Thursday, December 15, 2011

They won't stop!

No matter what I do... They won't stop growing!
It isn't fair.  They need to slow down.

I want to return to this some days...

And this little bit of sweetness...

But all they do is grow and grow and grow!

Where did these two boys come from?
I gave birth to little babies.

I am proud of who they are becoming but some days I just want my babies back...

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

80?!?! Seriously?!?!?

My Dad turned 80 on Oct 25th.  I can hardly believe it!  He's 80! That's just INSANE!  

My brother and I decided that 80 was so important that we needed to have a big party.

So party we did!

We invited about 40 couples/families and about 60 people came to the party.  It was AWESOME!
It was really great to see so many people come to celebrate with my Dad.

There was lots of food and lots of fun.

But what was MOST important to me was the cake.  And not just because I like cake.

I required that there be a cake big enough to hold 80 candles.
I figure the guy is 80 and he's earned 80 candles!

So a cake with 80 candles was presented 

and all 80 candles were lit.  

Look at the glow.  And it was so warm!
And that's my Dad surveying the spectacle.
I just loved this moment.

And the old guy even managed to blow them out!

Happy Birthday Dad!
I love you and hope you live to see 90!
Maybe we'll do another big bash!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Soccer Home Stretch

I really enjoy soccer.  I like watching it.  I love watching the kids learn skills and become more aggressive.  I like seeing them get excited about playing well.  But at some point, I get tired of rushing out the door after school and driving all over town for games and practices.

We are in the home stretch!

Canon finished up this past weekend.  He had a tournament and the team played the best they have all season.  They tied one game and won their second.

Kieron has 2 more games.  One this week and one next week.

I'll be glad when it is done.  I'm not one of those parents who has her kids in 8 million activities.   I look forward to some down-time.  I look forward to taking a break from activities and just focusing on school and family.  But both kids have repeatedly asked about karate lessons.  I'm so cheap - I keep saying... maybe... we'll see...  I so don't want to pay for it!

Thursday, October 6, 2011


I'm in love.  I may have to divorce my husband and marry this furniture set.  It is PERFECT.  I probably should not have spent the money on it... but since I saved like $1,000,000 on the loft beds that the husband built for the kids' bedroom I figured I was good to go.  I have sat in a hideous pink chair that pushes my head forward and causes me great pain in my neck.  The pink chair had to go.

Whilst walking through Target one day I saw this little gem.  Then I convinced myself that I couldn't afford it and didn't need it.  Then I felt sad.  Then I felt guilty for wanting more more more.  Then I told the husband about it and he said "buy it" (cuz that's what he does).  Then I talked myself out of it again because it costs money and I didn't NEED it.  Then I felt sad again because I really wanted it.  By the time I showed it to the husband and he said we should get it... it was not in stock at Target.  So I went online and guess what?!?  It wasn't in stock online either.  But guess what?!?  You could buy TWO chairs but not one.  The double pack was in stock but if you wanted one chair you were screwed.  Talked to the husband and he said "order it" (cuz that's what he does).  So with great guilt about buying something I didn't NEED and that cost money, I ordered it.  And it came.  And I'm in love.  IT is comfortable and doesn't push my head forward.  You can slouch down and snuggle up.  I wanted to write this post last night, but I didn't want to sit in my hard computer chair.  I wanted to sit in my NEW chair.  I love it.

Friday, September 30, 2011


Today was our school's Walk-A-Thon fundraiser.  I love this event (even if it is only the 2nd year) because it means my kids don't have to sell crappy wrapping paper!  Yes, they still have to ask for money from people but they aren't peddling any crap.  I like that.

Plus it is a total bonus that they get to have a fun, healthy, active day.  No one tells them "don't run" or "sit still" or "be quiet" for almost 2 whole hours!  This is something that is often lacking at school.  Don't get me wrong, I'm the first to say school is a place for learning and kids should be able to sit still.  But moving around is good too.  Don't get me started on the lack of PE or art or music in a school these days...

But today was a great day.  The sun was shining.  The day was beautiful!  And the whole school was out walking for an hour and a half!  It was awesome!

"Can't talk now mom, gotta walk."

"Come on Wade, let's hop!"

Still going... like the Energizer Bunny.

This is his "Mom don't take my picture" face.

There may be things in life that frustrate me or make me crazy or just make be sad... But this Walk-A-Thon day is an incredible day.  I love seeing the whole school working together and having a great time.  I especially love seeing my kids be a part of that!

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Thursday, July 28, 2011

My Murrieta Vacation

We recently took a vacation to Murrieta to visit my friend.  I go on this vacation every summer with my boys.  I love it because I get to see one of my very bestest friend (and her family).  I love visiting her because she is awesome and we can just hang out and relax together.  I love visiting her because she has a pool and jacuzzi.  I love visiting her because we get to go to the beach.  I love this vacation because it is inexpensive - no hotel, no meals out, no crazy visits to expensive parks and such.  In the recent months, finances seem to be getting tighter and tighter.  But I love that I don't have to feel guilty about this vacation because it is very low cost.  Gas to get to my friend's house and I help pay for food.  That's it!  Then we spend the week lounging by the pool, watching the kids swim, letting the kids relax and watch movies, and just chillaxin!  It is so wonderful.

One of my favorite things to do is go to the beach and watch my boys play.
My boys with their friend gazing out to sea.
They love the water, the waves, the sand, the seaweed.  They love it all and it is SO different from their native desert habitat!

Canon's HUGE hole.
This year, Canon dug a huge hole - he was trying to make it big enough for his whole body, but he got started too late!

Kieron loves running in and out as the waves crash!
The vacation was awesome.  The boys love swimming every day.  I love lounging in the sun every day.

I'm not really ready for the school year to start.  Summer is my favorite season.  But we have had a good time this summer and I am trying to be grateful for what I have!

Friday, June 24, 2011

I'M DONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

With what you ask????
I have been holed up for a week trying to get caught up and finish my Driver's Education course.  Why am I taking Driver's Ed?  No, I wasn't taking Driver's Ed like learning to drive; I was taking Driver's Education the class that teachers take to TEACH Driver's Education.
Why, you ask?
Yes and No.
I needed more credits to renew my teacher license this year. This class was relatively cheap for college credits.  It was online and only 6 weeks long.  It wasn't really hard, just time consuming.  And I got behind for a bit and had to play catch up this week.  But now I'm DONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Let me tell you... this class was a real eye-opener.  I may never let my children drive.  Ever.  Really.
So many scary videos watched.
But did I mention that I'm DONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!?
Just took the final exam moments ago.  Did pretty good (95%).  I swear I clicked on the right button on a couple of the questions and they were marked wrong.  But it's all good and I'm DONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And so now I'm moving on... because there are so many important things to blog about that I have not had time to do because I was holed up working on this class.  My poor children... all week they heard "Mommy has to do her homework so you sit and watch TV and leave me alone."  But tonight will be different.  It will probably be "Come sit on Mommy's lap and watch TV with me since I'm so tired!"  Okay, probably not.

I'm thinking more like "Sure Kieron, I'll play Pirate Code with you."
And, "Sure Canon, I'll help you make your new Robotical Man superhero costume."
Thank goodness I'm DONE!!!!!!!!

I'm off to go get my kids from Lego Camp.  At least they were doing something productive today... instead of watching TV!

I'm DONE!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Class of 2023!?!?!?

I can hardly believe that my little baby "graduated" from kindergarten last night.  It seems completely impossible and makes me wonder how the heck he's getting older but I'm not.

But this is not about me.

This is about him.

This is about the fact that he is going to be in FIRST GRADE!  I'm so proud of him.  I'm so happy.  And I love him so much.  He seemed so grown up to me last night.  He was sweet and cute when he was singing his little songs.  And then he did this...

He seems like he is ready to go off to college any minute.

 I've been doing really good lately, not wanting more kids. Not wanting to have another little baby.

Then I see this.

And this.
 And I'm just blown away by my sweet baby who isn't a baby.  How did he get to be 6?  How does that happen so fast?  How can I have more kids and not go crazy?  That's what worries me the most.  Not the money.  Not the space.  Not the lack of sleep.  It's that all that leads to being crazy.  I don't want to be crazy.

So I've decided I'm just going to soak up every last second I can.  I'm going to just enjoy, as best I can, every moment.

Because it won't be long and we'll all be here...

He looks 6 years old and 18 years old all at the same time to me.

Makes me all teary.  All I can really say is that I love him.  I see this picture and then I see in my own mind, him running around in his Batman underwear.  He is mine.  Sorry, I can't share.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Posting A Day Late

Tuesday was National Pretzel Day.  I did not know this until I checked another blog I follow.  This blog is also where I found a fabulous soft pretzel recipe.

I didn't get around to doing this post until Wednesday, but in honor of National Pretzel Day

and because I had given all my soft pretzels to my dad when I visited him over Spring Break, this is what I did yesterday...

Mmmmmmm.....  This was the last batch and was sprinkled with salt (I do half salt and half cinnamon-sugar).  I know this was the salt batch because I finally broke down and had one!  Soooooooooooo delicious.  I really make these for my older son.  He takes them to school for snack.  I try not to eat too many of them since the carbs have lots o' calories.  But I couldn't resist and it was soooooooooooooooo worth it.  DELICIOUS.

I also love that they freeze well (since that keeps me from eating them).  And then they thaw in time for my son's snack at school!  Win, win, win!

If you haven't tried making pretzels you should TOTALLY do it!  Worth the time.

Sorry if you missed out on National  Pretzel Day.  Maybe next year!

Friday, April 22, 2011

"The Happiest Place on Earth"

Every year, my brother and I take the boys to an amusement park for Spring Break.  We've done Sea World, Legoland (twice), and Knott's Berry Farm.  This year we decided to take the plunge!  We went to Disneyland.

I used to mock people who thought Disneyland required multi-day passes and park hopper passes and all the other insanity that goes along with "The Happiest Place on Earth."  But after our trip, I must eat my words.  You really can't "do" Disneyland in one day anymore.  The place is HUGE and overwhelming.  There are TONS of people.  We had a great time, but I do believe that if I were ever to go again, I would have to stay at least 2 days and probably 3 in order to really enjoy my time.  It had been over 12 years since I had been to Disneyland.
We had to tie their hands so they would leave the chains for the lines alone!

No matter though... the boys had a great time.  We tried to hit the rides we thought they would enjoy.  The Tiki Room, the Jungle Cruise, the Haunted Mansion, the Pirates of the Caribbean, the Indiana Jones Ride, Big Thunder Mountain, the Matterhorn, the Submarine ride, Space Mountain, Buzz Lightyear ride.  I may have missed one or two rides but they did enjoy everything except Space Mountain.  Both boys really liked the Matterhorn a lot.  But Space Mountain received less than stellar reviews.  Kieron said (with his pale gray face) "that was not so good."   It was a bit much for them (since it is so dark and fast).
This was before the ride - so they still appear happy.

But for me, the best part of the whole day were the fireworks.  Have you ever seen the Disneyland fireworks?  They are AMAZING!  I'm not really sure that word does them justice.  I LOVE fireworks.  The 4th of July is my favorite holiday because of the fireworks.  I go out of my way to watch fireworks when I can.  This was by far the best fireworks show I have EVER seen.  I stood for the 15-20 minute show holding a 45 pound child and still enjoyed every second!  It was awesome!
Mmmmm.  Cotton Candy! 

And ice cream at 10:30 PM.  Such great parenting!

We survived the day and I can even say that no one lost it or had a meltdown.  We would all go back and do it again but probably not next year.  I'm thinking Sea World again (I really like that place).  Or Legoland (not nearly as crowded as Disneyland).

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Grateful for Round Table Pizza

First, you must know that if there was no other food on Earth except pizza, I would be so happy.  I love pizza.  Even not so good pizza is good in my mind.  I'm not picky about toppings either.  I'm fine with just cheese.  Pizza is an amazing creation.  And good pizza is pure bliss!

Today I got to enjoy pizza at one of my favorite places in the whole world -  Round Table Pizza. (Round Table is not paying me, I just love their pizza!)  What's even better is that I got to enjoy said pizza with 3 other moms and their children.  It was so nice to hang out and chat and have the kids play.  I really love getting to spend time with other moms and feel like I'm not completely insane.  They are so nice and friendly and willing to take my son for an afternoon so I can enjoy a quiet day of mommy time.  Since I don't have family close by to watch my boys it is truly a cherished time for me.  I enjoy the friendships I'm making and really appreciate seeing my son make friends.

So yay to pizza and yay to good friends!

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Saturday, April 2, 2011

Picky Eaters Suck

I love my family, really I do.  But my children are such picky eaters... well one in particular (oh little one you try my patience) is really bad.  The big one will take a bite and try things but then he politely says "I don't care for the noodles (or whatever he is eating)."  The little one will just whine like a big baby and/or vomit at the dinner table.  Drives me crazy.  I think there are only about 2 home-cooked meals I can prepare that the family actually ENJOYS.  Tacos (little one will only eat meat and the hard taco shell - but will do so without complaining).  And spaghetti (little one will only eat garlic bread dipped in the sauce - no noodles - 90% of the time without complaining).

Everything else is a big no-no.  That list is so long I get sad.  Some of the things I would like to make are soup, macaroni and cheese (homemade or in a box), any noodle-bake dish, any rice-bake dish, any noodles or rice period, pasta dishes, mashed potatoes... i could go on, but I'm getting depressed with this list.

Things they will eat but only in their whole form - never mixed with any of the above... broccoli, most fruits (not bananas though), asparagus, cauliflower, carrots (not cooked), chicken bites (even plain non-nugget style), plain BBQ meat.  This sounds like the list of meals would be wide open right?  Nope, because I can only get them to eat these things if they are REALLY hungry.  If they are even a little filled up, they won't eat a "good" dinner and then they complain about being hungry later.

Now I know that there is a MOUNTAIN of research out there that I could read that talks about how to fix these problems.  I have tried including them in the cooking process - doesn't work for the little one.  He wants to cook, but still won't eat the food.  I've tried making them eat it later or even the next day for breakfast - doesn't work.  I've tried letting them choose the meals - sorta works but boring for me because I never get to try new recipes.  I've tried having them eat the food repeatedly (the exposure method over and over) - doesn't work - they still won't eat rice or pasta.  I'm at a loss.....

I hear about families with boys where they complain that the boys eat them out of house and home... won't be me.  Won't be my kids.  EVER.  Unless I let them eat only chicken nuggets, pizza, hotdogs/hamburgers (for the big one), waffles/pancakes (for the little one), and maybe bacon.

What spurred this rant?  Dinner tonight.  I made this yummy Sour Cream Noodle Bake from Pioneer Woman's blog.  Oh my gosh, I thought it was delicious.  But alas the dinner did not win the hearts of my children and got only a mild "it was good" from the husband.  I enjoy cooking but the family does not get excited about food and could care less when I try new things...

What did my family get excited about most recently????  This recipe for Monkey Bread also from Pioneer Woman's blog.  Why did they like it?  Was it homemade and super delicious?  Homemade?  Not by my standards - it involved 3 "cans" of biscuits.  Super delicious?  YES!  The little one liked it because it has LOADS of sugar.  The big one liked it because it was his idea - he had it at a friend's house one time.  The husband liked it so much that he ate too much and the declared that he felt sick - oh how I love to hear my food made him sick.

I have no idea what to do.  I want to try new recipes, but alas it just isn't worth listening to the complaining and whining at the dinner table - it stresses me out and makes me not enjoy my meal.  And on the occasion when the little one vomits... well that is obvious how that makes the night go.

So what's for dinner tomorrow night?  I HAVE NO FREAKIN' CLUE!  I may have to just leave the house and let my husband feed them whatever...  I'm so exhausted from trying...

Friday, March 25, 2011

Snow Day

If you know me, you know I'm not a HUGE fan of the snow or cold weather.  I just don't love it.  It is inconvenient at best and mostly a pain in the booty.  I don't like shoveling snow or sweeping the snow off my car.  I don't like my shoes getting snowy or wet when it turns to slush.  I don't like being cold and when the wind picks up on a snow day, brrrrrrrrrrr.  It's just not my favorite.

But for some reason, I like going out in it with my boys.  I do have fun throwing a snowball at them.  I like watching them get excited about it (especially my little guy).  I enjoy their enthusiasm.

This snow pic was from about a week ago.  Canon built a baby snowman.  Complete with carrot nose and stick arms.  He ate the carrot right away.

This is from today.  The boys built a "snow fort" and then had to climb on top of it and act all tough!

They do make me smile, in spite of the snow!

Friday, March 18, 2011

The Q and U Wedding

My youngest is in kindergarten.  Those clever kindergarten teachers have come up with this REALLY cute way to teach the kids about how Q and U go together in most words.  They have Q and U get married.

It is a BIG deal.  I mean really big deal.  The whole school attends the wedding.

The girls are Q's (because ladies are first).  Sorry I didn't take a picture of the girls.  I wasn't thinking.  I was so focused on getting pictures of my little guy.

The boys are U's.  They all have to dress up (because it is a formal occasion).

Then they play wedding music and the boys and girls walk in.  Arm-in-arm they walk up to the stage.  The principal conducts the ceremony and reads this really cute story with lots of QU-words in it.  The Q's have to say "I do" and then the U's have to say "I do."  Then the wedding is over and they all walk out.

Then comes the reception (yes, I'm serious).  They have a wedding cake - with Q and U on top of course.  And then after cake they have dancing.  So cute to watch the boys boogie down!  It was the highlight of my day/week.

Here are the boys getting lined up (girls are on the other side of the stage).

Here's my son NOT smiling for me.

Here's him NOT smiling again.

Here's how he looks when it's NOT me taking the picture.
(You can get an idea of what the girls looked like from the little girl behind Kieron.  They had cute little veils and flowers!)

Sunday, March 13, 2011

So Good To Be Home!

I did not abandon my blog.  I was in Australia for 2 weeks and it took me a week to recover from the trip home!

Australia was AWESOME!  The boys did so well on the trip there, while we were there, and on the trip home.  We all had so much fun seeing crocodiles, feeding crocodiles, holding crocodiles, petting a wallaby, seeing and holding snakes, feeding fish at high tide, swimming in the hotel pool, swimming in the wave pool, walking around Darwin, riding the Croc Bus, and SO MANY other fun activities.  I really could spend the next few weeks blogging just about my trip.  I may make a few posts as I'm going through my pictures and such.  But for now, I'm going to just post a couple pictures and call it good.

Baby croc (about a year old)
The wallaby fur feels a lot like a soft cat or dog.

Feeding the fish at high tide.

The trip home was the hardest part.  We were all so tired when we arrived at LAX.  I think it took me 2 full days to feel "normal" again.  But it was all so worth it and we really had an experience of a lifetime!

I'm very glad to be home and sleeping in my own bed again!  The boys go back to school tomorrow and I'm really looking forward to the routines of the week again.

Our family (or maybe just me) has a passion for bowling.  Amazing how the bowling shoes in Australia look just like the goofy bowling shoes in America!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Packing = Organizing

The great packing ordeal has begun.  We leave for our trip soon and I get to pack for 3 people.  This is just the beginning.

I know you can't take laundry baskets on the plane.  They are for our "stop-over" at my Dad's house.  I actually despise luggage in general and usually I pack in laundry baskets anyway.  But that is only if I am driving to my destination.  This whole flying thing makes the packing so much more difficult.  Everything has to be so compact.  Much more challenging.

I have a special bin that I'm putting all the stuff that goes in our backpacks for the carry-on.  Can't pack those bags until the last because the kids are using their backpacks for school of course.

I've decided that I'm not stressed.  I just need to be organized.  In a way, I wish I could just do the packing all in one day.  But I'm pretty sure that if I just left it all for the day before we leave, that I would forget a whole bunch of things.  I've already realized about 10 things I need to pack that I hadn't thought of before I started.

Anyway, I know it will all come together.

I'm off to do some more organizing. 

Sunday, February 13, 2011


I have recovered... I think.  And for fear of being accused of whining (by my brother) I am not complaining in this post.  I am simply relaying the events as they occurred for Canon’s party.
Due to the upcoming Australia trip!  (Woohoo!)  We celebrated Canon’s birthday a little earlier than I would have normally.  I didn’t want to have to figure it all out when we get back.  Canon requested a sleep-over party.  Like the real thing with his friends actually staying ALL night.  Didn’t want to deny him his birthday party wish so we did it!  The party was Friday night (5:30) to Saturday morning (10:00).
Here’s the events as they transpired. 
1) boys arrived and ate pizza.  This was good and enjoyed by everyone.
2) bubble gum was chewed – boys tried to blow bubbles (mostly unsuccessfully) and then I had boys take gum out of mouth and stretch it as far as possible and then put it back in mouth and repeat.  yum.
3) boys were given a small container of playdough and asked to make the LONGEST snake they could make.  This was funny because mostly they didn’t get the concept of making the whole snake thinner they just kept pushing in the middle and had a snake with a fat head and fat tail.
4) balloon popping – boys were to grab a balloon and use ONLY their body to pop it.  there were about 70 balloons for this activity.  balloons were popped and then cleaned up!
5) pinata – this was VERY entertaining.  canon broke the level 1 stick in half.  we managed to get to the level 3 stick. (level 5 was a golf club putter)  one cute little boy was whacking the pinata and the stick came back and whacked him in the forehead.  there was a little crying but he recovered!
6) birthday presents were opened!
7) birthday brownie and ice cream was eaten
8) pj’s were put on and sleeping bags put out
9) the first Harry Potter movie was watched (and kettle corn was eaten!)
When Harry Potter ended it was about 10:30ish.  The Bread Winner had already left me half-sleeping on the couch and gone to bed.
I put the next video in (Woody Woodpecker).  I was thinking kids would start to “crash” at about this time.  But no.
Kieron had fallen asleep but the other 7 kids were still up.
By midnight the other two smaller kids were asleep.  The 5 “die hards”were still awake!  At about 12:30ish Woody Woodpecker was over and I turned the tv off.  They accused me of “trying to make them go to sleep.”  "Not me” I said!
So as the boys were laying in the “dark” I could hear the bodies moving.  That’s the only way I can describe it.  They wouldn’t stop moving.  Arms were waving in the air.  Bodies were wiggling.  I knew that if they just laid still for a few seconds they would fall asleep.  But they wouldn’t stop moving!  I finally couldn’t take it.  I was SO tired myself that I walked over to Canon and whispered that if he didn’t just lay still and TRY to go to sleep I was NEVER going to let him have another sleep-over EVER.  I left the room to go to the bathroom and feel guilty for threatening my child when he was just trying to have a good time at his first ever sleep-over.
When I returned and laid down on the couch the moving body syndrome had stopped and by 1:45 all 5 boys were FINALLY asleep.  I went to bed at about 2:00.
At 6:00 AM I heard the voices.  Not just one.  ALL of them.  SERIOUSLY?!?!?!?  6:00 AM?!?!?!?!!? I smacked The Bread Winner and told him it was HIS job to turn on some cartoons or something.  I was so EXHAUSTED!!!
At 6:30 I got up and started organizing breakfast (muffins, grapes, smoothies).  They ate breakfast, cleaned up their sleeping bags, and got dressed.  Then they played foosball and built Legos.  Then we went outside and they played football and soccer.  Thankfully parents arrived and took their children away.  The parents all looked so refreshed.  Like they had a good night’s sleep.  They were all smiling.  They were happy.
I went upstairs and tried to have the energy to do something productive.  It was relatively unsuccessful.  I eventually laid down on the couch with Kieron.  I think I slept for 45 minutes.  After the short nap and a shower I felt mostly like a real person again.  But after a full night’s sleep I’m actually feeling MUCH better today – I’m so old.
It was a long party, but the birthday boy really enjoyed it and the boys were good.  They all had fun and were so excited about staying up ALL night!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011


I don't normally feel frazzled.  I normally feel like I have everything under control and on schedule.  But I must admit with a birthday party (sleepover) and an upcoming trip to Australia... I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed!

I'm trying to keep it all in perspective.  I don't have to go to a "real" job on top of all this.  I have this awesome deal where I stay home and take care of my family.  So that is great!

However, I'm still feeling a bit "out of it" with getting ready for everything.  I'm trying to stay focused on the birthday party since that is happening first.  And things are moving along for that.  But then the Australia trip creeps into the back of my mind and I know I have a million things to do for that!

Let me repeat that I am glad to have all these things going on.  Better to have good things frazzling me than bad things.  So I do feel fortunate about that.

Nevertheless, my brain does not seem to get much of a chance to rest.

On a side note, Canon is blowing me away with his insane reading ability these days.  He is on Harry Potter book 4.  He is only in second grade!  He has even taken the Reading Counts quizzes on the first 3 books and passed them!  BLOWS ME AWAY!

He was so cute last night when he finished book 3.  He came out from his bedroom and told me that we were going to have to go buy book 4 the next day.  Little did he know that his mama had it all covered!  I had bought the book 2 days before since I knew he was close to finishing book 3.  Mamas rock!

Then I decided to give him one of his birthday presents early because he passed his quiz at school.  So he got to build the Lego Quidditch set today after school.  He was SO excited!  Maybe a picture of that will get posted tomorrow - if my frazzled brain has time!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Science Fair


My baby (not the youngest, but they are both my babies!) did his very first science fair project!  HOLY COW!  It was a very proud moment for me on Sunday afternoon when he glued the last piece of his project to the board.  I just can't believe it!

What is really exciting is that he WANTED to do the project and actually asked several times over the past couple weeks, to work on the project.  We weren't scrambling at the last minute to push and get things finished.  The project isn't even due until tomorrow and it was done yesterday!

I'm also very proud of him because he sorta understands what he did.  I helped, but I didn't DO the project for him.  He really did the work.  Ran the experiment, collected the data, drew the pictures, typed the report, cut and glued stuff to the board.  It was so great to see!

I'm not going to say that his is a 1st place project.  I have no way of knowing yet.  This is the first time I've ever done a science fair project with a 2nd grader.  We will find out tomorrow.  But whether he wins or not, I'm so proud of him for what he accomplished!!