December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas!!!

From our family to yours, we hope you have a wonderful Christmas season!!

This morning our kids woke up to a bunch of presents under the tree and lots of fun instore for all!!

But I must mention my poor poor A. She asks for gifts that I know as her parent she will not like. Last year she begged Santa and us for Butterscotch Pony. Over $200.00 later the prized pony waited for her under the tree (and that's ALL she got besides a bunch of clothes because that's ALL she wanted, and because of the price..that's ALL she got!!). She played with it for 10 minutes, then decided she didn't like it (after she broke the tail and chewed up the brush (A is a chewer). So we couldn't return it..sorry honey.

This year..she BEGGED Santa & us for "Bendaroos" some crap she saw on TV advertisment. "make them into anything, they stick, they bend, no mess, play again and again..BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH." Yea right.. So the precious Bendaroos were under the tree. I tried my HARDEST to talk her out of this thing. And I mean I spend DAYS trying to convince her she maybe should consider something else, but I had no luck. So here I sit..with my dd on the other end of the table complaining that her precious toys will not stick to anything (but the Bendaroos) and she can't make the *cool* things that the girl made on TV. Sigh..THANK GOD they were not $200.00, so she did receive other toys that probably will not full-fill her wildest desires to be disappointed with.

My boys ask for appropriate age gifts and loved everything they received.

My kids do know that it's not about the gifts though. Next year I really want to take my kids to a homeless shelter and help serve meals to the homeless. I wonder if DH would be up for that??

December 13, 2008

Work, Christmas shopping & company! OH MY!!

It's been busy and the above about covers it all. I've been working A LOT, like 4x a week! I finally started my Christmas shopping TODAY, and we had company (BIL & nephew) leave this morning, they were here for a week and another BIL & SIL are on their way down here now to also stay for a week. They should be here in about 3 hours. I am up wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy to late because I am still washing the bedding from the last company for the new company! I love having company so I am completely flyin' happily!! I just wish Christmas wasn't coming up so quickly. I still have a lot of shopping yet to do.

November 28, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!!

I hope all my American friends had a Happy Thanksgiving!! Ours was a bit on the crazy side, but crazy is our middle name so it was just a normal fly by the seat of your pants day.

A few weeks ago we saw an advertisment that USA Steak Buffet was having a T-day meal from 10-3:30. I said to dh "Let's just do that..the boys probably won't eat turkey anyway (part vegetarian I swear) so it doesn't pay to cook a big turkey for just the remaining 3 of us." We starved the kids and headed over. Well...apparently...1/2 of town decided the same thing. We got to the restaurant around 11:00 and the parking lot was FULL, the parking lot next to the restaurant..FULL..the parking lot across the street..FULL! People were waiting out the door, down the sidewalk and almost around the corner. Soo..onward we drove, trying to come up with a plan B. We drove by the local jail and saw the guards bringing in the Thanksgiving meals for the prisioners. We briefly thought about stealing the birds and making a run for it, but decided against it. So we went to Perkins instead, and not a one of us had turkey. BUT..3 of us (dh, myself and *A*)were still hungry for turkey. We went to Walmart, bought a turkey, stuffing, etc, and made turkey with all the fixins' at home today.

November 21, 2008

Jon & Kate Plus 8

I watch this show weekly, have my DVR set to record every week. And I loved the show, until recently. Now I can barely stand to watch it. It's gotten so fake and commercialized (is that a word?). Free stuff here, free stuff there. I want to see a daily (REAL) life.

There..I've wanted to say that for about a month now.

November 08, 2008

Crazy last several weeks!!

WOW it's been awhile again! I had no intention of bailing on my blog but sometimes real life gets in the way of my fun. Who would of thought??!?

The good news is while I was MIA, I finally finished "The Crimson Petal & the White" by Michael Faber. It took me a little over 2 months to finish that 800+ page whopper. And IMHO, it could of easily been cut in almost 1/2 and could of been just as good. It was a great book, and I will recommend it to *some* people, but it's definately not a book for just anyone.

The kids & I also finsihed a couple books. "Fiddlesticks" by Beverly Lewis and "Knights at Dawn" by Mary Pope Osborne.

We had a brief beautiful snowfall the other morning. The biggest snowflakes I've ever seen. I wish I would of taken some pictures of the snow, because I don't know if I'll ever seen anything that beautiful again. But then again, Im not sure how good the pictures would of turned out, because of the 60 mph winds!!!

I've been working a lot (that's why I haven't been around). I worked at school 12 days last month, and worked for Matt 3 days. Consider the kids had 4 days off of school the month, and I was at their school volunteering 3 days. It was a CRAZY month. The weekends were there to recoop!!

October 25, 2008

Im alive, just real busy!!

I thought I'd better post in here, just incase someone does read my blog from time to time and they might wonder where I am. Im alive. Im just really busy with school and now halloween. All 3 of my kids decided LAST NIGHT (and 1 this afternoon) that they wanted me to make their costumes. I don't know what they're thinking..Im no Martha Stewart!

October 09, 2008

Happy Birthday kids!!!

Today my babies turned SEVEN years old. I can not believe it.

*W* wanted the Wii game "de Blob". If you were listening at 12:15pm today you would of heard him squeel like a pig.

*B* wanted a remote control dinosaur (another kid who was totally happy).

*A* was sooo hard. She really isn't my girly girl, all she said she really wanted was a new bike seat. So we thought we'd get her that, then get her a walking Barbie horse (wave the wand over it's head it walks) that she's been eyeing up at Walmart. So I *thought* she'd be overjoyed. But she busted out crying saying she really wanted the Baby Choo-Choo doll. HUH? Where did that come from???? But after an hour or so she decided she did like the horse. I'll also be taking her shopping this weekend for some new Hannah Montana shirts.

We went out for supper tonight at the local chinese restaurant then had ice cream sundaes at McD's. It was a good night.

Kiddos & I are leaving tomorrow am for Omaha to meet my mom for our bi-annual weekend get away. It'll be short trip this time but we're planning on making the most of it.

I'll be updating with my 2 weeks worth of Sunday Salon on Monday!!

September 28, 2008

Sunday Salon

I've been neglecting my blog this week.

It's time for Sunday Salon. Any big new books for me to share this week?? NOPE! I am STILL reading "The Crimson Petal & the White" by Michael Faber. I am on page 424 so Im just over 1/2 way. I just haven't dedicated any time this week to reading.

But my kids & I did finish "The Stinky Sneakers Mysery" by Beverly Lewis (Cul-de-Sac Kids Mystery #7. We also tried "Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus" by Barbara Park. Which requires it's own paragraph..

When I say we *tried* Junie B. Jones I mean just that, we tried it. We read 2 chapters and I said to the kids "That's it, we are returning this book to the has to many naughty words." You're thinking "WHAT? Naughty words??" Well, in our house stupid, dumb and hate are naughty words. I really cringed at the thought of getting this book to begin with at the libarary because of the word stupid on the front cover. But *A* asked if we could get it, and she rarely asks about books (no chance of her following in my book reading hoo..) so I had to say yes, we could get it. After 2 chapters my kids & learned that Juie B Jones has a bad attitude and she threated to beat up another little kid on the school bus. It's very safe to say that Junie B. Jones will NOT be visiting our house again anytime soon.

Oh My Gosh! I won TWO books!!!

I know you always hear people saying "I never win anything!" I AM one of those honest people who really never win! I've never even won a dollar on a scratch off!! But my luck has changed!!!! I won "The Almost Moon" by Alice Sebold from Cheryl's Booknook and "Matrimony" by Joshua Henkins from Nat's blog

Thank you so much Nat & Cheryl! I am so excited! :)

September 21, 2008

Sunday Salon

Another week has ended and another pretty oh-hum Sunday Salon from me.

This week the kids & I finished only 1 book "No Grown-ups Allowed" (Cul-de-sac Kids Mystery #3) by Beverly Lewis. This book wasn't as good as the others in the series, there was one part (when the cul-de-sac kids were making a snowman) where I completely lost my kids interest, but it was still real enjoyable.

I am STILL reading "The Crimson Petal & the White" by Michael Faber. I've been reading this book for almost a month now, sure seems longer though. I am almost halfway now. I was really hoping to be done by the end of the month but I don't think I will be.
Am I enjoying it? Yea I am.
Am I really enjoying it? No not really.
Is it worth 800+ pages? IMHO, probably not.

I usually love books of this type. 1800 London ho's, but for some reason I just can't muster up any feelings for Sugar.

September 18, 2008

"Shoot the Moon" by Billie Letts

Bree over at The Things We Read is giving away FIVE of this book by this very talented author! Come over and win one of the copies!!

September 17, 2008

"The Almost Moon" by Alice Sebold-giveaway

Cheryl's Book Nook is giving away FIVE copies of this book! This book is up there on my wishlist and Im hoping to win a copy! You could win one too!! Head over there and sign up!!

This morning..

at 6:15am I am woken up by *W* screaming "MOM!! Im sorry, Im sorry, Im sorry!!!" I jolt up, run to his bedroom (not there) and yell "Where are you?" I hear the toilet flushing and run to the bathroom. I open the door and see *W* standing by the toilet, with his feet wayyyyyy in the corner and I look down and I am met at the door by fecal matter, toilet paper and gushing water. It takes me a second to realize what is going on and the first thing that goes through my mind is "This is more then a 1 Bounty sheet job..." After using every towel in our house and a little dry heaves I think we've learned our lesson. You don't need to use an ENTIRE roll of Charmin Double Roll, and if it doesn't go down on the 1st flush or the 2nd flush, yell for mom BEFORE you hit the 5th flush.

September 16, 2008

"Matrimony" by Joshua Henkin (giveaway!!)

My book pal Nat is having a giveaway for "Matrimony" by Joshua Henkin.

Stop by her Nat's blog for a chance to win!!

Tuesday Teaser & and what not..

Time for the Tuesday Teaser!!

Grab your current read

Let the book fall open to a random page

Share with us two (2) “teaser” sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.

You also need to share the title of the book that you’re getting your “teaser” from … that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given!

Join here!!

From the book "The Crimson Petal & the White" by Michael Faber. I really wanted to take my teaser out of the other book Im reading, but that book is downstairs and I don't want to go get it (you'll understand why later in this post).

Anyhoo, taken from pg. 575..

"Possibly." William knows very well she is. His wife's belief that she and her coachman share a "little secret" is a pitable delusion. "She'll grow out of it, I trust."

On to other news..

I can't go downstairs because..I AM SICK! And I mean really sick. White blood cell really high sick. I needed a shot and antibotics for several days sick. I have bronchitis & pharyngitis. I went to the dr. yesterday and though I am getting better going up/down stairs makes me wease and really winded. Pretty pathetic. My hip hurts like crazy from the shot. So please..pour on the sympathy. The ONLY reason my other book is downstirs (which is.."Riding the Bus with My Sister" by Rachel Simon..tune in next Tuesday for a teaser) is because it accidently went downstairs with dh in a laundry basket.

September 14, 2008

Well another week, another Sunday Salon! Im still plugging my way through "The Crimson Petal & the White" by Michael Faber. Im almost done with Part 2, so hopefully before the end of the month this big book will be behind me! I am enjoying it more now then I was a few days ago, finally Im starting to learn more about the characters, rather then just hearing pages and pages of Williams obsession over Sugar.

This week my kids & I finished "The Chicken Pox Panic (Cul-de-Sac kids #2)" by Beverly Lewis. We are really enjoying this series of books! I picked up a couple more from the library this week.

I also picked up "Dinosaurs Before Dark (Magic Tree House #1)" by Mary Pope Osborne and "Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus (Junie B. Jones #1)" by Barbara Park.

This week I am also going to start a side read for myself "Riding the Bus with my Sister" by Rachel Simon. I need a book that can travel with me to/from school, etc. I usually can not have 2 books going at the same time so we'll see how this goes.

September 12, 2008

My Birthday!!

Well today is my birthday. I am now (hahaha..Im old enough not to tell) years old. Today I spent the day with Rachel and her adorable babies and then Rachel took me out for lunch. Ok..the truth is she gave me money and said "Go get us treat for your birthday". So I ran across the street to Dairy Queen and got us Chicken Strip baskets. YUMMY!! I haven't had a chicken strip basket in a long time and it was wonderful.

Birthdays really haven't ever been a big deal for us, even our kids are not overly fazed by their own date of birth. They don't expect the earth to move and the sun to rise and set on their wishful whims on their birthday. Are we bad parents because we don't spend months and months on a particular b-day theme? I sometimes wonder..

A few weeks ago I asked "A" what she wanted to do for her b-day and she said "I just want to have a family day". Well she'll kinda get her wish, on their b-day the kids & I will be in Omaha with grandma for our bi-annual kids weekend get away. "W" says he wants a boy party (with only his sister there..and sometimes that changes). "B" says nothing.

September 09, 2008

Grab your current read

Let the book fall open to a random page

Share with us two (2) “teaser” sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.

You also need to share the title of the book that you’re getting your “teaser” from … that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given!

Join here!!

From the book "The Crimson Petal & the White" by Michael Faber (pg. 188)

"Guided by the master of the house, brother Henry and his companion are shown everything. The melancholy atmosphere of the Rackham home, which had been replaced; the old steps have been removed from teh garden; new French windows have been screwed into the parlour door. The whole place smells of paint, wallpaper paste and fresh air."

September 07, 2008

Sunday Salon today is going to be short and sweet.

Im still reading "The Crimson Petal & The White" by Michael Faber and this week I worked everyday so I didn't get much reading time. I did lug this book to school once and tried to read it during lunch but I couldn't concentrate on it. So it will not be making any more out of the house trips. It's just to heavy and bulky. Anyway..I read about 50 pages this week so I am making headway.

My children & I read "Arthur and the Popularity Test" by Marc Brown this week. My kids are not Arthur fans, so this book was not a huge hit. We're going back to the Cul-de-Sac kids & Beverly Lewis tonight.

Because of someone's blog (sorry I can't remember how, so please post me a comment and tell me who you are so I can thank you) I ordered the book "The Historian" by Elizabeth Kostova from Bookmooch. I should hopefully get it this week and start it soon! Im so psyched!!

Tuesday Teasers

Grab your current read

Let the book fall open to a random page

Share with us two (2) “teaser” sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.

You also need to share the title of the book that you’re getting your “teaser” from … that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given!

30 Books in 30 Days Giveaway!!

Check out Deanna's Blog for all the details!

September 06, 2008

WOW, it's been a week?!

Since I updated. It sure doesn't seem that long but the calendar doesn't lie. This past week has been pretty crazy around our house. I was busy every day this week. Monday of course we didn't have school, but I worked Tuesday, Thursday & Friday and spent Wednesday with my friend Rachel & her babies. :)

The kids are now in their full school schedule. They start at 8am and get out at 3:20pm. That's been a huge adjustment for them. They also had their first spelling test this past week. *B* passed on the first try, *W* and *A* passed on their 2nd try. Now they have new spelling words for next week. UGH..

Dh is busy gearing up for harvest which will start very, very soon.

Really isn't to much to comment on this week.

August 31, 2008

The Sunday

I just joined "The Sunday Salon", it looks like fun so here goes my first blog dedicated to The Sunday Salon.

Im reading "The Crimson Petal & the White" by Michael Faber . Yesterday I finally got a really big chunk of reading done and Im starting Part II. Im enjoying it so far. If I may quote my friend Giz here..."It's all about the Ho's"

My kids are starting to get into chapter books, but since they are only 6 years old I am reading the books to them. So we finished our first chapter book last night "The Midnight Mystery" by Beverly Lewis. My kids loved it and I enjoyed it too. I'll be reading more of these books to them in the coming weeks.

Labor Day

Happy Labor Day weekend all my American friends!!

Any big plans for the long weekend? Here in our household there wasn't any plans, but so far we've had a great long weekend and we're looking forward to another day tomorrow.

Dh's friend from work went away for the long weekend and we've had the joy of watching their 2 horses. Now *A* loves horses, LOVES them, but I think she was a bit intimidated when she saw those 2 big horses yesterday. I'll have pictures to share tomorrow, because I got my digital camera back yesterday and the battery is now fully charged!! YEA!!!

This weekend Bella & Sadie (our new puppies..well they are 8 months old now) went into heat. Oh what joy..any dog owner knows what the next few weeks will be like for us. The dogs not left outside alone for ANY reason. Though the absolutely worst hasn't started yet, the extra entryway gate has been put up in hopes of keeping them off the carpet.

Yesterday was a fun day for us, it's nice that the kids are now at an age where they almost prefer to eat at restaurants where we don't have to wait in a line to carry our food to a table, and there isn't a slide and private dining area for children attached to the building. So yesterday we all went to Valentio's Italian Buffet. The kids ate great and dh & I were shocked with how much we saved! A family a 5, all you can eat buffet, costed us less then $30.00. After that dh & *W* went to get their hair cuts and then we went to Wal-mart. Oh Lord in heaven..I dispise that store. After we went there, saved a crapload of money (the only reason I go at all is because in the long run I really do save sooo much) we went bowling.

It was a great day. I got a lot of reading done during the drive and while everyone else bowled.

August 23, 2008

First week of school over

The first week of school is over already! It went by fast, but considering that it started on Tuesday and the kids got out at 1:30 everyday this week I guess it should of gone fast!! Personally I think the 1:30 dismassal is a joke, the kids no more then get there, they get a morning snack, eat lunch, have 3 (THREE) recesses and then they are home. No one is overly tired yet, but Im sure that'll change when they start their *normal* hours (getting out at 3:20 Monday-Thursday) after Labor Day.

While the kids have been in school I have been enjoying my time! I did work at the Middle School on Thursday which went really good and Im looking forward to working more again (I already have 4 more days scheduled in Sept/Oct.) and I spent two days this week with my friend Rachel and her 6 month old quads. They are soooo damn cute!!! I'll be with them again on Monday next week for sure.

It's a beautiful rainy Saturday today. The kids & I have nothing really planned today. We should go to church and clean and we should go to the grocery store. I should finish my current book too.

August 21, 2008

Kids love 1st grade!!

Today was day 3 of 1st grade and they love it! They are in a perfect size class (10 kids total, 6 boys & 4 girls) and they really seem to like their teacher.

I'll have picture to post once I use up the rest of the film in my 35mm. I really miss my digital camera. I hope I get it back REALLY soon.

August 16, 2008

3 days

Three days until school starts! I think Im a bit more nostalgic about the kids starting 1st grade then I was about them starting kindergarten. I've said it before but it deserves to be repeated, this summer has gone by so fast. We had fun, but looking back at the summer, not nearly enough. I didn't get some things accomplished that I wanted to this summer (*W* still is on 1 training wheel and *B* is the only one who can tie his shoes).

Next week is already jam packed with what I need to do.

Monday-dentist appt. for *A* in the am, back to school night for kids
Tuesday-kids back to school, work all day at Matt's (I haven't been there in 3 weeks!!) Im hoping to have time to run to Wally World and return some stuff.
Wednesday-Spend the day with Rachel and her kids
Thursday-Work at middle school
Friday-NOTHING (yet)!

Im not going to work for Headstart this year, I just didn't mesh well with that structure. I was plenty busy last year with just subbing at the school. Matt is giving me some more responsibility this year and that needs to be my first priority.

My mom left early (like crazy 4am early) this morning. The kids & I really miss her. It was great having her here. But I suppose a week is about long enough. We did quite a bit, but we also stayed home some too. We're already looking forward to our yearly trip to Omaha in October. I think the weekend is going to end up being the weekend of the kids b-day, which could cause a problem because Im sure *dh* would like us to be home that weekend.

Well I'd better go finish the laundry, I've neglected it all week.

August 11, 2008

School shopping is done!

That feels so good to type, now school can start Im not in a panic anymore. Walmart was crazy (as usual) with hundreds of other moms doing the same thing as me..Arguing with their kids to pick a lunch box they wanted, beggin' them to try on 1 one pair of pants and screaming at them to "GET OFF THE CART!!"

School starts next tuesday the 19th and I already got called to work at the middle school on the 21st.

August 06, 2008

13 days

I just can't believe it. 13 days until school starts again. The summer went crazy fast this year. I haven't even started school shopping yet, oh I take that back..I did buy the boys new backpacks.

My mom is coming down this friday to spend a week with us. We're really looking forward to her visit! The kids are super exicted to see Grandma Elmo.

I had to send my digital camera off to be repaired. The LCD screen went out and I've had to go back and use my ol' 35mm one. Boy has that taken some getting use to!

Somehow I got talked into helping with bible school this year. So my friend Jane came over this afternoon so we could go over the stuff. I feel so unorganized. Bible School is friday 1-5 and all day Saturday. Since my mom is going to be here visiting, my *plan* was to drop the kids off at bible school and then do some serious school shopping. I guess that went out the door, completely! As long as I get everything the kids need for the first couple of days all should be fine. I'll worry about buying the clothes while they are in school. Plans are meant to be ruined anyway right? Oh well..

And speaking of school, I got a call on Monday and my first day of subbing is the 21st. Yea..two days after school starts I'll be subbing already!!

July 27, 2008

Dh brought camper back home yesterday

I think I forgot to mention that our camper was in the shop. On our maiden voyage we found some cosmetic flaws so the dealer was fixing it. Dh finally had a chance to go pick it up yesterday. YEA!! Seeing that thing come down our road made me want to go camping again sooo bad. I spent the day yesterday stripping bedding, and cleaing in the camper. I have the bedding all washed now and Im going to remake the beds today in hopes that we get to go out one more time before school starts.

School starts in 23 days!!!

July 15, 2008

Back from vacation

We recently got back from our maiden voyage with our camper. We had so much fun and 2 kids cried when we left the campground. They didn't want to come home. We were in Minnesota for 9 glorious days!! Everyday was an adventure filled with nothing but fun! I enjoyed sitting by the campfire and reading! :) The kids loved running around the playgrounds and fishing with dh. Dh enjoyed everything. We're ready to go back. Here's a few from many, many pictures.

34 days of summer vacation left already! Where is the summer going??

June 11, 2008


Summer is in full swing and today was our first trip to the pool. It was short lived trip because W decided he was going to smart off to me and be a poop. A's friend left an hour after we got there so she was ready to go, and B scrapped his foot on the rough deck around the pool. So we were gone within an hour. We'll try again maybe tomorrow.

Kiddos & I also just got back from our first solo driving trip to Minnesota and it was a success!! I think dh feels more comfortable that I can do this and hopefully it'll be a yearly thing for the kids & I. We had so much fun!! I took a few pictures and will upload them when I get time.

Another highlight is we bought a camper! All 5 of us are SUPER excited about this venture! Though the gas prices are out of this frickin' world high, we are not going to let that stop us! I am hoping that we go out camping alot. Our maiden voyage is end of the this month when we head back to MN over the 4th of July.

School was out on May 22nd. The kids passed Kindergarten and will be going to first grade in August. I can't believe it!!!

May 08, 2008

10 days or something like that..

Im to tired to get up and check for sure, but the last day of school is the 22nd at noon and today is the 9th, so if you're so inclinded you can do the math! lol

And so far I am working 7 of those 10 days. UGH! I was approached today at the high school if I wanted to be lunch lady sub next year. I tried to contain my fierce urge of laughter as I was thinking of Adam Sadler & Chris Farley SNL skit, and I told her "I'll think about it, but school subbing keeps me pretty busy already."

Here's the skit, incase you've never seen it or need to see it again. It's worth a lol

Chris Farley & Adam Sadler Lunch Lady Land

April 26, 2008

19 days! WHAT??!

That's how many days of school we have left!! Most parents would be growling under their breath, but honestly I am excited for summer to come. I've worked more this school year then I ever planned, I enjoyed it sooo much, but I am definately looking forward to some summer fun and R&R.

I finally finished "The Worst Hard Time" and in the end I really enjoyed it. I am reading a great Sparks book now, what is there not to love about Sparks?!?!

I almost forgot to add..if you page down a few entries you'll see the two cute little puppies in a kennel in my kitchen. And if you read the entry, you'll read about how dh couldn't decide which puppy he wanted so he brought home 2 and planned on returning one. Well...2 months later I'd like to introduce you to Bella (black puppy) and her adorable sister Sadie (brown puppy) and it's my pleasure to tell you I am typing this update on my brand new laptop! :) I told dh if he kept both dogs, I WAS going to get something out of the deal.

April 05, 2008

do da do da do..

Kids are healthy, weather is beautiful, work is crazy, life is good.

Im working again all next week at the preschool, but I think next week is the last. Someone has been hired full time for the person I was covering for and I *think* the new person starts on the 14th. I will miss those little kids in preschool sooo much though. I've been there for almost a month and I've gotten to know all of them and they've gotten to know me.

Im stuck reading the same book for the last month! I am ready to move on. It's keeping my attention when I do get a chance to sit down are read it, but I just don't seem to have that time lately. I am definately reading something in the fluff genre when Im done with this heavy topic.

April 01, 2008

Sick little boy today..

Well I guess the ride finally stopped for now and I have some down time, but not the way I WANT downtime. B woke up this morning with a tummy ache, diarrhea, back ache and just all over blahs. The poor kid.

March 30, 2008

Someone stop this ride!!

I don't know how working moms do it. I really, really don't. And I bow down to ALL working moms! The last 3 weeks I have worked everyday, either at school or for Matt and it's been very, very busy!! Next week will be more of the same. I work at school Mon, Tue & Thursday. Wednesday the kids don't have school so we'll be going to Matt's. And so far (FINGERS CROSSED) I have Friday off. But I'm not betting anything that I'll STILL have Friday off once Friday comes. I was suppose to have last Friday off too, but got a call from school at 6:30am saying they needed me. The money will be nice, I need to keep reminding myself of that.

So this weekend I did more laundry then I have ever, ever done! Because of Easter last weekend I didn't have time to do to much of anything with Easter egg hunts, church services, etc. Yesterday the kids and I did NOTHING! We stayed in our pj's until 4pm (and I am NOT to embarassed to say that!!) and only got dressed so we could go to Pizza Hut so the kids could use their "Book It" program coupons for free pizza.

I also watched all of my DVR'd Y&R from the last 2 weeks yesterday. It was seriously a VEG-OUT day!! And we LOVED IT!!!!!

February 24, 2008

It's been a busy February!!

I've been neglecting my blog again! How will I ever know what happened in my life when I get old and gray if I don't remember to blog!!!

There's been a lot going on here! Friday dh came home with 2 new additions to our family.

He's been begging since we lost Buck in May 2007 for a new hunting dog. I finally caved. The deal was he was going to get ONE German Shorthair. Does this look like ONE to you?! He said "I just couldn't decide which one I wanted, so I took them both and the one I don't want will go back." ROFLMBO! Right..bring home 2 adorable puppies for your kids to see, let them fall in love with BOTH of them, then rip one of them away. Well..I have accepted the fact that we have TWO new puppies. Honestly the kids really have stepped up to the plate and showed how responsible they can be. I just hope the honeymoon stage doesn't end anytime soon. What are their names? No far it's "The Girls" or "Thing 1 and Thing 2". We haven't come up with 2 names all 5 of us are happy with.

Last week the kids & I went to Omaha to meet my mom for our bi-annual kids weekend. We went to CoCo Key Water Resort and had a FANTASTIC time!! I highly, highly recommend going if you're ever in the Omaha area and have kids who love water as much as our kids do. We also did the whole The Amazing Pizza Machine while we were there too. Just a few pictures of that to share too. :)

A on lilypads

B on lilypads

W on lilypads

Kids on Wild Ride at The Amazing Pizza Machine

It's been a great February so far, but can someone tell Spring to come now? We really can't complain toooooo much because today and yesterday were beautiful, but I think that's about to change again.. UGH!! more bit of news before I forget. I found another part-time job. That makes 3. I am now also subbing at the local Headstart facility. Let's see how many balls I can get in the air at the same time hmm?

January 13, 2008

January 12, 2008

Sesame Street Live!!

I've been waiting to post this blog until I had the pictures uploaded..finally!!

On January 9th, the 5 of us went to When Elmo Grows Up (a BIG thanks to my SIL who got us the EXCELLENT seats..front row/center!!)

The kids really enjoyed it! Here's a few pictures, it's almost a blessing that our digital camera batteries decided to die on us 1/2 way through the show. We took over 20 pictures, who knows how many we *would* of ended up with!!

Work, work, work!!

The kids went back to school on Monday (January 8th) by 3:15pm I was scheduled to work 11 days this month at 3 different schools!!!

I worked this entire week at the Middle School with a 5th grade girl. Very sweet little girl (but you can tell she can be a bit of a devil when the mood strikes her). She has a reading level of a 1st grader. It nearly broke my heart and brought me to tears when I was reading, "Old Black Fly" by Jim Aylesworth, to her. This is a book that W was reading last year, when he was in preschool. She could hardly make out the simple words "the, on, my". I don't think she has much support at home.

I love working within the school district, but it's kids like this that makes me go home and cry because I hope what little I do makes a different somewhere. Such a simple, simple, SIMPLE thing to read to a child, and it makes such a HUGE difference.

January 04, 2008

New Year Resolutions

Yes I made a few, and some I am actually going to keep.

1-Seriously go through the kids bedroom, toyroom and computer room closet and clear out all broken/not played with toys and get rid of them! This WILL be done by the end of May (before kids get out of school, and said above toys become a prized possession once they realize where the toys are going).

2-Find a GREAT computer program that makes DVD movies. Every year I keep telling DH I want to make a DVD movie of the kids for the grandparents for Christmas. This year I AM going to do it!! If you know of any such programs, PLEASE let me know! I did do some looking at Office Max last week and was not impressed with what they had there. I am not looking to get director of the year award, I just want a program I can use still pictures and little pieces of video with backgroud music and/or video audio.

3-Keep better in touch with my MN friends. I miss them all terribly and it's a shame that I don't do better in keeping in touch.

4-And of course the ol' standby for women. Exercise and healthy eating (aka..loose weight or die trying). I was doing so well last year at this time with this, and I completely fell off the wagon this past fall with me working. I guess another resolution for me should be time management!!

Happy New Year!!

A few days late, but what the heck. Since I didn't do it last year, I'd better do it now while I think about it...

2007 year in review

Of course the biggest news of last year was the kids starting kindergarten. They love it and I was glad to see them go. It honestly wasn't a hard transition at all for me. I was ready for them to go, because they were ready to go. We had some trials at the beginning with W, but now things are going great and with only 2 days left of Christmas vacation I am REALLY ready for them to go back.

Another big news is that I found 2 part-time jobs that I do enjoy. It's great finding not one job, TWO that will work around my kids schedule!! Working for the school is great, the flexibility and change in enviorment is exactly what I was hoping to have, and I have it. And my 2nd job working for my old boss (B4 kids) is going great too. The best part of me working these 2 jobs is now dh isn't working at the farm NEARLY as often as he was. It feels more of a family atsmosphere around here with him more around. I am glad that I am finally able to contribute more our family financially.

It was a good 2007.