Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Baby Tooth and Hockey

Ben came running out of school on Monday. Well, he always runs out of school. I don't know if he's just excited to be done, excited to see me, or knows that I always give him crap when he's the last kid out of school. Maybe all three. In any case, he comes running out with a his tooth in this cute little tooth container. His second baby tooth came out. I was so excited for him. Trying to get a picture was another story....
Can't really see it...

Wouldn't hold still...

Hello, flash!

Now, that's attractive...

What I love is the people at his school. He has a teacher and an aide in his classroom. I know both of them personally. Well, the aide more so than the teacher. They are such nice women. During the school year, my kids spend more time with their teachers than they do with me. I want to make sure they are with someone caring. Ben's aide, Mrs. Christina, got him a container and a string to wear his tooth around his neck. I love that they made him feel special, instead of just sending him to the nurse.  They always tell me how much they love Ben, not like him.  They both say the love him.  I love that.

My last post, I wrote about my smart kids. Well, the town did something they've never done before. Our hockey team, The Sundogs are an amateur league and they play here in Prescott Valley. 35 schools got to send kids to a hockey game today. So, anybody in grades 2-6 at my kids school who made Principal's List, Honor Roll, Perfect Attendance, Student of the Quarter, Cool Coyote (character award) got to go on this field trip. And what a field trip! They were gone the entire day and had an absolute blast. The Sundogs beat the Rapid City Rush from South Dakota. How cool is that? When I was a kid, we took a field trip to the dairy farm.

Here's a picture the Town of Prescott Valley posted on their Facebook page.

I asked my Canadian husband why he thought there was a Canadian flag. It goes, Arizona, U.S.A., Canada. Interesting. His first thought was probably because all the players are Canadian, which they probably are. Then, I noticed in the brochure that they also play Brampton Beast from Ontario, so maybe that's why.

They got a free hot dog, chips and apple for lunch. I sent the kids with $5 each to buy additional concession food. Emily got blue cotton candy. I'm not surprised. Ben used his $5 for a cowbell and clappy hands. He bought two souvenirs. When I asked him why he didn't get food, he said he wanted something that would last forever. I think the memories of such a fun day will.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Smart Kids

I think I take it for granted. My kids are smart. They don't work hard at it, they just are. School comes easily for Emily and Ben. Emily's first semester, Emily had A's and several B's. She didn't make Honor Roll. I was kind of surprised as she is always at least on Honor Roll and once even made Principal's List (all A's). If that was her best, we'd be fine with that. But, we know Emily is capable of more. She paid a little more attention in class the last semester and she got all A's, Principals List! I was so proud of my girl. It proved that if she applies herself a little more, she can achieve anything. She also got Perfect Attendance.

There are about 100 kids in her 4th grade and only 6 made principals list!

I also noticed they were all girls. Just sayin'.

At the school they are at, you don't get actual letter grades until 3rd grade. So, Ben still get's O's for Outstanding and S's for Satisfactory. He almost always gets all O's. Now, Ben's downfall is sometimes, he get's too creative. A math problem will ask him to draw a diagram and he'll take so much time doing it, that he forgets about what he was doing or that there is 20 more problems to solve in 10 minutes. We don't fault him for it. As Albert Einstein once said, "Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution." Damn straight Einstein. Lucky for Ben, he is knowledgeable and has one heck of an imagination. Ben got Student of the Quarter and Perfect Attendance.

The verdict is still out on Noah, but I think he'll follow right in his older siblings footsteps!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Warm Days

This winter has been really different. We didn't get one decent snowfall and our highs have been in the 60's for a month. David is disappointed. Me, not so much. Although I do like some snow for the kids.

I've been busy working my butt off today and Noah was feeling neglected. I took a break. Some sunshine and sidewalk chalk and everything is right in our world. 

We took a few minutes to work on his swinging. I got to preschool a few months ago a little early so I was watching the kids playing on the playground.  There was Noah on the swing, not moving. Meanwhile the 5 year old prodigy next to him is almost reaching the sky. He tried and tried but nothing. So, he laid on it with his belly and spun himself round and round. That's my boy!  He can improvise. But today, he got the hang of it. 
He's not a sky level, but he'll get there.
It was a nice break. 

Wednesday, January 22, 2014


Emily always comes home from school and gets right to work on her homework. Sometimes, she needs help and she'll ask. Other times, she just gets it done. Today, she had to write about her hero. I didn't know what she was writing. When she finished, I was touched and my eyes filled with tears as I read it. She's awesome.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Around Our House

After seeing my spotted windows in my dead bird post, I put the kids to work.

I thought they could help me, but Emily is quite the complainer and did more of that than washing.

Ben and Noah did okay, but after about 20 minutes I realized they were causing me more work and I immediately fired them. They didn't seem to mind.

I chopped off almost 12 inches of my hair. I'll donate it. I tend to do this every 5 years or so. It just gets boring having it so long. Emily did not want me to cut it as short as I normally go, so I went more for a bob. I was worried she would cry when I walked in the door, but she liked it. David likes it better longer too, but change is good. And one thing I'm certain of, I'll make more. If I didn't cut it again, it would be past my shoulders by the end of the year, so who cares? Not me!

My little guy still isn't feeling great, although he seems to be doing a little better. He took a warm bath today and I snuggled him under a blanket and he fell asleep.

I'm so very lucky that I have a job that I can do from home. That I can be there when my kids are sick, have half days or are out on summer vacation. I got to do some work this morning. Clean up the kitchen. Love on Noah. Put in some laundry. Do a few more minutes of work. Put Noah in the bath. Fold some clothes. Now, I'm doing more work. Well, not at this moment, but that's my plan. So, I better get to it....

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Happy Birthday Dad!

I picked Noah up from school yesterday and he was feeling meh. Then, later he had a fever and wasn't very happy.

Then, I gave him Motrin and he perked up. We call it the Motrin High. I was playing Candy Crush and he was trying to play with me. I started being silly, and he thought I was a crack up. This went on for over 10 minutes until I couldn't do it anymore.

Then, I realized when I watched it later that I've turned into my Father. He's done this exact thing with me when I was little and all my kids at some point. He's wonderful, so I don't mind being like him. It's also his birthday today. Happy Birthday Dad! Those giggles are for you!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014


I've never really watched anything or anybody die. Sure, I've seen the occasional spider or cricket die, but that was welcome and caused by my shoe. We've put 2 dogs down and David went alone for both of them. Our sweet Max just never came home one night. I wasn't with any of my grandparents at the exact moment they passed either.

Yesterday, I was working at my computer and I heard a thud hit our window. I look and a little sparrow had hit it and landed on Rocko's dog crate. I got up to look at him. He was cute and fluffy. His little body took a few deep breaths. Then, he put his head down, let out one final breath and stopped moving. I was hoping he was just stunned and that he'd spring up in a few minutes. I kept working and glancing over. Nothing. He was dead.

I told Noah about him and he was most curious.

I told Noah not to touch him. At first he grabbed a leaf and poked a few times. He thought the bird was cute and was seriously upset that he was dead. Then, he got Rocko's comb and brushed him.

I was willing that little birdie to come alive. For no other reason than to freak Noah out completely. But, he didn't. David threw him in the trash when he got home.

It was sad to see something so cute die. The kids asked if he went to Heaven. I told them on that last breath that I think I saw his soul leave his body. I mean, there has to be birds in Heaven, right?

In any case, I need to go Windex my windows. They are awful!

Monday, January 6, 2014

Good Life

The kids went back to school today. It was hard on all of us. I ran a few errands and realized I forgot to bring Noah a special treat. He rarely eats what they have for snack as he doesn't like much. I brought him a fruit roll up one time and that was it. He always wants something. He's cute, so I always bring him something.

Today, while he was in school I ran into the grocery store for a few things. I realized that I forgot a special treat, so I grabbed a big box of Milk Duds. Then, I had to run to Kmart to return some slippers I got him for Christmas. They were too small. I put the Milk Duds and slippers on his car seat and went in to get him. He was super excited when he saw them. I put his slippers on, opened his Milk Duds and buckled him in his car seat.

We were a few minutes into our drive home. I was asking him about his day. Then, he lets out a sigh of relief and said, "Ahhh, this is the life." Milk Duds, slippers and a chauffeur and he's happy as can be. I hope his life is always that simple.

Sunday, January 5, 2014


We always say Ben is an old soul. He holds on to everything. Things have a sentimental value to him, toys, pajamas, even teeth. He will be 8 in a month and hasn't lost a tooth yet. We noticed several weeks ago that his big tooth was coming up behind his baby tooth. I told him to wiggle that baby tooth and get it out. He's been doing it but nothing. We went to the dentist on Friday. Yes, I took all 3 kids and myself for a cleaning at the same time. It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. In any case, I was worried the dentist might want to pull the baby tooth. He just told him to keep wiggling it.

And Ben did. Tonight in the bath, it came out!

I'm so glad he lost his tooth at home with us. All of his classmates have lost several teeth and I know they wouldn't think it's as big of deal as we think it is.

His teeth are so tiny. It looks like a grain of rice. I wish he had a big space in his teeth like a jack o lantern, but his big tooth was bigger than his little tooth. It's his first step into growing up, and I'm glad we were here to see it. And he gets his first visit from the Tooth Fairy tonight. How exciting!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Food Journal

I'm not one to make New Year's resolutions. Sure, there are things I want to do differently. I can always to better. But, I auto correct as need throughout the year, so I don't feel a big push for self improvement come January 1st.

However, I was reading an article about Carrie Underwood. She said she keeps a food journal. Everything she puts in her mouth, she writes it down. I thought, that's annoying. But, then I stepped on the scale yesterday and noticed that I put on my annual 3 pounds 5 pounds of holiday weight. Now, I know I'm not overweight. I weigh 150ish pounds. I'm 40 years old. I wear a size 8-10. I watch shows like the Biggest Loser and realize, I am at the goal weight for most heavy people. I'm not the tallest person out there and could I still lose 10-20 pounds? Sure! Am I going to do much about it. Probably not. I weigh almost 20 pounds more than before I had kids. If you add up their birth weight, 7.8, 6.13 and 3.12. That's pretty much exactly how much more I weigh. So when I say, I haven't lost the baby weight, I'm not kidding. Somehow, I birthed a human of that weight and yet the weight stayed with me.

I thought I'd keep a food journal yesterday just for kicks. I tried to eat like I normally would as to not skew my reality. Although, I will say that I stopped at 3 Doritos when I probably would have had 7 or 8. See, I was getting a bowl for Ben and a few always naturally fall into my mouth.

In any case, this is what a day of food pretty much looks like for me:

Honestly, I was shocked. When I had to go to tally marks for the Werther's and Rolo's but not for my glasses of water, I knew things weren't very good. I ate one fruit or veggie the entire day. Now, not all days are this bad. Oh, who am I kidding? Yes, they are! Although, we don't typically have a candy bowl out. It's just stocking leftovers. Take away the candy bowl, and I'd go for Chips Ahoy's or Oreos.

I'm going to continue with my food journal for a few weeks and just see. I think it's accountability that you get by writing it all down. The kids read it last night and this morning and all agreed that I eat like crap. If it wasn't for my kids keeping me moving all day, I'd probably weigh at least 50 pounds more. It also made them make some better choices for breakfast. Ben and Emily chose a banana and cereal. Noah, well, he had a Lofthouse Cookie. I wonder where he gets that from?