Nate & I's conversation earlier this evening:
Nate: Mom, can you watch Rosie while I go to the bathroom?
Nate: Be careful, she's a bear!
Me (trying to be the cool mom and play along): Oooo, can she hurt me really bad?!
Nate (turning around looking extremely perplexed and serious): Mom, she's a stuffed bear. She's not real. She won't hurt you.
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
I had to read directions to use my blow dryer this morning. It all started about two weeks ago. I almost caught my hair on fire with my blow dryer. I really liked my blow dryer (and it was paid for!), but seeing in the mirror flashes of fire shoot out of my beloved blow dryer communicated that it probably needed to go into the trash. What does it reveal about me that I actually thought about not throwing it away at that point? Anyway, serious problems with wet hair were averted because Sara has her own blow dryer that quickly became my solution. I'd been using it for a couple of weeks when my husband to pity on me (and Sara!). He was out shopping yesterday and bought me a new blow dryer. He also stood in the make-up aisle for probably 10 minutes reading off lipstick names to me via cell phone to see if any of them rang a bell since I couldn't remember the exact name of my lost lipstick but thought I'd remember it if I heard it. Unfortunately, none of them rang true and I decided I would need to go get my own lipstick. What a guy! Right?! Anyway, back to the blow dryer. He loves me so much that he didn't want to just get me any old blow dryer. He got me a Conair Tourmaline Ceramic Styling System! According to my own research, Conair blow dryers are the best thing on the market besides professional ones. (I'm sure he did his own research!) It had so many settings that I had to get the directions out to use it. Evidently it has some kind of ion thing that you can turn on that will help eliminate static in your hair. How awesome is that?! So here's hoping I can style my hair to equal the quality of the blow dryer I'm using.
Monday, March 8, 2010
My children help out with chores around the house...one of them being emptying the dishwasher. I have one child in particular who gets in a little bit of a hurry and, if I'm not around, just puts things in a random drawer or cabinet if he/she doesn't know where to put it. Frankly, the kid gets it honestly. I can totally see myself doing that when I was a kid. And it makes my life interesting. I occasionally get to play a spontaneous game of hide and seek in my kitchen. Last week I found the tongs in the drawer with the pot holders and today I found some Tupperware with my mini-food processor. I should thank the kid...it's keeping me on my toes and wakes me up from the monotony that sometimes occurs in the kitchen. So thank you...although next it may be a good idea just to ask me...I'm a little concerned that one day I may preheat my oven with it full of Tupperware. Ugh.
I have a list of topics I want to blog about, but I figured since I've been so neglectful on blogging, I should update everyone on what is going on in our life first. So, here goes....
- Swimming lessons are DONE! Whew! We survived another section of them. I have a love/hate relationship with them. Love them because my kids are learning how to swim. Hate them because it kind of throws our family into craziness. I know that one night a week shouldn't do that, but for some reason it pushes us over the edge. I really don't know how mom's do it that have something going on every night. I can handle AWANA plus Joe & I's schedules and that is pretty much it. We had practices for AWANA olympics thrown in there too this time, so I've been really fried.
- Related to the last comment (I thought this deserved its own bullet point), Sara & Ashley have officially graduated from swimming lessons. Sara was just improving her technique this time around. I had told Ashley (who claims she HATES swimming lessons even though I see her laughing through most of it) that if she could swim the length of the pool she wouldn't have to take them again. Then I had to clarify that she had to do the front stroke (is that even what it is called...maybe freestyle stroke?) in order for it to take effect. She mastered the back stroke long ago. Anyway, it wasn't pretty but we were all very proud of her.
- We had Sparks-A-Rama and AWANA olympics this past Saturday. For those who may not be familiar with AWANA, this is a competition between churchs involving the AWANA games that we play on Saturday night. It was the first time we'd gone and everyone did great. Best of all I think everyone had a blast!
- I'm speaking at MOPS next week.....love and marriage.
- The crud has been circulating through our house. Actually, it hasn't been going through the house. It has been passing back and forth between Joe and I. At what point do you go to the doctor?? Today may be the day for both of us. These sinus infections must go!
- Sara survived her first time taking the ISATs. (Illinois standardized testing). I was kind of surprised at how much it completely wore her out though!
- We've been watching the Amazing Race as a family in all our spare time. That means we are NOT caught up (because we don't really have much spare time), so don't comment on this one if you watch it. You may spoil it. For those of you who share in our passion of this show, we are fans of the OK cowboys. Would you expect anything less of this family?
- Nate wants to read and is basically teaching himself (I'm weird...I don't want to push it b/c I desperately don't want him to be bored in kindergarten); John can read now and his favorite book is Are You My Mother? My favorite thing to do is listen to him read it! Ashley is doing projects at school related to How to Eat Fried Worms. It's been her favorite activity, by far, this year. Sara has learned all of her multiplication facts at this point and is racing through the Little House on the Prairie books.
- Church is being so very blessed right now by God! We had 93 kids at AWANA last week and we aren't even doing a contest right now. We've had over 30 decisions for Christ take place in AWANA this year. Tons of MOPS moms have started coming to church. We start a new members class in a few weeks which I'm really looking forward to. That's always one of my favorite things to do. Although now I'm trying to figure out what to do with all the kids that are going to be here for it....that's such a great problem to have!!! Praise God!