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Archive for February, 2011

Loathe her!!!!!  Yesterday, my cat ate my hamburger. I got up from the table to go upstairs and assist a child.  I came downstairs and there was only a small, and I mean small, portion left of my hamburger.  All of it was on the floor and the cat looked like she had just got caught. And she looked pleased about it.  Pleased.

I am not overly fond of this cat to begin with.  How smart was she to eat my dinner? If you assume she wants to live a long catlife, then not smart. If you assume that she wants this life to end soon, then she is very smart.  So, Rosie, which one do you want? Of course, if you keep eating my dinner I can answer that one for you.

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Quote of the Day

“Mommy ainsley hurt my feelings”

Madie texted Mommy from the room next door.  In one day we have gone to no social interactions within this house for tattling.

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Quote of the Day

“Mom, we looked at your blog this morning on the Wii.  We are going to do something cute today, so you can take a picture and put it on your blog!” declares Madie.

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I spoke too soon.

I think I jinxed myself. I typed that post yesterday and today was rough.

Last night Ainsley woke me up and we spent the next hour in the bathroom while her tummy and bowels grumbled.  She was hurting so bad she begged me to take her to the doctor to get her “fixed”. At 4 in the morning, the answer is “Absolutely I will.”  The truth is she is still trying to get all of the salmonella out of her system from her illness in December.  The doctor said it could take up to a month.  Poor baby.  Her belly is just giving her fits at times.  I hope that this is over soon.  But as Chris pointed out . . . her belly had issues before her illness so this may be a long recovery.

We got everybody off to school.  I walked to work. Worked steadily until the phone rang.  My meeting was called off for this afternoon.  Rescheduled for something different. Chris was great and was on standby to be me for the afternoon.  Then the school called. Ainsley’s belly was causing issues.  She had made multiple trips to the bathroom in fear of something happening.  Something probably did happen.  God bless her, she asked the nurse to look at it.  The nurse called me to bring Ainsley some clothes.  The teacher called to tell me about Ainsley’s incident.  Apparently she was having a rough morning with lots of tears (she is probably just tired).  By the time I got to school, Ainsley was singing in the bathroom in the nurse’s office waiting for me to arrive.  Even the school secretary was entertained by the joyful noise.  Truthfully Ainsley just needed to come home and hang with mom.  She needed to be able to go to the bathroom anytime she needed and not worry about having to raise her hand to go.  Taking that stress away was enough to make her tummy a little better.  By evening, she was building a lego house with mom and dad.

Ben and Ainsley came home excited about the possibility of snow.  They just want to pull out their snow stuff and go play.  Even Ainsley wants to make snow angels.  We’ll see how much we get whether we can even do that.  But there is no school so the kids are ready for a snow day.  I’ll be sending them outside as much as possible.  Get some energy out of them.

I hope that the rest of the week ends a little nicer.  I’m off to bed.  If we even get snow, it won’t last long.  So I’m waking up early to check on the weather and to get the kids up if necessary.  I was smart.  I went to the store on Wednesday so I have no reason to go back outside for any reason until Saturday.  Of course if it snows then I won’t be able to resist the pull to nature.  I have the sled ready, now hopefully we’ll get some snow!

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January is over. Thank goodness. I thought it would have been a slower month, so I think I subconsciously added more to my growing list. Either way.  I didn’t have the time or much inclination to add to the blog.  So I have done a huge updated tonight.   I still have Christmas to add and Madie’s birthday, but it will wait until tomorrow.

I got a reprieve today because of the rolling blackouts in Houston preventing me from working from home.  So after spending part of the morning at school  helping with Ainsley’s 100 day celebration (She had to dress like she was 100 years old, and kindergarten did class rotations.  I got to help with both), I went home to work only to find out I couldn’t.  Boss woman said to go do anything else because I had the day off, so I went back to school and volunteered some more. Headed to Starbucks after that for some coffee (still no pot at home), shopping trip to Krogers, and quick stop at Boy Scout shop ended my afternoon of freedom.  When the kids got home, I declared a “Jamma Day”.  So the kids went to take baths at 3:30 in the afternoon, got into their pjs and did their homework wearing comfy clothes.  After homework, they played Wii.  I worked on canceling our scout meeting tomorrow due to potentially bad weather. Until dinner time when I made their favorite homemade pizza.  Then it was time to go to bed.  It was a great day.  We may do another “Jamma Day” tomorrow. The weatherman says it may snow, so that means crazy Houstonians will be driving like they just got their license yesterday.  All this means . . . we will stay home, get into pjs, drink hot chocolate, and play some more games.

Before the kids got into pajamas, we went outside to take pictures.  (Don’t tell my mom that it was 30 degrees when we went outside to take pictures without coats. But none of the kids complained, so I don’t think I’ll get hauled away yet.)  It was a gorgeous day.  Perfect for some updated photos of the kids.

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Quote of the Day

“Ainsley, I want to get a pretty picture of you.  What is your grandma going to say about your tongue sticking out?” declares Mom.

“She going to say, ‘I like that tongue.’ “

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Ben lost another tooth.  He looks adorable with his front teeth missing.  It makes me want to just hug him and kiss his head.  “Always stay this way forever,” I tell him secretly.  I love the missing teeth look.  He loves the tooth fairy.  Assuming mom remembers to crack a window somewhere for the tooth fairy to come in!!

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Proud Boy Scout Mom!

Last Thursday Ben was awarded the Tiger Award.  He worked really hard to achieve it.  He was so excited to have earned it.  He was standing on the podium and he couldn’t stand still because he was so excited.  I went to the Scout shop today to get my Proud Parent ribbon and this “thing” that hold his patches on his uniform.  I don’t know its official name but I got it.  He was so excited when he got home.  Dad couldn’t make it that night due to a council meeting.  Dad was sad he couldn’t be there.  Chris has worked really hard with Ben to enjoy Boy Scouts. That is wonderful to see.  He is the one who really deserves the parent’s pin.  Chris and Ben really earned it together!

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So we had a great guest come and visit our Daisy troop, she coming to “work out” with the girls and talk to them about positive body image.  She rocked.  She had the kids moving for an hour and I don’t think they ever realized that this “work” nor did they ever stop for that entire hour.  She had the entire group moving, moving, moving. She changed props with them every five minutes.  I swear she had them play with everything but the kitchen sink.    She was really great!

The girls had so much.  I was frankly exhausted just watching them. You can just see it on their faces.  “This was fun!”

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Third Grade Field Trip


Last week I went with Madie on the third grade field trip to Incredible Pizza (Chucky Cheese on steriods).  I was apprehensive about how this was a good idea for a field trip. But it was interesting and the kids had a great time.  Madie got to play laser tag and drive in an indoor gocart track.  It was fun!  I liked hanging out with her and the other kids. I even attempted the food.  I was glad I went.  I finished just in time to go back to school and volunteer for an hour in Ben’s class and an hour in Ainsley’s class.  It is a good day when I can hit all three classes in one day.   Even if it does make for a tired mommy.  Still worth it all.

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