Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Wednesday, December 09, 2009
and several hours later, your boy has bled all over the freshly hung towel (White with ducks)?
Someday I hope to see my efforts last for at least a whole day.
Monday, December 07, 2009
We made this 4 layer monster with marble cake, chocolate frosting in between layers.
Pink vanilla frosting on the outside.
Sprinkles on top.
Jelly Belly jellybeans lining the bottom.
Gummy bears lining the top edge.
And a pretty white Happy Birthday on top.
Friday, October 09, 2009
It is wonderful!!! It is beautiful!!! It is perfect!!!
After looking at our cluttered dining room that had no furniture but still housed leftovers from when we first moved in a year ago, I talked to Mike about turning the room into a temporary school room. My thought was why let an entire room go unused in this house, that could very well function as the perfect space for learning. And perfect it has been.
First came the paint. I continued the sage green from Sherwin Williams that is in our study into this room. I love the color! It is pretty and soothing, and just generally makes me happy.
Then came the furniture. We had already purchased a piano with the help of my parents that resides on one wall. And I had my eyes on the Expedit line of furniture from IKEA. Finally the opportunity came in a $50 off purchase coupon to IKEA. I bought the 4 X 4 cube with 2 cubes for storage at the bottom and two sets of drawers. Then I bought the 2 X 2 with the extra $50. Even though I nearly exhausted the kids making them go back and forth through the IKEA store trying to make my decisions, I am really happy with what I got. The pieces are sturdy and large and each cubby can hold up to 30 pounds.
So now each subject area is put in its own little cubby. In the 2 X 2 I keep all the things that we are currently using. Katie has one magazine holder with her books and workbooks and folders. Nick has one for his things. And then I have one for my teacher guides and any other things like writing paper and lesson plans. There are binders for completed work that we are saving. There are other files of things that could be pulled out at a moments notice to entertain a bored child. In the bottom cubes in the big storage unit are math manipulatives, and in the drawers are more math games and reading things.
The biggest blessing came in the wonderful, perfectly sized table that a friend gave to us. It was the final piece of the puzzle that made us able to work full-time in this room. Thank you, my friend!! It meant no more spilled drinks over math workbooks. No more complaints of hunger (since we used to work at the kitchen table and I think it stirred the grumblies in my children). And the kids know it is a designated work space. NO TOYS ALLOWED!!! I almost think they enjoy it as much as I do.
Friday, October 02, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Soon he will have time to fix it, and soon we will be up and running with lots of stories.
In the meantime, just know my day has been filled with a 4 year old not making it to the potty in time, and it wasn't a flood that occurred.
Friday, August 07, 2009
Several months ago, we were at a Subway restaurant, just me and the kids, and Katie went into the bathroom by herself while I ordered. All of a sudden I heard this terrible shrieking. She had panicked while trying to open the door. It had one of those pull down handles, and she wasn't turning it the whole way before trying to open; therefore, it wasn't opening and she thought she was trapped.
Then Nicholas did the same thing a few weeks ago at an ice-cream place.
But even better was his experience with automatic doors. Even though he is quite the heavy child, he doesn't weigh enough yet to trigger the automatic doors at our local library. And at this particular library there are two sets of automatic doors with just a tiny space in between. He had been told to wait for me while I finished checking out, but being the ever "testing the limits" child, he walked out the first set of doors when they opened for someone leaving, but then the doors closed, and he couldn't get back in, nor could he go further out. He was trapped. And the look on his terrified face was priceless.
Since then he is scared to go in any doors. He attaches himself firmly to my side at all automatic entrances, and he wants his bedroom door open at all times, in case it should lock on him mysteriously. He can't comprehend that the door won't magically lock, but he would have to turn the lock himself.
So for now, we have two kids that will not enter rooms with those special handles, and one child who has fears of all doors.
Probably not such a bad thing for that young daredevil.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Monday, July 06, 2009
And this would be the sweaty little boy, after running the bases.
And I had to add this photo of his friend, Andrew. It is just too silly!
Wednesday, July 01, 2009
In order to get a 1000mg dose of acetaminophen, I could pay $15 for a doctor copay, and then pay whatever insane copay my insurance says on a prescription, or I could just take 3 of the new Tylenol pills that will be coming out, since that will equal 975mg.
My guess, is that anyone who is smart enough to do the math, and not concerned with the possibility of liver damage, will take the 3 pills out of a regular over the counter bottle of Tylenol. After all, how long have we had this product on the market and been taking it at the 1000mg dose.
Another case of the government wasting a lot of time and money.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Sunday, June 14, 2009
2. When your 4 year old learns to whistle, you will be overjoyed at his new found skill. Then after several days of nonstop whistling, the enjoyment fades.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Katie in her tap dance. Not that you can tell which one she is. (Towards the middle somewhere)
Thursday, June 04, 2009
And here is the back. A really adorable purple heart print.
I have Katie to thank for that one.
Monday, June 01, 2009
Do you have a friend call you on June 1st to wish you a happy hurricane season.
She should have added happy swarming mosquitoes that will suck 8 pints of blood from you, as well as happy screaming children day, since the mosquitoes terrify them until they scream and tremble in terror.
Doesn't he look proud to win his medal?
And she is pretty darn cute too.
Then we had Nick's final t-ball game.
Sitting in the dugout before the game.
This looks more like him.
Nick at bat. The shirt has come out, and he's ready. This hit went all the way out to the outfield. The boy can swing!
And then I spent my weekend making these. The summer t-ball season starts today, and Mike has some plans for using them with the kids.