Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
As far as updates go - Friday Meagan and I hung out with friends for a while - nothing too notable. It's just good to be with friends. Saturday...hmmm...I can't even remember what we did Saturday. I was starting to feel a little down, so we just sort of hung out - and watched ND win!! Sunday, church (where I couldn't sing - even more than usual *LOL* - and I bawled my eyes out, which made the stuffy/runny nose issue all the messier...nice.), nap, bills, grocery, and generally lying around and being a bum on the couch.
Today I thought I was feeling a bit better, but by about 2:30, the yucks were setting in again. Tonight, Lucas took Sebastian to football practice (which was called earlier due to lightning and rain), and I helped Isaac with a project for school - a Me book. I'm thinking I might do another interview with the kids and make up a Me book out of it for each of them. I think they would like that...I'll make a few 5x7 pages, print them out, and adhere them to some 5x7 note cards. At least that was my thought while we were working on his book for school - we'll see if I ever actually get around to it!
Oh, and today when I got home from school, there was a message from Isaac's teacher. Apparently, I am to expect a call from the principal, because today at lunch, my sweet little boy decided to bite someone. Why, you might ask (as I did)? A direct quote from Isaac: "I don't know. I can't remember." (Remember what I told you with the treadmill post? "I don't know" almost always translates into "If I tell you the truth, I will get in trouble.") So, we had to have a refresher on how to behave when someone is making us mad / frustrated. He also lost TV for the night, and he lost a penny from his jar (which, if you know this boy, is about the worst punishment you can dish out to him...which is how the whole penny thing came about anyway, since nothing else seemed to be effective with him). Anyway...Lucas told him tonight at dinner that he might have actually broken a record, beating his Daddy and his Uncle Shane in how quickly they can get in trouble with the principal. Even Sebastian held off his mooning episode until 1st grade! *LOL* So, I have a mooner and a biter...hmmm? Sometimes I feel sooooo inadequate to be the mother of two boys. Tonight before bed, I did a short recap with Isaac as to expected and acceptable behavior. It went something like this: 'Don't hit. Don't bite. Keep your teeth and your hands to yourself.' (Shouldn't this be a given??? I don't know. Whatever it takes I guess.)
Off to watch Prison Break. And then crash. Later.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Today when Sebastian came home from school, I asked him to let me check it out again. I wiggled his baby tooth to see how loose it was. Then, all of a sudden, something occurred to the poor child that obviously had not crossed his mind this morning. He clamped his hands over his mouth and said, "I hope Daddy doesn't pull my tooth out! I don't want him to know!"
**LOL** I couldn't help but laugh, thinking about the trauma that my poor husband went through as a child with regards to having a tooth pulled. :) It's still a sore subject for him! And now, he is presented with the opportunity to torture his own child in the same way he was tortured growing up! This is the beauty of parenting! :)
Last week at gymnastics, Meagan got to pick out her first leotard. She and I had gone to every store in the area looking for an inexpensive leotard that would fit her, but we had absolutely NO luck finding anything even remotely her size. I was left with very few options - the easiest of which was to just buy a competition-grade leotard from the gym. She got to pick out whichever one of the XS's she liked best. Her first choice was actually a velvety purple one, but it was a small, not an XS, and was just a bit too big for her still. So, this is the one she chose - a dark green one with silver sparkles...appropriately named 'Fancy Green Sparkles.'
She has been waiting for a week now to finally be able to actually wear Fancy Green. One night when we checked on her before going to bed, we actually found her sound asleep, snuggling her leotard like a teddy bear. Last night before bed I told her that this was the day she finally got to put it on. Of course, at 7:00 this morning, she was in jumping on my bed asking if she could get dressed in her fancy outfit. Of course, I had to take pictures to mark the special day.
She had a great practice today. Every week she improves, which is just cool to watch. She loves it so far! And she is just so darn cute at it!
Monday, September 22, 2008
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Well, yesterday, our friend called and said he had another ticket...would I like to go too? OF COURSE!! But...that would mean finding child care for 9 hours (from 11:00 to 8:00 it ended up being) with less than 24 hours notice. Not a small feat, but thankfully, I was able to find someone, even on such short notice.
Well, this morning, Lucas rolled out of bed at about 4:00. Yes...4:00! He and his buddy Jim wanted to go hunting this morning (Keep in mind, we were supposed to meet to leave for the game at 11:30). At about 9:15 I got a call from Lucas. He and Jim both got a deer, and he wanted me to try to find someone in the area that could process the meat for him (since he obviously wasn't going to be able to take the time to do it and still get to the game any time today).
Anyway, we were running late (which was no real surprise), but when Lucas called Ryan to tell him, Ryan said they had also gone hunting this morning, and they were just finishing hanging a deer & packing it on ice (I know, this is kind of gross...I'm grossed out just writing it). So, we bumped out meeting time back a nudge, and continued on with the day as planned.
We parked in a lot about 20 minutes walking distance from the stadium, and we set up a little tailgate. It was me and 9 guys. Nice. But it ended up being an awesome day. We cooked burgers, & bratts, and had a great time hanging out. Even though ND played horribly, it was a great day!
Since I don't have any Halloween pics from this year (for obvious reasons), I dug up some previous years. These pics happen to be from 2005 - Meagan's 1st trick-or-treat. Look what a little peanut she was!
I'm really awful at scrapping holidays for some reason. I'm not really sure why, but I think it's just that the pictures never really inspire me. Or maybe I just take WAY too many pictures at holidays, and then I feel overwhelmed by them. Who knows what my issue is exactly? Whatever it is, it is the reason that I have unscrapped pictures from 2005.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
We have his schedule for games & practices, for those who have asked me for it. He has something every Monday & Wednesday for the next several weeks, always from 6:00 - 7:30. He has games this coming Monday and Wednesday, and also Wednesday of next week. If you need specific info, just let me know & I'll pass it along.
That night, as I was helping a very tired Isaac get into his pj's, I noticed a raw spot on his hip. I asked him what happened, and he said, "I don't know," which typically (especially in Isaac's world) translates into I don't want to say because I might get in trouble. I knew he was tired, so I let it go. I put some Neosporin and a few band-aids on it, and put him in bed.
Then yesterday on the way to church, one of the kids on the bus asked Isaac what he did to his arm. I looked at him, and I noticed a scrape across his wrist. So I pointed to it, but the other kid said, "No, not there. Under his arm." So now my curiosity was peeked. I checked him out, and he has a pretty big, now-scabby scrape all the way up the underside of his arm. Okay, now I knew something was up. Still, he was sticking to his "I don't know" story.
Finally, last night as I was helping him brush his teeth, I asked him once more, and I got the story (probably because Sebastian was there to help fill in the blanks, LOL). Isaac told me, "I was on a running thing and I couldn't do it and I fell on the wall." Hmmm.... processing.... processing .... I wonder if Scott & Renee have a treadmill? So I asked, and sure enough, there was a treadmill in the basement, and the boys decided to give it a go. Sebastian admitted to trying it on 8, but he said he couldn't do it. So, since he couldn't do 8, what's the next best thing to do? Talk your little brother into trying TEN of course! Poor Isaac said he put it on 10, and then let go because he couldn't run that fast. I'm sure you can figure out what came next. Yup... he flew off and crashed into the wall.
I'm sorry, maybe I'm a horrible mother, but I had to crack a smile, and it was a challenge not to out & out laugh. That's just a funny mental picture to me! Poor little guy... too bad I didn't have a video camera on the event! That would have been priceless footage! As it was, there was no video taken. In fact, they kept it so quiet - no crying, no tattling, nothing - that I didn't even know it happened. Signs of things to come, I believe.
Journaling: Sebastian missed his Halloween party at school today. I had to pick him up early because he didn't feel well. Tonight for trick-or-treat, he was running a low fever, but I felt so bad for him, I let him go out anyway. Unfortunately, the cold, wet weather made it worse, and we ended up in Urgent Care at 10:00 at night...he got a shot. 10/31/07
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Since I cleaned the bathrooms (twice) the other day, I put these new little toilet gel things in the toilets. They're by Scrubbing Bubbles, and they cling to the side of the bowl, and as the water flushes over them, they release the cleaning gel.
Meagan has a serious hang-up with these little gel tabs. First of all, they're green. The first time she came in to use the toilet after I cleaned them, she said (at the top of her lungs), 'MOM!! There's a green thing in the potty!' She flat refused to pee in the toilet with the green thing on it, until, that is, she found out there was a green thing in every potty, so she had no choice! Finally, after much convincing on my part, she agreed to use the toilet, but made it clear that she was not happy about the green thing.
That hurdle behind us, I thought we were home-free. Nope. Her next issue was that she realized it was disappearing bit by bit as the toilet was being flushed. 'MOM' (again at the top of her lungs), 'THE GREEN THING IS BREAKING!!' I assured her it was okay, and that was what it was supposed to do. She was very unsure about the whole thing, but I guess when you gotta go, you gotta go! So she gave in.
Surely, that was the last issue we would have with the green things. Right? Wrong. She has now decided the green things are smelly, so she won't go into the bathrooms for anything other than absolute necessities. Not to get a tissue. Not to get a toy. The other night, she was looking for a toy that she had left in the bathroom. When she realized where it was, she stood at the threshold of the bathroom door, careful not to leave the hallway, and just stared into the bathroom. She said she was not going to go in to get it because the bathroom is too stinky. Then, while I was giving her a bath, she must have told me ten times that the green thing stinks. Point made right? Nope. Not Meagan. Yesterday, I went in to check on her while she was using the bathroom, and she was literally sitting on the toilet, HOLDING HER NOSE! Not because she was stinkin' it up! But because the green thing was in there. There is some serious irony in there somewhere! She's such a goofball!
The second is another Sebastian & Shane thing - they did a dinosaur dig, where they 'buried' bones in a cast and then excavated them by digging them up with tools and all. Definitely a highlight for Sebastian!
Last one...this one, I think, is my personal favorite. I think it's because it was not at all coming together right, and then all of a sudden it clicked, and it came together great. I think it's one of my all-time favorite layouts. These pictures were taken last September. She was all decked out in my shoes and purse (the purse she later claimed as her own!), and she was pretending to be grown up - you know, go to the grocery, go to work, talk on the phone, etc. Very cute, she is!
Wednesday, I took Meagan to a trial gymnastics class. There is a gym about 25-ish minutes from here that has inexpensive classes that are geared specifically for kids her age. I called to ask about it, and they said I could come and try it for free. So, we loaded up Wednesday morning, and headed to her first gymnastics class. I was curious to see the caliber of class, but I was pleasantly surprised. It was easy for her to stay focused, but it was designed really well, so that she learned fundamentals while having fun. It was really very good.
The coach was actually the head coach & gym owner. He had stations set up for them. Two different bars stations, to teach them how to support their own weight on the bar, and also how to move around the bar by doing a pull-over (obviously with spotting) and a dismount; a trampoline station (a crowd favorite - but it made them focus on controlling their body movement by staying in the small open area on the tramp); a vault station - essentially running down a mini runway, jumping onto the spring board and landing with both feet on a 2-foot mat...very cute, and probably my favorite to watch); floor stations (forward rolls on an incline, headstands against the wall, cartwheels, and bridges; and beam stations (moving every imaginable way along the beam - forward, backward, sideways, crawling, bear walking, kicking, and dipping...also very cute!).
The class lasted 45 minutes. At the end, I asked her if she liked it, and if she wanted to do it again. Her response was a resounding YES. So, I registered her for class. We'll do the fall season and see how it goes, but she seems to be taking to it very well. Now my only challenge is to find a leotard small enough to fit her! Her next class is this Wednesday.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Yesterday they announced their new CT members, and they have invited me to be on their team! I can't tell you how pumped I am! The longer I browse through the shop, the more stuff I find that I like!! I can't wait to start playing!
Anyway, I also wanted to pass along some info, for my fellow digi-scrappers. Elemental Scraps is having a HUGE sale right now, and they have TONS of AWESOME kits and elements marked down to $1.00!!! That's a bargain (and totally my kind of scrapbook shopping! I hardly EVER buy stuff at full price!) So I thought I'd pass it along as an FYI, in case you have an extra buck or 2 to spend. I mean, some of these kits are regularly $6 or so, and they're selling for a dollar! (Can you tell I'm in heaven?!) Here are some of my fav's that are selling for $1:
o, anyway, here's the link if you're interested: http://www.elementalscraps.com/ There is a link at the top of their Shoppe page that says 9/10 dollar deals! Happy scrapping!
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
My bathrooms had been neglected for slightly longer than they should have been. They were pretty dirty, and required a little extra attention. So over the course of about 2 1/2 hours, I scrubbed and cleaned all three bathrooms (although I will admit it was not at all 2 1/2 straight hours of work - still if all the cleaning supplies are out and in process of being used, it counts as cleaning time in my book).
So, when Lucas & the boys got home, we had clean, sparkling bathrooms. Aaaah! Clean bathrooms are the best! BUT...I prefer when they last for more than 3 hours....
After dinner, the kids all went back outside to play while Lucas & I cleaned up the kitchen. All of a sudden, the back door opens up and one of the kids - we'll preserve some level of anonymity & call him/her CHILD A - comes in and sort of shuffle walks toward the bathroom. So I ask Child A if everything is okay, and I get a funny look in return. Soon after, I hear, "MOOOOOMMMM!!! I need help!" So I go into the 1st-floor bathroom to see what the trouble is. It only took about a mili-second for me to figure it out. Poo smeared on the toilet seat, some on the floor, and all over the shirt sleeve and the pants. Obviously, that bathroom encounter didn't go as planned.
Meanwhile... CHILD B slips past and heads upstairs to the kids' bathroom. Because of the mess that had been made by Child A, I decided a bath was definitely in order. So, I abandoned kitchen duties, and headed up the stairs to run some bath water and start some laundry. When I got to the bathroom, however, there is a scene almost identical to the one I just left. Child B had obviously slid off of the toilet (I'll let you figure out how I figured that one out! LOL), and was standing in the middle of the bathroom with a bewildered look on his/her face. Poo on the toilet seat, on the floor, and on the sink counter. Plus all over the pants and legs. YIKES!
What is there to do but strip everyone down and throw them all in the tub (and clean the bathrooms again, and do two loads of laundry!) I'm fairly certain that God used this moment in my day to run a progress test. All in all, I think I handled it fairly okay (although I may have made a comment once something along the lines of 'I JUST cleaned the bathrooms...couldn't you have done this YESTERDAY?). Other than that, though, I stayed calm and did not get upset.
And on top of it all, I learned a lesson...Next time I clean the bathrooms, I'm locking the doors and keeping everyone out for at least 6 hours! LOL!
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Thursday was Meagan's first day of preschool! She was SOOO excited about the prospect of going to her very own school. We had gone earlier in the week and picked out a pretty little jumper for her to wear on the first day, so after breakfast, she rushed up the stairs and got dressed. Then we braided her hair into 'fancy hair' as she called it. She looked DARN CUTE! The only problem was that when we walked outside for pictures, we noticed that it was FREEZING! Her little jumper was hardly going to be enough to keep her warm for the day. So, we took some pictures quickly (notice her arms are folded? she's cold.) and then put a little white sweater over her jumper. Oh well. Still cute.
When we pulled up, she immediately started jabbering about her school and her playground and her friends and her this and her that. She practically sprinted to the door. And when we walked in, she jumped right in with both feet! She went straight over to where her teacher asked her to go, and went on about her business. She came back over to me and gave me a quick hug and smooch before I left, but she wasn't phased at all by my departure.
When I got there to pick her up in the afternoon, she actually got mad at me! I walked in, and her teacher said, "Meagan, your mommy's here." Meagan jumped up off of the story carpet and came running to me to give me a big hug. Then she turned right around and headed back to the carpet to sit down. So, I had to explain to her that I was there to get her and we were going to go home, which was promptly greeted with, "I don't want to leave!" I explained nicely, once more, that we had to go so we would be home when the boys' bus got to our house. She said, "It's okay, Mom, you can go get the boys." She had no intentions of leaving. Finally, I put all niceties aside and firmly told her it was time to go. She was mad, but she went.
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
We got the scoop on the first day. Isaac got to go to music class, he drew a picture (of Julia, and of some big poisonous thing???), he ate the best hot dog he's ever had for lunch, he got to look at 2 books during resting time, and he got to play on the playground! What a day!
Sebastian was also stoked about the hot dog - he gave it a 10 thumbs up! Sheesh! He was happy to see so many of his friends from last year. He told us the best part of his day was meeting the new kids in his class. (He is SUCH a social butterfly!) He took good care of Isaac - he even went to his class after school to get him and take him to the right bus. What a good big brother!
They all crashed hard tonight! It was a big day for everyone! But I think they're looking forward to more of the same tomorrow!
(It doesn't show up very well, but on this layout, the writing on the wall is a bunch of info about their 1st day of school...the names of their teachers, the name of their school, what they had for lunch & snack, what their favorite part of the day was, etc.)
I also got a few pictures of Meagan, who was pouting heavily this morning. At first she was boycotting even getting out of bed because she didn't want her boys to leave her. But she decided to come outside to say goodbye to them - in her PJ's! She was giving her best sad face, in hopes that it would sway them to stay home. It didn't work. In fact, when the bus came, they flew onto the bus so fast that I only had time to barely snap one picture before they were both out of sight. Clearly, no apprehension about the first day of school!