Monday, June 30, 2008
I got my hair chopped off today. I was lucky to get in, as the gal who cuts my hair doesn't typically work on Mondays, but due to the holiday she was at work today. I told her the only way it could be too short was that if she buzzed me bald. I certainly am close to that! My Dad always says the difference between a bad haircut and a good haircut is just a couple of days. That is so true. I think hair is completely overrated. It feels great even though the kids thought I looked funny when we left the salon. When we got in the car to return some library books and DVD's Emma says, "Mom, you look like some stranger driving us around!" HA HA!
I hope you all have a safe and happy holiday weekend. I may or may not get a chance to post to my blog while we're in Iowa. We'll see what happens!
Sunday, June 29, 2008
Since Scott stayed out of the water for a little while, he was able to get some pictures of the kids swimming. I'm not sure what Emma's doing here? Maybe checking to see if she can see out of the water with her goggles on while she's under the water?
Saturday, June 28, 2008
I added a couple of more bugs to her wall with her EMMA hooks, along with all of her purses. (As you can see, Emma has plenty of purses, so no need to ever buy another one!) :-)
Friday, June 27, 2008
We nearly slept our entire morning away. Emma came upstairs this morning to ask me if I could button her top she had on that buttons at the back of her neck. I said sure, then decided I better get up to see what time it was. My clock projects the time onto the ceiling, and when it's light enough, I can no longer see the time. It was 10 o'clock! Emma asked me where Gage was, and I said, "I don't know? Probably still in bed!" He was. He woke up soon after that. Typically if I sleep that long I don't feel the best and often will wake up with a headache, but I apparently needed that sleep, as did Gage and Emma!
I worked some more on Emma's room. I am finally done painting her bed. I think she'll need to sleep in the guest room one more night just to make sure the paint is completely dry. The other morning when I woke her up I noticed there was some blue marks on the wall, so I moved the pillow and noticed she drew all over the wall in the guest room. I wasn't very happy about that, but since it is wallpaper that I want removed anyway, I didn't blow my top. I asked her why she did that and she replied, "I didn't have any paper!" UGH! As I was trying to finish a few things up in her room, I repainted the roof and trim of her dollhouse bookshelf that her Grandpa Stephens built her. Gage and Emma had written all over the top of it with a yellow highlighter. My Mom says every kid does that at some point in their life. I think she's right, although I don't remember doing it myself. I'm sure I did though.
I'm not sure what we have on tap for the weekend. Last night when I blogged I thought that today was Saturday, so I'm sure we'll have a nice long weekend because I don't know what day is what. We will be soon heading to Iowa for the 4th of July and we are getting very anxious to see everyone. The kids have grown and changed since Christmas, so it's time they get back to see everyone, before they're ready to graduate! It will be quite different when we're home this time since my Dad is retired. I'm looking forward to the fact that he will be around the entire time we're there. We're also anxious to see that Santa beard. (Beware Dad, because Gage is determined to cut it off!)
Have a great weekend!
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Sophie and Emma enjoying being carted around in the pool by Jay, Sophie's Dad.
Jay and Martha had just adopted Sophie from China around the time we left Bozeman, and we first met her when Scott, Gage, Emma and I went back to Bozeman so Scott could defend his dissertation. She is a sweet little girl who is in LOVE with horses! Apparently sometimes she believes she IS a horse and will only whinny and neigh. LOL. Today when we were at the car dealership with them to get their rental car fixed, I sat in the car with Sophie and Emma while Martha went in to talk to the people. She had 4 stuffed horses (2 of them were Webkinz) and she had a stack of coloring sheets that Jay had printed off of the internet that were all of horses. I didn't even know you could find that many different pictures of horses to color!? Later in the afternoon, after Sophie got hurt and we were planning to meet up with them later to swim, the kids and I went to the basement and found 4 stuffed horses, 2 of them were the beanie babies I used to collect, to give to Sophie. She LOVED them and I was thrilled to death to get rid of 4 stuffed animals out of the basement and they went to someone who will LOVE them. I was more excited that Gage and Emma were willing to give them away. Even though they haven't played with them in FOREVER, sometimes they don't always want to give things up. They were willing and I quickly took advantage of their generosity! We got home around 9:30 tonight and I think Emma was asleep as soon as her head hit the pillow! Hopefully we can have a quiet weekend and get all rested up for our trip to Iowa for the 4th of July!
P.S. I'm pretty impressed at the speed in which Kara, Katie and Jari Jo solved that math puzzle! You guys rock!
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
First of all you'll have to follow these instructions to get the puzzle set up to even do it. (It was already set up on the worksheet, but I can't do it on here, so you'll have to follow my directions)
First, you need to make a grid that is 5x3. 5 squares horizontally across, and 3 squares down the side. (So that's 3 rows of 5 horizontal boxes) Now, in the first horizontal row (the top row) put a plus sign (+) in the second box and a minus sign (-) in the fourth box, and at the end of the row (not in the grid) write the number 9. Now, in the second row across, put a minus (-) sign in the first box, blacken out the second box, put a plus sign (+) in the third box, blacken out the fourth box and in the last box put a (+) sign. In the last (or bottom) horizontal row put a minus (-) in the second box and a plus (+) in the fourth box and at the end of the row (not in the grid) is the number 6. Now, below the grid, under the first vertical row write the number 2, under the third vertical row write a 7 and under the fifth (or last) vertical row, write the number 6. You should now have a grid that has 6 empty boxes and here are the directions for the puzzle.
Using each of the numbers 1-6 only once, fill in the blank squares so that each row and column will equal the number in the "answer" box. (The numbers 9, 6, 2, 7 and 6, which aren't inside the grid have a box around them on the worksheet, hence "answer box")
Do the puzzle before you read the rest of my blog entry.
How long did it take you to solve the problem? Did you solve it? What were your thoughts about it? Did it seem a little tough for a 7-year-old heading into the 2nd grade?
Here were my thoughts. "Why in the heck would they give this kind of puzzle to a 2nd grader?" "Is this stupid thing even solvable?" "Maybe it is misprinted, and why in the heck would they put something like this on a worksheet when it isn't even printed correctly?" "No wonder Gage couldn't figure it out!" "CRAP! I'm in trouble because I'm not even going to be able to help Gage with math homework now that he's in the 2nd grade!" (Can you see that I was just a little bit frustrated?) Then after (I'm not quite sure how long, because I didn't time myself) I'd say about 10 to 15 minutes (?) I figured it out. Here were my next thoughts. "Whew, I did it, as I'm smiling and yell out to Gage, I DID IT!" "That was kind of tough!" I asked Gage if anyone else in his class figured it out and he said they didn't. Then I thought, "Wow, that's not good if I can figure this out and his teacher can't?" "What kind of teacher is she if she can't even figure out that math problem?" "Hmmm, maybe I should hope for a different teacher next year?"
Just curious how well you all did. It's just a little bit tougher for all of you because you had to follow my instructions to build the grid before you even start trying to solve the problem. AND, if you didn't follow my directions properly, I'm quite sure it isn't solvable. However, if you followed my directions AND the puzzle directions correctly, it IS solvable. If you can't figure it out and want the answers, let me know. :-) Enjoy!
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Monday, June 23, 2008
My headache is still lingering, but I am up and moving around. I didn't go to the ballgame as I knew trying to keep those kids in order on the bench was NOT going to be the best thing for me to do with a splitting headache! I slept the whole time they were gone and apparently my "fill in" had a hard time keeping the kids in line. I think it's a good thing I didn't go. I hope it's better tomorrow.
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Right after we got home from church I started in again on Emma's room. It's coming right along. Our friends Juanita and Erin were out on a walk and stopped by to check it out. They thought it was looking pretty good. (Thanks for stopping by guys!) I got the picket fence done, and the boards drawn and painted that connects the fence together. I think I am going to make myself a stencil with 4 holes punched in the shape of a square and stencil on screw heads to make it look a little more realistic. Scott got the 2nd blind up and the curtain rod and valance hung. The valances are so cute. I am not yet going to post pictures, because I want to get more completed before I give the big reveal. I painted the little hutch/cabinet that my Grandpa Larsen made. I've got 2 coats of white paint on it and it may need a 3rd, unfortunately. I also got a coat of purple paint on the front, back and sides of the bed. I think the purple is going to go well the the accents on the valance and switchplate covers. I just can't wait to get it finished! I'll be working hard on it this week to get as much done as I can.
Gage has his last week of Camp Edventure this week and tomorrow and he actually goes from 8a-4p tomorrow. I will have to pick him up a little early so we can get to swimming lessons on time. It will be hard to get a bunch done during the week with all the different activities we have going on, but I'm going to do my best.
We had a volleyball game tonight and won 2 out of 3 games. We had a slow start, but finally started doing better, but they were still close games. It was definitely time to go when we finished the 3rd game as Emma was starting throwing sand at Gage and he had it all over in his hair. I have always hated sand and it drives me crazy when the kids have it in their hair.
Hope you all have a great week!
Saturday, June 21, 2008
We had some friends, Amy and Johann, over for supper this evening. We had a nice time visiting. I secretly think that was Scott's way of getting out of helping in Emma's room (even though he promised this morning that he would help me all day long), oh, and he also had some seminar thing he went to today that was kind of for work, but totally an on his own type of thing, which got him out of Emma's room for a couple of more hours. When he called home to let me know he was on his way, he apparently heard a little frustration in my voice because when he came in, he set a Starbucks frappucino in front of me while I was plugging away at the picket fence. He saved his butt there! I certainly couldn't yell at him for that!
The kids played with the neighbor kids all day. They did very well until later in the afternoon when some kind of trouble started up between Gage and Erik. Sometimes I think Gage can get too much of a good thing and get to the point where he just needs to take himself away from the situation for some quiet time. He ended up getting some quiet time, but I wish he had chosen to do it on his own! They got to bed late again due to the fact that we had company over, but since none of us woke up until 8:45 this morning, maybe they won't be too irritable tomorrow! One can only hope!
Let's keep our fingers crossed!
Friday, June 20, 2008
The in-laws left after lunch. The kids were sad to see them go. We had lunch at McDonald's and that typically helps to soften the blow. After leaving McD's we went to Lowe's which is just right up the street. I wanted to see if I could find a board that they use for picket fences to use as a stencil on Emma's wall in her room. I was so excited when a gal helped me find them, and then I found several other things like switchplate covers and outlet covers, along with wall hangings and wall stickers that will go perfectly in Emma's newly painted room................yes, you heard right, newly painted room! Can you believe I finished getting all of the wallpaper off in her room today? Man, I was never so happy. I have been wanting to get that wallpaper off those walls for almost 6 years now and never had the energy or courage to get started. I have just a bit more painting to do before the walls are completely finished. I wasn't very smart at Lowe's when I bought just one 2-inch paint brush and no roller brush. I have painted everything I've done so far with a 2-inch brush, so needless to say, it's taking me awhile. The color is Maitland blue. I remembered my friend Laura had a really nice blue color in her bathroom, so I got the color information from her and then she found that she had a 3/4 full can of it and said I could take that if I wanted. So, I was able to get some painting done and it looks SO NICE! I can't wait to get started on the picket fence. (I may be regretting that idea after I've painted a couple of them!) They're just going to be along the bottom of her 2 walls that have the ledges. Scott took a couple pictures of the bare walls while I was in the process of painting, so when I get them finished I can post some before and after pics. It would be great if all of this would get me fired up to get the rest of the wallpaper removed from the house. That would be the guest/scrapbooking room, kitchen, upstairs bathroom and hallways both upstairs and down. That's alot of wallpaper and I think anyone who puts up wallpaper should be shot down!
I best get to bed so I can get up bright and early in the morning and get the rest of Emma's room painted so we can move onto her bed and the other furniture I plan to repaint. :-)
Thursday, June 19, 2008
We had a terrible ending to our night. Gage had a major meltdown AGAIN! I don't know what to do about them. If anyone has any suggestions, I'd be happy to hear them. He was behaving badly, or mostly just talking rudely to me yesterday and I warned him that he was not going to get to go see Kung Fu Panda. I already know the answer to my problem as I sit here and type. I should NOT HAVE LET HIM GO SEE KUNG FU PANDA. I let him go though, because Grandpa and Grandma wanted to take the kids to the movie. I told Gage, when he asked if he behaved well enough to get to go, that no, he did not, but I was going to let him go anyway. The kids went to see the movie, then they stopped at home to ask if it was okay for them to go to Target. I said it was okay. Gage and Emma came back with a toy, which is the reason they went. We went out to eat supper, then when we got home Scott told me he needed to run to Sam's Club to get some things and asked if I wanted to go. I thought, "Well, sure, I guess I can go and let the kids stay home and be with Grandma and Grandpa." I should have just stayed home. I didn't realize the kids would still be up at 9 when we got home, and not even in their pajamas. (I'm not exactly sure what time we got home, it could have been a little later). That was our fault though because we didn't ask them to get the kids ready for bed or put them to bed for that matter. To make a long story short, Gage lost control of his temper when I told him it was too late to read stories when I was putting him to bed and said and did things that he feels totally awful about now and he got a couple of spankings out of the deal. And, while all of this was going on, Emma decided to stand up in her bed and stick her head into the ceiling fan. She's going to have a pretty nice bruise on her forehead tomorrow. I said to Emma, "I'll bet you never do that again!" She assured me that she wouldn't. I know I probably shouldn't be posting this (because I'm sure Scott's parents will be reading this when they get home), but it's on my mind and this is good therapy. I just don't know what to do, I'm damned if I do, and I'm damned if I don't.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Not too much exciting happened today. I worked some more on getting wallpaper removed in Emma's room. I'm working pretty slow at it, but I shouldn't have to go back over it at all when I'm done, I should just be able to go straight to town painting. I think we've decided on a theme for Emma's room. With her dollhouse bed, I thought it would be cute to paint some sort of outdoor theme on the walls. So I think we're going to do a powder blue base paint on the walls, and then I'm going to stencil a white picket fence around the lower part of the room on the two outside walls that have the ledge along the walls. If I can find someone who is good at drawing and painting, I might see about painting a big tree on one wall and I would like to have a few birds and maybe butterflies and dragonflies, and maybe one big bumblebee that would completely freak Emma out! HA HA! Maybe I could desensitize her to bees by painting a mural of one on her walls? That'd be plain torture on her I think?
I took these photos yesterday evening when Scott and his Dad put the bed together and I thought about not posting them yet, until the room was finished, but that might be awhile at the rate I'm going, so figured I would go ahead and put them on.
All the pieces fit in the room, now let's see if they fit in the room when assembled!
I tried getting a photo of Emma's expression when she first saw the bed. I caught it as best as I could. She is very excited about it. So excited, in fact, that she is telling EVERYONE about her new bed. I've been having talks with her about it, because I don't want it coming across that she's bragging in any way. It's hard to teach that to kids, and I keep trying to give her scenarios of how would she feel if so and so did or said this? I hope it's working!?
Emma climbs up the steps to check out her new sleeping area!
Here's her new bed! I found a picture of one like this online and Emma wanted her Grandpa S. to build it for her so she could have a bed similar to Gage's. We're going to have to figure something out with the desk part of it because I know one of the kids is going to try and stand on it and it will snap the top in two. I can already see that happening. Especially when Emma took our neighbor kids down to her room for them to check it out and they immediately all crawled up into the bed and started trying to put things into the ceiling fan. I put a stop to that when saw the wheels turning. Tonight at bedtime I heard a loud noise and it sounded like the wooden blinds in one of the kids' bedrooms fell down. After I heard it the second time, and decided it wasn't the cats, I went down to check to see what it was. Emma told me she would tell me if I promised not to get mad. I promised and she said she saw Erik putting Webkinz into the ceiling fan and she wanted to try it. Well, apparently the Webkinz were being shot into the blinds. I told her NOT to do that anymore, and she would probably ruin her Webkinz by doing that (not to mention the ceiling fan or blinds) and she assured me it was okay, because it wasn't hers that she was doing it to! UGH!
I think the little bookshelf is my favorite part of the bed.
As Emma laid awake last night unable to fall asleep, she came upstairs one time to tell me that she needed a curtain on her little window. Unfortunately, I think Emma has my problem in that her mind starts working in overdrive as soon as she lays down and is then unable to fall asleep.
We're not positive yet on what colors we plan to paint the bed, but I'm sure there will be some purple and pink pastel colors on it somewhere. In the picture I found online of this bed, it showed another double sized bed underneath in that big open space, so I think this is considered a loft bed. We don't plan to put a bed under it, however (and actually there isn't room to since the size was modified to allow room for the ceiling fan to run without decapitating our children!)
This is at least some motivation for me to get to work on getting all of the wallpaper removed. I needed a little fire lit underneath of me, so this should help.
Emma is a very lucky and fortunate little girl.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
When we came back from the zoo and saw that the girls were making s'mores, Gage decided that maybe joining the Daisies for a little while wasn't such a bad idea! He did get Loretta to feel sorry for him enough that she let him make his own s'more. After she walked away, I was standing there helping Gage with his snack and a little bit of wind caught ahold of the aluminum foil and blew it right into me and burned my finger. I think it was the melted chocolate that actually burned my finger, not the foil.
Here's a great video that catches Loretta's energy. I've never seen anyone quite like her, and I really enjoyed her performances! :-) I wish I had just a little bit of that spunk in me!
I couldn't resist taking this picture of the otter at the zoo. Boy, if only I could have joined her after this long, fun day!
Monday, June 16, 2008
Sunday, June 15, 2008
It was quite a surprise to me when we pulled into Tuttle and there were 3 vehicles in the driveway. I looked at Scott and wondered what the heck was going on. Well, he apparently told some DU guy out of Minnesota that he could stay there and tour some donors around (also from Minnesota) the study sites near Tuttle. I was real pleased about being informed.............................(yes, that is sarcasm!) Anyway, we pulled into the driveway and found a little black lab puppy in a kennel in the garage that was covered in diarrhea and it smelled TERRIBLE. Then when we went into the house, there were 2 dogs in kennels in the laundry room and it smelled horrible in there too. We went up into the kitchen and I'm not kidding when I tell you there were 10 bottles of hard liquor sitting on the kitchen table. I walked into the living room and it was a wreck. I couldn't take any more and had to get out. I couldn't believe the place had been trashed after we worked so hard to clean it up the past couple of times we were there. The lawn needed mowing so I went out to mow the lawn and listen to my iPod and try to forget about what a mess we walked into. I only got about 1/4 of the yard mowed and ran out of gas, so couldn't finish it up since the gas containers we had were all empty. I helped Scott a little with putting boards up into the tree, and then played referee with the kids. Quite a bit later, people started showing up at the house. I'm sure they were wondering who in the heck WE were. Not too long after that the guy in charge showed up and he said, "I'm so sorry we've trashed the place, when we came in we noticed how nice and clean it was." WAS is the key word here. I'm curious to see how well they pick up after themselves. He was very nice and I'm hoping they leave it the way they found it. I would NEVER treat someone else's place like that!
When we made it back to Bismarck, Scott decided we should eat supper at Hooter's which has just been recently built here. Wonderful! We had never been to a Hooter's before and I don't plan on going back anytime soon. When we pulled into the parking lot and wasn't even half full, I decided that was a bad sign. It was quite funny when we walked in when all of the waitresses yelled, "Welcome to Hooter's!" It was even funnier when we were walking to our table and I saw the look on Emma's face when she noticed the outfits the waitresses were wearing! What a nice family restaurant! Gage had fun reading all of the signs on the walls and we had to explain a few of them to him, like why the "CAUTION: BLONDES THINKING" sign was upside-down. I can't believe people would really want to work in a place like that. The girls had skimpy tank tops on, and the girls who didn't have boobs had bras to make them look like they did, and VERY short shorts. I couldn't even look at our waitress I was so embarrassed for her. (She was blonde by the way!) I made sure to tell Emma that she was NEVER going to work at Hooter's.
Gage had a baseball game tonight and we did pretty well, despite have 4 players missing and only having 8 kids total playing. It was the late game; however, and the kids got to bed late. I'm praying for a quiet day tomorrow. We have a busy week ahead with Camp Edventure for Gage every morning, Emma has her Daisy Day Camp all afternoon on Tuesday which was rescheduled due to the rain last week and we also have swimming lessons 2 days this week, along with baseball and Scott has a busy week with work. I hope I'm able to get rested up tonight and start fresh tomorrow morning.
I called my Dad this morning to wish him a Happy Father's Day. Thankfully their basement wasn't flooded with all the rain they've had in Iowa. I was happy to hear we wouldn't need to bring floatation devices to use in the basement when we come home over the 4th of July, or that we won't be needing to pitch a tent in the backyard, although I'm sure the kids would love that! I sure hope you had a great Father's Day Dad. We love you!
Saturday, June 14, 2008
We started the project around 10 or so this morning and I think it was about 4 or maybe a little later when we finished. We have 15 stinking windows in this house! (I actually did not get the big picture window washed. That blind is hardly ever opened, so I don't see how dirty that window is. I think I'll tackle it tomorrow. We removed every window and had to then remove every screen to get every side of each of the pieces of glass cleaned. I think I have them figured out now, how to work them and remove them. However, I'm hoping someday we can afford to put new windows into our house. I think it would probably be amazing at how much that would cut down our energy costs! Man, we'd almost have no energy bill at all, with all the light bulbs we've changed and the new washer and dryer!! HA HA! I think the power company would have to start paying US! Wouldn't that be nice!?
The kids started out the day completely "bored" out of their minds. The neighbor kids were gone for awhile this morning. Once they returned home, things started to look up in Gage's opinion. They also got to go to the Heritage Center with them this afternoon to hear the reading of the book "Dinomummy" being read by the author. We sent some money with Gage so he could buy the book and have it signed by the author Phillip Lars Manning. They had the big ribbon cutting ceremony this morning for the new Dinomummy exhibit (I think that's what it was for) at the Heritage Center. You can read the synopsis of "Dinomummy: The Life, Death and Discovery of Dakota, a Dinosaur from Hell Creek" by clicking on the link above. It's pretty interesting. It definitely helped me to get more of the window washing done, in a quicker fashion, with the kids gone to this event.
My neck has been bothering me quite a bit for a couple of days now. I have quite a bit of tension on the back, left side of my neck that may end up causing me to make an appointment with my chiropractor, Tonya, who also happens to be a good friend of mine.
Nothing else too exciting to report, other than Gage and I just finished reading The Wind in the Door (the second book in the A Wrinkle in Time series). It was quite a bit for me to take in, so I'll be interested in hearing Gage's take on it in the morning.
Friday, June 13, 2008
Scott will be getting home tonight from his trip to Nebraska. I'm hoping to get a few things done this weekend, like wash the outside windows on the front of the house. I have finally lived someplace long enough to have to worry about those kinds of things! I'm tired of walking downstairs in the morning unable to see out of the windows because the sun is trying to shine through several layers of dirt! Since I don't know how to disassemble the windows I tried washing them last year with a cleaning solution that you hook onto the garden hose and spray onto the windows, but I don't think it worked too well through the screens? I'm sure this is probably not what he planned to do for his Father's Day weekend, but something we need to do nonetheless.
Have a great weekend!
Thursday, June 12, 2008
We left right after storytime, around 11:10a, because I wasn't sure how long it was going to take us to get home and we had to be at school to get Gage at 12:00. It took us much longer to get back home than it did to get there and I heard nothing but COMPLAINING the whole way home. "My legs are tired........................I can't go anymore....................Can we stop and rest?" At one point, when she was trying to get back on her bike after walking our bikes across a street, she fell on the sidewalk right onto her knees and then she started crying and I thought I was going to end up having to carry her, her bike, my bag that we reloaded with books AND walk my own bike! Thank goodness we finally made it to Gage's school, with about 30 minutes to spare. It was quite amazing at how quickly those tired legs made it down to the playground!
It started raining around 1pm I think, and boy did it come down hard. It has rained intermittently the rest of the afternoon and into the evening. Of course we had a baseball game tonight, and of course it wasn't enough rain for them to cancel the game. It started raining hard soon after we started playing, so we took a break and most of the kids huddled under umbrellas, but me, who doesn't even own an umbrella (I think we've owned a few kids umbrellas, but those don't last long when they are in the possession of kids!) stood under the pine trees to get out of the rain. It did finally stop, and then restarted a couple of more times during the game. The other coach didn't want to stop the first time it started raining, he said, "Let's wait it out about 10 minutes." Then, after we're all already soaked and feeling like drowned rats, he suggested we just play 4 innings, which I said was fine, then he returned after they batted of course (we were the home team so we should have batted one more time) asking if we could just call it. I just agreed to whatever he wanted to do; however, I was willing to stand out there and finish the inning. Heck, we were soaked the way it was, what's a little more water going to hurt? The kids' shoes were covered in mud and their uniforms were very muddy. I was glad to finally get home, get the kids bathed and in their nice warm beds. Now, I need to go warm myself up as well!
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Soon we'll start seeing signs for the presidential election popping up all over the place and I already know there will be many discussions to come. After Scott went to Grand Forks to see Obama and Hillary talk, Gage has been quite interested in that whole ordeal. Both Gage and Emma are happy that Obama has been named the democratic party nominee. (I was kind of wanting to see the first woman president myself!) Anyway, don't be surprised if Gage asks you who you are going to vote for!
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Enough of that!
It was cold and dreary today. I haven't talked to my parents, but I think they are probably getting alot of the rain that is falling in the midwest. I'm betting my sister Kim, who lives in Illinois, is too. They aren't too far south of Wisconsin, so I'm betting they are seeing alot of water. I hope everyone is doing okay. We're supposed to be under thunderstorm watches for tomorrow.
Emma is signed up to attend Daisy Scout Day Camp tomorrow from 12:30-4:30 with her buddy Jadyn. I received an email tonight; however, that it may end up being postponed until a later date, due to the thunderstorm warnings they have in effect for tomorrow. She will be sad if it is postponed, but I would rather have it happen on a day that is nice and warm, and not one that is raining and muddy. We did get her a rain jacket today just in case.
We had a better night tonight, thank goodness. I believe that Gage's punishment worked last night and hopefully he won't forget it anytime soon.
Monday, June 9, 2008
Sunday, June 8, 2008
Here's Emma before makeup!
After the show we hung around a few minutes and had some cookies and lemonade and then came home to relax a few hours before volleyball.
Tonight we had our first church league volleyball game. (Last week was rained out) We kicked major BUTT! We have some younger girls (3 of them are sisters) on our team this year who are pretty darned good. I don't know them very well, but I think I've heard they are (and were) really good basketball players at BHS. We have done pretty well the past couple of years, but this year we will definitely be the team to beat! These first games are preliminary games to determine the playing level of each team and to separate them accordingly. In the past we have been scrambling to have enough to play and tonight we had 3 men there along with 7 women. The only bad part about that is that you have to wait forever to rotate back in to play. The second game we unknowingly broke some rules, as we decided to rotate after each serve, which definitely helped the speed in which you got back into the game, but we didn't realize you have to rotate men for men and women for women. Oops! We were unaware of those rules, as it has never been a problem with having too many people before! That's a good problem to have! Due to some of Gage's baseball games falling on Sunday evenings, however, there will be times that we are unable to play (next week will be one of those times, unfortunately). Gage and Emma had a good time as well. The younger girls were giving them some attention when they weren't playing, and that's always a bonus in their eyes!
After the game, Gage and Emma were showing us how they liked to swing on the branches of one of the willow trees in the park. I told them many times before we started playing not to do that because they were going to get hurt. Well, you know them, they have to learn the hard way. On one of Emma's swings, her hands slid down the branch, taking off all of the leaves causing her to fall and she scraped her lower back pretty good on the sidewalk. She hopped right up and I could tell it hurt, but she didn't want anyone to see that it hurt. It wasn't until we got home and she saw the scraped area that she started crying. She said she would never swing on those willow trees again. I guess we're lucky it wasn't a broken arm that taught the lesson!