T Rex Family

T Rex Family

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Veterans Day

We feel very fortunate and blessed to have Grandpa N aka my father in law in the family. He's a very spry World War II veteran. He spent most of his time in training and mainland defense during the war. He was just out of high school when he enlisted. He was headed to the invasion of Japan when the war ended. Boy are we glad he didn't get there. Had he gone to Japan, I probably would not be married to his son because he would not have a son nor would I have any of the amazing kids I have today because he likely would have been a casualty of war.

He has visited our school before. A couple years ago he spoke in T's kindergarten class. This year he was invited back by the same teacher except it was for S. When T's second grade teacher caught wind he was going to be there she asked him to stop by her class, too. He did a great job with the kids. He brought his dog tags and explained how he came home with two. If he was killed one was removed and one was left with the body. Again, boy are we glad he still has 2 parts to his tags. At almost ninety years old he's quite active and spry albeit very hard of hearing. He worked in artillery and shot of lot of things during his time in the army without much ear protection. 

The kids were quite proud of him. He led the kindergarten class to the pledge of allegiance and taught the kids the proper way to salute. He spent some time with the second graders who simply could not grasp why we would be at war with Japan. When Grandpa N was a boy he lived across the street from a Civil War veteran. I think the generation gap between Grandpa N and T's classmates is kind of like that. I cannot even conceive of why we would be fighting our fellow Americans. 

What an amazing day at the school! The kindergartners made metals to give him. Such an honor to be with him during such a special day. We are grateful to him and all our other service people who keep our great nation safe.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Halloween 2015

I had one of the best Halloween's to date. It was just super simple and wonderful.

The kids walked the neighborhood showing off their costumes, my family stopped by with treats for the kids, Grandma and Grandpa N answered the door while we were out, then we went to visit someone special who was home alone (aka our favorite kindergarten teacher).

I dressed up both the day before Halloween participating in a Dr. Who theme being the ultimate villain and then joined my baby daughter being a Cookie Monster the following day. S was a cheetah cat and T was Steve from Mine craft. Glorious day and time!

Sunday, September 13, 2015

First Day of School Photos...

School started...

I can tell because everything else is put on the side burner while we get back into rhythms. This year we have two kids in school. I am surprised by the deafening silence of our home when the two older ones are away and the baby is napping. 

Here are the photos of them before school with the exception of the last, that is after school. I did make S's first day of school dress. She chose the fabric and and did the sewing. T wore his crochet necklace with a little guy inside for "good luck". There is also a photos of S with her best bud B who stays with us during the middle part of the week while her mama is at school. Little BB badly wanted to go to school. Alas, all too soon, Dear One. 

S LOVES school. I cannot emphasize that enough. All reports I get are that she is simply perfect and a model example in class. I think she uses all her energy doing that because she gets home and the house is no longer quiet or still. T is starting to feel shy and is having a bit more difficulty adjusting to his new class and teacher. He loved first grade and his teacher so much I just think for this little guy it's going to take some time anytime there is a big change. S has the same teacher T had for kindergarten. We all adore her and every day of school is the "best day EVER!!!" 

I have started volunteering in S's class. I'm there once a week and will be tag-teaming art with another parent. I am also apprenticing to take over the art program for the entire school. That will begin next year. I was in first grade every week last year. I don't think I'll be able to be in second grade all that much. The need is so restricted that I don't think I can fit into those parameters. However, I think between art and kindergarten there is plenty to keep me going. Plus, we're back to having our morning breakfast crew two days a week and B three days a week.

B and S start dance this upcoming week. They will go in the morning before kindergarten. T is still doing taekwondo two night a week. S is also doing gymnastics 5 hours a week. She's quite talented and that's not just me being biased. We're busy but it's going smoothly. We are all quite happy and content.

Wood Floors...

So I got a bee in my bonnet a few months back that I was tired of the carpet in our living area and we should replace it. Then I decided I didn't want carpet but instead wanted it all to be wood. Little did I know what an under taking it would be.

However, a cabin trip, a hotel stay, lots of moving furniture, and lots of "just a few more days" later we had our floors. The flooring people told us a 4 day job. We left for four days. Three days into it my friend who is watching our house says, "your floors do not look like they will be ready for your return". She was right. The flooring people booked "a day job" in the middle of our job bumping us into the 5 day range. We return to town just to have to stay at a hotel. (Hubby and I both had to return to work hence we could not stay at the cabin another day.) Add another $150 to our growing expensive floors. I wasn't happy. S drew a photo of me when I got the news.

Then they failed to tell us that we could not put furniture on the newly completed floors for another 3 days AFTER we were able to occupy the house. So, we ate on a table cloth where our table would have been.

Then they refused to reconnect our refrigerator (which they disconnected) because a plumber needed to do it so they would not be held liable for any leaking and damage as a result. Again, they never mentioned this nor was it in the paper work.

They did tell us they would be pulling up our baseboards so those would need to be repainted. We finally had that done this past week. A month later and we are about ready to move the final pieces of furniture back into the house. It's beautiful but an undertaking I was not mentally prepared for.

The finished product...

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Lake Cabin Fun...

We had to leave our home while the floors were being re-done. We loaded up the kids, drove 2 1/2 hours to the family lake cabin, and had fun. 

The first night and day were a bit rough. There are spiral stairs that have always made me totally paranoid. Especially since little ones can fit right through the railings to the stairs and in the loft. We put up a gate but BB is an adept climber and broke through several times. It was not until she fell down 4 stairs and got stuck between the railing that she realized it was unsafe and she stopped trying. We caught up on our rest and the remainder of the vacation was glorious.

There was lots of beach play time every day. The lake water was warn and fairly shallow so the kids enjoyed jumping off the dock and swimming out until they could no longer reach bottom. The dock gave little BB some slivers in her feet but she proudly showed off her bandages after I had to do minor surgery to remove them.

We ate a lot of unhealthy foods. It's vacation - I did not prevent kids from snacking on Cheetos. We roasted hot dogs and marshmallows. T was our best roaster but he would not partake in s'mores. I picked him up a bag of gummie bears and he ate nearly the entire bag (600 calories worth) minus a few he tossed into the fire to see what would happen. He already experimented on what happens when they are placed in water for several days.

BB discovered she loves Cookie Monster as much as her mama did at the same age. She only recently started having a bit of screen time in the form of classic Sesame Street.

Anya the dog went, too, and she had a grand time running up and down the beach just being a dog and getting dirty. (She usually quite prissy so rarely gets dirty.)

I got about 15 minutes total time to myself for relaxing which is 15 minutes more than Hubby got. I managed to crochet less than a row on my afghan that I am trying to finish. We did nap when BB napped and that helped.

The car ride fluctuated between good and bad depending on how our resident toddler was doing. Car travel is not her thing - she is just like her mama in regards to that.

I think it was one of the best trips to the cabin ever. I've never utilized everything it has to offer in one trip. The kids had a blast and are asking to go back already. Celebrating our Christmas in July tradition there may have also made it extra special.