Showing posts from June, 2007

Skyhawks Camp


Kitchen Update

We've signed on with the contractor and have to decide on cabinets this weekend. Once we order them it will take 8 weeks for them to come in and then we can get started. I'm not looking forward to the demolition but I can't wait to get the results.

The Book is Always Better

Alex finished Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone a couple of days ago. He's now watching the movie. He asked me if there would be chapters in the movie. You should have seen the look on his face during the first few minutes when he realized that the movie is different than the book. I can't wait to hear his review.

Abnormal Mind

I got this email from Allan and since I hate to mass forward things, here it is:
At the end of this message, you are asked a question.

Answer it immediately. Don't stop and think about it.

Just say the first thing that pops into your mind.

This is a fun "test"... AND kind of spooky at the same time! Give it a try, then e-mail it around (including back to me) and you'll see how many people you know fall into the same percentage as you. Be sure to put in the subject line if you are among the 98% or the 2%.! You'll understand what that means after you finish taking the test".

Now... just follow the instructions as quickly as possible.

Do not go to the next calculation before you have finished the previous one..

You do not ever need to write or remember the answers, just do it using your mind.

You'll be surprised.


How much is:

15 + 6

3 + 56

89 + 2

12 + 53

75 + 26

25 + 52

63 + 32

I know! Calculations are hard work, but it's nearly over..

Come on, one …

Mom's Taxi

Yesterday I ran Alex to sports camp which is 25 miles from our house (he's gone to this camp for the past two years and loved it but they don't have a local one anymore) hung around and did some shopping while he was there, picked him up, grabbed lunch at McDonald's (I know, I know), came home and put David down for a nap, did some laundry, took Alex in the pool to cool off, took him to summer track & field (local but two hours long and parents have to stay) kept David entertained, shaded and hydrated in the 92 degree heat, ran to Subway to meet Allan for dinner (I know, I know) and then felt like a total failure becuase we were too late for bible school to bother to go. So we came home and Allan took Alex in the pool while I bathed David, then I bathed Alex and after they were both in bed transferred another load of laundry and then collapsed into bed.

Today we don't have track & field so I can make an early dinner and get to bible school. But it's going…


I must have a reputation in the pharmacy at work. I called down twice for a special mix antibiotic for one of my patients-it was ordered before 5pm and I still had not received it by 6:20. I was telling my coworkers if I didn't get it by 7 I was going to open up a can of whoop ass on the phone. Not five minutes later the pharmacist delivered. He didn't send it through the tube system and call me, he didn't send a tech up with it, he ran up 3 flights of stairs and down the hall to hand it to me himself!


What is this? My great grandma gave it to me. My grandma can remember seeing it at her grandma's house. There is a socket inside the globe for a lightbulb.

Afternoon Nap

David, you are entitled to skip your afternoon nap once a week. But, please do it on Saturday or Sunday. Not Friday!

Busy Boy

Yesterday was the longest day of the year so Alex spent it playing outside with different combinations of 3 other boys. He went out at 9am and came in at 6pm. If only I could find a gig like that for Nugget!

Big Papi


Day Out

lunch for 4 at Bertucci's: $36
parking/subway passes $15.20
children's museum admission $6 (saved $22 by using my library pass!)
2 cookies, 1 cupcake, 1 iced coffee $7.35
bypassing the souvenier store priceless!

Eyebrow Clinic

*Minot, ND near the optimists soccer complex
*Wed July 18th
*$3 per brow or $5 for both
*all money donated to the Smile Train (they fix cleft lips in poor countries)
*there's nothing I enjoy more than a good pluck
*really, one time I made my grandma look 15 years younger
*see Mother Goose for homemade tacos, green chili enchiladas and gold margaritas

Strawberry Picking


Last Day of School



It's a good thing I love you because giving the baby prunes for breakfast and then hightailing it to work for the next 10 hours is plain old mean!

Good Time Had by All


Days Off

Today is one of our family's 8 days a year off together. I get 8 weekend days of my choice off and Allan gets 6 major holidays off but we're usually traveling to see one family or another for some of those days.

I woke up at 3am with David and tried to decide if I wanted to get up early (more like 7!) and get things done or take the opportunity to sleep in a bit. And then I wondered if we should spend the day together having fun or take turns individually getting things done while we have someone else to watch the kids.

We all went for a run/walk/bikeride/stroller ride this morning and now Allan has to go to the dump and mow the lawn and I have to frost a cake and then we all have Alex's birthday party at 2:00. I'm back at work tomorrow, it would be so nice to have two days off together so we could do chores one day and have fun the next!

Dinner tonight: beer can chicken.


This is a page from Alex's school journal. Not what you'd expect from a kid who's reading Harry Potter but I guess reading and writing are two different things!

4:45 am

"Can I open my presents yet?!"

Music Concert

Alex's music class had a concert today at 10:45. Allan is already coming home from work early for the last teeball game and it was right during David's nap time. So we didn't go. And I feel kind of bad, mostly because Alex will probably be the only kid with no one there but also because he really enjoys music and I would have loved to have been there. Sorry, buddy.

Six Years Ago Today

6 years ago today, I had my appointment set for a labor induction on the 15th. Allan waited until evening to freak out but when he did he kept saying, "Ah!" over and over again. We had no clue how much our lives were about to change. "Ah!" was right!


This morning I backed our Pilot into our Camry. You should've seen the look on Allan's face!

Fast Food Free June

I know it's FFFJ and all but I am OBSESSED with Wendy's Mandarin Chicken Salads. I had to stop to get lunch last Wednesday before going to Farmland because their food sucks and David was asleep so the Subway that I'd planned was out because they have no drive through and so I got this salad and ATE IT WITH THE DRESSING and I loved it so much I had it on Thursday too. I made my own version for dinner on Friday-oriental chicken rollups-and then had another Wendy's salad yesterday. And since I have to go to the grocery store today and it's probably less than 5 miles from Wendy's you guessed what I'm having for lunch today too!

All Boy

I'll spare you the picture, since it even makes me sick, but Alex fell off his bike on Sunday and has road rash all over his right arm. Yeah, the one that was hidden under a cast for six weeks. He also has an abrasion on his face, his left arm, and a cut on his right finger. Along with about 12 bruises in assorted stages of healing on his legs. It seems like when one injury heals he gets another one!


I took Alex, David and Matthew, a neighbor kid, to a bike rodeo at Alex's school on Friday. The kids were riding their bikes around a 1/4 mile track. David and I were standing in one place, casually watching them and occasionally pulling them in to have a drink. Then I noticed Alex went by me a couple of times but Matthew did not. In a panic, I kept watching the kids, hoping to see him, hoping that I had just missed him. After another lap from Alex I pulled him in and had him help me watch for Matthew. No luck. I really started to freak out and I asked one of the coordinators to help me find him. She mentioned that some of the kids were getting off the track on the other side and playing in the baseball fields. I was afraid to leave my spot in case he came back so she went to look. A few minutes later he rode over as if nothing had happened. When I questioned him he said he went with a friend from his lacrosse team and that this kid had, "Mess-ded with my brain&quo…


And it's a good thing because mere words cannot describe the stench of that cast!

Bike v Dog

I fell flew off my bike yesterday. Nugget ran in front of me and wouldn't move, I braked hard and fell hands first into the driveway. Then I rolled over and waited for help to arrive. My help was golden and furry and it licked my face.

After a 4 hour wait in the Emergency Room to have my left arm X-rayed I was declared intact bone-wise and sent home. Today I feel like I've been hit with a ton of bricks.

Fortunately, David was in the bike trailer behind me and unharmed. And am I ever glad that Allan refused to let me use a bike baby seat and that Alex's friend's mom gave us the trailer.

As soon as my bruises go away I'm going to get back on the horse!

10 Months

Claps, says Mama, has 3 teeth, pulls up on everything!


I think I weigh as much as I did just before I delivered David! And I had lost almost all of the pregnancy weight after he was born. I've got to get up off the couch and put down the candy bars or I'll end up back in my maternity clothes. And oh, how I hate those damn maternity clothes. I'm afraid if I give them away I'll fall pregnant again so they're in a box on the floor of the basement piled high with boxes of other useless things-like itty bitty newborn clothes.

I'm flirting with joining Weight Watchers again but I hate how I lose weight quickly and then slip and gain it all back. I need a lifestyle do-over.

Speaking of do-overs, tune in tomorrow for my fresh new blog. It's one thing I can change pretty easily!

The Overscheduled Child

This summer Alex will be participating in track & field on Mondays and Wednesdays, a week of multi-sport camp, a week of Bible school, a week of swim & gym camp, a week of camp at his school's extended day center and a week of Lego engineering camp. If I had the funds he'd be doing some scheduled activity every single day because he needs it. Yesterday was a rainy day and he had spent the morning at church and Sunday school and didn't get to play with any of his friends and by the time I got home from work he was spinning in circles. It's going to be a long summer!

Wagon Wheels


Birthday Party Problem

Alex received an invitation to a birthday party for a set of triplet boys that are in his kindergarten class. The party is from 2-4 on June 16 which is exactly when Alex's party is. Oh, horrors.
Do I
a) do nothing but expect fewer kids (and be glad that our party requests no gifts since most parents would choose a party with no gifts over a party with three gifts)
b) call the mother and see if she'd like to combine parties-what would we do about gifts?
c) call the mother and try to get her to change her party's timing since ours was booked in get this-NOVEMBER!?

Whaddya think? A, B, C or none of the above?

Eleven Years

Eleven years of marriage, ten years of hearing the anniversary song on June 1st before I even have my eyes open in the morning!