there is a person out there that only wants to make other people happy and do good for them."
Jared: "Oh. Like Jesus. Only Jesus is real."

He then turned over and went to sleep.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Button, button. Who's got the button?

Yesterday while Gordon was supposed to be sleeping, I was in taking a break, reading a book and Gordon came running downstairs to me. He told me, "The dot is in my nose and I can't get it out!" I asked him more questions about this "dot". Turns out he found a little button and for whatever reason a 3 year old does anything, he shoved it up his nose. I had him lay down on my bed and tried to shine my bedside lamp up his nose to see better. There it was, I could barely see it because he had poked it up his nose so far. It was in so deep that I was nervous to try and get it out with my tweezers...I could barely see it and to top things off, it was flesh colored.

I called my pediatrician. The conversation went a little like this:
Me: "I think I need to make an appointment."
Receptionist: "You think you need to?" (chuckles)
Me: "Yeah...my son stuck a button up his nose and I can't get it out."
Receptionist: "A button up his nose?" (Tells the others near her - "a button up his nose.")
Me: (Nervous laughter) "Heh, yeah. A button."
Receptionist: (still chuckling) "I'm sorry. We aren't laughing."
Me: "That's OK."
Receptionist: "The earliest we can get him in is 3:30. It is causing him any pain?"
(It was 2:00)
Me: "No. He is just a little concerned that there is a 'belly button' in his nose."
Receptionist: "I am concerned about that too. So is Mom."

We ended the call and I felt foolish about the whole situation. Then I couldn't remember what time the appointment was for. I had to call back.

Me: "Hi. I am the mom of the boy with a button up his nose...(Insert laughter) Is my appointment for 3:15 or 3:30."

She told me it was 3:30. After I got off the phone, Gordon started sneezing. I was so glad. Then I grabbed the tweezers and a tissue, plugged one nostril and asked him to blow as hard as he could. He started to and I saw the button come down to the opening of his nostril. Then he sniffed and pulled the button back up.

The next time, I had the tweezers in the opening of his nose, ready to grab the button before he could sniff it up again. He blew, I tweezed and I extracted the button. I was not sad when I called the doctor's office and told them, "I am the mom of the boy with the button in his nose. I was able to get it out, so I would like to cancel my appointment."

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Family Pictures

We went to Murray Park yesterday and took some pictures. Seth's parents gave me an early Christmas Present of a tripod and so we experimented. I am pretty sure it was more fun for me than anyone else, but they all tried to cooperate. I got some cute ones of the kids.

This picture was taken in the front of the house, while I was experimenting with the tripod.

Mia was done, almost as soon as we began...she didn't want to get off of the bench to have more pictures taken.

After some shirt misunderstanding, we started taking the pictures too late in the day (Nearly 11). The sun was pretty bright, but I think I can fix this picture if I fiddle with it in PhotoShop.

In most of the pictures, it was either everyone but Gordon looking at the camera or Gordon looking at the camera and everyone else looking at Gordon.

When we finished with the pictures, we let the kids play at the playground. They really had a lot of fun. At one point, Mia sat in this cup like thing and was spinning in circles. I heard, "Help! I can't get out. I can't get out." The more she tried to get out, the faster the cup spun. I stopped her and she was able to get out, but she was very dizzy. She kept getting in it and spinning around.

We decided to go and eat when we finished with the park. On the way, Mia said that she thought she was going to throw up. She was so pale. We stopped at another park and she laid on the grass for a while. Before too long, she was feeling better and we played tag and I watched as some pink crept into her cheeks.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Halloween

We had a Pirate, Luigi, a Genie and a Skunk over at our house today. Mia was pretty excited because she got to go to school in the morning instead of the afternoon for the Halloween Parade.


Ellis was a hit with the adults. While we were waiting in the multi-purpose room at the school, I "caught" some random lady taking a picture of him. She was pretty embarrassed and tried to explain why she was taking pictures of him.

Gordon was a hit with most of the kids in the line. They would walk by and say, "It'sa Luigi!" Then Gordon would say, "He called me Luigi!" I was surprised at how many times this happened.

This is Jared's teacher. She handed out Dots candy to all of the little kids. Ellis wasn't sure that he wanted to eat it until he saw Gordon eat his.

The kids had a lot of fun at their Halloween parties and were hopped up on sugar before we even went trick-or-treating.

We carved pumpkins when Mia got home from Kindergarten.


Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Smelly Belly

We call Ellis "Smelly Belly" so when I saw this skunk costume, I knew I had to have it. I "may" have bribed him to get it on...it went something like this, "Ellis, I will take your picture OUTSIDE if you wear your skunky costume." He let me put it on him and even smiled a little at my when I took his picture.
This picture is so funny to me because it really shows that he "putting up with another one of Mom's crazy ideas."

Look at how cute it is from behind. I really love this costume.

This smile looks pretty genuine. He seemed pretty happy by the time I finished taking pictures...I am "sure" it has nothing to do with the fact that he was outside.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Heaven

I have a new best friend. This friend is so gentle and so incredibly comfortable to be around. My friend is a new pair of running shoes. Never have I had a pair of shoes that loved my feet like these shoes do. When I see them, I am excited to wear them - they are that comfortable. They were just $35 at Kohl's and they are my incentive to workout - I can't wait to put them on; it's like walking on a cloud.

I always just buy the cheapest shoes and make them work. Now that I have entered the world of comfortable feet, I don't think that I can ever go back. Thank you Reebok for making shoes that massage my feet while I am running. Thank you.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

That Skunk Stinks!

We had a Halloween party for our playgroup today at our house. It was so fun to see the cute kids in their costumes.

I got a skunk costume from Old Navy that is just too cute for Ellis. This morning I got him out of the tub and put it on him. He started crying. He went from crying to screaming and finally managed to get it off.

When our friends arrived, they asked, "Is Ellis a caveman?"

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Fancy Nancy

Mia had her Halloween party for dance on Tuesday, Oct 14. She changed her mind hundreds of times until we settled on Fancy Nancy. The selling point was that she could have colored hair. We went to the D.I. and chose a really fancy shirt and then we headed to the fabric department of WalMart and got some tulle (for a tutu) and some lip gloss to hand out to the other girls in her class.


I put her hair up in curlers the night before so that she could have curly hair. It turned out so cute and it breaks my heart a little that this picture is so fuzzy. The look on her face is priceless.

I think I will change something on Halloween - maybe keep her hair down -, because I am not in love with the way it turned out, but Mia really liked it and that is what counts. She kept asking me if I liked how fancy she looked.

I asked her if I could take a picture with a different smile on her face and this is what she came up with. I think it is appropriate for a Halloween picture.

2 Hours

I thought that I had until October 31 to get a Halloween costume. I was wrong. Jared had told me that he wanted to be a Mummy for Halloween and Seth and I had thought about some ideas. I had put it off for a while, still mulling it over in my mind so I could come up with something. On Tuesday (Oct 7) Jared was invited to a party on Friday, Oct 10. This is the first Halloween Party he has been invited to, and I think is definitely a sign he is growing up...it won't be too long before he won't want to spend Halloween with his family...

On Friday (Hello procrastination) I started on his costume. It seemed fail-proof. I had him get some thermal underwear on and I started wrapping him in a sheet I had cut into strips. 2 Hours later this is what we had:

I was pretty happy with how it turned out. Jared's comment was, "Oh, yeah. I look like a real Mummy because it is a bad job, right?" I wasn't sure how to answer.


When I went to pick him up, he was almost completely unraveled. It took longer to wrap (and sew) the strips to him than it did for him to come undone. I decided that he is going to have to be a Pirate on Halloween...we are not going through with that again.


Did I mention that he had a great time a the party? He did. Next year he wants to have a party at our house...

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Family Night

We took the kids to the Hollywood Connection on Monday night. I was surprised at how much fun we had. The two younger boys were free and they give you a nifty discount on Monday nights. It was so empty. Gordon and Ellis were a little afraid to ride the Dragon Roller Coaster but they did go on it several times. They both said that they liked it. That night, after the kids were in bed, I went up and put Gordon's blanket on him and he said, "I don't want to ride it! I will just watch. I just want to watch!"

I went to bed feeling a little guilty. Maybe I had pushed him too much and made him do something that he didn't want to do.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Grandpa Campbell

My dad and I really don't have a great relationship. I am sad that we don't. It is a lot better than it has been in the past, but it still isn't where I would like for it to be. I am taking baby-steps right now and I sincerely hope that he will be around long enough for our relationship to get to where I want it to be.


We went to the park with my brother's family and my parents last night. I had a really nice time visiting with some of my favorite people in the world. At one point, I looked around and couldn't find Gordon. I went and looked over the hill where Seth was playing Frisbee with some of the older kids and he wasn't there. I started to get a little worried, but I thought he was likely down by the picnic tables getting something to eat. I was right. There were some people at the park that were eating watermelon. Gordon told me that he was hungry for some watermelon. He threw a huge fit because I wasn't letting him eat watermelon.


We walked back up to the playground and Gordon headed straight for my dad, Grandpa Campbell. He curled up in a ball while my dad patted him on the back and listened to how mean I was because Gordon, "was just really hungry for some watermelon." I loved seeing them together, sharing a moment.





Photo Give away

Head on over to Julie's blog and sign up to win a photography session with her sister in law. You can see a sample of her photos here. I am certain you won't be disappointed.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Applesauce

Today we started our "in-home" preschool. We are just going through the alphabet and today happened to be the letter "A". Nothing says "autumn" to me like applesauce so I had the 7 kids help me make applesauce. We talked about how the fruit would get soft as it cooked. We also talked about how leaving some of the pretty pink skin on the apples would turn the applesauce pink. Fortunately for me we had 7 ingredients to put in so everyone got to dump something into the pan. We all had a turn mashing it, which I think the kids liked best and then we tasted it. I thought it turned out nicely and almost everyone ate their bowl full.

We also painted some apple trees. Sometimes it is hard for me to just let go and let the kids be creative, but if I really lower my expectations (say to a 3 year old level) I am pleasantly surprised.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

A Date with Ellis

I took Ellis with me to the store yesterday. I decided we should stop in at Arctic Circle, get a drink and some courtesy cones, then be on our way. I am so glad that I did. He was just so sweet and tried to do everything I did. We talked about how yummy our drink was and how the ice cream tasted so good. I worry that he gets forgotten a lot in our family because he is generally so non demanding and easy going. He really seemed to thrive on this time with me. I reminded myself time and time again that it doesn't matter how long it takes him to eat his courtesy cone or that it was getting all over the place, he was having such a good time and the good thing about kids is that they are washable.

When we got to the grocery store, he was even sweeter. He wanted everything I put in the cart to go on his lap and before too long I couldn't even see where he was. He made a comment for everything I put in the cart and on the way out, he asked me for a hug and told me that he loves me. It was a really sweet night.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

I'm a Winner!

Have you heard? I won some earrings from TaLaisa's give away. Head on over and see what she has. She is amazing.

Too Young to Pierce His Lip?

We went to playgroup today and it was a day of disasters. Heads were bonked, knees were skinned and Ellis fell down and pierced his lip with his tooth. Sometimes you have those days when you feel like you should have just stayed home.

Ellis is doing fine. He will have a little scar but it will just be little. He doesn't seem to even remember hitting his face on the metal structure. It did take him a little while before he felt brave enough to slide again, but he did and we will go back next week and it will be like nothing happened.

Oh, to be that resilient again...

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

The Store

Seth just returned from Dallas, TX for a work trip. He asked Gordon if he wanted to go to the store with him before Playgroup this morning. I was encouraging Gordon to go and he turned and looked at me and said, "I HATE going to the store without you, Mommy."

I hugged him.

Seriously?

It is a good thing that Gordon doesn't know that when he looks at me like this, I will do ANYTHING he wants...


Just to get him to look like this again!

The Slump

This is Mia demonstrating "the slump". She uses her whole body to let us know when she is unhappy with any decision we have made. In this case, she was not looking forward being in a group photo at Seth's sister's wedding.


Dance Take II

Mia was excited to go back to her dance class. She had a nice time and said everyone was really nice. Then she did the "slump" and complained the whole way home because Abby is in the class after her instead of her class and she "just wants to be in Abby's class" and I "should have signed her up for dance last year so that she could be in the same class as Abby!"

I finally told her that she needed to be appreciative of the effort I am going to just to get her in dance at all and if she wants to stop going, she should just let me know because I was NOT going to put up with this attitude for the next 9 months.

Her reply? "What is an effort?"

Mental Note...

It is VERY difficult to run and read at the same time. Focusing is a real pain.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Dance

Today was Mia's first dance class. She was so excited to go. School gets out at 2:55 and her dance began at 3:30, so we really had to hustle. I thought it would make things go faster for me to pick all of the kids up and then get her home and changed and off. Due to miscommunication on the kids part, it took more than 25 minutes to pick the kids up after school - turns out they were chasing each other around the school and didn't realize it. =)

We made it to the studio with a few minutes to spare and although I was feeling rushed, I was pleased with the fact that we made it on time. I get all of the kids out of the van so we can walk Mia to the class and find out what we needed to know and we walk in on an "already in progress dance lesson." They started at 3:00. I dropped Mia off and fretted for the next half hour, how in the world we were going to make that work. I could NEVER be on time unless I got Mia out of class early every Monday...

When class was over, I told the instructor what my problem was and she had me talk to the owner, who conveniently showed up just before we left, turns out she had written the wrong day and time on Mia's welcome letter and she really has dance on Tuesdays at 3:30. So we get to go through this all again tomorrow. I am sure by the Middle of October we will be able to get home from school and out the door a little faster.

Mia is excited that she gets to go to dance 2 days in a row. There is also a good chance that she will be dancing with her good friend Abby, who she can't seem to get enough of.

Tomorrow, I hope to have pictures.

Friday, September 5, 2008

A Bountiful Harvest

I am excited to say that my garden is producing produce! I only planted tomatoes and green and yellow peppers this year, but they are doing beautifully. Oh, I also planted some garlic that was beginning to sprout in my refrigerator. It is also growing...I just don't know when I am supposed to pick it...Do you know?
I managed to pick all of this in just one day. The white pepper is really just a yellow pepper. Somewhere I heard/read that all red and yellow peppers are, is green peppers matured differently. I planted separate plants to get the yellow and green peppers. They are not from the same bush. I also planted red peppers but our birds seem to really enjoy those and I have yet to pick one...maybe that is why they are so expensive?

Give away

Remember the gorgeous bracelet my friend gave away? Well, she is at it again. She is hosting another give away to celebrate 4 pieces of her jewelry being featured in Bead Trends. I recently bought a bracelet and I have worn it every day since she made it for me. You will NOT be disappointed. Go on over and tell her that I sent you.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Play Date

Today Mia had her first play date with a girl in our neighborhood. Mia said that the first time she "ever saw Abby was on the first day of school." I know her mom fairly well. Both girls were just excited as can be to play together. Abby's mom told me, "Abby is so excited she has been doing cartwheels!"

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Give away

One of my favorite hair blogs is having a pretty cool give away. Head on over and enter to win.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Kindergarten

Mia started Kindergarten on Friday. She was so excited! She is in afternoon Kindergarten and her teacher is Mrs. Madsen. Beginning at 8:00, which is when school starts for Jared, Mia asked me every 15 minutes if it was time to go to school. Luckily it was early day and she went at 10:45.

After School I asked her who she sat by and she told me that they don't even have desks! They got to sit on the carpet the whole time. They had a party for the first day and they got party hats, noise makers and those things you blow on and they unroll - these didn't make noise. She told me that there is another Mia. I asked her if she needed to put her name on her school work as Mia L. and she said, "No. The other Mia spells her name Mia and I spell my name MiA."

I had a little bit of a hard time leaving her but I thought of all the adventures she was going to have and I didn't even cry one little bit. I almost started and then I changed my train of thought. I think Mia missed more then she let on because after she got home, she REALLY needed my attention and wanted to play with me and touch me and just be near me.

Now for the fun--pictures:

Mia let me fix her hair and I think it turned out pretty cute. I just braided the fronts and put the rest in high ponytails with the ends of the braids.

She refused to smile for me. I told her to smile and she told me, "I am." I just took what I could get.

Mia wore the bracelet that my friend helped me make. It was like a little piece of me went to school with her on the first day.

This is a picture of Mia walking away. She was so excited, once she got the chance, she took off running and didn't look over her shoulder.

A Date with Gordon

On Thursday I went out on a date with Gordon. I would have been perfectly happy just sitting and staring at him. He was so much fun to be with. We ate at Chili's. He was looking at everything as if it were the first time he had ever experienced it. When he asked me what we were going to do, I told him that we would eat and then we would run some errands. He was so excited and said, "Aaron! I like Aaron!"

After eating we headed over to Kohl's to find a jacket for Jared. We hadn't gone far and Gordon ran over to pick something up. He shouted, "A Belly Button! Someone lost their Belly Button!" He stayed right with me and when I was looking at the clearance rack, there was a swimsuit that was just his size so we bought it. He put it on as soon as we got home to sleep in it and he has worn it for the last 3 days. I don't know if it is so much that he likes the swimsuit, as much as the memory the swimsuit brings. I am happy he likes it so much and I love to see him in it, too.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Body Guard

We went to the park with our Neighbors yesterday. There was a little girl at the park who was being mean to Gordon. At one time, she pushed him out of the way so that she could play with the toy he was playing with. Gordon started to cry. I looked over waiting to see how Gordon would handle it. Gordon's friend, Spencer, stepped in for him. He made this face at the girl like he was going to turn into the incredible hulk on her. Through clenched teeth, he said, "Don't push my friend Gordon!"

Later this same girl came up to Gordon and hit him. Gordon was crying and Spencer was yelling at the girl. I asked Gordon if he wanted Spencer to be his Body Guard and Gordon said, "Spencer IS my body guard!"

Spencer is 6 months younger than Gordon.

Build-A-Bear

I wanted to do something special for Mia before school started on Friday, so last night I took her out. She was so excited to go and I kept what we were doing a surprise. She started talking the minute the two of us were in the car and didn't stop until we got home and she was in bed. I am so glad that we went.

We started off the night by going out to eat. I cringed when they charged us $3.49 for Kraft Macaroni and Cheese, but it was her special night and I let her chose what she wanted. After eating, we went to Build-A-Bear Workshop. I let Mia choose a bear and she was off. When we got to the stuffing machine, the guy working there, I think, intimidated her. He was so hyper and kept talking to her and she just stood and stared at him. When he let her choose a heart for the bear and he kept telling her to rub it on her body, she got into it. He told her to make a wish and she just looked at him and told him she didn't have any wishes. (Last time she wished for something, it was that the world was made of ice cream...it didn't come true.) He asked her if she had a secret and she said, "I have a secret but I don't want to tell you." I was trying not to laugh at her. She really loved "fluffing" the bear in the bath tub and picking out some clothes for it.

She kept talking about everything her bear could do. She was so funny when she asked me to take the tag off her Bear's ear. She said, "Can you take the tag off my Bear's ear? It is really bugging her and making her kind of annoyed."

We walked around the Gateway for a little while just window shopping and then we were heading back to our car. I noticed a Barnes and Noble and asked Mia if she would like to go inside. She said yes, so we went in for a little look. I read her some books and she sat so still leaning against my arm, I thought she was asleep. On the way back to the van, we noticed that there was an outdoor concert very close to where we were. I asked her if she was interested in going over to take a look, or if she was too tired. She told me, "I am too tired. Actually, I am NOT too tired. I just don't care about it."

We got home and she went to bed and we were both filled with fond memories of our "Girls Night Out."

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Jared

I love this picture of Jared. I took this while I was taking back to school pictures of him on Monday. He wanted to be in the middle of the tree. I love how he is using his sincere smile rather than his picture smile. He just looks so sweet to me.

Testing, 1, 2

Mia had her Kindergarten testing today. When Jared was tested for Kindergarten, I was allowed inside and got to watch it all. Today, I was asked to "fill out this paper in the hall." I filled out my distraction =) and then sat and listened to Mia and her teacher, Mrs. Madsen chatting. It was just so sweet listening to Mia in pretty much the setting her Kindergarten class will be. When it was all finished, before I was invited to join them, I heard Mia ask Mrs. Madsen if she would like to hear a song. Mrs. Madsen said yes. Mia sang a sweet little rhyming song to her.

It was really sweet to be able to "spy" on her like that. I think she is going to do great!

Monday, August 25, 2008

Bitter Sweet

Today was Jared's first day of second grade. He was really excited because he wanted to see what books he would read.

He got to wear his new backpack and finally wear the shirt he has tried to wear every day for nearly a month.

He waited outside the school for the doors to open.

Was delighted to see on of his friend from First Grade, Josh, is in his class.

Then it was time for his teacher, Ms. Casperson to come out and get the students. She was so cute and shook hands with her whole class, welcoming them to Second grade.


It was a little rougher for me having Jared in Second Grade than it was last year when he went to First. He was really excited and I tried to not let him know how reluctant I was to send him.

Now, I can't wait until school is over and I can hear all about his first day in Second Grade!

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Sale

Old Navy and (Old Navy.com) is having a sale $12.00 pants for men and women and $7.00 pants for kids. It says that there is a 3 jean limit, but it is only 3 jeans of the same size and design. Go on over and take a look. This is for Saturday Aug 23 only.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Twilight

I just finished reading the Twilight Saga and I really enjoyed it. I know I am a little behind everyone who read the first three books ages ago, but I really enjoyed them. I read them pretty fast (all 4 in a week) and it was nice to have it all so fresh in my mind. It was fun to put my life on hold for a little while each evening and just read. Wonder what I will do now...

a Motherlode of Prizes

One of the blogs I frequent is having a birthday celebration. She is having a HUGE give away as her gift to us. Hurry over and enter to win. You won't be sorry you did.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Yum!

My friend posted a recipe that we tried last night. It was delicious. Thanks TaLaisa! It is the Cheater Chicken Noodle Soup.

Our new friend.

A year and a half ago, Ellis was hospitalized with RSV. He was such a sick little boy. (I didn't find out until recently that my brother-in-law, who is a Respiratory Therapist, didn't think he would survive it.) It was such a stressful time for our family. As a result of being so sick, he has what our pediatrician refers to as Infantile Asthma. We are owners of a nebulizer and Ellis has really hated it.
He hates it so much in fact, that when he is wheezy, Mia will say to me, "Maybe Ellis needs that thing that makes him scream!" I have always dreaded using it on him because he does scream for the full 5 minutes that it takes to "nebulize" him.
Fast forward to today, Gordon is sick and is crying because his "booger are coming" and Ellis can barely breathe. He is coughing a lot and just really wheezing. He was like this last night too, but I really put off having to use the nebulizer. I put it on him because it was just getting worse and he was struggling for air and he just sat through it. Feeling it and trying to figure it out, but he didn't fight it. After I finished, I let him hold it and poke his fingers in the holes and explained to him what it did and why we needed it. Did he understand? Who knows. The point is that we are now friends with the nebulizer and it helped A LOT. Hopefully he doesn't start to wheeze again tonight. I have 4-6 hours before I can use it again and I hope he is fast asleep not up and coughing all night.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Registration

Why is it that every year about this time, I have this overwhelming urge to Home school? I just went to school registration for Jared and Mia and inside I was just screaming, "What am I doing here?" I know that it would take A LOT of work to home school my children, but every year I know I am up to the challenge. The problem? Jared LOVES going to school. I asked him one time if he wanted to go to school or if he wanted to be home schooled and he asked me if we could do both. "Home school half of the day and go to public school the other half." When I told him that it wouldn't work that way, he decided he wanted to go to school. For him, maybe public school is the best idea.

Mia is ALL about going to public school. She has been ready to go for the last two years while Jared has been going. Now that she finally has the chance, it would seem unfair for her to have to miss out on all the fun of going to school.

I REALLY feel that the kids would get a better education with me as their teacher. I know that they do great at school and as long as I continue to volunteer once a week and stay involved, I will definitely know if I should revisit the idea of homeschooling.

For another school year, I will push it to the back of my mind and try to not think about it too often and just let the kids enjoy being children.

Jared will be in Miss Casperson's class who I have heard wonderful things about. Mia will be in the afternoon Kindergarten with Mrs. Madsen who is just a lovable grandma. I know they will be in good hands. This doesn't mean that I will stop trying to teach them myself, though.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Advice

Remember this post? Here is my advice on solving the problem...marry a computer guy! Seth fixed the little bug in no time flat.

Thanks Seth!

Surprise!

We had the best kind of visitors on Monday! Our friends that used to live in our neighborhood, but now live in Wyoming showed up at our front door, completely unexpected! It was so exciting to them. Emma, here in the picture, was Mia's first "real" friend. When she got her hair cut, she wanted to look like Emma. She started wearing skirts around because Emma wore skirts. Mia was so sad when Emma moved and asked us nearly daily if we could move "just one more time" so that we could live by Emma. Mia still likes to draw pictures for Emma (if only her mom would mail them...) and talks about her all the time. Funny thing is, when they got here, Mia turned shy or something and just stared at her for a while.

It was SUCH a good surprise and we are so glad that they stopped in for a visit.