Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Every Monday Gage brings home a newsletter from school telling about what they did the previous week. "A peak at last week" (Yes, I know peak is spelled wrong...........it's spelled wrong on the newsletter. I was going to point it out to his teacher after he brought the first one home, but I didn't want her to think I was a pain in the butt mom who thinks they know it all, and now I think too much time has gone by??) Anyway, as I was reading the newsletter, I got to Health. Here's what it says "In health, we completed a couple of lessons on how our bodies change as we grow. We talked about how we are special and nobody is the same as we are! In addition, we learned about our 5 senses (sight, touch, taste, hear, smell). However, one child reminded me that there is actually another sense..........and when I asked what it was, he replied, "Common Sense"! Leave it to a first grader!" Leave it to MY first grader! :-) When I read that I asked him who that was and he got a big grin on his face. He said to me, I should have also told her "sense of humor"! He certainly has one of those!!!! I thought that was pretty good and I wanted to share it with all of you! (I wish Brie had some common sense! Maybe I would like her more?)
Monday, October 29, 2007
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Saturday, October 27, 2007
This is a 3-year-old, pure bred, female, Black lab already spayed and up to date on her vaccinations, including rabies. She is a well-trained hunting dog. Her name is Brie (like the cheese). She is trained to ring a bell when she needs to go outside to potty. She hasn't had any accidents in quite awhile (she is being medicated for that). Brie is great with kids. She is also great with cats. She is a duck retrieving machine. She would be a great watch dog for any home. She lays at the top of our stairway, where she has a clear view of the front yard, and she will forewarn you of any window peepers or if you just have a visitor at the door. She will also let you know if your neighbors across the street have any kind of activity going on at their house. She does NOT shed.................during the subzero North Dakota winters. She is free to a good home. Just give me a call. I will deliver. There is no distance too far.
Seriously, if anyone wants a dog, she's yours. Brie apparently doesn't like living here, as she once again attempted to run away from home. I believe this is her 4th attempt at escape. On her 2nd attempt, I had a phone call from the nearby mall. It was an insurance company who was wanting to know if I had lost a dog named Branta. Well, no, I didn't lose a dog named Branta, because we had just put her to sleep a week or two prior. It was Brie. She was wearing Branta's collar. Branta's name and phone number were embroidered on the collar, so they gave me a call. This was earlier this spring, when we had one vehicle. Scott had my vehicle at work, which left me on foot. It was mid morning, around 9am. It was raining out. I was still in my pajamas and the kids were still in theirs watching cartoons. I panicked. I told the lady I would be right there. I quickly put my shoes on and a light windbreaker jacket over my pajamas. I told the kids to "stay put, do not answer the phone, do not answer the door, I will be back in a few minutes". I took off out the door. It was raining cats and dogs. I took off running down the sidewalk. I think I maybe had gone 20 yards before I decided I was out of breath, and I had no bra on. I walked as quickly as I could and found Brie right outside the insurance office with the lady that found her and called me. Brie was happier to see me than I was to see her! I hooked her up to the leash, thanked the lady and took off for home. It is now pelting rain sideways. I was soaked when I got home and I was not happy.
Today, started out as a normal Saturday morning. I got up before Scott, so I had to do the dog duties. She is typically STARVING to death first thing in the morning. She barely takes time to actually go to the bathroom before she is right back at the door wanting in to be fed breakfast. So, not long after she ate, she needed to go out again and rang the bell hanging from the back doorknob. Scott let her out. Brie loves to be outside. She has started to just hang around outside sometimes so long that we actually forget she's out there. Sometimes she is actually playing on the swing on the swingset. Scott and Gage left for hockey practice at 9am after they raised the garage door. Scott typically forgets to close the garage door as he's driving away. Apparently Brie was still out in backyard. We go about our day as usual. Emma has dance, we eat lunch, Gage has a birthday party to attend, we have errands to run we pick Gage up from the birthday party and now it's 3:15 pm. Scott frantically runs out to ask if I had seen Brie. Nope. When was the last time you saw her? When I fed her this morning. She is gone. No where to be found. Scott takes off in his truck. I load the kids in the van and take off in the other direction. As I'm driving, I'm thinking there's no way we're going to find her. She is long gone. I ask a man who was out on a walk if he had seen a black lab running loose. Nope. I drive around several blocks as the kids fight about who's looking which way to find the dog. I drive home to find Scott. I told him to go look and I would call Animal Control. I called and asked the gal if they had found a black lab. Nope, not that she knew of. I gave her the information (and by the way, she did not have Branta's collar on this time, she was naked) and she said they would call if they had any reports of a lost dog, and I was do call them if we found her. I was off the phone with her for about 30 seconds and she called me back and told me that someone told her that they had picked up a black lab at 2024 N. 5th St. (4 blocks away). I told her I would be right down. She said be sure to bring some money, as it would cost $49 to get her out of the pound. Scott came home and we went to the police dept. to pay the boarding fees, etc. Then, we had to drive clear to the other side of town to the pound and a police officer was going to meet us there. The gal that came, happened to be the same gal who picked her up. She said that some lady was out walking her dog and Brie decided to follow them and followed them all the way home. The lady called animal control and they picked her up at 11:02 am. As the police officer and I went into the building, I told her if there was another one that I liked better, I would like to trade. As we walked in EVERY dog in the place was standing up on their hind legs scratching at the cage and barking their brains out. All of them except Brie. She was out back enjoying the beautiful weather. She had a dog door to an outside cage. The lady called her name and she came in and wagged her tail like there was no tomorrow. She was happy. I was not.
She's home, safe and sound. She is happy to be home.............I think? It was time to feed her when we got her home and she wouldn't eat. Any of you who know Brie, know that is NOT normal. There have been MANY times we've had to induce vomiting because she broke into the food container and gorged herself until she looked 9 months pregnant. Not sure what happened. Maybe she's on strike because she was found? Maybe she decided running away isn't really a good idea and she wore herself out worrying to death that she would never return home (I doubt it). I have no idea why she wouldn't eat, but I'm sure she will make up for it tomorrow morning, when she's STARVING to death once again.
Friday, October 26, 2007
Since I have started this transcription job I have noticed how important sleep is for me too. When I am sleepy, it is extremely difficult to really pay CLOSE attention to what the doctors are dictating. There is a huge difference in my ability depending on how tired or alert I am. It's amazing.
Anyone having problems with their child and sleep or even school issues, I swear by this book. Mine is currently out on loan, and I hope I get it back!
Thursday, October 25, 2007
2. This morning I had a call from a wonderful lady who offered to come by and pick up my cookies to take them to the church for me. THANKS JUANITA!! I am so grateful. That little task helps me out in a BIG way!
3. Emma and I went to an appointment of mine this morning. I had to go in and have a check up at the orthodontist's office. Today was going to be the day they start moving my teeth back into their correct positions. Well, that is delayed a little bit because I apparently lost 3-mm of width after they took out the rapid palate expander. So, for the next 4 weeks, I have to wear these little tiny rubber bands that are connected to a "button" that they stuck to 2 molars on my top, that stretch down to connect to a hook on the bottom, 1 on each side. They said I could take them off to eat and to brush. What a pain! Physically and literally! This will certainly help me to lose another 5 lbs over the next 4 weeks! Not only are my teeth extremely sore, it was totally a pain in the rear getting those tiny little rubberbands back in place! There have been many times already that I have picked something up to put in my mouth, only to put it back because I don't want to have to replace those stupid little things any more than I have to! They also prevent me from having big, satisfying yawns. Scott and the kids are going to love them, as I'm sure they will affect yelling as well. Dr. Warford told me today that if I wanted to, I could have a tooth permanently placed in the huge gap between my top 2 front teeth. I'm sure I gave him a puzzled look as I thought about it for a second. I said, "Well, I am not going to spend all of this money to end up with 3 front teeth!" He said, "It was just an option!" I may think differently after the next surgery, which he said will happen probably late next spring. But, right now, I think I'd prefer to have 2 front teeth on the top instead of 3. Thanks anyway!! I'm surprised he made that offer, as I would think after all of this, he too would want it to be "perfect" when it's all over with. I'm guessing he was joking around, even though it could be an option if I wanted to go that direction. I never take the easy way out in all aspects of my life. :-)
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Next, I signed up at church to bake 2-dozen cookies to take to The Banquet on Thursday night. I really wanted to sign up to serve the meal, but I knew Scott was going to be out of town, and I would have to find someone to watch the kids. I decided another way to help was to sign up on the list to bring cookies. They needed several volunteers for this.
Next, I have 2000 lines of transcription to type in the next 6 days.
I guess that doesn't sound like a lot, but when you add it to taking the kids to school, picking them up, taking Gage to hockey, Emma to dance, delivering frozen food (fundraiser that we had to do for Gage's school in Sept), etc, etc, etc, it makes for a busy week!
I'm tired just thinking about it. I should go to bed!
Monday, October 22, 2007
Scott got home today. He had a swan and some ducks that he brought home. He leaves tomorrow morning for some meeting in MN. I'll be glad when he can be home for more than 24 hours! It's hard to get my lines typed without feeling guilty because I'm not spending that time with the kids. They have been great though. It was funny, last night, while I had them in the bath tub, someone from the company I work for called and asked if I could work some hours. I had already planned on doing that because I said I would earlier in the week, AND I had to get more lines in (I have to get 2,000 in per week). Anyway, I told the gal that yes, I would, but I had the kids in the tub and I was trying to get them bathed and to bed. When I went back to the bathroom Gage asked me who called. I told him it was work. He had a confused look on his face. (I know it's probably a hard concept when Mom works in the basement!) I told them they wanted me to work. He said, "That's greedy isn't it?" I thought that was an interesting way of putting it! HA!
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Saturday, October 20, 2007
The kids had a great day too. They were VERY tired when I picked them up and getting a little cranky/whiney and started fighting. I fed them, bathed them and put them to bed after reading some Junie B. Jones. They were both out for the count soon after that. Gage had his first hockey practice today too, so that helped wear him out. Scott made it back from Tuttle to take him, so that was good. I haven't talked to him to hear how it went though. There is another hockey practice tomorrow, so I'll see then. He has a birthday party to go to also, so another busy day on tap for tomorrow!
Friday, October 19, 2007
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Last night I attended my first Tupperware party ever. I really like Tupperware, but have never known anyone who sells it, therefore have never had a party or known of anyone who was having a party. Maybe I've been invited to one and wasn't able to attend?? I'm not sure. I've been invited to so many parties since we've been here, it's hard telling if one of them might have been a Tupperware one and I just wasn't able to go? Anyway, Emily had a party, and I was able to go. I hired my friend Amy's son, Clay, the one Emma wants a playdate with, to come and sit with the kids while I was gone for a couple of hours. I think he might have been a little afraid at first, because when he called me back, he said, "What will I have to do?" I told him I would have the kids in bed before he got here, so if he was lucky he wouldn't have to do a thing! The kids were a little sad when I had them in bed, then told them that Clay would be coming to babysit while I went to Emily's party because they wanted to play of course. I told Gage and Emma I would have Clay come to tell them goodnight. They must have fallen asleep before he arrived (which would have had to have been within about 10 minutes) because Clay said he didn't hear a peep out of either one of them! I was amazed. I have problems with Emma and babysitters. Every thing is peachy until it's time to go to bed, then all heck breaks loose, and many times, she's still awake when I get home. All of my regular babysitters have gone off to college and I am so sad about that. I have a couple of younger gals I can call, but sometimes I need them to be able to drive as I can't take them home when the kids are asleep and Scott is gone. Anyway, I'm quite sure that was the easiest $20 Clay has ever earned in his life!! And, he said to call him anytime if I need anything. So maybe I found myself a new babysitter? I don't need them very often, but when I do, it's so nice to have someone to call! And by the way, the Tupperware party was alot of fun. I won a couple of different prizes so that was exciting. I also got a couple of wonderful recipes I can't wait to try, along with a few products I ordered! I can't wait for them to come in! It's pretty pathetic when I am excited about having attended a Tupperware party! I am getting old. I guess I should leave the gray hairs alone.
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Monday, October 15, 2007
I had a great walk today with my friend Emily. It was a nice, crisp, cool morning and we jabbered the whole 2.2 miles! :-) I needed that! Thanks Emily!!!! I am in the process of getting my scrapbook stuff organized for an all day crop at the Civic Center on Saturday. Unfortunately Scott isn't going to be around to help out with the kids so I have had to find a babysitter. There apparently is an important meeting out in the duck blind?? Anyway, Gage also has his first hockey practice of the season on Saturday. My wonderful friend Laura has offered to help out with all of that, but I just feel too guilty having her do the hockey thing too, so I will probably have to leave early from my scrapbook event?? We'll see what comes about.
Sunday, October 14, 2007
We went out selling more Cub Scout popcorn this afternoon. Gage has officially filled up his order form, which means he will get a special patch and he is very excited about that. If you sell $2500.00 worth you can earn a college scholarship. I doubt we get that ambitious. I don't even know if we know that many people to sell that much popcorn to! Tomorrow night he has a Pack meeting at school and he will be getting several things awarded to him. I will be there taking pictures and hopefully will have some good ones to post.
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Let's pray no one else gets sick and that Gage feels better soon. He has a Cub Scout "Go See It" activity tomorrow afternoon with his den, and then a pack meeting on Monday where he will receive his Bobcat patch and instant recognition emblem for all of his hard work thus far.
Friday, October 12, 2007
We have had a nice past couple of days. I am a firm believer that kids who get enough sleep don't misbehave. At least that is the case with mine (well, that goes for Gage anyway) HA HA! On Fridays, Gage has show-and-tell. They do it every Friday. At first I thought that was pretty cool, as last year, and his 2 years in preschool, they did it once a month. Well, I think once a month is sufficient. Gage has the HARDEST time deciding what to take for show-and-tell. Last week, he couldn't go to sleep because of it. I had mentioned to him the night before that he needed to think about what he wanted to take, and that blew it. He was a mess because he couldn't decide on what to take. Actually, I just remembered that on the way home from school last Thursday, he told me he wanted to take his "Boobah" stuffed animal to school for show-and-tell. This "Boobah" is a purple character from a show on PBS. It is the equivalent to Teletubbies. I told Gage I didn't think he should take that, as I didn't want any of the other kids making fun of him for taking a "baby toy". He decided that he wouldn't take it. Well, that was the major problem that night and is why he couldn't decide on what to take. Everything he thought about, he thought that maybe he shouldn't take that as the other kids might make fun of him. Ugh. I guess I shouldn't have said that. I guess that's what I get for trying to "protect him". Well, this week, I didn't say anything until this morning. My way of preventing a sleepless night. I mentioned to him first thing this morning that he needed to think of something to take. Since he had his birthday just last week, I thought maybe it would be easier for him to decide. NOT! He has about umpteen new Star Wars action figures and he couldn't decide which ONE to take. He waited until we were just about to walk out the door to start all of this, so I was telling him he needed to hurry up and pick one. Well, he finally picked one, and I don't know what happened, but its leg broke off. That was a major catastrophe!!! We weren't late, but we were running behind, and again, I felt bad that he had to get so upset before school. I think once a month for show-and-tell is plenty!!! He won't forget, and I don't usually forget either. I think about him feeling bad that he didn't have anything to show and tell about, so unfortunately, I remind him about it each week (not that he needs reminding!).
Speaking of forget, last Saturday I COMPLETELY forgot about taking Emma to ballet class! I have NEVER completely forgotten anything like that. I may forget things, but remember when it is too late to go or whatever. I didn't even know I had forgotten until Scott had asked me late that night if Emma had gone to dance. My heart hit the floor and I couldn't believe that I TOTALLY forgot about it! I hope that doesn't happen again tomorrow!
I'm getting gray hairs and starting to forget things.....................what next???
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Here's Scott and his antelope. He sent the picture from his phone, so it's not the best. It's a pretty big antelope. We ate some steaks from it last night and they were pretty good. At least with them I can't hit a pellet like I always do with birds! UGH! He's back in Tuttle hunting with an old college buddy until Saturday. Brie is with him so I'm enjoying the quiet time.
The weather was a bit chilly today. Wind was blowing a bit so it was a cold walk to and from school with Gage. I enjoy the time though, as I can always find things out during that time that I can't always get out of him later. It's funny at supper time, I always try to ask Gage and Emma about their day. Emma has caught on to that and she will say, "So what did you have for lunch today Gage?" :-) or "What did so-and-so bring for a snack Gage?" He eventually gets annoyed with all of the questions.
Gage earned back one of his Star Wars DVDs today so he is thrilled about that. Emma and I have had a fairly quiet day. I worked a few hours this morning while she played. All in all it was a good day. I hope I can say the same tomorrow.
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
We're heading back to normal. Hopefully we all wake up completely rested tomorrow and ready to start a new day!
Monday, October 8, 2007
Saturday, October 6, 2007
Friday, October 5, 2007
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
I have tons to do to get ready for Gage's big birthday bash on Thursday. Gage told me that if you wish someone well, that means they will get better. He says we have the power to change the future. I'm wishing myself luck, because I am going to need it. We have about 8 kids slated to walk home with us after school, plus a few others that don't go to his school. I'm going to need some luck.
Monday, October 1, 2007
My friend Tonya, who I rode with, was sick and I had to take over driving and take her to the emergency room in Dickinson on our way there. She was suffering a severe sinus infection and I felt so bad for her. She was a trooper and fought back and was feeling a little better by Saturday afternoon.
I got home Sunday about 6:30 pm and it was nice to sleep in my own bed. I was checking to see if Gage got his homework done over the weekend and saw his paper laying on the table. I picked it up to see that Scott actually did it for him. Gage has been having Math papers that we play games with either cards or dice and he is he then supposed to write about what we played and what happened. Scott wrote it instead of Gage. Gage did write on the sheet, and when I looked at it I was trying to figure out what in the world he wrote. It said, "I usd penis". I asked Scott what the heck that was about. He hadn't even looked at the paper. It was supposed to say "I used pennies". He was just sounding out his words. Needless to say, since the homework is due tomorrow, I kept the sheet home and we'll give it another go tonight! Sure glad I looked it over! Not sure what his teacher would have thought about that?!?
Cub Scouts tonight. We are busy busy busy!