Friday, December 19, 2008
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
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.
I think these would be really cute with a patterned scrapbooking paper mod podged on the back.
Saturday, December 13, 2008
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 .
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.
Mia is the one on the far right, back row.
Friday, November 28, 2008
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.
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.
Jared: "Mommy. If I ask you something, will you tell me the honest truth?"
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
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
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
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
I hugged him.
Monday, September 8, 2008
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
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Sunday, August 31, 2008
Saturday, August 30, 2008
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
Friday, August 22, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
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
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
It was SUCH a good surprise and we are so glad that they stopped in for a visit.