Monday, August 30, 2010
Since I knew we needed to do after-school snack, and I knew everyone was HOT, and I knew it would help to smooth things over with my drama queen, I decided to take them to Mr. Freeze for an ice cream after-school snack. So they are watching Pokemon and eating ice cream. As soon as their show is over, the tv goes off, and it's homework time. But 20 minutes of cool-down time seems to have had the effect I was hoping for.
She has tomorrow off, and will go back again on Wednesday.
"You mean to stay all day?"
"Yes to stay all day. When you go to sleep and then wake up, it will be your first day of kindergarten."
"Booya Baby!!" (followed by a happy dance)
Needless to say, the child was super excited to go to school. She told her Daddy that she was going to get to learn today. I love that she is excited about learning.
So, breakfast this morning...
(Yes, she is eating a soft pretzel for breakfast. Don't hate.)
Three lunches to pack.
Saturday, August 28, 2010
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Friday, August 27, 2010
They're watching a movie tonight and staying up late. They're happy.
A few days' reprieve then they start all over again on Monday. Enjoy the weekend!
One of the best, and most difficult parts of getting a manicure is picking out the color. I mean, there was a whole WALL of colors to choose from. How's a girl supposed to pick just one... In fact, she did suggest that maybe she could get a different color on each hand, or maybe even on each finger. I know I'm a meanie, but I made her choose just ONE... I didn't want to torture the poor lady doing the painting!
Yes, THIS is the color she picked. Bright yellow. She has a thing for yellow lately. Especially yellow cars, which she calls BINGO's. Plus, as she so articulately pointed out to me, the lockers at school are yellow. I guess it IS very important to match the lockers...??? Whatever makes her happy.
So we spent our last day of just the two of us - pre-kindergarten Meagan and a Mommy of 3 school-age kids (*more sniffing*). We had a ball together. First the bike ride. The park. Then the salon. Love it. More importantly, SHE loved it too.
Journaling: All bundled up and ready to go play in the snow. Purple Tinkerbell knit hat, big purple coat, and pink and purple snow pants to match. Your eyes lit with the excitement of all the fun yet to come... the snow angels you'll make, the snowballs you'll throw, and the snow forts you'll build. With all your snow wear snugly in place, and a huge smile on your face, you set outside for some snow fun. When you come back in, you can be sure there will be hot cocoa with marshmallows, some dry clothes, a blanket, and a movie waiting to get you all warmed up. Enjoy your outing in the snow! Bundle up. It's cold outside!
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Day three... we all got up pretty well this morning... the house was only 67 degrees, as we had left the windows open last night... brrrr... so we all lugged blankets around with us as we got ready... which may have played a part in our leaving five minutes later. We still managed to get to school in plenty of time. This morning, however, I had to will my legs to move... one in front of the other... at a relatively quick pace, as I was trying to keep up with three kids on scooters. We dropped the boys off, and headed back home - thankfully at a much slower pace. Meagan kept stopping in every bit of shade she passed. At one point she told me she needed to be carried. "Me too" I thought to myself.
Later, however, we purposely went out again. This time on bikes. Meagan and I biked most of the way to the school, and then turned down a little side road that leads to a park. We followed a bike path through the park to the playground area, where we parked and played for about 20 minutes. Then biked through the park and back home again to get ready for lunch.
I am thinking I may try to find a hair salon nearby that will trim Meagan's hair for me... and maybe we'll get girly manicures if it's not too expensive. Just a fun girly thing to do on her last school day before she starts school. We have 2 1/2 hours until we have to go get the boys, so we'll see what we actually have time for.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
I also managed to drop both of my boys off at school without shedding so much as a single tear (whether or not it will be the same story on Monday when Meagan goes is yet to be seen). We headed home, got the lawn mowed, played outside, did NOT clean the house *lol* and had an all-around good day. Meagan even decided to bake her brothers some brownies for a surprise after-school snack - she used her Easy Bake Oven... which, I might add, took me a minute to figure out... apparently, I was trying to put the cake pan in the wrong side... doesn't work like that... I felt dumb. Anyway.
The boys both had homework to do, so they had their snacks and started in on their homework right away. I can see that homework with Isaac will require a balancing act - first of all, my FULL attention, balanced with my almost-complete silence. He just doesn't like people to talk to him. So I thought I would get up and leave him alone. When I came back, however, he had made a mistake. When I tried to talk to him about it to help him understand, he got super frustrated and said he hates second grade homework. A delicate balance it will be - otherwise, it will be a LONG year. *sigh* He is SUCH a smart boy! I am praying that he gains his confidence soon.
After dinner, Daddy surprised the kids with a trip to Mr. Freeze for some first-day-of-school ice cream. Then a quick trip to Wal-Mart (for a picture that I soon found out printed to the store in Michigan, rather than the store in Ohio... gonna have to change that and try again. I laughed at myself.) Then home, showers, and bedtime. We shall start again tomorrow. I wonder how many days before they no longer get up willingly and excitedly in the mornings? We'll see.
* On a side note, I signed Meagan up for dance class this evening. She will be starting in the next few weeks. She's in a class of 5-7 year olds, doing tap, jazz and ballet. She could not be more excited! Giddy is the word I would use. She has been doing her own form of tap and ballet around the house every day for the past week, so when I told her I found a dance class for her, she got a huge grin on her face from ear to ear. I'm excited to see her... hope she enjoys it as much as she thinks she will. *
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Journaling: 'This is you all the way. You are a fashionista! You are always making up your own outfits by combining skirts and shirts and using them in new and inventive ways. You are 5, but you are SO aware of your clothes - do they match, do they look cute... One day you looked at me and said, Mama, I'm so fashion, huh?'
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The best part of the day for me was when all three of my kids got on the 1001 Nights ride (see it here). Meagan was barely tall enough, but she passed the height test and was super pumped to go on it. The first time around, she and Sebastian went. Isaac went with Grandma to ride something else. The look(s) on Meagan's face were priceless! She went from great big smiles and laughter to 'I'm not sure this was a good idea.' In the end, though, she got off and ran up to me yelling, "Let's go again!!!" The second time, Isaac decided to get on with them. I guess if Meagan can make it through, then it's probably safe for him to do as well. More funny faces all around for us to laugh at while they rode. They all had a blast!
Anyway, my sweet friend Krista released one of the best kits EVER just in time for fair time! Here's a layout I did with it using pictures from last year's trip to the fair:
Journaling: It is always so much fun to visit the Allen County Fair with Grandma & Grandpa B. This year you got ride bracelets again, and revisited some of your favorites from last year... the airplanes, the big wavy racing slide, and the carousel to name a few. You also ventured out and tried new things this year... like the school bus ride. I am pretty sure that one will not be added to the list of favorites - at least for Meagan. August '09
You can check out Krista's kit on her blog here... there's a free download to go with it if you're interested!
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After lunch I started sorting through the pile of bags of school supplies that were sitting in the floor in my otherwise clean office. Each little thing had to be labeled. Let's just say it took a while. I grossly underestimated how long this process was going to take, and should have started MUCH sooner than I did. Oh well.
Here is the pile of supplies we had to deal with yesterday:
Later we added two more pair of shoes and one more box of gallon baggies to the mix. Finally, school supplies are done!
I dropped the boys off at the school at 4:30 for their New Kids party, and we all went back at 5:30 for Preview. We went to Sebastian's classroom first, then to the cafeteria to sign up for conferences, then Isaac's classroom, then Meagan's. It was a lot of activity crammed into a relatively short period of time. Everyone's teachers seem to be super nice. I think it's going to be a good year.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Journaling: On this very ordinary day, I was lucky enough to capture a very typical silly you.
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Tuesday, August 17, 2010
So this Thursday is orientation, which entails paying school fees, turning in medical forms, etc, and HAVING SCHOOL PICTURES TAKEN... already! Well, okay. So we'll be doing that Thursday morning. Then next Monday (after the New Kids party) they have a preview night, when the kids get to see their class rooms, find their lockers, take their school supplies in and drop them off. After that, Wednesday school starts for the boys. Just like that.
So tonight we started shifting toward a school-time sleep schedule. Not an easy transition to make from a loosey-goosey summer sleep schedule. During the summer, the kids stay out 'til 9:00 or later, then come inside and settle in for at least one movie before bedtime... that's the routine almost every night. So now, instead of 10:45 bedtimes, we're trying to get back to 8:00 bedtimes. Tonight it was 9:15. Better, but we still have a ways to go. Wish me luck!
One thing I will say is that it is nice to hear quiet in the house so early in the night. I haven't heard a noise for the past half hour. I can live with that!
So I totally apologize to those of you who have serious spider issues... I've never been one of those people, but I can now majorly empathize with you. Please forgive me.
Journaling: After quite some time of sharing a single DS, the boys started to ask to be allowed to each have their own. We gave it some thought, but had never really given them an answer. Until one day... our 1st parent-teacher conference with Isaac's first-grade teacher was a little rough. He said he was having trouble with Isaac at times acting out or lashing out at other students. And Isaac was still doing a lot of thumb sucking during class time. Lucas sat down with Isaac and had a talk with him. And a promise was made... if Isaac would commit to really working on his attitude, & his teacher had a positive report for us at the 2nd conference near the end of the year, then Isaac could have his own DS, and Sebastian could keep the one we already had. Well, this was a great motivation for Isaac, and his daddy was true to his word. After a VERY good report at the 2nd meeting, Lucas took Isaac to pick out his very own DS.
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This is Meagan and her 'boyfriend.' His mom took this picture of them while they were out and about getting ice cream and spending time together (it was actually the evening that I had to take Isaac to the ER for ankle x-rays).
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The first of what I am sure will be many Lego Discovery Center layouts. Maybe I'll end up doing a mini Chicago album or something?? We'll see. For now, it's just one layout... :)
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Anyway, I sprayed and sprayed. I sprayed it so much that the spider had a white foamy film on it. It started to run in circles (at which point I actually felt bad for it... my neighbor, however, felt absolutely NO remorse about any of it, LOL). The last step was to, once again, get the extension painting rod and smash the ever-livin' out of the thing. So now I have smashed spider corpse on my front porch. Will hose it off tomorrow when I'm feeling a little less grossed out by it all.
You know how there's always one house in the neighborhood where all the kids like to go hang out and play in the yard.... I am that house for really large spiders apparently. I think I like kids better.
Friday, August 13, 2010
Afterward, we made a stop at the kids' school, as class lists were posted today. Each one of the kids has at least one person in their class that they at least know to some degree. I am happy for that. I also found out what time school starts in the mornings... nice bit of information to have before the 1st day of school.
We left school, and headed to Mr. Freeze for an ice cream afternoon snack. I got a chocolate ice cream cone coated in that crunchy stuff that is kind of like nuts and sprinkles mixed. YUM. That crunchy stuff always takes me right back to my childhood. I remember my dad would take me on occasion to this little ice cream stand way out in the country, and I often got ice cream cones with crunchy sprinkle coating on it. That or a turtle sundae. But neither was I allowed to eat in his truck because, well, because kids and ice cream = mess beyond belief. Totally understand that now.
We made pizzas for dinner. Watched 2 movies and relaxed after a long day of sunshine. Then... then I started sanding a dresser. My mom and I started stripping the paint off of the dresser that's in Meagan's room. The stripping agent didn't really work. So I started sanding it. Let's just say, I worked on it for about an hour. That was all I could take for tonight.
We spent the rest of the night with our neighbors. Ended up at their house, watching a movie (Shrek) and talking and having warm-from-the-oven chocolate chip cookies. Seeing as we just got home 30 minutes ago, and it is now 11:45, I am hoping the kids will sleep in tomorrow. I, however, will be up bright and early to work on the dresser before it gets unbearably hot.
Oh, and I saw the biggest non-tarantula-ish spider I've ever seen in person (that wasn't in a zoo, I should say). It was just hanging out on our front porch... a fact that I'm not too thrilled with. I'm afraid if there's one, there are more. I dug through the garage and found wasp/roach/spider killer spray. The can says it will kill a scorpion... this thing was about that big, so I'm hoping it worked. However, I sprayed it and that sucker went FLYING across the porch. I screamed like a girl. Granted, I am a girl, but still. It went into the bush right in the front of our house. Now I will be eternally paranoid when working in my flower beds. Really. It was way too big for comfort. Gives me the heeby jeebies. I hope it's dead now. And that it didn't leave any gigantic spider babies behind. Eew.... I need to stop talking about this now if I'm going to sleep tonight. LOL.
We decided to take a ride on the safari train to take a closer look.
The hippos were very active... I've never seen them actually get up and move around the way they did. It was pretty cool to watch actually.
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Well, you recall that yesterday I was feeling rather yucky and just wanted to fall over and sleep. Um, yeah. That's exactly what I did. I went to bed and didn't wake up until about 10:00 this morning... and didn't get up until almost 10:30. Yikes. So, the day felt like kind of a bust to get started. It's tough to lose that much of the morning. We recovered as best we could, though.
The kids played outside for a little while during what was left of the morning, until it started raining. We decided that, since we were gonna have to be inside anyway, and since we REALLY needed to go grocery shopping, that we would make a trip to Meijer to pass some time. It POURED while we were there. The rain on the roof sounded like an army invasion. Crazy rain! Which, led us to the thought process of needing rain boots. The kids will be walking to school this year, and rain is inevitable. True, I could probably drive them, but maybe it would just be more fun to walk in the rain... but only if we have umbrellas and rain boots. I wasn't sure if we would even be able to find any boots, but they actually had quite a cute selection. Here's what we settled on...