Monday, October 30, 2006
Sunday, October 29, 2006
Saturday, October 28, 2006
Whew! Last night was crazy. Since it was raining here, the trunk or treat was moved inside. This made for a little more craziness. But it was all good. Kids everywhere, running around, playing games. A total mad house really. My friend asked if I could run one of the games so I did. The kids ran around playing games and then got in line for the costume parade. After that, they just had the adults sit around the gym and the kids went around. 3 buckets full of candy. And now they want to go again on Tuesday? Stop the madness! Just joking. Anyway, Halloween still isn't over for us. I am one of the Mom's in charge of Connor's Halloween party on Tuesday. Plus I have to decide what we are going to do that night. The kids got to bed late last night and I told all of them that I would appreciate them sleeping in today. At 5:37 this morning, Ethan came in and asked me to help him tie his shorts. He was up and dressed before 6. He is going to take a nap at noon. And because Susan asked I am posting pictures of my costume. Just for you Susan! :)
The one with my friend Deborah and I...we are both holding our little bees. These 2 are quite the couple. Her name is Eliza and Ivan has kissed her before. She waves at him. They have sat by each other in the grocery carts...yep they even had matching Halloween costumes. It was unplanned too....
Friday, October 27, 2006
I attempted to get some cute pictures of my little Bumblebee. However, Ivan has decided that when he sees the camera come out it is time to:
a) try to look at the picture on the screen
b)point at it
c) turn to the side
d) run away
Sometimes he does all of them. So my "try to get a darling picture of Ivan in his costume failed.
Tonight is the Trunk or Treat for our ward. With a 90% chance of rain. Fun. Still going as a Miss USA contestant. The kids are counting down the hours. Connor is a tad confused over trunk or treat vs. trick or treat, but no worries. Harmony said that the kids at her school were wondering why she got to go tonight instead of on Tues. Some jealousy going on that she gets to go twice. Well I think that is all. I am going to try to sneak in a little nap before tonight. Wish me luck!
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
1) ocean-our last trip to the ocean this summer. When we went for family night and all the kids were walking up and down the beaches collecting rocks and shells. It was evening time and so it wasn't too hot or humid. Just having fun enjoying the evening.
2) sneakers-Ethan just recieved those 2 bags of clothes, that I mentioned in an earlier post. Well along with that came 5 pairs of shoes. So our collection of shoes in the shoe basket is huge. We seriously need to start getting rid of some. I am not sure how many Ethan even owns at this point!
3) picnic-hmmm,haven't had one for awhile. The kids used to love to sit at our old coffee table and watch a movie while they ate dinner. They used to call it picnic dinners. This was a "while Daddy was deployed" thing.
4)playground-Connor's class is the last one out on the playground at preschool. So it is always so cute to see them playing if you come early. And depending on the weather, his little ears are cold or he is sweating. One of his favorite parts of the day!
5) trampoline- going to the Fitzimmons house and using their trampoline. I remember Brad Levitt bouncing us up really high
6) dessert- yummmmm! I could use one! Favorites: german choc. cake, eclairs, blondie brownies
7)camera- of all of my material possessions this is my favorite. One time we took Ethan to Chuck E Cheese for his birthday and while playing skee ball I asked Ben if he would put my camera in his pocket. He set it down somewhere and well...someone took it. I nearly started bawling. All of Ethan's birthday pictures were on it. i have never asked Ben to hold my camera again, although he did get me a new one.
8) telephone- I remember my Mom would be talking to someone and we would want to talk to her about something and it was always "urgent". She used to tell us to wait until she got off but of course we kept bugging her. Now I am on the other end of that and realize how annoying it is.
9) flat tire-damsel in distress. I always drove around hoping I wouldn't get a flat tire while Ben was gone because I wasn't sure what I would do. One of the requirements for drivers ed was to change a flat tire, and Mr. Freeman said even the girls had to do it. But Ned Kindler signed it for us anyway and I never learned how. Now I am your basic D.I.D, if it happens. fyi: on the cartoon Hercules they talk about D.I.D's which is where I got that phrase. damsel in distress. that's me.
10) school bell- every morning the bells at preschool rings. It is the sign that my free time has begun.
My rambling is over. Feel freet to use this word association if bored! :)
Sunday, October 22, 2006
Friday, October 20, 2006
My parents call me Wonder Woman. Now, if I am actually deserving of this name, has yet to be seen BUT I know a real live Wonder Woman. She has earned the title in every way. This picture is of my friend Janice, who just one week ago, gave birth to her 2nd child, a little girl named Julia Lynn. (No the Julia is not for me and the Lynn is not for Harm. Just a coincidence!) Anyway, while giving birth doesn't actually get you a super hero status, although maybe it should, that is not the only reason. Julia's older sister, is only 16 months old. Something like that anyway. Not very old. So, Janice will totally have her hands full. Still not enough? Janice's husband just deployed. Yep, at the first of October he left. He will not be home for 8 months. She will be raising those 2 little girls without the emotional help of her husband, Jeremiah. Now, she has tons of friends here. She will get lots of help, I know BUT 10 good friends still don't equal one Jeremiah. We are just not going to quite cut it. She will be grateful for our help I am sure, but it will still never be the same. And you know what the best thing about Janice is? She is so positive!!!!! During her pregnancy, she knew what loomed ahead. She knew he was leaving. And did she whine and mope around? No, she was positive. She remained truly optimistic. I am sure that she had her moments, who wouldn't, but for the other 99% of the time, she remained happy and positive.
Military wives are called the homefront hero's. Trust me, I know a lot of them. And I am proud to know them. They are some of the toughest people you will ever meet. I have never had to go through what Janice did. I have been pregnant, I have had little children, but never given birth during a deployment. Janice is not the first and she will not be the last. But she dealt with the situation with style and grace. I am glad to call her a friend!
Thursday, October 19, 2006
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
Once upon a time a band of pirates didn't know what to do in tell a girl named Ruby The Pirate Beauty & they made her there captain. She felt very humble. At first a pirate named Taquan stepped up and told her what was wrong. What was wrong was the other pirates had a captain...which was a girl. So they thought if they had a girl captain they would be twice as powerful. " But no girl has been like her." said Ruby. " Oh yes you can" said all the other pirates. Taquan said, "War starts tomorrow." Then Ruby remembered who that other girl was...HER FRIEND! She could not bare the truth, she just couldn't tell the other pirates but she had too. Because she was the captain she told the pirates & they LAUGHED! A pirate named Naven said "That's the craziest idea I have ever heard." Tomorrow came very fast. So fast that Ruby could hardly go to sleep. Next morning Ruby got her armor from Antonio. Antonio was an army boy. The others decided to help & Ruby was glad that they would help her. THEY WON! Ruby was sad that she had to fight her friend. Then Raven came over to tell her something and to show how bad she had felt when it happened to her. Ruby felt better.
Monday, October 16, 2006
Ben hurt his back a while ago. I want to say it was 3 weeks but it could have been longer. He finally went to the Dr. on Friday and they said that his vertabrae ( I am not a very good speller, sorry) was all messed up. They give him a shot and than a couple of perscriptions. He said that the shot really helped but the medications so far hadn't really worked. He has been really busy lately with projects here and there. It is also college football season so you can imagine how he spends the majority of his Saturdays!
Harmony was the lucky recipient of a loft bed. A friend of mine gave it to us. Her daughter had outgrown it and she was going to junk it and I told her I would take it. Harmony LOVES it. As soon as it was set up she immediatley started decorating and getting her Barbie stuff together. Harm had a big project due in Science this week. There was a Primary pizza party on Thursday and so I told her she had to have it done by then. She got it done and all turned in. Then on Sat. as I was trying to find the surface on my desk, I found one of the pages. I couldn't find her teachers email so we took the chance and brought it in today. She had a sub, and the projects were still in the bin. So she let us put the missing page in. Lucky!
Ethan is totally loving kindergarten. He always lets me know who got in the frowny box or who was doing scribble scrabble. He loves his teacher and always comes home with piles of pictures that he has drawn. He is still a little Lego Star Wars fiend and I know Santa has plans to bring him the 2nd one for Christmas. He had a part in our wards Primary program yesterday and Harmony taught him his part. He had it all memorized and did a great job. I didn't hear him sing but I am hoping that he did.
Connor is really enjoying school too. There is another Connor in his class so they are called Connor M. and Connor T. This is the other Connor's first year at the preschool. The two boys have really hit it off. Today while we were driving home Connor said, " guess what Mommy? Me and Connor M.and Pepper are all best friends." I said, " who is Pepper?" " Oh that is Connor M.'s dog". Oh well of course. Connor loves to do his homework. The first night that he had it he was very concerned with how hard it was going to be. Now he loves to do it and will make sure he gets it done really fast. He also had a part in the program but was pretty quiet. He sat by all the girls because one of the boys was messing with him. We won't say who that child was...
Ivan is a typical almost 2 year old. He is into everything. He definatley follows the "toddler creed". If it's yours it's mine.If I had it, it's mine. If it is open it has to be closed. If it is closed it has to be opened. If it is full than it has to be emptied. If it is emptied it has to be filled. You get the picture. It took a lot longer than it should of to get the dishes done last night, thanks to a certain someone. If the dishwasher door was open, he had to come nad close it. Yeah typical. Connor had 2 Buzz Light year shirts that were his absolute favorites. However they are too small for him now. He had a hard time giving them up but Ivan managed to wear one today!
Me? Well I am boring. I just try to keep up with everything. I need to figure out a Christmas card design and get those started. I used to just buy them but I have to admit, I enjoy making them now. It is a little more stress at Christmas but...I have also decided to take a hiatus from Weight Watchers. I have totally lost my mojo for any sort of dieting program. I am still exercising every day but I just need a break. Maybe I will get it back soon but for now I just want a little freedom.
Anyway there you go. Life as we know it...
Ben painted this little table for Harmony, with some of the extra red paint from Connor's dresser. Ivan likes to get in and play peek-a-boo!
Ivan is now saying Mommy. Not "mama" or something easier. But full out Mommy. On Sat. I could hear him while I was in the shower saying it over and over. However, the kid doesn't say Daddy. Nope. He will say DaDa when Ben is leaving. Or when he sees the picture of him that is on the fridge. Other than that though...not so much. Saturday afternoon Ben was eating a corndog and Ivan came up to him mouth wide open for a bite. But mean old Daddy, said he doesn't give food to kids who won't call him by name. Poor Ivan. So Ben is a little jealous. I know how he feels though because Harmony's first word was Daddy. Here I was home all day with her while he was off at school and all I would hear was Daddy. So I figure it is only fair. Ivan's vocab has taken off and he is making himself heard a lot better. He can now say, "stop it" which is more like " bop it", bad boy, aw mannnn ( not a joke, ethan says this all the time and I think that is where Ivan picked it up) he also will head to the stairs with a sippy cup and say "nigh, nigh". This morning I asked him where his shoe was and he went and got it out of the basket. Growing up too fast...
Wednesday, October 11, 2006
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
BOOTS! Cowboy boots to be exact. I have a friend at church, who gave me some clothes that her son had grown out of. Along with a couple bags of shoes. In one of them was a pair of cowboy boots. These were too small for Ethan but fit Connor pretty well. A little big but not too bad. I was excited because Connor is going to be Woody for Halloween, and I had wanted to find him some boots. Since we are not from oh say..Wyoming or something...I didn't have any. I asked her if she happened to have a cowboy hat and she does! Sweet. Connor is going to look so cute. He loves these boots though and has been wearing them all over the house. It was hard for him, because the clothes that we were given, are all Ethan's size, and in the bag were Power Ranger and Scooby Doo pj's, some Scooby Doo shirts, a Superman shirt,a nd other things that the boys thought were soooo cool. However, it is all too big for Connor. But the boots are his. And he is just about the cutest little cowboy that I have ever seen! However the Wranglers are headed straight to Goodwill. It's not like WE are from Wyoming or something! :)
I feel bad that Ben doesn't have a house that he can work on. I feel bad that Ben doesn't have a garage that he can set all his tools up in. But, he usually manages to get his different projects done. And honestly if he did have a garage, not sure how much I would actually see him. He decided that he really wanted to paint the boys dressers. So he found the paint samples and chose 2 different greens. Connor however, well he didn't want green.He wanted red. Bright red. Just like Lightning McQueen. Now Ben, did not want to paint the dresser that color but he did it anyway. At least they are complementary colors. Ethan really got into helping Ben paint on Monday. I will take some pictures of the finished project but here are some during.
Ethan's teacher is Miss McKnight. I am so glad that my kids have had her for kindergarten. She is dissapointed that she won't get Connor though "because you just have such good kids!". On the learning part, she basically said that because they hadn't done any testing yet, she couldn't give me any numbers on where Ethan was. But she talked about how bright he was and that he just has a cute personality. She said he is starting to label the pictures that he draws. She said he always follows the rules and talks about me all day. She said, " he is going to be the one to take care of you, when you get older, because he just loves his mom.":) Basically he is doing great and is going to be in the highest reading group! Go Ethan!
Harmony. Well that girl is one smart little cookie. Must get it from her Dad. She is an all around student. Her teachers name is Ms. Rushing, Ms. Rushing said that on all the testing that she has been given she has got the max. that she could! Her reading level is a late in the year 5th grade level. She has now been "banned" from checking out anything from the library that is under a 3rd grade level. Her writing ability ( thanks Mom :)!) is outstanding. She was asked to write a paragraph about her favorite place and she chose her bedroom. She wrote 2 pages with very descriptive journaling. Her handwriting is excellent. Her math, she is doing wonderful. Her teacher said she understands all the concepts and is doing fine. Science she is also doing great. Her teacher was telling me that each child is given a certain amount of time, where she helps the students in their reading. Since she feels that is a huge waste of Harmony's time, she is now on a reading contract where she has to log so much time on her own. She also never has to take the spelling tests because she gets 100% on all of the pre-tests. She is making the A honor roll and I know she is going to be so happy. So smart. Must be her Dad...
Anyway, I am so proud of my kids and their hard work! From 3 different teachers at the school I heard, " Whatever you are doing with your kids, keep doing it. You are doing a good job." Thanks. Sometimes a Mom really needs to hear it!
Friday, October 06, 2006
Tonight is our date night and we are excited to get out by ourselves! Harmony is spending the night at her friends house and the boys are going to parents night out at the Y. We are going to go eat at California Pizza Kitchen ( we have never been there) and than probably walk the mall if we don't get in to see a movie. Anyway, soo looking forward to spending the evening with my favorite person! We also will try to keep dry in this lovely weather we are having! :)
Thursday, October 05, 2006
I usually do not feel bad for Ivan. I know, I am mean. BUT that kid can usually hold his own. But today he is having it rough. He doesn't feel well first of all. How do I know this? Well because for the hour that we were at the mall, he did not scream once, throw any snacks on the ground, and sat nicely in his stroller. So unlike him. When the cashier at the store commented on what a quiet baby he was well...I knew. Anyway, every Thursday I babysit my friends daughter. The girl is a little fire ball. She is here, there and everywhere. She's cute. But she is also 3. And when I say she is 3 I mean three in every sense of the word. 98% of the time she is golden. She can't remember the boy's names and so basically calls them boy. But she knows who Ivan or in her case Iban is. She tells on him from the moment we get in our car until the moment she gets in hers to go home. Ivan can do nothing when she is around. "Iban went outside." " Iban took my lunch bag." "Iban is in my car." ( a toy car which is actually his) "Iban is in the pantry" etc. etc. The kid can not win today. So he isn't feeling well and at 3:00 will be drugged and put down for a nap, wanted to cuddle with blankets in the living room. But with Gabbie around? Nothin' doin! "Iban took that boys pillow and his blanket!) She would not leave him alone. Poor kid. It's just not his day!
Wednesday, October 04, 2006
* I wish Ivan wouldn't throw things out of the cart just to watch me pick them up
*I wish my house was clean
*I wish I knew what was for dinner
* I wish I didn't have to force Harmony to work on her science project
* I wish I lived in a pottery barn catalog, clean and organized all the time
* I wish I didn't get headaches when I don't drink diet coke
* I wish I could take a nap
* I wish I had got something exciting in the mail
* I wish it was me on "The Biggest Loser" tonight and that I would lose 10lbs in a week
* I wish Friday would come sooner so Ben and I can go on a date
* I wish we would find out if/when Ben is going to Kuwait
* I wish we would find out where our next duty station is
* I wish I knew some secret recipe for brownies that are fat free, sugar free, calorie free etc. etc.
* I wish the laundry would stop piling up as soon as I get a load washed
* I wish the same thing about dishes as I do the laundry
* I wish that money really did grow on trees
* I wish I was organized
* I wish my car would stay clean
* I wish my checkbook was balanced
* I wish I knew a way to get melted crayon off of a car seat
* I wish Ethan didn't have a hard day at school
* I wish that man wouldn't have gone to that Amish school house
* I wish that Greys Anatomy was on tonight
* I really wish I could take that nap
Let's see Santa fulfill that wishlist!
Tuesday, October 03, 2006
Miss Harmony thinks that if there is a holiday in the month, that we have decorations for, we should do it on the 1st day of that month. It doesn't matter if the holiday is on oh shall we say the 31st of the month. It should be done on the 1st. I can honestly say that I wouldn't be surprised if Harmony became the next Martha Stewart. So because yesterday was family night and happened to be the 2nd day of October, we decorated for Halloween. Unfortunatley, Halloween at our house isn't as popular as Christmas, thus we only had a couple of things. I am talking literally maybe 4 or 5. So what does a Target lovin' family do? Yeah we headed to Target. But once we were there, the kids were more interested in looking at costumes, masks, candy, toys and well...not decorations. However we did get some window clings. So there you have it. Our effort to decorate for Halloween. All of the kids, decided they want to be the exact same thing they were last year. And believe it or not, the costumes all still fit! Nice and easy. Just the way I like it. My friends are way in too Halloween. Which can be a little scary at times, because competition is fierce. I stay far away from that! I don't even dress up for Halloween. I usually go as a stay at home Mom. Although when I was pregnant with Ivan, I went as a "stay at home ,pregnant, while husband is deployed Mom". Ben usually goes as a Naval officer. Big stretch. This year however, since it is my last year, I have decided to indulge some of my friends and will be dressing up this year. I haven't dressed up since I was a witch at the Ricks Halloween dance. So what am I going to be? Well since so many of us are from different areas, we are all going to dress up as Miss America contestants. Although, officially I should be representing Washington, I am actually going as Miss Oregon. Tiara and formal included. Yeah, we'll see. I kind of think I should dress like a hippi or something. With my sash. Whatever.It is only the 3rd day of October and we are already thinking towards the end of the month. Our trunk or treat is going to be on the 27th so Harm is trying to convince me to let her go trick or treating twice. I thought we should just stay home and pass out candy and watch scary movies. (aka: Scooby Doo). She said we can watch that any time but we can't go trick or treating any time. She has a point....