Tuesday, September 30, 2008
I hope I didn't bore you to death with my story, but that was my day, running around to 4 different grocery stores in search of a product I could not find.
Monday, September 29, 2008
Hmmmm..............can you guess what's for supper?
In the background you can see that I sent our telescope with Scott and Gage so that they could do some of the things required for the astronomy belt loop and pin for Cub Scouts. Gage was all excited to tell me that he located and identified 4 constellations and the north star!
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Today Emma had a birthday party to go to at the park. She had a good time. She must have spent most of her time on the monkey bars because she had just tore open the blister that had formed on her hand when I got there to pick her up. She loves going across those monkey bars. That was one of my favorite things to do at the park when I was growing up too! While Emma was at the party I ran a few errands and then spent the remainder of my time at the zoo. The park Emma was at was right next to the zoo, so I thought it would be nice to walk around the zoo and see the animals that "I" wanted to see for a change! :-) I love the new Big Cat exhibit. The 3 tigers they are are really fun to watch. They are playful just like my cats, only in a much larger size! Next Saturday (Oct. 4...........Gage's birthday) they will be letting the leopards out into their new home from 1-4pm. I would really like to see how they react to their new surroundings, so I'll have to talk Gage into going to the zoo on his birthday!
We are having his birthday party on Friday after school. He handed out invitations at school last week. I apparently had a brain fart when I decided Friday from 3:05-5p would be a good day for the party because the kids have swimming lessons from 4:35-5:05. UGH! I'm not sure what I can do other than have Gage miss swimming lessons. I hate to do that though because he missed this past Friday so he could go hunting with Scott. I don't think they can pass into the next level if they miss 2 or more classes. The only other option would be to have Gage skip out on the last 1/2 hour of his party and I seriously doubt he's going to want to do that! What a dork I am! While I was running errands this afternoon when Emma was partying, I went to Staples and found the Mom's Planning calendar that Kara has (I hope you don't mind me copying you Kara!). It is a really neat little calendar that I can carry with me, so hopefully I can avoid making stupid mistakes like planning a birthday party when we are supposed to be at swimming lessons! I need to get myself organized!
Gage's birthday theme is Pirates and I'm going to make him a pirate ship cake for his party. My friend, Jodie, who took the cake decorating class with me a few years ago made this cake for her son's party a couple of years ago, so thought I would give it a try. I need to search the internet for the directions she had on how to do it. Hopefully I'll be able to find them. However, I did take a picture of the cake when Gage was at the party, so if I can't find it on the internet, I do at least have a guide to go by. I'm hoping this will be much easier than my typical shaped cakes. I hate tinting all of that frosting for all of the different colors that they require. I shouldn't have to do much (or any) of that at all. I'll be sure to take pictures to post on my blog on Friday!
I've got lots to do this week to get ready for Gage's party!!
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Emma and I got Sid, the salamander, all set up in his new home. I think he's liking this set up much better, despite the picture of him attempting escape!
The information Scott had printed off of the internet about taking care of salamanders said that you need to have stuff for them to burrow in, like peat moss, sphagnum moss or something similar. When we were at PetSmart, I saw that they have wood chips in their reptile habitats, so that's what we went with. I hope it's not too difficult to keep clean!
Friday, September 26, 2008
So, with Scott and Gage gone, that leaves Emma and I for a girls-only weekend. I took her to swimming lessons this afternoon, then we came home to eat supper and went out to PetSmart to get Sid (we've gone from Sally to Sid) the salamander set up in a different environment. He wasn't looking so hot today, despite eating crickets like a champion. That habitat just isn't the right set up for him and it isn't big enough. We decided to set up our 10-gallon aquarium, that we already had to house our anole we had a few years ago, for him. We bought some wood chips and moss, along with a big, shallow water dish that he can lay in if he wants. After we got home and got the aquarium set up, I had to get him out of the habitat and he was in a tight spot, which was hard to get him out of, but he didn't put up much of a fight. He looked kind of flatso before I took him out. After getting him into the new environment he ate about 40 cents worth of crickets (we're going to go broke buying crickets for him.................that is, if he doesn't die first!), he looks slightly better. Hopefully he will start to feeling better since he can move around more? Does anyone else know anything about taking care of a salamander?
Tomorrow Emma has a Girl Scout event called "Girls Rock the Park" at Sertoma Park. It should be a lot of fun for her, but mostly I'm glad we have something to do to keep her mind off not getting to go with Scott and Gage. She has a birthday party to go to Sunday afternoon, so that will also help.
Hope you all have a great weekend!
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Gage had soccer practice tonight and boy was it exciting! Coach Keith decided it would be a great idea to have the kids scrimmage against the parents. It just happened to work out that the only parents there at the time were Moms! (Big shocker there, huh!?) There were several of us, me included, who didn't have on proper shoes for playing soccer; however, Coach Keith made us play anyway. I haven't seen Gage try so hard, or hustle so much, in ANY sport he has EVER played! I guess he just needs the right motivation.................beating his MOM! I think those boys were shocked that we Moms were pretty good and beat them 2 to 1!! One time I kicked the ball and my shoe went flying, so after that I had to concentrate pretty hard to make sure I was gripping my shoe with my toes before I kicked it. There were a couple of other Moms that were pretty aggressive! It was probably a good thing that I didn't have on my tennis shoes because I would have been right in there with them and would have probably broken something. It's a little harder than it looks! I had a really hard time not using my hands or arms to block the ball. Close to the end of the game I was quite a ways out from the goal but since none of my teammates were in the area I decided I would shoot it anyway. The ball soared through the air and I was all excited as it was headed straight for the goal and a couple of the boys attempted to knock it down, but missed, and then it hit the darn goal post and bounced out! UGH! When we got home Gage said, "Geez Mom, how did you make the ball go into the air like that?" LOL! It sure wasn't from a childhood of playing soccer because I've never played soccer before in my life! Not even messing around or in school. It must have been from playing kickball? Or, maybe it was because I was concentrating so hard on keeping my shoe on my foot?? It was fun and it certainly had those boys all fired up and playing hard. And, I got a little exercise in too!
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Yesterday I took the kids to get their hair cut after school. They have school pictures coming up the first week in October, so I figured I best get their hair cut into a more "manageable" length. Gage enjoyed sitting there talking and talking and talking to the gal that was cutting his hair. It was pretty funny. When Emma got up there, the lady asked me what I wanted to do with it. I told her I wanted to get rid of alot of the breakage to see if it would thicken it up a little. She flipped up a piece of hair and asked if that was about right. It looked like it, so I said "yeah, sure!" I about crapped when I saw the first lock of hair fall! I think it was close to about 4 inches! I panicked through the entire haircut, wondering if it was going to be too short, and then thought Emma was going to be totally upset when she saw how short it was. Thankfully she was okay with it, and after my initial shock, I think it's cuter than all get-out (I have no idea if that is how you spell that phrase, but I can hear my Mom saying it word for word.)
Here's the before picture. This was taken on "purple day" the second week of school.
You can't really tell by this picture how much shorter it is, but prior to the haircut her hair was too long to wear in piggy tails. I took this picture of Emma this morning before school with her "show-and-share" that she took to school today. (I try to take pictures each time they take something for show-and-tell for their scrapbooks). Her piggy tails are pretty darned cute!
Here's the "after" shot that I took tonight before bedtime. As you can see, she took quite a bit off but it is SO MUCH EASIER to comb in the morning!! I actually won't have to always have it up because it looks cute down. Her hair was too frizzy to leave it down before. We're trying to grow her bangs out and they are at an annoying length right now. It's hard to keep them up in braids or barettes, and they are too long to leave down as they hang right over her eyes. Now I'll have to figure out what hairstyle will look best for her school pictures. :-)
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Check him (or her) out! Emma wants to name it Sally the Salamander, which I think is perfect, but Gage refuses to let that name stick until he finds out if it is a boy or girl. I told him if it turns out to be a boy, we can call him Sal. He wrinkled his nose at me. I didn't tell the kids about it at all until we got home and waited for them to find it on the table. Emma went right up to it and she hollers out, "What the!" She thought it was a statue until it moved, and then it startled her. When I told them that Dad caught it for them they were all excited! He is actually quite active and fun to watch. I was feeling very sorry for him. The poor thing was at the wrong place at the wrong time, and now his peaceful way of living is over. I think the habitat is actually too small for him because he can't really walk around in it without dropping down into the water, or having to climb a rock. I'm sure we'll have to get our aquarium set up for him so he has a bigger space to live in. Before Scott left on his trip this afternoon, we went to PetSmart to buy some crickets. Great, just what we needed, another mouth to feed! At 10 cents a pop for big crickets, I'm thinking maybe I need to get into the cricket business!? NOT! When we got home with the crickets, I put 2 in the habitat and I couldn't believe how quickly he snatched them up! Scott printed off some information from the internet and these salamanders aren't supposed to be handled unless absolutely necessary because the oils and things from your hands can penetrate through their skin and make them sick or even die. (He didn't know that when he first caught him!) The information said not to feed them too much because they can become obese. After the kids checked him out for a little while, they wanted to see him eat a cricket, so I put another one in the habitat. The stupid cricket jumped right into the water and had the most difficult time getting back onto dry land. We had to leave for gymnastics before the cricket met his demise. Just before we left; however, I was sitting at the table watching the salamander and he was just sitting in one spot for awhile. Finally, when he moved, I saw something and said, "What is that?" Emma saw it too. He pooped. OMG! I had no idea what a salamander's poop would look like. We had a tiny anole once (it came in a tree/plant that our realtor gave us around Christmastime a few years ago) and it's poop kind of resembed bird poop to me, but in a much smaller amount. I assumed that's what the salamander's poop would look like. Boy was I wrong! Gage heard Emma and I making a fuss over the poop and he came into the kitchen to check it out and immediately started gagging and nearly puked. (Okay, so he's probably not going to be a medical doctor when he grows up!) After I finally removed the "turd" from the habitat, I had to take a picture of it because I couldn't believe how BIG it was!
Monday, September 22, 2008
The kids and I went to Simle Middle School this afternoon/evening to watch Paige, my friend's daughter, play volleyball. I was actually pretty impressed with how well they played. I think they are better than alot of the adult leagues I've played on! Scott and I have been interested in seeing the high school volleyball or soccer teams play, but haven't yet found a time that works well for us. Hopefully we'll be able to make it to a soccer game next week when St. Mary's takes on Bismarck High. My friend's son plays on the varsity team at BHS and Scott's hunting buddy plays on the St. Mary's team. We could kill 2 birds with 1 stone that evening. The only problem is that it will cause the kids to get to bed later than we like. Hopefully it will all work out.
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Gage had a soccer jamboree yesterday and he played 3-half games (6 periods). Gage scored his first goal!!! I was so proud of him! He was very happy about it as well. I think he was a little surprised that the ball came to him and he was near the goal and no one around, so he kicked it right in! WAY TO GO GAGE!
Scott made it home last night around 4:30 or so from the youth waterfowl hunt. Between the 3 boys they got 7 ducks. Scott said one of the Dad's had to make a run to get more shells, as they had already gone through 2 boxes of shotgun shells! :-) I'm impressed that they actually harvested some ducks! After he had been home awhile, he remembered that he forgot to unplug a battery charger in Tuttle, so he and the kids had to make a run to Tuttle last night to unplug the battery charger. I was on my way to a friend's house in Mandan, so he had to take the kids with him. I think they made it back home around 9 or so.
I had an email of a comment that someone had left on my blog yesterday that was kind of neat. I have noticed that my blog gets alot of hits from my blog entry of Emma bottle feeding the baby calves over the 4th of July from people searching for information on this subject. This lady named Sally said "What a delightful post! I wish my first and only experience feeding a calf had been as happy and peaceful as Emma's, but it wasn't. I enjoyed your words and pictures so much that I linked to this post from an article I wrote about how not to feed a baby cow, so that my readers understand there is a proper way...I just didn't follow it!" Emma is famous! :-) I have also noticed that my blog entry "The dreaded "nut cup" seems to get alot of hits from searchers as well! I wonder how many of them get a laugh out of that post! You'd be amazed at how many people search the internet about nut cups. (The latest one was actually searching for "nut cups to make for fall", so I'm sure that my post came as quite a shock on that search! LOL!
Friday, September 19, 2008
Here I am as I get started on the jumbo Lego set yesterday evening. Oh, and yes, in case you're wondering, I had to take apart what Scott had already built so I could be sure it was together correctly! I'm actually glad that I did that because in doing so, I discovered all of those extra Lego pieces that I knew couldn't just be "extras" weren't "extras"! They belonged to a smaller unit that goes inside this big thing. I don't even know what you call it? A space ship on wheels?
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Gage is selling popcorn for our annual Cub Scout fundraiser. Off to the right you will see a Boy Scout emblem that you can click on to order popcorn. I believe being able to order through a web-site was new last year. The link will take you directly to Gage's account so that he will get the credit for the sale. Our troop earns 23 or 24% of the online sales, and they earn 27% if you order it directly through us and then we deliver it to you. This site makes it easier for friends and family from afar to order the popcorn to support their scout. (However, my family in Iowa should not use this link because you can just order through us and we'll deliver it when we come home for Christmas!) If you do order it online, it will be shipped to your home from the company. If he sells $1,300 or more worth of popcorn he will be eligible for a college scholarship!! If he sells $2300 or more he can also win a Nintendo DS!! That's what he's shooting for, but that's quite alot of popcorn to sell, and I'm not sure if we can make that goal or not? If you decide to order from the web-site, be sure that it says you are supporting Gage S. It should say that because it's linked directly to his account; however, if for whatever reason it doesn't, Gage's order key is TEZHRUQ. Thanks for your support!
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
I was feeling better today for the most part. I still have a headache, which has lingered all day. It's one of my typical monthly migraines, I think.
I didn't do a whole lot today, other than go to Biolife and get groceries, which desperately needed to happen. Scott went hunting for grouse this morning with a couple of co-workers. It sure was nice not to have to listen to Brie ring the door bell all day long! She is wiped out from a hard days work, but boy does she have terrible gas!? I don't know what she may have eaten, but I think it was rotten!! They all got their limit of 3 grouse apiece. Scott cleaned them and we had grouse fajitas for supper and they were really pretty darned good! The kids really liked them too!
School is going great. Gage has his next spelling test tomorrow. His challenge "bonus" words this week are spice, erase and confuse. I'm going into the library at Gage's school again tomorrow to reshelve books.
I need to get started on thinking about Gage's birthday since it's just around the corner. We haven't done a thing to plan yet, but I've been trying to talk him into a Pirate party versus another Star Wars one. I have a cute pirate ship cake I can make (I think!). I haven't even bought him any presents yet! I've been too busy volunteering! :-)
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
From there I headed down to the Girl Scout office to meet Kara, and hopefully find out more information. We did learn a few more things, but it was like pulling teeth. Maybe we'll have it all figured out by the time the school year is over? :-)
After that, I had a couple of errands to run and I wasn't quite sure I was going to make it? After I left from meeting with Kara, I started feeling kind of rotten. I was on the verge of a headache anyway, and I'm guessing the little stress I had at the Girl Scout office increased its intensity? Anyway, I started feeling very clammy, hot and lightheaded and nauseous (not the best feeling when you're driving!). Once I got to my first stop and got out of the car to go into the store, the feeling kind of passed a little, but once I got back in the car, I started feeling weird again. I thought maybe it was because it was kind of hot out, so I turned the air conditioner on high, then proceeded onto my next stop. From there I decided I couldn't do anymore and headed home. I'm not sure what was going on, if I had low blood sugar (which would have been odd because I ate a good breakfast), or if it was just the onset of a migraine? Once I got home and could lay down, I was relieved, but not feeling much better. Scott came home for lunch and fixed us something to eat which didn't necessarily help too much, but I rested on the couch the rest of the afternoon. Thankfully Scott was able to pick the kids up from school for me and also took Emma to gymnastics this evening. I'm feeling much better now, with just the remains of a headache. I think I may have to skip my Biolife appt tomorrow.
A couple of weeks ago I had a message on the answering machine from someone at church asking me if I could help be in charge of the CROP walk that our church will be doing in October. I never did call him back, and then it got to the point of no return, where it had been long enough ago that I felt too terrible about not calling him, to call him back (does that even make any sense?) He asked me about it at church this past weekend and I told him I would think about it if I could get more information on what I would have to do. I made it very clear to him that if it involved getting up in front of the church to make any announcements, that I couldn't do it. I have never gotten over my fear of public speaking. He called today to see if he could bring me the information to look over and assured me that I wouldn't have to give any announcements at church, that the associate pastor would do that for me! WHEW! I have until Friday to look over the materials and decide to do this or not. I am much more comfortable following than I am at leading and just thinking about it all makes my heart race. I guess it's just the fear of the unknown? I'm quite sure I'm going to be unable to tell him "no" come Friday, so if you could all just say a little prayer for me, I would greatly appreciate it! :-) You know, I certainly don't have enough to do with all of the kids' activities, newly registered Cub Scout Popcorn Sales chairperson, candy bar sales chairperson and newly registered Girl Scout leader. Why not add CROP walk organizer? Did I mention I have a headache?
Monday, September 15, 2008
Gage receiving his awards from the Cubmaster.
These are the awards that Gage received tonight. The Cubmaster asked Gage to go over to his mother, the den leader, and raise her hand. (I immediately got red in the face and was embarrassed. Scott is the den leader, not me!) However, I have been the one reading through the materials figuring out what awards Gage and his fellow den-mates can get. I had mentioned to the Cubmaster in an email that I was a bit of an over-achiever as I'm sure he had already figured out, because I had sent him quite a few emails this summer to make sure they knew who has earned what in our den and asking different questions. He told the group he would like to see more over-achievers. Uh, yeah......................I really don't think you want a whole group of anal retentive parents like me!!!! LOL!
Scott (and I) are in charge of the popcorn fundraiser this year, as well as the candy bar fundraiser that takes place in Feb. Popcorn sales start SOON, so get ready! :-) The top prize this year for the popcorn fundraiser is a Nintendo DS lite! Gage really wants it! I told him that if he was going to earn that, he was going to have to really work hard! (It only requires $2300 worth of sales!!!! YIKES!!!) I suppose if he gets any of my anal-retentive/over-achiever-type traits, it is possible! However, I seriously doubt it!
Sunday, September 14, 2008
After a few hours of building Star Wars lego sets, and seeing that I had hardly made a dent in the number of pieces that were still strewn about the floor I made the comment, "Boy this was a really STUPID idea!" Gage asked me why I said that. I told him it was because this was a MUCH BIGGER job than I thought it was going to be. An hour or two later Gage mumbled, "This WAS a really stupid idea!" LOL! He bailed on me around 4 pm and went over to the neighbors house to play. I couldn't blame him much. I wanted to do the same thing. The most frustrating part is that there are missing pieces. Hmmm......... I'll bet you can hardly believe that!? I don't know what 7 year old could keep track of that many lego pieces!? I'm doing the best I can, and have discovered that even with missing pieces, you can't really tell it by looking at them. I don't know if I'll ever get them all put together before his birthday, and I'm sure when he sees that I finished another one after he went to bed, he'll be playing with them first thing in the morning and I'll be back to square one. (Just walk away Stacy, just walk away!)
Saturday, September 13, 2008
It was kind of funny at the store. We were just picking up a few items and when we got near the checkout Gage and Emma were eyeing the junk food. Gage says, "Mom, can we get a box of Twinkies?" I reply, "Sure Gage!" He says, "What? We can get some?" I tell him, "Yes, Gage, you can get some." To which he replies, "Really? You really mean it?" LOL! YES! He was thrilled. He says, "Mom, when I ask Dad he always tells me no!" I told him I thought since they were being so good, they deserved a treat. Emma picked out some candy and they split that in half and then they completely forgot about the Twinkies. Neither one of them has even had one!? I think this may be the first or second time I've ever even bought Twinkies? I wish I hadn't brought this up, because now I'm thinking about wanting to eat one. (That's why I don't buy that stuff, because the kids forget about it and I'm the one who eats them all!)
Emma and I made a grape salad for the potluck at the pumpkin patch. It was completely devoured, which always happen when I take that dish! It's really very yummy and very easy! I actually forgot to take the camera with me to the pumpkin patch so I was sad about that, however, I'll never regret it when I get to this point in scrapbooking, because it will be a miracle if I make it through our summer pictures! The kids had a great time. The hayride was fun as well. Because it was so windy and cold, the driver of the wagon being pulled by 2 clydesdale horses took a different route and it was a nice long ride. It continued to get colder and colder and was drizzling some rain, so after picking out their pumpkins, we left.
Scott did show up at the pumpkin patch in time to ride the hayride. He spent his day out showing a grandpa and his grandchildren and daughters-in-law how to band ducks. I guess this man is from Omaha and was the founder of Ameritrade. They flew into Bismarck on his personal jet. I guess they had a pretty good time except for one of the little girls got stuck in the mud and her feet came out of her boots. Scott had to go in to get her and had the same thing happen to him. His socks were pretty much black with mud when he got home. I'm sure glad he didn't have on his new Keens!
I learned today that my sister, Kim, and her husband J.L., own a Wii! Ryan, their son/my nephew, does too! I also learned that with the Wii, it is possible to play each other if you have wireless internet access! This could be dangerous if I get this figured out! I might have to play them in some tennis or bowling! They also told me that you can go shopping on the Wii and buy games for it through the television! My goodness! What can't this machine do? I told them we were all going to have to take our Wii remotes to Iowa for Christmas and have a big bowling tournament! :-) Wouldn't that be fun? Get to practicing guys! :-)
Friday, September 12, 2008
It was a beautiful day here today. It was actually kind of hot to me, but that's because I was dressed for cooler weather. I went down to the Street Fair this morning to check it out. I stopped by Kara's booth to see how things were going. She said things were going well, so I hope that continued throughout the day. 10a-8p is a LONG day when you're standing outside in a booth selling your product and trying to be all smiles. There are certainly customers that make smiling really difficult! I found these cute bow and arrows that I had to get for the kids. An older couple makes and sells them. The bow is made out of PVC tubing and string. The arrows are a dowel rod with an arrowhead cut out of foam on the end. You can shoot those arrows quite a ways! The kids were thrilled when they got home from school. Gage hugged me several times and told me thanks! I even got a kiss! He said, "And you didn't even have to do that Mom!" :-) Emma is having a hard time getting her arrow to shoot because she has a hard time releasing them. I'm sure she'll have it figured out before long. We'll be there for a little while tomorrow to help Juanita out at the church's booth. It's supposed to be cooler and possibly rain and be quite windy, so I hope that doesn't happen on our watch!
I hope you all have a great weekend! (Don't hurt yourselves with your new toy Mom and Dad!)
Thursday, September 11, 2008
It's really hard to believe that it was 7 years ago today that our nation was attacked by terrorists! It doesn't seem that long ago? We lived in Bozeman, MT at the time and I remember just waking up (mountain time zone) and walking out into the living room where Scott had just turned on the television and saw the World Trade Center just before it was hit by the second plane. Gage was just 11 months old and Scott was feeding him oatmeal for breakfast. Where were you and what were you doing when the towers were hit?
Gage had his first spelling test today and he got all of the words right, plus the 3 bonus words! WAY TO GO GAGE! Tomorrow will be the dictation part of the test. I told him I am always so excited on Fridays to see the next weeks' spelling list!!! He looked at me like I was from another planet. :-)
Tomorrow is Bismarck's Downtowner's Street Fair. My friend Kara, of KLG Designs, will have her booth set up for business. I went downtown with her this evening to help her get her booth set up since her husband is out of town. She is very organized and I was amazed how contained she had all of her stuff. She had everything pretty much in 2 rubbermaid containers and her tent bag. I remember when I was doing Urban Harvest and how I tried my hardest to have everything contained so I would only have to make 1, or 2 at the most, trips to my car to haul stuff to my spot. All of you local readers should go down and check her booth out. She's on 5th street in front of Peacock Alley. She has some really awesome jewelry for sale. She's very talented and creative. The street fair runs Friday and Saturday. I'm hoping to be able to help my friend, Juanita, at our church's booth for a couple of hours on Saturday, where they will be selling Fair-trade goods. I'm hoping the kids and I can be more of a help, than a hindrance!
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
There's no turning back now. We were assigned our first Daisy Scout today. With Emma and Jadyn, that makes 3 of us! LOL! I've got tons of paperwork that I desperately need to figure out how to organize, but thank goodness for my spreadsheet queen, Kara! She'll have me straightened out in no time.
I had a pretty quiet day. There is a new talk show on at 2pm on NBC, The Dr.'s, that I am enjoying. This is much better than Family Feud, although that loud strike was a great alarm clock! I stay pretty busy most all day, then I spend my last hour of peace and quiet on the couch watching this new show.
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Aaaahhhhhhhh, how sweet!
Monday, September 8, 2008
For his spelling tests he will have 12 regular spelling words, and then they have 3 bonus words they can spell for extra points. This week his extra words are lettuce, pocket and engine. The first 12 words he has are pretty simple and he has no problem with them, and he only had problems really with lettuce. Scott taught him a trick for lettuce though, so now he has it stored in his little memory bank. Spelling was always my favorite subject and I enjoy seeing his new list of words each week.
My only problem with all of this is TIME. It's very hard to get all of this stuff done in just the few hours we have from after school until bedtime. We are shooting for a 7pm bedtime for both Gage and Emma and after you add supper time in there, and just plain "free time" to play by himself or with friends, there's not much left!!! I am very thankful that alot of this stuff comes very easy to Gage, because if it didn't, and we had to work twice as hard, I'm not sure I could get it all done in a day? Then, on top of all of this, Gage brings home big chapter books from the library that we are trying our hardest to get read in a weeks' time. He gets to check out 2 books from the library and I want him to be able to check 2 out each week instead of having to renew the same book for the second week. Thankfully this week he only brought home 1 chapter book and the other one was a little picture book. However, we have discovered a way to help get some of this extra reading done by sending the library books with him to school each day to read during his silent reading time. Unfortunately I had to make a second trip to the school this morning because we forgot to put his book in his bag. He has library tomorrow and we have 3 chapters to read in the morning. He was begging me to let him stay up and read the rest of the book on his own, but I told him he would have to go to bed and I would read it to him in the morning. I certainly don't know how people with more than 2 kids, especially if they all have homework, do it?
Sunday, September 7, 2008
The kids had a nice time at church this morning. They had a scavenger hunt planned for the kids and they had a good time showing their friends, Jadyn and Kya, around the church. They were also very excited to hear they would be going to Sunday School with them!! Gage said, "You mean they are going to come for good?" I told him I hoped that was what they decided, but yes, for now they were planning to try it out at our church. They are thrilled to death!
This morning before we left for church I put a roast in the crockpot. I had gotten a very simple recipe off of another blog I enjoy reading "Motherhood for Dummies" that was for Shredded BBQ. It was really good AND very easy, which is always a bonus for me! When we got home from church it smelled so good we were all disappointed that we had to wait until supper time to eat it! We put it over brown rice instead of having sandwiches and it was really good. We'll have the leftovers on sandwiches tomorrow for another yummy meal! I will definitely be making it again. We have tons of roasts in the freezer from when we bought 1/4 beef. I'm not very good at cooking roasts, so they have just sat in the freezer..........until now!
Looking forward to Monday! I don't know that I've ever looked forward to Mondays? Have I mentioned that I LOVE SCHOOL? :-)
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Before the game started the coach had the kids doing warm-ups. Jumping jacks are always quite amusing. Gage has a hard time with the jumping jacks and timing them appropriately.