Sunday, November 30, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
As always, I am a day late and a dollar short! Yesterday was my friend Kara's 40th birthday. Okay, I actually don't know her exact age, but I know she's getting old, just like me. Aren't I a great friend? First of all I forget to tell you happy birthday (thanks for the reminder in the comment section!), and I announce right here, on national computerision, that you're getting old! Kara, and her entire family, is celebrating her birthday (and her parents' anniversary) in Mexico. I can't think of a warmer place to be!!
Even though I forgot to mention your birthday in my blog post yesterday, I was thinking about you! Really, I was! I received your birthday present (which I would have given to you before you left if it had arrived in time) in the mail and wrapped it so it's all ready when you get back to sunny, oops, I mean snowy, North Dakota. Just to make you drool a little, here is a little glimpse. Can you guess what it is?
Look, it's even wrapped in special Creative Memories wrapping paper!! Now, if I can just keep Grus from eating the curling ribbon, I'll be in good shape.
I hope you had a wonderful birthday, soaking up the sun and showing off your beautifully painted troll toes in sunny Mexico! Feliz Cumpleanos Amiga! (There's another saying for your growing Spanish vocabulary Kysa!)
Friday, November 28, 2008
I woke up at 7:45a and realized Scott was still gone. He arrived home just a few minutes after I woke up with a BIG SMILE on his face. He got what he was after. He said that he first went to Best Buy and he said the line was so long to get in, that he figured he would just go back later and went on to Target. Target didn't open until 6am, so he was there plenty early. He said he was the 20th person in line. He wasn't as smart as Emily and I were last year, because we went inside the mall, where it was warm, and waited at those doors to open. He said that would have been a good tip to give him!
After Target, he went back to Best Buy and got the television he was after. My blood money is gone, but we will be watching all 5 of our local television channels in STYLE, let me tell you! As always, the kids were more entertained by the box.
It wasn't long after we emptied the box that the kids had it filled up with their stuff. They have played in this box ALL DAY, and I'm not even kidding! As you can see, Emma was getting right to work decorating her end of the box!
Thursday, November 27, 2008
We started working on our meal preparation this morning after we scoured through the Black Friday ads. We had our Thanksgiving meal around 4:30p. Everything was so delicious! Even my gravy was good! Thanks to my Mom for that because she is the best gravy maker around and I learned everything I know from her! If only she could teach me how to make her homemade noodles! Mmmm......Mmmmmm!
I was completely miserable after we ate supper, as was Scott. He beached out on the couch and took a short nap. The kids played outside for awhile while I continued to search through the ads for the best deals!
Last year we had Thanksgiving dinner with our good friends, Emily and Jody, et all, and then Emily and I braved the crowds and had a great time shopping together, getting the big bargains! I wish you were here to go again this year Emily! I am sending Scott out this year. He is after a big television, which I have been saving my Biolife money for. There's no way I could get in there and get one of those big things and carry it out to the car. He's headed to Best Buy for that, but they also have the same thing at Walmart, so he can go there if he doesn't get the deal at Best Buy. He's also headed to Target for a few items. I can't wait to hear his story when he gets home tomorrow morning! He's never done this before, so it will be quite an experience. Hopefully he won't be the one who gets knocked over at Target this year! I also hope he's not the one knocking other people over! I may have to let him tell his story on my blog tomorrow.
We sure missed spending this holiday with our family in Iowa. The kids are so excited about going back for Christmas they are counting down the days. (So am I!) We love you all! Happy Thanksgiving!
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Look at those beautiful NORMAL toes! They even put a pair of disposable flip flops on your feet so you don't mess the nail polish up with your shoes when you leave. Thankfully Kara has done this before, so she told me to bring flip flops with me, so I didn't have to actually wear these foam flip flops outside.
Grus was totally unimpressed with the quality of these 3-D glasses. None of us kept them on during the movie since they didn't seem to enhance the quality of the movie.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
I was scared to mention in my post last night about a funny thing that happened, because I know this friend reads my blog, and I didn't want to make her feel bad or mad, or anything else that she could feel. However, since she posted a comment on my post from yesterday, I think it's safe to tell about it.
I am apparently having difficulties communicating with my friends lately. I have friends that I have either offended, or said the wrong things to lately and once again, I was involved in a "communication gap" causing quite a mix-up. Here's the story. On Nov. 1, when we were at the Spooghetti Supper at the school, we met up with my friend Sherry and her family. During our visit, she asked if we had any plans for Thanksgiving, and I told her we didn't. They usually spend Thanksgiving with some family/friends that have moved away, and since they weren't around this year, Sherry asked if we would like to come over for Thanksgiving dinner. I can't remember exactly how the conversation went, but I recall saying yes. However, I apparently said a questionable "yes". Anyway, yesterday when Sherry was here to pick up Garret, I had asked her if anyone else was coming to her Thanksgiving dinner and she looked at me funny and said, "No, are you?" I then was confused and Sherry said that I hadn't said that we were coming, and had made plans with her sister. I was feeling really bad because I didn't want to make her feel bad. I thought I had said yes, and she didn't understand my yes, as I thought I had stated it. It was quite a funny mixup, and I wasn't upset in the least. In fact, I was mostly relieved because I was worried about what we should bring and that it wasn't really fair if she had to make the turkey, etc, etc. Sherry, I am totally "GOOD" and so thankful that you are too! It's a funny story and I am so thankful that it came up in conversation yesterday because I'm sure you would have been in complete surprise when we showed up on your doorstep for Thanksgiving dinner! LOL!
Scott went out last night and bought a turkey, as I am sure the kids (mostly Gage) would be sad if I didn't fix a turkey for Thanksgiving. He started learning all about Thanksgiving when he started Preschool and has realized that's the only time of the year that we have it, unless of course it's shaved turkey from the deli department at the grocery store. He also insists that we use the china in our china closet because he says he doesn't know why we even have it if we're never going to use it. So, for the past couple years, we have had turkey and have eaten on our china that was handed down to us from Scott's Dad, from his Mom. Since I wasn't able to get to the store today, I plan to get everything we need tomorrow and get organized!
Sherry, you wanna come over for Thanksgiving dinner? :-)
Monday, November 24, 2008
Gage's friend, Garret, also came home with us this afternoon. His mom, my friend Sherry, was panicked at the doctor's office because their appointment with Garret's brother was lasting much longer then they had anticipated. I was happy to be able to help out.
Only 2 more days of school this week. The kids are looking forward to Thanksgiving and I sent Scott out to buy a turkey tonight. What are your holiday plans?
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Scott left early this morning to go hunting pheasants and got back about 4:10pm, just in time for me to attend a Girl Scout Service Unit Meeting at 4:30. I don't know why I keep going to them, as they aren't always that informative, but I keep hoping!
We have a short school week ahead of us due to the Thanksgiving holiday. The kids have school Monday through Wednesday and then they are off until the following Monday. I wish there had been an extra day or two thrown in there so we would have enough time to travel to Iowa to be with our family. I love you all and will be thinking of you! We'll be seeing you at Christmas and we can't wait!
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Scott had the wonderful idea to go to the mall and look around and make out lists of things that you would like to buy for OTHER people (mainly just the 4 of us). Emma really did a good job of doing that, she had her pen and her paper and she wrote down what she saw Gage looking at, and she wrote down something for me. She was concerned when we left because she hadn't written anything down for Scott. That is because the kids were quickly tiring out on this and were ready to go home, and Scott's list would need to be made from Scheels. When he asked them if they would rather go home, or go to Scheels, they said home. We were in meltdown mode and I was ready to go home myself. They were tired because we were up a little later than typical last night watching Casper. I sure wish it wasn't like that. Us allowing them a "Family Fun Night", only to be followed by "Family Disaster Day".
I finished up a scrapbook page that I had started the other day, but it isn't one of my favorites. It's done though, and that's the important thing!
Scott is planning to hunt tomorrow so I'll be at home, trying to find things to do to keep the kids busy.
Friday, November 21, 2008
Wendy and I have been trying to devise some sort of exercise plan together and we haven't worked anything out that works very well yet. This class started at 7:45 this morning and I can't typically go at that time because I don't drop the kids off at school until 8:20. Scott took them to school for me this morning so I could meet Wendy at the cycling class. This particular class is only on Friday mornings I think? Thank GOD next Friday is a holiday and there will be no classes! Wendy works at Warford's and has different schedules a lot. You would think, that since I'm not really working, that I could work around that, but it hasn't worked out too well yet. In the past couple months we have walked around the Tom O'Leery loop twice and have now done this cycling class together. Maybe something will work out. My bottom hurts so bad from that stupid bike seat that I'm not looking forward to going back to that class! The instructor said that will eventually go away. I think I may need a cushioned tractor seat!
I barely made it out of the YMCA since my legs felt like Jell-O! Wendy went down to the Life Center to lift a few weights after the class, I told her to "Have fun! because "I am going home!" I had been worrying a little bit about us getting kicked out of classes, because I could just see us joking and laughing too hard and being asked to leave. I even envisioned us getting banned from the YMCA. Well, let me tell you, I have no fear of that now. I was so dead that there was no energy to even think about joking and laughing!
Needless to say, I've pretty much been dead most of the day. I was so tired later this afternoon when I took the kids to swimming lessons that I nearly fell asleep in the chair while I was supposed to be watching them! I don't think my being this tired was caused by the cycling class (not alone anyway), as I have been quite tired for the past few days, and have not felt rested in the mornings. Maybe I'll sleep better tonight?
It was very cold out today and was snowing this afternoon on our walk home from school. I had to laugh when Scott told me about how getting the kids off to school went. He had Gage loaded into the car and told Emma to hurry up so they could leave for school and she replied (in an I can't even believe this tone) "We walk to school, we don't drive Dad!" He said, "Well, we're driving today!" When I left the house to get the kids at school this afternoon, I always pick Gage up first because Emma comes out a little later, and that way she doesn't have to walk up the hill to Northridge. When I was walking by, I saw her sitting out on the playground along the shed, using it for a windbreak, so I went over there to see what she was doing. She had a substitute teacher today, so they got out a little early. I had her walk with me to get Gage and she asks me, "Where's the car Mom?" When I told her I didn't drive, she got a major attitude and said, "Well, Dad drove me!" LOL! Poor little Emma. She had to walk home from school in the freezing cold weather with the snow falling sideways! It wasn't nearly as bad as our walk home in the blizzard a couple of weeks ago, so I don't know what she was complaining about!?
I'm going to hobble my sore butt up the stairs and go to bed. Good night!
Thursday, November 20, 2008
I worked at Corpus Christi in the library today from noon to 3p. I had someone nearly break out in tears because she couldn't check any books out, so I called Mrs. Hocking to the rescue. I'm not quite sure yet how to deal with these things at school. I don't know what's allowable, as far as discipline is concerned, and what's not. There was one little boy in Emma's class today that was totally being a s$%$! Thankfully Mrs. Hocking deals with that, but I feel as if I should be doing more to help out in that respect. At home, I would grab his little arm and squeeze it until I got his attention and then read him the riot act! I'm quite sure that would be unacceptable at school. It does; however, make me very proud of my own kids' good behavior (at school that is!). Emma was ignoring the bad behavior and sitting quietly, listening to the story. After school I asked her if this little kid acts up in class and she said he does and he doesn't listen to the teacher either.
When we arrived home from school, I got the mail from the mailbox and noticed we had received a small package from www.ribbitsgalore.com. The free tadpoles (that cost me $11.99) that I ordered way back on the 8th of September, arrived today. I brought the package inside and as I was opening it, I told the kids they got a package in the mail. Inside was a test tube with 2 dead tadpoles! NICE! I'm sure with the temperatures being in the single digits, for the low, it wasn't really good for them. I read the instructions and it said to take care of the tadpoles immediately upon receiving them. Well, since I wasn't at home, that was kind of hard to do! The note said that they guarantee live arrival! The kids took the test tube and were checking out the motionless tadpoles and then hollered, "Mom, they're moving!" I couldn't believe it, but they were right, the tadpoles were, in fact, moving! Wonderful, 2 more amphibians in the house for me to care for and worry about! Apparently they were nearly frozen, and warming them up in the house, revived them. I got Emma's habitat filled with water and turned them loose. They are as active as any tadpole I have ever seen. I sent Scott to PetSmart to get some food for them and some crickets for Sid, as we were out of those too. Maybe if I get desperate, I can feed the tadpoles to Sid?
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
The final results! November 19, 2008.
So what do you think?
I am so thankful. I never thought I would have this beautiful of a smile. Honestly, I didn't. I always dreamed of it and would say, "Some day, when I get my mouth fixed............", all the time knowing in the back of my mind that it would never happen. It just makes me cry. I have so many people to thank!
First of all, I thank my Mom and Dad! Unknowingly, it was a good thing that you were never able to afford to "get my mouth fixed." I believe that if it had been done back then, I would probably have major problems today. Everything happens for a reason, and it's obvious that God had better plans for me. I'm confident that if I had had this procedure done 20 years ago, I would not have the results that I have gotten today. I would have had surgery and I would have metal plates and screws holding my face together. I'm sure I wouldn't have been as appreciative then as I am now.
Second of all, I have to thank Scott, for believing that this was a good idea and supporting my decision to go ahead with the treatment. Without him, I wouldn't have been able to do this.
Lastly, but definitely not least, I have to thank the doctors who made this dream come true. If it weren't for Dr. Heidi, I would have never taken the first steps necessary to achieve these final results. I am so fortunate that I had a top notch surgeon and orthodontist, right here, in Bismarck, North Dakota. Who ever would have thought that this could happen in this part of the world?
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
I CAN'T WAIT UNTIL TOMORROW! At 10:30 sharp, I will be at Dr. Warford's office, waiting to have my braces removed. I have been thinking about it quite a bit today and I'm sure I'll have some wonderful dreams about it tonight!!
Emma's Girl Scout nuts and chocolates are here! The lady called me tonight and I told her I would come over to get them. I didn't have her address with me and I was worried as to whether or not I would remember it. (Remember the last time I visited her neighbor!) I got to the street without any difficulty and then when I was trying to decide which house it was, I got all nervous and I couldn't remember again. I pulled up in the driveway and sat there for a second trying to remember if this was the correct address or not. There weren't many lights on and she knew I was coming right over, so it made me nervous. I backed out of the driveway to go to the next house and then decided I had it right the first time, so I just backed back into the driveway, thinking it would be easier to load the stuff that way anyway. I went to the door and it was taking forever and I was scared to death it was going to be the little old man again! I rang the doorbell again and I was SO RELIEVED when her little yipster dog came to the door barking. I knew I had the right house then! :-) She came out the garage door and we loaded up the candy and I went along my merry way.
I'm hoping that tomorrow, when I'm at Warford's, I can talk them into emailing my before, during and after pictures to me so I can post them on my blog!
Monday, November 17, 2008
We had Emma's Parent/Teacher conferences after school today. She is doing very well and we are so proud of her. She was just moved into the top reading group today, so that was exciting news.
Tonight we had our monthly Pack meeting. The Raingutter Regatta races were tonight, so that was exciting for the kids. Scott had searched on the internet yesterday for some "Raingutter Regatta tips". The tips told him not to use the boat as it was in it's original form, to make it into a catamaran by cutting it in half and turning the halves up on their sides. Our group made 2 boats, one as a catamaran and the other in the original shape. It also gave a pattern to alter the sail from it's original form as well. Our boats definitely sparked some interest amongst the other dens who had boats to race as well. One of the boys was asking Scott why we did that to our boat, and Scott told him that he had searched for tips on the internet and the boy replies, "That's cheating isn't it?" LOL! Scott assured him that there was no cheating involved.
Here's a picture of Scott and a few of our Scouts working on the catamaran.
Emma and Brycen are racing our 2 boats against each other. I'm not quite sure who won the race in the end as it was very close! Emma was having a hard time getting enough air behind her sail since she wasn't quite tall enough to get right behind the boat.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Gage with Dad's deer that they shot last week. I hadn't noticed before that the deer was laying in our sled! Scott took the sled in case he needed to pull Gage, but it looks like Gage was out of luck unless he wanted to sit on a dead, bloody deer carcass!
Scott, Gage and the dead deer. You'll be happy to know that the stupid thing isn't hanging over the patio anymore. Scott finally got it all cut up and processed yesterday. He has a friend with a meat grinder, so he made several pounds of venison burger. He mixed it with a little fattier beef so it won't be so lean and dry. He was so proud of it and wanted me to come look at it while he had it out on the counter. I told him if he wanted me to eat any of it, then to please not make me look at it! Raw meat just disgusts me. I have a hard enough time cutting up chicken breasts and mixing up hamburger to make meat loaf. YUCK!
Tomorrow starts a new week, and a full week back to school. I turned the page in my planner/calendar and it's written all over already, so I believe we have a busy week ahead. We will attend Emma's parent/teacher conferences tomorrow right after school, so I will be glad to get those out of the way. We have a girlfriend of Emma's coming home from school with us 2 days this week for a play date. Her Dad, who usually picks her up from school, is out of town for a few days so her Mom asked if she could schedule a couple of play dates. She is one of the girls in our Daisy group and she was also in Emma's Jr. K and Preschool class at the YMCA. I haven't yet gotten my schedule for the other 2 that come home with me, so I may have a full house if they fall on the same days! The more the merrier, right? NOT!
Saturday, November 15, 2008
I'm sure my family doesn't really know what pomegranates are, because I never even knew until last year, so I decided to take a few pictures of the grueling process of making this "super fruit" available to Gage and Emma.
I forgot to take a picture of what it looked like before I started peeling it, but this is what it looks like on the inside. It would be similar to picking off all of the kernels on an ear of sweet corn, only there's a membrane that separates the pieces fruit into sections.
Friday, November 14, 2008
The kids had their first swimming lessons of this session this afternoon. They both passed the last session and Gage's lessons are now an hour long. I think he was pretty tired when he got done! Emma sat with me for 30 minutes waiting for her lessons to start. It was a cold and windy day here today so I'm sure coming out of the YMCA after having been in the pool wasn't much fun. I made them both wear their ski mask stocking hats so their faces and wet hair wouldn't freeze. Unfortunately for Emma, they have Rays and Starfish grouped together. She just passed out of Rays into Starfish, so she really isn't in a higher level. They also have 6 or 7 kids in her class and only one teacher, so half of her time is spent on the side of the pool waiting for her turn. That's kind of frustrating. After she is 6 she can move into the higher levels, but right now she is at the highest level she can be in the 5 and under group.
We don't have any big plans for the weekend, and as far as I know, Scott doesn't have any hunting plans. Hopefully we can have a nice, quiet weekend at home.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
I had one guy come to pick up popcorn today. He had such a big load that he had to make 2 trips! One more came this evening, so I think we're down to just one den leader that needs to come pick up their popcorn, plus a few yet from our own den. I have those boxes in the house and the kids will be sad to see them go since they seem to like using them for a hideout! The cats will be sad when they are gone too, because they make a nice perch right in the middle of the floor!
We had our 2nd Daisy meeting this afternoon. It went pretty well. It was definitely better having it in the library at school versus my house! There was a lot more room for the girls to work and "play". I am fortunate to have Kara with me leading this group, especially since she remembers to break out her camera! I get so focused on what I'm doing sometimes that I don't think of those things. (You would never know it by looking at my boxes of pictures, however!)
Paige, Emma and IsaBelle working on their "Color a Smile" project. This is an online company that distributes thousands of drawings every month to people in nursing homes, Meals on Wheels programs, and people who just need a smile. You can go onto their website and print off pictures to color and then you send them to this company and they will distribute them to people in need. You can even go onto the site and register to be a recipient of these wonderful masterpieces. What a neat thing for people who might be alone and in need of something to brighten their day!